Monday, August 18, 2014

Goodbye for Now

Hello friends,

I apologize for being absent in the blogging world these last few weeks. There has been a lot going on, and I've been spending a lot of time adjusting to post-college life.

After some prayer and thought, I've come to the conclusion that it might be good to take a break from the blog for a while. I feel like the Lord is calling me to focus on other things right now. I'm putting this in His hands, so I'm not sure if or when I'll be back in the blogosphere.

I just want to say thank you for all the love and support you've given me as I've wandered through this experience. I've learned so much and met so many amazing people since starting this blog, and I've been truly blessed. Until we meet again, keep being your beautiful selves!

Love,

Maria :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fast Fashion...From a Thrift Store?


I have long been a big fan of thrift shopping, and many of the items in my closet were bought secondhand. Several of these items are originally from fast fashion retailers. While I did not directly support these companies in purchasing their products used, these items were still most likely produced in sweatshop conditions.

Sometimes I wonder, can I justify these purchases? Is buying these brands secondhand really any better than buying them when they're new? Because regardless, I'm still wearing their clothes.

Danielle Vermeer writes a thought-provoking blog primarily on the subject of fashion ethics, so I reached out to her to ask for her opinion. You can read her thoughts in the linked post below:

Is It Ethical to Buy Fast Fashion From the Thrift Store?

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 2014 Budget (Summer Wardrobe)

Can you believe that August is practically here??? Where did the summer go??


1) black capris (exact) : Modcloth, $38.99 (includes shipping)
2) neutral ballet flats (exact) : Target, $16.14 (discounted)
3) pants for shorts refashion (exact) : thrifted, $6.99
4) pants for shorts refashion (similar) : thrifted, $8.99
5) white tees (2) (exact) : Everlane, $30.00 (free shipping)
6) white jeans for cropped pants refashion (similar) : consignment shop, $19.50 (50% off)
7) chain necklace : thrifted, $14.00
8) statement necklace (exact) : Charming Charlie, $22.11 (clearance, includes shipping)
9) turtleneck : thrifted, $1.00 (discounted)

TOTAL = $157.72

(I was also in need of a new purse, which was a purchase that I was planning on saving for my fall list until I received an unexpected financial gift from relatives. $41.20 went towards this cognac bucket bag (local boutique, discounted), and the rest went into my bank account. I did not include the bag in my budget since the money was a gift. That makes sense, right?)

The bad news? I was $7.72 over my $150.00 budget for the summer. The good news? Now I get to enjoy remixing my new summer pieces with what I have (minus the turtleneck, which was a pre-purchase for fall) and don't have to worry about shopping until October! Mixed feelings about that, but mostly just feeling relieved. Honestly, I'm not too surprised that I went a bit over budget, since I haven't really done any serious summer shopping since high school. Let me tell you, I was DEFINITELY in need of an upgrade.


Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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