Joining the thrifting bandwagon.

Ever since I gained weight I had to purge my closet of clothes I would rather not work into getting back into. I admit my body is changing and will continue to change but how do I do it on a budget? I say, Thrifting!

Blame it on my me binging on Youtube videos about Thrifting and sure enough I got hooked. Even during my vacation my daughter and I went thrifting, now I have several outfits at a fraction of the cost!

Since I started here’s a few tips I learned:

1. Wear clothes that you can either pull in and out off or easily layer with, just in case the thrift shop does not have a changing room or is too crowded that there’s a long line to it.

2. Leave your inhibitions outside before heading in the store, in case you have to do tip number 1 in plain site. No shame here.

3. Try on anything and disregard sizing. Ladies, I cannot emphasize that enough. I would have missed out on a beautiful lingerie piece just because I thought the size “Small” would not fit. I’m so glad I went against the sizing.

4. When I mentioned try on anything, it meant going against gender and age group. Ladies, don’t dismiss out on the mens section and kids section. Why limit yourself, as long as it fits to your comfort level. I say why not?

5. Don’t dismiss the shoes either. Yes there is the “ick factor” but with just a little bit of deodorizing or cleaning, you’re all set.

6. Accessorize! Don’t forget to look at the belts, scarves, purses or hats. I scored a red scarf that blends well with a top that I could not wait to show off.

7. Cross over to other cultural patterns, cuts and designs. Take a risk and broaden up your fashion wardrobe. Let your wardrobe be a conversation starter.

8. Need ideas for a halloween costume? Thrifting has you covered from clothes to props, just use your imagination.

9. Browse through their home furnishings section. Its usually filled with an eclectic sort of furniture, lamps, paintings, mirrors and figurines.

10. Bring cash just in case the store only accepts cash (ie. garage sales, flea markets).


New Year’s resolution: First Home Renovation. Part 1

I figured its a New Year so why not tackle a home renovation as my year long New Year’s resolution. Besides, as my wardrobe changes due to the dictates of my body, its about time my house does to!

As a new home owner moving towards becoming a new rental property owner, its a big project. I’m giving myself a year to renovate tackling small projects throughout the house based on my limited budget.

Thanks to my realtor, dualing as my property manager we came up with what needs upgrading to pass building inspection codes within the area. He then armed me with his contacts so I can get discounts through his referral. I took advantage and started engaging with my first contactor who believes in saving me money, so him and his team have future work by word of mouth. I’m so lucky!

First on our to-do list is the kitchen. It had this drabby sink and faucet with a modest sized kitchen counter. How did I save, instead of ripping the kitchen counter my contractor suggests ripping through the counter to update the sink and faucet. 20181231_131349(0)

Second on the to-do list is the bathroom door install on my second full bathroom. Water seeps outside the bathtub and plain shower curtains is much help. 20181231_131403

Third on the list is the non-operational jacuzzi tub inside the master bathroom. The motor inside does not work so I had to buy a new one.

Fourth, exterior re-paint and water blasting the roof. Due to our tropical weather moss and mildew is a standard part of the upkeep.

Fifth, small upgrades to outlets, re-caulking seals and replace room handles to make it lockable.

Sixth, water blast the interior garage to make it more presentable.

Unfortunately, I’m not done since I’ll be discussing my wish list on Part 2 of this series.

Repurposing to fit my new body.

Blame the holidays for the excess gain weight but I see it as an oppurtunity to  change my perspective in wearing clothes too small for my current size. Its so easy to body shame myself for it but why spend more money on clothes when I can repurpose it to fit my new bod!

At first, I was thinking of donating or giving clothes away but I can’t help losing so much of my wardrobe that I since loved wearing. I tried making money from it by selling through the local flea market with little to no return so my next best option is repurposing. My first project was a medium sized denim jacket. I managed to squeeze myself in it which looked ill fitting especially on my arms so what was my solution, cut off the arms! With a pair of sharp scissors it was an easy fix.

I paired it with a black body suit, over a flowy skirt with custom made black cowboy boots. Donned on my go-to makeup routine as I finished it off with a pair of fun tassled earrings.20181228_141953

I’m off with my day.