posted on: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One of my favorite things to do, while I'm out shopping, is to look for little style treasures that are inexpensive but look like I have the goods. Cheap finds that look like quality purchases.
I can splurge and add good pricey pieces to my wardrobe, every once in a while.  But for the most part, with two kids and my husband and I full-time freelancing, our budget doesn't accommodate that too often. So, if I want to change up an outfit or two, this is what I do. I'll go in a random store that I 99.9% of the time would never find myself buying anything from, and I'll put my search eyes on. More times than not, I don't come away with anything. But, every once in a while, I do.

Sometimes, I'll see a pair of earrings, a scarf or a necklace etc. that would totally pass as a Free People gem, a bauble from Urban or have a mock, hand crafted look of unique pieces that I like.  Like not too long ago, I randomly saw a pair of earrings that caught my eye at a retail store that I haven't shopped at since I was like 10. I stopped and said to myself, "If those were at my free people store for $35,  I'd buy them right now."  They were only $5.  Yep, I snagged them.  Now, every time I wear them, I get countless "ooohs" and "aaaahs." haha. You never know what you might find.

But since last year, when I began the journey of minimalism, I now have to make myself really think about the purchase, no matter how small, before I buy it.  I don't want to let myself hoard or collect clutter, anymore.  By being more intentional, this helps guarantee that I really love it and can wear it with almost everything.  Hope some of my little tips here will help you stretch your wardrobe and inspire you to shop with new eyes. ;)

Happy treasure hunting mommas, loves and friends!

 jacket / forever 21(i know…who would have thought? $20! what?! no worries with painting in this.)
acid wash skinnies / h&m
moccasins / Minnetonka
Silver feather necklace / claires. ( are you laughing? i am. $3 guys and it doesn't look or feel cheap!)
hat / forever 21 (I haven't shopped there in 2 years but I kinda made bank there this winter.)
crystal necklace /  Velvet (seriously my new all time fav etsy shop! Everything is gorgeous and affordable!) 
feather ear cuff /  Velvet (seriously my new all time fav etsy shop! Everything is gorgeous and affordable!) 
fabric bangle / fair trade, whole foods
tunic top / h&m

8 thoughts:

  1. I love your style, I am in the process of now of trying to acquire more pieces that are flexible with lots of outfits!
    Also, I just bought this design for my blog literally today! How crazy! I am in the process of tweaking it here and there but haven't done much. I just love the basic design though, such a great base :)

    1. thanks! gosh, it's so lovely isn't it!? simple, clean, open! love it! i love all of blog milk's choices! so pretty!

  2. What's inspired all of these posts all of the sudden? nothing for months, and then a few posts in a couple of days. what's up?

  3. ha i don't know. i just felt like it. i think i'm just making time for things i enjoy more and just doing what makes me happy instead of feeling a weird pressure. so i might post 5 times in one week and nothing on another. :) just having fun and exploring.

  4. Girl, you look gorgeous & I always love your style! I love when I can find jewelry or clothes for cheap that still have that wow factor!

    1. thanks love!! it's so fun when you find something like that!

  5. Jess, I went to high school with your mom, and I used to keep up with her posts about you on FB, especially those about your wedding & your kids. Haven't checked in on you for awhile, but just did tonight...must say you're as beautiful as ever, and your little ones are really growing. Love your style, your love of life and the way you express yourself. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  6. I have also taken this approach, and I am so much happier getting dressed in the morning. I have less than half of the clothing I used to a year ago, but I actually feel better in what I've kept around, and feel less confusion when trying to figure out what to put on every morning.

    Your style is always an inspiration! You look great!


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