Tis the season for dressing up and heading out to holiday parties, special date nights, dinners with family, or maybe something a bit more casual like watching Elf with a pile of children on the couch. To be honest, the latter is more my speed! But I also won’t say no to dinner out with my husband, or a post bedtime cookie party with some girlfriends!
Before I share more about some great casual looks and an amazing GIVEAWAY, I want to share a bit about what holiday social engagements once looked and felt like for me. Because really, we may all find ourselves living different circumstances. Maybe we are lonely, maybe big groups make us anxious, maybe we are going through a hard time and just can’t handle the small talk that social gatherings bring. Whatever it is, I want to remind myself that we are all walking different paths and I may not know when someone is struggling, so being kind and understanding is always the right thing. And the good news is, the true meaning of Christmas is about the hope brought to all of us through the birth of our Savior!
Years ago, before I met my husband, I wasn’t in a great place. I was struggling with some relationships in my life and in turn, socializing was hard for me. The facade of a happy face, the surface conversations, it was just really tough and often led me to isolate. Maybe you’ve been there too. Maybe you’ve felt alone and weren’t sure what your next move should be. I struggled with social engagements and would often decide not to go at the last minute. Reflecting back, I can imagine how that may have looked to those unaware of what was going on in my life. And although I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older, how to openly share my experiences, I’m thankful for that time in my life because it gave me more empathy now. It reminds me that others may be walking through something hard, and grace and love is the best thing I can offer them.
Ok so now back to something a bit more shall we say, light? Ha! Ok let’s talk clothes! I love clothes, I do. Beautiful dresses, and feminine blouses, and vintage denim in particular. I like to think of my style as a modern day Ma Ingalls…just cooking the meals, rearing the children, laughing with my husband and getting my hands dirty in between.
I often get asked where my favorite places to shop are… my secret is, I love second hand! Most of my wardrobe, and my children’s wardrobe has been carefully scoured for on second hand sites and Instagram accounts…some people watch tv at night to unwind, I scour the inter webs for second hand finds…my kind of treasure hunt! It’s how I’m able to afford quality pieces that will be handed down through the children.
So I’m going to share my secrets with you!! My favorite places for second hand finds are:
+searching particular hashtags on Instagram like #maboclothierpreowned or #doenforsale
My favorite shops to find new items from are :
+Carly Jean Los Angeles
+Nothing Fits But
Etsy is also a great place to search for vintage and handmade items… especially linen! If I’m going to buy new, I try to support small businesses who also have a heart for serving their communities… one of my favorites is Adored Vintage! Above you’ll see a handful of my favorite looks currently from their site! Also wanted to note… this is in no way sponsored by that shop… I just really love them and wanted to giveaway something I loved! So I have purchased a gift card to giveaway to one lucky winner!!!
The winner will get a $200 Adored Vintage gift card!!!
All you have to do to enter is comment below telling me if you could wear one look forever what would it be? A dress? yoga pants? Jeans and a t-shirt? I think I would say a dress! I often feel more comfortable in a flowy dress than anything else, and they are so easy to adapt to seasonal changes. So tell me yours below! Winner will be notified here on Friday!