This year will be our second year giving out non-candy Halloween goody bags. Last year was Athena’s first Halloween. I started thinking about what I would do when she became of trick or treating age. I really hope that by then there are more houses handing out non-candy treats. I’ve always loved Halloween, the costumes, the trick or treating, the fun decor, what’s not to like? However, now as a parent, I see this holiday a little differently. I’m definitely concerned with the amount of sugar kids consume nowadays. Not wanting to contribute to this, and also to set a good example for Athena, I decided to make Halloween goody bags filled with toys. It was around this time last year that I either saw a teal pumpkin on someone’s porch or heard about the teal pumpkin project. If you’re not familiar with the Teal Pumpkin Project, it’s a movement encouraging parents to give out non-candy Halloween treats to make the holiday more inclusive to those with food allergies. These bags are also great for vegan kids, which are also not able to eat most of the candy given out on Halloween. The fact that there are kids with food allergies never even crossed my mind so when I learned about this project I convinced me even more to make these goody bags.
I decided to make this a tradition. Last year I got all my supplies at the Dollar Store. This year I saw so many cute items, perfect for these bags, at Target so I just bought everything there. It was pretty inexpensive too. Target has really been stepping up their game when it comes to the under five dollars items bins near the front of their stores. I Linked all the items except the Halloween sticker boxes and the Halloween tattoo boxes. I searched high and low for these items online but I just couldn’t find them. However, I’ve checked two locations near my house here in Las Vegas and they still have these boxes, I think maybe they’re just not available online.
It took me about an hour to make 40 goody bags. I took my time and sipped on a latte, I love this little Halloween tradition. There are all kinds of cute ways to decorate these types of goody bags but I wanted to keep it simple so I bought these orange bags with the bat print. This pack also comes with ghost-print bags, but I didn’t use them. I also bought a couple packs of bat rings. I tied the goody bags using the bag ties that come with them, then I put a ring around the bag tie to cover it up and make the bags a little cuter. It’s so easy and they turned out great!
Athena has been having a blast with all these goodies. She already made off with a handful of the mini erasers. Lol. I can’t wait to hand these out to trick or treaters. Also, if you’re too busy to make these goody bags (not that it takes long at all), Target also has these little Halloween mini play packs. Each one is about the size of your palm and comes with a mini coloring book, 2 crayons, and a sticker. Each bag is only $3 and has 8 mini play packs inside. Athena really loves these, she asked for one while we were still in the store and she colored the whole time I was shopping. I’m keeping a few extra for future shopping trips. 😉 I couldn’t find the link for these but they still have them in store. You can find all these supplies at Target.
This is one of my favorite go-to outfits when I don’t know what to wear or am too lazy to pick out an outfit. I like it for a few good reasons, 1) it’s comfortable, 2) it looks put together, and 3) it’s easy to throw on. You just can’t go wrong with a white blouse, skinny jeans, and a good wedge. These jeans are in constant rotation in my wardrobe. I wear them almost every day. They are seriously so comfortable and they go with everything!
Another item heavy in my wardrobe rotation is this pair of wedges. They are so cute and they also go with everything. Don’t you just love it when you find an item that you can seriously style 100 different ways? The best part though is that these wedges are inexpensive, they’re under $35! They’re perfect for pairing with summer dresses, shorts, jeans, skirts. Really, they go with everything— I love it!
I hope you all had some wonderful holidays! I wanted to share the outfit details from this look I posted on Instagram last week. These wedge boots are sooo comfortable and they’re on sale now! They’re especially useful now that my little potato is growing so quickly and giving me sore feet.
If you follow me on Instagram and you entered my Pink Blush gift card giveaway, I want to say thank you! Thank you for your support and participation. I genuinely love hearing from and interacting with you all on social media. I hope to host many more giveaways this year so stay tuned!
And the winner is…..mermaidmomx3! Be on the lookout for a DM from me soon.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year! Let’s remember that we all have the power to make 2017 exactly what we want it to be! 🙂 <3
Last week, when we shot this look, the chill of winter had yet to set in. I was warm and cozy with my knit tunic and cable knit scarf. These days, I’ll definitely be throwing on a coat over this. Freezing temperatures make me want for nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a warm drink- this was the inspiration behind this look. You guys won’t believe it but I found this book purse clutch at Marshall’s for $7, for realz. I pop into Marshall’s every now and then just to browse. About 95% of the time find something I really love. I get a large portion of my kitchenware from there as well as home decor finds, clothing, and accessories, of course. These MIH jeans are also a Marshall’s find! I’m new to MIH but have found the extra long length (5′ 10″ and wearing 5″ heels!) and curve-hugging stretchy-ness of these jeans amazing. I’ve been perusing MIH online to grab a couple more styles.
How cute is this little faux-fur puff charm? I absolutely loved Chanel’s “Karlito” and Fendi’s monster purse charms when I first saw them but the use of real fur was a big turnoff so I knew I wouldn’t be buying one. I had put it out of my mind but during a recent trip to Target I was passing by the accessories aisle and I spotted this faux-fur purse charm for $10 (also comes in navy, black and burgundy), it was a no-brainer. Kate Spade also makes some cute faux-fur purse charms.
I’m beyond excited to share this dress with you guys. Midi dresses are some of my favorite pieces. Then length is so elegant and the material of this one is casual enough to be paired with sandals, flats, or heels; it’s super versatile. When we shot this look it was sunny but chilly so I opted for a cashmere cardigan from Donna Karan. I love any dress with YSL’s Tribute sandals, they instantly elevate any outfit. Later that day, after a few hours of errands, I switched to nude ballet flats but kept everything else the same and the look still worked.
Finding the line between casual, comfortable, and chic is the basis for the majority of my outfits. Versatility in every piece is very important to me so that’s what can be expected from my clothing line. This ribbed midi dress will be available for purchase a little later this month along with the rest of my collection.
As you’ve probably already noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted something. I could use the excuse that I’ve been busy with work but that’s not the truth. The truth is I’ve been too busy having fun while my cousin Rachel was in town visiting from Seattle. But the real truth is that I’m stuck because I feel guilty.
For a while now, I’ve been staring at my overflowing closets (yes, plural), wondering why I can’t find anything to wear. Working from home affords me the luxury to put on a pair of pajamas or to be completely honest, underwear and a plain t-shirt. This has become my “uniform”. However, this can not go on for much longer. What if there’s a fire? Or a zombie apocalypse? I’ll have to put on clothes before leaving my apartment, I suppose. But this means facing the problem, ugh. What if I just never open the closet door again? Or wrap myself in the bed sheets like a toga? Grecian chic is back in style, no?
After countless hours of contemplating the reason I couldn’t find an outfit in 40 pairs of pants, 65 tops, 75 dresses, 50 pairs of shoes, (all approximations) and countless accessories I finally found the answer. My first real problem is that I feel that blogging about clothing is not very important. It’s not helping humanity, and it’s not a helpful contribution. I don’t want to be another blogger that tells you what to wear and why you absolutely need to buy that “it” bag or be forever shamed by the fashion world for carrying around last season’s identical $3,000 handbag.
The second reason that’s also adding to my guilt is, my passion-less wardrobe. It’s become generic, repetitive, and chaotic. I’ve been sucked into the Target, H&M, and several other cheap corporate giants that shall go unnamed. I have one too many $10 dresses that made me feel like a savvy genius when I purchased them. Time and time again I would wonder how stores could afford to sell items for $10 or less. The answer is mass production and cheap labor. Without getting into the horrible mess that accompanies that duo, it still left me thinking about the aftermath created in my closet. What am I going to do with all these cheap “bargain” items that become faded and warped after a single wash?
The most common thought would be to donate them. Well after much research, guess what? The salvation Army doesn’t need these horrid “bargain” items. Do you know what happens to all your donated items? They are sorted, what is in near new condition will be put out for sale, if not sold in 30 days it goes in a giant bin. Then it’s put into a giant compactor that makes giant bricks of unsold clothing weighing a ton or so. Then the bricks are shipped to another country, like Africa, to be sold. But African’s don’t want your warped, irregular, bargain items. With modern tools like cell phones and access to the internet becoming more widely available in the continent, Africans are becoming more picky in what they buy, and rightly so.
This means that a large portion of what we’re buying is going into the trash. It’s unnecessary waste. So I beg of you, next time you’re out shopping, ask yourself if you really need what you’re about to buy and consider quality over quantity. Don’t even get me started on buying things from China and yes, I understand it’s nearly impossible to avoid buying things made in China but when possible please support your local artisans. In the coming posts I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Etsy stores for clothing, shoes, home goods and other items. I’ll also be posting some of my favorite DIY projects that will inspire you to upcycle unwanted wardrobe instead of tossing it.
Though this blog is relatively new, I felt it was heading in the wrong direction. I’m not sure when or how that happened. The point is, things are going to be a little bit different and I hope you’ll stick around. Thank you 🙂
Nada que ponerme
Como ustedes probablemente ya han notado, ha pasado un tiempo largo desde que he publicado algo. Podría usar la excusa de que he estado ocupada con el trabajo, pero eso no es la verdad. La verdad es que he estado demasiado ocupada divirtiéndome mientras mi prima Rachel estaba visitando desde Seattle. Pero la vera verdad es que estoy atorada porque me siento culpable.
Desde hace un tiempo, he estado mirando mis armarios (sí, en plural) desbordantes, preguntándome por qué no puedo encontrar algo que ponerme. Trabajar desde casa me permite el lujo de ponerme un par de pijamas o para ser completamente honesto, un calzón y una camiseta. Esto se ha convertido en mi “uniforme”. Sin embargo, esto no puede seguir así por mucho más tiempo. ¿Qué pasa si hay un incendio? O un apocalipsis zombie? Voy a tener que vestirme antes de salir de mi apartamento, supongo. Pero esto significa enfrentar el problema, ugh. ¿Qué tal si nunca abro la puerta del armario de nuevo? O me envuelvo en las sábanas de la cama como si fueran toga? El estilo Griego es de moda de nuevo, ¿no?
Después de incontables horas de contemplación de la razón por la que no pude encontrar un atuendo en 40 pares de pantalones, 65 blusas, 75 vestidos, 50 pares de zapatos, (todas las aproximaciones) y un sinnúmero de accesorios, finalmente encontré la respuesta. Mi primer problema real es que siento que los blogs acerca de la moda no son muy importante. No ayudan a la humanidad, y no es una contribución útil. No quiero ser otro blogger que les dice qué ponerse y por qué es absolutamente necesario comprar la bolsa “de la temporada” o ser siempre avergonzado por el mundo de la moda por cargar la idéntica bolsa de la temporada pasada que costo $3,000.
La segunda razón por cual me siento culpable es, mi armario aun ya no tiene pasión. Se ha convertido en genérico, repetitivo y caótico. He sido atrapada por gigantes corporativos baratos como Target, H & M, y varios otros que no serán identificados. Tengo demasiadas vestidos de $10. Que cuando los compré me hicieron sentir como un genio inteligente. Una y otra vez me preguntaba cómo las tiendas podrían permitirse el lujo de vender artículos por $10 o menos. La respuesta es la producción en masa y la mano de obra barata. Sin entrar en el horrible caos que acompaña a ese dúo, todavía me quedo pensando en las consecuencias creadas dentro de mi armario. ¿Qué voy a hacer con toda esta ropa “barata” que están descoloridas y deformes después de un solo lavado?
El pensamiento más común sería donarlos. Bueno, después de mucha investigación, ¿adivinen qué? El Salvation Army no necesita estos horribles artículos “baratos”. ¿Sabes lo que le pasa a todos sus artículos donados? Se clasifican, lo que está casi nuevo será puesto a la venta, si no se venden en 30 días se va en un contenedor gigante. Entonces se pasa a un compactador gigante que hace ladrillos gigantes de la ropa que no se vende. Estos “ladrillos” pesan una tonelada, mas o menos. Después, los ladrillos son enviados a otro país, como África, para ser vendidos. Pero los Africanos no quieren comprar tus artículos irregulares y despintados. Con herramientas modernas como teléfonos celulares y el acceso al internet cada vez más ampliamente disponibles en el continente, los Africanos son cada vez más exigentes en lo que compran, y con razón.
Esto significa que una gran parte de lo que estamos comprando va a la basura. Es derroche innecesario. Así que les ruego, la próxima vez que vayan de compras, pregúntense si realmente necesitan lo que están a punto de comprar, y tomen en cuenta la calidad sobre la cantidad. Y ni me preguntes de las cosas hechas en China y sí, tengo entendido que es casi imposible evitar la compra de cosas hechas en China, pero siempre que sea posible por favor apoyen sus artesanos locales. En los próximos artículos voy a compartir algunas de mis tiendas favoritas de Etsy donde pueden encontrar ropa, zapatos, artículos para el hogar y otros artículos hechos en los Estados Unidos. También voy a publicar algunos de mis proyectos de bricolaje favoritos que los inspirará para crear artículos nuevos con su ropa usada en vez de simplemente tirar la a la basura.
Aunque este blog es relativamente nuevo, sentí que iba en la dirección equivocada. No estoy segura de cuándo o cómo sucedió. El punto es, las cosas van a ser un poco diferente y espero que te quedes. Gracias 🙂