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The Perfect Thrifted Dress

Isn't it funny how put together you can look in a dress? I'm convinced that dresses are the best clothing item (well, dresses and rompers) because they are so easy to put on. Literally you just throw on a dress and immediately look put together. Dresses have transformed my life as a lazy girl. So for that, I thank you (whoever invented this time-saving master-piece).

I thrifted this cute little dress for $7. I love the fit and the cut-out back. I also scored these gorgeous shoes at a closeout sale for $20. They literally go with everything!

Outfit Details:
 * Dress - Silence & Noise                     
** Shoes - Free People
    Purse - Coach

| * = Thrifted | 
| ** = Sale |

Which do you prefer: dresses or rompers?

Casual Denim Skirt

You guys, I cannot stress how much I've been loving denim skirts You guys may recognize this skirt from my Valentine's Day Thrifted Oufit post, which I scored for $5. It is the best piece I have bought, because it is so versatile. I can either dress it up or down. In this look, I decided to pair it with a graphic tee I thrifted for $2. I really wanted to play with the pop of colors in the graphic tee by pairing this with my red vans.

Outfit Details:
 * Top - Obey - $2
 * Skirt - Unknown - $5
** Shoes - Vans - $30
| * = Thrifted | 
| ** = Sale |

Simply Earth Unboxing

I have been on a natural hair, health, beauty, and lifestyle kick for the past couple of years. I believe natural products are the best to use on our hair, on our skin, and in our homes. During my kick I've grown a love for essential oils. So far I have used jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, African black castor oil, and avocado oil. I am in love with all of those oils, however I have been wanting to try some more flavorful and versatile oils.

Needless to say, I was more than thrilled when the company Simply Earth contacted me for a collaboration. They sent me their April Essential Oil Recipe Box, in exchange of an honest review of their products.

Watch the video below to see the unboxing of this subscription box:

Have you purchased from Simply Earth before?

My Holy Grail Hair Products

For me, the hardest thing about transitioning to natural hair was finding hair products that worked well for my hair. At the beginning of my hair journey I was a HUGE product junkie. I would watch hundreds of YouTube videos about natural hair products and feel the need to purchase every item mentioned. After years of trying different products and combinations, I finally found my holy grail  hair and styling products. Sometimes will I try to experiment with different products and switch up my routine, but I always find myself coming back to these products. They work wonders on my 3c hair.

1. Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
I fell in love with this conditioner the first time I used it. It is moisturizing, it smells good, it causes this really cool tingling sensation, and it is under $5. Some of the ingredients include purified water, tea tree, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil. I love it's light texture, which makes it perfect to use as a leave-in conditioner.


2. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
This product has never failed me. It makes my curls soft, bouncy and defined. It is an extremely moisturizing and affordable (under $10) styling cream. I love that this product is sulfate-free, paraben-free, mineral-oil-free. It also contains great ingredients including deionized water, shea butter, and coconut oil.

3. Tangle Teezer
Brushing my hair has never been easier. This little pink brush has impressed me time and time again when it comes to detangling my hair. I don't even use a comb anymore. I use this to brush my wet hair in the shower, and it removes every tangle and knot in sight.

4. Hair Pick
I feel like my hair isn't complete until I pick it out. When it comes to hair, I think bigger is better. This pick does the job and leaves my hair big and voluminous.

5 Reasons You Should Never Throw Away Old Clothes

Spring is finally here, which means it is time for spring cleaning! While most of us scramble to clean out our closets, I wanted to tell you to think twice before throwing out old clothes. In my mind, old clothes should NEVER be thrown away, no matter how worn out they may be. Instead of being trashcan happy, consider donating your old clothes. Pretty much every thrift store accepts old clothes no matter the condition. 

Here are 5 reasons why you should donate old clothes instead of throwing them away:

1.  Thrift stores repurpose old (raggedy) clothing:
Many thrift stores have partnerships and programs designed to reuse and repurpose raggedy clothing items. For example, Savers Thrift Store's website states, "we repurpose single socks and tattered clothing into rags for insulation." Old socks and jeans are the perfect materials to use for wall insulation. Another example is Goodwill's Good Wipes program where they repurpose items unsuitable for sale in the retail store into reusable cleaning clothes. No matter how worn and torn an item is, thrift stores can find another purpose for it.tattered clothing into rags for insulation. 

2. Donating old clothing reduces textile waste
The clothing industry is one of the world's largest polluters. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. As mentioned in a previous post, we should aim to rewear, reuse, and recycle old clothing to reduce waste. In 2014, North America alone threw away 10.5 million tons of clothing, although 95% of it was recyclable. This problem will only continue to grow, if we don't change our actions. Start donating old clothing to keep them out of landfills.

3. You get something in return
You may be thinking "What's in it for me?" Well, many thrift stores will provide you with an in-store coupon to use on a future purchase. You can also receive a tax receipt so you can write-off your charitable donations. H&M has even started a garment collecting program. Last time I checked, they were giving 15% off coupons for donating a bag of clothes.

4. Creates jobs in third-world countries
Depending on the recycling chain a thrift store follows, sometimes the last link involved selling items in bulk to developing countries. This allows local business owners to purchase clothing at affordable prices to sell in the local marketplace. According to Savers, "providing items to developing nations helps create jobs, helps people earn a living wage, and allows people to reinvest their earnings into their local economy."

5. Donations help support nonprofit organizations
Thrift stores almost always help nonprofit organizations. Do your research to find out which nonprofit organization your thrift stores help. Non-profit thrift stores use the money earned to fund certain programs, while for-profit thrift stores pay organizations for their donations. This payment also helps fund programs. No matter what the model is, thrift stores are designed to help the community.

Watch the video below:

What are your reasons for throwing away or donating old items?