Library Due Date Headwrap with the Lemondime

As many of you know, I’m a librarian. And when it comes to fashion, librarians aren’t always known for their fashion sense, but I’m trying to change that perception! And if you’d like to see some more modern day, rock star librarians, be sure to check out This Is What A Librarian Looks Like – you may be surprised that we don’t all rock the bun and glasses look.

However, being a librarian means I can’t help myself when it comes to literacy inspired looks and when I saw this adorable library due date stamp headscarf, I knew it was right up my alley.

And when Kellie (nice name, by the way 🙂 ), the owner of The Lemondime wanted to partner, I was ecstatic!

Not only is this a GREAT piece that you can wear several different ways in your hair, but by purchasing from The Lemondime’s store, you are helping employ women who are at-risk and survivors of human trafficking.

The fabric from the headwrap comes from a local Indianapolis quilt store called Crimson Tate and they hand stamp each piece. So you’re getting a limited, unique piece that not many others are going to have and was handmade by one of the women The Lemondime works with.

You can buy the fabric from them as well and I’ll let you in on a little secret – they have other library inspired patterns too, so if you sew, go check Crimson Tate out immediately!

For more information on The Lemondime, be sure to watch their YouTube video for what inspired Kellie to start her company and how she’s helping these women with her store.

If you’d like to purchase your own library due date headwrap, here’s a discount code for free shipping! Use RETROREADER (all caps) at checkout.

And special thanks to the amazing Erica Dildine for taking my photos! Go follow her on Instagram if you aren’t already.

 

 

Going green with your closet

Did you know that shopping second hand helps reduce landfill waste? The United States sends 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills each year – imagine how you could drastically reduce that number if you primarily shopped second hand instead of always buying something new?

Over the years, my sense of style has evolved to a place where I finally feel like I know what I’m doing when I put an outfit together. I don’t write about fashion very often on my blog (but I do enjoy a good OOTD photo on Instagram), partly because I feel like I’d make a terrible fashion blogger! There are a few things in my closet that I’ve had for 10+ years, and in today’s fashion blogging world, it seems like to keep up with the ladies at the top, you need to be shopping at Nordstrom every five seconds.

I decided to end my month long green series with fashion though, because even though I like Nordstrom as much as the next person, I really can’t afford to drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, designer denim or a purse. And even if I could afford it, it’s wasteful with money and harmful to the planet to always buy new.

Shopping second-hand is really where it’s at. I’ve found SO MANY cool and quality pieces for my closet that way. Think designer names like Frye, Kate Spade, Zara, Coach, Sam Edelman, Hunter, Steve Madden, and Silver Jeans at much lower prices. Some items are new; others are gently used. And why shouldn’t we be responsible with our fashion choices too? In my opinion, it’s incredibly wasteful with your money to drop $500 on a purse, but that’s just me 🙂

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite finds for you – most came from Poshmark where you can also sell unwanted items from your closet then use those credits to purchase things. Or transfer to your bank account for an extra boost. If I know I’m in need of something or on the hunt for an item I don’t want to pay full price for, Poshmark is my go-to these days. (I’ll link some similar styles so you can go on your own search if you’re feeling inspired)

My bag (Kate Spade) and booties (Frye) both came from Poshmark and were less than $100 combined. Chambray top is old, from American Eagle and dress is from Magnolia Boutique.

 


I searched for two years for this cat Kate Spade watch!! Someone finally listed it on Poshmark, and I scooped it up immediately. Here’s a similar watch or you can stalk the resale sites like I did and maybe get lucky.

Bracelets are Bourbon and Boweties. The antler bangle is sold out, but the beaded bracelet is still available!


Indy also has a Vintage Goodwill store where I was able to find a Fleetwood Mac band tee that I’d been searching for FOREVER. You never know what you might find when you shop second hand! Camo pants are from Express.

This Zara jacket came from Poshmark – I actually saw it on an actress on TV and just did a search for embroidered bomber and found it that way. I’m not sure if it’s real silk or not, but it’s great quality and was only $18. New, it would have cost me $150. There are still a few listed on there, but much more than what mine cost.

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When I was in need of a warm, water-proof parka for Iceland, I bought this North Face parka for about 1/3 of the retail price. It was everything and more for the trip, keeping me dry and warm. I also wore it all winter here in Indiana.

So next time you are looking for something specific, consider shopping second hand because you just never know what you might find. Not only is it economically beneficial, but it’s good for the earth too!

Pictured below: Kate Spade Cat Clutch, Hunter Rain Boots & Silver Floral Embroidered Jeans

 

 

 

Cute & Casual Valentine’s Day Looks

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I’ve never made a big deal about the holiday – it’s fun to go out to eat and get your significant other candy, but huge, grand gestures are just not my thing.

I do however love to bust out the heart print things! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite outfits that celebrate the occasion – some of these pieces I’ve had in my closet for years, but I’ve tried to link things that are similar in my ShopStyle widget on the right hand side of my post.

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My First Time at DryBar

My sister was in town visiting from Wyoming and on a whim, I asked her if she’d want to check out the new Drybar in town before the Miranda Lambert concert we were planning to go to last Saturday night. Both of us thought a little pampering sounded fun and relaxing, so I booked an appointment online and was super excited to try them out.

If you’ve never head of Drybar before, it’s a salon that specializes in blowouts – no cuts or color, just style. They’ve been around for a while in bigger markets but are starting to expand to medium size cities and just opened their Indianapolis location near the Fashion Mall, so it’s in a great location for a girls weekend.

The salon itself is very clean looking with lots of lighting and mirrors so you’re able to see exactly what’s going on. When we first got there, we met our stylists, then went over our hair type, the products they use and selected a style. I chose the Mai Tai, which is beachy waves. Since we were going to a concert and it was very hot and humid, I picked a style that I thought would hold up well in those conditions.

Then it was time for a wash! That was really relaxing, especially since you get a mini head massage while your hair is being washed and conditioned.

It was back to the chair after that for their unique drying/styling process. Drybar stylists actually curl your hair while they are drying, using a round brush and some wrist techniques that I’d love to learn at home. It was really fun to watch and your hair looks so pretty even before they get to the styling portion of your appointment.

My stylist used large rollers to set the blow dry style before using a flat iron to give me the beachy waves. Then as an extra bit of flare, I got a dutch braid on the side where my bangs are growing out.

Both our styles turned out so cute and I can’t wait to go back some other time! Thank you to Drybar for making our girls weekend that much more fun 🙂