THRIFT STORE FIND: A CORPORATE STATEMENT

Photo Cred: Justin Featherstone @olotparkinglot

Sometimes a spark of color is what you need to brighten up the corporate atmosphere. It also gives your co-workers a glimpse of your personality. I learned in Marketing that color has meaning, and many companies use it to evoke a feeling in their customers. It’s the same way in fashion; this multi-color silk blouse with a white collar and cuffs and a navy-blue pocket from goodwill was my corporate statement. The red represented strength and determination; the navy blue represented power and authority; white implied fairness and independence. I paired this blouse with skinny black pants, loafers, and a clutch. The outfit was so simple, but yet a necessary corporate statement.

Blouse came from:
Goodwill
4816 Boiling Brook Parkway
Rockville, MD, 20852

Skin Serum, what is the point?

Skin Serum, what is the point? Why do I need it? Nowadays, I see many beauty brands swear by it, but I usually pass on it and go straight to the cleansers, masks, exfoliators, and moisturizers. What is the point of purchasing a skin serum? Is it a ploy from the beauty industry to get us to spend money on products that are not needed? It may not be necessary, but it does a hell of a job improving skin problems. Whether you suffer from acne-prone skin, uneven skin tone, dryness, or aging, this light moisturizer absorbs active ingredients that correct your everyday skin challenges. For instance, this past summer, I was experiencing dry and dull skin. I was in dire need of skin rejuvenation, and JNL Natural’s Shine Skin Serum was just what I needed to bring life back into my skin. I couldn’t understand what was going on, but I knew I needed to switch up my skincare regimen. First, I thoroughly cleanse my skin using JNL Natural Face and Body Cleansing Bar, apply three drops of their Shine Skin Serum to my face, and finally, use their lightweight face salve for moisture. After two months of repeating these steps before bed, I felt the life brought back to my skin. My skin was no longer dull but evenly toned and hydrated. I finally got my radiance back without the help of makeup.

My favorite five ingredients:
Grapeseed Oil- evens skin tone and enhances brightness
Extra Virgin Oil- helps protect against free radical damage
Sweet Almond Oil- improves skin tone while reducing puffiness
Organic Argan Oil- works to reduce hyperpigmentation
Ylang Ylang EO- stimulates natural glow while boosting skin cell regeneration.

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THRIFT STORE FINDS: POLKA DOTS

Photo Cred: Justin Featherstone @olotparkinglot

Who would’ve known I would fall in love with polka dots in the Fall? This simple all-around navy blue polka dot dress is great for any occasion. I can pair it with heels for happy hour (block heels is my preference), or dress it down with white sneakers and a jean jacket on a day at the museum. When I went to church this past week, I decided to pair this dress with gray loafers.

Transform this simple dress into a fashion staple by adding some color.

Dress Came From:
Goodwill
4816 Boiling Brook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852

Thrift Store Finds: Fall is Back!

It’s that time of the year again; the leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and the temperature gradually decreases. Fall gives us the time to prepare for winter. You don’t need a heavy coat, but a nice blazer will do to keep you warm for those cool mornings and comfortable for those warm afternoons. This stylish forest green boyfriend blazer is in brand for Fall 2021. I paired this piece with a basic v-neck white tee, high-waisted blue jeans, Adrienne Vittadini loafers and added a vintage Liz Claiborne purse to complete the look.

Blazer came from:
The Salvation Army

11550 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
20852

Purse came from:
Goodwill

6136 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22044

For Shoes:
Follow @only1ofakind46 for vintage clothing

Photo Cred: Justin Featherstone @olotparkinglot

Here’s a sneak peek on what’s to come on this fall edition of #THRIFTSTOREFINDS

SIMPLE YET ESSENTIAL!

When we think about self-care: facials, massages, relaxation, and an nice quiet time at home usually come to mind. But did it ever occur that everyday tasks, such as taking a shower, brushing your teeth, frequently flossing, using cotton swabs to clean your ears, and moisturizing your skin are the best forms of self-care? This simple yet essential task ensures healthy hygiene, which is why I am excited to share my experience with using the JNL Naturals Simple Self-Care kit.

BAMBOO TOOTH BRUSH AND BIODEGRADABLE FLOSS

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is brush my teeth. I do not need to go into details on why it is important to brush your teeth. But did you know that failure to practice good oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, cavities, oral cancer, diabetes, and even bacterial pneumonia? Every time I brush my teeth, I make sure to floss to prevent plaque and remove food stuck between my teeth. First, I brush my teeth using the JNL Naturals Bamboo toothbrush for two to three minutes three times a day and then follow up with their Biodegradable floss.

FACE AND BODY CLEANSING BAR

If you read my previous post on the Face and Body Cleansing Bar, you know how much I enjoyed incorporating this bar into my skincare regimen. But this bar is a double threat; it works just as well on the body as it does on the face. This all-natural bar has a nice clean grapefruit and orange scent that thoroughly cleanses my skin without drying it out after a shower. I wet my washcloth, work the cleanser bar into it until it lathers, and then apply it to my body in a circular motion until I feel nice and clean. See how this product worked on my face and learn more about the ingredients. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PREVIOUS POST.

FACE SALVE

After a good splash to the face in the shower, I apply the face salve to keep my skin nice and moisturize throughout the day. This product is made with organic and vegan ingredients that are gentle on the skin and excellent for all skin types. I recommend taking the JNL Naturals skin type quiz to determine which salve will work best for your skin. Click Here to view how I utilize the face salve in my skincare regimen.

ALUMINUM- FREE DEODORANT

I use their Aluminum-free deodorant before I leave the house every morning. I was skeptical about vegan deodorants because they typically do not last long, especially during the summertime. So, I held off trying this deodorant until a couple of weeks ago, and I must say that I am impressed. With just five ingredients, this product kept me fresh all day. This brand decreased sweat production and had a slight coconut scent that was long-lasting.

My Favorite five ingredients:
Organic coconut oil- packed with antioxidants
arrowroot powder- absorbs moisture
sodium bicarbonate- neutralizes odors
Shea Butter- Makes silky application smooth
Diatomaceous Earth drains out toxins and absorbs moisture
Candilla Wax- stabilizes the ingredient

LIP BALM

Last but not least, I use this fantastic lip balm throughout the day. Click here to view my previous post on this product.

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THRIFT FINDS: GOODBYE TO SEPTEMBER

As we say goodbye to September, I have to acknowledge one of my favorite pieces from this month: the Lucky Brand’s white boyfriend overalls. Before the weather got cool, I would wear my boyfriends’ overalls on a day outing with a bronze tank top and heels to match or wear this with tennis shoes and a fitted t-shirt to achieve the girly tomboy look.

I love creating new looks with Lucky Brand’s white boyfriend overalls. Now that fall is here; I would need to store this piece away until next spring.

Overalls came from:
Goodwill Houston

2030 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 770
19

AN IMPROVED WASH N GO

Hair Serums serve as a tool to reduce frizz and protect the hair from future damage. With my constant struggle with frizz and dryness, I needed a hair serum capable of bringing my dry coils to life. JNL Naturals Hydrate Hair Serum is made for people like me with dry low porosity hair that has a hard time absorbing moisture; this hair serum can hydrate and reduce frizz while making the hair more manageable to maintain. This product is made with four unique moisturizing oils that has restored my hair :

  • Coconut oil moisturized my hair.
  • The sweet almond oil reduced frizz.
  • The jojoba oil reduced the buildup on my scalp.
  • The argan oil made my hair more manageable. 

First, I washed and deep conditioned my hair; Then, I applied five drops of the Hydrate Hair Serum on my scalp and massage for one minute. I used the remaining serum left from my scalp massage to gently run my hair through my fingers and finally applied styling products to complete my wash n go. Adding JNL Natural Hydrate Serum helped improved wash n go; my hair feels hydrated, looks shinier, and is more manageable to handle

Special Note for those with low porosity hair: This product has light oils that will not weigh down your hair.

Purchase this product now and received 10% off using my discount code SKYLARREA. CLICK HERE FOR JNL NATURALS WEBSITE

VINTAGE FINDS: JOURNEY TO MAKETTO

I love getting dressed up to go to new places! This weekend, I ventured out to Maketto to indulge in authentic Cambodian/Taiwanese cuisine. This place is unique; it has a lovely Jungle Bungalow aesthetic outside on the upper level that reminds me of an old Vietnam war movie scene where the soldiers are getting drinks at a local bar. My vintage silk Bedford fair skirt paired with an oversized white shirt that I decided to tie up to add spunk to the outfit perfectly matched the scenery. This fabric was breathable and light; I couldn’t help but doing a couple of twirls in this vintage masterpiece. On a hot, humid day, this outfit was extremely cool and fun to wear.

Skirt came from:
The Cottage Shop

811 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

Blouse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

BOOK A TABLE AT MAKETTO HERE

SUMMERTIME GLOW USING LUNE + ASTER

Summertime is my favorite time of the year! My hair gets lighter, and my skin gets darker. I usually neglect my budget around this time of the year to invest in a new vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free Skin Tint and Concealer from Lune + Aster.

I’m not a fan of wearing too much makeup in the summertime, but when I do? I prefer a dewy look that gives me a radiant finish. The Real Glow Skin Tint from Lune + Aster has a creamy texture that offers excellent sheer coverage and a natural look after minimum application. The Deep Almond was slightly darker than my summer tan; So, I used their Medium/Deep Hydrabright Concealer to blend perfectly with their Deep Almond Skin Tint shade to match my color. This brand has 11 shades in their Skin Tint to choose from, which is pretty impressive for a vegan line.

How do I achieve this Summer Time Glow? First, I use a moisturizer to hydrate my skin. Next, I apply Lune + Aster’s Real Glow Skin Tint on my face using a moist blending sponge. Once again, I neglected my eyebrows, so I use their Hydrabright concealer under the brow to hide the fine hairs, under my eyes, forehead, upper lip, chin, and then blend in with my Skin Tint using my blending sponge. Finally, I applied blush and setting powder, and viola, I have an effortless glow for the summertime.

Music: Another Time; Musician: LiQWYD

My Favorite Ingredients found in both products:
Hyaluronic Acid- helps replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
Vitamin E- helps to hydrate, repair, and protects against UV damage.

VISIT LUNE + ASTER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR PRODUCTS

CONSIGNMENT FINDS: A PERFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Sometimes after church, I like to link up with my friends for brunch, so finding a suitable transition attire for both church and brunch can be tricky. Although I want to look appropriate for church, I don’t want to look too conservative for brunch afterward. This long light blue pleated skirt with a simple white tie-hem tank top was perfect for both occasions on a Sunday afternoon.

Pleated Skirt came from:
Current Boutique

1009 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22134

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