How To Shop Smart I Spring Edition

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Hello everyone!

Springtime inspired me to purge my closet (I’ll be sharing more about that in a future post) to make more room. And guess what? I could fling open the closet door and experience a breeze of fresh air wafting out, and all without a mountain of fabric avalanching on my face. Okay, that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the gist!

And with that extra room, I wanted to do a bit of smart shopping to start off 2015, which is pretty much the following formula: shopping affordably + appropriately to the season. 599fashion wanted to help me reach my goal, and so I’m here to share with you a few items they sent over! I love how they offer so many options for clothing, accessories, lifestyle, etc… AND did you know they boast an extended line to include items for men+women+children – any creative last minute ideas for Mother’s or Father’s day, anyone? ;).

Let me show you my little haul with 599fashion.com! I’ll leave you a rundown of the details (shipping, thoughts on quality, etc) after the images. Let me know your thoughts!

item one: TASSEL EARRINGS

super cute, not too large for my ears, brand new and the little chains added a fun flair to my outfit! 

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item two: FAUX STONE BANGLE

i adore this piece. it’s bohemian. it’s classic. it’s bendable. it’s simple.

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Doesn’t it look absolutely… thoughtful, for an inanimate object? heh.

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item three: GOLD LINK NECKLACE

too sweet for words. a lovely complement for the classic white tee.

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isn’t it?

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item four: LAYERED CHAINS NECKLACE

whimsical, and the universal necklace. any look, and BAM. you’re done.

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item  five: GEOMETRIC PLATED NECKLACE

the quirky, outgoing one. free to pair with anything to add a little funk.

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oh, yeah.

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item six: THE SUNNIES

standard shades. cool texture.

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item seven: FLUFFY SLIPPERS

need i say more?

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oh, my darling!

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item eight: EMBROIDERED FLORALS

my favorite shirt atm. so spring but so versatile.

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that detail, though…

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item nine: MICKEY GOES ABROAD

a fun, mickey-inspired shirt with the CUTEST bow formed into the shirt.

see below.

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amazing.

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And yeah! I hope you enjoyed that sneak peek. I’ll link a video to show me trying on all of the items in the set HERE. or here.

THOUGHTS:

SHIPPINGfast! arrived just a few days after placing the order

SERVICEeasy, and very responsive. i even received an e-mail update regarding where the package was!

SETthe amount of items offered on 599fashion.com is immense! i love that there are so many styles that are catered to, and the price point (everything $5.99 or less

AVAILABILITY (sorry, no more alliteration): things go pretty quickly due to the low price points, so the exact items that even I’m showing you may not be on the website anymore. however, there are so many products loaded, which means similar things are sure to be discovered. how you go about that is up to you! it’s the ultimate scavenger hunt 🙂

Aaaaand that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the images and found this post helpful – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you! 🙂

Have a lovely day!

Jessica

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*the items in this post were provided by 599fashion.com for consideration. all thoughts are my own and are 100% honest!*

#PassportToParis OOTD & Travel Edition

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday!

So today, I decided to take the #fbf route because this OOTD was supposed to get posted a little while ago.

A little while ago meaning…. several months ago.

Time sure seems to fly, and so did I… to Paris this past year!

So let’s get started, shall we? 🙂

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A little ways away from Notre Dame (and an awesome stand that offers nutella crepes, SO good!).

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And this spot?

It just seemed like a really, really nice place to read.

I wish I could have plopped myself down where that person was sitting and relax for a sunny afternoon by the water, leaning against that lone lamppost.

With a hot cup of tea.

Ahh yes, it’s definitely fall today.

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We went walking this-a-way and that-a-way and found numerous lovely places for photoshoots! Too bad my luggage had been lost, which led to…

dressing myself with my mom’s clothes,

dressing myself with my sister’s clothes,

doing makeup using my mom’s small arsenal,

and… shopping!

IMG_2648  The lightweight maxi dress with the jungle green print was something I picked up the first day in Paris, and I wore that piece like crazy!

Paired it with the Love Culture hat I thankfully did not put in my luggage and the H&M purse that stayed with me the entire time as well 🙂

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Such enchanting views, I loved seeing all the beautiful things in that city!IMG_2662

Lots of amusing events happened here as well, but that can be saved for another time.

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A light and refreshing outfit that allowed me to carry all my essentials for a day of exploring in the city of love!
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I hope you had a fun time with me and enjoyed this post –

I’m thankful I was able to visit another part of the globe and see the wonderful creation – the sights and the views and the places to go – for myself!

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] Retro Repeat OOTD

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Hello, hello!

So today, I’m featuring the Zara laser cutout heels that I’ve been showing for the past few posts, haha.

I thrifted the patterned sweatshirt (What’s the pattern called? Not houndstooth, but something similar…) and…

I wanted something not too crazy to clash with the top today, so I paired it with this statement necklace from Windsor.

The gleam from the stones adds some visual interest, but the fact that it’s in the same color palette as the sweatshirt helps it hang as a subtle piece.

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To keep this office-friendly, I paired it with a black pencil skirt from J. Crew (thrifted!) and the heels! 🙂

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The pattern makes me so dizzy but deliriously happy inside, haha. I love the coziness of the knit, but do y’all understand when your accessory/a sharp corner of a desk gets caught in the yarn and unravels a part of it? Merp.

#firstworldproblems

#knitpicking

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A closeup from head…

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To toe!

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All ten of them, in fact. 😀

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] beach birthday

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 Hello, there!

Did I successfully reel you in to this post?

Hehe.

Moving on!

So it was my birthday back in the summertime, and I thought I would share a few pics from that lovely day with my family!

We went to the beach (I love the beach!) and walked around…

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Yay! Love the simple contrast of white + anything else…

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AND COTTON CANDY!

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Oh, the good times of that day. And you get a little peek of the outfit!

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There we go! I wore a white tee + mint skirt + accented pattern/color block sandal.

SO comfy.

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Isn’t the “more to sea” so punny?

Totally up my alley.

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Scouted out random pretty areas as well.

You know, to burn off the sugar from all that cotton caaaaaandy 😀

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Jess

[snapshotspace] donut you want to go to krispy kreme right now, matey?

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Happy Monday, folks!

So this past Friday, Krispy Kreme was celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Which I had no idea about, until fellow donut loving friends lovingly informed me of this amazing day! Basically, this is what happens. Either you can:

1.) Go and buy a donut, per usual.

2.) Go and talk in a pirate accent/lingo, and get one glazed donut free!

3.) Go and be dressed up like a pirate, and get one DOZEN free glazed donuts!

Guess which one I did, and got amazing people to participate in with me? 😉

And it was crazy, because I ended up getting so absorbed into DIY-ing all things pirate that I invested over 2.5 hours into this project, heh.

My amazing friend also whipped up the awesome donut with utensil “crossbones” designed hat.

Wow!

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With everything made and done, two (awesome) friends and I…

put on our “gear,”

practiced our pirate lingo (okay, that was mostly me),

and walked out of Krispy Kreme with THIRTY SIX FREE GLAZED DONUTS!

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into that incredibly fun night, and please let me know if you have any suggestions for how to get all the donuts enjoyed!

Thank you, Krispy Kreme for such a memorable and sweet (hehe) night!

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

P.S. If you enjoyed, stick around and follow for more just as tasty and tasteful posts, hehe! 🙂

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[snapshotspace] Hello, Baby! OOTD

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Oh, hello again!

It’s going to be a little twist here on #helloblackbird in that we’re going to be featuring a BOY today!

Well, at the time this was taken, he wasn’t born yet, but we all were boy-oh-boy excited 🙂

So… if you didn’t gather in the last few sentences, I had the lovely privilege of attending a baby shower, and we all know how I can be a liiiiiiiitttle behind regarding the time frame between taking photos and posting them here!

<cough> He is born and thriving and handsome! </cough>

Nevertheless, here is a brief snapshot of my OOTD, with a cameo from a magical unicorn from that one movie. The one that was really funny. And cute.

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The statement necklace is from Windsor, and the classic navy shade has brought a lot of attention from passerby when I wear it! I love how it’s large and in charge, but at the same time doesn’t have to be bright neon or crazy huge to declare its presence. (Not that I don’t like those pieces. It just worked out this way for this outfit!)

The top is from Target, and I LOVE the cat print on this knit piece. It’s quirky and fun, and oh so comfortable! If you know me, you know that’s how I roll 🙂

Nevertheless, I need to make some space in my closet so I’m actually selling it on one of my favorite sites to browse, Threadflip.com! Stop by if you want to take a peek!

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Loving these navy shorts from Francesca’s! That store is pretty much my dream store. If I could create a boutique, I feel like I would just copy/paste that beautiful place with all the clever accessories and nicknacks over to my site, heh. Don’t you love the lace detailing on the pockets? I know that it’s pretty simple to add on yourself, so I could have just done it to a pair I owned, but nobody’s got time for that! That being going to the fabric store to pick out the specific lace, sewing, and figuring out how to use the rest of the lace.

Actually…

Hmmm………….

I digress.

And from here on out are a few photos I took from that special event! The ladies who made and put up this decor are quite talented, I must say (and I’m sure you’d agree!). Prepare yourself for some heartmelting content below.

Be advised.

You have been warned.

🙂

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GAH. SO CUTE.

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MUSTACHE straws?? Simple DIY with such massive changes in aesthetic!

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Plasticware cinched in to create a bow-tie effect. I love.

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The whole array 🙂

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My heart.

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No truer statement.

Well, that’s not true, but it’s pretty up there.

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Say it with me: D’awwwww!

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 One of the activities we had was decorating stick-on bow ties/neck ties so that when he reaches that length of life (one month, two months, three months, etc), it’s easy to snap a photo and know exactly how old he is!

Brilliant.

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The photobooth that was so meticulously set up by an amazing woman I am blessed to know.

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Manly munchies on the table!

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The program that “tied” (hehe, get it? :D) the whole thing together.

I hope you enjoyed this edition, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] One Day My Prints Will Come…

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And they came!

Hehe oh, hello there!

So over the summer, I introduced  a few items to my wardrobe – and one of the stars of the new additions are these printed pants from Zara!

I showed them in a haul uploaded this past week – click here (or here or here or here) if you want to take a look at the rest of the new items!

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It’s shopping vicariously… through me! 🙂

 And without further ado, here are the pants!

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These are super simple to style, and I love the elaborate print combined with muted colors that make it a breeze to coordinate.

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On top I have my favorite statement necklace EVER. Seriously. Ever.

MRAHHH I love.

Paired it with a plain white tee from H&M and a thrifted mustard yellow cardigan!

On nails: Essie’s “show me the ring” – the champagne/frosty finish is a lovely complement to the ensemble, don’t you think?

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The pants came with the belt, which (obviously) matches quite well. I love how casual the outfit can be by simply switching the pants for jeans, or dressed up by switching the pants for a pencil skirt!

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BEAUTIFUL.

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And here I present to you the wilted hydrangea that I could have placed the necklace on for your viewing pleasure ;).

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Exhibit A: I thought the dotted pattern would make a cool backdrop, but didn’t consider that I was too short to make it all the way up there, heh.

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Look at that print!

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Oh, hello again!

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The day was lovely 🙂

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Did You Know? Sitting on bricks is quite… comfortable…

And makes for a thankful heart when there are comfy chairs to sink into later!

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Again with these gorgeous booties from Nordstrom Rack! Seriously living on my feet!

 I hope you enjoyed this style snippet, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

P.S. If you are curious as to see how these pieces look in action, and a few entertaining bloopers, click here (or here or here or here) for this edition in video format!