Posted in Fashion

5 Thrift Store Shopping Tips

Shopping at a thrift store or in short “thrifting” is not for everybody. Some people don’t even wanna hear the word “thrift store”. Some people loves it. I’m one of those people who love thrift stores. Every time I shops at a thrift store I always get out with a very big smile, and always proud with the stuff I found. Just don’t be afraid to dig and get your hands dusty/dirty.

Below, I’m gonna share with you my shopping tips before I go to any thrift store.

Casual chic style fashion.
Wearing a leather vest I found at Goodwill for $2.00
Chic style fashion
Ain’t this vest so cute?

START WITH A PLAN

Don’t just go to a thrift store or even in any other store without a plan. Think about what you want to look for. Be specific and write it down. I have to write down stuff all the time otherwise I forget. Yes, I’m that forgetful (sounds awful right?). One of my biggest for writing down what I want is to have a guide also. I love vintage stuff. Honestly, they’re like candies to me. But having a guide or note I can actually focus and prioritize what’s on my list.

BE READY TO GET YOUR HANDS DUSTY/DIRTY

To those who hasn’t been to a thrift store, get ready. Sometimes the dust can be overwhelming. Some thrift stores ain’t that dusty, but some are, just saying. If you’re not willing to get your hands dusty or dirty, then you should stick to shopping at the mall or a boutique.

TAKE YOUR TIME

Thrift store can be overwhelming. I spend an hour or two every time I’m thrifting. So, before you even go thrifting, make sure that you have plenty of time to spare for it. No need to rush, there’s no fun thrifting if you’re rushing. You might miss a diamond somewhere because you’re rushing and don’t wanna look around, hahaha. There’s plenty of great stuff or great deals at any thrift store that’s worth checking out. Time, time, time….because baby, all you need is time.

CHECK YOUR PICKS

Once you found the stuff from your list don’t get too excited. One thing you should do first before you even check out is to check your items. Make sure there’s no holes, ripped stitches, or stains. Ripped stitches ain’t that bad if you can sew then great! I can’t stand stains so I always check my picks not just once just to be sure.

ALWAYS THANK THE PERSON AT THE REGISTER WHEN CHECKING OUT

Before leaving the store, always thank the person at the register with the great deals you have found. Everyone loves to hear that. It lighten up someone’s day.

My Thrift Store Finds This Week

Spring-summer weave handbag.
Weave handbag for $1.50
Ready for spring.
This bag is pretty, perfect for springtime to summer!
Jewelry organizer.
A Trifold Jewelry Organizer for 0.75 cents.
Drop earrings.
One side is for earrings. I made most of my earrings myself.
Drop earrings.
I made some of these earrings.
The other side is for bracelets.
The middle part is for the necklaces.

Now, if you’re planning to go thrifting take your time and have fun!

LOVE, ESTER

Posted in Fashion

A Pop Of Pink Flowy Dress In Winter

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I’m not a winter person. I really can’t stand cold. Even though I have been living in the United States for ten years, but I’m still a tropical person. However, I maybe don’t like the cold weather, but I love the winter fashion looks – from the boots, scarves, cardigans, coats and head caps.

I’m loving this High Neck Flowy Dress. The material is so soft and cool to my skin which I love the most. The fact that I can also wear this style in spring time is an additional points for me. The size I’m wearing here is extra-small. However, if you wear extra-small size you probably should get the “small” size. The extra-small size shoulder width is a little bit narrow. Not so much though, just a little bit.

ABOUT THE COLOR?

As a matter of fact, I was not a “pink color” fan, but that has changed after I got this dress. I realized that the pink color looks good on my skin. So, yay!! I’m pleased with that. I love that the style and the color of this dress go really with my furry scarf (the one I’m wearing here is sold out so I’m linking a similar one ), tan high heel boots, and this cute Brahmin crossbody bag ( this style is also sold out, I’m linking similar one here ).

Winter Fashion style.

SHOP THE LOOK

Furry Scarf
Brahmin Crossbody Bag
Turtle Neck Pink Dress
Brown High Heeled Boots
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Posted in Arts

Custom Designs: Floral Wrapping Papers

How do you like wrapping a present for someone? What designs do you choose for a wrapper? For now, I’m gonna share with you my 10 picks of the day wrapping papers. I have friends who are having birthdays. Most of them are not pretty much soon, but that is one of the things I need to make it up this year. I am so forgetful. My friends and workmates used to laugh at me because I think for them it’s quite funny how I forget things that quick. To be honest, I had this problem since after I gave birth to my first child. I literally couldn’t remember my birthday and other things. I’ll talk about it some other time.

Anyway, last year, I was working in a retail job. You know working in retail is not like go to work and don’t do anything. It’s not like that at all, especially at my work. Not to mention the place, but all of us ( my workmates – including me ) had to work hard. Lifting boxes, climbing on the ladder, and etc. That time, I really forgot some of my friends birthdays. That’s why this year, I will try my very best to be prepared, starting from finding a nice gift wrapper. For most people, gift wrapper is not the most important thing when giving gifts which I totally agree. However, that will be part of my preparation for this year. It’s fun to do something a little different, don’t you think? Something that makes your gift more special because of the effort you will put into it before giving it to someone special – friends and families.

  1. Graceful

2. Vibrant Peacock Tail

3. Snowflakes

4. Sparkly Silver Snowflakes

5. Pink Rose Blue Hydrangea

6. Hand Painted Floral Pattern

7. Vivid Floral

8. Carnations

9. Romantic Pink

10. Bohemian Pink

I hope you’ll like the designs above. Each of the Zazzle artists above have plenty of other beautiful designs to choose from. Feel free to check them out!

Posted in Home Decor

Dollar Tree Day:Dollar Tree Finds

Good Monday to all! How was your weekend? Hope you had a great weekend. About me and my family, yes we had a great weekend. Today is Monday January 7th and my boys are back to school. Oh gosh, I didn’t want to get up early. I’m a night owl person not an early bird. It’s all good though, that’s life!

I have a question, how many of you like going to Dollar Tree store? I do love Dollar Tree. I go there three times a week or sometimes more. There’s so much merchandise that I love from that store.

My boys are in school so I decided to go and get something from Dollar Tree. However, I did not get a lot today. Just a few of my favorite things to pick up every time when I’m there, it’s candles and chocolates! LOL. Not just candles and chocolates for today though. I luckily found these notebooks that say “LITTLE, BUT FIERCE and GIRL BOSS”. I love it, love it, love it! I think I got them on time before it was all gone. These are the last two notebooks left.

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Little, But FIERCE

Not only that I like this notebook, but I love what it says. It’s so me! Hey, I’m 4″11, everyone calls me tiny, little, skinny and whatever. Yes I’m little, but I’m fierce!

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Girl Boss

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Sleep Lavender Candles

I like the smell of this sleep lavender candles. It’s not too strong at all which I like the most.

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Russell Stover Chocolates & Cookies

Here comes my weakness! I usually get 4 or 5 packs of this coconut flavored Russell Stover chocolate. Guess what? It didn’t stay for long and now I’m hyped. It’s that good!

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Russell Stover Dark Chocolate

Until next time and I really appreciate you for reading this blog. Have a wonderful day to all and God bless you!

love ester
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Posted in Lifestyle

Lazy Day Thursday+Thrift Store Treasures

Good morning ya’ll. What are you up to today? To all who are working today I hope you will have a successfull and wonderful day at work. As of today, my boys are still out of school. They will be back on the 7th of January which is this coming Monday. Right now, we can’t really do much outdoors because of the rain. It has been raining since last Tuesday. It’s quite nasty outside.

Today, we’re just gonna be on our pajamas all day. Read books. Helping my eldest son study for his upcoming spelling bee contest on January 16th. Well, you know that doesn’t come really easy. I know other moms know that there will be tantrums, stubbornness and the selective hearing moment when teaching your kid. In moment like this, all I need is PATIENCE….PATIENCE…PATIENCE.

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Our dog Daisy is relaxing on the couch.

Thrift Store Treasures
Thrift Store Treasures

However, when that part is done, it will be time to light some candles and just relax. Who doesn’t want to relax? I need it so bad! I have been working…working…working. So many times I feel so guilty of having limited time with my little ones. Last month, I resigned my job not because I don’t wanna work anymore. I had sever back pain throughout those years while working that nobody would understand the pain I had and the struggle of striving to look painless, to smile, to walk like I didn’t feel any pain. It’s a challenge doing that on a daily basis. Right now, going to the chiropractor helps me feeling better. I’m almost there. I’m grateful! For a long time, I don’t even know how it feels like when you don’t have severe pain.

Anyway, I probably blah..blah..blah..too much. Before I’ll end up today’s blog, I wanna share something with you quick. One thing I really love to do is going to a thrift store. Who else like to go to a thrift store? Can’t be just me, lol. The stuff I have in these images below are from a thrift store. The candle holders were $1.50. The books were $0.25 each. They’re not just books for decorations or photography props, but for me I love these books. Max Lucado is my favorite author. I also love reading inspirational books. The transparent glass is from Dollar Tree. The dog is not from the thrift store or dollar tree hahaha just kidding. That’s our sweet dog Daisy. She is so adorable!

I hope that you will have a beautiful day and until next time!

Love,

Ester