Uncertainty

It’s been a little over two months since the last time I posted any fashion/style tips and I realized I never actually planned this site. Haha. I just kind of started going with something and hoped it would click with someone. I didn’t set a schedule for myself or a content calendar or organize this in a way that would encourage me to continue to post, and I hit a few emotional roadblocks that stopped me from wanting to create anything. Nothing necessarily new, and yet it felt like something I hadn’t experienced before.

 

Sometimes, as much as I love dressing cute and shopping and makeup, I get so exhausted and feel completely drained and I don’t do any of that. So it feels so fake to post things about style and I’m not LIVING in my own style.

 

Recently, I committed to buying things that are cute but also in my dream style: bohemian rock star. Yes, that’s what I call it. I have some clothes in my closet that are very safe, things I figured could make me seem more serious or smart or whatever. But they don’t actually feel like me. They don’t make me feel anything. For years I wanted to design my own clothes and fear forced me out of feeling qualified. It seems silly to put those thoughts into the universe but I still haven’t been living my truth…not as much as I need to, and it creates a lot of resentment and anger and bitterness to not pursue your dreams or to live as brightly as you need to, and I have to be honest if nothing else.

Hello, Again, to All My Friends

Hi there, my lovelies!

It’s been a very long time. I apologize for my hiatus, as I didn’t intend to not blog for this long. Life got a bit hectic. I’m back in school, I changed my grad school track, and I’m juggling motherhood, too. I’ve also decided to not sit in the house and be sad, haha, so I’m busier than I used to be, and I have to figure out how to schedule things so that I separate time for myself and the things that I love to do.

As I’ve written before, I love finding good deals. I love bargain hunting and discount shopping and I love thrifting! I used to be very apprehensive to shopping at a thrift store and I’ve found some of the best things at Turnstyles! They now have two locations, and I cannot wait to visit the other one.

So, I’ve become addicted to finding good deals! I love Hautelook, Zulily and I use Ebates so much! I love finding a way to save money. Here are some of the things I’ve found this past week:

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VL Court 2.0 Adidas Toddler Boy’s Sneaker for $29.97 at Hautelook

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Girl’s Pink Racer TR Sneaker $29.97 Hautelook

Boys Blue Racer TR Sneaker $29.97 Hautelook.

I have this affinity for baby/toddler shoes. So cute!!

Carter’s Cherrie Gold Metallic Sandal Toddler Girls $16.99 Zulily

 

Carter's Adney Sneakers, Toddler & Little Boys (4.5-3)

Carter’s Navy Adney Boys Shoe $12.99 Zulily

I’ll have to post more finds as I discover more deals.

 

*This post is not sponsored by Zulily nor Hautelook. I have not received payment or promotion for this post.

Baby Love

I was initially a little apprehensive about plastering my little donuts all over this blog because I didn’t want to be that mom, (even though I am totally that mom), but I decided to go ahead.

Having two small children makes shopping a bit of a challenge in regards to deciding how much of my budget I’ll devote to clothing. As a clothing horse, I would spend all of my money on clothes and beauty items and eat dust and bubbles for dinner. However, as a mommyhorse (yes, I did type that), I can not afford to do such a thing.

Some of my favorite stores for kids clothing happen to be Carter’s, Target, Gap, and Marshall’s. I love finding a good deal, and in fact, I challenge myself to see how I can find the best deals possible. Sometimes, it’s a bit of a headache and other times it is completely exhilarating. Regardless of my emotions while shopping, seeing their tiny little bodies adorned in the items I choose is always satisfying. I take pride in finding things that express their personalities and allow them to move freely. And maybe it’s because I’m a little clothing-obsessed, but I cannot stand to kids in clothes that adults wouldn’t feign to wear. They are people with opinions and desires just like the rest of us, and no, that doesn’t mean that a toddler has to have designer boots and baby bags to be stylish. It means that children deserve to express themselves in their clothing just like the rest of us, and it truly does not have to be a budget-breaking experience.

Below I’ve included some of my favorite finds that were not expensive at all!

Bella in an Old Navy dress, similar styles, $10-16

(Capturing a 2 year old without blur is a miracle so I’m trying!)

Bash in a Genuine Kids Long-Sleeved Tee, similar styles, Target, $5- $11, (check in stores for clearance prices)

Here they’re styled with a mix of clothing from thrift stores, Amazon, and Target.

Red Suspenders and Bow Tie Set, Amazon, $5-$7 (price varies)

White Oxford, Nautica, similar styles, $20-$30 (prices vary)

Dark Blue Jeans, Carter’s, $10-$15

Red Plaid Carters Dress, $5, Thrifted

Black Tights, Target, $5, Cat & Jack

velvet lingerie

velvet lingerie

Spaghetti strap top
$6.68 – prettylittlething.com

Fleur du Mal pink kimono
modaoperandi.com

I D SARRIERI lingerie sleepwear
$385 – net-a-porter.com

Topshop
nordstrom.com

Plus size lingerie
musotica.com

Triumph lingerie panty
$43 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Hanky panky panty
barenecessities.com

Bralette bra
$16 – boohoo.com

La Vie en Rose

I’m so excited that florals are still an easily-accessible fabric choice because they’re truly one of my favorite prints. I have a tendency to love patterns, and florals tie in two of my favorite things: fabrics and flowers.

I find that florals are such a feminine piece and can be combined with endless patterns or solids to evoke your style however you see fit. A solid long sleeved basic top with an ornate floral skirt? Perfect balance. An all-over floral print with a denim jacket? Casual chic. Leather and florals? Edgy and feminine. The choices are endless.

Here I’ve curated a few flowery pieces, with various price ranges as always, that are truly must-haves and unforgettable!

Enjoy.

Gucci, 3/4 Sleeve Organza Cocktail Dress, $5980.00

Zimmerman, Mercer lace-up dress, $486.50

Alice + Olivia, Coco floral-print dress, $311.50

Lulus, Every Little Thing Maxi, $74.00

Lulus, Floralina Black Wrap Maxi, $92.00

Now, this coat is so much fun! I had to throw it in here.

Bagarelle, Floral Bomber Jacket, $44.98

Charlotte Russe, Floral Lattice-Back Bell Sleeve, $18.00

I could keep going forever and ever but I think this is a great place to show. Comment down below if you like any of these pieces!

Also, let me know what other styles of clothing you’d like to see on the blog!

XOXO,

Nicole

Don’t You Fur-get About Me!

Ever since I was a wee lass, I’ve loved fur. I loved the elegance of it, the feel, the glam. It’s just something I’ve always kind of been obsessed with and adored. Since I’m not rich, and also not a huge fan of real fur, I decided to dedicate this post to faux fur and its adaptability to anyone’s closet. In this post you’ll find a mix of outrageous looks and more conservative ones that I love!

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Shein, Black Fur Vest, $32.00

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Urban Outfitters, Multicollared Fur Vest, $89.00

Forever 21, Longline Jacket, $58.00

Shaci, Houndstooth Fur Coat, $125.00

Urban Outfitters, Ami Faux Fur Collarless Coat, $189.00

BB Dakota, Elvan Open Front Fur Vest, $109.00

Velvet Bodysuits

I created a bodysuit collage on Polyvore. I found five of my favorites, and I’m trying to decide which ones best suit my personality and truthfully, I want them all! I love just about anything velvet, and I think bodysuits are sexy on any body type.
Over the next months, I’ll be dedicating posts to my love of velvet and other glamorous fabrics and materials, because luxurious-looking clothing works for anyone!
Xo,
Nicole
Velvet Bodysuits

 

Welcome to the MadHouse!

Hello, there! I created this blog to have a separate platform for my creative and style aspirations. I wanted to initially launch a blog that encompassed who I am as a woman, a mother, a sister, a friend, etc., but I found that trying to include all of that on my personal blog was a bit overwhelming. On top of trying to edit a WordPress account from a buggy iPhone app, I was attempting to do it with no prior knowledge of navigating WordPress aside from a crappy blog I attempted about seven years ago! Ha.

 

Here I am, tail in my hand, trying this. AGAIN. For the fifth time? I think. I wanted to have a way to communicate my ideas without overwhelming myself. I also wanted to hold myself accountable for creating a space that was my own, one that I tailored to cater to women, especially those of us that may feel that we don’t see ourselves enough in the media.

 

I’m hoping to find my way, using this blog and other avenues, too, in shaping and impacting the world in some positive manner. It may sound ambitious, but ambition never hurts.

 

Welcome to the show!

 

XOXO,

Nicole

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