Fur-Ever Girls.

Happy Wednesday:

Nothing feels more amazing than watching your dreams become your reality. I was not planning on having another shoot with Kaelynn for another few months but baby girl was ready to take photos with mommy. #blessed

This was definitely not expected – but it’s totally something I am extremely happy about. My obsession with the Mom & Daughter Blogger Duo is real and I cannot wait to start heading in that same direction with my own blog.

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I was teaching the munchkin how to cross her legs and her attempts were beyond adorable to watch. And she totally got the hang of it after a while! The fact that she is totally open to trying new things makes my heart so warm; there’s really nothing else I can ask for as a mama.

Working on getting detailed shots is the next thing we’re going to tackle next time I include baby girl. She’s getting the hang of it and that means everything.

My little forever girl. ❤

Outfit Details:

Glendaly:

Headscarf & Scarf: Thrifted

Jumper: Thrifted

Jacket: Unif x Urban Outfitters

Tights: H&M

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Vans

 

Kaelynn:

Head Band: Forever 21

Coat: Thrifted

Dress: Flea Market

Tights: Carters

Sneakers: Converse

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you enjoy seeing Kaelynn on the blog? I would love to know your thoughts!

Until next week,

GC xo

Top 8 Thrifting Tips From Your Friendly Native New Yorker.

So you want to start thrifting, ay’? I am a believer that everyone should become part of the #thriftsquad – not only is it budget friendly, but in a world where mass production is the norm, thrifting is one of the easiest ways to help promote recycling. To help with your new vintage venture, or to expand your strategy of thrifting, here a few of my favorite thrifting tips:

SLOW & STEADY ALWAYS WIN.

Patience is a virtue. It may seem weird that I have patience as the first tip for thrifting, but in order to find those gems your friends are always flaunting, you need to be okay with committing a chunk of time to browse and shop. The best pieces are always the ones that are hidden. Be ready to spend a few hours, a full afternoon or evening, dedicated to searching through used clothes. It’s totally worth it, promise. 

DIGGIN’ DAYS AREN’T OVER.

When thrifting, it’s okay to check every single hanger from every single section. This is a part of the equation in finding those gem pieces. That funky little boys graphic can totally work as your new go-to crop. & Those men tees are PERFECT for the latest oversized-tee-as-dresses trend. The whole store is your playground, go ahead and dig for days.

ENERGY TIP.

If you’re like me, you are extremely dedicated to making sure you are never hangry, ever. Going thrifting is no excuse to ditch breakfast or lunch. This is actually the perfect opportunity to catch up with your home girl who you haven’t seen in almost a year. Brunch date & thrifting? Yes and yes. Oh, and of course keeping snacks in your bag is a MUST. Nuts and granola are my go-to snacks, they always provide that little boost of energy.

BASIC IS OKAY WHEN THRIFTING.

I hate feeling basic, especially when it comes to my outfit choices. However, when dressing basic, it is easier to try things on over your clothes. My typical go-to outfit is tights and a cami/fitted top. Feel free to add a spunky outerwear piece to keep you from crying about the basic look; trust me though, it’ll definitely be easier for those thrift shops that have no fitting rooms. Thank you, Salvation Army. 

WILL WE MEET AGAIN?

Try to imagine if you’re really going rock that dress, top or pants more than once. This is a general shopping tip, but it’s one that I love to emphasize when thrifting because when something’s only a buck or two, it’s easy to say “Why not?” I’m guilty of this too and it’s something I’m still trying to work on. If you can’t imagine at least 3 different ways to style one piece, say no!

I CAVED: BUT IT WAS ONLY A DOLLAR!

One of my favorite things to do when I realize that I haven’t worn a piece of clothing at all is posting it up on the selling app Poshmark. Here, you can swap or sell your clothes with fellow gals who are also dealing with overflowing closets. #thestruggleisreal It’s a great way to join the revolution on recycling your clothes, and the extra cash never hurts. There are a few other apps, too: depop and vinted are a few other popular ones. If you think your pieces are vintage shop worthy – you can even create an entire Etsy page dedicated to your one-of-a-kind vintage finds. The possibilities are truly endless.

TRADING LOCALLY.

If you have a great group of gal pals, feel free to trade amongst each other. You never know the treasures that are hiding in your besties closet.

DIY.

One of my favorite ways to force myself to wear a random piece that I have yet to rock is definitely customizing it to my liking. Distressing denim, cropping tees, adding patches and bleaching can really make you want to show off that one-of-a-kind piece all the time. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE rocking DIY’ed clothing – it’s one of the coolest ways to rock your personality.

I hope you find that your next thrift trip is successful after reading this list of tips. Do you have any tips not listed here? Feel free to list them in the comment section down below! I’m always down with trying out new tricks at the thrift shop!
Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Thrifting!

GC xo

1 Year Blogiversary. | La Mama Hada

Happy Monday:

My blog’s officially turning the big 1.

It’s actual birthday is on Wednesday, but since I already have a post schedule for then, today is just gon’ have to do!

To celebrate, I decided to dedicate this post to some of my favorite shots from this past year. I have experienced so much growth on so many different aspects of my life since starting my blog – I’m super excited to see where this next year will take me.

Thank you so much for stopping by, & reading!

Seriously thankful beyond words!

‘Till Wedensday,
GC xo

Urban County.

Happy Wednesday:
I am jumpsuit obsessed – and my new job doesn’t help my obsession AT ALL. 
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Bag : Thrifted
I started a new position at Old Navy for Visual Styling and Merchandising and never have I ever loved a retail job as much as I love this one. I was sucked into the retail world right after high school, needing the extra cash to support myself through my college years. At the time, I dreaded it – working for a larger company can make you feel unmotivated, and can definitely make you feel stuck in a rut. But Visual Styling & Merchandising is a world that I am absolutely in love with. Styling because hey, my name is Glendaly and I have a fashion blog. Y’all know my love for styling outfits is real. Merchandising, though, is a field in the retail world that I’m starting to explore – it’s interesting trying to figure out what will sell best in the floor plan. It’s the technical work behind the master business plan & as someone who wants to eventually own their own boutique, being able to learn the ins-and-outs of visuals is a blessing.
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Hat : BillaBong | Earrings : Local Store | Scarf : Thrifted | Lippie: Colour Pop
Another bonus: being surrounded by cute, fun clothes. The inspo never ends! Old Navy has definitely stepped their game up; they’re not your typical mom shop anymore. They are totally fashion forward at an affordable budget. My favorite thing, though? Being able to pick up inexpensive looks for the whole family! As a working momma on a budget, being able to keep my entire family looking fashionable while being able to afford it is bomb.
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Jumpsuit : Old Navy
This denim jumpsuit was a piece I fell in love with immediately the day it came into my store. I knew for a fact that it would sell out super quick. I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on it because this is one piece that can be styled in various ways. It’s the beauty of jumpsuits – they can be dressed up or down, for almost any occasion. Any piece that can give me variety is a piece I need in my closet. It also makes me feel really funky, any clothing piece that can make me feel like a burst of fashionable sunshine is a piece for me.
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Shoes : Steve Madden
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Necklace : Gift
Disclaimer: I am NOT sponsored by Old Navy, I just work there. I do, however, recommend giving their current collections a chance – the current sales are insane. 
How would you style this denim jumpsuit?
Thank you for stopping by!
‘Till next time,
GC xo

Hippie Princess.

 

Happy Friday:

I am slowly, but surely making progress in my Parsons x Teen Vogue Fashion Essentials online course. Seriously, I’m SO thankful for the fact that we are given a full year to complete it.

I recently finished the last assignment of the first course – Unlocking Visual Style. I had to submit a layout similar to my first assignment: we had to upload images to a Pinterest board and create/capture a separate imagine completely inspired by them. Here’s the post of my first assignment if you’d like to check it out: Urban Queen.

This assignment, however, was dedicated to my story, who I am & how I can visually represent myself. We had to take photos of our room and create an outfit inspired by them. This one was a little bit tricker because it’s a bit of a challenge to create an outfit inspired by interior design. Maybe it’s just me but whenever I look at my room, 8 out of 10 times, it’s a complete mess & I swear that’s exactly how I feel!

Nonetheless, here’s a screenshot of my board:

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The outfit I came up with is pretty girly, with a hint of casualty. There’s an unkept vibe  oozing from the distressed jacket, which I feel represents me perfectly. I wore my Plasma tee as a dress – Plasma is  always hustlin’ hard & is a New Yorker, that’s that real inspo. HUF socks were added because they’re such a fun accessory and I threw on my JC Tardy’s because they are a huge part of my life as far as fashion blogging/vlogging goes. My favorite fashion vlogger wore these a ton when I first started watching YouTube videos, so when I found them on Poshmark, I just needed them in my life. No lie, they hold immense sentimental value to me. I added the gray beanie to go with the casual vibe & used the fake flowers as a prop to represent my love for Earth. I’m definitely a hippie princess.

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  • Beanie: H&M
  • Earrings/Necklace: DeadGypsy & Co
  • Jacket: Thrifted & DIY | Levi’s
  • Tee: PlasmaSlug
  • Shorts: American Eagle
  • Tights: H&M
  • Socks: HUF
  • Shoes: Jeffery Campbells

What do you think of my outfit? Does it represent my Pinterest board well?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

Fashion Essentials: Fall 2015 | Video

Happy Monday:

I cannot believe that the first week of November has already flown by. I’m always amazed by how quickly time seems to move when you’re constantly focused on your daily life ventures. Soon as you know it, the holidays are going to arrive and we’ll be welcoming in the New Year. Insane. 

Fashion essential videos have been floating around everywhere on YouTube, with gals and guys sharing their must-have fashion pieces for this fall season. One of my YouTube homies, Brandon, filmed this video a few weeks back and totally inspired me to share my Fall Fashion Essentials.

I decided to film it a little bit different, though.

I’ve been really into filming, and have been trying to play around with the overall theme and mood when it comes to the shots I try to capture. Cinematic vibes mixed in with fashion, lifestyle, etc. has also been inspiring me lately. This video isn’t fully cinematic, but it’s definitely my foot into that world. I’m totally excited to fully play around with my shots for future videos – it’s been so fun! Folks usually film fashion essential videos as a ‘sit down & chat’ type thing, but I really wanted to play around with the imagery & overall vibes! So it’s part lookbook, part fashion essentials and part home movie. 

This fall season, my go-to fashion pieces have been [listed as shown]:

  • Denim Jacket, preferably oversized.
  • Knits.
  • Black Skinnies.
  • Casual Sneakers.
  • Beanies.
  • Boyfriend Jeans.
  • Black, Ankle Booties.
  • Flannels.
  • Moto Jacket.

Here is my video: Fashion Essentials | Fall ’15:

What are some of your Fall Fashion Essentials?

Thank you so much for stopping by;

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo

Denim Jacket Lookbook: Fall ’15 | Video

Happy Friday:

Denim is a fashion essential. That’s a known fact.

No matter what your style is, there is at least one piece of denim in your closet. It could be bottoms, tops, outerwear, or if you’re really funky, maybe even a handbag or purse. It’s a classic fabric.

I live in skinny jeans, but I cannot deny the love I have for denim jackets. There are unlimited possibilities on how you can style a denim jacket. Since I am a city gal, the urban vibes denim jackets tend to ooze off perfectly suits me. It’s one of my go to pieces, and have been for the past few years now.

I filmed a denim jacket lookbook back in April, which you can watch here, and had so much fun filming, editing & styling it. Since denim jackets are super versatile, i decided to do it again this fall season.

In this lookbook, I styled 3 different types of denim jackets: my fitted jacket, my oversized jacket, and the latest piece added into my collection, my DIY distressed, denim jacket.

Which look would you rock?

I’d love to know how you typically style your denim jacket. Comment down below & tell me!

Here is my Denim Jacket Lookbook for Fall ’15:

Thank you so much for stopping by.

‘Till next week,

GC xo