Wish: A new way to shop

I’ve discovered a fun new fashion app for all of you. It’s called Wish, and it’s free for iOS and Android. Wish is like a boutique in app form with a selection of clothing, accessories and gadgets not found anywhere else.

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Instead of shopping by brand, store or specific item like we’re used to with online or in-app shopping, Wish presents users with a feed of new items daily. Those items include both women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and special gadgets like iPhone cases, camera add-ons and more.

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The items are listed with just a photo and price so users can easily scroll through to find pieces of interest. Those items can then be saved on a shareable wish lists – great for birthdays and Christmas – or they can be purchased with a quick click. The items are all relatively affordable ranging from $10 to $70.

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The app also gives users gift cards as rewards for sharing its products with friends and followers. And, those rewards are automatically applied to the transaction so there’s no need to remember to coupon codes.

The app is great for the online shopper looking for something special to add to their wardrobe, but for habitual shoppers it might be a little dangerous as I found myself adding many items to my cart and wish lists that I’d never to think to buy in-store.

Here are some of my favorite items found on the app:

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From the office to the gym

If you haven’t figured out already, I’ve decided to ditch the 30 days of blogging challenge. I felt it was too long of a stretch straying from my blog’s main purpose which is fashion. But, I still think it’s an awesome challenge so be sure to keep following along.

Now, back to the fashion… do you remember these lovely black pants from Forever 21? I styled them here a couple weeks ago with a black T-shirt and floral blazer.

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Well, today I pulled them out again for work. But I’m still trying to figure out how exactly to style these. I loved my first look, but of course, I didn’t want to wear the same thing again. So, I dug through my closet, flipping through all the clothes. I grabbed out a blue button-up, put it on, tucked it in. Nope. Took it off and tried a ruffle top with a cardigan. Nope. Finally, I tried a slim tank top and paired it with long sleeve cardigan. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked and being that I’d spent so much time changing, I needed to get out the door and get to work. Throughout the day, I kept stopping by the mirror and examining the outfit. It looked cute from some angles, but I wasn’t sold.

So, when I got home from work I quickly changed into a comfy Shirt 4 Life T-shirt (proceeds go toward treatment for children in Africa suffering from HIV) and my New Balance kicks. Perfect!

_MG_8536The comfy casual look is perfect, and it even works with my signature messy hair. I love how these pants can transition not just from day to night, but from work to the gym. They’re like sweat pants when paired with sneakers and chic dress pants when paired with heels. I can’t wait to style them even more ways.

How would you style them?

 

Primp yourself

OK, so this update is coming a tad later than promised, but I have some exciting news for all of you. As you know, I’ll be moving to the Twin Cities at the end of the month. You might also know that I’m pursuing my life long dream to start my own publication. But what you don’t know and what I didn’t know until last Friday is how I would sustain myself financially. But, I finally got a job and it’s an awesome one too.

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I’ll be working as a stylist at Primp. There are currently four locations around the Twin Cities, but I’ll be working in the brand new location opening soon in Excelsior. As a stylist, I will do everything from helping customers in the store to helping manage the store’s social media sites, to designing store displays and window displays.

If you’re an old follower, you might remember how much I loved working at Camy Couture in Fargo, and I’m just as, if not more, excited to work at Primp.

Some might think I’m stupid for getting out of my field, and I might be. But, I’m looking at this as an opportunity to get into the fashion industry and to make the right connections to start my style publication. Plus, I’ll have plenty of time and energy to focus on my publication and long term freelance stories for magazines.

Here’s a few things I love about Primp:
• The clothes are absolutely gorgeous and reasonably priced.
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• All locations are dog friendly. Woof!
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• They are all about volunteering and they stress the importance of community involvement.
• They are very active on social media with daily posts of outfits.
• And, they listen to every employers’ opinions and ideas, whether they are co-owner, manager or stylist.

Favorite style of blogging


Today’s prompt: favorite style of blogging.

My favorite style of blogging involves both photographs and text. It involves a combination of personal stories that make the blogger relatable and useful advice or tips the readers can apply to their own lives. I like blogs about life, style, fashion, family and design.

Some of my favorite blogs include:
Being Zhenya
Single Dad Laughing
Wild Ruffle
Two Birds
Blonde Bedhead
Delightfully Tacky

On another note, I attended the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals ArtSee event at The Empire Arts Center this Friday and bought my first pieces of artwork.

I love this painting “Winter in Central Park” by Courtney Jacob. She has some beautiful paintings of flowers but this one stole my heart.

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I interviewed Minneapolis-based artist Michelle Brusegaard over the phone for a story a while back, and I was super excited to finally meet her in person. She has some amazing artwork that incorporates journal entries, and I snagged these two awesome pieces.

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Aren’t they lovely? I’m so excited to hang them in my new home once I move to Crystal, Minnesota.

Check back tomorrow for an exciting update on what I’ll be doing!

Expectations v. reality

 

Today’s prompt: Did you ever see yourself doing what you do today?

Writing? Yes. Working for a newspaper? Maybe. Interviewing stars of MTV and country artists? Surprisingly, yes. Writing about fashion? Yes. Attending fancy art exhibitions and auctions? No. Doing what I love? Absolutely.

Leaving an amazing job that I love to pursue my true dream? Not exactly.

Nothing turns out exactly the way you picture it or imagine it as a kid, high school student or even college student. But, that’s the fun of it all. If we knew exactly how our life was going to turn out and exactly what we’d be doing down the road, there wouldn’t be any excitement for the future.