Thrifting on Instagram – Blush & Cotton Shop

Have you guys started shopping on Instagram yet?

I don’t mean by clicking on the links or the ads that pop up on Instagram while you’re scrolling through your feed in the middle of the night. I mean, actually shopping someone’s “closet” on Instagram!

This has gotten pretty popular lately and I must say, I have really become quite the fan. For me, I was always worried about it being a scam. So, I followed a few accounts and just watched for awhile. I saw that people really liked shopping at a few of these shops and I figured I’d give it a shot.

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I happened to stumble upon Blush & Cotton Shop and it was basically love at first sight. She had some fabulous pieces,  some that were gently used and quite a few that were new with tags! Now, if anyone is familiar with “thrifting” you’re probably

hitting up the closest Goodwill or secondhand store to try stuff on. You can inspect the items you’re buying and decide if you want to get it.

Well, that was an issue for me. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get anything (used) online if I couldn’t check it over. I also couldn’t try it on. I tend to not buy clothes online unless I already know what my size is. With those two issues standing in my way, Luana (the owner of the shop) would describe everything that was going on with the piece. And with Instagram’s new multiple photos feature, she is able to show more photos per item. On top of that, she would even DM (direct message) me with try ons so I could see how the clothes would actually lay. Now, it was kind of weird at first to ask her to try something on for me but it worked out so well. I have fit in everything she’s sent my way. Even if we are not the exact same size in something, it’s still great to see how something would lay or the length of something as opposed to seeing it on a mannequin or a hanger.

I happened to get a few pieces from Luana and her shop to start out with and had planned on writing about my great experience with her. She’s so great that I ended up buying even more pieces from her! Guys, she even found a specific pair of jeans for me!!! So, there’s quite a few to share.

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I also asked Luana to tell me a little about herself. I think it’s great when you can establish friendships this way. It’s much easier for me to support her shop when she’s so sweet and awesome to talk to. And because she’s so great, I always choose to shop with her over other Instagram shops! So, instead of paraphrasing anything that Luana has said, I decided to just literally, copy and paste her email into this blog post!!

Hey Abby!

     I wanted to take a moment to personally introduce myself to you! My name is Luana Johnson, and I am the owner of an Instagram only, boutique style second hand shop called Blush and Cotton Shop! My shop is still fairly new since I only just opened in October of 2016! It all started when I came across other boutique style shops, selling one of a kind clothing for less than you would buy brand new, yet barely worn or still in excellent condition. My husband runs our budget, and there’s not a whole lot of flexibility when it comes to spending on fun, extra things…So i decided to give it a shot, and open my own shop. I thought, “hey, maybe I can put a few extra bucks in my pocket each month to have a bit of financial freedom,” etc. Since then, it has become so much more than what it was when I began. It is one of my artistic expressions and a creative outlet. If I am not selling clothes, I need to be actively pursuing something in Art. That could be sketching, cooking, baking, playing guitar, etc. It is a part of who I am.
     I am also a busy stay at home mom of my three little “Wildflowers.” I home-school, so my days are often somewhat routine, but can be crazy and tiring too. However mundane or wild it can be, I wouldn’t change what I do for the world! I love my daughters, and if I can, I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in whatever natural gifts that God has given them as well. I have an amazing opportunity to instill in my girls a sense of good work ethic, being diligent in their duties and to find joy in the simple things.
     So why do I run Blush and Cotton Shop? Why do I go out and search for unique clothing for my shop weekly, putting my personal time and effort into it? Because it provides my customers a stress free buying experience. It gives my ladies the opportunity to enjoy their time wherever they may be, and to come to a place where they feel appreciated. I would hope that my customer service is personally tailored to each of my valued clients, and that my shop would always retain that sense of a “Mom and Pop,” approach.
     I am extremely grateful to the many ladies I get to converse with on a daily basis, and building friendships along the way! Thanks for reaching out and being a part of not just a shop, but a community!
Your Friend and Shop Owner,
Luana Johnson
Blush and Cotton Shop
@blushandcottonshop

ISN’T SHE THE SWEETEST?!

I’ve really had a great time getting to know Luana. She even checked in on me after I recently left the Navy. She knows that being a stay at home mom is HARD and she wanted to make sure I was still alive! I look forward to continuing to shop with her and I hope you do too!

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Edited to add:
I wrote this post for the first time, back in August 2017. Since then, because of Luana’s influence, I was courageous enough to check out other shops as well and have since purchased from them!

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Crochet Bralettes – SeebyDesigns

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Have you all seen those crochet tops? You can probably get a few of them on Etsy or something. Crochet has definitely come a long way from blankets and scarves. Oh wait, that’s just me…that’s all I know how to crochet.

Well, a friend of mine actually started crocheting a few of these babies and I had been wanting to get some! They are so cute and probably something I wouldn’t normally wear but I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone a little bit, every now and then. So, when I posted on my Facebook, asking if anyone wanted to work together on a collab, I was secretly hoping Erin would message me.  2FDF3DC6-59AC-4B1E-8651-692F4B45D4B6-225x300 Crochet Bralettes - SeebyDesigns

Sure enough, she did! 

Erin is a very talented and creative gal. Erin of Seeby Designs makes all of these adorable pieces and gets them out pretty quickly as well! She started with hats (which I had actually ordered from her) and started doing different variations (like ones with ears!). Then she went onto different kinds of scarves then now bralettes! I love all of her work and I am definitely all for spreading the word!

I have actually seen a few people post photos of their own crochet tops on Facebook and Instagram. And then I wondered, ‘how do you even put the thing on?”

Seeby Designs makes these crochet bralettes super cute, high quality, and easy to put on. The back is structured so I will be able to slide it on like a normal top but have the strings loose and then tighten them. When I tried the top on for the first time, I struggled a little bit

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with getting “the girls” to fit in there correctly. After playing around with it for a little bit, I discovered that if you tighten the strings, they will pull everything together nicely.

 

These tops are made well for full chested ladies as well. Erin makes them so that they fit well on any body type and make you feel absolutely fabulous! I know I felt great in it even for something that I wouldn’t normally feel comfortable in.

If you’re looking for a great crochet top, then Seeby Designs is the way to go. Erin is incredibly friendly and accommodating. She wants to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. Turnaround time is about 1-2 weeks and I got my goodies, FAST! There was even a surprise in my package for me…

AN ITTY BITTY CROCHET TOP FOR MY MINI!

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Insert ALL the heart eye emojis here! Seriously, this is the cutest thing and my mini loved having her photoshoot.

If you’re looking for a great top with quality, great customer service, fabulous pricing, that is fashionable, check out the links below.

Seeby Designs on Facebook |Seeby Designs on Instagram

When you talk to Erin, be sure to mention Abby D for 15% off of your purchase!!
Thanks for reading! Check back soon for more updates!

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We Go Thrifting

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So, this is a little story about our thirfting journey!!

My love and I decided that it would be fun to go to thrift stores to buy things to make our house look nice. Some things could look old but we can fix them up! I am sure we can combine our talents to make some beautiful pieces!

But for our first time, we started out small.

I printed off a list of some thrift stores that we should check out and hubs made a map on the way to another city to check these out. We live in the middle of nowhere so we thought going to a bigger city would be better.

Unfortunately, most of those places closed at around 6pm and we were heading out pretty late. Oh well, we were going to make it fun for us anyway!

We walked into the first store and I saw a BUNCH of clothes that I wanted to refashion, RIGHT away. BUT I refrained and decided to look at things for the home with him. We found a couple things like this set of 4 jars for $15. We found them in the “nicer china” section of the thrift store. I also found a huge rack of ties and decided it might be a good idea to show him what was over there. Cute tie for J for less than a dollar. 🙂 I ended up seeing a handbag as well. Thought it was cute so I scooped that up for about 8 bucks. I bought a book and J bought two. Funny thing is, when we got home…he realized he already had both of them. lol!

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I saw a bunch of things that I wanted to check out and take home with me but I decided to hold off a little bit. This was our first time out so I just took it easy. I saw old film cameras and I wanted to take them home with me! I just love film and I wish we used it more. Unfortunately…these days it’s so darn expensive. 🙁 Oh, well. Maybe next time I will take a closer look at them!

Then we decided to hit up a couple other stores that “were close by.” And by close by…we ended up seeing that there were 3 other ones…right next door to each other. So it was just a strip of 4 thrift shops! Heck yeah!

We walked through a few other places and checked them out. Nothing really jumped at us. And any furniture we may have been interested in, we waited. I mean…there’s not much furniture you can fit into a Nissan Altima. Haha.

But after going to those 3 stores, we walked out with a cute little stand that we are going to use to put a plant on near the front door and I walked away with another purse. What’s wrong with me?! Haha. I don’t even use that many purses because I am ALWAYS in uniform and I can’t use any fun colors purses! We also got a bunch of kids books! Our son may not be out yet, but we plan to have a bookshelf full of books for him to read and for us to read to him. We have to strengthen his mind! 🙂

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Either way, I think we made out pretty well for our first time! We will eventually get more experienced at this and maybe be able to find some great pieces for the house. Especially the kinds of pieces I need for a little project I am working on!! You’ll get to see all of that some time! Promise!

Do any of you go thirfting?! I know I recently followed a TON of DIY and refashion blogs! I may learn a little something!! And if you have any tips for me, please…feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Beauty Haul- NYX Cosmetics

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Remember not too long ago I wrote a post on the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Copenhagen and Transylvania? How I heard a lot about those colors lately? I am pretty sure I said I was going to order them, stat!

I never did. Haha.

It took awhile but I ordered them during the first week of January and I LOVE THEM! Well, “them” being the Soft Matte Lip Cream in general. They still didn’t have Transylvania so I was pretty sad that I couldn’t get it. So instead…I ordered a few other random things.

I got 3 Soft Matte Lip Creams. The colors are Amsterdam, London, and Copenhagen. I tried all of them on immediately as well. They go on SO smooth and are definitely that perfect matte finish. London is officially my new favorite and go-to nude color. Amsterdam is a little bit on the pinky-red side for me. I need more of the blue-based reds I have noticed. And Copenhagen? As beautiful as you see on all the instagram accounts out there. Haha.

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And since I couldn’t get the Transylvania color, I ended up checking out the Simply Vamp Lip Cream. I picked out She Devil. It looked close enough. Whenever I get Transylvania, I guess we will see how it goes! I am not a huge fan of the lip cream because it’s not that nice matte lip that I like but it still gets the job done. And I feel like I may have gotten a color similar to it in my Laura Geller lip chubby.

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I decided I wasn’t going to stop there and I got a Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Why? Well…as per usual, I get a lot of my makeup tips and especially eyebrow tips from Raquel. One of the tricks for her eyebrows is highlighting and I am experimenting with highlighting the brow area. But let me tell you, if you’re a little too dark for it, you’re going to have to blend the CRAP out of this stuff! It works, I like it, but I spend a little extra time blending. lol.

And for the last thing I got, I decided to try some eyeshadow. Here’s the deal. When I was 18, I moved from home to California (before having to return home about 4 months later) and I got a part time job working at a Cosmetic and photography studio. It was different. This woman was from London and sold her OWN makeup and did hair and makeup at the studio, took photos, had an esthetician that worked in back…and sold some…adult things. It was weird. I’ve tried looking it up and I can’t find her anywhere anymore (8 years later). Maybe it’s for a good reason. ANYWAY.

When I worked there, there was a store a few suites down and they sold NYX. I liked it because they had all of these bright colors and I was just getting interested in makeup. Also, I had JUST learned about MAC makeup and I wasn’t about to spend the money on it. So, I felt like NYX was a good comparison at the time. The eyeshadows worked well and I used them for quite awhile. After that, I never heard of NYX again until recently.

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With all that said, I figured the eyeshadow would be JUUUUST FINE! Well, I was right! Shows up well on my skin! I haven’t tried it on my eyes yet but we will have to see how it blends and how well it stays on. Maybe a primer will do the trick…I should use primer whenever I do my eyes anyway. haha. I ended up getting the LOVE IN RIO EYE SHADOW PALETTE-SIZZLING SAMBA. I like it. Reminds me a little bit of a lion. Why? I don’t know. Haha.

Anyway, that was my NYX beauty haul!! What did you think? Did I make out like a bandit?! Haha. Should I try more things? I might be buying about…10 more of these Soft Matte Lip Creams though! They’re amazing!!!

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Beauty Haul – Sephora

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Well, I hope everyone had a WONDEFUL holiday season!

But I also hope that while you were spending all of your money on your loved ones, you were stashing some aside for you to take advantage of some sales going on after the holidays were over!!

I did. Not even on purpose. But thank goodness for my friend, Raquel. She always tells me where the good deals are. 🙂 This time I headed over to Sephora and they had 20% off all sale items. SALE ITEMS. I don’t often shop online but nothing ever has a discount on sale items. Unless I am just never paying attention. lol. Anyway, I got a BUNCH of stuff from Sephora and when it got to the house I was SOOOOO excited!!!

I got a couple of new bags. I haven’t bought any makeup bags in a really long time. So, I figured since these little guys were fairly cheap, I would just add them onto my order. 🙂 I got the SEPHORA COLLECTION The Escapader / The Escapader Black for $11.00 and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Signature Clear Cosmetic Bags / Signature Clear Cosmetic Bags Medium Cosmetic Case for $5.00. Seemed like a great deal to me!

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Raquel and I talked about liners. I am not usually one for the waterproof kind of ANYTHING but I figured I would give it a shot as well. Maybe I will find these useful when I am going to a wedding…or I am watching a romantic love story. Who knows. haha. But I definitely am trying to broaden my eyeliner collection (or my whole makeup collection) and at these prices, I couldn’t say no! I got the SEPHORA COLLECTION Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner in Black for $5.00, SEPHORA COLLECTION Rio Night Waterproof Gel Eyeliner also for $5.00, and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner, again, for $5.00. Now…I just need to get an eyeliner brush for these! Shame on me, I thought they came with brushes. haha.
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I even bought a mascara. I was pretty psyched about it…until I realized that I forgot to make sure the color was black. OOPS. Now I have a blue colored mascara. Anyone want it? lol. Maybe I should give it a shot. Maybe it’s dark enough to pass! SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Light Flicker Mascara in Ombre Blue for $11.00. Maybe I will just save it for a rainy day. Do a giveaway, perhaps? I’d have to learn how to do that first. lol.

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Raquel informed me that Buxom is pretty pricey but nice. So, when I saw this lovely pack of lipsticks, I decided to try it out! For $15.00 I got Buxom Two of a Kind™ – Nudist & Provocateur / Two of a Kind™. They’re cute little lippies. I can’t wait to try them out sometime.

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Last but not least, I got some new nail polish! I don’t often buy nail color since I have to use neutral colors but I couldn’t resist. They were each $1.00. You wouldn’t pass it up either!! I got 4 of them! SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Hit Nail Polish in the colors Night, Speed Dating, Berlin Underground, and Cross The Line. I think I am going to try them anyway and see if I can get away with the colors! 🙂

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Not only did I get all of these awesome products, they sent me 3 samples of my choice. I am not much of a perfume or fragrance person, so I just kind of randomly chose. I received Chloe Chloé Eau de Parfum, CLINIQUE Calyx, and Givenchy Very Irrésistible Givenchy (WELLL…I ended up with something else, I guess they ran out of that one). Have any of you tried these fragrances? I haven’t yet but I probably will on a date night!

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I got all of this for about 50 bucks! Isn’t that amazing?! I thought so! I told myself I wasn’t going to go over 50, and I did good. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some of this stuff out! Did any of you take advantage of the sale!? I bet you’re kicking yourself if you hadn’t! 😛

I can’t wait until the next sale! I am just LOVING this stuff!!!!!

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**all photos in this post were taken by myself.  Yes, I am finally experimenting with my camera. lol

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Black Friday – Beauty Haul

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Black Friday beauty haul! Alright, it isn’t so much a “haul” as it is random pieces I bought on Friday.

Being a big ol’ preggo going Black Friday shopping really isn’t the best idea. Ya know, the kind where you stay up all night after your Thanksgiving meal that you just had with your family. The kind where people go crazy and FIGHT people to get presents?! That’s just insane.

So hubby and I just decided to hit up a near by strip mall and I ended up at Ulta. I bought NOTHING that was on the Black Friday sale. Haha. Plus, we got there when it started getting dark. Oh well.

I went around searching for a lip color that I really wanted. And to be honest? I can’t even tell you what color it is because I don’t know! I just know it’s kind of like a deep purple, brown, red color. The ladies at Ulta told me it is probably the colors Copenhagen and Transylvania from NYX. And imagine that, they are sold out, EVERYWHERE. At least Hubs went around the entire store trying to find colors for me! He would grab lip colors and put the testers on my hands. lol.

We ended up finding a nice lip liner from Clinique called Plummy and a fat lip crayon from Laura Geller called Love Me Dew. Two cosmetics companies I have never tried before but the lip color turned out pretty good! J liked it too. 🙂 He likes when I Put reds on my lips.

Here’s a poor quality photo of the color we found.

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This was taken from my Instagram. I really enjoy the color!

I also had to get myself a new pencil sharpener because the one I had wouldn’t sharpen my MAC pencils. And MAC was just too darn far! Also picked up a matte pink lipstick. You will probably not see it for quite awhile, but that’s okay. I have to figure out how to make pink lips look good on me! Haha.

Well, that’s all I got this time! And with the baby’s due date getting closer, I am buying less. So until next time, beauties!

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