I rolled into Value Village this afternoon and decided to check out their shoe section. Low and behold I found two pair of Tory Burch ballet flats, both were in my size. One pair was a cream patent leather and the other was a chocolate Reva flat. I got the cream pair for $10 and the brown pair for $7. Yes, what a STEAL!
Both are still in good condition and super comfortable.
I absolutely love vintage dresses but with vintage and thrift stores being all the rage now, finding an amazing vintage dress, especially one made by a known designer at an affordable price can be quite the challenge!
I find it is much more economical and budget friendly to purchase vintage inspired pieces then to actually try to buy a vintage piece. I much prefer to buy a new dress than to buy one with 80+ years of thread wear on it anyway. What great about vintage inspired dresses is you get the benefit of new fabric (new technology with stretch fabrics) and a better fit. I found some of the authentic vintage dresses to have very small waistline or not enough room in the chest area for top heavy women. So many of them were ill-fitted or would require an additional investment of time and/or money for alternations.
I found several lovely vintage inspired dresses on rosegal.com and many of them are under $50! Much more affordable than some of the other website on-line that sell vintage inspired clothing. I’ve included some of my favorites in this post. They have everything from funky retro to feminine and delicate tulip dresses, sheath and sailor dresses and the ultimate “I love Lucy” A-line and flare skirt dresses in beautiful colored fabrics and prints (color block, polka dots and floral prints). If you haven’t gotten a chance to check them out them website, it’s definitely worth a look! I have included an 8% coupon code: May123ma to get you started.
I hope this collection is going to be as good as it looks. I see several pieces that I like, but probably will wait it out and buy after the merchandise has been marked down and/or hits the clearance rack or Ebay. The collection is made of almost 50 items, clothes, accessories (no handbags) and shoes . Prices range from $17.99 to $89.99 for clothing, and $29.99 to $79.99 for accessories. The collection is suppose to be available September 14th.
Just touching a little on my dietary regime. Since I turned 50 last year I decided I couldn’t afford to continue to make bad food choices. At my age I have no room to play. I must eat whole organic foods, what I call God-given foods. I can’t do foods loaded with containing chemical additives and preservatives.
I decided not to consume animal flesh where their diet consist of poor GMO pesticide ridden food or they are being injected with hormones and antibotics. I’ve decrease my consumption of animal flesh to three times a month (chicken, turkey and fish). I drink a glass of red wine once a month. Since making these changes, I noticed that my appetite has decreased and I’m no longer constantly hungry throughout the day. When I was consuming a lot of refined sugar I felt like I couldn’t eat enough, it was like constantly having to fill a huge black hole. Now if I eat two pieces of fruit I feel full for at least 4 to 5 hours. I do have scheduled meal plan to make sure I get my protein and fiber in on a daily basis.
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I realize that giving up grains, diary and sugar are a major undertaking but I’m already experiencing the benefits. My digestive system does not feel so overloaded, I have more energy, I’ve lost weight, I’m not sick to my stomach as often, I’m not randomly eating throughout the day for no reason, overall I feel better and I feel righteous in the fact that I’m doing what I have to do to protect my health, I don’t want to be a slave to the medical profession and the pharmaceutical companies. I’m proud of the fact that I’m 50 with no pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressures, etc. and that I’m not on any kind of long-term medication. I’m starting to get back into my exercise routine and I’m trying to do more strength training to build up my muscle mass. I don’t trust the medical profession to take care of me, I got to be pro-active and do what I need to do, especially since most healthcare providers know we are consuming dangerous GMO foods and are being exposed to all kind of chemicals via our personal care products, cleaning supplies and a whole host of other things. Well, I could rant for days on this topic but I will just wrap it up here.
If you feel like you need to make dietary changes in your life because you don’t feel like yourself or you are developing health issues, don’t feel overwhelmed. Just take one step at a time and tackle one area like cutting out processed foods and then when you are comfortable with that phase move on to the next phase that will get you to your goal of good health and well being.