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My 3 Wardrobe #LifeHacks for Unique Style on a Budget

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Creating your own unique style can be hard to do, especially when you’re on a budget.

For a lot of us out there, we have droves and droves of clothes piles, but still feel like we have nothing to wear. However, without the bank account to replace these tired duds, the idea of throwing ’em all out to start anew doesn’t seem in the cards. 

A massive wardrobe overhaul takes time and effort, not to mention some serious dough! So if you want to create a new and unique style on a budget, here’s the advice you’ve been looking for.

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut and Chop

When you’ve got some clothes stuck right at the back of your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in a very long time, it’s time to scoop them out and start restyling them for the current era. So whether you’ve got a pair of flared jeans you know wouldn’t be seen outside of 2008, or an old cardigan you know you wouldn’t even want your grandmother to wear, research ways to re-purpose.

Turn a tired tee into a comfortable dress. Cut the flares off of those jeans and re-hem them into the cropped, ankle-length style everyone’s been lovin’ this season. 

Shop Online

Shopping online offers you the variety and choice you won’t get when pounding the pavement. Not to mention, clicking around is WAY faster.

Check out vintage Etsy shops or vintage style pieces from ModCloth, whole shops dedicated to one kind of style or genre, or custom services like the one that can be found here. A few original pieces will go a long way when rebooting your style.

Focus on Accessories

Any tired and old wardrobe can be made to feel unique again with the addition of a new bag or pair of shoes. And a jewelry box is a lot cheaper to update than a whole closet. Invest in a few current accessory trends and you’ll be amazed at how refreshed your look will feel — especially when you pair these new pieces with classic wardrobe staples

Lately I’ve been loving Le Tote as a way to keep my accessories up-to-date without having to worry about what to buy. I just get a new accessory each time they send me a box, I wear it a few times, then send it back! [Click here for a free tote.]

But I want to hear from you! Do you have a ton of clothes but still find yourself wanting an updated style? How do you create a unique wardrobe on a budget? Tell us in the comments so we can learn from you!

P.S. Check out my 4 week plan to DITCH FAST FASHION!

 

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Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel

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Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with Witch Hazel. It just feels so nice as a toner on a freshly cleaned face. I had tried it before but never really worked it into my daily routine. But now I’m feeling like a true convert. Have you ever used Witch Hazel as a toner? 

Intrigued by the notion that there might be other uses for this magic elixir, I decided to do a little research. Turns out folks on the internet are claiming there’s not much Witch Hazel can’t do. And I’m super down to try out these ten…

  1. Facial Cleansing – Cleans skin pores and dries up excessive oil without totally drying out the skin. The ability to dry out blemish areas while still moisturizing sounds like a dream come true for my combination skin.
  2. Acne Treatment – Similar to how I use Witch Hazel as a toner, apply to problem areas with a cotton ball. How does it help? Witch Hazel has strong astringent and antioxidant properties because of a high tannin content.
  3. Under-eye Bag Relief – You know the ol’ beauty hack of hemorrhoid cream to tighten up the bagginess below your eyes? Know what’s an ingredient in stuff like Preparation H? Yep, Witch Hazel.
  4. Heal Bruises Faster – This one I gotta try since my legs are pretty much perpetually banged up.
  5. Treat Cuts or Scrapes – Witch Hazel can be used as a substitute for rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide when cleaning a wound.
  6. Soothe Sunburn – Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, applying a washcloth soaked in Witch Hazel to a sunburn is a great way to lessen healing time. Plus, it can reduce peel-y, flaky skin down the road.
  7. Natural Deodorant – I’ve noticed Witch Hazel as a main ingredient in some of my favorite store-bought natural brands of deodorant but it never occurred to me to use it to make my own.
  8. Relieve Itchy Bug Bites – Again, Witch Hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties come to the rescue! Just apply a soaked cotton ball to the bite.
  9. Household Cleaner – I found a ton of recipes that incorporate Witch Hazel into cleaning solutions. Seems it’s great for bathrooms, chrome fixtures, mirrors, and even mopping floors!
  10. Jewelry Cleaner – And on it’s own, it can be used to gently clean jewelry.

Alright peeps…which of the ten are you itching to try? 

P.S. Baking soda is similarly amazing with a million uses. Here’s how to use it as a face mask!

5 Great Ways to Save Money on Books

Hey friends! To continue with our week of all things book-related here on Finding Delight, I’ve got a guest post by fellow blogger and book-lover, Cassie

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Books are an amazing, enlightening and empowering force, one that has the possibility to change the world or at least the perspective of their readers. I can’t recommend enough that everyone should be indulging in the secrets of their pages as much as possible.

However, a stark truth that has to be faced is books are often expensive. New and popular releases regularly come with a hefty price tag. Avid readers often find themselves gazing longingly at titles they just can’t afford. These five tips are all great ways to save money when buying books, thus opening you up to a whole range of exciting new titles to explore.

Avoid the Hardback

While hardbacks are a beautiful and tempting product for any book lover—who doesn’t crave their shiny covers and satisfying weightiness when you read them—they are also by far the priciest. In fact, they’re often double the price of their paperback counterparts and can be over ten times more expensive than the e-book version.

While treasuring those beautiful books might seem like an important pursuit, if you remind yourself that you can indulge in numerous alternative literary delights for the same cost, then it will soon become easy to put them back on the shelf and save your pennies! Some people might argue that e-books are just as expensive since you have to add the initial cost of an e-reader, but there are numerous apps that let you download the releases directly onto phones, tablets or laptops that you already own.

Take Advantage of Project Gutenberg

There are so many classic novels that have been produced by influential and pioneering authors all throughout history. Each one of these pieces of literature is a must-read for any bookworm’s list. What’s even better is a large amount of these works can be found and read for absolutely free.

Project Gutenberg is an online resource founded in 1971 to help support the distribution of e-books. It provides readers with a staggering collection of works whose copyrights have expired, books that are in the public domain. The law around copyright varies, but in general, most books find themselves in the public domain so many years after their original author has died. The site currently holds over 50,000 titles, and many of these are famed classics—think Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, Lewis Carroll and hundreds of other timeless authors. 

Use a Virtual Private Network

The internet does wonders for helping us spend less on books. However, what many users fail to realize is the internet is not created equal. Book distribution websites and services often restrict their catalogs depending on region via a process called geo-blocking. In short, this works by identifying the IP address on your Kindle device or computer and only allowing you to view or purchase books available in your region. This means you can often miss out on great titles and deals just because you’re based in a certain country.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a handy piece of software that enables users to choose which country their server appears to be browsing from. The Kindle catalog in particular is notorious for setting up deals based on location, so by installing a VPN you can check that you aren’t missing out on great savings elsewhere. The software also provides an added layer of security to protect your credit card details when buying online. Secure Thoughts is a leading review site if you want to find out more information.

Browse the Discount Sites

As well as Kindle deals, there are many other dedicated sites that can be found online that specialize in providing discounted versions of your favorite novels. Students are probably already familiar with Half.com, as many use it to cut the cost of textbooks, but it’s also a wonderful resource for anyone looking to find great deals on favorite books. 

Powered by eBay, it’s run on the same concept as the main site but specifically caters to book lovers. Sellers can use the platform to clear out secondhand copies of books they’ve read, making it the perfect way to find discounts. As users have to compete to attract buyers to their products, you can often find significant savings if you’re willing to dig deep enough. As most books are secondhand, it’s also worth keeping an eye out for quality.

This trick is one that can be used when buying paperbacks from Amazon, as often titles can be found secondhand from individual sellers for a fraction of the bookshop price. These deals often come up when you do a search, so be sure to check them out before committing to a purchase!

Participate in a Book Swap

Last but not least, and my personal favorite way to save money on books, is the classic book swap. The concept is simple: you can pick up a new (to you) book, and all you have to do is leave another one in exchange. It’s a common practice in hostels, as travelers aren’t able to cart around large quantities of reading material, but it’s also becoming a regular occurrence in neighborhoods.

In England, many public telephone boxes—which are now largely seen as redundant —have been transformed into mini book swap libraries where passers-by can browse, borrow and donate books in return. It’s free of charge and a great way to drum up interest in literature and even engagement in your local community. If you don’t have a handy resource like this available near you, then you can get together with fellow book lovers from your friend circle, each bring a few unwanted titles and have your own mini swap session! 

Money should never be a reason for not getting your fill of reading. There are always new and innovative solutions to your financial problems when it comes to books. These are just five of my most-used tactics, but if you have any more tips and tricks, then I’d love to hear your ideas! Be sure to leave a comment below.


About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment and technology blogger for Culture Coverage. She’s been an avid reader all her life and loves that the internet has made it easier than ever to access the greatest stories out there.

 

(Photo by Galina Kochergina.)

mid-week round-up

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What are you up to this week, loves? Chet and I are back in Miami after a wonderful few days in Gainesville, FL with the Western Kentucky University Forensics Team. We were able to spend some time with dear friends, watch amazing and intelligent performances, and attend a super lively awards ceremony where the team was named NATIONAL RUNNER’S UP!!! Huge congratulations to the nicest group of college students I’ve ever met…you blew me away every step of the way. ❤ Dear people not involved in speech & debate, if you ever get the opportunity to attend and observe a national tournament, DO IT! You will be moved and challenged in ways you never thought possible. Sending a hug to everyone on this Wednesday, and here are some links for you to click and ENJOY…

This van dweller offers a peek into his minimalist life.

Whoopi Goldberg says it’s high time we do something about menstrual cramps.

Made me giggle.

“We hear a lot about how social media lets us present our glossy, perfect selves, but use social media enough and it will put you directly in touch with your own mistakes.”

Applauding Amelia Earhart’s adventurous spirit and style.

Late sleepers are made to feel like losers.

The superior social skills of bilingual individuals.

These beach towels are gorgeous works of art.

Biology student by day, writer of Wikipedia articles about lady scientists by night!

Transylvania’s underground amusement park.

A quiche to keep your brunch game strong.

Time-saving tips for busy folks.

Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and Cooking in) a Tiny Kitchen.

tinykitchen2Hello fellow apartment dwellers, miniscule cottage renters, and three star home-cooks working out of a no-star home-kitchen! After about a decade of cooking up cuisine in the smallest (sometimes barely functioning) kitchens imaginable, I feel like I know a thing or two about the tiny kitchen life. While I’m not cooking 5 course gourmet meals, I do prepare pretty much all my meals from home. So, here are my tiny tips and tricks…

Hang stuff on the walls. If you’re low on cabinet and storage space, maximize any wall real estate that’s available. Pots and pans, utensils, coffee mugs…all conveniently designed for hanging. If you have an open space behind your stove or sink, I love this DIY pot rack. Similarly, if you don’t have a drawer to dedicate to silverware, I would go for one of these silverware trees and pop it on your counter or even as a centerpiece on your table. We had these when I lived in Ireland but I’ve never really seen them utilized in America. Proving ONCE AGAIN that other countries are way more legit at space saving. ; )

Invest in mason jars. Versatility is key in the tiny kitchen and mason jars are useful for a million things. They can be used to store dry goods, pack away leftovers, keep a pretty flower, sip bourbon out of, and make overnight oats. The biggest thing I’ve found is I don’t need dedicated drinking glasses because I keep so many mason jars on hand. Plus, they’re hella cute. I’ve even sprayed a few tops with chalkboard paint for easy labeling!

Limit your small appliances. Learn to live without. I’ve gone without a microwave for a year and a half without ever really missing it. Most of the time, if I’m eating leftovers, it’s for lunch at work…and my work has a microwave. Any other reheating I need to do can be done in my oven or on a skillet. That’s what works for me! Although not a small appliance, I also don’t have a kitchen trashcan. I don’t have the floor space for one in my kitchen so I would have to keep it in one of my cabinets, a total waste of space in my opinion. I just use old bags to round up my trash and you’d be amazed how much easier it is to commit to recycling and composting when you utilize this method. Find what you can eliminate and adapt. Look out for “double” items. Do you have an electric tea kettle as well as one on your stove? What about a toaster AND toaster oven. Don’t double up! And finally, be on the look out for multi-purpose appliances that don’t take up much space. I’m lookin’ at you Magic Bullet.

Create your own counter space. If possible, don’t clutter valuable work space with a bunch of kitchen crap! Check out garage sales or Habitat ReStore for cheap rolling carts to store your coffee-making necessities (or toaster or blender or alcoholic beverage bottles…you get the idea). This one, from Ikea, is only thirty bucks. If counter space is REALLY limited, I would invest in an over-sized cutting board that fits over your sink. It will take up minimal space when not in use and you can whip it out when you need to chop some veggies or prepare a sandwich. This Kitchen Tour, from YouTube channel LightByCoco, models this tactic nicely.

Use what you have. One no-brainer thing that can clutter up a kitchen pretty quickly that we sometimes forget? Food! Designate at least a meal or two each week to use up stuff you have on hand and/or things that are about to go bad. Especially if you’re a household of just one or two, food waste can get out of hand. Shop your fridge and food cupboards before you shop the grocery. And if you have boxes of tea from a Christmas present that you know you’ll never drink or a bag of chia seeds from that cleanse recipe you thought looked neat that you know you’ll never eat…pass them along. Give them to a co-worker or friend who will use them. Don’t leave them sitting in your cabinet for the next year thinking SOME. DAY. Clear out some space!

Oh, and do your dishes!