12/29/11

OOTD: Teal & Leopard (Blog Giveaway Winner Inside)

Hello Beauties,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  My holiday was wonderful.  It was filled with laughs, food and family.  I enjoyed being able to be home for a few days without any obligations.  Now that Christmas is over, it's back to work.  (insert sad face)

I will say that the highlight of my work week has been the opportunity to finally wear teal dress I purchased on my most recent thrifting adventure.

This is how I styled it:




My first braid out!

What I Wore:
Dress - Thrifted
Wedges - Target
Belt - Belk's

I got the vision in my head for this outfit randomly and I'm pleased with how it turned out.  Also, one last thing I wanted to mention is...  The winner of my Sephora gift card giveaway!

The winner of my blog giveaway is...

Entry #22 - Crystal from Texas
(Winner chosen by random.org)

Congratulations!  Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway and who continues to read and support my blog!  God bless!

12/22/11

Fashion Trend: Fur Stole

Hello Beauties!

Thank you to all of you who have left comments recently on my blog as well as to my new followers!  I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and I always appreciate feedback.

Today I wanted to talk about a fashion trend I am seeing much of this season that I love.  I am really feeling faux fur this season.  I'm not sure what makes it different this season from any of the previous, but it really is beginning to stand out to me.  I admire the way it can dress up an outfit and really can be worn with a variety of clothing.

I realize that there are various ways to wear fur and it ranges from stoles to vests to coats.  For those who may want to try faux fur for the first time, you may want to try a fur stole as your first piece.

When I saw this stole by H&M, I knew I had to have it.



Faux Fur Stole - $17.95 (H&M)

I find this fur stole to be versatile because you can wear it open or together (...it has an inside clip).  Also, it can be worn over a sweater, dress, turtleneck, blazer, coat, etc.  It has a great number of possibilities.

What do you all think of the fur trend?  Is it something you would try?

Thanks for reading!  God bless & Happy holidays!

Only a few more days left in my giveaway...

12/20/11

Thrifting: My $5 Outfit

Hello Beauties!

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe how fast this week is going by.  Christmas will be here before we know it.

I am in the process of working on a blog on my top 11 products for the year of 2011.  While I am working on that, I wanted to share with you all an outfit I wore today to work.  I have said many times I want to start showing outfits, but it is hard because I am my own photographer.  (sad face!)  I especially wanted to try and capture this outfit today because this outfit cost $5!

Take a look...




Outfit

Dress - $3.50 (Value Village)
Belt - $1.50 (Salvation Army)
Total = $5

Extras 

Earrings - $9.97 (Charming Charlie) 

 I have enjoyed this dress since I purchased it!  Do you all have a favorite thrift store find?

Thanks for reading!  God bless!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Only a few days left!

12/18/11

Thrifting: Raleigh, NC

Hello Beauties!

It's a gorgeous Sunday afternoon here.  I'm beyond thankful to be off today and am enjoying my time of relaxation.  I hope you all are having a great weekend!

As you all know, I am a big fan of thrifting.  Thrift store shopping is so fun for me because I love finding rare pieces at great prices.  I haven't been thrifting in a few weeks; however, I had the opportunity visit two stores yesterday here in Raleigh with my friend Becky.  For around $21, I was able to get TEN items.  Can you believe that?

Let's take a look...
Top Table Thrift
4000 Atlantic Ave, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC

Many people that know me personally have heard me mention this store on numerous occasions.  Yesterday was my second time visiting this store and the reason I love it is because this is the only store to my knowledge in Raleigh that WEIGHS items.  Yes, they weigh the items.  The cost is $1.79/lb.  

Take a look at the items I purchased for only $7.49 (around 4 lbs).

[Note:  Navy belt is not pictured.]





Salvation Army
205 Tryon Rd, Raleigh NC

While I was in Charlotte last month, I re-discovered Salvation Army.  The one I visited while there was so nice that I decided to visit their family store here in Raleigh.  The prices aren't as reasonable as some independently owned thrift stores; however, I can understand their logic and feel that it does support a great cause.

I found three awesome items while I was there and spent around $14.

$1.99

$7.99

$3.99


I really love all the pieces I purchased!  I feel there are so many possibilities for each one of them.

As I tell so many people, the key to thrift store shopping is to open your mind.  When you pick up an item, think of the possibilities and not just what it looks like in your hand.  Also, never forget to wash or dry clean your items before wearing! 

Do you all have any favorite thrift stores in Raleigh?  How do you decide what to buy and what to leave behind?  Let me know.

Thanks for reading & God bless!

[Note:  Don't forget to enter my one year blog giveaway.]

12/14/11

Mini Haul: Charming Charlie

Hello Beauties!

I hope you all are having a great and productive week!  Thank you to everyone for the congratulations on my one year blog anniversary.  :-)

I wanted to do a quick blog on a great store in the area that I visited this weekend.  This weekend I had the chance to catch up with my friend Carmen and we took the time to visit Charming Charlie.  The store just opened in the Raleigh area a few months ago.

I was in awe at the store.  Although I thought the prices were a bit high for some items, I thought the concept of the store being separated by color was outstanding.  I mean, imagine...  You have an event to go to and you have to wear a specific color, this is the ideal store for your accessories.  While I was in the store, I found a few pieces that I fell in love with.

To find a Charming Charlie's in your area, click HERE.

 [Note:  Don't forget to enter my blog giveaway!]

Take a look...


Earrings (Left) - $9.97 & Earrings (Right) - $5.97

Necklace & Earrings - $12.97

Necklace & Earrings - $12.97

12/12/11

One Year Blog Anniversary: Sephora Gift Card Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Hello Beauties!

If you have not figured out by now...  Yes, today is my one year blog anniversary!  YAY!  It has been a true blessing to be able to have this venue to express myself and not only receive feedback, but get to know all of you.  I have made so many contacts with other bloggers that it is amazing.  I have learned a lot and have had a blast getting to know so many of you.

As a thank you to you all who follow my blog, I wanted to have another giveaway!  Check it out...

$20 Sephora Gift Card

Because I love Sephora so much and it has a variety of products in one location, I thought a gift card from Sephora would be a PERFECT giveaway gift! 

ENTRY RULES
  1. Must be a follower [Google Friend Connect] of FabEllis.
  2. Must be 18 or older.
  3. Must include your e-mail address in the comment.
  4. This is open to international followers.
*Only one entry per person*

DEADLINE:

December 25, 2011 @ 11:59 p.m.
(I will be using a randomizer to choose the winner)

Thank you again to everyone who follows my blog!  Good luck & God bless!