10 Stores for Women in their Late 20’s/Early 30’s

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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I’m almost four months away from 30, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also been more particular about where I get my clothes from. When I first began working almost 8 years ago, I had no problem filling my wardrobe with Forever21, Wet Seal (RIP), and Charlotte Russe (also RIP). It made sense; I was young, didn’t have much money, and wanted a lot of clothes. Quantity over quality was the name of the game. But as I’ve gotten older and my style has matured, I realized that I didn’t need (nor wear) that many clothes. I also had a ton of clothes that were just really poor quality: leggings that thin out after a couple wears, see-through blouses, skirts that I have to pull down every 5 steps. It was cute then, but it’s sort of old now.

As I’ve begun to move away from the teen shops, I’ve discovered other stores that better suit my taste. And while they may be more expensive, they go a lot farther.
  1. ASOS: A good in-between for teen to adult stores, ASOS has a variety of clothes that will appease everyone’s style sense. They have also have free returns.
  2. Everlane: I just discovered Everlane, and I’m already hooked. Outside of having great, well-made clothes, they pride themselves on transparent pricing and ethical work conditions.
  3. Express: Express has a good balance of work and play clothes. If I had to place it, I would say it’s a step up from H&M in price and quality. I’m also a stan for their assortment of tops.
  4. H&M: Don’t get me wrong, I love H&M. They’re around the same quality and price as ASOS, but with brick and mortar stores in every city, they’re good when I need to find an outfit quick.
  5. Lulu’s: While technically for a younger demographic, Lulu’s has a lot of great quality, inexpensive clothes. They’re always my go-to for accessories like clutches and jewelry. Plus, they have free return shipping.
  6. Madewell: Madewell is like an American Eagle, but with better quality clothes. They’re more expensive than AE, but they’re clothes are going to last a lot longer.
  7. Nordstrom Rack: Nordstrom Rack is great for those who want brand name for less. I got a Michael Kors coat from Nordstrom Rack for only $60. Enough said.
  8. The Gap: A great place for basics in more than just black and white. They have a lot of clothes that can easily go from work to play too.
  9. The Loft: My favorite place for work clothes, and don’t be fooled by their seemingly high prices. They’re almost always having a sale.
  10. Anthropologie: Anthropologie is the most expensive store on the list, but their sale section makes things a bit more accessible. If it’s still too expensive, their sister store, Urban Outfitters, has great quality clothes for a lower price point.
Honorable Mentions: Girlfriend Collective for great quality leggings you will never see through, Stitch and Rivet for leather bags, purses, and clutches, Lands’ End for coats that will always keep your warm.

What are your favorite stores to shop at for good quality clothes?


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Moisturizing and Sealing: A Lesson on Never Giving Up

Friday, March 16, 2018

FroBunni | Moisturize and Seal

Every time I write about growing long hair, I always have someone say that hair length is genetic. This is true, it is. But it's hard to know what that terminal length will be, especially if you aren't caring for your hair as best as possible. But what is best is hard to determine for each individual person, and this is what people struggle with. When you've done everything - from deep conditioning every week to massaging your scalp with castor oil, and trying the Monistat trend to protective styling like crazy - it's really frustrating when someone who's attained her hair goals says, "you haven't done everything." In fact, it can be downright insulting (yes, I'm acknowledging this). But...what if you haven't done everything?

I've always struggled with retaining length around the perimeter of my hair (the edges: from the front, to the side, to the nape). That part of my hair is much shorter, frizzier, and drier. While most of my hair is between 22-24 inches, my edges are only about 12 inches. I reached a point where I thought this was genetic. It made sense; I know that terminal growth rate can vary from follicle to follicle, and I assumed my edges were not going to grow, and that's just how it is. So I didn't bother to think much of it...until the beginning of this year.

I always begin moisturizing and sealing my hair by first sectioning from front to back and side to side, creating 4 sections. Then, I apply my moisturizer and oil. Back in January, I noticed that by moisturizing and sealing this way, I wasn't really moisturizing the front and back section of my head, or for example, if I pulled my hair back into a high ponytail or bun, I wasn't moisturizing that top layer of hair that was exposed, which happens to include my edges. I wondered if this was the reason I struggled with length retention in those areas, and I started a test. Before sectioning my hair to moisturize and seal, I would moisturize and seal that top layer of hair.

My prediction was right. Two months moisturizing and sealing the top layer of my head, and I've retained so more length in that area, my hair is less frizzy, and it is much easier to detangle and style. I sort of wonder why I never realized this before, but it's actually pretty obvious. I moisturize and seal every day, I deep condition with heat, I  detangle the right way, so why would I think something as simple as changing where I moisturize and seal matter? But, it really can be that small, simple, and nuanced.

Listen, I'm not saying this journey is easy. I'm not saying it's without a lot of frustration and money (those products aren't cheap). But learning how to care for your hair, and I mean your hair, not someone else's, sometimes takes thinking outside of the box, changing up your regimen, or just going back to basics. Even when you think you're doing everything, there's always room for improvement.

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