Materialism Cleanse

Christmas
This holiday season, I am having such a hard time getting into the spirit. It’s not because I don’t want to make the yuletide gay or jingle bells as I ride a sleigh pulled by that reindeer with the red nose but it’s because of the ever-growing greed of the American population. Am I the only person who knows and understands the reason for the season? My heart is almost broken when I think about the fact that retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. What happened to being in a turkey induced coma and lying on the couch while you listened to your uncles and dad yell at the television as they watched football? What about going to visit your grandma in the nursing home instead of going to stand in line at Wal-Mart? That store is ugly anyhow, warm a heart instead. I’m not scrooge but it’s like I’m removed from this new way of thinking. Are we so materialistic that we will escape the time allotted to spend with our families to go stand in line to save five dollars on a board game?
It is at these times, that I am thankful for my upbringing. I am not ashamed to say that I was a spoiled child and literally always got what I wanted. It’s not because I was entitled, but it was because my parents were blessed enough to do so. They were also blessed enough to teach me how to appreciate everything that I was given and to teach me the meaning behind the gifts. Ever hear of the three Wise men? One of my coworkers shared that she did not have a religion but then she also shared that she had, “already gotten her Christmas shopping done.” Jesus is the reason for the season honey. Ignorance is one of my pet peeves, but sometimes it’s not even worth my energy to interject.
This holiday season is going to be about hugging and loving on my dear friends and family for me. I will still exchange gifts of course but I don’t have to buy the biggest and most flashy gifts in order to compensate because my friends and family know how much I care. I am not impressed by materialistic things and it’s my belief that the people who I let into my life are the same way. I give them gifts from my heart all year long. This is not an excuse just because my checking account isn’t as plump as it usually is this time of year! Before you go into debt, remember what the holiday season really means. Children should absolutely be spoiled and showered with gifts but we owe it to them to explain that life is more than about having the newest and shiniest possession. This is a plea; time is more valuable than any gift you can give. Personally, a hug and the words “I love you” are more valuable to me than any tangible gift. Happy Holidays! I’m proud to say that I am cleansed from materialism and it feels wonderful!

-M

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My $1 Ode to Hip Hop

As an individual with a shopping habit, I can pretty much get my fix anywhere. I typically hate Wal-Mart but its the only place that is open during the wee hours of the morning when I’m making my morning commute to work. I stopped in to grab a greek yogurt but like most who visit a big box retailer, I started to wander. I was passing through the men’s clothing section on my way to check out some tye dye kits when I peered over and seen a sign that said $3 posted above a rack of shirts. The shirts were flannels and I immediately envisioned images of Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, NWA, and Snoop Dogg in my head. I picked up the shirt and score, the price sticker on the shirt said $1, yes four quarters! I grabbed two in different colors and was the happiest camper to ever venture through the ugly aisles of Wal-Mart! I paired this $1 shirt with some legging shorts that I paid less than ten dollars for at Forever 21 and my Doc Martens! Being a thrifty shopper is an art, I’m working on perfection!

 

 


The image that streamed through my head:

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My interpretation:

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Fall into my Favorites

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Fall is my favorite time of year, not because I get to cover up my least favorite body parts but because the fashion is so fun. I feel like having to wear more garments is nothing more than an opportunity to express myself with each piece. I am a girl who marches to the beat of her own drum when it comes to what I wear. I pay some attention to what is trendy and am mostly influenced by the music industry and my own creative thoughts when I’m getting dressed in the morning. I sat in my closet and threw together ten fashion rules that I will be following as the leaves begin to turn!

Pop that Color

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Don’t be afraid to bring some color pop with you into the fall. The easiest way to do it is with a fun purse or tote! No more matching, be bold!

Give ’em the Boot

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Booties are my absolute fav, I even sneak these in with shorts in the summer. I am in love with my Docs, they are timeless and I would wear them everyday if I could. Pair them with some fun socks for some added funk!

Be a Beanie Head

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Beanies are awesome, not only do they keep your ears warm but they can make a statement. I love the beanies that the Supreme brand has to offer but also own some that I found for a couple of bucks at Target. I love pairing a beanie with some big hoop earrings.

Love the Crew

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Crew necks are becoming. I have started a small collection, they are perfect with a pair of shorts on a fall day and can make a statement depending on what is printed on the front. These are an easy find at the thrift store, I recommend scoping out the men’s section. PacSun has an endless supply.

Skip & Shine

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I will never stop wearing skippies. I found my favorite pair yet at H&M in iridescent for $12.95. These are also a great way to add some color pop, did I mention how comfy they are? Get them a size too big and wear them with some boot socks, you’ll be in love and stylish at the same time!

Be Bold with Gold

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Gold is timeless and all that I wear. Add some umph to anything that you are wearing with a thick gold chain or a long chain with a charm. Check out your Grandma’s jewelry box or the jewelry case at the local thrift store and you will be surprised at the unique pieces that you will find.

Dream in Jean

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Jean goes with everything, the only rule is to never wear a matching jean top and bottom. A dark jean jacket paired with a light pair of boyfriend jeans and your favorite T-shirt is super comfy and makes a statement. I have bought almost every jean shirt that I’ve laid eyes on! Rock a jean vest over a sweater for a super cool look.

Color Your Neck

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Who doesn’t like scarves? Again, these are a great item to thrift. You can find tons for nearly nothing! If you are feeling super crafty, you can make your own by finding your favorite printed fabric at the nearest craft store and hemming the edges.

Warm Your Arms

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Arm warmers are one of my favorite things to wear and help keep your arms super warm on chilly nights. If you don’t know where to find them, type in arm warmers in eBay…thank me later!

Smell like Leather

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A good leather jacket is a must have! I recommend having a black one and a brown one to throw on over a sweater, crew neck or flannel. With a cute leather jacket, you can bring any outfit up a few notches.

Don’t be afraid to make your own rules, fashion is a creative outlet, USE IT!!!!

Speak Volumez

One of the keys to having a happy life is to surround yourself with those who are driven and those who inspire you. As I have gotten older, I have learned that quality really does trump quantity when it comes to every aspect of life, especially friendships. I met the owner and operator of Volumez Styling many years ago and her style itself speaks volumes! To me she has been a beaming light of confidence, flare, and style so I was stoked when she shared her plan to endeavor into the fashion business! She has taken her zesty New Jersey style, east coast charm, and bold fashion sense and decided to help others out by offering styling and providing personal shopping services. Her zest for life and spunky personality make the experience one of a kind. I took a few moments to get into this young entrepreneurs head with a quick Q &A sesh:

Q: What inspired you to begin your own business?

A: I’ve always known, I would one day run my own company. I’m very independent and driven when it comes to business. My family is a great source of inspiration, I only want to make them proud.

Q: How long have you been styling?

A: Professionally a little under year, however I’ve been styling myself since I was a teenager. The tender age of 11, my mother always allowed me to dress myself and where whatever hairstyle I wanted. Creative freedom allowed me to find my true passion in fashion.

Q: What influences your style?

A: I like to have a mixture of everything when I’m getting dressed. The Hip Hop culture has my attention with the big accessories, sweat shirts, baggy pants. On the other side I’m such a girlie girl, tutus make me happy, stilettos, bright colors and anything sparkly. My most recent obsession is tribal prints, African wear and statement necklaces. I’m in character whenever It’s time to get dressed, the question is always “who do you want to be today?”

Q: How much do you think geography plays into someone’s personal style?

A: You can definitely tell where someone is from by their style of dress. Meanwhile you have those misfits that don’t belong anywhere. Those are the people I look up to, their the fashion rebel with no apologies. I’m a risk taker when it comes to fashion, I don’t like looking like everyone else.

Q: Where do you see Volume Styling five years from now?

A: I see the company having at least two brick and mortar stores located between Tampa FL and Ohio. Thriving online and extending the brand, we providing styling and image consultations as this present time. However I would like to see what we can do for the big screen. I have a passion for editorial work and short films. You can be whoever you want to be in that setting. So this too is a goal of mines for the company.

Q: What type of services do you currently offer your clients?Are there other areas that you wish to grow into?

A: We offer personal shopping, image consultant and wardrobe styling. However we do carry accessories, handbags and women’s apparel. I do offer personal shopping services for both men and women and love to help find special pieces for special events!

Q: What were your favorite trends during the summer season?

A: Skater skirts, bandeau tops, boots with shorts and the must have Kimono jacket! We will be featuring these item on the website.

Q: How can prospective clients get in contact with you?

A: I’m very personal when it comes to business all calls come directly to me or I can be reached by email, either one is fine. No office hours, I work for you!

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Volumez is cost conscious and perfect for those who are looking for some help on turning the volume on their style. I am a fan, supporter, and customer! I personally cannot wait to see what is in store for this young entrepreneur, its only the beginning!

Here’s how you can get in touch when you’re ready to pump up your volume:
Myiesha Wilson
609 933-0644
volumestyling@gmail.com
volumestyling.com
Facebook: Volumez Volumestyling

*All fashions shown in photos can be found by using the above contact information.

The 11th Commandment: Be Thrifty

From left to right as shown in photo: Printed jean Red Rover Brand, $.99, White jean fringed Levi’s, $2.99, Printed rayon White Stag, $.99
From left to right as shown in photo:
Printed jean Red Rover Brand, $.99, White jean fringed Levi’s, $2.99, Printed rayon White Stag, $.99

If you’re as lucky as I am, you were born with the ‘thrifty’ DNA strand embed in your genetic makeup. I was born with the strand and then modeled into a price conscious shopper by my mother and grandma. My mother is a woman who shops from the front of the store to the back, a clearance countess so to speak. I didn’t know some stores had sections outside of the clearance until I was an adult. This was not due to financial hardships as we lived a cushy life as I was growing up, this was mother’s compulsive obsession to never pay full price. My mother loves to sew so there were no limits to what we could do with our finds! Too big? We could alter it. Missing a button? Let’s get new ones! Grandma introduced me to thrift stores and yard and sales and is to blame for my addiction to the sound of hangers running across the bars in the store as I shuffle through random things looking for a treasure. I have her to thank for one of my favorite past times, shopping. As a young Mila, I got up every summer morning to head to yard sales and then hit the local Goodwill with grandma.

Fast forwarding to today, thrifting is “trendy”. Who knew? Thrifting is like a treasure hunt for me. I feel like a pirate looking for her booty on every trip. Yes, pun intended. On my latest trip to my favorite Volunteers of America on Henderson Road in Columbus, Ohio, I made a major come up. Three pairs of shorts for less than five dollars! I have big plans for these babies and can’t wait to rock them all summer…stay tuned, I might give you a peek!

Rules for thrifting: keep an open mind, never pay more than five dollars for any single item, look for posted “sales” on certain color price tags, give yourself plenty of time (lazy Sundays are ideal).

Now get out there and get your thrift on!

P.S. You will become immune to the smell after approximately two trips.