Thrifty Finds || Sweater Weather

As I look out my window and see rain, I’m beginning to except the fact that Fall and cold weather is upon us.

Am I happy about it? Ehhh… not really.

Am I coping with it? Yes

Last weekend my family and I took a trip to Portland, Oregon… and along with that always comes thrift store shopping.

Also, I bought four sweaters and a pair of jeans for $21. Like what?! Saver’s was having a 50% off sale.

Lace-up Zara Sweater

I found this gem as I was about to stand in the checkout line.. and I’m so happy I did, because it’s one of my favorite sweaters in my closet now. With it being a size large, it’s oversized, cozy and on trend with the lace up detail.

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Knit Cream Sweater

I love the quality and detail of this knit sweater. The material is very soft, and it gives the perfect feminine tough to my Fall wardrobe while keeping me warm. I will probably wear a white long sleeve under it when the weather is chilly. It can easily be dressed up or down.

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I picked up this simple staple black sweater with a v-neck and side zipper detail. The material is thin, but still relatively warm, and the fit is perfect for a pair of skinny jeans paired with booties.

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H&M Salt and Pepper Cardigan

If you know me at all, you know I wear an open cardigan most days of the week. I was stoked to find this new one to add to my collection. I like that it’s unique in the sense that I don’t see many with the salt and pepper knit, plus it is long enough to cover my butt and comfortable. My favorite way to layer cardigans is with high waisted denim and a basic crop top. They can easily be dressed up for down and are so versatile. I think I’m on my fifth straight day of wearing this one… whoops.

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what is your best find at the thrift store?

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Comparing Confidence

I was thinking back to my young (and naive) middle school self. A girl who was courageous and who was unafraid to launch herself into any new relationship, opportunity, project or period of life. Of course I was burned a number of times because of this, but I also gained and learned so much about myself, others and the world during those years.

I was fearless. I flirted with boys, I wore crazy unique outfits (that didn’t always make the impression I was going for), I shared my heart with anyone who would listen, I laughed, but I also cried about everything. I was full of emotion and you could almost always count on me speaking my mind without holding back even a little.

I think growing up means losing many of the qualities I just explained, it’s just the way life goes. And boy am I thankful that I don’t cry about every little thing, or exploit myself to the world or wear wacky clothes anymore, but I do miss my unshakeable confidence.

I was never intimidated by boys, I was outgoing and talkative around everyone; whether I knew them or not, I never experienced anxiety around large groups of people, and I never deemed myself unworthy just because society said so. And to be honest, the reason I acted so bold and sure of myself, was because I thought I was the shit. Little Maddie had a big ego and I’ll admit it, but hey, at least it taught me confidence. lol.

Now I’m at the age in which, as a child, I thought was “so old” and far off. And when I take a step back and look at who I am today compared to then, I feel as if society has somehow managed to change me. I am not always confident in myself; in my judgement, my relationships, my accomplishments, my decisions. I am unconfident. I let the world tell me what’s acceptable and what isn’t. I let the world tell me who I should like, how I should feel and worst of all; at times I let the world, or certain individuals, determine my worth.

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To be confident in yourself.

Don’t let the world, or society, tell you what you have to be 0r how you have to act. Be you in everything you pursue.

While I was talking with my best friend tonight, I came to a realization that my happiness should not be dependent on any relationship. I don’t want to feel weighed-down, or distressed, because I feel unworthy.

We are children of a gracious God who always calls us worthy. Worthy of giving and receiving love. And I think it’s time we started treating ourselves that way.

What do you think?

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Top: thrifted, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Jacket: Vintage Levi’s, Socks: local store, Boots: Havanna Joe (thrifted), Necklace: Forever 21, Glasses: Urban Outfitters

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Brass Buttons

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Third day of school, check.

Today I had one biology class that went from 9:30 in the morning until 2:20 in the afternoon, save the 5o minute break. Let me just tell you, that’s a lot of science for one girl in one day. But I survived and I’m here to tell you that dressing for success is important.

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Who cares if some people might think, or even say, “why do you dress up so much just for school?” as if you personally offended them by looking nice. I know that when I get dressed in the morning, I want to put on an outfit that best expresses myself. I want to look good so I can feel better about taking on a long day of work, school, or play. I know that when I dress according to my style, and wear something which pushes me to be creative, it helps my mindset continue to pursue creativity throughout the day.

How we decide to dress really says a lot about us, whether it seems like it or not. It can be used as a creative outlet if one chooses to do so.

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I sported my trendy, a-line style denim skirt equipped with brass buttons with my oversized, beachy button-down blouse that I tied at my waist. Underneath my shirt, I wore my favorite American Eagle halter top bralette. I paired the look with my casual white sandals and threw my hair into a messy high pony (because let’s be honest, I’ve been living off of dry shampoo lately).

I am currently selling this adorable skirt on my Vinted site. Click here to go see it.

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On a side note, as much as I love to travel and visit amazing destinations, I will always call this scenic area home. Southern Oregon has so much to offer, and I am a very blessed girl to only live 10 minutes from this beautiful back-road.

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A (Slightly Summery) Fall ootd // 12.5.15 

I hope you’re all having a splendid Saturday💛 

Today I spent the day with my wonderful mama, getting coffe while listening to soulful music, exploring a local Christmas bazar, and all while I drove around stylishly in her jeep (my favorite way of transportation)! 

All in all I am so very grateful for days like these; days of leisure and pleasure, days spent with good company. 

I decided to sport my favorite vintage denim midi skirt (as seen in my November Favorites post–> linked at the bottom), paired with my new high-neck maroon tank from American Eagle. I styled my go-to cream colored grandpa cardigan over my slightly summery looking outfit and finished the look off with ’90’s lace-up chunky heeled booties. 

This look is easy to throw on, yet has many interesting components that make it a not-your-average-type-of-fall-outfit outfit😊. And I absolutely adore it and how cozy it is!  

  
    
   
 
 
Thank you as always, love all. Love Madeline💛

My November Favorites–> https://moodymadeline.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/november-favorites-12-3-15/

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Contrasting Textures.

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all survived since Mondays are sometimes not so fun.

I first want to start by saying I hope you are all looking forward to Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), because I know I sure am! Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year, following Christmas. I love looking forward to precious family time, yummy, home-cooked food, and the warm feeling of the holiday season. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

…. When I woke up later then I had planned to today, I quickly racked my brain for a classy, yet grunge outfit that was easy to throw on in a pinch. Luckily, my tired brain was able to function early this morning and I came up with this all black, contrasting textures, entirely vintage, look. Although, from a distance, it may seem very simple, being that it is all the same color: black, when you take a closer look you will find that the different textures, such as angora wool, denim, cable knit and leather come together nicely to create a more interesting and sophisticated feel.

At times, when all black is paired together, it may relay almost a goth-like vibe, however, since I sported a soft turtle neck sweater with fashion forward lace-up boots and a trendy button-down denim dress (in which I styled to replicate a skirt), the look is transformed into something much more edgy.

I decided to put my hair into a simple half ponytail in order to keep it out of my face. I kept my makeup very neutral, as I do most days, with bold brows, a hint of bronzer in my crease and natural mascara.

If you choose to replicate this look, I would love if you would send me a picture (Instagram listed below). Thank you for reading. I am so thankful for you! I want to know what all of you are thankful for, so please leave me a comment below!

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His plan for me // 10.5.15

A day filled with emotion, but in the end, faith in His plan.//

School terrorism is NOT funny, ever. Not last week, and definitely not today. When will people turn from evil, and rest their eyes on the one who created everything good?

I can only hope and pray that that day will come soon; when people finally take off the blinders and see clearly that there is comfort in His words and promises.

God always has a plan, even though you may not be able to see it in the moment. And this is something I am trying to constantly remind myself of; because even things like not getting much playing time during a soccer game or not being on time to an event are apart of his plan. It’s learning to put your undivided faith in Him that makes life worth living, and it’s something we all could use some practice doing.    plaid4  plaid1 plaid2

Listen for His voice and you will hear it.

I love you all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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Dress- SheInside

Shirt- RVCA

Earrings- Urban Outfitters

Necklace- unknown

Boots- Dr. Martens

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A Walk in the Woods // 9.27.15

Stand tall in what you believe. Do everything with passion.

Plaid, black and messy ponytails //

As I took each careful step on my voyage up the mountain, I was filled with a deep knowing that I’m on the right path. Not following anyone but my Creator, not changing myself for any reason other than improvement. I am me; different than every other person who has walked this earth; made for a purpose.

… and so are you.

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What a beautiful view, what a wonderful life. Am I right?

This pretty place is called Onion Mountian lookout in Southern Oregon, and my oh my, I’ve never been more in love with one single place. Where do you love to spend your time outdoors? Do you prefer mountains or flat lands?

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Shirt- Old Navy

Pants- Rag and Bone

Boots- unspecified

Down-to-earth Saturday // 9.26.15

Earth tones. Growers Market. Coffee dates.

These are the days I love, the days I look forward to, the days that remind me of my beautiful life.

I was finally given a moment of silence, free from the commotion of non-stop soccer and constant school work. I was able to spend a day with a good friend of mine, sipping coffee that warmed our souls, eating hot donuts and speaking words that illuminated our hearts. There is nothing better than a day off, and this one called for dressing up…

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My style is changing with the leaves this time of year. I find myself reaching for earth/neutral tones instead of patterns or bright colors. mad4

This skirt is equipped with large pockets and a belt, perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

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Shirt- Old Navy

Skirt- Old Navy

Shoes- vintage

Thank you for reading my thoughts today, you guys are lovely. What have you been up to? School, sports, work? Tell me about it!

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Fallin’ for Autumn

When the weather begins to cool down, leaves start to change from vibrant greens to warm hues of orange and red. Fall is right around the corner, and as much as I’ve tried to hold onto summer, I’m now ready for a change of season. 

So many wonderful things come with Fall. Cozy, cute clothes that keep the cold away, hot drinks that warm you from the inside out and traditional scents that remind us all of the holidays. 

With is outfit, I decided to pair the maroon jogger-type pants (from old navy) with a dressier button down patterned shirt. I wore converse to finish the look, not drawing any attention away from the clothing. Although the outfit is simple, I really like the dark colors and comfort that it gives. 



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Shirt- billabong

Pants- old navy

Shoes- converse 

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innovation at it’s finest.

yesterday I decided to step far outside of my style comfort zone and wear a maroon floppy hat, perfect for fall. the hat is my mom’s and I had been thinking about sporting it for weeks. let me say, it was a great choice, and gave me a lot of confidence.
in the morning I roughly curled my now-short doo and placed the accessory on top. I paired the statement piece with a basic black shirt with thin white stripes, a charcoal grey cardigan, and my dark wash skinny jeans. the outfit was the definition of fall and I loved it. I also wore brown leather midi boots that pulled the different elements together nicely.
if you’re ever contemplating wearing something far outside of your “style”, don’t be afraid and go for it, because sometimes the most unique things look the best. love all. love Madeline.

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