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.






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.

DSC06747DSC06746DSC06748Black Nordstrom BP Sweater

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.




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.


what is your best find at the thrift store?

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“You Can’t Afford a New Pair of Jeans?”

I like to call these my “You can’t afford a new pair of jeans?” jeans. Ya know, since every time I wear them, I’m asked that about ten times. People nowadays, let me tell you, they are just so original, it cracks me up.

Here’s the story of this outfit choice…

I spent my Saturday running around; working in the morning, going to my cousin’s birthday party, doing errands and getting a facial treatment… then before I knew it, it was already time to be at the restaurant where my Aunt’s surprise party was being held. And it’s pretty important that you’re not late to those types of parties.

So, my sister and I rushed home, and I quickly changed my shirt (I had already been wearing the jeans all day), threw on my favorite hat since I hadn’t washed my hair in about four days, slipped into my new sandals, grabbed my makeup and ran out the door. That was all in the course of about five minutes.

No, if you were wondering, we were not late. We made it just in time.

My point is that you don’t have to spend an hour picking out an outfit for a special event. Just choose clothes that make you feel beautiful and confident. I didn’t care that my look was mix matched and bold. I think it’s really important to take fashion risks and to wear things that might not be in your comfort zone, because lots of times, the best outfits are ones that not everyone is brave enough to wear.

Sandals- Steve Madden

Jeans- Pacsun

Shirt- Elodie

Hat- a gift from New Mexico


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Beloved Winter // My Favorites + My Video

Wow. What a winter…. a cold winter.

Honestly, in the sixteen and three quarter years that I have been livin’ my life on Earth, I haven’t experienced a winter in Oregon quite like the one we had this year. Fall came early, and with it, buckets of rainfall.

After autumn, came a surprisingly wintery winter. And by that, I mean more rain, some freezing nights, many dark days, and finally… loads of snow. Well, loads of snow for us Southern Oregonians who live in the valley where snow sometimes isn’t seen for a couple years.

I’m not going to be cliche and say that I love the snow and winter is my favorite season and cold weather clothes are 10x better than warm weather clothes …. because in my heart I know that summertime is my favorite time.

So yes, the snow is nice for a couple days, but the moment it begins compromising my driving and that of others’ and when the sun doesn’t peek out from the clouds even once in a whole week, that’s when I am quickly over it and my body literally craves actual warm sunshine. Anybody else?

I am ready for days filled with golden sunrays that warm up my soul.

But….. as a devotion to winter, I decided to compile my holy grail (tangible and non-tangible) things that helped get me through this harsh season.

1. Hask Chia Seed Shampoo & Conditioner

Hask hair care products have literally saved my hair this winter… they keep it abundantly moisturized and silky smooth. I am in love with this natural, no additives line and would highly recommend all of their products because they are so nourishing to the hair!

2.  Minerbs Activated Charcoal and Rose Face Cleanser

I use this at night to remove my eye makeup before using my specialized acne facial cleanser (which I do not put around my eyes!). It is nice and gentle, but still works wonders in deep cleaning the skin. It’s also 100% natural and made here in my home town by a wonderful woman I know. The Minerbs brand carries mostly mother and child products for mamas to be or who currently have babies, like gentle moisturizers and powders that are all natural. I love to support small businesses, and I think you’d love this one! You can find them online here.

3.Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate

I have already talked quite a lot about this great collagen protein powder… if you want to hear my full scoop on it read my smoothie recipe.

4. Nature’s Path Gluten Free Naturally Sweetened Corn Flakes

This needs no explanation… except that it’s my favorite guilty pleasure- gluten free, refined sugar free yumminess.

5. Frontier Bites

I recently picked up this flavor, blueberry almond, and a pineapple flavor… and man do I love these little snacks. Perfect for on-the-go (especially at work), healthy and so addicting.

5. Wrapped Hoop Earrings 

I have had these treasured earrings for around 4 years now probably, a gift from a friend. I still wear them quite often, and whenever I do, I get loads of compliments on them. Everyone always asks me if I made them myself, and I always answer with, “no, but I should have”. So maybe I will sometime in the future, because they seem easy enough to DIY and I wouldn’t mind having a second pair.

6. The Balm, Meet Matt(e) Trimony

This lovely little single shadow has done me good throughout this last fall and winter. It’s the perfect deep burgundy shade for the colder months, and looks best when blended with my favorite soft brown shade in my crease. It’s been a go-to look of mine for months now.

7. My 2017 Video

On a random note, I made this creative recap and New Years intentions for 2017 on my YouTube channel. I worked super hard on the filming and editing and would appreciate any feedback I can get. I’m an amateur, but hey, 2017’s all about doing something new and pursuing what you love, right?

Thanks for coming along on my very random winter favorite with me. Xoxo

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Pacific Northwest Girl // 1.1.17 

The first of the new year. 

A time for friends and adventures. Today was spent frolicking in the snow that fell on the valley floor, listening to good music and taking an abundance of pretty pictures. 

One thing I aspire to do in 2017 is to become a better photographer. I love having an object in my hands that I can use to capture all of God’s beauty. But to be honest, I am such an amateur. I don’t know anything about the logistics of photography. I want to learn more about my camera (Sony a6000) and videography throughout this year. 

Lately, my style has been cozy and northwest inspired with a vintage touch. Haha. 

During my recent trip to the Oregon coast I found these rad high waisted mom jeans. I just picked up a few clothing pieces from Obey, like this t shirt and sweater. I tied the look together with a vintage braided leather belt, wool hat and amazing leather work boots. 

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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.

And that is not okay.dsc_0178

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?


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


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.


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.


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.


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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New Year’s Eve Lookbook // 2 & 3

Dear friends,

Today I am bringing to you my last blog post of 2015. What?!? Yes. 2016 is upon us and I cannot wait to start a fresh year with better blog posts and new ambitions!

Just a few days ago I created my first New Year’s Eve outfit look. Read it here!

Still searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit? well, look no further!

Look #2

I decided to sport a very New Year’s Eve appropriate sequined royal blue dress to ring in the new year. I paired the dress with a dark blue lace bralette, a gold layered necklace and classic black pumps. The back of this dress is my favorite part because of it’s deep V cut, giving the dress much more character. I kept my makeup quite neutral, using nudes, bold brows and thick lashes, in order to keep the focus on the dress. Although this look is relatively dressy, it would be more than wearable on New Year’s Eve where you are sure to be the bell of the ball.


Look #3

Here I wanted to show a simple black dress that would be perfect for your New Year’s Eve party. I chose this particular one because of the intricate back, detailed with black eyelash lace, and high neckline. As an example of how to style the dress, I draped a plaid blanket scarf around my neck and left both ends hanging down (which is completely optional). I wore the same gold necklace to dress it up, but swapped out my black heels for a pair of nude stilettos. I kept my hair and makeup very simple, with a half bun and nude makeup. This look is very versatile; whether you are going out to a fancy party, or staying in with a group of friends.


Thank you all for a more than wonderful blogging year! I am tremendously blessed by your kind and genuine support over the past year, I am truly grateful for all of you!

Have a great New Year’s, and be safe:) Love all. Love Madeline.

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New Year’s Eve Look # 1 // 12.27.15

Dear lovely blogging friends,

With the gloom of post-Christmas feelings upon us, I felt it was only necessary to shake the blues with a fun and elegant New Year’s Eve party look. Throughout the week I  will be doing a few more outfits that are perfect for a dazzling party, and this is the fist; a floral slitted maxi skirt, paired with a maroon crop top, suede booties, and a faux leather jacket.

Although the glam factor is not completely over-the-top (as are some NYE looks), I think it still has a nice sense of elegance and modesty.

I decided to keep my hair and makeup relatively neutral except for the pop of color on the lips, which matched my shirt very well.

shirt- American Eagle

Skirt- Forever 21

Jacket- Target

Booties- Tj Maxx

Necklace- Macy’s

How was your Christmas? And what will be your new year’s resolution? Let me know!

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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💛

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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!

Love all. Love Madeline.

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