Thursday, April 20, 2017

Third Thursday Thoughts, April 2017.

Is it me or is April flying by?! Heck, this entire year is flying so fast, so far. It is time for another brain dump or my monthly "Third Thursday Thoughts". Ready?! Pour yourself some wine or a cup of joe if you prefer and bear with me...

- So many stores and brands are closing down, what the 'F' is going on?! I was shocked to learn that "The Limited" was closing down towards the end of 2016. It had been one of my tried+true brands since I was 18 or 19. Their stores closed abruptly and if I knew I would have gotten more stuff during their 70% off sale from the last time I visited one of their stores. I was happy to know they would still function online, but that was only a few weeks. Then "Wet Seal" closed down - granted a store I don't shop at but still. I wasn't shocked with this one since "Forever 21", "Charlotte Russe" and other nicer fast fashion stores like "H&M" were all the rage these last few years. Plus, "Wet Seal's" higher-end sister store "Arden B" closed some years ago. I also learnt "American Apparel" stores are closing very soon and as if that wasn't enough towards the end of May, "Bebe" will close for good. Though I haven't shopped at "Bebe" in many years, I do own several cocktail dresses and beautiful and nicely-made 100% silk blouses from them. I also love their watches, handbags and wallets. My current 100% leather wallet is from there and I have been carrying it for 5 years and it has held up (and still does) so well. "J.Crew" - and this is shocking - isn't doing so well either. They have been closing many stores in the last few years and my local/closest to me store at a nice mall closed suddenly a couple of weeks ago.

- What is happening to brick and mortar stores guys?! What is the future of mall shopping or traditional shopping?! I know many (if not most of) bloggers shop online and get packages all the time - some that they buy and some that are gifted to them, but still, I do believe stores are important. I am one of those people who prefers and almost always shops at the store rather than online, with the exception of Target and I will tell you why, but perhaps in another post. I love entering a store and seeing clothes in person, touching them, feeling them, trying them on, seeing them/combining them with other clothes, etc, etc. I also love when other people (bloggers or not) do those mirror selfies and try-on sessions. They seem more real. With that said brick and mortar boutiques as well as a ton of online boutiques have satisfied our cravings for shopping especially in the last 5 years. A lot of these boutiques have unique things, but again if you dig you can find similar things at F21 and other alike stores. And yes, sometimes even at places like Target or Meijer's.

- My little girl turned 4 years and a quarter exactly, yesterday. She was born on January 19th 2013 for all of you who don't know. We had a small at home celebration for her 4th birthday this year and I still haven't gotten around to do a recap of it on the blog. To tell you the truth, I haven't even edited the photos. But I will have to select and edit some of them and I will finally do a post about that this Sunday. 

- I have also been meaning to do some beauty posts on the blog. I am as low maintenance as they come when it comes to makeup (and hair for that matter). But that is not to say I don't like makeup or don't appreciate good things for my skin, my hair and my body. After all I am a lipstick hoarder. You all know how much I love lipstick, especially red. I probably own at least 7-8 red lipsticks. There is so many shades of red out there and so many great brands too, some at your local CVS and some at your high end department stores. With that said, I will will be sharing a hair product review that I have used for the last few months - again a post very late in the making but better late than never. 

- I am in a huge need of a big and I mean BIG closet purge. I need to organize my closet, be very ruthless and get rid of a lot of things. It will be my late Spring+Summer project because I think I will get to it some by some each week. Once I get rid of things which will be organized in categories: things to sell at Plato's Closet or Clothes Mentor; things to take to Goodwill/Salvation Army; things to donate to friends/cousins; I will invest in all velvet hangers (I already purchased 25 of them) and good containers from the Container Store. I want to eventually build up my dream closet where everything will be organized by color, all the shoes shelved, all the jewelry in its containers/boxes, everything easy to see, pull out and wear. Like I said it is a lot of work but I am determined to do it this year. Though I am always super busy, I am not gonna lie. 

- Every big blogger (and their mother) is writing/reporting/instagramming/snapchatting from the Reward Style conference this weekend. Everything in the pictures+videos looks beautiful and these ladies all look perfect too. Perfectly coiffed hair, beautiful makeup, gorgeous on trend modern outfits, stunning shoes, fun earrings, etc, etc. Is any of you who reads my small blog going to the Reward Style conference this weekend?! How does one get invited and is it free or do these things cost a fortune? Please tell me. Thank you.


And since tomorrow is Friday, I got the cutest Friday GIF to end up this post, today. Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend!!