The prevelance of smaller boutique clothing stores in recent years is definitely something I can get onboard with. There were a handful I loved in La Crosse like Willow Boutique on Pearl Street, A&as Clothing Co. on Main Street in Downtown, and Apricot Lane in the Valley View Mall. If any Madison area residents reading this know of shops they love, please comment or email me, I would love to have an inside scoop before I move! One shop I frequent in my hometown of Wisconsin Rapids is Sweet Tea Clothing Co. located on 821 Pepper Ave. and if you haven’t stopped in yet, I highly recommend you check them out, like their Facebook page, and give them a follow on Instagram!
The well-known “Home” shirts have grown immensely in popularity in the past couple years. The best part about it is how soft and comfortably they are. It’s part of Home State Apparel which is available at Sweet Tea Clothing Boutique in Wisconsin Rapids. This hat is only $24 and comes in the grey (pictured) a washed out red and navy. Isn’t it cute?!Note, my oversized jean jacket is from Forever 21 and was snagged for less than $40! I’ve been wearing it constantly with everything and anything.This fab burnt orange sweater is a one size fits all from Sweet Tea. Since purchasing a couple weeks ago I’ve worn it a handful of times: dresses up for a cute casual outfit, dresses down with a jacket for errands, and I’ve even slept in it (yes, it’s that cozy). It’s only $49 and well worth it for the quality; not to mention how many times you’ll wear it this fall and winter! P.S. The “Have Faith” gold and pearl interchangeable bracelet is part of the Lenny & Eva collection available at the boutique as well. Have you seen this black tunic pop up on my @CamerasAndCoffee Instagram page? No surprise that it’s also from Sweet Tea! The hooded tunic is only $32. The stretchy material provides room for mobility and is extremely breathable fabric. (Pumpkin coffee mug is from Walmart).
These are just a few of my favorite items from the past couple of weeks! They have countless clothing items for Juniors and Misses, including boots and accessories. Check them out today, you won’t be disappointed!
Hey, YOU! Have you heard about Rocksbox? I’m about to give you a brief overview about just how awesome it is so spare me a few minutes, okay?
Rocksbox is a $21 a month subscription that sends you three pieces of jewelry. From there, you can decide if you like the pieces or not. If you fall in love, you keep said item and alert them on your account and then pay for it. However, if you decide you don’t like one or two or perhaps all three of the jewelry pieces you simply put them back in the box and pop it back in the mail with the pre-paid shipping label. BOOM. So how do they decipher what to place into that box and send you? You create a “wish list” on your account by favoriting earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that you like (they suggest that you add 30 or more on your first visit). They carry brands like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, Sophie Harper, Ava Rose, and Perry Street.
Here are some of my favorites currently on my wishlist…
Use the code “tiannavanderheixoxo” to get your first month completely free! Give it a try and let me know what you think. // SIGN UP HERE: Rocksbox
I know what you’re thinking, “What? Are you serious?” Growing up, we carved pumpkins as a family on an annual basis. I remember plastic tarps being laid down, guts being scattered across the floor and inevitably me asking for help with a much too difficult design I chose to tackle. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against carving pumpkins, I absolutely love it (and the freshly baked, seasoned seeds that follow). In fact, all throughout college I made it a point to buy a pumpkin and carve it, even if my roommates didn’t join me because truthfully it didn’t feel like Halloween unless it was done.Let me preface the rest of this post by saying I’m not telling you to skip carving entirely, that would be horrible and a little saddening. All I’m saying is there are countless creative ways you can decorate your pumpkins to ensure they sustain a little longer during the month of October without turning grey and smelly. Here are some of my favorite painted and decorated pumpkins you just might want to try your hand at:
Floral painted designs. Let your girly, beautiful side flourish (no pun intended) as you shake up the norm and add extra color and zest to your fall decorations.
Donut’cha love a yummy pumpkin? White pumpkins are practically everywhere you look. They make for a nice, crisp statement that carries over long after Halloween has passed (perfect for Thanksgiving). However, they’re also the ideal blank canvas for you to paint…how delicious do these look?
What teal pumpkins stand for and why you need one on your porch this Halloween. For kids that have a food allergy, Halloween may not be as exciting as it seems to everyone else. Painting a pumpkin teal and leaving it on your porch is a sign that you have non-food treats such as bubbles, stickers, glow sticks, whistles, spider rings, etc. Will you join the #TealPumpkinProject? P.S. The gold sequined “boo” seen below can be shaped and attached using a hot glue gun!
Stenciled Festively for the Season. Leaf stencils are available at any craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, etc.) and even Walmart near the craft supplies. What I love most about this option is the fact that you can utilize so many different colors of paints: gold sparkle, yellow, red, white, silver, you choose! A combination of reds, yellows, and golds always makes for a pretty outcome and again, it’s perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Chalk up your message. All you need is a spray can of chalkboard paint, chalk, and perhaps a stencil depending on your design. You can paint the entire pumpkin black and write a message on it or you can outline a festive face and add details with chalk.
The brighter, the better. Do you have young children? This is the perfect, fun, not horribly messy pumpkin activity for you. Have them pick out a variety of crayon colors and unwrap them. Then glue them to the rivets along the stem of the pumpkin and utilize a hairdryer to get them to melt down. You can do this with a standard orange pumpkin, a white one, or an orange pumpkin painted white if you want a larger one and can’t seem to find one.
You can’t go wrong with gold and blush. I’ve addressed it in a recent Instagram post and I’ll state it again, I used to hate pink. But lately I’ve come to love all things pink; especially the blush and rose gold hues. I absolutely love these white pumpkins with a little glitz and gold paired with the flowers—so feminine and fun!
I know many people swoon over the summer months and I don’t blame them, I love them too. But, my favorite time of year is right now. As the crisp air moves in, the humidity dissipates, and the leaves begin to change. There’s many reasons why I love fall…
It’s the perfect ‘jeans and a baseball cap’ weather paired with a light jacket, vest, sweater, or sweatshirt (Lord knows you can never have too many oversized crewnecks).
Football season is in full force, baseball season is coming to an end, and hockey season is beginning (can you say “trifecta“).
You can still sport sandals (most days) and for someone who is not a huge fan of socks, that’s a win. Plus, the transitional point of the year also allows you to break out boots and booties as well.
There’s countless traditional activities and food items that I’ll dive more into detail about in a blog post later this week. Including: apple orchards, pumpkin everything (yes, I’m that basic girl), a solid excuse for increase coffee consumption, homemade applesauce and apple pie, pumpkin picking, and of course I can’t forget Halloween! The list goes on and on…
Finally, there’s the style aspect of the season and probably my favorite element. With the cold weather comes a need to layer in order to stay warm and cozy, something I’m completely in favor of! I thoroughly enjoy oversized sweaters, long-sleeved tops, cable knit sweaters, and last, but certainly not least – vests.
Upon ‘going through’ my closet to find said sweaters and vests I came to the realization that I have a lot. I dare say “too many” because I’m not sure that’s possible, but I do know I have a slight obsession with outerwear and I strongly feel that living in Wisconsin justifies that obsession. I found this grey, floral vest at TJ Maxx in Plover a couple weeks ago and instantly fell in love. It’s Artisan NY brand and unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on TJ’s website or anywhere else online for that matter, but you may have luck if you go to the store and peruse through the racks.
Here are some of my favorites I stumbled upon while browsing online:
One of my favorite vests that I own is my navy blue and gold vest from Francesca’s and guess what? They have the same ‘Sloane Quilted Snap Collar Puffer Vest’ available this season again for $44 — [SHOP HERE].
My brown NorthFace vest shown third from the bottom of my pile in the picture above is the ‘Women’s Aconcagua Down Vest.’ I received it as a Christmas present two years ago now and loved it so much I wore it out for a run in the freshly fallen snow that morning before getting ready for a family get together. It comes in a variety of colors, I found it on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website for you where it’s available in purple, garnet red, black, red and white for $99 [SHOP HERE].
How can you replenish your dry, split strands of hair? That’s the million dollar question.
The reality of the matter is you don’t have to pay $100 or more for a salon protein treatment if you’ve taking regular care of your luscious locks. As someone who has extremely thin, fine hair, I can tell you it takes a beating and can be difficult to keep up with. For me, personally enduring years of teasing it and clipping and yanking crowns out of my curled, hair sprayed waves to more recently it taking a daily beating from “on-air” hair it’s been necessary for me to find daily ways to rehydrate my hair at home. From oils, to new shampoos and conditioners, to masks –here’s some of my favorite at-home remedies:
Hask At-Home Masks – My personal favorite is the Argan Oil one pictured below! A friend and hairstylist of mine said, “The only thing I can really suggest for you is doing at home mask treatments.” Boom, done. These masks are highly concentrated in protein and help to revive dull hair. I’ve used this one a handful of times now and it leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized. Just apply the mask as you would conditioner to towel dried hair and leave in for ten minutes before washing it out (I typically clip my hair up on top of my head). I purchase these at Walmart, but they’re available at Ulta or Target for $1.99-$2.99 a packet.
Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner – I recently switched up my shampoo and conditioner routines and have fallen in love with this combination! The HASK Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner is infused with Hydrolyzed Keratin which works to reduce frizz and revitalize your locks. It’s $5.99 a bottle at Ulta, also available at Walmart!
Hair Oil Treatments – My mom has a tiny bottle of ‘Rosemary Treatment Oil’ that can be used on your skin or hair. Once every couple of weeks I’ve been drenching my hair in it and brushing it out before pulling it up into a bun with a scrunchie before I go to sleep. WOW! I can’t tell you it helps SO much in replenishing my dried out, damaged hair. Here are some products to try…
OGX Renewing Weightless Healing Dry Argan Oil from Walmart, $5.74 – A nice, inexpensive alternative if you’re not ready to drop $30 plus on a small bottle of treatment oil. In fact, I use this every single morning while my hair is wet before I blow dry it and absolutely love it! All of the OGX products, including their shampoos and conditioners work great!
My all time favorite thing to shop for, topping my adoration for purses and jackets is shoes. While I know it’s easy to snag cheap, trendy shoes that are seasonal and throw them out once they’re worn through, it’s best to invest in staple, quality footwear. And of course, you do need to splurge on some trendy items from time to time as well. As I transition into fall, I always look at what the state of my ‘basic flats’ are and see if I need a new black or brown pair (that way I cover my bases with different wardrobe items). It’s also important to do a little inventory on your boots and booties and see if you might need to shop around for a new pair or two.
The good news? I’ve already browsed through TJ Maxx’s inventory and compiled my favorite shoes for you into one convenient location! Be sure to keep your eye out for mules, suede and/or velvet flats, platform sneakers, and embroidery on shoes — all very ‘in’ as we transition seasons. Here are my current favorites:
I’ve decided to mix it up a bit on today’s post and show you one of my favorite (recent) articles of clothing styled three ways. I snagged this ‘Others Follow’ camouflage t-shirt dress at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago and have practically been living in it ever since then. It’s free flowing, extremely soft, and obviously, very comfortable.There’s always the option to wear the dress by itself with basic sandals // mine are Michael Kors from TJ Maxx. Then there’s my favorite new item in my closet, my oversized jean jacket from Forever 21 bought for just $36! I decided to pair my black Nikes for a more casual, sporty look. However, I would also wear it with black booties and perhaps a black choker necklace. The third style is with an oversized sweater from Express and brown booties, which is more applicable as the weather gets colder. This could also be worn with high brown or black boots.
I can’t find this exact camouflage print dress on TJ Maxx’s website, but I’ve linked very similar ones below for you to choose from…
My grey crossbody purse was purchased from Francesca’s earlier this summer and has been my go-to going out purse the past few months. I always receive questions as to where I got it AND good news…they still have this style in stock my friends! While they don’t have this exact one in the light grey option, they do have an elongated version in this color and this same style in navy, maroon, or olive green. // SHOP HERE: Nadia Crossbody Clutch from Francesca’s, $34.00
Here are a number of other camo items you need to add to your online carts ASAP: