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March Work Outfits Week Two

3.16.2019

Jules in Flats - March Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - March Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)


Last Saturday my J.Crew order arrived with the striped peplum top I'm wearing below, this drapey crepe faux-wrap top and these sunglasses.  I ordered the wrap top in this beautiful pale lilac colour called Sweet Hyacinth and wore it out for my birthday dinner with a pair of high-waisted dark jeans.  I want to show it to you so I'll wear it to work next week!  Funny story, if you follow me on Insta Stories you'll know I did a poll about what colour I should get in the wrap top and the overwhelming majority voted for green!  Which I admit is beautiful, but I don't have a lot of that colour in my wardrobe and when a sale finally came around and I was ready to pull the trigger I was just really drawn to the Hyacinth colour.  I think it has to do with wanting to lighten up my wardrobe with pastels etc. since Spring is coming!  Anyways, the wrap top is great, it's a thick crepey material that feels very good quality.  (Hot tip if you get the wrap top: there is a side zipper which makes it SO much easier to get on!!  LOL)   I sized up to a 4 based on the reviews, and while I think it fits fine if I had tried it on in store I probably would have tried on the 2 as well.   Same goes for the striped peplum top - I'm wearing my normal size (2) and it's a bit boxy but not oversized.  If I'd tried it in store I would have tried on the 0 just as a comparison.  This one is 100% cotton so it may also shrink in the wash.


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Jules in Flats - Striped Peplum Top (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Peplum Top (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Striped Peplum Top by J.Crew
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Feather Suede Loafers by Steve Madden



Jules in Flats - Embellished Collar Sweater (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Embellished Collar Sweater (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Embellished Collar Sweater by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory


Jules in Flats - Floral Shift Dress with Sweater Vest (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Floral Shift Dress with Sweater Vest (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Floral Shift Dress by Dynamite (old, similar)
Sweater Vest by H&M (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Rodney Suede D'Orsay Flats by Sam Edelman



Jules in Flats - Pleated Mini Skirt with Blazer (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Pleated Mini Skirt with Blazer (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Blazer by H&M (old, similar)
Tank Top by Gap
Pleated Mini Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Edie Loafers by J.Crew Factory


I really like the look of the Cabana oversize sunglasses too - they are oversized, but not too much you know?  The only thing I don't love is that they slip down the bridge of my nose very easily.  This happens to me with a lot of glasses (regular and sunglasses) and is super annoying.  I'm thinking of ordering this Nerd Wax to see if it helps - have any of you tried it?  Or if you have another solution for slipping glasses please lmk!!

I know I said this two weeks ago, but Old Navy is really killing it with their New Arrivals for Spring.  H&M too, actually.  If you follow me on Pinterest you know I've been pinning like crazy!  LOL But I haven't purchased anything ... yet.  I think I'm waiting for myself to make a plan for what I want to wear this Spring, rather than just buying all of the cute things, but I haven't quite gotten there yet.  Like I need to go through my closet and assess what I need and what Spring trends I want to try and what kind of outfits I am going to want to wear etc etc.

One thing I'm pretty certain of is that I would like a new yellow dress for Spring.  The sheer quantity Old Navy has right now tells me this is a good idea, plus I would like to replace this one that I have.  I find I just don't reach for it that often for two reasons: 1. The neckline & shape of the dress.  I can't wear it without a necklace because otherwise it looks too plain.  If it was cinched in at the waist and had a v-neck, it would be a lot more versatile IMO.  2. It wrinkles like crazy.  Enough said.  3. (I know I said two but I just thought of another one) The ruffle sleeves mean you can't wear a cardigan over top of it.  So I'm considering this one, this one, this one, and this one (basically all of the yellow dresses that ON has right now!) . Which one is your fave?  And while we're at it, what are you buying for Spring?

It's supposed to warm up here next week and I am so ready for it.  As for this weekend, we don't have any plans and I am all about it!  Last night I went to yoga and Tony had friends over to play board games (I believe they played Arcadia Quest and Time Stories if you wanted to know!).  Today it's sunny and 10 degrees (C), Tony had to work for a bit and I'm just hanging at home writing this blog post!  I didn't have time last weekend to get a manicure so I was thinking maybe I would do that this afternoon.  And we don't have any food in the fridge so will probably end up going out for dinner, which is always nice. 
Actually we've barely had any groceries all week and I am very proud of myself for making 3 dinners out of basically nothing.  Some weeks I am full of inspiration and creativity in the kitchen and others I'm just like let's order takeout every night.  Is anyone else like that?  I used to be kind of obsessed with meal planning and grocery shopping (this is when I worked Tuesday - Saturday and would fill my Mondays with chores and errands) and it was exhausting.  Also, since I did the majority of the planning and shopping, I would also do most of the cooking.  We don't have an 'I cook, you clean' policy in our house, and I also used to be a bit obsessive over cleaning up the kitchen before I went to bed, so I would do a lot of the after-dinner clean up as well.   Can you see why I was so exhausted by this dinner routine?  LOL Anyways since I started working Monday to Friday and I don't have my own car (and hate grocery shopping on the weekend when the store is so busy), it's made it a lot more difficult to meal plan and buy groceries for an entire week.  Tony and I decided that 3 dinners is enough to plan for, and we kind of alternate weeks buying groceries and cooking.  It's not set in stone or anything, whoever feels like doing it just does.  Or for Tony who is out and about a lot in the car often he'll just do it if it's convenient.  Like if he's driving by a grocery store on his way home at 3pm and knows we need groceries he'll just stop and grab a couple of things, you know? 

Well that's probably enough rambling on for now!  If you'd made it this far, thank you! LOL
Wherever you are and whatever you're doing this weekend I hope you're happy and healthy and thank you so much for visiting!


xo JULES


March Work Outfits Week One

3.09.2019




Hi everyone!

I feel like at the beginning of the week I was starting to veer into a black, blue and florals theme!  But I quickly turned it around with the red and plaid outfit (my favourite of the week) and then the purple sweater outfit.

It snowed again this week and I was seriously considering buying some end of season sweaters on sale because I feel like I've worn all of my winter clothes to death!  I still might actually, as I can see some holes in my closet for what I need for next winter, and now is a good time to stock up since retailers are looking to clear space for their Spring items!  I've also noticed some sweaters and cardigans in my closet that I haven't reached for at all this season (and maybe even in prior cold seasons) that I'll donate to make room for the incoming new items.


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Jules in Flats - Long Sleeve Floral Blouse (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Long Sleeve Floral Blouse (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Floral Top by H&M (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Edie Loafers by J.Crew Factory
Necklace by Reverie DP
Earrings by J.Crew Factory


Jules in Flats - Floral Shift Dress with Long Sweater Vest (Aritzia Wilfred Dunkirk Olivie) (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Floral Shift Dress with Long Sweater Vest (Aritzia Wilfred Dunkirk Olivie) (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Floral Shift Dress by Old Navy (old, similar)
Dunkirk Sweater Vest by Wilfred (Aritzia, now called the Olivie)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Zoe D'Orsay Suede Flats by J.Crew Factory
Tassel Necklace by J.Crew Factory (old, similar)


Jules in Flats - Red Crew Neck Sweater with Plaid Pixie Pants (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Red Crew Neck Sweater with Plaid Pixie Pants (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Crew Neck Sweater by Gap (old, super similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy (this pattern sold out, similar)
Bazovica Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Faux Marble Pendant Necklace by Forever 21 (old)



Jules in Flats - Lilac Crew Neck Sweater Tunic with Mini Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Lilac Crew Neck Sweater Tunic with Mini Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Crew Neck Sweater by Gap (this colour sold out, similar)
Fit and Flare Mini Skirt by J.Crew (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Rodney D'Orsay Suede Flats by Sam Edelman
Tassel Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar)



What is everyone up to this weekend?  We have a bunch of family in town - my brother and sister in law are staying with us, and they are meeting up with two of our cousins and one of their wives at Rugby 7's today!  We'll meet them afterwards for dinner, and then my bestie and her husband just happen to be in town (they are returning from their three week honeymoon in Japan), so they are going to stop by for drinks later tonight!

Today is my birthday so Tony and I are going to go for brunch, massages, donuts (my fave!), and hopefully I have time for a manicure before dinner as well!

I'll keep it short and sweet this week - thank you all so much for reading!!


xo JULES






Monthly Outfit Roundup: February 2019

3.06.2019

Jules in Flats - Monthly Outfit Roundup February 2019

Hi everyone!

Here's a look at what I wore to work in February.

Click on the Row # to be taken to the original post.

You can see all of my monthly outfit roundups here.



As always, thank you for reading!



xo JULES


February Work Outfits Week Four

3.03.2019

Jules in Flats: February Work Outfits Week Four (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats: February Work Outfits Week Four (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)


Hi everyone!

My big shoe order from J.Crew Factory arrived last week and I'm wearing the Zoe D'Orsay Suede Flats in the first outfit and the Edie Leather Loafers in the second.  I still need to spray all them all with protector but am very excited about adding these staples to my shoe closet.  I even bought a new shoe hanging organizer to put them in!  It was actually to replace an organizer that has seen better days, but I did buy two just in case :)

I wore the Zoe's to walk to work and unfortunately they're a bit stiff and gave me a blister, so those will have to be work-only shoes for awhile.  I didn't try with the Edie's, since my heel was still recovering from the Zoe's, but I do think my feet are more swollen in the morning so I may not be wearing any of them to commute until they are broken in ... or not at all, which is fine too!


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Jules in Flats - Peplum Wrap Top + Blazer (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Peplum Wrap Top + Blazer (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Blazer by H&M (old, similar)
Peplum Wrap Top by Dynamite (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory
Gold Hoop Earrings by J.Crew Factory



Jules in Flats - Wearing a Dress as a Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Wearing a Dress as a Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Cozy Crew Neck Sweater by Old Navy
White Shift Dress by Wilfred (Aritzia, old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Edie Leather Loafers by J.Crew Factory
Necklace by Reverie D.P.




Jules in Flats - Dark Florals + Burgundy with Long Sweater Vest (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Dark Florals + Burgundy with Long Sweater Vest (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Tie Waist Floral Peplum Top by Dynamite (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Dunkirk Sweater Vest by Wilfred (Artizia)
Faux Suede Booties by Old Navy
Tortoise Hoop Earrings by J.Crew Factory



Jules in Flats - Floral Wrap Mini Dress + Faux Fur Bomber Jacket (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Floral Wrap Mini Dress + Faux Fur Bomber Jacket (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Faux Fur Bomber Jacket by H&M
Floral Wrap Mini Dress by Dynamite (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (old, similar)
Rodney D'Orsay Suede Flats by Sam Edelman



My American Eagle order also arrived, and I'm keeping the undies, bralette and bodysuit but returning the jumpsuit.  The material was a cotton jersey which was too casual for what I was wanting.

I also placed an order from J.Crew for this top (despite the overwhelming majority on Instagram voting for the green, I got it in Hyacinth), this adorable striped top and these sunnies that I've had my eye on since last season. 

Old Navy's new arrivals for Spring/Summer are killing it (check out my Pinterest board here for what I'm loving)  but I'm torn on if I should order anything since summer is so far away!  I'm also trying to shop at Old Navy less, since so much of what I wear is from there already.  I want to try and keep it diverse on here for you so it's not just Old Navy all the time!  Speaking of Old Navy, did you hear the company is separating from Gap and Banana Republic?  I like being able to order from all three companies online with just one checkout so that's my only concern.  I also heard that Gap isn't doing well and they are going to be closing a bunch of stores in North America, which makes me sad - they are such an iconic brand!

I got my hair done this week, the last outfit with the floral wrap dress and faux fur bomber shows the new 'do - we just cleaned up the ends and refreshed the colour a bit :)

This week on Insta Stories I shared my evening skincare routine, and started a Highlight for my commuting outfits as requested so go check those out if you're interested!

This weekend we are keeping it pretty chill, Tony has to work for a bit today so I'm working on this post while he's gone and then hopefully will get to yoga.  Yesterday we bummed around at home and then cleaned up the apartment before friends came over for pizza & board games.  I crushed it on Sushi Go Party and King of Tokyo but lost when it came to High Society (That game is deceivingly hard and you can't play it the same way every time.  We have played it a lot and I have only ever won twice.)

Next weekend is my birthday and we don't really have any plans yet!  Things are kind of up in the air because my brother and sister in law were thinking of coming down but haven't confirmed, and if they were coming my cousin and her wife were going to come over from the Island too ... and then my bestie and her husband are flying in from Japan that day and said they might stop by!!  So I made a few different dinner reservations with varying group sizes and we'll just see who ends up being in town!  All I really want for my birthday is a pair of AirPods and to go out for a nice dinner!  Oh, and a donut :)  so I'm sure we can make all of those things happen!!


Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you have a great weekend!


xo JULES







February Work Outfits Week Three

2.24.2019

Jules in Flats February Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats February Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)


Who else is sick of winter??
We had snow again this week and I'm telling you I am running out of sweaters to wear! LOL
Yesterday the weather was really crazy, it was raining in the morning when I got up and by the time I went to work it was snowing.  It snowed hard all morning till about 1pm, and then by 3pm the skies had cleared and it was sunny!  So bizarre.  One thing I am happy about is that it's still light out when I walk home.  If I go to the gym after work it's dark when I finish there, but if I go home straight from work it's light out!


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Jules in Flats - White & Grey Winter Look (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - White & Grey Winter Look (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Textured Crew Neck Sweater by Old Navy
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy (old colour)
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Tassel Necklace by J.Crew Factory (old, similar)




Jules in Flats - Layered Sweater with Mini Skirt for Work (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Layered Sweater with Mini Skirt for Work (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Velvet Hair Bow
 Crew Neck Sweater by Gap (old, similar)
Printed Collared Shirt by Dynamite (old, similar)
Mini Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)



Jules in Flats - Red and Leopard (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Red and Leopard (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Crew Neck Sweater by Gap (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Leopard D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory (old, similar)
Necklace by Reverie D.P. (Etsy, gifted)



Jules in Flats - Black Floral Mini Dress + Sock Booties (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Black Floral Mini Dress + Sock Booties (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Dress by Old Navy (old, similar)
Tights by Gap (sold out, similar)
Blaire Booties by Steve Madden




This week I picked up my new glasses from Bailey Nelson.  I took the bus there on my lunch break (I strategically picked a sunny day to go:)), went across the street for a donut and then up the block to Whole Foods to grab some lunch to take back to the office.  It was a perfect little lunch break and a nice switch-up from the usual (walking up the street to the same old spots!).

On Wednesday I left work a bit early so Tony and I could meet with a contractor to go over a renovation quote for our bathroom!  His quote was quite high so I don't know if we're going to go with him or not, but we need to get another quote anyways to be sure.  After our meeting we went to visit our friend at Electric Bicycle Brewing since it's right around the corner from where we were!  He's the head brewer there and his girlfriend showed up about 10 minutes after we did so it was a great little impromptu visit.  

I posted a couple of videos to my Instagram Stories this week about my skincare & makeup routines, so if you're interested I've saved them to my Highlights!

A couple of people on Instagram have asked about commuting outfits & tips so I'm going to start posting more of my commuting outfits to Stories!  As for tips, I think it's different for everyone depending on where they live and how they commute, but here's what works for me:

Commuting Tips

- I walk to work and it takes me 10 - 15 minutes
- I have a pair of short rain boots by London Fog and a pair of short snow boots by Keen that I can wear with both pants and dresses or skirts (with tights)
- For extra warmth, I'll add a pair of boot socks with my snow boots
- I wear regular socks with my rain boots, or no socks if I'm wearing tights
- If it's not raining or snowing, I will probably just commute in whatever shoes I'm planning on wearing that day.  I own a couple of pairs of shoes that aren't that comfortable to walk in (my Rodney suede flats and the leopard flats I'm wearing above), so in those cases I'll wear different shoes to commute in.  If I'm wearing pants, I'll commute in my Converse sneakers.  If I'm wearing tights, I'll commute in my super old Vince Camuto Ellen flats
- I'm not a fan of the tights + sneakers look, so that's why I choose to wear a comfortable walking flat instead
- If I'm commuting in a different pair of shoes, I'll pack the shoes I'm going to wear at work in my tote bag
- For outerwear, it really depends on the weather.  Lately I've been wearing my North Face parka since it's my warmest coat and is also waterproof.  I have a variety of wool coats for winter that I'll wearing when it's not raining or snowing or below 5 degrees Celsius.  I have a waterproof rain jacket from Lululemon for Spring and Summer rainy days, and another 'light puffer' from Lulu for those rainy days in Fall and early Spring when it's a little colder.  For Spring, Summer and Fall when it's not raining, I have a jean jacket, a trench coat, a quilted bomber and short anorak.



I hope that helps & that you all have a great weekend!!


xo JULES







February Work Outfits Week Two

2.16.2019

Jules in Flats February Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats February Work Outfits (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)


Hi everyone!  Happy Valentine's Week!  Is it a long weekend where you are?  Tony and I made absolutely no plans for this weekend.  Originally this was supposed to be our first weekend back after Costa Rica with no house guests so I was quite excited to not have anything planned ... and then last weekend Tony's friend was supposed to come and stay Friday - Tuesday but his flight was cancelled, so we ended up with a free weekend!  So now it kind of feels like we should have planned something for this weekend if that makes any sense?  Anyways, it's been Snowmageddon this past week which kind of caught me off guard but has been really beautiful and peaceful-looking.

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Jules in Flats - Pink Knit Sweater + Ankle Boots (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Pink Knit Sweater + Ankle Boots (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Sweater by H&M (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Faux Suede Booties by Old Navy
Double Disc Pendant Necklace by Forever 21 (similar)




Jules in Flats - Burgundy Sweater Dress (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Burgundy Sweater Dress (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Sweater Dress by Joe Fresh (super old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Gemelli" Patent Oxfords by Aldo




Jules in Flats - Mustard Scalloped Sweater + Mini Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Mustard Scalloped Sweater + Mini Skirt (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
 Scallop Hem Sweater by Dynamite
Skirt by J.Crew (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Necklace by Tiffany & Co.




Jules in Flats - Valentine's Day Outfit (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Valentine's Day Outfit (Business Casual Winter Workwear on a Budget)
Heart-Print Top by Smart Set (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Super Long Open Front Sweater by Old Navy
"Rodney" D'Orsay Flats by Sam Edelman




For Valentine's Day I wore a heart-print top with red pants, which I thought was festive but not overly so.  Tony got me pink gerbera daisies and two heart-shaped donuts from Lucky's, and we made burgers together and watched Moonstruck and The Favourite.   Have you guys seen Moonstruck?  It's from 1987 starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.  Cher won an Oscar for this movie!  I didn't understand it at all but the cheesiness of it made me laugh.  I fell asleep during The Favourite but only because we watched it after dinner and I had the food sleeps! LOL 

I looked a little haggard at the beginning of the week, not sure what that's about but you know, it happens.

One morning I was checking the link for these d'orsay flats to see if they were still in stock (sometimes in ShopStyle it looks like items are available when they really aren't ... and vice versa) and found out they were 50% off, along with these leather loafers!  My Aldo loafers need replacing soon so I went on a bit of a shoe shopping spree and bought the loafers in black, nude and grey, and the suede d'orsay flats in black and nude.  I had a bit of sticker shock at check-out with the currency exchange, tax and shipping, but it averaged out to about $80 CAD per pair, which is pretty good and about (or less than) what I would pay for a pair of the Steve Madden Feather loafers or Sam Edelman Rodney's if they went on sale.  I've owned lots of J.Crew Factory shoes in the past and they are really good quality, last a long time, and their sizing is consistent!  This is important to me because return shipping for Canadians is not free, and shoes are big and bulky to ship!

I also decided to simplify my underwear drawer this week.  I've been thinking about doing it since Becca talked about it during a Bad on Paper episode that I listened to in Costa Rica.  Then, last week Leslie mentioned it on Cupcakes and Cashmere.  They both recommended Aerie underwear, which I haven't tried before, but they had a Valentine's week 10 pairs for $30 special so I decided to go for it.  I got rid of all of the pairs of underwear that I avoid wearing for one reason or another, and kept only the ones that look like this.  I'm excited to have some consistency in that drawer now! (It's the little things ...).  Sometimes (a lot of the time) I feel bad throwing things away that are "fine", but that I don't use or wear, but the truth is, it's just creating clutter and taking away from the things that you do like!

What have you guys been buying lately?  Tell me in the comments below!

I hope you all have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!


xo JULES




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