Friday Favorites

Hey y’all, I want to start a Friday series, called Friday Favorites, where I highlight a few things that are currently on my “favorites” list.  I don’t want to limit this to apparel or fashion items, I want to talk about whatever strikes me at the moment!  This week I want to talk about local businesses I have discovered and enjoy browsing.

I have posted about these bracelets before, but I’m still loving my handmade bracelets from Average Day Designs.  They are a company local to where I live, and the bracelets come in so many colors and designs, anyone could find something they like.  They are getting ready to roll out a line of necklaces, and I am so excited! I also noticed recently they had a couple of men’s options – I almost ordered one for my husband but wasn’t sure he would be into wearing jewelry, lol!  Maybe I will see if I can win him over.  See my previous post on these bracelets here for more information.

One local boutique I really like is Threads.  They don’t have a website but are on Facebook.  They do a weekly series called Trending Tuesday, the videos highlight items in the store and are entertaining as well!  I’ve only recently discovered them, but have already purchased a few items.  They have affordable prices, and a good selection of casual and trendy items, in both missy and curvy sizes. I purchased the blue top below a few weeks ago, and I love the ever-popular off the shoulder style. The angled hem and tassels make this piece very eye catching.

Also from Threads is this ombré purple/mauve top, again with the trendy tassels and uneven hemline. I purchased the matching leggings as well, to give me another option besides jeans with this shirt. The photo lighting distorts the colors a bit, but the leggings really do match! The top was actually on a 50% off rack, so it pays to browse the sale items even at a boutique.

I love this casual top, also from Threads, with the fun saying on the front. I wore this with some joggers last weekend and was 100% comfortable and cozy. The top is a super soft t-shirt weight and has the cold-shoulder cutouts, so I probably won’t wear it once it gets really cold, but it’s perfect for a lazy, casual fall weekend. I do not subscribe to the thinking that over 40 means no more graphic tees!

The other local boutique I have begun to frequent is BohoBlu. They also offer unique, boutique shopping at affordable prices. They have a website so if you aren’t in the Triad, you can still check out their items online, and they also carry missy and curvy sizes.

I bought this dress at BohoBlu; I absolutely love these colors for fall. I bought the leggings at Threads, so this dress can carry me into the winter as well. It is super comfortable while still looking stylish enough for work or to go out.

You can probably tell I like comfortable clothing! I do not like to spend my day tugging and pulling at my clothes because they are uncomfortable. Being stylish is important to me (most days anyway😂) but not at the expense of being miserable. I bought this last top at BohoBlu; once I tried it on I was in love. It is so soft, and has an oversized, slouchy fit, and will be perfect for a chilly weekend day. It is actually a very pale green, which didn’t translate well in the photo. I’ll likely wear this with some plain black leggings, or maybe even skinny jeans if I’m going somewhere more exciting than the grocery store! I’m almost, but not quite, looking forward to a chilly day so I can wear this top!

I always thought boutique and local shopping meant expensive, but that does not have to be the case! All 3 of these businesses offer style at an affordable price, and support my local community as well. It’s a win-win!

Next week I’ll be rambling about something different in the Friday Favorites series, so please come back and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

Super Soft Shirt

I love this super soft top I purchased at a local boutique I recently discovered called BohoBlu.  It’s a pale pinkish/purplish color with a heathered look, and I love the tie in the front, this is a big trend that seems to be continuing into fall.  You’ll see in the picture below the back also has some detail.  I like to look for comfortable tops that have some detail to keep them from being boring but still easy to wear and cool for hot weather here in NC.  I could have just thrown on a plain tank top or t-shirt, but having a top with some detail gives a simple outfit some style and interest.  I like that this one has the longer back as well, it pairs nicely with these Hue jeggings.  I am allowed to wear jeans to work, but in the summer jeans are so hot and I mostly wear dresses, but these jeggings are very lightweight and much more suitable for summer weather.  I like the layered necklace with this top too, the shorter one fills in the neckline and the longer one breaks up the solid color of the top.

How cute is the back of this top!

BohoBlu is a local boutique, with a focus on being affordable.  Boutique shopping can often be out of budget, but not at BohoBlu.  They carry many dresses, tops, accessories, and skirts/pants.  They have 6 locations, with a couple being near me, and I had been past them many times but never stopped in.  One day at work I decided to walk to the downtown location at lunch and check them out, and I am so glad I did.  I had a hard time choosing just a couple items to purchase.  If you are in the Piedmont Triad area, look them up and see if there is a location near you.  If you are not in this area, check out their website.  I’m looking forward to a few new fall pieces from BohoBlu.  They also carry curvy sizes, so please don’t think boutique shopping is only for the smaller sizes.

Have a good weekend!

Support Small Business

Mossy Knoll on the left, Foggy Morning on the right

So I had another post ready to go today, but then had a change of plans; this post is a little lengthy but please bear with me, it is worth the read.  I want to highlight a local company that offers beautiful handmade bracelets, Average Day Designs.  Allow me to give you the backstory that led to this post.  I follow many local businesses on social media, and happened across Average Day Designs one day and decided to follow them.  Later I took a few moments to browse their bracelets, and really liked the look of them.  A couple days later, I saw a post from them with a promo code for a discount for buying 2 bracelets, so I went shopping on their site.  I was looking for some good fall colors and decided on Foggy Morning and Mossy Knoll.  I added them to my cart and attempted to apply the promo code, but no discount showed on my total.  I tried a couple times and figured there was a glitch and I would come back later and try again.  As so often happens, I got busy and never remembered to do it.  A day or so later, I received an email telling me there was a website glitch with the promo code and I would be receiving both bracelets for free.  Imagine my surprise when, a few days later, a padded envelope showed up in the mail with both bracelets and a lovely handwritten note from the owners, Felicia and Kristen, thanking me for visiting their website and apologizing for the issue.  They even included a coupon for a discount off a future purchase.  I was so surprised and amazed at the customer service offered by Average Day Designs.  I have a professional background in retail at the corporate level, and fully understand how customer service can earn or lose a customer in the blink of an eye.  Felicia and Kristen GET IT.  They were certainly under no obligation to give me, or anyone else affected by the glitch, anything for free, and the bracelets were not compensation for this post.  I asked their permission after the fact to feature their company on my blog and social media because I was so impressed. 

Notice the little gold charm, it is their company logo and has the name on the reverse side
The charm on Foggy Morning is silver

The other amazing thing about these ladies is they use their company to do good works as well.  They are involved with World Relief, an organization that aids victims of human trafficking, as well as many other humanitarian efforts around the globe.  Average Day Designs donates $1 of every bracelet sold to World Relief, and the owners are involved with the organization on a personal level also.

If you are in the Piedmont Triad area, their bracelets are carried in a few local boutiques – I’m sure if you message them through social media or their website they can point you to the exact locations.  And of course you can order online.  Their bracelets are very affordable and very good quality.  Please take a moment and check them out, here is another link.

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