This is 40 (one)

A pic for each year on my 41st birthday!

I honestly haven’t a clue why aging and birthdays are supposed to be scary events that should be dreaded after you leave your 20’s behind…with each passing year my confidence in myself has grown and my varied life experiences enable me to make much more intelligent decisions than I did in my younger years (most of the time).

Sure, I now have some bits that have started to wobble & a few smiley lines that stick around my eyes even when I’m not grinning like fool but would I combat these signs of a life lived with injections & scalpels? Nope. (although my opinion might change drastically in 10 years or so…)

For now a sunny frame of mind + a bit of help from my fave bargain cosmetics is all I need to feel great about my appearance…and so without further ado may I present my basic face painting routine for looking fab at 41 (+ a few tips n’ tricks I’ve learned along the way):

 

Grab your make-up bag and give yourself a Happy-Birthday-To-Sheri makeover!

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The Great Thrift Outfit Swap

Ariane (my fellow Canadian frugal fox & creator of the brilliant Thrift Outfit blog) and I challenged each other to create a funky look out of the thrifted bits of awesome we received in our international swap…

are you diggin’ that glittery poncho she sent as much as I am?

Crocheted Beanie (Gift from Belle Monde Handmade) €0 – Vintage Sunglasses (thrifted) €0.20 – Earrings (flea market) €0.50 – Poncho (from Ariane) €0 – Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – T-skirt (refashioned) €0 – Leggings (thrifted) €1 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Chunky-heeled shoes (had for years) €0

Awesome Ariane also sent me the gorgeous embroidered tunic that I had coveted from her Inspire…expire post:

…but what looked fabulous on her appeared as if I’d been playing dress-up in an elementary school costume box on me.

a chop + a bit of elastic & a quick hem =

a delightful new skirt!

Earrings (handmade gift) €0 – Vintage blouse (thrifted) €1 – Skirt (refashioned) €0 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Geisswein galoshes (ebay) €14  & my solution for saving my bottom from being unintentionally flashed as I walk up the stairs in a skirt: a pair of boxer briefs

and a fantastic vest top!

Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – Embroidered vest top (refashioned) €0 – Belt (thrifted) €1.50 – Jeans (had for years) €0 – Schweden Clogs (had for 17 years – now that’s quality!) €0

 Merci Beaucoup Ariane!  J’aime mes nouvelles choses de “Thrift Outfit”!

Head on over to Thrift Outfit and check out the amazing way Ariane styled the thrifty Berlin gear I sent + a wee bit of an interview with yours truly…

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Gone Thrifting…

Are you a thrift & charity shop junkie? Do you love vintage & second hand? Does DIY give you the tingles? Have you kicked unethically produced fast fashion & decor to the curb?

If you’ve answered yes to the above questions then join my fancy new “Gone thrifting” group on facebook and share your love for all things thrifty & upcycled!

Gone Thrifting is a place to spread the second hand love, share upcycling & refashion projects, ideas + a healthy dose of thrifty style inspiration!

Feel free to post a brief decription & links to your latest refashions, DIY decor, thrifty outfits & style tips – snag advice & interact with other members – or simply lurk about & enjoy the thrifty goodness!

Share your second hand style each week with the Thrifty Thursday outfit & decor challenge!

The Thrifty Thursday Goal: To inspire others to shop second hand & prove that fabulous, affordable, unique style can easily be achieved without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced fast fashion & decor.

How to take part in Thrifty Thursday:

- Style an outfit or share a decor item based on the themes seen at the top of the Gone Thrifting group wall.

*Outfits & decor must be put together from items you already own, have thrifted, DIY’d, swapped, inherited, gotten second hand, dumpster dived, etc…

- Post your Thrifty Thursday pics & a brief description (or a link to your Thrifty Thursday blog post) on the Gone Thrifting group wall.

- Be Inspired!

What are you waiting for? Pop on over and join in the thrifty lurv!