September 22, 2014

Etsy

One of my weaknesses is that I want to do everything at once, or I want to do it all. I started off blogging on here because I am great at styling and fashion consultation. Then I started selling on places like amazon or ebay, my latest thing, etsy. I created a vintage shop on Etsy because obvious reasons, I'm naturally an entrepreneur, an innovative, creative  mind. I decided to quit all other things and focus on Etsy selling. I was going to try building or paying someone to create my own website but this is my test run on my running a business abilities. Etsy is a great place to try out your future products/services. 

Check out my vintage shop here:


July 20, 2014

A Classic Outfit Under $20

I thought this outfit was worthy of being shared. I haven't been blogging much lately and a previous post explains why. I will try to blog more and gradually explain what I have been working on. As some of you know, I love to thrift shop! Might sound cliche but I am passionate about finding gems in thrift stores and related places. I recently ran into a pair of high-waisted jeans at a local thrift store, once I found them, I knew I had to dress them up! So I added a retro polka dotted top with fun butterfly sleeves, ballet flats from H&M, and a skinny leopard print belt (I like to think this is my signature piece). I hope you like!









Thanks for stopping by!

-Shantella

July 10, 2014

Brief Inspiration Post - Summer 2014

Things I'm Loving Currently:


Flow-y subtle off shoulder tops are LIFE.



Free People Carrie Off Shoulder Top
                             Free People Carrie Off Shoulder Top (see more Free People)


                       Give me... ALL the strappy wedges:



DUNE Gerad leather wedge sandals





Madden Girl Women's 'Hiifiv' Strappy Studded Wedges






"Grandma" looking vintage bags:

ModCloth Festival Scrapbook Ending Bag

ModCloth Festival Scrapbook Ending Bag (see more brown purses)



Kylie Jenner! I want anything and everything she wears, please let me raid her closet!






That's all for now! I hope to soon be posting about a little project I've been working on. I have been learning to put my ideas on paper, and execute them..rather than drown in a whirlwind of thoughts in my mind with no action! More to come...

June 8, 2014

My absence..

Hi all! I know it's been a while since the last time I have posted anything. I've been trying to look deeper within myself for answers to the questions I know only I can answer. Mostly about things such as, Where do I want to be? Who do I want to be? Why? And how will I achieve it all?... In regards to my career choice of course. Being considered a "fashion blogger" was never ever a goal of mine until I ran into Luanna of Le-Happy.com! She was a total inspiration in my everyday life. Not necessarily oh I want to have her look and style, etc. etc. more like.. She opened my eyes to the possibilities that anyone can make it in this fast ever changing fashion world! I've literally stalked her blog all the way to her very first post and realized that she too started from the “bottom” and made herself into SOMEONE at the top. I relate to her because I feel like I am at the bottom right now and I come from a not so wealthy family but don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change them for the world! I am actually thankful that I can learn how to work for everything that I have, it’s a part of my very own personal journey. I catch myself wanting to be more than who I've become today. It was quest in itself to land the job I have today and be where I am financially, and that would be stable/well off considering my young age of 23. I've been blessed with great opportunities in the "office/administrative" world and able to hold a job that people 15-40 years older than me hold but I continue to want more for myself. Yes, I feel secure in life now, I'm comfortable. Buuuuut... What fun is being comfortable? What fun is it sitting in an office for 8hrs straight, 5 days a week sitting on my ass staring at a computer screen generating reports? Like I said, yes I'm blessed to have an office job working 8-5 with weekends and paid holidays off, it is a goal for a lot of people from what I understand. I've reached that goal and my soul hungers for more! I had received my Associates in 2013 then landed the job I have currently, but thankfully I am now back in school going for my Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising at Texas State University. The staff there have really opened my eyes to opportunities that I might actually enjoy. But what is it that I want exactly? First I wanted to design, and then I thought...I am no Zac Posen. Second I thought, hey maybe a buyer for a huge retailer like Bloomingdale’s! I researched into everything about being a buyer and boom I thought I found my calling! A few months into learning about being a buyer I realized that wasn't me either, I then changed my mind to becoming a stylist! I talked to many other girls at school about it and everyone seems to want the same thing..styling celebrities. Sure, it's a badass job and super easy once you make it in that industry but how does one even make it out there? How could I market myself differently and perform better than my competitors at succeeding as a celebrity stylist. I couldn’t afford high-end name brands like Chanel and Givency. This brings me back to Luanna, I ran into an ordinary girls website and she inspired me like no other, she wasn’t all about name brands, she was like me, into thrifting! I now run thebuddhaqueen.com but lately I've been going through a "is this my ultimate goal? Is this who I really want to be? Should I really invest in this? Being a ‘fashion blogger’?" I mean half the successful fashion bloggers out there can afford high-end clothes or they work as a walking advertisement for whatever company. Was that what I wanted to do with my creativity? Have someone give me things to wear? Represent brands for the rest of my career or until they find someone ‘new’ to do it for them? What if the clothes provided aren’t even in my style range? Am I just going to be posting pictures of myself “styled” by myself with no content in my posts? Don’t take that the wrong way, for those that do, I am happy they’ve made it and can be stylish iconic bloggers for the mass. But as for me? It isn’t my cup of tea. So for the past few weeks I've been jotting down my thoughts and trying to come to a realization of my natural talents and creativity. I've been trying to map out who I am today and who I truly want to be in a few years. I think I've finally hit an “epiphany”! What is it you might ask? Well, just wait and see! A great hint is: I have always been entrepreneur-minded, great at anything business related, marketing, advertising, etc. and then I mix all that with my talents, creativity with fashion, and finally add in some "sugar" from my heart that wants to actually make a difference in others lives who are less fortunate. I have high hopes that my idea will succeed. As I write this I think, who will actually take the time out to read this but I hope someone does and maybe I can even inspire others to map out what they truly want in life.

So, there's that. I am on a new quest for success in the fashion world, so long office job (well until I get on my feet)! It takes time, nothing comes easy. Patience is a virtue, right?

I’ll be in touch.

-S

May 26, 2014

New Classic

If you haven't gone on a thrifting journey in a while, you should do it! I know it takes time and effort to look through racks and racks of clothes but sometimes you will run into a piece that will forever be one of a kind. This is the season to go, so many people are cleaning out their closets this Spring and you might find a super classic piece like this dress I found! It is such a classic fit and cut! The color and details really stood out to me, the dress was drawing me into it. Originally I was looking for a dress that I could use in a friend of mine's photo-shoot but ran into this gem instead. I didn't even try it on, I just made sure it was my size and purchased it. Turns out it fits like it was tailored to me. I love how it is still in excellent shape, like new! I wore this to work once and I swear to you, I was receiving so many comments on the dress and the fit. One lady wondered if I paid close to $80 for it and I stunned her with a whopping $2. I paired it with some accessories I already had at home. This necklace and bracelet were actually gifts from my grandmother, she likes little boutiques and tends to buy me accessories! The ring is an old ring I bought from like high-school and I felt like chunky rings were cool back then but my peers said otherwise, now I rock it proudly, I love chunky accessories! Lastly I paired it with nude pumps from Steve Madden and an old nude purse from Coach, I think the nude really balanced the bright aqua well!






Thank you for stopping by!

-Shantella



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May 18, 2014

Possibly One of my Best Thrift Finds


Went thrifting again this weekend and found this purrrfect black cross-body bag. It has a few scuffs that I need to buff out but overall it is in amazing shape! I love the details in it, soooooo beautifully woven, even the straps are woven!! In love. Here's how I styled it:




Annnnnnnd this is my bf's beagle Watson for smiles (:




Thanks for stopping by!
-S

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May 11, 2014

Vintage Floral Maxi

Vintage floral maxi. I found this gorgeous maxi while thrifting last weekend. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love. I'm usually not into lots of colors/crazy prints on one piece but this maxi HAD to go home with me. I styled it with a "Just Chill" top, threw on my lace up boots to balance the femininity of the maxi, and gold accessories. I decided to part my hair and do two braids for some interest, I am currently obsessed with my hair like this. This is a lazy/laid back look but still says I'm stylish.

I think I will be doing a giveaway for this maxi in the near future! If you're interested, stay tuned! (:




Thanks for stopping by!

-S

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