Shopping Your Local Farmers Market

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Happy Hump day, y’all! Today I’m talking about FARMERS MARKETS!

I love farmers markets. I love shopping outside in mine and my fiance’s cute little town, meeting the farmers and owners of our local businesses, and I LOVE buying FRESH local produce and knowing exactly where it came from. We go every Tuesday. We have a few local farmstands, bakers, a stand with organic dog treats, healthy local food trucks and more! Yesterday we bought a large bunch of beets, two boxes of fresh-picked cherries, a box of large plums, and a giant green bell pepper for only $14! We both had dinner from our local healthy harvest food truck for $6.50 total. It was $20 well-spent!

The first few times I went, I kept telling myself, “Why don’t I just go to Walmart or Aldi? It’s so much cheaper there…” I was missing the whole point. True, produce from farmers markets can be a little more pricey, but here’s why you should pay the extra few dollars:

  1. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FAMILY FARMERS. Small farms are struggling to survive against large agribusiness. Shopping from them helps families in your own community. You’re not feeding the pockets of the already wealthy, you’re helping a family put food on the table, pay for their son’s soccer shoes or the family’s medical bills.
  2. HELP THE ANIMALS! I’m sure you’ve all seen the awful viral videos of big agribusiness and their treatment of farm animals. When you shop from your local farmers, you can find eggs, milk etc. from animals that have been treated humanely and live a pretty comfortable life! Additionally, if you are big on animal rights like me, this gives you the 1-on-1 opportunity to talk to your local farmers about how they cage, feed, and raise their animals before you buy from them. Many farms also have their own little store that you can visit personally and check out for yourself!
  3. TASTE THE DIFFERENCE. You will notice that your local produce simply tastes ten times better than the mass-produced and shipped all over the country crap that big stores sell.
  4. PROCESSED, PROCESSED, PROCESSED. Not only does the produce taste better, it’s often way better for you. Many farmers that show up to the farmers markets are selling organic produce now! Not to mention, we’ve all heard the horror stories of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, wax and gassing to stimulate ripening, sitting in storage forever… Avoid all this by shopping local.
  5. SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. Did you know that, in the U.S., your food travels an average of 1500 miles to get to your plate? Think of all the gas used in the shipping, the natural resources just wasted, contributing to our pollution problem. Big agribusiness usually results in harm to the earth just from their farming process! When you buy from your local farmers, you’re only talking about a few miles of traveling from source to plate. Additionally, local farmers and their more-natural and traditional farming processes doesn’t harm the earth the way big ag does. That alone is worth it!

Why do YOU like to shop your local farmers market? Comment below and let’s chat!

As a sidenote: If you read my last post about juicing, you noticed I talked a little bit about locally-produced honey and how it helps with allergies. Your local farmers market is a great place to find it!

On the fashion side of things: Check out my farmers market outfit from yesterday! IMG_6505ed

The dress was a total steal-deal from TJ Maxx ($13!), shoes are old and bag is one of my fav go-to’s from Guess! Faux-leather and goes with everything. Watch is Michael Kors, Sunnies are Steve Madden.

Like the dress? Check your local TJ Maxx or check out this one from LuLu’s! It’s a little pricier but it’s not as casual as mine 🙂

These shoes are SUPER similar to mine and are on sale right now for under $20! Or, snag these shoes from my previous post from Target in Cognac!

Speaking of Cognac, my purse is old, but here’s one ON SALE right now from Guess for $30! They have it in Cognac to match your new shoes 😉

For Michael Kors watches that won’t break your bank, check your local TJ Maxx or Ross! TJ Maxx ALWAYS has them in stock in different styles. Mine is a rose gold tennis with a white face! While you’re there, check out their sunglasses! Ross always has Steve Madden ones on deck 🙂

 

 

 

 

Rompers & Steamers

Sundays are always my errand-running days. While running around, it’s important to be comfortable, but you can also be stylish! Rompers are the perfect errand-running outfit. Simple and easy to dress up or dress down. This one only cost me about $10 a long while back from (I think) Forever 21, and it still looks great!

The secret?

Steamers!

Ladies, if you have not invested in a steamer yet, you are missing out. When you’re buying clothes on a budget, they’re not always the greatest quality. The first time I wore this romper a couple years back, I washed it, threw it in the dryer, and it came out all shriveled up and wrinkly! Irons are a pain and don’t work well on a lot of clothing items. Steamers are the way to go.

I plug my steamer in while I’m getting ready in the morning and within a couple minutes it’s hot and ready to use. Whatever I’m wearing, whether it’s a $4 tee or business clothes, they get a quick steam before I put them on. It keeps them looking brand new and wrinkle-free! I seriously recommend you make the investment.

We got ours from Walmart for $85. Here’s the link!

Like my romper? Check out some other short-sleeve ones here, and this off-the-shoulder one is on my shopping list!

I snagged these shoes on clearance from my local Target for only $10 but they are back in stock online right now, on sale, in brown AND black for only $26! (***Update: they are currently only available in brown. “Cognac” online).

My bag is one of my new FAUX-LEATHER babies from the Guess end of season sale! Snagged it here for only $59 and it’s still on sale! Not to mention, it also comes in black! Like the print? Check out this Cate Saddle Cross-body like the one I just posted in Tomatoe! Only $30. I may also own this one as well… 🙂

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Sunnies from Forever 21. Check out their HUGE under $10 selection here.

 

 

I LOVE GUESS

Today I’m talking about why I love Guess handbags so much, as opposed to the LV, YSL, Gucci, or Chanel bags, etc.

Obviously, the higher-end “investment” bags are just that; an investment. A LARGE investment if you’re like me, going to school full-time and all your money goes straight to bills. Of course, I would LOVE to have a $1300 handbag, but that’s not even possible for me for probably several years.

BUT GUESS WHAT! You don’t have to sacrifice fashion because you’re a hard-working girl on a budget! That’s a core message I want to share on my blog. You can be fashionable and look like you’re rocking high-end outfits without spending tons of money.

That brings me to my oh-so-beloved Guess handbags. As you know, I am a vegetarian. I have been my entire life, and it’s due to my HUGE love for animals. The problem with higher-end bags, even Coach or Michael Kors, is that they are made with real leather. For most people, that’s what they want. I don’t.

It is SO hard to find cute, affordable bags made with no animal products. Fortunately, Guess offers tons of handbags that are faux-leather! You can’t even tell the difference.

On top of being super cute and faux-leather, they are also SUPER affordable! I just snatched three new bags from their end of season sale and spent $120 in total.

It takes a lot for me to fall in love (head-over-heels) for a purse. But when these new babies arrived, I was THRILLED! Today I’m showing off my new Cate Saddle Cross-Body in Tomatoe. Originally priced at $60.00, I got it for $30.00! Half-priced? I’ll take it!! Keep an eye out on the blog for my other new bags!

Shop the end of the season sale here -> http://shop.guess.com/en

Sunglasses & Tee – Forever 21 (Like, $10 total).

Boyfriend distressed jeans – TJ Maxx find!

Shoes are old (but have touches of Tomato red to tie in the bag!)

Drinking my new fav – Double shot on ice with Soy.