Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What is shopping your closet?

A few years ago, I overheard my mom's friend saying she was "about to shop her closet".

Hold up.

How does this work exactly? Does that mean flinging everything on the floor while trying things on? Or waiting for things to go on clearance?

She explained that it wasn't anything like that. At the end of the season, she took out all her clothes and pieces out of her closet. She then would make a point to rearrange them in new ways.

All along the way, she tries to create ready-made "outfits" and makes notes to what is she missing. She used the example of not having a statement necklace she had seen in Instyle, but she did have a similar neon bag (hey, I did say this was a few years ago!)

Since that conversation, I have tried to do this myself. I now shop my closet and really try to consider everything before I buy something new.

1. If there are any pieces looking a bit used, I see if there is any way they can be refurbished or repurposed in a new way. A little bit of leather cleaner or polish can make boots look brand new!

2. Swap with friends! If you are getting rid of things to the thrift shop, consider swapping with friends. That scarf you kind of hate now may be on a friend's "must haves" pinterest board. I just did this with a friend and got a near-brand new watch that is dead-on for the Timex Weekender I had been about to buy! Money in the bank!

3. If you must go shopping, keep a running list of what pieces are missing and what pieces are always disasters in your wardrobe. Do your blazers and jackets need shells? Or do you need a light jacket for fall and spring? On the disaster end for me is a certain style of ruched dress (cough cough) that just doesn't look good on my body. I have tried with a few types of fabrics and designs, but overall, just something I have to actively avoid when shopping.

So that's shopping your closet! Are you inspired? What stops you from shopping your closet?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Why go all in?

Hello blogosphere, I hope you are having an awesome day out there. If not, I hope it gets better for you. (Failing that, watch any last season Sabrina the Teenage Watch and die laughing...)

When I was a kid, and I saw motivational speeches in movies, my thought was: why wouldn't everyone just give go all-in every time? (I know, I was a weird kid). It has taken a bit for me to realize why not to go all in....

...It can be terrible. Immensely terrible to try your hardest and still have it completely not work out. It is much easier to give 99% and say that the 1% "could have made the difference".

Sometimes people are very upfront about this in themselves (how many times did you hear "I did bad, but I didn't try very hard) but others will be more subtle in their self-sabotage. How many people will leave all their studying for the night before a very important test? It's all the same thing, in different forms.

Even if it's much more soul-crushing at points, go all-in. Don't hold back when it comes back to your life. You will meet amazing people doing even more amazing things when you go out at that edge.

Remember you are blessed and keep fighting, Meg

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Night Wrapup

Watching: The Bond movies! Other than the Daniel Craig ones, I hadn't seen any of the others (I know!). As a self described movie buff, I decided to rectify that this week! The first was a pretty decent light movie, but the second was slow. Very slow...especially compared to modern day movies. Will be watching more this week!

Reading: North and South from the Billfold Book Club (free on Amazon as an eBook). I just started but there's already some drama and romance. I am super excited to read the rest.

Doing: Watch Repair! Somehow in my head, this was a lot more complicated than it ended up being! I will put up a quick DIY for replacing a watch battery if you too are a noob. ;)

Loving: hosting my first giveaway! I am so happy to see so many entrants and to make someone's day a bit better last Friday. Super pumped for the next one....(hint: Kate Spade!!)

Thinking: thrifted sportswear...yay or nay? I am a bit iffy on this, but I am wondering if I am being crazy. I wear thrift store dresses and shirts...so is it any different? Let me know what you think!

Last Few Days of Beach Weather...

These last few weeks in September, I have really been trying to take advantage of beach weather. Even though each beach day is awesome, September days really have the feel of a "bonus".
September beach day

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Inspiration: Help when you feel helpless

"Help when you feel helpless".

Whenever you want to see the full extent of your power, just give.

Give your time, your energy, your thoughts. Whatever you are capable of, give.

Hope you are all doing well and having a great Friday!

Henri Bendel Luxe Vanilla Bean Candle

Pastor Sara on Instagram is hosting a HUGE giveaway! I just received my gift of a super luxe Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Candle and it is so awesome! It's a ginormous candle :)

This is so totally luxe! I also really appreciated the card and wishes for a great 2014! There are some awesome people out there, and Pastor Sara is one of them! Thanks again!
Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Candle

I love the packaging of the Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Candle!
Now, go enter yourself & follow @pastorsara #psaragives!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Enlightened Bee Skull Pillow Review!

When I first saw the burlap skull pillow from Enlightened Bee (website // shop // instagram) in a contest from the blog Pacific Ritual, I was super psyched. I was even more excited to win it!

First of all, this print on a burlap is so unique. Have you even seen anything like this in a Homegoods? Yeah...I thought so :)

Enlightened Bee Skull Pillow