2015 Pink and Green

2015 Pink and Green

Etienne Aigner top
$54 – rebelle.com

Trench coat
rotita.com

Pencil skirt
maykool.com

Tan shoes
$36 – newlook.com

Givenchy clutch
barneys.com

Wildfox polarized sunglasses
$180 – shopbop.com

AERIN lip gloss
net-a-porter.com

Where have I been? Tidying up…

Good morning, afternoon, night, whenever you decide to read my blog post.. How you doing? I’ve been seriously letting the procrastination monster take over my body this summer (and spring and winter, notice a trend?).

I think the downfall of my blogging process fell a-freaking apart when the temperature rose. Nothing like a hundred degrees and the humidity level set to Hell, to destroy any living eff cells that I had left in my body. The heat and rent is too damn high, y’all.

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But I’m back at again and hopefully I’ll will start writing more consistently everyday. Sometimes you have hit the reset button and start over again ( and again and again).

I wanted to start blogging and posting outfits as soon possible but I felt like God was telling me to purge clothes in my closet first and start fresh (hey, don’t judge we talk about things like that).

My closet was at max capacity! Even for me, my closet struggle stays real. I hate throwing clothes away. Even as semi-proffesional organizer, I still research ways to update my organization methods and declutter my own closet.

I logged on to Pinterest (the database) and I came across a concept called a capsule wardrobe. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers rave about it but I hadn’t delved that deep into it until now.

I started pinning and pinning and pinning different capsule methods (and then I started pinning cinnamon roll recipes, idk) until I got a new idea of what to do with my clothes. After the ADD hamster in my brain stopped churning I discovered that trimming down your wardrobe down to 33 items or less might be the greatest (scariest) idea ever.

According to Wikipedia, “A capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s.”
“According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”

At first I thought, how the hello could can I do this method! love all of my clothes sooooooooo much. I can’t just throw things away!! This can’t be life! I need ALL of them. Come through baby steps!

Then I came across another article from the New York Times, discussing a famous Japanese organizer, Marie Kondo and her unique and clever way of getting rid of the stuff.

Based on her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,”  Kondo recommends only keeping things that only “spark joy”. This lady means business! Followers of her method are getting rid of tons of stuff by the masses.

Most closet organizers at the basic level utilize some of her tactics. But the kondo method is a lot more serious and takes discipline to get rid of everything in your home. If you want to learn more about the “”KonMari” method click here..

This is exactly what I needed since, “I’m having another throw shiz away attack”. I’m combining both methods of tidying up and creating a capsule for my wardrobe to clear some space.
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I, however, am super lazy and not that discipline. I didn’t feel like reading whole a book (yet, but I will) or watching a million You Tube videos on the subject, let alone get rid of all of my stuff in my house!! I needed to get started fast, so here’s my lazy version of tidying up for your closet!

Two simple things:

1: TRY ON ALL YOUR CLOTHES!
(especially those you haven’t worn in awhile)

By trying on all of my clothes, I discovered the love I have for them was not mutual (some of my pants yelled hell nawl). It was eye opening but well worth it. Many of my clothes didn’t fit or were just the wrong shape for my body. ALOT of it was just nonsensical (the musical).

Club dresses? At 31? With two toddlers? For what clubs? Girl bye. I gathered these items and tossed them into Walmart Bagville!

2: Then, designate THREE areas for your clothes in your room and seperate them into these categories.

*Sell/Give away (ex. Bed)
*Keep (ex.leave hanging)
*Store (ex. Empty Tupperware box)

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As I tried on clothes, I threw items into the designated piles as I went along thus hitting two birds with one stone. When I was finished, I just gathered them into bags or rehung them my closet.

The clothes that were in good shape I threw in my sale pile. I love selling clothes through consignment. I use the money from my old clothes to update my wardrobe, stay current and on trend.

The storage the pile consisted of out of season items like sweaters. Why did I have flannel shirts out in the first place? I do not know! I place these inside a Tupperware box. We don’t have enough storage in our bedroom, so I put my jeans and other pants I wear now on top old of the sweaters. Voila. A second dresser.

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This freed up so much space in my closet. I realized I had so many things that didn’t “spark joy”. Just wasting space and time. Later on this week, I will start my capsule wardrobe method of this post (or part deux) so stay tune.

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I hope you guys will give these methods a try! Fall is coming so it’s a great time to make room for boots and sweaters (and pumpkin spice lattes, corny I know).

If want to clean up the clutter and you’re just too tired to even try this lazy method, consider hiring a closet organizer to help you. I think I know of one. Wink wink. Cough cough.

Enjoy!

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Fashion Friends.

Ladies and Gentlemen. AND BY GENTLEMEN, I mean my husband because he’s the only guy reading my blog for right now!

I present to you a few looks my interior designer pal, Sonja and I styled last Sunday for absolutely no reason at all. We both love clothes more than life itself and wanted to document our obsession.

Sonja, like the french dresses up all the time. Doesn’t matter if it’s the movies or a slumber party, she is always the quintessential “lady”.
She has even made me want to wear my good clothes more and generally do better.

Because honestly at times I can be dressed to the nines and then turn around the next day and be a complete slob (truthiness).

The thing I love about having a fashionable friend (and generally a great friend too) is that when you say let’s go grab coffee, you both put on your best clothes. So if you see us at your local walmart in heels don’t judge our journey.

It’s like what’s the point of having great clothes and have them sit in your closet!  It’s just dumb and a waste of the hubs money.

So we’ve decided to meet each week and do a photoshoot until we run out of clothes, which the way our closets are set up that will never happen! So check back for more pictures in the future.

Here’s a few of our looks! Enjoy!

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Jacket: Etienne Aigner Trench, Goodwill
Shirt, Shorts: H&M
Shoes: Sam Edelman, Goodwill

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Top: Love 21
Necklace: Designed by Sonja
Skirt: Vintage

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Denim Shirt: Goodwill
Necklace: Walmart (what?)
Skirt: Sheinside.com
Shoes: Moddeals.com

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Jacket: Love 21
Dress: Altuzarra for Target

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Top, Vest: Forever 21
Skirt: Vintage Lace
Shoes: Journeys

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Jacket: Love 21
Leather Tank: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Vintage from Goodwill
Shoes: Nine West

Oh my God, I’m thirty (one)

G’day folks. Happy Monday we’ve made it one more week into this gift called life.

A had one heck of a wake up call last week. I was chomping down on some my favorite snicky snacks and bam a part of my tooth chipped off. And it wasn’t even a hard snack I think it might have been a freaking marshmallow.

I was freaking the freak out. I called my husband, the realist, and asked him why is this happening! He politely reminded me that we are getting older and that its all downhill from the this point. 

It’s true, my body has been quitting on me left and right. The next day I woke up with a large knot in my back that would not go away. I had to rub my own back (in this economy) up against a wall for a massage.

And then next day my legs gave out and were weak from just WALKING! Not even running just walking in a straight line in the park. By the time the weekend came I felt like (and looked) Quasimodo from Notre Dame.

Not sure what happens to body when you turn thirty, but I think the main thing I’ve realized about aging is that if you want feel healthy you have to work for it.

Gone are the days you can pull an all nighter and then sleep it off for a hour. Naw girl bye. We need a full 8 hours or there will be hell to pay the next day.

And that’s pretty much life nowadays right? When we were young, it was a little easier for some of us in different aspects of our lives (finances, school, exercise etc.) Guess what?  Those days are over y’all!

In my thirties, I feel like I have to fight to get anything done.I have to extra work hard for everything whether it’s a better body, starting a business or achieving my goals.

But I also have realized when you reach a certain age, you see more clearly that your time on this earth is limited. So while I am physically able I HAVE to do the work NOW!

I once heard a pastor preach from the moment you’re born you are dying as you get older. Although at first, it was weird to hear him preach that word but eventually his message became clearer to me and I saw that his message was true. Aging is just the dying of cells in our bodies. As more cells die, we grow older.

So essentially once you are born, its pretty much over from the start. We only get one life to live. One ride on this rodeo. And I’m going to make sure each day I make the most of it and make every minute count.

I pretty much say this on my blog every week, excuse me  while l  speak things into existence.
If you have dreams and goals, #dontwait get started because we don’t have much time.

My biggest fear isn’t failing at my goals, but getting older and looking back realizing that I wasted my life not even trying to reach my goals.

So let my body breakdown of last weekend serve as a reminder, the clock is ticking. If there’s something you want to do in life, DO IT NOW! Don’t waste your time worrying, use your time wisely and make every minute count.

I’m done preaching y’all. Let the church doors open and please put your offering in the bucket if you came in late! Enjoy.

And to sum exactly life in your thirties click here

Monday Motivation: Trust and Believe.

Good Morning America! I have to tell you about my amazing weekend! I hate to sound to like I’m bragging but it was so awesome I had to share.

I’ve been slowly but surely (barely P.O.P holding it down) starting a closet organization and personal shopping business. This weekend kicked off my very first closet organization session and it went surprisingly well.

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Why you gotta be so rude…

But for some weird reason, I was so incredibly nervous as I began working on my client’s closet. I kept hearing a nagging little voice in my head questioning every move I made. What are you doing?  Do you even know what you are doing?  Are you even good at this? You sound like an idiot (Well aren’t you the rudest little voice ever?).

As the hours flew by, I started to feel more and more comfortable with my work and the process overall. All those nagging voices started to disappear and be pushed out by God’s voice telling me “This is what you were meant to do, this is your gift, helping people”. “Take comfort in knowing THAT this is your destiny” (Well okayyyyyyy God, I hear you).

I know that sounds like I’m trying to sound deep, spiritual and rose colored lense-like, but it was the truth. His words begin to give me the deepest sense of relief and peace that I desperately needed.

At the end 2013, I quit my job to stay at home with my lovely toddlers and start this business. Following that decision, although my family was much happier, it seemed like our finances started to fall apart. 2014 became one of the worst years financially our family has had in a long time. I constantly questioned my decision of leaving my job everyday.

This year however, as things everyday come together piece by piece, I now finally get it. I understand everything my family went through to get to this moment. Working towards my purpose was not easy, but when I arrived I immediately felt all the pieces fall into place.

As I finished bagging up old clothes and reasoning with my client why it was time to throw things away, for the first time in my life I could tell myself that “You were meant to do this” and actually I BELIEVED it was the truth.

So yes what an ahmazing feeling it is when Belief, Purpose and Peace all come together and fall into place in our lives. I just had to share my story for those of you who might be starting a business, quitting your job or any other type of risk like myself. Trust God, don’t worry and know that you will see the purpose in the struggle you may face right now.

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Not sure why I’m preaching (#churchflow) on my blog this morning but just wanted you guys to know all the pieces will eventually fall into place for you, even if you can’t see it happening.

There’s an instaquote that says, “Work Hard, Stay Sweet, Trust God, Love Deep”. I’m not sure who wrote this, but I feel you my sister (or brother). All you can do is TRUST and BELIEVE and peace will follow.

Now get out there everyone and do your work! Enjoy.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest