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Closet Redemption: The act of starting completely over in order to salvage your closet and rebuild your personal style
We are always talking about wanting more and more clothes and accessories but what if we already have a ton of clothes and less quality?I moved into my new apartment over two months ago and I was determined to give my surroundings a fresh start. So I finally worked up the courage to do the unthinkable. I got rid of about half of the items in my closet. I did it without mercy or second thoughts and i haven’t looked back.
The shirt with the stain on the front that I swore I would scrub out but never did? Gone.
The skirt with the missing button? Out.
The jacket with the sequins that I haven’t worn in two years? Gots to go.
For the last year and a half I was steadily trying to hold on to things that just weren’t making me happy anymore. My style was changing but I was too scared to get rid of my clothes. I kept wondering: What if I end up wearing the same thing every week? What if I regret giving away certain items? It’s been over two months and the fear is long gone. I am much happier since getting rid of that stuff and I’m excited about adding a few fall items to go with what I already have.
If you are looking to breathe new life into your closet these are the steps I took to get started:
Step 1: Pull every single item out of that closet. This includes clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, scarves, hats, wallets, and everything else in sight. After pulling everything out of the closet you want to start asking yourself these questions:
- Are you in love with this item?
- Does it bring you joy?
- If you wore it today what would you pair it with?
You should have only two piles: Give it away and Keep
Step 2: You have two options: bag up the give away pile and take it immediately to a goodwill or salvation army OR take it to a consignment shop and see if you can earn some cash from your clothes and accessories.
Step 3: Take the keep pile and start organizing however you see fit whether its by color, style, or type.
The keep pile is the foundation. It should also consist of many style basics such as: button downs, basic tees, denim (jeans and jackets), blazers, cardigans, sweaters, blouses, and leggings. Having a lot of the basic items will give you more ways to switch up the outfits and add more expensive statement pieces to them (printed bomber jacket or sweatshirt). You will be surprised how many cute outfits you can create if you end up with less than 30 items so don’t fret it can be done if your give away pile turns out to be huge.
Once you have completed the organization process and put the items back in your closet that you are keeping now is the time to do a quick evaluation:
- Make a mental note of what basic items you are lacking. I recommend H&M and Asos for purchasing basic items the most. H&M has great prices and Asos offers a two or three pack for a lot of their basic items.
- Take note of your current personal style. Has it changed? If so what items do you want to see more of? What do you like most about the items you decided to keep?
- Search for inspiration that mirrors your personal style and save your favorites so you know exactly what to look for next time you go shopping. My new philosophy now when I shop is if I’m not in love with it then I don’t buy it.
So if you are in need of a closet redemption today, you got this!
With the season changing, now is the perfect time to get started.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some music, and pull that stuff out!
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Why in the world do I want to have a fashion blog? Millions of people have a fashion blog. It’s not anything new. So why even bother? It’s not like I’m making a dime from it. I don’t have a million subscribers. Companies are not sending me products begging for a review. Why even do it?
A few years back I asked myself what is my dream and what would I want to be doing even if I had all the money in the world. And every time I think about the answer I picture myself waking up in the morning and going to a beautiful desk to open my MacBook and write. My content is a daily work in progress but I know that if I stop or give up on it or don’t make a habit to post then I won’t get better at what I love to do. Creating content while holding down a full time career may be extremely difficult but nothing worth having is simple or easy. When I look at the work of someone who is well known now and started creating content years ago whether it was posting youtube videos or blogging or having a fashion line I notice that where they started is not the same as how they are today. Everyone started at ground zero to reach success. So if anyone is wondering why they should even do it here is why:
- Hard work pays off and in ways you would not expect.
- Hard work, sacrifices, and creativity doesn’t just go unnoticed so please believe people are watching and opportunities will eventually come your way.
- Creativity is a priceless and wonderful thing to possess and when you make it a habit, beautiful things are created.
- When you fail at something you don’t just quit. Try again. And again. And again. And again.
- You are helping someone who is doubting themselves. They see you doing it and now they know that they can too.
Thank you to everyone who is reading and supporting my blog.
This is the second part to my first blog post 2016 Sunday Beauty Routine. This is my routine that helps me get mentally prepared for a new week. Some people are able to party all the way till early Monday morning and if that’s you then power to you! I used to be one of those people in my early 20s but now I prefer not to go out on Sunday nights because I work so early in the morning. I am not a morning person and I like to make things easy when I wake up so I’m on autopilot: have my work clothes laid out, lunch already packed, and work bag right by the door. Here are the top five things I’m doing the night before:
I have been practicing yoga off and on for over five years. It is very therapeutic for me and really helps with my anxiety. When I am doing the poses I am also breathing heavily while holding each posture (it sounds a little bit like I’m snoring loud but it’s just breathing exercises). This helps me to release all the tension and be in the present moment. A lot of people are not really believers in the benefits of yoga but I can honestly say it is very effective.
Meditation is not something I am consistent with like yoga but sometimes when I am going through something that is out of my control, I sit and meditate to get closure and calm my mind. I meditate by sitting still either quietly or with calming music then I pick an affirmation to repeat in my head. Then I start to pray and ask for God to calm and heal my heart on whatever is going on. Even though I only meditate for a few minutes now and then, I am interested in growing the practice. Russell Simmons said “If you don’t have 20 minutes to delve into your self through meditation, then that means you really need two hours.” I believe this but doing even thirty minutes of meditation consistently is tough and you have to be extremely disciplined. One day I will reach that level.
Meal prep helps me stay consistent with eating healthy during the week. Without meal prep I would be eating expensive high carb and high sugar foods all the time. Since I am still on the weight loss journey I like to plan out my meals in advance. I go to the grocery store every week and on Sundays I prepare the meals.
Reading is something I recently added to my Sunday routine. I love to read a few pages of a book before bed. The last book I started was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It was a library book so unfortunately I couldn’t finish it in time since someone requested it after me and I had to return it lol. I am going to purchase the book eventually because I truly enjoyed learning about how important it is to always be in the present moment. Right now I am in the mood to read a good thriller so I am going to take a break and read something else before I go back to reading it.
I listen to podcasts while I’m in the bathroom. Since I’m in there for nearly an hour I use that time to catch up on some self help. My favorites right now are Trust and Believe by Shaun T and I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty. One gives inspiring stories and inspiration about being healthy and the other gives advice about being a writer.
What common practices do you have that help you “get your mind right” and ready to start a new week?
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Things I want to try this fall:
What things are you interested in trying or doing this fall season?
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I started my fall pumpkin candle collection! Check out the two I purchased last weekend:
I have these on my want list once I run out:
So are you ready for fall yet? Unfortunately, I am not! I much prefer summer weather but fall is my favorite time of year for fashion! I admit I am behind on my clothes shopping because I am still buying a lot of home decor for my apartment. The good news is I live in Texas so it is still summer here and I will not able to wear any fall items until around the end of October but either way, I still have a ton of fall posts that I want to put out into the world so be on the lookout!
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