Fashion Haul: Charlotte Russe

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In case you missed my last post, lately I’ve been getting inspired by minimalism and wardrobe capsules.  In case you also missed it, I seem to struggle with the part about MINIMALIZING.  I’ll get there one day.  It’s not like I haven’t tried.  I’ll see an inspiring closet pin and I’m like, “I really need to do that.” And so I go to Charlotte Russe to buy clothes. Ahem, to START minimializing and capsuling. By buying more clothes. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

The thing is, in order to be an effective minimalist, I have to love the few things that I have. Same goes for a wardrobe capsule–I have to have functional items. And apparently right now my thousands of pieces of clothing aren’t worthy of a minimalist capsule. And so I went and bought some.

Here are my 4 pieces:

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$10. It’s a tee with a nice slouch on both sides of the hem. Perfect for leggings!

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$10. Same style, different color!

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$6. Need I say more?? This is a cotton tube skirt (I think they call it a body con skirt). I love the pencil silhouette (which my hanger does injustice to) and the material. Finally, a pencil skirt that is super comfortable and can be worn below the waist line without looking baggy!

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$6. And of course a black version of the same body con skirt–bc this couldn’t be my fashion haul without a black skirt! Lol

The thing I love about these pieces is that they can comfortably mix and match with eachother, as well as with many of my other clothes! That means that I’m well on my way to having a real minimalist fashion capsule, right?! Or at least, I just took one fashionable foot forward in the right direction. 😀

 

 

My Faux Fashion Capsule

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It’s been a little while since I bought new clothes. (Read: two weeks) Which means that all my clothes feel old and out-dated and just not “my style.” Am I the only one who constantly has style-identity-crisis? One Fall, I am totally into ponchos and leggings and then the next fall its like, skirts, tights, and sweaters ONLY. Ugh.

The real issue comes in when you end up changing your “style” each season, for 4 or 5 years in a row. And hardly get rid of any clothes between seasons. But you keep buying more. Then when you move to college, you have the excuse of having extra clothes because you keep bouncing back and forth between the dorm and your parent’s house and so nobody can keep track of how much clothes you *actually* own. So you have too many clothes and you get away with it.

I remember one time as a teenager, having 4 closet spaces and being relieved. My dad called me “Elizabeth Taylor” when we were moving because um…I guess it was kinda a lot of clothes for one person. Poor dad, I am only one of six daughters. He had a lot of clothes to move. Anyway, apparently in the brand new house he bought, the closet bar wasn’t sturdy enough for two sisters to hang up their clothes together–especially when one of the two said sisters used to have 4 closets. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE POPPING SOUND COMING FROM OUR CLOSET WAS THE SHELF WIRING COMING OUT OF THE WALL AND RIPPING THE HOUSE’S DRYWALL. Oops.  Personally, I think daughters are great.

Moving on.

I’ve been browsing Pinterest, getting inspired by minimalism and wardrobe capsules, and now I’m like, “Hey, I could/should do that!”  And so I go to Charlotte Russe to buy clothes. Because who doesn’t need a good arsenal of clothes in order to start a capsule?!

Here’s the truth:  I don’t actually want a REAL capsule.  And I’m not a minimalist.  But I’m inspired by the idea of having clothes that I love, that fit me well, that are beautiful, and that make me happy to wear.  And that aren’t completely OVERSHADOWED by drawers and drawers of clothes that I don’t like at all and never ever wear.  The little issue is that I hate getting rid of clothes, even said drawers of clothes that I’ll never wear.  It’s just so hard to say goodbye to a shirt I might need ONE DAY.  Honestly, I have to think of giving the shirt away as an act of charity in order to part with it.  Otherwise it will sit in my dresser FOREVER.

Solution to all these problems: the Faux Fashion Capsule.  Let me explain, since I made that concept up.  It’s truly a capsule because you have a limited selection of clothing in your drawer, each piece being multifunctional, good-fitting, beautiful, quality, and a top-favorite.  But here is where the faux-part comes in.  All the other pieces of clothing get bagged up and set aside for the next season.  Obvi don’t pack up things that are dated, misfitting, not “your color” etc.  (Donate those)  The point is to bag up those “options” that you are having a hard time getting rid of, but don’t want to keep in your daily closet.  Knowing that you have this back-up bag of options can make you (read: ME) feel more comfortable about downsizing your wardrobe.   And you can always pull them out when the seasons change and you’re looking for a way to mix-up your wardrobe.

The big bonus here?  If you can’t actually remember what’s in the bag of “options” after a month or two, or haven’t missed them once, go ahead and just donate the bag to charity because OBVIOUSLY you truly are ready for a real capsule wardrobe and more importantly, someone else would love to wear what you don’t want!  Basically, think of the faux capsule as a graduation program– it works you up to getting a real capsule!

Here is the million dollar question.  Will I have the willpower to accomplish this?  I HOPE SO.  KEEP ME MOTIVATED.

 

April 2016

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April showers bring May flowers!  I’m hopeful about every day, but I have a particular list of things that I hope April brings!  This month, I want:

  1. To visit to my Alma Mater!
  2. Adopt a furbaby. ❤
  3. Try a new foundation brand. (hopefully IIID Foundation by Maskcara Cosmetics!)
  4. Introduce baby cereal to my little one.
  5. Begin editing my book.
  6. Finish watching Friends.
  7. Finish the prayer book I’m reading.
  8. Get our copy of Star Wars VII.  <– that’s for my husband, I promise. 🙂
  9. Purchase a few new tees.
  10. Begin using my salt lamp for essential oils.

That’s it!  I hope I can get some/most/all of them done!  When I publish my May list, I’ll let you know how April went. 🙂  What’s your plans this month?

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Brick Walls

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I just wanted to stop in and talk about walls for a minute…

There are lots of kinds.  There are the kind that are around us physically: i.e….house walls.  And then there is the invisible ones that can come and go all around us– walls we put up around ourselves, or walls that people put up for us.  Let’s talk about a few common walls:

  • Self-Doubt walls.  Sometimes there is an invisible wall around us that is doubt.  We doubt that we are good enough.  We doubt we could “handle” something.  We doubt that something will work out.

Tear down time: Tear down that wall because you need to be your biggest cheerleader! And if you stink at cheering yourself on, run your self-doubt by someone who does cheer for you…someone you trust!  Just remember to TRY something before you’re sure it won’t work.

  • Stereotype walls.  These are walls that people project on us.  Since you’re X, you must also be XX.  Since you aren’t good at Y, you probably aren’t good at Z.

Tear down time:  These walls deserve to be torn down because they just aren’t fair.  It’s okay to be frustrated when people pigeon-hole us, but it’s better to just educate people about what the truth is.  A lot of time when someone assumes something about you, it’s not for malicious reasons.  People just like to “know” and so even when they don’t “know” the truth, they try to by projecting their opinion of the situation.  Bottom line: don’t be walled in by someone else’s opinions…you know what’s right!  Be yourself and the truth about you will shine.

  • Uncreative walls.  I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who really GETS this one.  Sometimes there is a wall to our creativity.  Maybe it’s because we aren’t in a creative mood.  Maybe it’s because something is really on our mind.  Maybe it’s because we just got through a SUPER creative moment/project and so now we feel drained.

Tear down time: Just remember, uncreative walls are very flimsy and don’t last long.  So don’t be discouraged!  Do something that inspires you (looking at pinterest pics, working on a favorite project, trying something randomly new) and sooner or later those creative juices will start flowing!

  • Fear walls.  This is a lot like the self-doubt walls, except you aren’t really fearing your own failure, you’re letting something else out there intimidate you.  I feel like this is a regular one for me!  You let something really get to you.  The WORST kind of fear is the anticipation fear…when you’re anxious about something that may or may not EVEN HAPPEN.  You guys, this sounds silly even as I type it!  But it’s a real wall.  Sometimes the “scariest” thing out there is the thing that is completely fictional and imaginary.

Tear down time: My best advice here is to push down those fear walls because its SUCH a shame to waste precious real time and limit yourself based on something that isn’t even real.  Remind yourself what IS true and that fears are just fears–they aren’t actually anything tangible or real.  Yes, it’s important to be cautious and thoughtful.  But living in fear or giving yourself anxiety is just letting “projected emotions” rule over reality and the truth.

  • Ignorance walls.  Sometimes, the biggest wall can be a lack of understanding.  Miscommunication with someone, whether its a spouse, or friend, etc, can lead to issue walls.  (And those are issue walls that shouldn’t be there–because the issue is imaginary!)  Ignorance can be the worst enemy!

Tear down time:  If you are having a lot of frustrations with a person, or even a fact of life going on in the world, stop and try to learn about the situation.  Examine who said what.  Learn what is fact and what is public opinion.  If the ignorance is between you and a person, it’s perfectly fine to even bring up the fact that you feel there is a lack of understanding going on.  Try to dig deeper and tear down those walls of ignorance.  It can help you come to terms with something, and will help you in your relationships!  The ignorance always blocks the truth from being apparent.  Don’t let the ignorance muddle!

  • Negativity walls.  I know I said the other walls can be bad, but this might be the worst wall.  Negativity can be so crippling.  It can completely wall you in and smother you.

Tear down time:  It is so so so so so so so important to take care of yourself when you’re feeling negative.  Don’t blame yourself for feeling negative, it’s more important to focus on fixing it!  If you are feeling negative, turn on your very favorite song.  Pour yourself a mug of coffee or grab two pieces of your favorite chocolate and take a moment to think of 3 things that you have in life that make you really happy.  Then think of 3 things that you would love to accomplish/get in life, and what 3 baby steps you could take towards those.  Then proceed with taking those baby steps.  Sometimes, the VERY best way to stop feeling negative is to focus on someone else.  When you think you have it bad, reaching out to someone else will quickly help you realize that there are so many more people worse off, and helping them will bring you (and them!) the positivity missing.  Put a motivating quote on your fridge or mirror or steering wheel.  It will help you be more positive, and in turn, will help you shine to those around you.  It will help you shine inside out. ❤

Are there any walls I’m missing?  What’s your method for tearing down these kinds of walls?  What kind of things do you like to build up in life?

DIY Housebug Repellent

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Hello there!  Hopefully you read my Liebster Award post and got to know me a little bit better.  But in addition to that, I can help you know me better by sharing a not-so-secret-fact about me: I HATE BUGS.  Not really all bugs.  I think butterflies and moths are beautiful.  Worms are helpful.  Dragonflies are intriguing.  But I loathe…and I mean LOATHE… (no actually, that’s such an understatement)…I hate (can I even make myself type it?)….I HATE HATE HATE S..P…I….D….E…R….S…….UGH I HATE THEM SO MUCH.  In all honesty, I actually have arachnophobia.  It’s like a clinical fear/hatred of spiders.  And I really have it.  No, we’re not going to go into stories here.  But I have them.  And they are bad.  I have BAD spider stories that we aren’t going to talk about.

What we ARE going to talk about is this DIY house bug repellent that I recently made.  It’s made with water and one essential oil: peppermint.  Now usually, I never ever use water as the thinner for my essential oil blends.  Because, duh, oil floats.  Talk about not really mixing anything! lol  But the thing is, I am using this spray on door frames and household areas, and I can’t afford to have oil slicks on them.  If I mixed a carrier oil into this, I was going to be leaving oil all over my house.  Thus, water and peppermint became the blend.

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What you’ll need:

  • Tap water
  • Peppermint essential oil (I prefer organic and I like the brand ‘Plant Therapy’)
  • A glass bottle with a spray cap

The recipe blend is pretty simple.  For every 1 ounce of water, you need 2 drops of essential oil.

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  1. Step One:  Pour 8oz. of tap water into a glass bottle.  Be sure that it is a glass bottle and not a plastic one, because the essential oil will eat through a plastic bottle.  Side note–a plastic hose/nozzle is fine, but the bottle part that the oils will be resting in needs to be glass.

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2. Step Two: Add 16 drops of peppermint essential oil.

3. Step Three: Tighten cap, and shake vigorously.

4.  Step Four: Spray your door frames, window sills, floor cracks, and any other areas where you think that a spider might travel. (UGH I CAN’T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT YOU GUYS)

This spray is not intended to kill said bugs.  This is just supposed to deter them from entering your house.  Peppermint oil is an absolute  ENEMY to spiders.  They cannot stand the smell.  At all.  And so if you apply this liberally to your doors and windows, you will save yourself the scare, heart attack, and sheer terror of having any unwanted 8-leg visitors.

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As a final note, to all my fellow phobics out there, I never ever spend a day without this amazing “bug beeper” plugged in.  It is an noninvasive, chemical-free way to keep your house bugless.  It sends out sound waves at a frequency that drives bugs away and I ABSOLUTELY hands-down can testify that this has stopped bugs in their tracks and kept my living space safe and livable and pleasant and non-terrorized.  I wish these were free so that the whole world would get them and plug them in and bugs would go away forever.

Okay, so that is all.  Now go out and make sprays and protect your home!  And get that bug beeper and plug it in! 🙂