ORGANIZING YOUR CLOSET AND STORAGE SPACE

Everyone has it, that one closet where you just stuff things to the max, close the door, and pretend you’ve got the most organized house ever. Heck, even Monica Gellar had one! THAT’s saying something. To be honest all of our guest room closets have been those closets. We don’t have a ton of storage space in our house other than those closets so when we moved in I just kinda put stuff in it and hoped the magic fairy would organize it next time I went in there. Alas, that did not happen. So I took it as my mission these past few weeks to get these spaces completely organized, hence, the post :-D

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5 ITEMS FOR A FALL-PROOF CLOSET

See what I did there? :-D

You don’t have to have a brand new wardrobe and closet from season to season. I have never been that person to change out my closet from hot to cold because I never really felt a need! Granted I was living in different places six months out of the year so one could argue that technically I did and my “winter closet” was just in a different state. BUT, my point being, a closet can be versatile enough that it can easily transition into seasons so much so that you won’t feel the need to set a date for storing those items you don’t need.

Now, I still store my summer dresses and those blouses and skirts that just. won’t. work in midwest temperatures, but that’s a small fraction of my closet. I want to be able to wear each piece as much as possible, and there are several pieces that I think are key to creating a ‘fall-proof closet’ that can help you through this time of transition.

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#NSALE 2019: 5 ITEMS TO ADD TO YOUR CART

So the last post was… a lot, I know. But I wanted to show you the full scope of what the fashion possibilities were with this amazing sale! Did it work?

So now that I’ve had some time to process, I wanted to share some bestsellers, why they’re crucial for your closet, and how to style them. There tends to be a few pieces that stand out every year; a cardigan here, a hat there, booties everywhere? So if you’re tempted by aaalllll of the #nsale offerings, hopefully this will help narrow down your options and help clarify some style stress for you going forward.

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE OVERVIEW

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the gift that keeps on giving… or taking… from you bank account.

I think now is a great time to load up on basics, beauty, and fall! If you’re in need of a good new winter jacket? Now’s the time to get it. If you’ve been wanting to try some new beauty products and in need of a makeup and skincare drawer revamp? Now’s the time!

Early access with your Nordstrom Card started yesterday so let’s get going!

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FROM YOUR 30-YEAR-OLD SELF...

I have had this saved on my phone for the better part of a decade, and while it’s always appropriate, it’s just crazy actually turning 30 and looking back over the years; when could I have used this advice more? was any of this accurate?

Before you read it, the answer is “yes!!!!!!!” And it’s all advice that we give each other, that older people give younglings, yet applying it is always a little tricker… Earlier this week I took every paragraph from this note and wrote down how it is true, when I did it, when I should have, etc. and to anyone who blows off parts of this note as untrue or not necessary, well, then you’re probably a few years younger than me. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all! I just mean that there are certain understandings that come with time and age, and while I’m talking like I’m 50 and know everything, I just know the feeling of being in my early 20’s and reading this note thinking, well that sounds silly but maybe it’ll be true someday. Some things are harder to understand until you experience them, and some things you only experience over time.

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YOUR MIND + BODY: RUNNING

Running is a unique beast… you either love it or you hate it. There is no in between. Usually.

In college I lived for my long runs. I would wake up on football Saturdays and run 17 miles while other college kids were doing kegs and eggs… I never said I was cool or smart. After I graduated and started working, I loved those early morning runs as the sun was coming up before work. Living downtown Baltimore there was nothing better than running along the water in the Inner Harbor. Time to clear my head, and get ready for the day.

Unfortunately for me I used running as a way to play the scale game; I would weigh myself before a run, then after, and watch the numbers go down week after week. And not in a good way. It wasn’t until these past few years that I started to readjust my relationship with running, and I did that by reassessing my health goals, and by researching what running does to your mind and body: the good, the bad, and the sweaty!

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COOL FOR THE SUMMER

I absolutely love these styles and cannot get enough of them. I’m just so happy that I have found some affordable ones, so I can keep on collecting :-)

I love how many colors and patterns there are, but what I love most is that when you find the right fit? It is the RIGHT fit. These are so freaking comfortable, and for people with a body type like mine? Flattering! Now your collections are not just limited to low rise khaki shorts or short jean shorts for the summer. As you can tell by these pictures (below) they are versatile enough that they will likely fit any occasion you have in these hotter months. The outfit above, for example I think is perfect for a brunch or maybe more “put-together” event! And these shorts are just $30!! With the linen fabric and the light stripe detail it is the epitome of summer.

And this outfit below? Any reason to wear a straw hat, and pair this with a cute pair of sandals and it’s the perfect outfit for a peach day, lake day, farmers market, grocery store? Pup isn’t included :-D but she definitely makes the outfit a little cuter.

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HOW TO WEAR CULOTTES

Now while I don’t think that this is something that you should fill your closet with, I definitely think that an affordable pair or two to stay on trend would be a good add to your wardrobe. I think it’s a cute, casual, boho vibe that if you pair with a woven pair of sandals, cute bucket bag, then you’re good to go. I will preface the rest of this post with the fact that i don’t love it haha! I don’t have the legs for culottes, so my take on this trend is a little biased. Do I think that it’s cute and can be adorable? 100%! I just don’t think that it is something super flattering for me and my body type.

So with that, if you feel like you can’t wear these because of your body type, know that 1. you can wear whatever you want 2. you are beautiful no matter what your body type is 3. at least try them to see how you feel! Who knows maybe you’d be super comfortable in them?!

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BLOGGING FOR BEGINNERS

Before we get started, this post is not just for bloggers. So if you were considering just skipping it or skimming it, maybe reconsider. 

These are tips and pieces of advice that I think are thoroughly applicable to any career or endeavor, but since my personal experience these past two plus years has been in blogging and social media, that’ll be the focus. And no this isn’t a guide to getting 20,000 followers on Instagram because, to be honest, I would have no idea how to write that…. but it’s more nuggets of information that will build a strong foundation for whatever business you are building. 

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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be the same thing every year… flowers, candle, repeat. But these finds fit every personality and every budget! I particularly love the coffee and relaxation items, mostly because I feel like those are the top needed items by moms worldwide. Agreed?

Shop all of my Mother’s Day Gift finds below! And TONS of them are on sale so don’t miss out!

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YOU SAID YES!

This is one of the most special times in your life! You have so many exciting things coming up… as well as stressful. But finding your fashion for all of these fun events shouldn’t be stressful! If so, hopefully this post will help you out.

I absolutely loved this part of the planning process! And in fact wrote several posts about it last year when I was fresh out of it. But loving it isn’t just because I love fashion, etc. but because I love the color white! I do! I love the simplicity and the classiness in a white dress, blouse, trousers, I could go on. So I was in my element.

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WEDDING GUEST DRESS CODE

I had to look up what these meant when we were setting the dress code for our wedding a few years ago. To be honest, it’s still kinda confusing! But with wedding season just around the corner, I’ve had a lot of requests for a little clarity. So, I shall do my best.

CASUAL ATTIRE: This probably means that it’s going to be outdoors, fairly laid-back, but that doesn’t mean jeans or tank tops are acceptable.

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MY GUIDE TO ATHLEISURE

This term was first coined several years ago when activewear started to take over global retail. In other words, women started wearing their yoga pants everywhere, and boom! Another department.

And it’s not a small one.

Now valued at over $84 billion, this is not a “passing trend”. Companies are much more relaxed on dress code, overall fashion trends are more casual, and people just don’t have the time to change their entire outfit after their workouts and before their errands. And as a trainer, I couldn’t be happier!

I lived in my team-issued gear at Ohio State, mostly because it was comfortable, but it was also because I just didn’t want to have to go all the way home before practice. These days, when I teach, I am usually going to or from a class that I was taking! And don’t have a ton of time between classes to be able to get some errands done. And let’s be honest, yoga pants are so much more comfortable than jeans!

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SPRING ACCESSORIES TRENDS

Clear bags, barrettes, ribbons and headbands, oh my!

There are other trends according to Vogue and Harpers Bazaar that will be making appearances this spring/summer season, however these trends are the ones that I feel like won’t make you look totally bazaar (haha get it?) when you don them at brunch. Don’t you feel like that most of the time you’re reading a high fashion magazine or see people’s insta-posts at fashion week? Like, “I would never wear that!” or “who would actually wear that in real life?”. I selectively choose which fashion trends are “real-life” acceptable, and ones that I even like! Just because it’s on-trend, doesn’t mean it looks good.

A few of these trends you have already seen ALL OVER Instagram and I think are soooo fantastic for Spring! The barrettes for example, I love the concept of keeping your hair back now that the sun is out. Show off that new tan! Soak up that vitamin D! I even kinda like the multiple barrette concept as well. Now… I’m not feeling the full-Dorit mode when I say ‘multiple’. Not that she’s not fabulous…. but I would probably just go with a scrunchy at this point!

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SPRING TREND - NEUTRALS

I’m talking beige, cream, taupe, khaki, off-white, oh my!

This is seriously the most exciting fashion trend I have ever witnessed :-) and mostly because my closet is already SO on-trend :-) but completely unintentionally, I’m just a neutral-kinda-girl. And my favorite part is pairing neutrals together, so this Spring is going to be the best!

What’s also great about it is that the utility and the neutral trend can be one in the same! So by buying one piece you can hit two trends at the same time! These categories below I have compiled a few dozen of my favorite styles so far… but this won’t be it! Keep an eye out for more releases to make an appearance that will keep you in style and on trend.

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TEN THINGS I'VE BOUGHT TO GET READY FOR SPRING

This is legit my favorite time of year. I know that I’ve said that before about fall, but after some serious consideration, spring wins.

Think about it, how long has it been since you’ve seen green grass, or been able to stand outside for more than 10 minutes without being concerned about freezer burn on your face? As you look to the weeks ahead you get excited about the possibility of warmer temperatures, maybe the snow will start to melt, everything will start to thaw out, including your toes!

Ah, what a time to be alive!

And since this polar vortex has caused temporary hibernation I have had a lot of time to think about some things to get ready for this glorious season. Whether it’s some fashion choices, something for the home, or beauty picks, I think this list is a great place to start!

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SNAKE PRINT IS THE NEW BLACK

This print is everywhere! And I’m loving it!

I’ve slowly become more comfortable with bold prints like this, and excited for all the ways that it is showing up in the market! Whether you’re ready for a full dress, or maybe just a pair of shoes or accessory to ease into it, check out this post for dozens of my favorite trend finds.

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