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7.01.2015

IKEA Family: July 2 - July 28

Every month, my favorite blue warehouse puts tons of items on sale at a discounted price for all IKEA Family card holders. Not a family member? Sign up now. Along with the discounts, you get free coffee or hot tea in the restaurant, more SmÃ¥land time for the kiddos and a 90 Day Price Protection. Basically, you really shouldn't shop at IKEA without it!

Here's some favorite items I've chosen from the family discount list this month. You can always go see all the discount items on the IKEA website. Just in time for summer travels, these items will help you get prepped and ready for vacation-time:


6.29.2015

DIY Magnetic Makeup Organization

When we moved into this apartment, I was really excited about the long horizontal drawers in the bathroom. I thought it'd be perfect for hiding my makeup. Well, I've found a couple drawbacks while using it over the past year. 1. The drawer is like 2 inches high. Not a lot of room for chunky products. 2. I'm a mess! Ha. We all really knew that, but when I get a drawer, I prove it oh so fast. I've come up wish a solution for my slim space and I'm loving it so far:

As embarrassing as it is, here is the terror of a drawer I was working with each morning. I found those little white organizers in the Target Dollar Spot and they actually fit the drawer. What was meant to help me organize, just looked awful since I tend to throw things around and not put them back where they belong. Basically, it looked like a storm ran through Chaosville every day. 


I've always seen those cute magnetic makeup boards on Pinterest that people hang on their walls, but I don't really have a place for that near my bathroom mirror. All I have is that skinny drawer! After getting tired of the disorder lately, and downsizing my makeup, I knew I wanted to do something similar. I saw this great neon magnetic board at Five Below and went to find these small sticky magnets from Walmart. The simplest of DIY projects, I'm telling you.

Every piece of makeup got a magnet. On items with "tops," the magnet was placed there (mascara, lip gloss, foundation, etc). That's so I can buy new makeup and put on the old top, so I don't have to re-magnetize with every replacement. Sometimes the sticky part of the magnetic stuck really well, but I found that by using my hot glue gun, it worked much better. 

Once each item was magnetized, I added the orange board into my drawer and set in the makeup items by order of use: primer, foundation, powder, blush, eyes, lips, etc. Since they're not sliding around with every close of the drawer, it's so nice to keep them in that order. Makes morning wake up calls much simpler! 

With the board, I still had room for one of the Dollar Spot organizers. Since I purged a lot of useless or old items, I was able to fill it with a few necessities like deodorant and ponytail holders. So much better, right? 


To show you the big difference this little project made, here's a little before-and-after action. It's always a sigh of relief to get rid of things not being used (or just plain old trash). Drawers are so hard to keep organized and tidy anyway, but with only the necessities, I trust my new little system will help!

Just FIY: this magnetic board is not very strong, as it is only meant for small magnets and holding paper (like, in a school locker). With this one, you probably wouldn't be able to hang your makeup onto the wall. It's perfect for drawers, but if you're looking to hold up heavy pieces of makeup, you'll probably need something more powerful. 

How do you all organize your daily makeup routine?

6.23.2015

A Capsuled Stylebook

Remember that moment in Clueless when Cher's computer had software that would help her get dressed in the mornings? I know my 5-year-old brain couldn't comprehend such a concept, especially since all my computer could do at the time was type green text on a black screen...or, play Dig-Dug. Well, now I've fulfilled my 90's dreams, becoming Cher-ish with my new closet app. I also did the opposite of Cher and basically got rid of most of my clothes. She would be loser-loser-as-if-ing me so bad right now. 

Lately, I've been obsessed with studying the concept of a capsule wardrobe. According to Wikipedia, "capsule wardrobe" was coined in the 1970's by Susie Faux, who concluded that it is a collection of essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion that can be augmented with seasonal pieces. (Unfancy is a great place to start researching). I'm not a "clothes" person anyway and shopping isn't one of my favorite things. I've always liked having a lot of black items with a few pops of color. Really, I just miss school days when it was socially acceptable to wear sweats and basketball slides every day. Anyway, because I already have simplistic clothing choices, a well-planned capsule wardrobe seems perfect for me.

Through my searches on the subject, I discovered the Stylebook app. It helps you take your own clothes from your closet to your iPhone and let's you build "looks" using your clothes. It's pretty much what Cher's computer did for her way back then. I promise you, it's about to CHANGE. YO. LIFE.


Before getting the app, I purged my closet. Y'all, I purged more clothes than I ever have before. So much so, I'll probably have to have an IG closet sale soon. I only have about 30 pieces left. Here were my "musts" when deciding whether or not a piece was a keeper: 1. Must match/coordinate with 3+ looks. 2. Must fit well. 3. Must be length-appropriate. 4. Must still be in quality condition. Basically, anything too short, hole-y or not neutral got the boot. It. Felt. Good!

With the clothes I had left, I designated a few hours one afternoon to photograph and add them into my Stylebook app. With universal items like my black jeggings, I'd just type in "black jeggings" on Google and upload any photo. No need to photograph the generic stuff! For un-Google-able patterns and color-specific items like cardigans and dresses (which are from older Target collections or discount stores like Ross or Marshalls), I'd set them out on my white coffee table and snap it.

After all my items were in my virtual closet, it was time to sit down and create some "looks." Dress by dress, skirt by skirt, I came up with a few different ways to wear each item. Mix and matching cardigans and shoes, I created so many more looks than I expected. Who knew all these different outfits were already in my closet? I even planned out my outfits for work for the next two weeks: 

Since the purge, I've realized there's quite a few items I need to complete my capsule wardrobe. I have a list on my Google drive to keep me in line when I'm shopping. If it's not on the list, it cannot be purchased. In the meantime, my Stylebook app is helping me make the most of what I already have and it's made planning for the work week SO much easier. 

From now on, buying a piece of clothing for me means adding it to the virtual closet before it's hung in the real one! Soon, when I'm feeling ambitious, I'm going to add in all my jewelry, bags and workout clothes. Creating the virtual closet takes a little bit of time, but I'm so excited for how much it's going to save me in the long run!

Anybody trying out capsule wardrobes? 
Have you used apps like Stylebook to help you succeed?

6.19.2015

Get That Look: Inside Out!

Like all good people of the world, I am super pumped that Pixar has a new movie coming out today. Inside Out! looks like a different take on animated movies we're used to, so I'm really excited to see this adventure of feelings! Here's some color-inspiration based on some of the main characters Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. All these clothes can be found at H&M:


SADNESS

ANGER

FEAR

DISGUST

Have fun at the movies!

6.17.2015

Rory + Nina

One early weekend in Spring, I spent an afternoon with these two love birds. Rory proposed to Nina at Klyde Warren Park and they wanted their engagement pictures taken in the same area. It happened to be a really busy day at the park, but we were able to snap a few and found so many great spots nearby. It was a lovely day spent with these two. Can't wait to hear about their awesome wedding (planned with Celebrate Colorfully) in November! 

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