THE PERFECT BLUSH TRENCH + SPRING CLEANING

Spring is in the air and its the perfect time to start going through your wardrobe and getting it organized. With these 8 tips you can get your closet prepared for spring and make you less likely to spend unnecessary money shopping.

Organize by Category

I hang up most of my clothes and have taken up three closets in the house haha. One day when my kids are older I will re-do my home layout and get my room size dream closet. However, my favorite way to organize my closet is to start by category. This way I know that t-shirts are on the left and skirts are on the bottom rack, ect. It makes it so much easier when looking for something to wear.

Organize by Color

Next I take each category and organize it by color. This really helps when I have an idea of what I want in my head, or a color combination that I want and I can find matching items in a pinch! Plus it just makes the closet look so pretty!!

Display Jewelry

I have a huge jewelry box that I like to keep all of my jewelry organized in. However, I have some necklace and bracelet stands that are really great for displaying colorful statement pieces, or just the items that I’m currently keeping on rotation so I can quickly see them to grab and go. This also give a  bit of sparkle to your dresser display.

Highlight Fave Pieces

I like to hang up either on a clothes rack, or in the front of my closet a few favorite pieces that i am keeping on repeat. This makes it easy to grab a favorite piece I know looks great on me and then think of something different to pair it with in order to try a new look.

Promote a Few Old Items

Go through your closet and find a few neat items that you haven’t worn in 6 months and move those to the front of your closet, or the clothes rack where you have your current fave pieces. If your eye catches a few pieces you haven’t worn lately then perhaps you can work something old back into your current style. This will help you change things up.

Display Shoes & Handbags

I purchased a great open shelf unit from Ikea recently that I will be doing a tutorial with turning it into a gold/marble shelf unit! I love to use this to display my purses and a few pairs of favorite shoes that I wear often because it makes my room look more fun and fashioney (no that’s not a word, but it should be haha). You can also then see which bag and shoes you may easily want to grab and wear with your look.

Store Non-Seasonal Items

I love using totes to store away sweaters and bulky coats. I actually have a whole closet for coats and boots, so I don’t have to put too much away, but I push the winter type coats to the back of the closet and move some items out of my main closet and put them into bins in my laundry room. This frees up space for me to see more of the spring items that will be on current rotation.

Purge

Ok, now I’m not the best at this, but I try. Recently I did a huge purge and then I realized I got rid of something I wanted to wear ugh that really sucks. If there are items in your closet though that you haven’t worn in a year and you don’t see yourself wearing them soon then it’s time to donate. Obviously this would not be any specialty gowns, or coveted designer items that are for special occasions. Also, if you have items that need to be fixed and you don’t see yourself taking them to be repaired, then you might as well toss those too.

I used a few of these tips and that’s how this blush trench coat became a staple piece for me recently. Right now we are in that in-between weather state. It’s chilly then warm, dry, then damp, and sometimes this is all in one day. This trench is light weight and the perfect color for the spring season, though I wear blush year round. I kept it casual with this fun Tee from T & J Designs and a pair of destroyed denim. These strappy blush heels spice it up a bit.

Blush Trench / T & J Designs T-Shirt / Jeans Similar

Heels / Purse – LV Neverfull / Similar Purse / Sunglasses (on sale less than $30)

Earrings / Necklace Similar / Watch / Bracelet / Bracelet / Ring

Lipstick – ColourPop Times Square

Nail Polish – Jamberry Trushine We’re Blushing

FINANCIAL TIP 

Spring Cleaning Your Financial Closet

  1. Cash Flow – Have you set a goal for your savings and are you keeping on track? If the answer is yes then that is awesome, I’m super proud of you! If not, then you are like most people including myself haha. You should take a peek at where you are spending most of your money and where you can cut back. Remember to pay yourself first and put a portion of every paycheck into your savings.
  2. Risk Management – With this I mean emergency funds and any types of insurance. Do you have a nest egg in case of an emergency? If not you really should have 6 months of bill money saved in case, of medical leave, or layoffs. Also, check your insurance premiums and do a quick shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. If you are making more money and you aren’t a risk, then you really no longer need those low deductibles and could be saving more on your premiums.
  3. Retirement Plans – Keep track of how your 401(k) is being invested and allocated. Also, if you are able to maximize your contributions, or at least increase them by 1% then make sure to do so. Remember even a small increase now will provide well for your future.
  4. Investment Strategies – Check your investments and make sure your money is being used wisely. Also, review any investments you may be looking into. You want to make sure you aren’t making any spur of the moment decisions and that you are putting funds into the best place for you and your future.
  5. Estate Planning – One of the smartest things to do is to make sure that all your financial and legal documents are in order. Do you have your Will drawn up, or a Power of Attorney in place? These are all items to think about when you are young because you never know what the future holds. If there is an emergency you want to make sure your wishes are carried out. If you have put this item off then you are one of the majority, but if you have children then I would get this taken care of immediately. If something happens to you then your state would decide what happens with your estate and your children and that is most likely not a good thing.

Do you have any special spring cleaning tips for your wardrobe, or for finances?

Happy Friday!! Xoxo

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PINK BOWS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Ladies the time has come, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!! I feel like January just zoomed by and we are already into February and the most romantic holiday of the year. I started thinking of simple things to do for Valentine’s Day because it falls on a Tuesday this year, so it’s kind of a hard day to plan for. I have work, the kids, and no time to really go home and change. So, we decided we are going to take the kids out to dinner for Valentines day. Both my hubs and I will get a dinner that we don’t have to cook, or clean up after and we get time together as a family. I’m even planning on using this awesome people watching scavenger hunt by Far Beyond Love! I haven’t done my V-Day shopping yet, but I’m going to keep it simple this year. I’m going to pick out a romantic card and put a coupon book inside because I feel like men are so hard to shop for and sometimes it’s the thought that counts and kind actions are the best gifts. I’ve included a free printable V-Day coupon book in case you are looking for a simple and sweet Valentine’s gift as well.

Photography by Gil Sturgis

This outfit I decided was the perfect Valentine’s look out with the Fam and still appropriate for me to wear to the office. The white jeans and heels keep it office dressy and the pink bows on the heels give a bit of fun to the look for an evening out. I’m wearing a gorgeous jewelry set I found on Etsy that’s are vintage Coro pieces that became popular during the 50’s. I really love vintage pieces and anything Hollywood glam. Sometimes I think I was meant to have been born in a different era just for the fashions haha.

Top Express Similar & Similar / Jeans / Heels / Clutch Similar

Kate Spade Book / Pearl Bracelet / DY Bracelet

Earrings / Coro Necklace & Bracelet / Wine Glass

Lipstick – Urban Decay Heartless

FINANCIAL TIP 

“We spent an estimated $19.7 million on Valentine’s Day in 2016 beating the record set in 2016, according to Fundivo. The average spend per person came in around $147. That’s a significant jump from 2010, when people spent just $103 per person.” – Jan 26, 2017 Chelsea Huang AOL

Due to all of this unnecessary spending I wanted to share 6 inexpensive and simple ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other. Included at the bottom is a free printable coupon book for Valentine’s Day! Just print the PDF onto 2 sheets of cardstock. Cut out the cards, punch two holes in the top of each and tie a ribbon through the holes in a bow to keep them together! Easy Peasy!

  1. Romantic Dinner at Home – Men spend an average of $80 on a date night out, so instead why not cook dinner at home. It’s less expensive and you can cook all of your favorite items in one place. One of you could cook for each other, or it could be a fun evening of cooking together. You can even set out your fancy linens, china, and few candles to set the mood.
  2. Movie Night In – I am a big proponent of watching movies at home vs. going to the theater. It’s not that I don’t want to spend money at the movies (well normally my S.O. pays haha), but I feel like I’m never comfortable enough in a movie theater. It’s always freezing cold, I’m constantly moving positions in my seat, and I can’t curl up/stretch out with my comfy blanket in my PJ’s…well I mean I guess I could but I’d prob get a few stares haha. Why not pop your own popcorn (my fave is skinny girl popcorn with a lime & salt), grab some candy (at Dollar Tree for way less than the theater), make yourselves a glass of wine, or a cocktail and snuggle up on the couch for a movie via Netflix, or Redbox.
  3. Game Night – One thing my S.O. and I love to do together is put a puzzle together. We have a glass of wine and will sit there either in silence, or with some tunes on and create a piece of art! We recently got a few new games for Christmas as well as a puzzle set, so this could be on our to-do list for V-Day!
  4. Bike Ride & Picnic – I love taking a bike ride when the weather is nice. I have a great detachable basket on my bike as well, which is perfect to pack a picnic lunch in. Not only would you get some exercise in and a nice little scenic trip somewhere, but relaxing with nature is a great way to spend an afternoon.
  5. Read a Book to Each Other – My S.O and I love to read. Sometimes he finds something in his book that he wants to tell me and he reads out loud to me. I really like hearing his voice explaining things and it’s nice to relax and be read to so you can close your eyes and imagine it in your head. This could be an evening where you get to enjoy a book you have both been wanting to read. You can take turns reading parts to each other, which is very brainy and romantic. I just don’t really suggest Histories by Herodotus which is what my love is currently reading; you might end up putting your S.O. to sleep haha.
  6. Stargaze – In the city it can be hard to view stars sometimes, but if you live away from the bright city lights then this is something simple you could do in your own backyard. Spread a blanket out and snuggle up and point out some constellations. Maybe you will see a shooting star to wish upon. If you live where you can’t really see the stars then this could be a great reason to take a drive out to somewhere that you can see them! Experience new places.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE – HIM, HER, & YOUR GAL PAL

Happy Hump day everybody! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so today I decided to do a small round up of cute and affordable gifts for the loved one’s you may be buying for this year. Whether you are single and deciding to do a girlfriend’s V-Day, or are looking for some inexpensive gifts for that man in your life, I’ve got something for each of you. I also included a gift guide for your sweetheart incase any of you ladies want to drop a hint to your boyfriend/hubby. For your BFF & your Mr, I kept everything under $25. Who says you have to spend a ton of money to get a nice gift!! For you special ladies (or for your special lady if it’s a man reading this), then I upped the price range to less than $60 plus a splurge item.

Hurry up and don’t save your shopping for the last minute!!

Heart Sunglasses / Beach Fan (for those girls beach trips) / Diamond Earrings (because diamonds are a girls best friend)

Makeup Eraser (Hands down Aaamazing) / Drink Markers (for wine nights) / Boosting Eye Mask (give her the best beauty rest)

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Cocktail Kit (for when he travels) / Eye Mask (who says only ladies need beauty rest) / Money Clip (keeping it simple)

Flashlight (Boys & their toys, my guy is always on the hunt for the perfect flashlight)  / Cocktail Kit

Coffee Mug (for that morning sleepyhead)

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Pineapple Beach Ping Pong (Um yes please!! This was my pick just cause I want this to travel with when I go to St. John in June!!)

Flower Bomb (This is amazing and worth the splurge) / Love Necklace (give her the key to your heart)

Lacey PJ’s (lacey and pink…she will be delighted) / Kate Spade Earrings (give her something sparkly and unique like her)

Cozy Pullover (she will love this when she wants to be comfy and drink her wine on the sofa)

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Xoxo, Happy Wednesday!!