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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Tie Dye + Tassels

So this is the outfit I wore for my birthday on the 13th.  I absolutely adore it and found it at Ross Dress for Less.   It's the perfect fit and so comfy!

I love the details on this dress and the colors go so well together.  This is perfect for a boho chic look for an evening outdoors with friends in the summertime!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Revitalise Your Home Without Drastic Renovations

When your home is feeling dull, old and worn out, there are two main options: renovate or replace. Renovating your home can be a massive hassle unless you have experienced contractors working for you. In that case, it’s going to cost you a lot of time and money. Depending on what kind of renovations you aim for, you might be forced out of your home for a while as they fix up the house. Replacing your home (in other words, moving) can be equally as annoying. There’s a lot of money involved, you’ll have to move all of your belongings and it might cause problems with your work or your family.

Luckily, there’s a third option that many people actually omit: revitalising your home.

Changing your decor

Your decor is perhaps the most important thing that defines the look and feel of your home. If you want to give your home a new look and feel, then it’s a good idea to change the decor now and then. This could mean painting the walls, it could mean switching out seasonal decorations or simply rearranging the furniture now and then. If you like the idea of switching your decor, then you need to keep in mind that your current furniture arrangement can affect your success rate.

If you want to change your decor on a regular basis then you need to declutter and organise your home in a way that allows for it. For instance, make sure that your have as little furniture as possible so that if you need to replace the carpet or paint a wall, you can easily move the furniture out of the room or away from the area you want to work in. If you want to add more decor or change it on a regular basis, then don’t use anything permanent.

The more free-moving your furniture is, the more freedom you’ll have in changing your decor more frequently. This will revitalise your home every time you make minor changes, giving you the feeling of a fresh and new home whenever you feel like it. This is far cheaper than renovating your entire home. The secret is to ensure that your furniture can be moved at will so you can rearrange it however you like.

Decluttering your home

One of the ugliest things in a home is clutter. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bookshelf filled with dusty tomes or a cupboard that hasn’t been cleaned out for a year—clutter can strangle us and make us feel trapped. Decluttering your home is the perfect way to clean out the mess and make your home clean, inviting and new.

Don’t forget to clear out every single room in your home. From clearing out the garage to tidying up the living room, no room should be left untouched by your crusade to clear out the clutter. Here are a couple of tips you can follow to help you declutter the home:

  • Clear out a space to put all your items - be it a dumping ground in your garage or a large empty room, you need to designate a space in your home where you place everything that you plan to put back into your rooms. For instance, you might need to move out some furniture so that you can clean the carpets, or you might want to move a shelf from one room to another
  • Keep a schedule - it’s hard to determine how much time it takes to really clear out a certain room or piece of furniture, but make sure you assign a date or weekend where you plan to declutter so the rest of your family members know
  • Get a box for papers - loose bits of paper, letters and so on need a dedicated box or folder. This will help you organise your documents later when you decide if you want to throw things away or keep them
  • Store uncertain items separately - as you declutter, you’ll find many items that you’re unsure if you want to keep or not. Create a separate pile or put them into another box so that you can decide later if you want to keep them or not
  • Don’t forget your wardrobe - it might not seem like the most common place to declutter, but you’ll be surprised at how many clothes you own that no longer fit you and could be either sold or given to charity
  • Learn to live with less - be it useless kitchen appliances or excessive amounts of books, there are things you can comfortably live without. As you declutter, ask yourself if you really need certain things. If you don’t, then get rid of them and say goodbye to clutter so you can learn to live with less.

These are just a few tips, but it should be enough to get you started on decluttering your home. This is one of the most important steps to help you revitalise your home and give it a new feel.

Get rid of what you consider ordinary

Are you used to cleaning up your carpets and vacuuming them? Then get rid of it and replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring. Are you used to dull-looking floors? Then treat yourself to a hardwood floor refinishing service. Whatever you’re used to, it’s a good idea to either get rid of it or change it so that it’s barely recognisable. This is a fantastic way to revitalise your home and give it a fresh new feeling. It could be as simple as rearranging your furniture or you could get more complicated by changing your decor.

Hopefully, this article has given you some fantastic ideas on how to revitalise your home. It’s not the easiest task, but it’s certainly one that demands a bit of planning and some real considerations. However, it won’t cost you as much money as a full renovation and it’s easy to follow these tips in your own time.

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[Planning Our Wedding] Getting Crafty, Rentals, and License

So we are 2 months away from our big day! How exciting!   Everything is still going smoothly but the real work must begin!

[Getting Crafty]
I have decided I'll be making the signage for our reception so I have started to acquire some supplies to do that and I've brainstormed some ideas.   By signage I mean the little things that people keep near tables or to announce the hashtag.   With supplies from the Dollar Store it will be cheap and I'll be proud to say I put in some effort, since I'm not very crafty besides this.

With RSVPs pretty much finished it's time to figure out how many chairs and tables we will have to rent.  I told people to bring their own camping chairs as well. Since we have 100 people estimated (or just under) I figure 50 chairs will work.   Then we will have some tables to eat at as well as for the food, gifts, etc. to go on.  I'm thinking maybe just 10 tables need rented. 

We went and got out license and booked our judge! How exciting.  We will be officially married privately a few days before the reception. I'm so excited for Fall and so excited for this time for us!

Check back next month because I'm going to be so close to being done with all wedding stuff and I can't wait! Doing it this way really has made this so easy and much more enjoyable.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

It's Never Too Late To Reinvent Yourself

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When you're young, it's so easy to reinvent yourself. We all have that collection of photographs from different phases in our lives that make us cringe. Sure, your goth phase might be incredibly embarrassing now, but it just goes to show how easy it can be to change up your style whenever you like. However, as you get older, it can often feel as though you're stuck in some kind of rut and the idea of reinventing yourself no longer applies. However, that's simply not the case. It doesn't matter what stage you're at in your life; you can always change things up and take steps to do something different. This might be because you're feeling dissatisfied with your life as it is, or it might just be that you've found a new passion that you want to pursue, but here are a few ways that you can reinvent yourself no matter what stage of life you're in.

Change your circumstances

For a lot of people, it can often feel as though, once you reach a certain stage in your life, you just have to make the most of what you've got. However, that's simply not true. Whether it's a job that you hate, a relationship that's stifling you, or simply a friendship that's turned toxic, you always have a chance to get out. Sure, for a lot of people, the idea of starting a new career or hiring a divorce lawyer can be pretty scary, but it's important to remember that there are always things that you can do to improve your circumstances. It might take a little work, but it is almost always worth it.

Change your style

Of course, it might not be something quite so significant as that. Sometimes the change you want to make is a little more subtle. Why not mix up your style. It can sometimes feel as though things like fashion and style are a young person's game but the truth is that anyone can embrace any style that they want. Heck, if you really wanted to you could have yourself another goth phase! Wherever you take your style inspiration from, the important thing is to own it as much as possible. Confidence is the thing that makes any look really pop!

Change your surroundings

That feeling of being trapped is one that a lot of people deal with from time to time, and one of the very best ways to get away from it is to start over in a new place. Knowing every inch of your hometown can often be very comforting, but it can also be a source of boredom and frustration for a lot of people. Starting over certainly isn't always easy, but it can be a fantastic way to bring a little bit of fun and excitement back into your everyday life. As the old saying goes "a change is as good as a break."

Reinventing yourself can be a scary, but it's often a far better option than sticking with something that doesn't make you happy. The best thing you can do is just to embrace change and dive in head first!

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5 Must Haves for Every Woman

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I know there are plenty of lists out there of all the must-have products but I decided to put together a list of the most basic things that will transform your life if you have them. 

[1] A Portable Lint Roller
Seriously, even if you don' t have a pet, you're bound to have a need for a lint roller.  Sometimes it's your own hair, sometimes it's just fuzzies from your outfit, and sometimes it's animal hair.  Either way, Flint is your new best friend!

Flint is a retractable lint roller that comes in an adorable case (you can choose the color) and fits conveniently in your purse or desk drawer! You just twist the base like you would a lipstick and the roller extends.  When you're done, press the top down.  When it's retracted the paper will stay clean and the Flint can be reused and will never get stuck on anything it shouldn't.  When completely done, just pull out and put a replacement roller in.   Flint is reusable, recyclable and refillable. You can use each sheet more than once and the core of Flint is 100% recycled. 
[2] Amazing Bath Towels
Every woman, whether she has her own place or not NEEDS to feel luxurious when she's tending to herself.  Just think about it.  As soon as you step out of the shower, you want a nice soft luxurious towel to dry off and wrap around yourself, right? I am just in love with Micro Cotton, available at Macy's.  They make some of the most soft and absorbent towels out there!

And if you love bright colors to decorate with, these towels will be great in your bathroom!  

These towels are made from soft and super absorbent Annur cotton and have a clean woven pattern at the hem.  I just absolutely love these!


[3] Battery Charging Phone Case

I use my phone A LOT, I mean come on, we all do.   Nothing is worse than your battery dying and you go into a panic. When I was in New York for a blog conference a few years back I didn't have one of these. Well, right before I was supposed to leave to catch a subway train, it died and I was in a panic because I had no clue where I was going and when to tell my friend to pick me up later.  It was a bizarre and scary feeling and so immediately after that, I invested in one of these suckas!  

[4] A Way (any way) to Organize Shoes
Shoes are a staple to every woman's closet so trust me when I say that you MUST have a nice way to organize them.  Whether it's a little shelving unit, clear plastic shoe boxes with photos on the side, or even these gems, Shoe Slotz. It makes your life so much easier when it comes to choosing what to wear, I assure you!

[5] A Shopping Fund
Because, DUH! Stashing money aside is ALWAYS a good idea, but even more so when it's for something specific.  So if you get change back from the store, add it to your shopping fund.  Any gift money you get, you know where to put it.  Every few months you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a little allowance for you to spoil yourself!

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