Halloween is such a fun holiday in my book. The decorations, the food, the CANDY, and the costumes. Not all costumes are work appropriate, though, and not all offices share our love of this festive holiday. If your office fits into this category, have no fear! We have some subtle, work appropriate Halloween outfits you can rock at the office this year!
First up is the most subtle look of the bunch. If you don’t want to appear too over-the-top, simply wear orange and black. You can be festive yet still look professional.
Add some Halloween earrings, if you’re feeling extra daring.
If you’re looking for a work appropriate costume, may I suggest the Audrey Hepburn? Throw on a black dress, layer on the pearls, and don’t forget the classic Audrey Hepburn hair. Easy, classy, and office approved.
Need more ideas. Here’s a few fun ones straight from Pinterest:
It’s Halloween week! The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and spooky decorations are everywhere. Soon the kiddos will be out filling the streets with their cute costumes begging for candy. In honor of this super fun and festive week, let’s revisit some previous Talk Fabulous posts along with some new Pinterest ideas.
Today, let’s talk closets. I venture to say that most closets consist of clothes, shoes, purses, and the like strewn across the floor with clothes haphazardly hung on the closet rod and items carelessly thrown on the shelves like a small tornado roared through them. In other words, our closets are not exactly the prettiest places in our homes.
For some of us, myself included, clutter and messiness in our homes cause us anxiety. I never realized this also included the closet until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I. She reminds us that whether we have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets. Our closets are where we start our days. Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy? Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it! Let’s go organize our closet!
Step 1: Purge
As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need. For many of you, this will also be your first step. Since I just moved, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit. So, we’ll skip to step 2 here. Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is cleansed of what you don’t need. This will make the rest of the closet organization much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video. Check it out if you need some inspiration!
Step 2: Diagnose the problem
Step 2 is identifying the problem areas. These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason. It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature. I have several such spaces in my closet.
Step 3: Organize
Step 3 is organizing and finding solutions for our problem areas. Lisa J’s video Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part 2 is a great inspiration for this step in the process. She talks again about how having a clean, beautiful space really sets a positive tone for your day.
She also suggests having a theme. In her closet, she picked organizational items that were acrylic or linen. My bathroom has a beachy vibe, so I carried that theme into my closet. I chose items that were colorful and bright. While this isn’t a must-do, it will help pull the space together.
The first thing I did was make a trip to the Dollar Tree for some bin organizers. Pro tip, Dollar Tree has the best organizers! They have all types and sizes of bins in a rainbow of color choices. They also have linen baskets and a variety of acrylic bins. Check them out if you’re in need of some organization containers!
Now that we have our theme and containers, we can get to work!
This area was way out of control! Pursuing through Pinterest one day, I came across an idea of hanging purses on the closet rod from shower curtain hooks. Brilliant! I decided to give that a whirl with my smaller bags. I picked up the shower curtain hooks at Dollar Tree. I opted for decorative S-curve hooks (similar) as I thought they were prettier and would be easier to use. They worked like a charm! For my larger purses, I opted to place them in some larger plastic bins from Dollar Tree. They work great and are stylish and colorful as well.
On a side note, the pictures are stick-ons from Hobby Lobby (similar). I love how they dress up the space!
Since I moved my purses to this closet rod, I had empty space on the floor. I decided to utilize it by putting my shoes here. The shoe rack is from Target (similar). It’s two tiered or you can buy multiples and stack them on top of each other. It’s also adjustable lengthwise. In other words, this is a seriously customizable shoe rack!
I love my closet, but this particular spot is so weird. The rod curves here making it really hard to see the clothes that are hung in that area. To resolve the issue, I simply rearranged my clothes. Now, sweaters go on the left and my other shirts on the right. That way there aren’t bulky pieces in the curve making it easier to see everything!
Finally, the top shelf needed some TLC. My clothes to donate are now in the two linen blue bins in the left. My off-season clothes are in the clear bins (find them here). These are bins that are designed to be stored under the bed. They just happen to fit perfectly on the top shelf of the closet! As Lisa J mentions in her video, a step stool is essential if you have items on the top shelf. I have a two-step stool that folds up nicely and can be tucked in the corner (similar).
That’s my closet makeover! It’s so much nicer and more organized. I actually feel happy looking at it now!
What are your tips for an organized closet?
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A few years ago, setting spray could only be found from high-end brands. Since then, though, the drugstore has fully embraced the setting spray. I’m not going to lie, I always have one in my makeup stash and I use it almost every day. It’s more for mentality sake. I’m not really sure it’s actually doing anything. I’ve tried the setting sprays from Wet n Wild, e.l.f., and Physicians Formula. I liked all these but went through them so fast. I decided to hit Pinterest to see if I could find a DIY option.
Lo and behold, there were some DIY recipes for setting spray. After a reading a few, I settled on this one.
For my version, I used 1 part glycerin, 2 parts witch hazel, 3 parts distilled water (spoiler alert, I just microwaved some water to sterilize it), and a few drops of rosehip oil. I mixed all the ingredients into my empty Physicians Formula setting spray bottle. The sprayer on that bottle is awesome! It dispenses a perfectly fine mist, which is essential for a flawless application.
My DIY version was accidentally put to the test a couple weeks ago. My makeup routine goes something like this: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow, setting spray, brows, and mascara. I tend to get pretty messy when applying eyeshadow, so the need to brush off the fallout is almost always necessary. Welp, this fateful day I forgot to do that and sprayed the setting spray. Oops! Let me tell you what, that eyeshadow fallout Would.Not.Budge. No joke. It wasn’t going anywhere. That’s when I decided, this DIY setting spray IS doing something good for my makeup look. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Do you use setting sprays? What’s your favorite?
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Today, let’s get real. As women, we carry around a lot of guilt. Maybe our homes aren’t as clean as they should be or our meals aren’t as tasty as they should be or we aren’t as put together as we should be and the list goes on and on. For starters, let’s stop “shoulding” all over ourselves. We’re doing the best we can. My house is not immaculately clean, but we’re not living in filth either. I’m a terrible cook, but Stouffer’s makes a mean lasagna so no one goes hungry. Throwing on some red lipstick is about as put together as I can get somedays. That’s all okay.
One place I really struggle with the guilt is with organization, particularly filing. In my mind, all the files are tucked neatly in color-coded filing folders in the file cabinet we don’t own. In reality, everything that needs filing ends up in a huge stack of papers on the desk. I’m talking huge, like 2 years of papers it’s-way-too-overwhelming-to-even-think-about-doing-anything-with huge. The picture above is not far off what my desk used to look like. Sad but true facts.
The hubby and I recently moved into a new house. This has forced me to take a good hard look at some organization issues, like the whole filing thing. First of all, I find it helpful to identify the ideal end result. For me, that’s again all the files tucked neatly inside color-coded file folders in a filing cabinet. Next, I identify the barriers to achieving the ideal end result. In my case, that’s a couple of things. One, we no longer have a filing cabinet. Two, I don’t take the time to unfold the papers and place them into the file folders. Even when we had a file cabinet I didn’t do that. Instead, I’d just stack the papers on the desk with the intention of getting to it later (news flash: later never came). So how can I bridge the gap between my ideal and reality?
Clearly, I’m not going to take the time to unfold anything so I need a system that will fit that. I also need a system that is as quick and easy as setting the files on the desk. Ideally, the system is color coded or ordered in a way that makes retrieving files simple. What’s a girl to do?
Well, I emptied my craft cart and turned that into my file cabinet. The drawers were already colored, so I simply just added some labels. Now, all I have to do is open the drawer and put the folded paper inside. So easy! I managed to sort through and file my 2-year paper pile in a night! Plus, my new system is so easy I’ve filed everything immediately since then! No more endless stacks of paper cluttering up the desk!
Whatever you struggle with, the bottom line is to find a system that works for YOU! Not a system that should work or works for Mrs. Jones next door, one that is just for you. You’ll start to see amazing results and the guilt will melt away. Doesn’t that sound fabulous?
What organization issues do you battle?
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Today, let’s get crafty! I found this winter craft idea on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to recreate it! You’ll need a mason jar, window clings, Epsom salt, and a small candle. Attach the window clings to the mason jar however you would like. You could even start with some Christmas ones and change them to winter ones once Christmas was over. The possibilities are endless! Next, pour a thin layer of Epsom salt onto the bottom of the mason jar. Then, add the candle to the center of the jar and pour more Epsom salt into the jar. I filled it about a third full, but whatever suits your taste is fine. Add some glitter for a fancier look. Finally, light the candle and bask in the glory of a job well done!
How cute are those penguins, right? Would you make these snow candles?
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The holidays bring out all kinds of emotions. Many a table are filled with tales of Christmases past. It’s a wonderful time of year to remember those who are no longer with us. That’s where today’s must-have Christmas craft comes in. When I saw the inspiration photo on Pinterest, it instantly brought tears to my eyes, but it’s so beautiful. I knew I had to recreate it for everyone on my list. I love the look of the poem etched into the blocks. This wasn’t exactly feasible to recreate. Instead, here’s an easier route. You’ll need clear frames (I got mine from the Dollar Tree), a dollhouse rocking chair, and a photo of the Christmas poem. To make the Christmas poem photo, I wrote the poem on a photo editing app, added a background, and made the words fancy. Then, I printed them out as pictures. Simply add the poem photos to the picture frames and place the chair next to the frame. That’s it! I love how they turned out!
Today, let’s talk homemade gift ideas. I love the thought of putting my creative juices to work this time of year with a good ‘ole homemade gift. Problem is, sometimes (okay maybe most of the time) I way underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually make the said gift. This gets me into trouble and I end up rushing out to buy something Christmas Eve. No more, my friends, no more. I took to Pinterest in search of a cute and easy homemade gift. Specifically, I was looking for something to make my co-workers. Since they are all women, this made the search easier. When I came across the inspiration photo, I knew it was the one! It looked easy, cute, and even functional! Score!
You’ll need some clear frames (I used 5×7 ones from the dollar store), sticky notes in assorted colors and sizes (again, I got mine from the dollar store), ribbon (you guessed it, from the dollar store), and scrapbook paper. First, cut the scrapbook paper to fit your frames and place the paper inside the frame. Next, secure ribbon to the top of the frame using some tape. I simply wrapped the ribbon around the frame, but you could tie a bow or do something fancy here if you so desired. To give it a little something extra, I added their initial to the ribbon. Finally, attach the sticky note pads using glue dots. I tried tape, but that didn’t work at all. Glue here would be the best choice. That’s it! Now you have a cute and functional homemade holiday gift!
We’re finally back to crafting on Wednesdays! As promised, we have a lot of great holiday craft projects lined up for you and today is no exception! Need a quick Thanksgiving centerpiece to wow your guests? Look no further, we’ve got you covered!
For this project, you’ll need a plastic pot, black paint, ribbon, fall decor (leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, gourds, things of this nature), and a hot glue gun. First, paint the pot black. Mine took 2 coats to cover completely. Once the paint has dried, turn the pot upside down and tie a ribbon around the base of the pot. Secure the ribbon with hot glue. Now the fun part. Decorate! Using the fall decor and the hot glue, arrange the leaves, acorns, gourds, and whatever else you picked up to your liking at the base of the upside down pot. Let dry and you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?!?!