Today we’re going to be talking body type. Ugh, I know. This can be a touchy and unpleasant subject. The rewards, though, are well worth it.
Knowing our body type can really help us determine what flatters our figure. Gone will be the days of being frustrated and discouraged by our clothes. Instead, we’ll be able to throw on anything in our closets and look fabulous.
Before we dive in, let’s remember that all body types are beautiful and should be celebrated. We might not all be where we want to be and that’s okay. We are what we are and we’re fabulous!
So, how exactly do we figure out what body type we are? When I found this infographic on whowhatwear.com, I just knew I had to share it with you lovelies! Finding out your body type is so easy!
As the infographic suggests, all we have to do is the following:
Measure the bust
Measure the hips
Measure the waist
Determine your body type
Rectangle: Your hips and bust are similar and less than 8″ bigger than your waist
Hourglass: Your hips and bust are similar and more than 8″ bigger than your waist
Apple: Your waist is larger than your bust and hips
Pear: Your hips are larger than your bust and waist
Inverted Triangle: Your bust is larger than your hips and waist
Now that we know our body type, we can do some research to determine what clothes will best flatter us. Not surprisingly, I take to Pinterest to do my searching. I’m a Rectangle, so I simply type in “rectangle body type” and up comes hundreds of articles and pictures to help you dress your best.
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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We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring you this very important public service announcement…the polar vortex is here! Today, let’s chat about how to survive the freezing arctic air that’s enveloped our land. I assure you, we can be warm and still look cute. So, grab a hot beverage and a warm blanket and settle in!
Polar Vortex Essential Item #1: Cuddlies
Cuddlies are my top essential item for surviving the polar vortex. What are cuddlies you ask? Good question. Cuddlies are my cute word for long underwear or long johns, etc. I don’t care for those terms, so I coined my own. You’re welcome. I have a pair of cuddly pants and a cuddly long-sleeved shirt. The key is to make sure to choose a pair that’s thin (try these here). You don’t want anything too bulky. You also want to make sure they fit well. You don’t want anything super loose as you need to be able to layer other clothing on top. On the other hand, you don’t want anything too tight because you want your skin to be able to breathe and keep your blood flowing normally. There are tons of options out there, so pick one that fits your needs. They even have fleeced lined ones!
Polar Vortex Essential Item #2: Warm Socks
A pair of warm socks is another essential item for surviving the cold temperatures. Nothing quite works as well as a nice pair of wool socks. Wool is breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. This is comfort at its finest! My favorites are from the Smartwool brand (here). You can even add some liners (here) for extra warmth. The key is to make sure you’re socks aren’t too tight on your feet and that your feet aren’t too tight in your shoes. The same principle as the cuddlies applies here as well. You want your skin to be able to breathe and your blood circulating normally. This will keep you warm!
Polar Vortex Essential Item #3: A Warm Outfit
Next up, we need a warm outfit. This is where we get to pull out our warmest of warm sweaters and pants. My go-to is a chunky sweater and skinny jeans. You could also opt for fleeced-lined leggings or wool slacks. Maybe you have a cashmere sweater that doesn’t get much use. Now would be the time to pull that baby out! Topping off your look with a scarf would be a great choice for a day like today.
Polar Vortex Essential Item #4: Outerwear
Outerwear includes things like coats, hats, gloves, etc. So pull out your warmest coat, preferably with a hood. Add a scarf, a stocking cap, and some warm gloves and you’ve got it made! Some people worry about their hair while wearing a stocking cap. Let me tell you, I feel that! I like to wear my hair as simple as possible to avoid too much damage from the hat. It doesn’t hurt to have a dryer sheet handy to calm any static cling that forms as well. Trust me, you’re hair will find it’s way back to its place and you’ll be so much warmer!
Polar Vortex Essential Item #5: Snow Pants
All the tips above will keep you warm for sure. We’re talking extreme cold here, though, so we’ll need a little something extra. It’s time to break out the snow pants. Snow pants? Yes, snow pants. Hear me out. I know they’re not the cutest of clothing items, but they will keep the wind and moisture out and the heat in. I have a pair of black ones that fit nicely over my jeans (similar ones here). I find the black color gives them a sleeker, more stylish look. When I get to work, I can easily slip them off and carry on with my day. Trust me, this is an item you won’t regret owning during the cold winter months!
Polar Vortex Essential Item #6: Blanket Scarf
Another great item to have during the cold is a blanket scarf. It’s truly a multi-purpose piece of clothing. I mean, it can be worn as a shawl or as a normal scarf or used as a blanket to keep your legs warm. The options are endless. Plus, it can fit easily in most purses when not in use.
Polar Vortex Essential Item #7: Boots
A great pair of warm boots is the last, but certainly not the least, in my list of essential items for the cold weather. To be honest, this is one I haven’t quite figured out yet. Normally I just wear my tall rider boots from JCP (here). On the coldest of cold days, I have some hiking boots (similar here) that keep my feet warm and toasty, but they’re really not tall enough for walking through the mountains of snow we have everywhere. I’ve heard great things about these boots from Amazon from fellow bloggers, although I haven’t tried them myself. Any recommendations?
That’s it. These are my essential items for surviving the polar vortex. What are your tips for surviving these cold, winter months?
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Today, let’s get real. There are times when we all feel down and out. Hopefully, this is just a temporary feeling (if it lasts longer than 2 weeks, though, please seek out a professional counselor. They can help you!). There are a few small things we can do on days like these to help ourselves feel just a little better and put some pep back in our step.
#1: Throw on some high heels
High heels have power. I’m not sure if it’s the way we carry ourselves when we wear them or what, but I challenge you not to feel fabulous in high heels. Have you heard Kelly Pickler’s song ‘Red High Heels’? Check it out, throw on some heels, and go out and get it, girl!
#2: Layer on the lipstick
Lipstick basically has the same effect as high heels. Throw on some red lipstick (or whatever your signature color might be) and you can take on the world.
#3: Paint your nails
I swear by this one. Even if I paint my nails a nude color, I still feel better than when they’re not painted at all. I think it’s a matter of feeling more put together when my nails look nice. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be able to look down at my hands and have them look pretty. Yup, painted nails give me all the fabulous feelings!
#4: Pull out the accessories
Nothing can boost your mood like your favorite necklace or earrings or bracelets or ring or scarf or purse or whatever your choice accessories are. So layer on those jewels and take on the day!
#5: Listen to music
Ah, sweet sweet music. Nothing boosts my mood like putting on some tunes. Sometimes it takes a few songs to figure out what I want to listen to, but once I do, I’m pumped!
These things might seem vain or selfish, but I would argue they’re actually not. Self care is a thing that should not be taken lightly. If you don’t feel good and confident about yourself, you can’t expect to be able to care for others. I’m not saying we take a spa day once a week and check-out from the world (every now and then that might be a good idea, though). I’m just saying take a few minutes to do something that makes you feel happy. Once your battery is recharged, then you are better equipped to take care of your loved ones.
I would love to hear you’re thoughts! Leave a comment and let us know your tips for dealing with the occasional blues.
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It’s nice to be back blogging again. The last six months have been some of the most difficult of my life. My stepdad, who was like a second father to me, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past summer. After a short, yet bravely fought battle, he passed away in the fall. I miss him terribly. I decided to take some time off from the blog to grieve and start healing. I have a long way to go, but I think I’m ready to get back into it.
The last few months have wildly changed my perspective on life. Things I used to think were a big deal no longer hold much importance. Time spent with loved ones is more precious than ever and something to be treasured. I’ve learned many lessons.
Perhaps the greatest and most surprising lesson was about gratitude.
Okay, I’m not going to lie, for the longest time I thought gratitude was some hippy, feel-good, mumbo-jumbo. Turns out, I was wrong. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, an impending winter storm forced the hubby and me to leave my family and go home earlier than we planned. I was devastated that we had to leave early and felt terrible to leave my Mom. The pain and sadness were overwhelming. In these times, I often turn to my phone to distract myself. While perusing through the Play Store, I came across the Gratitude App. In my despair, I decided to download it thinking it was hogwash but it couldn’t hurt to check it out.
Words cannot describe how glad I am that I stumbled across this app. Turns out, being grateful really does help change your attitude and your outlook on life. The app has a daily inspirational quote which helps me get my day started off on the right foot. It also provides an easy guide to writing what you’re thankful for and why. I’ve found that writing why you’re grateful for something takes the exercise to a whole new level. It really makes you think about things in a deeper way. It’s easy to say you’re thankful for x, y, and z, but saying why you’re grateful for those things takes greater consideration. After using this app for a couple months, I find myself seeing the good in even bad situations.
If you’re looking to start the new year off on the right foot or just need an easy way to record your thoughts, I highly recommend the Gratitude App!
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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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Here we are again with another yellow and pink look. I promise I’m trying to wear other colors, but I just can’t help myself with this quintessential summer color combo.
For today’s look, I paired this flirty, soft yellow top with a pink tank, white jeans, cute heeled sandals, and a pink statement necklace. In case you were wondering, I did spill something on my white jeans today. I guess my streak is over! 😥
Would you wear this yellow and pink color combo?
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Today, let’s talk closets. Whether you 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. Up until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I, I was perfectly fine with my closet being a little messy and less than pretty. Lisa J brought up a great point, though. 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! On that note, let’s go clean out our closets!
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, though, 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 purged of what you don’t need. This will make the rest of the closet makeover 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 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. Let’s take a look.
Now, that these problem areas have been identified, we can start thinking of organizational solutions. That’s Step 3, organizing! Over the next few weeks, we’ll tackle each area and come up with creative ways to make this space organized and pretty. I hope you’ll come along for the journey!
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There are many times we’ll see an inspiration picture somewhere and it’s not quite right. In the case of today’s inspiration pic, I didn’t have the exact pieces to pull off that exact look. As we know, I’m not a big fan of colored jeans nor do I have a jean jacket. That’s no reason to dismiss the inspiration, though. We just need to tweak it a little. That’s where the color mixup comes in!
Instead of the red jeans, I picked out a red tank. I switched the jean jacket to denim Capris and the white shirt became a white cardigan. The basic vibe of the inspiration photo remains, but in a way that expresses my unique style. I topped off the look with some red and gold accessories. This is a great look for summer and I’m so glad I didn’t dismiss the inspiration pic!
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Today let’s talk makeup, specifically the eyeshadow palette. There are dozens upon dozens of eyeshadow palettes out there. How’s a person to know what’s good and what’s bad?
I’m here to tell you that generally, Wet n Wild eyeshadow is good quality and their Comfort Zone palette is no exception. The colors are gorgeous and can be mixed and matched to create countless looks. The thing I adore about this palette is that they give you a dark and light transition shade in extra large pans since those are probably the colors you’d use most. Genius! Even better, you get 10 shades for $5!!!
They also provide a day and night look on the back, which is so helpful. It’s easy to follow and looks great!
They have several other palettes similar to this in the shades Nude Awakening, Rose in the Air, and Not a Basic Peach (find them here).
If you’re in the market for some new eyeshadow or just want to try out something new, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s so good!
What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette?
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