Budget Shopping, Fashion

How to Prep for Black Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! We’re coming at you with a Monday edition of the blog, because we have a very important topic to discuss…Black Friday.

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Oh, Black Friday, you’re the sale of the year and your special day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to refresh our wardrobes. It’s easy to become enthralled by all the fabulous deals, though. If we’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly. Before we know it, we have a porch full of boxes and a closet that’s anything but rejuvenated. To avoid this undesirable outcome, let’s take some time to prepare. Don’t worry, it’s a painless process based on the one-in one-out rule (for a refresh on this rule, see the post here). Without further ado, let’s get into it!

First of all, let’s acknowledge that letting go of things is hard. To make the process easier, it’s important to “dignify the ending” (credit to Tero International, Inc.). What do we mean by this? It may be by thanking the item for its service as Marie Kondo suggests in her videos. It may be reminiscing about a particular memory or sharing a vision for the future of that item once it’s found a new home. It’s whatever you need to do to get closure and move on. I realize this may seem silly, but I promise it’s helpful.

Now that we know how to say goodbye to our beloved pieces, let’s get to cleaning out our closet.

Step 1: What brings you joy?

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Look through all your clothes and set aside anything that doesn’t bring you joy. This may be because it’s not your style anymore or because it doesn’t fit or because it’s damaged, etc. I’m talking serious joy here. You want to look into your closet and LOVE everything in it.

Step 2: Sort, sort, sort

Next up, let’s sort those items that don’t bring us joy. I sort my pieces into 3 bins:

  1. Purgatory: Things that I’m not quite ready to donate yet. These are items I want to see if I miss once they’re out of my closet.
  2. Donation: Things that will be donated.
  3. Trash: Items that are beyond repair and need to be tossed.

Step 3: Analysis

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Analysis, you ask? Yes, analysis. Don’t worry, we don’t have to make any graphs (unless you want to!) All we mean by analysis here is that we want to understand why certain items didn’t work well for us. That way we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Step 4: Make a list

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Now take stock of everything that has gone into one of the bins. Make a list of those items that you need to replace. Voila! You now have your Black Friday shopping list!

The Steps in Action

To prepare for Black Friday, I too, cleaned out my closet. I’d love to share my experience with you now.

First of all, I cleaned out my Purgatory closet. I dignified the ending of each item as I placed it into the donation bin. That really helped me let of go of those pieces.

Next, I went into my closet and pulled out items that don’t bring me joy. Some went to the Purgatory closet and others went straight into the donation bin.

Next up, I did some analysis.

I bought this blouse to wear under cardigans for work. It’s a nice material, but it just doesn’t work for me. Why? It seems to be the detail around the neckline. Apparently, I don’t need more volume in that area. Lesson learned. I need to look for blouses that don’t have any additional volume around the neckline and bust area.

Not pictured: purple, black, and brown tanks

Something else I noticed, was the number of Target brand tank tops that had holes in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target as much as the next gal. Sometimes, though, the quality isn’t the best. I wear tank tops nearly every day. It makes sense for me to invest in better quality tank tops since I wear them so often. Even though the item may initially be more expensive, the cost per wear will be low. Black Friday is the perfect time to find those quality pieces at an affordable price.

Something new I tried out this round was to pull out pieces I wasn’t sure how to style. I figured I would look for outfit inspiration before these items go into Purgatory or the Donation bin.

Finally, I made my list. Here it is:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

That’s it! My experience cleaning out my closet was satisfying and painless. I know yours will be too!

Are you ready to clean out your closet? In about one hour, you can thin out your closet, focus your Black Friday shopping, and make room for fresh, new, undamaged pieces that you LOVE!

Let’s hear from you! Will you be cleaning out your closet in preparation for Black Friday?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Everyday Style, Fashion, Tips & Tricks

Spring Haul Update

and Taking My Own Advice

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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When seasons change it’s always nice to buy a few new pieces to refresh our wardrobes. If we keep adding items without getting rid of others, our closets can get very congested and overcrowded. An option to prevent this from happening is to follow the one-in one-out rule. I talked about this briefly in a post here. As a refresher, the one-in one-out rule is when we bring a new piece into our wardrobe, another piece is removed.

I’ve recently bought some new spring items, so I thought it would be fun to share with you how I follow this rule in my own life. I never buy new hangers, which forces me to make sure I adhere to the one-in one-out rule. Let’s get into it!

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Even though stripes are hot this year, I chose to let this striped shirt go in favor of this tunic length sweater. I’m loving all things tunic length lately and I feel this sweater fits my current style more than the striped shirt.

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These shirts are so similar, so this choice was easy. Plus, the one-out top doesn’t fit well anymore.

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Although, I love the this wrap shirt, it’s simply not my jam anymore. It’s time for it to go to Goodwill.

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I’m loving this new shirt! It’s another tunic length number. The one-out shirt isn’t a good length and doesn’t fit well anymore.

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This new one-in dress is so versatile and comfy. I love it! As for the one-out dress, I just don’t find myself wearing it very often. I think someone else could put it to better use.

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This one-in shirt is so beautiful and comfy to boot! The one-out shirt is one I’ve had for over 10 years. I still love it, but it just doesn’t fit my style anymore.

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The one-out top doesn’t fit well anymore, so this was an easy choice.

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I still love the fit and color of the one-out tank, but it needs fixing so it’s time to go.

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These are similar tanks. I love the one-out top, but it doesn’t fit well anymore.

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This was a difficult choice. I love both dresses, but at the end of the day the one-in fits my style better than the one-out.

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This was another hard choice. The brown shoes are nice, but it’s just time for change.

Do you follow the one-in one-out rule? Share you stories with us below!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn ūüėė

Budget Shopping, Fashion

An Online Boutique You Have to See to Believe

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We all need to shop for clothes. Regardless of whether we like shopping or not, it’s a thing we have to do.

There are times shopping for clothes can be fun, but it can also be super stressful. The busy malls, the fitting room mirrors that lie, sifting through racks and racks of items only to find something you like but not in your size, etc etc.

I’ve certainly wandered aimlessly and depressed through many a clothing store with little hope that I’ll ever be able to find what I want.

There’s got to be a better way.

Six years ago, I broke my ankle and I broke it badly. I was down for the count for a couple months. No shopping for me. What’s a girl to do? Up until this point in my life, I had been vehemently opposed to online shopping. I insisted I must try on each clothing item before purchasing them. Being homebound, though, I caved and downloaded the JCPenney app.

From then on, I was hooked. Do you mean to tell me I can scroll through hundreds of items filtered by my size and item type of choice…in a matter of minutes…from the comfort of my couch? Yes, please! I’ve never looked back.

Once I found the joy and ease of online shopping, I needed a few go-to sites. Of course, I relied (and still do) on Target, JCP, and thredUP. My quest for fabulous (and inexpensive) online clothing sites has never ceased, though.

The other day I was reading a blog post on J’s Everyday Fashion (check out the post here). Now when J shares a favorite find, I listen.  She has stellar taste plus she’s a fellow Kansas girl.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, do yourself a favor and head on over there.  You’ll love it!  Anyway, J was talking about an online clothing shop called Jane.com. She shared a few of her finds and they were super cute and super budget friendly. I had to check it out.

So what is this Jane.com online store?  According to their website, they describe themselves like this: “Jane.com is a very beautiful boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing.”  As their description mentions, they not only have adorable and affordable women’s fashion, they also have jewlery, home decor items and children’s clothing.  What more could you ask for?

I’ve placed a few orders so far using their app. ¬†The app is super easy to use and most items feature multiple pictures so you can really get a good look at them. ¬†Because Jane.com sells items from different boutiques, shipping is calcualated per item. ¬†That is a little different than most of us are used to. ¬†However, this is not a deal breaker by any means. ¬†Shipping is usually a couple bucks per item. ¬†The prices are so low, that adding an extra $2-$3 still makes them a great deal. ¬†Returns are a breeze too, although, again, you need to deal with each boutique seperately.Below are the items I’ve purcahsed so far. ¬†Enjoy!

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Black and white stripes seem to be everywhere these days!  I cannot wait to see how many outfits I can create with this shirt!  I smell a blog post coming on!  Exact (still available) 
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Don’t mind me while I just live in this dress. ¬†This dress is soft, comfy, flattering, and versatile. ¬†Plus, it has pockets! ¬†#iminlove¬†Exact (still available)¬†
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Florals are having a moment this spring!  Even though this is black, thanks to the florals and flowiness, it still has a springy vibe.  Exact (deal expired) / similar
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I’ve been searching for a flowy tank that I can not only wear in the summer, but also one I can throw a sweater over in the winter. ¬†This one fits the bill perfectly!¬†Exact (deal expired)¬†/¬†similar
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Speaking of a tank I can wear both in the summer and winter, this one is it. ¬†I wish you could feel this fabric! ¬†It’s so soft! ¬†I’ll be wearing this on repeat all summer long! ¬†Exact (deal expired)¬†/¬†similar

 

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I was reading Bright on a Budget the other day. ¬†She had the cutest Espadrilles on! ¬†I’ve never had a pair, and I knew at that moment I need a them on my feet ASAP! ¬†Exact (deal expired)¬†/¬†similar

If you’re in the market for some new spring clothes (aren’t we all?) or you’re looking for a new online shop to explore, I would highly recommend checking out Jane.com!!!Thanks for stopping by! ¬†Have a fabulous day, lovelies!lylas, MissyAnn ūüėė