March 30, 2015

Spring Cleaning: New Year, New Closet


I know I keep saying this over and over, but my life has changed quite a bit in the last couple years. I have moved 4 times in the last 3 years and most of these moves were done in very little time with not much in the way of planning or organization. As a result, it has literally been years since I've sifted through my belongings and, well, the crap is now piled high and ready to explode from my closet at any moment. Every morning is a near death experience as I try and piece together an outfit that looks simultaneously respectable and put together without being buried under a pile of precariously perched sweaters, pants, and Lord knows what else. As of late, I feel like I've been failing at this more than I've been succeeding.

So, as I sit here, hoping that the weather is finally going to warm up (because honestly, the fact that it's almost April and only 36 degrees out has me nearly in tears), I've decided to make some serious changes to my wardrobe. I'm using a recent post by Mackenzie at Design Darling and the general advice of the Closet Queen Ashley (she's written pretty extensively about wardrobe maintenance, but here's her guide to keeping a well groomed closet) to guide my journey.


Here are my rules.
Remember, we must be ruthless!

If I haven't worn it in a year, it goes.
Because let's be honest, if it has been an ENTIRE year since that sweater saw the light of day, the odds that I'll be wearing it come next season are pretty low.

If it's unlikely to fit me in the next month, it goes. 
How long have I been telling myself that I'll get my pre-relationship, pre-full time job body back? Three years, that's how long. It's just not going to happen. I use to be able to spend 3 hours a day working out. Ain't no one got time for that! I also did not live with a 6'4" man who continuously peer pressures me into eating nachos. Do I want to lose 10 pounds? Yes. Am I going to lose 20? No. I'm working on shedding my winter fluff, but if something isn't close to fitting me now, it's time for it to go.

If the fit is not flattering, it goes.
I admit to being guilty of buying stuff on sale simply because it's on sale. What is it that makes it hard to pass up something with a sale price, even when we don't really want or need it? I DON'T KNOW. But I'm no longer giving in. Yesterday I returned a Lilly Pulitzer shift that I got for $50 (!!!) because the cut was not flattering on me. It broke my heart a little bit, but honestly, I'd rather have a broken heart than not look great in my vacation photos.

If I don't love it, it goes. 
I just don't have room for items I don't love. Seriously, why keep something in your life if it's just "okay" and if the only time you're going to wear it is on laundry day?

If it's worn out or faded, it goes.
Because that's just plain sad. If I loved an item so much that I've worn it to threads, it deserves to be retired and replaced.
 
Do I actually have a place to wear it? If not, it goes.
This is another thing that I'm continuously guilty of. I love party dresses and high heels. Do I have a place to wear party dresses and high heels to on a regular basis to? No. I work on a college campus and have to walk about half a mile to my office. When I'm not at my office, I'm working from home or I'm at the gym. So, it's time to send those once worn dresses on to better lives.



I am allowing myself 1 box of storage items that need to be altered or may fit in the next month or two (come on, #weddingdiet!).

How is it going so far? When I said I had a lot of stuff, what I meant is that I had a mountain of clothing. I've packed up 3 garbage bags of clothing to be donated. I've listed a handful of items on Ebay, whose sales are going towards procuring classic wardrobe additions that will fit my current body shape and that I can take on our honeymoon European Vacation (can't stop thinking of National Lampoon's European Vacation...Look kids, it's Big Ben!). The going has been slow but gratifying.

Do you have any wardrobe taming advice?

(pictures via one, two, three, four)

March 26, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer for Target


Well, Target was released the Lookbook for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection and I have to say, it looks like I'll be spending a lot of money. I'm really quite impressed with the variety of items, as well as the price points. Dresses range from $32 to $38 dollars, tops from $22 to $30 and shorts and pants from $22 to $28. There is also a romper and jumpsuit here and there. I was a bit surprised to see that there are no skirts.

The collection won't be released until April 19th, but I've already got my eye on a few things.


Personally, I find myself drawn to the cover-ups and maxi-dresses rather than the shift dresses, although I think the Nosie Posie Shift Dress is pretty adorable.


I am also loving the Boom Boom one piece swim suit and Challis Pom Pom Shorts in Upstream. Will I go crazy buying scarves? Yes. Yes, I will. Do I need to exert some kind of control because there is no way I need to own all of thos...yes, yes I should.



What's going to really drain my wallet is the home goods collection. Which isn't the most logical because I honestly have no idea where I am going to put. We're getting married, so we have china and appliances taking over our apartment already, nor do we have a great outdoor space (much to my great, great disappointment). Perhaps I'll pick up a few lovelies for when the day that we own our own home finally arrives? Regardless of your living situation or how much space you have, there are quite a few items anyone can fit into their lives. My favorites are the Gold Plated Bar Set and Ceramic Mug and Caddy. Those will definitely be joining me at home!

Find anything that strikes your fancy or are you going to pass this collection up?

March 24, 2015

3 Days in Paris



Tony and I just booked our flights for our honeymoon and found that we have an extra day that we hadn't anticipated. The dilemma is how to spend that day? We're visiting three major cities - Paris, Florence and Rome, as well as making a few relaxation and beach stops. It's a bit of a whirlwind tour and as of right now, we're spending 2 days in each location. The question is, in which of these three cities do we spend our extra day? Having never been to any of them, I really couldn't say. Tony's been to both Florence and Rome, so I'm inclined to say Paris, but even still, there's so much to do in Florence and Rome!

So let me ask you, fellow world travelers, where would you spend your extra day?

March 18, 2015

Well, it's Been a Year

The past year has been quite chaotic but things are finally settling down and I've decided to get back to blogging. A few of you have continued to follow me on Instagram, where I've been posting pretty regularly for the last year - thanks! So what's been going on in my life? Here are a few updates.

Travel - We've taken a few trips over the past year - mostly to Florida for Disney races and to visit family. In August, I took a family vacation to Ireland and in January, Tony and I took a quick trip to New Orleans for work. Most exciting, however, is that we've just started planning our honeymoon! We're planning to spend a week in France and a week in Italy, with stops in Paris, Aix, Juan les Pins, Florence, Rome...and maybe some other place. Yes, it's a rather ambitious two weeks!



Health & Running - Well this is kind of a crappy update. I've had joint issues for years but they were never bad enough for anyone to make a diagnosis. After some weird mishaps, I got diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, another auto immune disease. It's been a pretty lame ride so far - I've had bad reactions to every medication I've tried, and some of the reactions have lasted for months. It is the absolute worst. I've tried to stay positive because I know it can be a lot worse, but in the mean time, I'm dealing with a lot of fatigue, joint pain, and worst of all - I haven't been able to drink wine or run! Alright, I'm being a little facetious, but not being able run has been really frustrating and not being able to drink my frustration away has been annoying. I was able to complete the Disney Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon over 4 days) in January, but I had to walk it and I haven't run since then. I'm really hoping that I will able to run again soon. Fingers crossed that I get over my current side effects (gastritis and esophagitis, because I'm apparently an 80 year old women) and that my next medication (Celebrex) does the trick.


Relationship Business - We got engaged this past August! Our wedding is set for this July in Saratoga Springs, which is close to my hometown. I've tried not to spam Instagram too much, but now that there's less than four months to go, I'm getting deep into planning and pretty excited.



Buffalo & Style - We remain in Buffalo, freezing our buns off! Seriously, a few weeks ago I saw a news crew while at work and it turns out they were there reporting on how it was the coldest winter...ever. Seriously, ever! Like since they started recording the weather. Needless to say, I've really spent most of the winter hiding at home in front of the fire under blankets. I have to say, I also have not figured out how to be fashionable when you have to walk half a mile across campus while it is -25 degrees every day. So, if you live in an arctic environment, please share your secrets for staying warm while still looking good. I'm not going to lie, I hope we're able to move in the next few years. My grad school bff just got a job in Tampa and I am pea green with envy!

So that's been my life for the past year. Things were a little crazy but are mostly looking up and I can't wait to share our various adventures! What are you looking forward to this spring or summer?
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