Closet Purge, and Creating a Minimal Wardrobe.

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The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

I am a clothing hoarder. I form unnatural emotional and sentimental bonds with physical pieces of fabric.

But really, I hold onto out of style, ill fitting, uncomfortable clothes because I feel connections with where I have worn said item and how I felt at that time. Even though I won’t ever wear it again, or it looks horrible on me (seriously wtf was I thinking), or I only wear it once a year because everything else is dirty or I think “oh I haven’t worn this in forever, better put it on”.

I have been looking into the minimalist wardrobe theory for a while now, and for some reason I had a fire lit under me to get on it recently.

First I made piles of things I knew I needed to get rid of. Then I looked through what was left and took more. And more. And more. I was really hard on myself, and my clothing, and only kept things I wear all the time, and I know are classic pieces that would go with a lot.

I ended up with a pile consisting of

  1. 9 Dresses
  2. 13 Long Sleeve Shirts
  3. 20 Short Sleeve Shirts
  4. 7 Jackets
  5. 2 Scarves
  6. 2 Pairs of Jeans
  7. 3 Skirts
  8. 4 Pairs of Shorts
  9. 1 Vest (why was this even purchased to begin with lol)
  10. 9 Purses and 1 Wallet
  11. 9 Pairs of Shoes

Whew. Are you exhausted from that? I know I am

Then came the purge! I took all of my items to Uptown Cheapskates then what they didn’t  take I hauled over to Plato’s closet.

Together they gave me $70 for 2 purses, 5 dresses, 12 SS shirts, 3 jackets, 1 scarf, 2 skirts, and 2 pairs of shorts. Needless to say I was pleased with my earnings on old clothes I wasn’t wearing anyway. Very liberating. I took the remaining clothing and shoes to Goodwill for donation.

I now have holes in my wardrobe that need to be filled, and the cash I earned from the old stuff with be going towards filling them. I will be investing in classic, well made (even if slightly more expensive) things that I know will last forever and making sure that each item I buy can work with multiple other pieces to make the most out of my outfit choices.

I haven’t narrowed down my closet to a set list of 30 must haves, but I am using this list from the House for Five blog as a general guide to making it.

Let me know if you have purged lately, and how it made you feel in the comments!

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Essie Button’s Power Protein Soup!

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Click here to head on over to her channel and watch her video on how to make this scrumptious meal!

It’s the time of year that I crave anything soup, stew, or goulash, and boy does this recipe by Essie Button fit the bill. I have been watching her on youtube for years now and I love her style and personality. Watching the new video on her vlog channel is the highlight of my day (reggie lover 4 life). Her website/blog is super cute too!

This soup is full of protein and veggies and throughly satisfying. It makes a huge amount too, which I love, so I can portion it out and take it to work with me.

It has 3 different types of beans, sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, carrots, a pepper, garlic, onion, (I used red just because it’s my favorite) tomatoes, brown sugar, mustard, veggie stock, and the requisite salt and pepper.

Her recipe is vegetarian with the exception of the worcestershire (it has anchovies in it) but she only adds a small amount and I just subbed more mustard in instead and it is delicious.

It is filling and hearty, with a little kick. All of the veggies have the perfect texture after the roast in the oven, and I think thats what prevents them from being too soggy after a reheat

Can’t wait for more recipes from her!

Let me know if you make it and how you like it!

One Love Organics Eye Balm First Impression

I have heard about the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm on Rhian Hy’s blog and youtube channel for what seems like forever now. It has always been on my wish list of skincare items to try out, but I have always seemed to have something else I needed to restock or get instead.

I finally set aside the cash for it and sent out an order.

Firstly, their site is so cute and easy to navigate. The company is located on St. Simons Island in Georgia. All their products are handmade in small batches and are 100% natural, organic, cruelty free, and chemical free. No silicones, parabens, preservatives, sulfates, or synthetic anything. Have to love that, am I right? I am completely behind the philosophy and philanthropy of this company.

Secondly, their shipping was extremely fast. I ordered the eye balm on Thursday and received it on Saturday. Talk about quick.

Thirdly, and most importantly, the product itself. The packaging it was shipped in was adorable. I am a sucker for packing worms. IMG_3109

It came with my invoice, the product (in more cute packaging), and a handy wooden spoon/scoop thing which I know will come in handy when I get towards the bottom and want to scrape the remaining product out. IMG_3118

Like I said above, the product comes in a cute little box with striping on the side. The actually eye balm comes in an apothecary type brown glass jar with a white lid and label. I love how simple the packaging is. The glass feels thick and the lid seals onto it tightly.

The balm is just that, a balm.

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It is super thick and is solid to the touch until you warm it with a light touch of your ring finger. The sent is lightly herbal and soothing. It doesn’t linger on the skin after application. Speaking of application, although the product is thick, after dabbing a small amount of it around the under eye area is sinks in quickly with no pulling of the delicate skin in that area. I believe the smooth consistency has a lot to do with this.

It doesn’t make the eye area feel oily or sticky and lays perfectly under foundation and concealer.

Obviously I haven’t been using it long enough to speak to its effectiveness combatting my dark circles or fine lines, but it does greatly increase the moisture under my eyes and is a pleasant addition to my morning and evening routine.

I will post a full review in about a month and let you know how my results are!

I think I may have found my booties!

 

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Soo, after long exhaustive searches online I was over the whole search for the perfect pairs of booties thing. The BF and I meandered to Target yesterday afternoon and of course I had looked online at their stock, and I liked a few, but the heels seemed a tad too short and they weren’t available in store to try on. After that fail we waltzed over to the Old Navy that is next door and lo and behold…a pair of nude booties.

A deal at $31 something. They were 20% off in store and are still available in store and online (although the online price is listed as $39) I still think they are worth it at that price if you can’t get to a store. I was so excited, but my extra money was already allocated to other bills and household items, so I was set on going back and getting them next friday with the new paycheck. I guess seeing my excitement, my boyfriend all but insisted that he buy them for me. EEP!! Much excite.

They are made of fully synthetic materials and have a three inch heel with a side zip. I am a true size 7 and their 7 fit perfectly! Generous footbed padding and seemingly solid construction for a pair so cheap. I have already tried them on with two looks and they look great. Wore them out last night to a movie and dinner. While they fit perfectly with the outfit I wore, I realized that they wouldn’t go with much else (if anything) in my wardrobe. And I love them, but I need some that are more versatile.

I headed over to the website to see if I could find anything else. Boy did I. I have recently emptied out my closet and drawers and have allocated a heaping pile of things to take to a consignment shop (blog about that to follow) and I know that when all the extra is gone, I will have gaps in my wardrobe that need to be filled. I found a great looking pair of “oxford” flats that I am heavily debating. I need a new pair of plain black flats, and I feel the look of these will dress up an outfit with no effort. Aaaaand I also found another pair of booties. These are in black, which is what I was looking for to begin with (having nude ones is a huge look expanding plus though!). They are made of all synthetic materials as well with a faux suede texture and belting around the ankle. I feel these are less dressy than the nude ones but still with the 3 in heel, and will fit my more casual existing wardrobe. Heavily debating these…

To be honest, they have the same pair in a contrasting brown color scheme too that I can’t keep my eyes off either, but as of right now the black ones will go with more of what I have and are basics that won’t ever go out of style.

I am so excited I found these! Let me know if you check them out, or have a pair already, and what your thoughts are about them. And obviously, let me know if you have found any vegan flats or booties worth taking note of!

Bootie Lust List

I have been dealing with a serious obsession with finding the perfect bootie lately. Keeping me up all night, making me waste countless hours online, dreaming about them… well maybe not dreaming, yet anyway. I figured this struggle must be real for other out there, so I thought why not share some of my favorites I’ve found so far.

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I like simple, mostly black, thicker heel (with some hight cause I’m a shorty) booties with a classic look that I know will last. Now only the “Underneath” bootie is vegan, so I’ll be using these as more inspirational than a list to shop by. Before I go out and buy a pair of them I want to make sure I have pinpointed the exact style/heel height that I really really want. I’m of the mindset that I’d rather have one more expensive high quality pair, than multiple cheap pairs.

Let me know if you have any booties you’ve been lusting over, or if you’ve found a pair you can’t live without!

Vegetarian Noms and Where I Found the Recipes!

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I have been trying to get out of my non-cooking/pre-packaged food funk for a while now. I don’t know if I just became lazy, or hadn’t found any recipes that really inspired me to put in the effort and get my hands dirty. I was browsing the interweb out of boredom, as one often does, and stumbled onto the most fantastic site!

The Everygirl has hundred of articles about fashion, lifestyle, makeup, and most importantly for me, FOOD. The particular article I found was 10 Vegetarian Meals for less than $50 Dollars (Score!). Firstly, who doesn’t like to save a buck? Secondly, let me assure you that although these recipes may seem more advanced than simply throwing something in the microwave (and they are, but so worth it) they are easily accomplished with minor skills and almost zero fancy kitchen tools. The only thing I needed to use that wasn’t a cooking utensil or pot/pan was a grater. I have made the black bean burgers w/ sweet potato fries, risotto primavera, and zucchini fritters this week, and was blown away by each one!

Now my boyfriend is a carnivore, and is extremely against any kind of all veggie dish. I like to be able to eat at least the same base dinner as each other as much as possible, with the addition of meat for his portion, so I am not spending double on groceries and wasting tons of extra from leftovers of recipes. I added chicken to his risotto and a side of chicken with his zucchini fritters, but left the black bean burger as is, and he loved all three of them (said the risotto was his favorite thing I had made in a while). He devoured the black bean burger and enjoyed every bite. I was a very happy camper.

I will continue to peruse this site in the future for more inspiration, and will definitely be adding those three recipes to my permanent rotation!

Check the site out and let me know what you think!

Netflix Boredom Recommendations

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I am constantly asking my friends and family for shows and movies to watch next on Netflix (I’ll admit, I’m addicted). Soo I thought it would be nice to throw some out there for anyone looking for something new to watch too.

1. Breaking Bad : If you haven’t already (where have you been?!) do it. Just do it.

2. The Office : Once again I don’t know where you’ve been living if you haven’t at least watched one episode, but this show is on another level. Its a comedy so of course it’s funny, but it manages to be while still developing characters and getting you invested in them (Some serious feels in here).

3. Bob’s Burger : Tina is my spirt animal. This is my favorite animated show ever, yes I said ever. It’s about a family that work/lives above a burger joint, but the show is rarely ever solely focused on that. For me, the characters are relatable and hilarious since I come from a pretty weird bunch. Although I wouldn’t recommend for “children”, teenagers and above should be able to appreciate and know better than to repeat if the odd adult joke goes a little far.

4. Mr. Nobody : As a fan of “Requiem for a Dream” (not on Netflix, but if you have the chance watch it) this cerebral thriller is out there, in a great way. Its not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’m not going to even try to explain the plot, but it’s definitely worth a watch.

5. Upstream Color : This is another WTF kind of movie. I’ve watched it twice and I’m still not sure what actually happens. It’s a mind control/social experiment/identity theft/screw you up type of move. Confused yet? I am. Just press play.

6. The Mind of a Chef : Being a HUGE fan of anything Anthony Bourdain does, the fact that he produced and narrated this show was a big part of why I watched to begin with, but the chefs featured (and who’s kidding, the eyegasam inducing food too) kept me watching. Go PBS!!

7. Three Stars : I am a foodie at heart and stuff like this really gets me going. This is a semi documentary about restaurants trying/or talking about having 3 Michelin Stars, aka the highest award a chef/restaurant can attain. Drool and travel fantasy inducing

This is not an all inclusive list, just a few to get you started. I couldn’t list all the things I’ve loved on Netflix.

If you would like a list of what to watch on Amazon Prime, or just a favorite movies to TV shows list, let me know in the comments. Hope this helps you find something new!