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October 5, 2015

How I Organized my Closet with Stylebook

Getting dressed every morning is one of my biggest headaches. Part of it is because I'm a total procrastinator {because who really wants to go to work?} and the other part is because I have no idea what to wear or how to style what I own. For the last half of 2015 I've been making a conscious effort to revamp my closet. I've always been a t-shirt and jeans/shorts kind of girl. However, at 30 I think my closet should have its shit together.


At the very end of August I spent 6ish painstaking hours over the course of 2 days taking pictures of every single hat, belt, shoe, bag, scarf, necklace, and piece of clothing I own. I'm a firm believer that the hardest part of organization is getting the system in place. After that, you just have to stick with it.

I took the time to be honest with myself: Do I feel good in this shirt? Does it make me happy? Is this the look I want to present?  If the answer was no then it was pulled.
Take Inventory
If you've ever worked in retail then you're familiar with doing inventory. You'll be spending a lot of time snapping pictures of everything - all your shoes, bags, hats, belts, jewelry, clothing. It all needs to be catalogued. After all, that's the entire point. You're taking inventory of your closet.

For me this made me aware of everything I presently own - which in case you're wondering is 111 tops; 48 bottoms (this includes shorts, jeans, and skirts); 33 pairs of shoes; 31 dresses; 20 bags; 58 accessories (24 scarves as well as belts, hats, and jewelry); and 13 jackets. Basically, I have plenty of clothes and just need to get creative with how I style them AND need to be aware of what I'm buying when I get something new.

One of the things I really like about the app is that you can add notes. If you're like me and you find something that fits great, you tend to buy in a few different colors. Stylebook allows you to add notes and tags to any of your items. You can list the color, brand, size, fabric, how much it cost, etc. This is great because those black trousers from Loft probably look exactly the same as those black trousers from Gap. Hint: they do... 

The Calendar 
There's a calendar function in this app that allows you to add your #ootd to each day in the calendar. The beauty in this is that you'll know just how often, or little, you wear that shirt that you keep saving from your seasonal purges. This is where my entire battle strategy lies.

For example, here's a quick look at September's calendar.


If you add the price to your items you'll be able to see the cost per wear. Even though it retails at $145, my Longchamp bag basically costs less than $5/month since I use it just about every day. #Win

I know I'm guilty of saving some items that should have ended up in the purge pile several times. Stylebook is going to help me keep track of my outfits for the next 6 months and see what I truly do/don't wear. It's sort of like a capsule wardrobe but not really. Any time I buy something new, I add it to my inventory. If I get rid of something, I remove it. Easy.

Do you have some sort of closet organization in place? Have you used Stylebook before?

 *I wasn't compensated for this, I just really love the app.*

October 2, 2015

The TBR Takedown

Like every other avid book reader, or my laundry list of things to do, my To Be Read pile is always growing. My physical shelf is two rows deep already, and let's not even talk about what's on my Kindle. Since I got a little burnt out from all the reading that took place this summer {but hooray for meeting my Goodreads goal!} I've been reading much slower.

2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

This month I've decided to buckle down and start tackling the list. For the rest of the year I'll only be reading books from my TBR list. In the past few months I've gone through the list to trim it down as I no longer wanted to read certain books. I also have this nasty habit of buying new books when I have recently purchased books at home on the shelf, also waiting to be read. Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a book hoarder.

Here's a look at what's coming up:

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters / Judy Blume
I'm not a huge Judy Blume fan {gasp!} but this one caught my attention.

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

Mad About the Hatter / Dakota Chase
I received this for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Sadly, I haven't gotten around to reading it but I'm still interested because it sounds promising.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
I bought this book for $1 about 2 years ago. It's been sitting on my shelf ever since. During the summer I pledged to read it this fall. I'm {hopefully} sticking with it!

I Take You / Eliza Kennedy
This has been sitting on my shelf since May when I received it from Blogging for Books. Oops. The summer reading challenge kind of took over and then I just haven't been in the mood for it. But, if I want to request another book, I need to get through it. 

I'm sticking with these four since that's a decent amount of reading and Wuthering Heights is going to take some time because of the writing style. Hopefully I can blaze through these and keep going. I've got a new reading challenge all picked out for 2016 already.

How do you tackle your reading lists?

September 30, 2015

5 Things I Don't Want to Admit

In my 10+ years as a "legal" adult there's one fact of life I've learned to just accept - sometimes you just have to admit to your weaknesses. It doesn't make you a failure, it just makes you human.

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+ Even at 30 years old... Sometimes I'm still afraid of the dark. My imagination has a knack for going from 'there's a skunk outside' to 'there's a hoard of zombies trying to get in the house' in a flash.

+ The entire concept of having a baby freaks me out. I'm pretty sure I can tolerate the 9 months part, but after that? I'm not  even going to pretend to be okay about it. It terrifies me.

+ I'm just not into football like I used to be. I still love the game, after all, I've been a Giant's fan for 18 years. It's just that I no longer have any interest in fantasy football, or the non-Giant games that are on. This one actually makes me heart a little sad.

Sometimes I think I'm ready to move home.

I still can't dress myself. OK, this isn't entirely true, it's just that although I may be able to "see" what looks good together, the execution is greatly lacking. Why can't all of these outfits magically appear in my closet?

And those are all the skeletons I'm letting out this week.

September 28, 2015

The Joys of Parenting

Let me just start this post off right now by saying that I am not a parent because I'm sure there will be some dissenting opinions.

In my opinion, parenting is not hard. Sure it's difficult to deal with teenagers or a stubborn child but overall it's not that difficult. I feel as though I've had enough parental models (Mom, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, step-parents) in my life to know what it takes. Add to that that I have personal experience and I think my opinion is justified. As with any journey in life, it will have its ups and downs. It's how you handle it that matters. be irritated by the non-stop sound of nonsense. have to have the world's best imagination to keep a 3 year old entertained.

... to clean up vomit from the carpet at 10 at night {just FYI it doesn't involve a vacuum} bribe a kid to get out of the pool because they're lips are turning blue and they're shivering.

... to feel regret for missing a soccer game.

... the excitement, joy, and indescribable love of hearing them say your name.

... to fall asleep, only to be woken up by cries at 2am. be overjoyed about dry pull-ups. clean up spilled milk, iced tea, squished tomatoes, and spaghetti from places that you can't even figure out how it got there. get fed up when they don't listen or do that thing you just told them not to do. need that extra time to have to gather up the sippy cup, snacks, extra clothes, and toy in order to just get out of the house and into the car. be brought to tears when they blow your mind with how smart they are at a young age. watch in wonder as they explore the world around them. be excited by the little things they're excited about. make certain activities kid-friendly just to make them happy. 

Most importantly, I know what it feels like to love another person so completely, without question, that it hurts.

And I wouldn't trade it for anything.

September 25, 2015

Friday Five

At the end of August I started drafting posts for September. I knew I was taking a break so I would be able to have drafts on drafts ready to go. However, it's been a long time since I've done a Friday Five, so here we are.

one / When I was home during Babycation there was a letter tacked to the calendar for me. Why I'm still getting mail at my parent's house 12 years after I moved out is beyond me. Especially since I've had 7 addresses since then... I digress. So apparently the City of Binghamton is really hurting for money. They're asking me to pay up on a "ticket" from 10 years ago.

First of all, if I recall correctly, this was the garage I parked in the first time I had Jury Duty. Which means I had a parking ticket... which was validated. Second, why is this being sent to them? What's to say my parent's hadn't moved somewhere else and the new occupant were to just throw this away? They're going to send me to collections over $5? Yes, let's see how well that works out.

two / I'm nailing the Fall Film Challenge. As of publishing this post I only have 4 more movies to watch until I'm finished. I'm a little nervous as to what Jenn has in store with the bonus movies but I'm confident I can handle them.

three / I went shopping last Sunday and bought lots of good stuff. I'm mainly excited about these awesome candles I picked up. $4 for the little and $8 for the big, and yes, they smell edible.

four / I stumbled across this love story while I was trolling the webz. These are the ones that make me heart swell with love and hope. I can only hope to be this fortunate.

five / This week I decided to put extra effort into my look each morning. Read: I actually put an outfit together, did my hair, or put on makeup. If you know me then you know this is a big deal. I'm the queen of bare minimum. My typical work uniform is messy hair {'cause I did it 2 days ago}, black pants, and some plain shirt. But look at these outfits I put together!

You guys, fall is HERE! Dive in, enjoy it, and have an awesome weekend!

September 23, 2015

Fall Bucket List

I've always been a big fan of goal setting. There's always something on my to-do list. If I don't complete something it typically keeps being rolls dover until I do it or decide that it no longer serves me. For that reason alone I'm taking a page from Dani's blog book and making a seasonal bucket list. Some of these tasks have been on my mind for a few years. By writing them down and proclaiming them to all of you it makes me accountable for actually doing them instead of just thinking about them.

Now that it's officially fall I can share my list with you.

+ I'm really looking forward to going apple picking. Every year I want to do this and it never happens.

+ I'm also looking forward to a hay ride. We have a lot of places around here where they do fall activities so I'm going to convince K to go and have a fun fall day.

+ Since making an apple pie, from scratch, is also on my list I know I'll be able to get a two-fer. Picking my apples and then turning them into a fresh pie? Yes please!

+ I've never made my own candles but I really don't think it can be that hard. When I looked at tutorials they all seemed really easy. I just need to buy the supplies.

+ Way back in 2006 I made homemade potato soup - completely by accident. At the time I remember it being pretty damn good. I want to make homemade soup this season. I just haven't decided on which kind.

+ I added picking a Halloween costume simply because it takes me so damn long to figure out what I want to go as. We've done a couples theme for the past 2 years but the options for couples costumes are soo lame. Bacon and eggs? Ketchup and mustard? Socket and plug? No thank you!

+ I also intend to take a hike this season. The leaves and the smell in the air are one of my favorite things. I can get lost in the beauty of nature so I'm actually really excited about this one.

+ The Bloomsburg Fair. This is actually pre-planned but I'm adding it because I can. October 2nd Mom, her bff and I are heading to Bloomsburg, PA to enjoy the annual fair {Fun fact: this is where Mom went to college}

Now that I've created my list I'm really excited about it. Unlike weekly/monthly goals, I have no immediate time frame, and that's a relief. My only "rule" is that I need to complete these before December 22nd (Winter solstice).

Have you ever done any of these things or are they still on your to-do list?


September 21, 2015

The Last Summer Vacation

I've been back from my final summer "vacation" for 2 weeks now and I think I've re-adjusted to adult life. If you follow me on Insta then you may have seen a bunch of these but in the interest of laziness brevity, here's what went on during "babycation". 

To start we had a birthday party to go to. This meant sitting in  and going for a ride in the fire truck.

Then we pigged out, went to the bookstore, and went to a pool party. 

We went to a zoo where we fed pigs, goats, and even a giraffe! His name was Oliver and he loves carrots. 

Since an entire week wasn't fun-packed enough we headed to my 'hood on Friday and then down to the Atlantic City Seafood Festival on Saturday. We had our first sno-cone and got our first tattoo! Now we match :)

Half way through the festival it started raining. K was already meeting us so we couldn't just go home. We did the next logical thing and went to the Tropicana. We hung out in The Quarter the entire time because smoking is disgusting. We even tried our hand at Roulette and won a dollar!

If I can't spend my vacation on an island or touring Europe, this is the absolute next best way to spend the week.

September 18, 2015

Hunting Season


It's that necessary evil that we all have to put up with. Some of us are lucky enough to be working in a position or industry we find happiness in. I envy those people. Others, like myself, are in a field we've realized isn't for us. Back when I was job hunting there were hundreds of thoughts running through my head. I figured it was polite of me to share them with you.

Ok, let's find the job that was meant for me.

So many jobs!!!!

Wait, am I qualified for this?

Why do I have to upload my resume AND still fill out all my info... So repetitive.

This sounds good...

$13/hr? How about no.

Omg this job is prefect! Just hire me now.

Oh wait, it's in Boston.

I love Boston, I could move....

Maybe I should move...

Ok let's be real.

Should I bother working with recruiters?

They can be so irritating. Ehh, at least it's another set eyes looking.

Ok, I've applied to 6 positions.

God I hate my resume....

Maybe I should tweak it again?

Why can't I just work on an island selling coconut drinks?

Because it's not real life.

But it IS real life. People do it!!

Goddamn these student loans.

I need a minimum salary of X.

Omg this job was made for me! It sounds perfect!

Wait, didn't I apply to this already?

I did...

Ok maybe I should just go to bed.

And that ends my 3 hour job application binge. The struggle of job hunting is real. It's like having a non-non-paying part time job. And interviewing....forget it!

Let's  hope the coconut gig pans out guys. First round is on me!