5 Mid-Year Wardrobe Organization Tips

As May approaches, it’s time to change up your wardrobe and your look, and to peer ahead into the first half of the year. To help you along, here are 5 ideas for what you can do mid-year to get the most out of the remainder of 2019.

1. Don’t just clean out your wardrobe: curate it.

Mid-year is as perfect a time as any to tackle your wardrobe: you know where you are in life so far, and you should have a clear idea of how you want to spend the rest of 2019. So tackle your wardrobe, make it a thing of beauty, and ensure that it reflects who you are going to be before the year is out.

2. Become familiar with the trends of the coming season, and start planning the pieces to add to your wardrobe.

It’s easy to get excited with the Spring, but be wary not to let that translate to hasty impulse buys and short-sighted purchases. If the warmer months are on your horizon look at summer 2019‘s fashion trends in advance. Or, look far beyond into fall 2019 and work out which types of pieces will best fit with your own curated wardrobe before you buy.

3. Mix it up.

Part of the curation process is culling the average and investing in better quality pieces. But it’s also in making better use of what you’ve already got. Make it a mid-year resolution to create outfits out of those clothes and accessories that aren’t getting any wear. If you have wardrobe orphans (and odds are most of us do) make a decision to either ditch them, or pick up pieces that you can pair them with.

4. Reinvent yourself through a new hair color.

Wardrobe is one thing, but hair can also make the man or the woman. When it comes to hair color in 2019, I have one defining motto: just change it. If you feel you’re in need of freshening up, take a leap and don’t make it half-hearted. A hair color change is as good as a mid-year reinvention. 

5. Refresh what’s underneath.

Take a little advice from Tom Ford and ditch your underwear and socks every six months to keep things fresh. Underwear is a foundation to your outfits, after all. So all those pairs you got for Christmas? Now’s the time to replace them.

Feature image via pinterest.

6 Things You Should Do on Sundays

I‘m a planner by nature. I love planning ahead. Every Sunday I take my time to get some stuff done to reset for the week ahead. This is really necessary for me, otherwise everything will end up in failure. So here I’ve made my little to do list for you. It really isn’t anything special, but who knows it might help some of you out there.

1. Ease into the day

Take your time waking. Jumping out of bed to get everything done straight ahead isn’t the best way to start your day. Make yourself a nice breakfast, grab some coffee or tea and turn on Netflix (or the newspaper if you’re old fashioned). Pajamas are optional, but highly recommended.

2. Do laundry

Every Monday morning I find getting up really hard, so I don’t want to think too much about my clothing. If you have done your laundry in the weekend and have all your clothing clean by Monday, I can assure you that this will speed up your getting-dressed process.

3. Exercise

Sunday is a great day to exercise. Go outside even when it’s just for a walk. Especially when you spent mos of your week inside because of your work.

4. Choose at least 3 outfits you’ll wear next week

I can really recommend this one. I believe that you will create better outfits when you are not feeling stressed by a mountain of emails in the morning or when you have to hurry to make an 8 a.m meeting. You will never regret this. Never.

5. Clean out your purse

You will be surprised how much you can actually fit in a purse. I happen to always take receipts and they will be stuck in my wallet for weeks. Pretty annoying if you ask me. This one I still need to add to my routine. Start your week fresh by removing anything like hairbands, receipts and all the other stuff that you won’t need.

6. Organize your closet

If your closet isn’t organized it makes it harder to create outfits in the morning. If everything hangs in the correct spot and you have nice folded staples of shirts and pants, I can promise you that you are ready to go within 10 minutes.

And there you have it! 6 things I do and that I think you should do on Sunday

5 Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute

When you’re commuting to and from work or school, you want to spend your time as productively as possible. I am a big fan of listening to podcasts on the way to work. They are entertaining, interesting and inspiring, and also don’t require any data! Ready to upgrade your commute – start listening to my pick of the best podcasts for women and you’ll enjoy your commute more.

 1. Pardon My French

The ever stylish and chic Garance Doré has added a new platform her already impressive website. And that’s real podcasts, “Pardon My French,” where she talks to interesting and inspiring guests about fashion, style and culture.

You can listen and even download, so that you can dream away at any time and listen to the English pronunciation of the French accent of this style icon. Click the link here to listen to the podcast. And here to download it on iTunes.

2. Ted Talks Daily 

We all love a good Ted Talk for a little inspiration. And when better to listen to one before you start your day at work? The Ted Talks Daily podcast updates every weekday with the latest talks in audio. Which ever subjects you enjoy the most, Ted Talks has is it all, from spirituality to feminism. Download one for your commute and spark the best conversation topics! Listen here.

3. She Did It Her Way

Amanda Boleyn speaks with a different successful female entrepreneur every week to give their perspective on the world of successful business women. This is really one of the best podcasts for women because it’s filled with women who share their own personal experiences and give a real insight into what it’s like for a woman starting her own business. Packed with advice, coping tools and first-hand experiences, this podcast will definitely inspire you to kick-start the day with a positivity and determination. Listen here.

4. Happiness Podcast

After a stressful day at work, you may be feeling a little down in the dumps. The Happiness podcast is sure to uplift you and help you regain trust in yourself to create the happiness that you deserve. It’s the perfect self-help podcast to listen to when your spirits need raising, and will help you to distress and remember what is important! Listen here.

5. She Means Business 

Carrie Green, author of She Means Business and founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, shares even more of her experiences on life as a female boss on her podcast, She Means Business. Just like her book, her podcast will inspire you to turn your dreams into reality. You will believe that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to! This is the perfect podcast for all Career Girls on their daily commute. Listen here.

Feature photo: via pinterest

Thoughts on Being in My Early 30s

Every birthday is a blessing. Truth is, I feel much younger than what I imagined 32 to be.

Here are some of my thoughts on what I’ve learned being in my early 30s.

32 years young. It’s been said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. So make sure you spend time with people who are full of life and inspire you.

Looking younger. Wearing less makeup really helps. I’ve noticed that I look much younger if I wear less bold lip colors, though I love a deep red lip. I don’t dress very conservatively. I like to keep my outfits casual chic with some sass.

Take care of your skin. This should be my number one. Truth is, keeping my skin super hydrated does wonders. I avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time, especially if I’m not wearing sunscreen. I drink LOTS of water each and every day. I’m thinking of sharing my 32 beauty secrets in a few weeks!

Stress less, feel younger. Stress takes years off your life, but you could be adding years back by taking responsibly of controlling your own actions and learning when to let go. Forgiveness is power and resentment is poison. Listen to your body, it’s never wrong. My best way tip to shake off stress is to get exercise. Gym, yoga, jogging are some of my favorite go-to stress relievers. Over the years I’ve noticed that my body needs regular physical activity (every day) to feel my best.

Fine lines. These are proof that I smile and laugh a lot! But in all honesty, I really only have a few around my eyes, and they appear while I smile.

Know when to say NO. This has become much easier with age. NO to uncomfortable situations, societal or peer pressures, and I know when and how to remove myself without feeling guilty.

Memories = Happiness. Creativity, taking time off, working less so that I can create more memories is what drives my happiness levels waayy up!

Spotify 24/7. Ever since my teens years I’ve been a music addict but now it’s more soothing to my soul, like lighting a candle or taking a warm bath with sparkling juice. Haha.

I won’t be a “young” mom. And I’ve always been fine with that, even though my mom had me by age 30! It’s a different world we live in now, everything is in God’s hands and will happen when it’s meant to.

Love where you live. Truth is, there’s no such thing as the “perfect place” in which to live. All cities/towns/villages have pros and cons. You just have to find the place with the ones that suit you best and call it home.

Plan less, enjoy more. I used to be a big planner, and now I barely plan. I’ll only do it if it’s absolutely necessary for things such as projects, deadlines or trips.

Love what you do. We live in a world where we can be creative to find ways to work outside of the typical corporate office setting. I was in that once, and I knew it wasn’t for me. Followed my gut feeling, trusted in God’s plan and here I am. Happy with what I do and where I do it from.

Take care of your body. I started when I was in my mid twenties. So glad I started then. Keeping my body healthy is crucial if I want to be able to have good consistent energy throughout the day, everyday.

Get your 7-9 hours of sleep. I feel my best when I sleep about 8 hours. Though these days I don’t always have the opportunity to get enough every night.

You are what you eat. I eat a paleo diet for the most part but I don’t really eat much meat. If I eat any meat it’s grass-fed or free-range. At restaurants, often times I go for chicken or fish, and always choosing the best quality available. I rarely eat gluten-free baked goods, and on occasion I eat pasta, but I like to make it myself.

Stand your ground. I don’t follow the majority. If it’s a Netflix show that’s amazing, and everyones watching, then that’s ok, lol. There’s so much marketing pressure these days to try botox and fillers (is that the same thing?). I don’t allow the pressure to get to me. I don’t let it bother me.

Adulting. It can be tough, but it can also be really fun. Once you gain some life experience after college and truly experience ups and downs, you have the power and perspective to make your 30’s be the best decade of your life!

My closet is refined. It has taken me years to get to this point, and it’s still got a ways to go. I go for quality fabrics over quantity or something I’ll only wear once. I shop for basics and classics, pieces that will always be good to wear (even if they go in and out of style).

Interior space matters. I want my home to look beautiful and be comfortable for everyone. I have extensive experience in fashion design, and it’s something of an addiction to me. Love seeing my ideas and work come to fruition, plus I’m more productive in a clean, well-organized space.

Projects always take 2-4x longer than you think. It can be so frustrating. I’ve learned to budget 2x longer for all projects. That way I feel way less stressed. Now, just don’t procrastinate on getting started!

I’m a “new” blogger. I struggle with how to tie this into my Instagram feed sometimes. The blog is a great outlet for creative topics and I’m gonna work on posting more here in 2019!

Go with your gut feeling. It’s so true when they say that women have a sixth sense. I believe it because I use it all the time and it works great.

Regret is poison. Have no regret. Once an event is long gone you can’t beat yourself up for it. It’s best to learn from it and know how to face it next time around.

You are the product of your decisions. You are also the product of your experiences and the people you surround yourself with. Choose wisely and stick to your guiding principles by following your moral compass.

Confidence is sexy. Believe in yourself, let go of any fear or insecurity. You, as you are is beautiful and unique. That’s a superpower we each have. So use it!

Illustration: Alessandra De Cristofaro

How to Always Think Positive: Thoughts on Creating Your Own Sunshine

When things in life are not going the way I want, I stop and ask myself, “what action can I take right now to have things go better?” Or I ask myself “what positive action(s) could I take to get me to living the life I want to live?”

We all have goals. We all have dreams. When you know EXACTLY what you want (short-term goal), and you are focused on that specific goal, you will find ways to get there much quicker rather than just having some vague idea.

Not every day is clear skies and happy days, and starting with step-one could be the hardest! But the good part is that we all have a choice! Did you know that its estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions a day!? Sounds insane right?! Well, in a big way, our lives are a direct reflection of these countless decisions!

So… Are you going to wake up and go to work? Are you going to wake up and go to the gym? Are you going to start your day slow and enjoy that latte? I don’t know about you guys, but I like to brush my teeth before I do any of these things.

Point is, YOU have the power to choose and the power to create! So what’s holding you back?

Some of us however may say that we do not have the freedom or luxury to make all of our decisions because they are dependent on others (family, finances, bosses, etc.). Well, if that’s the case, then sit down and think of ways you can free yourself, and no I am not talking about leaving your family or job, lol.

To me this has always been about using my passions to create my own sunshine. What does that mean to you? It means start working on that passion project you’ve been saving for “later.” The time is now, and the sooner you realize that you need to be proactive towards creating your own happiness, the sooner you can enjoy the sunshine!

5 Ways To Create Your Own Sunshine

An Attitude of Gratitude

This is a mindset and a lifestyle choice that can change your whole life! Some keep a journal and for others it’s counting the blessings of each day before bed or in the morning. You’ll start to see things differently. Instead of complaining about situations, you will see solutions better. Plus, when you are grateful you tend to share that positive energy! There’s so much happiness to be had, that spending time being sad or negative is just not worth the time!

Love & Kindness

Show others what its like to love. Show yourself what it’s like to love. Give yourself more credit. Give someone the gift of your presence and really listen to them talk. Be kind to yourself and give yourself the gift of peace. Let go of what you can’t control. Tell someone they’re awesome and tell them why. Trust me, it feels so good! 

Finding Fulfillment

It could be your job, it could be your kids or a pet, it could a passion project. Ask yourself, what fulfills you everyday and how passionate are you about it. These days I feel fulfilled with my writing. Waking up knowing that what I create is all on me, is one of my favorite feelings ever! Believe in your goals, believe in yourself.

Supporting Others

Help someone in need. It really helps to get out of your own head by focusing on others. Have empathy toward others and their journey. Don’t judge or criticize. Show your compassion and willingness to help.

Staying Fit & Eating Healthy

If your mind and your emotions are weak, you probably aren’t walking on sunshine. I’ve been there myself. One thing that has helped me was changing my diet and getting into the routine of working out. I don’t believe in “diets.” I believe in eating healthy. To me that means about 85% non-packaged or pre-made foods. I’m talking about fruits, veggies, lean grass-fed meats, wild fish, nuts, and a few grains. I love to cook from scratch! If you know me on a personal level, you know I don’t need caffeine to stay awake! Despite that, I still really love my cappuccino’s! 

Illustration by @iamlubi

Advice I Wish I Had In My 20s

We’ve all made mistakes in our 20s but we live and learn – and hopefully share! I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve learned over the last few years.

Here are some important advice I wish I had in my 20s:

It doesn’t matter what you major in. Hard work and ambition can get you the world. Without that work ethic, a degree in any field is just something on your resume. Hard work and dedication to your passions is really what gets you places.

Take care of your skin! A tan lasts for moments but your skin is with you forever. Use SPF especially on your face and opt for healthier options like sunless tanning. Also start your skin care regimen in your early 20’s before you have wrinkles. I wish I would have started earlier.

Hair ages too. Between being on a budget with your hair styling tools and experimenting with hair colors, your hair will go through the ringer in your 20’s. Start taking care of your hair now. One of the easiest and more important ways is with a heat protectant. 

Less is more. Whether it’s makeup, perfume, or accessories, less is always more. Obviously we have the days it’s fun to get glammed up but overall simplify. I remember I used to pile on bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc., but I feel like the older I get one statement piece or a couple delicate pieces do the trick.

Floss. Your dentist knows what’s up.

Set goals! Ambition without goals doesn’t get you anywhere so set both short and long term goals for yourself. And don’t forget to include a timeline to hold yourself accountable.

Try new things. Whether its a trend you are nervous to try and think you can’t pull off or an adventure you think is extreme don’t let your second guessing hold you back, be adventurous and try new things.

Keep a journal. It took me until college to realize how important writing in a journal is. There are so many details that will fade over time so just take a moment now to jot them down and you will get to keep them forever. Even if it’s just once a month, start writing down your favorite moments.

Choose your friends wisely. One of my favorite quotes is “You will only be as good as the people you surround yourself with.” Surround yourself with good people who reciprocate your friendship. Nobody likes a one-sided friendship or relationship!

Family is everything. When you are young you think you would rather hang out with friends, but as you grow up you realize family are the people who usually always stay by your side. Start young and don’t miss out on those opportunities. Spend time with your parents!

Be good to others. Whether you can give through time or money, just give to others. None of us can make it alone, so lift others wherever you stand. Always make it a priority to give back!

Illustration: Alessandra De Cristofaro