December 17, 2014

Building a Wardrobe// Part 2

I'm so excited to be continuing on with this series! You can read part one (here)  Like I said in my previous post we are learning how to build a wardrobe together. I try something and then I share it here.

If you're wanting to build a more solid wardrobe I'm guessing you had the same problem I did. You have A LOT of clothes but nothing goes together. You've got a million different styles in your closet and you buy whatever and whenever.

The first thing I did was purge my closet. I got rid of probably 90% of all the items I never wear, I wish I could have gotten rid of more but financially I couldn't go and replace everything. I also wasn't emotionally ready to get rid of all of it either.

So after the big purge I like doing "baby purges" (clever! I know!) and this has helped a ton. By removing items from your closet you know you won't want in your finally wardrobe and simple storing them somewhere else you're letting to let the items go mentally, teaching yourself you don't actually need them, and allowing yourself to see what your closet really needs.

The idea is that whatever is left hanging in your closet are all the items you actually wear on a regular basis. You cannot create a new wardrobe until you can really see what you are needing, and you cannot really see what you are in need of with a closet filled to the brim.

How to PURGE: (ok so maybe I do have step by step instructions)

1. The Baby Purge: Create 3 sections to put your clothes into. One to keep, one to store, and one to donate/sale.

2. Go through your closet and divide the entire thing into those sections. I'm serious take out every single item and put it in a section.

3. Put the donate/sale pile into a bag and get it out of sight.

4. Now look again at section 1 & 2. Are you keeping too much? Should you put more in storage? The items going back into your closet should be items you wear regularly. Even if it's not an item that you want as part of the finale wardrobe, you need stuff to wear while you collect your new pieces.

5. Create a space for the items that are going to be stored for a few months. You want them out of sight, do not put these back on the hanger or in your dresser. I store mine under the bed in a slide out drawer. But you could put them in a box in your closet or hall or kitchen. Just get them out of sight.

6. Put the rest of the items in your closet. After all this you should have significantly less in your closet, unless you have an insane amount of clothing to go through. You know your closet and you know your limits. Do what you can.

7. Pick a time frame to go back and do this whole process again. I chose 3 months, but if you want more time take more. If you want to get this done faster do less. It's up to you!

8. 3 months later (or whatever time you chose) go back and look at the stored items first. Hopefully you will realize you never wear those items and you will just donate them.

9. Then go through your closet again. Do steps 1-8.

While I probably sold half of my closet on Instagram a few months back there is still a lot of work to be done with getting rid of the old, but there is even more work with bringing in the new. So really it's all  a balancing act.  As I am writing this out I am realizing just how ingenious this whole thing is and maybe I really do know what I'm doing with this wardrobe business. Maybe.

December 11, 2014

Prepping your closet for Winter

Growing up in Texas the weather didn't change too much so my wardrobe stayed pretty consistent. I would add a coat in the winter and take it out in the summer. But after having lived in the colder weather for over 6 years I know how important it is to rotate your closet during seasons.

To prep my closet for winter I first make sure I have a place to store all my summer clothing. Then I begin to take out and sort my summer clothing, I make a pile to store and a pile to donate. I then bring in all my winter items back into the closet to replace the summer items and put those summer items in storage. Pretty simple but can make a huge difference.

By only keeping the current seasons items in your closet you will have more room to store it all and this will making getting dressed much easier. Half of your closet will not be dedicated to items that aren't appropriate for that season, and you can pick and choose quickly what to wear.


December 9, 2014

Basic Series//Tinted Moisturizer

I was watching a friends video the other day and came to realize that I had been using a beauty product all wrong! I couldn't believe that I had owned this item for over a year and had never learned how to use it correctly.

Then I had another experience where I was at Target with a friend and I said I was looking for a new concealer to try and she literally said she didn't even know how to use canceler or what it was used for. I was blown away!

It made me think, how often do we buy a new makeup product just because it's popular but we don't actually know how to use it. Or we are told in makeup tutorials that we should be using certain products but we don't really know why and maybe there are some of us out there that truly don't know what concealer is and we need a basic intro in something as simple as that.

So I've decided to start a basic series where I can explain the basics of beauty products, from the new and popular to the old and trusted.

I made my first video in the series about Tinted Moisturizer because I feel like it is still fairly new and everyone seems to be using Tinted Moisturizer over foundation these days.

In this video I talk about three things. 1. What is tinted moisturizer. 2. How does it compare to BB creams and foundation. and 3. How to apply it.

December 8, 2014

VLOGMAS// Day 2 & 4

So many YouTubers are doing Vlogmas right now and I love it!! I love to see what my favorite YouTubers are up to and so I thought why not join the fun! I did my first vlog and I had a blast filming and editing it but then I started to film the next days vlog and there was just so much detail of what we were doing and where we were going. It really started to freak me out that I was putting all that information on the internet. So my second vlogmas is a little different and I think that is how most of them will be from now on. I hope you like it, they are fun little side project for me to do from my regular videos and I really love making them! Enjoy and happy VLOGMAS!!

** Someone asked me what happened to all vlogmas days 1 and 3.  I just haven't been filming those days and I'm just uploading the days I did film. I don't know if that system makes any sense and if I should just change it the order in which I am uploading....

December 4, 2014

Beauty Favorites

Hello!! Sorry I have been awful about posting my videos on the blog this week! I have two new videos up and they are both about my beauty favorites. First are the items I have been loving through the month of November and second is a video of my top drugstore beauty items.

November 29, 2014

Advent Calendar // Christmas 2014

Every year we basically use our Advent Calendar as our Christmas Bucket List, each day is different activity we wish to do over the Holiday Season. Some are simple like getting Starbucks hot chocolate or driving around to see christmas lights while others are more time involved like sledding in Park City.

Inspired by Oh Happy Days simply advent calendar I created this with treat bags, washi tape, string, and number tags from Ikea. I used watercolor paper to write down all of our Christmas Bucket List activities and then sealed each bag shut with more washi tape. It probably took me about 30 minutes to put together and then another 20 to get it all hung up.

Here are some activities we have awaiting for us this Christmas;

  • Visit Temple Square to see the Lights. 
  • Perform a random act of service. 
  • Decorate a mini tree for Rivers room. 
  • Write a gratitude letter to Jesus.
  • Make Grandmas Sugar Cookies
  • Craft a Christmas star and talk about first star. 
  • Meet Dad downtown for a fancy dinner. 


November 25, 2014

Mini Donuts// A last minute act of gratitude

 Here is a last minute treat to show your gratitude for a friend, loved one, or neighbor. A small act of service before the Thanksgiving holiday is officially over. And what could be better than saying thanks with mini donuts? Nothing. Nothing is better than mini donuts. Unless of course you I bought the container and bags at Zurchers and I have a free download for the little tags. These would even make a great little favor if you're hosting thanksgiving, or a sweet treat for the hostess who's home you're attending.
Free Download for tags here. 

Recipe from Baker Bettie 
For the donuts
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
for the topping
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lightly oil mini donut pan and set aside (alternatively you can use mini muffin pans)
  2. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined (mixture will look curdled).
  3. Add in the baking powder and the salt and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the flour just until combined. You don't want to overmix this batter.
  4. If using mini donut pan, transfer mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or into a ziplock baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the pan only filling ½ of the way fill. If using the mini muffin pan, fill each well ½ full
  5. Bake at 325ºF for 8-10 minutes. *If using a mini donut maker, bake for 4-5 minutes. Allow to cool just slightly before dipping in topping.
  6. Melt the butter for the topping and combine the cinnamon and sugar. Dip each donut lightly in butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.