April 17, 2015

Building A Wardrobe// Part 6: Buy Less Choose Well

Basically it all comes down to this. Buy less stuff but when you do buy stuff buy better stuff. I could leave it at this but I broke it down into 5 simple things to keep in mind when you're out shopping for the new pieces of your wardrobe.

 1. Know What You Need - Notice I said need not want. At this point you should know exactly what your wardrobe needs and having a clear picture of what your wardrobe is and is not makes it easier to say yes to something you love and no to something you find cute. So shop with a purpose not just with a hope to find something cute. 

2. Quality over Quantity - Going on a massive shopping trip to F21 every weekend isn't going to cut it anymore. Buying one well made shirt will go much farther for your wardrobe than 10 shirts you will inevitable throw away at the end of the season.

3. Invest - Which brings me to investing. Buying less will allow you to invest in pieces you actually want and keep them for the long haul.

4. Check Yourself - Find something you think you want to bring home? Run through a list of questions to help determine if this is a necessary purchase. Example: Does it fit me now? Does it fit into my wardrobe? Is it too high maintenance? Does it fit into my color palette?

5. Seasonal Spending -If you already have all the clothes you could possibly need that season, don't buy more. Wait for the next season to come around.

This brings me to the end of all the prep of building a wardrobe and into the next par of this series. I feel like I've been waiting for this forever because honestly I have, my whole life I've struggled with finding my style and I feel like I'm finally starting to figure it out. Monday I will be sharing more of what I have planned and I cannot wait!

and just for fun find out what kind of shopper you are here!

April 15, 2015

Building A Wardrobe// Part 5: Choose A Color Palette

I found this idea over on Erin's blog and I thought it was such a good idea I had to share. I also thought it was the perfect way to wrap up all our wardrobe prep before we start the big adventure of actually buying items to go into our new wardrobe.(Which we are getting so close to I can't wait to share all the goodness I have planned!)

To pick a color palette for my wardrobe I asked myself a series of questions. What colors look good on me? What are the main colors in my current wardrobe? What are the main colors on my pin boards?(read about that step here) and lastly what are the colors I want to be wearing in my final wardrobe?

This lead me to the colors: Black, White, Gray, Blue, Brown, Navy Green. AKA Very Neutral. Maybe that's not your thing and that's ok, there is no right or wrong in a color palette. The main thing is to pick a handful of colors as your go to. You could even go as far to ask yourself what you want your accent color palette to be for jewelry and accessories.

Limiting yourself to a color palette insures that all of the items in your closet will mix and match beautifully and that you won't bring home something you never wear because it doesn't go with anything you own. Like I made the mistake of doing a couple of weeks ago.

As Erin points out in her post this doesn't mean you can't have pops of color in your wardrobe. I know for a fact that I have a gorgeous dress from Anthro that doesn't fit into my color palette that I will never get rid of and will continue to wear. 

- Here is Erin's Original Post about choosing a color palette, she is a beautiful writer and has her own series on building a minimal wardrobe which I have found very helpful.

March 18, 2015

How I use my favorite Essential Oils

I bought my Doterra Family Physician Kit back in October after going to a free oil class held here in Salt Lake. I bought that particularly kit because it came with a lot of the basic oils I wanted to try out. Now I'm obsessed and have had to re fill on some of favorites. I don't use all the oils in the kit just yet I am still a newbie and learning a lot daily. I have found 6 oils that I use on myself and on my family everyday though that help us more than I thought they would. Before I went to the class I was so confused with oils and how to use them. In the video I explain how I use the oils and when. Hopefully it clears up some questions you have and makes oils less scary. 

March 11, 2015

Building a Wardrobe // Part 4: Mission Statement

Here is Part One, Two & Three of Building a Wardrobe in case you missed it.  

As I so promised in the last Building a Wardrobe post I have a little activity for you to do that will help determine what you want your new style to be. I broke it down into 4 mini exercises so by the end you will have a mission statement to help remind you why you started and where you want to be when you finish.

Having a mission statement when starting a big project or new adventure is huge for me. I often have a million tabs open in my brain and get distracted from  my main goal easily especially when I am using a resource like Pinterest. Sometimes I worry my Pinterest board and my reality don't match up,  but with a mission statement I can come back to what I need not what I think the internet whats me to have.

I explain each step I took and then afterwards I will go and show you how I did it as an example.

Here is an example of what I did for the exercise: 
Step One: 1. I feel like I dress like a 12 year old girl. 2. I never know what to buy when I go shopping. 3. I'm tired of having a closet filled with nothing to wear.

Step Two: Effortless, Comfortable Neutral, Feminine, Clean, Uniform, Mono Organized, Simple, Complete, Happy.

Step Three:
-I want a Uniform.
-I want to be able to run around with my little boy and not worry about my clothes.
-I want my closet to be clean and free of clutter.
-I want every piece to serve a purpose.
-All pieces to mix and match together.

Step Four: I took it from the context of someone asking me why I'm doing this project and then said it in the voice of a presidential candidate. Here is my Mission Statement:

To ban spontaneous purchases and over stuffed closets by discovering my true Courtney style. To create a uniform comfortable enough to chase children but still look good as an independent women.
And there you have it a simple activity to help keep you focused. Do it over breakfast tomorrow or tonight before bed, I did the activity in a small journal I carry around with me, that way I can go back anytime and look at my mission statement anytime.

Let me know if you do the acitivity and how it goes. I would love to read your mission statement if you're willing to share or shoot me an e-mail afancydayblog@gmail.com I really do mean when I say I would love to see how you are coming along.


February 26, 2015

Building a Wardrobe// Part 3

It's been a while since the last building a wardrobe post so here is a quick recap. Last thing we talked about was purging your closet. Getting rid of everything you don't wear or wouldn't want in your new wardrobe that exact post can be found here.

Now that you've gone through and purged your closet you can see the holes in your wardrobe and are probably wanting to go out for a massive shopping trip. I wish that was the next step but remember the end goal is having a closet full of pieces that go together to create a certain look and unfortunately that is going to take time. 

So the next thing to do is wait and take the time to research what you want your new wardrobe to look like, not necessarily specific items but just a feel for your new wardrobe. If you did your closet purge correctly you still have quiet a bit of clothing to wear while you decide what you want your wardrobe to be. This has been the hardest part for me because I am attracted to so many different kinds of styles but that is also why this step is so important. It has prevented me from buying random pieces, I am now extremely cautious when picking out new pieces for my wardrobe.

The best way to go about researching your new wardrobe is to use Pinterest. The outfit inspiration is limitless and you're able to keep all that inspiration in one place. I have two boards where I am currently posting outfit ideas. One is called "MAMA WARDROBE" and the other is "STYLE" The mama wadrobe board is more realistic outfits for my day to day life while the style board are outfits I like but wouldn't wear on a daily basis, maybe something I would wear out on a date or a nicer event.

Having two boards helps me to understand the two different roles I need my outfits to play. You don't want the two boards to be totally separate in style and feel thought.  If you took both of your boards and put them together you shouldn't be able to tell that they were ever separate.

Before starting this project I went and reviewed my only fashion board on Pinterest and realized that my fashion board was all over the place. Every outfit was different from the next and there was no consistency in style or feel. I could see how my closet had gotten where it was.

So now when pinning I ask myself if is this a look I think is cute or a look I would actually wear and purchase? If it is something I just find cute I do not pin it anywhere and just keep scrolling. For me this works and helps keep my mind clear of what I actually want verses what I just find appealing. It is natural for us to like many different styles but when creating our own personal wardrobe it is better to keep it realistic as to what we would wear in our real life. This doesn't mean you can't post outfits you think are cute. Just create a separate board for those kind of outfits if you so wish, for me it is easier to not pin them at all.

With pinterest you're basically creating a virtual wardrobe to see if this style you have picked out for yourself is something you would actually wear. It's giving you a testing ground without having to financial commit. When I started doing this wardrobe project I concentrated a lot of my thoughts on my mama wardrobe board, I really wanted to solidife my day to day look first. After a few months I  noticed that everything I had pinned was very plain and almost tomboyish but when I went out shopping those weren't the items I was grabbing for. I realized that I wanted those tomboy elements of comfort in my outfits but to also feel feminine. This was a huge break through for me and by having a board full of realistic inspiration I was able to see what it was that I was really wanting

You can also see if you are pinning something similar over and over, for instance I am always pinning jeans and stripped t's in my mama wardrobe so I know this is a look I am a fan of (so original I know) and when I'm out shopping it helps keep my mind clear as well for what I know I actually want in a wardrobe and what I just find appealing.
 {all from my Pinterest account}
So that is the next step I would took when building your wardrobe. I know that it can be hard to choose a specific style when starting this I had an idea already of what I wanted but I do have a little exercise you can do to help you figure that out. I will post that in my next building a wardrobe post.

I would seriously love to know if anyone is following along with this and actually doing it and how it is going. Please comment and let me know or shoot me an e-mail if you don't like commenting.  afancydayblog@gmail.com


February 21, 2015

2 Minute Hair

I randomly tried this hair out on a whim one day and ended up wearing it like this all last weekend, most of last week and I am currently wearing it as I type this out. It is effortless and takes no time at all, the best part is that it looks great messy so you really don't have to worry about making it look perfect. All you'll need is some dry shampoo (but really that is optional), Bobbi pins, and a hair tie. Enjoy!

February 12, 2015

A Treat for your Sweet

Here is a last minute treat to make for your sweet before the big day on Saturday. I know sugar cookies are nothing new during Valentines Day but I promise you these are not your average run of the mill sugar cookie.

My Mother-In-Law makes the best sugar cookies in the world, and so the story goes that Starbucks themselves offered to buy the recipe from her and sale them in their stores but she declined.  And all you of lucky ducks who have decided it would be a good idea to subscribe to my blog are going to get the famous recipe for Free. I checked with her before posting it to the internet and being the gracious person she is she said "what is mine is yours"

 However there is something in the way she does it that will always make hers superior to others. Mine never taste as good and I even have her rolling pin and kitchen aid and still no dice. You would think some of the magic would slip  out and into my cookies. No.. regardless they are still delicious and fairly easy to make.

The Recipe and tips because I had to learn the hard way what not to do.
Ethel's Sugar Cookies

- 6 tablespoons of Butter
- 6 tablespoons of Crisco
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 /12 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In kitchen aid Cream sugar, Crisco, and butter. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.

In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Add flour to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix until flour is all mixed in. I like to divide the flour mixture into three parts when mixing with the sugar.

I then chill the dough for a few minutes maybe 10-20.

Then I lay out a generous amount of flour on my counter and cover my rolling pin. I pull out small sections of dough and roll slowly. I learned the thicker the dough the better the cookie (but not too thick)

Once you've rolled and cutout that section of dough 3 times it has become too tough and is not worth making a cookie out of. I just go ahead and throw out the small scraps. This is why it is important to only take out a few small sections of dough at a time.

Bake at 400 or 380 for gas ovens for 6-8 minutes. The time really just depends on your oven and how you like your cookies. I've found that 6 to 6 1/2 minutes is the perfect amount of time.