TEN TIPS FOR FALL SHOPPING

TEN TIPS FOR FALL SHOPPING

October 1, 2017

Alright, so I love fall. To defend my “basic girl” tendencies it is the season of my birthday, warm drinks, fairs, and scary movies. Can you really blame me?

It’s also the season of sweaters and boots, family, and pre-Christmas shopping. I always feel the urge to buy a ton of sweaters, scarves, and other warm things to prepare for the season, even though the temps don’t drop here in Georgia until January (MAYBE). But I’m the fearless gal that will wear suede boots in 85 degree weather because it IS Autumn, after all.

Going into a new season can be daunting when you’re trying to keep your closet as minimal as possible. Since this is my first fall season as a minimalist trying to keep shopping at bay, I thought I would send some tips your way to inspire you to spend more consciously and purchase pieces that you will love and wear on repeat for the season.

  1. Set a Limit. Give yourself a set amount of things you can buy for yourself this season and stick to it.
  2. Make a List. Sit down, look over Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds that inspire you. Even better, if you know what store’s you’re going to, take a look at their online inventory and make note of the items that stick out to you. This will keep you from being overwhelmed when you’re in the store and focused on the pieces that really speak to you, not impulse buys.
  3. Give Yourself a Reward. Once you’ve set your limit and stuck to your list, set aside money each week and buy yourself something real fancy that will make yourself feel like a superstar. OR if you’re still wanting to maintain the minimalist vibe and realize you’re good with what you’ve got, then treat yo self to a fancy dinner, concert, or something that will really add value to your life that you’ve been putting off.
  4. Pick a Color Palett. To make sure your new wardrobe contains pieces that you can mix and match all season long, set a color pallet that inspires you and makes you feel confident af wherever you are.
  5. Buy Secondhand. So maybe you’re not interested in minimizing your wardrobe or you’re interested in shifting your style. A great way to save money and experiment with new styles and pieces is to buy secondhand. My favorite places to shop previously loved items is the Poshmark app (where I sell my clothes, too) and The Real Real. These sites are great because they save you money and you aren’t contributing to fast fashion.
  6. ALWAYS Try It On. You should be picky about everything you buy and refuse to “make it work” if something fits slightly off. You should feel amazing in everything you put on, so trying prospective clothing items on is a MUST. If you absolutely love something that doesn’t fit quite right, then consider shelling out additional cash to get it tailored. If it’s a piece you absolutely love then it will be worth it.
  7. Give Yourself Time. Don’t try to get all your shopping done in just a few hours on a Saturday (but if you can be that efficient, you do you). Go at a time when you can really look at everything and try things on. Sometimes if you’re on the fence about an item it helps to leave the store and see if you’re still thinking about it later. If yes, it may be worth the purchase. If no, then you can leave it and spend your hard earned money on a piece you will obsess over.
  8. Think About Wear-Ability. Consider whether this piece will go with other things in your closet. As a rule of thumb, I always think about 5 different ways I can wear a piece. If I can’t wear it that many ways, then I don’t buy it.
  9. Save Your Money! Check sites like RetailMeNot and ShopItToMe to check sales and coupons. You should always look for quality but if you could save an extra 20%, why not?
  10. Don’t Underestimate Accessories. Adding accessories is an easy way to update your favorite outfits. You can also use them to experiment with trends that you’re unsure about. Accessories are also typically less expensive and take up less space, so they’re a small closet dream!

I hope you found some use out of these tips and they can help you prepare a little better for shopping this season!

What tips do you live by to keep from over-spending and keeping a small closet when it comes to a new season?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

GRAY LINEN TOP DIY

GRAY LINEN TOP DIY

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This top was one of my first official sewing projects and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out! The pattern came from Style Arc, an Australian company with modern patterns that are fairly simple to make. You can buy it here on Amazon. Here are my tips if you plan to make this top (this could apply to other Style Arc patterns as well):

  • If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend picking a fabric that is easy to work with, like this gray linen.
  • The interfacing/fuse (a thin white fabric that you iron or sew onto your existing fabric to give it more structure) really made all the difference. Sometimes I skip that part in patterns but this one I would recommend you taking the extra time!
  • This pattern will come with all sizes in a certain range, so you have to cut along the dotted lines in your size which can be tedious.
  • The patterns on Amazon come in regular paper, not the thin tissue paper you may be used to seeing which is great for future durability of the pattern.
  • The instructions are sparse for someone new to sewing and they aren’t visual like I prefer, so there was a bit of guess and check involved with this top to get it right.

All in all this wasn’t my best project but it was one of my first so I thought I would share it with you! I learned a lot from sewing this simple top and I would highly recommend checking out Style Arc Patterns if you are thinking about sewing your own clothes.

What’s your favorite DIY piece you’ve made?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

Top: Style Arc Pattern | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bag: Lo & Sons Necklace: J Crew (Old) | Ring: Morocco

DIY Floral Wrap Skirt

DIY Floral Wrap Skirt

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This outfit was really fun to shoot because I actually made this skirt from this tutorial from Elizabeth Bryson on Youtube. It was a fairly easy sewing project (I still consider myself very much a beginner) and it took approximately 4 hours of careful work. Recommendations for this skirt if you plan to make one:

  • Try to draft a pattern first if you can. Thankfully I got some extra fabric so I was still able to make the skirt, but I originally measured incorrectly and the skirt came together just below my crotch. Nope, not ok.
  • I’m not entirely sure where I went wrong with the waist-tie measurements, but one tie came out muuuuch longer than the other. Because my fabric has a vibrant pattern it’s hard to tell, but it bugs me a little. My tie on the left side of the skirt goes through a button hole on the right side of the skirt, and then I wrap that tie around the back of my waist to make sure the skirt is secure. So next time I will make the tie opposite the button hole longer.
  • Don’t use a satin-like material. Unless you’re brave or ignorant, like me. The roll hem was tough with this material and it isn’t very pretty when you look closely. Not a huge issue since most people are like “wow! what a nice pattern and cute skirt!” and less like “omg, did you see that rolled hem? Just terrible.” I would recommend a jersey-type material in the future (which I definitely may do) which is overall easier to work with. I just couldn’t resist this pattern though. The colors! The butterflies!
  • Not ideal for windy places. This skirt comes apart big time when it comes to wind. I was walking down a flight of stairs and boom, less glamorous Marilyn Monroe moment. It’s just something to be aware of but not a deal-breaker for me.

Anyway, I was pretty pleased with how this project turned out. Did I mention I also sewed a pin in the waistband so I can’t really get it out? Yeah, I did that. You live and you learn. This skirt was pretty easy with some good planning and I always get a ton of compliments on it and it’s always more satisfying to say “Thanks! I MADE it!” It’s also satisfying to know it wasn’t made in a sweatshop, so whatever your motivation is works for me.

I will be updating the blog with more sewing projects soon and sharing what I learned. Do you have any favorite simple sewing projects?

XO

Kasey

Top: Tobi | Skirt: Tutorial, fabric JoAnn | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bag: Lo & Sons | Earrings: American Eagle (similar)

WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY

WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY

September 5, 2017

Too Polished White After Labor Day

Too Polished White After Labor Day

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I love the color white. It is so beautiful and simple and it goes with everyone and just about everything. So Labor Day being a thing of the past this year will not stop me from wearing these comfortable and perfect white shorts from Old Navy (but really, has it ever stopped me?). Who knew Old Navy had such great basics? Not me.

I love halter top type pieces because I really like my shoulders and they make me feel so confident. This chambray piece fits wonderfully and goes with anything. One downside to this top is that it has a tendency to wrinkle (as you can see from some of the photos) but that’s not a big deal to me.

This Lo & Sons bag though! I may have to do a separate post just about it. It is the perfect cognac color, and has so many pockets for me to organize my things. The leather is so incredibly soft and its simple design goes well for casual and more fancy outfits.

Top: Old Navy (no longer available) | Shorts: Old Navy | Sandals: Steve Madden | Purse: Lo & Sons | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Do you wear white after Labor Day?

XO

Kasey

FIVE TIPS FOR CARRYING LESS

FIVE TIPS FOR CARRYING LESS

September 4, 2017

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You know that girl that you see struggling walking into work/school/wherever with a huge bag of stuff? “Wow, she looks really prepared and on top of things!” said no one ever.

My mom (bless her heart) is the most comical example of this. She always has 2 large bags full of things that come with her wherever she goes, and that doesn’t include her purse. Once I was wrapping a gift in the car (there’s obviously work to do on my end) and I said “Do you have scissors?” “Yeah!” my mom responded. Then I asked “Do you have tape?” to which my mom delightfully said “Yep! Got that too!”

Even if you feel less prepared, having less stuff with you will make you look more prepared. I have never been in a meeting with a manager, director, or above that walked in with a heavy bag, struggling to find a pen or something to write on. These people take the time to plan and have only what they need – nothing more, nothing less.

Carrying less is a constant state of accountability and reevaluation. I have to be mindful of everything I carry with me because it does influence my attitude and behaviors, even if marginally at times.

Not to mention the physical stress of carrying too much stuff puts on my body, but the mental frustration of looking for something like keys or a pen is absolutely unnecessary. You don’t need that in your life.

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What’s in my bag:

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Teletie Hair Tie
  3. Pain Medicine Travel Size
  4. Mints or Gum
  5. Compact Mirror (I just don’t feel like I can always trust my front cam on my phone)
  6. Moleskine Notebook for Meetings
  7. Pen
  8. Phone
  9. Cardholder Wallet
  10. Headphones
  11. Car key
  12. Lipstick
  13. Lip Balm (This is great for dry lips!)
  14. Emergency Tampon
  15. Apartment Keys (on the handy purse tether)
  16. Work Badge

These items are pretty constant in my bag. I try to take a minute before I leave the apartment for the day and before I come home to think about what I will need to take with me and if there is anything I can do without.

This type of change may seem small, but if you’re trying to learn how to live with less and can’t quite part with having a lot of things with you at once, this could be a good place to start. The feeling of less is contagious – and you might just feel the need to spread it to other areas of your life!

 

Here are some tips to keep your closest companion clutter-free day-to-day:

  1. Don’t hoard receipts. Unless you need them for taxes or an alibi (I don’t know your life).
  2. Carry a smaller bag. Pretty self-explanatory right? Smaller bag, less stuff. Make this a temporary challenge if you’re nervous about it.
  3. Write out or keep track of the things you use on the daily. I’ll let you pick what your frequency threshold is, but if you’re a planner this will help you be organized and confident in the things you carry with you at any moment. Keeping track of the items you use and how often you use them will help you mentally panic less during those “what if” thoughts as you remove unnecessary items.
  4. Go Digital. Put things on your phone that you may need throughout the day or in the future. Putting appointments on your calendar with reminders will help you reduce the business card overflow in your bag. This also works great for the grocery list you will inevitably forget. If you don’t want to type the items out, you can always take pictures!
  5. Evaluate your “Just in Case” items. You may find that these items would fall into the category of scissors and tape for the purposes of wrapping a gift. Go through your bag and if the thought “just in case…” goes through your mind try to live without it for a couple of days. I know the emergency tampon is an actual example of this BUT 1) emergency tampon is tiny and 2) I don’t want to live with the risk of not having an emergency tampon. Choose what’s important to you.

 

At the end of the day, the things you carry with you do make an impact on your life. This may take a little work (or a lot, if you’re like my mom) but you can do it because I believe in you. There are a ton of things to stress about, and your purse should not be one of them.

Do you have any extra tips for carrying a lighter purse?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

Purse: Lo & Sons