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Minimalist Challenge | Closet Cleaning with Poshmark & The Real Real

During my ongoing Minimalism Challenge I’ve been going through all of my rooms, every closet, and each drawer and cupboard in my apartment, and decluttering my spaces.

I’ve even cleaned out my every day handbag and my standing desk at work!

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While I donated loads of clothing, jewelry, accessories, bedding, towels, and kitchen things to Goodwill {especially after the fires in wine country}, I held onto some of the higher end items to sell. Today I wanted to talk to you about the main two ways that I have sold clothing, jewelry, and accessories during my decluttering projectPoshmark and The Real Real.

Poshmark is a peer-to-peer buying and selling app. Once you create an account, you simply upload a picture of the item you’d like to sell, add details and a price, and list it. Easy peasy.

The types of items range from designer handbags to swimsuits to makeup and skin care. You can find brand new items {NWT = New With Tags} for a fraction of the cost. You can even make offers and bundle items together for discounts.

Selling is just as east as buying – Once an item sells you’re emailed a shipping label, so all you have to do is pack up the item and put it in the mail.

The Real Real is a San Francisco based online consignment shop. I LOVE the website and have bought from them for years – Check out my blog post Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment for more on my love affair.

While with Poshmark you’re setting your own price and talking to buyers yourself, The Real Real takes care of everything. They send you a consignment kit and you mail in the items you’d like to sell. They review them, take what they’re interested in, and send you back the rest. Then they set the prices, photograph the items, list them on the website, and you’re sent your sales on a monthly basis.

If you’d like a hands off approach to selling you unused items, The Real Real is the way to go. One thing to note though is that they only take certain brands, so you need to review their accepted designers list.

What’s YOUR favorite way to get rid of unwanted clutter in your closets?

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Shopping Time | Black Friday Sales

If you’ve ever waited in line for hours or witnessed the utter madness that is Black Friday in stores, you understand my preference for online shopping to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

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Macy’s is NOT messing around. They’re rocking a Black Friday Preview from 11/16-11/21 with an extra an extra 20% off. And that’s not even the main event, which begins 11/22 and goes through 11/25 with the code HURRY. Everything from family pajamas and kitchen essentials to kid’s clothing and killer boots.

The Saks Fifth Avenue sale is something you do not want to miss if you love designer goodies. Up to 40% off their designer selection. They’ve got ladies clothes, shoes, menswear, and handbags all on sale. Run, don’t walk.

You should end the year strong at the gym and prepare for a fit 2018 with all the best Nike gear. EPIC25 gets you 25% off until 11/28. I’m loving these running tights and running shoes.

J. Crew is offering 40% off everything through 11/26 with thanku.

Shopbop is offering 20% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders of $500+, and 30% orders of over $800 at Shopbop from 11/21 to 11/26, plus up to 75% off sale items. And believe me, they’ve got the goods. Leather skirts, over-the-knee boots, and killer jeans – Everything you need for this season.

Topshop has what you need. Up to 50% off and free shipping 11/22 through 11/27. They’ve got great brands like Ivy Park,

Urban Outfitters is living for BOGO. Buy one and get one 50% off through 11/24.

Ann Taylor has 50% off of everything with the code THANKFUL between 11/22 and 11/24. Sweaters and jewelry and ponchos – Oh my!

What’s on YOUR Black Friday shopping list?

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Healthy Habits to Start Now!

Rather than making huge changes and trying to turn things around in a week – Developing a truly healthy routine is about shifting small habits. All the little things add up and are more sustainable than trying to make big, overwhelming changes.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of easy, healthy habits that you can add to your daily or weekly routine TODAY. 🙂

(1) Wear sunscreen. Every day. No matter what. Even if it’s overcast. Even if it’s Winter. Even if you’re not going outside. Wear sunscreen.

(2) Drink water. The more the better. If you can’t make yourself drink it or don’t actually like it, try adding something like these Nuun Hydration Tabs or try coconut water. Increasing your water consumption will improve your skin, help digestion, keep you alert, and even help you sleep. Speaking of…

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(3) Be sure to sleep. Sleep is when your body heals itself and repairs the every day damages we inflict on ourselves. I know it’s hard to put down the phone and it’s hard to de-stress so your mind isn’t spinning, but sleep is non-negotiable. Try starting a relaxing nighttime routine to help ease you into things.

(4) Move it, move it! Working out is great, but even if you don’t have time on a hectic day, at least get in a walk or do 5 minutes of abs on the carpet. Sitting at a desk all day or spending 20 hours chasing kids around is exhausting to be sure, but you still need to give your body a little TLC.

(5) Eat real food. Try to replace some of the processed foods, packaged products, and take-out, with real, whole foods. Don’t overwhelm yourself or try to make huge changes, just slowly start replacing one or two meals a week and slowly increase your real food intake.

What healthy habit are YOU going to add to your routine before 2017 is up?

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Fall & Winter Dresses | Florals, Velvet & More

I’ve been on a mission of late to find some Fall dresses that would look great with tights and boots. I’m a dress girl, but always struggle this time of year with finding the right dresses for staying both warm and seasonally appropriate. The goal? Something moody and dramatic that could work with dark tights and boots. Luckily, I ended up finding some gorgeous bohemian-inspired frocks and pieces with embroidery and velvet that were too good to pass up.

They were all too pretty to keep to myself, so here’s a round-up for all my like-minded ladies out there.

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{McQ by Alexander McQueen // A.L.C. // Roxy // Free People}

What’s YOUR dress style this time of year? Or have you moved on to pants?

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Decluttering | Letting go of your Fantasy Self

With my Minimalism Challenge in full swing, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of the bigger things that I’ve faced. While simplifying my skin care and beauty products was cathartic, some of the other decluttering projects that I’ve tackled have been… More challenging.

Emotional even.

I wasn’t quite prepared to feel those heartstrings tugging when it came to cleaning out my closet. But tug they did. The first pair of designer shoes I ever bought. The handbag that I got at Barneys after getting my very first bonus. The vintage clutch that my grandmother left me when she died. Did I use any of them? Nope. But I found that I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them even though rationally I knew that I didn’t need them.

What I discovered was that there were two categories of items that I had trouble getting rid of during my cleansing project.

The first were items, like the ones I mentioned above, that I had an emotional attachment to. I’m not a very sentimental person, and I don’t tend to hold onto things for the sole purpose of indulging in nostalgia. Ultimately I decided that since I’m not hanging on to yearbooks or prom dresses, I could justify keeping a few things that I had a genuine emotional attachment to even after all the years.

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The second category was something I hadn’t expected. I had a pair of heels that make my legs look miles long and I just knew would look fabulous with any little black dress. The problem? I don’t wear high heels anymore. {Check out –  The Painful Truth about High heels.} I had a divine poison green strappy bodycon cocktail dress from Diane Von Furstenberg. The problem? I don’t wear bodycon styles AND it was at least a size too small. Maybe two. I also had a pair of low riding, boot cut jeans that I bought when I was 21 and living in Italy. The problem? I rarely wear jeans and when I do they are decidedly not boot cut.

So what did all of these items have in common? They were all part of the fantasy life I’d created in my mind for a fantasy version of myself. I was shopping, and holding onto clothing, for a life I don’t lead. And truthfully, probably never will.

Fantasy me likes to show off her curves and isn’t in excruciating pain when she wears heels and loves to rock low slung jeans on weekends. Who knew?

This really changed my perspective on what to keep and what to hold on to.

Do YOU have a fantasy self? If you had to get rid of one thing that you’ve bought for your fantasy self, what would it be?

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