A Look Back at 2017


Goals, Lifestyle

Can you believe it’s already 2018? I still cannot, and don’t know how the time went by so quick. So much has happened in 2017 that it would be a shame not to share and document it. One of the main reasons I love blogging is it’s kind of a personal journal that other people get to read as well. However, it forces me to stay on track, keep it updated and document big milestones like this which I think I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have this blog. Shall we get started?
Highlights of 2017:

1. Made a big move
This year I moved to Charlotte, NC all the way from Boston, MA and it has been the best decision so far. I am loving the weather, people and delicious southern food. I will be posting more about my apartment and places I love since I have only been here for a few months. It was the scariest and the biggest decision of my life, but also one of the best. 

2. Spent a full year with Boone, our Bernese Mountain Dog.

This was exactly 4 months apart (such a cutie)

We got Boone in August, 2016 and it has been a roller coaster with this pup. It was a first time that I ever owned my own dog (puppy at the time). He has brought so much happiness and just daily joy. Even through all of the chewed up shoes, couches, and even my blogging camera – I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like Boone brought me and my boyfriend, Mike, closer together too. We had new responsibilities that we had to share, and of course a new schedule. Whenever people ask me if they should get a dog or a pet, I always say yes. It’s a little tough when they are little but so so worth it.

3. January 5, 2017 was a full year mark of living in Boston. 
It was a lot of fun living in Boston. The convenience of traveling, eating out and shopping is not comparable. Beautiful architecture, fun places and a big mixture of different people has helped me see a new world and get a different perspective. Met so many great people and some that we still stay in touch with as good friends. Boston was a great head start to my career, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. As mentioned before I did move a little after that, but I will never forget Boston. 
2017 has been a big roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. Maybe even more downs than ups, but failures are the best lessons and what truly makes us who we are. I don’t want to go into too much detail as this blog is an “escape” from the real life into this perfectly happy place. However, it is important for me to be real with you guys because there’s nothing I love more than connecting. 
Areas of Improvement from 2017:

I think starting in 2017 I have set so many goals for my self in different aspects of my life that at the end I was spreading my self too thin. I had a full time job, a new puppy, moved to three different place during the year, got promoted, tried to post every day and read over 60 books a year that at the end of the year I realized I haven’t hit my goals. As much as it stings and uncomfortable to talk about, it’s good to reflect and see what worked and what didn’t. 

1. Blogging full time and working full time is a lot of work. I am not complaining as I love both my job and blogging, however, doing both can be overwhelming. I almost never had free time or even a day to just stay at home, unplug, and do nothing. I would try to work 70 hour weeks during the tax season + try to post everyday to Instagram and at least 3 times to my blog. At the end, I ended up burning myself out and not posting anything at all for 2 months out of 2017. Lesson learned is that we need time off and that setting unrealistic goals will lead to burn out. I should have posted less but more consistent. 

2.  I feel like so much time has been wasted on a lot of things that don’t truly matter. Some of them were the comparison game (which is the thief of joy), not accounting time for mindlessly scrolling through social media and emails, and of course spending time on relationships that don’t bring any value or didn’t matter as much. 
3. Setting yearly goals is great, but without quarterly reflections, and even weekly reflections, it’s hard to reach them. The biggest struggle I have with goals is that I hate to change or alter them. If I set a goal to read 60 books a year I would go above and beyond to reach it. Even if it meant losing sleep, having less free time, or eating lunch at my desk. The lesson learned is that it’s okay to change goals or adjust them as you go through the year. Sometimes we don’t account for life changes, and work load. 
This is a really big and unusual post for me, so I will be wrapping it up here. 2017 was a great learning year for me and I will be writing a new “goals for 2018” post here this week. I will make a separate page for it to track my progress so it holds me accountable. I hope this post helps you see that even though I try to portray my Instagram feed and blog to seem always happy and positive, real life is far from that. No one is perfect and we all have our own set of struggles, goals, and improvements. Biggest advice is to not compare yourself to others. It’s a waste of time, and a thief of all joy. Life is happening right here and right now, enjoy it. 
Do you have your 2018 goals set yet? If so, let me know. I would love to hear them. 
Thanks for stopping by, 

January 2, 2018

MUST READ BOOKS IN SEPTEMBER


Books, Lifestyle
These photos are old, I just never posted them. Also, I still had my brunette hair, which do you like more, brunette or blonde?

This month has been extra busy, so I didn’t have as much time to read. However, I do have a list of good books that are a definite must read. Typically, I don’t like reading as much, so when I pick a book it has to be the absolute best book out there. Is that just me? (hope not!)

Any who, below is a small book summary as well as my must read books:

1. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella



When I saw this book in my “recommended” section, I was automatically drawn to their book cover. I know people say don’t judge a book by it’s cover and some times that is true, but not every time. I almost always judge a book by it’s cover. Then I read the summary of the book and I was sold. In today’s day and age where everything revolves around social media and curating the “perfect life”, this book seemed like a breath of fresh air. I did start this book and almost half way in so I will keep you posted when I finish it.

Book summary:

Katie Brenner has the perfect life on the surface: she has an apartment in London (very expensive place to live in), she’s got a glamorous job and a very pleasing Instagram feed.

In reality, it’s a tiny apartment with no space to breath, long and rigorous commute to en entry admin job, and the pleasing Instagram feed is not exactly her real life.

All the stars seem to line up in Katie’s favor until her mega-successful boss Demeter fires her. Devastated, she has to move back home and help her dad with his new glamping business.

When all of a sudden Demeter and her perfect family book in for a holiday, and Katie is so tempted to grab the opportunity. She could either get revenge in Demeter for crushing her dreams or she could try to get her job back? Or perhaps, Demeter doesn’t have such a perfect like and Katie and her have much more in common than it seems.

2. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker 



I didn’t pick this book out, my best friend actually read it first. She said it was hilarious and that I have to read it. I am borrowing the book now and so close to finishing it. I think I have like 2 chapters left. One thing for sure is that this book is absolutely hilarious. From page one you will be laughing and not one chapter that is boring.

Book summary:

Babe Walker is your typical manicured white girl with expensive Louboutins, obsessive smoothie habits, has a mother she’s never met and a large following on Twitter.
Babe Walker is trying to be perfect in every way and every day. But her “problems” have landed her in shopping rehab–that’s what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now her Adderall-induced flash of inspiration motived her to write this memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she’s had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day. Hurdles such as: – I hate my horse.
– Every job I’ve ever had is the worst job I’ve ever had.
– He’s not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince.
– I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic.

3. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter




So this is a true must read book for me as I haven’t read it yet. Also, this wouldn’t be a list without at least one psychological thriller. I don’t know why, but I love them so much. The second I saw this book got released, I knew I need to get my hands on it. The book just sounds like it is similar to The Obsession by Nora Roberts, which was a really good book. I highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. 
Book summary:

“Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…”
This is it for today’s must read books in September. If you have any favorites, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your recommendations. The Obsession by Nora Roberts was actually a recommendation by a sweet reader. I think that’s definitely the best way to find a good book is through recommendations. 
Thanks for stopping by,

September 19, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – 24 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME


Lifestyle, Outfits

This weekend was my birthday, so I thought it would be fun to share 24 things you didn’t know about me. Here we go:

1) I am from Western Massachusetts, and currently residing in Boston.
2) I have a Bernese mountain dog and he’s adorable. He’s only one, so lots of puppy energy.
3) I love traveling. I work a regular 9-5 office job so it’s a bit difficult for me to travel a lot, but whenever I do get a chance I love tropical locations.
4) I went to Umass Amherst and majored in accounting.  Our Masters program has been rated the number one grad business school in Boston. 
5) I work for a public accounting firm, and have been for almost two years now.
6) I love people and being around people. But I am an introvert, so sometimes I have to force myself to meet new people. 
7) I discovered my love for fashion only a few years ago. I have always been a “girly” girl, but I have never really focused on it as I am right now with the blog. 
8) I have hazel eyes and natural dirty blonde hair.
9) I hate long car rides, so road trips are not really my thing.
10) I love reading, specifically psychological thrillers (e.g. Gone Girl) or a good comedy.
11) I am a Virgo, so yes being picky and critical is second nature to me. I have an excellent attention to detail (hence the accounting degree). I am very tidy, and love organizing, love to do lists, and having clear goals. 
12) I am more of a girls night in, rather than a girls night out kind of girl.
13) My dream is to live some place warm and coastal one day. I cannot wait to buy a beach house.
14) I am very ambitious, and never start a project unless I am 100% passionate about it.
15) I love blogging and while it may seem obvious, I truly do. Hearing your feedback, answering questions, putting outfits together, is my favorite activity.
16) I love seafood. Enough said haha, I love anything from shrimp to oysters.
17) Horrible at cardio, and I just started using 5K app to help me improve my cardio. Has anyone used that app? I love it, the first time I ran a whole mile, it was the best feeling ever.
18) I rarely eat pizza, maybe 2-3 times a year. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza, just rarely get a chance to eat it.
19) I am generally a pretty healthy eater. I love eating healthy because it makes me feel good, and gives me more energy.
20) Never struggled with teen acne. I know #blessed and many of you probably hate me for that now, but I just never had it. Now as an adult, I do get occasional break out and I absolutely have no idea on how to deal with it.
21) I also never wore braces. I think I am getting this from my dad, he’s always had perfect teeth.
22) I rarely watch TV, but when I get a chance my go to are thrillers, comedy and reality shows.
23) I hate cooking and that does contradict with healthy eating a bit, but I just dislike the process of cooking. I do cook a lot, but it just takes me so darn looong.
24) Favorite dessert: ice cream.

Hope you got to know be a little better and I would love to know one thing about you in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,

August 29, 2017

YOUR ULTIMATE COLLEGE SHOPPING LIST


Lifestyle, School, Tips

Are you starting college this semester? Moving to a dorm or your school apartment? Then this is the post for you. When I was moving away to college I was clueless at what I would need and forgot so many essentials. I have moved so many times from then, that I think I got it down to science. This college shopping checklist is very general and includes only the essentials that you will need. So, let’s jump in.

I have linked all the items on the list to make it easy for you. Of course, depending on your interests and the budget these items will vary. However, Amazon has got almost everything you will need at an affordable price point.

If you haven’t tried yet, sign up for Amazon Prime Student. It will help you save a ton of money and the two day shipping is extremely helpful. I have done an extensive research on each item to make sure you are getting the best deal out there. Most of these items I own myself or have owned during college. 

The Ultimate College Shopping List 

For a printable version of this list, scroll to the bottom. 

FOR THE BED                                                                                                                                                

  •  Mattress pad  – here
  •  Blanket – here
  •  Bed sheets – here
  •  Sleeping pillow – here
  •  Decorative pillows – here, and here 
  •  Mattress protector – here
  •  Comforter – here

FOR THE CLOSET
  • Scarf hanger 
  • Shirt hangers – here
  • Pant hangers – here
  • Shoe organizer – here
  • Jewelry organizer – here
  • Fabric steamer – here
FOR THE DESK
FOR THE ROOM
  •   Full size mirror – Target, or Homegoods 
  •   Cute rug – here
  •   Drawer liners – here
  •   Laundry hamper – here
  •   Favorite Chair
  •   TV
  •   Trash Can
  •   Mini fan
  •   Mini ottomans
  •   Extra storage drawers – here
  •   Organizing bins – here
  •   Wall calendar – here
FOR THE BATHROOM
  • Hand towels
  • Face towels
  • Bath towels
  • Shower caddy – here
  • Bath robe
  • Mouth wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Face cleanser – here
  • Face exfoliator – here
  • Lip balm – here (so good, I use everyday)
  • Face wipes – here
  • Face masks
  • Moisturizer – here
  • Body wash – here
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving cream/oil
  • Razor
  • Leave in conditioner
  • Hair Detangler – here
  • Hair mask – here
  • Hair comb & brush – here
  • Straightener
  • Curling iron
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair ties
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain – here (I have the same one) 
  • Shower curtain hooks – here
FOR THE KITCHEN
  • Coffee mugs
  • Bowls
  • Drinking glasses
  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Mac & cheese
  • Snacks
  • Ice cream
  • Cooking oil
  • Microwaveable tupperware
  • Microwaveable soup bowls
  • Coffee maker – here
  • Microwave (if needed)
  • Dish detergent
  • Hand soap
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Cupcake pan
  • Oven mitts
  • Kitchen towels
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Saran wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Paper towels
  • Knifes
  • Water 
FOR SCHOOL
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Favorite planner
  • Graph paper
  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Three hole puncher
  • White-out
  • Post-It notes
  • Flash cards
  • Laptop
  • Microsoft package
  • Favorite books
  • Printing paper
  • Flash drive
  • Organizing bins
FOR YOU
  • Pain medicine
  • Cold medicine
  • Contacts
  • Allergy medicine
  • Stomach medicine
  • First aid box
  • Band-aids
  • Eye drops
  • Deodorant
  • Foundation
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow
  • Feminine products
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover – here
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
OTHER
  • Power strip
  • Headphones
  • TV cable
  • Netflix
  • Camera
  • Extension cord
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lint roller
  • Umbrella
  • Lock
  • Dryer sheets
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Storage bins
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Plastic hooks
  • Weekender bag
  • ID wallet – here
  • Key chain
  • Backpack

I know this list is long, so I made a printable version of the entire list. To get yours, sign up here. I really hope this helps, and if you have any questions please comment below or shoot me an email.

Thanks for stopping by,



August 7, 2017

BLUE AND WHITE STRIPE DRESS


Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfits

Blue and White Striped Dress | Wedges | Pineapple Clutch | Necklace (back in stock) | Earrings

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing this gorgeous blue and white striped OTS dress. I think the stripes really make it preppy and I like the little straps that tie into a small bow. Just makes it looks so feminine and flirty. Also, you guys really liked my pineapple clutch when I posted in on Instagram. It’s also very affordable and linked above. Currently trying to pick an outfit for the fourth of July festivities. We are going to a backyard lobster cookout so I want to wear something cute, yet comfortable. Do you guys have any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!

June 28, 2017

TORY BURCH SEMI ANNUAL SALE


Fashion, Lifestyle, Work

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

Hi guys! Just wanted to quickly let you know that Tory Burch is having a semi annual sale that starts now. Use code: EXTRA30 for an additional 30% off sale items. Cheers and happy shopping 🙂 I am currently on their website, checking out if I find anything else. Will you be shopping the Tory Burch Semi Annual Sale?

Thanks for stopping by!

June 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW…


Books, Fashion, Lifestyle

So I haven’t done a ton of reading this year, but I did stumble upon some pretty good books that I think you might enjoy as well. The three of my favorites are listed below and they are different genres so you will have plenty to choose from.

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank 
Fiction

Summary:

This book is focused on people whose lives are changing  – a retired history professor, Nick is moving to Sullivan Islands, SC with his wife Olivia. Olivia is an established interior designer in NYC and a lot younger than her husband. Long ago she promised to move to SC with Nick for his retirement and now comes the time to hold her part of the promise. She’s struggling to find business in a new market and a new place. In hopes of finding new business and keep their financial situation afloat, Olivia decides to accept an invitation to Bob’s son’s wedding.

As Olivia and Nick go on this trip, they both get exposed to the billionaire lifestyle that Bob is living with his wife, Maritza. Each relationship unfolds in the most unexpected ways, shining the light on some true love stories and deep relationships.

Thoughts:

I never read a book by this author so I was a little skeptical at first. I am a very picky reader. I only love reading if I am interested in a book and if I am a little bord I tend to leave the book behind. However, this book kept my attention through every chapter. It’s one of those books you start reading and just want more and more if it.

I would say it’s a great quick read and  thought provoking book. The author does a great job at describing each character and developing their personalities. When you are reading it, it feels like you are part of their world. However, the book almost has nothing to do with the Sullivan Islands in South Carolina. Majority of the book is about this billionaire Bob and his group of friends who are incredibly rich. I would say most of the characters were really unlikable and a little hard to relate to. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters, but Maritza was my favorite. Her innocent attempt at keeping Bob happy and sharing her marriage problems with her interior designer definitely helped develop a soft spot for her. However, the character I connected to a little was probably Olivia, a New York interior designer. I really liked the way she looked at different situations throughout the book and couldn’t help but notice her wisdom.


Two by Two by Nicolas Sparks 
Romance, Fiction

Summary:

Russel Green (Russ) seems to have it all together. A stunning house, gorgeous wife, beautiful and loving daughter, and a respectable job. Everything seems perfect on the surface until things start going south one after another. Russ cares very deeply about his family and in just about the matter of a few months he loses all of it. The new journey is terrifying, yet rewarding.

Thoughts: 

This book is very sad for the most part, and I am going to be honest and say that I may have cried a few times while reading it. Some of the chapters are just filled with so much emotion and love, that they fly by. However, the story did start out a little slow. Almost half way into the book I was a little bored and didn’t quite want to finish it. Then the pace picked up a little and things started to make a lot more sense. There’s also a few plot twists that I did not see coming in the least, but most of the book is pretty predictable. This book is a bit long so it’s not much of a quick read, but it will make you feel good when you finish it.

The Circle by Dave Eggers 
Science Fiction 

Summary:

Mae Holland is hired to work at the Circle, the most powerful internet company. This campus is nothing you have seen before, they have incredible benefits with healthcare, lunch and activities for employees. Mae feels she’s given an opportunity of a lifetime and tries to prove that she’s worth it. Her professional and private life become more and more public (transparent) to the world and she feels that she’s doing the right thing. This novel quickly puts you on the edge with so many unanswered questions about memory, privacy, history and limits of human knowledge.

Thoughts:

Saving best for last. If you read or watched the Maze Runner, I think you will like this book as well. The whole book is about The Circle, world’s most powerful and biggest internet company. It is easy to imagine something like this happening in the real world, and parts of it are already happening. The whole transparency thing freaked me out and I couldn’t help but think of Snapchat and Instagram stories whenever the author brought up privacy issues. The ending of this book was not what I expected, but it sure did have a twist.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what your favorites are!

June 12, 2017

GETTING PERSONAL …


Fashion, Lifestyle, Personal, Work

Hi guys! It has been while since I posted here or on any of my social media. I have still been liking and responding to your comments, I just haven’t posted anything on my end. Below is the post that is getting personal with you, so let’s get started!

So what have I been up to?

Well, actually a lot. Don’t know where to start from but I will start with the fact that I just finished my third tax season (busy season). For those of you who don’t know what it means, let me explain.

Tax season or busy season is referred to the time frame from January through mid or end of April where the work load is insane. I work in public accounting, specifically in the real estate industry and governmental filings. I DON’T do taxes, but it doesn’t mean I am not busy. I am on the assurance team, so most of my time is spent auditing financial statements. I know it sounds boring, so I am gonna stop rambling about it.

Second, I just moved. It’s the same building that I lived in before and very similar outlay of the rooms. Promise, you guys won’t even notice a difference.

Third, I have been trying to catch up with friends and family after surviving the busy season. So every weekend I would schedule as much time with them as possible.

Why did you stop blogging? 

I guess there’s no easy answer to this question. I stopped blogging for one reason, and continued not blogging for another reason. You know how they say, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? Well, that’s exactly what kept me from blogging for longer.

So it all started like this. I thought I would plan some posts for you guys in advance. Wake up earlier on weekend (which is when I get all my work done) and shoot extra content. However, as I go closer to the February timeline, it became merely impossible as I was working more than 75 hours a week at my day job. Yes that is Saturdays and Sundays included. So between having to work a crazy schedule, commuting for close to an hour and a half one way every day, blogging was no longer an option for me.

After I completed the tax season, I was a little hesitant with going back to blogging. I felt like that break gave me some time off. It may seem so easy and effortless, but in reality blogging a lot of work behind the scenes. So as I was hesitant I still  kept active with all my comments, emails and DM questions. I liked back and commented back. And as I was staying engaged I noticed that I started comparing myself to the other bloggers sooo much. Especially the full time bloggers. So I started criticizing my content in such a ridiculous way. “Oh this photo could use a little more lighting,” or “uh, my smile looks soo fake, why did I smile this way.” As I continued doing it, it put me in this slump. I didn’t want to post my photos because I didn’t think they were good enough, and maybe not but I had fun making them. I didn’t want to stay engaged online because I started thinking, well what if I say the wrong thing. This just continued with the snowball effect.

Getting personal 

So this past weekend when I was out with a friend, she asked me the same question as many of you have asked. “Why did you stop blogging?” I couldn’t give her a straight answer. There was so much involved I didn’t know how to explain it. So as I told her the story, she told me that I was just comparing myself to others too much and that I was being too hard on myself. I didn’t think that at the moment and quickly changed the conversation. However, when I started thinking about our conversation again, I knew she was right. So, as hard as it is and as unsure as I am writing this post, I am really looking forward to this new and exciting chapter.

Future plans
As I am typing this I don’t have much scheduled for you guys. Yep, I will be honest and put it out there. I don’t have anything planned because just getting this post out is very making me want to cringe. But I know if I post this and it is public then I will just have to get back into the grind. I am going to try to post as often as possible, so stay tuned. Will be going on vacation for memorial day weekend – lots of fun posts coming your way 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Tanya

May 8, 2017

5 Fashion Resolutions for 2017


Fashion, Lifestyle, Organization
Boots | Herringbone Vest (under $40) | White Top | Jeans | Necklace | Tory Burch Bag 

Happy Wednesday! So this past Friday I posted the very first series of my weekly favorites. These booties were on the list and I couldn’t wait to get them in the mail. The second I opened the package, I fell in love with them. They are so slimming and flattering that I think I will wear them on repeat. These boots make my legs look long and I can’t wait to share more looks with you guys. I think this is a great Sunday brunch outfit, or just lunch with your girl friends kind of outfit. The colors are subtle and work great in the winter time.

So now on to the good stuff – fashion resolutions for 2017. I think we all have our perfect wardrobe pinned somewhere on Pinterest, and every time you pin it you say you will make your closet look that way one day. So now is a great time to set your fashion resolutions and actually stick to them. This year I decided to set these simple goals that I would be able to follow and hopefully inspire you.

1. Organize

This is a tough one for me because I live in an apartment, so I have very limited space. My closet is a mess right now, well at least in my world it is a mess. I would love to organize it better so that I know what I have on hand and what I need to purchase. I currently don’t have a shoe organizer either, so I am hoping to buy a nice, big shelf to store all my shoes. Right now, they are just simply sitting in the boxes or neatly lined up by the wall. Not ideal – so we are going to work on that.

I used to have a lot more clothes than now, but did a huge clean out last year. This year I was so busy between searching for the perfect work outfit to scavenging cute pieces for the blog posts that it came to a state of excess and overabundance. I think first thing is first – prioritize.

a. Prioritization is the KEY

Don’t try to clean out your entire closet at the same time. It’s exhausting and often times hard to make a decision. How would you know if you will wear this white dress in the summer when it’s low 20’s outside (haha gotta love New England). So what I am going to do is start with each season and work with one section at a time. For example, it’s January now so I will focus on Winter and Spring pieces.

b. If I were currently shopping, would I buy this piece?

It maybe a harsh truth, but most of the time you would say no. That is because at the time it may have been cute and looked really good. However, with time our style evolves and so should our wardrobe. There’s a reason you wouldn’t wear what you wore in high school. Your style has changed, so it’s okay to change your wardrobe.

c. Does it fit right?

If you haven’t worn something for a while, you can’t be confident that it still fits you right. Now I am not talking about weight. Often times clothes shrink due to temperature change, numerous washes and dries that your clothes simply change its shape. That cute top you were last year could now be too short or too long. Do you see what I mean? So, before saying yes or no just try it on and see if it still fits you the right way.

Last year, my best friend and I did a huge clean out of my closet. I can’t even put this into words of how helpful it is to have your bestie help you out with this task or sister, mom, cousin, etc. She will be really honest with you, so if she says that piece does not work anymore – I can guarantee it probably doesn’t. After all, she’s your best friend and will tell you the truth.

2.  Buy More Quality Less Quantity

I think this one goes hand in hand with the previous point. Buying lower quality clothing means they won’t last you as long. I don’t mean only to look for brand names because sometimes brand names don’t have that great of a quality for each of their products. Yes, majority of their clothing will be, but not all of it. I would mention a few things you should definitely buy that is quality: jeans, bags and sometimes shoes. Those are the essentials and if you have quality items you won’t need as many of them. The reason I say this is because good designer jeans will fit you right the first time, same goes for shoes. They will look great on and you will be able to tell a difference. I am a true believer in quality bags which is why I love investing in the pieces I absolutely love. Not only will they last me forever, but I will love them forever. These are some of my favorites, here and here (I own a similar Tory Burch Tote).

What to do with the clothes you don’t want?

Depending on the item’s value you can go with different options. If it’s a designer item and could be resold for a reasonable price I suggest Ebay, Poshmark or Playto’s Closet (my friend introduced me to this one). Use Ebay if you have a price-y item. For example, if you are selling your Kate Spade wallet, sell it on Ebay because you will get the most of it. Use Poshmark if you are selling a cute and somewhat of a quality item. For example if I am selling my Lululemon leggings I would sell them on Posh. They do take a huge commission off every item you sell , so it’s not beneficial to sell high cost items. Now for the rest of the stuff that is not stained and no holes – Playto’s Closet. Usually I don’t have much luck with getting the best value for my items, so I only bring the stuff that I would otherwise donate or give away. It’s a fun and easy way to sell your clothes, and you get instant money back.

3. Take Advantage of the Sales

Most of the full price items always go on sale. This is why it’s a great idea to spot an item and then keep checking back until it gets discounted. This is how I got these super cute booties for under $90. I loved them since they came out and waited until they went on sale. Funny story is that I missed the sale twice, and was really upset that I didn’t get them. Last time they got restocked and went on sale, my boyfriend actually bought them for me. So happy they are mine now, they are definitely a staple item.

4. Versatile vs One Time

Trendy items often go out of style before you know it. On other occasions there are pieces that you would only wear once. For example, I feel like most of the Christmas clothes are like that. You wear it once, take pictures with your family and friends, and then you can’t wear it again next year or simply don’t want to. This is always a hard pill to swallow because the cutest Christmas clothes are usually at Vineyard Vines and J.Crew ($$$). So when buying these items I try to make sure they are as versatile as possible to ensure that I can wear them at least a few times.

5. Love it

How often do you go to the store, buy a cute top or bottoms, then get home and you don’t like it? Can we all agree that this happens more often than we want it to? I have this happen to me all the time, at least with one or two pieces I buy, I will have to return. So this year I am really going to focus on buying only the items that I love. Sometimes, just give it a few days and take another look at it. It could be the lighting or your mood but if you are still questioning if you should keep the items after a few days – don’t buy it.

What are some of your favorite way to keep your closet clean and organized? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

xoxo,

Tanya 
January 19, 2017

The Cutest Winter Outfit


Fashion, Lifestyle

J.Crew Necklace | J.Crew white Jeans | Charles David Heels | Tory Burch Robinson Tote
| RedDressBoutique Sweater

Hi guys! thanks for stopping by. Usually this time of year it is hard to pick any winter outfits. As promised here’s the post of this gorgeous, bell sleeve sweater. It is makes a great winter outfit and super easy to dress up or dress down. The quality is great for the price and it is sooo soft. The color is just right,  and looks very high quality. I haven’t washed it yet since I only wore it once, but I think it will stay the same color and shape. It is very true to size and not too stretchy. So if you wanted more of a baggy look, size up. I loved pairing it with these white jeans because it makes the color pop.

Oh and J.Crew is having a 50% online only today. You can get my necklace for less than $30!!!

Have a great rest of your week:)

xoxo,
Tanya

January 12, 2017