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Hey, Happy Friday! Well I’m 18 days into my Living With Less challenge and I thought I would give you an update on how things are going! Surprisingly things are going really well. I have had a few moments where I felt weak but I got through them, praise God. I have only been to target once in 18 days and I’m telling you it must be a record.

Unsubscribing to a lot of the stores I get emails from really helped. For the most part I haven’t gone into stores except the grocery store. Well maybe the Rack one time but I only gave Matt some ideas on what to get me for Christmas :). I was telling Matt the old me would have probably bought this amazing leopard jacket I saw on my Nordstrom card. But I don’t have the card anymore and so that wasn’t even an option. As silly as this sounds it was really hard for me to cut up that card. I feel great about it now but at the time it wasn’t easy. It weirds me out that it was that hard for me to do. I think it shows what power “stuff” had over me and what being current or trendy meant to me to. Don’t get me wrong I am all about being current and trendy because I love fashion but not at the price I was paying for it.

I have a feeling I’m not alone in this so I’m just going to say it because I try and be transparent but it’s still a little scary/sad to admit. But when I would buy something on that Nordstrom card I knew I shouldn’t and that it was wrong so I would hide it from Matt. I would leave it in my car or tuck it back in the closet. Well, there I said it. Hiding anything from your spouse is wrong but yet I did it. I’m happy to say I won’t be doing that anymore.

I recently read Rachel Cruz’s book Love Your Life Not Theirs and it really influenced my decision to cut up that card and stop all spending for a month. She has such great insight into the comparisons that are hard to face in this social media culture. Something she said in the comparison chapter really stuck with me.

“Comparisons will not only steal our joy but our paychecks as well. If we don’t get comparison living under control we will constantly spend money just trying to keep up.”

All I wanted to do was give an update on my Living With Less experiment and here I am oversharing and confessing. I hope this helps someone out there who might be stuck in the same situation I was, spending money I didn’t have so I could be relevant, cool or on trend.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

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Hey Everyone, Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the first Q & A with my Stylist Sis in Law Kate. How many of you went out and got a storage bin for under your bed? It seriously is the best way to organize your seasonal clothes.

The rest of these questions are geared towards specific styles and it will really help if you know your body type. Here is a great quiz I found that will help you figure out what your body type is Shop Your Shape. If you haven’t done this I really recommend it. It is so liberating to know what shape you are and then own it! Seriously shopping will be so much better because you know what flatters you. Fyi I am a pear 🙂

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Q: What are your top 5 practical wardrobe essentials for everyday wear.
A: For the fall:
-black skinnies
-flat ankle boots (blk brown or grey)
-over-sized v-neck tee-shirt (white blk or grey)
-a leather (or textured) jacket (any color you want!)
-a short necklace, simple cuff, with a statement ring
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Q: How do you wear a light jean men’s dress shirt?
A: I like to call this a chambray shirt! and I try to wear it differently every time
For the fall, my favorite way to wear it is open, over a loose tank, with skinny jeans and flat ankle boots. It can also be more feminine paired with a fall floral, or more 70’s tucked into something high waisted.
Q: What’s the best way to wear a long vest?
A: It depends on your body type! If you’re petite, pair it with heels (heeled booties preferably). You don’t want it to overwhelm you, you want it to elongate you. If you’re an hourglass, don’t be afraid to belt it; if you’re a pear, wear it sleeveless in the transition months so we can obsess over your great arms and shoulders, and if you’re a rectangle, you can wear it however you want because its perfect for you (but skinnies and flat boots would be perfect)
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Q: What are some flattering outfits for hippier girls?
A: I call the “hippier” girls a pear. Lauren Conrad is a great example of a true pear shape. Pears should always show their waist. Belts are your best friend; Don’t be afraid of high waisted bottoms as long as you put them with heels.
must haves: A-line Dresses, flare denim, strong shoulder blazers, flowy maxi dresses and skirts, nude heels to elongate your legs, heeled ankle boots that fit loosely around the ankle.
Avoid: shirt dresses, excess material from hips, fitted tops hitting at hips and boxy cuts that do not accent your waist.
Q: What jean recommendations do you have for women with curves that are still stylish?
A: Best brands I’ve found that fit well (this list also goes in order from low to high price points):
Kut from the Kloth
Blnck NYC
Cheap Monday
J Brand
Mother Denim
I hope you all enjoyed this interview! Thank you so much Kate for taking the time and sharing your secrets with us.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved to shop including but not limited to clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry oh and makeup, I knew I almost forgot something. Even though I feel like I have a good handle on my personal style and how to shop for my body type when I need help or have questions with styling I turn to my sis in law Kate. She has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years and let me tell you she knows her stuff.

First of she will make you feel like a million dollars just being around her. Her authenticity and love for life shines bright. And she will also leave you wondering how you can dress as good as she does.  Her style is unlike any other. I thought it would be fun to get her take on some common style questions. I enlisted some of my friends and asked them what their style questions were? So here we go, hope you enjoy!

Q: How often should you clean out your closet and get rid of things? 

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A: I give my closet a good detox twice a year. Spring in March and Fall in September.

 In September, when its time for my “fall detox” I take everything out of my closet that is truly spring (meaning I know I would not wear it in the months of Sept-Feb. These items are true tank tops, light weight dresses, bright florals, light colors etc) they are removed and placed on my bed. I go through every piece and if I either haven’t worn it in the last 6 months, or it looks “worn and dirty” it goes in the donate (or selling) pile. Any spring pieces that received a lot of use, and I know I will wear again next spring, I keep… but they don’t go back in my closet just yet.

The secret to seasonal success: I keep a big long tub under my bed of my “seasonal” clothes; so come September I bust it out and it reveals all my “fall” items I’ve kept hidden away for the last 6 months. Its fun to bring them out because it feels like a new round of shopping as I pull some of my favorite pieces. The other benefit of not seeing these items for the last 6 months (besides having more space in your closet) is you pull out some pieces that you know its time to get rid of (i.e. I don’t even like that, that is SO last year I would never wear that now). I also create a donate/sell pile for these unwanted fall items as well.

 The styles I want to keep find a new home in my closet, and my seasonal spring pieces that need a rest go into the tub, out of sight under my bed until next spring when I do it all again. Its something that takes a few hours, so plan it on a day either with your best friend (who can be moral support) or pour lots of coffee with your favorite tunes and zero distractions and get it done (hire a baby sitter or ask someone to watch your kids and treat yourself!) you will feel clean, organized and accomplish: like you went on a shopping trip, yet you didn’t spend a penny on new clothes.
Q: How do you decide what to get rid of? (I like to horde) 
A: If I haven’t worn it in 6 months, its OUT and I will sell it or give it to a friend. if it doesn’t fit me correctly (and alterations can’t do anything about it) or if it looks worn I donate it.

 Q:  Whats hot for winter?

A: For fall, the 70’s still guide us. But there’s so many variations! its not about looking like a flower child, its more about channeling the textures and colors of the 70’s. Think suede, camel, earthy tones. The best way to incorporate this trend is maybe getting a faux suede handbag, or a suede pair of boots. Switch out your bright florals for earth tone color blocking.
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How much did you love that? First of all that picture of the coats are all Kate’s!! Are you all drooling, like I am? I hope you enjoyed Secrets from a Stylist: Stay tuned for Part Two next week!

There are so many kids clothing shops I follow on Instagram and I could literally spend all our money dressing Lily :/ It’s a problem. I have really been wanting to get Lily some jeans from this awesome online shop but I have not been able to bring myself to pay $30.00 for jeans with holes in them that she will outgrow super fast. I thought it can’t be that hard to add the holes myself. So I headed over to You Tube and found this great tutorial. I added the holes on her knees in about 30 minutes. The process was a little tedious to start but once I started it wasn’t bad.

Oh and I didn’t tell you the best part. I found the jeans on clearance at Old Navy for $4.99 🙂 First I tried the jeans on her and marked where I wanted the holes with tape. Then I got to work with cutting and pulling the threads. I ended up making the holes bigger after I finished the first leg.

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Here she is sporting her mommy made cool jeans.

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Anyone else tried ripping up their kids clothes? 🙂

Shirt: Target 

Pants: Old Navy

Shoes: Target

Hats are my favorite accessory they add character to any outfit and most importantly they cover up a bad hair day. 
I have never bought a hat online until now. I was nervous because I love to try things on. I am pretty picky so buying things online can be more of a pain because I don’t want to pay to ship things back. 
 
I found The Oxford Trunk on Instagram and when I saw the Kate hat I knew it would belong on my head someday :). They were sold out and when it came back in stock they were offering free shipping so I snagged it up. 
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Sweater (old, similar colors here) Jack by BB Dakota
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If you are looking for hats, jewelry, clothing or accessories check out The Oxford Trunk!! 
Happy hat shopping