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Amazing Deal: $7.50 for e-cloth cleaning set…..clean with just water!

I’ve been using e-cloth for cleaning for a couple years now and just had to share this deal with you! Right now, get this 3 piece household cleaning set for only $7.50……plus you should be able to save $10 using this referral link:

Click here to save $10 on ecloth!

Then click on the overstock clearance tab at the top to find the 3 piece deal and several other amazing bargains. I’m sorry I missed out on a couple other steals, but I did buy FOUR sets of these because I know I will use them daily.

E-cloth is an affordable alternative to Norwex cloths and they work GREAT. You can clean with just water or use them with mild cleaners (I use mine with Force of Nature). I especially love the polishing cloths for glass and at this price it’s a NO-BRAINER.

I’m not sure if the $10 off will work with clearance, but it’s worth a try!

 

 

Your Future Self & Travel

When I first heard the phrase “take care of your future self” I thought it was a little strange. I had never thought about self-care in that context. (And honestly, the whole self-care thing gets a little old). However, I have found this idea extremely helpful as I plan out my schedule and work towards simplicity. A little work now takes away stress in the future, and I need all the help I can get with my future stress!

A great example of how this has worked for my family is when we travel. Can you imagine the luxury of having a maid or butler to take care of your home while you are away? This idea is so far removed from my life situation, that it truly is a great reach….however I do have a good imagination!

Picture arriving home after traveling. Whether you were traveling for business or pleasure, chances are you are coming home at least a little tired, right? Imagine walking through the front door and being greeted by freshly scented air, vacuumed floors, fresh towels and sheets, and everything neat as a pin? It would literally be a breath of fresh air right?

This might sound a little unrealistic. Travel is after all a frantically busy time for most families. No matter how hard you plan ahead, there always seem to be last minute details to take care of. But if you can work one hour of time into your schedule to take care of your pre-travel reset, you will find the rewards will be incredibly enjoyable and well worth the time and effort. If you can get your home into a routine of neat and clean, then the following steps truly will be quick and easy to take, leaving you with a beautiful clean space to come home to!

Remember, as I’ve said so many times, organization and cleaning are really not something that come easy for me. Believe me! I have to put a lot of effort in which is why I know that you can do this too. If this isn’t something you can manage yet, it might be that you still need to pare down the stuff to make your job easier. Click here for some of my other posts on Minimalism! 

The best way to tackle this Pre-Travel Reset is after you’ve packed your car, one hour before you plan to leave.

One Hour Pre-Travel Reset!

  • Kitchen:

    1) Quick fridge clean out. This is just a chance to quickly throw out food that won’t last and maybe wipe down the shelves quickly. Also deal with produce & baked goods. For example this week before leaving, I tossed some bagels into the freezer and threw away a couple of stale pieces of bread. One lone banana also got the chop.
    (5 minutes)

    2) Quick Clean up. Wipe down all the counters, rinse coffee pot (don’t forget to toss the old grounds…..they will mold if left behind!). I’m not including dishes in this reset because hopefully you’ve gotten in the habit of taking care of these after each meal!
    (5 minutes)

  • Trash: This really doesn’t need any clarity, right? Don’t forget to gather trash from all over the house and put it in the dumpster so that you won’t be greeted with any unpleasant odors when you return home!
    (5 minutes)
  • Plants: If you have any house plants, you definitely want to water them before you take off. If you have difficulty keeping houseplants alive, I totally recommend  these self-watering planters! They have made plant care possible for me.
    (5 minutes)
  • Vacuum: Quickly vacuum all the rooms. It might seem like a huge pain right now, but when you walk back through those doors you will be LOVING it. It’s so worth the effort, believe me.
    (10 minutes)

  • Surfaces: I don’t take time to do any scrubbing or serious cleaning (we’re on the clock, here). However, I do spritz Force of Nature Cleaner on all my counters, sinks and showers before leaving. This means that everything has been sanitized and any hard-core stains gets a nice long soak while I’m gone. Killing germs while you are traveling seems like a great plan to me.
    (5 minutes)
  • Towels. Put out fresh towels in the kitchen and bathroom. You’ll feel like you’re walking into a posh hotel room that’s ready for relaxation and rest!
    (5 minutes)
  • Diffuse. If you are into Essential Oils (and in my opinion, you should be) add some oils to your diffuser and set it on intermittent so that your house will be getting some lovely aromatherapy while you are away. It will kill germs and keep things smelling lovely. 9 times out of 10 I’ll choose Relax by Plant Therapy but another great option for killing germs is Germ Destroyer.  Both are Kid-Safe!
    (5 minutes)
  • Details. Make one last walk-through and close closet doors and dresser drawers, open all the bedroom doors, make the beds and neaten up throw pillows.  Check the thermostat. Turn off lights and leave on a couple of lamps. Be sure none of the toilets are running or faucets are dripping!
    (5 minutes)
Total minutes: 50 (let’s say with any minor distractions you still come in under an hour).

Have an awesome trip and enjoy the knowledge that a clean home is ready and waiting for your return!

BAREFOOT DREAMS KNOCK-OFF CARDIGAN 2020 Update

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The Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigan has been one of my most popular posts, which is why I’m super excited to update it!  I have had three of these cardigans since last year and wear them all the time! In my opinion, these are an excellent dupe for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan and I would definitely consider them a wardrobe must-have. Click here to check out this awesome copycat Cardigan by Max & Mia. 

A couple years ago, I read about the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan from a blog. They are pretty pricey (click here for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan) but I was able to hunt down a gently used one on Ebay and I absolutely loved it. Until I ruined it in an unfortunate laundry disaster (not my first one, either). So sad.

Ever since then, I had been watching for a deal on the real thing, but it was just really out of my budget (although having owned one, I do kind of think they are worth it). I had recently even been googling “Barefoot Dreams knock-off cardigan” hoping to find something similar at a lower price point. I never got lucky enough to find it, but this week I stumbled across exactly what I was looking for completely by accident!

The newest version of the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan is the Circle Cardi and I found a very similar knock-off for only $25! I couldn’t believe how similar they are! Check out the two stock photos; they are identical!

Last year, I found a Costco version, the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan but it sold out pretty quickly. It’s no longer available at Costco but it’s now sold on Amazon! YES!!! Click here for the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan starting at $38.99. 

I have had three of these cardigans for a year and I absolutely love them!  I do feel that the sizing is a little inconsistent across the colors. The black runs a little small and I would recommend sizing up to get the fit that is shown on the model. I ordered the Medium Size in black and here are photos of me wearing it. For reference I’m 5’6″ and 150 lbs. Yes I just shared my real weight on my blog. Seems like a mistake, but we’ll go with it for now. I think I would like to try a large but unfortunately they are out of stock at this moment. Hopefully they will restock because this is a newer item and I’m sure it will be very popular.

The only difference I want to point out is that the Costco cardigan is recommended to be hand wash rather than machine wash. That’s kind of a bummer, if you ask me, but not a deal breaker. I will most likely just wash it cold gentle and lay flat to dry. Indeed, I did machine wash these cardigans and hang dry and they seem to be holding up just fine!

Here’s a pic so you can see how long it is in the back. I would prefer a little more length, I think. The sleeves are also pretty tight but I believe that is similar to the Barefoot Dreams cardigan and they aren’t too bad for me. It wouldn’t work for layering over a thicker shirt. I hope this was helpful for you! If you happen to have a Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardi or the Max & Mia Cardigan please let us know what you think!

Cheaper than Hanna Andersson: Matching Holiday Pajamas for the Family

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching and one of our favorite ways to enjoy the cozy colder months is with matching holiday pajamas. Traditionally, we have invested in Hanna Andersson pajamas because they are incredible quality that really lasts from year to year (through child after child) but if you can’t find a deal they can be really pricey! Last year I found Christmas pajamas on a great sale in January or February but this year I’m scrambling in November.

The great thing is, more companies now make cotton pjs in family sizes and Amazon has a great selection right now, making them more affordable with our favorite 2-day-shipping. I really appreciate you clicking through my Amazon links which will help cover some of my family’s Christmas purchases (at no extra cost to you). 

So let me share what I’ve found! I’m only sharing pajamas that seem to have great reviews and most are also 100% cotton because we are obsessed with the softness and durability of our favorite Hannas!

Holiday Pajama Deals

First up, these Shelry Cotton Holiday PJs, in tons of sizes starting at only $12.99. There are traditional green white stripes, plus several festive prints including a really adorable Christmas Tree Truck style!

If you just need children’s sizes, these Shelry Striped Pajamas are the cheapest I could find for the traditional red and white or green and white striped sets in sizes 18 months through Kids 14. All sizes are only $11.99-$14.99 so these are a great deal! 

 

Hoping for a Red & Green option (with no stain-tempting white)? Here’s what I found from Leveret! This brand is a little pricier but I have found they have great quality and similar thickness to our favorite Hannas. (And still beat them price-wise).

Looking for something a little less traditional? I love this black and white Sykooria Christmas Family option with prices starting at only $16.59. There aren’t baby sizes for this style but this might be more fun for families with older kids like mine, since the style is a little more “cool”. 

I know a lot of families would abosolutely adore this PajamaGram Star Wars pattern! The pants for thsese are polyesther but seriously check out the cute pattern and these are priced starting at only $14.99.

Back to Red & White again, these Gold Treasure PJs are crazy affordable at only $9.90 each with limited sizing.  

This Yallet Christmas Family PJ listing starts at only $14.99 and includes lots of sizes. I love the plaid!

There are so many Christmas holiday pjs available on Amazon, with really affordable and unique styles. Click here to check out the whole selection and get ready for a cozy family holiday season!

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Awesome Find: Hybrid Planner!

Leave it to me to find the perfect planner in the middle of February when everyone has already purchased their calendars and books for 2019!

I had been looking for a new planner for awhile. For the last couple years I have been using the Happy Planner plus my bullet journal, but I really was only utilizing the calendar piece of the Happy Planner. I thought about refilling it, but the options were really overwhelming and I was still hoping to find a book that would combine my calendar and bullet journal without me having to jump through a lot of artistic hoops.

I’m creative when the need arises, but I am not naturally artistic and I don’t have any interest in making my planner pretty. For me, it’s just utilitarian and the main function is keeping my anxiety under control. Brain dumps help me stay on top of the crazy in my head while accomplishing at least a few of the tasks that are hanging over me! Which is why I love my bullet journal. If you aren’t totally sure what a bullet journal is, here’s a post I wrote on the topic.

After some fruitless searching, I finally came across this little gem that seemed to meet most of my criteria: undated calendar, undated weekly layouts, empty pages in the back, pen holder, bookmarks, stitched cover so it will lay flat. This will solve my problem of combining my calendar with my bullet journal lists in the back!

Now that I’ve handled and tried the Perfect Planner by Bullet Keeper, I’m super happy with all of its features! It’s smaller than my previous planners so it will be a little less bulky to carry around.

One last feature: I am happy to relay that the pages in the Perfect Planner are quite thick and the ink does not bleed through using my Papermate Flair pens!

Awesome right? If you are interested in seeing a video of the book in person, I will be doing a review on my Facebook page later today and will post on youtube for anyone who is interested!

✔ STRUCTURE YOUR LIFE, YOUR WAY! This personal organizer features flexible structures that allow you to keep track of daily tasks. Use it as a planner, organizer, academic agenda or note pad.

✔ UNDATED DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY CALENDARS. This planner is a fit for daily and long-term goal setting and tracking

✔ VEGAN LEATHER HARDCOVER. Luxury and stylish thanks to its leather hardcover soft to the touch. We’ve sourced the materials meticulously to make sure the cover is eco-friendly and long-lasting.

✔ ELASTIC CLOSURE & PEN HOLDER LOOP. This compact A5 notebook planner comes with an elastic band closure and pen holder loop on the side.

✔ BONUS FEATURES! To assist with organizing bringing productivity to your life. We’ve included some additional items: a 6” ruler, 2 bookmarks and a back pocket along with 2019-20 calendars for reference on the back page.

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Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigan!

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CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED POST!

This is going to be a quick post, but one that I’m excited to share because I’ve been looking for a product like this for about a year. A couple years ago, I read about the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan from a blog. They are pretty pricey (click here for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan) but I was able to hunt down a gently used one on Ebay and I absolutely loved it. Until I ruined it in an unfortunate laundry disaster (not my first one, either). So sad. 

Ever since then, I had been watching for a deal on the real thing, but it was just really out of my budget (although having owned one, I do kind of think they are worth it). I had recently even been googling “Barefoot Dreams knock-off cardigan” hoping to find something similar at a lower price point. I never got lucky enough to find it, but this week I stumbled across exactly what I was looking for completely by accident! 

The newest version of the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan is the Circle Cardi and I found a very similar knock-off for only $25! I couldn’t believe how similar they are! Check out the two stock photos; they are identical!



Click here for the Costco version, the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan for only $25.I wanted to share that I already received the cardigan and it is very nice. I do feel that it runs a little small and I would recommend sizing up to get the fit that is shown on the model. I ordered the Medium Size in black and here are photos of me wearing it. For reference I’m 5’6″ and 150 lbs. Yes I just shared my real weight on my blog. Seems like a mistake, but we’ll go with it for now. I think I would like to try a large but unfortunately they are out of stock at this moment. Hopefully they will restock because this is a newer item and I’m sure it will be very popular. 

The only difference I want to point out is that the Costco cardigan is recommended to be hand wash rather than machine wash. That’s kind of a bummer, if you ask me, but not a deal breaker. I will most likely just wash it cold gentle and lay flat to dry. 

Here’s a pic so you can see how long it is in the back. I would prefer a little more length, I think. The sleeves are also pretty tight but I believe that is similar to the Barefoot Dreams cardigan and they aren’t too bad for me. It wouldn’t work for layering over a thicker shirt. I hope this was helpful for you! If you happen to have a Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardi or the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan, please let us know what you think!

Cold Weather Capsule Wardrobe and a little Style-Math!

This morning, I decided to do a bit of #stylemath. I counted up the pieces in this capsule wardrobe to get an idea of how many items were thrifted, deeply discounted or purchased at retail price, just for fun.

I am so happy with my outfits and the money I spent this season!

Total: 26 items, including shoes and jewelry.

Breakdown as follows: 3 statement necklaces, 4 pairs of shoes (silver flats, leopard flats, brown booties, Uggs), 3 dresses, 2 jackets (olive, pink), 1 cardigan (grey and black striped), 5 shirts, 1 sweater, 5 pairs of pants (leggings, black jeans, embroidered jeans, olive pants, black joggers), 2 tees (black & white).

Thrifted items: 17

New, but deeply discounted (clearance): 5

Gifted: 1

New at retail price (definitely on sale though): 3

It’s great to finally feel like my closet is #workingforme! I was sick of constantly shopping but still feeling I had nothing to wear. I have finally learned how to build a cohesive, flexible wardrobe with all the tips and prompts from a professional stylist via Alison Lumbatis and the GYPO Style Challenges. There is still time to sign up for the Winter Style Challenge where you will learn to shop your closet and build a wardrobe that you love!

Click here to learn more!

What will you get with the Winter Style Challenge? 

When you sign up, you’ll receive a shopping list of on trend winter essentials with links to shop recommended items online or in store. You’ll also get access to your first 7 days of outfit ideas immediately! This capsule wardrobe builder creates 27 days of mix and match casual chic outfit ideas with dress it up and dress it down options.

As a special bonus, you’ll also receive access to the Winter 2017 Capsule Wardrobe*, doubling your outfit ideas!

*after refund period

What did I learn in previous Style Challenges?

How to utilize what I already have in my closet. Start in your closet, don’t start at the store.

How to wear statement pieces. I have a little bit more confidence about trying trends.

How to shop with a plan. Shopping efficiently can multiply your outfit options without actually spending more $$$.

How to make better choices in the store. If it’s not a HECK YES, it’s a NO! Don’t settle, just wait.

Your wardrobe should be something you enjoy wearing, not something you enjoy purchasing. There is a big difference!

If you have any questions about the Style Challenge, please let me know! 

It’s great to finally feel like my closet is #workingforme! I was sick of constantly shopping but still feeling I had nothing to wear. I have finally learned how to build a cohesive, flexible wardrobe with all the tips and prompts from a professional stylist via Alison Lumbatis and the GYPO Style Challenges. There is still time to sign up for the Winter Style Challenge where you will learn to shop your closet and build a wardrobe that you love! Plus save money by #shoppingwithapurpose

Don’t forget, you’ll receive the 2017 Style Challenge as an amazing FREE BONUS! This way you can double your options easily!


Click here to join the GYPO Winter Style Challenge!

 

 

GYPO Style Challenge Drive ‘n Chat

The time has come to sign up for the Winter 2018 Style Challenge by Alison Lumbatis at Get Your Pretty On! I have never participated in the Winter Challenge, but I have had so much fun with the Fall Challenge this year that I can highly recommend the experience, especially if you feel a little overwhelmed at shopping and putting together outfits. This is a fantastic way to tailor your own capsule wardrobe for the winter on your own time, budget, and at the size and styles that make the most sense for YOUR body.

Click here for the Winter Challenge!

When you purchase the Winter Challenge for $39, you’ll get the following:

  • a shopping list of on trend winter essentials with links to shop recommended items online or in store. Don’t forget, you can find these items anywhere so don’t limit yourself. Check your closet first, then shop thrift stores, ebay, poshmark etc. to build your capsule at the price you can afford.
  • 27 days of mix and match casual chic outfit ideas with dress it up and dress it down options. You’ll get the first 10 outfits right away, then the others will be available after the refund period.
  • Membership to the seasonal Facebook group with lots of exclusive content, giveaways, extra support plus a ton of peer advice and encouragement. The community is truly amazing!
  • the 2017 Winter Style Challenge as a BONUS. That doubles your ideas for outfits and gives you a ton of flexibility while your shopping. 

    Get the 2017 Winter Challenge completely FREE when you purchase this year’s challenge!

If you are interested but just not totally sure, guess what? This is a risk-free membership and can be fully refunded through December 22. That gives you a chance to check out the lists and if you just don’t like the content, feel free to request a refund…it’s super simple!

Check out this video where I share my experience with the 2018 Fall Style Challenge. 

I think you will really love the Style Challenge for Winter 2018! Let me know what you think!

 

Relax: Quick DIY Essential Oil Roller Bottle Tutorial

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I just noticed I have run out of my favorite essential oil blend ever: Relax by Plant Therapy! This is a blend that I absolutely cannot be without.  I just love it and use it basically everyday. This is one I keep in my kit, keep in my purse and keep a couple other spots around the house as well as giving it away to others who need help relaxing! (Basically everyone, am I right?)

Click here to get the 10 ml bottle of Relax for only $9.95!

Relax is also KIDSAFE for children over 2 which is fantastic (my kids have their own bottles also). Plant Therapy’s Kidsafe line has been approved by Robert Tisserand, one of the world’s leading experts in aromatherapy. I feel so much better about using oils that are approved as Kidsafe! A 10 ml bottle of Relax is only $10 (or get a 30 ml bottle for only $15.95….now that’s a savings!) on Amazon and you can DIY your own roller bottles like I do to make them SO cheap. Here’s very simple directions on how to make the roller bottles at home, along with links to what you’ll need.

DIY Relax Roller Bottles

This is barely a tutorial, since the steps are so simple but I know that before I made them I was intimidated about filling up roller bottles, so hopefully this helps!

  1. First, open the roller bottle using the tool included in the set (it will just pop right off).
  2. Then add the amount of oil drops from the Relax bottle based on a dilution chart. I use this one: Plant Therapy Dilution Chart. I add 15 drops of Relax to each roller bottle.
  3. Then, I fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil. With the pump, you can just pump it right into the roller without needed a funnel or anything. SO easy!
  4. Put the roller top on the bottle, using the included tool. These bottles can be re-used also, so they are really a great value.
  5. Add a label or create your own label. I have tried doing this a few different ways and have had trouble with some of my labels sticking. For my last batch, I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper, added a written label or printed label from my label maker, and then secured it really well with packing tape onto the bottle. These labels have stayed on better than any others have!

That’s it! Apply this whenever you are feeling anxious or stressed. I use mine all throughout the day. Last night I used it when I woke up in the middle of the night and it helped me fall right back asleep. Relax Synergy by Plant Therapy is a mixture of: Lavender, Marjoram, Patchouli, Mandarin, Geranium and Chamomile. I’m just telling you, it smells AMAZING and calms me right down.

Want to get your hands on a roller bottle right away? You can buy it ready made for only $8.95! Don’t stress, just relax!

What’s your favorite essential oil blend? Maybe I’ll add it to my Christmas list!

 

 

Win a FREE Force of Nature Starter Kit!

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It’s time for another amazing giveaway! I’m really excited about this one because this is a product that will definitely make your life easier and less stressful, particularly at this time of year. Are you excited?!?

I have been using Force of Nature for a few months and I am SO happy with the product. Like many of you, I know that most cleaning products have a lot of dangerous ingredients, so for years I have been trying to improve my cleaning routine and make it safer for my family. Unfortunately, in the past my efforts meant ditching conventional products like Clorox or Windex for “green” brands like Mrs. Meyer’s or Method. A few years ago I started learning that even those brands had dangerous fragrances and additives! It’s frustratingly difficult to protect yourself from dangerous substances.

If you want to read more about dangerous ingredients in “Natural Cleaners”, click here. 

In my family we have tons of allergies, asthma and a history of auto-immune disorders. So it is SERIOUSLY important for me to minimize every possible risk to protect our already compromised health. 

After being disillusioned with Mrs. Meyer’s and Method cleaners, my next step was to try Young Living’s Thieves Cleaner. I know so many people who love this product but I still wasn’t super happy with it. It was definitely an improvement on other products, but I still had concerns. I have read medical research that suggests these oils are not safe for young children or asthmatic and immune-compromised individuals.

Here’s a helpful article that talks about the risks with thieves blends used around children. 

Please note that I love and use essential oils, including Young Living brand and I still have a bottle of Thieves cleaner that I’m finishing up. I just didn’t think that was where I would land as a permanent cleaning solution! I finally found a cleaner that I have no worries or concerns about and that is Force of Nature Cleaner.


So what is Force of Nature, exactly?

electricity + salt, water, vinegar = electrolyzed water

Electrolyzed water is an industrial technology that’s commonly used for its efficacy yet lack of harmful chemicals, fumes & residues. The active ingredient, hypochlorous acid, is even used as the active ingredient in wound, eye & veterinary care products. Force of Nature creates electrolyzed water by using electricity to change the chemical composition of salt, water & vinegar.

Don’t miss the AMAZING coupon code at the bottom of the post and save 50% on the starter kit! 

Well, is it safe? 

 

Absolutely! Click here to read more about the safety and efficacy of the product.

Now, to the giveaway! 

Force of Nature has generously offered a free Force of Nature Starter Kit to one of my readers. Sign up for the Giveaway Here:

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What exactly will you get if you win?

You’ll be getting this package: Force of Nature Starter Kit

Force of Nature can save you up to 80% on every ounce vs typical natural cleaners. At just $.07 per ounce, it can save you money within the first year, even after buying the Starter Kit. The Starter Kit comes with:

  • 5 Activator Capsules, enough to make 5 bottles
  • Activator Base
  • Power Cord
  • 12 oz Spray Bottle
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual

Each Force of Nature Capsule makes one 12 ounce bottle of multi-purpose cleaner, disinfectant & deodorizer that lasts 2 weeks. Light, clean scent and no added fragrances. We promise you’ll love it – 100% Happiness Guaranteed.

This giveaway will only be open for four more days so please don’t miss this opportunity! Thanks for entering and good luck!

Feeling UNLUCKY? Even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still score an awesome deal on the Force of Nature starter kit. Just click here and use code FALLSAVE to get it for 50% off. You’ll need to hurray, because this coupon code is good only through the end of October so there are only a few more days to take advantage of this deal!

 

Why I’m trying an Online Stylist…and why you should too!

I am told that Fall is coming. It makes sense because we started school over a month ago and the pools are starting to close (tears).  Despite the Halloween costumes in stores and the pumpkins at the supermarket, it’s still ridiculously hot. In fact, it’s 90 right now and we’re definitely going swimming tomorrow (there’s at least one local pool that fortunately follows temperature rather than a calendar).

But I have hope that Fall is actually on its way and I have a plan! This year, I’m excited to be using an online Stylist, Alison Lumbatis with her fantastic GYPO Fall 2018 Style Challenge to build my wardrobe. You see, my Fall closet usually consists of whatever individual items I like that I can find for a bargain. I have never truly purchased clothing with any organized intentionality and I really wanted to do better for myself.

I’m going to share some of my reasons for trying a capsule wardrobe and why I’m using the GYPO Style Challenge to do it. I would love to have you try this challenge right along with me! Click here to discover more info and sign up using my referral link: The 2018 GYPO Fall Style Challenge. We can be style buddies! It will be so fun!

Why a capsule wardrobe?

You guys know that I have a heart for minimalism but a habit of shopping. I am a sucker for a good bargain and I enjoy the “thrill of the hunt”. Still, simplifying my life has made me less stressed and more productive. There’s just no getting around it. The same goes for my wardrobe. I enjoy buying clothes and like a variety but the more I get the more I seem to feel like I have “nothing to wear”. I often think about how much I enjoy spending a casual week at my parents’ house. Besides the fun of their company, I also enjoy the relaxation of leaving most of our possessions behind and taking just the bare essentials. Inevitably, the outfits I pack for a week long trip are my favorites. I started thinking, what if all my clothes were my favorites and I didn’t have the extra taking up space and muddying the waters of my closet?

Why a digital stylist?

I can’t afford a personal stylist and I can’t even afford Stitch Fix more than a time or two. But the idea of a professionally created capsule wardrobe is so appealing. The pieces will coordinate and can be mixed easily. The GYPO Style Challenge is so much cheaper than many programs of its kind and because it has been planned ahead, the pieces are guaranteed to work together! That’s completely different from the random way I typically shop. I love the idea of shopping with a purpose, but having the flexibility of choosing the specific brand and price point. There is SO much flexibility in the Fall Challenge!

Won’t it be expensive?

The Style Challenge itself is only $39. The amount you spend beyond that is up to you and really depends on how you approach it. The first thing to realize is that you probably already own a lot of the items. Just as examples from the cover photo: black pants, olive pants, floral print top, black cardigan, chambray shirt. The Challenge includes links to items at lots of price points, to make an outfit however you like. Don’t forget about buying second hand which is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to complete your challenge. I have found lots of the items at my local thrift stores. The great thing about the program plus the Facebook group is that you’ll find simple and inexpensive ways to get MORE wear out of the clothing you already have. Last year’s challenge included a print scarf and I found one for about $3 that totally pulled together several items that were otherwise gathering dust in my closet.

When should I sign up?

Ummm, now! Because I’m behind on blogging, I have failed to share this info with you until now and I totally apologize. The GYPO 2018 Fall Challenge is only open until September 21, so that’s just two more days! Did you know the membership is RISK-FREE? Sign up now and explore all of the lists, bonuses and even check out the unlocked outfits. If you decide it isn’t working for you, you can request a refund until 9/29 (no questions asked). I am sure that once you get a feel for how great this challenge is, you will not be willing to let it go!

What exactly do I get?

After you have registered, you can access the shopping lists, the outfit combos, the AMAZING Facebook group, and bonuses like the 2017 Fall Challenge (yes a whole other challenge doubling your outfit options), Color Palates and Dressing for Your Body Type. These resources are not only getting your wardrobe into shape for this season, but helping you have a great foundation for building your own outfits from now on! These aren’t just digital lists, they are tools to teach you how to shop and dress yourself better. Don’t forget that this Capsule will work JUST as well next year as it does this year.

I am so excited about this year’s Challenge because I love the colors and patterns. Black and white gingham, teal, and leopard print, plus some of my current closet basics like a simple white tee, olive pants and floral prints. What’s not to love?!

Click here to get started on the 2018 GYPO Fall Challenge.
If you decide to join, please message me and let me know. I’ll see you in the GYPO Facebook group!

Does your work wardrobe need serious help? Click here to check out the 2018 Fall Workwear Challenge, only $29!  GYPO can make getting dressed the easiest thing you do all day!