Lately, I have been feeling a bit displaced in my life, I know that may sound a little dramatic but you can't argue a feeling! I spent my college years living on the Upper East Side in NYC - simultaneously crashing at my boyfriends NYU dorm pretty much all over downtown Manhattan. Those were some of the BEST years of my life. I later moved back home, ultimately to save money so I can move into a more "adult" apartment in NYC. I actually had a ton of money saved and was ready to take the plunge, until... I decided to quit my amazing corporate job at Donna Karan to reinvent myself and my career. Risky, I know, but have we met?
With that said, this has put a few things on hold. Currently, I am a bit of a gypsy - I live part time on Long Island at my parents house and in Queens at my boyfriends bachelor pad with his two roommates. Not the most ideal situation but I am the Queen of going with the flow. I secretly love living day by day - there is so much beauty in the unknown. However, having two addresses makes life a little difficult and basic aspects of everyday life are always a challenge. Heres how it goes... I work three days a week on the Upper West Side. I spend my weekends baking and prepping for orders, squeeze in some family time, take on home renovations and DIY projects with my mom, spend time with friends, babysit and travel back and forth in between the craziness.
As you can see my life is a little all over the place - not too much of a schedule but just enough time to get everything done and of course squeeze in some time to blog about it. Given that I am never in the same place for too long, I usually end up leaving a little mess behind. Nonetheless, my room at my parents has taken a major toll - as in terribly dusty, messy and disorganized. Oh, did I mention, when I moved back home I got stuck in my brothers old childhood bedroom - it is as small as a shoebox and has wood paneling, talk about "making-do." I somehow make it work and try to make it my happy place.
I decided to start with the closet which always seems to be the most labor intensive part of this kind of clean up.
Before... What a mess!
After, Okay, it may not look like a lot of organizing to you, but I finally know where all my things are!
I decided to get rid of a ton of clothes. There is always that underlying fear that you may end up wearing that one floral sequined top again, which makes parting with your clothes a very dramatic process! I know you all share in the same fears - the truth is - if you haven't worn it by now, you are never going to wear it. If you feel bad about all the money you have spent, take the time and go to your local thrift store and exchange your clothes for cash or a credit to the store. I have been doing this for years, especially with places like Beacons Closet and Buffalo Exchange, you can actually make a pretty good profit. OR do the charitable thing and donate your clothes!
Invest in pieces that are classic, easy and functional. Do not get hung up on trendy fashions. Know yourself, your body and your fashion identity. Do not be a fashion victim. No matter how much you like something you cannot make it work if it does not work for your body type. I think this comes with maturity and really understanding your body. For myself, I like to wear comfortable, easy to throw on pieces - usually in neutral colors that could be elevated with a necklace or a pop of color on my lips. I always make sure to wear longer tops to hide my hips and give the illusion that I have a longer torso - these items always seem to work for me. You want to create a particular style that works for your body and reflects your personality.
I know this is like fashion 101 - but please invest in a classic white shirt. I mean multiple great white shirts. A boyfriend shirt, a tailored shirt, a cropped shirt, a tunic and a short sleeve shirt. In my opinion, you can never have enough of the classic white shirt!
LBD, LBD, LBD... say it with me. The little black dress... I KNOW, you know this stuff already! BUT why are you complaining you have nothing to wear? The chances are if you feel you have nothing to wear then you are buying the wrong stuff. I have about 6 amazing little black dresses. They all serve a different purpose but they all fit like a glove and can be dressed up or dressed down. This staple is SO important to establishing a well rounded wardrobe.
Too, boring? My answer to you, is HATS! A hat is a great way to elevate any look - it can take you from "basic bitch" to movie star in just one breath. I actually have way more hats but they are at my boyfriends! Ugh, see what I mean?!
See below for more photos of my bedroom clean up! I finally have a little oasis to run to - whether to read or to blog it is the perfect clean and organized space! It is a bit too feminine for me but after being at my boyfriends for a few days it is somewhat nice to come home to, haha! Hope you enjoy!
Looks way better with the curtain closed and sitting on my comfy bed with a Starbucks in hand!
Thanks guys! xoxo
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Fashion merchandiser gone baker gone home renovator gone DIY obsessor gone MAD! Follow my journey, order some treats and get INSPIRED, xo!