Change of Pace

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So I can’t really get away with saying that I have nothing to wear, since you’ve seen my closet many a time. But I trust that you can feel me when I say that I get in major clothing ruts and feel as though I have no options despite a closet filled with perfectly wearable clothing. With me? Great.

Since it’s no fun to feel this way, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and determine a system to combat this. Here’s how I’m doing it.

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Each week, I’m going to pluck a few items from my closet that I love but just haven’t been wearing recently for one reason or another. Maybe I forgot I owned it or maybe I’ve been having some trouble styling it. Instead of hanging these items where they belong, I’m going to place them on the hook of my closet so that each time I open the door, they welcome me. This will definitely help me to remember they exist and help to inspire some new outfits!

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If I’m still feeling pretty stuck, I might venture over to Pinterest and search things like, “white washed denim jacket” to see how others are wearing it.

 

Plan It Out

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It’s no secret that I love my planner probably a little too much than is normal, but look how pretty it is! In the past, I’ve purchased a lightweight planner from Target or Staples, but this year I decided to go all out and got the birch floral planner from Rifle Paper Co. Not only is it a stunner, but it’s so inspirational and helps me stay uber organized.

Here’s what I love about it:

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Pretty design on the cover, and the lining paper.

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At a glance views of important dates, coming months, etc.

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Tons and tons of room to write each day. I have a lot of thoughts/to do’s, ok?? Plus, there are check boxes next to each line item so you can check it off once it’s complete.

Oh, and there are inspirational quotes on every page, such as “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”— Robert Louis Stevenson

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So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a pretty planner that inspires you to stay organized and on top of each day.

Sweet Tooth: Fruit Salad

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One of my new favorite Sunday activities is to make a big fruit salad and store it in the fridge to last me through the whole week. Since I’m always reaching for snacks, I am really trying to work towards having healthy options on hand, and what better option than a fruit salad? Here’s how I like to do it.

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Step 1. Choose your fruits. For this fruit salad, I went with blackberries, strawberries, grapes, and bananas. 

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Step 2. Prep all of your fruits on a cutting board. This includes cutting stems off of the strawberries, picking the grapes off the vine, etc.

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Step 3. Place each type of fruit in a large bowl, working with just one type at a time. I started with blackberries, then added grapes, then strawberries, and finished with the bananas.

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 Step 4. Since this is a salad after all, go ahead and mix all of the fruit together in the bowl.

Step 5. Start eating and enjoying and then store in the fridge to eat throughout the week. To keep the fruit fresh, drizzle some lemon juice on top!

These Days

In case you didn’t get the memo from this post, I am in love with Big Sur. So when my friend and I spent the weekend in Carmel a few weeks back, I could not resist the opportunity to drive another thirty minutes to Big Sur. Here are some of my favorite shots from our girls weekend festivities.

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Walking up and down the beach in Carmel.

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Ahh, downtown Carmel, you’re too cute.

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Greens on greens on greens in Big Sur.

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Big Sur Bakery is just too charming to not photograph.

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Looking up to the sky right as it started to rain.

P.S., for even more on Big Sur, check out this post. 

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Cleanse

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I am seriously all for a good closet cleanse and like to do one several times a year. As I do them so often, my cleanses are typically on a smaller side (ie: I’m not purging half of my closet each time), but are super effective nonetheless.

A little bit ago, I blogged about the KonMari method to tidying up, and my method to a closet cleanse is super similar. And easy! And fun! Just like laundry. Ok, that’s enough plugging of past blog posts.

Really, a closet cleanse doesn’t need to be this super daunting thing that you need to allot a full twenty four hours to complete. Sure, it can be this intense if you’d like it to be, but it can also be very straightforward if you follow three simple steps.

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Step 1: Cleanse. As a first step, it’s important to go through everything in your closet and get rid of what you don’t wear/need/want/etc. Think about it this way – you want to start with this step so you can really focus on what you love and not waste your time folding/hanging the items that you’re just going to end up discarding.

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Step 2: Consistency. As a second step, you want to ensure you have consistency in your closet. What I mean by this is you’ll want all of the same type of hanger. You’ll also want all of your pants in one section of the closet, all of your shirts in another, and do not let them blend. For a list of my favorite closet accessories, check out this post.

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Step 3: Color code. As a third and final step, you will color code! Think of this as the fun part as you make all of your clothes form a pretty rainbow in your closet. Start with light colors and make your way to dark. For a complete guide to color coding, check out this post.

Tricks of the Trade: Finance Organization

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As you could have probably guessed, I’m super diligent about my finances and like to do a thorough check-in at the start of every month. Because it took me a little bit of time to really master my system, I thought I’d share what I do each month so you can incorporate some (or all) of the steps into your monthly routine!

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First, I open up my bank statements online. As a side note – I like to look at my statement at least once a day just to make sure everything looks right. You’d be surprised to know how many times I’ve noticed little errors in transactions and the like.

With my statements open, I make sure everything adds up and that each and every purchase listed on there looks familiar. From there, I pay off my credit card and possibly transfer some money over from my checking to my savings account.

I then pull out my checkbook, write my rent check, and stick it in the mail later that afternoon.

Finally, I fill out a little recap of the month in my notebook that looks just like this:

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As you can see, I like to keep track of all of my expenses, as well as all of the money that has come in that month. Additionally, I like to set a goal for the following month, whether that is a sentence or a specific number, it doesn’t really matter. Just as long as you get yourself thinking about where you want to be – that alone with help you get there!

This whole process takes about a half an hour and can be done while watching TV, listening to music, etc. Having this time has really, really helped me to better understand where most of my money goes each month (hey, Bay Area real estate!), as well as how I can better control how I spend my money.

Do you have a similar process you repeat each month? If so, please share!