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Clothing Exchange

I have a really bad habit of saying I’m gonna do something “tomorrow”. Now I’m not as bad as Scarlett O’Hara, but I still have a long list of procrastinations. That list includes:

-getting my abs as fit as that girl on my workout video

-doing all the crafts I have stored on my Pinterest board.

(While we’re at it, let’s add organizing my Pinterest boards. Ha!)

-become fluent in Spanish

-stop eating so much sugar…I’m addicted!!!

-read all my magazines (they’re piling up!)

–host a “favorites party” :)

As ridiculous as procrastinating some of these things are, one thing I never put off is hosting a clothing exchange with my friends.

Once or twice a year, I call up my friends and they gather all of their clothes/shoes/accessories that they don’t want or use anymore and head over to my house, where we “exchange” (duh) our clothes. This is the best and cheapest way to recycle and get new items to add to your wardrobe.

You can get very technical and gather & organize the items ahead of time, but my friends and I are such busy people that we throw it together last minute and it always works out.

Plus, my friends and I aren’t anywhere near the same sizes, but I always walk away with something new and am so pleased to be able to give new life to some of my “old” clothes and see the joy it brings my friends.

Here’s some steps to organize a clothing exchange:

1. Call/Text/Email your friends to set a date.

2. Go through your clothes and take out anything that doesn’t fit perfectly or you haven’t worn in awhile.

3. Set your clothes out in any fashion that your friends can see it. (We only have about five people involved in our clothing exchanges, so we just take turns pulling our stuff out of our bags and we shout/raise our hands if we’re interested in it.)

4. Try it on to make sure it fits.

5. Flip a coin/barter off your first born/duke it out if two people want the same item.

6. Offer snacks. (Food should be involved in every life event because it just makes everything better.)

7. When you’re finished, gather everything left over and drive it over to Goodwill and do some shopping.

8. Enjoy your new wardrobe items and tell everyone how “green” you are. ;)

Happy Friday!

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Fears

I have two irrational fears.

I am afraid of birds and butterflies.

What’s that you say? “Rena, you are afraid of two of the smallest, prettiest creatures on this planet?”

Yes, I admit that those two TINY creatures FREAK ME OUT.

I am that girl that runs screaming from the butterfly exhibit having a panic attack. And I’m also the girl who is ducking like a maniac on the outdoor patio of a restaurant because the birds are flying around on the umbrellas. (Both of these examples, sadly have ACTUALLY happened.)

Who knows why I have this fear, since there really is no danger to either of them, hence the term “irrational”, yet still the fear is there.

Something you should never fear is COLOR in your wardrobe.

Too often I hear people say, “Oh, I couldn’t pull that off!” and to that I say, “Do you WANT to pull it off/make it work?!”

Then do it!

Color is such a great option to have in your wardrobe. You can add little “pops” of color here and there or go for the gusto and have color from top to bottom.

Here are some options (thank you, Pinterest, for your never ending chasm of fashion pictures):

And if you’re REALLY daring…try chalking your hair!

Happy Friday!

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Acceptance

When I was younger, these dolls were banned from my house. My dad was afraid that I would develop an eating disorder and body issues. I mean, look at them…they are perfect. Each one has long, glossy hair, perfect boobs, a tiny waist, curvy hips with a tight butt and incredibly slender legs. Who wouldn’t be jealous of their bodies, even if they are practically impossible to attain and simply unreal?

So instead I played with…

And who knows if it was the absence of a perfect standard to live up to (Thank you, Dad, for your incredible foresight.) or just by sheer luck, but I have come through life with an amazing amount of self-confidence.

Don’t get me wrong…there have definitely been times that I wasn’t too happy with my body. When an 8th grader wakes up one morning and all of a sudden has birthing hips and is forced to shop in the women’s section, where her only options are pleated pants, life isn’t too optimistic.

But I have grown and changed and thankfully there are A LOT more clothing options for curvy women. It makes me so sad to hear women, especially my friends, say cruel things about themselves. Especially since these things are grossly untrue. My friends are GORGEOUS! But they complain about their boobs being too small/butts too big/cellulite/arms too flabby/no jawline/torso too short or too long/legs too short, etc.

Let’s put a stop to this. Let’s celebrate who we are and what we like about ourselves. I encourage you to write down three things (or more) that you like about your body.¬†For me, I wrote:

1. I like my strong, runner calves.

2. I love my hair.

3. I love my freckles.

Force yourself to see the positive and hopefully this will change our views on ourselves. Because, let’s face it, none of us are Barbie, but we are ALL beautiful in our own special ways. :)

Happy Friday!

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My Mommy

My mother doesn’t always agree with my fashion choices or the way I put outfits together, but there are so many things I have learned from her. My mother taught me:

-how to put colors together. (She has an amazing understanding of colors and complimentary colors.)

-to appreciate my body and wear things that compliment me.

-to be confident and not care what other’s think of me.

-to dress appropriately and modestly.

-how to accessorize (she’s got an awesome collection of jewelry).

and

-to shop the sale rack and look for good deals.

I am so thankful for my mother that loves me no matter what I’m wearing. I hope that someday I can have a girl someday to pass on all of my fashion knowledge. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! :)

Happy Friday!

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Change.

Change is good. But it’s also super scary because it takes us out of our comfort zone and puts us into a new, possibly uncomfortable, place. Even if the change is for the better, it is still nerve-wracking.

But change is important to experience new things and to move us towards our best self. Especially in fashion.

Not changing can result in dating you. We’ve all seen that lady who is STILL rocking the Farah Fawcett haircut she had in high school.

Imagine if I kept wearing the same outfits I had in high school. Yikes. I changed from that silly, naive girl and will continue to grow and change as the years go by.

Last Friday, I got my bangs cut short by the lovely Jenni at Envision Salon. This scared me to death to do because I was afraid it would make me look like a twelve-year-old (or like Harriet from Small Wonder…remember that show?). I am super happy with the results and thankful I don’t resemble a jr. higher. ;)

I challenge you this week to do something that you’ve always wanted to do or admired someone else doing, but have always been too scared to do. I was inspired by Taylor Swift in one of her new videos.

Here are a list of things you could choose to do, if you find yourself lacking inspiration:

-wear a cardigan instead of a sweatshirt

-wear a pair of high heels

-wear a color you don’t often choose, perhaps something metallic

-wear a bold piece of jewelry

-buy some skinny jeans…and WEAR them!

-wear a blazer

-cut your hair shorter or get bangs (duh.)

-wear a dress/skirt a different length than you are used to (like a maxi dress or a mini skirt)

-wear a belt at your waist

-get highlights or dye your hair a different color

-wear ankle boots

-learn how to put your hair in a new hairstyle

-wear cowboy boots with shorts

-get a spray tan (Check out Raving Tans if you are in the area. Heather is the best!)

-wear bright pink or red lipstick

-wear fun color tights

Comment and let me know what you plan on doing. Let’s change TOGETHER!!

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