Oct 25, 2014

Closet Organization | Organize in Style

You know the good ole saying, "Less is More"? Well...I like it. In my 20s, if you'd show me a photo of a sprawling 900 sf walk-in closet filled with all the material things a woman could ever desire---I'd be lying if I told you that it wasn't appealing. Fast forward to my 30s and oh how things have changed. That 900 sf walk-in is no longer appealing. Why? Because I've become a much more smarter consumer. One who realizes that the most fashionable girl isn't the one with the biggest closet, but the one with the biggest and most creative imagination. She chooses her pieces wisely, could care less about what is trending and simply beats to her own creative drums. Yes! Her. Oh how I love her. Closet organization is key whether you are working with modest space or square footage large enough to store the football equipment of an entire football team. The fact is, if your closet isn't organized---you will never have anything to wear, you'll continue spending unnecessarily and chances are, you haven't shopped your closet in a very long time.
------------------------------------Here are a few tips to organizing your closet----------------------------
  • Get Rid of the Junk: Prior to organizing, getting rid of the unwanted items should be the first step to organizing your closet. It is the perfect time to donate to charity, sell on Poshmark, Etsy or at your neighborhood yard sale.
  • Develop a Closet Layout and Design: Start planning out a design for your new or renovated closet space. There are plenty of professional custom closet design companies out there. Many of them offer budget-friendly design options. Easy Closets is a popular closet organization company that many rely on for custom closet projects. The other option is to do-it-yourself. 
  • Get to Work: Start by organizing your items by season, then by functional group (blazers, jeans, tops, skirts, etc) and by color. You will need to establish a storage mechanism for shoes, jewelry, scarfs, belts, hats, sunglasses, etc. No worries, I've provided a couple of my favorite storage and closet must-haves below.
  • Reevaluate the System: Once you've implemented this new system, give it some time before evaluating its success. If it works, perfect. If not, determine what aspects within the design and process you'd like to change. As your wardrobe and lifestyle needs change, there will be a need to make changes to your existing closet infrastructure. 
I hope you find these tips and resources helpful for your closet organization efforts. Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Oct 24, 2014

Pumpkin Spice

Hey lovies. Just a quick hello before I head out. I'll be attending Oprah's The Life You Want Tour in Miami this weekend. I have heard nothing but great reviews about this inspirational tour and it is finally making a stop in Florida. Of course I will be all ears while I soak up all of that wealth of knowledge and inspiration to share with you guys.Have a great weekend.

Outfit Details: Cardigan: DIY | Leggins: Zara | Sunnies: Louis Vuitton (thifted) | Tank: NYC Boutique | Sandals: BabyPhat | Bag: Louis Vuitton (thrifted) 
Chat with you beauties soon. Until then.....Peace, Love & Blessings!

Oct 23, 2014

Fab Beauty Buy | Giovanni Cool Mint Body Scrub

It isn't often that I stumble upon a product and fall absolutely head over heels for it. But I happened to be scouring the isles at my local Super Walmart (gives the ultimate side eye) a few years ago and picked up this amazing Cool Mint and Lemonade Body Scrub. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after the first try---I am hooked. Since hitting my 30s, exfoliating my skin has become a key routine to keeping my skin looking vibrant and healthy. I use this product to exfoliate my entire body at least once a week using the Egyptian Loofah Exfoliating Pad.  These two are key in my beauty and skincare regimen. A plus is that both products are organic.
------------When exfoliating the skin, always remember to incorporate the following in your routine.--------------
  • Take your dry brush or loofah to the skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes
    • While in the shower, using the salt scrub and loofah pad, start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion on up the body.
      • Rinse off using lukewarm water and pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is slightly damp.
        • Never use this scrub for the face. Getting salt and mint in your eyes will be no fun.   
          After using the cool mint scrub, the smell, the feel and the extreme moisture will leave you feeling like you've just left your local luxury spa. I know many of us exfoliate our faces regularly, but we should also be exfoliating our entire body just as often. You can also use this scrub as a foot scrub by simply applying a small amount to a foot pumice stone and scrubbing the feet as needed. Chat with you beauties soon.

          Oct 21, 2014

          Foodie Favorite | Southern Art, Atlanta GA

          I had the pleasure of staying at the Intercontinental hotel in Buckhead---a trendy and commercial district of Atlanta, Georgia when I visited the city a few weeks ago. It was my first time staying at an Intercontinental property so I was curious as to the level of service I would receive. One of the important aspects to selecting a hotel next to cleanliness and quality of service are the amenities. As a full service luxury hotel, I expected the hotel to have a good restaurant on the premises and boy was I in for a surprise. Southern Art, the hotel's onsite restaurant offers southern cuisine with a farm-to-table modern touch. Spearheaded by highly acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith. Smith will conjure up house favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes,  Fried Oyster Deviled Eggs, Shrimp and Grits, Seared Scallop Saint James and Buttermilk Fried Chicken to name a few. One thing is for sure, I ate pretty damn good during my stay. If you are ever in the area, I recommend Southern Art for a fantastic dining experience. If Atlanta is in your travel plans, do consider staying at the Intercontinental Buckhead, it is an exceptional hotel experience.
             ______________________________The Eats______________________________________

          Until next time. . . . Peace, Love & Food!

          Oct 20, 2014

          Trend Alert | Intarsia Sweaters

          Intarsia, according to wikipedia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. As with the woodworking technique of the same name, fields of different colors and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, but are in fact all separate pieces, fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Ok, sure... intarsia sweaters are not really a "new" trend. But you can certainly say that they've become increasingly popular over the last three years. You have probably seen your share of black and white ones with either a graphic object or a word aligned within the center. Yes my friend, these are all intarsia sweaters. I've been a fan of the skillfully knitted sweaters for some time. I've been in search for a particular black and white one and since fall is here again, I'm hoping I will be able to score a fabulous one.

          Most of you will probably have the opportunity to pull out your sweaters long before the Florida weather affords me the chance. So for the next two months or so, I'll just have to live vicariously through you. Are you rocking sweaters in your neck of the woods yet? Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!