In 30 Days My Closet Will Kick Your Closet’s Butt (and a giveaway)

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A new book was recently suggested to me for review. I love new books and I love reviews, but I’ve got to be honest when I say I wasn’t so sure about this one. The book is titled The 30-Day Ultimate Closet Guide, which is pretty self-explanatory. I am definitely a lover of organization, especially when it comes to my clothes and accessories, but my closet is already super organized. Every article is separated by color and silhouette, my shoes have their own designated spots and I throw out pieces regularly. How helpful could this book be to me? Before saying, “no thanks”,  I decided to check out the website and the YouTube introduction video. Two minutes later, the author, Brittany Witkin, had me hooked.

Here’s what sold me:

After the 30 days, you will be able to grab, go and look your best without having to think about it. My closet may be organized, but I still spend hours dwelling over what to wear. I would LOVE to not have to think about it because I don’t actually have hours to dwell, which means I usually wear the same tank top, workout shorts and flip-flops 3 times a week…or 5 days a week…

This is where you begin to upgrade your look. I really really want to believe that I’m on top of the latest fashions and that I’m a hot cool trendy Mom. (Although, typing that sentence made me feel the exact opposite.) Anyways, I’m pretty hip, but I can admit that since having Luna, my style has been centered around whether it’s breastfeeding friendly and cheap enough that I don’t care if it’s covered in spit-up. You may find this hard to believe, but baby-friendly doesn’t equal chic and sexy.

It’s 30 days. There are lists, calendars and print-outs. It’s basically a big challenge and something I can add to my planner. Need I say more?

There’s a style-guide and fail-proof online and in-store shopping lists. In case you don’t understand, this mean I get to shop. I get to shop for things that I know will look good on me. SOLD.

There’s also talk of coffee, snacks, wine and friends. Yes, yes, yes and yes.

After instantly downloading the book and reading the first couple of chapters I sent my first “partner-in-crime closet invitation”. (i.e. I told Husband he had to do it with me.) We share a closet so the entire project may be somewhat wasted if only half the closet gets organized. Lucky for me, Husband likes getting rid of crap just as much as I do so it wasn’t to hard to convince him. Also, he is always brutally honest with me when it comes to fashion. I trust his opinion when I say “does this look good on me?”

The included 30-day calendar is flexible and allows you to choose the best time for you to do the most time-consuming steps. Since we have Luna and lots of plans (including a trip to NYC) this month, we’ve decided to do as many steps as we can when we have the time. Our goal is still to be in done in 30 days, or sooner. I originally planned to write one big review at the end of the process, but after completing most of the steps for week 1 today I knew I had too much to share already.

Poor baby Luna was stuck in the midst of mess all day today...good thing she's easily entertained.
Poor baby Luna was stuck in the midst of mess all day today…good thing she’s easily entertained.

Week 1 focuses on cleaning out all the clutter. I am 100% in to this challenge/project/guide so I am following Brittany’s rules to the T (well…mostly). She says to throw out anything you haven’t worn in 6 months, that isn’t seasonal or your wedding dress. So I did, except I did bend the rules a little. Since I have been either breastfeeding or pregnant for the last year in a half I allowed myself to keep some things that I absolutely am 100% positive I will wear, but just have not been able to yet (thanks a lot Luna).

Brittany suggests keeping snacks on hand in order stay fueled. Done.
Brittany suggests keeping snacks on hand in order stay fueled. Done.

Husband and I began with 4 labeled garbage bags (trash, sell, giveaway, gross hangers) and ended with ELEVEN full trash bags. ELEVEN. And, we literally cleaned out our closets 6 months ago and got ride of 4 full trash bags. It’s disgusting how much junk we have stored for no good reason. I already feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my closet’s shoulders. Our drawers and closet looks so clean! Also, kind of empty… I have to admit I’m a little scared! Even though, it’s a little scary to throw out so much so quickly, it’s also exhilarating. I no longer have to dig through shirts I know I’m never actually going to wear. Plus, I am really looking forward to the next few weeks.

I took lots of photos, but I want to save some for the "before and after" photos at the end of the month!
I took lots of photos, but I want to save some for the “before and after” photos at the end of the month!

In the next 21 days or so, I will be learning how to put together new outfits from what I already own, learn what looks best on my body type and hopefully purchase some new pieces that will tie the new look, new me and new closet all together! Yay me! I’ll be keeping you updated throughout the process.

I highly encourage you to check out Brittany’s site, TheStyleShaker.com and her book that was just released on Amazon. If you try the guide, please let me know how it works for you. Stay tuned!

ALSO….this is completely off topic, but I don’t really have a post that is on this topic so whatevs. There’s this really cool phone, the OnePlus One, it’s a 64GB unlocked cell phone. It works on any GSM network. It’s crazy fancy, supposed to be the best phone available, water resistant, ridiculous camera, big screen, yada yada yada, BUT it’s an invite only phone. So, even if you want to buy one you can’t unless someone sends you an invite. (Spolier alert: I have some!) The phone costs $350, but there’s no contract, so that’s cool. Anyways, I have six OnePlus One invites. Here’s the deal: If you want one of these invites then do the following:

1. Follow me on my blog.

2. Follow my Facebook or Instagram.

3. And comment below! Why do you want the OnePlus One? What kind of phone do you have now? What’s your favorite animal? I don’t really care, just leave a comment!

I’ll randomly select 6 winners in three days Wednesday, October 1st. Good luck people!

Cheers!

 

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Libraries Are a Magical Place

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I know I’ve been MIA for a week now and thank you all so much for baring with me, visiting the blog and keeping up with my little daily adventures on Positively Panicked’s Facebook and Instagram. Last week, was rough. Luna has decided that sleeping at night is not for her. The two of us have had A LOT of late night bonding time, like a little too much time together. I’m fairly certain Belle has permanently taken my spot next to Husband in bed. I was also hit with a weird and painful virus. Between every thing, I just desperately needed a break from something, and since Moms don’t get vacations, blogging was the only thing that could stand to survive without me for a week.

But, I’m back bitches!

Sorry, that’s a little uncalled for, but it just felt like the right sentiment.

Even though, I was down and out last week, I managed to find some daily adventures. (These adventures were made possible by lots of coffee.) I decided to take Luna to the local public library. It’s been about a hundred years since I last went to a public library, but I have many fond memories of skimming the children’s books, reading in the big comfy chairs, learning to use the card catalog and of course, getting my very own library card. When I entered the public library with Luna all of those fond memories came rushing back as soon as I stepped in to the air-conditioned room and got a whiff of the hundreds and hundreds of old and new books. Is there any greater smell?

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I’ve got to say going to a library is just as cool, if not cooler, than when we were kids. I mean, it’s basically like shopping for free. You can get books, DVD’s and magazines, use the Internet, play games and attend little shows and readings for free. FREE. And the cherry on top? It’s nice and quiet. No sales clerk is offering to help of following you around. There’s not horrible elevator music playing loudly while you browse. Plus, there are over-sized comfy chairs everywhere just begging you to sit and read. The only thing that would make a library better is coffee.

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I posted a photo of Luna having a blast at the library on Facebook (because that’s what Facebook is for, right? Look at me! I’m an awesome Mom who does awesome stuff like take my cute baby to the library. Go me!) Anyways, a friend of mine commented with this little gem…

Libraries are almost as magical as Disney parks…almost.

What a perfect way to describe a library. They are truly magical. Luna really did have fun pulling books off shelves, chewing on the binds and smiling at everyone who looked her way. I hope she continues to enjoy the library and reading as she grows. I hope she finds the magic between the pages and learns that adventure is never far away when you’ve got access to books.

Thank you libraries for offering such a magical world to each and everyone of us!

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Cheers!

A Nice Walk and a New Nook

Still enjoying NYC’s awesome summer weather, although a little too humid, and still taking advantage of all of our spare time, Husband and I took another great walk from our favorite NYC book! We’ve now completed 9 of these walks, so only 15 more to go! This day’s walk was through Central Park. I assumed I wouldn’t have much to write about so I didn’t bother to bring my phone or camera to snap some pictures.

The walk, however, ended up teaching me facts about the park that I never knew, and I decided this walk may actually be blog worthy. I stole husband’s phone to get pictures, but it died halfway through… For you, it will be just half a walk.

Our walk began at the Southern side of park, the entrance to the zoo to be exact. The giant building at the entrance (which I always assumed was zoo offices) is actually an old armory that now functions as the headquarters for the City Park’s department, and functioned as the museum of Natural History for a short time. The front of the building kept some of its earliest militant decorations…like the rifles holding up the banister.

My favorite things at the parks are all the beautiful man-made ponds. There are lots of ponds and bridges scattered through the park, and all of them make me feel a little closer to the country, and a lot farther from the city.  On the walking tour I learned that before people created the technology to make man-made skating rinks, the ponds at Central park would be drained to just a few inches so the water would freeze over, and anyone with ice skates could take advantage of the “natural” ice rinks. Wouldn’t it be so much more fun if they still did this???

The Dairy in the center of Central Park was created to entertain children. Originally it had live cows and costumed milk maidens who would provide free fresh milk to all the children. Sadly, this started getting pricey, and now the Dairy is just a boring visitor’s center, lame. After reading this all Husband and I wanted was milk served from a milk maiden. What a shame.

There is a really nice carousal near the Dairy. The horses are all hand-carved by a famous carousal artist. When it first opened it was hand-cranked, then pulled by a real horse, and eventually they upgraded to whatever machine runs a carousal automatically.

There is also a large fake skating rink set up each winter (since the “real” ones are no longer drained). During the summer,  the skating rink is used for a carnival. There are just so many activities for kids in Central Park.

There is only one straight path in all of the park, this path is called The Mall, and it is incredibly famous. It’s been in movies like Enchanted, When Harry Met Sally, Big Daddy, and Maid in Manhattan. It’s obvious why so many  directors choose this area to film. It’s beautiful and romantic at any season.

I am going to skip the rest of the walk (no photos) and move right outside the walls of the park (near the waffles and dinges cart). Often there are vendors with carts, kiosks, and cart/kiosks, set up along the brick sidewalks surrounding the park.

(In case you don’t get the “cart/kiosk” reference, I suggest you watch this video. You really just need to watch from minute 1:30 to 2:30 to catch the reference, but I recommend you watch the whole clip. AND, If you did not get this reference I highly suggest you start watching every episode of Gilmore Girls.) 

Anyways, most of the carts are selling photographs and art that depicts iconic scenes around NYC, or hotdogs, or some other sort of craft. Except the Strand Carts. The Strand  is that really cool bookstore near Union Square that I told you about a few months ago. They take tons of their books (mostly their used ones) and put them up for sale around the park. So fun!

We ended up shopping at the actual Strand bookstore last night. I picked out about 12 books that I wanted to buy. Husband was sooooo frustrated because he has been trying to convince me to buy a Nook or a Kindle for the last year. Every time I get a new book he throws a fit about what a waste of money and space it is, and how convenient it would be for me to have them all on a E-reader.

Last night, was apparently the last straw. He actually left the Strand, walked straight to Barnes and Noble and bought me a Nook! He then stayed up until 1am putting new books on it for me. Since, he was oh-so sweet and generous to do this for me, I decided to give the Nook a chance. I used it all day today, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

It is so easy to read on, so fun, so cute, fits easily in a small purse, lasts forever, and makes me feel like a super fast reader. Husband is just the best.

Now, I can combine all my loves by going to Central Park, reading my Nook, and watching Husband play fetch with Belle, while drinking an iced latte.

Anyone have suggestions for new books to read? Anyone want to meet me in the park? Anyone have ideas on how I can convince husband to buy me another present?

Happy Friday and Cheers!