Cleaning Out Your Closet


I am so frustrated. I love going to the thrift store, the one in town lets you fill up and entire trash bag or rad stuff for a measly $5.00! Heaven. So of course my closet has a ton of cool things in it, but it's also full of clutter from stuff I no longer wear or things that aren't really my style. After searching for a good 30 minutes in my closet for one of my favorite tops and letting out a guttural cry of frustration I knew it was time. I had to clean out my closet.

I knew that organizing all of this would be beyond challenging (it's hard to let go of your fashion past after all) but I decided to buckle down and just do it. My style right now is  a mix of boho, vintage, goth, 90's and everything in between, but I can still draw the line on things I will and won't wear. The following are the steps I took to clean out my closet. Feel free to use them as well!

First things first. Sort everything into three piles. One pile will be your "yes" pile the next pile one will be "maybe" and the last one will be "no". Make sure you sort absolutely everything. It's important to sort your shoes, hats, everything. Or else the closet cleaning won't work. Once everything in your closet has been sorted make sure you put all the "no" items (that are still in good condition) in a bag so that you can donate it to a shelter, or exchange them at Plato's or Buffalo Exchange. If it's something that's beyond repair or wear please don't donate it. You're only creating more work for the people that volunteer their time to sort.

Unless something has real sentimental value you should follow the two year rule. Basically, if you haven't worn it in two years give it away. I don't care if its brand "new" or if you got it for a really good deal. Get rid of it. You're never going to wear it, and those items you're feeling iffy on are only holding up space for  the items you do love. Be ruthless. Don't feel guilty about giving away something that you never wore. Instead focus on the fact that you're well on your way to having a smaller closet full of the things you love to wear. So if you don't love it, and you don't need it, don't be afraid to get rid of it!

Now be brutally honest with yourself once you start to go through the maybe pile. Use the two year rule and remember that you're trying to create a closet full of your favorite items. Things that are your style and will inspire you for years to come. Another thing that can give your closet an instant makeover is getting rid of the mismatched wire hangers. You can either upgrade to wooden ones (you can find some for a good deal if you really hunt) or you can just do what I did and get a bunch of the clear plastic ones. I even got some from clothing stores. I just asked if they had any extra hangers and the majority of stores just handed them over. Winning!

Once you've got everything all sorted and organized (I sorted my items by color and clothing type) pat yourself on the back! You did it, finally your clothing has a place of its own and  your sanity can finally be restored. Drum roll please. Your closet is now ready for the new season.

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Second article for DISfunkshion

I wrote my second online article for DISfunkshion Magazine! This time around I can't lie, I had a harder time writing for the brand. Something about writing for something I could never afford was creating a mental block in my head. I spoke with a former professor and he reminded me that writing should never be solely based on how you're feeling about something. You should be able to write a piece on anything, wether you relate to the issue at hand or not. Once I wrapped my head around that concept it was so much easier for the words to start flowing. And in the end I was glad that I was able to take that mental block down, because Virginija is the sweetest person ever. She was extremely helpful while I was interviewing her and I learned that she makes all of her jewelry by hand! It's a painstaking process, but the end product is pretty amazing. You can see all of her beautiful creations here


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Location: Seattle, WA

Fresh Minted Limeade


Courtesy of Danille Kartes, here is the recipe for her absolutely perfect limeade. The blend of juicy limes, cane sugar, pure water, and fresh mint makes this a refreshing and incredibly simple treat for late summer!


Ingredients:
2 cups cane sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 gallon cold water
1 lime, sliced (for garnish)
Mint sprigs (for garnish)
Blueberries (for garnish)

Directions:
In a 1 gallon sized container mix cane sugar and the hot water, stir until sugar dissolves.
Add lime juice and the cold gallon of water.
Stir until well mixed.
Pour limeade over glasses of ice.
Garnish with sprig of mint, lime slice or blueberries.

Enjoy!
image via Danielle Kartes

Summer Never Ends

How rad is this photoshoot?? NIN3 put it up on their blog featuring Pamela W. The one thing I really love about this brand is this statement that I read on their 'about' page: "A 9 girl is any being who embodies NIN3 by holding the ability to recognize the vast darkness but choose only to proceed towards the endless light." It's a beautiful philosophy to live by.


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NOLA

We're on the way to New Orleans! I'm excited! It's my birthday weekend and I'm going to spend it with all of my sorority sisters at National Retreat. Road trips are the absolute best and the drive to Louisiana is one of my favorites. Sure the roads are pretty shitty, but I've made the trip a dozen times and it never gets old. As soon as I see the bridge I know I'm halfway. Hopefully after all of the festivities die down we'll be able to go check out Bourbon Street or something. Who knows. All I know is, I never feel more at home than when I'm on the road. 

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Artist You Should Know: Tracy Chapman



Now Tracy Chapman has been around for quite a while. Since the 90's if I'm remembering correctly? My mom used to play her all the time when I was a kid. I heard this song in one of my friends cars the other day and now I can't stop listening to it. Problem. Seriously! It's been on repeat in my head. Over and over and over agin. It's a little insane, but the song brings back so many good memories that I don't even care. Every time I get in the car I blast it. My friends are like "change the song," and I just tell them "no," haha.  I think I really love the song because now I understand what she's singing about! Her lyrics are so deep. I've definitely felt this way before. If only I would have remembered this song back then... Oh well, better late than never right?

Also, if you want to buy the song for yourself it's only $0.69 on iTunes!


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