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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #12

Easy Peasy Makeup Organization

Photo grid of my organizer detailing the empty top and bottom pieces and the entire unit including my makeup

Remember your first venture into the world of makeup and how you felt after the transformation? What a rush!

I loved playing with my mom’s makeup and couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear my own. Thanks to my mom, it was from an early age I became a fan of bright red lipstick and eyebrow stencils.

Over the years I’ve collected tons of cosmetics from foundation, eyeshadow, blush, lip color, and mascara to nail polish. Ever the organizer, I’ve used different storage methods to contain my ever-growing collection. Two of my favorites were 3-tiered hanging vegetable baskets and Caboodles makeup cases.

In recent years I’ve dramatically scaled down the amount of makeup I store. The loss of my eyesight, becoming more seasoned, and desiring less overall contributed to my decision to cutback.

Investing in a 2-piece clear acrylic makeup organizer from Amazon was the perfect answer for me. Since this unit is compact it doesn’t take up much space and it keeps everything neat and tidy in one place.

My organizer has 4 drawers (2 side by side at the top and 2 longer ones directly underneath). The inset piece that I sit on top of the drawers can actually be used as a stand alone. Total measurement is 9.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep by 7.5 inches tall.

Depending on your individual needs, makeup organization really is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

  1. Pare down by thinking in terms of essentials
  2. Select an organizational unit suited to your needs
  3. Label your cosmetics (with the date they are first opened) and/or each section on the organizer (this will enable you to readily distinguish between products and provide the discard by date)

In Googling Makeup organizers there are well over 1 million results. They can be purchased just about anywhere and they come in many different sizes, colors, types, and price points.

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #9

Packing Trick For A Holiday Getaway

suitcase-468445_1280Packing can be a royal pain! Packing for a short-term holiday trip can be especially frustrating so I have a few tips to make it a little easier.

For quite some time now I’ve been rolling my clothing when I travel but then a couple of years ago I saw a demonstration that changed my packing life forever. Rolling an entire outfit with accessories is a beautiful thing for a several reasons:

  1. Carry-on. Enough said.
  2. Organized and efficient, rolling and packing saves time as dressing is a cinch because all you have to do is pick a bundle.
  3. Hotel cooties, Yikes!! While not a cure-all, keeping my outfits in my suitcase until I’m ready to wear them gives me a little comfort.
  4. Ironing is drastically reduced. Personally if I can avoid packing clothing that requires ironing all the better.
  5. Don’t forget to include what you wear to your destination. As you’ll note in my example I chose to wear my tuxedo jacket for extra layers.

Using the same outfits in my Blind Woman’s Guide To Easy Holiday Glamour, the following photo grids demonstrate how the process works:

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  1. Dress pants folded along the creases then folded in half
  2. Dress shirt buttoned folded in half lengthwise, sleeves folder under is placed on top of the pants
  3. Cami is folded in half lengthwise the placed on top of the shirt
  4. Jewelry is in a medium-sized drawstring pouch and placed on top of the cami

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  1. I begin rolling the complete set and place my clutch on top to be rolled in
  2. Roll with the clutch included
  3. Completed roll
  4. Carry on bag has three complete outfits (2 mentioned above) and a sweater and leggings along with a pair of heels. Unmentionables are placed in the bag,s pockets along with toiletries and extra bags for dirty laundry. You may have noticed I didn’t include the tuxedo jacket, read on…

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  1. Since the heels are black suede I store them in plastic bags which comes in handy when packing
  2. Three drawstring pouches. Before I had these I used to use clear sandwich bags.
  3. This is my travel outfit. Jeans, black sleeveless mock neck top, dangling fringe earrings, chunky bracelet, black tote bag and I’d wear black ankle boots.
  4. Tuxedo jacket is part of my travel outfit – BAM!!

There you have it. This example was for carry on but it could be applied to additional luggage. If I wanted to carry my toiletry bag I would simply pack my tote.

I hope these tips are beneficial. Do you have any tricks you use when traveling? Please do tell.

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #8

Stuff, Stress, & Its Connection To Fashion

Before: Dresser Drawer With Tanks/Camis
Before: Dresser Drawer With Tanks/Camis

Everyone experiences stress one time or another many times during their lifetime. The holiday season in particular tends to bring about more stress than any other time of the year.

One of the ways I’ve effectively dealt with my stress is through elimination. In my post, Making The Most Out Of What You Have Is So Satisfying, I discussed ways in which I was able to scale back to regain balance in my life.

Aside from being overwhelmed which affects my thinking, when I feel stressed there is a tightening sensation in my chest. The more I try to focus on relaxing, the more intense the feeling becomes which ultimately ends up triggering an anxiety attack.

Drawer full of multi colored tees separated with dividers
Before: Dresser Drawer With Tees

Figuring out what to wear on any given day was an area I felt I could drastically cut down on my stress. I have three zones in my bedroom for clothing, makeup, and accessories; chest of drawers, dresser, and closet. Streamlining each of these areas by assessing what I really like wasn’t as difficult as I might have imagined.

Take two of my dresser drawers for example. One was dedicated to tanks/camis and the other contained tee shirts. I was able to consolidate both drawers into one by keeping only what I wear or like.

After: Dresser Drawer With Tanks/Camis and Tees
After: Dresser Drawer With Tanks/Camis and Tees

For several years I’ve been folding and putting my tees in the drawer in a vertical position similar to file folders, because it makes it easier to see what I want and they take up less space. Likewise, I fold my camis and tanks in thirds, then roll them and place them in neat columns.

In the combined drawer I ended up with three columns of tanks/camis (the third column from the left are exercise tanks) and one column of tees. I separated the tees from the tanks with a drawer divider I got from Amazon. Filing by color (light to dark) also adds to the ease in finding what I need quickly.

Having an organizational system is important and it’s absolutely essential when you cannot see because it aids in independence, saves time, and cuts down on stress. In looking at those things that bring value to my life it makes it easier to rid myself of everything else.

Happy Friday and Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

 

 

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Making The Most Out Of What You Have Is So Satisfying

You don’t know what you don’t know

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The theme of not missing something you never knew existed has been one of the guiding forces in my life. I typically relate this theme back to when I was a youngster with poor eyesight. It wasn’t until my first refraction eye exam, when the eye chart was brought into sharp focus, that I realized my vision was wonky due to high myopia also known as extreme nearsightedness.

“It wasn’t until my first refraction eye exam…” On the surface this sentence might seem inconsequential but when I go back to life before that examination, my poor eyesight was normal and I was blissfully unaware of the fact I couldn’t see well. Knowledge changes everything.

Being here to witness the advancing evolution of technology like television, cable, microwaves, phones, game consoles, computers, internet, and vehicles is amazing. Even the way we communicate with one another, the amount of, and how we receive information, is fascinating. But a part of me can’t help but wonder if instant gratification and having so many choices can be detrimental to our humanity as our attention is being pulled in so many directions.

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“The most important things in life aren’t things.”

Making the decision to not let the possession or lack of something control me has been one of my life’s most liberating experiences. The process begins with understanding who you are and what’s valuable to you.

For me, the need for order is critical. So when I examined my current lifestyle I saw many opportunities to pare down. For example, I no longer require china so I’m giving it away to a friend. No china means no need for a china cabinet. Other areas where I scaled back:

  • No longer buying anything without giving something away or tossing
  • Unsubscribed from email lists
  • Turned off electronic notifications i.e. FB, Twitter, Instagram & email
  • Limited social media and smartphone applications
  • Got rid of all CDs and DVDs
  • Cancelled solicitation requests via mail
  • Deleted seldom used online tools
  • Instead of gifts I’ve requested donations to my favorite charity
  • Deleted unused programs on my computer

In addition to the above—with the exception of household items like; food, paper towels, toilet paper, and soap—I try not to keep multiples. I’ve narrowed down clothing, shoes, handbags, coats, and accessories. Using 100 percent of what I own and keeping only those things I enjoy, has improved my mood by reducing stress, created more open space in my condo, not to mention my mind, and is allowing me to focus on where I am needed most.

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Gone are the days where I hang onto something to wear just because. The necklace in today’s pictures is an example of one I’ve had for a few years but I never wore. The question I had to ask myself was ‘why am I keeping this if I’m not going to use it?’ This is why I like the ‘something comes in, something goes out’ philosophy because it allows me to see more clearly what I truly need to replace and with reduced inventory selections are much easier.

I still have to get to the place where I do not need storage for overflow but I like where I’m headed. Working on a cable solution is one of my next projects. It’s silly to have a bazillion channels when I don’t watch TV. Getting rid of Verizon as my cell phone provider last year was one of the best decisions I made. My bill is about 1/3 of what I used to pay and I’m receiving the same service. So lookout cable, I’m coming for you!

Outfit Description:

  • Blue jeans
  • Black top
  • Black faux suede mule wedge shoes
  • White faux leather moto jacket
  • Silver plated crystal statement necklace