The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 6

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Happy Monday all! Below are the outfits I put together this week. This week had a mess of different things going on…gym a few nights, class one night, happy hour another and then over course Lady Gaga on Sunday night! She was GREAT!

To help with some of my closet storage issues, I bought velvet hangers from Tuesday Morning. I bought two packs of 25 for under 25 bucks! It was great. Not only do these hangers keep your clothes from falling off the edges, but they also somehow manage to create less space! Everything just hangs next to the other perfectly. I am definitely going to be on the hunt again this coming weekend for additional velvet hangers. My jeans and work pants could happily benefit from such hangers! Happy closet decluttering!

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10 Things My Dog Has Taught Me

10 things my dog has taught me

I adopted Ruby about 3 1/2 years ago. I was looking for a cat on Craigslist, not a dog, but there she was all scruffy and rescued and she had to be mine. I think I’ve written about Ruby in the past, but she has more attitude than any one dog should ever be allowed to have, and she for sure belongs to me! Anyway, I thought I would list the 10 things that my pup Ruby Sue has taught me over the last few years.

1. Unconditional love – and what it really means: We have our families who HAVE to love us, and we have our closest friends who choose to love us, but our dogs they SERIOUSLY love us. Ruby loves me when I’m laid up in bed with flu, she loves me when I haven’t showered in two days, and she just generally loves me, as I am. How can you not appreciate that? And, how can you not learn that unconditional love like that goes a long way, even in your personal life? I need to take more tips from Ruby’s ability to love that’s for sure.

2. Sometimes you just gotta get dirty: Ruby has an, albeit annoying habit, of digging in the dirt and then shoving her face and beard right into the hole she dug, drool and all. But it’s made me wonder…she just goes for it, all out, giving zero f*cks, and maybe I need to recognize that. Either that or she enjoys getting her beard wiped down with a baby wipe every night (insert eye roll here). Whatever it may be, it makes her feel good in some way, she enjoys it, and quite frankly doesn’t care if she’s going to get in trouble after the fact. I have learned you just gotta do what YOU want to do sometimes.

3. Just because you’re smaller doesn’t mean you’re less strong: Ruby has been, and always will be the smallest dog in the Delucchi clan. But she can keep up with any dog bigger than her, and between me and you I think she prefers to play with bigger dogs. She can give them all a run for their money. Just because I’m 5’4″ doesn’t mean I’m any less tough than the dude at the gym looking like Thor.

4. Being vocal is always a plus – even if you sometimes annoy the people around you: If you have never heard a terrier bark, it is the most obnoxious thing. I mean, honestly. I asked the vet about her barking and his response was, “She’s a terrier.” Ummm…great! But, I’d rather her give me that “whoa whoa” growl when I enter the house every night then nothing at all. But her issue with the UPS man is something I haven’t quite figured out yet. Nonetheless, I have learned from Ruby that I’d rather have the hard conversations with people in my life than stay quiet, I’d rather bring something up that maybe we don’t want to talk about because it’s better than leaving it unsaid.

5. Being fiercely protective of your family is normal: I have always been fiercely protective of my family. As a matter of fact, it comes out so naturally when you aren’t even thinking about it most times, but Ruby has shown me that when you find your pack, you have it, you protect it, and you love it unconditionally, just as she does with me and my family.

6. Sometimes you fight with your siblings, but they still love you: Sadie (my mom’s rescue) and Ruby have had a couple of tussles in the past. Some resulting in hurt feelings in which they separate from each other for a couple of hours and give each other sideways looks. But, they always put it aside quickly and get right back to being pack buddies. I’ve learned it’s best to forgive fast when you have ups and downs with your family.

7.  Going on a diet sucks – even for dogs: Ruby and I sat in the vet’s office sadly hearing that she was overweight. I want a healthy dog that will live the longest and fullest life so I took it seriously. Poor Ruby eats very rationed portions twice a day, no more random toss of a french fry anymore, she’ll get a slice of apple instead. She has lost weight! And her hard work has paid off, but it’s also taught me that the struggle is real, but just like us supplementing the good for the bad does make a difference.

8. But the hard work paying off is always exciting – especially when people notice: Since Ruby has lost the little bit of weight she clears the ottoman between the two couches and my mom swear’s her legs don’t touch the ground when she’s running at the park. Even her park buddies have noticed she’s lost weight. She feels better and that’s all that matters, but I’ve realized that taking care of yourself and your health really does make a difference in how you look, feel and perform.

9. We all need to be snuggled, held, touched and loved: Ruby has a tendency to either sit RIGHT next to you, all weight leaning in, or not at all. There is also the occasional belly rub that she will initiate by rolling on her back and of course don’t get me started on the butt scratch. I mean, who doesn’t love a good butt scratch? Anyway, she reminds me that we all need to be snuggled, held and touched, whether human or dog – it warms the heart and soul.

10. If you love someone, show them: Ruby has distinct welcoming noises and reactions for certain people in my family. For me it’s this uncontrollable cry/whine and if the other dogs want to say hi to me first that is a no-go. She even sounds like she’s talking sometimes, it’s strange. She also has the same uncontrolled reaction when my 5 year-old niece comes over. Those two are almost, if not just as connected as Ruby and I are. And, boy does Ruby let us know. It’s a good reminder for me to show people how I feel about them, even if it’s through uncontrollable whining – HAH!

Bottom line is this – my dog is my furbaby. I would do just about anything for her, and she gives me the opportunity to think deeper about the things that she unapologetically does. Yes, yes, I realize she’s a dog and not a human, but still she makes me stop and think and for that I’m grateful to have her goofy butt in my life. Cheers to Ruby Sue!

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 5

Week 5, come and gone, and somehow I have managed to only have 4 outfit photos. Not sure what happened this week, however I did spend one day at home fighting off a cold I was ignoring all week long, and the weekend consisted of yoga pants and flip flops – nothing worth noting. Either way, the outfit roundup is below.

When I start to feel in a rut about outfits lately I’ve been turning to my handy Pinterest account where I have separate boards for work outfits, weekend outfits, and seasonal outfits. I only try to pin outfits to those boards that I know I can recreate in some way. May sound like a lot of work, but it really does help me!

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What are some inspirations you use for outfits?

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 4

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Gah! It has taken me two days to get around to this week’s weekend roundup, and then I posted the wrong Canva, and inadvertently accidentally deleted my entire post. SO, here we go, take two! Anyway, below are the outfits I put together last week. There are only 6 outfits this week because I spent Sunday in my sweats binge watching Scandal (oopsie). If you want daily peaks into what I’m putting together outfit-wise follow me in Insta: Wishbonedreams. Cheers!

 

The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 3

Weekend Roundup wk 3

Hello my fellow readers ~ So, week 3 has come and gone and I managed to snap photos of everything I wore. I actually don’t think I have repeated anything in the last 3 weeks, which is either a good thing or a bad thing…I’m unsure 🙂

I’m finding that in order to stay consistent I’m planning out my outfits either days before or the at the very least the night before. Not only is it saving me time, but it is also saving me from a messy bedroom. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to create a huge mess when I don’t have any idea what to wear, so I’m finding that this is helpful. I fell off the clothes buying wagon on Sunday though. Madewell was having an additional 30% off clearance, and I picked up a super cute sweater poncho (which I’m sportin this week so you’ll see it!)

So, while I haven’t stuck firmly to my no buying clothes, accessories etc., challenge I am definitely doing better with utilizing what I already have! Hopefully by the end of this I’ll have even more to donate to Savers. Until then, my weekly roundup of outfits is below.

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 2

The Closet Challenge- Weekend Roundup - Week 2

Week two went well! Though, I will say that when I get disappointed or flustered about something, I’m realizing that my go-to coping mechanism is to buy something. I was definitely feeling like that on Friday, AND Anthropologie was having an additional 30% off of their clearance items. Double whammy. I looked, but didn’t see much I was interested in (thank goodness), but did purchase a new top for my birthday celebration shenanigans this weekend. I realize that goes against my challenge, but baby steps people! 🙂

Anyway, my outfits were a bit more manageable since I was in training two days last week so I was sporting jeans three days (including Friday). In addition, I donated 6 garbage bags of clothes and two boxes of shoes this weekend! It felt fantastic to get those items out of my house! Definitely a win for #closetclutterchallenge and #closeteditor.

Check out the photos from last week (I’m missing Friday’s outfit as I was out the door before I even realized I didn’t take a photo).

Be sure to follow me on IG: Wishbonedreams and on on FB! I’m taking a social media marketing class these days so I’m hoping to grow my following and get tips and tricks that way!

Are you participating in the closet clutter challenge? If so, I want to hear from you!

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week One

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Well, well, well…I have to say week one went well! I did my best to photographically document the outfits I wore this week via Instagram. I found that it helped if I tried to lay out my outfits ahead of time. I know this probably sounds like a “duh” moment, but it really truly does help. Check out the outfits I put together below and happy closet decluttering!

Week two begins tomorrow, and I have 4 out of 5 work days already laid out. I find the challenge is always sticking with what I’ve put out for the week and not just running for my jeans an easy flow top 🙂

Follow me on Instagram to see the outfits daily! And, if you have any tips or tricks on how to keep your checkbook in order, and still look trendy and put together everyday, PLEASE let me know. In the meantime, happy #closetclutterchallenge and #closeteditor.

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