The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup-Weeks 11 & 12

Hi all! Again – a little behind here. Things have been crazy busy – both in work and in my personal life. I  had a lot of traveling both for work and pleasure last month which is shared on my Instagram – so if you aren’t already following Wishbonedreams definitely check it out. There you can see my daily outfits posts, as well as any travel I’ve been up to.

My brother got married on Saturday, September 30. I was in the wedding so as you can imagine that was quite a busy time as well. Below are the outfits from the last couple of weeks as well as some of my travels 🙂

Top photos are from my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding at Cerruti Cellars in Oakland, CA, Sqauw Valley Oktoberfest, the Madonna Inn and a selfie during a work roadshow in San Luis Obispo. Busy Busy!

Don’t mind the complete chaos of a mess in the background. On my major to-do list this week, now that I have a free weekend for the first time in 5 or 6 weeks! For the closet clutter part of this, I came across a couple of tops recently that I wore once, maybe twice at the most, probably a handful of years ago. Tried them on and immediately remembered why I never wear them. So, I caught myself hanging it back on the hanger and in the closet and thought to myself, what the heck am I doing? So, I took it off of the hanger, grabbed a bag and tossed it in the bag. I now have what I like to think of as an “active” donation bag. So, as I come across things that I don’t like to wear, don’t fit, or simply isn’t my style anymore, I can just toss it in the bag. So far, there are two blouses and two pairs of pants in the bag!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a quieter October full of pumpkins spiced everything and hopefully cooler weather!

Happy decluttering!

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Weeks 9 & 10

So, I’m pretty behind here. And the reason for that is because I was extremely sick after the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Let me tell you, strep throat as an adult is no way to spend an entire week out of the office and laid up on the couch! And, I guess one of the beauties of getting older is that your body decides it is suddenly allergic to things you weren’t allergic to before, like Amoxicillin.

Anyway, here are weeks 9 & 10 – though I must warn, they are scarce.

To add to this blog post, I decided to look up some tips and tricks to cleaning out your closet. Let’s be honest here, I have one small closet in my bedroom that houses my dresses and coats, and an external one that houses my blouses and my pants – and it’s easier access for work days so that is a plus as well. The external closet is more or less under control. All brand new velvet hangers, pants all fit and I wear on a regular and semi-regular basis, and my blouses/tops the same. But, the honest truth is that the closet I need to attack is the one hidden in the corner of my room covered by a curtain.

BuzzFeed had this awesome article titled 17 Invaluable Tips for Anybody With Too Many Clothes. This was published in 2014, but I think there is still some really valuable information here.

  1. To begin cleaning out a messy closet, take every single thing out of it. EVERYTHING.
  2. When choosing clothes to keep, ask yourself a few vital questions to immediate weed out the weak items. (WARNING. This may seem like everything you own. Probably).
    1. Does it still fit?
    2. Have I worn it in the last 12 months? – A good way to determine this is to flip your hangers in the opposite direction once you’ve worn an item so you know it’s an item you wear.
    3. Would I wear it again?
    4. If I saw it in a store now, would I buy it?
    5. Do I love the way it looks on me? Just recently, I put on a blouse that I thought would look so cute with my outfit. I’ve had the blouse for some time, and I am certain the one and only time I wore it (about 3 years ago), I fought with it the whole time (it kept falling off my shoulders). But for some reason I kept it. So, I gave it a second shot, and not 30 seconds in to having this thing on it was annoying me. I immediately started a new donation bag.
    6. Is it damaged?
  3. Hang as many items in your closet as you can. (NEATLY). If you can see it, you’re more likely to wear it.
  4. Use the backwards hanger strategy when putting clothes back into your closet to get a better idea of the items you actually wear often. How-to: face all of your hangers away from you and replace each one the “right way” after wearing the item hanging on it. Check back in six months and then a year to see which hangers are still facing the wrong way. Maybe it’s time to get rid of those articles and clean out your closet again?
  5. To keep everything looking fresh and neat, get new hangers so that everything in your closet looks uniform. This is also a very good way to have to touch every single clothing item and determine if you’re going to keep it or not.
  6. Use garment organizers to separate your clothes into categories that work for you – seasons, occasion, type of item, etc.
  7. Fold heavy clothes, especially sweaters and loose knits that may lose their shape on hangers. A little tip here, is I have plastic drawers on the floor of my enclosed closet that house all of my sweaters.
  8. Organize your folded clothes in a way that makes sense to you.
  9. Assess your reject pile and decide which items can be sold.
  10. If there isn’t anything wrong with the items that you do not want to keep, consider giving them away or donating them.
  11. When you look at an item of clothing and just think “nope,” then maybe it is destined for the trash. Toss an old item of clothing if:
    1. It’s torn or broken
    2. It’s underwear
  12. If you’re really on the struggle bus, refer to the decision tree in this article to help you decide whether you still need that neon blue sweater from 1996.

  13. For extra organization, you can use dividers to end drawer chaos. Drawer dividers, can help you manage the things in your drawers that often get too messy to deal with (unmentionables, socks, ties, belts; the drawer is your oyster!). If you prefer to DIY, try PVC pipes lined up as dividers!
  14.  Don’t let your floor space go to waste. Many people use their closet floor space for shoes, as I mentioned before I use mine for more storage for my sweaters.
  15. Decorate your closet/room with wearable items. Have a super sexy, cute pair of shoes that are just sitting in a box? Put them on a shelf and show them off! Turn dead wall space into shoe shelving and feature your favorites for a display that is both practical and decorative. This would work with bags and accessories, too!
  16. Maximize shelf space and be super organized by using shelf dividers. Dividers are great for creating a smaller space to stack items like bags or other loose accessories that would normally create a mess without using boxes as storage. If you can see your items directly on the shelf instead of in a box, you are more likely to remember it exists and actually use it.
  17. Don’t just use closet doors for opening and closing, use them for extra storage. Over-the-door shoe bags can be used to store not only shoes, but belts, socks, accessories, and more. If you don’t have enough room for a full shoe bag, try hooks, or a towel rod to hang items.

To see the full list and related images, click here.

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 8!

So, it has been 8 weeks since I started the closet challenge. I have to say that I am not doing as well as I would have liked. I am definitely pulling things from my existing closet, and I’m having an easier time putting outfits together, but I’m definitely still having trouble keeping my online shopping in check. Here are a couple of my favorite online shops that always seem to kill my bank account (and not because they are expensive, but because I LOVE them).

ROOLEE: http://www.roolee.com has the cutest peplum tops! They have great prices ranging anywhere from $25 onward, and the material the shirts are made of is heaven.

Evy’s Tree: http://www.evystree.com – looking for unique hoodies? Like, the kind you can wear to the office? This is the place! I’ve been an Evy’s Tree customer since it was a little store on Etsy. They are always coming out with something new and exciting, they have fantastic sales and overall I’ve always just been over the moon happy with their product.

Madewell: http://www.madewell.com – Well, what can I say? I discovered Madewell jeans and now that’s all I want to wear. Like I have two pairs and I might throw out every other blue denim skinny jean I own because I don’t love them like I love my Madewell jeans. Well worth the price tag my friends.

Anthropologie: http://www.anthropologie.com – I’m sure you all know what Anthro is, but it’s my weakness. However, I do my best to only purchase items when they are not only on sale, but have an additional 30 or 40% percent off. I have been able to get some really nice things from there for what I think they are actually worth. Also, my bridesmaid dress is from there and I’m in love with it – can’t wait to share and post photos from that day (coming soon – September 30).

Anyway – I digress again, but I highly recommend checking out my online shopping weakness sites 🙂 Below is the weekend roundup for week 8 – only 5 outfits as I spent Saturday in lounge clothes with a migraine – and Sunday was much of the same.

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The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 7

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Hi all! So, another week has come and gone, and I’ve been working really hard to get my Insta followers up. I’m taking classes toward a social media marketing certificate (gotta keep myself relevant in the ever changing world of communications and social media presence), so with that said I’ve been trying to post more, and be more consistent. And, just like with this blog and finding a niche, I’m having a hard time finding my “theme” so-to-speak on Insta. AND, do you know how hard it is to keep your followers engaged and not lose them?! Wow! I had no idea!

Also, who saw the solar eclipse?! I was here in SF extremely worried that I wasn’t going to be able to see it, but I actually think the clouds and overcast sky helped us see the eclipse pretty easily. I know this is a closet challenge post, but I have so much to talk about this week (I posted a couple of my eclipse photos below too).

Anyway, I digress. Last week was pretty easy to put my outfits together. I did splurge and bought myself a pair of Madewell jeans, that I have to say hold true to their name. I absolutely love them! They are just stretchy enough to be comfortable, but not too stretchy that I need a belt by the end of the day. While I hate paying more than 80 bucks for jeans, I feel like these might have been worth it. Below is the week’s roundup. I’m missing an outfit from Saturday night – but it was a repeat offender anyway 😉 and Sunday was a gym and yoga pants kinda day – not usually photo-worthy hah.

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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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