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How To Be Your Own Marie Kondo And Create A Wardrobe That Sparks Joy

Have you watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up, yet?  Maybe you’ve snuggled up with her book?  Either way you were probably in awe of the life changing magic of tidying up.  If you’ve seen just one episode of the show, you can see how relationships and lifestyles can improve simply by having a better relationship with your things.  You might have thought, I want that for my life!  And you wouldn’t be alone.  Marie’s book has sold over 6 million copies to women (and men) eager to create magic in their own lives.  But whereas Marie lays out detailed steps for anyone wanting the instant gratification that comes with tidying up, the real magic of decluttering takes more dedication...
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Take 30 Minutes This V-Day To Do One Of These Things For Yourself

I have to be honest here, I love getting flowers.  I remind my husband of this every year a couple of days before Valentine’s Day.  Then, because he lives very prominently in his male brain, I also remind him that Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  I’d love to say I’m the girl who doesn’t care about getting sweet gifts on Valentine’s Day, that our love is deeper than any material gift on some silly holiday.  And of course, I do know this to be true.  But the truth is, it’s nice to be reminded that I’m important to my sweetie through a romantic gesture.  It gives me all the warm fuzzies to be pampered with chocolates and flowers...
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Our Sweet + Simple Home In The Rural Midwest

I fell in love with our house the second that I walked into it.  I think it was the wood floors with their rich caramel tone and the way the kitchen opened up into the living room with a big patio door that let the light stream in.  I immediately pictured all of the dingy, rust colored walls with a fresh coat of white paint, how my parent’s big blue rug that had been promised to me would fill the living room space perfectly.  I knew that we could make this a place that felt like home.  Sitting here on this mid winter morning, looking through that patio door at the fresh snowfall, it really does feel like home.  The...
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5 Things I Did To Start Loving Midwest Winters

You heard me right, I said LOVE winters, in the midwest!  Do you think I’ve gone off the deep end?  If you don’t think that’s crazy, just wait until I tell you that I’m writing this literally in the middle of a polar vortex with temperatures that feel like -50.  Okay, so this kind of cold might not be my favorite!  But my mindset towards winter has really turned around since one year ago.  I used to be filled with dread when the days started getting shorter.  I’d spend my winter days hating the cold, despising the darkness, and wishing for summer.  When I started to be more mindful about creating a lifestyle that I loved, I realized that I...
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The Reason You Have A Full Closet With Nothing To Wear

When researching what styles I wanted to design in 2019, I sent out a survey to see what kinds of clothing would best serve the women who follow my brand.  One of the questions on this survey was, for which environment/activity are you most looking for clothing.  Do you know what the most popular answer was?  It wasn’t a dress for date night or a blazer for the office, it was clothing to run errands in.  Running errands was the activity that women who responded to my survey most wanted clothing for.  And that got me thinking: running errands, getting stuff done around the house, making meals, how much of our lives do these activities take up?  And yet, we...
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The Secret To Creating Your Dream Closet

Here’s the thing, we all have this idea in our heads of what we wished our closets looked like.  We have this vague image of waking up every morning to an absolutely beautiful closet filled with gorgeous things that would create stress-free mornings and confidence all day long!  The problem is, we don’t actually know what specific clothing would be in this closet that we’ve been dreaming of.  So we keep falling into the cycle of cleaning out our closets, every time with the intention that this time will be the time that our closet stays clean and curated.  But it never does.  Suddenly our closets are overflowing again and we’re dealing with stress from too many of the wrong...
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3 Reasons Why Sustainable Fashion IS Sexy

“Sustainable fashion isn’t sexy” she said to me.  I blinked.  I was sitting at a table surrounded by incredible women at a workshop where my mind had already been opened in so many ways when the gal leading the whole dang thing told me this.  What’s important to understand about her comment is that when she said sexy what she meant was marketable.  What she meant was that consumers don’t see how sustainable fashion directly benefits them and why it’s worth their hard earned dollars.  Sustainable fashion doesn’t lend itself to a status boost, it doesn't offer prestige like a luxury label, and its health benefits aren’t as well known as those of other green products like say an organic...
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A Better Way To Shop Online

If you’re reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are working towards becoming a more mindful consumer.  And I have so much goodness lined up in the way of free guides, blog posts, and other resources for 2019!  But today, I’m sharing one major way that we, as a clothing label, are changing how we do things to help you be more mindful with your clothing purchases! Starting this year, instead of launching a whole collection of styles all at once, we are making the switch to releasing just one new product at a time.  We believe in adding to our wardrobes gradually, one garment at a time, so it makes sense that our product releases reflect...
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3 Places to Clean Up In the New Year

I don’t know about you, but after this holiday week I feel sugar (and wine) logged, sluggish, and ready for a nap all day every day!  I love spending time with family and celebrating during the holidays but there is something to be said about the fresh start found in taking down the christmas cards, hauling the tree out to the curb, and getting organized to start the new year.  If you know me at all, you know how pumped up I get by setting goals and making an action plan!  If one of  your goals for 2019 is to clean up your home and lifestyle, this post is for you.  Here a three places to think about getting started...
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10 Ways Light Shined In 2018

It’s hard to look at 2018 and not define it by the loss of my dad.  But when I look back at 2016 and 2017, I realize that they weren't defined by his sickness.  They were defined by our joy, love, and hope.  In the same way, why should 2018 be defined by his death? Maybe this year can instead be defined as a year of honoring the light he is for us, taking the good with the bad, appreciating small miracles, accepting God’s plan for us, leaning into love, sitting with the hard things, and having hope for good things in the year to come.  Above all, I want 2018 to be defined as a year of letting light...
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