SEPHORA SPRING SALE MUST HAVES

Happy Monday!! Starting this week off by stocking up on some of my favorite beauty products. If you haven’t heard already, SEPHORA is having a huge SPRING BONUS SALE for all Beauty Insiders, which is their loyalty savings program.

ROUGE: 15% OFF - USE CODE YAYROUGE

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INSIDER: 10% OFF-USE CODE YAYINSIDER

Today on the blog I’m sharing some of my go-to products & a few NEW products I've been wanting to try. Today’s an ‘ADD To CART’ kinda day! 

 

Favorites to Restock Up On

 

It cosmetic CC+ cream w/ SPF 50- I’m not big on foundation so this has been my all time favorite product that I use daily. It gives you a light coverage almost like foundation without the heavy cakey feel. And gives you a natural look plus evens skin tone & has SPF 50.  Basically saving you several steps when getting ready for the day. I wear the shade Light.  

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel- If you’re like me and have to fill in your eyebrows daily. Then you’ll love this product! It’s a voluminizing brow gel that gives your natural brows definition and makes it easier for other brow products to adhere too. I start with this brow gel in (shade #1 Light) and then I go back in with a brow powder to fill in any other sparse areas. The gel helps make my eyebrows last all day without smudging. 

Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer - I was gifted this concealer by a friend back in December and I haven't stopped using it since. And I'm really picky when it comes to concealer. But this one has definitely been a favorite. It covers well and gives a brightening affect to my eyes, especially on days when I look less than rested. If you have dark circles, you should give this one a try!

Tarte Double Take Eyeliner- I recently discovered this eyeliner and I'm OBSESSED. For years, I strayed away from liquid eyeliner because I didn't like how it applied and would smudge during the day. But apparently, I was just using the wrong one. The cool thing about this eyeliner is that it is double ended giving you a pencil and liquid. So you can easily use for daytime and nighttime, depending on what type of look you're going for.  

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette- This is a 3 in one  highlight, blush & contour palette. Perfect for Spring and Summer for that beachy glow look.  And I love that it's a travel size so you can easily pack it for a weekend getaway or toss it in your makeup bag for on the go. 

Living Proof T.B.D. Multi Tasking Styler- This is my secret product for achieving that salon blow out from home. This styling cream helps gives your hair that smooth look and helps tames fly aways. It can also works great on styled loose waves to give them life again during the day. Tip: a little bit goes a long way. This product is sure to last you awhile. 

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss- My all time favorite Sephora brand lip gloss in shade 'Nude Alert'. It's an ultra shine gloss that has the prettiest gold undertones. And it goes with EVERYTHING! I wear this lip gloss all Spring/Summer long. 

 

New Products to Try

 

Kopari Slip Into Summer Set- I've been wanting to try more Kopari products and this kit comes with 3 of their best sellers. I'm already a fan of the Kopari Lip Gloss. But I'm excited to try the Coconut Melt as well as the Body Glow. These are sure to get me ready for Summer. 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette- This is a mini palette with 6 NEW shades that were inspired by Urban Decay's best seller Naked Heat Palette. These eye shadows punch a lot of color with tones of reddish browns and corals. 

Orgins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer- I've heard great things about this tinted moisturizer. It's great for those days when you don't feel like putting on makeup, but you still want some color added to your face. It differs from most tinted moisturizers because it has built-in SPF 40 and also helps energize your skin. 

 

Tell me what you’ll be stocking up on during the SEPHORA SALE!! Comment below. 

 

XO, Rae

 

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD START BUYING AT MARSHALLS

 

If you know me in real life, than you know that I LOVE shopping. But what I enjoy even more than shopping, is shopping for items at discounted prices without sacrificing quality. I love a good deal. And I almost never pay full price. That's why Marshalls is one of my go-to retail stores. So today, I’m sharing five items that I always purchase from Marshalls. A few of these may even surprise you. 

 

1. Facial Masks

Buying quality skincare products doesn't have to always mean spending a ton of money. Major beauty stores often sell face masks for up to $5 per individual mask. Marshalls has a huge selection of facial masks often in quantities of 5 per box for only $4.99. I buy all my face masks from Marshalls and have discovered several new brands that I otherwise wouldn't have known about. Many of them being Korean beauty brands like the very popular The Creme Shop. 

 

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2. Intimate Wear 

I used to be a Victoria's Secret kinda gal, but it got to be way too expensive. I recently started shopping for all my bra's at Marshalls. They have so many name brands like Calvin Klein, Jessica Simpson, Maidenform, Vince Camuto and more. All of which are at huge discounted prices. I only wish I would have started shopping here for these pieces sooner. I have saved so much money and still get to buy the quality brands that I love. 

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3. Makeup Brushes/Accessories 

This is one of my best kept secrets (well not anymore). I buy a majority of my makeup brushes from Marshalls. And I've been really impressed with the array of different brands they offer. Especially when it comes to beauty blender dupes. They have every size and shape of makeup blending sponges for a 1/3 of the cost. You can replace your makeup brushes without breaking the bank. 

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4. Sunglasses

I love sunglasses. But they often end up lost, scratched or having fallen out of my bag onto the streets of NYC. So, I shop for multiple pairs at Marshalls and never feel guilty because I know I can find name brands for way less than other retailers. Plus, who doesn't love options when it comes to sunnies. 

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5. Stationary/Greeting Cards

Say goodbye to those over priced stationary stores. Marshalls has stationary and greeting cards for every occasion. You can stock up on everything from notepads for your desk/office, Birthday cards for friends/family and even a journal for yourself. All of which make great items to gift! 

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I would love to know what items YOU shop for at Marshalls?! Comment below with your favorite finds! Or you can also TAG me in your #MarshallsFinds on Instagram

 

XO, Rae

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

 
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At some point in our lives, we all have fallen victim to the comparison trap. Myself included. Whether it be in our careers, personal life or even with friends. And now days with social media, comparing ourselves to others has become easier now more than ever. It's easy to scroll through Instagram and feel like our lives don't look as glamorous. as others and even feel like we don't have it all together. But it's important to know that social media is often a highlight reel and that we all have REAL lives outside of those pretty feeds. Here are a few things to remember the next time you find yourself comparing your life to those around you. 

 

Everyone has a story (including you). We all have baggage. We all have ups & downs. We all have hopes & dreams. Which means we all have a past, present and future. And just because other people don't always put their baggage out there, it doesn't mean that it does not exist. Sometimes it's easy to only put the shiny pretty things in our life on display. But let's be for real, we all have days where life looks more like a hot mess than a pretty mess. Everyone's story is different. 

 

Others success isn't always what it seems. Maybe they worked really hard. Maybe they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Or maybe they had a ton of help along the way to get where they are. The truth is, you don't always know how others go to be where they are now. And for that reason alone, you shouldn't compare your beginning to what could be their middle or end. 

 

You have to find your OWN voice. The more you compare yourself to others and admire their traits, the more you may actually start doing things they would do. And not necessarily what is true to you and your character. Be authentically YOU even if you feel like it's not the norm. People look to those who stay original. 

 

Everyone has been exactly where you are. We all go through life's ups and downs. We've all been exhausted, overwhelmed, overworked and stressed out at some point in our lives. And we're basically just trying to figure it all out along the way. Nobody has all the answers, so don't put so much pressure on yourself to do the same. 

 

How do YOU deal with the comparison trap? Would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below.

 

XO, Rae

GIFT GUIDE: HOSTESS GIFTS

 
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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Holiday Season is in full swing. And you know what that means...lots of invites to Holiday Parties. And you don't want to show up empty handed, so I'm sharing some hostess gift ideas (most under $25). Gift giving is the best and these gifts are sure to impress. 

**Note: I've linked the lowest prices for each item with today's CYBER MONDAY Sales.**  Happy Shopping! 

 

'CHEERS' TABLE/BAR TRAY

This tray is multifunctional and makes the perfect home accessory for any hostess. Especially for the hostess who loves to entertain. Can't you just picture this tray full of festive cocktails being passed around the party?! 

 

Oster Cordless Eclectic Wine Bottle Opener

Wine accessories are always appreciated. I have yet to have purchases an electric wine opener for myself. So I would be more than happy to receive this as a gift. Less time opening bottles means more time drinking.  

 

White Marble Wine Chiller

For the person who seems to own everything. This marble wine chiller is the perfect gift. It's not only pretty but functional. And also doubles as a utensil holder, making it two gifts in one.

 

Kate Spade Tidbit Plates (Set of 4)

These plates are SO CUTE and colorful. And with fun sayings detailed, they are bound to be a conversation piece.

 

3- Pc. Gold-Tone Cheese Tool Set

This gold cheese tool set is the perfect addition to any charcuterie board. And you can never have enough serving pieces. 

 

Gold Stemless Glasses (Set of 6) 

Drinking WINE is more fun when you have pretty glasses to drink out of. For the hostess who is a wine lover, these are sure to impress. And with a set of 6, all the ladies will be drinking pretty at the party. 

 

Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle

Candles are always a great gift idea. And these Capri Candles have been filling my Instagram feed lately. Not only do these candles smell AMAZING but they come in a gorgeous iridescent jar. Yes, Please!

 

XO, Rae 

 

WHY IT'S OKAY TO LOSE YOURSELF AT TIMES

 
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This blog post has been a long time coming. But even with that said, it's still difficult to write even as I am typing these words. Let me first say, that I am so thankful to have this platform to be able to be raw and open with y'all. And I've always said that no matter what, I will keep things real on here even when it's not pretty. After all, my goal of this blog is to write about REAL life and how we often find that we are 'REINVENTING' ourselves. 

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This year has not been my best. I had high hopes for what would be to come and what I would accomplish. If your new here, let me back up a little to the Summer of 2015. I had just left my comfy corporate job here in the city after deciding that I wanted to explore other options. At the time, I didn't know what those other options were. For the first time in my life, I left a job with no plan as to where I would be next. The month before I left, I started my blog Reinventing Rae NYC. Initially the blog was a way to connect with friends and family since I had just moved to New York six months prior. I knew nothing about blogging at the time, but I had a passion for writing. I had no clear vision of where the blog would eventually go, I just knew I wanted to write about life here in the city and real things happening in my day to day life.

In late 2015, I started to play around with the idea of starting my own business. Although I wasn't sure what exactly it would entail, I was excited for the possibilities. Fast forward over the next year, after talking to a friend, ideas started to come together for a product based business. Products that would include drinkware (coffee mugs, wine glasses, tumblers, etc., with a plan of eventually adding party accessories and stationary. I have a passion for putting together gifts for friends and loved ones as well as planning any type of event or social gathering. This was my brain telling me to put all of my passions to good use and make it profitable. In August of 2016, I started to put plans together and collaborate with a friend who had the talent I needed to make my ideas a reality.

But early on in 2016, my personal life was falling apart. (Well, at least that's how it felt anyways) I was struggling with myself in this new found free time on my hands and the lack of structure in my everyday life. Although it would be my busiest year yet, having friends and family visit me in the city almost every month. Not even kidding. This kept me distracted in a lot of ways although I welcomed it most of the time. Which also allowed me to be less accountable for myself, claiming that I was "too busy" to do anything else. And on top of everything, my parents decided to divorce after 26 years of marriage. And even though it wasn't a complete shock, the aftermath hit me hard. I am not one to adapt to change very well, especially when it involves those closest to me. And this would prove to bring a lot of change that I was in no way prepared for.

Over the course of the year, I quickly lost focus of my business planning and started to loose sight of what my goals actually were. I was struggling to be happy and stay in a positive place when I felt like so many things were falling apart. This continued into 2017, even though I set out to finally conquer my fears and get serious about starting my business. This year has been full of ups and downs. I would take several steps forward and then I would take even more steps back. I even sought out a business mentor and completed my business plan. And with the push of friends and family, I made the bold move of ordering physical products in hopes to launch and start selling in the Fall of this year. But when those products finally arrived, they were less than desirable. There were more mugs with imprint errors, than there were ones that I could actually sell. It was a huge disappointment. Luckily, I was able to return the product (all 446 mugs) and received a full refund. Everyone was busy reassuring me that things like this happen and I could easily begin again. But I felt like something was missing all along and that maybe this was a sign. Even with all the progress I was able to make throughout this year, I was still holding myself back from moving forward with everything.

For the past 6+ months I have admittedly been depressed. Which is something I have battled with before. However, it is never easy to openly talk about. And I think that several factors have contributed to my depression this time around. As time has gone on, it has proven to be difficult to stay motivated and be productive while at home full time. Structure is something I never realized I relied on so much until I had to create it for myself. And with lack of a consistent schedule, my sleep habits were a mess. I have gone through periods of staying up all hours of the night with little to no sleep to days where I barely function before noon. I've questioned what I really want my career to look like and IF I have the ability to make it happen. I've allowed fear and insecurities to take over even when I had all the resources. And my family and I continue to try and adjust to a new "normal". 

It wasn't until a few weeks ago, that I finally opened up to a few close friends with all my recent struggles and everything I had been going through. It was hard to put into words at first, but I felt relieved to talk about it openly. And it was in those conversations when I started to realize that it's okay to lose yourself at times. Nobody is perfect. We are all human. We all have shitty things that happen to us in life. And we all certainly go through difficult times. We can't expect ourselves to always keep going when we feel like breaking down. And sometimes you just need to listen to your gut and take a step back. 

I somehow started to build up walls in order to protect myself, but in reality those same walls have made me closed off from the people and things I love most. And I know now that often times you have to break down to get back up. And most importantly, give yourself the chance to cope with things. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason. And maybe you have to go through the real tough shit in order to come out better than you were before. 

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Now, I am more determined than ever to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward. I still have a lot of things to consider and work through. But one thing I know for certain, is that I really want to focus on my blog over the next year. I put so much hard work into building a new website this past April. And I feel like I ended up neglecting the blog over these past few months. Writing has always been such a great outlet and I want to continue to share things that I'm passionate about with y'all. I've already started working on lots of new content for the coming months. 

We are never as broken as we think we are. So, if you're going through a season of change or feel like your life is in chaos. Remember this. EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY. 

 

XO, Rae 

JORD WOOD WATCHES: THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

 
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The Holiday Season is officially upon us, which means it's time to start thinking about gift giving for friends and family. I'm always looking for unique gifts that stand out from the crowd. And this year I'm excited to be partnering with JORD Wood Watches to help you gift the ones you love, a unique and timeless gift. 

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Speaking of gifts, I must have been on the NICE list this year! Because I received an early Christmas gift of my very own wood watch from JORD. I'm wearing the CASSIA walnut and vintage rose  and I'm OBSESSED. This watch is not only GORGEOUS and FEMININE. But it's also stylish and makes for the perfect accessory to compliment any outfit. The CASSIA women's watch features a full roman numeral dial with a metal and wood interlocked band. JORD watches are so unique because they each feature 100% natural, hand finished woods. And they offer styles for both men and women, making it easy to get all of your holiday shopping done early. 

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And as a special offer for my followers, JORD is giving you 25% OFF toward your holiday purchases. You can sign up here to receive your 25% OFF coupon code instantly via email. But HURRY, because this offer expires December 15th, 2017!!

You can shop the men's watches here: 

 https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#reinventingraenyc

You can shop the women's watches here:  

https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#reinventingraenyc

Can't wait to see which JORD watch you choose to gift!! Who are you shopping for....Mom? Dad? Boyfriend? Best Friend?  Or are you thinking of treating yourself?! Let me know in the comments below! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for more special offers like this one! 

 

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This post was Sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All opinions are my own.  

 

XO, Rae

FALL BUCKET LIST 2017

 
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Hey y'all! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT week?! I feel like once November begins, the rest of the year goes by so fast and ends up being a blur. Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year. I mean what's not to LOVE?! Sweater weather, scarves & boots, cozy nights at home, changing of the leaves and Pumpkin Spice everything. So, in my attempt to hold on to Fall a little bit longer, I'm sharing my bucket list. 

 

1. Once the weather starts to get cool, I love walking through Central Park to peep all the leaves that are changing colors. Walking through The Mall & the Bow Bridge are some of my favorite spots to capture photos. 

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2. Fall isn't complete without a few pumpkins, right?! I love going to the Union Square Green Market this time of year. They have the best selection of fresh produce as well as pumpkins in all sizes and colors. I'll be stocking up on a few for my Thanksgiving tablescape. 

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3. I love to bake, especially around the Holidays. I always make Pumpkin Bread each year, but this year I'm planning to bake a few pies for Thanksgiving as well. What are your favorite recipes to make?

4. Nothing says Fall like scented candles lit on a cozy night at home. (insert wine here) I'm loving these candles from Target. Because you know, who doesn't need another reason to shop at Target?! 

5. I recently learned of a local restaurant that offers Pasta Making Classes here in New York. And I'm excited to make a night of it with my best friend. I actually gifted him this experience for his Birthday last month. So now we just need to pick a date & go! Wine & Carbs....Yes, Please! 

6. The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is a MUST to experience at least once. But last year I decided to go the night before to see the parade floats being inflated on the Upper Westside. They line the floats up over several city blocks and allow you to walk around getting a sneak peak of all the floats. It was definitely less crowded than the actual parade. And I'm excited to do it again this year! 

7. Hosting Friendsgiving! Since I moved to New York, my roommates and I have hosted Thanksgiving for the past 3 years at our apartment. We love opening our home to anyone who doesn't have a place to go or just isn't able to travel home for the holiday. Bring on the pie & booze!

 

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Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving filled with all the food & surrounded by your friends & family! 

 

XO, Rae 

7 TRAVEL TIPS: FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO

 
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Happy Wednesday, y'all! I was looking at the calendar today and can't believe how fast this year has gone by. I mean, where the heck did 2017 go?! Literally. With the holidays fast approaching, you likely have some trips planned. And we all know that life is busy as it is and traveling can sometimes bring an added stress. So, in effort to help you plan ahead and eliminate some of the stress of traveling. I'm sharing some tips that I swear by, when traveling.  



1. CHECK THE WEATHER FOR YOUR DESTINATION

This might seem obvious. However, weather can change day to day. So, this is the very first thing I do prior to packing. It helps me to narrow down the items I need rather than just packing my entire closet. And as a female, I always like to be prepared when it comes to my outfits. I love using the app Swackett to see the weather for my upcoming destination. Not only does the app give you hourly weather previews, but it also has wardrobe suggestions that are weather appropriate. Packing is a breeze with this app! 

 


2. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS

The method of planning your outfits in advance may seem time consuming, but I promise it will save you time in the end. If you know that on certain days/nights you will need more dressy outfits vs. casual, then this is a great way to plan ahead. I start with laying out each piece of clothing individually. Then I match pieces together to create outfits. Lastly, I add shoes and accessories to each outfit for a completed look. And then I pack everything accordingly. This also helps to give you a visual of what you have in your suitcase. You can also take a photo of each outfit to save for reference on your trip. Planning your outfits ahead of time will also help avoid packing unnecessary items. Because let's be for real....we've all over packed a time or two. No judgement here. 

 

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3. PACK EMERGENCY ITEMS

We've all been guilty of saying the phrase; 'If I didn't pack it, I'll just buy it". Well, that sounds great in theory. However, sometimes getting everyday items in an unknown place can be more trouble than it's worth. You can avoid all that by just bringing a few extra items that you may need during your trip. This way if something comes up, you can be at ease knowing you have these in your suitcase. Items to include are: band aids, Preheels (for those new shoes that give you blisters), pain reliever, aloe vera (if you're planning on sun bathing), feminine products, anti-nausea, etc.) Target & CVS have the best selection of travel sized products.  

 

4. LOOK INTO ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

Traveling to a new city can be EXCITING! It can also be a daunting task trying to put together an itinerary for a trip. But thanks to social media, it can be easy to create a "wish list" of things to do & see during your stay. Try searching the name of your destination as a #hashtag on Instagram. This will allow you to see all photos that are tagged with that hashtag, often showcasing scenic sites, places to shop and even restaurants within that area. Time Out is also a great resource when planning a trip. You can look up attractions, free things to do and local events within the city you're visiting to help make the most out of your trip.

 


5. CARRY A TOTE BAG

Tote bags are a necessity when traveling. Especially when you're out sightseeing/shopping and don't want to carry multiple bags through out the day. They also double as a great carry on bag for the flight. You can throw in all of your usual purse items plus extras like headphones, iPad, makeup and more. And if you have a tendency to bring back more than you left with, pack an extra tote bag in your luggage for those items that don't fit for the flight home. This will save you from having to pay any baggage overweight fees. 

 

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6. INVEST IN QUALITY LUGGAGE

Whether you travel often or only a few times a year, buying quality luggage is worth the investment. I recently purchased new luggage from Calpak. And I'm OBSESSED. It's lightweight, glides on eight wheels and has separated compartments inside which provide more space for clothing, shoes & accessories. Calpak offers super sleek designs and durable exteriors making in easy to navigate the streets of the city and running through the airport. I'm now actually able to fit everything into one luggage instead of having to add a carry on. It has made traveling so much easier.    

 

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7. CHECK IN ONLINE

The airport is one of the most unpredictable places. And with constant changes to airline rules and regulations, it can be time consuming going through security and getting to your assigned gate. Checking In online is a great feature offered by most airlines via their website or mobile app. You can print your boarding pass ahead of time (from home) or download your boarding pass straight to your phone. And if you're traveling with only a carry on, you can bypass the airline check in counter all together. Getting through security is the next challenge. But now with CLEAR, you can navigate the line within minutes. CLEAR is a monthly membership that allows you to bypass the long lines of ID check and gets you straight to the security screening line. If you are a frequent flyer, you can now travel with more ease and save time.   

 

Now that you're all packed up and ready to go...you can sit back, relax and enjoy your flight to your final destination. Preferably with a cocktail in hand!

 

What do you find helpful when traveling? Comment below. 

 

XO, Rae 

MY CLOSET MAKEOVER: HOW A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER GAVE ME A DREAM SPACE

 

Living in New York City has its perks, but it also comes with a few challenges. And one of those challenges is lack of space and storage within your apartment. Especially closet space (or lack there of) really. 

When I moved to New York, I only brought with me what I could fit inside of an S.U.V. and of course that included my ENTIRE closet. Soon after moving into my city apartment, I realized why Carrie Bradshaw kept her sweaters in her stove. I've considered it, but not sure how my roommates would feel about that. Kidding. 

I have attempted several times to organize my closet in effort to make room in my (very small) space. However, no matter what I've tried, it never seems to make a difference. And over the past 2+ years, clothes have just collected and ended up shoved inside of my closet. Even to the point where clothes were spilling over to the outside of my closet. I couldn't even close my closet door because it essentially became a hanging rack of clothes. 

 

BEFORE

 

But all that changed when I recently partnered with Jamie from Horderly. Jamie is a professional organizer who has a gift for turning your once HOT MESS of a space into a DREAM space. The process was really easy. I first sent Jamie a few photos of my closet for her to evaluate. And then we set a date for her to come to my apartment in person. The day Jamie arrived, we chatted for a bit and she asked a few questions regarding what was in my closet as well as, what I was open to changing. She then began to remove all items from my closet and had me sort through each one to decide if I wanted to keep, purge or donate. This was so satisfying in itself. I had never completely removed everything out of my closet before. And honestly, we found clothes that I had forgotten I even owned. As I separated each item into piles, Jamie was hard at work at re-organizing each piece of clothing that I was keeping, back into my closet.

And there were a few things that Jamie taught me that I feel will help me to keep my closet organized long term. 1. We exchanged all of my plastic hangers for black felt non-slide hangers. (I was skeptical at first) But these are a game changer. They save so much space and aesthetically are pleasing to the eye. 2. Jamie taught me her rule of: 1 IN, 1 OUT. Meaning for each new item you purchase, you have to get rid of one item. I love this concept! Plus, it makes you think about buying new items and decide if you really have a need for them. 3. Categorize items together in your closet. I.e; sweaters together, casual together, activewear together etc. Jamie really made sure to place my clothing items that I wear the most in an accessible place. Which makes it so much easier to get ready in the morning. I no longer have to dig through my closet to find what I'm looking for. 

 

 AFTER

 

I absolutely LOVE my new organized closet! I was in shock on how good it looked after Jamie worked her magic. It was so helpful to have a professional come in with a new perspective to help me realize the potential of the space. And not to mention, Jamie was so fun to work with. Honestly, it was like hanging out with a girlfriend, chatting and sorting through clothes. Only thing that was missing was a glass of wine. 

If you're in need of a closet makeover or any other space organized, make sure to reach out to Jamie.  Or if you just need some organizing inspo, you can follow her over @horderlynyc on Instagram. 

XO, Rae 

 

5 WAYS TO PULL YOURSELF OUT OF A FUNK

 
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We are all subject to falling into a funk from time to time. Because well...life happens. Maybe you feel stuck in a rut, overwhelmed, burnt-out or even unmotivated in every day tasks. It's easy to loose ourselves in the process of trying to keep up with it all. Our jobs, friendships, relationships, family, social calendars and everything in between. 

Life can be hectic and chances are, it's not slowing down anytime soon. So the next time you find yourself in a funk, here are 5 ways you can pull yourself out and get back to living your life. 

 

1. GET OUTSIDE

I know that your comfy bed & a pint of Ben & Jerry's is tempting when your feeling down and out. And it's easy to just want to seclude yourself from the rest of the world. But fresh air can do wonders. Even if you have to force yourself....GET UP, GET DRESSED & GET OUT of the house. Go for a walk, run or just put your bare feet in the grass. Seriously. My friend, Jackie swears by this and I've tried it and IT WORKS! 

 

2. TREAT YO' SELF

Not that buying things is the way to solve your problems or that you have to spend money on yourself every time you fall into a slump. But if it makes you feel better and you can afford it, DO IT! Take yourself out for coffee, go shopping for that new pair of shoes you've been eyeing at Nordstrom or pamper yourself with a mani + pedi. If you want a more budget friendly option, you could have an at home spa day. Taking time out for YOU, can help boost your mood and help take your mind off of things. 

 

3. PHONE A FRIEND

We all get by with a little help from our friends, am I right?! So, why not lean on them when you need them the most. Your real friends will understand that there are times you may just need to vent and have a listening ear. Sometimes just talking about what's going on in our life helps us to feel better. And often our friends struggle with similar things as us. The more you open up to the people around you, the more you will create an open dialogue. And who best, than your closest friends to give you advice and help you through the difficult stuff. 

 

4. SHARE YOUR STORY

Now days we have this notion that we can only share the "perfect" things in our life on social media. But people don't want nor expect your life to be 'PERFECT 24/7'. Life can be complicated. And sometimes it's okay to share that. I personally, feel relieved when seeing other people share on social media, that they are struggling with something in their life. Why?! Because it means that they are just like me, human. And it actually makes you more relatable to others. We tend to get caught up with only posting pretty squares on Instagram. But people want to see the real YOU. I promise you'll be surprised by the kindness of strangers. 

 

5. TAKE A DAY OFF  

Self care is the best care. Schedule a day for just YOU. Take a personal day from work, cancel any meetings, unplug from social media, leave your inbox as is and turn your phone off. The laundry can stay in a pile on the floor for one more day, emails can wait and work will still be there tomorrow. Allow yourself 24 hours to do NOTHING. You can binge watch Netflix and not have to change out of your pajamas if you see fit. Pants optional. When it all feels like too much, give yourself the chance to recharge. 

 

What do you find helpful when trying to pull yourself out of a funk?! Comment below. 

 

XO, Rae