My Favorite Things for Summer

For one of my baby showers last fall, my sister (who is married without kids – yet) bought me a gift bag-full of her favorite things for fall. She told me, “I don’t know about babies or what they need so I got you this instead.” I’ll never forget that gift. I absolutely loved it. It helped me stay fashionable and trendy as a new mom during a season when I didn’t have too much energy to think about myself. Plus, I loved opening each and every item and hearing her commentary about each one. So here are a few of my favorite things for this season. Take them for yourself or as gift ideas if you so desire.

*nautical stripes on anything and everything
*boat shoes (If you decide to invest in a great brand like Sperry Top Siders, go with a classic color – navy – like I did.)
*color: coral! (I bought a pair of jeweled H&M hair clips; my friend Steph gave me OPI’s new Hot N Spicy nail polish; my mom gave me a J.Crew cardigan for my spring birthday. Plenty of coral to saturate my summer.)
*black patent leather peep-toe flats (A classic that will span several seasons and an overall wise update for my wardrobe.)
*vanilla italian sodas with fresh lime (vanilla syrup + club soda + ice + fresh-squeezed lime slice = yummy and refreshing goodness!)
*Burts Bees shimmery body lotion with royal jelly (A pampering gift from my friend Brenda when I had a baby – I love this stuff!)
Happy summering!

Spring [Closet] Cleaning

My closet is one of my favorite rooms in our house. I love it for one main reason: it’s huge. I can see all of my clothes in one passing glance and so I wear more of them more often.

A huge closet is just one of the wonderful home additions that resulted from the efforts of my valiant, handyman husband Jason who nearly single-handedly finished our unfinished basement over the past year; there remain only a few last trimmings left to complete. Our last closet my clothes (I blame them entirely) swiftly overtook. His clothes made a courageous effort to hold their tiny turf, but mine stood firm on the ground they had taken and advanced with stalwart fervor. Now we have ample room for both.

But lately I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon: everything inflates to fill its space. Food in a fridge; office supplies in a desk drawer; spending in one’s income; and now…clothes in my closet. It’s hard for me to decide to dismiss an article of clothing. Maybe I’m good at seeing potential. Or maybe it’s because every style that goes around comes around again. Or maybe it’s my StrengthsFinder Input Theme.

Have you noticed this phenomenon in your life? And how do you decide when a clothing item is ready to visit the Thrift Store?

Some of my favorite bloggers at Young House Love are thinking about the same things.