Heart Happy: Happy Closet

As I mentioned in one of my previous Heart Happy posts I’m determined to get things together this year! I’ve slowly but surely been really focusing on my closet. On organizing it, on perfecting it and on making it more practical. I’m forcing myself to be one of those people who gets rid of things regularly and I’ll have to say it makes life so much easier! This morning I’m back on the local news sharing my closet clean out tips (watch the clip here) and thought I would share them here as well! My tips on what to keep, what to consign and what to toss!

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Keep: 

Everyone’s heard the rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it, and I totally agree with this. The only exceptions are closet staples, occasion dresses and maybe even just a piece you absolutely love (and I mean L-O-V-E). I think it’s fun to keep your most favorite pieces but if you know it’s not something you’re going to wear anytime soon, pack it up. It’s taking up useful space in that closet!

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{These are two of my favorites that I don’t get to wear often. I’m still keeping them around though, they’ll definitely get worn at some point!}

Items To Keep: (that you might not have worn in over a year)

  • Statement pieces that you love
  • Timeless pieces: LBDs, pea coats, denim jackets, classic denim styles, button downs, trench coats, etc.

Consign:

Consigning is definitely the way to go for as much as you can! Anything that no longer fits or you just don’t get excited about any more. I try to ask myself, “Do you like this enough to not get something else in its place?” and if the answer is no (and most of the time it is) it goes to consignment. The best part about consigning is you can sell 2 or 3 old things and make enough to buy something new! So that keeps me motivated to keep things moving!

My consigning of choice is Poshmark (shop my closet here) but you can take things to consignment shops, sell on ebay or there are plenty of other consignment apps that are easy and awesome.

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{These are two of my latest “add to consignment” pieces. The dress I loved but it’s had its run! I’ve worn it to two different events (and on the blog here) so I’m ready to hand it off to someone else. And the jacket I’ve always loved but it’s so not me, so its never been worn and needs to go as well.}

Items to Consign: 

  • Items that you haven’t worn in over a year or aren’t excited to wear anymore
  • Items in good condition
  • Any name brands

Trash:

Unfortunately I have to trash a few more pieces that I would like. I’ve worn quite a few pairs of shoes until they’ve broken and have ripped and stained a few more articles of clothing than I’d like to admit! These, unless they’re worth being repaired, just need to go in the trash can.

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{Broken wedges and purse, headed to the dumpster.}

Items to Trash: 

  • Damaged items
  • Items that are really worn (stains, unraveling hems, pilling, etc.)

Alright, who’s ready to clean out those closets this weekend?! Happy cleaning!

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Pom Pom

Pom sleeves top from My Kind of Lovely

Off the shoulder and pom poms, what more could you want in a cute top? Oh yeah, add a fun bird print and it’s pretty much perfection! I fell in love with this top the moment it arrived at My Kind of Lovely and immediately scooped one up for myself! Not to mention I’m also wearing my latest Piperlime score that I’m pretty obsessed with. I snagged these Schutz shoes for a ridiculous price and I’m pretty sure they won’t be leaving my feet much this spring. Two of my latest and greatest closet additions paired with probably the oldest skirt in my closet and that’s today’s outfit! Yep, you can just call me the queen of mixing! #takesabow

My Kind of Lovely Top & Schutz shoes

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My Kind of Lovely Top

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My Kind of Lovely top | J.Crew Factory skirt (so old, but also love this one) | Schutz shoes | Target purse | Karen Walker sunglasses | Lisi Lerch tassel earrings

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My Kind of Lovely’s First Birthday

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As promised I wanted to do a full recap of our My Kind of Lovely birthday party over here. Caroline and I had been brainstorming and dreaming up fun and lovely birthday party ideas for months and while we weren’t able to do everything we wanted (darn budgets!) we did end up throwing a pretty killer party! We worked and worked and worked on getting things ready all week/weekend long and all the planning, hard work and extra costs were totally worth it when we opened our shop doors to a line around the building and flood of people coming in to celebrate with us! Seriously, the best feeling ever!

We put together the cutest swag bags, served cupcakes and lemonade, had a photo booth complete with flower crowns and birthday party signs, we also featured special discounts for the day and even gave away coupons and koozies! Talk about a party!

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{The best employees/models around. We couldn’t have made it without these two!}

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My Kind of Lovely Turns One

After the birthday party in the store we knew we would be ready to kick back and celebrate with friends and family so we planned a little dinner party to do just that! We would have never made it without our people cheering us on so we were beyond thankful to have them come celebrate with us!

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Not to mention our friends are pretty kewl. We love any excuse to celebrate together!

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#TheDreamTeam – Team work makes the dream work, right?

All dresses are from My Kind of Lovely and we have even more big news! We’re finally online! We’ll be adding more inventory to the website every week but for now we’re so happy to extend shopping to everyone!  Hop on over to mykindoflovely.com to check us out!

Shop our outfits from left to right:

Good Vibes Only | Paint the Town | Resort Maxi in Midnight & Walk Like an Egyptian | Do You Like Pina Coladas?

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Babydoll Stripes

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A quick trip to Old Navy to try on jeans turned into totally bypassing the jeans and scooping up all the new dresses. Oops. Seriously though, I love Old Navy for their perfect everyday dresses and they have so many cute ones right now! I left with this one, this one and this one, but I have a feeling I’ll be back for a few more at some point. I’ll definitely be wearing these with sandals and my Chuck Taylors and even dressing them up with some wedges and pumps. I have no doubt I’ll get some good wears out of these guys this spring and summer!

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Old Navy dress | Steve Madden booties | 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target purse (old, but shop the real deal here) | gifted 1000 Shillings necklace | Diana Warner earrings | Karen Walker sunglasses | NARS Schiap lips

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Heart Happy: My Kind of Lovely Turns One

The biggest of Heart Happy-s is today’s! My little business I dreamed up last year with my best friend turned ONE! We wanted to celebrate My Kind of Lovely’s success with friends, family and our customers so as a huge thank you we threw a birthday party at the store complete with cupcakes & lemonade, a fun photo booth, special discounts and killer swag bags! We had such a fun time planning and getting the store ready for our celebration and couldn’t be more excited about how the event turned out!

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Most of the time owning and running your own business is like running around in the dark. You don’t know what you’re doing, where you’re headed and you definitely don’t know what you’re about to run into head on. Somehow over the past year we’ve figured things out just fine, we’ve taken each obstacle with a chuckle and we treat every mistake as a lesson learned and just keep on. It’s definitely been one the hardest and most rewarding years of my life and I can happily say without a doubt that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

MKL Turns One

I often hear people excited about their dreams and hopes for the future but are so filled with fear they can’t even take the first step. My advice to you? Do it. Go for it and don’t look back. If you want it bad enough you’ll make it happen. This time last year I was working 40 hours at my 9-5 job, blogging and hosting 10-15 Trunk Shows with MKL a month. It was hard. It was exhausting. But it was totally necessary to get us where we are today! Now, we’ve opened a storefront, have hired employees, have a website and I’ve quit my job and work full time for myself.  Was is scary? Hell Yes! Was it worth it? Absolutely. Every doubt. Every mistake. Every late night. Every tear. Every. Single. Part. Was totally worth it.

I’ll do a full Birthday Party recap next week but today, while I’m feeling inspired and accomplished, I just wanted to share a little behind the scenes. I want us all to live our dream lives so if there’s something you want to do, or something you’ve been dreaming up, stop talking about it and do it! There’s no such thing as the perfect time to do things, just take the first leap and keep going!

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