A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.
If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.
I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂
Finally the weather is starting to warm up (hallelujah!) and I can’t help but think about summertime and the ocean. Increasingly, I’m finding myself wandering over to the swimsuit section. Every year, almost without fail, I have the same reaction:
$250 for a bathing suit? You have got to be kidding me!
Are they getting more expensive over the years or do I just suffer from some sort of seasonal pricing amnesia? Don’t get me wrong, I will splurge every now and then, but I can’t help but ask myself: “Why I am paying the same price as a dress for less fabric?” In terms of cost per square inch of coverage, the ratio of a bathing suit is outrageous. (Side note – can we talk about how it’s a straight up crime that most of the time we have to pay for the top AND bottom of a bikini set? Someone needs to be held accountable for this.)
So I decided to search the internet for cutest, most affordable swimsuits for under $50. Here’s what I found:
This week’s Pick Of The Week is my hands down favorite bronzer of all time: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. I stumbled upon this product years ago (probably around 10 years ago!) when I was desperately looking for a matte bronzer that didn’t have any orange tint or shimmer. It sounds like a simple ask, but it is oddly quite difficult to find. When I finally found the matte chocolate soleil I think I jumped for joy.
Since then, I’ve dabbled with a few other bronzers when I’ve run out and had to buy something quickly, but the others have never compared. I always come back to this one. It blends well and because it is made with real cocoa powder (what!) it smells just like chocolate. After all these years, I’m so happy it’s still on the market and I’m even more happy that it just so happens to be cruelty free!
It’s available at Sephora and retails for $30.00.
What is your favorite bronzer or Too Faced product? Tell me in the comments below!
For this week’s Pick Of The Week, I’m going with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist. I’m a big fan of the Tarte brand because: it has an insanely adorable mermaid theme (seriously, just look at the website!) and, of course, none of their products are ever tested on animals.
But don’t worry, to be the POTW it’s got to be more than pretty and cruelty-free. This setting mist is the holy grail of makeup. I’m in love with it because it works as a primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, AND skin refresher all in one. In the winter, it keeps my skin moisturized when the air gets dry; and in the summer, it helps my makeup stay on during those hot humid days. (Side note: I usually don’t like multipurpose products. Items like 2-1 shampoo & conditioner confuse and annoy me …how can it be as good as a product solely dedicated to shampooing and a product solely dedicated to conditioning, you know? I don’t trust it.) That said, this setting mist is changing. my. views. Plus it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested, which I’m all about.
It’s $25 but it’s worth it. It’s available online and at Sephora.
Do you use this product too? If not, what setting mist would you recommend?
I’ve always struggled with finding the right system to organize my closet. Sorting by category, occasion, color, you name it – I’ve probably tried it. And what I found was, despite the pros, none of these approaches matched up with how I got dressed.
Almost inevitably, trying to find something to wear meant clothes all over the floor, while I went through various options.
Frustrated by this, I started thinking about what wasn’t working and why:
Sorting by category (e.g. dresses, sweaters, tops) led to cocktail dresses organized with work dresses organized with casual day dresses; short sleeved sweaters organized with long sleeved sweaters; long sleeved shirts organized with blouses organized with tank tops.
Sorting by occasion was messy because there was too much crossover – where is the line between a cocktail dress and a work dress? Yes there is a definitely a difference, but where the gravel met the road too many pieces fell in between. And the same was true for tops and pants. While some items are clearly one occasion and one occasion only, the majority of my clothes are versatile enough that they could be worn for many occasions.
Sorting by color was visually very satisfying, but ultimately gave me a false sense of order. I liked it because there is something nice about seeing everything in my closest grouped by color and it was relatively easy to “restock” my closet after laundry day, but I found that the color of my clothing is never that important to me when I am deciding what to wear.
So I decided to organize my closet by my arms.
I know it sounds weird, but I found sleeve length is a major factor for me when I approach getting dressed. Long sleeve? Short sleeve? Strapless? Do I want to show my arms? Hide them? These are the real questions going through my mind when I’m deciding what to wear – not what color my dress is. If it is a very cold day, long sleeve it is. If it is a very hot day, I usually like to wear off-the-shoulder, spaghetti string or sleeveless. If it’s a work day, usually short sleeve or long sleeve.
This is how it works in action:
All items that relate to my arms (dresses, rompers, jumpers, tops, jackets, and cover ups) are hanging
I have these items organized into have two major buckets: “full outfits” and “half outfits.”
“Full outfits” are dresses, jumpers, and rompers – basically whatever is a one and done deal when getting dressed
Half outfits are tops, jackets, and cover-ups or anything that needs one or more items to make a full outfit
All “full outfits” are grouped together and all “half outfits” are grouped together. My closet is a small walk-in, so I have full outfits hanging on the left, half outfits on the right.
Then, I group by sleeve style: strapless, spaghetti string/halter, sleeveless (thick, non-spaghetti), short sleeve, off-the-shoulder short, off-the-shoulder long, long sleeve.
Length of the item does not matter. Meaning, there is no difference between a fancy spaghetti string maxi dress and a casual spaghetti string romper, for example. Similarly, there is no difference between a short sleeve crop top and a short sleeve tunic.
Finally, I organize these by color: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey, and black.
Folded, I have my bottoms (pants, shorts, and skirts) on the shelf above my “half outfits.”
Organizing my closet by how I approached getting dressed has exceeded my expectations. While there are some issues, so far it has worked out the best out of all the methods I’ve tried.
How do you organize your closet? Is there a method that works for you?