Now that it’s officially March and well into “it feels like winter but I wish it was spring” season, I’m about to take on the enormous task of spring cleaning. I typically go through my entire closet at least twice a year — once as I swap winter with spring/summer clothes and again as I swap warm-weather clothes with fall/winter items.
This year, though, is different. In looking at my mess of a closet above (and that’s only — gulp — half of it), I’ve realized just how many clothes I have that I never wear. I might wear them once a year, and in past closet clean-out sessions, that justified keeping those items. But no more. I want to fall back in love with my closet, and step one means doing a very deep cleaning. I’m determined to keep only those items I absolutely love and that feel the most me. That will leave room for buying higher-quality staple pieces I’ll get more use out of than the many items I currently have as space-wasters in my closet.
This will inevitably involve many a Goodwill trip. But YOU can benefit from my closet clean-out, too! I’m going to be selling some items on Poshmark! Be on the lookout over the next few weeks as my Poshmark closet continues to grow and my actual closet begins to shrink.
So what are you up to this weekend? Tonight I’ll be attending Omaha Fashion Week, so if you’re in town and heading to the event, as well, please say hi!
Jacket: Kohl’s (super similar) | Blouse: Nine West (similar) | Denim: American Rag (similar) | Boots: Sole Society (similar) | Sunnies: Forever 21 | Bag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue) | Necklace: BaubleBar
The outfits I feel most “me” in always involve pieces that I turn to season after season. This leopard blouse is one that I’ve had for years, and despite many closet clean-out sessions, it has made the cut every time. When it’s a print you love in a fit that’s flattering … well, you just don’t give it up that easily.
What pieces in your closet make you feel like “you”?
I love the feeling of having used a product up in its entirety, whether it’s wearing a pair of boots until the sole begins to tear away from the leather or finishing up that bottle of shower gel that you’ve had forever. There’s something satisfying about knowing you got your money’s worth out of a product.
Here are a few beauty products I’ve recently used up, and rather than throw them away immediately, I thought I’d share with you a few quick thoughts on how they stacked up and if I’d repurchase them again or not.
- Eyeko Eye Liner: I used this once … and the next day when I went to line my lids, it was completely dry. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who had problems with it; the reviews on Sephora are pretty disappointing, too. I will definitely not be repurchasing this.
- DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer: This was the last thing I applied to my face before my makeup routine, and I really loved how it made my skin feel smooth. I only used a sample size (which ended up lasting me a solid two months), but I’d be interested in seeing how this works when I’m in my 30s and have more wrinkles to worry about.
- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream: This moisturizer received the stamp of approval from me and my roommate — and I was a bit disappointed when it ran out. It was the perfect consistency for a winter moisturizer, but it wasn’t too heavy or greasy. Plus it smelled wonderful. After my other nighttime moisturizers are gone, I’ll repurchase this.
- Shiseido IBUKI Refining Moisturizer: According to the product description, this moisturizer is supposed to “corrects the appearance of unevenness from visible pores, breakouts, blemish marks, and skin roughness.” Because I was only using a sample, I don’t feel as though I tested it long enough for it to work its magic. I found the moisturizer itself to be fairly runny and almost too lightweight. Not my thing.
- Urban Decay B6 Complexion Prep Spray: Facial sprays are an interesting subject. Some people swear by them, and others say they’re a joke. I think Urban Decay’s makeup setting spray works like a gem for after-makeup application to get your makeup budge-free. But the prep spray I ran out of this month? That’s another story. I didn’t really notice a difference between using it versus not using it; if you’re looking into buying a facial spray, go for the setting spray.
Lorac Pro Palette | Mac Pro Longwear Concealer | Smashbox Always Sharp Eye Liners | Lush Lip Scrub | Butter London Polish in Yummy Mummy
For the past month, I’ve had so much fun experimenting with different eye looks. The Lorac Pro Palette (which was sold out everywhere in Omaha) was given to me by my friend Anna, and it has been my most-reached-for palette throughout February, I’ve also loved doing a clean lid with a pop of color in my eye liner; the Smashbox liners have great pigmentation and stay in place all day.
I’ve tried almost every concealer under the sun, and at the moment, Mac’s Pro Longwear Concealer is my go-to for under eyes. To give my lips a boost, I’ve loved Lush’s lip scrub (given to me by my friend Emily — thank goodness because Lush products are nowhere to be found in Omaha). And last but not least, Butter London’s Yummy Mummy is the best transitional neutral manicure color from winter to spring.