Hey Fashionistas! I hope your new year is off to a great start! I just published the January edition of The Scoop, my monthly style newsletter. This month is all about #goals and #cuteworkoutwear, so I thought I'd give my readers a sneak peek! If you would like to receive this in your inbox every month, be sure to sign up in the right sidebar. And as always, thank you for reading!
The Scoop – A Monthly Style Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR! This month’s edition of The Scoop is all about a new you for the new year. Even if you’ve made resolutions year after year without completing them, I encourage you to set new goals, dream new dreams and I hope you achieve all that you set out to do.
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
Cures for the Holiday Spending Hangover
If you are like most Americans, you overspent this holiday season. We all want to give the very best to our friends and family and sometimes we can get lured into sales or the “one for you, one for me” mindset (guilty!). But don’t fret, my friends! Here are a couple of ways to cut down spending and pay a few things off in the new year.
- Budget - First of all, you need to reign in your spending. Whether it’s using the cash in the envelope system, tightening your budget or literally putting your cards in the freezer (ala Becky Bloomwood of “Confessions of a Shopaholic”), this is an important first step.
- Get Accountable – sometimes achieving a goal requires help. Whether that’s joining an Instagram group who is doing a #noshoppingJanuary challenge or just having a friend check in on your weekly spending, get someone to hold you accountable. Chances are your goals will be met as you’ve made them “public.”
- Consign items – There are so many great places to sell unwanted clothing or household items. For clothes, I typically start with a local consignment store. I’ve sold a few small items on Amazon and may look into Poshmark. There are several other online clothing stores you can sell to, including ThredUp, Swap.com and Tradesy.com. This also gives you the opportunity to clean out your closet, when is sometimes when you can find things you’ve forgotten about and remix them! (more on that below in “Shop Your Closet”).
- Get a second job – for many of us that work 8-5, this can be tricky. However, lots of retail stores have evening and weekend hours that allow for part-timers to do exactly what is needed here: earn some extra cash. And keep in mind, while it may be tiring working two jobs, once you’ve earned enough to pay down what you need you can go back to just one job (hopefully with a sigh of relief!). You can do anything for a season.
Shop Your Closet
As you are going through your closet looking for things to consign, you might surprise yourself and find a few items you’ve forgotten about. Celebrate those finds by remixing them into your winter wardrobe. Plaid and flannel are having a HUGE moment. So if you happen to unearth some shirts you haven’t seen since 1996, you can bring them into this decade with a few pieces you probably already have. For a casual look, add a puffy vest or a knit sweater. For the office pair them a blazer, boots and a sparkly necklace for an unexpected mix of preppy meets glam.
*Pics courtesy of Pinterest
Glam Up Your Workout Gear
If your New Year’s Resolutions include losing a few lbs you are not alone. Losing weight is one of the top New Year’s Resolutions we make. And while we’re on the subject of goals, if you haven’t already, make sure to read my Happy New Year post that includes some great tips on exactly how to achieve them! I have found having a cute outfit to wear can help motivate me to work out. I know, I know, we just talked about not spending. SO, I’ve linked a few inexpensive options below – and Target is having a HUGE sale on their C9 Champion line. And remember, those pounds didn’t happen overnight so they aren’t going to go away overnight. Make realistic goals and give yourself small milestones to work toward. Good luck!
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