Getting dressed for any occasion is exhausting at this point in my life.I have tons of clothes in my closet but I always feel like I have nothing to wear. As if this wasn’t enough, I also have space and storage issues. In April of 2015, my husband and I purchased a 1929 cottage in our ideal neighborhood that needed renovations. Let’s face it, back in 1929 every thing was built for efficiency so we have a tiny closet. We both agreed to be clutter free in the new house but I am still struggling to figure out how to make the most of my miniature closet.
Fast forward 7 months and…I am still having issues with “having nothing to wear.” I was searching for storage solutions when I came across a few articles that described a “capsule wardrobe” and I was immediately drawn to it. It put me in a mental space to have less things but of higher quality ,rather than have a bunch of cheaper items that I don’t want to wear. I found Project333 extremely helpful. Project333 shows you how to create a capsule collection only wearing 33 pieces (Tops, Bottoms,Shoes) for 3 months.Between finding inspiration on Pinterest and Project333 I know I am ready for the next step which is to clean out my closet again. I recently got rid of a lot of items that no longer served me but I need to do another round now that I have a clear goal. I will take anything out of my closet that doesn’t fit well, is damaged, that I haven’t worn in a year, and most importantly, that I do not LOVE.
Oh yes I said LOVE! I didn’t realize how many items I had in my closet that fit into one of those categories. It never clicked in my mind that I should love every clothing item I own. I feel like a new door has been opened and I can’t wait to walk through it. I want to give a capsule wardrobe a try. The way things are currently aren’t working so why not try something new.
I feel really good about doing something to simply my life. Go with me on this journey to a new wardrobe and join me if you “never have anything to wear.” Enjoy!
Take a moment to feel the sun. When the sun is high in the sky, find your way outdoors and stand facing the sun. Close your eyes and take a deep breath for about 8-10 seconds. During those 8-10 seconds consciously focus on feeling the heat and warmth of the sun on your skin.
I started doing this shortly after the passing of one of my cousins’ that was like a brother to me. It was a regular morning and I was heading out for the day when I stopped briefly to take a breath. The sun was shining bright and I decided to close my eyes to appreciate the moment. In that time, I realized that my cousin would never feel the sun on his skin again.
We can get so busy with life that we may inadvertently neglect moments that are truly special. Find 8 seconds in your day and FEEL THE SUN. It costs you nothing and makes you feel so good. Enjoy!
I LOVE animal prints so when I saw these leopard print pants they immediately caught my attention. They may be a little bold for some folks but they are just right for me. Here is just one way to put together a simple fall outfit using a really bold piece. Add the sweater as it gets cooler outside. Enjoy!
Shoes and Sweater-Target
Sometimes I want fancy nails for special occasions but I don’t want to pay “special” nail salon prices. Get the look you want with little to no cost. All you need is some common office supplies, your favorite nail colors and about 20 mins. Gather these items to get started.
- Favorite nail polish (2 different colors)
- Paper clips
- Sticky Notes
- Hole punch reinforcements
Start by painting all your nails with a base color. Now choose the tools you want based on the design you want to achieve. (TIP: Use a quick drying top coat to preserve your design while you work on other nails)
Open a paper clip. Place a few dips of nail polish on a sticky note. Dip the tip of the paper clip in the polish then onto your nail to create dots and flowers.
Place a hole punch reinforcement label on the upper part of your nail leaving the bottom uncovered. Paint the uncovered bottom part with a different color than your base color. Remove the label to reveal a crescent nail design.
Place tape vertically, diagonally, or horizontally to reveal crisp straight lines on your nails.
Try combining designs by using multiple tools. This will give you an authentically unique design.
I’m not a breakfast person. In fact, I hate eating in the morning. To keep my energy up I do like to drink smoothies and cold pressed juices. It’s a good way to get down fruits and veggies that you don’t want to eat. Give it a try, enjoy!
Want to display your earring collection in a unique way? Check out this quick DIY earring holder! You only need a few supplies.
- Picture frame (got mine from goodwill)
- Chicken wire (any home improvement store)
- Staple gun ( already had one)
- Craft wire cutters (already had one)
Start by disassembling your picture frame only leaving the perimeter. Now roll out your chicken wire and cut it slightly larger than the size of your picture frame. Use your staple gun to fasten the chicken wire to your frame. As soon as that’s done your earring holder is ready to hang and use! Enjoy!
I was featured in an article that discusses naturals opting to go for shorter natural hair after having long natural hair. Check it out!
Why did you go natural? or Why do you choose not to wear your hair natural?
I saw this picture in my Bloglovin feed a few days ago and it dawned on me that the words “Go Natural” meant little to me just 5 short years ago. I’ve learned so much about living a cleaner ,more natural lifestyle both with the foods and products that I use and with how I wear my hair.
In the fall of 2010, my sister called me and said that she was going to start wearing her hair natural. This was the first I had heard of it and I quickly went on YouTube to watch the links from the videos she sent me. There I saw dozens and dozens of women empowering other women by showing them the beauty and uniqueness of their natural hair. I could not believe that I had been on earth 23 years without truly considering what I was doing with my hair. I decided that same night that I was going to follow in my sisters foot steps and wear my hair natural too! At the age of 28, I know so many amazing women of various ethnic backgrounds with beautiful hair. Hair that is beautiful because these women wear their hair exactly as it grows from their scalps with out finding fault in it.
I’m not saying these amazing women don’t flat-iron,curl, style, and change their hair often. These women just do those things for a different reason than why I was “choosing” to relax my hair with chemical straighteners. This may sound crazy, but I literally was not aware that I had options when it came to chemically straightening my hair. Was I really making a choice if I was unaware of all my options? There is a well-known saying that says “When you know better, you’ll do better”. Going natural for me took that saying and brought it to life.
Fall 2010, Newly Natural
So again, why did you go natural? or Why do you choose not to wear your hair natural?
I’m completely smitten with this new unisex graphic T-shirt! ❤️ It has a slightly oversized fit for those days you feel pudgier than you want to and it’s sooo comfy. It comes in a few more colors but I love classic black and white. It has a very minimalist feel and can be paired with so many other things. Lastly, I happen to know the amazing artist that designed it.
Check out some of Elizabeth Hinson Wolever ‘s other designs and get yours.
The AMP (art, music, P.E.) department at my school just got new stuff in and this was part of the packaging. It looked so cool and textured that I took it home. I don’t know what I will do with it yet but check back with me soon to see!!
This mobile storage unit is heaven sent! My friend and I use them in our classrooms at school and another friend of mine uses it in the laundry room in her home. This cart is limitless. It is compact but provides 3 roomy shells for stuff!
Here is where we got them: 3 colors
Welcome to Authentically+B!
On Authentically+B you will find the confidence and drive to be authentically you. I will highlight DIY projects, health,wellness, beauty, and fashion from a whole new perspective. Being a part of Authentically+B will help you take things in your daily life from abstract and complex to super simple.
Hello, my name is Brandy. I’m a 29 year old mother, wife,elementary school teacher and life style blogger. I began Authentically+B for so many reasons. On the top of that list is helping others listen to the voice inside themselves. There are so many trends and standards that drown out our true inner wants and needs. Another reason being that my husband and I recently purchased a 1929 cottage that required a lot of TLC. While we did hire professionals for the big stuff, we also saved a ton of money by tackling many other projects ourselves. It was so much fun sharing transformations from our home. I then realized that there were so many projects I wanted to share from other areas of my life and now I have a place to do that! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do sharing.
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There I was, in bed at a decent time trying to get comfortable. Long story short, I was laying there, and laying there, and laying there. Sleep would not come to me. I usually would have fallen asleep by now. Before I knew it ,30 minutes had passed and I was still awake. I could not turn my mind off enough to get to sleep. I was actually thinking about getting this blog started so my mind was racing.
Once I realized that I wasn’t going to get any rest unless I did something, I took action! I didn’t start blogging but I did the next best thing. I opened my journal/planner and started writing away. Getting all my thoughts and ideas out of my head and on to my paper worked like a charm. I’ve even typed notes in my phone a few time just to keep my mind clear before bed. Once it was there I didn’t have to worry about forgetting things. That alone helped me to rest easier.
The next time you can’t sleep because you are thinking about work, cleaning, and the never-ending list of things you MUST do, jump to action! Get it out of your mind, on to paper or in your phone, then put it all down and rest. You will need all the rest you can get to tackle that list in the morning. Rest well.