Posts

Showing posts from January, 2019

Warm Weather Ready with Chicgostyle!

Image
Are you in the market for some affordable and super-trendy clothing? I have to admit, even as a wannabe-minimalist, I'm pretty tempted by Chicgostyle. There are SO many cute pieces available on this site, I'm surprised I haven't heard about it until now. Chicgostyle is packed to the gills with cheap clothes for women. I'm talking tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, outerwear, and even mens clothing! Seriously, I dare you to go to Chicgostyle and NOT find something you like. It's practically impossible. ;)

They also have a wide range of cheap sexy dresses for bachelorette parties, club nights, or even just a special dinner out. I'm particularly fond of Round Neck Belt Plain Maxi Dresses (pictured above). I love the the classic cut, the beautiful color (that deep blue!), the versatility (this can be dressed up or down for so many occasions!), and the price (it's less than $20!)

I don't think I've talked about this yet, but I'm going to Mexico for…

Wanderlust Print Co Sale!

Image
Hey babes! We're having a crazy sale in the Wanderlust Print Co shop! All prints are 50% off (that's $4.49 to $6.49) with free shipping! Nuts, I know. Tell your friends, and keep on wandering! xoxo

Weekend Links

Happy Friday, my babes! I'll be enjoying a relaxing weekend with almost no solid plans and I'm very much looking forward to it. The last week or so has been nonstop, man. I thought life was going to slow down after the New Year, but boy, was I wrong. Hoping this weekend leaves me recharged and refreshed. What are your plans? On to the links!

"I Hired a Professional Organizer and It Changed My Life" - This is a lovely story about minimizing. It really resonated with me, since I recently decided I want to pursue a side-hustle as an organizer (see more on my Instagram post). Hit me up if you need some help!

• Loved this article about The Norwegian art of the packed lunch. A few months ago, I did a no-spend month, and I realized that most of my spending was on lunch. I've severely limited eating out for lunch since then, and it is really a game changer.

• Props to the New York Times for answering a question on everyone's mind: What Is Glitter?

Bags and Baby Clothes from Popreal!

Image
I still have a few years left before (maybe) becoming a mother, but I can certainly appreciate some adorable kids clothes. I audibly squeal at little suits and dresses in Target like a crazy person every time I'm there. I can't help it! Buying gifts for a baby shower is always a blast, too. It seems like a whole different world.

Today I'm working with Popreal to showcase some cute bags for girls, like the flamingo backpack above (Flamingos Prints Zipper Backpack). Could you DIE? Would I look crazy wearing it? Would it even fit my body? Why do little girls get the best clothes and accessories? I have a friend who loves flamingos, and if/when she has a baby, that baby will get this bag as a gift in the hospital.

Another type of bag that's easy to find at Popreal is the statement bag. Animals, robots, airplanes and rockets (Rocket Pattern Crossbody Bag), fruits and snacks (Fruits Style Girls Crossbody Bag), and more! They have backpacks, handbags, and coin purses in all …

Wordless Wednesday • 1/9/19

Image

Inspirational Favorites • Matt D'Avella

Image
This month's inspiration favorite is Youtuber Matt D'Avella. He's a minimalist and filmmaker with a solid bunch of motivational videos. I listen to his videos when I'm at work and it inspires me to go home and fill up my Goodwill donation box. I enjoy his videos so much, I listen to them even if I've listened to them already recently. πŸ˜‚ Go check him out and let me know if you agree. And please share your Inspirational Favorites in the comments. I love finding new motivation.

Matt D'Avella on YouTube

Minimalism Tips • Before and After • Cleaning Out Your Glove Compartment

Image
How messy is your glove compartment right now? Can you even open it? Do you know what's in there? Could you find your insurance and registration if you needed it? My answers were: VERY, no, no, no. Until the other day. I minimized my glove compartment and will share a few tips with you today on how you can do it to!

11:47AM - 12:10PM
23 minutes

Empty everything out of the glove box. Take a trip down memory lane when you find items from 10 years ago.

Clean it out. Some sort of fast food packet exploded in there, so I used these dried up Windex wipes I found (plus a little water) and got that cleaned up.

Minimize!
Vacate: I had 7 air fresheners. I hung one up, saved one for later, and ditched the rest. I also found a bunch of ketchup, spoons, and other garbage that is now in the trash/recycling.
Donate: I no longer need my GPS or this aux cable, so I'm passing them on.
Relocate: I brought some items into my desk and kitchen at work. A few extra Splenda packets for emergencies n…

Recipe • Easy DIY Ramen!

Image
Like most people in January, we're trying to spend a little less money, use what we have, and stick to our resolutions. One of the ways we're incorporating all three is by making dinners with food we already have in our kitchen. Recently I've learned that my boyfriend is a pro at turning a packet of Top Ramen into something amazing. Today we share his secrets. (JK this isn't groundbreaking, but it might help if you have similar goals for 2019!)

• Gather up ingredients (aka whatever you have in your fridge/pantry). This time he used: carrots, corn, mushrooms, eggs, spinach, and leftover grilled chicken.
• Prepare ingredients while boiling water. He sauteed the carrots and mushrooms (with a little bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger), and soft-boiled the eggs.
• Add noodles and other ingredients to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
• Sprinkle some sesame seeds and drizzle some sriracha on top.
• Enjoy your delicious, slightly-healthier (than plain ole ramen, a…

Weekend Links

• Everyone is talking about Marie Kondo and her Konmari Method, thanks to her new series on Netflix. This article, "The Economics of Tidying Up" gives an interesting perspective on the topic.

• I posted my Top 9 on Instagram. Did you check out yours? It's so fun to look back at the year, isn't it?

12 expert tips to make 2019 your most productive year yet from Fast Company. Thoughts?

Have a great weekend, my babes! I'll be working on new vintage listings for the shop, so be sure to check it out or follow along at shopawildtonic on Instagram for more! xoxo

Thank You Sale!

Image
In the spirit of the new year, I'm feeling extra-thankful for all the support and love you all give me throughout the year. As a small token of my appreciation, take 15% off all orders in the shop with code THANKSJAN, now until 1/10. xoxo

Wordless Wednesday • 1/2/19

Image

Happy New Year!

Image
Happy New Year to you and yours! 2018 was a pretty great year, and I think 2019 will be even better. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and wish you nothing but the best in 2019. πŸΎπŸ’–