To help you come up with ideas to use more of your cute date night looks, take items from those date night looks and wear them more daily.
'Mixing and matching' is a helpful concept here.
First idea is to wear dressy pants or printed pants paired with a simple tshirt - like a basic top or a white t-shirt. I love a pop of color one or just a fun print that are dressier. They're also pretty comfy. Just work on with what you have..
Second idea is to pair short dresses/skirts or jumpsuits with leggings and a comfy sweater (this is great if you love your athleisure leggings/sweaters.
Third idea is mixing two unexpected items you'd never think would go together - you might be surprised! :D (Ex, a fancy tank and overalls - or a fancy blazer over an athleisure look). This was something I discovered during the summer time. I started wearing my more dressy tanks with overalls. Oh, my gosh, I can't tell you how much I love that look. Like, the mix of the casual with the more dressy even just the different texture feeling it just made me so happy.
There's other concepts you can do like throw a blazer over a sweatshirt or a T-shirt. I started doing that more just to wear my blazers.
One of my best tips is the more that home is your chance to play with and test out favorite looks! The more you're wearing your clothes at home and not just saving them, then it's gonna be so much easier to make outfits when you do need to go out or especially when you need to travel on a trip.
Not by guilt but the opposite! I was GIDDY to get home & go through my clothes. I left the dressing room without trying on anything, walked out of the shop & half ran/half walked to the subway. 🤣
It’s hard to articulate the extent of excitement I felt that day. But it boils down to this….
My whole life I’ve been a shopping lover. Loved the thrill of buying & collecting beautiful things (and I still do!)
What changed that day…is I felt MORE excited to ‘style’ the clothes I already had then to buy new ones - I never thought that was even possible. 🤯
Ironically, the reason I’d gone shopping was for ‘retail therapy’ after my initial consult with a redesign client who wanted to get rid of their entire living room and buy all new stuff. I was struggling to get them excited about using what they had and the thought of not being able to use even part of what they already owned bothered me. 😩
So I went to do what cheered me up most - SHOP!
Seeing the beautiful things people have created always gets me in a happy mood. And 💯 I know I wouldn’t have had this realization if I’d been at home.
The inspiration that comes from looking around shops is the missing link in most ‘no buy’ or ‘shop your closet’ challenges.
It’s hard to shift our perspective without that initial spark of inspiration first.
That’s why the first step in my ‘VIBE’ style class is to window shop. 😍
The photos above show the items I loved in the shop (inspiration) and the outfits I created with my own clothes. (styled by moi) ☺️
First, I observed what I was drawn to in the shop & why (because it was missing from my closet!) THEN I found a way to create a similar ‘vibe’ using dark floral accessories. And the JOY/pride I felt.. Well it shows in my selfie 🤣
Those who know me, know that the minute I get excited/inspired about something I share it right away. So that's exactly what I did with this experience - I turned it into a class! In this class I guide you step by step to create a new outfit based on solely window shopping. It's innovative styling for sustainable living, YAS!
I don't have a name for this ending era...(any suggestions?) but in lieu of 2024. I will be retiring three digital products at the end of this year.
The last day to purchase the items pictured above is December 31, 2023.
Here's a list of related blog posts, videos to honor the unique & incredible wisdom behind each of these products!
Workspace wisdom: The #1 Reason Things Get Messy Again Even After You've Organized Them
Playroom wisdom: 3 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Children to Clean Up
Wall Decor wisdom: 3 Secrets to a Happier Home Environment
If you've been curious to try one or more of these, now is your chance. Give your home the gift of a makeover! These also make fabulous Christmas gifts, especially if you're looking to gift 'experiences' over physical items. 🎁🎄
Wondering how to send a digital product as a gift? Just enter the name & email of that person at check out and fill the payment section with your info. And the product is sent straight to their inbox ;)
If you're looking for a NEXT LEVEL gift idea...in addition to sending a workbook or course above...go the extra mile and arrange a 'date' in their schedule to spend doing the work while you babysit their kids or come over and help redecorate!
We've all got unused items because of not having the headspace/time it requires...finding a fun way to offer them time and space to redecorate their office space, playroom or walls....what an AMAZING experience & memory!
Wow, I'm getting all the warm fuzzy holiday feels thinking of it. 🥰 Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and give your home a little extra love as you prep for your new 'era' in 2024 ;)
Gonna get a little philosophical on you... but hear me out lol! I've been reflecting on the 'stories' we tell ourselves.
Whether it's a common phrase like 'Getting started is the hardest part' or a story of a lived experience... 'proof' that makes a phrase true. We also all have experiences in our lives that have 'blown our mind' or completely shifted the way we saw something and it's impossible to 'unsee' it, right?!
Even though we've had those 'perspective changing' moments - they tend to be rare, they're not a normal everyday experience....but what if it was?
Ever feel like a broken record having to repeat “Don’t do…” and “Please try…” over and over? Sighh...usually takes asking several times for our children to do that one thing. The good news is that you can use repetition to your advantage by training your children to remember where items belong ;)
It also happens to be the first of three ways to encourage your children to help with cleaning: Ask with tasks rather than commands.
This means instead of saying “Pick up your toys and brush your teeth!” you say: “Please put the books in the bookshelf, the dolls in the dollhouse and the blocks in the basket”. You’ll still have to repeat yourself but at least you’re repeating information you want them to memorize!
Yun-A (rhymes with 'fun' 'Ah') CEO of Your Aesthetic Style.
Join me in a fun & free class turning shopping inspo into outfits from your closet! YAS!
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More to Mum
Topic: Simple Home Decoration Ideas that will create more quality time