It’s Spring – Time for more sun…and maybe, less clothes

600-02200699Spring has arrived and with all of the fancy juice cleanses, the self bronzing lotions and getting ready for a warmer and brighter season, it is also time for the spring closet purge!

Yes, the idea of this is always a bit sad – the idea of parting ways with some of your favourite, famous and fancy fashion items may be a hard concept at first, but sometimes, the good old clothing cleanse can feel great. A time to give to others in need, a time to admit when that dress from six years ago is not your style anymore and a time to make room for some newer pieces.

You don’t need to purge every year. Personally, I do a good closet purge every two years. However, it is important to admit when your closet and drawers are too full and when that tube top from high school needs to be retired.

Here are some rules I created for myself to follow when I purge my closet, which you may find helpful:

1) If a piece of clothing is more than 5 years old and is not a vintage or a pricey designer classic piece, evaluate how much you wear it still. If you barely wear it, chuck it.

2) For items between 3 and 5 years old, examine them closely for quality control. If the colour is still vibrant, the garment isn’t thinned out or pilled, try it on. If it still makes you look amazing, keep it for a while. If not, time to give it away.

3) Check for clothing with price tags still on. Put these things at the front of your closet so you remember to wear them. If there is anything that you bought on an impulse and don’t like anymore, see if any friends or family want it. It is brand new, so try to gift it out.

4) Sweaters, sweat pants, hoodies, anything warm and cozy – if you have too many of these things, give at least two or three warmer items to charity. It will help to keep a few people warm next fall and winter.

5) Once you have completed your purge, done clothing swaps with friends, and donated some of your items of charity, start organizing your wardrobe! Create drawers to hold one type of clothing; divide up your closet accordingly; colour code things too!

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Perfect Picture Pick – Under The Sea

“The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake. You dream about going up there, but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you, what more are you lookin’ for?”The Little Mermaid

No matter how many years go by, I still feel like a kid at heart sometimes – especially when I visit an aquarium! As I take the tour of all of the beautiful marine life, fish, and coral, I can help by think of Ariel, Sebastian the Lobster, Flounder and more from one of my favourite Disney movies, The Little Mermaid.

As part of special birthday plans for my man, I took my boyfriend to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Here is one of the pretty shots I captured as I took in the beautiful exhibits:

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Spring & St. Patrick’s Spirit

With spring 10 days away (which is hard to believe with this lengthy winter) and St. Patrick’s day less than 10 days away, it is time to be green… in the best way possible!

Green happens to be my favourite colour in the palette, so here are some of my domestic picks in this beautiful shade:

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From top left to bottom right: Hand Mixer by Kitchenaid, Daylight Dinnerware by Mikasa, Lined Journal by Kate Spade, Chenille Throw in Citron from Pier 1 Imports, and Green Small Petal Bowl from Crate and Barrel

A Peachy Playlist – Empowering Feminine Rock

When Lilith Fair was created over 15 years ago, it brought empowerment to women through music by uniting over 50 incredible female solo artists and musical groups. In the summer of 1999, upon arriving home from sleepover where I spent numerous summers as a child and teenager, I had my one and only Lilith Fair experience. I enjoyed the show during a hot summer night at an amphitheatre and loved every moment!

Even though my musical tastes have changed a bit since then, I have always had a soft spot for the talented female solo performer or the strong female musical group – one who composes their music, writes their lyrics and creates unique concepts for each individual album.

To pay tribute to these incredible women, I have created a playlist of my favourite female artists (both Lilith Fair alumni and other incredible talents). It was hard because I love multiple songs created by each of these gifted artists, but this is a great place to start:

lilith-fair1) Possession – Sarah McLachlan

2) You Learn – Alanis Morissette

3) Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin

4) Time – Chantal Kreviazuk

5) Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow

6) Hands – Jewel

7) Galileo – Indigo Girls

8) I Do – Lisa Loeb

9) Here With Me – Dido

10) Try – Nelly Furtado

11) The Long Way Around – Dixie Chicks

12) Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins

13) My Number – Tegan and Sara

14) Lucky One – Amy Grant

15) Come On – Letters to Cleo

16) Kiss The Rain – Billie Myers

17) What Would Happen – Meredith Brooks

18) I Don’t Want To Wait – Paula Cole