Let’s Get Down to Business!


Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been studying up and planning a strategy for my creative career. I currently work at a marketing firm but the goal is to go solo. For a few years, I’ve wanted to officially establish myself and create a studio space but I’ve been too afraid. Afraid that I’d fail or file taxes incorrectly or too afraid to talk to people. Well, I’m over that now. I have stopped focusing on the fear and started looking at the benefits of what working for myself will mean. Being able to do something I love. Networking and getting out of my comfort zone. Traveling with a flexible schedule. Creating the types of things that I want to create. Continue reading “Let’s Get Down to Business!”

Aug. 24, 2015 OOTD: Resisting Retail has Begun

I still have a few days left in my 30 day grace period but there is nothing more that I need to add to my wardrobe at this point so I’m officially starting the challenge of Resisting Retail for the next 365 days. I even added a countdown widget at the bottom of my site to keep me motivated. My next post will include images of my entire wardrobe so you guys can see what I have to choose from and even help me pick some OOTDs if you like. Something that seems to be a result of this challenge is my being more conscious of what I want to wear and wanting to look my best. With that in mind, my first outfit felt like a perfect way to kick things off.

I bought this top weeks ago, only back then, it was way too big for me and had sleeves. I did some alterations myself and made it fit, ditching the sleeves in the process. Then I just paired it with these thrifted white slacked (originally from The Limited) and my brown wedges from DSW. I felt so chic in this outfit and managed to go through the entire day without getting anything on my pants, win! What do you guys think? Let me know with a comment. If you’re participating in a wardrobe challenge or downsizing to a seasonal capsule I’d love to hear about it.

Have courage,

Elle is wearing a floral sleeveless top that she altered with some white slacks and brown wedge heels.

Resisting Retail Challenge!

Alright you guys, I’m going to take this challenge!

Click here to see my visual wardrobe library, everything I’m wearing next year!

I just made it up after looking through my closet and drawers the other day. After hanging everything up and putting things away, I realized that I had just about everything I’d need to wear without having to buy more clothes. So I asked myself, can I go a year without buying more clothes? What would I do with the money I usually spend on fashion each month? I decided to write up some rules and make this a year long quest to find the answers to those questions. If you decide you want to join me, here are the rules!

Resisting Retail Challenge Rules

  1. 30 Day Grace Period

    Determine if there are any more items that you would need to complete your wardrobe and then go buy them before the first 30 days have passed. You can only add up to 10 items, so choose wisely. Once this stage is over, you can’t buy any more clothes for the remaining 335 days (socks and underwear are exceptions to this rule).

  2. Determine the Time Frame

    I saved this for the second step because you’ll want to think of a time frame that you feel would be right for you. If you have a slight addiction to shopping, 365 days might be too hard to consider. Maybe for you it’s three months, or six months.

  3. Enjoy the Challenge

    Now that you don’t have to worry about shopping for clothes, get creative with the ones you have. Try different combinations based on color, pattern, theme, season or number of items in one OOTD. Ask your friends and supporters to put together outfits and wear those. I plan to do this a lot during my challenge and have photographed everything that I will be wearing outside of the house (excluding exercise gear which I don’t wear unless I’m actually working out).

  4. Spend the Cash on Something Else or Save It

    Since you’re not buying clothes, you should have some extra money at your disposal. Decide what you want to do with it. I plan on getting some of my work clothes tailored, going to local events, buying a GoPro camera and whatever else I can think of. Maybe a good incentive for you is saving the money for something else that you need or want like a huge shopping spree at the end of this challenge.

  5. Evaluate Your Wardrobe

    These are some things to keep in mind during the challenge (you’ll want to answer these questions when it’s all over). What do you seem to be wearing most days? What have you worn the least while taking the challenge? Is there something you can donate to charity? Did you learn or grow in some way while taking this challenge? Were you inspired in other areas?

If you plan on taking this challenge, let me know in the comments and post something about it on your blog. I’d love to see how you decide to spend the extra cash and what combinations of outfits you come up with.

Have courage,

New Start, New State

We are almost three years in since my Life After Undergrad journey began. There’s been many challenges since then, including having to put my laborador/boxer mix, Laila Ali, up for adoption. But in one week, everything is about to change. That’s right, Brandon and I are hitting the road for a new start in a new state.

We’ve been saving money for a new start since October while living the ‘grid life’ but originally, that new start was simply a new local apartment. But after several conversations, prayers and research, we realized that we had the chance to do something bigger than we thought. We both agreed that we needed to be in a place where the both of us would prosper in our careers. Entertainment options are very important to us, I mean, come on. We’re a childless couple in our 20’s for goodness sake.

Of course we realize that every city has its own pros and cons that are more ideal for some people rather than others. After all, Dallas is known for its traffic jams and high theft areas in certain parts of town. Like any city, there are places that you shouldn’t go at night or during the day for that matter. The weather, terrain and wildlife are more factors to consider when you are moving to a new place. Neither Brandon or I have lived in Texas, let alone Dallas so this is going to be quite the adventure. We are going to have to start from scratch as far as making friends and networking. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

When you move to a new place, you have the advantage of the unknown. Noone knows anything about your accomplishments, failures or embarrassing moments. With every encounter, you get to re-invent yourself into anything you want to be without preconceptions getting in your way. If you were overly involved in organizations or social groups before, moving allows you to push everything off of your obligation list and re-discover yourself. Take some time to remember what its like to be a face in the crowd instead of behind the curtain. The things you had to sacrifice before (time with your family, taking care of your health, re-modeling your personal style or simply being able to do nothing at all after work hours) become yours for the taking. And before you jump into a busy routine again, contemplate why you were a part of so many things; was it because you genuinely enjoyed it or something else?  Time is the most precious thing we have and it should be spent on things that take you in the direction you want to go. You are allowed to say no when it comes to your life.

Perhaps like me, you’ve developed the habit of putting out Grade A work but only getting Grade F compensation. Sure, you might have thought this strategy was a good way to get your name out but think again. Your name will be out there but all of your new and potential clients are going to expect to get the same thing; executive results for minimum wage. Yes, I said executive. You are the champion of your business and deserve to be compensated accordingly.In a new place you can re-evaluate your worth and rebrand your business. It’s ok if the bargain hunter crowd passes on hiring you, your product is NOT a bargain item. It’s valuable, you are valuable and can choose the type of person you want to work with, not for, WITH.  This is not a ‘I need you more than you need me’ setup. You have something they want and vice versa. Remember, diamonds aren’t cheap, yet, everybody wants one.


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