How To Get Ready Fast!

How to get ready fast and still look gorgeous! In this video I’ll share my top time-saving technique for dressing in no time flat each morning, saving yourself the time and frustration that normally comes with scrambling through your closet each morning. Plus, I also have a few more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds to share with you. Combined, they have a value at just under $200 and could be yours for a fraction of that price at an upcoming trendy trade Clothing Swap Event! (Click image below to play video.)

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If you have a super busy week ahead of you and half your morning routine consists of deciding what to wear, or changing in and out of outfits until half your closet is torn apart, then you’ll want to read on! I will be sharing my secrets for how to get ready fast, dress in no time flat and still look gorgeous!

Life is busy now and we are constantly taking on more, adding more to our plates, trying to please more people all the while promising ourselves that we’ll continue to chase that ever elusive “balance” that we all seek in our lives. When we get busier one of the first things to go is how we take care of ourselves and taking good care of ourselves. So, I want to encourage you with some tips below. I also want to let you know that it is ok to give yourself permission to spend a little time making sure you are ready to head into your day and these tips will help you with that as well.

If you have watched my video on What Is Closet Shopping? then you’ll already have a head start on how to get ready fast, but if you haven’t, no big deal, you can pick it up from here and run with it.

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to slick my hair back and throw on a pair of yoga pants every day (and a lot of days I do!) But for those days when life requires a little bit more from us, here are a few tips:

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #1: Think about your week ahead

The first thing you will want to do is think about your week ahead. Are you going to be in an office? Running errands? Taking care of the kids? If you wear a uniform to work, what is life before and after work like? Just take a few short minutes to think about what the week ahead will hold, so that you can best plan outfits that will go with the activities ahead that week.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #2: Set an area for staging

Next, set an area for staging. If you have a large wall in your bedroom like a hallway near the closet or even in your closet itself, you could use that for your staging area. If you don’t have a large wall, then the front of your closet is fine, just hang the items on the clothing bar or rod that you already have hanging. Of course, you have to first clear the space in your closet to be able to do that, so if you haven’t already you may want to head over to my video on How To Clean Out Your Closet after reading this.

In your staging area, you are going to want to have hooks on the wall  (if you are using a wall) or ways to attach or group together hangers and different items if you are using the rod in your closet as your staging area. If you look on Pinterest, you’ll see lots of different ideas on how to do this — one of them being pop tabs to attach hangers.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #3: Select your outfits for the week

So, after you’ve thought about your week ahead and chosen an area for staging, then you are going to want to start selecting your outfits for the week. And set them in order; Mon, Tues, Wed, and so on. Begin with the main item that will be your wardrobe basic and then work around that. So, you’ll want to select the item that you will wear on Monday and put it on the first hook. Then, repeat for each day.

After you have the main piece up, start adding the complimentary wardrobe items and accessories around it. This would be everything, from leggings, jackets and scarves to belts, necklaces, rings and even undergarments. I know this seems excessive, but what it is going to help you do is make sure that you have everything you need as you head into your week and prevent you from having to get halfway dressed and then undressed and starting all over again just because the right undergarment isn’t cleaned or you can’t find the right color leggings. Again, it is going to save you so much time in your week.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #4: Have a few backups

So what happens if you get to Thursday and say the outfit you had picked out doesn’t go with how you’re feeling that day? When you are staging, you will also want to have a few backups. I would have two main ones: a nicer outfit and a more casual outfit. This is because even though we might do our best to plan based on what we know will happen that week, but things always come up last minute and it’s really those last minute plans that can make us really have to scramble. So having a dressier backup as well as a casual backup can help take some more of the stress out of your week.

If you get through your week and didn’t need the backups, great! You either have a head start on staging your wardrobe for the next week or you have backups ready all the time.

I know this all seems crazy and like it will take a huge chunk of time to do, but think about this — how much time do you waste each morning trying to put everything together? Now, that time is sectioned off differently in your week as prep time rather than getting ready time. The other huge benefit to this is that it will save you from scrambling through your closet each morning trying to hunt down those leggings or that scarf, or your missing bracelet, and then having to start all over again because you can’t find the final item to complete the outfit you’ve already chosen. So again, I know it seems like it is going to be time consuming to do this, but actually it will save you time and a lot of frustration getting ready in the morning as you take on your week.

This can get a little addicting, so you may become overly ambitious and get carried away and start on a 2nd or 3rd week. If you try any of the tips from this blog or have any questions, be sure to write that in the comments right below. I’d love to hear it!

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Keep Your Closet Clean (Once & For All!)

Keep your closet clean once and for all by putting it through these three tests shown in today’s video: The Hanger Test, The Hamper Test or The Hanging Test. (Click the image below to watch the video.)

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I’ve shared some closet cleaning tips and tricks in other videos recently, so now that you have spent a ton of time cleaning out your closet, how do you finally keep it clean once and for all?!

Clothes, shoes, purses and accessories have their way of creeping into our closets, whether through impulse buys, receiving gifts or therapy shopping – and our well-intentioned closet cleaning just went down the tubes and we jam pack more and more into our wardrobe.

So how do you keep your closet clean once you have taken the time to go through it all? There are lots of different suggestions out there that you can follow, today, I want to share the tips that I use to keep my closet under control.

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Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hanger Test

Go into your closet and turn all the hangers backwards. Mark a date on your calendar where you want to go back into your closet and check the hangers. This could be a few weeks to a few months out or even a year. In the meantime, anytime you wear something, put it back on the hanger and hang the hanger in your closet as you normally would. On the date you have picked, go back into your closet and remove all the items that are left on the backwards hangers. Those are the items that you haven’t used in the period of time you set for yourself and can go ahead and clean out of your closet.

Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hamper Test

The hamper test is one of the best ways that I have found to monitor what I am using and what I am not. If you typically do laundry once per week, go 2-3 weeks (or even 4 if you can stand it) without doing laundry. In that period of time, anything that you wear goes into the hamper once you are done with it. At the end of your 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks, see what you have left hanging in your closet. These are the items that you most likely rarely (if ever use) and are probably safe to get rid of.

Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hanging Test

My last test is the hanging test. How well can you see the items that you have hanging in your closet? If your answer is “Not very well,” then most likely you are failing the hanging test. Items that are out of sight, out of mind are less likely to get used. So the more crowded your closet is, the less you are likely using the items in it. For the hanging test, make sure that everything is actually hanging in your closet, versus being packed in so tightly that they are pushed up against each other. If your items, aren’t hanging, then it’s time to clean out your closet. See our closet cleaning video for more tips.

So give one of these a try! Whether it’s the hanger test, the hamper test or the hanging test, one of these or even all three will help keep your closet happy and help you to keep your closet cleaned and organized once and for all!

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Closet Cleaning Tips: Keep, Recycle or Trade?

Closet cleaning tips for both the wallet and eco-conscious alike! When you are cleaning out your closet, you actually have more options than just bagging everything up and dropping it off at the local thrift chain on the corner. This video explains those options, plus I will show you three more Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Event finds! (Click image below to play video.)

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When you are cleaning out your closet, you actually have more options than just bagging everything up and dropping it off at the local thrift chain on the corner. You can turn items you no longer use into items you will love, at Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Events. Today we will cover closet cleaning tips that help you make the most of what you already have and get the most for the money you have already spent. These tips will also help you not to keep something in your closet that doesn’t need to stay there, simply because you don’t know what else to do with it!

According to the Council for Textile Recycling’s website, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. With Trendy Trade, we give you another option other than keeping, donating or throwing away — that is swapping!

Closet Cleaning Tips: Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Next time you are getting ready to clean out your closet, go into the project with these questions in mind:

  • Will I use this? If so, keep it.
  • Is this still in great shape but I won’t use it? If so, swap it.
  • Is this item worn out? If so, recycle it.

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If items are in your closet getting regular use, keep them in your closet! You know which ones these are because they are either on you or in your hamper right now waiting to be washed!

Closet Cleaning Tips: Swap or Recycle Instead!

For other items that are in your closet that are in great shape, but are too big or too small or maybe you bought it on clearance and can’t return it – these are great items to bring to a Trendy Trade and swap for new-to-you items that you will love.

If an item is outdated or totally and completely worn out, look for a textile recycling facility in your area, or if there isn’t one, check around to the local thrift stores to find one that recycles or reuses fabrics that come in.

Make it your goal to no longer throw anything away. Second to that, make it your goal to turn what you no longer use into something that you will! You can do that at an upcoming Trendy Trade event. Visit our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming event details.

Trendy Trade is all about repurposing and taking something that someone has no more use for and rehoming it and giving it a new life. When you are cleaning out your closet, keep today’s tips in mind and it will help you make the most of what you already have!

For more closet cleaning tips and tricks check out my closet cleaning video or my closet shopping video.

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Dressing For Your Body Type

Dressing for your body type usually comes with a long list of do’s and don’ts. But today, I am simplifying the rules by sharing one simple trick for dressing for your body type to help you achieve confidence in your look.

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You have probably heard different tips over the years about how to dress for your body type and if the rules seem too lengthy or complicated, I have one simple trick that I’ll be sharing today that will help you dress for your body type, no matter what shape you are.

Body type or body shape can get very complicated and detailed. Of course, there is no way to put every single woman on the planet into a few main categories, so for the sake of simplicity, we are going to use five basic body shapes for illustration purposes today.

Hourglass | Triangle (Pear) | Inverted Triangle | Apple | Rectangle

Dressing for your body type has less to do with your weight than it does with your structure. Every woman deserves to feel confident and beautiful and using this simple trick for dressing for your body type that I am going to share with you, will help you achieve confidence in your look.

Dressing For Your Body Type – One Simple Trick

The one simple trick is this: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. And in just a minute I am going to explain the “how” of that.

But first, by “attracting attention”, let me tell you what I do mean and let me tell you what I do not mean. What I do mean is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors to attract attention to the smaller half of your body. What I don’t mean, is to attract attention by using less fabric (if you catch my drift.) The goal in all of this is to achieve balance in your overall look and do so in a sophisticated way.

For a lot of you, you already know what your body shape is, but if you need help in determining what your body shape is, we are not going to cover that today – we’ll save it for another time, but in the meantime, jump on and do a quick Google search for those resources. There are a lot of good ones out there that will help you take measurements or give you other tips and tricks for determining your shape.

Dressing for your body type – The How

The overall goal of dressing for your body type is not only looking as fab as you can of course and feel great as you go through your day, but mainly to achieve that “hourglass” look. That’s considered (visually speaking) the perfect body shape so if you are starting out as an hourglass figure, then you have one up on the rest of us. If you are an hourglass, the goal then becomes not to lose that balanced look as you select what to put on.

If you are any of the other four shapes, the goal is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors placed in strategic places to help you achieve that perfect balanced, hourglass look no matter your body shape.

So, yes, you can do it! And no it’s not as complicated as you would think! In fact, you might find after today’s tutorial that you are already doing a lot of these subconsciously, because that is what looks good and maybe today will just help explain more of the “why” you are subconsciously doing it. So let’s get started!

Dressing For Your Body Type: Remember our one simple trick

Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

How to attract attention: use fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and certain cuts of fabric placed in strategic places

How to detract attention: Use dark or solid colors or larger cuts of fabric to cover or help detract attention from larger areas of your body

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to a triangle (pear)

A pear shaped body is smaller on top, larger on bottom. This simple trick applied to a pear shape, to help achieve balance and work toward that hourglass look, is to attract attention to the top through use of fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and detract attention from the bottom by using dark or solid colors. Applying this simple trick helps to create the illusion of an hourglass figure on a pear shaped body.

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Sample outfit: a floral top and black jeans would look great on a pear shape

The exact opposite would be true for an inverted triangle shaped body. Remember, our one simple trick: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an inverted triangle

Detract attention to the top and attract attention to the lower half of the body. Use solid colors to detract attention on top and balance it out by using patterns and colors on bottom. This could be a black top with colored skinny jeans. Putting the solid, dark color on top detracts attention and putting the brighter color on bottom attracts attention, thereby balancing out the body shape of the inverted triangle, that otherwise typically wider on top and smaller on bottom.

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Sample outfit: A dark colored top and brightly colored jeans would look great on this body shape

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

If we apply our one simple trick to an apple shape, and work towards the illusion of an hourglass shape, the goal is to detract attention from the middle and attract attention to the top and bottom. This could look like a big chunky brightly-colored necklace on top, solid dark top and a ruffle edge knee length skirt on bottom. The ruffles on the bottom of the skirt will draw attention downward at the same time the brightly colored chunky necklace draws attention up, helping to create the illusion of balance and achieve that hourglass figure.

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Sample outfit: Attract attention up and down with a chunky necklace up top and a ruffled skirt

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

What this looks like on a rectangle: a rectangle is evenly portioned and similar to an hourglass with the exception of a defined waist. If we apply our one simple trick to a rectangle shape, we will want to draw attention to the waist. A brightly colored belt in the middle of muted colors on top and bottom, will help create the illusion of a waist and help you work towards that hourglass shape.

Of course, there are many more tips and tricks to dress for your body shape and we will take a look at more in the future. My goal today is to (without overly complicating the process or causing confusion) give you one simple trick to help you take the next step in dressing for your body shape.

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Shop by Fit, Not Size

Shop by fit, not size. In this video, I’ll explain why by showing one trendy trade Clothing Swap find styled three different ways. I’ll also help answer the question, “What sizes do you have at trendy trade?” Plus, I have three more clothing swap finds to share with you as examples of what you will see at upcoming events. (Click image below to play video.)

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get about trendy trade is, “What sizes do you have?” Typically we get a really nice range of sizes so there usually always ends up being something for everyone. We will always encourage you to shop by fit, not by size at trendy trade Clothing Swap Events for several reasons:

  • Every brand has different sizing
  • Washing & drying changes the size
  • Items can be worn many different ways

So, to show you the advantages of shopping by fit, not by size, in the video above I’ll show you one trendy trade Clothing Swap find styled three different ways. The main piece that I’ll be styling for you is from Forever 21.

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As we all know, you can find items there on both ends of the quality spectrum. I have some pieces from there that wore out very quickly and got holes and I have other pieces from there that have lasted years and I love wearing regularly. This one is polyester, rayon and spandex. It’s tan colored with a black floral lace pattern that looks like an overlay but actually isn’t. French darts are sewn in from the waist up and then from the waist down there is a little bit of a flare to the skirt. It has short sleeves and zips up the back.

The reason I chose this piece is that while this was likely originally intended as a dress, the most common way I wear it is as a top. This is also the reason I encourage you to shop by fit, and not by size when you come to a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event. Someone a little smaller, or with a different body shape, would probably be able to get away with wearing this as a dress. For me, it’s too short to wear as a dress, but makes a great top. That’s why we’ll always encourage you to shop by fit and not by size because the same item can be styled different for different people depending on your body type.

So the three ways I’ll style this for you today are:

  • Casual day out
  • Down to business
  • Bundled up for fall.

Casual day out

For casual day out, I have this styled with a pair of skinny jeans, a beautiful vintage style necklace, big pearl earrings and neutral heels and matching purse. By the way, the purse and shoes were also trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds! Styled this way, the dress makes a beautiful top that is easy to throw on and go for a casual outing or if you just want to look good while running errands.

Down to business

For down to business, I have this styled as a dress, with a black jacket, black heels, statement earrings and bracelets. Depending on your office environment, you could also pair it with a pencil skirt or black dress pants.

Bundled up for fall

For bundled up for fall, I have this styled with a black cardigan, black scarf, black leggings and boots. The layers will keep you fashionably warm while you are on a fall outing and this is a super cute way to extend the use of your summer dresses into the fall.

So whether it is for a casual day out, getting down to business or bundling up for fall, this one dress can be worn those three ways and help you make the most of what you already have in your wardrobe or might find at an upcoming trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

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Reclaim Your Style With 3 Easy Tips

Reclaim your style with these 3 easy tips! Plus, I’ll show you three more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds. One is an item with an original retail value of over $170 and will be available at a future event so stay tuned! Remember, you are the one that has to navigate through your day and through your life so wear what you feel comfortable and confident in! (Click image below to play video.)

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Recently, I started these videos as a way to give you some insight into the trendy trade Clothing Swap Event culture and what it’s all about and to show you some of the clothing and accessories that come through the events so you can see what to expect. Once you are comfortable with seeing why we do what we do and how we do it, then maybe you will decide to join us at an upcoming clothing swap event. If you want to learn a little more about how a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event works, after reading this, hop on over to the video “Three Clothing Swap Finds, Power of Color and About trendy trade.”

I have had a lot of big life changes over the last couple years and it has completely taken a toll on my wardrobe. My closet has become this “patchwork quilt” of fabric of sorts filled with all these different styles. Now, I have just been experimenting with trying to figure out what my style is currently. Just when I think I know what direction I am going, the seasons change or new trends are announced or another life change happens and I have to figure it all out all over again.

The other day, I heard a former fashion designer being interviewed and one of the things he said was that he didn’t believe in trends, he believed that you need to find out who you are and what suits you and dress according to that. Once I heard that, all the pressure was off and it got it me thinking about what I liked, what I felt comfortable in and what I felt good in. So that’s my new direction and I want to share these three tips with you if you are struggling to find your style:

  • Find your favorite colors on you
  • Find the outfit you feel confident in and copy that
  • Feel free to experiment

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 1: Find your favorite colors on YOU

How many of us are guilty of looking in our closet and seeing a chunk of white, a chunk of gray and a chunk of black? So that’s great because those colors go with everything, and that was me for a long time too. But I never felt like it matched my personality or really went with who I was. My sister sent me a necklace one day and it was a soft, bright turquoise color and when I tried it on, I loved it. It was nothing I would ever buy for myself, but once I had it, I started to experiment with adding other colors to my wardrobe.

trendy trade Clothing Swap Events are really a great place to experiment, because you have dozens of ladies with all different styles, all different tastes bringing everything together and you can literally go through everything there and try it all on if you want or take it home with you and then you can also begin to find new favorite colors that you like on you.

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 2: Find the outfit in your closet you feel confident in and copy that

For a very long time for me, especially when I was in the fashion jewelry business for several years and then moved into the corporate world, my go-to outfit was a sheath dress and black jacket. I loved it, I felt great in it. It always gave me a polished look and I always got compliments. So I had a couple black jackets and lots of sheath dresses and I never had to think or worry about what I was going to wear. That was just “it” for me for that point in time in my life — my confidence outfit. If you go to your closet, you can easily point out the one or two outfits in there that every time you put them on you feel like you can take on the world that day. That is your confidence outfit and that is what you should copy.

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 3: Feel free to experiment

In this day and age, there is no right or wrong when it comes to fashion (although I have seen some people wearing some things that I wish I hadn’t!) But seriously, NOW anything goes. Again, this is another really great reason to join us at a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, because we are literally putting hundreds of items in front of you at each event that are the sum of dozens and dozens of ladies closets and it’s your chance to try on things you normally wouldn’t, get feedback from people you can trust and if you take it home and end up loving it, great, keep it! If not, bring it back and swap it for something at the next clothing swap event. But really, trying on new things you typically wouldn’t is one of the best ways to find something new that you might end up loving!

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as the fashion police. You are the one that has to navigate through your life and through your day, so I hope these tips help take some fashion pressure off of you and help you be fully comfortable with who you are as you work to reclaim your style.

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