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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What Is Closet Shopping?

What is closet shopping? Before you buy another thing at the store, mall or online, watch this video! I’ll explain the basics and benefits of shopping your own closet, rediscovering your wardrobe and refreshing your look, without buying a thing. These tips and tricks will also help you as you get your items ready for swapping at the next trendy trade. (Click the image below to play video.)

We have all had that feeling or that day where we open up our closets and think, “I have nothing to wear!” Our closets are overstuffed and bursting at the seams with options, yet we stand there and stare, with a blank look on our face, feeling a little lost about what all those options are. If that has been you at some point too, read on as I help you make the most of what you already have by teaching you about what is closet shopping and how to do it.

What is closet shopping?

Closet shopping is hitting your closet before you hit the mall and rediscovering things to wear or discovering new ways to wear things you already have. If you closet shop instead of store shop, or closet shop before store shopping, you’ll find that you don’t really need to buy what you thought you did. It will also help you to buy less. By taking inventory of what you already have, you’ll see maybe it’s just a piece or two you need to add to your wardrobe, not really five new outfits.

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Benefits of closet shopping

There are many benefits to closet shopping, here are just a few:

  • Save money – by making the most of what you already have
  • Save time – by pre-arranging outfits, which we will talk more about in a minute, you will have several ready-to-go options as you head into your week, saving you time each morning
  • Save space – once you determine what is actually usable in your closet and what isn’t, you can get rid of the items that aren’t working for you anymore – by maybe bringing them to trendy trade – and free up some space in your closet
  • It’s fun! Closet shopping is a perfect opportunity for some quality time with your daughter, mom, sister or friend. If you don’t feel confident enough in your styling abilities, call up a friend you trust enough to come give their opinion and make an evening of it.

What is closet shopping? A couple more things to know

Think about when you were in school and your mom made you pick out your clothes the night before. It’s kind of like that, only the grown-up version.

Also, taking just a little bit of time to shop your own closet occasionally can take that overwhelming feeling away that you get either when you walk into your closet because it is stuffed full or when you walk into your closet each day as you are trying to pick out what to wear.

If you are planning on coming to the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, you will want to make closet shopping a priority between now and then because it will allow you to get rid of those items that are truly no longer any use to you, clean them out of your closet and bring them to the next trendy trade. Plus, once you have your new outfits planned from your closet after closet shopping, it will allow you to see what items you do need to be on the search for to complete your wardrobe and then those are the items you can hunt down at the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

Make it your goal to assign everything in your wardrobe to an outfit. The misfits at the end are the items you should get rid of. They are just taking up space, crowding your life and collecting dust. Bring them to the next trendy trade and trade them for items you will actually use or if trendy trade isn’t in your area yet, donate them to local women in need.

What is closet shopping? The basics

Next, now that we have covered what is closet shopping and the benefits, let’s talk about how to closet shop and break it down to the basics.

  • When you are closet shopping, you are going to consider every item of clothing, plus shoes, purses, hats, scarves (other accessories) and your jewelry.
  • The very first thing I do is set sentimental items aside. I’m not someone that is attached to very many items, so this works for me. If you are someone that is sentimental about everything you have, you may have to take a longer look at this. But basically, these are the items that although you may not wear them often, if at all, you would never let go of (family heirlooms, baby shoes, special gifts, wedding dress.) Keep sentimental items. These do not get included in your closet shopping process.
  • Next, start with putting together your most frequently worn outfits. These are the quick and easy outfits to put together. You know them well because you are washing them every week or two and get lots of use out of them.
  • Lastly, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit. I know this is hard to hear, but if it is not in active use (the exception being sentimental items) you don’t need it. In this day and age — and especially with trendy trade – if it is something that you end up needing later, there are always cheap places to buy it or something similar will end up coming back around like it at trendy trade. In the meantime, you don’t need it cluttering up your closet, crowding up your life and collecting dust. Pass it on to someone you know will use it or needs it now.

When you are closet shopping and throughout this whole process, find a place to put everything as you work your way through your closet. You can either hang each outfit in your closet, or lay each outfit on your bed. Be sure to include all of the accessories with it – shoes, purse, earrings, necklace, everything that you put on to pull the outfit together. Don’t leave anything out.

What is closet shopping? A step-by-step how to

Now that you have set sentimental items aside, pulled out your quick and easy outfits and then gotten rid of anything that doesn’t fit, what you have left is more or less all of the pieces of the puzzle that you are going to start putting together.

  • Item-by-item go through your closet and start putting outfits together.
  • Look for new possibilities (i.e. dresses that can be worn as tops as seen in our previous video, “Why to Shop by Fit, Not Size”)
  • Look for different combinations (One pair of jeans goes with 10 different tops. Lay out the pair of jeans and then surround it with the 10 tops, plus the shoes, purses and accessories to go with it.)
  • Repeat

Keep working your way through this process, along with the help of your friend or family member that has so graciously agreed to do this with you. Just keep going until you’ve made it through most everything in your closet.

Filter the misfits = Keep the basics – Trade the randoms

At the end, you are going to have a few misfits. This could be a little black dress, that maybe you have assigned the shoes, purse and jewelry to other outfits, but you know what you have that will go with it, so keep the little black dress because that is a good basic item to have in your wardrobe.

If you have any other random items leftover, try to find a “home” for them by assigning them to an outfit. If there is no possible way you can assign it to anything because you have absolutely nothing to go with it, then you have a choice to make. Do you want to accumulate more by either shopping or trading all the necessary pieces to turn that into an outfit? Or do you want to swap or donate it?

Closet shopping is the perfect place to start when cleaning out your closet for a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event. It is going to help you make the most of what you already have, get some mileage out of your closet and then help you know what to be on the look out for at the next clothing swap you attend.

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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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You Were Meant to Shine

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If you have ever found yourself excelling at something, only to then find that other people become afraid or jealous, let this be an encouragement to you — keep doing that thing! Not in spite of those that are reacting negatively, but only because anytime we are up to something good, it is natural that we will face adversity.

A light does what it is best at doing – it chases away darkness and brightens up its surroundings. No one turns on a light just to then cover it up or smother it. The same is true of the lights that shine from our lives – do not smother it and do not cover it up. You cannot let unhealthy people stop you from being the beautiful you that you were meant to be. You cannot let their incorrect perspective keep your life from shining.

A healthy person will see your light shining and be encouraged to allow their lives to do the same. Through trendy trade clothing swap events, we are in the business of positive life transformation just as much as we are in the business of swapping clothes. Your life is meant to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of people all around you. You are meant to shine and be an inspirational example for others. Keep shining.

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A Definition of True Beauty

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Every woman needs moments where she feels truly beautiful – and not because of what can be seen, but because of what is not so easily seen, except for when it shines through you and out of you and spills over into the world around you to be seen. No matter who you are or what you have been through, you absolutely deserve to feel cherished and treasured.

A scar here, an injury there – life has a way of chipping at us and slowly breaking us apart, if we allow it. If we start out, perfectly sculpted, over time, we can be worn down. As we grow older and find the outward beauty isn’t as easily achieved for us as it once was, we can encounter a crisis of sorts and we strive to hold on to what is fleeting.

Try on this traditional definition of beauty (from dictionary.com,) for size: “the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).”

Wouldn’t you be intensely pleased if you saw a woman completing living into who she was meant to be? Wouldn’t that give you the inspiration you need to do the same?

The confusion comes because our culture would have us believe that the opposite is true. With the amount of airbrushed magazine covers, beauty cream commercials and multitudes of hair color we can choose from, how are we to believe that beauty doesn’t actually work on us from the outside and move inward? Do I need to look beautiful before I feel beautiful?

Let’s shift our focus and our definition of beauty to that which stays: our inner beauty. Unlike outer beauty, it doesn’t get harder to achieve over the years, it evolves. All those scars, injuries, bumps and bruises – when they heal properly – are a testament to the life we’ve lived and the experiences we’ve had. They hold memories, some good and some bad, but all that are used to develop us into a beautiful being.

If you have been to one of our trendy trade clothing swap events, whether you know it or not, you were noticed for your true, inner beauty. I saw you and absolutely adore you and have seen something in you that tells me you are beautiful. I believe it is when our inner beauty shines through us and out of us that we achieve true beauty.

Be who you were meant to be, from the inside out. That is where you will find your true beauty, when you are living from that place that was only ever meant for you.

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5 Basics Every Girl Should Have in Her Closet

trendy trade clothing swap events 5 basics every girl should have in her closet

Us ladies love the latest fashions and trendy looks! But having those staple pieces that never go out of style is just as important to your wardrobe!

Check out our list of the 5 basics every girl should have in her closet:

Plain t-shirts

Having comfy, plain t-shirts is a necessity for any closet. With a plain t-shirt, the  possibilities are endless since you can either dress it up or down. Pair it with some shorts or jeans for an effortless look, or with some dress pants, a skirt and a statement necklace for a more put-together outfit.

The perfect pair of jeans

You can’t go wrong with a pair of good quality, perfectly fitting jeans. Since jeans last a long time and are the foundation of every day looks, it’s okay to splurge a little—as long as they are good quality and fit you like a glove!

Black pants

Black is the new black. Owning the always infamous little black dress and/or black dress pants is the perfect tool to have in your arsenal. Think parties, weddings, work, conferences… the list goes on. Don’t leave these essential black pieces out of your wardrobe!

Dresses

Having at least one great dress for day time, and one for a night on the town is a must! Once you have these pieces in your closet, you can add accessories to make it fit the any type of occasion – whether it’s brunch with the girls or a Monday at the office.

Bold blazer

A basic, solid colored blazer can complete an outfit. These are perfect for work attire with the black pants we mentioned above, or they can go with a t-shirt, shorts, maxis and jeans. Just make sure it fits properly! This basic piece is limitless when it comes to styling it!

With these pieces, you can mix and match them all to create a variety of different looks and get the most out of your closet – and budget!

Are you in need of these wardrobe basics? You can find them at our trendy trade events!

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3 Easy Steps for a Quick Spring Closet Clean

3 easy steps for a quick spring closet clean trendy trade clothing swap events

With spring officially here and two trendy trade clothing swap events quickly approaching in San Diego and Phoenix, now is the perfect time to tackle that closet. It can be one of the most dreaded times of year – spring cleaning and having to face all those daunting tasks you’ve been putting off the rest of the year. Outside, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and inside, cobwebs come down and closets come under attack this time of year.

With just a few easy tips, we hope to help you breakdown this task so it is a little less overwhelming and actually more rewarding. Go through each step, one at a time, and when you’re done, you’ll find space in your closet for all your new favorite finds you are sure to bring home with you from the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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Step 1: Purge

This doesn’t take long and, in fact, should be done quickly. Start at one end of your closet and work your way across and then top to bottom, looking for items that are completely worn out and not usable. If beyond repair, these items should go directly into your recycle pile.

Step 2: Filter

Here is where you will be slightly more attentive to what you are getting rid of. In the same pattern as before, across and then top to bottom, filter out items that are still in good condition, but no longer fit. This is where painful realism comes into play. Too big or too small? These items should go directly into your swapping pile. If an item has sentimental value, store it, but free up the space in your closet.

Step 3: Match

With the work you’ve completed so far, the items left in your closet should be usable items that fit you well. Double check what you’ve done by “closet shopping” and putting together outfits for yourself in advance of needing to wear them. This will also help you take inventory of what items you need to complete an outfit or look. Then, be on the lookout for those items at the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

Our hope is that these few easy closet cleaning tips will help you make the most of what you already have and then also give you a head start on filtering through your closet so you have a bag ready to go when you attend your next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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trendy trade: Bring This, Not That

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Scrounging around in your closet to fill your bag for the next trendy trade clothing swap event? We have some tips for you! There is a fine line between what to bring or not to bring to a trendy trade clothing swap event. We want to help give some guidelines so that when you are cleaning out your closet (spring cleaning closet tips coming next week!) you will have a better idea of the items allowed into the trade.

Think about it this way: if you wouldn’t give it to a sister or a friend, then likely the ladies at the swap or the women in our community that we donate to at the end of each event also won’t be interested.

We accept up-to-date items that are dry cleaned or laundered with no stains or signs of wear. Items that will be excluded are: dirty, worn, stained, logo wear, intimate apparel, outdated clothing, outdated jewelry or outdated accessories. If you’re bringing shoes, make sure they are in “like-new” condition. (In some instances, we are able to help fill a need for women in our community for intimate apparel, however, we ask that these items still have the tags on them and be unworn.)

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To demonstrate, we’ve dug deep into our closets to show you which items are swap-worthy and which aren’t.

Bring this (up-to-date) | Not that (outdated) – Just to clarify, vintage (pictured below, left) is timeless and will be accepted into the swap as there is a huge demand for this style right now

Bring this not that trendy trade clothing swap events vintage

Bring this (graphics / designs ok) | Not that (no logo wear or t-shirts)

Bring this, not that trendy trade clothing swap events no logo wear

Bring this (clean, dry-cleaned) | Not that (no stains or holes)

bring this not that trendy trade clothing swap events no holes

Bring this (like-new items) | Not that (no signs of wear)

bring this not that trendy trade clothing swap events like new items

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