Magic at Macy’s One Day Sale!

Well hello there!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, I know… I know.  I’m not going to pretend like I have a million followers that I’ve disappointed (I wish!)… but I will admit that I missed writing here on http://www.alittlebitofthisthat.com!  Let’s just say I had a fun winter (I hope you did, too!), and while I hibernated from my blog, I was plenty busy with work, winter trips, my birthday (ah, I’m 28!), and spending quality time with friends and family.  But I’m ready now to get back into the swing of things!  I’ll begin by sharing my deal of the week.

SO!  We see the commercials advertising the magical “One Day Sale” at Macy’s, which seems to come around about once a month and it was indeed back again this week. And while I’ve acquired new clothing from Christmas and birthday celebrations, I have really missed being in stores and shopping for myself.  Also, right now we are in the month of March… that awkward transition where everyone is stuck between being ready to strip off layers after a blistering cold winter, and the stark reality that while we may bask in the gorgeous sun at outdoor St. Patrick’s Day parades, it’s freaking cold in the shade.

Well, let’s just say I felt that awkwardness and yearned for some perfect “parade” articles of clothing and footwear that would keep me warm, but also didn’t look like I am coming from the north pole.  Such dilemmas, huh? Enter Macy’s One Day Sale, a one hour lunch break, and the trend of 2013-2014, booties.

Check. Out. This. Sale. And. These. Finds!

ImageFor the record, no extra coupons were allowed to be used, as the sale racks were marked 80% off the original price… and boy do I wish I had more than a lunch hour to shop!  I saved… (drumroll please…) $341.60 and I can’t wait to wear some of these booties the next few weekends!  They may look a little stiff in the photos above, but wow… the leather is so soft, malleable, and casual.  The Michael Kors flats, well they were just a bonus buy that I couldn’t pass up… hehe.

On that note, I’m glad to be back with you here at A Little Bit of This That!  See you again soon.  😀

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Closet Organization Mission: Accomplished!

If you follow my blog (or you are my mom AKA my biggest fan) then you may have seen my post last week about my goal to organize my walk-in closet.  Well, even with summer winding down and the inevitable attempt to squeeze in as much fun and summertime memories as possible before the temperature begins to drop, I managed to make some sense out of the scary room known as my closet.

Are you ready for the before and after photo?  Here… it… is!!!

ClosetReDoMARKEDAs I mentioned a few time in my first post, my goal was to create a boutique-like feel so that choosing an outfit to wear each day would be an exciting, not a terrifying experience!  There were a few things that I concentrated on to attempt this:

1)  My mom’s golden rule of thumb to organization:  “Like” things with “Like” things.  This is, at its simplest, a rule that means put your sweaters with your sweaters, your pants with your pants, etc. so that you can find everything when you are looking for them.  While I always had this sort of categorizing system (look! the sweaters are all up top! lol) , it still didn’t make sense when it came to the actual process of getting dressed because there would be no instance where I needed a sweater at the same time I needed a zumba tank top.  I had moved into the apartment and simply needed space to store everything… so I put my exercise clothes and bedtime shirts in the same area as my dresses and blazers.  Meanwhile, my pants were in a completely different location.  What, you say? Exactly.  It was confusing for me too.

By bringing my pants into the closet (finally), I am able to grab a sweater from the left, and pants from the right.  Voila!

By bringing my pants into the closet (finally), I am able to grab a sweater from the left, and pants from the right. All of my skirts are also in this closet now.  Magic!

2) A light to dark color scheme is always appealing to the eye, and makes certain items easier to find!  I organized my belts and my scarves according to their color, and while you can only tell by looking very closely at the “after” photo, my tops hanging on the right are also organized in the same fashion, and by sleeve length as well!

There is something so appealing about an organized rainbow of colors.

There is something so appealing about an organized rainbow of colors.

3)  The way to create a boutique-like feeling is, well, to add boutique-like elements!  When you are shopping, there are decorative mirrors, perhaps a chandelier (yes, I got one of those too! See below!) and an appealing color scheme that gives you an instantly-hip mentality that aims to inspire creativity when picking out an outfit.  I got these cute bins from Marshalls in teal, black, and paisley.  I even got an ottoman (plain black) that can help me reach those items and are stored out of reach without calling a sales associate (hehe).

My ottoman for "hard to reach" items.  BONUS: there's room for storage inside!

My ottoman for “hard to reach” items. BONUS: there’s room for storage inside!

4) I made myself part with items that I hadn’t used in the past year.  It was hard to do, but I was honest with myself and managed to get together three garbage bags worth of giveaway items.  It feels great to get some stuff off of my hands, and now I want to get rid of more!  A general rule of thumb that I’ve heard of and that I’d like to start following is that whenever you buy something, you have to get rid of something!  Usually it’s those items that you question its future as part of your wardrobe every time you do a clean out.  For other items that I was questioning, I told myself that if I didn’t wear it in the next WEEK, then it also had to go. Tough love but it worked!

What a great feeling to know that this project is finished.  It is now a pleasure of mine to envision an outfit in the morning and enjoy the simplicity of knowing where that item is and grabbing it on the go because everything is organized and in its place.  It’s also fun to just step into my boutique, take a look around, and create my outfit for the day.

Oh yeah, there is one thing I haven’t mentioned yet because it isn’t installed – since I need an electrician.  But here’s a picture of my mini chandelier that I’d like to hard-wire in.  It is smaller than it looks and would obviously hang higher but here’s a simple photo of it.

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A target.com purchase I just couldn’t refuse!

Do you think it’s too much? haha Let me know below, thanks!  🙂

❤ Jessi

Closet Overhaul Begins…

It has begun.  I can’t take it any longer.  I can’t stand to look in my closet anymore (when you see the “before” picture below, you will totally understand).

Seriously, what girl doesn’t want the perfect closet? Well, for the past 1 year and 3 months I was lucky enough to have a semi-walk-in closet in my possession.  What did I do to make it pretty?  Nothing.  I am so disappointed with myself.  So, I have put my foot down and have decided to make it something I’m proud to look at and “shop” in every day.

(Side anecdote:  When we first toured this apartment, Patrick didn’t even want to give me this closet.  The moment I saw it I said, “Oooh! My future walk-in closet!”  To which he replied, “No wayyyyyyyy!” and he swore up and down that it wouldn’t end up being my closet… but clearly, I won. Hehehe.)

There are a few things you should know about me, and about this closet before I begin explaining my overhaul to you:

1) This is not the only closet I have in the apartment that stores my clothes and shoes.  I also have half of the closet in our bedroom (you know, a standard double sided closet with one bar and one shelf), as well as all 8 drawers in our horizontal dresser in the bedroom.  (That gives Patrick the 6 drawers in the vertical dresser and half of the standard closet).  Sounds about right for the male to female closet space, right!?

2)  There are indeed many things I believe I did “wrong” in this closet, such as my regular t-shirts (like the ones with graphics on them that you get at different events and such), sweatshirts, as well as my workout gear is in here.  Perhaps I could make this work, but my initial thought is that I don’t think those are very glamorous things to have in your walk-in closet – or at least at the volume that I possess.  Therefore, my plan is to get rid of a majority of the items, or switch them with something else’s “home” in the apartment and in turn I have to bring that something else in.  I am not going to just move stuff out of the closet and put it somewhere else to have a beautiful “end” photo – this is going to be for full function, and for real! 🙂

3)  Speaking of what I have “wrong” in the closet – let me tell you what this closet currently (summer season) contains:  All scarves, belts,graphic t-shirts for working out/bedtime, t-shirts for daily wear (solid and pattern), long sleeve t-shirts,  sweatshirts (zip-up and hoodies), thin-ish sweaters, beach coverups, all dresses, all blazers and suit jackets, some skirts, pocketbooks/wallets, ALL bags (like those grocery store totes and other freebies/drawstring/backpacks/sleepover duffels), hats, laundry detergent and other laundry-related items (sewing kits, dryer sheets, handheld steamer, ironing board, drying rack, etc.), Zumba clothes and other workout gear, my zumba bag, sneakers, my grandmother’s oil lamp, an old mirror from my childhood bedroom, and a Coast Guard bear that Patrick gave me.  See if you can find all of those things in the photos below.  This is like a game of Where’s Waldo! LOL!

4) Random sidenote:  I am a FIRM believer that shoes do not belong on the shelf that is above the hanging bar.  Your shoes are your barrier against all of the dirt and other crap (pardon my french) that you walk in every day.  Shoes go on your feet.  They stay on the ground or somewhere that will always be designated for shoes only.  Oh, and when they are packed in a suitcase they go in a bag and not rubbing against all of your clothes.  Phew!  Sorry for the quick rant.

5)  I believe it’s human nature, that, depending on how much space you have, you will acquire “stuff” to fill it and soon need more space.  I have called two different rooms in my parents house mine, two dorm rooms, a room in a house in Queens, and shared a bedroom in Italy all before moving into this apartment.  I’ve always started with ample space and within due time it could be considered cluttered.  It’s time to minimize, folks!  That is exactly what I am going to try and conquer in this mission.

Okay, I’ve procrastinated long enough.  If you have OCD you may want to look away – because against my better judgement, here are the incredibly embarrassing “before” pictures of my closet:

From the outside looking in at the monster...

From the outside looking in at the monster…

I'm not Italian and I don't get Agita but I'm pretty sure this closet could give anyone agita! lol

I’m not Italian and I don’t get Agita but I’m pretty sure this closet could give anyone agita! lol

A few closer looks at the nooks and crannies...

A few closer looks at the nooks and crannies…

BUT!  Then the process to organization began. (Yes, it’s okay to breathe a sigh of relief…)

STEP 1:  Empty everything out:

There's nothing like starting with an empty canvas!

There’s nothing like starting with an empty canvas!

STEP 2:  I vacuumed the closet and sprayed down the shelves with some dusting spray. (Optional but I’d advise doing this since you have access to all nooks and crannies of the closet!)

STEP 3:  I decided to paint the back wall as an “accent” wall to add some beautification to the closet.  I went to my local hardware store and spent just about $20 on supplies.  ($7 – Paint sample can… plenty for this one wall, $3 mini roller pan and roller set, $3 drop cloth, $6 painter’s tape, $1 brush).

**DISCLAIMER: This is the first interior wall I have ever painted in my life!! It was so much fun but in no way do I claim to be a professional painter but this was so much fun to try!  You will notice I even changed my mind in the middle – I thought I wanted all shelves painted then decided against it. 😉 All I have to please is myself and I’m happy with it. 🙂

My supplies!

My supplies!

Step 4:  “Mask” your canvas by applying painter’s tape to the perimeter of where you plan on painting.

Edges are all taped up...

Edges are all taped up…

Step 5: Paint the trim with a brush…

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Step 6:  Use the roller to fill in the rest!  (FYI – The color I chose was Benjamin Moore’s “Slate Teal”)

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So, that’s where I’m at right now!  “After” photos will come soon… I promise!  I’ve already been busy sorting through every article of clothing and rearranging/beautifying this closet and I’m almost there!  I want to feel like when I walk in there, I am shopping at a store for an outfit.  It’s going to be both pretty and functional so keep checking back – I’ll have some amazing photos up soon!

Zumba Summer Sale!

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday to you!

It’s still early but my hump day already started with a smile on my face.  If you know me personally or at least have read my Meet Me! page, then you know that I teach Zumba as a part time job.  Well, as I was driving to work today a random question popped into my mind so I started the day with a visit to zumba.com to access my instructor dashboard as well as the ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) forum to answer my question.

Low and behold, the first thing that caught my attention was a big graphic that says “SUMMER SALE – UP TO 50% OFF!  HOT SUMMER SAVINGS!”  You know I had to go.  Zumba clothes aren’t cheap and my wardrobe could use a few new pieces!

Well, let’s just say that I am now the proud owner (or at least, purchaser – but I’ll own them in a few days when they arrive!) of 13 items, for a grand total of $163.05.  Here’s my bounty!  I can’t wait!

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Between these pieces and some I already have in my Zumba Fitness wardrobe, I think I have a lot of mixing and matching possibilities, don’t you?  I can’t wait to wear the Totally Twisted Top with a bright bra underneath (maybe the yellow Flash V-Bra?) and leggings.  Or, the Radius Bubble Top (which i have in black already – can’t wait to own the purple!) with the Spark Capri Leggings for a quick no-effort outfit when I’m packing my gym bag in the morning.

So, in the end I was curious how much I saved with this Summer Sale.  I added up the regular prices and  it turns out that I saved a total of…. (drum roll please….!): $244.50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you get a chance to check out the Summer Sale while the items are still there!  Believe me, I’ve seen things on their site before and didn’t purchase them and they were soon GONE!  Even better – since you can’t get the ZIN Price (I’ll explain more about the ZIN membership another time), I can offer you one consolation:  Enter the promo code “JP0511” for an additional 10% off your purchase. 

Happy shopping!  Peace, Love, Zumba!

New Wrist Candy from Kohls

Had to have them!

Kohls.

Kohls.  Need I say more?  That store is so wonderful but so dangerous!  A recent trip set me and the man back $309.42, and that was after I looked at the $373 original price and said, “Oh heck, sign me up for the Kohls charge card and give me the dang 20% off today, please!”

Anyway, we are both really happy with our purchases.  I got a few really cute LC by Lauren Conrad tops, a set of two bandeau bra tops, two pairs of shorts (one is polka dotted!), a set of two Rock and Republic necklaces, and sunglasses.  Patrick got a bunch of shirts and four pairs of shorts. (Did I mention our sole reason for going to Kohls was to get shorts for both of us? Oops.)  But out of everything, the purchases that got me most excited were a few pieces of wrist candy I found in the “limited quantities” section.  The limited quantity jewelry is 60% off!

The first piece of jewelry that caught my eye is a gold bracelet that just seemed so versatile.  You want a nautical look? Check.  Classy look?  Check.  Egyptian? (LOL) Check.  I just loved the piece and the fact that it was stretchy so it fit perfectly.  It was labeled at $24 and, yup, with the 60% off it was only $9.60.

It was love at first sight!!

It was love at first sight!!

Honestly, I could have spent hundreds of dollars on the bracelets in the limited quantities section.  I wanted them all!  They all seemed like they could go together.  I couldn’t decide on silver or gold (I always start an outfit with either a gold or silver jewelry theme…) but I knew I had to be choosy.  So here are the other two bracelets I ended up with.  They were marked $20 each so they ended up being just $8 each.

So classy.

So classy.

There was just something about these bracelets.  They reminded me of Stella and Dot, or Lia Sophia… one of those jewelry companies where one would probably spend about $36 for each of the bangles (not to say I haven’t done it before… haha).  Plus I really liked the magnetic/spring loaded closures and oval shape for a better fit than just a normal circular bangle.

Well, thanks for checking out my wrist candy purchases – maybe I’ll get some photos up here of my other items with some original prices and sale prices for you to check out!  I can’t wait to wear all of my new stuff!

Have a great day!

❤ Jessi