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CLOSET DETOX: DONATE CONSCIOUSLY

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

closet detox | Where is June?

Long time readers might remember when I gave my little closet some love.  Well, my quest to simplify my closet and wardrobe continues.  The book, The Curated Closet, might change my life.  Ok, that might be overreaching.  Nonetheless, this beautiful book is a guide to finding your own personal style and building your dream wardrobe.  One chapter in particular jumped out at me and I think it’s a great place to start. A closet detox.  One must purge before one can rebuild.  I’m actually really good at this, but I know others find it really difficult.  Maybe the easiest question is to ask yourself, “Is this piece working?”  It’s a broad question, but one that gets down to it.  {Here are a few other ideas to think about when clearing out a closet.)  Once you detox, you will need to do something with your clothes.

In an attempt to reduce clothing waste, I’ve been researching ways to re-purpose my old clothes in thoughtful ways:

1. ThredUp

Ok, this isn’t a donation, but it’s a great option.  ThredUp is an online consignment store.  They will send you a large bag {postage paid}.  You load up the bag with clothes that are new or like new and send it back.  You are paid for some items right away and others you will be paid once the item sells.  The site is amazing and I plan to shop it once my hiatus is over.  Yes, you could take your clothes to local consignment store and that is a great option.  But honestly, this method fits into our lives easily.  More questions?  I found their FAQ very helpful.

2.  Madewell Denim Recycle

Take an old pair of denim to a Madewell store.  The company partners with Blue Jeans Go Green to recycle jeans into housing insulation.  Plus, they will give you $20 off a new pair of jeans.  Win-Win!

3.  Dress for Success

Donate professional clothing, shoes, accessories, and outerwear to this amazing charity.  This organization gives impoverished women professional attire to secure employment. This a perfect place to donate “work clothes” you no longer need!

4.  Local Women’s Shelter

Find a women’s shelter in your city that is in need of clothing for women and donate directly.  Mary’s Place in Seattle is wonderful option to directly impact women in our area.

Do you have other ideas on how to donate consciously?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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FEWER|BETTER: INSTANT VACATION

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

instant vacation

I’m trying to adopt a new mantra: Fewer|Better.  While I have talked before about curating my wardrobe, I’m working hard to be more thoughtful about any purchase, clothes or otherwise.  A year ago my absolute favorite pair of sandals broke for the last time. (I had already repaired them twice!) Forced to throw them out, it’s been a months long search to replace them.  Using the Fewer|Better principal, it’s obviously taken longer than most humans would give it.

While I’m still waiting for the perfect gladiator sandal, I finally decided on a minimal pair from Madewell.  A change in direction is always a good thing.  Add a sweet pair of oversized, blush sunglasses and a straw hat and it’s an instant vacation.  COME ON summer!  We can hardly wait until you get here.

Hat | Sunnies | Sandals

 

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FALLING FOR MULTIPLE PIERCINGS

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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About 2 weeks ago, while washing my face before bed, I noticed my double piercing in my left ear lobe.  Strange how you notice things, right?  I had the piercing done in high school, but I haven’t worn an earring in it for probably 20 years.  I spontaneously decided to try and poke an earring through.  With a little work (and a bit of discomfort), VOILA!  Since then I have worn one of these simple studs, which I absolutely love.  Now I’m totally smitten with multiple piercings and on the search for alternatives to wear.  Catbird, a jewelry design company in Brooklyn, has so many great options.  They have simple, modern styles that are perfect for a second piercing. They even sell some earrings as singles.

Here are four of my favorites:

inspired piercings

1// Leone Emerald

2//  Short Stitch

3// Gold Safety Pin

4// Ballerina

I also love, LOVE this cuff that requires no new piercing!

Do you have multiple piercings?  If so, how do you style your earrings?

{Top images via Pinterest.  Take a peek at my Accessorize board.}

 

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CLOSET CLEAR OUT

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

closet clear out | Where is June?

We have distinct seasons here in the Pacific Northwest.  With a shift in weather, comes a shift in wardrobe.  I see this time as a perfect cue to clear out my closet.

I have had several of you ask me for help with your closets.  The hard part is knowing where to start.  In our busy lives, a formula is always welcome.  While I have not written a best seller, I am pretty good at clearing out my closet.

If you remember, I created a storage system when I gave my closet some love.  Clothes and shoes that I am not currently wearing find a home in storage containers for a few months. Clothes move in and out of my closet based on the season.  You may not have this system in your home, but the process will be the same.  Every article of clothing must be closely considered.  Does the item stay or go?  This is where it gets really difficult.

Here are the things I consider:

Fit

Simply, it must fit.  For me I can’t keep something that doesn’t fit anymore. This is sometimes painful and sad.  {Please note, I’m not talking about it being a bit snug because that can change by the week or day.}  If you aren’t sure, try it on and look at yourself in the mirror.  Does it flatter your shape?  Do you feel good in it?  Does it button or zip easily?  If the answer is no to any of those questions, it is time to let it go.  If you have recently lost weight and the piece is too large, please don’t wear it anymore.  Either have a tailor alter it for you or pass it along.  You deserve clothes that fit you well.

Condition

Carefully inspect each piece.  Is it in good shape?   Is it missing buttons or is the hem coming loose?  Some problems are easy to fix and will give life back to your clothes.  However, sometimes it is just time to say good bye.  Even if you absolutely love a blouse, you can’t wear it if it has a large stain.  Sweaters don’t look great once they have lost their shape.  Shoes get old.  I recently just gave away two of my most favorite pair of pumps.  They were past their prime and starting to look a tad tacky.  Was I sad?  Yes.  Did they need to go?  Yes.

Style

Yes, it is true.  Everything eventually comes back into style.  However, it usually takes twenty years or so.  Are you really going to hold onto that pair of jeans until they are back in fashion?  I hope your answer is no.  There are true classics and they can be great from year to year.  However, it may be time to update your black pants or blazer.  If you tend to buy trend pieces, you need to be extra critical.  {I find that these pieces only stay in my closet for a couple of years.}

Do I wear it?

This should be your final question, always.  Do I wear it?  Honestly.  If you don’t wear it, what is the point of keeping it?  Buyers remorse might be involved here, but you just have to get over that.

 

If you have done your job well, there is a pile of clothes that need a new home.  I make two piles:  charity and consignment store.  If you believe that someone else would pay money for a few items {usually name brand}, consider taking them to a consignment shop.  You earn a little cash and this often times makes the process easier.  Off brands or older items can quickly and easily be given to a thrift store or charity.  Put them in your car right away so you don’t second guess yourself.

If you have questions, please leave a comment or shoot me an email denise@whereisjune.com.  I will help in any way I can!  You can do this!

 

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LOBE WONDER | EARRING PATCHES

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

lobe wonder

I have always said that I have inferior ear lobes.  My friends laugh at this statement, but it’s true.  I have never been able to wear earrings with any weight to them.  They stretch my lobe really long and it looks ridiculous, in my opinion.  That is why I stick to studs and light hoops.  {I went out on a limb when I bought these beauties!}

So when I came across Lobe Wonder | Earring Support Patches, I ordered them on the spot.  I have always loved Kendra Scott’s gorgeous earrings, but they are too heavy for me.  I guess others have the same issue!  The patches are simple oval stickers that you adhere to the back of your ear lobe.  Put your earring in normally and pierce through the patch.  The weight is supported by the patch, which decreases stretch.

lobe wonder stickers

Can I say that these little patches may have changed my life?  While the change is not drastic, you can really tell a difference.  Most importantly, the weight of the earring felt dramatically less while I was wearing the patches.

with lobe wonder

Seriously, amazing!  Now, which earrings will I buy to celebrate?  Maybe these or these!

 

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SIMPLE CHAIN LARIAT

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

simple chain lariat

I am facing shopping for a new swimming suit this spring/summer.  It truly should be considered a form of torture.  So, as the latest catalogs arrive in my mailbox I am in search of my next go-to-suit!  The new J.Crew Style Guide arrived on Friday and I instantly fell in love.  Not with a suit, but with a necklace!  A gorgeous simple chain lariat worn with a bikini top.  Be still my heart.  It looks beautiful and not over styled.  Plus this delicate necklace will look fantastic with flowy summer tanks or a simply v-neck t-shirt.

Surprising to me, I could not find that necklace anywhere on J.Crew’s website.  {If you can find it-please let me know.}  Instead I took it upon myself to do a bit of searching.  I stumbled upon the E & E Project Etsy shop.  They offer gold lariat necklaces at the perfect price point!  Pop over and check it out!  I am smitten with the simple chain lariat and the triangle gold bar lariat.

I think I’ll buy one this week!  It is guaranteed to fit and it doesn’t involve a fitting room.

{Images via J.CREW}

 

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A TREASURED RING

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Years ago, long before I was married myself, my grandmother gave me her engagement ring.  I had asked her for it when I was a young girl {please excuse my lack of tact} and she didn’t forget.  It was wearing thin and she decided to stop wearing so it would be preserved for me.  Crazy, right?  She truly was a one-of-a-kind.  I have kept it safe, but tucked away.  Months ago I came it across it when I was moving accessories into my closet.  I decided it shouldn’t be tucked away.  I wanted to wear it.  However, I have freakishly small hands and it was too large for my finger.  After checking with my mom, I had the ring resized.

When we travel to Italy next month, I will be wearing my grandmother’s ring with two whisper thin gold bands from Catbird. {That makes my heart happy.}  I have been stalking Catbird for quite sometime, so when I decided to resize the ring I was thrilled to be able to buy simple bands to wear with it.   The bands I ordered are stacking rings, meant to be worn together in multiples.  The Mignon Memory Ring and the Twisted Stacker Ring are perfect compliments to my grandmother’s delicate diamond and gold ring.   When I slip this special stack on my finger, I smile.  If she were still here, she would give me a big hug and tell me a story about her ring or my grandfather.  I treasure my memories of her and I treasure her ring.

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Do you have jewelry tucked away from someone dear to you?  I urge you to take it out.  Make it part of your life.  Wear it and love it!

 

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NORDSTROM + BAUBLEBAR

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

nordstrom and baublebar

The latest collaboration makes my heart skip a beat!  Nordstrom and BAUBLEBAR make a dream team.  While some collaborations are outside my price point, this one is right on the money.  Starting at $24-you can buy baubles to your heart’s content.  I love the pieces that would be easy, everyday accessories.  Notice anything?  Yep, my affection for gold does not seem to be waning.  {Wow!  It’s becoming a problem.}

Pop on over and check out the entire Nordstrom + BAUBLEBAR line.

Which bauble strikes your fancy??

Layered Pendant Necklaces//Peacock Fan Studs//Karat Bar Studs//Phillips Skinny Cuff

 

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SPRUNG FOR SPRING

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

sprung for spring

Oh, man.  It’s time!  Time to forget about all the black and grey, put away the boots, and shed our winter coat.  Springing forward is always an awesome shock to the system.  We instantly earn an extra hour of daylight at the end of our day and suddenly everyone feels lighter.  It also helps that the buckets and buckets of rain seem to be on pause for a bit here in Seattle.  We actually are catching glimpses of beautiful sunny, spring days.  Doesn’t it make you want to add something “springy” to your arsenal?  This girl is sprung for spring!

A few spring items that make me smile:

bkr glass water bottle in dive//DV by Dolce Vita ‘Cho’ Wedge sandals {ON SALE!}//Ban.do Ear buddies in Perfect Pink/Canteloupe//Gap Fluid tank in New Dark Orange//Ban.do Rain or Shine umbrella in Dottie//

 

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GIMME THOSE MITTENS

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Slovakia Mittens

I was watching the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and instantly became obsessed with Team Slovakia’s mittens!  As my husband and kids continued to watch the Parade of Nations- betting on who had the largest delegation- I jumped online to search for those mittens!  It wasn’t easy, but I found a few shots of the white graphic mittens with the fantastic red heart!  The scarves and hats were pretty great too!  I vote Slovakia Best Dressed.  The ladies’ mittens were equally as awesome in red with a white heart {Sorry. No picture.}

Gimme those mittens!

So far no one is selling Team Slovakia’s mittens, so I was driven to do a quick round-up of heart inspired mittens.  I kind of love the options.  Warm weather gear that also warms the heart.  Awww.

round up of heart mittens

Mittens {clock wise from top left}  1//2//3//4

xoxoxo

 

 

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