Pop of Pink

 

Can I really call it a pop of pink if 70% of my outfit is pink? It’s more like a pop of denim in a sea of pink. Just the way I like it. And that’s right, that’s a photo up there to show you that even my lipstick matches to a tee. That was actually a happy accident more than a plan. I found an old lipstick in a purse of mine that I used to love, it was bright pink. It had dried out by the time I’d found it so I decided to find a new pink and I love this little color stick by Laura Mercier. It’s super bold so you don’t need a ton and I layer a calmer lipgloss over it to tone it down to a perfect pop of pink. (I’m wearing the It Girl shade.)

So I think this sweater is supposed to fit a little bit oversized but I actually didn’t like the way it fit, so I sized down one. It felt a bit too much but the size down fits perfectly the way I wanted it. So it looks al little bit different on me than the model because a) I’m not a model and b) I sized down. If you like the way it fits on her, stay the course with your size! If not, size down. This sweater is Joie but I found a super similar pink sweater for under $60 here!

I’ve surprisingly loved these pink heels. I mean I shouldn’t be surprised because I love pink, but I’ve found this shade of pink to be kind of a neutral in my closet. When I bought them for our Christmas photos, I didn’t think they’d become such a staple like they have. But I mean, if the shoe fits, then it better be pink.

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Chambray and Cardi

God bless a good cardigan. We have been having hot and cold weather and you can never tell what it’s going to be lately, therefore I’ve been layering as much as I can. So cardigans have been a lifesaver for me and just a general go-to. I picked up this light grey cardigan when after I realized my love for cardigans again with last week’s post. Grey and black are two staples you just have to have. I like this one because it’s a bit lighter than the one last week and I am loving this length. If the cardigan is coming back to my closet, it’s going to be in this length. I’ll have it no other way. You can find this under $75 cardigan here!

Speaking of comebacks, who freaking knew I’d be so drawn to chambray yet again. I gave it a break for a few seasons, but I was reaching for a chambray the other day. I thought I’d sworn the chambray off but honestly, I’ve worn this top three times in the last two weeks since I’ve had it. Chambray is back baby.

I initially wanted to wear this outfit with white jeans but pregnant Kendi hid some things from current Kendi and I’ve yet to find them. I did this with a few things; I guess I organized (but not well apparently) some things when I was pregnant and I can’t find any of it. You’d think I’d leave myself some clues but nope. A scavenger hunt with no clues, this is where I leave myself. Oh but don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll find them where they aren’t supposed to be, come next fall. Right when white jeans are no longer necessary. 😉

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Puffer Please

I love a puffer jacket. I have a black one from years ago that I’ve worn and worn and worn. I’m not giving that one up or replacing it but I wanted one I could wear out that was more stylish and less sporty. Sporty, ha. Does this mean I’m middle aged when I start using words like sporty? I also call anyone younger than me “youths”. So here I am, 30s. Be kind to me. Let me at least keep some of my cool.

Anyways I saw this puffer coat from Madewell when I should have been making returns. Instead, I bought something; I’m a retail dream come true. It was instantly what I’ve been looking for in a puffer coat. Funny thing is I’d seen it online a lot but it didn’t really thrill me like it did in person. Usually, it’s the opposite — it looks great online and in person, it’s just okay. But I love the color and the fit of this very puffy puffer. Needless to say, if you are trying to show off your slim figure under here, your efforts will be futile. I literally feel like I’m wearing a down comforter and that is an amazing feeling. I almost fell asleep in the car while wearing this. (I wasn’t driving.) Of course, I can almost fall asleep anywhere these days so I do t know if that’s a nod to the coat’s warmth and comfort or my insane need for sleep. You decide.

Y’all I can’t stop buying Gemma pink things, like this sweater. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this color on her and then I’m wearing the same color and don’t realize it. So, of course, I’m gonna go buy a Gemma pink sweater. It’s actually super warm, which is great because it’s not super warm out and your girl can get real whiney, real fast. this sweater is on sale too! You can find it here.

(Speaking of sale, a ton of workout wear is on sale at Nordstrom. I’m putting a post together for you with all my favorite things for tomorrow!)

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Puffer Please

I love a puffer jacket. I have a black one from years ago that I’ve worn and worn and worn. I’m not giving that one up or replacing it but I wanted one I could wear out that was more stylish and less sporty. Sporty, ha. Does this mean I’m middle aged when I start using words like sporty? I also call anyone younger than me “youths”. So here I am, 30s. Be kind to me. Let me at least keep some of my cool.

Anyways I saw this puffer coat from Madewell when I should have been making returns. Instead, I bought something; I’m a retail dream come true. It was instantly what I’ve been looking for in a puffer coat. Funny thing is I’d seen it online a lot but it didn’t really thrill me like it did in person. Usually, it’s the opposite — it looks great online and in person, it’s just okay. But I love the color and the fit of this very puffy puffer. Needless to say, if you are trying to show off your slim figure under here, your efforts will be futile. I literally feel like I’m wearing a down comforter and that is an amazing feeling. I almost fell asleep in the car while wearing this. (I wasn’t driving.) Of course, I can almost fall asleep anywhere these days so I do t know if that’s a nod to the coat’s warmth and comfort or my insane need for sleep. You decide.

Y’all I can’t stop buying Gemma pink things, like this sweater. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this color on her and then I’m wearing the same color and don’t realize it. So, of course, I’m gonna go buy a Gemma pink sweater. It’s actually super warm, which is great because it’s not super warm out and your girl can get real whiney, real fast. this sweater is on sale too! You can find it here.

(Speaking of sale, a ton of workout wear is on sale at Nordstrom. I’m putting a post together for you with all my favorite things for tomorrow!)

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Source: http://ift.tt/IhgZTZ

Puffer Please

I love a puffer jacket. I have a black one from years ago that I’ve worn and worn and worn. I’m not giving that one up or replacing it but I wanted one I could wear out that was more stylish and less sporty. Sporty, ha. Does this mean I’m middle aged when I start using words like sporty? I also call anyone younger than me “youths”. So here I am, 30s. Be kind to me. Let me at least keep some of my cool.

Anyways I saw this puffer coat from Madewell when I should have been making returns. Instead, I bought something; I’m a retail dream come true. It was instantly what I’ve been looking for in a puffer coat. Funny thing is I’d seen it online a lot but it didn’t really thrill me like it did in person. Usually, it’s the opposite — it looks great online and in person, it’s just okay. But I love the color and the fit of this very puffy puffer. Needless to say, if you are trying to show off your slim figure under here, your efforts will be futile. I literally feel like I’m wearing a down comforter and that is an amazing feeling. I almost fell asleep in the car while wearing this. (I wasn’t driving.) Of course, I can almost fall asleep anywhere these days so I do t know if that’s a nod to the coat’s warmth and comfort or my insane need for sleep. You decide.

Y’all I can’t stop buying Gemma pink things, like this sweater. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this color on her and then I’m wearing the same color and don’t realize it. So, of course, I’m gonna go buy a Gemma pink sweater. It’s actually super warm, which is great because it’s not super warm out and your girl can get real whiney, real fast. this sweater is on sale too! You can find it here.

(Speaking of sale, a ton of workout wear is on sale at Nordstrom. I’m putting a post together for you with all my favorite things for tomorrow!)

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4 Tips for Quickly Organizing Your Linen Closet

As you can see there is no ‘before’ photo of our linen closet. Think of something like a turned over shelf at a drugstore and the mess that would make and there you go –  that was our linen closet. The linen closet became a habitual resting ground of things that were just hiding everything in no specific order. Instead of, you know, putting things back in their proper places, we stacked and shoved and soon enough that linen closet became unorganized and unusable. Surprisingly we have proper places around here and unsurprisingly nothing was it its correct spot. I’m not unlike you, I had empty boxes of things, I had expired things, I had random things. Oh and towels. We did keep our towels there, so that was 10% of something being it its right place. I finally just couldn’t take it one day and decided January was when it was getting fixed. It took me all of 2 hours and I got it all done. I am saying this from one slob to the next — if I can do it with a 4-month-old, anyone can do this.

I also realized that most of Gemma’s stuff was beginning to stay downstairs (her room is upstairs and now we know that we are lazy and hate stairs). Her pajamas, her bibs, her diapers, and wipes were all starting to just stay in piles or in laundry baskets in our room and honestly, it was starting to rub on my last nerve. Plus her laundry didn’t really have anywhere to go, so one day it hit me: why are you not using your storage correctly? Get organized and give Gemma some storage of her own! And that’s exactly what we did.

Just look at that contained chaos. Sigh, doesn’t that just feel good?

So fellow slobs and slobbettes, let’s get organized.

Our Game Plan

As you can see, we have a lot of things we need to store but none of this was impossible to organize. I wanted our towels to be folded and in one place, Gemma to have room for her things and to get them out of laundry baskets and for our bulk items and my beauty items to have somewhere to go. Here are my tips on how we got this all done during a newborn’s nap time:

1) take it all out

You read that right. Take out everything, the whole lot of whatever you are cleaning out. It seems counterproductive to make a mess while trying to clean up a mess, but it helps you see everything — what you want to keep and what you don’t. I instantly categorize things before I start to clean them out. Towels here, bath products and beauty products here, lady products there, etc. Once they are all in their perspective pile, I toss what’s old, I take out what we don’t need any longer and I remove the items that no longer need to live in this closet. (For instance, we moved all of our medicine to our pantry, a central location instead of our bathroom.) Once you’ve got your items cleared up, the easiest part is next!

2) make a plan

Now that everything is cleaned out, you can quickly see what is going to stay and for me, at least, I like to have everything in a basket or at least contained. Items that are free seem to end up gathering other items that I pile on top of them. (See that Cetaphil lotion? The only exception because it fit there perfectly.) I made a quick plan and ran to Target to pick up the baskets I thought I’d need. Without checking to see what I had to store first, I probably would have made several trips to Target because I wouldn’t have found the right sizes of baskets or number of baskets. Always make a plan. Not only when it comes to organizing but in general because you can get really distracted at Target.

(I featured these baskets on insta-stories and everyone was wondering where I got them. Girl, you know where I got them: Target. Where else have I even been in the last 4 months? There are all shapes and sizes and I just picked a random assortment of them and they all ended up working out perfectly. I’ve linked them below, but you can find the whole collection here. )

3) keep it simple and similar

This is probably just me but I love when starting a new organization system to keep everything as similar as possible. I know it’s extra money, but finding cheap baskets that all look the same makes your linen closet look that much nicer. (These baskets ranged from $3-10!) Having consistency with containers makes everything seem cleaner and easier to find products since they stick out and not the random baskets and containers. I also like to keep the containers a neutral color, but you do you. Our bathroom is tan so I stuck with that color theme. I find that keeping my containers neutral and all one similar design, it makes them look more simple and my brain can organize and find things easier. It looks simple and clean, even though all the same products are in there as before. They just have a nice, neutral home now.

4) bulk up!

This tip is to take or leave, obviously because you may or may not have the space for bulk items. I don’t bulk buy items I don’t need or have like a couponer’s stockpile, but I do like to stock up on a few things at Costco when I can. (Ignore the plethora of makeup removers you see, that was my goofy brain not remembering I’d just picked some up. So if you’re in the neighborhood and really need to take your makeup off, holla at your girl.) We stock up on things like deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and obviously diapers and wipes. I keep the big items on the bottom of our linen closet i.e. toilet paper, diapers and feminine products, too.

I also bulk buy things like bubble bath and face masks because I take these things for granted and every time I want to use them, I’ve forgotten to pick them up. So every once in a while I’ll pick up a few at Target and have them on hand. You never know when you’re going to have that elusive moment alone and a bath with a face mask sounds just right.

*…and if you have a plus one…

So the whole reason I started this organization journey in the first place was that we needed our linen closet to work differently with the three of us than it did with just the two of us. Gemma needed her own space, so I gave her the middle row and she has three baskets (her diapers and wipes are on the ground in a basket). One basket is for dirty laundry since I wash her items separate from ours, it just makes sense to keep it all in one place. Then I knew I needed a basket for her onesies and of course, a place for her bibs since we are drooling all day, every day. I have to say, we’ve had it like this for a week now and I don’t even know how we lived without this organization before.

Just look at how cute her baskets are!

And voila! Our mess is still a mess but it’s organized and put up. Besides, organized chaos is still organized and that’s all that matters around here. And this below? This is the face of a happy mama.

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4 Tips for Quickly Organizing Your Linen Closet

As you can see there is no ‘before’ photo of our linen closet. Think of something like a turned over shelf at a drugstore and the mess that would make and there you go –  that was our linen closet. The linen closet became a habitual resting ground of things that were just hiding everything in no specific order. Instead of, you know, putting things back in their proper places, we stacked and shoved and soon enough that linen closet became unorganized and unusable. Surprisingly we have proper places around here and unsurprisingly nothing was it its correct spot. I’m not unlike you, I had empty boxes of things, I had expired things, I had random things. Oh and towels. We did keep our towels there, so that was 10% of something being it its right place. I finally just couldn’t take it one day and decided January was when it was getting fixed. It took me all of 2 hours and I got it all done. I am saying this from one slob to the next — if I can do it with a 4-month-old, anyone can do this.

I also realized that most of Gemma’s stuff was beginning to stay downstairs (her room is upstairs and now we know that we are lazy and hate stairs). Her pajamas, her bibs, her diapers, and wipes were all starting to just stay in piles or in laundry baskets in our room and honestly, it was starting to rub on my last nerve. Plus her laundry didn’t really have anywhere to go, so one day it hit me: why are you not using your storage correctly? Get organized and give Gemma some storage of her own! And that’s exactly what we did.

Just look at that contained chaos. Sigh, doesn’t that just feel good?

So fellow slobs and slobbettes, let’s get organized.

Our Game Plan

As you can see, we have a lot of things we need to store but none of this was impossible to organize. I wanted our towels to be folded and in one place, Gemma to have room for her things and to get them out of laundry baskets and for our bulk items and my beauty items to have somewhere to go. Here are my tips on how we got this all done during a newborn’s nap time:

1) take it all out

You read that right. Take out everything, the whole lot of whatever you are cleaning out. It seems counterproductive to make a mess while trying to clean up a mess, but it helps you see everything — what you want to keep and what you don’t. I instantly categorize things before I start to clean them out. Towels here, bath products and beauty products here, lady products there, etc. Once they are all in their perspective pile, I toss what’s old, I take out what we don’t need any longer and I remove the items that no longer need to live in this closet. (For instance, we moved all of our medicine to our pantry, a central location instead of our bathroom.) Once you’ve got your items cleared up, the easiest part is next!

2) make a plan

Now that everything is cleaned out, you can quickly see what is going to stay and for me, at least, I like to have everything in a basket or at least contained. Items that are free seem to end up gathering other items that I pile on top of them. (See that Cetaphil lotion? The only exception because it fit there perfectly.) I made a quick plan and ran to Target to pick up the baskets I thought I’d need. Without checking to see what I had to store first, I probably would have made several trips to Target because I wouldn’t have found the right sizes of baskets or number of baskets. Always make a plan. Not only when it comes to organizing but in general because you can get really distracted at Target.

(I featured these baskets on insta-stories and everyone was wondering where I got them. Girl, you know where I got them: Target. Where else have I even been in the last 4 months? There are all shapes and sizes and I just picked a random assortment of them and they all ended up working out perfectly. I’ve linked them below, but you can find the whole collection here. )

3) keep it simple and similar

This is probably just me but I love when starting a new organization system to keep everything as similar as possible. I know it’s extra money, but finding cheap baskets that all look the same makes your linen closet look that much nicer. (These baskets ranged from $3-10!) Having consistency with containers makes everything seem cleaner and easier to find products since they stick out and not the random baskets and containers. I also like to keep the containers a neutral color, but you do you. Our bathroom is tan so I stuck with that color theme. I find that keeping my containers neutral and all one similar design, it makes them look more simple and my brain can organize and find things easier. It looks simple and clean, even though all the same products are in there as before. They just have a nice, neutral home now.

4) bulk up!

This tip is to take or leave, obviously because you may or may not have the space for bulk items. I don’t bulk buy items I don’t need or have like a couponer’s stockpile, but I do like to stock up on a few things at Costco when I can. (Ignore the plethora of makeup removers you see, that was my goofy brain not remembering I’d just picked some up. So if you’re in the neighborhood and really need to take your makeup off, holla at your girl.) We stock up on things like deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and obviously diapers and wipes. I keep the big items on the bottom of our linen closet i.e. toilet paper, diapers and feminine products, too.

I also bulk buy things like bubble bath and face masks because I take these things for granted and every time I want to use them, I’ve forgotten to pick them up. So every once in a while I’ll pick up a few at Target and have them on hand. You never know when you’re going to have that elusive moment alone and a bath with a face mask sounds just right.

*…and if you have a plus one…

So the whole reason I started this organization journey in the first place was that we needed our linen closet to work differently with the three of us than it did with just the two of us. Gemma needed her own space, so I gave her the middle row and she has three baskets (her diapers and wipes are on the ground in a basket). One basket is for dirty laundry since I wash her items separate from ours, it just makes sense to keep it all in one place. Then I knew I needed a basket for her onesies and of course, a place for her bibs since we are drooling all day, every day. I have to say, we’ve had it like this for a week now and I don’t even know how we lived without this organization before.

Just look at how cute her baskets are!

And voila! Our mess is still a mess but it’s organized and put up. Besides, organized chaos is still organized and that’s all that matters around here. And this below? This is the face of a happy mama.

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4 Tips for Quickly Organizing Your Linen Closet

As you can see there is no ‘before’ photo of our linen closet. Think of something like a turned over shelf at a drugstore and the mess that would make and there you go –  that was our linen closet. The linen closet became a habitual resting ground of things that were just hiding everything in no specific order. Instead of, you know, putting things back in their proper places, we stacked and shoved and soon enough that linen closet became unorganized and unusable. Surprisingly we have proper places around here and unsurprisingly nothing was it its correct spot. I’m not unlike you, I had empty boxes of things, I had expired things, I had random things. Oh and towels. We did keep our towels there, so that was 10% of something being it its right place. I finally just couldn’t take it one day and decided January was when it was getting fixed. It took me all of 2 hours and I got it all done. I am saying this from one slob to the next — if I can do it with a 4-month-old, anyone can do this.

I also realized that most of Gemma’s stuff was beginning to stay downstairs (her room is upstairs and now we know that we are lazy and hate stairs). Her pajamas, her bibs, her diapers, and wipes were all starting to just stay in piles or in laundry baskets in our room and honestly, it was starting to rub on my last nerve. Plus her laundry didn’t really have anywhere to go, so one day it hit me: why are you not using your storage correctly? Get organized and give Gemma some storage of her own! And that’s exactly what we did.

Just look at that contained chaos. Sigh, doesn’t that just feel good?

So fellow slobs and slobbettes, let’s get organized.

Our Game Plan

As you can see, we have a lot of things we need to store but none of this was impossible to organize. I wanted our towels to be folded and in one place, Gemma to have room for her things and to get them out of laundry baskets and for our bulk items and my beauty items to have somewhere to go. Here are my tips on how we got this all done during a newborn’s nap time:

1) take it all out

You read that right. Take out everything, the whole lot of whatever you are cleaning out. It seems counterproductive to make a mess while trying to clean up a mess, but it helps you see everything — what you want to keep and what you don’t. I instantly categorize things before I start to clean them out. Towels here, bath products and beauty products here, lady products there, etc. Once they are all in their perspective pile, I toss what’s old, I take out what we don’t need any longer and I remove the items that no longer need to live in this closet. (For instance, we moved all of our medicine to our pantry, a central location instead of our bathroom.) Once you’ve got your items cleared up, the easiest part is next!

2) make a plan

Now that everything is cleaned out, you can quickly see what is going to stay and for me, at least, I like to have everything in a basket or at least contained. Items that are free seem to end up gathering other items that I pile on top of them. (See that Cetaphil lotion? The only exception because it fit there perfectly.) I made a quick plan and ran to Target to pick up the baskets I thought I’d need. Without checking to see what I had to store first, I probably would have made several trips to Target because I wouldn’t have found the right sizes of baskets or number of baskets. Always make a plan. Not only when it comes to organizing but in general because you can get really distracted at Target.

(I featured these baskets on insta-stories and everyone was wondering where I got them. Girl, you know where I got them: Target. Where else have I even been in the last 4 months? There are all shapes and sizes and I just picked a random assortment of them and they all ended up working out perfectly. I’ve linked them below, but you can find the whole collection here. )

3) keep it simple and similar

This is probably just me but I love when starting a new organization system to keep everything as similar as possible. I know it’s extra money, but finding cheap baskets that all look the same makes your linen closet look that much nicer. (These baskets ranged from $3-10!) Having consistency with containers makes everything seem cleaner and easier to find products since they stick out and not the random baskets and containers. I also like to keep the containers a neutral color, but you do you. Our bathroom is tan so I stuck with that color theme. I find that keeping my containers neutral and all one similar design, it makes them look more simple and my brain can organize and find things easier. It looks simple and clean, even though all the same products are in there as before. They just have a nice, neutral home now.

4) bulk up!

This tip is to take or leave, obviously because you may or may not have the space for bulk items. I don’t bulk buy items I don’t need or have like a couponer’s stockpile, but I do like to stock up on a few things at Costco when I can. (Ignore the plethora of makeup removers you see, that was my goofy brain not remembering I’d just picked some up. So if you’re in the neighborhood and really need to take your makeup off, holla at your girl.) We stock up on things like deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and obviously diapers and wipes. I keep the big items on the bottom of our linen closet i.e. toilet paper, diapers and feminine products, too.

I also bulk buy things like bubble bath and face masks because I take these things for granted and every time I want to use them, I’ve forgotten to pick them up. So every once in a while I’ll pick up a few at Target and have them on hand. You never know when you’re going to have that elusive moment alone and a bath with a face mask sounds just right.

*…and if you have a plus one…

So the whole reason I started this organization journey in the first place was that we needed our linen closet to work differently with the three of us than it did with just the two of us. Gemma needed her own space, so I gave her the middle row and she has three baskets (her diapers and wipes are on the ground in a basket). One basket is for dirty laundry since I wash her items separate from ours, it just makes sense to keep it all in one place. Then I knew I needed a basket for her onesies and of course, a place for her bibs since we are drooling all day, every day. I have to say, we’ve had it like this for a week now and I don’t even know how we lived without this organization before.

Just look at how cute her baskets are!

And voila! Our mess is still a mess but it’s organized and put up. Besides, organized chaos is still organized and that’s all that matters around here. And this below? This is the face of a happy mama.

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New Year, Same Old Me

If you’ve followed the blog for the 8 years I’ve been writing Kendi Everyday, you may have noticed that my ‘everyday’ has changed many times over the years. I started as a 25-year-old who had no idea how to dress office-appropriately on a budget to a shop owner for 5 years (man, that was fun.) then we spent a year traveling while wearing pretty, pretty clothes and now I spend half my day mommin’ and the other half working to bring content alive to KE. (Who am I kidding — I spend all day mommin’. Can’t stop, won’t stop.) Two things have never changed during each phase of the last eight years — I still get dressed every day, and I still love me some heels. Some things will never change. You can just bury me in heels.

Lately, I’ve been on this organizing kick throughout my house — the pantry, our linen closet, our office (the first post is coming up tomorrow!) but there’s a room I’ve been ignoring —  my closet. Like not just turning a blind eye but actual neglect. It looks like a complete shitshow in there. Tornado wreckage level here, people. Like stepping over the clothing carnage just to get to my shoes type of mess. It would make a professional organizer quit her profession and go work in a quiet office somewhere with numbers, far, far away from people like me. Therefore there is only one miserable person for this miserable job: me. And that is why it is still a hoarder’s dream; because I just can’t bring myself to do it quite yet. For this reason alone, you are going to get organization posts for everything else in my life — complete avoidance leads to me organizing other rooms. I’m pretty sure my brain ‘Freaky Friday’d’ with someone else when I had Gemma, and I’m a clean and organized person now. To my college roommates: can you even believe this? I know right? Miracles do happen.

Okay back to the matter at hand — you still there? I think one of the biggest reasons I’m ignoring my closet is because I know that there’s a lot to clean up and out. I know that there’s going to be a lot of personal judgment like why did you buy this? Wait, you wore that?! And honestly, I just don’t want to cross that bridge until I absolutely have to. (Spoiler alert: I absolutely have to.) I’ve been craving for my closet to work like my boutique used too; I’m a keen merchandiser, and I have visions of my closet working just as well as our store racks did. I also know that once I do this initial purge and organization, I’m going to realize that what I like to wear isn’t always the fanciest. Sometimes you guys, it’s a t-shirt and a cardigan, and I throw on some heels because you CAN put lipstick on a pig. Still a pig, but also a really fancy pig.

The other side of this very long post is this: I’d like to spend this year really buying intentional pieces for my closet. Pieces I love and want to wear over and over again, not just because I know they will take a pretty picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worn every outfit on Kendi Everyday in real life, but our days are simpler now, and I love getting dressed, but I want to sincerely love what I am wearing.  Sometimes I forego what I need in my closet for what I want and I end up still needing something as basic as a great black cardigan. That’s why this year I want to pay attention to what I buy and make sure it’s something I genuinely love.

That’s actually what this outfit is: all these pieces I truly love. My ripped jeans from Madewell (LOVE), a basic black cardigan I just purchased, my favorite white tee and of course, leopard heels. Sure I was just going to grab lunch with B and run some errands but the heels made it feel better than a Monday. Something as simple as getting ready each day (hell, even if it’s a messy bun with a smidgen of makeup — IT STILL COUNTS) makes feel like I can take on the world a little bit more.

I wrote my New Year’s Resolution with Gemma in mind, but I think with myself and this blog in mind I want to approach my style differently this year while embracing my everyday. If you look through KE’s catalog, you can see each year brought a new style and new adventure. This year, my adventure is navigating what it means to be a new mom and figuring out how to do that with intention, style and all. Just know that if I share something on here, that means I genuinely love it.

So I’d say buckle your seats, a wild ride is a coming, but the truth is it’s going to be a lot of jeans and a lot of casual things, with perhaps a few wild cards in there. So buckle up if you want, but honestly, the wild factor is about a 5-mph car ride on a straight, brand new road, with literally zero bumps.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉

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New Year, Same Old Me

If you’ve followed the blog for the 8 years I’ve been writing Kendi Everyday, you may have noticed that my ‘everyday’ has changed many times over the years. I started as a 25-year-old who had no idea how to dress office-appropriately on a budget to a shop owner for 5 years (man, that was fun.) then we spent a year traveling while wearing pretty, pretty clothes and now I spend half my day mommin’ and the other half working to bring content alive to KE. (Who am I kidding — I spend all day mommin’. Can’t stop, won’t stop.) Two things have never changed during each phase of the last eight years — I still get dressed every day, and I still love me some heels. Some things will never change. You can just bury me in heels.

Lately, I’ve been on this organizing kick throughout my house — the pantry, our linen closet, our office (the first post is coming up tomorrow!) but there’s a room I’ve been ignoring —  my closet. Like not just turning a blind eye but actual neglect. It looks like a complete shitshow in there. Tornado wreckage level here, people. Like stepping over the clothing carnage just to get to my shoes type of mess. It would make a professional organizer quit her profession and go work in a quiet office somewhere with numbers, far, far away from people like me. Therefore there is only one miserable person for this miserable job: me. And that is why it is still a hoarder’s dream; because I just can’t bring myself to do it quite yet. For this reason alone, you are going to get organization posts for everything else in my life — complete avoidance leads to me organizing other rooms. I’m pretty sure my brain ‘Freaky Friday’d’ with someone else when I had Gemma, and I’m a clean and organized person now. To my college roommates: can you even believe this? I know right? Miracles do happen.

Okay back to the matter at hand — you still there? I think one of the biggest reasons I’m ignoring my closet is because I know that there’s a lot to clean up and out. I know that there’s going to be a lot of personal judgment like why did you buy this? Wait, you wore that?! And honestly, I just don’t want to cross that bridge until I absolutely have to. (Spoiler alert: I absolutely have to.) I’ve been craving for my closet to work like my boutique used too; I’m a keen merchandiser, and I have visions of my closet working just as well as our store racks did. I also know that once I do this initial purge and organization, I’m going to realize that what I like to wear isn’t always the fanciest. Sometimes you guys, it’s a t-shirt and a cardigan, and I throw on some heels because you CAN put lipstick on a pig. Still a pig, but also a really fancy pig.

The other side of this very long post is this: I’d like to spend this year really buying intentional pieces for my closet. Pieces I love and want to wear over and over again, not just because I know they will take a pretty picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worn every outfit on Kendi Everyday in real life, but our days are simpler now, and I love getting dressed, but I want to sincerely love what I am wearing.  Sometimes I forego what I need in my closet for what I want and I end up still needing something as basic as a great black cardigan. That’s why this year I want to pay attention to what I buy and make sure it’s something I genuinely love.

That’s actually what this outfit is: all these pieces I truly love. My ripped jeans from Madewell (LOVE), a basic black cardigan I just purchased, my favorite white tee and of course, leopard heels. Sure I was just going to grab lunch with B and run some errands but the heels made it feel better than a Monday. Something as simple as getting ready each day (hell, even if it’s a messy bun with a smidgen of makeup — IT STILL COUNTS) makes feel like I can take on the world a little bit more.

I wrote my New Year’s Resolution with Gemma in mind, but I think with myself and this blog in mind I want to approach my style differently this year while embracing my everyday. If you look through KE’s catalog, you can see each year brought a new style and new adventure. This year, my adventure is navigating what it means to be a new mom and figuring out how to do that with intention, style and all. Just know that if I share something on here, that means I genuinely love it.

So I’d say buckle your seats, a wild ride is a coming, but the truth is it’s going to be a lot of jeans and a lot of casual things, with perhaps a few wild cards in there. So buckle up if you want, but honestly, the wild factor is about a 5-mph car ride on a straight, brand new road, with literally zero bumps.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉

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