Live Chic Tanks and Tees and FitBloggin Prep

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It’s been a busy last few weeks, but here are some things going on.

Live Chic Tank Top

I’ve been dreaming about designing some inspirational tank tops and t-shirts to wear from studio-to-street for awhile now. I looked into getting some shirts printed from a local printer, but I don’t think that will work for me…for now. If I only had one or two main designs, I think the local printer would have been a good route to take. But, I have so many ideas for designs in my head and not enough money to print them all.

I decided to open a Spreadshirt shop to test the waters so I can upload as many designs as I want. I only have one design up right now, but I have another designed (we have two options – I’ll do a vote soon to see which one you guys like more) and more in my head!

Click here to check out The Chic Life Spreadshirt Shop!

T-Shirt Delivery of Live Chic Tanks

I decided to do a small order of tank tops and t-shirts to see how they look in person. My delivery came just in time for me to take them to Fitbloggin later this week!

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Here’s the first design – “Live Chic”. It’s a reminder to live the chic life every day!

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I got a couple extra tanks and tees in black, gray, and pink to giveaway at FitBloggin.

My FitBloggin HTML CSS Presentation

Speaking of FitBloggin, I’m presenting at this year’s conference! I’m covering Intro to HTML and CSS for Bloggers. Click here to read a description of my presentation. Here’s a sneak peek. I’m putting the final touches on my presentation, but I’m super excited…and nervous! Cross your fingers that the presentation goes okay!

Does anyone have any HTML and CSS questions? Let me know in a comment or tweet me @thechiclife.

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I leave for FitBloggin later today. Savannah, here I come! Can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference!

Thanks for stopping by!

Green Jeans – Scores and Sales {SouthPark – Spring 2014}

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Hey Guys!

I thought I’d share a little bit more about the results of the latest Green Jeans sale I participated in – the 2014 spring SouthPark event. I’ll start with some highlights from my experience as a shopper and end with my seller results.

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Here are some of the great finds I purchased…

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I spotted these sparklies when I was volunteering in the designer section. I managed to resist them at first, but once I was able to purchase them for half off ($8) on the second day, I had to get them. They’re a little on the heavy side for me, but I was willing to take a risk for such a low price.

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I saw this bright pink Rachel Pally dress when I was helping break down the room. It was on a rack that was marked to be donated and literally right in front of my face as I was helping move the rack. Since this one was only $14.25 (the price tag said the retail is $198!), I thought even if it doesn’t work as a dress, I can use it as a beach or pool cover-up.

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Here’s another find from my last day of volunteering. Someone put this army green top on the return rack after trying it on, and it caught my eye. I’m a sucker for over-sized t-shirts. This Cynthia Rowley shirt was only $2.50 since it was half off day, so I quickly added it to the rack for holds to purchase after my shift.

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This black Ya Los Angeles dress with a studded “belt” was a try-on-just-for-fun item. But, once it was on, I really liked it. I noticed the dress had an interesting cut at the hips that jutted out just a bit in a way that I found really unique. The half off price of only $12.75 definitely made the sale worthwhile for me. I’m thinking it will be fun to wear on a date night.

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Here’s one of the few things I purchased “full price.” One of the other volunteers handed me this pretty patterned wrap dress to try on, and I just loved it. It’s a Boden, and it was only $19.50. I can’t wait to wear this to work this summer! The purchase inspired me to order the catalog, which came just a couple days later. The style is a little preppy for what I’m wearing these days, but I may find something cute to wear to work.

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And here’s another item I waited to go half off before I pounced – a beautiful zig-zag Missoni shawl. Missoni! I scored this for only $35! Woohoo!

I purchased a couple other great items, but I thought I’d just share a couple of the stand outs.

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Green Jeans Sales Results

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I don’t think I’ve shared much information on my consignor results in the past, but I thought some of you (especially you Charlotteans!) may find it interesting.

Here are my results selling at the spring 2014 Green Jeans event:

  • Of all the items I took to the consignor drop off, 8 weren’t accepted to the sale.
  • I had 114 items in the sale (between hanging items, shoes, belts, scarves, etc.).
  • After the sale, 5 items were returned as not-sellable (items can get marked during the sale if they’re found to be too worn, have defects, etc.).
  • I sold 24 items with a consignor percentage of 75% (thanks to all those volunteer shifts).
  • All in all, I made $291.56 and more space in my house!

I got really geeky with my sales info this time around. I copied it all and pasted it into a spreadsheet where I could create all kinds of pivot charts and reports. I found that I sold items that had been transferred from almost every past sale (I’ve done 5 total now). This happens almost every time I sell with GJ, which is why I always do the pick-up and transfer the items to the next sale. The kink with this strategy is that you have to bring all that stuff back to your house and hold onto it. Since I have an extra closet, this isn’t a problem for me currently. I also calculated average price per item by category, number of items sold by day, and number of items sold by category…among other things I won’t bore you with.

I had another great Green Jeans sale! I only wish I had participated in the Lake Norman one, too, because I probably would have made closer to $500 total! Ahh…at least there is plenty of time to prepare for the fall sales!

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Have you had any luck consigning at a shopping event or local consignment shop?

Anyone else doing a major spring clean purge of their closets? Don’t forget to check out my 3 rules for closet purging if and when you do!

Thanks for reading!

Insta-Chic {5-4-2014}

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Phew! It’s been quite a weekend! Hope you all had a great one.

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After working Friday, I rushed home to quickly eat some pizza before heading off to volunteer at Green Jeans. When you volunteer with GJ, you can earn some additional percentage (5-10% depending on your hours) of your sales. I opted to work three three-hour shifts, one on each day of the weekend. The Friday shift went by pretty quickly. I worked the designer booth and got to scope out the goodies there. I picked out a couple things to gamble on. If they were there the next night when I’d have early access to the half off shopping, I’d think about getting them.

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The next morning, my dance fitness company led the warm up for the AIDS Walk and then participated in the two mile walk. The weather couldn’t have been better for the event! We started at Gateway Village and then headed straight into uptown and back. We had a rolling speaker blasting music that got the crowd around us going. It was a beautiful walk.

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I snapped a photo of this sign while we were on the walk. I love the message – “Celebrate everyone!”

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Post-walk lunch was Viva Chicken. Yum!

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And my friend Sarah and I picked up Fourth Ward Bread Company’s new kronuts for dessert. I thought kronuts were supposed to be cut like donuts, but this one was more like a fried croissant rolled in cinnamon sugar. It didn’t have the same layers the previous version did, but it tasted good.

After lunch, I headed off with more of my dance friends for a two-hour Sales & Procedures training session that I led. Training went well, and we even ended a little bit early, which was great because I wanted a little breather before my next Green Jeans shift.

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I had a 6-9pm volunteer shift at Green Jeans. The shifts are really fun because you get to work with and talk to cool people…and play with clothes. It reminded me a bit of my days working retail at J. Crew, but here you see the same volunteers from event to event. So, it’s nice to see the familiar faces and catch up.

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I managed to get a little shopping done after my shift. This is an added bonus of volunteering – it takes a little less time because you’ve already helped put clothes back and sort racks and know what’s there instead of digging through later. Just a tip for any of you considering consigning at the fall event.

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Sunday morning was my big break in the weekend. Hubby and I had breakfast on our back porch. We have to enjoy the spring weather out there while we can because soon it will be so humid and hot. Not to mention the mosquitos and other bugs will be in full force very shortly.

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My last shift of the Green Jeans sale was Sunday afternoon where I worked the last hour of the sale and then two hours of breakdown. Breakdown consisted of sorting for the first bit. I like organizing things, so I enjoyed it. They had a really thorough system, and everyone was hustling. I stayed a little late to help sort, which worked out well because all of my things were ready to take home, so I didn’t have to come back during the official pick-up.

And above are my leftovers from the sale. I’ll do a recap post about how sales went. And I need to do one for the things I bought, too! I found some goodies at this sale, including a beautiful designer shawl. Can’t wait to share!

Have a great week, everyone!

3 Rules for Closet Purging – Closet Spring Clean

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It’s time for a spring clean of my wardrobe! What about you? I haven’t posted recently about working towards my Parisian Wardrobe, but it’s still very much a goal for me. I’ve been letting everyday business get in the way of spending some QT looking through my clothes and accessories, but there’s nothing like a Green Jeans Consignment Sale to kick your rear into gear.

As I looked through my closets, I followed 3 rules for closet purging. I’ll share those below.

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{My goods for the Green Jeans Sale – I have 114 items in the spring Southpark sale}

Each time I participate in a Green Jeans sale, it gets a little easier to let things go. It also helps to look at something and say, I didn’t sell this in the last 5 sales because I said I’d wear it. Here we are, and I still haven’t worn it. Maybe it’s time to let it go. There are some other items, like a couple Coach purses, that I’ve been holding onto for sentimental reasons. But, I finally added them this time around. One of my main motivations is knowing I can turn those clothes (and accessories) I don’t wear into cash.

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{A couple J. Crew cardigans that are super soft and pretty with cute little buttons that unfortunately shrunk}

3 Rules for Closet Purging (Parisian Wardrobe Style)

I’ve been doing a lot of analysis on my current wardrobe, and asking myself some good questions. What do I really-really wear? What are my favorite things to wear? What are the things I gravitate towards. What do I have in my closet that I like but look at and say, I don’t want to wear that today because   (insert reason)   ?

Rule #1: If there are things you consistently pass over, they need to go…even if you like them or think they’re cute. If you’re not wearing them, they’re taking up precious real estate in your closet that they shouldn’t. Make room for something you love.

You may pass over something because of the next rule, or because the item in question is too big, too small, too uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, unless you can fix it (get it tailored?), it may be time to move on.

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I’ve also tried to be realistic with myself about my style. My current style. I used to wear a lot more preppy pieces of clothing and accessories. I’ve grown away from that in both my work and casual wear. I try to remind myself – there’s a reason you stopped wearing some of things you did.

Rule #2: Ask yourself as you evaluate something if it fits with your current style. Style can easily change over time, and your wardrobe should change with you. I used to hold onto things “in case I need them one day”, but unless you have a huge basement or attic (and even if you do) to store these types of clothes, this may not be the best strategy. Remember the goal is to have items you truly love and love to wear in your closet.

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Rule #3: Quality over quantity. It’s better to replace ten things you don’t wear any more or don’t really like to wear with one item you love and that makes you feel confident and happy.

This last rule is really a theme of the Parisian Wardrobe, but I try to remind myself of this as I’m pulling items from my closet. I used to dream of having a closet like Cher’s in Clueless. You know, the one with the rotating hanger rack. But, I’ve come to a place where I believe you really can have too much clothes.

I pulled six pairs of shoes that fell under Rule #1 above and replaced them with one new pair I recently purchased. I moved the six pairs into another room where I was gathering items for Green Jeans a few weeks ago and forgot about them! Guess I didn’t need to hold onto those after all if I can’t even remember I have them. If I was actually wearing them (and needed them), I would have looked for them. I didn’t, so they’re getting prepped for sale at Green Jeans right now!

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Even though this process of closet purging is getting easier, it’s not easy. I probably shouldn’t be so attached to my clothes and accessories, but for whatever reason, I often am. I’ll remember a special event where I wore something or if I bought something because of a special event (a raise at work or for another celebration). I try to remember that I have the memories and the experience and that’s more important than the physical item. You’re not defined by the things you own. You are just you, and you are fabulous with or without those strappy shoes you haven’t worn in two years. Got it? Good!

Anyone else doing a spring clean of their closet?

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If you’re in the Charlotte area, check out the Green Jeans Consignment Sale. It’s happening this weekend and Sunday, most of the items go to 50% off! If you’re thinking about consigning, I recommend stopping by, even if you’re not planning to shop to get an idea of how the event runs and check out pricing to give you guidelines for when you consign with Green Jeans.

Thanks for reading!

Loving Lately: Glass Lifefactory Water Bottle

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Of all the Christmas gifts I get every year, my reusable water bottles have been some of my favorites.

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This year, I received a beautiful, turquoise glass water bottle that I’d been eyeing for awhile. It’s by a company called lifefactory.

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First of all, I love the wide mouth at the top. This makes it so much easier to clean and add ice. I’m often making up some ice water before teaching Zumba, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in the office break room slowly shoving ice, piece by piece, into one of my other water bottles.

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I also appreciate how the bottle is BPA free and also free of other things that hadn’t been on my radar (BPA being the big thing lately, it seems): BPS, PVC, or phthalates.

And I thought the whole “water tastes better in glass!” thing was a little overrated before, but it really does taste better to me, almost more clean. And on top of taste, since the bottle is made of glass, you can put other things that may have reacted with some metal containers, like fresh slices of citrus: lemons, limes and oranges! I can’t wait to make up some of that for the summer (or sooner, perhaps…why wait for the summer, right?). But, I’d also consider putting other things in here I wouldn’t have with my metal containers: juices or smoothies.

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Did I mention it’s dishwasher safe? I’ve grown accustomed to hand washing my reusable bottles over the years, and I’ll still hand wash this one sometimes, but it’s nice to have the option to throw it in the dishwasher on my busy days.

The only downsides I’ve seen with this bottle so far are: it’s a little heavier (0.95 lbs) and sometimes the lid seems to go on slightly off kilter causing the water to leak out if you’re not careful. Otherwise, this baby is leak-proof and great to use!

The 16 ounce bottle is $19.99 on the lifefactory web site, but it’s currently $17.80 on amazon.com and ships for free with prime. When I wrote this post, I saw 5 color options on the lifefactory site and 8 on amazon! Of course, the turquoise is my favorite. And there are also kid and baby options! So cute!

Are there any other great, reusable water bottles out there I should check out?

Chic Shops: New Hair Dryer {Splurge or Deal}

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I’m a quality over quantity kind of girl, so I’ll often save up money to invest in a quality item that will last me longer.

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That was my strategy with my CHI hair dryer…until it died on me after only two years of use. For the few weeks, I noticed the dryer seemed to be putting out hotter than normal heat. And finally, early last week, the hot air was gone completely, rendering the hair dryer useless to me.

Unfortunately, I’d thrown my box away, so I couldn’t remember what the warranty was. I packed up my broken hair dryer and headed to Ulta to see if it was still under warranty. I also brought along a 20% off coupon (on my phone) in case it wasn’t. I quickly found my dryer model and checked the box – only a one year warranty. Blast! On the upside, Ulta frequently does good sales on their products. I actually purchased my CHI dryer at Ulta for 30% off, so I was hoping to find a good deal this time, too.

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I scanned the specials and didn’t see much. I found a sale section with two dryer options: another CHI and a Hot Tools. I googled for reviews on the CHI via my phone, and what I read didn’t seem good. What happened to CHI doing life time warranties on their dryers? I read one too many about the dryer stopping working after a year or two, which is what happened to me! I decided it was time to try something new, especially since the markdown wasn’t that much. A friendly sales associate told me that she had a Hot Tools hair dryer that she loved and had for about eight years. For a fraction of the cost of a CHI, I could love it, too. My CHI straightening iron is still holding strong after about seven years, but I was ready to explore other hair dryer options.

While I had her, I asked about her other favorites. She said she’d had a Rusk dryer that she loved (retail around $120 – 140) for nine years and that her next dryer would probably be a BaByliss ($80 – 140) based on her customer’s positive reviews. I contemplated purchasing another investment dryer but the sale tag on the Hot Tools was calling my name.

I decided to pick up the Hot Tools Star Struck Turbo Ionic hair dryer along with two fall scent Yankee candles that were buy one, get one 50% off. The hair dryer was around $60 full price (based on internet research since the box didn’t have a price tag) and was marked down to $39.99 (the same price as the Ulta site has now!) and I saved an additional $8 thanks to my 20% off coupon – almost half off the original price! Side note: the coupon was for my entire purchase, so I got the candles at a great deal, too!

Let me know if anyone wants a review on my new hair dryer!

Does anyone have a hair dryer they love?

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And speaking of hair, I finally got another cut. Thank you Jason at Salon 42! If you need a new stylist, check out Jason and tell him I sent you – we’ll both get a discount!

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