Category: Lifestyle

8 Tips to Building a Capsule Wardrobe

I recently took the leap into opening my own pop-up shop and online boutique, Amanda Suzanne by Shop Stevie. So thoughts of fashion are swirling around in my head more than ever. Over the last couple of days I’ve been looking at some of the pieces I currently have in stock and thinking about how to build a capsule wardrobe. It’s time to share eight of my tips to building a capsule wardrobe, which is all about simplicity and putting together a good base of mix-and-match wardrobe staples.

1. Choose items that work for you and your lifestyle. Think about what fits your day-to-day activities.

2. Simplify. Get rid of duplicates. Own five black tees? Keep your favorite and donate the rest. Give away anything that doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in a certain length of time (i.e. six months or a year).

3. Start by working with what you have. Don’t immediately run out to buy new items. Look at what you already own that you love, fits, and works for your lifestyle needs.

4. Mix-and-match. Worried that you’ll get tired of wearing the same clothes? Change up how you pair items together to give outfits a fresh look and style.

5. Consider the colors. A capsule wardrobe is about building a wardrobe around key pieces of clothing that work well together. Neutrals are great for these essential items, but don’t be afraid to mix in pops of color and pattern with tops, skirts, and accessories.

6. Select versatile clothing. Avoid those items that can only be worn “if and only if…”

7. Change it up depending on the season. There are lots of items I wear year-round, with more or less layering depending on whether it’s summer or winter. But there are also pieces that I only wear in certain seasons. Shorts are a staple in the summer but not necessary in our Oklahoma winter (although the weather can change in an instant!).

8. Complete your wardrobe. Pick out pieces that you love, flatter you, fit into your everyday life, and coordinate well with the rest of your wardrobe. I love to find pieces that I can dress up or down.

Shop some of my favorite wardrobe essentials at amandasuzanne.stevierep.com:

10 Things About Me

Hey everyone! I want you to get to know me a little more, so I asked myself a few icebreaker questions. I hope you enjoy learning more about me, and I would love to hear your answers to some of these questions so we can get to know each other a bit.

Q. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

A. Tacos, definitely tacos. And hopefully the tacos come with a side of guacamole, queso, and chips.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about the summer?

A. sunshine and long days of sunlight

Q. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go, and why?

A. My answer can change daily, because I pretty much want to go anywhere I’ve never been before. I like to travel and would love the opportunity to travel to far more places than I’ve been, both in the United States and around the world. The top two places currently on my wish list are Israel and Mauritius. Israel because of the history, culture, and seeing the Bible come to life even more. And I would like to do the standard “float in the Dead Sea” thing. Mauritius is on my wish list because it’s a place I’ve never been, I have friends with family roots in Mauritius, and it’s a beautiful island. I can get my beach time, sunshine, and relaxation.

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Decisions, Decisions

“My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.”

~ Theodore Hesburgh

 

We’ve all been there. Door after door. Choice after choice. Decisions, decisions. We have multiple opportunities before us. We have a decision to make. And this is no small decision; it’s a big decision, at least in the moment. What job to take. Where to live. Who to hire. Where to go to college. On and on it goes. We are constantly faced with decisions, many of which can affect the trajectory of our lives. It can be overwhelming at times, wondering if we are making the right choice. Decision-making doesn’t have to be stressful; it can be a peaceful process. So how do we have peace instead of stress? Continue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

My Reading List

I love to read. It’s a way I rest, relax, and recharge [read more about 3 Ways to Recharge]. I mostly read fiction books, and I’ll share more of my favorite fiction books in a future reading list, but today is a mix of books that are on my reading list. I’ve recently read some of them, one I’m currently reading, and the others are on my “to-read” list.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – This is a fiction book and is the first book in the series of the same name. The stories are set in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe as the main character. Mma Ramotswe sets up a detective agency and sets out on an adventure of investigation. There’s humor and life written all through the series. I haven’t read all the books in the series (there are currently 17 books…eek!), but they’re all on my list to read.

And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick – I stumbled across this book through one of the podcasts [episode #133] on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. I so enjoyed listening to Jamie’s interview of the author, Kate Merrick, and am inspired by her joy in Christ despite the deep suffering she has experienced. I just started the book, and it’s already encouraging me to live boldly, faithfully, and joyfully…even in the face of suffering and overwhelming pain.

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3 Ways to Recharge

We live in a fast paced world. Our decisions and life often keep us busy…too busy. If we don’t take time to recharge, the result may be…

                …less than exceptional work.

                …broken friendships.

                …burn out.

                …isolation.

                …exhaustion.

We can stretch ourselves too thin if we’re not careful. So we need to find ways to recharge. It might be 10 minutes by yourself. An extra drive around the block to gain a couple more minutes of quiet time. Turning off the TV. Running. Playing the piano.

The recharging methods can vary for each of us based on our personalities, gifts, interests, and season of life. Some of us get rejuvenated by spending time with other people. Others of us crave time alone and need that time to recharge. Today I’m going to share three of my current ways of recharging, relaxing, and recuperating.

Reading a book.

I love to curl up with a good book. I usually prefer to read fiction books, especially historical fiction, because a great story helps me unwind and relax. Occasionally I will pull out a memoir or inspirational book.

If you have a book recommendation, shoot it my way!

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My Favorite Skin Care

I have battled with acne since I was a teenager. I kept hoping I would grow out of out, but it’s still a struggle for me from time to time. Over the years I have tried various skin care brands, many of which are geared towards problem skin. Some didn’t work at all for me, while other brands worked for a time. I often thought I had finally found a brand that worked and would buy more when I ran out, only to find out that it no longer worked for my skin. So I kept searching for what worked best for me and my skin.

A few years ago, lots of people seemed to get into the “crunchy” kick. They were going all natural and had all kinds of homemade remedies, tips, and tricks. I started exploring the more natural route of skin care. I came across recommendations and rave reviews of using coconut oil, so I decided to give it a try.

Coconut oil seemed to work well for so many people, but it was an absolute disaster for my skin! It exacerbated the problem instead of resolving it. The search continued.

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A Few of My Favorite Shops

It’s Friday! Well, actually, it is Saturday, and I am a little late with my Friday Favorites. Even though I’m a day late sharing a few of my favorites, I am so excited to share a few of my favorite local shops with you! I love to shop small and support local businesses in my community and surrounding areas. If you’re ever in the southwestern part of Oklahoma, stop in and check these places out!

[Credit: The Hayloft Boutique]

The Hayloft Boutique is a locally owned clothing store. It’s owned by two sisters, and they have some fabulous tees, clothes, and more! Check them out at 1811 NW Cache Road in Lawton, Oklahoma. For those of you who aren’t local, you can shop online at www.thehayloftok.com.

Two Scrambled Eggs

[Credit: Two Scrambled Eggs]

Two Scrambled Eggs may sound like a little cafe or a great place to eat some yummy breakfast. Sorry to disappoint you if you’re hungry, or just really love eating breakfast, but Two Scrambled Eggs is a clothing boutique in Marlow, Oklahoma. They have cute, trendy clothing at reasonable prices. You can find them at 218 W. Main Street in Marlow, Oklahoma. Follow them on Instagram: @2scrambledeggs.

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Running the Race

I used to run. Now, not so much. I’m more of a walker these days. But one day, back in the day when I ran fairly regularly, I started out on my morning run and crossed paths with another runner. She was running at a faster pace than I was, seemed to be closer to the end of her morning run, and yet, I couldn’t see a drop of sweat on her.

Now me on the other hand? I looked like I had just rolled out of bed, and by the end of my run, my face was red and the sweat was dripping.

I’ve decided I’m not a very graceful runner. But then again, how many of us are?

Then I would hear about other people’s runs – they’re running at a faster pace or longer distance than me. So the comparisons would begin but then…
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5 Ways to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

Creating an atmosphere in your home that’s both relaxing to you and welcoming to guests is not always easy, but it is achievable. These are five of my tips for creating a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere in your home.

1. Incorporate décor items that reflect your personality and interests.
You are an integral part of your home. Your home wouldn’t be your home without you. Select décor that is a reflection of you and your personality, and let your personal flair shine through the items you pick.

2. Maximize your entryway with the best furniture arrangements for your space.
Whether you have a large or small entryway, maximize your space with the best furniture and decor for the space you do have. If you have a small, tight entryway, skip the furniture and utilize wall decor to add interest. A well placed mirror, artwork, or a wall collage can create interest. If your home has a larger entryway, incorporate a dresser, accent table, chair, or bench into your design. Strategically place artwork, family photos, decorative items, and more to create a visual interest. Continue reading “5 Ways to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere”

3 of My Favorite Things

It’s Friday Favorites time again, and I’m excited to share three things that I’m loving right now! Some of my favorites (like the amazing people in my life) always make my list, while other favorites vary through the different seasons of life.

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