With July quickly approaching you may be left wondering if spring every came. Unfortunately for us northerners the transition into summer never really happened. Sure we had some sunny days, but if we’re honest our spring felt more like fall. Weeks of over cast and raining weekends made it hard to spring into the newness of summer. As a result many of us skipped our annual spring cleaning ritual. You know the ritual, where you set out totally ambitious. Proclaiming to all, how this year you’ll actually follow through with donating the stuff you stored in the garage. It’s okay, don’t beat yourself up. We at Philip Teal have some pretty exciting news. “It’s not to late”! Sure it’s not spring anymore but a summer purge is just as good as a spring purge. Below we complied a simple how to list to help you achieve your goal.
Set a date and time frame to complete the task. Mark the date and time in your phone as you would any other appointment. This will help you avoid scheduling conflicts. You won’t feel rushed or if your squeezing it in between social obligations or that great yoga class.
Don’t just wing it. Plan out what you want the spring cleaning to accomplish. Having a plan will help with knowing where to start. We suggest taking it one closest or room at a time.
3. Make it Fun
Try not to approach it as a chore. Crank up your favorite tunes and rediscover some awesome tracks. Allow yourself to reminisce over an item. Put on a mini fashion show just for yourself.
4. Just toss it
Follow the rule of thumb on this one. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, it no longer serves you. It’s best to donate an amazing item to someone who needs it, than to keep it hidden away in your closet.
5. Store it by the door
Store your items to be donated by your front door. It will be an eyesore you will happily want to get rid of. Putting it in an out of the way place will not remind you to drop it off.
These are just a few tips to get you started. Clearing out the clutter will help you focus on your capsules wardrobe. You will be ready for fall and our Bella Ella collection. With a re- introduction to personal on the way, your sure to be grateful you completed your spring cleaning.
Before you can breakout of your fashion rut, you need to determine if your in one. If you have a capsule wardrobe that you update with on trend items every season, you are not in a fashion rut. In fact you are a smart shopper with personal style. You know what you like and what items you will wear again and again. But, if your go to for every casual event is a silk blouse of some sort and denim, you may be in a fashion rut.
At some point you decided this style works for you and you stuck with it. Maybe the first three or four outfits got rave reviews, and you were swinging in complements. But over time it’s become your go to instead of your style. A great place to start would be by defining your style. Take a look at your lifestyle and the options that you already have.Keep those elements and take a chance by adding others. If you wear a blazer most times, try replacing it with a light weight moto jacket. Try a new cut with your denim. If you normally go for a wide leg try out a skinny leg. If a dress is offered in two different prints, purchase the print you normally wouldn’t. Forgo yoga pants,
instead go for a slim fitting jogger.
Take small step out of your fashion comfort zone. The little changes you make will impact your wardrobe a great deal. The impact will inspire you to seek new and creative ways to stay stylish and keep you rut free.
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Out Reddit Debacle
In recent weeks there has been a major shift on our part towards visual ads. As our launch rapidly approaches, we thought now would be an ideal time, to preview our Bell Ella collection. Our media team has worked hard to post different visual ads to various outlets. This past Friday the team thought it would be a great idea to post on REDDIT. They carefully selected several plus size groups and began to post. Within a matter of minutes we began to received feedback.
The comments ranged from displeasure to outright rage! All, of the comments where directed towards the models used in the ad. One user wrote " This ad is laughable" . Another person wrote " You should be going up to a size 30" And then there where the direct messages, many of them stating the models should be size 20 and up.
The negative out-pour was unexpected to say the least and a bit confusing. The media team worked overtime to politely respond to all post and inboxes. They thanked everyone personally for their honesty and insight. Afterwards a debate was sparked by a staffer; asking if we are an inclusion brand? Some staffers argued that we where; while others argued that we where not. Both sides made valid points and all arguments where taking under consideration. But,in the end it came down to this; our first collection is already completed. Inclusion is something we can visit in our upcoming collection and collections to come.
The truth is everyone can't sit at the Philip Teal table. While we wish things where different, at this time we just aren't able to accommodate everyone. As our support and brand grows, so will our table's capacity and size range. Until then we are focused on providing quality garments to our identified demographics. As with anything just starting, you have to start somewhere. We just so happen to pick the middle as our starting point.
The exchange on REDDIT could be viewed as a negative, however we choose to view it as insightful. With just one post we learned the needs and desires of many. We want all of our future costumes to know that we heard you and we are listening.
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How Procrastination Affects Your Style
On my best days things just seem to click into place. My hair is agreeable, my skin is flawless and my outfit looks just right. But, after some careful reflection, I realized that none of the above is true. My hair is agreeable because it’s been recently styled. My skin looks great because I’ve been taking care of it. My outfit is just right because I took time to coordinate, press and or steam it.
While others may view the end result as an effortless style; the truth is it did take some effort on my part.
If I prep for a social event in advance my results are likely to be great. However, when I wait till the last minute it’s a 50% chance my results will look great. The other 50% of the time I’m concerned about a flawed zipper or a loose button. My look isn’t always as polished as I like, resulting in small subtle insecurities.
Procrastinating has affected my style on an everyday occasion also. I can not tell you how many times I’ve thrown something together at the last minute. Those are always the days co- workers wanna grab cocktails after work; or a family engagement pops up. Sometimes it’s just as simple as running into the hot UPS guy while in the waiting area.
Let’s face it, our style suffers when we procrastinate. Leaving everything to the last minute is no way for a fashionista to live. Rather it’s a button you missed before leaving the house or a missed opportunity to sashay in front of your crush. Procrastinating with you style is getting you know where fast.
Here are a few tips to help you from procrastinating when it comes to your style.
1. Plan for the week ahead
If your friends like to go out during the week, pre- select outfits that go from day to night with ease.
2. Check it before you rock it
Take a look at each garment the night before wearing it. This will allow you to see any flaws before hand. Identifying a rip or stain prior to wearing an item can make a huge impact on how you present to the world.
3. Plan to Iron and Steam
No one wants to iron a weeks worth of clothing. But, if you must why not do it while watching that favorite show? It might prevent you from snacking as well *Bonus *
Matching your metals is always a good idea. A great place to start is with your handbag of the day.Matching your metals to your hardware on belt buckles and shoes will give you an awesome polished look.
We hope theses tips helped.
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