Target: Organization Caddy

There is something classic and timeless about black and white design. I stumbled across this beauty at Super Target. I just love the versatility of this caddy. It was in the office supply section of the store. I couldn’t resist purchasing a couple of these to use in my vanity tower to store makeup brushes and one for the office to store writing utensils. I even like the possibility of using this for a silverware entertaining. Priced at only $7.99 each…I just couldn’t pass that up. Room Essentials Desktop Storage

I love the amount of room for storing my makeup brushes. Oops…looks like I forgot to clean them before snapping this picture. I have another set of Sigma Brushes coming in the mail which will fill this up perfectly. I can sort my brushes by type to make it easier to get my makeup application done faster. So many options and the size of this caddy fits perfectly on the shelves in my vanity towers.

Another use of this caddy is for writing utensils in the office/classroom. This is what the caddy was intended for, but I can’t help but think of the many ways I can use these.

Another awesome use would be a silverware caddy. Perfect for a party like today…my birthday! Happy 4th of July everyone. Be safe and have a great Independence Day!

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Bissel Symphony All-In-One Vacuum and Steamer Mop 1132A

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My favorite new cleaning tool! What a time saver! What used to take me 45-60 minutes including dry time only takes me 10 minutes including dry time with this tool.

Throw away the mop, mop bucket, and chemical…all you need is this Bissel. The steam mop disinfects without the use of harsh chemicals. All you need is this steam mop…you just add water. The pads are machine washable and it comes with 4 pads. 2 scrubber pads for ceramic tile flooring and 2 regular pads for hardwood and sealed laminate floors.

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Zoya Nail Polish Haul

105Have you made the switch to Zoya? Zoya is the healthy choice.

Zoya is toxin-free and not tested on animals…need I say more?

Vegan friendly and free of the terrible 5 toxins: No Dibutyl Phthlate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. The formula is beautiful and free of the terrible chemical odor.

This is my starter set. With over 300 shades to choose from and in several different finishes…I just jumped in and picked 9 shades throughout the rainbow of options. Most of these are cream finish however I did receive a zoya gift sample of three polishes in Hayden, Brooke, and Logan. The three polishes in the back row. I also receive a sample of the 2015 Delight Collection. www.zoya.com

 

May Monthly Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Paige A. for winning the May Monthly Giveaway of three wonderful Thirty-One items: Retro Metro Weekender, True Beauty Bag, and a zipper Pouch all in the Spotty Dot Pattern. A value of $120!

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May monthly giveaway is finally here! This month I am giving away three wonderful Thirty-One items: Retro Metro Weekender, True Beauty Bag, and a zipper Pouch all in the Spotty Dot Pattern. A value of $120!

How do you register to win?

1) You need to be an Organized Bag Lady Facebook follower. To increase your chances to win…follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and my website www.organizedbaglady.com

2) You must leave a comment to this month’s question in the comment sections of any of my social media sites. The question is: If you had $100 to spend this summer, what would you spend it on? (Shoes, handbags, jewelry, makeup, etc…)

It is just that easy! You must be over 18 years of age or have parental permission to register.

Good luck!

 

April Giveaway Winners Announced!

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April Monthly Giveaway Winners Announced!!! Nine West Shopper Tote Bags from Nordstrom Rack/Hautelook was awarded to two winners. The totes are valued at $200(+) each and I also included some brand new Thirty-One items inside each tote as an added bonus.

The Black/Gray tote was awarded to Cheryl M of North Dakota. Congratulations Cheryl!

The Brown tote was awarded to Amy O. of South Carolina. Congratulations Amy!

The May giveaway will be announced shortly!

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Duggy, The Smile in the Sky!

013I ran across this beauty at the airport this weekend. What is this huge yellow Duggy?

“Duggy, The Smile in the Sky,” is the “spokesplane” for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s SkyReach educational program.

Click on this link to the article about the Duggy, The Smile in the Sky.

***This first picture I took. The second picture belongs to the author of the above mentioned article.

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Scarves and Pashminas Haul

027 028 031036I scored some awesome deals on end of season items. I got some awesome scarves and pashminas for next fall/winter.

I purchased some of these from Thredup; American Eagle; Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren; Express; Forever 21; Club Monaco; Banana Republic; Paula BiancoJ. Crew; and Christopher & Banks.

This first photo shows the awesome pashminas. (Two in pink, one plum, and one black and silver)

The second photo shows the awesome cashmere scarves I purchased. (One brown, one royal blue, one pink, and one charcoal, gray, and white)

The third photo shows some knit and acrylic scarves. (Royal blue, aqua, blue, peach and coral, and black)

The last photo shows come awesome scarves I picked up at Christopher & Banks. (Hot pink, black infinity, and hot pink and white)

I will not be keeping all of these for my own personal use. I will donate half of these to charity along with the winter scarf/hat/gloves set I picked up and blogged about in a previous post.

The sales are just too great to miss and pay it forward to those who need these items. Some are warm weather scarves and some are accessory scarves.

I have donated all but 10 scarves already to charity this year out of my personal wardrobe.

I am trying to keep my wardrobe to 10 scarves or less. Anytime I purchase a new one I will add one from my existing collection to charity.

Thredup…New Bag Addiction

My newest bag addiction comes via Thredup.com and I thought I would share my love with all of you. I saved almost 400 bucks on a Tory Burch bag new with tags. Check it out…new and used items for women and children.

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Here are a few other awesome handbags I scored from Thredup for a fraction of the retail price!
Can you say “Score”? Whoop Whoop! I saved almost $1500 total off retail price for these handbags from Thredup.

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These are both Rebecca Minkoff Purses. The red one is new with tags and the brown one was marked practically new and I don’t believe it was used at all. Perfect condition!

 

 

 

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The pink bag is a Steve Madden bag that is new with tags and the tan/taupe bag is a Juicy Couture tote marked practically new and shows absolutely no wear.

 

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These two are probably my favorite handbag scores from Thredup. The black/charcoal gray purse is a brand new Tory Burch purse which makes me a very smitten kitten! LOVE IT!

The turquoise is a Kate Spade marked as practically new and I can’t see any use or wear at all.

 

I have a bag addiction, I can admit it. I just like to be organized and prepared. But in all fairness, I did donate 14 purses to charity last month and almost as many to charity this month.

I did bid on a Rebecca Minkoff bag at a charity auction for Feed America and it looks like I may be top bidder, so I will be adding just one more bag. But that is it…I will get rid of one bag for any new bag I add to my wardrobe. It is good to have a plan.

Target Clothing Haul: Mossimo

001002I have been busy…choosing to be happy! It sounds funny but it is true. I have been storing clothes in smaller and larger sizes for so long as my weight has fluctuated over the years. Anyway, every time I go into the closet, I see those clothes and I start to feel bad about myself. It is weird to hear that…but it is true. I had some beautiful clothes that were in great shape and were expensive at the time, but that is not the reason to keep them. They should be donated to someone who could love them and wear them now.

So…I got rid of my smaller sizes as it wasn’t fair to me to constantly have the reminder that I used to be smaller and that just sets me up for failure. So…I read a wonderful book and the gist of the book was choosing to be happy…and that we can control our happiness to some extent. So…I chose to get rid of all the clothes that were too small and a constant reminder and also the ones I had in a bigger size.

So I can happily say, that for the first time in almost 20 years, everything in my closet fits me! And what a great feeling it is to hear and see it!

I have done some shopping since the first of the year at Tj Maxx, Kohls, Eddie Bauer, and Target to fill the holes in my wardrobe. The biggest amount of items are staple items from Target. I purchased 42 pieces…which sounds like a lot…and it is…but considering the amount of clothes that I got rid of and some were just worn out…it was time. I purchased camisoles, tanks, capris, shorts, jeans, sweaters, blouses, long sleeve tanks, skirts, and other lightweight tops.

I am a tall girl with some curves so it is usually very difficult to find clothes to fit my body. Either the arm length is too short; it clings tight to the chest; or it lays funny at my hips. So some of these items I purchased fit all of my requirements and actually were quite flattering so I purchased several in several different colors. I have always done this. I wear one until it is ready to be replaced and then I pull out the exact same top and remove the tags and then wear it until it has lived a long full life.

I hate clothing shopping for myself…I always have. I think it is because it is so difficult to find clothes to fit my body and then to find clothes that fit tall and healthy body types.  So…please don’t judge the amount of clothes that I have purchased the last few months….it will be years before I do that again.

The thing I like about the Target clothes I purchased is the brand Mossimo. He manages to design clothes that fit most body styles…most importantly they fit me! I don’t wear any other brand at Target because they don’t fit. I love that the Mossimo brand is inexpensive yet has the look of higher end clothes. The softness of the pieces are amazing and the fit even more amazing!

I love Eddie Bauer and I love the jeans they sell. I need the extra length and it is really hard to find pants with a long enough inseam for me without having to wear men jeans. So I did stock up on jeans and other staples. Tj Maxx I was able to find just a couple of pieces but they can be worn all year long, so it was worth paying the higher price, or at least that is how I rationalized the purchases.

Anyway, the morale of the story is to choose to be happy. The amount of clothes I purchased did not make me happy, but the fact that I accepted myself the way I am and chose to remove the negativity invoking items in my closet has made me happy.

I have down sized my handbags, scarves, makeup, etc… It makes me feel so much happier without the excess. It is the small things that make me happy. Here is to the next small step in finding happiness.