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Building a Minimalist Wardrobe

Want to simplify your wardrobe, but not sure how to start? It’s easy: get rid of the clothing you don’t love, and replace it with quality pieces.

Building a minimalist wardrobe is very simple. Basically, you just have to narrow your clothing and accessories down to the things that fit well, look great, and that you really enjoy. Focus on classic pieces instead of trendy ones, and most importantly, prioritize quality over quantity.

One of the best things about a minimalist wardrobe is that you will never have a closet overflowing with things you don’t wear. You won’t have to constantly replace cheap clothing. You will save time because you won’t be digging through a huge pile of clothing looking for that “one thing” and tossing aside the rest. You’ll free up space and you’ll save yourself time!

As you read this, remember: Minimalism will be different for everyone! It all comes down to your individual preferences, your style, and your budget. This advice is just a starting point!

Ready to start shopping? Let’s start from top to bottom:

Jewelry

Think about the accessories that you really love, and how often you wear them. For some people, jewelry is really important, so they’ll still have quite a few options in their minimalist wardrobe. Accessory lovers should cut down their collection to just a few pairs of high-quality earrings, a few bracelets and necklaces, and one or two good watches.

Other people rarely wear any jewelry, so for these people, minimalism might mean getting rid of virtually all their jewelry.

When purchasing new jewelry, invest in well-made pieces that will last a long time. We especially like Charming Charlie and BaubleBar, two companies that offer high-quality accessories to fit any style.

Purses

Search high and low for a purse that you fall in love with at first sight! Don’t “settle.” Find that perfect combination of quality material and great style. You will probably want to invest a little more than you normally do, just to ensure that your purse will last a long time, but you don’t have to go overboard—high-quality handbags come at many different price points. Start by looking in department stores and shopping online for the styles you like. Macy's sells any style of purse you might be looking for, so start there! We know lots of people who are purse hoarders, but since we’re shooting for a minimalist wardrobe here, try to keep it down to 1-3 purses that you really love.

Shirts and Blouses

Think about what you have now in your closet. Which shirts and blouses do you gravitate toward the most? This will help you choose styles that you’ll wear for a long time to come. Find quality pieces in all of the essentials: black and white v-necks, work-appropriate blouses, and formal blouses. Stick with simple, well-made clothing that is high-quality, yet fits in your budget. For shirts and blouses, you don’t have to spend a fortune. We like to buy shirts at Banana Republic and Gap. You will probably need more shirts than anything else, but keep it down to a manageable number.

Jackets

Jackets, like handbags, are something you will really want to invest in. If you get a great, classic, high-quality jacket, it can last literally a lifetime. Although the prices may scare you, remember how much longer these pieces will last you than a faux leather jacket from Rue 21. Check out the options at Bloomingdale’s and other department stores.

Pants

Most people will want a few different pairs of jeans and work pants. It all depends on what you like to wear and your own personal preferences! Steer clear of super-trendy patterns and stick to the basics, and your pants will be sure to remain in style for as long as they last (which will hopefully be quite awhile, since you’re investing in a quality pair, right?!) A great place for any kind of pants at great quality is Express.

Shorts

Figure out what cut, style, and material you like most and feel the most comfortable in. Whether that’s black, blue, white, or khaki, you be the judge of what you would wear the most. For shorts, we suggest checking out Gap or Banana Republic.

Skirt and Dresses

If you are a working business professional, you should think about having 3-5 of each, and in the interest of keeping your minimalist wardrobe, well, minimalist— make sure the skirts go with the blouses you already have, and buy any new blouses to match at least one or two of your skirts. We love the skirts and dresses at Express and Nordstrom.

Dresses will depend on whether you only wear them to work and special events, or if they make up a part of your regular wardrobe as well. Have a couple for special events so that you don’t have to wear the same one to every wedding, but for a minimalist wardrobe, you need to remember that you shouldn’t have things taking up space if you never wear them. So keep that in mind. Casual everyday dresses are a minimalist’s dream because they are just one piece and you don’t have to worry about matching a top and bottom, but not everyone enjoys wearing them, so do whatever works best for you!

Shoes

Shoes, like purses, are an item that you need to search high and low for “the one.” Firstly, find styles that are complementary to your lifestyle. Secondly, again, find amazing quality. This is a category you really don’t want to cut corners with. Shoes really take a beating, so they can get worn out very quickly if you go cheap. Find a versatile pair of sneakers, sandals, formal flats, heels, and winter boots. Stick with black and brown, and you will be ready for anything! Dillard’s offers an extensive variety of high crafted shoes for any style.

Cutting down what you keep in your closet shouldn’t leave you without options if you do it right. 

It involves investing a little more at first, but remember: buying clothing you love will save you money. Plus, your higher quality clothing will last longer. Limit the clutter in your closet, and you limit the stress of finding an outfit each morning. Good luck with your minimalist wardrobe journey!
Elite Property Management: An All-Inclusive Approach to Property Management
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When it comes to investing or owning rental real estate, there can be a lot of aspects that you might not think about.  Dealing with problem tenants, maintenance requests, dealing with legal situations, understanding liability problems that might arise, the list goes on and on.  This is often where a property management company comes into play. A good property management company can help you take care of these kinds of problems, but one property management company is looking to help both investors and landlords through its services.

Elite Property Management in the United Kingdom believes in a more all-inclusive approach to property management.  Their model is made to include any relevant sectors that investors or landlords might need to help with their rental real estate property.  These sectors include lawyers for legal matters, letting agents, builders, and portfolio managers.  All of these experts are included in one company to make it ten times easier for investors and landlords to find the information and resources that they need.

“My father gave me the idea for a one company outfit. As an investor himself, he told me that the future of property management would lean towards the idea of an all-inclusive approach but there are not a lot of companies that do that.  With my father’s advice, I worked to build a company that fit this idea.” 

Elite Property Management understands that an investment is more than just an investment.  With a fluctuating and troubling economy, many investors pour everything they have into rental properties and livelihoods rest on how successful they are.  Elite Property Management works to create relationships with each of their clients so that they can obtain financial freedom in the most informed, comfortable, and successful way possible. 

If you’re an investor or a landlord looking for a property management company that not only cares about you but also has more information and resources, then give Elite Property Management a call.  Their ambition to create wealth and freedom for their clients by providing all the resources in one company makes any real estate investment easy and stress-free.

Genius Locksmith: Tampa's Reliable Locksmith

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We have all been there. The immediate panic of realizing you locked yourself out of your car. The frustration when you manage to lose both your original and spare house keys. The dread when you leave your office keys in your desk drawer again. When you have different keys for your vehicle, home, and work, you are bound to run into these situations at some point.

Whether these situations happen often or almost never, it is important to have a reliable company to call and assist you in those frantic moments. If you are in Tampa, Florida, specifically in either Hillsborough or Pinellas County, Genius Locksmith is your reliable locksmith. Genius Locksmith of Tampa provides great service and has technicians who are available 24/7 within those two counties. They even guarantee service as quickly as 15 minutes after you call.

“Our company services Commercial, Residential, and Automotive. We do fresh installation, repairs and maintenance for any and all types of locks. We do re-key, replace and install of any lock.” – Genius Locksmith

While losing your keys, or having to install an entirely new lock system, can be stressful it is always a lot easier to handle the process with the help of a trustworthy locksmith. Genius Locksmith of Tampa has technicians with great, diverse skill sets, who can explain the process to you, and ensure that the service works. Better yet, Genius Locksmith definitely provides high-quality services that won’t hurt your wallet or your schedule.

So, whether you are in an emergency situation, or want to plan for an entirely new lock system installed, Genius Locksmith is highly recommended. Genius Locksmith can take care of your entire key needs at once; automotive, residential, and commercial. Contact them today.

 

Ouhlaalaa - The Secret to Your Best Christmas Shopping Year Yet!

Holiday shopping can be time-consuming and overwhelming. The stores are packed with busy buyers, and shopping online is a daunting task, even in 2016. That is why you should try Ouhlaalaa.com. The website is independent from any and all actual retail companies, is free, and best of all...is efficient. 

The company’s website is simple, fun, and helpful when it comes to all of your shopping, especially your last minute shopping. All you have to do is search an item by a keyword, and Ouhlaalaa will provide a variety of options that you would otherwise have to search for on your own.

Ouhlaalaa operates with, “Search, Find, Shop, and Discover Online Shopping” in mind, and provides you with the most effective way to do your online Christmas shopping.  An advantage of Ouhlaalaa not being an actual retailer is the company believes that online shopping is the best way to shop. They are spending their time finding the best way possible for people to spend their time shopping online.

Online Internet shopping offers consumers the opportunities to find unique products at affordable prices. Unfortunately, most online retailers fall short of satisfying the individual needs and taste of online shoppers. Too many internet consumers end up buying products or services which are not nearly close to what they are looking for even after many hours of searching. Sometimes, online shoppers simply abandon their search out of frustration.- Ouhlaalaa

We all have our favorite brands, and that dream Christmas gift for someone special. Ouhlaalaa’s ability to scour the internet for you will give you options at the lowest price from an outside retailer. Is your dream present something you can’t find in stores? Do not worry, Ouhlaalaa focuses on finding those one-of-a-kind, unique gifts all over the Internet. Make sure to use Ouhlaalaa for the next gift you need to find, even if it’s for yourself!

Make Event Planning Easy with AGiftList.com

Let’s face it, planning an event can be time-consuming but if you’re planning an event with a gift registry, it can be downright frustrating.  Most gift registry businesses have limitations on the things that your guests can buy and often require shipping, postage, and other miscellaneous costs.  Not only does all of this create a hassle on you planning the event, but it can be frustrating for your guests as well. 

AGiftList.com aims to take all the hassle out of organizing events.  Whether it’s a birthday, baby shower, wedding, anniversary, or even a reunion, AGiftList.com is ready to help. The easy to use website is perfect for helping you get organized for any event.

“AGiftList.com lets you add your guests, select a Wishlist, and gives you the power to decide on how many gifts you want.  Once you’ve got it all setup, the link will be sent out and your guests do the rest.” –Terry Chandler, Founder

Not only does this site make it easy to get your lists together, but they also help to overcome some of the hassles you find with other registry companies.  For example, with other registries you are often limited to what you can buy based on the business you’re doing your registry through. AGiftList.com lets you create your registry without these restrictions by allowing guests to purchase in their own areas of residence.  This cuts out shipping costs, postage, and your guests don’t have to worry about the wrong item being shipped to their door.  It’s one less thing for you and your guests to worry about.

If you have any events coming up, including holiday plans, then check out AGiftList.com.  You can monitor your Wishlist and who's planning on coming to your event all from the comfort of your own home. Help take the edge off of you and your guests by giving AGiftList.com a try.

 

 

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