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MY PICKS FOR 2020 HOLIDAYS SALE SHOPPING

Shopping Guide
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‘Tis the season and we are here for it!! As much as we wish that this was a normal year, we know that the new normal is still left unseen. For me, the sales after Thanksgiving, mark the beginning of traditions and I am trying to make this year to be a great one. So I picked my favorite shops and made a list of their offers and sales and wanted to share it with my readers. 

Take a look, there may be some offers that you’d like.  My favorites are the panties from Aerie, as you can see below and if you keep scrolling all the way to the bottom, I added more items (with direct links) to this list.

Hope you like it and if you know of any other sales, please let me know in your comments.  Happy Shopping!!

Aerie– Up to 70% off

American Eagle– Up to 70% off

BaubleBar Select items on sale

Banana Republic 50% off everything

Boston Proper– 30% off select styles with code HAVEFUN

BooHoo– 60% off everything

Buddy Love 50% OFF Site wide with Code: BF2020

Express– 50% off sitewide

Francescas– Up to 50% off sitewide

Frontgate Up to 40% off everything

Gap– 50% off everything

Goodnight Macaroon– up to 70% off

H & M– 30% off everything

JCrew– 50% off everything

JCrew Factory– 60% off

Kate Spade– 50% off everything

Kendra Scott– 30% off

Lulu’s up to 90% off

Loft– Up to 60% off

JCrew Factory– 60% off

Kate Spade– 50% off everything

Kendra Scott– 30% off

Lulu’s up to 90% off

Loft– Up to 60% off

Madewell – up to 50% off with code VERYMERRY

Michael Kors– 25% off everything

Nasty Gal 60% Off

Nordstrom– Up to 60% off select merchandise

Red Dress Boutique – Free shipping over $75

Sephora– Select gifts on sale

Shein– up to 80% off

ShopBop– 20% off your order of $200+ with code SHOP20

Steve Madden– 35% off sitewide

Tory Burch 30% off sitewide

Ulta– up to 50% off Black Friday Deals

White House Black Market 40% off entire purchase

Vanity Planet- Take an EXTRA 50% off EVERYTHING

xo Kathia

fall 2020 - freebie

Thankful Planner Cover

Hello Friend:

Thank you for your visit to my happy place! I figured I’d make a quick post to share this freebie, since some of you loved it when I posted it on Instagram feed.  You can find it here.  That was it!! Not a long post, just a short and sweet one with a gift.  Hope you love it and before you go, leave me a message, a sign or a hi and if you get to use it, feel free to tag me! My ig is @planningtobehappy.

xo Kathia

Recycle your Christmas Wreath For An Instant Fall Vibe

Fall Wreath
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Hello Followers:

The story behind the wreath is that it stays hanging from this window, all year long. Since it is so big, we do not have enough storage room for it, without sacrificing the shape of the ornaments and bows, so tissue paper and a black garden bag was not cutting it.

The issue is that it faces the front of the house so I decided to give it a fall vibe, while using most of the decor from the original one. Take a look at the items that I removed and replaced with some fall flowers and decorations from Michael’s. This really was an easy one, don’t you agree? 

If you get to decorate with a recycling mindset, please share?

xo Kathia

Do-it-yourself: Floral Reed Oil diffusers

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Happy September!!

Admittedly being quarantined has given some of us a new purpose.  While the whole world was made to shut-down, we started homeschooling, playing more, valuing relationships, growing gardens, adopting pets. I never thought of myself as a “Do-it-yourself” type of person because you know Amazon is there, but I have to admit that I enjoy crafting and playing with pretty things so this one was a no-brainer.  

I wanted to create a certain environment in my house because having indoor pets (cats) can be sometimes overwhelming.  We clean their litters twice a day but for me is never enough so when I started looking at alternatives for candles and sachet bags, oil diffusers came to mind.  I recently purchased one from a store at the mall and I placed it on a table by the foyer of the house. It really did not do much on adding the desired fragrance.  If you grab the small bottle and sniff it, then you feel the fragrance but not enough for that large area.

Then, I realized that I was going to throw away a dried-up bouquet of roses that I gave myself for my birthday, in January. I hung them upside down and they were pretty ready for whatever so the idea came to mind, how about I make my own pretty floral reed oil diffusers? And here we are.

SHOPPING LIST

  • Small vases.  I purchased these from Michael’s and used a 30% discount for signing up to receive their emails. Also, look for the ones with corks. You can use them to cover the bottle if the fragrances get too strong or just to store them away without having to transfer the oil.
  • Reeds.  Amazon has a pack for $6.98 and you get 100 of them. That’s a lot of reeds but you can switch them once they are too soaked. If you follow this link, you can buy them directly from my Amazon storefront and I may get compensated.
  • Dried florals. Besides the roses that I dried-up, I got mine from Michael’s.  I picked mine based on the colors that I wanted to use but the variety is great and all up to your own preference.  Remember, these are not the same as seasonal florals, which are plastic.  You need natural flowers so they give the same effect of the reed, which is to soak in the oils and transfer the fragrance.  After I purchased mine, I found these from Amazon so I will try those next.
  • Essential oils.  The variety is huge!! Take your time with those. I am linking some from Amazon here and one from Anthro (here) although you can always find them at your local wellness stores, Home Goods, Kirkland’s or even make your own.  I will explain: regular home fragrance-spray combined with baby oil, will give you fragrance oil, don’t you think? That is what I did with a couple of mine and so far, the reeds are soaked so a win!

I also added ribbons to decorate the bottles, my friend added gold stickers with the list of the contents of the oils and someone suggested raffia bows! Depending on the season, you can switch your florals around, or make them with fruity fragrances and place them together near your kitchen for a minimal seasonal decor.

Floral Reeds Essential Oil Diffuser

So now, my pretty floral diffusers are spreaded throughout the house, I placed a second one in the foyer, one in the guest’s bathroom and one in my own bathroom.  With these and all fragrances, please make sure that you love them, remember that certain oils may to be too strong and may cause sensitivity to you or your pets so keep them in places with lots of ventilation and move them around to spread the fragrance and the instant decor that dried flowers in pretty small vases can offer.

Hope you enjoy reading and if you make your own, tag me or comment below? I would love to see what you make!

xo Kathia 

July 2020 Accountability Challenge

Together-we-can-do-so-much

Welcome to the 2020 July Accountability Challenge:

Recently, I read some words that stroke a chord.  Some Spanish celebrity was speaking about humankind and some of the challenges that we have been facing lately.  She stated something to the effect that “at the end of this crisis, we are going to all end up being the same or worse. That nice people will remain being nice and the a$holes are going to remain the same or become bigger a$holes.”

My first instinct was to agree.  For many reasons that are not relevant to this post, you and I both know that human nature is to resist change and resist being uncomfortable.  No fault on that but man, haven’t we learned by now that change does not happen without sacrifice and mobility? Then my next thought was wait a minute: do I truly agree? What can I do about this? Can I make a difference?

You know that cliché phrase about change coming from within and yada, yada? Yep, that still applies and I know it dang well.  I learned a lot time ago that my comfort zone is not the place that I want to remain, and that us, just like plants, must grow, in order to evolve.

So let’s talk about the challenge and go straight to it. I am going to try to make this as simple as I can and hopefully, I can interest at least one person to join me.  I need an accountability partner because sharing with someone else cheering me on, is what can make this a success.

The Plan

  1. Starting on July 1st, I will add exercises to my walking and swimming activities.  The plan is to do it daily.
  2. At the same time, I am going to make better food choices.
  3. Going to use a checklist to track items 1 and 2.
  4. Will be using my IG stories to post about the challenge and my own tracking, on a daily basis.

NOTE: I am not a doctor, or expert so please consult with your doctor, prior to attempting any exercise or diet change.

Below are the pdf. forms which will provide some the checklist and the visual aid on the activities and the foods.  As you can see, this is not a fitness challenge, this is not a diet challenge, this is not a lose weight challenge, this is a challenge to show you how capable YOU are to make changes for yourself. You are welcomed to modify the pdfs. to accurately reflect your own plan.

We are NOT going to jump into hoops, to be doing long and sweaty sessions or fad diets, with complicated routines.  We are going to prove to ourselves that we are capable to control our own lives and our happiness by introducing small changes to what we have been comfortably doing and is not working for us.  Because like me, if you have read this far, something is not working for you.

I am committing to keep track with you and to guide you through the process.  I am eager to hear about positive results but want to do it midway so no need to weigh or measure yourself.  I don’t want the challenge to be attached to a fitness goal.  The intent is to came out of this challenge, more motivated and eager to work on the only person that you can control, and that is yourself. Also, this is not a all inclusive challenge.  You can do both (the workouts and the healthy food choices or you can pick which one you wish to do). The more important part is continue checking the boxes from the list.

Warning: research shows that when you change, everything changes and that may or may not include your jeans size.

Let’s do this, shall we?

xo Kathia
Breast Implant Illness

My Battle with Breast Implant Illness

Happy Galentine’s Day to all of you! Today is also Breast Implant Illness Awareness Day and I found it appropriate to share my story on a day like today because I am honoring all my fellow survivors of this illness, honoring them for their support and courage for sharing their stories, which led me to believe that all the symptoms that I have been experiencing for years, were not in my head. They were real and frightening and debilitating and worse of all, undiagnosed. I was carrying poisonous bags in me, for years.
 
Years ago, I decided to change my body and hoping to change my life, I wanted to enhance my saggy breasts. Recently divorced, I walked in for a consultation to get a lift. I was talked into getting implants and did not do any research. I was assured that the pair that I was getting were “safer”. I was in a hurry, did not know better, did not do research and the term “explant” was not of my knowledge. I got them and my life completely changed. Not for the better.
 
Within the same year, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My hair was falling off in chunks and my skin was dramatically changing. Looking back, they NEVER gave me a sense of self-love. They were just getting on the way of my moves, my workouts and more importantly, my health. Three years after implanting, I developed the craziest type of “allergy” and was later diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. I would break out in hives EVERYWHERE and for no known reason. They are harmful. Not because they are silicone or saline but because they are a foreign object in the body. Back to the hives, I was constantly taking pills to fight them. Went to doctors, allergists, several ER visits, emergency clinics and no diagnosis was given. For 7 years, I suffered from this rare skin condition and inflammation!
 
There was no telling and all I could do was take pills. Sometimes I was given shots of prednisone, which is a steroid and not good for long term treatment, so the side effects were sometimes worse than the symptoms. All this while trying to function on a regular basis, while going to work and trying to live my life. I was miserable. My diet was limited and all I could do was pray.
I had to completely stop going to the gym. Next thing was the brain fog. I could not think straight, see straight, was in a constant state of lethargy and exhaustion and giving up on the things that I used to enjoy. I developed chronic pain on my shoulders and thought it was the workouts and getting old. I was also terrified of driving at night because I could not see well in the dark.

For some miraculous reason, my last mammogram revealed some “weirdness” that ended in a recommendation for removal of the implants. I jumped on that train so quickly!! Removal because whatever weirdness was showing, was going to be undetected until the implants were removed. Short story: they were both leaking, one was flipped and the pathology from both came back negative from anything harmful. Praising God!!!

Happy to report that I took the last allergy pill on the night before of explant. I am 7 weeks post-explant and my health is at is best. My skin is shining, my hair is growing, I can make full sentences without forgetting what I was talking about and the best part: the hives are GONE.
I wish to stress on how important it is to do research on this topic.  Explanting is not a trend. Explanting is a method that more and more people are using to get their lives back. Please, if anything you can take from this post is my wish that you think about this thoroughly before making any kind of decision to surgically alter your body or put in an object that will chemically alter the way your body functions, please, please, please, do some research and always look for more than one source. Most surgeons, although skilled, make money on the implants that they put on you.

For any human out there looking at getting breast implants, because you think they will give you so much…please look at #BII and become aware of how much they could take from you in the process. Nothing external will fulfill you internally. N.O.T.H.I.N.G.

 

Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe – Updated

Happy New Year Plannerista!

Thank you for visiting and checking out my blog! This post is especially exciting because I am here to share an idea that I have been working on for a while. As of lately, my intentions, thoughts and plans have been around capsule wardrobe planning! I wanted to share an update of how this form of planning has helped me reach my goals to become a minimalist (with a feminine touch) and to purge my outfits, declutter my closet and find fabulous in everything I wear.

Mind you, my main interest behind this plan is to stop buying clothes, accessories and make-up products that I don’t need, to be more focused and committed to support ethically conscious companies and to liberate my mind, and closet of the unnecessary task to have to pick an outfit every day. As a matter of fact, somebody did the math and those extra minutes that you spend every morning, staring at your closet, add up to hours in any given year. Isn’t that a crazy thought?  Time, my friends is some sort of a privilege and I wish to spend mine doing and making room for what really matters and going through a closet full of clothes (and not finding anything to wear) is not how I wish to spend my mornings.

Now, let us put all these plans to work with the steps that  used to dig in my closet and plan my outfits.
NOTE: For the purpose of this post, I am only counting work clothes, not workout clothes, outerwear, underwear or bathing suits. But seriously, throw away those old panties, would you?
– Go in your closet and take all your clothes out.
– Figure out which colors are in season.
– Create YOUR color palette
– Put away the clothes that do not fit your palette selection, don’t fit, are outdated, haven’t worn in a year. (you know which ones I am talking about)
– Write down an inventory list identified by garment, i.e. blouses, pants, slacks, etc.
– Hang them back up in your closet.
– At a later date, start filling gaps of items from your inventory and then and only then, go shopping, in case you need a new jacket or skirt.
– Enjoy your new found freedom.

After I purged, it was easy to get a vision of a look that I wish to accomplish and to give me inspiration on pieces that I wish to buy. To clarify, I am not saying NO to buying, I am saying no to buying without knowing what I own and skipping the shopping in my closet, which I find so essential. I am actually saving for a new leather bomber jacket and the savings from last year, were great incentives for my partner, to get me a new bag. 

Since I started planning outfits,  I use stickers to create the starting point of my weekly capsule wardrobe planning, by using the pants as the main item and then I work building around them. On Sunday nights, I place stickers of the pieces (similar in color and shape of what I actually have) and build possible outfits for the whole week. Other factors, such as weather, work meetings, functions or casual days will impact those decisions, although with stickers, I still know what I have. If you are following me on Instagram, you may have already seen most of the inserts that I mentioned earlier.

Also, ever since I got Cladwell on my phone, I have been using this tool to plan my outfits, since you populate the app with clothes (or similar) that you own, you are essentially basing your planned wardrobe with a great vision of how your outfit is going to look even before you wear it or try it on. With no affiliation to the company, I am very happy to say that this app, installed on my phone, has been a game changer in how I plan my outfits. It is only available for iPhone but what a great tool it is!

To end this post, I wanted to share what I have concluded to be the main part of this process and what is making me very happy and excited about what I am doing:
– Jeans go with everything
– So does leather
– Animal prints can be introduced in the form of a blouse, a scarf or an accessory
– Salmon color is universal
– Pink (Blush) & Gray Tops are the new Black
– Tall Black Boots are universally flattering
– Minimalism is not the lack of something. It is the perfect amount of everything.

Thank you for reading

Mood Board

What Is A Mood Board

I have this question for you: What is a Mood Board? And why do you need one?
Doubtful but perhaps, you haven’t heard about them or seen anything about them but I am here to tell you that they are EVERYWHERE!!! They have rapidly became the new “it” item in the planning world and with more and more of us growing inclined to use them as decorative items insider our planners, I decided to do a little bit of research to share with all of you!

Mood boards have been used by bloggers and creative people for a long time. They are actually an essential tool used by fashion designers to keep track of their creations, which starts with a blank canvas that is used to start pinning images of ideas that will inspire them with their creations for future collections. Their purpose is to provide the designer with visual aid of colors, textures, lines and variations of a concept that up to that moment, was only in their mind and they can bring out to life with a board.

This concept has now evolved into many fields and finally planneristas have caught up with the trend. The concept is to take a compilation of favorite things and make it into a pretty design and create a dashboard, which is the first thing that you will see in someone’s planner.  Others are using images that they find on Pinterest and creating “Vision Boards”, which is another variation of the Mood Board, essentially a compiled group of images of things that the creator wishes to achieve in the future.  

In my case, I use mine to track my outfits of the month or season, to track my weekend activities and I am now working on a Vision Boards to remind myself of all the things that I wish to accomplish this year, which include rebranding my blog and social media. I keep my mood board, for the weekend in my craftcave, hanging from a cute board that I bought from IKEA. The beauty of creating your very own mood board is that you can change it, switch it around and customize to your exact wishes, desires and plans, depending on what you are looking to accomplish.

If you need help customizing your own Mood Board, please let me know if I can help you! I am now offering custom mood boards for any size ringed planners.

Denim Wardrobe

My First Attempt At Capsule Wardrobe

What is this, you may ask? This one is about a concept, that has been going around since the 80’s, when a French boutique owner, came up with the fashion notion that you can create a wardrobe (that you love and works for you) with basic and essential pieces, throughout every season. The point of capsule wardrobe is to learn to love what you own, to minimize your existence, to make your routine faster and easier and to SAVE MONEY!! If by now, you are not excited about this concept, allow me to explain some more: ever since we moved into the new house, I have been debating on what to do with the master closet. I find it a tad outdated and I have been considering the possibility of having it redone, not only to make it look nicer but to customize it with a design that I love.  What happened next is that I had to also reflect on the fact that it is messy and cluttered with my clothes, shoes and accessories. That before I consider having it redone, I really, really need to clean it and most importantly, clear out the mountains of clothes, that I haven’t worn in a while and I must remove in order to see what I have. I was tired of getting up every morning and spending way too much time trying to figure out what to wear to work everyday.  

To hold myself accountable and to finally figure out what works for me and by the same time, simplifying my morning routine, making room for what matters and saving myself at least 30 minutes every morning because if you are like me, I never have anything to wear.  Which also brings me to the fact that I need to stop buying clothes that I only wear once and then they become part of that clutter that I mentioned earlier.  Also, it is confirmed that successful people, uniform their style to avoid wasting time in having to worry about little things, like picking an outfit.  Please be mindful that I am only using this plan to figure out my work wardrobe. Capsule Wardrobe is not applicable to gym wear, beachwear or accessories.  You can definitely work on decluttering those but the nature of this post is gearing toward everyday work clothes for a specific season.

So let’s get to it.  

Step 1:
Empty your closet. Yep! Take all your clothes and lay them on the bed or the floor.  What matters is that you get to see them all.

Step 2:
Make 3, or maybe 4 piles. I combined the Marie Kondo, Japanese method to declutter, in order to make the following 3 piles:
1.  What you love/gives you joy
2.  Maybe
3. Nope  
You may find seasonal pieces that will not add to any of these 3 piles.  Those, just store them or put them away to reassess them, once that season comes around.

Step 3:
Assess. At this stage, you’d been left with basic and essential pieces that should get you started on the process.  This is when you look at deciding what else you’d need to complete the capsule. You can either look for additional items and start getting ideas on how you wish your style to be or designate a budget to purchase the missing items that will accommodate the look that you are going for and call this move, an investment.

To keep track of this process, I created a set of inserts and stickers to fit into my planner. I am going to be using these pages to create a visual board of the styles, colors and accessories, that I currently own, so I can start deciding on what I need to get and hopefully stick to my plan. 

If  if you decide to start a project like this and have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message or contact me directly to info@planningtobehappy.com. And if you are already using this method, please share with me?  I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading and for following!