Mystic March with Blogger @PlanetBrandee – Pt. 2

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@PlanetBrandee Part 2: Your Guide to Mystic March

(Or, how I school you in the ways of building your own wanderlust gypsy witch wardrobe!)

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Welcome to FRIDAY my faithful readers! Last week we dabbled in the fabulous Morticia GIF filled inspiration, this week, we’re leaping into Part 2 of the series and talking about RINGS!

 

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Part 2: RINGS for your LIFE!

Everyone is chasing a ring one way or another! Be it chunky tribal turk like this gem, or traditional glitz Tiffany cut. But for the sake of our inner goth this week we’re focusing on the prior and not the latter!

If you’re just starting a collection of Steve Knicks inspired gems, aim for the Goodwill counter. I am always surprised at how many baubles get donated and many are in great shape! Vintage turquoise is a special weakness of mine, so keep an eye out and know that even if they’re a bit dusty you can easily clean them up at home. Plus, the history makes for fun conversations!

Check out these inspirational rings below — part artillery, part Alexander McQueen, all woman-powered! Which would you choose?

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Are you more the tribal type? Then aim for deep red hues and beaten/hammered silver — it’s a warm tone and super versatile with gypsy-inspired apparel!

Feeling the 90s? Slimmed down and stackable rings are a must, as is the 8th grade standby we were all so dedicated to back in the day, the mood ring!

Want to be modern and magical? Go for opal! It’s a gorgeous stone and if you’ve got a careful eye and some patience, it can be spotted in second-hand grab bags and upcycled jewelry pieces. Each has its own distinct personality.

Not sure which you are? Take a quick, fun quiz here to find out!

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SO: Do you love like Morticia? Walk four abreast like The Craft? Dig the amulet zen? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for PART 3, as well as my next #travel #adventure in April which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

Till then, follow my #food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

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@PlanetBrandee Is Back!

Hello, again, friends and followers.

 

Recently, we made an announcement, which turned out to be slightly premature. We told you we were moving our blogs — including this very blog, A Good Look — over to our organization’s main website at www.goodwillnynj.org.

 

But then, friends, you gave us some feedback. You let us know that you missed having A Good Look and one of its most fabulous, most fun bloggers — Brandee Sanders (aka @PlanetBrandee) right here!

 

So, without waiting too long to right this wrong, we’ve brought A Good Look and @PlanetBrandee back! If you’re also a follower of our other blog, Where the Goodwill Goes, you can still find those fantastically informative posts over in the News & Events section of our main website going forward. But for all things related to thrifty fashion and A Good Look, please stay right here!

 

And without further ado, here’s the latest update from the lovely Brandee Sanders!

 

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@PlanetBrandee Part 1: Your Guide to Mystic March

(Or, how I school you in the ways of building your own wanderlust gypsy witch wardrobe!)

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Pop quiz, my fashion freaks – answer truthfully!

Have you ever, or do you still own a black trench coat, pointed hat, batwing dress or caftan of any kind?

Do you adore Stevie Knicks, watch the Originals and/or have you done Rhiannon as a karaoke song?

Do you burn incense, love Tarot or LIVE for a good essential oil?

Do you know The Craft movie line by line?

Do you know your sign and/or are you one of those people getting daily horoscopes?

Lastly — black mid thigh boots, oversized rings, vintage 90’s, what say you: yay or nay?

 

If you’ve answered YES to any of the above, then you’re in LUCK because my next travel adventure has me gallivanting off into the desert sunset abroad – and in prepping, I realized my luggage and closet are fairly mystical!

And a little magic never hurt anyone so hold on little witches! We’re going to trek into the fog machine running, right into the huge, ringed world of Mystical March! This 4-part series will take you on the dramatic and often fab world of dressing to invoke the fashion spirits.

Part 1: Intro and The Basics of Witchy Wardrobes

Part 2: RINGS for your LIFE

Part 3: Vintage Velvet Redux

(And finally) Part 4: Crafting Realness

 

So for Part 1, I give you these gifs as your inspiration! I hope you’re excited for the summons next week!

Firstly, it helps to start off with the simple things, like strong arches and killer brows, like our girl Morticia:

 

Secondly, keep your monochromatic and/or dark jewel tone game on point, like this little witch, who is bringing in spring like a goth champ ala 1999:

 

Thirdly, can we get a little gossamer diaphanous Sleepy Hollow cloak-esque love in? Romantic, dark mystery gazing isn’t just for October!

 

And yes, before you crumble at the thought of white, it’s not just for wedding!

 

And lastly, keep in mind that you need to OWN the look if you plan on rocking it all. If you’re not Stevie, then go Katy Perry car wreck DRAMA. ALL in:

 

SO: Do you love like Morticia? Walk for abreast like The Craft? Dig the amulet zen? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in April, which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

Part 4: LIVE! from Hollywood with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 4: LIVE from Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4-Part Travel SeriesHollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4 Part Travel Series

Palm trees, a beach breeze and the sun on your skin, no Toto we’re not in NYC anymore, in fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA for the final Part FOUR of this fabulous and fun series! For you new readers, that means I’m on location in L.A. and traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to find the best fashion, food, and fun the Golden Coast has to offer! Let’s GO!

Over the past few weeks we’ve had shopping adventure with the Goodwill staff in sunny Beverly Hills, and even a fantastic trip down the Pacific Coast Highway and adventures in the hills, so and this week we’re headed down the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Part 4 – A Star Studded Walk through Tinsel Town!

As a professional actress and filmmaker of many years, (both in NYC and here in LA, a story that requires an ENTIRELY separate blog post, lol!), one of my favorite things to do when visiting is to stroll the Walk of Fame. So grab a Spanish Latte with me and let’s learn a little as we go! According to sources, “The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.”

So it’s a jaunt, but we’re game! Also, according to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about “10 million visitors annually — more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Queen Mary, AND the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.” With over 2,570 stars, it’s easy to see why! Glorious and glittering, these monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background.

 

Knowing that the stars, filmmakers, and performers of yesteryear walked these same grounds is always a surreal moment — so many dedicated professionals all sharing the same vision of storytelling is a reminder that what we do and share can last more than just the span of our own lives.

But it’s not all glitter here in the city of lights, plenty of gritty street corner antics, flashy tourism and “Maps to the Stars Houses” types of trek still exist. We won’t be going on any of those day trips this round, but I’ll keep it on the cheeseball to-do list for my next journey out here!

 

The crew and I know it’s our last night shooting here so we pop into Santa Monica for a quick brunch and a chat about our respective careers in film, travel, hosting, journalism, and multimedia both here in LA and back in New York City.

 

Exploring and finding the open road always makes us reflective and as we capture the sunset flashing off the Strip, we’re reminded to be grateful, not only for the experiences, but our work and community which grows with every new trip we make. It’s hard to believe, but the day has escaped us already, and as the sun starts going down, I jet to the airport feeling like I can already hear the engines revving up for my departure over the gridded and glittering West Coast. It was an amazing trip, and even as my engines point East again home, I have no doubt I’ll be back again soon.

Did you dig the star studded #travel we took through Hollywood and the Pacific Coast Highway? Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots! Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s a secret for now!

Till then, follow my food, fun, and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Part 3

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@PlanetBrandee Part 3: LIVE from Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4 Part Travel Series

Palm trees, a beach breeze and the sun on your skin … no Toto we’re not in NYC anymore. In fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA for Part THREE of this fabulous and fun series! For you, new readers, that means I’m on location in L.A. and traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to find the best fashion, food, and fun the Golden Coast has to offer! Let’s GO!

So, last week we had a fun shopping adventure with the Goodwill staff in sunny Beverly Hills, and this week, we’re headed down the scenic Pacific Highway and into the Canyons! But before we get our resting “The Hills” face on, let’s find out more about this beautiful location.

Hurray for Hollywood: Part 3 – Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip!

brandee-photo-2_feb19The Pacific Coast Highway has long been on my bucket list and this past week I had a chance to scratch it off as I drove its incredible length! A bit of background on this amazing place: The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as State Route 1 (SR 1), is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. According to our bestie friend Wik, “Highway 1 has several portions designated as either Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway. Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Highway 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County.” It’s worth noting too that Highway 1 also at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile (87 km) stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge — all amazing sites to see!

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It’s easy to see why this location has inspired so many adventures! The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an “All-American Road.” In addition to providing a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast, the route also serves as a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and several other coastal urban areas.

Now that we’ve brushed up on our travel stats, let’s drop the convertible top and ride!

First up: Eats, naturally. You can’t go shopping on an empty stomach! So we settle down in a spot with full view of the water and surfers and watch the spectacular show that is Mother Nature. Waves crash down below us and we raise sparkling fresh ginger mocktails to celebrate the open road!

Next up is a selection of mind-blowing seafood — and this seafood straight from the coast really can’t be topped! Swordfish — yes! Fresh ahi — absolutely! Crème brûlée and a Lavazza espresso for the road? Don’t mind if I do! Listening to the ocean tides and sipping a buzzy beverage always gets the spirits high! A quick filming segment down on the beach and now we’re off!

 

The crew and I all opt to visit the divine canyons that loom above the highway, specifically for some thrifted vintage finds! Although Goodwill Beverly Hills had a lot to offer last week, our first stop at Hidden Treasures is a dive right into fabulous!

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Time Out L.A. says “Once you get past the dinosaur and pirates guarding the entrance, youll be privy to what appears to be the contents of a kooky grandmothers attic—think: varsity jackets, military uniforms, 80s graphic tees, Nordic sweaters, antique sleepwear and Halloween costumes all year round.” Our personal search revealed Instagram-worthy kimonos, floor-length 1960s velvet frocks and blazing neon mini skirts. Bring your wallet and your creative unicorn soul, because the prices and the selection will have you here for hours!

Wait, wait a sec: Is it closing time? HOW! I can hardly believe the sun is going DOWN already?!

Our trunk is at max cap now with fun frocks and they’re kicking us out, LOL, but we’re still looking forward to next week’s final west coast Hollywood adventure!

Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots! Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured in this 4-part travel series! And stay tuned for the final Part 4 of my @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Brace for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Part 2: LIVE from Hollywood

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Los Angeles, CA: 4-Part Travel Series

Palm trees, a beach breeze, and the sun on my skin, no Toto, we’re not in New York City anymore. In fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA! I’m here to find the best fashion, food and fun the Golden Coast can dish out for my new 4 part travel series. So let’s fling off our East Coast puffer coats and jump right in!

Last week we laid the groundwork for a shopping adventure in sunny Beverly Hills. So, this week we’re brushing off our thrifted red bottoms and going shopping in the HILLS!

But before we hit the walkway of the stars, let’s take a look at how this iconic place came to be.

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Hurray for Hollywood: Part 2 – Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, is surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. According to the great annals of history, this swank star-studded locale was originally a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown. Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 by a group of investors who had failed to find oil, but found water instead and eventually decided to develop it into a town. Sometimes referred to as “90210“, one of its primary ZIP codes, it is home to many actors and celebrities. The city includes the Rodeo Drive shopping district and naturally, a fab Goodwill!

So enough with the nerd facts. Let’s step into the Goodwill in Beverly Hills.
Goodwill Beverly Hills: Located at 7919 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA this Goodwill store has a LOT to offer. Looking through the racks, the first thing we spy is a Stop Staring dress for only $12.99! This is a HUGE steal as Stop Staring runs quite a bit more, so it is definitely coming home with us! Next up, a #vintage score: A mint, 1980’s snakeskin belt.  AND, right next to a gorgeous dotted calfskin belt straight from Madewell’s line. This is a longer belt and looks great tucked under our new bat wing linen dress. SUPER score!

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And lastly, a BIG thanks to Goodwill Beverly Hills manager Devante, for taking time to chat about vintage. The store looked great and the racks were divine! If it weren’t for the extra baggage fee I’d be paying, believe me, a LOT more would be coming back to NYC!

Our shopping bags are full and as we drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, so are our hearts! So looking forward to next week’s adventure!

Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots? Snap a pica and share it with me for a chance to be featured in this 4 part travel series! And stay tuned for Part 3 of my @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Brace for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Part 1: LIVE from Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA: 4-Part Travel Series

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Palm trees, a beach breeze, and the sun on my skin, no Toto, we’re not in New York City anymore. in fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA! I’m here to find the best fashion, food and fun the Golden Coast can dish out for my new 4 part travel series. So let’s fling off our East Coast puffer coats and jump right in!

Last month I highlighted the brilliant work of TED/Google Talks featured and world renowned organizer Marie Kondo who encourages us to only keep those items which “Spark Joy!”

This month I’ll continue doing just that – by searching high and low for the colorful, bright and exciting pieces that only California can offer. All while bringing a little west is best punch to our thrifting closets. But first, here’s a little history on my new locale.

Hurray for Hollywood: Part I.

Did you know the name “Hollywood” was actually a phrase that was coined by H. J. Whitley, a successful land developer, who is also known as the original Father of Hollywood? In fact, Whitely bought 500 acres from E. C. Hurd, a local resident. The name itself was born via Daeida Wilcox, a friend of Hurd’s wife. She adopted the slang name “Hollywood” from her neighbor, Ivar Weid, who lived in the area then known as “Holly Canyon.” That land development eventually gave rise to what we now know as the modern Hollywood region. And you thought it was just a name!

So enough with facts, let’s fuel up and hit the star studded streets! I’ve wrapped up in a vintage floral kimono dress and a pair of Jeffrey Campbell wedge heels, so we’re rocking!

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One of my favorite places to springboard into fun in L.A., is the ever popular Urth Cafe located in West Hollywood. More than once we’ve spotted a celeb or too ducking in for the super popular green tea lattes and killer omelets. Bring your shades, mine were vintage Ray Bans, and be prepared to be seen, most likely by TMZ or a few of the other paparazzi’s who tend to hang out Tele shooting lens in hand outside. Christian Bale AND Mariah Carey wuz here kids! I mean LOOK at my latte – divine!

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Now that we’ve loaded up on caffeine, we’re itching for a go at Thrifting. Today we’re going to make the list we plan to visit over the next 4 weeks our top hot spots:

Goodwill Beverly Hills: we’ve heard good and bad, but we’re about to be the judge of this up and coming thrift and donation heavy location in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Hidden Treasures: Located in beautiful Toping Canyon, I’m super stoked to visit this vintage thrifting gem and find myself and Iris worthy garment.

Flea Market Finds: Nothing is quite a thrilling as the flea market hunt, so join me as we whip through LA and surrounding areas to visit the best of the best.

And finally: The incredibly scenic Pacific Coast Highway. I’ll be going full circle down the PCH and landing back in WEHO to round off this spectacular adventure! So be sure to keep your eyes peeled West Coasters, @PlanetBrandee is on the move.

Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots! Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured in this 4 part travel series. And stay tuned for February’s @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Brace for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Get it together BONUS: National Get Organized Month

LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City!

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In our last issue we highlighted the brilliant work of TED/Google Talks featured and world renown organizer Marie Kondo who encourages us to only keep those items which “Spark Joy!”. We shed some closet-weight and feel eons better in our thriftologic organizing! As we wind down this series on learning how to clean up, clear out and stay organized in 2016, we’re hoping you’re looking around thinking “this FEELS better!” Virtual high five!

Needless to say, our bonus panel is circling back to this Kondo powerhouse with more fab suggestions on the one thing I know many New Yorkers struggle with: BOOKS.

Maybe you’re an ex actor with shelves upon shelves of Uta Hagen books, 4 copies of Audition and a myriad of Music Theatre folder stuffed with notes and old scripts. Could you be an art student who still holds onto old projects from Underwater Basket Weaving 101? Either way, the shelves are littered with things that aren’t necessary, functional, or at this point, of any value to you. So grab a Lavazza and roll up your sleeves, we’re going to watch the Mater of Tidying up on tackle that magically growing pile of books you’ve been hoarding and make it into something beautiful.

Now tell me that wasn’t dreamy!? She’s a sweetheart with an infectious smile and deft at mastering the little things that add up in a big way and that bouncy music is terrific to dust to, no?

And if that’s not enough to unleash your inner organizer, then check out this extra snippet we came across. It covers the KonMari Method of folding. For you new to the world of Kondo, the KonMari Method is the act of ultra simplifying the way you fold everything – from socks, t-shirts to pants. It’s fast, and once learned, a time and space saver. For those who shop Goodwill and thrift like crazy on the regular, this sort of tips and tools are valuable ways to avoid having your workspace and room look like the donation bin!

Check out this video series that walks you through it step by step and if you’re feeling like some Gwenyth today, look for this Goop tutorial that guides you well on your way to achieving Kondo Nirvana.

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below! And stay tuned for February’s @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Prepare for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3 Part Series for National Get Organized Month!

This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “misc junk”, old high school jeans and things we don’t use for a master purge feng shui style for National Getting Organized Month.

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Thanks for joining us for the final of our 3 Part Series on getting organized. If you haven’t seen steps 1-5 or 6-10 go check them out in the previous posts.

Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind. This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “junk”: Old high school jeans and things we don’t use. Start a master purge feng shui style for National Getting Organized Month.

Step #3: OWN your journey!

As we wind down this series on learning how to clean up, clear out and stay organized in 2016, we’re hoping you’re looking around thinking “this FEELS better!”

Here as the cherry on top of our work, is the Magic Lady herself, Marie Kondo! Whom we were lucky enough to catch in this Google talk on the art of tidying up! If you’re seeking the gilded end to a fab series, this is it! So grab a coffee and sit back to hear how the simple act of stay organized and tidy changes everything.

Now tell me that wasn’t fabulous!? She’s a dream at mastering the little things that add up in a big way! So what’s on your desk today? Make it count!

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below! Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3 Part Series for National Get Organized Month

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Thanks for joining us for Part 2 of this 3 Part Series on getting organized. If you haven’t read steps 1-5, go check them out in last week’s post.

Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind. This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “junk”: Old high school jeans and things we don’t use. Start a master purge feng shui style for National Get Organized Month.

Step #2: Get it DONE!

  1. Get rid of any office supplies you haven’t used in the past year. Return them to the store for credit or donate them to your favorite charity. Ding ding ding GOODWILL! The less clutter there’s in your office, the more happiness you’ll get in your life. If you buy a new printer, donate the old one. Here’s one of our fave points: DONATE what you don’t need! If you have two, give one the boot. We’re all guilty sometimes of holding on to things we don’t need in one way or another. So clean it up and get it done.
  2. Boooo the TAX MAN cometh! Start planning now for the next tax year. Label a box “Next Year’s Taxes,” and put it in your office. This box will hold all your tax-related documents throughout the year: bank statements, receipts for business expenses, online statements indicating what bills you paid and charity receipts. All of which beats searching for the paperwork at the end of the year. We couldn’t agree more. Keeping receipts from travel if your work has you doing that as well is a GREAT pointer.
  3. Update your Rolodex. (and by this we mean dump stale contacts!) Clear out all the cards of people you never called last year. Here, here! This also goes for clearing that cache of old necessary FB and social contacts as well. Clear your slate 100%.Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 12.59.10 PM
  4. Feng Shui. FENG SHUI!

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for PART 3 of this Get Organized Special Series.

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3-Part Series for National Get Organized Month

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3-Part Series for National Get Organized Month

Part 1: LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City!

Ok, so the Christmas ornaments are back on the shelf and the New Year’s Eve decorations are hopefully put away. Now there’s only the gloomy precept of nothing worth getting excited about until Valentine’s Day, which is a whole nother’ blog we’ll tackle.

SO what are you doing? Have new resolutions? Scheduling a juice cleanse? Planning yoga 24/7? Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind.This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “misc junk”, old high school jeans and things we don’t use for a master feng-shui-style purge for National Getting Organized Month.

Step #1: Take stock of what you’ve got + get clean!
Take some great pointers from Better Homes & Garden, INC, Twitter and Ms. Jacobs with these simple 5 intro steps for part one of our get it done series.

  1. Clean, organize and purge your desk. Update your files and replace all torn files. Buy new files, in different colors, and organize them by color: green for financial papers, purple for clients and so on. Be sure to label all the files, and then organize them alphabetically within each color scheme. And never, ever put the word “Misc” on any file–once you file it, you’ll forget what you put in it. If you can say out loud what the file is, you have your label. WE LOVE this idea! How many times have you circled back to an old file only to wrinkle your nose and go: “What is THIS?” Taking some time to also clear out the craft drawer that almost everyone has helps as well! Take those trinkets, doodads and misc piece of jetsam to GW for a donation, never hurts purging the old stuff.
  2. Get your ho-ho-ho on retro and be like “Santa every” day of the week. Make a list and check it twice. There’s nothing more satisfying than checking things off your “to do” list! Make a list every night of all the things you need to accomplish the next day. Do this every night, including the weekends, so you get in the habit of relying on your to-do list to help you get things done. While we’re BIG fans of lists, also be sure it’s one you use! Someone reading this definitely has “that” friend who has a million post its and nothing done, so clean house and clean mind it.
  3. Use only one calendar. Choose the one that works best for you: one on your computer, a handheld one like a PDA, or a paper one on your desk. Then get rid of all your other calendars and use just the one to record and keep track of everything. Super cool idea AND since we’re big fans of tech and accessibility, we’d recommend going mobile! Nothing is more annoying then adding a note and then not having it in your phone when you need it!
  4. Use www.Trello.com to create a vision board and/or make a list of your goals. Write down at least 10 goals you want to accomplish in your lifetime. Be specific. We always encourage readers to get up, get done, lean in and own their goals! Trello was a huge boon for us over the holidays, so consider using this mobile friendly and super inspirational tech tool as well as pen and paper!
  5. Keep these inspirations in hand or bedside, every night and morning, whether over coffee or chamomile take a few moments to reflect on what you’ve cleared on your plate and what’s lined up for the next day! Don’t glorify the act of being busy! Work smarter not harder!

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 3.46.44 PMCan you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pictures and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for PART 2 of this Get Organized Special Series!
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