arranging book shelves

– cleaning up our bookshelves and feeling much better about the cluttered situation –

red valentino handbag

– a new handbag to edge up my outfits –

white hydrangeas

– trying hydrangeas in a pewter pitcher after hearing they thrive more in metal vases vs. glass –

sam edelman

– some espadrille mules to carry me into fall –

dandra simmons skincare

– so many skincare goodies to share from Hard Night | Good Morning

Happy Friday, ladies! This week has breezed on by… almost too quickly I might say.  BUT, Christian has the entire weekend off so you best believe we’re going to make the most of it.

I’ve been working on slowly starting to purge the little corners of our townhouse. After watching some Marie Kondo videos on YouTube to get inspired, I started by going through all the books we’ve acquired over the years. Then I moved onto trinkets and clothes.  I went to my favorite consignment spot, sold a ton of clothes, shoes and accessories… and came home with a few pieces including a teal Balenciaga bag (hello, fabulous!).

That’s one of the many amazing things about consigning. You feel better about reselling pieces that are no longer bringing you use or joy, and you can put that toward a trade or cash.  Crossroads will give you 50% trade or 33% cash. Sometimes I choose trade, other times cash, but when I see J.Crew heels and Balenciaga bags… you best believe I’m going to choose trade, sister!

So perhaps the purge thing isn’t going so well… ha!  BUT I feel better taking the next 4-6 weeks to slowly sell items to used book stores, consignment shops, Craigslist, Salvation Army, etc. It’s always great to put gently loved items back into the neighborhood when you can, right?

Just a short PSA for consignment. I really can’t say enough about consignment shops – one of my favorite ways to buy and sell items.  I’ve found so many gems that way!

Of course I have to say something about all these amazing skincare goodies from D’Andra Simmons of Real Housewives of Dallas and Hard Night | Good Morning!  We connected over email and I am so excited to try some of her skincare items, especially the L22 Elixir (RH-watchers know what I’m talking about, reminder here).  She also told me it’s Mama Dee-approved, and as a MAJOR fan of Mama Dee, you know that’s all I need to hear.

Tell me your weekend plans! And if you have purging-before-moving tips, I would be SO grateful! Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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  1. Great post! I agree that consignment shops are amazing. I found a very expensive, brand new Zara skirt in one and bought it for fifteen. Also, I love the skull in the vase decor.


  2. I love Marie Kondo! I am a huge fan of purging and only surrounding yourself with items that bring you joy. I’ve even started greeting my apartment and thanking my items when I get home after work (this is mentioned in her book – it sounds crazy, but makes me grateful). I highly recommend purging, because it makes moving easier and life so much freer. 🙂 Good luck with moving!

  3. I went through a huge Marie Kondo phase last year right before moving apartments and it was the best! I donated half of my clothes and moving was so much easier! Unfortunately I think I over-purged because this past year I’ve mostly been accumulating possessions. sigh….

    On that note – do you have any recommendations for the best consignment stores for designer clothes/shoes/bags in NYC? ha!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I LOVE hearing this!!! Interesting note about purging too much, appreciate that insight. Sadly I don’t have recs for NYC but I used Yelp to find all my local gems!

  4. Basically losing it that you connected with D’Andra! I’m RHOD fangirling so hard right now!

  5. Love, love, love your post about consignment stores!! My mom has owned and operated a consignment store for over thirty years. It’s my main source for great clothing at amazing prices! Just a few weeks ago I scored a Kate Spade purse, an adorable black checked Talbots purse, and multiple pairs of shoes from brands like Talbots to Michael Kors. All are barely worn or used and look brand new. Consignment is where it’s at!

  6. Oh please sell some things to a very devoted follower! Love your style and I am you size! I would die for your wardrobe!!!

  7. How about a moving sale of clothes/accessories you can’t bring with you to SF for your local followers?

    1. I have people ask about selling to CBL readers but I would need to hire someone to help with the listing and organizing, etc. – so it’s currently much more practical to sell to a local consignment store who can price, steam, promote, sell with their own merchandise. BUT if I have luxury items to sell I do list them through CBL!

  8. I love the idea of wearing mules from summer to fall- will be adding to my shopping list. Thank you! *is it weird it sounds like I’ll be wearing donkeys this season???

  9. Thanks so much for the tips on the consignment stores! Do you happen to know the brand of the espadrilles you found?! I’ve been looking for a pair just like them!!

    Thanks so much. Love your blog 🙂

  10. I love consigning! ThredUp is a great option for those of us who live in a small town that doesn’t have good/many consignment stores! I’ve had luck buying and selling at Plato’s closet too.

    Ps. Please post more of Karen’s momager antics because I love it.

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