Friday, November 21, 2014

Wear Your Joy Project : Week 4

Wow! We made it! It's been thirty days of wearing my joy, dressing in happiness, and what a ride it's been. (You can read more about the idea behind the challenge here.) Some days I struggled to put that extra bit of effort in, and other days, I was eager to pair some funky combinations of patterns, cool colour combos, or add one more fun accessory. In the end, I found that the days that I took the time to thoughtfully choose an outfit, I felt more at ease about my garments as I went about my day. Taking the extra time is something that most of us struggle with, as busy women and mamas, but we're so worth it. Everyone in our lives benefit when we're feeling confident!

At the beginning of the 30 day challenge, I contacted my inspiration for the project, Kelly Rae Roberts to let her know about what I was doing. Here's what she had to say:
"Since starting the Wear Your Joy Project, and the following series on my blog, I've found that it's a fantastic prompt for people to step into their joy! So glad you're stepping into your joy!"
As part of the project, I have had friends joining me each week here on the blog. From week one, to week two, to week three there have been posts full of smiling faces. Now for the final week, we're going out with a bang: there are three special women that are participating. Ladies, take it away! 

"Hi, I'm Leah! I'm a blogger and a graphic designer. I work at the Horizon Achievement Centre in Sydney, and I live in North Sydney, although I grew up in Baddeck. I loved doing the "Wear Your Joy" project. Thank you, Katie, for the chance to think about what it means to "wear one's joy" -- I found that more so than the clothes I wore each day, I found myself thinking about how a smile is wearing joy on the outside. I also thought about taking my selfies in places that bring me joy: the woods, outdoors, my sunny dining room as I worked one Saturday afternoon. I only took one full-body selfie, but really, my bottom half of outfits doesn't change much on a day to day basis, as I wear a lot of jeans or dress pants. I do love skirts and heels but I also like to sneak walks into my lunch hour, and those articles of clothing don't make that easy to do. I also included my favourite jewelry these days. To sum up: for me, joy (in clothing and in life!) is simplicity, colour, and natural textures. "

This is Ashley, a mama in her mid-twenties.. She's a Canadian that's been transplanted to Boston where she lives with her hubby, toddler, and soon to be born little baby.

"I have a blue problem! It's important to me to add special touches to an outfit, which for me means a fun scarf, belt or earrings! With the cold weather this week, I incorporated my warm knit scarf and my super warn rubber boots that go perfect together!
I had fun thinking of ways to add a little bit of splash to my every day outfits."

"Hey! I'm Heidi and am lucky to call Katie one of my very best friends. I'm a blogger over at Idlehide and feel free to stop by and say hi! I liked this challenge because it made me step out of my usual clothes (work out gear or scrubs) and try to accessorize a bit. I am a very casual dresser so this was a good challenge for me!" 

That wraps up our 30 days of Wear Your Joy! Thanks so much for following along, and I hope it inspires you to dress in happiness daily. Feel up for the challenge? I'd love to hear from you if you took part in the project. "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces." Psalm 34:5

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization | Polka Dot Soup

Several weeks ago, in preparation for the accessory swap that I hosted, I sorted my jewelry collection. By simply getting more organized, my freshly tidied necklaces got more wear in the days that followed than they had in months! I grouped my most worn necklaces by style – statement, delicate, chunky, long. I’m here to share five tips to get (and keep!) your jewelry organized. Here we go!

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization | Polka Dot Soup

Purge Regularly
In order to make the most of your jewelry collection, it’s necessary to purge often. A regular evaluation of your glitzy wares will remind you of pieces that you haven’t worn in a while, and will inspire you to wear it or pass it on.
Group Like Objects
Feel as though you don’t have time to select a piece of jewelry during your morning routine? By grouping similar items together, such as rings in a bowl or necklaces on hooks, you can quickly choose an item to pair with your outfit without struggling through piles of tangled necklaces.

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization | Polka Dot Soup

Keep Your Collection Visible
The biggest contributor to me wearing jewelry is having my pieces visible. I used to have all of my jewelry organized in out-of-sight containers and only wore a necklace or bracelet for special occasions. As soon as I organized my jewelry out in the open, I immediately wore them more!
Make It Fun!
It doesn’t matter if you have a sliver of counter space in your washroom, on your dresser, or an entire dressing table or walk-in closet – jewelry organization can be cute and eye-catching! Small bowls and containers from thrift stores, antique shops, and stores like Winners are my favourite for keeping my jewelry organized. Choosing colorful, artisan bowls or calm, monochromatic plates are both fun choices. Don’t feel like you need to purchase a “jewelry” stand.

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization | Polka Dot Soup

DIY, Baby!
A DIY option is always fun for allowing your necklaces to be tangle-free, and Pinterest has oodles of tutorials. Remember that oddly shaped bowl that you created in pottery class and can’t bare to through out? It’s the perfect bowl for rings! By creating a rack or display for your jewelry, that little bit of personal touch may help you to feel more connected to your collection and wear your pieces more often.

I hope that these five tips help you to see your jewelry and accessories in a new light. Do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear from you!

5 Tips for Jewelry Organization | Polka Dot Soup

Monday, November 17, 2014

Multitude Monday : November 17, 2014

Good morning! Since it's Monday, I think I'll tackle another Multitude Monday. What's that? In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, or new to the blog, I'll explain the theory behind it. Each week, I like to list ten things that I'm currently thankful for. It's a great way to start my week off on a positive note, especially on Monday morning - which is usually a down-in-the-dumps time of the week. Feel free to chime in through the comments, on your own blog, or in a journal - you could even list a few things on your fridge as a gentle reminder this week.

Here's a list of the ten things that I'm currently thankful for:

811 - Little V turned six months last week and popped out her first two teeth!
812 - a day away with Daniel on Saturday, baby free
813 - a delicious supper out and a Screaming Eagles hockey game - they won, too!
814 - lots of outings last week while Dan was off work
815 - celebrating a friend's birthday and retirement with a nurse-themed party
816 - hosting an accessory swap despite our first burst of poor weather
817 - getting a new to me hat and two scarves at the accessory swap
818 - dropping off bags of donated clothing - it's such an awesome feeling to get rid of excess
819 - getting my bangs back! I missed them so much.
820 - using our slow cooker left and right, and having a meal ready when we come through the door

What about you? What are you thankful for this morning? Are you working on something fun? After a busy week and weekend, I'm spending the day getting caught up on laundry and housework. I also want to plan our meals for the week, and V and I might get to my brother's first high school basketball game of the season this evening. Happy Monday!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wear Your Joy Project : Week 3

Wear Your Joy Project : Week 3 : Katie

I am on the final stretch of the Wear Your Joy project! The past three weeks have flown by, and I have had a great deal of fun. Curious to learn more about the project? You can catch up by reading my introduction to the Wear Your Joy project as well as week one and week two of the challenge. Essentially:
"Inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts' "wear your joy" photos on Instagram, I decided to challenge myself. For the next month, I'll be incorporating bits of happiness into my wardrobe. It's easy when you're staying at home, running to the grocery store, or working at the same old job, day in and day out, to fall into a routine when dressing that takes the fun out of things. Why not spice up your daily ensemble with a fun colour palette, a playful scarf, or an extra layer or two? Even a necklace that you've been saving for the perfect occasion would be a great addition to your daily garb. 
… Each Thursday for the next month, I'll be sharing what I wore that week, along with a few guest appearances from friends who are up for the challenge. I've started a Pinterest board for the Wear Your Joy Project where I'll be pinning inspiration for my spiced-up wardrobe, along with the weekly photos that I'm sharing here on Polka Dot Soup. I would love if you played along! What's the worst that could happen?" 30 Day Challenge 
I enjoyed getting dressed over the past week! Trends that I noticed when reviewing my outfits: I wear leggings a lot. I wear black and white a lot. Boots are my favourite. I adore a good pattern. And guess what? I actually like a lot of what's in my closet! Over the past week, since I was choosing my pieces more carefully, I noticed several items that don't fit as well as they used to, and instead of sticking them back in the closet, I put them in a bag to give to a friend. My closet's looking a lot tidier this week!

Today, I have two friends joining me for this week's challenge. Meet Jacquie:

Wear Your Joy Project : Week 3 : Jacquie

"Hi, my name is Jacquie Blanchard, I'm 24 & the Creative Director at Pure Project Relations Inc in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I did not realize how much black I wear! I do love shopping and finding a good bargain or a hidden gem (ex: beige shirt on clearance was $79.00, got it for $15!!) I love shoes and scarves and definitely Halloween. I did put a little more thought into getting dressed in the morning knowing I was documenting my wears but I think I could have gotten a little more creative in selfie-taking than my new semi-bare apartment."

Wear Your Joy Project : Week 3 : Meghan

This is Meghan, she is a mother of a 10 month old and expecting her second child in the beginning of February. Her and her husband live and run a 35 cow dairy farm.

“I thought the challenge was a lot of fun! It made me more productive in my daily chores. There was one day where we were in the barn all day but it allowed me to show off my new pink boots!”

Thanks so much, girls! This month has been an adventure in dressing in happiness. There's one week left! If you would like to join in, pop me an e-mail at - I'd love to have you here with us. Regardless, you can wear your joy just as you are!

Happy Thursday!
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