Spring Cleaning and Sustainability

Hello all! So I have been working and thinking about this blog post for quite a while now because it is an issue that I regularly deal with and I am sure you do too…dealing with the fact that I am a clothes hoarder, cleaning out my closet, and making my closet more sustainable in general. Although I am sure we all hoard different things and have different size closets, if you have a bunch of stuff in your closet that you never wear, it is hoarding no matter how big your closet is!

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A New Beginning

A new year is basically a clean slate. You can start over on a project, try and pick up a habit, change something in your life, really anything you want and it is an easier marker to use. I try and be one of those people where it doesn’t matter what day you start something new, as long as you start it. But today, everything seemed to fall into place and it was the perfect time to launch the new and improved Lefty Living Life.

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A Little Personal for 2 Years

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Hello all! I hope you had a fabulous Friday yesterday. If you hadn’t already checked it out, go watch my Instagram stories. I had quite a baking adventure last night and I would love to get your feedback! Anyways, today’s post is going to be a little different than usual because I wanted to talk a little bit about my health. Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of my gallbladder removal surgery. Having this surgery ended up having a huge impact on my life as I have had some crazy complications. Normally talking about this kind of thing, especially here on the blog, is not something I would do. But as I have struggled with this for the past two years, I wished I had someone to talk to who understood what I was going through. So let this be an open invitation to all you wonderful readers, if you ever need to talk about anything, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. Y’all are so important to me and you have been so supportive so if you ever need my support, I’m here!

Anyways, after surgery, everything seemed to be going well until I was diagnosed with IBS. Those of you who have IBS will know, it is kind of a catch-all diagnosis and doesn’t necessarily help you solve any of your problems. For me at least, knowing that I had IBS did not change the fact that I struggled on a daily basis to find food that didn’t upset my stomach. Finally, a little over a month ago, I took a food sensitivity test. This is basically like a food allergy, but the symptoms aren’t as obvious. They can be headaches or discomfort or inflammation. Thank goodness I took this test because it turned out that I am sensitive to a lot of foods that I was eating regularly. So my diet has drastically changed again, but hopefully I will start feeling better. If you can learn anything from my experience, it is that your GI is temperamental, but listen to it. I went to so many doctors who told me that it would pass or I was just exaggerating. Don’t listen to those people. If you feel bad, then do something about it! I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for the results of my baking adventures tomorrow. Until next time,

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New Items for Sale

As promised, I am adding five new items to my Ebay store this week! If you missed out on this update, check out last week’s post and see what I posted last week as well. So this week is five tops that are all great for transitioning into fall. 
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This top is a little thicker so perfect for these weird days when you need an extra layer. Plus, it has some good luck in there for you as I wore it for my first day of work at the auction house last year! 
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This is another good top that is a little thicker. Plus, it is a classic feminine look with the peter pan collar and tweed material. I love pairing this top with lots of pink accessories. 
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This buffalo plaid sleeveless button-up is the perfect cardigan over a tank top or sweater. Plus, you can easily wear it as a dress with leggings and boots. I love buffalo plaid for fall! 
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This collared shirt is another look that is perfect for fall. It is made of a thicker sweater material so great for staying warm in the warming. Plus, it is super cute with jeans or tucked into a skirt. 
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A light sweater like this is another great option for fall. It is not so heavy that you are uncomfortable, but it will still curb your need to wear a sweater until it is cold enough to wear a real sweater! 
All of these will be posted on the Ebay site today so check them out if you want to add some of these classics to your own wardrobe. 
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Where it all happens

If you been reading Lefty Living Life for a while, you have probably noticed that I have my hands in a lot of different pies and I am normally pretty busy with all of my different extracurriculars. For me, that means that when I get home from my 9-5 job, I need a designated space where I can sit down, concentrate, and work and not be distracted by other things. But, I also need that space to be inspiring as I work on coming up with new blog post ideas, writing posts, and designing business plans. This perfect balance is something that I am still working on regularly, but my desk has become pretty close to prefect. 
Most of my work, I do on my laptop, but I have an old Mac desktop that I use to listen to music and  watch Netflix while I’m working or to put up all of my pictures for my post so I can see them as I write. Although I work mainly on my laptop, I am still an old fashioned pen and paper list girl. I have notebooks everywhere it seems filled with my to-do lists. My favorite one currently is from Rifle Paper. I love their cute patterns and the notebooks and other products are all such good quality. 
The rest of my work space is filled with personal mementos and girly details to help inspire me as I write. The map over my desk is a scratch-off map. You scratch off all of the places you’ve been! I love the idea of this, plus it is so fun to be able to mark when you’ve been someplace. My bookshelf beside my desk is filled with my favorite books, books to read, blogging books, and my clutch/ wallet collection. I am definitely one of those people where if something is out of sight, it is completely out of mind. So I try and keep all of my purses out and about around my apartment so I remember to mix it up. Displaying your clutches on a shelf is a great way to keep track of them, plus they add a little pop of color to your room! Until next time, XO 

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Tea Tree Shampoo

Try out this Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and let me know what you think! 

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You can buy this dress on my Ebay page
Hello all! One thing you probably don’t know about me is that I am terrible about using hair products. Normally I just use whatever shampoo my friends are using. Other than that, I don’t really use any hair products, I don’t even have a hair dryer right now. Last time I ran out of shampoo, I decided to try this tea tree oil shampoo just to mix it up a little. Let me tell you, I love it! It makes my hair feel so very clean and it has a nice green tea smell. Plus, my hair has looked pretty fabulous lately! I also love that this shampoo is free of chemicals. It feels very cleansing and my hair seems to like it. The couple, Maple Holistics has this great program where you can try free samples and all kinds of other free products to see if you like the products before buying it. I would definitely recommend them and I would love to hear what you think about them! Until next time, XO 
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It is finally here!

Hello all! Happy Monday! It is finally October and I couldn’t be more excited for two reasons. One, fall is my favorite season and it is finally starting to feel like fall here in North Carolina. The second reason is a bit more exciting. My online consignment company officially opens today! Unfortunately, the website is not quite ready, but that is ok because everything is going to be on my Ebay page for now. Here is how it’s going to work. Every Monday starting today, I am going to be posting at least five pieces. Other pieces will also be posted throughout the week. If you like something, you can buy it outright through Ebay. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I can send you more pictures or details. Also, if you are looking for specific pieces, please let me know so I can post those as well. I am so excited about this venture and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Check out the Ebay page later today to see the first set of postings. 
Also, because I am so excited about my company and fall, here is a fabulous pumpkin cookie recipe. These cookies are also available this week on Lefty Baking Life and they are pretty scrumptious! 
Ingredients: 
Cookies:
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting:
8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, room temp
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Directions: 
Preheat the oven to 350 and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until combined. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about a minute. Add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and beat until just combined. Gradually add in dry ingredients until just combined.
Drop on a cookie sheet using a small ice cream scooper and then use your fingers to flatten the cookies. They won’t rise or really spread at all.
Bake for 15 minutes so the cookies are cooked all the way through and bounce back slightly. Let them cool until at least room temperature before frosting. 
For the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is combined and the frosting is smooth.
Frost the cookies once they are cool and sprinkle with an extra pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Mine made about 60 cookies. Enjoy and until next time! XO 
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Throw Back Thursday College Edition

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Hello all! While I typically don’t do TBT and all of those things, with homecoming for Wake Forest this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about my time in college lately. Looking back, most of my memories from college and about college are positive, but that doesn’t mean it was all sunshine and rainbows. There were definite ups and downs and some things that I know now that I wish I had known then. So, here are some of things that I wish I had known and some of the advice I would give to those currently in college. 
1. Don’t be afraid to be scared. College is scary, you are starting a completely new and different chapter in your life that could have a huge impact on your future. But don’t let that hold you back. As a freshman, I felt like everyone else had it figured out and I was just floundering along. Trust me, every one else is just as confused, nervous, and scared as you. Do the best you can and be yourself. You’ll be fine. 
2. Go to class. I know this sounds stupid but I know so many people who would blow off class and not do their work. You are only hurting yourself. Your teachers don’t care if you don’t come. So make the effort. You will thank yourself later. 
3. Get out of your dorm room. As fabulous as your bed is and unlimited netflix and cookie dough ice cream, leave your room. Go to parties, make new friends, try clubs and activities. Being involved in your campus community is one of the best parts of college, so take advantage of it! 
4. Take the classes that sound interesting. I started college taking all of the classes I thought I was “supposed” to be taking. But the classes that I excelled in and actually enjoyed and turned into my major were not the ones I was “supposed” to be taking. They were the ones I signed up for on a whim because they sounded interesting. College is all about finding your passion and what you want to do with your life. So throw out that “supposed to” rule book and do what you want. You’ll be much happier in the long run. 
5. Be your self. Finally, just be yourself. When I first got to Wake, I was so worried about finding friends and being what everyone wanted me to be. I wasn’t fully happy until I stopped worrying about all of that and just did what I wanted. For me, that meant spending time with my friends for movie night instead of going to a frat party and studying art history instead of business. And now, I couldn’t be more thankful. Imagining my life if I had been a business major makes me cringe so you do you. 
My last word of advice is don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Whether it is your school counselor or a company like Earnest that can help with refinancing your student loans, asking for help never hurt anyone. Until next time, XO 
P.S. I wore outfits like this all of the time to class…dress well test well my friends! 

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My Kitchen

Hello all! I hope your labor day weekend is going well so far! Mine has been a fun mix of working, socializing, and cleaning my apartment. But, today, I have so much to share with you! First, a peak into my tiny but wonderful kitchen and then a new recipe that I perfected in said kitchen. 
As you can see, my kitchen is not very big, but it is the perfect size for me. The counter space is limited, but I have a good amount of storage.
My favorite part is the glass cabinets. It is a perfect way to show off my dishes and also so I can into my pantry without searching too hard. I am hoping to have some more instagram vides of my cooking adventures soon so stay tuned for that! Enjoy your Labor Day and until later! XO

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How I Organize My Closet

Hello all! Happy Saturday! As promised, I am going to talk about another part of my apartment today. This is arguably my favorite part of the apartment…my closet! Although it doesn’t look very big, my old closet you couldn’t walk in and I was definitely limited when it came to floor space and visibility. I am very much a visual person when it comes to my clothes, and if I don’t see something, I won’t wear it or think to pair it together. I love how in my new closet I can see all of my summer clothes, shoes, jewelry, and purses all at the same time! 
Because I am a little limited when it comes to space, I needed to be organized about everything. So all of my winter stuff is in stored in my bedroom and all of my summer stuff is out. I then color coded everything. Sometimes you don’t realize that you have four pairs of nude shoes until they are all sitting right next to each other. Color coding your clothes is great for seeing what you have a lot of or not enough of and also seeing how different colors look together. 
As you can see, my hangers are hanging in different directions. I read about this trick years ago and it is the best organizing tip! At the beginning of the season, turn all of your hangers in one direction. Then, every time you wear something, change the direction. At the end of the season, you can easily tell what clothes you haven’t worn and what you might need to purge. I don’t necessarily use this to purge my closet, but rather to help me be aware if I’m wearing something too often or maybe if I need to wear something more. 
So, that is my closet! Sadly, I’m not going to be able to link everything, but if you want to know more about a certain piece, just email me or comment! More apartment reveals next Saturday and stay tuned for some fun outfits this week! Until next time, XO

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