Every season has its essentials, spring being no different. For myself the essentials are fashions that are both comfortable and stylish. Here are my five spring wardrobe essentials I need to embark on a stress free fashion season!
I always reach for a black tee. Mainly because its easy to pair with whatever I pull from the closet, but also because there is just something supper comfy about a cotton tee that always seems to fit into my fashion statement! Plus it flows really well with any skirt, leggings, shorts, or jeans I own. I am a huge fan of slow fashion but this is just such a staple for me that I do intend to purchase a few new tee's every year. Once I feel the need to retire an old tee from my wardrobe it tends to move into my pj drawer. Which allows it to stay in use a little longer than if I replaced and tossed it out.
A Spring Dress
I truly enjoy the dress fashions of spring. They flow with exceptional ease from sneakers, to sandals, or to a pair of heels. Versatility is one of my favorite aspects of fashion. I love showcasing fashions that flow with my personality and I throughout the day and not the other way around.
Okay admittedly scarves work for every season and well I just love buying them although I have had to limit myself to just purchasing one a season. This way they don't take up to much space at home. Scarves are great in my eyes because they do allow you a lot of room with accessorizing. My personal favorite is paring a dazzling scarf with a black tee. I can pick up some vibrant colors that always make a splash when I walk into a room!
I love owning a small storefront out in Oak Harbor, and because I enjoy it so much I love supporting other small boutiques around us. Therefore I always allow for a day of exploring other small shoppers. These allows me to find that something I didn't expect to find and it also allows me to support other small business.
Saturday Market Bag
My absolute favorite Saturday activity is the Saturday farmers market. Which means I am always in need for a really good Saturday market bag. I do try to re use the same one from years prior, but the truth is I just love them so much I tend to collect them. This year I purchased my Saturday market bag right here at Thavin & Marcob and let me tell you... I'm loving it!
What are your Spring Fashion Essentials?
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When the idea for this article first came to mind. Immediately the faces of my two adored grandmothers came to mind. Both of my grandmothers were these beautifully strong women who had so much wisdom to offer the eager and restless mind of the youth. I will admit at times I am sure they thought that I was insanely helpless thinking that I needed all the help and guidance that I could get.
Today I would like to share with you 5 sayings from my childhood.
That at times were whispered to me, while others time were relatedly said
with a stern tone of voice.
You Can Count Your Friends On One Hand
One of my grandmothers believed completely and truly that no matter what stage you are in your life. Your true friends, the ones who will do anything for you. Can be counted on one hand. I personally find this to be true. No matter the day of the week, the year, or your age. 5 true friends is all that you will encounter. The rest are just acquaintances who find themselves in your life for a reason, season, or just passing through.
Beds Are For Sleeping
This is something both of my grandmothers believed in. Beds are made for sleeping so no you do not need to sit there with your book and there is no laying around listening to the radio. A bed surved one function and one alone.
Don't Tell Her Your Name
I was only told this one once, but it was said with such conviction that it was just something that always stayed with me. Apparently the woman she was speaking of was a known witch within the community. If a witch knows your name she can cast a spell on you. Sounds a little out there, but you never know. Maybe one day it will come in handy for you.
Don't Scratch Your Palms When They Itch
My uncle once told me something that I had never heard before. It's strangeness I believe is what made it stick around all these years for me. From what I understand it changes as listeners become the tellers, but from the version I heard if your right palm itches you are going to need money. You need to refrain from scratching it because if you the money you need won't come. If your left palm starts to itch it means that money is coming. If you want it to appear then you should not scratch because if you did it would make it disappear.
Your itchy palms controlling your money sounds admittedly crazily hilarious, but guess who doesn't itch her palms because of it.
All Your Heads Should Be Facing The Same Way
This one I will admit that I tell my children time and time again. At first it was to prevent them from wadding up their dollars and stuffing them into their pockets. Although I also chose to share this saying with them because it was one that I heard growing up.
The way it works is all the heads on your paper money should be facing the same direction. I have been saying this over and over to the kids for years. Just last week we opened my youngest wallet. We found that his heads were not facing the same way and asked him why. He looks at us baffled saying yes they were. We insist that they are not to which he grabs the dollars and shows us that all of there eyes are looking in the same direction. What!!!! I never thought of it like that.
SO who knows if this really does anything but keep your wallet organized
When we were growing up the adults around us use to say some of the weirdest stuff and it wasn't until I became a parent that I realized I started to say some crazy stuff. Some of it was because of something I heard growing up and some where things I use to just make up in the moment.
What are some of the saying you remember from your childhood?
What are ones hat you share with your children?
We'd love to know the specail little things that make you, you.
This month or retail windows with meaning celebrate the Every Day Traditions in you life. For my family and I one of those beloved every day traditions is the thrill of exploring local Saturday Farmers Markets.
Our love and the cherished memories we make at farmers markets is why we chose this every day tradition to celebrate and showcase in our April windows.
Here are some of MaKayla's and I's favorite fashion items featured
this month along side our retail windows with meaning.
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There is always plenty of eye catching goodies that need to come home with you as you stroll throw the tents of a farmers market. Don't just show up for the fun and adventure. Be the women with a plan and a stylish tote on hand. I love walking around and exploring each market, all while filling my absolutly fashion must tote with local tressures.
When I find myself with the prospect of exploring outside nothing races faster to mind than the word comfort. While yes I do want to be comfortable, I also do not want to make that sacrifice of simple chic beauty. Our windows this month highlight some amazing pieces of fashion that will both off that simple chic beauty and comfort. So you can carelessly and fabulously walk around your local farmers market in style.
What The Saturday Markets Means For Us
Our every day lives allow us to celebrate small traditions we have developed through out the years. It also allows us to create new ones when ever the mood strikes. I decided to celebrate Saturday Markets this year for a few reasons. It supports the local economy, small business, as well as individuals chasing there dreams. Which is of great importance to both my family and I.
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There has never been a mind where the thought of quitting, throwing in the towel, or tossing up their hands and screaming, "I am done" has not mercilessly swept across their brain. I know that the daunting appeal of just calling it quits has racked its way through my mind more than once. With such familiarity and strong ties the grander question of when is quitting justified arises.
When does it change from afraid, lazy, or scared, to reasonable, logical, and the best move for the moment. One can not help but to feel like the necessary progression towards your idea of whole picture success feels at times like you don't have what it takes to make it. If you take the time to take a set back and analyze various contributing factors. Is it okay to quite?
Working along side others does not only posses the sweet emotion of teamwork. It also is a great way to better yourselves, your business, and community. However collaborating is not always easy to do. Each party has to be willing to work with the other giving and taking an appropriate amount along the way. Although at some point you might encounter a situation where working together just doesn't work. The reasons for incompatibility could be numerous. So when the time comes for you to cut ties, don't hesitate because if it is not a collaborative effort then you are not quitting. You are thoughtfully choosing to not work along side someone not because you are afraid of hard work. Rather the collaboration is not mutually beneficial. Remember that a collaboration of any kind needs to be a win in any terms for all participating parties. If you are not receiving what you need form the collaboration it is no longer a true collaboration. Making the act of moving on is not by any means quitting. It is possessing the knowledge to know when your very valuable time, energy, and recourses are being wasted.
We can all be over run with emotions of anger, love, spitefulness, joy, sadness, or fearlessness. Making it not as insane notion to want to quit something when an emotion of any kind takes hold of your heart not relinquishing its grasp. One emotion that can be deadly to a dream is doubt. Doubt can crush even the purest of passions in the split of a second with no remorse. When starting a new venture the emotions of passion, drive, and determination are necessary to get your project off the ground. Although it is important to keep in mind that along side those emotions you need to make sure you have logic and reason on your side to some extend. For if you do not you may find that doubt will encapsulate your whole heart stopping you from ever leaving the ground. If you doubt without logic and reason you may be quitting prematurely. Fear is a feeling that can really stop you dead in your tracks, but if you know the passion is there. Then don't hesitate to turn your dream into a living breathing entity.
Success Didn't Come Over Night
When you're building something great, the sparkly successful final product is not just crafted in a day. Intense amounts of hard work, stress, late nights, and energy goes into creating something worth while. When it comes to the real world hopes and dreams have the power to really take you to some amazing places, but logic and reason are what is going to make you a grand success. It is hard to beautifully mend the two which is why there are countless great things in this world that were not crafted by one being, but rather two, one hundred, or thousands. When you finally take that leap to follow your passion. Not seeing the kind of return that you had dreamed of can be discouraging. I know that I have been there time and time again. Where I have thought about just closing our doors for good because my expectations were not being met when I wanted them to be met. I am someone who loves immediate results, so when those do not happen I end up feeling like a failure. However MaKayla has always been great at explaining to me that everything takes time. Whenever I am feeling down she helps lift my spirits by saying that progressive success is necessary to reach whole picture success. While there have been times where I have heavily considered quitting. I would have been quitting because I was over run with negative emotion. When in actuality there was nothing wrong with what I was doing. I was merely frustrated in the moment. If your finding that you do not feel successful take a step back and evaluate all parts without emotion. If whatever it is has turned into a loss then quitting because you can not tough it out is not the reason.
When Emotion Trumps Logic
This is a place I have visited several times over my lifetime. No matter how much logic and reason I am equipped with the emotions that I feel can still over power, taking a hold of my mind without care. When emotions run ramped and the thoughts of quitting start to circle. I find it helpful to write down all that I am feeling and why. From there I start to stem the reasons that are attached to each.
For instance let's say you handcraft your own kites. Business has been down
for a few months. Which is raising your concern for the business leading to
frustration and stress. If you look at it close up you can say the shop has been underperforming for 4 months now so I should just call it quits and close up. However I encourage you to take an objective look several steps back. Take into account season, the foot traffic you have encountered, the publics economy, your target demographic, advertising, and location.
All of these things and much more can provide a deeper insight into why you might not be selling kites. When looking objectively you might find that it's not your kites that are the problem. It could be the weather. If so then a simple answer of shortening your days or hours of operation could help to ease your frustration and stress. Diminishing that overpowering feeling of decideing to completely quitting.
Not everyone that quits is just giving up, or is not cut out for the hard work involved. Sometimes there are real reasons to where throwing in the towel is the best option.
When is quitting okay in your opinion?
We would love to know you stance,
The fashion industry has experienced tremendous change over the last several decades. I remember sitting down at my grandmothers small round breakfast table as she made me an afternoon snack. Asking me why people shopped for more than just the two most important seasons, that being winter and summer. She truly did not see the point in buying excess clothes that would not benefit you in directly hot weather or cold. At the time of our conversation, I just thought my grandmother was old fashion and a little out of touch with current fashion trends. Although now looking back at our conversation that one afternoon. I can hear the logic and reason in her words. She was expressing to me not her lack of interest in fashion, but rather her interest in functionality, economy, and meaning.
It may have taken me years to see the wisdom in my grandmothers words, but I am grateful I did eventually come to find her insight exceptionally true. If you really think about it we as consumers have been programed to buy, buy, buy. The idea of needing new when something is not broken, just simply last season. has been pushed on us so much that now it feels as almost it is our own thought to want to purchase that new useless frivolous thing, simply for the fact that it is something we do not currently posses within our homes.
When you really dive into it the facts can honestly baffle you to the point where you don't know what to say because. As a retailer we have an insane about of seasonal wardrobes we can offer clients.
For instance you have:
Spring 2/ Summer
That's not even all of them the list of fashion seasons that are marketed to consumers is seemingly endless. Especially when you take into account that there are only four weather based seasons and that fashion started out based around that. It's honestly no wonder why so many of us feel the need to continually buy with a never satisfied feeling. We are continually being told we are out of date with the trends, but who can honestly keep up with the number of fashion seasons spans greater than the number 50.
When I was younger I did like to feel fresh off the runway every season. So I did tend to shop that seasons trends not thinking about the longevity each fashion possessed. Although as motherhood and adulthood have graced me with more knowledgeable insight. I now only shop for the basics, the classics, and the lifelong fashion friends. As a trick to keep feeling fresh off the runway. I love to accessories with different trends. I find accessorizing to be the absolute best because you can honestly accessories your outfit with so many different things. Don't let your imagination stop and jewelry, purses, and shoes. Free your fashionista to explore the sky and compliment your outfit with a trendy tote bag, briefcase, socks, even hair accessories.
I have found greater joy in choosing to shop like this than I ever felt shopping trends from unhear season to unheard season. I'd love to share with you my top four reasons for why skipping fashion seasons and focusing one basics, classics, and longevity have really made a difference not only in my wardrobe,
but myself as well.
1. I Leave Behind A Smaller Environmental Footprint.
I Buy Less, I Keep For Longer,
and In Turn I Toss Out Less.
2. Getting Dressed Is A Breeze.
If Everything Goes With Every Season There Is
No Need For Me To Scrounge Through Summer #2 Fashions.
3. My Closet Never Encounters Any Stuffing, Squeezing, Shimming, Or Shoving.
I Own Fashions With Not Only Versatily, but Longevity. I Don't Need To By New Or Differnt Because I Am Completly Content With What I have.
5. Every Outfit I Style Has A Marvolus Meaning.
Some Days My Outfit Screams Supporter Of Small Artisits
and Others It Jouously Sings Fair Trade.
Did you know that there were that many fashion seasons?
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Discovering great local finds at Saturday Markets is one of my families and I favorite activity. I have been taking the children to explore all that their local farmers, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs have to offer them since they were the tiniest of tiny tots. With the Spring season markets beginning to bloom. MaKayla and I ventured out to experience the easy paced friendly hustle that is a Saturday Farmers Market.
Our First Market Trip This Spring
With wide eyes filled with excitement we devised a plan to hit up two of our local markets. I know that it is early in the season so the markets are sure to be on the barer side, but we were both a little taken back. When we walked towards the first market and only laid eyes on maybe 8 tents. While we were hoping for more, we were still extremely happy with the venders that were out that rainy Saturday morning. A day prior we had just run out of raspberry jam. Making the sudden rush of joy even that more welcomed when our eyes laid on a table filled with a variety of jam. After a few delicious samples we settle on our old trusted flavor of raspberry. Once our jam was in our bag we were ready to head off to the next market. I honestly thought that I read another markets opening day was this past Saturday. Although when we arrived we were greeted by an empty lot in need of tents filled with local produce. While we didn't get to walk through a fabulous market. MaKayla and I did walk through the downtown area each taking home a goodie or two. Saturday Markets are our favorite so while this past Saturday was kind of a bust for us. We will keep our eyes open and our reusable totes on hand.
Fashion Made Just For The Markets
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Raise your hand if your childhood did not prepare you for folding fitted sheets!
My hand is raised, in fact I'm jumping up and down yelling me, me, me!!
I roll that shit up into a ball and then shape it to look like a square.
Oh I know it's crazy, and a bit silly, but I'm still going to do it again and again. Which is one of the many reason why my linen closet looks the way it does. It's a complete and utter mess. It is nearly impossible to tell what is what. In fact t if I want new clean sheets for my bed. I usually have to unroll several before I find what I'm looking for. While yes it is very time consuming, I still ignore the bigger problem. Which is my linen closet is a complete disaster and over due for a complete make over.
Not anymore, I'm tackling this closet, I'm going to make it not
only presentable, but functional and optimal for its space size.
How you may ask....
I'm going to hide my balls of folding shame into very large baskets!
This sway focus is pulled for my lack of folding skills
and placed on which sheet is which.
After a bit of thought I have come to the conclusion that canvas baskets will work best for my family and I. I find them to be quite roomy meaning we can stuff more sheets into them. I also personally love that they are washable. Being a parent of not only five children, but two dogs and one cat. Animal fur is no stranger in our home. Having the option to just throw the baskets into the wash when they are getting a little funky. In my opinion is a huge plus and will ultimately help keep my linen closet organized and functional for the longest stretch of time.
To take things a step further in the organization process I went ahead and separated the sheets by bed size as well as grouping all of the pillow cases together in one backset.
Not only will it be easy to find sheets for your bed based off of your bed size. It should also be relatively hassle free to find a change of pillow cases. I beleive this is a system of organization that will be able to stay in my home for a while because it focuses on function and opimization them most rather than looks and detailed systems of seperation.
This was my one space to organize this month. If you missed out, I am on a journey this year to introduce organization into my home one space at a time.
A Year Of Organizing - The Pantry
A Year Of Organizing - The Back Entryway
This is the third space that I have tackled this year and
I think I have made some seriously progressive process.
Have you started Spring Cleaning?
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Oh Spring, I have been waiting so long for you to get here. While I am so gracious that my long lost friend has finally decided to pop in for a visit. I have to admit that when it comes time to buckle down and work I am having an incredibly hard time staying focused! All I want todo is go outside and bask in the warmth of the sun and to feel the cool breeze brush past my face. Even though this is my greatest wish I must remember that I have goals and tasks that I would like to accomplish.
I know I am not the only one out here which is
why I'm sharing my top 5 tips for staying focused!
Dressing For The day
We are all about fashion here at Thavin & Marcob. In fact I'm always sharing my current loves or new favorites with you. Although I find that for myself fashion is not just a form of personal expression. I utilize my wardrobe as a tool to help me stay focused throughout the day. I love styling my outfit of the day with both a pair of my favorite heels and my favorite sneakers. This way when the time calls for an adventurous walk I can slip on my sneakers and by fully prepared. The switch in shoes is not only a great comfort advantage it is also a great mental one. I know that when my heels are on it is time to work and when I switch over to my sneakers it is time for myself to take a litttle lunch break and explore.
Schedules Are Your Friends
If I purposely set aside time in my schedule to adventure outside then I will have a much grander time getting through my work day. I find there is less temtation to day dream or procrastinate if I know that at some point during the day I will get to explore outside and bath in the warm sun rays of Spring.
Tackle The Hard Stuff First
I always make it apparent to complete the more tasking tasks first. This way I can tackle said tasks with higher levels of energy, motivation, and focus. Reserving the easy stuff for later in the day helps to easily wind down the day for myself.
Organization Is Your Nightly Bestie
Organizing the night before helps tremendously. If I plan on tomorrows schedule the night before it helps me to mentally prepare for the days events in advance. Which always works for me because if I know what I need to get done. Not only am a more than capable of getting it down. I'm also allowing myself with the opportunity to completely relax during my scheduled sun time.
The Why Factor
My last tip is an important one for me I call it the Why Factor. I ask myself the following, why do I do what I do, why am I really here, and why is this important to me. If I can answer all of these questions with out pausing to think about it then my why questions/answers keep me mentally going. It keeps me focused always. My why is the only true reason why staying focused is important to me. In turn keeping me focused even when the Spring sun is tempting me through the blinds of my windows.
What special things do you do to stay focused and to
stay on track towardsyour goals?
I would love to hear all about them so please share.
Welcome To Every Day Life
It might not occur to us in the moment or the season, but we all have various different traditions. I know that when someone says the word tradition our brains automatically think of formal occasions typically centered around grand events or holidays. However a tradition does not have to be so stiff in thought. Take a moment to think about the small everyday traditions that you and your family have. Think not about the game nights you have during the holidays or the annual relay race you have at your family reunion. Instead I invite you to pull from your every day life.
What is something that you do as a family that you
have found years later is still that special something?
I Asked and My Family Answered
I know that my family and I have traditions that are ours and ours alone. However when it came time to think of a family tradition in the every day sense I was drawing a huge blank. So I set off on a mission to have a conversation with each of my children and my beloved husband about what they considered to be our family traditions and why. I was honestly overwhelmed with their feedback. I know I am not the only one who can get so wrapped up in their day to day tasks that somehow those special little life moments seem to escape you when you are so desperate for them. Thankfully my wonderful family came through and flooded my brain with a huge refresher course on our simple every day life traditions. In truth there are some traditions that I didn't even think we traditions until it was pointed out to me. For instance whenever we go out on hikes. We always without fail get ice cream afterwards. My husband and I have been taking our kids to get ice cream after a day of playing in the mountains since they were little. Even though all of my children are grown, we still without fail all go get ice cream. This is an every day life tradition for my family and I. It doesn't matter the time of year, the trail, the distance, or the weather. If we hike then we'll all enjoy some kind of delicious frozen treat together. Another tradition my family and I have is visiting our local famers markets. This was one of the every day life traditions that everyone spoke about. We all have fond memories of exploring the markets together. Such fond memories in fact that we are always eager to go when they start to make their appearance locally.
Local Saturday Markets and My Family
Saturday Markets have always been a part of my children's lives. We loved to take the kids when they were younger because we thought that it was something easy and fun for them to go out and do. I also loved the aspect that they were able to personally connect with local craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and famers. Such joy could be brought into my husbands and I's hearts watching my children's eyes light up as the saw street performers in between tents filled with locally farmed honey and hand painted wooden toys. It was unintentional at the time, but visiting Famers Markets together as a family as turned into a happy tradition in my house.
Our April Windows
Our April windows share with you my families tradition of Saturday Famers Markets. Family traditions do not have to be big or grand. They do not have to be stiff or formal in nature. All they have to provide you with is continuous joy, laughter, and memories, that will leave a marvelous imprint on yours and your loved ones brain.
What are some of your families every day life traditions?
We would love to know the little things that make the
most impact on you uniquely amazing personality.
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!