LuLaRoe Key Piece #7: Print Leggings

LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

That Time I Said I'd Never Leave My House in LuLaRoe Leggings

In this video I claimed that I'd never, ever leave my house in LuLaRoe leggings. Well. People can change. After spending several months deeply entrenched in the wacky world of LuLaRoe, I've eased back on that policy - a little.  

How to Leave Your House in LuLaRoe Leggings

Scenario #1: Pop of Print

When wearing LuLaRoe leggings out of your home for the sake of fashion (not an oxymoron!) it is advisable to treat the print like flair. Think accent wall, not flying unicorn wallpaper. 

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

Scenario #2: Namaste What?

A few seconds pursuing the OTHER "Lu-" leggings retailer will reveal a bevy of printed leg wear for triple the price of your $25 pizza pants. My point? Wear LuLaRoe to yoga. They are stretchy, comfortable and a yoga studio is among the safest spaces on the planet to wear weird printed pants without fear of ridicule. 

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

Scenario #3: Holiday Whimsy

Nothing says light-hearted like cherub print leggings on Valentine's Day. Just take them off before hubby gets home. Whimsical is adorable for the kindergarten class party but it's not going to earn you a new Yurman bracelet. 'Na mean?

Seriously, the holiday prints have my heart. They are cute, comfy and fun - especially when you are celebrating holidays with small children. Let's hope LuLaRoe does a better job with Valentines than it did with Christmas. This isn't a disco. All I wanted was some peppermint print leggings.

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings


Many thanks to LuLaRoe Cheryl Holloway for LuLaRoe Key Piece #7: Printed Leggings

If you are just joining the LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge - BACK UP!

  1. Read this: From Hater to Fan Girl, My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge
  2. Now this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped
  3. Next: LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress, Coral
  4. Another: LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey
  5. One more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #4 Azure Skirt, Black
  6. And this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #5 Julia Dress, Black and White Print
  7. There's more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

Love LuLaRoe? On a unicorn hunt? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

How I Survived The Holidays In Style With A Capsule Wardrobe

MappCraft I How a Capsule Wardrobe E-book Helped Me Survived the Holidays In Style

MappCraft I How a Capsule Wardrobe E-book Helped Me Survived the Holidays In Style

Festive #AF

In mid November I launched Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - my very first capsule wardrobe e-book. 

The goal was to help readers create a micro holiday capsule out of clothes they already owned (with a few festive additions) so they could look festive, feel stylish, save money and have an outfit ready for every occasion that pops up from Thanksgiving - NYE.

The results? Festive #AF. All the gals that purchased the e-book - plus plenty more who simply love capsule fashion - spent the season sharing holiday looks on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook Group (you should join!).

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide was such a success I plan to launch a follow up e-book in mid February: Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide. This evergreen style guide will walk readers through the entire capsule wardrobe creation process with instructions on how to create a core capsule wardrobe you can supplement all year long depending on the season and occasion.

Until then, enjoy this round up of my holiday looks!

Holiday Styling Strategy

The MaTiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Styling Strategy

The MaTiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Styling Strategy

Holiday Capsule: 20 Garments

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide: Capsule Wardrobe, Garments

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide: Capsule Wardrobe, Garments

Holiday Capsule: 16 Accessories

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - Accessory Capsule

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - Accessory Capsule

My Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Looks

Hope your holiday season was festive, fashionable and fun!

See you next year.

xoxo

Jenn

 

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

Situation: Party Panic

It’s 11AM on a Thursday in mid December and your husband calls to remind you that his company holiday party (that he never told you about) is tonight at 6PM.

Do not panic. With this easy to execute holiday party preparedness plan you’ll emerge from your office bathroom looking festive #AF in fifteen minutes flat.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

Step 1: Apply White Strips

If it’s a party, there will be pictures. Capsice?

Smile wide, apply these and proceed with steps 2 – 10.

Try: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

Step 2: Bronze, Aggressively

Unless your BFF is a Bronze Berry rep, your skin is probably pasty.

Massage a generous (and I mean generous) serving of bronzing lotion into your legs and immediately wash your hands.

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Trust me.

Try: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

Step 3: Step Into Sequins

Pair this timeless holiday staple with nearly any top, from a slouchy tee to a classic white button down for an instantly chic ensemble.

Plus, sequins don’t wrinkle, so even if it’s been sitting in your desk drawer all month, your good.

Try: Aqua Sequin Pencil Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

Step 4: The Peek-a-Boo Pedi 

In a true party emergency, opt for a metallic peep toe and use your polish to fake a pedicure on the exposed toes only.

Hey – it will do.

Try: Imagine Vince Camuto Pavi Slingback Platform Peep Toe Pumps + OPI Big Apple Red Nail Laquer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

Step 5: Add Impact Accessory

Chandelier earrings, statement necklace or an arm full of bling bangles: Pick one and be done.

If you chose bangles, take them off until you complete steps #6 - #7.

Try: Stella & Dot Gala Statement Necklace

 

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

Step 6: Breathe Deeply. Apply Liner.

Take this next step very slowly.

Using a light hand, draw a line of dots from mid lid to end. Connect the dots. Now draw a small line upwards from top of upper lash lash line. Draw another line from lower lash line and meet top line at tip to create a triangle. Fill in the triangle with eyeliner.

MEOW.

Try: Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

Step 7: Strengthen Lash Game

Fake lashes are hands down amazing for elevating your eye game. First, remove fake lashes from pack and use your desk scissors to trim if necessary. Dot lash glue along edge of fake lashes. Wait 15 seconds. Lightly place far end of fake lash on top of natural lash. Press lightly. Repeat on other side. Repeat on other eye.

Don’t worry, the glue dries clear.

Try: Ardell Eyelashes Starter Kit

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

Step 8: Highlight Your Face

Using a small makeup brush, tap iridescent highlight powder on the inner arch of both eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, on top of lip and over cheekbones.

You can thank me later tonight after you look at your pictures. 

Try: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

Step 9: Red Lips

I don’t want to hear about how you don’t wear red lipstick. There is a red lip for every skin tone. Ask the girl at Ulta to help.

Now put it on. Go to party. Look festive.

Try: Armani Lip Maestro – Drama Red 407

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

Step 10: Grab Your Bag

Your party clutch only needs to be big enough to fit your phone, credit cards and lippy.

Metallic is recommended but if you have a cute and semi clean cosmetic case – make it work.

Try: INC International Concepts Evie Clutch

Voila!

BAM! Party perfect. Now get out there and make merry.

Just don’t forget to ditch the white strips.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat


If you enjoyed my trusty guide to getting glam in a flash - spread some holiday cheer and click that little heart below. It's the holidays!

xoxo Jenn

P.S. I'll bet you have at least 6 events between now and NYE. It's not to late to take your fashion game to next level festive. I can help.

 

 

 

4 Tips: How To Land An Epic Gift

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

The Art of The Ask

An effective capsule closet, one that guarantees out-the-door outfit solutions that make you feel fantastic every day, is hinged on a solid wardrobe core. Expertly crafted accessories and signature jewelry strengthen this core considerably.

Sartorial objects d’art do not come often, nor do they come cheap. Such investments must be plotted, planned and timed impeccably – which brings me to Christmas.

The holidays are a critical wardrobe core strengthening opportunity.

I will not let you blow this.

Here is my well-oiled, time-tested strategy to ensure that you wake up December 25 with a love token befitting of your year round fabulousness.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #1 : Start Early

If you are embarking on this process today – we may be too late.  Men are not trained to read brains. It is your responsibility to approach this mission with thoughtful consideration to what you want and how to get it. I'd advise spending the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas researching by day and  – ahem – wifing by night.  

Additionally, volunteer back rubs, ask him if he lost weight, laugh at his jokes and exclaim, “you’re so smart!” at least once.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #2: Recruit Support

Toddlers are awesome at telling people things you told them not to repeat. Work this in your favor.

First, emphatically make your toddler promise not to tell Daddy about that time in Target when the check out boy told Mommy that she was the prettiest Mommy he’d ever seen.

Now wait one week and show toddler a picture of your gift.  Say “Isn’t that pretty for Mommy?” Make toddler promise not to show the picture to Daddy or tell Daddy how much Mommy wants the gift for Christmas. When toddler asks why, tell toddler you are sad because the gift is so expensive.

Try to fake cry a little.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific

Now that we've laid the groundwork it's time to clarify exactly what we want for our Christmas gift. Print out a picture and information about your gift and tape it to the refrigerator. Circle the gift in red. Specify size, color, retailer and shipping deadline.

No need to be clear on price. 

If you have a husband who insists on selecting his own gifts, present him with three options. Include the gift you actually want and two lovely but more expensive ideas. 

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan

Let’s pretend it’s December 25. You put in the wife work, planted hints and provided impeccable purchase instructions. Surprise! Daddy bought Mommy a reindeer sweater and wind chimes.

Girl! Promise me you’ll buy that beautiful gift for your damn self. You have my permission. You earned it and your capsule wardrobe will thank you.


Arm Candy Canes

Whatever you do, don't tell Matt I want these gifts. They are just too much.


I hope you've enjoyed this satirical gift getting guide. I would never actually be so brazen in my attempts to land a gift. Or would I? Only Santa knows for sure. 

You know what would make a great gift for less than $10? (Hint: It's an e-book I wrote.)

2016 Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide
20.00

Take the Guess Work Out of Getting Dressed

  • Eliminate the "I Have Nothing To Wear!" dilemma
  • Look amazing in holiday photos
  • Save money and curb impulse clothing shopping
  • Feel confident, stylish and put together every day of the holiday season

Here's What You Get

  • How to create a micro capsule for the holiday season - using garments you already own 
  • 36 piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Holiday Capsule visual guide
  • Holiday Capsule checklists
  • Buying Guide with links for every budget
  • 4 Festive Outfit Formulas 
  • 65+ Festive outfit ideas  -- Thanksgiving to NYE
  • 12 YouTube tutorials
  • A timeless holiday capsule you can rely on for years to come

 

 

 

 

My Birthday Gift To You (Drumroll Please....)

MappCraft Presents: Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide

MappCraft Presents: Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide!

Guys! I am 39 years old today. Yep. I said that out loud.

But it's cool ya'll, I'm #ChillAF about being really close to 40. Why? Because I just this minute completed a big, hairy goal that has been on my To Do list all year:

Before I turn 39 I WILL publish an e-book about capsule wardrobes
— Jenn's Goal Book

Round of applause, please (humor me, it's my birthday).

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide it isn't just any old e-book with stupid words. It is the first in a series of information products aimed at helping you lead a more organized and stylish life.

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide is 37 visually stunning pages of holiday capsule wardrobe goodness PLUS

  • Instructions on how to create a micro capsule using items you already own
  • 36 piece capsule wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Visual and written checklists for each category
  • A buying guide with options for each piece in every budget
  • 4 surefire festive outfit formulas to easily build looks around
  • 12 styling tips and tutorial videos
  • 65+ festive and chic outfits for every occasion
  • Access to the private MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook Group

And to celebrate the launch of my very first digital product all of this is only $9.99 thru Sunday, November 20. After that the price hops to $19.99. 

So - what are you waiting for?

xoxo

Jenn