Monday, January 29, 2018

Purple Thrift Blazer

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Outfit Details 
Purple Blazer - Out of the Closet Thrift Store $1
White Tank Top - Old Navy $8
Black Pencil Skirt - Old Navy $8
Floral Strappy Heels - ShoeDazzle 
(Can't remember exact price of heels but I think they were around $20)


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Feeling Fierce in my $20 Jumpsuit

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If I had to pick a favorite piece of clothing, especially one to make a statement, it would be a jumpsuit. So I was so juiced when I found this jumpsuit for only $20 at K&G, a local discount retailer. Especially since before I went, I thought they only sold suits. Well I guess I was wrong, they actually had a bunch cute women's clothing. Then I just paired it with my DIY black faux crocodile clutch and some black strappy sandals.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ode to a Tank Dress - Black Tank Dress & Blue Button Up

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I actually got the inspiration for this outfit watching an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. One of the housewives, Dorit, was wearing a tank dress with a denim shirt and I just thought it was so darn cute together. I don't have a denim button up currently in my closet, so I threw on this men's dress shirt that I got from a thrift store instead. Sometimes you have to make it work with what you have. And I actually like how it turned out.

Budget Outfit Details
Button-Up Shirt - Out of the Closet Thrift Store - $1
Black Tank Dress - Online from China - $8

100 Days of Fashion and Makeup

To kick this year of bold action off, I am challenging myself to post everyday on instagram for the next 100 days. In trying to build a brand and social media following, good content and consistency in posting in is paramount. And I feel like I have been in a real rut for a while in terms of my blog and social media. I am taking on this challenge to help me get out of that. Force me to post regularly and challenge my creativity and artistry. I got the idea from @mykie_ of Glam and Gore. She took on a similar challenge early in social media career and got a lot of success from it. I am excited and nervous at the same time. 100 days is a long time. But 2018 is my year for bold action and I'm determined to step out boldly even in the face of fear. So either I'm going to accomplish my goal or maybe I wont. But either way I am going to do my best and step past any fear I am have around it.

So follow along with me on my Instagram @mahoganycloset. And look for #100daysoffashionandmakeup

Friday, January 19, 2018

100 Fails Challenge

This year I am challenging myself to fail and/or get rejected at least 100 times. By fail I don't mean that I am going to attempt to do things poorly. Instead what I recognize is that failure is part of success. Failure is a chance to learn grow and redirect your effort. It is simply feedback. The most successful people in the world are the people that have also failed the most. They take risk, try new things, and learn from their past mistakes.  Failure is how we learn to do everything in life. When we first learned how to walk, we had to fall and fail a bunch of times before we ever got there. That was just part of the process and as baby we didn't feel bad and our parents didn't make us feel like losers because we fell over and over again. So why do we do that to ourselves now? If you want to do anything great, you have to be willing to step out, take chances and not be afraid to fail because there is growth and knowledge to be learned there.

My intention with this challenge is to help release any fear of rejection and failure. To step out and take bold action. Whenever I have that feeling of maybe I shouldn't ask that or what if that doesn't work, and I know those feeling are coming out of fear, I will do it anyway. On the positive side everything could work out, but at worst I will be at the very position I started before that step and now I can just add it as a check on my fails list toward my goal.

I challenge you to do this with me if you like. Come along with me on this journey and let's see what greatness we can create!