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How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

Let’s talk for a moment about style! In my ongoing quest to save more money and buy fewer things, I’ve challenged myself to try making the most of the items I already own. These days you’ll find me rearranging art in our home rather than purchasing new pieces, switching out throw pillows from room to room to change things up, and I’m even doing my best to learn how to mix and match items in my closet to get more wear out of each and every piece.

To help with the latter (since I’m anything but a style pro), I enlisted the help of Darling Boutique owner Linnea White. Back in July, I visited her shop in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, and she helped me choose a dress and a couple of other strategic new pieces to add to my wardrobe for fall that could be worn in a few different ways. Read on for Linnea’s tips for getting the day-to-night look with your own dress, featuring photos by Tristan Williams!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Shoes, necklace, earrings, dress // Already Owned: Jean jacket, purse

Words From Linnea:

When Carrie and I chatted about collaborating a little while ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear from day to night—from a coffee shop meeting or work session, to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Day Look

For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and are insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.

Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think: jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Evening Look

Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also switched the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes—all handmade in Virginia, of course.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.

Pro Fashionista Tip: Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit. 

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Recreate the Look

1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern—we went with stripes in a classic black and white scheme. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Necklace, earrings, bracelet, dress // Already Owned: Booties, purse, jacket

2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!

3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This part is the fun part!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

I’m excited to put Linnea’s pro tips into motion all season long, and can’t wait to see just how many other ways I can style this dress as we transition through more seasons. The cool thing is that I haven’t shopped for clothes since that day back in July, and (with Linnea’s tips in mind) I feel like I already have more than enough in my closet to keep me occupied without having to buy anything new—at least for a while! For more tips and style inspiration be sure to follow along with Linnea on the Darling Boutique blog here.

Before I sign off for the day, I just wanted to send off a BIG thank you to Linnea and Tristan for helping me feel like a million bucks throughout the process of this creative project. It was so much fun to connect with a couple of new local creatives, and to try my hand at fashion for once. It just goes to show that some of your best inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, so take this as your challenge to step out of the box this fall and try something totally new to you in order to get those creative ideas flowing.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

*Photos by Tristan Williams, Styling by Linnea White
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October Favorites

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s a new month, a new season, and I have a new hairdo—sounds like the perfect time to try something totally fresh here on the blog! I’ve been working extra hard this past month to revitalize my YouTube channel, and I’m slowly going to start rolling out the new types of topics and themes this October. First up? A favorites video, which details all of the things I’m loving and testing in my studio right now.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the perks of this job is that I have the opportunity to try different kinds of beauty products and home goods from brands so that I can offer you guys my quick and candid review. These product reviews aren’t sponsored (i.e. I’m not paid to talk about them), but I’m still so grateful to the teams and brands who send things along to me so that I can share casual feedback with you in between larger, more involved projects.

Anyway, with that motivation at hand, I created a video (where I talk right to the camera!) about a handful of my current favorites. Click play on that video below to get all of the details for the things I’m loving for the month of October, including wallpaper, beauty products, a new coffee table book, free fabric swatches, and so much more. And if you see something that you’d like to try for yourself, I’ve included a full linked list below.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites:

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

Full disclosure, it definitely feels a little funny talking into a camera, and it pains me a little to even publish this video. But I know that it will get easier and that I won’t look quite so stiff as I do this more and more. Oh, and feel free to note just how often I say the phrase, “I’m excited,” and turn it into a drinking game ::smacks hand against forehead::

But I digress. Tell me: what are a few things you’re currently loving this month? Have you read any good novels that I should try? Any Netflix shows I should binge? Do tell in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know if you like this type of video content, and any other fresh ideas you’d love to see in motion here on Dream Green DIY. Have a great weekend, guys.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

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Outfit Yourself: An Antique Adventure

All the outfit essentials you need for your next antique adventure!

Outfit 1: Ruffle shirt, High-rise Slim Boyjeans, Low Top Sneaker, Crossbody Bag // Outfit 2: TurtleneckJean SkirtCanvas ToteAnkle Boots

As I continue to put my head down and reorganize this house of ours from top to bottom, one thing I’m actually excited to rework is my closet. I feel like I loved anything and everything when I was a kid and teenager growing up, and (much to my mother’s chagrin, I’m sure) I would often ask for something only to wear it once or twice before losing interest. My love for change and fresh new things carried on into adulthood, and is really hard on my budget. So, I’m trying to be intentional about loving—really loving—the things I own, most especially in my closet.

To make this all happen I’ve done a couple of things. First, I’ve gotten rid of a LOT. I’ve donated things to charity, but I’ve also taken the extra time to cart things down to our local consignment shop, too. If you’ve never consigned before, I highly recommend that you give it a try. I’ve made almost $200 on pieces that I could have easily taken down to Goodwill for zero profit. My process goes like this: I keep a plastic box in my closet and, as I discover pieces that I could live without, I toss them right into the box for my next appointment at the consignment shop. I actually set up quarterly appointments with the store every time I drop off a load, so that way I don’t even have to think about it.

All the outfit essentials you need for your next antique adventure!

It’s great to be making money, but my honest hope is that I can eventually get to the point when I don’t have any more clothes to consign. I’m working really, really hard to curate a wardrobe of select pieces that I love that can mix and match together. These two outfits I’ve put together here today keep that criteria in mind, and are perfect for a day spent walking an antique mall (think: easy to move around in, comfy shoes, a hands-free bag option, an alternate bag to tote vintage treasures around in, etc.).

Speaking of clothing, have you given a capsule wardrobe a try? While I’m not sure I could edit my clothing down quite that much, I love the idea of having a well-designed collection of pieces. Let me know if you’d like inspiration on how to create one, because it could just be the motivation I need to put one together myself.

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DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things pretty simple. I’m always on the go (ex. shooting projects for the blog, hanging art, tidying up after our pets), so I can’t stand having lots of metal banging around on my arm or around my neck. I tend to choose one piece to wear each day, which could be anything from a chain necklace or chunky ring, to a pair of earrings.

I wanted to add a couple of new pieces to my little lineup and ultimately turned my attention to this season’s hottest trend: tassels. Visit the Oriental Trading blog to find out how to make both the single tassel and double tassel versions of my DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings for yourself.

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

And while I have you, and if you’re just as head over heels for tassels this summer season as I (and the rest of the Pinterest-obsessed world) am, then be sure to visit Natalie Borton’s handmade jewelry shop. She’s a fellow Glitter Guide teammate, and I love everything she creates for her online collection, especially her tassel earrings. I have them in gray, and they go with everything. Her earrings are larger then the ones I made for Oriental Trading, so if that’s more your style, I wanted to make sure that I pointed you her way. Happy crafting (or shopping), y’all!

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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What’s In My Everyday Makeup Bag

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

Ever since starting my own YouTube channel earlier this year, I’ve gotten into the habit of subscribing and tuning in to other channels for inspiration. A few favorites include Klossy, Samantha Maria, The Michalaks, and Hannah Maggs, and while totally unexpected, I’ve come to really love when my favorite vloggers share makeup reviews and roundups.

So I thought I’d try something new (and completely outside my comfort zone!)—namely sharing a few portraits and a list of the makeup products that I’m personally loving right now. I know this doesn’t have much to do with crafting, but my main goal this year is to offer you resources beyond just simple DIY tutorials. I want you to be able to come to this space and get advice ranging from home décor and, of course, crafting, but also cooking, mental health awareness, and even beauty. Without further adieu or delay, see my list of makeup go-to’s below!

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

What’s In My Everyday Makeup Bag

The only time I really change up this sequence is if I decide to use brown eyeliner instead of black (I know—I’m just wild, right?!). My go-to brown eyeliner is Almay Intense i-color Eyeliner in ‘Brown Topaz’ ($4.99), which I love to pair with the brand’s Everyday Neutrals Powder Shadow in ‘Trio For Blues’ ($8.49). I have two favorite lipsticks: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in ‘Poppy Nude’ ($7.99) and Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour in ‘Graffiti Pop’ ($18.50)—the former I’m wearing in the photos you see in this post. Both are long-lasting and neither dries out my lips.

What’s in your everyday makeup bag? Have you tried any of the brands and products I mentioned above? Most I’ve used since I started wearing makeup as a teenager, and I would highly recommend every single thing you see in that list. That said, I love playing around with different combos, so please shout out the beauty products you love yourself below!

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

P.S. You can see my full, real-life morning routine in action here!
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Done In A Dozen: Your Summer Skincare Collection

Everything You Need For Your Summer Skincare Collection | dreamgreendiy.com

I’m officially back in the office this morning post-vacation, and although my heart aches for the sun and sand that I was fortunate enough to soak up last week, I’m also pleased as punch to be back here with you guys. I’m a creature of habit, after all, so getting back into the swing of things at home is just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of soaking up the sun, it’s time for all of us to make sun protection and skincare a priority before summer arrives next month. I never used to be much of a beauty buff (I’m still not), but my role as editor at Glitter Guide has offered ample opportunity to test out different products in the name of feature research.

These below are the stand-out brands that I’ve come to trust over the years, and even though I, in no way, shape, or form, think you need every item in this collection (no one needs to spend that much money on beauty—no one), I think any single piece will go far in your quest for responsible summer skincare.

  1. Vita Liberata, Ten Minute Tan ($39)
  2. Tata Harper, Very Illuminating Cheek Tint ($40)
  3. Dr. Jart+, Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 ($52)
  4. NARS, Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($45)
  5. AMOREPACIFIC, Resort Collection Sun Protection Stick SPF 50+ ($40)
  6. Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins™ Mega-Bright SPF 30 Skin Tone Correcting Oil-Free Moisturizer ($53)
  7. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($42)
  8. Peter Thomas Roth, Instant Mineral SPF 45 ($30)
  9. NARS, Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment ($25)
  10. Tata Harper, Illuminating Eye Crème ($95)
  11. Philosophy, Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Cream SPF 30 ($75)
  12. Tom Ford, Bronzing Gel ($48)

Have you tried any of these for yourself? Did I miss one of your favorite SPF products? Leave your votes in the comments! I’m also curious to hear if you’ve come to rely on any drugstore beauty products for your summer routine (think: anything under $15). I really love Garnier’s skincare product line and I’m also a long-time fan of JĀSÖN. Feel free to add to the discussion below.

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Done In A Dozen: Your Casual Brunch Date Out

Everything You Need For A Casual Brunch Date Out | dreamgreendiy.com

One of my very, very favorite weekend activities (possibly the favorite activity) is brunch. Sadly, John isn’t too keen on brunch type fare, so I’m left waiting for my mom or sister to visit before I can hit my go-to brunch spots on a sunny Sunday morning.

Actually, now that we’re on the topic, I’d like to put a plea out to our little Virginian town: PLEASE MAKE MORE BRUNCH OPTIONS! Waynesboro is decidedly lacking in restaurants with good brunch menus, and no one serves a classic eggs Benedict, which is my top choice for a late Sunday breakfast. If you’re in the proximity of our part of the state, my recommendations (all of which are quite a trek from Waynesboro proper) are Fardowners in Crozet, and Fellini’s and The Whiskey Jar, both of which are in Charlottesville.

Since most of you are from far away, chances are good that your town is kind enough to offer plenty of places to indulge your need for brunch come Sunday morning. If that’s the case, then this below is my dream of the perfect brunch-date-out outfit.

  1. Sunwashed Garment-Dyed V-Neck T-Shirt ($14.95)
  2. Fest Aviator Sunglasses ($55)
  3. Adidas® Unisex Superstar Lace-Up Sneakers ($80)
  4. Artista Cape Scarf ($44.50)
  5. Sapphire Wash Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($54.50)
  6. Leather Braided Tassel Belt ($29.50)
  7. No-show Socks ($10)
  8. Golden Faceted Stud Earring ($9.99)
  9. Bobble Hair Tie ($12.50)
  10. Denim Jacket ($51)
  11. Chevron Crystal Pendant Necklace ($18)
  12. Shoulder Strap Tote ($68.50)

Since we’re still in the midst of that awkward transitional weather between the last lingering whiffs of winter and the first scents of spring, layers are key. An oversized Cape Scarf can be warn on slightly balmy mornings, whereas a classic Denim Jacket will keep the extra chill away just in case.

What do you think? Would you be down to enjoy brunch in this get-up? And let me know in the comments if you like seeing outfit posts here on Dream Green DIY. I never was much into fashion before working for Glitter Guide, but my stylish teammates (and cool features like this one and this one) have me rethinking my aversion to clothes shopping and styling. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these types of roundups because they’re surprisingly fun to curate!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

I think one of the things you’ll hear most work-from-home professionals say is that managing a consistent schedule and morning routine is one of the hardest parts of the gig. When you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re sitting at your desk by a certain hour of the morning, it’s easy to let that alarm slide.

I know I’ve fallen prey to embracing a late start simply because I can, but it’s definitely not the best way to go about things. Not only does it encourage a lazy attitude, but it also kills precious minutes in the day. Since I’m the only one my business answers to, that could be the difference between a paycheck or nada.

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

So, this season I’m working extra hard to make myself feel more answerable to the “boss” version of Carrie. I’ve started waking up with an alarm again, and I try to stick to the same morning routine each and every day.

Now that I’ve recommitted to this type of mentality, I’m finding that I have more freedom to take much-needed breaks throughout the day, and I’m also able to cross much more off my to-do list. Sleeping in an extra 30 minutes to an hour is just not worth the loss of those precious productive moments in my day.

In case you’ve ever wondered what a work-from-home morning might look like, I spent some time last week documenting my wake-up routine, and you can see it in all of its photographed and filmed glory above and below.

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

It all tends to start with my “alarm” (i.e. Tonks the cat), and then progresses on to a little bit of phone time before moving on to tidying up and choosing what to wear that day. I’m a morning shower-er, so next up is a quick wash, and then I “put my face on” and do my hair. Even if I end up wearing leggings and a T-shirt throughout my work day, I always make it a point to wash my hair and put on makeup. Those simple tasks make me feel so much more awake and ready to tackle my to-do list with energy.

After that, it’s time for a hearty breakfast of toast with an egg (plus a big cup of coffee, of course) before I plop down to get right to work on my computer.

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

Click “Play” on the video above to see my morning routine in action! I’d love to know how you prep yourself for your own work day (whether you work from home or in a traditional office), so tell us your step-by-step schedule in the comments below. Have a great weekend, guys!

A Peek Into My Real-Life Morning Routine | dreamgreendiy.com

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Done In A Dozen: Picks For Your Spring Footwear

Everything You Need For Your Spring Footwear Collection | dreamgreendiy.com

I don’t know about your state, but we’ve experienced lots of spring-like temperatures (and freak thunderstorms, too) here in Virginia, which is making me feel like we’ve jumped head-first into the next season before it has even officially started. I’m kind of okay with it though, seeing as spring is practically my favorite time of year.

Like most people at the turn of the seasons, I’m taking a long, hard look at my closet in anticipation of the weather shift. Truth be told, I’m not very good at clothes shopping for myself, and shoe shopping is one of those tasks that I do only grudgingly. The result is that my shoe collection is—to put it lightly—ancient and grubby. I tend to choose a shoe and stick with just that single pair all season long, and you can tell.

It was the moment this past weekend that I pulled out my trusty pair of (old and dusty) Birkenstocks that I realized it was time to invest in a collection of new spring shoes. So, I’ve spent the morning pulling together a dozen options that will complete my warm-weather footwear in one fell swoop. Which of these 12 catches your eye?

  1. J.Crew, Canvas Espadrille Wedges ($82.50)
  2. TOMS, Speckled Classic Slip-On ($35.37)
  3. Adidas, ‘Stan Smith’ Sneaker ($74.95)
  4. BP., Sophie Lace-Up Flat ($59.95)
  5. Birkenstock, ‘Arizona’ Soft Footbed Sandal ($134.95)
  6. Hunter, Original High Gloss Boot ($150)
  7. J.Crew, Crisscross Ankle-Strap Sandals ($41.50)
  8. J.Crew, Morgan Woven Peep-Toe D’Orsay Flats ($62.50)
  9. J.Crew, Olive Suede Pumps ($79.99)
  10. J.Crew, Cora Suede Tassel Loafers ($49)
  11. J.Crew, Perforated Loafers ($62.50)
  12. Vans, Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($59.95)

Oh, and while I have you, I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for the advice, suggestions, and kind words of support you all shared following Friday’s post. Dealing with my travel anxiety feels more manageable knowing that I’m not alone, plus I feel far more prepared to face the effects now that I have so many tips to try out. I just wanted to reiterate how much I appreciate all of the sweet comments and messages. You all are priceless to me! Thank you!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Reset Your Perspective With A Little Retail Therapy

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Earlier this week, I broached the idea of taking a mental health day—a day of rest, and time dedicated to getting a little introspective for the sake of welcoming back a clear-headed, creative mind. Since then, I’ve been thinking about what that kind of day might actually look like. Would it be spent on the couch in my PJs, the fire roaring in the background, or would it be a walk at the park, hubby and hound dog in tow?

I eventually came to the conclusion that it just can’t be planned. “Me” time has to be one of those spur-of-the-moment adventures motivated by getting to that point when you want to throw your hands up in the air in surrender and slam that laptop closed for the rest of the day.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Now, this is the moment when I suggest something just a tiny bit controversial. Why can’t a mental health day consist of something as indulgent as retail therapy? I’m not implying that we all run out at the first sign of a crappy day and max out our credit cards, but I think there’s something really invigorating about the prospect of wandering your favorite shop looking for a little treat just for you. Although it wasn’t exactly planned, a recent work day of mine turned out to be just the dose of inspiration I needed.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Earlier on this year, I decided to set a date to get myself out of the office and drive to the Anthropologie store in nearby Charlottesville. The aim was to, first, spend a day taking photos for the blog outside of our house, and to also partner with the fun team at Anthropologie. To be candid, the brand doesn’t sponsor or pay me to create this type of content (a corporate rule), but it’s still fun to collaborate with local women and to have a chance to play with their beautiful inventory.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Not wanting to do all of this by myself, I invited my creative friend Bethany Mallory along for the ride, and then we spent nearly two hours wondering the store. We styled and photographed a couple of gift guide posts right there on the hardwood floors of the store, and then decided to shoot a quick video while we were there. That spontaneous decision ultimately inspired the theme you’re reading right now—a challenge to invest in yourself for once, and to consider retail therapy as a way to reset your creative perspective.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Whether it was a book I flipped through, a quilted floral comforter, or even the cool cut-out packaging on a bottle of lotion, this trip really piqued my interest in new colors and styles for spring. Of course, that’s the entire aim of a store like Anthropologie, and we gave in (hook, line, and sinker), but the experience was still an eye-opening and exciting one—feelings I never would have enjoyed had I spent the day at my desk like always.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Despite the fact that it was actually a pretty long work day and I had hours of editing ahead of me to bring it all together, I still managed to walk out of the store feeling sort of refreshed—and I didn’t have to buy anything for myself to feel that way!

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Locally-owned Charlottesville Shops To Discover: Rock Paper ScissorsEloiseRoxy DaisyDuoCircaThe Yellow ButtonBittersweet

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Ultimately, there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in a little retail therapy—in fact, I think it’s one of those types of things that I’m going to start working into my schedule on a monthly basis.

My parting thought for you this Friday morning (other than clicking play on that video above!) is this: consider investing a little time in yourself this season, whether that’s at your favorite shop or boutique, park, art gallery, or coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be extravagent—it just has to be hell bent on the purpose of reawakening your instincts and opening your eyes to new colors, processes, and styles. Have a great weekend, guys!

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

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