Things to Do This Month: The Everygirl’s Guide to Lifestyle

Things to Do This Month- April 2017

Your time is not FREE, so spend it wisely.  Take some time to do, read, and try things that feed your soul.  For the month of April, here are some goodies we are looking forward to.  

Read

We swapped out the April SMC book selection at the very last-minute (trust me, you will LOVE what we selected).  For the past seven weeks, I have tried to figure out the big ending of the on-screen adaptation of Big Little Lies and after watching the finale on the HBO show, I have to read the book.  They say, that books are always better than the movie and if that proves to be true, it will be nothing short of amazing.

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Home

It’s time for you to pull up your sleeves and get to work.  This month I challenge you to get rid of everything that does not make you happy so that you can give your attention to things that do.  For me, that always starts with physical clutter.  I cannot think clearly in a cluttered space and I am willing to bet that some of you can say the same thing.  I do a little at a time and I start with the quickest project that will give the quickest gratification.  My purge started with my nightstand where I keep a mix of books I’m reading, books on display, journals (I am always writing something), jewelry, phone accessories, receipts, water etc.  See what I mean?   It’s funny, do we even need or love half of the material things that are taking up space in our space?  Take that stuff and sell it to put towards a savings goal…like that dream vacation so many of you wrote to me about.   I don’t care what you do with it, just get it out of your space.  Nightstand done….next up, my makeup vanity.

Entertain

I love entertaining, which makes sense considering I worked in the luxury event design industry for the past five years.  Since that has taken a less dominant role in my day-to-day responsibilities, I now have time to host my own events for friends and family.  This month we will give you the tools you need to plan a party like an event pro.  You will learn how to prep your home/apartment for guests without blowing your budget and see inspiration on how to pre-game for a night out like a VIP.  I will even let you in on my insider’s hack that combines a great purging and entertaining tip to create a simple and chic DIY your guests will love!

Travel 

We shared the Girl’s Guide to Travel: 5 Trips Every Woman Should Take This Year so now it is time to start planning one of those trips.  I can’t tell you which trip to plan first, but I will show you the best places to invest your hard-earned money in with regards to your travel plans.  When is the best day to buy an international plane ticket (you can find that answer here)?   How to make the best road trip playlist?  How to tip appropriately at all-inclusive resorts?  How to stay safe on a solo vacation?

Watching for Spring!!

 Update: Please click here for “Watching for Spring Update” 

My favorite season is here, which means it’s time to start packing away my fall/winter stuff and refresh my life and look for spring. One way I prepare myself for spring is by cleaning out my closet.

I am all about donating my old clothes and accessories that do not fit properly or no longer fit my style, but if I can sell them, I will. I am good for selling clothes to Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta and other consignment stores. Whatever they don’t take, I donate to a shelter, clothing drive, or the Goodwill. I used to have a hard time letting go of clothes because I attached a memory to them or I used to tell myself that I wear it one day…now I think how someone else can benefit from buying them at a price that’s in their budget.

Plus, getting rid of the old makes room for the new! Old me would have just bought whatever without a thought. Adult Danielle now takes into consideration the “adult bills” she is now responsible for…. that doesn’t mean I lose the fab, it just means I use my “cents”.  Thanks to my Mr., my newest style obsession is the bracelet/watch look and I plan on using the money I get from selling to consignment stores to go toward the “Danielle needs a cute new watch fund“. 

I love the layered look like this:


These are my top contenders for achieving my watch style for Spring!


What are you saving for!

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