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Ways That Will Make You Love Your White Tee Even More

A white T-shirt is a necessity in every woman’s closet. A single white t-shirt could already create a gazillion ideas for you.

If you are still not convinced, here are 12 ways you can slay with white shirt fashion.

Work-wear over nice tailored suit

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Your V-neck white t-shirt can be work-appropriate when partnered with a nice tailored suit, a good pair of jeans, and loafers. I’m sure your boss would complement your smart and stylish casual look.

The eccentric chic

With a pair of neon-colored stilettos, a straight cut mom jeans, and a combat jacket accessorized with a statement necklace, you can easily create the eccentric-chic look. You can take it out for coffee or a few cocktail drinks.

Denim over denim

Throw on your distressed classic pair of skinny denim jeans, your favorite denim jacket, and hi-cut red Converse to add some colors and retro vibe to your white tee. Go classic and take the risk. Who says denim can’t go with denim?

Simple but classy

This style is for when you are in a hurry but still want to look chic. Wear your white tee underneath a bright patterned blazer, with a pair of shorts and beige-colored flat shoes and your friends won’t think you’ve overly prepared for your coffee date.

It’s simple- without downgrading your class.

Weekend getaway

Too tired to dress up for a weekend getaway? Then, maybe your leopard printed scarf can help you with your problem.

Liven up your white t-shirt with some leopard scarf on your neck, a pair of booties and some accessories.

Color up

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To add some fun and spice to your outfit of the day, grab the brightest colored pants or shorts you have and then put on your white tee.

You can choose to dress down or dress up on this one with a pair of neutral-colored heels or classic white shoes. A statement bracelet or necklace can also bring some spice.

No such thing as too much white

This combination is a classic. White tees over white pants and a white pair of flats and black blazer thrown over your shoulder can bring out your inner CEO vibes.

It is an outfit perfect for business meetings and lunch dates. There is no such thing as too much white in fashion.

Date Night

If you don’t want your date to look away from you while you guys are having a romantic dinner, try wearing a black high waisted slitted skirt. Match it with your black stiletto, white tee and red clutch and you’ll have your date’s eyes glued on you the whole night.

Casual grungy college vibe

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For a casual and grungy look, your flannel shirt will come in handy. Grab that flannel shirt and wear it unbuttoned over your white t-shirt and navy colored beanie. To complete this outfit, rock that laced up combat boots and you’re ready to dance up your day.

Sugar is sweet

To unleash the girly side within you, a little help from your light-colored cardigan would be helpful. Layer your white t-shirt with a light colored cardigan and match that with a pair of cute bow flat shoes. Lastly, to add a girly vibe, put on some pearl earrings.

Rockstar is your middle name

Match your white t-shirt and jeans with a black leather bomber jacket. Then, complete the look with some peep-toe black heels. Wear that hair up and put on some eyeliner to achieve this rockstar look. It’s perfect for both work and night out.

The basics

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This one is the absolute favorite in this list. Your classic white tee and a good pair of jeans are a perfect combination. Like peanut butter and jelly, these two clothing pieces work well with each other.

Any shoes paired with this outfit will change the overall look. A pair of sneakers will unleash the sporty side in you. Flat shoes will keep everything clean and simple while some stylish stilettos can make you look edgy.

Takeaway

White tees can match everything and anything found in a woman’s wardrobe. You can dress up or down with it. Just don’t be afraid to mix and match to show your style.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 14 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Life moves fast, doesn’t it? It often feels like you’re trying to keep two dozen plates spinning at the same time.

Heaven forbid one of those plates start to wobble. You know, when you have to flat out run to reach it in time before it topples to the floor, taking the next plate and the entire row with it.

Life can sometimes feel like you’re constantly babysitting those darn plates when all you really want to do is experience what’s beyond them. You don’t want to live your life fighting fires and preventing mini-catastrophes on a near daily basis.

How would your life change if you had less plates spinning? It would take the pressure off, right?

See, everything you’re doing right now in your life is a plate that you’re spinning. If you’re feeling burnt out, frustrated and overwhelmed it’s time to simplify, or to keep with our analogy, remove some plates.

Here are fourteen ways to simplify your life.

Assess your commitments

Aside from non-negotiable commitments like work, school, and medical appointments, can you confidently list all the other commitments that are adding to your overall stress?

If you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day and you’re overwhelmed with all those places you have to go and all those people you have to see, consider reducing how many activities you commit yourself to.

This could mean reducing how many clubs you attend, reducing any volunteering activities, and could even mean setting tighter boundaries with that high maintenance friend or co-worker. We all know one of these people and it can be all too easy to get into a situation where you find yourself at the receiving end of their constant demands.

Have a social media fast

How many social media platforms are you signed up to? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Pinterest? More? It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with all of them at the same time. You can find yourself scrolling through news feed after news feed and before you know it, a couple of hours have passed.

If you’re like a lot of other people, you have your phone close to you when you sleep and browsing social media is the last thing you do at night and the first thing you access when you wake up.

I challenge you to fast from social media for a full 24 hour period. You’ll be wondering what to do with yourself. This is a perfect opportunity to do something for yourself.

If you can’t stomach a 24-hour social media fast, consider putting your phone on the other side of your bedroom so you don’t feel tempted to stay awake scrolling.

List your three most important things

Write down three things that are most important to you in your life. Now use these to guide future decisions. If you’re engaging in activities and people that don’t support these three outcomes, it might be worth re-considering your commitment.

Schedule non-negotiable appointments

Do you keep your up and coming appointments in your head? That causes unnecessary stress. Keep things simple by pre-scheduling your annual medical appointments and other up and coming events on a calendar. You can use something physical like a diary or your phone. I use Google Calendar. It’s free and easy to use.

Just say no!

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This can be uncomfortable for some people but if you don’t get into the practice of saying no more often, people will continue to take chunks out of your time.

See Also: The Courage To Say No

Reduce media consumption

We are bombarded all day with the latest news, breaking news, shock-horror, and general negativity. It can feel extremely overwhelming to be at the receiving end of a seemingly never ending stream of doom and gloom. You can remedy this by reducing your intake of mainstream news either from the television, newspapers, radio, or the internet.

Purge toxic relationships

We all know people who are difficult to be around. People who are chaotic, negative and demanding on your energy supply. If you want to simplify your life, it’s best to distance yourself from these types of people by setting personal boundaries.

Often, this is ill received because these people take it as a criticism of character and feed off drama. It’s best to either distance yourself or let go completely.

Get rid of your ‘stuff’

Have you ever felt you just have too much ‘stuff’? That pile of books stood in the corner of your living room, those impulsive eBay buys, that pile of clothes that won’t fit inside your already fit-to-burst wardrobe? You might not realise it but clutter like this is ‘visually noisy’ and causes subconscious stress.

Make a list of items that you really don’t want or need and either sell them, bin them, or donate them. You’ll really appreciate your new, fresh environment.

De-clutter your digital space

How does it feel when you check your email and see 3,406 emails in your inbox? Whilst a lot of it is spam, you know there are conversations in there from 18 months ago that are no longer relevant.

You probably have apps on your phone or tablet device that you haven’t used in a long while as well. De-clutter your devices of unused apps, old messages and don’t be shy about deleting things if you aren’t sure. Ask yourself if you really want to keep something. If it’s not an ‘absolutely!’ straight away, it needs to go.

Scrutinize your finances

This is a great exercise to be leaner with your spending. Simply take your latest bank statement and skim through it to find any subscriptions or recurring payments. If you haven’t used the service in a while or don’t really want it any more, then cancel. Use the money for something meaningful.

Limit time spent communicating

If you’re like I used to be, you read emails as soon as they hit your phone. You stop whatever it is you’re doing and read them, right? That’s a massive productivity killer and leads to a feeling of frustration that can be overwhelming.

The solution is to check your emails twice a day. Once in the morning and one in the afternoon. That’s it. If you really can’t wait that long, you can check them at lunch time.

Start walking in nature

I don’t know of a better way to de-stress than a good walk in nature, phone on silent, and technology unplugged. It’s a great way to be mindful as you hear the sounds of nature like the brushing of the leaves and the chatter of the birds. You’ll feel calmer, lighter and re-charged.

Start a meditation practice

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Setting aside just 10 minutes every day, either in the morning or in the evening, is a wonderful way to bring calm and clarity into your life. If you plan on implementing a social media fast, this is a perfect time to start.

See Also: Questions and Answers: A Beginners Guide to Meditation

Ask yourself this question

“Is this going to simplify my life or make it more overwhelming?”

Asking yourself this question can guide you in the right direction when you find yourself faced with a set of decisions. Follow your gut feeling on this, too, It’s rarely wrong!

Feeling overwhelmed is downright miserable.

It sucks when you have more going on that you can handle.

You don’t want a life like this. You want to feel in control so you can make progress and feel fulfilled.

My challenge to you: Choose one of the tips above and implement it today. Then tomorrow pick another one. See how different you feel after a week of taking consistent action toward simplifying your life.

Let’s see how many spinning plates you can remove from your hectic life!

Starting from today!

I know you can do it.

You’ve got this!

 

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5 Little-Known Reasons Why a Simple Life is a Happy Life

I wonder what my parents were thinking the day I came home from college and said, “I want to put my education to work. I want to homestead!”

There may have been a long pause — I can’t remember now — followed by some expertly crafted support rhetoric.

I do remember, though, how that passion was sparked in what seemed like an instant. It was as if there was an unfinished puzzle sitting in front of me, and I had finally put enough of the pieces in to figure out what the picture was.

I was entranced by the idea that I could work, live without clutter and noise, eat well, be sustainable, and stay healthy, all without driving anywhere. I knew it was for me, but not everyone who finds happiness in simplicity does in overnight, and happiness isn’t a permanent state.

Exploring what happiness and simplicity really are helps to appreciate how a simple life, while maybe less convenient, can be a happy life.

Hard Work is Rewarding

hard work

It’s what your grand-pappy used to say right? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

I’m not going to pretend that fixing broken fences in the snow and rain is hella fun! It is not.

Knowing yourself, though, is an unparalleled reward and there isn’t a better time to get to know yourself than when you are giving something your all. Real satisfaction is achieved in creating something with blood, sweat, and tears and there’s a lot to be learned from failure, like perseverance.

An integrated, agrarian life combines problem-solving with physical ability, research with experimentation. It occupies both your head space and your body. That is what I call a complete workout.

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
― Thomas Jefferson

Creativity Abounds

I often speak with creative professionals who express concern that living simply is a boring, day-to-day exercise in the mundane; a cyclical ceremony honoring obsolete traditions. This is why my husband and I strive to make every act on the homestead an act of art. We don’t have to go out of our way either.

When I design the year’s garden and then watch my beans, squash, and corn all grow into an expression of my intention; that is creativity. Crafting a new design for a gate, fence, or feeder fills the creative cup.

Living simply buys you back time that would otherwise be spent in the car, at the office, restaurant, shop, club or movie. So, I have time to take photos, stretch canvas and actually paint. Not to mention the inspiration that bubbles over when surrounded by happy animals and rich gardens.

“My wish simply is to live my life as fully as I can. In both our work and our leisure, I think, we should be so employed. And in our time this means that we must save ourselves from the products that we are asked to buy in order, ultimately, to replace ourselves.”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Practicing Goodness

A very happy time in my life was when I lived in a small apartment the city and literally walked 15-20 blocks to work every day. Every morning, the city came alive. Each day felt like I was a part of this organism. I was a cog in this machine that was propelling humanity toward future grandeur, and being a part of that something-bigger felt amazing.

It feels great until you are faced with the fragility of it all, the wastefulness, and the reality that unless something changes, it will all collapse. The ultimate organism that we are all a part of is Earth, not the city.

Knowing what is good for us takes reflection, and a life of simplicity allows for that. Watching nature come alive each morning is a sense of awe beyond any, and you don’t have to live in the country. An urban homestead still awakens to the sounds of its birds and gardens, and to the smell of home cooked meals.

“We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we could know with any certainty what was good even for us. We have fulfilled the danger of this by making our personal pride and greed the standard of our behavior toward the world – to the incalculable disadvantage of the world and every living thing in it. And now, perhaps very close to too late, our great error has become clear. It is not only our own creativity – our own capacity for life – that is stifled by our arrogant assumption; the creation itself is stifled.”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

An Integrated Life

My childhood in the 80’s and 90’s was a series of rides to scheduled blocks of time. Ride the bus to school, ride the van to volleyball practice, ride in the car to piano lesson, ride with mom to do errands, ride to doctors office, and ride to the assisted living facility to visit grandma.

It just seemed very compartmentalized, like those professional organizers who want you to have a plastic bin for every item you own. A simple life is an integrated life which means that the homestead is the school, and the grocery store, and the workplace, and the doctor’s office (within reason). Each act of living becomes an act of teaching, working, and learning. There is intention and information in something as simple as taking a shower when you’ve plumbed your greywater through a greenhouse where it waters year-round salad greens.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
― Bill Mollison

Security in Sustainability

fresh produce

We’re used to depending upon utilities and retail stores so much, we place our sense of security in them. Pulling in a year’s worth of garlic, onions, and potatoes always gives me the deepest sense of stability, a ‘we’re going to be alright’ feeling.

Imagine never paying a utility company again. As long as the sun is shining or the wind is blowing you will have lights, hot water, and telephone.

Even if your homestead isn’t totally off-grid, with each step toward sustainability, you gain security. In the gales of a winter storm, knowing that your Rocket-Mass-Heater keeps you toasty warm with the slightest amount of wood is enough to have you singing “let it snow.”

Our current system of production, distribution, and consumption is not sustainable. It is totally dependent on fossil fuels, the exploitation of animals, and dwindling free resources from the Earth. It will fail, and withdrawing our investments in it now not only protects us, but it encourages the larger system to change for the better.

“A sacred way of life connects us to the people and places around us. That means that a sacred economy must be in large part a local economy, in which we have multidimensional, personal relationships with the land and people who meet our needs, and whose needs are met in turn.”
― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide

See Also: Why Simple Living is the key to Finding your Life Purpose

 

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5 Simple Lessons to Break the Shackles of People’s Negativity

The world is a small place and no matter how hard we try to avoid negative people, we will end up running into them sooner or later.

It’s better that you run into negative people sooner because they present a perfect opportunity to practice bettering yourself. With every negativity, there is always a way to turn it around or use it to your benefit.

Now, I’m not saying to go out and start problems with people. Instead, whenever negativity happens to come your way, look for the good you can take out of it.

Below are some tips on how you can break the shackles that toxic people have on you.

An opinion is just an opinion

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When you’re in the heat of the moment, an opinion may seem more than what it is. You must learn to take a deep breath and calm yourself. If you go through life reacting to every little negative thing that’s thrown in your direction, you’re hurting no one but yourself.

Just remember that everyone is full of opinions, and you can’t let each and every negative one hurt you.

Growth comes from pain

Before I learned to outgrow the issues that would arise in my life, it would take me about three days to get over what people would do or say to me. I was one of those people. A day was the minimum it took to get back to my happy self.

But the more bad situations happened, the better I got at coping. My heart became more resilient and my mind wised up on what to do next.

Life is about learning, so when negative people want to try and bring you down, it may work temporarily, but you should rally and become stronger than ever.

Forgive and let go

People will always do an occasional wrong to you, but what you do about it makes all the difference. Holding a grudge against an old friend, family member, or even some stranger you’ll never see again will bring you more pain than it will bring them.

While you’re caught up on what they did, they have already moved on and forgotten about it. Holding a grudge against another will only turn you into what you hate.

Learn to forgive those that have hurt you and feel the weight lifting from your shoulders. I’m telling you this because, for most of my life, I hated my mother’s boyfriend. It marked the start of my depression and I held on to the hate I had for him for 7+ years before I finally learn to forgive and let go.

I learned to forgive others, but most importantly I learned to forgive myself, and the chains became light as feathers.

See Also: 12 Things To Let Go If You Really Want to Live A Happy Life

Change friends and environments

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Sometimes, it may not be that you keep running into negative people, but that you surround yourself with negative people and hang around toxic environments.

Even childhood friends will have to be let go of at some point. You love the people around you because you feel comfortable, but if all they bring is pain to your life, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to be happy?

Everyone is in your life for a reason. You have to know when their time is up because a greater friendship is waiting for you around the corner.

See Also: 8 Types of Toxic Friends That Are Holding Your Happiness Hostage

You’re doing something right

Some people find happiness by growing and constantly improving themselves, and some find happiness by causing others pain.

You must accept facts, that some people can’t be swayed from who they are choosing to be. Conviction is something that is nearly impossible to change in a person.

So when you start receiving bad vibes from others, it might just mean you are doing something right. Negative people don’t want to see others rise because it reminds them they aren’t doing anything with their lives, and rather than be encouraged and try to climb with you, they want to bring you down to their level.

They need something to compare themselves to when the worst thing someone can do is compare themselves to another.

It’s easy to fall to the levels of people who are toxic, but if you follow these five simple steps you will be able to deal with negative people easier.

Tomorrow is not promised, so enjoy your life and be the best you. Don’t try and find fault in others when things are going wrong in your life. Pain doesn’t last forever, especially when you know how to smile through the hard times and still see light despite shade being thrown in your direction.

Live your life to the fullest and always remember you can overcome any obstacle.

 

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