A few months ago, I was a hot mess. I was the kind of mom who flailed around the house trying to find #allthethings and felt stressed. I was losing my mind trying to get to storytime on time, and I had always left something at home. It was generally the wet bag so you can imagine how frantic that became, and I didn’t like it. For weeks, I spent hours setting up systems that made my life easier. I wanted to share those systems with you so I came up with the Hot Mess to Got It Together Challenge. Veronica took that challenge, and I was more than ecstatic to learn that it had been an incredible resource for her. She wanted to share her story with you, and I couldn’t be happier than to share it with you too. So remember on those days when you #canteven, there is hope for a better day with a little forethought and organization.
How Yvonne Marcus of the Dahlia Scene inspires me “to bloom where I was planted.”
Three things about me:
I love quotes.
I love sparkles.
I love being a wife & mom.
Okay, I guess that’s four, but I am blessed to be the queen at both Chez Staudt and Vintage Meet Modern, where shiny objects reign supreme. You see, I was born with sparkles in my eyes. And to this day, I am easily distracted by shiny objects. I run my business from home, I have three kiddos, and a house full of character and antiques. I love a life storied by the attention to detail so my life, my home, my business are all about “the little things.”
Hoarder, I am not – it may sound like curating a collection of thousands of tiny little things is chaotic, but my team and I pride ourselves on being organized and all of our items are maintained and stored carefully.
However, my life is not as organized as my jewelry bureau, which is why I love, love, love Yvonne’s Hot Mess to Got It Together Challenge.
Confessions of a work-at-home mom: it’s really hard finding a work-family balance. I always find myself answering one more email, rushing to ship one more order, or arranging one more styled shoot when in reality I should be brushing my teeth and changing out of my yoga pants.
So what’s a girl who has it together do when she really doesn’t really have it together? She gets lucky and embraces all the wonderful things around her. Like The Dahlia Scene’s mantra, “Where mothers bloom”, I took Yvonne’s Challenge and started to embrace “How to bloom where I was planted.” After taking her challenge, I feel more put together and more organized in my personal and professional life.
These are the five things I commit to each day for all areas of my life in order to feel my most beautiful, most organized, and less like a hot mess. Thanks, Yvonne, for all your inspiration. My biggest takeaway from your challenge is realizing it’s doable to make time for yourself and to plan ahead.
So without further ado …5 Things I do daily to feel more fabulous (and you should, too):
1. Surround yourself with a community that embraces and supports you.
I’ve drawn so much inspiration from a group of moms who prefer to encourage and to guide instead of worrying about being perfect and throwing pinterest-worthy parties. Find your tribe and love your vibe.
2. I wear jewelry every day…and even on the days that I don’t have time to shower (yep, I still have those days).
Wearing jewelry improves my mood and brightens up others, too. I often feel guilty about leaving the house without my makeup on (my mother would gasp), but whenever I wear nice jewels, I receive smiles and compliments. Wearing vintage starts conversations. I enjoy the feeling people get when they say, “my grandmother had something like that!”. Jewelry has the similar effect as flowers: people feel good and smile when they see it. The best part is that jewelry never wilts and always fits.
3. I wear perfume each day.
It’s a little luxury, but I love anything that reminds me of those bygone Hollywood glam days….my favorite scent is Spring Flowers by Creed, which was Audrey Hepburn’s signature perfume.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.
I may not always have time to get to the spa and relax, but my secret to young-looking skin is to protect it from the sun and drink lots of water. Hydrating also keeps me feeling fuller longer, which helps my Weight Watchers journey (another confession: I’m still trying to kick the baby weight 3 years later. It’s a marathon not a sprint, right?)
5. Time’s up, Ding!
Have you taken Yvonne’s Challenge yet? If you haven’t, she talks a lot about prepping so you can leave on time, etc. Some people may feel overwhelmed setting a timer to get things done, but I’ve learned to embrace it. I even splurged and found a vintage timer at an antique store that reminded me of the one in my grandmother’s kitchen. Setting a timer helps me avoid distraction from shiny objects, playing on Pinterest, and scrolling through Facebook. It reminds me to take time for me, as in, “we have to leave in 30 minutes, it’s time to take down your top knot and pull out the toothbrush.”
The sooner one embraces their life, the more likely they are to fall in love with it over and over again. I am constantly challenged by my business, my family, my home, and even by myself. So take time to find your inner sparkle so you can shine…your children are watching.
Veronica Staudt is a wife, mother, and purveyor of all things sparkly at Vintage Meet Modern. Her goal is to help all women feel beautiful everyday through her sustainable fashion movement and jewelry. Vintage Meet Modern was born out of Veronica’s love for the past, all things sparkly, and timeless fashion. She believes that shopping should still be a personal experience with the highest level of customer service and that every client should feel unique, beautiful, and memorable. All women can afford little luxuries that fit her lifestyle and their budget. When she is not busy spreading her sparkly love you can find her collaborating with other creatives and mompreneurs or blabbing about baubles on her blog. Sources confirm that her children have the best dress-up trunk on the block, and Veronica hosts some Pinterest-worthy soirees for the grownups, too.