Pinspiration | 4

I’m sitting on my couch, wrapped in a blanket, unsure of what step to take next. I have so many things that I need to accomplish – both for my immediate and long-term well-being – that I don’t know where to start. I’m easily overwhelmed, I suppose, and clearly prone to anxiety, but it’s really no excuse. I need to get my shit together.

On that subject – if anyone wants to help me get my shit together by finally finishing my Skillcrush class and publishing my website, I could really use a tutor.

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

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You've always had the power.

Key to failure is trying to please everyone.

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Great people try.

Hey There, Halloween

I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love any excuse to throw on a wig and wear major makeup. I hate that it falls so close to my birthday because it’s hard to have a non-costume party. I love when Reese’s makes their peanut butter cups in pumpkin shape because it has the optimal chocolate/PB ratio. I hate the amateurs who, as Dan Savage brilliantly points out, make their Straight Pride a drunk one.

I love the sound of leaves beneath my feet but loathe feeling physically exposed. Perhaps most of all, I love the idea of a secret identity for an evening but hate spending a ton of money on something I’ll only wear once.

Enter clearance racks, layers, and the current contents of your closet!

Cat Burglar

Cat Burglar Costume Pieces

American Apparel T-ShirtAsos Leggings | Mask from Party City | Canvas Bag from Bed Bath & Beyond

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Girl Crushing It | Heidy Best

I met Heidy Best at my very first Chicago Blogger Network happy hour. Immediately after striking up conversation, I decided to stalk her for the rest of the night. There are some people in this world whose aura sucks you in – Heidy is one of them. She’s clever, full of laughter, and my ideal blend of positivity and snarky humor. You can’t ignore an independent woman who started a business (BECLOTHESMINDED) based on what she loves – clothes and people. I really need to make her hang out with me regularly.

Set up an appointment with Heidy on her website and follow her on Facebook to get notice of events and great sales at her favorite stores, Instagram to see style through her keen eyes, and Twitter because she has great taste.

Finally! A ginger girl crush!


When someone asks you what you do, what do you say?

I own BECLOTHESMINDED, a wardrobe styling firm based in Chicago.

When did you decide to start your business?

I started shopping and organizing closets for other clients 13 years ago. I was still doing it on the side while I was working for Neiman Marcus and then Emporio Armani. Those experiences helped me to grow and realize my real passion was working with clients directly regardless of their budget, lifestyle, etc. Last Summer I took the leap and went on my own with the support of my husband and clients and I’m not looking back.

If you never had to work again, how would you spend your time?

I would start incorporating yoga and pilates into my daily routine. I would for sure travel the world and fall in love with new places meeting new people.

What annoys you the most?

your vs you’re (you know what I’m saying).

How do you deal with disappointment?

Not very well.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

If not now, when?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve learned so far?

Even a t-shirt with holes in it can be hard for someone to give up.

Do you see a common theme in your customers?

Yes, they’re all amazing.

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