New Month, New Website

The Details:

November 2016 Calendar (free printable with background color; without background color)

As November is upon us, I have begun thinking about the busy month ahead: My younger brother is moving from South Dakota to Nevada this week, and will be bunking up with my husband and I; Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM this upcoming Sunday, November 6, marking the date and time that our clocks “fall back” one hour (and the sun sets an hour earlier); Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24; the second busiest shopping day of the year is Friday, November 25 (that was not a typo; Black Friday is no longer the busiest shopping day of the year); and Cyber Monday is Monday, November 28 (my personal favorite shopping day). Not to mention, my husband and I have a myriad of mini-trips sprinkled throughout the month (Indianapolis and San Diego, twice).

With the above said, my editorial calendar is also filling up (lucky you!). What can you look forward to on The Collocater this upcoming November? Thanksgiving menu planning and guides for gifting, amongst other musings!


As my calendar is becoming more and more organized, The Collocater blog itself was feeling less and less organized (Oh, the irony!). Thus, the blog underwent a makeover.

Now, all blog posts can be accessed via the Homepage, in four different locations:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Would you like to read posts, by category? Click on “LIFESTYLE”, “STYLE”, or “BEAUTY”. Searching for something more specific? Hover over “LIFESTYLE”, “STYLE”, and “BEAUTY” for drop-down menus.


  1. The Homepage: Caught up on all previous posts, and want to skip to the most recent? The most recent post is featured on the Homepage, below the featured image. Click on the excerpt (text) to read more.


  1. The Homepage: Other recent posts are located directly below the most recent post. This section is blanketed by a dusty pink background; you can’t miss it! Click on the title, image, or excerpt to read more.


  1. The Footer: View all previous posts (“Archives”), by month and year. Click on the month/year (for example, “October 2016”) to view all posts that occurred within that month/year.


A more organized shopping experience:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Hover over “SHOP” to shop “BY CATEGORY”, “BY POST”, “BY ROOM”, or “BY BRAND/DESIGNER”; hover over these menu options for drop-down menus. Stick around to buy everything you’ll need and want this upcoming holiday season!


  1. The Homepage: Shop the “FEATURED ITEM”, located on the Homepage, below “RECENT POSTS” and above the Footer.


Learn more about The Collocater, contact me, or subscribe to the newsletter:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Hover over “ABOUT” to view “THE COLLOCATER”, “CONTACT”, and “SUBSCRIBE” pages. While you’re there, drop me a line, or subscribe to The Collocater’s newsletter to receive new post notifications, product updates, and sale alerts.


Search the site:

  1. The Footer: Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Search the site via the search bar, located in the Footer (the Footer is visible regardless of where you are on the site).


All that legal stuff:

  1. The Footer: Click on “POLICIES” to view The Collocater’s Policies, Courtesy Statement, Terms and Conditions, and our Privacy Policy.


Last, but certainly not least, follow along via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or E-Mail:

  1. The Homepage: View my latest Instagram photos or subscribe to the blog, on the Homepage, below “RECENT POSTS” and above the Footer.


  1. The Footer: Go directly to my profile(s) by clicking on the social icons, below “SOCIAL”.


Like the new site? As always, thanks for following along!

What’s In My Bag?


The Details:

TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch · Valentino Bag · Clare Vivier Clutch · Burberry Sunnies · Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist · Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex · MAC Lipstick · Christian Dior Lip Balm · MAC Lip Pencil · Yves Saint Laurent Luminizing Pen

A short, but sweet, post today, as I am currently decorating for Fall (enter fall themed emojis)! So, be sure to check out my Instagram this week!


I oftentimes carry a small handbag throughout the day, and switch to a clutch at night (if I happen to be venturing out). Thus, I was in need of a bag to put within my bag that would assist me during this switch, without losing all of my essentials in the shuffle. Consider this feat achieved with the TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch.


Furthermore, the TSA approved size makes this an effortless transition into my carry-on suitcase (say “Adiós” to that non-aesthetically pleasing Ziploc you’ve been using). I am starting my week feeling “effortlessly put together” (fitting tagline, TRUFFLE!).

The Details:

TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch · Valentino Bag · Clare V. Clutch · Burberry Sunnies · Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist · Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex · MAC Lipstick · Christian Dior Lip Balm · MAC Lip Pencil · Yves Saint Laurent Luminizing Pen

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.

What’s In My Travel Toiletry Bag?



The Details:

Bobbi Brown Empties Set

I spend a fair amount of time on the road (and in the sky). As “fair” can be a subjective term, suffice it to say that I always have a suitcase to be packed, or to be unpacked (just to be packed yet again).

I always look forward to planning my outfits for a trip. I enjoy laying each item out, folding each item, and perfectly packing my suitcase, playing a game of Tetris with the various pieces (yes, I am a child of the ‘80s).

With that said, I usually dread packing my toiletry items. I debate if I should pack to carry-on, or pack to check my bag. Nine times out of 10, I pack to carry-on. Thus, my toiletries must meet the TSA-enforced 3.4 oz./100 mL liquid rule, to fit within a 1-quart clear bag, to fit within a 9 inch x 14 inch x 22 inch carry-on suitcase. Countless trips have kicked off with the discovery of my toiletry bag, filled with moisturizer (and thus, an empty container), much to my dismay.


So, as my husband and I took a travel hiatus during the month of September, I took the time to re-think my travel toiletry and cosmetic game. I stuck with my mantra that organization is one part function, one part personality, and all parts style. So, first things first, I needed my toiletries to be functional. What are my “I can’t live without you” liquid items (including aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes) when I am on the road? Furthermore on function (and this is where I have gone so wrong, historically), what quantities of these items do I need? I purchased a variety of glass containers (yes, glass, as glass containers are not affected by the pressure change), ranging in size from 0.25 oz. to 3.4 oz., as I have learned that I rarely use what is packed in it’s entirety.

Bonus, not only are these containers functional, they also check off my final two organizational requirements: personality and style. The containers are crisp, clean, and pack beautifully; no embarrassment here when my bag is chosen for a random search!

My travel beauty must haves:

Shop my travel beauty must haves here!

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.

The Collocater, Defined

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Collocate, by definition, is to set or arrange in a specific place or position (though commonly used in linguistics, I personally believe collocate is a lifestyle term). The Collocater is a source for all things organization. I firmly believe that organization is one part function, one part personality, and all parts style. I hope to inspire people to add a little organization to our otherwise unpredictable, and thus, unorganized lives. So, thanks for following along; I hope you enjoy!