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Is Your Ex’s Sentimental Pieces Hindering You From Moving Forward?

Some relationships end – with lovers, with loved ones, with dreams and with cities. If you’ve wished to unburden the emotional load by erasing everything that reminds you of that painful experience by throwing it all away – don’t. Donate it to the Museum of Broken Relationships – Museum on Broken Relationships 

Does this story sound familiar? My girlfriend recently broke up with her boyfriend. He initially stated that he was ready to give love another chance after having his heart broken. The ex used to live with him. My friend asked her new man if he still had any of his ex’s stuff in the house. He said, “no way!”. She said that the ex-girlfriend’s energy was so strong in the house that she just couldn’t stop thinking about her and contemplated whether or not he was seriously ready to move on. After an argument, he admitted he had a box of his ex-girlfriend’s stuff in the garage. My friend was more hurt by the lie than the act of him keeping the items. She also said that her strong feelings of the ex’s aura made sense. She ended up breaking off the relationship with him. Not just over the ex but over a combination of other reasons. However, his lie and reluctance to let go of the ex’s items confirmed, to her, he wasn’t ready for a new love.

I’m a firm believer of items holding energy, like my girlfriend. I say give those negative item/items a new home, get it the f*ck out & make space for a better tomorrow.  I recommend re-examining why you are still keeping this sentimental piece/pieces and if you are prepared to let go. If you’re not, I let my clients keep one, stressing on one, small box for those keepsake items. However, keeping an ex’s stuff that brings up a painful experience is different than holding on to your child’s first pair of shoes.

Do you have a chest, box, corner in your closet of items that reminds you of when “so and so” broke your heart too? Why not donate the items to the Museum of Broken Relationships? 

Rayne Parvis with bras someone’s ex’s bras from Museum on Broken Relationships that were submitted.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose.I had the pleasure of meeting the fab director Alexis Hyde, getting a private tour and got to give my 2 cents of one of the most popular pieces (breast implants) for August Mclaughlin’s award winning blog and podcast, Girl Boner with my other longtime pal Erin Tillman of The Dating Advice Girl and writer Karina Wilson. Please check out her post with my two cents here; 

OBJECTS FROM BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS: TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP? + THE STORIES THEY TELL.

Karina Wilson, August McLaughlin, Erin Tillman and Rayne Parvis at Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood, CA.

Ps. I’m donating a piece that I can’t wait to get rid of from an ex-pal who broke my heart.  I hope this post inspires you to let something go that is no longer serving a purpose for you. What item are you holding onto? 

3 SECRETS to Save Money While Shopping

Over the years I have developed relationships with personal shoppers, department store clerks and have witnessed my clients save money. I’m committed to getting my clients the best service and deals! Here are a few easy and secret pointers:

1.HANG ONTO YOUR RECEIPTS

My girlfriends and I have no shame when it comes to saving money. For example, my girlfriend went to Urban Outfitters and bought 4 pairs of pants and a few other items. A week later she went back to return a top. She noticed that the pants she bought were now 40% off. She was refunded the difference of $60.00. Now $60.oo may not be a lot, but hello that money could of been donated, used to buy another outfit or to take out a friend for lunch. If you shop a lot that money can definitely add up.

2. SHOP ON THURSDAY NIGHTS

If there is a big sale being advertised for a department’s store weekend sale it most likely will start on Thursday night. Beat the crowds and get the best selection of the merchandise on sale….and smile!

Client Pam and Rayne Parvis, personal stylist posing with a rack full of purchases at Macy's in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Client Pam and Rayne Parvis, personal stylist posing with a rack full of purchases at Macy’s in Sherman Oaks, CA.

 

3. DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH A IN-STORE PERSONAL SHOPPER

Many Bloomingdale’s. Nordstrom’s and Macy’s have a designated offices for studio services and customers who shop frequently, usually spending a generous amount. The shoppers can let you know of deals, events(LIKE THE ONE BELOW), pull items for you to save you time shopping and can give you special discounts with “secret” promo-codes. I took my client shopping at Bloomingdale’s and she received $150.00 in Reward Cards because she had reached 5000 points….and she didn’t even have to use her Bloomingdale’s card.

After purchasing a great suit with me at Macy’s. Amby, the suit specialist, texted my client months later to let him know that the suits he liked were going on sale again. My client bought two more suits and had them shipped to his house. He didn’t even have to go into the store!

Amby, the men's personal shopper, my client from Switzerland and I after a awesome day of picking out outfits for her upcoming Hawaii trip!
Amby, the men’s personal shopper, from Macy;’s, Rayne’s client from Switzerland and Rayne Parvis after a awesome day of shopping.

NOTE: Macy’s will most likely ask you to charge it on the card to receive the discount. If you’re one of those people who gets annoyed with having to use the specific card, make sure to bring cash so you can make a payment right after you make a purchase with your card. Yay, to reaping the benefits without having to pay interest!

PS. JOIN ME AT MACY’S SHERMAN OAKS FASHION SQUARE EVENT:

SNACKS, SAVE 25% & a MEET AND GREET  me!UGTSbookcover

14000 Riverside Drive, Westfield Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-1918
(818) 788-8350

Wed 4/22 from 10am -6:30pm

Each of the personal shoppers Amby, in the men’s dept., Malika and Sharon in the women’s dept. will be doing:

  • 25% off pre-sale on all clothes , handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and house wares.
  • a free gift with purchase
  • provide refreshments in their offices
  • Meet and greet with me from 12:30- 2:30!
  • BONUS: A free autograph copy of Ulitmate Guide to Style:From Drab to Fab will also be given away to anyone who spends over $500.

PPS. This isn’t a publicly advertised event so make sure to say I sent you! Hope to see you there!

Malika and Rayne
Macy’s By Appointment manager, Malika and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis after a full day of serving clients at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square.

*Style by Rayne and Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab! is not endorsed by Macy’s.

Sexy and Stylish Chitchat Podcast

Get to know Erin Tillman, August McLaughlin and I on our chitchat session on The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show taped last Saturday. Please excuse my immature giggles when the word clitoris was mentioned. HAHAHA!

Flash back Friday photo to Rayne’s first guest spot on The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show. (photo taken May 2013 at American Radio Network).

Ep.102-Author/Fashion Stylist Rayne Parvis and Author/Podcaster August McLaughlin are on the show talking about how our books can help singles. We also talk about our upcoming group book signing at The Open Book in Valencia this Sat. on 1/31/15…LISTEN IN ITUNES OR PODOMATIC (PC-Friendly)

Erin and Rayne
Flash back Friday photo to Erin and Rayne at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs for Rayne’s bacholorette party. (photo taken August 2014).

Hope to see you all Saturday. For more info click here. Check out our cool #GIRLYGIVEAWAY too!

Erin and Rayne at Premier Party for BIG WOMEN BIG LOVE
Erin Tillman and Rayne Hagstrom-Parvis at Premier Party for Big Women:Big Love at Lucky Strikes in Hollywood, CA. (photo taken January 2015).

PS. August, I can’t wait to get some flashback Fridays photos with us!

GIRLGIVEAWAY

 

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