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Valentine’s Gift Guide

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Any holiday that promotes wearing pink accessories, red lipstick, flowers and chocolate is a good one! How can you not love Valentine’s Day? Whether you want to treat yourself, you’re attending a “Galentine’s” soiree with your besties, or you want ideas to send to your hubby or boyfriend, you can’t go wrong with these Valentine’s Day inspired gift ideas!

Some years we go out to dinner, others we stay in and my hubby cooks dinner and I’ll make a yummy dessert and we play Scramble! If you’re spending the weekend staying in, lounge in this comfy hoodiejoggers and these cozy slippers! I’m making little baskets for the boys with books and treats! What are your Valentine’s Day traditions?

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Closet Detox

While transitioning into Fall, it was time for a closet detox. I’m pretty good about eliminating items almost weekly, but I was in need of a true deep cleaning. This meant really evaluating and eliminating the ones that I haven’t worn in the past year.

While perusing through Instagram, I came across Copious. Copious is a “ebayish” type of website where you can buy and sell your clothing, accessories, etc. but much simpler. It’s much less technical than eBay, and you only give 3% of your profit to the site. You don’t have to pay to list you items either. You connect your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr so you can sell & buy to people you know. This worked out very conveniently for me, because I simply uploaded photos of all the items I eliminated from my closet and they were up for sale within seconds. (I sold two items hours after they were posted!)

If you’re detoxing your closet for Fall, (or any season), I recommended creating a profile.

Shop my closet on my Copious profile: http://copious.com/profiles/brittany-shick

Click here for tips on closet organization.

*This is not a sponsored post, just strictly my recommendation

A Glimpse Inside my Closet & Tips for Organization

I’ve decided to share this How-To Organize Your Closet post by including a glimpse of my own closet. When your closet, dresser, and jewelry are organized it causes less stress, saves you time, and money! You don’t need built-ins or a customize closet. Follow these tips to organizing your own to find out!

My closet is divided into sections. Each section has a category, then a subcategory, and then organized by color. This system is the most useful to me, because it lets me find everything I need, without wasting time.

Shoes. Try to separate your shoes by style. Pumps, espadrilles, flats, sneakers, etc. Then arrange by color. If you don’t have shelf storage, try a shoe organizing shelf, or an over-the-door shoe organizer. An under-the-bed shoe organizer is great when you’re limited on space.

Necklaces. Statement necklaces are a vast part of my wardrobe. I don’t like them to be hidden, or tucked away. I use hangers to organize them. I divide my necklaces by color: gold, silver, multi-tone, and colored. This eliminates using 1-2 hangers where they can easily tangle or brake, and they can all easily be seen.

Jewelry. I separate my jewelry by costume and fine jewelry. Then I organize them by type. Bracelets, rings, earrings, hair accessories, etc. Jewelry drawers really help keep me organized. But these drawer dividers work just as well!

Belts. I organize my belts by style, color, and width. I can view all of my options when looking for something specific. An Over-the-door Multi-Hook is a great option for keeping your belts organized.

Handbags. I organize my handbags on shelves. I categorize by type, style, color, and brand. I keep all clutches, crossbodies and wristlets together. A hanging shelf, or over-the-door organizer are also great options.

Hats. I organize my hats by season, then style. Keeping them in drawers is the most effective solution for me. If you lack drawer space, an over-the-door hat organizer works well, also.

Seasonal Accessories. This is my drawer for Winter accessories. I keep heavy scarves, hats, headbands, and gloves organized together. This makes it easy for me to adjust from season to season.

Seasonal Shoes & Coats. Like accessories, I group Winter boots together. I organize them by type, height, style, and color. I organize by jackets by heaviness, style, and color. I keep my heaviest in the back so they aren’t taking up space when I’m not wearing them. Boot hangers are also a great way to keep boots’ shape.

Travel Accessories. I have a travel drawer, in which I keep garment bags for shoes, laundry, and swimsuits. Included are also wallets, organization  bags and additional handbag straps. This eliminates some of the stresses of packing. An accessory organizer is another option for these items.

Scarves. I own quite the scarf collection, due to the fact that it’s own of my favorite accessories. I have them categorized by color, then by thickness. A multi-use hanger also works well.

Denim & T-shirts. I keep my denim and tees stacked on shelves to eliminate hanger creases. I organize them by color, style, and length. Hanging shelves are another great option.

Knits. All of my knits are stacked on shelving, as well. Hanging knits can deform their shape. This includes, sweaters, cardigans, wraps, and knit jackets. They’re organized by type, thickness, and color. Hanging organizers and sweater organizers are a great way to organize as well.

Shorts, Skirts & Blazers. I hang all of my bottoms on wooden hangers with clips. This eliminates hanger creases, and easily lets me navigate through the items. My shorts and skirts are organized by casual, or dress, then by color. All blazers are organized by color, heaviness, and season.

Maxi Skirts, Pants, & Dresses. I organize all of these items together on a rack where I have the most height. This keeps all of my lengthier items neat. I organize by color, style, and season. A garment rack is a great option if you don’t have the length in your closet.

Casual Jackets & Swimwear. Along with my necklaces, I group casual jackets that I wear for lounging and the gym, and swimwear and coverups together. Divided drawers are another great way to store swimwear.

Sleeveless, Dress and Button-Front Tops. I group sleeveless tops together and organize by color, then strap thickness. Dress, and button-front tops are organized by sleeve length, then color.

Vests, Casual Tops & Casual Footwear. I group my vests, and casual tops together. They are categorized by sleeve length, then color. I have separate shelving for casual footwear, such as tennis shoes and flip flops.

General Tips:

  • Keeping the same style and color of hangers throughout your closet, shows consistency and organization. I like velvet non-slip hangers.
  • Organize clothing, accessories, and shoes by season. This makes for an easy  transition. If you don’t have the closet space to fit all seasons in at once, under-the-bed drawers, bags, baskets and storage boxes are a great solution for off-season items!
  • Go through your closet once per week, and decide whether to keep clothes you haven’t worn in the past month. Make three piles: clothes to keep, clothes to consign or sell on eBay, and clothes to donate. If you’re on the fence, let this aid in your decision-making: If it’s in season, and if you aren’t going to wear it within the next month, choose to consign. This way you’re gaining closet space and making money for future purchases.
  • It’s a good idea to invest in wardrobe staples that will bring you from season-to-season. Classic staples include, black and nude pumps, a chambray button-front top, a lightweight utilitarian jacket, a lightweight peacoat, a classic LBD, and your favorite denim. H&M, Forever21, and TJ Maxx are great for purchasing trendier items that you may only wear for one season. But don’t be fooled, you can also find many designer staples at affordable prices at TJ Maxx. It’s my favorite place to find amazing deals!
  • A clothing steamer is a great item to have in your closet to eliminate wrinkles, and a trip to the dry cleaners. Travel versions work great too!

Spring Trends: Saved by the Bell

You grew up watching it, but did you ever think to look at it as your source of fashion inspiration? Colored denim and smoking slippers were Lisa Turtle’s daily uniform. Jessie Spano lived in denim on denim. Peplum and cropped tops were Kelly Kapowski’s signature items. Pastels, floral pants, and neon accents were the daily norm. Turn on an episode of everyone’s favorite high schoolers and chances are you will spot the latest fashions. Minus the unfortunate hairstyles, who knew 20 years later we’d be copying their style?

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Smitten for Straw

Straw bags are no longer meant for just days in the sand. I love how the classic tote has taken to the streets with leather trim, studded detail, and colored hues. Towels are no longer the only thing you will be toting, this season. The functional style and detail make it easily accessible to carry your essentials in carefree style.

 

Crave & Save: Spike Bracelet

If you’re craving this chic CC Skye studded bangle, save with this equally sleek bracelet from Asos. How cute would this studded arm candy be paired with trendy friendship bracelets and an oversized watch?