denim

Shimmer & Spice

Blazer: Wilfred | Aritzia (similar & similar)

Tank: Forever 21 (similar)

Denim: Mossimo Supply Co. Skinny Denim

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Handbag: J.Crew

Earrings: Tiffany & Co.

Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar) & JewelMint

Ring: Vintage

Nails: Essie Penny Talk

Last week, I Instagramed my budget buys of metallic denim, each under $27. I’ve been on the lookout for a great pair of metallic denim this season. I happened to be in Target the other day, and spotted these fabulous shimmery black skinnies. The sparkling sheen gives off a coated denim look. These skinny jeans are so comfortable, I could sleep in them. Did I mention they’re under $23? Major fab find.

Stylish Steals

  1. Forever 21 Faux Leather Trimmed Varsity Jacket $32.80
  2. Carole Spike Bracelet $12
  3. Forever 21 Scarf Print Denim Skinnies $24.80
  4. Xhilaration Selma High-Top Sneaker $29.99
  5. Kirna Zabete for Target Faux Leather Skirt $39.99

Oxblood & Leather

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The cooler weather, cozy knits, and pumpkin scented everything make the season’s festivities that much better. I love Fall fashion, because it’s the time of the year to be creative with the endless opportunities of layering. I was excited to pull out all of my new fall finds from my recent trip to NYC.  

Top:Hive & Honey.
Pants: Topshop.
Shoes: Ash
Handbag: Chanel
Earrings: c/o Kara Ackerman
Rings: David Yurman & Vintage.
Watch: Michael Kors.

Nails: imPRESS Press-On Manicure – Casting Call

The Denim Vest

Throughout the constant traveling I have been pursuing this month, I’ve been exposed to an endless amount of inspiration. A recent favorite is an oldie, but goodie, The Denim Vest. It brings a trendy, fashion-forward vibe when thrown over a maxi or cropped top and high waisted shorts combo. You can certainly achieve this look for under $100.

Crave & Save: Dip Dye

Dip dyed hues have masked everything from hair to denim this season. A chic incorporation includes my favorite touch of neon and a Summer staple, shorts. If you’re not ready to dive into the trend, check out these fabulous finds for only a portion of the price!

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!

How to Style: Polka-dots

Polka-dots are are such fun print to incorporate into your wardrobe. If neutrals are your go to, polka-dot prints are a great way to add spunk, without stepping out of your comfort zone. The options are endless when it comes to pairing. From basics, to  mixed prints, to bright pops of color-don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

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How to Style – Basic Tee

Reinvent your wardrobe using your most basic staple item. A basic tee may be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. It serves as a great casual touch to balance an ensemble from looking too formal. Tone down a shorts suit, pleated maxi, or a blazer with this simple item. Accessories play a key role in transforming your basic look to trendy and chic.

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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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