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Holiday Gift Guide // Fashion meets Function

The Subtle Statement Techie Gift Guide

Stelle Audio Golden Audio Pillar Wireless Speaker | Vitaya ALTRUIS Rose Gold & White Edition Necklace |  Simplehuman Sensor Makeup Mirror | Polaroid ‘Snap’ Instant Digital Camera | Ringly Into The Woods Emerald Smart Ring | Kate Spade New York Everpurse x Quentin Stripe Wristlet Pouch |  UGG ‘Kotah Shorty’ Tech Gloves | Mira Fitness Tracker Bracelet |  Polaroid ‘Zip’ Mobile Instant Photo Printer

It’s that time of year again, Holiday Gift Guides are here! Each week leading up to Christmas I’ll be sharing categorized gift ideas at numerous price points.

These are the most interesting techie gifts I’ve ever come across. Most of them left me thinking ” why didn’t I think of that?” They’re all so functional, yet so chic.

Labor Day Sales

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Labor Day sales have begun, now is the time to stock up on great versatile pieces to wear now and easily transition into Fall. Here are some pretty fab sales from some of my faves. If you’re steering clear of the crowds, check out this measurement guide to assist your online shopping.

Nordstrom – Save 40% during their shoe sale

Neiman Marcus – Save up to 50% sale

Cusp – 40-60% off Regular Prices

Bloomingdales – 20-65% off

Shopbop – Shop new sale arrivals! In love with this bag & this tee is perf for Fall

J.Crew – 25% off Denim & Extra 30% off Final Sale Items [Code: HELLO30] Love this classic denim & this fab necklace

Madewell – Additional 30% off sale items [Code: BYESUMMER] This top is great for layering & I can never acquire enough ankle boots

Tory Burch – 20% off any $300 purchase, 25% off any $500 purchase & 30% off any $750 purchase [Code: LABORDAY] This smoking slipper is just too fabulous and this duffle is a classic staple

DVF – 30% off select styles. This jacket is right on point with Fall’s cobalt trend & these shorts make a great layering piece

Joie – Take an additional 20% off sale merchandise. These tanks are great layering pieces

Joe’s Jeans – Save 30% off Fall Fashions [Code: LABORDAY] This jacket is fab

Rich & Skinny – 30% off select styles. Love black denim & a great deep wash

Asos – Take 20% off [Code: SUMMER4EVER] This coat looks too cozy & say hello to this leather bomber

C. Wonder – Save 25% on full priced items [Code: LABORDAY] My lust list for this store is too long, but this adorable “piggy bank,” & chic nesting trays & salad bowls def made the cut

Baublebar – Buy 2 sale items get 25% off [Code: SUMMER25], buy 3 sale items get 30% off [SUMMER30] or buy 4+ items get 35% off [Code: SUMMER35]

Gorjana Griffin – Save 40% off curated summer styles [Code: SUMMERNIGHTS]

Gap – Up to 40% off select styles & 15% off your purchase [Code: GAPNEW] Loving this camo jacket & pants (But NOT together–no camo tuxedos here 🙂 )

Urban Outfitters – 30% off all sale items

Old Navy – Get 30% off or 35% off when you use your Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic Card [Code: SPREE] Another fab camo jacket & this shirt is a great Fall layering piece

Rent The Runway Review

You know one of those *omg* moments you have when you spot an insanely fabulous dress that you just have to have?.. Yet you have no idea where you would wear it? I’m still swooning over this gasp-worthy Kate Spade dress. As much as I would love to own one, I feel like if a dress has that big of a wow factor, any repeat offenders are going to come with a big red flag. Sometimes it’s just necessary to wear a statement dress just… once.  Having this mindset, I decided to browse the latest styles on Rent The Runway to look for a dress for my friend’s bridal shower. I’ve always been a bit hesitant to rent a dress from the site, because of the chance of it not fitting correctly.

After finding a fabulous dress to fit the shower theme, I realized that there were numerous reviews by customers with their own photos wearing the dress, dress size, measurements, and a comment stating whether the dress was true to size, ran large or small. The detailed reviews and real-life photos showed similar to how the dress would fit me, and the offer of getting an additional size for free convinced me that it was a fool-proof option.

I spotted a burgundy hued Yigal Azrouel Peplum Dress, and yet even though there was no eye-catching embellishment, the simplicity of the dress made a statement of its own.

As you may know by now, I have a serious weakness for statement necklaces, so naturally I had to rent the one suggested. It couldn’t have been more perfect! From fit, to fabric, to color, everything on the list got a check. I’m really happy with my decision to rent a dress and necklace, instead of buying a something I may never repeat wearing. Now if I could just find an excuse to wear this stunning Reem Acra gown.

Dress: Yigal Azrouel

Shoes: Prada

Necklace: Ciner 

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*This is not a sponsored post, just strictly my opinion.

DIY: Friendship Chain Link Bracelets

One of my favorite Summer trends is layered arm candy. A boyfriend watch is an everyday essential for me, but the addition of bright colored hues piled together has Summer written all over. I found this must-try DIY from Stripes + Sequins and had to recreate.

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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!

Crave & Save: Beaded Statement Necklace

If you’re craving this chic turquoise beaded statement necklace from Banana Republic, why not save with this identical shorter version from Piperlime! A $46 savings!  I know I will be pairing it with this incredibly chic cream ponte knit shift dress from Forever21 (at only $15!)

Fabulously Frugal Under $35

1. Asos Cord and Tube Collar Necklace $30

2. Forever21 Tribal Spiked Choker $9.80

3. Arden B Metal Fringe Choker Necklace $24

4. Forever21 Tribal Bib Necklace $12.80

5. BaubleBar O-Medley Necklace $32

Statement necklaces are my go-to accessory.  They’re such a great investment, because of their versatility.  These fabulously priced baubles make them must haves!