Dream Closet Inspiration.

DSC_0182The average woman has over 120 items in her closet and that doesn’t include shoes, purses, and undergarments. Getting ready in the morning can be a little overwhelming and that is why concepts like the Capsule Closet and the KonMari method have taken over the internet as of late. I’ve tried everything to pare down my closet to basics that can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits. Let’s be brutally honest, it is hard to get rid of clothing that you want to hold on to for rare occasions or holidays and even pieces that you hardly ever wear but still hold sentimental value. We recently came across a company called MakeSpace that helps you hold on to your stuff and free up your closet with the seasonal pieces that you are actually going to wear! They have an app which sends a representative to you to pick up your stuff on demand, and they’ll put it in safekeeping for you until you need it back. It really solves for a problem most of us have- we just have too much stuff! A few of my friends swear by this concept because it allows them to keep all of their seasonal pieces and donate anything that they end up not wanting to store! I’m willing to try it if it means not having to part with the winter coats I love but get minimal use!

DSC_0183Shoes are the items in my closet that I can’t seem to get under control. I have boots upon boots but never wear them in the summer! With t-shirts and long sleeves this isn’t a huge problem because they don’t take up a ton of space but boots seem to get thrown on top of each other and clutter my entire closet. I would sort through all of my shoes first when filling up my first MakeSpace box, it would give me a better idea of any excess and help me focus on seasonality.

Makespace 1(Doesn’t this image inspire you? I really love sorting through my clothes- it makes me eager to update my wardrobe, reminds me of my clothes that get lost in the clutter, and organize the things that I love so that I can get to them more easily!)

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 3.44.54 PMIf we are talking about a dream closet, mine would be insanely organized. I love going into stores like IKEA and the Container Store and admiring how they organize their closets. Shoes are categorized by heel size, purses are displayed like art, and jewelry is tucked away in velvet lined drawers. I want this look, it would make getting ready so much easier!

outfit.jpgAnd in honor of these summer sales happening around us, here is a outfit that would be perfect for any closet! It has staple and quality pieces that could be mixed and matched easily (from day to night) and remain classic enough to be worn for years to come. I recently purchased these shoes and they have been my favorite purchase of the year. They go with everything and are extremely comfortable to wear! Score!

Don’t you feel inspired to organize now? If you’re like me and have too much stuff to wrap your head around, start with piles of what you want to keep or donate. Then sort by season. If you want to give MakeSpace a try, check if they are in your city! 🙂

 

Wedding Ready.

IMG_7113You guys know what time of year it is- wedding season! Now, I love a wedding as much as the next person but I have nine this year (including my own). This means I needed to shuffle through mu closet and make sure I have what it takes to be a stylish and appropriate guest to all of these parties. Luckily, I wore a wedding dress to my own in May so that was easy to prepare for and I am in my friend Tasha’s wedding at the end of the month so I just have that one taken care of too! Anthropologie just had their major summer sale and I scored big on some dresses that I knew would be perfect for a few particular weddings, plus I had been eyeing these dresses all spring long! Patience does pay off sometimes 😉

IMG_7110(The entire dress is embroidered which is one of my favorite things in the world)

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IMG_7114 Unfortunately Anthropologie is sold out of this dress but you can still catch the end of the sale now!

Have you been to or plan to attend any wedding this summer? Tell us about you plan to wear or any other special details- we would love to hear about them!

Summertime Linen.

IMG_7150While in London on our honeymoon, Nick and I tried to go into British stores to see how they differed. Well, I will tell you that Harrod’s was a true experience and I got turned around pretty easily in that place! While Harrod’s was a lot of fun, it was Hobb’s that I actually made my only purchase in London at. Nick picked out this dress and it is perfect for these sunny summer days that we have been having in the Bay Area.

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Happy Summer!

Air Attire.

DSC_0002Traveling can be stressful enough as it is without the added element of airport security. Nick and I recently honeymooned in Iceland and I decided to wear something that would be comfortable on a plane and easy to move through security in. The first thing that I wanted to wear were boots that zipped down the side, making it easy to take on and off quickly. Boyfriend jeans are great to wear on a plane because they are loose around the waist and aren’t constrictive. A light blazer keeps you cool but covered as you are dragging all of your luggage around- plus it is light to carry in the event that you get too warm.

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DSC_0008(Backpack- Kenneth Cole)

DSC_0009(My favorite brand of rainboots- Sorel)

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Color Matching.

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I’ve been into purple hues lately when it comes to nail polishes and lipsticks.  Since I tend to wear simple colors, this helps me add some pop.  It can be hard to get the right tones for your complexion but once you find the right match, you can rock the color combo through all seasons.

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{{ lipstick – MAC’s Up The Amp  – Nail polish – OPI’s Lost My Bikini in Molikini }}

Winter is Coming!

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I know it just turned into Fall but with the Fall weather has come a Winter reminder.  The weather seems to flop around a lot in the Fall so I love to bundle up on the cold mornings.  This north face jacket was a random purchase over the summer after my good friend, Brie, told me how this was one of her most useful purchases.  Now that I have one, I completely agree.  I wear it all the time!

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What do you like to bundle up in?!

Friday Photography Tip.

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When looking for a good spot to shoot photos (for your blog or of others if you are a photographer), one really good tip I’ve picked up along the way is where to place the background.  Your subject will pop out much more if they are further away from the backdrop so long as it’s not a distracting background.  This will leave your subject the main point of focus and everything else will be slightly a little more out of focus.

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As you can see with the above photo, the floral is nice but a tad distracting.  The background is also really close to me so it’s very much still in focus.  Not that this is a bad photo but the first photo is much more interesting.

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Get outside and play around with it this weekend (and don’t forget to send us a link if you post photos with this technique)!

The Golden Hour.

IMG_5497{{skirt – H&M, top – H&M not online but alternative here, tank top – Nordstrom BP}}

Chels and I did a quick shopping trip to H&M recently and were pleasantly surprised with all of the fun work clothes they have right now.  I got this fun patterned skirt and sheer lace bottomed top that I paired together.  It’s an easy way to jazz up your work wardrobe for those who don’t want to spend a lot.

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I love the combo of patterns and colors.

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Get some fresh air after work today if the golden hour is just right :).

(Photos by Roberto Jimenez)

Modern Day Clueless.

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Clueless was obviously one of my favorite movies when I was younger along with every other teen girl at the time.  When I found this top recently, it reminded me of Cher in Clueless but a modern rendition if you will.  The top doesn’t need many accessories as the collar adds a nice touch.

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I had so much fun looking through all Cher’s outfits from Clueless in order to find the below outfit.  They really did have some awesome wardrobes.

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