Sunday, September 29, 2013

Style Rules Part 3: Pattern Mixing

 
Welcome back to the style rules. We are talking about pattern mixing today. Did you catch parts 1 and 2?
Part 1
Part 2
When mixing patterns, make sure you pair one larger print with a smaller one. I like to  mix a neutral pattern with a colored one that might be a little busier.




This one is my personal favorite for anyone just stepping into pattern mixing. She uses neutral colors- not too crazy.
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I would love this skirt about six inches longer but she's got the right idea. Again, a neutral purse keeps it from looking over the top.
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This would also be an easy idea for pattern-mixing. Just a hint of the navy stripes. Cute!
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This is how I pulled my mixing off. I was wearing jeans and plain sandals to keep it simple.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kiddo Check-in

This is what we've been up to lately.



Playing peek-a-boo!

Katelyn feeding herself and her babies some cheese.

Found an abandoned car cart at the mall. Score!

I decided to climb the thing just to see if I could still do it.

She kisses the flowers on the path.

This girl loves to play in the sand



 

And she's down!

She also loves to carry anything like a purse.

 
 
 
 


I managed to snap a pic before she yanked this fro wig off.
 
 
 
How do you entertain your kiddo(s), if you have them?

Friday, September 27, 2013

20X30 Week 4

Well hey! It's already week 4 of the 20X30 Fall Challenge. I managed to put together days 18-30.
 
 
Day Eighteen
Butterfly Top: Boutique in Romania
White Crops: Apt 9 via Kohl's
Flats: Marshalls
Earrings: Target
 
 

Day Nineteen
Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Purple Sweater: Gap
Tan Crops: J Crew (tailored by me)
Flats: Banana Republic
Necklace: Claire's
Earrings: Koh'ls


 
 
Day Twenty
Dress: Gap Outlet
Necklace: Forever 21
Cuff: gift (Guess)
 

 
 
Day Twenty-One
Shine Bright T-Shirt: Old Navy
Striped Skirt: Old Navy
Flats: Banana Republic
Earrings: Target

 

Day Twenty-Two
Dress: Gap Outlet
Shine Bright T-Shirt: Old Navy
Belt: Target
Earrings: Hawaii

 
 
 
Day Twenty-Three
Mustard Silk Top: Nordstrom Rack
Dark Wash Skinnies: Old Navy
Flats: Loft
Necklace: Forever 21

 
 
 
Day Twenty-Four
Striped Blazer: Nordstrom Rack
Shine Bright T-Shirt: Old Navy
Dark Wash Skinnies: Old Navy
Flats: Banana Republic
Necklace: Kohl's

 
 
Day Twenty-Five
White/ Silver Stared Top: Old Navy
Dark Wash Skinnies: Old Navy
Flats: Banana Republic
Earrings: Target

 
 
Day Twenty-Six
Purple Sweater: Gap
Animal Print Top: Michael Kors via Marshalls
White Crops: Apt 9 via Kohl's
Sparkle Shoes: Target
Bracelet: Banana Republic
 
 
 
  Day Twenty-Seven
Chambray Shirt: Old Navy
Striped Skirt: Old Navy
Flats: Target
 
 
 
Day Twenty-Eight
Purple Sweater: Gap
Dress: Gap Outlet
Belt: Target
Necklace: Kohl's

 
 
Day Twenty-Nine
Mustard Silk Top: Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Gap Outlet
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: Claire's

 


Day Thirty
Mustard Silk Top: Nordstrom Rack
White Crops: Apt 9 via Kohl's
Shoes: Marshalls
Bracelet: Banana Republic

 
 
Day Thirty-One ----Bonus!!!
Animal Print Top: Michael Kors via Marshalls
White Crops: Apt 9 via Kohl's
Flats: JC Penny
 
 
 
I found this challenge eye-opening. It was so amazing to see new outfit combinations within the restrictions of twenty pieces. I did like that I had the freedom to add other accessories and shoes. I didn't whip out my boots this time because it's still in the 70s here, but hopefully things will cool down soon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Faker: Online Window Shopping

Since I've been on my spending fast, I've been perusing the internet with my wallet a safe distance away in the laundry room. Not that I think I would buckle or anything, just a precaution.

Here's what I would have bought today if I had gone shopping. Thinking of it is almost as fun as doing it, right? (No but ok)

I started with J Crew Factory- 30% sale. I would have normally jumped on that, but I'm exercising self control with the fast.

J Crew Factory Finds
1. Purple Bermudas- I would buy these for next spring/summer. I do that a lot since they are super cheap and I know I will wear them. - around $15

2. Army Skinnies- I have one other pair of army pants from Loft that I altered to be skinny but no jeans.-around $20

3. Maroon Lace 3/4 Sleeve Top- This is so cute! -only around $20 after 30% off

4. Short-sleeve Boatneck dress- I love dresses and this one would have been perfect for my lace slip dress extender.

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Do you ever look online for stuff for inspiration purposes? I know Pinterest is probably the main way I do that. What are some other avanues?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Style Rules Part 2: Prints

 

Welcome back to the style rules series. Today we're talking about wearing prints. (Catch part 1 here.)
Adding prints to an ensemble creates interest. Make that piece a focal point for the outfit, otherwise it can look busy. A pair of leopard skinnies with solid top and sandals, or a striped blazer with plain white tee and trouser jeans do the trick.
 
Here are some examples: 



I love this outfit! The skirt is the perfect length  and pattern. The fitted top is within the gray color palatte but not too matchy.
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Polka dots! I love that she brought focus all on top with the pattern and pop of pink.
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Everyone loves princess style. She did a great job keeping her top loose and bottoms fitted while adding polka dots for interest.
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This girl cares about balance and pattern. She keeps the whole outfit neutral and fitted but adds bulk with a chunky scarf.
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Again, here is a pattern and a pop of bright beautiful pink. Wow. I love it!
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Have you found new and exciting ways to wear prints?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Closet Inventory: Part 2

Ok. So here's the final tally of my closet inventory. I am pleased to announce that my original guess of 235 was more than my actual count. Yay! Again, I didn't include purses, workout gear, maternity clothing, suits, work outfits etc.)   

Here is the post from part 1 if you missed it.


Tops- 88 (guessed 150)
-Sleeveless tops:  4
-Short sleeve: 30
-Long sleeve:  8
-Button downs: 8
-Blouses: 4
-Cardigans:  17
-Pullovers: 15
-Vests: 2

Bottoms- 45 (guessed 40)
-Jeans: 8
-Colored jeans: 5
-Pants:  5
-Shorts: 10
-Skirts:  17

Dressses-17 (guessed 10)

Jackets- 23 (guessed 20)
-Blazers: 
-Light jackets:  14
-Coats: 5

Shoes- 17 (guessed 25)
-Flats: 11
-Casual sandals:  6
-Sneakers:  4
-Boots:  1
Grand Total.......207 (guessed 235)


Here's my little walk-in closet tour. I keep my purses up top, and in the bins are workout clothes, PJs, socks, shorts, and miscellaneous items that I don't like to hang. I saved one shelf in the middle to display my jewelry. That way I get more use out of it instead of forgetting what I have and never accessorizing. 
 
 
Close-up of my jewelry shelf: bracelets on the left, earrings in the middle and rings and more delicate necklaces on the right.  

 
 
I generally like to keep my closet organized by type of top, i.e. short sleeve, long sleeve, etc. Occasionally I will change it up and prefer to browse by color instead.  I have integrated everything; short sleeve, long sleeve, pullovers, button-downs and blouses.


In the bins on the shelf, I keep college sweatshirts, scarves and other out of season clothing/accessories, such as my ear muffs.


I like to keep my jeans hung on this 8 hook rack. I used to be a huge fan of folding my jeans because I liked the way they looked in the stack, but they began to stink a little. Oops! Maybe I should wash them more!
 
I hang my necklaces and belts on Command Hooks behind the door so my little one doesn't grab at them. (The door is always open)

 
 
This is my shoe collection. All that is missing are my boots. I have paired down (paired! ha!) my shoe collection a lot over the years. We had a yard sale in March, and that pretty much cleaned me out. I tend to purchase more comfortable shoes-usually meaning they are more expensive, so I don't need to buy as many.  (Side note: my sister is a shoe collector/hoarder and owns over 250 pair!)


I keep my sandals on the far left because it hardly becomes too cold for sandals. Then I have my casual dresses, skirts, blazers and light jackets and cardigans. I don't integrate by color because I like to start with my base rather than the outer piece. I forgot to mention I let hubby have the bottom area for all his t-shirts.



Here is a cool panorama I took. It makes the closet seem huge when really it's about 4'x 10'.





That's it for now. Do you have a closet tour to share? I'd love to see how other ladies organize and what you do with the space you have.
 

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