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How to Build a Versatile Wardrobe Part 2: The Game Plan

17 Feb

buildawardrobeNow, let’s hope at this point that you have successfully completed The Purge! CONGRATULATIONS! Purging your closet is not easy! Consequently, you deserve a big fat congrats for getting through it and you are now one step closer to creating your dream, versatile wardrobe. So, now what comes next? When taking on any large or potentially difficult task it is always helpful to have a Game Plan and that is what we are going to talk about today.

Since you have hopefully let go of a lot of your clothes, it is clear that you are going to need to do some shopping. However, some of you might feel really lost when shopping. It might be hard for you to find things that fit properly or you might just feel really overwhelmed when you step in to that large department store. Creating a Game Plan will really help you tackle the large task of building a new wardrobe and make it feel much less daunting. So here are some questions that you need to ask yourself prior to embarking on your shopping trip that will help you feel more prepared.

What do I like? That might seem like a really strange question, but sometimes our wardrobes really do not reflect what styles, trends, and fashions that we actually like. It is easy to convince yourself that you can’t wear a trend or use your old clothes as a security blanket or to be afraid to branch out. So, before hitting the mall, browse Pintrest, fashion magazines, catalogs, blogs, etc and find outfits that you really like. Save them on your phone or print them off your computer. Then you will have them for reference and be able to look for those pieces once you are actually at the clothing store.

What do I need? Now this probably seems like a really huge question however the answer (even if you don’t realized it) is almost always BASICS. Long sleeved t-shirts, solid basic t-shirts, camisoles, solid oxfords, a fitted blazer, and jeans. If you do not have any or many of these (that fit well! And if they don’t fit well, you should have already tossed them out!) in your closet, they need to be a huge part of your game plan. Endless outfits can be created through mixing and matching these pieces.

Where am I going to go shopping? Figuring out where to find clothes that really fit you well can be hard. The fact is, you are probably going to have to visit several different stores. Don’t be discouraged! This is normal! Also, if you are used to shopping at one particular store – branch out. Remember, you threw out a lot of those old clothes for a reason! Going back to the same place you bought them might not be the answer. Pre-shopping isn’t a bad idea either. Visit different retailers’ websites and see if they have items that fit your style. This might save you some valuable time by prevent you from wandering into a store that totally does not compliment your size or style. If you possible, it is always a good idea to bring along a honest friend on your shopping adventure. A second opinion is usually never a bad thing.

How much is this going to cost? Set a budget prior to shopping and do not go over that budget. If you love to shop like me, this might be hard. In order to not be tempted, I usually withdraw cash from an ATM prior to shopping and leave my debit and credit cards at home. That way I won’t be able to exceed my budget even if I, in the moment, want to. If you foresee yourself having trouble staying on budget, you might want to do the same. Better to be safe now than poor later. Unfortunately, clothes are not cheap. So, in order to stay on budget and make the most of your money, prioritize what you items you spend the most on. Invest in quality pieces that you know you will wear forever (black pumps, a blazer, oxford shirt, etc.) and do not spend much on trendier items that will only be cool for a season or two.

All righty! I hope this advice will help you towards your goal of achieving a brand new, versatile, “I love my closet so much” wardrobe! Stay tuned for the next installment of this series COMING SOON!



Fall’s Must Haves for the Girl on a Budget

25 Aug

We all want to look fabulous this fall but not all of us have an unrestricted budget to make this happen. Here are a few must have pieces for fall that will not break the bank (or max out your credit card!).

1. Motorcycle jackets are bigger than ever for fall. Grab these fashionable finds for less than $50.


$49.98 at maurices.com

motojacket2$49.95 at h&m.com

motojacket3$24.80 at forever21.com

2) An oversized sweater in a neutral color is perfect for layering. Not to mention it is both super versatile, wonderfully comfy, and a fall fashion staple.


$19.95 at h&m.com


$27.99 at pacsun.com

3) Riding boots are practical and super stylish for fall. Grab them in a rich brown color and they will go with anything in your wardrobe.

ridingboot1$39.80 at forever21.com

ridingboot2$49 at jcpenny.com

4) A printed scarf in a bold color will add some brightness and interest to even your most basic fall outfit.


$9.80 at forever21.com

scarf2$14.99 at target.com

scarf3$11.99 at jcpenny.com

5) A tissue thin long sleeved t-shirt begs to be layered and is something every girl needs in her closet. Throw it on with your moto jacket, skinny jeans, and a fun scarf and you will be both comfy and stylish for your fall outing.

longsleeve1$20.00 at maurices.com

longsleeve2$25.00 at jcrew.com

6) Coats this season are really out of the box. In bright, decidedly un-wintery colors, fun shapes, or sporting interesting details, these coats are calling your name.

coat2$74.99 at zappos.com

coat1$59.95 at h&m.comcoat3$62.30 at bluefly.com

7) Not only are hats perfect for hiding a bad hair day but they will also help keep you warm and add an extra fashionable touch to your outfit.

hat$16.80 at forever21.com

hat2$12.95 at pacsun.com

hat3$12.99 at Target.com

8) The utility jacket is also having a moment this fall and you can snag these cool, versatile jackets for a steal.

jacket$39.00 maurices.com

jacket2$32.80 at forever21.com

I can’t wait for fall! And these awesome pieces are making me even more excited for the changing of the season; I can’t wait to wear them! I hope these items will help you look your best and stay on budget this fall.

What are you most excited to wear as cool weather closes in?


How To Find That Perfect Pair of Jeans

16 Aug


Every girl wants to find that perfect pair of jeans. A pair of jeans that hugs her curves in all the right places, flatters, fits perfectly, goes with everything, and is comfortable. Unfortunately, many women think that it would be easier to find the Holy Grail than those coveted jeans. I hear it all the time: “I’m made funny”, “My thighs are too big for jeans”, “Jeans make my butt look saggy”, “All jeans highlight my love handles”, etc. etc. Even more unfortunate is that women think that their jean problem is caused by them or their bodies. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Rock Revival Miss me jeans

Miss Me Glitz Straight Stretch Jean and Rock Revival Betty Mid-Rise Boot Stretch Jean

If you don’t take anything else away from this how-to, please remember that there is nothing wrong with your body. If the jeans don’t fit, it is the jeans fault not your bodies.

Understanding a few basic terms from common jean lingo can really help you better understand what type of jean is right for your body. Something first to consider is the fit. Now, contrary to popular belief, the fit of the jean has nothing to do with leg openings (i.e. bootcut, flare, etc.). Instead, fit is how a jean will fit from the hip through the thigh and down through the knee. Some words that commonly describe fit are: curvy, slim, relaxed, and straight (this will vary from retailer to retailer). It is important understand that each fit is going to be different. You might be a 5 in one fit but a size 7 in another. So trying each pair on is crucial. How do you find which fit is best for you? TRY THEM ON! Never ever buy jeans without trying them on.If you find a fit you love ask the sales associate if that same fit comes in multiple colors. Retailers often offer numerous washes in the same fit which makes jean shopping so much easier! Another mantra I hear over and over is “I’m a curvy girl! I can’t wear slim fit jeans!” Yes! Yes you can! As a matter of fact, slim fit jeans can sometimes be much more flattering than a more relaxed fit! The name of a fit should not discourage you from trying them on! 


Vigoss Premium Embellished Slim Boot Jeans and Silver Jeans Co. Suki Destructed medium wash jeans

I’ve preached this before in my “How to Manage Muffin Top” post but this could seriously be the most important aspect of jean shopping so it is worth mentioning again: pay attention to the rise. The rise of a jean refers to the length of the pant from the crotch to the top of the waistband in the front and the back. Finding the right rise for your body is crucial to finding a comfortable and flattering pair of jeans. Most retails will have several different rises from low rise all the way to high-waisted varieties. Trying on several rises is so important and remember when the rise changes there is a good possibility that the size you will need will change too. Consequently, don’t be afraid to try take several different sizes with you to the fitting room. Getting the perfect rise can really be the difference between a jean that causes severe muffin top or is otherwise unflattering and a super slimming, “I want to wear you everyday” jean.



620 Mid-Rise Super Skinny and H&M Straight Regular Jeans

Another thing wise and informed jean shoppers do is check the labels. See how much cotton, spandex, and other fabrics are in the jeans. Obviously jeans with a high percentage spandex or elastic are going to have a lot of stretch which makes them very forgiving and curve-hugging. Jeans with a lot of cotton are often very soft and good quality but slightly less forgiving because of their lack of stretch. A 98% cotton 2% spandex blend is a good medium however you must find what is most comfortable  for you.

Something else to consider is the wash of the jeans. Wash refers to the color and amount of distressing/lack of distressing on the jeans. There are TONS of washes to choose from: dark wash, light wash, medium wash, and endless variances. Not to mention blasting, baking, whiskering, and other ways of detailing jeans. All of these can really impact how the jeans look on; even if the fit is perfect, these details can make or break how slimming and how the jean looks on. Generally, dark washes are the most flattering however this does not mean that trendier, lighter wash jeans are always a no-no. Instead of shying away from lighter washes completely, pay attention to where the lightest area of the jean is. These lightest areas are practically a spotlight. Consequently, if your thighs are not your favorite body part, avoid any wash that goes lighter at this area.



Rag & Bone Boyfriend – Moss with Holes and Denim Flex Dark Wash Jegging

Believe it or not, the leg opening on a jean really is all about personal preference and has little to do with the overall fit. Whether you purchase a bootcut, flare, straight leg, skinny, or boyfriend jean is really all up to you. Though there are some fits that flatter certain body types more than others, choosing the best leg opening is all about what you prefer.

When jean shopping you really need to be prepared to just buckle down, hit the fitting room, and try on numerous options. Finding the perfect apartment, car, or even boyfriend can take a lot of work and finding the perfect pair of jeans is no different! Making sure you go to a denim retailer with numerous options and knowledgeable sales associates is also key. They are experts on their product and most likely know what will fit your body better than even you do! So, listen to them and be willing to try on their suggestions. It never hurt to try and may ultimately be the difference between you leaving the store frustrated or exiting in denim bliss! Don’t forget that having a good tailor can also really increase your chances of finding denim perfection. If you find the perfect fit but they are just a tad long or have some other minor problem, it could be just a quick, inexpensive fix for a tailor and the end result will be your custom, fits-like-a-glove jean that you will wear forever.

I hope these tips have not only encouraged you to go try on some jeans but also help you find that perfect pair! Any questions about jeans, buying jeans, fit, or jean lingo? Just ask!



H&M Has Online Shopping: SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

6 Aug

Those of you not from a small town can not fully appreciate what a HUGE deal H&M launching their online store really is. Visiting an H&M (or Macy’s or Dillards or Banana Republic etc etc) is sometimes a once a year deal for me because the shopping in my small town is very limited. I mean, when they opened a Forever 21 in a near by mall it was like Christmas but way better. Keep in mind, this mall containing the Forever 21 is still almost an hour away.

As you may expect, I do quite a bit of online shopping. Since H&M is one of my favorite stores (anytime I am anywhere near an H&M my wallet cringes), the fact that you can now order online is absolutely thrilling. Not to mention, those of you lucky enough to live near an H&M now have an even larger selection since you can also shop online. The result, happy fashionistas everywhere!

What am I going to be buying first? These…..


and probably this….


yea this too….


yup. And this.




The Skirt I’m Buying Now!

28 Feb

3 words: printed pencil skirt. WOW! It is hard to go wrong with a classic pencil skirt and I’m loving how many designers are putting a spin on this wardrobe staple by making a variety of fun, printed options. Perfect for the office and sexy for a date night, whats not to love?

printed pencil skirt
pencil skirts 2
pencil skirt 3

My favorite is probably the mint one from JCrew. LOVE! Which one do you like the best?



The Horror! Some People Don’t Know the Benefits of Polyvore

7 Feb

I was engaged in a conversation with a friend last week when she mentioned to me that, despite frequently needing fashion inspiration, she was not a dedicated user of Polyvore! What!? Because of this, I am very worried that some poor people still do not know the absoulute wonders of Polyvore. Consequently I am going to outline briefly some of this websites wonderful qualities!


Polyvore is not just for the artsy individuals or those with too much time on their hands. One of the great uses of Polyvore is the ability to build “sets” and “collections” with pieces (tops, bottoms, jewelry, etc) that you are in love with online. You create “sets” by arranging your favorite online pieces onto a board and making outfits. How handy! Not only does this allow you to save your favorite items (so you can go back and buy them later), but it also can serve as a reminder of great ways to wear these pieces. You can virtually try on thousands of outfits without undressing. Or, if you have a way of wearing something or have an outfit that you think is particularly cool or otherwise awesome, assemble it on Polyvore so that other users can glean inspiration from you! Let inner fashionista express herself!

My favorite part of Polyvore is that you can search other users sets and collections. How do you do this? Simply go to Polyvore and at the top right hand side of the screen you will see a “search” box. Within this search box is a drop down menu that will probably say “products”. Select the drop down menu and click on “sets”. Then just type in anything you have been thinking about buying, anything in your closet that you need inspiration on how to wear differently or that you don’t know how to wear at all (i.e. “red pencil skirt”, “boyfriend blazer”, “printed pants”, etc.). Right before your eyes will surface HUNDREDS of different ways to wear that item that you may or may not have thought about before. On numerous occasions, this has helped me out of a wardrobe rut where I get stuck wearing the same piece, the same way, over and over and over. Genius!

If this has not prompted you to at least give Polyvore a try I don’t know what will!



Street Style!

4 Nov

By popular demand (or really just lots of demand from a particular friend of mine…you know who you are) here is a short preview of a much anticipated street style series I’m going to do! Enjoy!

It is so easy to dress up anything with a blazer. This outfit is a prime example; a simple white tee, a cute scarf, and snazzy flats — perfect.

So trendy! Leopard pants made everyday casual with tough boots.


The cool factor is instantly upped when a colorful scarf and shades are added to a casual look.



Sparkly flats with a girly bow add instant glamour to jeans.



Such a gorgeous, vintage inspired necklace! Love!


This plaid shirt looks great paired with red cardigan and cowboy-ish boots!