April 9, 2014

Decluttering Your Closet

It's officially been Spring for a few weeks now, which means a few things: tax season, spring cleaning, and figuring out what to wear in the on/off warm temps. Like filing taxes, many of us will come up with reasons to not clean out our closets. "It looks so good on me though.", "But I only wore it once!", "Omg, I will totally wear this to brunch next weekend." Any of these thoughts sound familiar? Rather than living in a pile of clutter and going through endless excuses as to why you should keep an item, it's time to organize our precious threads and ditch anything that isn't serving us anymore.

Something that you no longer wear in your closet may be of value to someone else, so why not take the time to sort everything out and give someone else a chance at that Rodarte by Target dress you snagged as soon as it hit shelves (but never wore)?

To make things easy, I separate my items into two categories: sell and donate. It's pretty self-explanatory, but to break it down, keep these things in mind:

  • Sell:
    • It holds a high monetary value. Check eBay or other sites that are selling something similar to see how you can price it.
    • You spent your entire paycheck on it. Get that money back! You deserve it and can use it towards that new bag you've been drooling over for months now.
    • It's still trendy. If an item is still in season or you feel someone else would absolutely love it, sell it!
    • The tags are still on. Ok seriously, why are the tags still on? We'll get to that later but if this is the case with any of your pieces, obviously sell it - it's in perfect condition (I hope)!
  • Donate:
    • It wasn't worth much. It's OK to part with items that you spent less than you would lunch on. 
    • It's not trendy anymore. If it's out of season - and doesn't fall under a vintage category - it's good to donate.
    • It's not in the best condition. While you may not like the idea of giving someone an item that's not in perfect condition, there are several people out there that really just need clothes. Don't feel bad!

Now you have a way in which you can declutter your closet effortlessly and get some cash and good feelings while you're at it.

So, how do you know when it's time to part with an item in your closet? Let's break down our clutter into four categories. You'll be so happy and feel great when it's over!

The Two Week Rule

This relates to what I mentioned above about having the tags still on. If an item in your closet still has the tags on it two weeks after you bought it, it needs to go! This of course doesn't apply to something you are planning to wear to a specific event, an upcoming trip, or snagging early for a different season (good for you, thinking ahead). Otherwise, you will not wear it and you need to give it up to someone who will! Sell it.


I probably fall into this category the most, which is odd since I don't exactly follow trends. I find that when an item hits the shelves that's so unique, I feel like I have to have it. But do I really? It's time to think about how often you will wear it in the long run and if it can be worn on multiple occasions or not.

Furthermore, how many people are actually noticing how fab that multi-colored, scoop-neck, fit-and-flare, mesh-insert dress is? Probably only you. The one or two times you've worn it. You may be thinking "I wear what I wear for myself"; hey, me too, but it's still important to let go of any item you've purchased simply due to its trendiness. Instead, still look for something fun and flattering, but make sure it can be worn in various ways throughout the years.

"But it's SO cute / I'll wear it someday"

I'm sure it is, but no you won't. Another one of my guilty thoughts upon trying to clean out my closet is how cute/special an item is and telling myself I'll wear it at one point or another. Who am I kidding, though?! If it's been sitting in your closet for months now not being worn, it needs to go. Unless it has a huge sentimental value, it's a one-of-a-kind item, or is a piece you can use for photoshoots/styling/etc., it absolutely needs to go. Think about all of the other amazing items you can snag once you score some big bucks from selling it!

No Pain; More Gain

It's safe to say that I've never fallen under this, since comfort is key to me no matter how incredible an item may be. If something is painful to wear, get rid of it now. Why torture yourself when you can definitely find something just as stylish but way more comfortable? I know, your legs look amazing in those 5-inch platform pumps and your bod is just catching all eyes in that skin-tight leather dress; but your feet need to breathe and your body is calling for help. There are enough sexy shoes and dresses out there - both sexy and comfortable - to give you the oomph to wear them all night long!

Phew, that was a lot to take in, I know! But hopefully this method as well as my tips will make your life easier when sorting through your closet. Plus, think about all the time you'll be saving when getting ready now!

Do you have any tips or advice of your own to declutter? I love discovering new ways to stay organized!

March 14, 2014

Pi(e) Day | Batman | Tea for Two

Happy Pi(e) day! You know I'll be whipping up a delicious pie to celebrate one of the most important days of the year. Wheee!

Last week, my friends and I went shopping even though I definitely shouldn't have been buying anything, at least until Spring actually arrives! Who am I kidding though? That never happens; we are all enablers. I did manage to score some fantastic deals, so at least there was that. For some reason, I was on a comic-inspired binge when shopping and snagged a Batman skirt, hoodie and pair of earrings, a comic print skirt, and a Marvel heroes sweater. I'll post a haul soon of all of my goodies!

I'm sure everyone was boasting about the beautiful weather on Tuesday in DC; naturally, I had to enjoy it, too! Brian and I went to Old Town where we had lunch at one of our favorite spots, Teasim, then strolled around to take some photos of my outfit and finished off the day at Gravelley Point Park where we watched planes take off and just relax. This was his first time experimenting with my DSLR (which I haven't used in way too long), so you'll definitely be seeing more "outfit of the day" posts from me!

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Blazer: Betsey Johnson
Skirt: H&M
Earrings: Hot Topic
Tank Top: Target

I hope that last one made someone smile (✿◠‿◠)

Stay tuned for my haul post!

January 16, 2014

How to Wear Creepers

Let's face it, not all of us are too keen on certain trends that hit the runways; from sea creature details like anemone ruffles to over-sized sports-like attire that isn't always the most flattering, we find ourselves in a love/hate relationship with something we are more than likely to spend our money on and endless hours trying to style.

Let's talk about creepers. Creepers are nothing new to the fashion industry, but it wasn't until the 1950s when they became popular after being shown off by the Teddy Boys. They were well-known for having a distinct look with dapper ensembles - trousers, draped jackets, bolo ties and pompadour haircuts. The shoe has since been introduced into subcultures including punk and goth, ska and nowadays, a wide variety of personal style.

Before we knew it, Prada was showcasing their own versions on the runway, they hit the markets and were instantly labeled a trend amongst fashion houses, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts all around.

I must admit that when creepers crawled back into the fashion scene, I wasn't too excited since they can look quite clunky and unflattering if not styled properly (which, unfortunately, is what we've seen in the past). Soon after they hit the runways, fashion bloggers and celebrities began incorporating the shoe into their own personal style, new designs came onto the market and even I began to see how they can appear quite stylish and interesting when, again, paired in just that, a stylish manner.

The bit of height is enough to throw the most daring of shoe enthusiasts into the game. The key is to pay attention to your outfit's silhouette and to have an all around balance.

Key Points:
  • Make sure your ankles are showing. Wear cropped pants or skirts and dresses.
  • Balance your outfit with delicate pieces - no menswear attire here!
  • Add pretty, delicate accessories. Anything bulky will just add more clunk to your look which is what we're trying to avoid.
  • Don't overdo the prints, especially if you choose printed creepers. Keep the rest sleek and simple.
OK, got it - now what?

Now that you have key points to keep in mind, it's time to decide just how you're going to style your look! Luckily, you have two options: a subtle approach or mixing things up. 

A Subtle Approach

To keep it fresh and girly, look for creepers in subtle prints and detailing - stay away from clunky buckles, hardware and wild prints. You don't even have to go for black; opt for neutrals and pastels or a color-blocked pair. This way, you're wearing the height and helping to make the creepy creepers appear a bit delicate if you didn't think that was possible (it is).

Chanel's 2013 Resort Collection showcased just that: feminine frocks in pastel hues, flouncy skirts and embellished jackets, all paired with matching creepers in pale or glittered pigments. Both had white soles to give off a lighter illusion and a more girly vibe. 

Mix Things Up

With a statement shoe, it's also OK to be a little daring with the rest of your outfit considering you're already feeling a bit on the wild side. When it comes to choosing bottoms, stay away from flared or bootleg jeans... unless you want to channel That 70's Show. Instead, stick to shorts of your choosing or skinny jeans as well as flouncy skirts or delicate dresses. Don't be afraid to accessorize; just remember to keep your pieces delicate but feel free to pile on!

You definitely don't have to stick to the traditional style creeper, either; i.e. the typical lace-up black ones with the highest sole. There are a variety of colors, patterns and heights as well as creepers with open-toes and strappy elements.

So, are you ready to take on the creeper challenge 
(that sounds weird, I know)? Have you already? If so, What's 
your favorite way of wearing the attention-grabbing shoe?