I love a good date night as much as the next person, but I also like comfort. Track pants are a great alternative to wear for a date night if you’re not in the mood to wear a tight skirt or jeans. I love these H&M track pants I bought a few years ago [similar here]. I styled them with my favorite top I bought this summer. In a previous post, I styled the top the way it was meant to be worn, tied in the front. For this look, I left the ties undone to add a more flowy/romantic vibe. Pumps, chic jewelry and a pony completed my date night outfit.
I can’t believe how warm it is still. I’m not going to lie, I’m definitely going to soak it up before it drops into the 60s next week. With 60 degree weather comes the need for warm shoes [i.e. booties]. We all know the trends this season are metallics, funky velvet floral/baroque prints and kitten heels. Well, I like to dress to the beat of my own drum and I am personally swooning over the color olive right now – it’s like the new black. While everyone was in a tizzy about the Nordstrom anniversary sale I was able to score these olive green booties from Lord & Taylor for only $53! These Marc Fisher booties were all the rage last season and for some reason I’m just now starting to really be into them. I love the minimalist/western/casual chic vibe of the shoe. I styled the booties with a wrap dress, linen jacket and snake print belt.
What bootie style are you most excited to wear this season?
We all know about spring cleaning, but do you ever clean out your junk before that? I like to do a clean out two times a year [at least with my clothes]. I do a clean out in the spring and another in the fall. Cleaning out your closet more than once a year is beneficial because you never realize how much new stuff you accumulate over only a few months. As you can see in my above photo, I don’t have the largest closet, so I’m going to share some tips and tricks for cleaning out your closet and maximizing the space you have.
Edit your closet by season
I only have clothes in my closet for specific seasons. What do I do with the not-in-season clothes? I have my bed on bed risers and store chunky sweaters, boots and coats in long, flat bins under my bed. The bed risers add that extra height I need for the bins.
Editing your closet by season makes the clean out process much easier and less overwhelming.
Start with the closet, and start getting rid of things
I typically go piece by piece and ask myself:
“Did I wear this over the last few months?” No? Bye.
“Can I wear this in fall and winter?” Yes? Okay it stays in the closet. No? It goes into a pile.”
Sometimes I have to try things on to make sure I still love the piece. If I feel “meh” when I put it on, I chuck it.
Whip out those storage bins
By now you should have a pile of unwanted clothes you’ll donate and a pile of summer clothes you’ll store.
Go through your fall/winter items and go through the same process of figuring out what you want to keep and what you want to donate.
Organize your newly edited fall/winter closet
Use shoe organizers.
I love me some shoes, so I definitely need more than just the floor. Shoe organizers are great because they add rows/height so you can store more shoes in a small space. I typically add the shoes I wear frequently to the shoe holder and everything else organize in a row on the floor. I tried the hanging shoe organizers but they just took up hanging space.
Fold sweaters and jeans.
Folding these items will save space. Sometimes you can buy cube like shelves to place in your closet so the sweater and jean stacks don’t fall over. I need to get some this season!
Be smart about your jackets/coats.
I like to keep my lightweight jackets and blazers in my closet. There’s no room for the bulky wool or down coats, so if you have a coat rack or coat closet in the house leverage that for the thicker outerwear.
Donate your unwanted pile
I only sell what I think I can make a profit off of. Everything else I like to donate. I used to only donate to Goodwill, but I’ve recently discovered another awesome way to donate. There’s a business here in Columbus called To Flourish Boutique. They accept donated clothes that they resell on their Poshmark site and donate proceeds to helping women in need.
Store the not-in-season pile
Store the not-in-season clothes by putting them in bins and storing where you have space.
Ohio weather is odd…we have maybe a week or two of mildly cool, but still sunny and warm weather before it gets to temps that require way more layers. Those two weeks in my book are glorious because it’s my favorite type of weather. You know, the weather when you can wear a light jacket and not be cold, or mix and match mini skirts with booties without freezing your tush off? I love that small window of straight up summer to fall transition, and today I’m going to share a wardrobe piece that is perfect for that type of weather [and can even be taken into snowfall weather].
As some of you may have guessed, yes, it’s the shirt jacket. No, not a jacket, not a shirt, but a hybrid of the two. A few months ago I ordered one from Mango, but unfortunately the fit was too short and boxy. I’ve been following the Who What Wear ladies since 2007 when I was in college, and needless to say they have really made waves with their business and the new Who What Wear x Target line. Putting the shirt jacket out of my mind for awhile, it’s like they read my mind when they came out with their fall collection. The second I saw this olive green beauty on their Insta I knew I had to try it on. Needless to say, it fit perfectly as a shirt and a jacket. The piece is also around $40 and I mean ya can’t beat that.
For the summer inspired look, I styled the piece as a jacket with some denim shorts, a tank, bright flats and mirrored sunglasses. For the fall inspired look, I styled it as a shirt tucked into a leather mini with neutral booties and fun accessories. Shirt jackets can be tricky when it comes to having a flattering fit, so try on different styles/colors/fabrics and see what works best for you. Either way you’ll be satisfied with this versatile piece in your wardrobe!
Can you believe it’s almost September? Insane! Even though cooler weather is around the corner, I’m not ready to give up the rich, bold colors of summer. This post was inspired by a stunning jewel tone skirt from local boutique Jolie Occasions. The deep green color makes it the perfect summer-fall transition piece. I’ve styled the skirt with a crazy soft off the shoulder crop top and metallic clutch. The metallic against the jewel tone really makes the outfit pop and adds a subtle shine to the look. Jewel tones and metallics are not just for the holidays my friends.
Now, let’s talk color. I was perusing H&M’s site and noticed a bright, red linen blazer that I think would be a perfect pop of color to a deep jewel tone. Now I know what you’re thinking – linen in fall and/or winter? Weird. I personally love layering linen pieces in the fall/winter because they add that extra layer you might need without the bulky look.
What colors do you get most excited about when the cooler weather comes?
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I’ve styled the bag as a cross body with a casual track pant look.
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Pinterest plays a big part when it comes to my outfit inspiration [you can follow my inspiration board here]. Brand lookbooks and blogger style allow me to think outside of the box when creating an outfit. J.Crew really inspires me to mix prints to give what seem like basic pieces in my closet an instant refresh.
For my J.Crew inspired look [minus the J.Crew] I styled a Gap denim jacket I’ve had since I was 13 [had an early growth spurt people], an H&M striped top, Forever21 jacket I’ve had for years, black slacks and Nine West loafers.
No need to put away your light weight summer-to-fall transition jackets just yet. Even though the temps are dropping, you can still make use out of them! All you need to do is to layer one of your favorite jackets [that you would typically wear alone] under the light weight style of your choice. The jacket on jacket look adds contrast to your outfit while providing that extra layer of warmth you need.
Ohio has finally decided to be fall where it’s chilly enough that a sweater is necessary. With that said, layering [my favorite] is required for a lot of my outfits.
The bell sleeve trend was big over the summer and is continuing into fall. For this look, I styled a gorgeous bell sleeve sweater from Forever 21 under a classic black blazer. The bell sleeves peeking through the bottom of the blazer sleeves adds a unique touch. Pairing the sweater and blazer with my go-to wide leg pants and black pumps completed the look.