Quick Tip Tuesday: Necklace Travel Hack

Ever travel and get annoyed when you go to unpack your jewelry and your necklaces are all wadded in a knot?  A trick I’ve learned over the years is to thread the necklace through a straw and latch it to prevent any tangling.  They still pack well since they don’t take up any space and the straw can also be cut to fit shorter chains.  This hack has been a lifesaver for me many times. You’re welcome.  😜

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Shop Your Closet

Does this sound familiar…

“I have absolutely nothing to wear!”

…but your closet looks like this?

Chances are, you have several pieces in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn or have only worn one time.  My tip is to shop your closet!  Regardless of it’s size, go through and pick out all the clothes that still have price tags (guilty) or that you have only worn once.  If you have the room, create a space in your closet (or you could use a spare closet) and put all the unworn/one time worn clothing in one spot.  Then when the statement from above arises again, skip the mall and go to that new section of your closet.  Not only will it save you money, it’ll save you time and energy looking for an outfit.

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How To: Wear A Graphic Tee

I think graphic shirts are so playful, fun and quirky and besides, who doesn’t love a good soft t-shirt?   I’ve noticed lately they tend to multiply in my closet (unbeknownst to me of course).  Does this happen to anybody else?  However, as much as I love wearing them, I do tire of the same ole “jeans/lounge wear & t-shirt” look.  Today I’m going to share some simple tips on how to spruce up those graphic t-shirts.

Four basic tips you need for styling graphic tee’s (or plain t-shirts):

  • TUCK– Play with tucking instead of just letting the shirt hang naturally.  There’s the classic full tuck (tuck shirt in completely then raise arms over head to untuck the shirt slightly then straighten out areas that may still be tucked in too much), the front tuck (tuck a small section of shirt into the center of waistband then pull the sides down so they fall out over the waistband) and the side tuck (same as the front tuck except tuck at either the left or right hip bone and pull down other side).
  • KNOT– This is a great way to style those oversized t-shirts.  Tie a front knot for a cinched waist or cropped top look.  Take it a step further and tie a knot to the side for an asymmetrical look.
  • BLING– Bling bling baby!  Pair with statement jewelry or shoes (or both) to dress up the t-shirt.
  • STRUCTURE– Think moto jacket, jean jacket, button down shirt, leather pants, pencil skirt, maxi skirt or fitted blazer.

Sample lookbook:

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Re-Work Your Denim Skirt

In keeping with the denim theme from last week, today I’m going to share some ways to revamp that denim skirt in the back of your closet.  I haven’t been this excited about something from my past resurfacing since NKOTB reunited.  I started noticing denim skirts popping back up in my favorite stores and immediately regretted discarding my old skirts.  Thanks to Express I now have one recirculating in my wardrobe.

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9 Ways To Style A Denim Skirt

  • Elevate the look with high heels.

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How To Style A Denim Dress

Give your favorite pair of jeans a break this summer and try wearing a denim dress instead.  Not only is a denim dress much cooler in the heat of the season but it’s a fun and flirty alternative from traditional jeans.  The dress, much like jeans, can be dressed up several ways simply by adding jewelry, bags and accessories.

 (My Denim Tunic Dress.  Purchase exact here)

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8 Ways To Style A Denim Dress:

  • Glam it up by wearing sexy pumps and statement pieces.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Bracelet Latch Hack

Trying to latch a bracelet on yourself can be a bit frustrating at times.  Especially if you are chasing the latch all over your arm.  Try this hack for easier latching:

  • Take a paper clip and spread it open.

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  • Slide the small hook end into the hook of your bracelet.

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  • Hold paper clip in hand to secure bracelet

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White Denim: 10 Ways

I love white denim jeans and consider them to be a closet staple.  I also think they can be worn all year round, especially in the winter time paired with a sweater, scarf and boots.  The “No White After Labor Day” rule is absurd and outdated.  However, since it is spring time and white is worn more so in the warmer months, I wanted to share with you a few tips and ideas for styling white denim jeans.

 1.  A fitted blazer gives white jeans a classic professional look.

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2.  Classic black & white.  Sometimes all you need is a black shirt.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Prevent Shoe Blisters

Buying new shoes is probably one of the best feelings in the world!!  However, the blisters that those new shoes can cause, is not!  Here are three quick hacks to help prevent blisters:

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  • Stretch out too-tight shoes using a hair dryer & big fluffy socks.  How to: Put on the socks and slip into your shoes.  Aim the hairdryer on the tight areas for a few seconds on high heat .  Stretch your feet by wiggling your toes for maximum effect.  Keep the shoes on as they cool.  Once cool remove socks and test out the shoes.  If your shoes are still a tad tight, repeat the process.

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  • Apply a clear gel deodorant to the backs and sides of your feet before wearing new shoes.  This helps as a barrier to protect your skin against friction.  I would not recommend applying deodorant if you already have a blister forming.  You don’t want to add chemicals to an open sore or sensitive spot because it will cause more irritation.  You could also apply mole skin to the backs of shoes to prevent friction.

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  • TWO WORDS:  Heel Grips!  The biggest blister issue I have is from my shoes sliding up and down on my heels.  I add heel grips to the back of most of my stiletto shoes to prevent slippage. It has been a life saver, or heel saver I should say.
     
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The Shirtdress-Why It’s Perfect For Spring

Spring is in the air….SPRING IS IN THE AIR!!!!!  At least it was here in the DC area last week.  We had 70 degree, sun shiny weather, just long enough for a teaser.  I even got to throw the top halfway back on my Jeep for a few days (was still a little too chilly for complete toplessness).  Which brings me to the topic of clothing.  By March, I’m usually tired of sweaters, pants, jackets, boots, etc.  The teasing warmer weather makes me ready to break out those summer dresses, sandals, flip flops, pedicures that you can actually see….you get the point.  So this leads me to today’s post and why I think the “shirtdress” is the perfect dress for spring.

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A shirtdress is basically an oversized version of a button down shirt and they come in all kinds of prints, colors and fabric.  The versatility of a shirtdress is just about endless.  They can be casual, chic, dressy and even sexy, if styled correctly.  For those cooler days/nights you can unroll the sleeves for added warmth or roll them up on warmer days.  They are perfect for a cold-to-warm weather transition, and can be worn to work (long as they are length appropriate, knee length), lunch dates or for a night out.

STYLE TIPS:

  • BELT IT  

-Usually the shirtdress comes with a matching belt, which helps elongate the body and gives the dress a waistline for a feminine shape.

-Forego the matching belt and style with a regular belt, wether it be a solid color or print.

-For a even bigger punch, style with a colorful scarf for the belt.

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How To Wear A Fur Vest

Do you own a fur vest or want to purchase one, but aren’t quite sure how to style it without looking like Chewbacca?  I love fur vests (these are faux fur so don’t throw red paint on me if you see me out and about).  They are a great fall/winter layering staple.  Today I am going to show you a few looks I created so you can get ideas and inspiration from.

Before I get deeper into this post, let me introduce you to Frannie.  I decided a Dress Form would come in handy to do these types of posts with, and frankly I got tired of changing clothes left and right. 🙂  Funny story really quick and we’ll get on to the looks.  I drug her out today and dressed her before I started this post.  I left the room briefly and got side tracked doing something else.  I forgot about her and when I turned the corner and walked back into the room I had a heart attack.  I thought someone was standing in my bedroom….haha!  Frannie is quite the trickster.

Ok enough blabbing….

THE LOOKS:

  • You know I love my flannel!  Add a fur vest and statement necklace to a flannel shirt for a fun twist.  To see more flannel looks click here.

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  • I love this outfit.  Pair a fur vest with a button down shirt.  I especially love the Portofino shirts from Express.  You can’t really go wrong with any of these shirts.  Since I chose a solid colored shirt I added leopard print shoes for a flirty twist.

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  • Add a vest to black skinny pants or leggings with a white shirt and boots.  I added a sexy boot with a heel and a statement necklace so that this look wasn’t so “Han Solo-ish”.

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  • Throw a fur vest on over a chunky sweater to make a perfect winter ensemble.

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  • You can’t go wrong with layering a fur vest with a Chambray shirt.  To see more Chambray looks click here.

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  • Add a fur vest to a timeless black and white classic look like this pencil skirt, white blouse and pearls.  This is a great outfit for the office and the vest just adds extra OOMPH.

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  • Add a fur vest to a simple black dress (Express also makes portofino dresses which are perfect all year round).  You could also add a brown or beige fur vest to an all black ensemble to break it up and add texture.

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  • You can also add a vest to a printed dress.  I dressed this animal print dress up with a statement necklace and heels.

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  • I posted this outfit before Christmas but felt it could work here too.  Pair a fur vest to a patterned sequin skirt.  It’s a fun way to mix textures together.

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Would you wear a fur vest?  If so how would you style it?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear what you come up with.

Here is Brutus yet again “helping” me with a post.  He’s literally sitting on my foot while I’m trying to take pictures.

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Let me know if you have any questions about any of the clothing, jewelry, shoes or purses!

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