Heating Up

March 10, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

I know some people tolerate… or even like winter here in the Midwest. Not me, no no. Every winter I struggle to maintain any bits of warmth (and sanity). Hot yoga and I become even closer friends. I turn the heat up in my studio to 75-80 degrees just to un-thaw. And when it gets really bad I even allow myself a trip to the tanning salon (about once every few months, I know, its bad). Notice my not-so-subtle burn? Bah. But today, it finally warmed up. It was amazing!!

American Retro Cardigan; John Richmond Shirt (similar in a different colorway), J. Crew Pants, J. Crew Shoes (loving the backless version), Fendi Bag
All anyone was talking about today was how nice the weather was! I clearly am not the only excited one. Warm weather is just so motivating. For the first time in many many months I have the urge to wear something that doesn’t involve toasty pajamas (or layers of scrubs… same thing). I’m craving bright colors… but “settling” with fun patterns (because my color craving is always so temporary!). I’m loving ikat prints, like this comfy sweater and these adorable sandals. Those patterns just make me undeniably happy! Of course, spring always makes me crave beautiful but subtle and versatile floral prints, like this casual tank or this wear-to-work shell. And not exactly a pattern, but gentle metallic-y items are on my radar too, like this linen tee. Hopefully I can grab some extra shifts in these upcoming months to have some extra spending money!

I suppose I should go to sleep. Motivated to blog on a work day… see what I mean about warm weather motivation? Crazy! :)

My Most Worn Shoes

March 3, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

I just started my taxes yesterday. Tax season always makes me a little more money conscious. On top of it being tax season, I just bought a new (used, of course) car. The combination of these two things is making me hesitate before each and every purchase. Especially non-necessities. For instance, I really want to make a few new (winter-y? spring-y?) additions to my closet to help get myself through these dreary months (because it doesn’t get nice here until around… When? May? Ugh.). I’ve worn and re-worn my winter items so often. But new clothing purchases are just so hard to justify! Even with gift card money. Bah.

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This anti-spending mentality makes me even more determined to only buy and keep items that I love. I’m starting a substantial closet cleanout right now to make some room and money for potential new additions this spring (I’m only allowed to spend as much as I make selling for the next year… all of my other funds are already accounted for!). When I think about what in my wardrobe gets the most use, a few things come to mind. We can start at the bottom, I suppose (and do a post on the other stuff later!). So shoes. I get a ton of use out of all of my Elsie pumps. I wear these at least 50% of the time. The suede versions are stunning and hold up surprisingly well. My leftover gift card money might eventually have to go to the rose blossom color. But the leather version is also great. At first I thought these would be less comfy than the suede, but I was wrong! They’re perfect. I regret not getting the misty green when they were on sale for just over $100 a few weeks back (I was still in the winter-colors-only mentality, I think). Because I can’t handle heels every day (although sometimes I try), I have a few pairs of super comfy go-to flats as well. AGL is still my favorite brand for flats. Nothing beats their basic ballerina flats. Oh my gosh comfortable. If I ever have any extra money (or find some on eBay), I’m going to snatch up their pointy toe version, which looks a bit more streamlined. My other favorite flats recently (also pointy toed!) are Vince’s Nina flat (got mine for 70% off, now 45-50% off) and J. Crew’s Harper Cutout flat. Both are beautiful and comfy, although the Nina Flat did require some break in time. I think I might grab some pointy toe mules when warmer weather hits (either this tassel version or a woven version like these).

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How about you? What are your most worn (and likely most comfortable) shoes? Have you tried the ones I mentioned? If so, what have your experiences been with them?

Minimize Dry Cleaning Costs

February 15, 2015 in closet essentials

The Midwest was teased with some warm weather recently. I optimistically thought that winter might be on its way out early this year. I was definitely completely wrong. We’re back to a high of 3 degrees over here. No nice heatwaves in site. Since I apparently won’t be packing away my winter wardrobe anytime soon, I figured I share a bit about how I care for my winter apparel.

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Winter wear consists of lots of wool varieties, which is great for warmth, less great for maintenance. I’m 100% for investing in quality fabrics, especially for winter clothes. When I first started accumulating these items I had a bit of a dilemma over how to clean them and how often to clean them. After much trial and error, I’ve come up with this. I steam my clothes (this is the best steamer for the price) after every wear. This takes out wrinkles and minor smells. If the item looks and smells good after steaming, it goes back into the closet after a mist of a fabric spray and a pass of a super sticky lint roller and fabric shaver, if necessary. If the item has a lingering issue such as a stain or smell, it goes in the dry cleaning pile (I’ve been meaning to try the wool wash, silk wash and stain bar, but haven’t found the time). I find that for most items, I can get at least 5+ wears out of them before having to dry clean them.

How do you take care of your winter items?