When in Doubt… Shoes

This summer was one of the fastest. I don’t know if it’s because I am so busy with work and school or what, but whatever the reason, summer is quickly coming to an end. Which can only mean one thing… FALL!

I am trying to be very good when it comes to my finances; however, it is really hard to resist the urge for new fall clothes. I couldn’t decide what trend or piece I wanted to invest in this fall season. I love so many of the new arrivals! So I figured… when in doubt… choose SHOES!

Steve Madden was offering 20% off (currently they are offering 25% off!), so I decided to treat myself. I am loving my new shoes and I can’t wait to rock them this fall!

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What new fall trends are catching your eye?

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Closet Makeover

This past weekend, I spent my Sunday organizing. Most of my efforts were focused on my closet. As I explained in my last post, my closet isn’t the biggest, so every little nook and cranny is space needed.
I realized the key to organizing a small closet is maximizing storage space. In my case I did this by using hanging garment storage: two hanging sweater bags (similar here and here), one shoe organizer (I bought mine at Home Goods. Similar one here), and one multi use hanger for my scarves. For more on my scarf organization, see my last post.

Side by side hanging sweater bags. I used mine to store jeans, sweaters, and handbags.

Right side of closet

Hanging shoe organizer (showing one side as it hangs in my closet)

I took the shoe organizer out of the closet so you could get a full visual. (Organizer is double sided)

Other helpful tips:

First and foremost, get rid of anything you haven’t worn or won’t wear. I had three piles: Keep, Trash, and Donate. It is also helpful, to try things on. Be brutally honest with yourself. If it hasn’t fit in over a year… donate it. I also used the scenario of running into someone I haven’t seen in years. If I would be self-conscious running into them wearing that particular article of clothing… I got rid of it!

Organize by the type of apparel. For example all of my dresses are together, my blazers together, blouses, etc. Also, within your sections it often helps to color code your clothes. By putting all pinks with pink and blacks with black it helps you to visually see what you have. For example, after color coding my sweaters, I quickly realized I do not need to buy another black sweater for a very long time! I have an entire shelf of just black sweaters!

I tend to keep my shoes in their shoe boxes, mainly because its easier to store. If you keep your shoe boxes, be sure that each box is labeled. This way you can have a clear view of what you have or what you may need.

What tips and tricks do you use to organize your closet?

Good Things Happen to Those That Wait

I know I shouldn’t rush the seasons, but when shoe shopping with friends yesterday, I couldn’t help eyeing up all the new fall boots on display.

For months, probably a year, I have been searching high and low for the “perfect” bootie [insert backside joke here]. It seemed nearly impossible to find a bootie that wasn’t a sky high heel or had a ton of embellishments.

Well… yesterday I crossed paths with these! I had to have them! I love the overall simplicity and especially am a fan of the almond toe. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for a good almond toe shoe.

I picture these booties with tights and a skirt or a cute dress. I can’t wait to wear them!

Summer Wish List

This past weekend was beautiful. It was hot at times, the sun was shinning, and it made me crave summer. I’ve been holding out on buying any new spring pieces. I figured I’d wait for the sales and at the same time incorporate some new pieces for my summer wardrobe. For now, my wish list contains some of the following:

Clockwise left to right:

Sparkle & Fade Maxi Pleated Chiffon Skirt from Urban Outfitters

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Groovee Handbag at Piperlime

Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer from Urban Outfitters

Kate Spade New York Tickle the Ivories Idiom Bangle at Piperlime

1969 sexy boyfriend jeans from Gap

New Wayfarer from Ray-Ban