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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Quick Tip Tuesday: Prevent Hose/Tights From Running

Spray your tights or panty hose all over with a light coat of hair spray to prevent holes from forming or running.  The hairspray bonds the fibers together making them harder to snag.

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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.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Diamond Ring Cleaning Hack

I was examining my ring the other day to make sure the diamond wasn’t loose in the setting and under closer inspection, I realized there was this god awful haze on the band and gunk all over the diamond. I’m not gonna lie, it grossed me the heck out.  If you’re like me and hardly ever take off your ring(s) then you probably notice that it’s not near as shiny or lustrous as it used to be.  It’s not always easy to get to the jeweler for a shine up or it can just be plain inconvenient,  so I’m sharing my go-to hack that will shine it up like new without even having to leave the house.  This can be used on diamond earrings and necklaces too.

All you need:

  • Liquid Dish Soap (like Dawn)
  • Warm Water
  • Small Bowl

This method is safe for all settings and metal types.  Simply add dish soap and warm water to the bowl and soak ring for 20-40+ min depending on how dirty it is.  If there is still any leftover residue, use an old soft bristle toothbrush and lightly brush the ring.  Never use sharp or hard metal to remove residue as you could damage the metal/diamond or loosen the setting.  Rinse the ring under warm running water to remove all soap and repeat if necessary.

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Chloe + Isabel Semi-Annual Sale

Hey guys!  It’s been a while since we’ve had a sale so I wanted to share some of these gorgeous pieces with you and let you know they are now available up to 65% off until July 31st!!  Now is the perfect time to stock up on jewelry for fall!  Shop these pieces and more in my online boutique.

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Rings as low as $13!!!

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Necklaces as low as $18 & earrings as low as $11.

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Shop here while supplies last!!

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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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Six Closet Staples We Have Thanks To Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was probably the greatest fashion designer that ever lived.  She liberated women from the restraints of corseted silhouette clothing post WW1 era and went against tradition wearing clothing like a man.  She took the simplicity of men’s clothing and created the modern casual woman with a feminine touch.

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If it weren’t for Coco we wouldn’t have these six staples in our closet:

1.  The Little Black Dress aka “LBD”:  Women used to wear black for mourning purposes prior to the 1920’s but in 1926 she published a picture of a simple, calf-length black dress in American Vogue.  The “LBD” became accessible for women of all classes and a simple closet staple.

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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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