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If you have a walk in closet, I beyond envy you. Whether you have a huge walk in or a teeny tiny closet (like me), everyone can use some pointers about getting themselves and their closets organized.
Merchandise your Clothing by Type
You might be thinking that this is my OCD kicking in, but in all seriousness categorizing your clothing makes your closet the easiest to navigate. In my closet, I have dresses all together and hung all the way on the left. Same goes for jackets. They are all together and hung all the way on the right. I fill in the middle with all year round pieces, like tops and pants. When I am looking for a certain piece, I know exactly where it is. This is extremely helpful in a time crunch. If you’re looking for pants to go with a top, all of your options are categorized together and in front of you.
Invest in Matching Hangers
First off, get rid of your metal hangers from the dry cleaners! They are okay to hold your clothes for a short amount of time, but when in your closet, they misshape the fabric in the shoulders. Invest in matching hangers. This will add a little bit of luxe to your closet and give it a cohesive look. I personally like velvet hangers. They are nonslip, so you don’t have to worry about finding your favorite dress on the floor of your closet next year.
Keep Shoes Visible
Before I made my (not-so-mini) shoe collection visible, I had them stored in a bin at the bottom of my closet. I was wearing the same heals and flats over and over because I couldn’t see all of my options laid out before me. I am definitely a grab-and-go kind of gal, especially in the morning before I out. Just think of the missed opportunities, people!
I have always wanted to make a shoe display on a bare wall from floating shelves. So cool, but I don’t have the space to do it where I am living now. In this case, build onto your existing closet. Have an upper shelf already built into your closet? Add to that! I bought a ClosetMaid organizer to put on top of my existing shelf. It gave me an additional two shelves to put shoes onto, while keeping them organized. Another good tip is to stagger your shoes (right toe out, left toe in). This maximizes space. I know for a fact that you’ll be amazed at how many options you have for footwear now when you’re heading out of the house.
Organize Handbags by Color
If you haven’t already noticed, I am usually running out of the door. I wouldn’t call myself late, but I am definitely one to rush. Organizing your handbags by color makes it easier to grab on the go. Again, I am sure you find yourself wearing the same bag over and over (just like the shoes before) because you don’t have time to change it in accordance to your outfit. Get your handbags out and on display. My favorite handbag is on my headboard because I love it so much. I always go to that one for a night out or a special occasion.
Have any organization tips? Leave them in the comment section, below!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA
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It is that time of year again – Spring Cleaning! We all know what that means… It’s time for “out with the old and in with the new.” That motto is all fine and dandy, but some of us struggle with a true spring cleaning overhaul more than others. For those of you that just need a little extra push in the right direction, this post is for you. So packrats, unite! I give you three (yes, three) easy step that will overhaul any closet. Let’s get started!
1. Divide & Conquer
I couldn’t tell you the amount of times that I got overly ambitious and started to clean out my closet and dumped all of my clothes from my closet and drawers onto my bed. Then halfway through the overhaul, I got tired or frustrated from cleaning and dumped everything back into my closet and drawers.
This is the worse way to cleanout your closet! Take it from me – I learned the hard way. It’s important to divide your closet and drawers into sections. I personally like to divide my space into zones based on category. I’ll go through my shoes separate from my jackets and coats too ensure that I go through my closet with a fine tooth comb. This ensures that you’ll allot yourself enough time and energy into each section. This is the perfect way to spread an overhaul over the span of a few days, rather than dedicating one whole day (like your precious days off) to the mess that is now your closet.
This is definitely the hardest part of cleaning out your closet. There have been plenty of times that I’ve kept an article of clothing hoping to lose weight or in anticipation of a special event (that will [most likely] never happen). Let’s be honest here, if you have had it for two years and it has never been worn (red flag: price tags still attached), it is time to say goodbye. Unless of course, it is something very sentimental. I’m sure you aren’t still rocking gaucho pants that were ever so popular circa 2007/2008.
Another trick to figuring out what should stay and what should go is to reverse all of your hangers so that they are facing outward (towards you). When you wear an article of clothing, put it back into your closet as normal (hanger facing inward – towards the back of the closet). Do this for about a month. The items that are left facing outward (sorry to say) got to go.
3. “Another Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”
Now, your former belongings need a new home. If you have items with tags still attached that are in style and/or in good condition, consign them at Second Time Around! This is the perfect opportunity for you to make some cash on clothing and/or accessories that were just sitting in your closet, taking up space and collecting dust. For a limited time, STA is offering up to 70% on consigned handbags. Details here.
I love going into Second Time Around and using the money I made from my consigned items and putting it towards a piece I know will fit perfectly into my new, clean closet. If you have items that are not in sellable condition, like a pair of beat up sneakers, donate them! Goodwill and Salvation Army will take all of your unwanted clothing for those in need.
That wasn’t too painful, right? It really is easy when you have a guide to go by. Stay tuned for next week’s post on organizing your closet after an overhaul.
Have any tricks you use when Spring Cleaning? Leave them in the comment section, below! We’d love to hear ‘em!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA
I’m still in awe over the dresses from this year’s Oscars. There really weren’t any looks that I didn’t love or thought to be distasteful (even Lady Gaga surprisingly rose to the occasion). What really keeps me watching these red carpet events is the confidence that these women ooze. I know, I know. They are all A-list celebrities, but you have to remember that with the right dress and accessories you can feel like a celebrity too. With that being said, after watching the Oscars there are a few looks that would work perfectly as inspiration for pieces in our own closets.
The Cape – As seen on Kate Hudson, a cape is an accessory that can amp up a red carpet look. For us, a cape of more substantial material can do the same as an everyday look. With jeans and a t-shirt or dressed up with skinny pants and an oversized hat, the cape can take your look to a whole other level. How chic does a cape look just draped every so slightly onto the shoulders?
The Lace LBD – Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Oh wait, no one. It is the staple piece that we all already have in our closets (if you don’t, then you got to get one – life changing!) because it makes women feel like a powerhouse. So, why not add sophisticated lace to your LBD? Let’s take Diane Kruger’s Valentino frock. What is so prefect about this dress is that you’re showing skin and totally covered up all at the same time. How provocative is that?
The Flirty Skirt – I couldn’t write a blog post about the Oscars and not include Lupita Nyong’o. Her custom Prada gown was straight out of a fairy tale. How fun would it be to twirl in a flowy skirt until you were dizzy, like when you were a kid? That’s what her dress makes me want to do. Off the red carpet, a long or short flirty skirt is all you need to feel like a princess.
I am definitely going to be on the hunt for these pieces after watching the Oscars! These pieces can transitional your wardrobe and make you feel like a celebrity. Don’t take my word for it, just look at how amazing these ladies look!
Finally! March is upon us and SPRING is just around the corner! Although summer will forever be my favorite season, spring has a special place in my heart too. There is so much excitement this time of year- changing over your wardrobe, traveling to warm destinations, and the days start to get longer! But it is no secret that March can be one of the most unpredictable months when it comes to the weather. One minute we are all enjoying clear sunny skies, and the next minute it is down pouring. So to help you make it through this ever so unpredictable month, I have put together a March Style Survival Guide. These items are perfect to get you through the crazy wind and rain (and sometimes snow) that March brings. You will be armed to fight anything with these pieces in your wardrobe, and I promise that you will look stylish while doing so!
First off, rainboots are a must have! Although most of us would prefer to wear a cute pair of heels or flats, it isn’t worth ruining them by traipsing through puddles. Luckily there are so many cute rainboot choices out there, you will be glad to have a pair! My favorite are Hunter rainboots, preferably in a bold and bright hue.
Finding outerwear that is ideal for spring can be challenging. A jacket that is lightweight, water-resistant and has a removable liner is the best choice. The trenchcoat is a classic that will never fail you, and if you want to mix-up this timeless piece, you can purchase one in a fun color or print. However, if you wish to stay away from trenchcoats altogether, a cargo jacket is a fabulous alternative!
Umbrellas. Even though it can be a struggle to use one when the wind kicks up, there just isn’t a way to avoid owning one. And if you are going to own one, well… it might as well be cute! Bright colors and patterns will brighten up any dreary day!
Now earlier I preached about not traipsing through puddles unless you are wearing proper footwear (super cute rainboots). Realistically though, rainboots truly aren’t fit for the workplace. But who wants to lug around a second pair of shoes, right? Well the good news is that flats are cuter than ever and they are so easy to transport! Seriously there are so many options… d’orsay flats, smoking loafers, ballerina flats. And, transitioning from rainboots to flats is completely hassle-free!
Okay, so I have covered outerwear, what shoes to wear, and how to protect your pretty hair; but what you wear with all of these things is just as important. Light layers is the key to dressing yourself in March! The sun might be out, but temps can sometimes stay pretty chilly. My favorite things to layer with this time of year are blazers, vests and sweaters in all different colors and patterns!
The final touch to any spring outfit are sunglasses of course! My only advice with this is to try on different styles to see what looks best with the shape of your face. Classic aviators and Ray Bans are a great go-to, but don’t be afraid to try something bold!
March usually requires quite a bit of layering and you might not be able to ditch tights or cashmere right away. But, who says you can’t have fun with layering? Brighten up your outfits with a bold handbag or statement jewelry for a pop of color! Soon the sun will be here to stay!
Until next time,
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It’s safe to say we’re obsessed with awards shows. There’s so many breathtaking gowns we could only dream of wearing, by all of our favorite designers. After the splash the stars made at this years Grammys and Golden Globes, we can not wait to see what they’ve got planned for the Oscars. Can’t blame us for having high expectations! Here’s whose looks we can’t wait to see on the red carpet next week.
This girl killed it at the Golden Globes in her red hot cape, and we’re sure the whole world can’t wait to see if she’ll knock it out of the park again. So far she’s made a name for herself by taking a daredevil style and making it oh so chic. Oh and for her movie 12 years a slave… Good luck Lupita!
Sorry to forever associate her with Katniss, but Jennifer Lawrence really is the girl on fire. As one of the best dressed at last years Oscars, we have faith she’ll defend her sense of style. Last year her fairytale wedding gown-like dress had us all swooning, but we wouldn’t mind seeing her in something more edgy this time around. Maybe a tasteful and elegant crop top paired with a tea length skirt!
Always the epitome of fresh and sweet style, we love Amy’s looks. As this girl has trouble NOT making the best dressed list, we can’t wait to see what stunning gown she’ll grace us with this year. With all of the pastels that rocked the runway at New York Fashion Week, we would love to see a soft hue on Amy. Her flawless complexion is begging for it! Come on lavender!
The word “class” doesn’t even begin to describe Sandra Bullock as an individual, even her style always radiates effortless sophistication. Her Elie Saab gown last year was perfection, and we wouldn’t complain seeing her in a similar style this year as well. If anyone can pull of repeating a style, its her.
Good luck to all the stars, for your nominations and your gown of choice!
Okay, so we know Valentine’s day isn’t a real holiday. And while we may not be all about the romance and hearts and chocolate, we’ll take any excuse for a festive outfit. Who doesn’t love a good red and pink color scheme?
If you’re a fashionista like us, we know you own your fair share of “a pop of red” pieces. Now’s the time to whip em out.
How cute are these red on pink outfits? We love the bold and oh so appropriate clash of color.
As girls it’s in our nature to love a holiday all about romance. Trust us, we get it. But we understand sometimes you want to fly a little under the radar on this day of love. You can still embrace your love for the holiday while staying subtle. We suggest rocking your festive hues, but pairing them with other non-valentines day colors like black or navy. Keeping your wardrobe traditional for the work place? Add your pop of Vday colors in accessories. Stack on some red bangles, pumps, beaded necklace, or nail polish.
If Valentine’s day isn’t your thing, grab your best, hot and feminine pieces and embrace your indifferent attitude. Nothing says, I love myself like a LBD or pencil skirt.
What better way to celebrate love than to show off your love for fashion?! Happy Valentines Day Fashionistas!
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70% off Clearance Items and 20% off new arrivals … you better get ready … It’s our Midnight Madness sale!
Starting February 5th and 6th, the madness begins! Beautiful designers from Chanel, to Louis Vuitton, to Gucci are all either 20% off or 70% off! Seriously, is it normal for these beautiful designers so discounted? Well, no. That’s why it’s madness.
So … while our store aren’t actually open until midnight, they are open later than usual. But we promise the madness part is real. Whether you’re looking for something new for spring or a winter classic to save for November, you’ll find an unbelievable deal. And most of all, with 70% off, we’ll be bolting for those stunning investment pieces that are calling our names. Hang on David Yurman, I’ll see you on February 5th and 6th.
With 70% off clearance items, we’re saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring! after all…
We’re now accepting Spring Consignment!
To pick a “best-dressed” from the Grammys has always seemed like an overly ambitious decision to make. So many stars, so many designers, so many styles who could possibly pick one (or ten) favorites? But from all the looks, there was one that stood out to inspire a unique addition to our wardrobes. The look we can’t wait to embrace was inspired by none other than the sensational Katy Perry. Katy’s unique Valentino dress on the red carpet (the dress that opened Valentino’s spring 2014 show in Paris) and her stunning ice blue gown for the after party had one thing in common – tulle.
A tulle skirt is definitely the easiest way to incorporate this fairytale fabric. While the texture itself is whimsical and bold, we like the look of pairing it with a toned down piece like denim or a sweater. For a more versatile approach, a tulle top is great for layering! Make it the top layer over a camisole, or the bottom layer under a sweater or jacket. But wait, it gets better. Tulle is a great option for this time of year, where it’s no longer the cozy holidays, but not yet springtime sunshine. Tulle’s elegant flair hints at the remnants of winter, while its femininity calls for the beauty of springtime.
We can’t wait to try incorporate a touch of tulle to our looks! Thanks Katy Perry for the inspiration, I hope we can rock it as well as you do!
You heard right. Right now at STA we’re hosting our winter clearance sale! As usual, we plan to take full advantage of this indecently awesome opportunity. New arrivals, furs and jewelry are 20% off and EVERYTHING ELSE is 50% off? Excuse me while I grab my purse and my shopping list.
For this sale in particular, I’ll be looking for winter to spring transition pieces. And as always, investment pieces that I haven’t bitten the bullet for yet.
1. Rain Boots
Rain boots are a winter and spring essential. They’re great for this time of year because you can continue to wear them as it snows in to March, and then there they are, ready to go for spring showers! They especially irresistible when they’re Tory Burch. Not only are these weather-proof, but they look so similar to riding boots that you can wear them with any daytime outfit. Jeans, leggings, skirts you name it, these Torys are awesome in any season, any outfit and any weather.
2. Designer Tote
There comes a certain point where it’s about time we have a nice, big tote in a killer designer. The problem is, the bigger the bag, the higher the price. Well ladies, 50% off couldn’t have come at a better time. Is there a Prada, Louis or Milly bag you’ve been stalking for weeks? It’s 50 % off. Especially in a neutral color, a big shoulder bag can fit any season.
We all know February, March and April can never make up their mind as to what season they really want to be in. It’s obviously too cold for sandals, but on those sporadic warm days you want to give your boots a break. What better time to be equipped with a classic pair of flats? Not only are they the perfect transition shoe from winter to spring, but they are also ridiculously easy to match with all outfits. Dress them up, dress them down, they go with anything and everything. Wear them to work with your crisp trousers, on the weekends with jeans or at night with a dress.
Vests are statement piece that are perfect for transitioning between seasons. Especially in a faux fur, they have a cozy winter feel, but are warm enough for those spring-like days when you’d rather leave your coat at home. Not only are they seasonally versatile, but they make a simple long sleeved shirt look stunningly fashionable.
See you there!
Yes, we all saw the overwhelmingly unanimous decision that Lupita Nyong’o was the best dressed at the 2014 Golden Globes. But dear fashion magazines, how is that supposed to help us? I’m sorry but we are not about to try to pull off a fire engine red cape. We’re looking to these celebrities not just to adore their glamorous wardrobes, but for style inspiration! Luckily many other stars among the best dressed flaunted styles that we can’t wait to try. Here are our favorite looks from the 2014 Golden Globes to inspire our every day style.
1. Olivia Wilde
Designer: Gucci Premiere
Inspiration: Emerald Green
With a color like this, we just can’t take our eyes off her. So why not try to incorporate such an eye-catching color into your wardrobe? We love the idea of adding a pop of emerald green to your go-to looks. To add a little zest to your casual every day wear, how about shimmering emerald heels? Or glittering emerald nails anyone?
2. Kate Beckinsale
Designer: Zuhair Murad
Inspiration: Beaded Texture
There is just something so glamorous about beaded texturing. Kate’s beaded gunmetal gown turned a simple metallic dress into a spectacular work of art. We love this look so much that we are determined to add more beaded accents to our wardrobe. Whether it be a touch of beads in a headband or a beaded skirt, the texture give the piece a one-of-a-kind, hand made feeling.
3. Naomi Watts
Designer: Tom Ford
Inspiration: White Gold
While many fear light hues will wash them out, Naomi shone brilliantly in her embroidered, white gold gown. We can’t get enough of this color for its ability to add some shine to winter outfits without going all out holiday sparkle. The elegance of white gold is perfect for a blouse, for a sophisticated look without being stuffy. On a more casual note, we love this white gold shimmer skirt with a laid back T-shirt. It’s just enough to sparkle without wearing sequins. White gold’s versatility makes it a great piece to wear when dressing up or down.
4. Amy Adams
Designer: Valentino Couture
Talk about a statement! We are drooling over Amy’s plunging neckline and the ruby red color. In fact, the outfit is so stunning that she felt no need to over accessorize. We’ll take a page from Amy’s book and say, let your outfit do the talking! While it’s fun to dress up a simple outfit with bold accessories, the opposite can be just as appealing. When it comes to a bold style, own it! Don’t let accessories distract from your sleek outfit. Like Amy, rather than sport bold jewelry, rock a bold color (and we love the idea of red and maroon)! We love this eye opening idea. Sometimes less is more.