What Should I Wear to.... Date Night

It's the middle of a heat wave and you finally have a chance for a date night.  The problem is you don't know what to wear.  Don't give up the chance to go out and spend time with your special someone just because of the weather!  Here are my picks for a hot (temps, people!) night out.

What Silhouette? 

Choose something flowy with a looser fit.  Think flowy dress.  An A-line is a great example of the shape perfect for warmer temperatures.   You don't wear dresses?  No problem, go for a flowy wide-legged pant and simple top.  I love the option of a jumpsuit that has a fuller cut leg and not full-length as well.

What Fabric?  - 

Think natural fabrics.  Go for cotton, linen, silk or some blend of any of those.  It's the natural fabric that will continue to breath all evening for you and keep you comfortable.  

How to stay comfortable all evening?

Think layers and possibilities.  Chances are you will be in and out of air conditioning so you will need a layer to add or take off.  I love the idea of a white shirt tied at the waist for this.  You could easily do a denim shirt in it's place.  The other option would be a cardigan, of course.  

 

I've put together a few of my top picks below.  (Yes, if you order the exact item thru the link I do get a small commission).  Maybe it's time to go shopping or...maybe this will inspire you to shop your own closet.  Either way, take time to spend time, with your someone special soon.  

 

Color and Your Style

Color in your wardrobe can be magic.  If done well, it's beautiful magic. Color can not only brighten your mood (and the mood of others around you), it can also brighten your complexion.  Edith Head, the famous costume designer, once said of color "color can completely change not only the appearance, but the mood of any woman, whether she is an actress or a housewife".  (Before we go any further, please don't comment on the latter part of the quote and the woman being an actress or housewife - the quote is from 1967).  

Adding color to your outfit is simple.  What you must first decide is how much color you want to use in your outfit.  Here are some different ways I like to add color to my outfit:

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Full Color bottom with more color on top

If you like to wear color throughout your outfit, try making your accessories the extra pop of color.  I wore this great tomato orange pant, black tshirt, denim jacket and then more color with a coordinating scarf.

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Full Color Bottom, Neutral Top

Try wearing the pop of color in a bottom and keeping it simple on top.  Here, the tomato orange pant but paired with a white tshirt and yellow accents carried with the belt and scarf.

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Add Color with your top and Neutral bottom

Simple orange tshirt paired with khaki green pants.  The belt adds some extra color but also ties the whole color palette together (I love the scarf-as-a-belt thing).

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Colorful !  

Try pairing a bright top with jeans, add another colorful layer to the top to pull the look together.

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How about a colorful dress or tunic ?

Get the most out of your wardrobe by wearing pieces in more than one way.  A dress as a tunic over skinny jeans is one of my favorite ways to do this.  The dress pictured has a colorful underpinning which gives it just enough extra pop!  Easily add more color with a bright shoe and don't forget a statement earring if you like!  

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Go full color with a Print!

Be bold in your color choice with a colorful print pant, skirt, or dress.  When I wear these pants I tend to keep the top either white or denim but you could easily pull any of the colors thru.  

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Bright Top with Neutral Bottom

Add the colorful print on top and keep it simple on the bottom with a neutral pant.  Here I paired with a neutral shoe but you could easily pop more color with a shoe and even more with a bright, bold statement earring. 

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Add a Pop of Color with the last layer.

Pair neutral pants (or skirt) with a simple tshirt and then add the "pop" on the last layer.  I love the idea of a scarf as a belt because the patterns and colors can really shine thru.  If you are just introducing color to your wardrobe accessories are the best place to start.  Think shoes, scarves, statement necklaces, and earrings for sure.

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A versatile layering Piece full of Color

Invest in a layering piece full of color!  I promise you will find so many different ways to wear it.  If you follow me here or on social media you know, I wear this gili all.the.time!  

I holope this inspires you to add more color to your wardrobe.  If you already wear color, I hope this inspires you to wear your pieces in different combinations to make your wardrobe truly work for you!  

Need assistance ?  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to see the outfit you create with color - post it below or on my facebook page !  

Quick blurb on a Great sale this week

You know I love a good sale, and by good I mean great prices and great quality.  Gap is currently in 20% off everything mode.  I love these all inclusive percentages because it's a great time to stock up on basics.  I won't bore you again by talking about how your white tshirts and camis and tanks should be white.  Or how your black t's and tanks and camis should be black (and not washed out gray) but now is a great time to check them to be sure.  I took the liberty to link a few of my favs below.  (As I've mentioned before, these are affiliate links so if you'd rather not shop with them just go to the site directly)

The items pictured are all items I own and love.  They wash well, layer well, and wear well.  You can't miss with any of them really.  They may seem boring and neutral but....that's kind of the point!  Add your style with the rest of the outfit.  Hurry Sale ends June 23, 2018! 

 

Happy Shopping!  

One pair of shorts, so many outfits ...

Have you ever bought something because of a picture or post from social media?  No?  Are you sure?  Because I have.  The latest is this great pair of shorts I saw on a post from Beth at  https://www.instagram.com/styleatacertainage/?hl=en   

The shorts are a great pair of utility shorts from the brand WhoWhatWear at Target.  First things first - here is the link to the shorts http://shopstyle.it/l/Mslh 

The shorts have just the right amount of stretch, the fabric is delightful, and the colors are amazing.  Within a few short minutes I shopped my closet and found some great outfits.  I know there are endless possibilities but I wanted to share just a few of the options I found.  

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First - the basics.

I literally just tried them on with the tshirt I was wearing.  The tshirt is the Studio T from JCrew Factory which I have shown many times before.  I would easily pair with a black tshirt, cream tshirt, or boost it with a pop of color - my choice would be pink or red. 

               

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Now, add a cute top and some jewelry

Next, I paired them with a top from the same collection.  For a warm summer day when you still want to look put together, but cool this top is perfect.  The tie shoulders are great because there is also a fabric "strap" underneath so the ties are really for decoration.  There is extra interest in the back of the shirt, it actually buttons up the back with a deep v.  I added a resin necklace in blacks and browns to pull the look together.  

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How about a dressy tank?

I added a dressy tank.  The top has a jewel trimmed top in the same tones as the shorts and layers of ruffles.  I am showin a cork slide here.  I would also dress this up with strappy sandals.  I, personally, would add a layer over the tank in most cases.  That's too much pale showing :) 

 

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Casual dressy

I have the shorts here with a soft utility jacket, a cream sleeveless top, and my chunky necklace.  I added the blush shoes for a different look.  If I wanted to change the look again I would switch the necklace for a short multi-strand pearl necklace.  If I wanted to change it yet again,  I would swap the shoes for my black strappy sandals.  Options!! 

Options in your wardrobe are key to making it truly work for you.  It's also the key to never opening your closet and saying "I have nothing to wear".  There are so many different ways I can wear this single pair of shorts and that's how I will make them work in my closet.  I can't wait for you to see the looks when I wear them!  What's working in your closet?  I'd love to hear your current favs!  

As I try to do, I have included some shopping links below.  They are my "links" meaning I do receive a small commission if you purchase thru the link.  If you'd rather not just google the item and shop!  

When a Dress is more than just a Dress

Your wardrobe needs options!  I love options!  I love when pieces in my wardrobe can be worn in multiple ways.  Recently I picked up this beautiful dress at one of my favorite consignment stores in Grand Rapids.  It's a dress by the brand Maeve, which is sold exclusively at Anthropologie.  This dress in particular is a simple silhouette.  It's burnished colorful burnished floral overlay with a beautiful almost persimmon patterned "slip" underneath is perfect for all seasons, I think.  I bought the dress late last week and have already worn it twice!  I wore it twice but made it different each time.  

Here are the two ways I have worn it so far:

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I love a dress over skinny jeans or leggings to give it that tunic feel.  Since I'm only 5'4" I often pair this look with a wedge or platform sandal.  However, I could easily put on a simple flat or dressy flat sandal and complete the look as well.  For accessories I keep it simple when wearing a bright pattern like this.  I added large earrings, and in the future maybe a large bangle as well.  

Though the dress is no longer available, here are similar dresses from Maeve currently available along with the rest of the pieces to complete this look.

 

 

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I first wore the dress (as a dress) when the Mr. and I hosted a few friends for a warm, humid evening on our patio.  The ease and effortless style of the dress was perfect for the evening.  Style without many accessories or worry was perfect for this casual night.  

I love these two looks so far.  I am already picturing the third look for early fall.  The dress, brown boots, brown belt and a denim jacket will be perfect.  Do you have a dress in your wardrobe you're thinking about wearing in different ways?  You should shop your closet and check it out!  

Time for another "Closet Tryout"

We are in the middle of a huge closet reorganization over here at the Your Closet Your Style Headquarters (i.e., my house), including the Mr. yourclosetyourstyle, by the way.  From time to time I like to do what I call a "Closet Tryout".  I choose something that has been in my closet for quite some time and isn't being worn.  It has to be something I'm not sure of whether to keep or let it go.  The top featured in this "tryout" I have had for a few years but I think I've worn it maybe 3 times.  I will be up front immediately and tell you, I am not a fan of off shoulder or the "cold shoulder" business, at all.  That's not to say I don't suggest the style to clients, but for me, it's not a style that I like to own much.  Anyway, Monday was set to be a beautiful, but albeit cool day temp wise so it was the perfect day to give this particular top another try.  Let's take a look at the outfit first and then we will talk :)

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The top I purchased from White House Black Market a few years ago.  Though it's not available anymore I am giving you some links to a few similar in the "shopping" section below.  The jeans, are my white jeans which, by now, if you follow me you may be sick of hearing about.  They, too, will be linked below as they are still available.  I digress, once again....back to the top.  

Why I like it:  

  • The colors.  You can never go wrong with black and white.  A classic combo.
  • The print.  Horizontal stripes CAN work - especially in a pinstripe pattern.
  • The material.  There is some stretch to this top which makes it not only fit well, but also hold it's shape and maintain the "newness" IF you care for it well. 
  • The silhouette of the top itself.  The "fold-over" fabric section at the shoulder as well as the fitted section at the waist is figure flattering.  If you are more of a pear shape (which I am) a silhouette like this offsets your hips and defines your waist.  

Why I don't wear it:

  • I.  Don't.  Know.     I really liked this look when I gave it another try. 

Sometimes when I do a "tryout" the item doesn't make it.  If it doesn't I take it to consignment or find it a good home elsewhere immediately so it doesn't continue to take up a hanger in my closet.  Other times, like this one, it gets a reprieve!  Essentially I get a "new" top!  

I wonder, what's lurking in your closet you never wear but you just can't seem to let go of???  Do a "Closet Tryout".  Give it a fair chance.  Pair it up with something you love and wear it for a day.  Fully accessorize, for your style, as if it's something you wear all the time.  Leave the house!  See how you feel.  If, at the end of the day, you have fallen in love with it again, put it back in rotation.  If not, find it a new home immediately!  Need help?  I would love to assist, contact me or leave me a message in the comments section below!

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Dressing for dinner when it's hotter than blazes

No, really.  I did just title this post what you saw.  It's hot.  Mind you, I'm not complaining as much as I'm simply trying to figure out what to wear to a casual dinner out (in public) and still look put together.  I don't typically wear tank tops, even at home.  I don't wear a ton of shorts away from home, so when it's over 85 degrees, and then even over 90, a woman needs options!  Here is one look I put together which I know will be on repeat for the summer.

 This sleeveless duster is game changer for my wardrobe this summer.  I've linked some similar below along with other possible pieces to this look.  

This sleeveless duster is game changer for my wardrobe this summer.  I've linked some similar below along with other possible pieces to this look.  

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When you want more than simple t-shirt and shorts the duster is a great addition.  I love it also paired with a fun screen print t-shirt to a different look.  For shoes?  More casual, add flip flops.  More dressy?  Add a great wedge or espadrille.  Another option would also be a great sneaker or platform sneaker.  Imagine a cooler evening.  How about a simple long sleeve t-shirt, cropped distressed jeans, wedges, and the duster?  

Tell me your favorite HOT weather outfit!  I'd love to hear what you're putting together.  

Reminders of the Lucky 7

In 2014 I wrote about some essentials I believe, should be in every woman's closet.  I call them the Lucky 7.  I felt as if they needed to be revisited and shared again.  I recently did a styling event at a local boutique and had so much fun with the guests.  I prepped the event by going in ahead of time and "tagging" some of the Lucky 7 that were available.  This is by no means anything to do with a capsule wardrobe but instead foundation builders from which to start your wardrobe.  I believe that every woman has her own style and therefore, the Lucky 7 should be adapted to fit your style.  For example, if you will not ever wear a LBD (little black dress) I'm not sure you should own one.  Perhaps it should be black trousers for you.  If you are not a cardigan person, then perhaps a black soft structured jacket.  See where I'm going ?   I've included my Lucky 7 with descriptions below as well as a few shopping options or my favs for each one. I have also tried to include plus size options where possible.  Often times the missy size shows but there is also the woman's or plus size available as well.   Bonus?  Many stores are in the midst of Memorial Weekend Sales, there you go, you're welcome :)  

1)  A great fitting bra -  Every woman needs a properly fitted bra and the right size and proper fit in all undergarments.  PLEASE, if you have never done a bra fitting with a professional, or it's been awhile, you owe it yourself to do this.  You may have a great local women's lingerie store that provides bra fitting for you.  If not, I think the Soma stores do a great job with this. 

 

2)  A long-sleeve white blouse - similar to a great pair of jeans, a white blouse is something you should be willing to spend a little more money on in order to get quality.  For ease of wear and your time, the blouse should also be wrinkle-resistant.  Eddie Bauer, JCrew, Banana Republic, Talbots - these are all great places to find just the right style and cut.  Do you #ownyourstyle with a bit less structure?  Choose a top that's white but better fits your style as a basic for your wardrobe.  I've shown a great one from Nordstrom below. 

 

3)  A pair of jeans you love and feel great wearing - if you don't wear jeans - then this could be whatever you favorite basic bottom piece is.  (but really, are you sure you don't want to try?)  Again, this is something you may need to spend more cash on than you normally do for other things in your wardrobe.  Friends - finding the best jeans for you is a journey.  You will have to try on until you conquer this mountain :)  Be prepared for the journey and know that once you find the pair best for you it's awesome.  Also, side note, consider buying 2 pair !!

 

4)  A simple black skirt - whether a pencil skirt or maybe an A-line, a black skirt is a necessary in the 7.  Black skirts can be paired with a tshirt for a more casual look or a white blouse and the right accessories to dress it up.  It's another staple you will wear forever.  I believe this to be true even if you typically don't wear skirts.  Unlike a dress, the skirt will be a staple and "back-up" for a dressier occasion but somehow feels easier to wear than a dress.

 

5)  LBD - (LIttle Black Dress - but then you probably knew that) - this is a seasonless, timeless wardrobe must have.  Similar to jeans, find the style and cut that is best for you - it will be a "go to" piece in your forever closet.  Remember what I said above about owning your style?  Choose what's best for you.

 

6)  A good quality cardigan - A cardigan sweater is another timeless piece of the lucky 7.  It can easily be worn in place of a jacket and if a neutral color such as black or camel is chosen, can be worn with almost anything.  As I mentioned before, choose the style best for you.  The point is to have a great layering piece that will go from season to season with your wardrobe needs and be a timeless piece you don't have to worry about updating. 

 

7)  Great fitting - Good quality layering pieces - this includes camis, tanks, long-sleeve tshirts, and  short-sleeve tshirts.  For the best fit and wear, choose a t-shirt with a blend of cotton and just a little stretch (spandex).  Think wear with anything neutral colors such as black, white, cream, and navy.  I always have black and white of both in my closet.  Bonus - Most of the picks below are on sale this weekend!  

I really do believe in the Lucky 7.  These pieces help you build upon a great foundation for a wardrobe that will work for you and your style.  These pieces are where your clothing budget dollars should be spent first.  Choose higher quality and they will work for you.  Regardless the season, look to buy these key pieces when they are on sale ....LIKE NOW :).  Keep any eye on the condition of the pieces you have in your wardrobe already.  Be sure your whites are still white and your darker colors are still true to their original color.  Care for them well.  Wash in cold water, don't dry darker colors in the dryer, don't dry anything with spandex in the dryer, etc. to get the most wear out of each garment.  

Take a quick inventory of your wardrobe and if you're missing any of these items now may be the time to go shopping!  I would love to hear what you buy and also what the Lucky 7 looks like in your closet!  

 

A Top and a Pair of Pants...

If you have followed me for any length of time, or you are a client of mine, you know I really love versatility in a wardrobe.  I love knowing you can start with 2 pieces, say a top and a pant, and create many different looks with those pieces as the "base".  At this time of year when temperatures are still all over the place, layering remains the key to dressing.  Last week I started with this adorable sleeveless top from Loft and then paired it with khakis or distressed denim and discovered all sorts of outfits.  Read on to find out about some of what I did.  

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I started with a sleeveless top and simple pair of khakis...

I started with the top.  It's a great print and it's sleeveless.  What I love:  all the colors in the print give me a ton of options for the layering pieces, bottoms and accessories.  Because it's sleeveless I have many more options for layering, but also for wearing alone if temperatures are warmer because it's not just a camisole.  

Layering options shown here are a great jean jacket on the left for when it may be a bit cooler or the short sleeve cardigan on the right for a bit warmer.  In addition, the jean jacket gives a more casual vibe while the cardi makes it a bit more dressy without trying too hard.  The shoes could easily be swapped - maybe sneakers on the left and a flat sandal on the right?  Options....

 

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Switching out the khakis for denim...either blue or white.

This top is a great way to dress the denim up a bit.  In the outfit on the left I've added my favorite Jeffrey Campbell slides.  I might also pair this look with my bright green heels or espadrilles as well.  The colors in the top give me so many options!

The outfit on the left I've added a khaki jacket (no longer available but here's a similar one (http://shopstyle.it/l/KcLr) along with black strappy sandals to dress up my jeans a bit.  In the center I am trying the top with the white denim again, keeping it casual with flip flops.  On the far right I've layered a 3/4 sleeve cardi for the extra layer.  Because this cardi is a true black I could easily change my shoes the black mules I've shown in the look above for another option.  Another easy look would be to layer with a white blouse left unbuttoned and tied at the waist with any of the pants shown for even more options.  

Once again, the key is versatility and making your wardrobe work for you.  Here, I started with a top and a pair of pants and created many options and looks from just a few pieces.  What do you have in your wardrobe you can do the same thing with?  I'd love to see what you come up with...post in the comments below!  Let me see how you #ownyourstyle !  

 

The exact pieces I have are sold out but I've listed some similar pieces below. Check it out! 

Wait, there's another sale ??

It may seem as if I do a lot of shopping...well, I do.  Notice I didn't say buying.  I don't purchase every time I shop, promise.  I feel like it's my job  to let you know when there is a great sale so that's why my last 2 posts are about 2 of my go to places.  The sale that just posted today is from JCrew Factory and it's 30%off your purchase of $100 or more.  The code is GETSET.  According to the website (www.factory.jcrew.com) it runs thru May 13, 2018.  This promo comes right before Mother's Day which is awesome if you need a gift or 2 for that, right?  I've listed my picks below with why I love it in the caption below each item.  As I've said before, anytime there is a %off a total sale such as this one, it's a great time to stock up on the basics you need for the current season.

 I've shown you some great choices in basics first including one of my favorite t-shirts - the studio t-shirt.  Another item I consider a basic is the cardigan and I have shown you 2 different styles here.  One is a long-sleeve version while the other is 3/4 sleeve, which I love for Spring and Summer.  The color choices are fantastic.  I love pajamas but I try to only buy them when they are on sale.  I especially love the knit pair shown below, comfy but not frumpy.  

The other tops.  The top shown with the embroidered sleeves is the perfect summer top.  You can dress it up with a cute pair of wide-legged pants, white jeans, skinny jeans, the choices are endless.  The long sleeve with the pom pom tassles is a perfect example of how to elevate your basics - it's in the details!  The little black skirt is the perfect addition to any wardrobe.  I have the Lucky 7 - which are 7 items I believe, every woman should have in her wardrobe (http://www.yourclosetyourstyle.com/musings/2014/9/9/the-lucky-7) the black skirt is one of those items.  I like this one because it has just a little sass with the scalloped hem.  The linen/cotton pant just may become your favorite summer pant.  Dressed up a bit with a crisp blouse and wedges or worn more casual with a t-shirt and sneakers or flip flops, these pants are perfect for every occasion.  Last, the accessories.  For both JCrew and JCrew Factory a promotion like this is a great time to buy jewelry and other accessories.  The bonus here??  They are the perfect gift for the special "mom" in your life as well!

Okay, start shopping you don't have much time - again the sale ends May 13th.  I've mentioned before but I will again - if you are shopping online and aren't yet an ebates customer  -- sign up before your shop !!!

Questions where to spend your money?  What did you buy??  What's your fav??  Leave in the comments below!  

 

 

Top 5 Picks for the Loft 40%off Sale

I think you love a sale as much as me, don't you???  Loft is having one of their awesome 40% sales and I thought I would make a quick post of my 5 favs for this sale.  

My picks from the Loft Plus line : 

I won't keep you .... Happy Shopping!  I'd love to hear what you bought!  Let me know in the comments below!  

What I wore in April

I can't believe it's May 1st !!  Furthermore, I can't believe the temps here in West Michigan are finally above 70!  Since April is behind us I wanted to post a few of my outfits I wore with hopes of inspiring you to shop your own closet and get inspired.

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Stripes 

Stripes are one of those patterns I don't go to very often.  In this case, I raided my college-age son's give away pile and decided to keep the shirt for myself.  I paired it with a great pair of khakis I purchased last fall from the "A New Day" line at Target.  Perfect!  

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The White Jean tryout....

I have avoided white jeans, well, forever.  I am happy to assist a client find the perfect pair but I've never wanted to wear them myself.  Well, I'm giving it a go this year.  We will see if they make it.  

I have linked similar pieces below.  The link to the jeans are the exact jeans I'm wearing.  The others are similar as they are all past season goodies. 
        

 

          

Obviously with the weather in April,  one of my go-to uniforms was jeans/khakis, some type of cardi and a tshirt layered underneath:

Then, there are the outfits with the jacket as the extra layer....

I have wanted a suit forever so when I found this one, I fell in love.  As you know, I always look for versatility so here is how I wore the pieces together and separate.

Here is the link to the suit and some similar pieces to what I'm wearing.  The shoes are a great pair of Jeffrey Campbell's I purchased from a consignment store some time ago.

 

 

Do you ever find something in the back of your closet you haven't worn forever but you never purged?  Here's my find, this great linen jacket - 

 Closet Treasure - this linen jacket I haven't worn in two Spring seasons - I love rediscovering pieces !   

Closet Treasure - this linen jacket I haven't worn in two Spring seasons - I love rediscovering pieces !

 

The best outfits, I believe, are those created through inspiration from others.  I would love to see what you're wearing these days that was inspired by something you saw.  I would also love to see an outfit you created using a piece you haven't worn in a long time!  Post the pics in the comments and help to inspire someone else.  

Need some inspiration yourself?  Let's chat!  Contact me soon so your closet gets all the love it deserves!