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My Top Five Tips for Organizing Your Closet + Lots of Stripes!

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Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit
Flower Statement Earrings
Striped Jumpsuit
Striped Jumpsuit

Just wanted to hop on here quick and talk about this super fun jumpsuit, plus my top five tips for cleaning/organizing your closet! First off, this jumpsuit is P E R F E C T - it is so beyond comfortable, and works for any type of summer weather. I just wore this bridesmaid dress shopping with my friend for her wedding, and it was 95 degrees and humid. The lightweight material made the fact that I was wearing pants completely unnoticeable, and was actually preferred since I avoided that awkward leg sweat from sitting in one place for more than 20 minutes!! Does anyone else totally relate to this issue when it's this dang hot out?? Also, don't get me wrong - not complaining in any way about the sun and warm weather - this is my favorite season!

Ok, on to the good stuff. As you may have seen, I spent TWO WHOLE DAYS cleaning and organizing my closet last week, and I want to share my top tips so you can get your organizing game on too! I was so stressed out by my mess of a closet, and finishing this massive project literally gave me life! Follow these tips and you'll be a closet organizing ninja in no time -

  1. Do a little at a time - Spending a half hour a day tackling the organization of your closet makes it much easier to get started. Clean out just one drawer of your dresser, organize just your shoes, etc., and then come back tomorrow! Or, if you're like me, and let your closet get to the point of no return, just take the whole day (or more) and get it done. You'll feel a lot better. Trust me.
  2. DECLUTTER. This is the most important part. If you haven't worn something in over a year, let it go. From my experience, taking everything out and slowly adding it back in is the easiest. Start by adding back the items that you know you love or wear all the time. Start a "maybe" pile next - try everything on in this pile and take a look in the mirror. What's your first impression? If it's "meh" or you wouldn't buy it if you saw it at the store tomorrow, toss it. Get rid of anything that's too big or doesn't fit you anymore, or is damaged and unable to be fixed.
  3. Invest in coordinating hangers! This will make your closet much more aesthetically pleasing. I personally love velvet hangers - they prevent your clothes from slipping off and ending in a pile on the floor, and they are thin, which means more space for the clothes you love!
  4. Color coordinate! This will make finding that one specific shirt you want to wear a breeze when you're running late for work in the morning. I typically sort my clothing by type/silhouette, and then color coordinate within each of those sections.
  5. Store out of season or least used clothing in clear plastic bins in less accessible areas of your closet. For me, this means storing my sweaters in the spring/summer on my top shelves that are harder to reach. Just keep a little ladder nearby in case you need a second layer on a chilly summer night.

When you're all done, sell your gently used clothing and accessories at a resale boutique, and donate everything else! Do you have any tips you'd like to add? Drop a comment below! Happy shopping (and organizing) Loves!

Jumpsuit: Found at TJ Maxx (other fave striped jumpsuits linked below!)

Booties: MIA (Similar here, here and here)

Earrings: Robert Rose (Similar here, here and here)

Pearl Necklace: Designs by FMC (Similar here and here)

Y Necklace: Relativity (Similar here, here and here)

Watch: Movado

Bag: Michael Kors (Similar here and here)

Denim Jacket: Old (Similar here and here)

The Book You Need to Read NOW + More Gingham

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Gingham Paper Bag Shorts
Gingham Paper Bag Shorts
Gingham Paper Bag Shorts
Gingham Paper Bag Shorts
Movado + Kendra Scott
Gingham Paper Bag Shorts
Gingham City Sandals
Gingham Paper Bag Shorts

Happy Tuesday!! If you guys haven't caught on yet, I'm loving E V E R Y T H I N G gingham! This print is so versatile, and very summer-esque, but can easily be worn during transition months by adding a few layering pieces. I'm especially loving the black and navy gingham prints - so classic!! This look can be taken from running errands during the day to happy hour and dinner with friends - I love when I can get some miles on my outfits!

I also want to tell you guys about a super inspiring book that I just finished. Shout out to my bestie, Erika, for borrowing this book to me; she knew exactly what I needed to hear/read during this time of transition in my life! This book, titled You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero, is a must read for anyone who wants more out of their life; more out of their career, more out of their dreams that they're chasing, or more money to do the things that make them happy. I have never been more faithful in the future and what that will look like for me after reading this book, and it gave me the kick in the butt that I needed to chase my dreams. I've included a few of my favorite quotes from the book below to give you a little Tuesday inspiration, whether it's to get you through that boring meeting you're sitting in, helping you look forward to the weekend, or just maybe, giving you that extra push to chase after something you've been wanting -

  • "Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse free world."
  • "Faith smothers your fear of the unknown. Faith allows you to take risks. Faith is the stuff of 'leap and the net will appear.' Faith is your best buddy when you're scared shitless."
  • "Become one of your own die-hard fans, look at yourself from the outside, where all your self-doubts can't crawl all over you, and behold what shines through."
  • "In order to change your life, and start living a new one that you've never lived before, your faith in miracles, and yourself, must be greater than your fear."
  • "Those who achieve success share one key thing: the belief that they can be, do, and have whatever they set their minds to accomplishing."

So there ya go - order this book immediately and soak up everything that it says. Then take those lessons and go be the person you've always dreamed about. Happy shopping (and reading!!) Loves!

Top: Old (Similar here, here and here)

Shorts: A New Day (Similar here, here and here)

Shoes: Hippie Laundry (Similar here, here and here)

Bag: Michael Kors (Similar here and here)

Necklace: Old (Similar here, here and here)

Bracelet: Kendra Scott

Watch: Movado

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

 

That Gingham Glow

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Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress
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Fashion Union Gingham Dress
Fashion Union Gingham Dress

Hi Loves! It's been a little while since I've been on here (sad!!), but life has been SO crazy lately! I don't know if many of you know, but I was a buyer for a large department store chain that is currently going through a liquidation process. I bought trend and sterling silver jewelry, and when I say I absolutely loved my job, I'm not exaggerating at all - I truly think that buying jewelry is the path that I'm supposed to be on. So when the company filed bankruptcy a few months ago, and subsequently had to start a liquidation process for all of our stores, I had so many emotions running through my mind. What was I going to do next? How long will it take for me to find a new job? And not just any job, but a job that I love? Going through a career change has been one of the most scary and stressful things that I've done; not knowing what's next can do a number on your sanity. I've had a lot of moments where I stop and question what I'm doing, if I'm allocating my time to the right things, or if I should take that leap into the unknown and just start the company that I've always dreamed of creating. I would love for you guys to follow along on this journey with me, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you to stay strong and believe that good things will come, if you're ever in a similar situation.

On another note, gingham has been the trend/pattern of the season! I'm L O V I N G this tiered ruffle number by Fashion Union (found at none other than my favorite store, aka Asos). This is such an easy dress for summer, and the long sleeves are so great for when the sun goes down. I paired my dress with some fun statement earrings and white booties, and I'm still trying to get over how much use I've gotten out of these shoes! I've linked everything below, as well as some of my other favorite gingham dresses! And as always...happy shopping Loves!

 

Dress: Fashion Union

Booties: MIA (similar here, here and here)

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Earrings: Etsy (Similar here, here and here)

Watch: Movado

Ring: Unknown Brand (Similar here, here and here)

Closet Staples from Day to Night

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H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
All in the Details
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
H&M Skirt - Day to Night
Kate Spade Pearls
Kate Spade Pearls

I absolutely love it when I can take an outfit from day to night, and this a-line skirt and cold shoulder top combo easily fit that bill. And, not to mention, the neutral color palette of these closet staples makes accessorizing so. much. fun. This look can be quickly changed into so many different outfits, just by switching out the scarf, necklace or shoes; this is exactly how I made my outfit do the work for me just by removing my scarf for a dressier, nighttime look. No sitting in my closet pondering what to wear for a second time in one day when I have plans after work! By simply taking off my scarf and switching the focal point of my outfit to this gorgeous Kate Spade pearl statement necklace, I completely changed the aesthetic of my look and essentially created a second outfit - perfect for dinner with friends or date night with your significant other!

What pieces in your closet do you consider staples of your wardrobe? How do you make your favorite outfits work for both day and night? Leave a comment below!

Happy shopping loves! xoxo

Top: H&M - no longer available (similar here, here and here)

Skirt: H&M - no longer available (similar here and here)

Scarf: Collection Eighteen (similar here, here and here)

Necklace: Kate Spade

Tights: Simply Vera Vera Wang

Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar here)

Booties: Jessica Simpson (similar here, here and here)

Bracelets: Erica Lyons

Ring (Green): Glamour Rings

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Ruffle & Pearl Details

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Ruffles & Pearls
Ruffles & Pearls
Ruffles & Pearls
Suede Booties
Pearl Details
Pearl Details
Ruffles & Pearls
Ruffles & Pearls
Pearl Details
Pearl Drop Earrings
Pearl Details

Feminine details is one of the biggest trends of the year, and what better way to wear this trend than to show off some ruffles and pearls. I've always loved pearls; pearls may increase in their trendiness every few years and become more popular in waves, but they will never go out of style. Pearls will always be a classic, and are easy to pair with almost every outfit combination in some way. These pieces from Erica Lyons take classic and turn it into fun and trendy. The stackable bracelets, updated ball drop earrings and tassel details on the necklace make these a closet must-have. I paired these pieces with a ruffle sleeve sweater and destructed denim to dress up a more casual look - an easy outfit to take from day to night! Don't forget to layer in some velvet booties and a crocodile leather handbag for some added texture/interest, and your look is complete! Happy shopping Loves! xoxo

Sweater: Found at TJ Maxx (similar here, here and here)

Denim: William Rast

Booties: Jessica Simpson (similar here, here and here)

Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors

Earrings: Erica Lyons

Necklace: Erica Lyons

Bracelets: Erica Lyons

More Pearls Please!

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H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
H&M Pearl Denim
Velvet Bag

Raise your hand if you love pearls. Raise both hands if you love pearl embellished anything, and have been wanting a pair of denim with these beauties adorned all over them! To say that I'm obsessed with this denim is an understatement. And I'd have to say the way that I went about getting them is kind of a funny story!

Did you happen to see my skydiving pictures on instagram a few weeks ago? Well, when we were waiting to go up in the plane for our turn to skydive, I was scrolling through instagram (like most people would have been doing, right?!) and I came across an H&M sponsored post. I started scrolling through, found these beauties (freaked out a little bit inside), and immediately called my mom to have her order them for me since I wasn't near my computer; in multiple sizes of course to ensure that at least one would fit. I think I was more nervous that we wouldn't get these in our shopping cart and ordered before they sold out than I was to jump out of a plane.......lol! True story of the lengths a fashion girl will go to get a coveted item for her closet.

I paired these jeans with a ruffle top from the new Who What Wear line for Target - if you haven't checked these pieces out, go ASAP! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you can never have too many white blouses in your closet. The neutral color and go-with-anything versatility make a white blouse a closet staple that won't easily go out of style. I added a pop of color with my mauve velvet bag, and then found a pink wall to complete my outfit (pink wall not for sale). Velvet and metal ring handles are going to be popping up on handbags everywhere this season - grab items with these details when you see them. Anyway, happy weekend, and happy shopping loves! xoxo

Top: Who What Wear (similar here and here)

Denim: H&M (similar here, here, here, here and here)

Bag: Co-Lab by Christopher Kon (similar here and here)

Shoes: Lulus - old style (similar here, here, here and here)

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Tassels & Embroidery

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Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Michael Kors Bag
BCBG Wooden Platform Heels
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress
Loft Aztec Tassle Dress

Hi loves! I've been a little bit - ok actually A LOT - MIA lately, and I feel like I've been neglecting Style Sangria! I seriously feel guilty when I'm not getting new posts up for you guys!! BUT, it has been for a very good reason. The past couple weeks I have been prepping for interviews/interviewing at work for a promotion that I've been working towards for the last couple years since I started my career. All of my hard work and lack of sleep was worth it, because I received awesome news! I got the promotion, and I could not be more excited to continue advancing my career!...and back to being MIA from the blog. After all of my interviews, I caught a terrible cold, and was dealing with that for the last week. I honestly think the stress from prepping for interviews was a big reason for why I was sick. All of my hard work paid off in the end though!

Anyway, this gorgeous Aztec embroidered beauty from Loft is the perfect end of summer transition dress. The longer sleeves will allow you to wear into the early fall, and the embroidery and tassel details are very on-trend. I decided to play up the blue details in the dress by accessorizing with a blue tote and wooden block heel sandals in the same hue. Perfect for any Labor Day plans in store for this weekend! Happy shopping loves! xoxo

Dress: Loft - Sold Out (Similar here, here, here and here)

Earrings: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (Similar here, here and here)

Shoes: BCBGeneration - Old Style (Similar here, here and here)

 

Ruffle Details

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Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
William Rast Released Hem Denim
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top
Asos Ruffle Cutout Top

Happy Wednesday loves! Only three more days until the weekend - who else is counting down with me?!  I don't know about you guys, but I'm obsessed with anything that has ruffles on it lately, and this top was a must buy as soon as I set my eyes on it. I love how the cutout at the shoulder is balanced out by adding ruffles at the lower part of the other sleeve, making an "asymmetrical, but not" kind of look. And how cute is the lilac piping at the edge of the ruffles?? This top runs a little more on the cropped side though, so make sure to wear with a high-waisted skirt or jeans!

I also can't forget about this pair of denim - did you guys read my post last week? I talked about my new favorite brand of denim, and how I had found three perfect pairs of jeans in two months. Well, this is one of those pairs! I simply can't give enough praise to William Rast denim. It has just the right amount of stretch (holds you in, but doesn't show too much like most jeggings), is comfortable to wear all day long no matter what you're doing, and is always on trend with just the right amount of details. I'm loving the three button fly and released hem on this pair! For reference, I'm wearing a size 28 (equates to a size 6), so buy true to size. Happy shopping loves! xoxo

Top: ASOS (Similar here and here)

Denim: William Rast (Similar here)

Shoes: Marc Fisher (Similar here)

Bag: Michael Kors - No longer available (Similar here and here)

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Bracelets: Alex and Ani