I packed this outfit for my LA trip and never wore it, so when I sleepily stumbled around my room this morning I was glad I had it in the back of my mind. Maxi dresses are a summer favorite of mine because they are breezy hide prickly legs. (Let’s be real here, we all do it.) Plus, they’re usually appropriate for work! I love being able to wear things for both business and pleasure. I would advise against dresses that are too thin or clingy in fabric, but cotton maxi dresses like this one are perfect for a summer day at work. They’re easy to transition to happy hour or errands too. This dress alone wouldn’t work for the office because of its straps, so I added a light denim shirt to cover myself up, but still keep the light vibe of the dress. This denim shirt is truly one of my best purchases. I finished off the look with light jewelry and simple sandals. The print and colors of the dress are definitely enough excitement!
Dress and Flip Flops: Old Navy, Shirt: J Crew, Earrings: World Market, Watch and Bangle: Michael Kors
Photos by Jeff Moriarty
Today was an extremely lazy Sunday, so I decided to do a little something different and show where all the magic happens: my closet! Although I place a lot of importance on where I take my photos, they wouldn’t happen at all if I didn’t have a closet full of clothes. I absolutely love the design of my closet and I think I really maximize the size of it. If you don’t organize your closet correctly, it can be so easy to forget what you have! Here are some simple things you can do to make your closet better:
1. Velvet hangers: I drug my feet getting these for a long time, but they are life changing! No matter how thick the strap or what the design, shirts and dresses ALWAYS stay on the hanger. There’s no more of this clothes all over the ground nonsense. I would hate when I’d clean out my closet and find five missing shirts on the ground because they’d mysteriously fallen off their hangers at some point. Get them for super cheap at Home Goods or Bed, Bath & Beyond. Do yourself a favor and get these ASAP. I’m still working on getting them all switched over. For my pants, I use normal plastic hangers and I use padded clip hangers for my skirts.
2. Plastic drawers: I bought these for my college dorm room and haven’t been able to let them go! They fit perfectly underneath your short dresses and give you more places to put things without taking up unnecessary space. I keep my shorts in the top drawer and swimsuits and accessories in the other. I got them at Target.
3. Shoe organization: The top of my closet is the perfect place for my heels and wedges, but if I buy any more pairs, I won’t have anymore room! At the Container Store, they have these amazing shoe cubbies. I’m planning on getting some when I buy more shoes or when I have some extra cash. They’re great for all kinds of shoes and allow you to keep them all together. Right now, I have some baskets that I keep my flats and sandals in that’s underneath my bed.
Some people like to arrange their clothes by color, or even design. I’ve tried doing that, but it’s very time consuming and eventually I’d give up. However, if it helps you know what you have and where it is, I fully encourage it. Happy organizing! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
It was super toasty today and because I can usually only wear shorts two days out of the week, this pair was a no-brainer! I love the tropical print and fabric of these shorts. They’re so comfortable and easy to move around in on a busy Saturday. In Arizona, it’s so hot that comfortable short-shorts are a must-have! I added an easy white T-shirt to go with the easy vibe of the shorts. Stay cool, my friends!
Shirt: H&M, Shorts: Express, Sandals: Madden Girl, Necklace: Francesca’s, Purse: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Photo by Kim Desiderio
I walked into my fully stocked closet today and thought, “I have nothing to wear.” This statement technically wasn’t true, but I felt like I had just worn every item I thumbed through. Don’t you hate days like those? Not only is it frustrating, but it forced me to put the pedal to the metal on my way to work. When things like this happen, some people might try to get extra creative, but I decided to go a little more simple. I started with shoes–which shoes had I not worn in a while? I thought of these brown flats and thought they would be nice with dark skinny jeans. It’s not exactly inventive, but at this point I had spent way more time than usual staring blankly at my hangers. Sometimes when you can’t think of anything, it’s easiest to go back to the things you know very well. Then I saw this lace top, which I would usually reserve for weekends, and decided it would be okay for a casual Friday. I like the look, it has an easy going Anthropologie feel, but I thought it needed some umph. I added this pretty, bold pink flowered necklace to amp things up and increase the girly factor. I was pleasantly surprised to end up with this outfit after starting with nothing!
Shirt: Express, Pants: Abercrombie & Fitch, Shoes: Coach, Necklace: Bauble Bar, Ring and Watch: Michael Kors
Photos by Alexis Mladenoff
Today’s look is all about mixing things up. First, I mixed patterns by choosing this white lace, peplum top and a textured, lightly striped skirt. Both items are very neutral. I love how the hue of this skirt flirts with being both grey and purple. It makes any look more interesting. To mix things further, I added mint wedges to contrast with the skirt. I needed something bright to perk up the neutral outfit, and the purple and mint make a great duo. The contrast of bright and muted is ideal. The glitter on the shoes inspired my silver jewelry, which I kept relatively simple. The outfit has a crisp, trendy feel that didn’t need to try to hard–kind of like a good martini.
Shirt: Soprano (Nordstrom Rack), Skirt: H&M, Wedges: Gianni Bini (Dillard’s), Bracelets (left to right): Bauble Bar, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tiffany & Co., Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Photos by Jennifer Doan