Work Clothing Chic

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hi readers!

You would be proud of me because I finally cleaned out my closet. In recent posts I mentioned this task at least 3 x's so if you haven't figured out yet I am a bit of a procrastinator. Again, I will start working on that personality quirk at a later time ;^) I was doing research for this blog post and read a blog about only keeping 40 hangers in your closet for easier organization. Alas, I was not able to whittle down my clothing to only 40 pieces but I did have about 50 hangers left empty after cleaning. It felt really good to  have my closet organized and actually see all my shoes organized neatly. Hell, I even Swiffered in there so you know I was in serious cleansing mode. I was amazed at how many times I would wear clothing over and over again because I couldn't find something in my closet to make a new outfit. GIRLS/GUYS if you haven't go ahead and clear out your closet. I think you will be shocked about how many outfits you have and how much easier it is to get ready in the morning.

After having this immaculately clean closet I was needing inspiration for my future work fashion. I will post some pictures soon of my work outfit ideas because my husband and I are investing in a nice camera. I am into the idea of starting to dress in a more modern/Parisian style lately and want to minimize the rest of my closet soon to reflect that. I hope this post helps inspire you to find your fashion style and helps you take the plunge to get rid of crap in your closet.

Work Outfit Ideas:

TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET: (livingwellspendingless)

Purge ruthlessly.  Keep only those pieces that you absolutely love and that you currently wear on a regular basis. If something doesn’t fit, has holes or stains, is out of season, or you just really don’t like it anymore, it needs to come out. Determine each item’s fate.  Just because it comes out right now doesn’t mean you have to throw it out or send it to Goodwill. If you’re anything like me, you probably have clothes in a variety of sizes, some of which you may still really like and hope to fit into again.  Store a bin of “skinny clothes” to pull out if and when you lose the weight. Likewise, torn or stained items might just need a little TLC to get them good as new, and other items, such as jeans or t-shirts, are great pieces to add to your craft supply closet. Invest in great hangers.  It is such a simple thing, but I found that buying a limited quantity of really nice hangers was the best motivation to finally weed out everything I didn’t love. It really wasn’t a huge investment but psychologically it made all the difference. And frankly, even inexpensive clothes seem luxurious when hanging on nice hangers.  I bought my set at Target, but a similar set of 50 hangers is less than $30 (with free shipping) at 

Minimize your losses.  Just because you are getting rid of a lot doesn’t mean you have to take a total loss.  Clothes & accessories that are in good shape can be brought to a consignment shop (be sure to wash, iron, & hang any items you plan to consign) or sold via Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, or garage sale.  For more tips on how to sell your stuff, check out this very detailed post. 

Make it easy to keep things in order.  Set up a no-fail system that is simple to maintain.  I keep ALL my clothes in my closet (rather than dresser drawers) because to me it is easier to see what I have.  I have clearly labeled baskets for the things that are hard to fold–bras, panties, swimwear, socks, pajamas, & accessories.  I love keeping the laundry hamper in my closet as well–it makes sorting laundry so much simpler!  I’ve used this heavy duty sorter for about 2 years and it is great. 

Practice careful procurement.  Once you’ve managed to pare your closet down to the bare minimum and have kept the pieces you truly love, keep it that way!  When buying something new, choose quality over quantity.  Resist the urge to buy something simply because it is on sale.  You are always better off buying ONE piece that you love than TEN items that are just okay.  I’ve personally found that sticking to small specialty boutiques, such as my friend Alysha’s shop, rather than the mass-market stores helps me avoid the old habit of buying just to buy. 

Re-evaluate regularly.  It is a good idea to re-assess, re-sort, and re-evaluate your closet every few months.  Once a season double check to make sure that your items are still in good shape, that they still fit, and that they are free of stains & holes.  If necessary, pull seasonal items out of storage to add to the rotation, and store any items that are no longer seasonally appropriate.



Sarah Nelsen-18th Street Fashion Video II

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hi readers!

I am so proud of my close friend Sarah Nelsen who is making me SO JELLY right now because she is in London studying fashion. I have been obsessively following her Instagram account to get any tidbits on her grand adventure. I know I have mentioned it before to my readers but I lived there for a semester in 2004-2005 and it has a very special place in my heart. I love girls like Sarah for many reasons: she doesn't take no for an answer, the word obstacle is just a word, and she gets what she wants with elegance and grace.

This video is the second in my trio for The 18th Street Fashion Show. My good friend Trey Morgan has been busy helping me edit it to get it just perfect and I have been trying to find the right music. Our third video will feature the behind-the-scenes of The 18th Street Fashion Show and will be something sexy for sure. As one friend calls a stunning video "That is some good eye candy." I plan to throw some Goldfrapp music at you for that video. Can't wait to finish that one soon!

Enjoy the WONDERFUL Sarah Nelsen!




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello readers!

I have been keeping a secret for about a month and finally I can tell you. My husband Rob Mitchell and I are featured in a fashion article in Kansas City's newspaper INK KC. We had such a blast shooting for this article and talking about why we enjoy fashion. IE-What is in our closet, what are we wearing, who are our influences, and what is our favorite fashion piece we own. Go to the article to read more.

I think this is going to be a great thing for my blog and I have been invited to join a KC Blogger Group. I am not going anywhere soon and I hope you stay around to read/follow/share with me too on this fashion journey. Thanks for reading. Love you all!

BTW-I have some more exciting things lined up for my blog soon including a guest post in August on a great DIY blog and a fashion shoot with my friend where I get to show off all my pretty clothing. Stay tuned!


Birthday Gifts

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Good morning readers,

I am turning 28 today and can say that I am really happy about getting older/potentially wiser? I see getting older as a gift and am so grateful that I have made it another year. My mom always said I was impatient so I was born two days before my due date on July 2nd instead of July 4th. She calls me her firecracker and I have to say I like that nickname. Today has already been so fun and my wonderful boss bought me flowers, a chocolate espresso torte, and mimosas this morning. She is so thoughtful!

I want to keep this post simple and show you a few fashion things I purchased as an early birthday gift. I had been eyeing a gold glitter clutch from Kate Spade for some time and I have always wanted an Alexander McQueen scarf. I purchased both items on E-bay because I believe in searching for the best deal. The Kate Spade clutch is used and I purchased it for $30.00 and the Alexander McQueen scarf was $25.00 with shipping so a good deal. I wanted to post some street wear pictures of the classic McQueen scarf and how I think it is a great wardrobe staple. I purchased the scarf that is in the 2nd picture. Also I wanted to show the glitter clutch from Kate Spade that I purchased.