A New Season of Style

A New Season of Style

The cooler weather is calling for a style change-up, and so am I. Lately, I’ve had a bit of a bored feeling when looking in my closet to choose something to wear. You know the one?

I think it’s important to note that this feeling doesn’t mean that you have to, or should, start from square one. I like to view my closet as an ongoing draft that I can make edits to, here and there, as needed. As fall came, I realized it was time to make a few additions and subtractions to refresh my wardrobe.

First, I focused on the subtractions. I took an informal inventory of my closet to see what I had, what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what I needed. Then, I began to take the items out of my closet that no longer “sparked joy.” I piled these items up and put them in bags to be donated.

In theory, this closet clean-out process seems simple enough. In practice, this process can be a bit tedious. But, I do have a few tips and tricks from a previous blog post that you can check out here.

I’d say the number one thing that can make or break your closet clean-out is honesty. You have to get real about what items you enjoy wearing and what items you will never wear. Holding onto pieces of clothing that don’t make you feel good isn’t worth it. Let yourself simply say, “thank you, next,” to the things that don’t spark joy! Trust me; it’s free-ing.

Once the hard part was over, I focused on the additions to my closet. Before heading right to the store, I thought about the type of pieces I truly needed to enhance my wardrobe. When you are specific and intentional, you are less likely to buy something that will end up collecting dust in your closet.

Based on the weather and the items that I decided to donate, I knew I wanted to add a few new sweaters and long sleeve tops to my closet. This brought me to my local T.J. Maxx, where I scored some really great pieces.

I can’t wait to wear these tops out and style them in different ways. I tried to get items that seemed classic rather than overly trendy. As I continue to edit my closet, I find that I value a more timeless style. Trends come and go, but your style is yours, and it can grow with you.

What’s your best seasonal style tip? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: Florence Given’s ’70s Aesthetic

Steal That Look: Florence Given’s ’70s Aesthetic

UK-based artist and author Florence Given has a gorgeously unique and defined style. I admire her bold attitude and confident self-expression. You may recall a few times on the blog where I have quoted her book, “Women Don’t Owe You Pretty.”

As a way to play around with my personal style, I recreated three of Florence’s in-feed outfits. This allowed me to mix and match items that I already had in my closet in new ways. This also forced me to jump outside of my comfort zone.

First up, I copied this little black dress look. This was fairly simple to put together since it just required a black dress, black boots, and a scarf. I think this is the perfect simple yet elevated outfit to go out in.

Second, I put my own twist on another one of Florence’s slip-dress looks. This outfit was a lot of fun to put together; it challenged me to mix up various patterns, textures, and colors.

Last but certainly not least, I recreated this black and denim look. As with the first outfit, the “recipe” is pretty simple. All you need is a black tank, black boots, jeans, and a black belt. This is a great outfit for looking effortlessly put together.

While I have my personal style preferences, recreating Florence’s outfits helped me to explore. I believe that when it comes to style, you have to be open to trying new things whether it’s a new trend or aesthetic. Through trials and the occasional errors, you are able to learn a lot about yourself and what your style truly is.

Which look was your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

I always like to visit my local thrift store with the intention of curating my style. This helps me to focus on what clothing items I want to take home as well as which items to leave. On my latest thrift trip, my goal was to find a few more dresses to compliment my wardrobe. I got a bit lucky and found three new-to-me dresses for under $30.

First, I found this asymmetrical olive green dress. It was originally from J.Crew where dresses can easily cost more than $100. I scored this dress for just $8.99. I really enjoy the unique cut and color. This dress pairs perfectly with just tennies, but I could also dress it up with heels.

Next, I found a simple little black dress with lace detailing for $3.99. While browsing the clearance rack, I found an oversized vintage blazer to go with it for just $1.99. I think this look would be perfect for grabbing dinner.

Last but certainly not least, I found this casual denim dress. It’s Loft brand and cost just $8.99. It’s simple, comfy, and effortless. I adore dresses like this for mornings at the farmers’ market or for grabbing coffee and running errands.

If you live in northern Wisconsin like me, I’d definitely recommend checking out your local Goodwill NCW. That’s typically where I thrift, and that’s where I got all of the items featured in this blog. Also, before your next thrifting adventure, check out this blog post for a few tips and tricks!

What’s your best thrift find? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

I have found that I do my best thrifting when I know what I want. Obviously, you never know exactly what you will find at your local thrift store, but you can set some intentions.

Pinterest is a great tool to gather style inspiration from as well as create mood boards on. Before my most recent thrift trip, I took some time to add to and review my 2021 style board (you can check it out here). This helped me to develop a general list of “wants.” Based on my pins, I knew that I wanted to add pieces to my wardrobe that were flowy and feminine. I also knew that I wanted to lean into a pastel and neutral color palette.

Because I did a bit of homework before hitting the thrift shop, it became less intimidating to go through the racks. I could immediately look at a piece and say “yes, I love this” or “nope, it doesn’t fit my description of flowy, feminine, pastel, or neutral.” When you understand your style and how you want to curate your closet, it makes it easier to find pieces that you will absolutely love.

The first piece that I found on my Pinterest thrifting adventure was this long yellow dress. I completely adore it and can’t wait for an excuse to wear it. It’s made out of relaxed linen material, and it has dainty ties on the sides that cinch the waist.

The next piece I scored was this pink cardigan. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the cut and the thick knit stripes. I paired it with a simple tank and some light pink shorts for a monochromatic look. I think it will pair beautifully with jeans in fall.

Lastly, I picked up this v-neck knit sweater. It’s a lighter knit, so I could comfortably wear it in winter, fall, and even spring. The colors are neutral and simple, so the sweater will pair nicely with a variety of pants, shorts, and skirts. This sweater definitely looks like a combination of sweaters and tops that I pinned.

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t know where to start when thrifting, try creating a Pinterest board to thrift from! It’s a great first step in defining your style and aesthetic.

What styles have you been loving lately? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Summer Style Staples

Summer Style Staples

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe! Below I have compiled six of my favorite clothing pieces and accessories for summer. All of these items can be mixed and matched, and they are versatile for whatever occasion you may be dressing for.

Denim shorts. I consider these a must-have in my wardrobe for day-to-day summer wear, and I’m sure many of you do too. I prefer the high-waisted option, but even if you appreciate the low-rise trend, denim shorts look cute with most things. I have found many of my favorites from my local Goodwill.

White Tennies. These go with just about everything. I’ve gotten so much use out of my Pumas lately, and I consider them another must-have. They pair nicely with many outfits, and they are actually functional (unlike some of my sandals).

Cute Totes. I have found myself using my totes just as much as my purses lately. It’s so convenient to just throw your wallet and a few other necessities in a tote to go. The tote pictured is from one of my favorite brands, Copina Co.

Knit Tanks. I know it may sound counterintuitive to have a knit tank top in summer but trust me. Knits are in, and they are adorable. If you do a bit of searching, you definitely can find knit tanks that are soft and breathable. Pictured is a knit tank that I thrifted, and it has not caused me to break a sweat.

Silky Scarves. These are very versatile accessories. You can wear a scarf in your hair, you can tie it on your bag, or you can even tie it as a top! I scored my scarf from Ragstock.

Bucket Hats. These come in handy for rainy days or even bad hair days! They are perfect for many cute and casual looks.

What are some of your summer style staples? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

If you’ve been following along for a while, you already know that I adore pre-loved fashion. In fact, many of my fashion blog posts feature items that I got from my local Goodwill.

There are so many reasons why I’m a proponent of thrift shopping, so I wanted to share a few of them with you. I hope that this resonates with you or motivates you to give thrifting a try.

I love thrift shopping because:

It’s fun. Simply put, I enjoy the hunt. I love looking through the racks and finding new favorites.

It’s affordable. The price of brand-name items is significantly less at the thrift store. In fact, I’ve found full outfits thrifting for the same price as one piece of clothing from the mall.

It’s better for the environment. Thrifting keeps items out of landfills and gives them a new life! We’ve all been hearing how bad fast fashion is for the environment, so thrifting is a better alternative.

It supports great causes. When I shop at Goodwill, I know that my dollars are going towards job training and opportunities. I also know that what I spend stays in my community, and that feels good.

It allows me to experiment with my style. When I thrift, I find cute pieces that I would’ve never even thought to look for. Thrifting helps me to learn more about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to my personal style. It has helped me to curate a functional and unique wardrobe.

Overall, second hand is grand!

What do you love about thrift shopping? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

In case you don’t already know who TK a.k.a. Taylor King is, let me introduce you. She’s a content creator and content producer based in Los Angeles, California. She has a fun and bold style, and she loves anything that she proclaims to be “juicy.”

For a while, I have admired her aesthetic and attitude on Instagram. Her content is always eye-catching and fresh. She finds ways to elevate simple outfits, with bold accessories and unique pieces.

I decided to give her style a shot by first recreating some of her Instagram in-feed fits. Then, I created a few juicy looks of my own.

First up, I went for one of her sporty looks. In the Instagram post, she’s wearing a reworked jersey/windbreaker by @thereal_o_g. I felt inspired to make one with a Milwaukee Bucks jersey and windbreaker that were sitting in my closet. Next time I go to a game, I’m definitely wearing it.

Second, I went for a comfy option. The outfit is nice and cozy, but what I really liked about this post is the posing. As a content creator, I’m always looking for ways to add variation to my feed. A pose like this is extremely simple, yet it has depth. It’s more eye-catching than just another selfie.

Lastly, I tried a dressed-up look. I just happened to have a black one-piece similar to hers as well as a neon jacket already in my closet. I never thought about pairing the pieces together before, but it works! In the future, I’ll have to play around with adding neon to dark outfits. It adds vibrance.

Recreating these in-feed looks helped me to jump outside of my comfort zone. The outfits forced me to look at items in my closet in a different way. Her posts also forced me to think outside of the box in terms of styling and posing. Most notably, recreating TK’s looks forced me to rock her classic red lip.

Feeling inspired, I put some of my own outfits together that I think TK would approve of. I leaned into the red and black color palette that is present in TK’s Instagram feed and brand.

I am obsessed with how this first self-styled look came together. I put on my favorite little black dress, fun sunnies, and my boyfriend’s varsity jacket. The pops of red throughout the outfit scream juicy! If you have a dress, jacket, and statement sunglasses, you can easily recreate this look with your own flair.

Next, I knew I had to break out my red velour Juicy Couture jacket for this blog post. I mean, it says juicy right on the arm! I paired the jacket with a black top underneath and dark wash denim pants. The cherry on top is a bright red scrunchie to hold my hair in a high pony.

In my final look, I kept on the same black shirt and put a leather top over it (it’s a Harley Davidson top that I found at a thrift store!). I also brought back the same sunnies from earlier to add another pop of red. This outfit made me feel like Sandra Dee at the end of Grease.

Emulating TK’s aesthetic and style was, in short, fun! Her typical outfits vary quite a bit from my typical fits, but I can still appreciate the juicy energy. If you ever see a style or a trend that you like, try it! You never know what it may help you learn about your personal style.

What was your favorite outfit? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Your Next #OOTD: Trying Current Style Trends

Your Next #OOTD: Trying Current Style Trends

Admittedly, I’ve been spending too much time on the fashion side of TikTok. But, it has inspired me to try some new things with my wardrobe. Here are a few of the current trends I’ve recreated and my candid thoughts:

Cropped cardigans. I adore this trend. It’s very cute and feminine. To try it out, I thrifted this pink cheetah print cardigan and paired it with some light wash denim. If I wanted to dress up the look, I could easily add heels or switch the jeans with a skirt. I could see myself wearing this outfit on a typical day.

Pastel everything. This is another trend that I can’t get enough of. I’ve always loved pastels, so I’m happy to see more of the color palette in stores. To try it out, I threw on some light pink joggers, a light blue top, and my pastel cow print bucket hat. Honestly, I will probably be grabbing coffee in this outfit later.

Shackets. For me, it depends on the shacket. I’m not a fan of flannel shackets on myself, but I really like the utility style. This army green shacket has been my go-to lately. I usually just pair it with a basic top, leggings, and flats.

The Casual Button-Up. All over my feed, I have seen influencers pair white button-ups with leggings, crew socks, and chunky sneakers. I have been very skeptical of this trend, so I was interested in trying it out myself. I wouldn’t say that I hate it on me, but I also don’t know if I would choose this outfit again.

What current trend would you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

New Year, New Wardrobe: Closet Clean Out Tips

New Year, New Wardrobe: Closet Clean Out Tips

One of my resolutions is to be more purposeful in the things that I purchase and the things that I keep. I believe this mostly applies to my admiration for clothing.

To kick off the new year, I decided to go through my closet and figure out what “sparked joy” and what could go. It was quite the process, but I am happy with how my wardrobe turned out.

By doing this, I learned what tips and tricks worked best. I hope that these may help you as they helped me:

Take everything out of your closet. When I say everything, I mean everything. Throw all of your clothes on your bed to start the process. It will show you how much you currently have and put it into perspective.

Make a pile of what you want to let go. Items that no longer serve you can go into a “donate” or “sell” stack. Items that you want to keep can be hung. If an item is completely damaged or worn out, toss it.

Try stuff on. If you are indecisive about certain items, try them on! Then you can see if the item fits or looks how you like.

Have fun with it! I personally enjoy listening to a podcast while I organize. It makes the time go by so fast. Cleaning out your closet doesn’t have to feel like a chore.

Ask yourself questions. Think: What clothes do you feel the best wearing? What clothes do you feel bored with? Only keep the clothes that are functional and that you truly enjoy.

Organize clothes by style/type. Hang your blouses by other blouses and dresses by other dresses. This makes it super easy for you to find what you want in your closet when getting ready. You can take this a step further by color-coding by type as well.

Use felt hangers if you can. These will really optimize your space. They take up less space than plastic hangers, and they hold clothes more effectively. I feel that they are worth the upfront investment.

Happy cleaning!

What’s your best organization tip? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

A little black dress never goes out of style. Year after year, you can pair it with different accessories and signs of new times. I think it’s the perfect basic to break out of your closet for New Year’s Eve. Even if we are just sitting on our couches with a glass of champagne this year, let’s do it in style.

Below are four looks that I created using my bodycon LBD. I hope that they spark some ideas for your last look of 2020 and first look of 2021.

For this first outfit, I grabbed some bold accessories in my favorite color. I know micro bags still cause some controversy with critics, but I personally think they are adorable. Early in 2020, I even covered the trend on this blog.

I kept the pink theme going with my gogo-style booties. These have to be one of my best thrift finds. I think any bold colored boot would look great with a LBD base.

For look number two, I kept it cozy by just adding an oversized scarf. I honestly think everyone could use a blanket scarf in their closets. They are fashionable and perfect for winter weather. I thrifted the one pictured, but I have found some really cute ones at World Market.

Look three is a perfect fit to emulate if you live in a cooler climate too. I thrifted both the faux fur jacket and faux fur boots at different times, but it’s almost like they were meant to be together. I typically wouldn’t wear this much fur at once, but with a simple black dress, it works!

Look four is extremely easy and comfy. All I did was throw a sweater on top of my dress. I liked that it was a v-neck so I could put it over my shoulders. I also rolled up the sleeves a touch. This basic pairing can be dressed up with more jewelry and maybe even some patterned tights.

See ya in 2021! How are you ringing in the new year? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!