Wardrobe Woes

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via closetessentials.com

I was gutting my closet the other day which inspired me to, of course, blog about it. So first things first ladies… does the pic above accurately depict how your closet looks right now? I thought so. Keep reading…this post’s for you.

Do you HATE wearing the same top/dress/skirt more than once? Do you wear something {I’m talking special event or evening wear, not everyday wear just to clarify} and push it back to the darkest corner of your closet? Every time something comes up, like a party or a wedding, do buy something brand new? This, which I’m sure has been pointed out to you by your significant other, is complete madness. We all have closets overflowing with clothes that we haven’t worn in weeks, months, or even years. So before you become the next guest on TLC’s Hoarders, let me give you a few tips to make the best of your wardrobe.

Most people will say the first thing you should do is go through you’re closet and get rid of everything you haven’t worn in the past month or so to Good Will or Salvation Army, etc. This is wrong for 2 reasons; 1. Maybe you haven’t worn it because of the season OR 2. You forgot you had it! That’s what happens when you have a SHIT ton of clothes.

The FIRST thing you should do is call up your buddies and host a clothes swap {don’t call me greedy yet, I’ll get to the donations part!}. The idea is that you all bring clothes, shoes, accessories, handbags, etc. that you no longer want or need and swap amongst your friends. This way you’re getting new duds for free and a much needed girls night . Don’t worry if you all are different shapes and sizes. Everyone hangs on to clothes that are too big or too small, and sometimes “one size” really does fit most. Whatever clothes & accessories are left unclaimed can THEN be donated to your local charitable thrift store. This way you’re getting more donations, so invite as many friends and acquaintances as you can! You can even make a night of it with wine and munchies. Send invites, make a Facebook event – the more the merrier, right?

SECOND – As much as it may pain you, DO NOT KEEP the unclaimed items. I know you’ll be tempted, and I know it’s devastating to get rid of that 2 sizes too small dress you’ve been hanging onto for 3 years because you KNOW you’ll fit into one day. Let’s be honest here….if you haven’t by now, you probably won’t. And seeing it hanging in your closet is a constant nagging reminder of the ‘freshmen 10’ or what child birth has done to your body, so dump it already.

The THIRD thing you should do is organize your closet, whether it’s color coordinated, by day to evening,  or work to social. Have a designated area for shoes and accessories, and store seasonal pieces like outerwear and hates/scarves in bins or totes. Organize it in a way that makes it easy for you to navigate, therefore easier to find things depending on what you’re dressing for.

The FOURTH thing you should do is shop what’s left. What I mean by this is take an item, that perhaps you’ve already worn and are likely not to wear again, and make as many different outfits as you can out of this piece. When you’re pressed for time, you don’t think of what you can do differently with that piece so you push it aside. By predetermining different outfit ideas, you’ll save time {and money}, and get more wear out of each piece. You can wear the same thing over and over and achieve many different looks, therefore making the most of your current collection.

Take this piece for example. This classic navy polka dot cami can be worn many different ways and make completely different looks.

polka dot cami $34.90 @ Dynamite

A simple cardigan, some classic skinnies, and bright shoes & accessories make a perfect daytime look.

cardigan $26.90, skinny jeans $42.90 at Dynamite   pink wedge $39.98, bangles $15 at Spring

A white pencil skirt and killer heels create a sexy evening look.

pencil skirt $24.90 at Dynamite  platform heels $60, clutch $30, earrings $10 at Spring

Some neutral slacks and a structured blazer is a great work look for any professional.

white blazer $44.90, cropped pants $34.90 at Dynamite  taupe heels $29.98 , squared handbag $29.98 at Spring

Easy right? Your fav top is no longer a one trick pony. Now it’s up to you to take your fav pieces and create endless looks.

So the next rainy day, get organized! There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain…like more closet space to buy new clothes. 😉

xo Cree

Summer Solids

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Today was the first “hot” day of the season. I spent the day outside with these 2….

then had a BBQ followed by a few cold ones.

It was a pretty awesome day. This got me REALLY effing pumped for long, hot summer days and also got me thinking about all the things I can’t wait to wear. It’s been six loooong months of restricting jeans, stifling boots, and hat hair. Finally we can move on to tank tops and flips flops, which brings me to my first of four things I’m excited about for summer :

1.Sandals & Flips Flops

Yes, it’s time to take off those sweaty, suffocating boots and free your feet! It’s about time someone actually got to see that $60 pedicure {or your $6 self-pedi}. Here are a few on my wishlist.

 

elastic strap gladiator $34.58, cut out lace up $34.58, dolce vita dora $59.14, havaianas $18.04 @ American Eagle

2. Denim Shorts & Western Boots

This combo is a summer classic and a fav amongst the likes of Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson. I’ve worn the same boots for about 7 years and they’re still in amazing shape, so I highly suggest skipping the cheapie fashion styles and getting a real pair. They’re pricey, but they’ll last a lifetime. If you’re a local, I suggest hitting up First Western Boutique in downtown St. John’s. Otherwise Shepler’s has a great variety and ships internationally.

tan marsh goat cowgirl boot $384.74-$394.87 @ Shepler’s & destroyed denim short $30.06 @ AE

3. Funny Sunnies

Yes you can wear shades during winter, but only in summer can you get away with sunnies as a headband and all those bright & over sized frames. I’ve got a small army of colored Wayfarers lying in wait.

two toned neon wayfarer $8.90, purple glam sunglasses $5.00, pink framed aviators $5.00 @ Garage

4. Braids

Jenn braids back her bang, Sienna does a braided updo, its a side style for Kim, & Nicole braids her pony

Undoubtedly the hairstyle of summer is braids. Traditional, french, fishtail…there are so many different ways to braid your hair and it’s ever evolving. It’s casual and summery, but still maintains an ultra feminine look.

And that ends my short-list of summer cravings! What summer look are you dying to break out?

xo Cree

The Romantics

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Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2012

Ruffles and lace and chiffon…oh my! Romantic style gowns are and have always been a favorite on the red carpet, and with the romantic trend being a big hit for SS 2012, why let the stars have all the fun? There are a TON of ways to romanticize your look, and you can start by getting inspiration from your fav runway and red carpet looks.

All in the Details:

Beyonce, Lily Collins, Leslie Mann, & Diane Kruger at the 2012 Met Ball

Chiffon, lace, ruffles, feathers, bows, nudes, sheers, & flowy fits…all the makings of a romantic gown. These details are a great way to achieve a feminine and delicate look.  Still sexy but subdued.

Side Sweep:

Emmanuelle, Cameron, Taylor, & Jessica are fun and flirty with their side swept curls.

Petals & Pearls:

top: Katherine Heigl & Jennifer Garner in pearls bottom:Taylor Swift & Emily Blunt with flower hair accessories

Pearls, flowers & diamonds are the perfect accessory to compliment the look.

     For the Face:

Charlize & Kate are Naturally beautiful – Soft eyes and a nude or rosy pout is all you need.

Fulfill your romantic (wardrobe & beauty) needs here! I found pieces and products based on the above celeb looks.

empire waist lace dress $16.99 & chiffon skirt $16.99 at Urban Planet


Lace dress $78 at RW & Co stores

dreamy long sleeve top $79, sleeveless ruffle top $49.99 at Guess

lace & pearl necklace $7.50, diamonds & pearls bracelet $6.00 at Charlotte Russe

Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Ultimate Blush or Eternal Rose will give you the perfect pout. Get it at your local drug store

A wand like this one from Sally Beauty Supply will help you achieve those soft waves & curls, and it’s only $36.99

And that’s the romantic trend in a nutshell. A bottle of wine an a candle-lit dinner, and you’re all set!

xo Cree

2012 Met Ball’s Best Mess

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The Met Ball is described as the fashion industry’s “Night of Nights”, but this year it was a night of frights as our fav starlets showed up one after another in what can only be described as complete disasters.  Since the annual event is hosted by Vogue’s editor and chief, Anna Wintour, one would assume that all the stars would show up in the sexiest and most stunning gowns they could get their hands on. Well, you know what happens when you assume…

    

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte & Mary-Kate Olsen in her own label The Row

  

Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs & Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy

  

Mia Wasikowska in Prada & Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou

Holy Jesus in the garden…

Can I just start by saying WTF! Forgive me for getting a little worked up, but who the hell told these women it was okay to venture out into public like this, let alone the freakin Met Ball? Where were the mirrors and Polaroid cameras? Where were the stylists? WHERE were the friends and family??? I know some of your are saying  “style is a form of artistic expression…blah blah blah”, but let’s just be honest and agree that these women look like they just hopped off the crazy train.

A little harsh? Okay, I will give credit where credit’s due. They are (for the most part) right on trend. Kirsten & Alexa are both wearing menswear inspired frocks, while Mia is honoring the collar trend. Coco is rocking the colored tips trend and the color block trend, and Elizabeth is doing peplum.  I guess we’ll just call this more insight on hot trends gone wrong. As for Mary-Kate, there is no excuse to show up like the wicked witch of the east, but I guess bad press is still press? While these fashion blunders were all wrong for this event, I will add that Coco’s outfit was nuts – yet so fun. It would have been perfect for something like the MTV Movie Awards or an event of that nature. Same goes for Mia’s modest gown. This mormon inspired piece would have been SO much better if it was shortened to just above the knee. Remember…dress for the occasion, ladies!

My pick for best dressed?Ashley and Dianna. The above stars could take a cue from these 2 newbies because they looked phenomenal. THIS is how you dress to attend the fashion event of the year… sexy as hell! Their natural and casual hairstyles are the perfect compliment to downplay the glamorous gowns, keeping the looks fresh and modern.

  

Ashley Greene in Donna Karan & Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

And if you’re going to take a fashion risk, PLEASE do so in shimmering gold! I know this looks insane, but girl can rock a turban and her body looks incredible.

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

What do you think? Who were your best and worst dressed picks?

xo Cree

Denim Denim Denim…

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Today I’m talking about the hottest and most current trends in denim. Whether it’s colors, shorts or one pieces,  denim is the epitome of casual chic. An obvious classic, denim has become a staple in your everyday wardrobe and has evolved into much more than just a basic classic boot cut. Depending on the fit, wash, and style you can make denim work for just about any occasion. Check out the trends and see what you might be missing out on!

COLORS

Colored denim has quickly become Spring’s hottest fashion trend. From pastels to bold hues – you name it, we want it! This is  a great way to add some zip to your outfit and really stand out. Colors like yellow and pink make for great day wear, while red and purple can create a sexy night time look.

PRINTED

Another hot trend for Spring and Summer is printed denim. A nod to the 90’s, a fun floral print is a flirty and feminine way to update your summer look.

WHITE

White denim is fresh and clean. It can make a great dressy or office look paired with a black shirt or blazer, or go rocker chic and pair with leather and an oversize tee.

SHIRTS

A denim shirt looks light and casual left open over a cute graphic tee or simple tank. Go long and pair with leggings or shorts for day wear, or go tailored and tucked in with a fitted style.

JACKETS

Offset a pretty little dress with a denim jacket. The thrift store is a great place to hunt for one. These have been a popular trend in every decade so you’re bound to find a gem. Not only will you get it at a steal, but you’ll avoid the stiffness of a new jacket since the denim will likely be soft and worn in already.

VESTS

A vest can also down play a pretty little dress by dressing them down, making them perfect for day wear. This will add some edge and flare to any outfit and will be extra comfy without the sleeves.

ROMPERS

Nothing says summer like a romper. Try sticking to a lightweight denim to avoid heavy wrinkles or folds at the waist and added bulk in unwanted areas, like the bust or hips.

JUMPSUITS

This can be a toughie to pull off, but if you can you’ll look long and lean. Be careful not to let this style overwhelm you. Try wearing heels, adding an over sized bag, and even adding a big floppy hat or fedora to tone down the all over denim look.

DRESSES

For a feminine look, a denim dress will do! A denim dress is perfect for outdoor events like a BBQ or a concert. Since the denim is a little heavier it’s not as likely to blow up and reveal your (cringe) panties and is easy to clean if you drop some ketchup or get stubborn grass stains.

SHORTS

Everyone has a classic pair of denim shorts (if you don’t, you should!), but today there are so many other options. Colored, high-waisted, pleated, bermuda, cut offs….the options are endless!

SKIRTS

The denim skirt has gone back in time, and not only is this mini a solid choice, but pleated and button down styles that were popular in the 90’s are back in a big way.

BELL BOTTOMS

For a retro vibe try a bell bottom, flare, or super flare. This style works best on tall and slim physiques. If you’re petite or plus, a boot cut or slim flare is a great alternative.

DENIM ON DENIM

If you’re OBSESSED with denim (much like myself and these 3) why not try a head to toe look? Sounds like a fashion faux pas, I know, but this is super easy to pull off. Just make sure you’re denims are in a different wash. Pair dark and light, distressed and solid, colored and traditional blue…you get the idea.

DISTRESSED

A rocker chick’s go-to denim is a pair of distressed jeans.  This is another one I think everyone should have in their closet. You can do summer casual by cuffing them up at the bottom and throwing on some flip flops, or trendy with boots or heels.

See something you need?? Head over to forever 21! They’ve got a great selection of everything denim. Here’s what I found:

colored skinny $28.80, bell bottom $32.50, distressed skinny $33.80, printed skinny $28.28

cut off short $21.80, floral short $23.80, white bermuda $18.80, high waist short $15.26, pink short $18.80

shirt $21.80, jacket $35.80, vest $29.90, halter dress $29.90, acid romper $27.80

DENIM DON’TS

I don’t think I need to add any comment here, but just in case – when I said do a head to toe denim look, this is  NOT what I had in mind.

Also don’t do this…

…or this. And thank you in advance.

xo Cree

Brighten Up!

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Stars like Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, and Kelly Osbourne are just a few of the swarm of celebs that have dove head first, pardon the pun, into the colored hair trend. Though celebs are known for changing their hairstyles as often as their underwear {going from long hair to short bobs, blonde to brown to red} this particular trend has caught on like wildfire.

  Amber Rose goes green

Juliette is feeling blue

and it’s purple for Kelly

If this look is a little too Effie Trinket for you, then might I suggest just dipping your toes into the colored hair trend. Take a note from Lauren Conrad. The conservative and always lady like star participated in this trend too, but in a more subdued way. Colored tips like here in LC’s pink pony are a fun way to rock this trend without 100% committing to a completely new color. It’s easy to reverse, won’t cost a fortune, and much more subtle.

   LC rocks a pink pony

while Jessie J gets purple tips

If this option still doesn’t work for you, then no worries! The easiest and 100% NON committal way to get this look without changing a single lock of your hair is to buy colored extensions or clip ins. Some extensions can run you a few hundred dollars, but you know me! I went the economical route and found you some fantastic deals.

                                          

I hit up Sally Beauty Supply to find you all of these awesome and affordable products. On the left is “Hi-Lite synthetic hair extensions in pink for only $4.49. On the right is the human hair option Sassy Colors extensions for $19.99 and comes in 4 colors; hot pink, royal blue, purple, and red. You could even purchase a blonde set of human hair extensions and change the color as often as you wish with “Ion- Color Brilliance”. This product has a selection of bright colors like magenta, orange, and teal and is only $4.99 a pop! So if the boss doesn’t approve, you’re not up for permanently changing your current color, or whatever reason you may have, this is the best solution for you.

And before you decide if a full head of cotton candy pink hair is right for you…here’s a little food for thought 😉

Katy vs Effie

xo Cree

Island Style

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Who would have thought that we would be taking fashion cues from vacationing retirees and hawaiian shirt obesessed just-passed-middle-aged men (like this guy)? Certainly not me, but here were are in Spring/Summer 2012 and tropical prints are making an incredible comeback. Before I show you the latest and greatest, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to see just where the inspiration for this most recent trend resurrection initiated. Ladies….brace yourselves.

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you think of when you hear “tropical print” is images like these, Magnum PI’s chest fluff billowing in the wind, or a 300 pound vacationer chasing his hat and map down the beach.  Hopefully with this post I can change that negative connotation to tropical attire. I suspect this trend will be a short-lived one anyway, so why not embrace the fruit and floral for at least one season.

We’ve been seeing florals on the runway for several years now, and designers like Stella McCartney and Prada began introducing the fruit patterns in 2011. It seems to only be catching on this year with designers and retailers alike going all out, and celebs are following suit. This trend is bright, bold, and sometimes a little wacky, but in these images we see just how beautiful it can be.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012

Beyonce in Stella McCartney pants & Fergie in a Givenchy dress

Like any trend, if you’re not sure it’s for you or if you can’t afford to incorporate a lot of new pieces into your wardrobe, just get a few accessories to test the waters. A hangbag or shoes would be a great way to take part in the trend without going overboard on style or cost. Some tropical print flats or a fruity tote would be the perfect start.

 

FLEHARTY espadrilles $40.00 THRONDSON tote $25.00 at aldoshoes.com

If shopping IS in the budget and you’re ready to go full on tropical, then try heating up your wardrobe with statement blazers and dresses.

 

floral silk satin blazer $99.90  printed dress $49.90 at zara.com

Still thnking about Magnum? Here are a few more finds that will likely change your tune!

palm trees tee $27.90, tropical romper $34.90, floral cami $27.90 all at garage.ca

floral v-neck dress $32.94, ruffle cami $10.00, canvas shorts $26.94 at oldnavy.ca

floral print peep toe pump $79.95, satin floral dress $169.95,  silk tunic $49.99 at lechateau.com 

Keep in mind, just because tropical is “in” doesn’t mean it’s ok to let your father or significant other go out in public in his “Aloha” shirt.

xo Cree