Looking Back, Looking Forward



Chic and handy. So, we know that accessories are essential finishing touches to any woman’s look. Some accessories get more attention than others. A style conscious woman, however, cares about all her accessories. And, a wallet, though usually concealed in a fabulous handbag, is something we all own and probably use all the time. So, why not have one that is not only functional, but also timelessly stylish?
This ruby wallet, sized to fit a checkbook, features snap flaps on each side of a center pocket. The center pocket is quite chic with a retro-style clasp closure and a vintage floral interior. Storing the essentials and always in style, this wallet is a modern classic.
Wallet—Hobo International via Marshalls

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Graphic Inspiration


Bold and beautiful. This dress boasts the trendy oversize print of the season yet embodies classic style. A graphic black-and-white floral design jazzes up a true wrap dress with a crossover v-neck and three-quarter length sleeves. Completely versatile, the dress is made work-ready by the addition of a yellow cardigan. The look is finished with a string of pearls, hobo bag, tights, and pull-on boots. A wool coat and a bright yellow scarf add warmth in style.
Dress—Tahari via Marshalls Cardigan—Ann Taylor Loft Pearls—Overstock Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx Tights—Merona for Target Boots—Banana Republic Coat—Kenneth Cole Reaction via Overstock Scarf—Jones New York via Marshalls

Where It All Begins

Ok ok. I received a reader request to post about my closet. I hesitated for a quick second only because I moved last summer and while I love most things about the new house, like the brick wall in the kitchen (my blog wall), the house severely lacks closet space! To accommodate my wardrobe, I had to get creative with a spare bedroom, transforming it into a closet/office. It is still a work in progress.

My first step was to expand the space of the tiny closet in that room by using a closet doubler ($7.96 at Walmart). Then, starting at the left, I hung three-quarter sleeve tops, tees, tanks, and then camis. In each category, items are clustered by color. On the lower rack, from left to right, are long-sleeve shirts, skirts, and shorts, also clustered by color. I hang my dresses, and long pants in the right corner space not occupied by the closet doubler. I also removed the closet door for easy viewing.

Next, I searched for a cabinet for additional storage. My search ended at the back of my house where a neighbor dumped an old cabinet. Now, this cabinet was clearly garbage with its hideous cork finish, awful glass doors, and the ugliest knobs ever. But, I saw potential. A good cleaning, some paint, and a screw driver (to remove the doors) was all that was needed to transform my neighbor’s trash into a treasure.

Once I knocked the cabinet into shape, it became the perfect place to store my sweaters which are folded in stacks sorted by color. My handbags are housed in the lower shelves of the new cabinet.

Next stop—my shoes. Two stackable wooden shelves ($9.99 each at Target) provide a great storage solution for my shoes. I store my favorite and most frequently worn pairs on these shelves. Strapped for space, my special occasion sandals have to be kept in an over-the-door organizer ($5 at walmart).

Ok. What did I forget? My belts are not visible because they are tucked away on hooks along the closet doubler. My scarves, I’ve got to see; so, I got a wall hanger ($1 at Dollar Tree) to display them.

So there it is—my closet. It is not perfect, but it is functional, making it easier for me to put looks together.

Flower Power

Fresh yet ageless. A classic brown corduroy blazer and A-line herringbone skirt get a fresh update when worn with a standout orange tank. The tank features a chic oversized yet delicate yellow floral pattern on the front. Sweater tights, patent croc pumps, and a tan leather satchel complete the look.

Tank—Banana Republic Factory Store Blazer—Banana Republic Skirt—Banana Republic Tights—Merona for Target Shoes—Tahari via Marshalls Bag—Via Spiga via Marshalls

Half Slow, Half Show

A tad. Today’s look is just a tad boring hence the new pose, an attempt to add some interest. A classic charcoal turtleneck sweater is paired with a somewhat sassy plaid—a blend of greys, green, and blue—skirt with a fluted hem. Black tights, pull-on boots, and a pashmina scarf add finishing touches.

Sweater—Gap Scarf—Streets of Chinatown, NYC Skirt—David n via Marshalls Tights—Merona for Target Boots—Banana Republic