How to get your closet ready for fall

  

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Happy Tuesday! Let's start with a shameless business plug - If you haven't gotten your Fall Wardrobe Consult / Revamp on the books with me yet, NOW is the time. Don't wait until the temps actually drop to scramble around in your closet and figure out what goes, what stays, and most importantly what to WEAR in the cooler weather this season! With that said, September and October are some of my busiest months and they are booking up quickly. If you haven't already, email me to schedule! 

Today I thought I'd share a few tips with everyone about editing your closet in preparation for fall. I'm talking about how to know what to get rid of, what should be on your fall wish list, and where to take those items you purged. 

1) "IF YOU DIDN'T WEAR IT, PURGE IT"
This rule can apply in many situations, but not all. It's all dependent on the size of your closet. If you didn't wear it last season because you have so many clothes that you never saw it / forgot about it, then it doesn't necessarily need to go. If you have a smaller, more streamlined wardrobe where you can easily see everything and you didn't wear it last fall/winter, ditch it. You didn't reach for it then, so you won't reach for it as it gets older and older.

2) KEEP ITEMS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
If you are one of those with such a large wardrobe that things are getting lost, then use your best judgment to purge (or hire me and I'll tell you exactly what needs to go!) based on what items bring you joy / happiness when you see them. If you look at an item and say "that's fine, it's okay, I guess I'll wear it, blah blah", then chances are you'll never reach for it when getting dressed and it's just taking up wasted space in your closet. Ditch it! Another factor that comes into play is whether or not you like / want to shop for each season. If you love buying new things and are able to do a good shopping trip at the beginning of each new season, DEFINITELY don't hold onto those things that are just okay. They'll soon be replaced with items you'll actually love and wear.

3) THE RULE ON "SKINNY" & "FAT" CLOTHES
Most everyone has those things in their closet that don't fit, and they are saving them for when they lose weight, or in case they gain weight. First of all, don't ever save something for in case you gain weight. That's a rule that everyone can live by. If you're saving those clothes that you love oh-so-much from a size or two (or three, four) ago, really evaluate the reasoning behind it. If you're saving them because they make you think of a time when you felt better about yourself, ditch them and buy clothes that make you feel good about yourself NOW (I can help with this, too!) If you're saving them because you're a couple pounds over your normal and you have a plan in place to get back to that, they can stay. If you've been at your current weight for over a year (barring any circumstances like post-pregnancy, illness, etc) and you still have those items taking up space in your closet, it's time to purge and dress for your current body type. If you still have a goal of losing weight, buy some staples for your current weight and then treat yourself to new "skinny" clothes when you actually lose the weight! The goal is to feel good about yourself wherever you're at - not just wear sweats until you get to your desired weight. 

4) 10 FALL STAPLES
These are a few things that I believe every woman should have in her fall wardrobe. They are timeless, classic and will serve you well EVERY fall - not just this one. 
1) Dark wash skinny jean. I don't care what your size / body type, you need this. If you're unsure of what looks best on you, I can help


2) Vest. This is the perfect layering piece because it goes over everything from tops, to dresses, to sweaters and more. Whether you like the sweater vest look, military vest, or fur for winter (or all 3 like me), inVEST in a VEST!


3) Booties / Boots. I like to have both in my closet, but if you don't have either, you should at least have one. Choose a neutral color to start with, like taupe or cognac. Then, add in a black.

4) Flat / Slide. I love a great leopard flat, but also really see the value in a neutral slide. 


5) Black legging pant. These are not your yoga leggings - they are thicker and more of a "pant." They can be worn with all of your blouses that cover the front & back


6) Long cardigan. Perfect for layering over everything


7) Blouses that cover the front & the back. These are hitting your pocket line or below and are the most flattering length. Plus, you can wear them with everything from skinny jeans to leggings to boot-cut jeans to skirts. 


8) A really cute long-sleeved dress. Whether it's a tee-shirt dress, peasant dress, sweater dress or shirt dress, a great long-sleeved dress will go with your booties, flats, tights, vest, etc.

 
9) Long neutral necklace. Whether you like silver or gold, you need a long necklace that you could throw on every single day if you wanted to. 


10) Tunic sweaters. Lightweight, easy for layering, throwing on with leggings or jeans and wearing day to night. Tunic sweaters will NEVER steer you wrong.

5) WHAT TO DO WITH THE THINGS YOU PURGE
I have found that most people (including myself) just like to get this crap outta their house! One of the best ways to do this is with ThredUp. They simply send you a big "clean-out" bag with a pre-paid Fedex label on it. You fill it up, seal it, and drop it at your nearest FedEx location. Then, they sort through it and you get an email with the payout amount for that bag. I have found that they give you a pretty good return, and any designer items are sold separately for the highest price possible. You're going to get the same amount, if not more, than you would if you took the items to a consignment store, AND they'll donate what they don't take if you want them to. So, it gets it out of your house and into the right hands with almost ZERO effort! You can get the money sent to you on a pre-paid Visa gift card, or credited to your ThredUp account so you can shop for more goodies. I even bought a Vince sweater with some of my credits! 

I hope this is informative for y'all! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to answer.

***If you've never worked with me before, I'd love to offer you a special discount for us to edit your fall wardrobe! Just use code NEWCLIENT at checkout for 15% off. (You can purchase all services by clicking on the 'PURCHASE' tab at the top of the page). I can't wait to meet some new faces this fall season!

Working Girl Wednesday

    

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Happy Wednesday and hooray for some sunshine peeking through the clouds! Today I'm picking back up on Working Girl Wednesdays (on the Wednesdays I feel like it - ha!), where I'll be sharing looks that are perfect for in the office, out afterwards, with pieces that can be mixed and matched into weekend wear, etc. This one is PERFECT for this early fall season, and into the winter with tights & boots and a blazer or jacket.

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I LOVE burgundy because it's such a rich hue and is great for fall and winter. It also looks great on just about everyone! This lace shell (30% off today!) can be done with so many things; black cami underneath and black leggings/jeans, white cami underneath with white jeans or a skirt, or worn with a vest or jacket ontop. 

This wrap skirt can also be worn so many ways; to the office, to a nice dinner, casually with a chambray button-down or t-shirt up top, with tights & boots, or bare legs and booties. I am a sucker for a textured pattern and this one is so great for this upcoming season.

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Shop it all, including a few other workwear favorites, below! 

 

 

These are a few of my favorite things

   

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying safe and dry. My prayers go out to everyone in Florida and in the path of Irma. The footage I'm seeing is so devastating! Our beloved BVI's have been ripped to shreds and some of our favorite spots there are no longer. So so incredibly sad. Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite things. They are all random but I LOVE them equally! Let's start with the most important...

1) my FAVORITE. TOP. EVER.
This top is what dreams are made of in my opinion. It's is the perfect basic shell for wearing alone or layering, has lace detail, can be worn frontwards (v-neck) or backwards (high-neck) and is SO flattering. Easy, flowy, flattering and basic - this top is perfect on its own, under a vest, cardigan, jacket etc. 

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wearing above :: necklace | pants | shoes (only $41!) | jacket | sunglasses

2) PURISTRY products
Has anyone else tried this line? I saw it at Anthropologie awhile back and have been wanting to try it, so I was super excited when they sent me the Seaberry Moisturizer and Restorative Face Oil. I love a good face oil and equally love a hydrating moisturizer. I've been alternating between my Tula products and these from Puristry. I love how natural they smell and LOVE the way they feel on my skin! I would highly recommend them if you're in the market for some facial products. 

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3) this NYX MATTE LIP COLOR.
I ran out and bought this after I saw JennySue Makeup post about it on instagram because DUH... it's September and I need a new FALL COLOR. I went with the 'Budapest' color and it is SO Pretty. I wish I had a picture of it on, but I will try to snap one and post on insta-stories at some point. I love how matte the color is. It has such a rich pigment and STAYS ON through eating and drinking! The best part? The $7 price tag. Thinking I may have to stock up on a few other colors...

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4) THIS textured oversized cardigan.
I picked this baby up over the weekend and it is soooo cozy yet thin so it's perfect for throwing over a tank, dress, tee, etc. I love the color and obviously POCKETS.

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5) this 'Nato Mount' iPhone holder
Okay this is SO random. My parents gave this to me over the weekend and it is so practical! I am always struggling with where to put my phone while I'm driving, especially if I'm using Maps or listening to a Podcast and want to be able to change to the next episode easily, etc. This literally has a magnet that you stick to the back of your phone, underneath your case so no one can see it. Then, you stick the base on the spot in your car where you want it. The magnet is so strong that you can just stick your phone on there and swivel it however you want! Totally not a fashion blogger item to post, but super practical. 

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Happy shopping and stay safe! 

The Wrap Dress : Timeless, Flattering + On-Trend

   

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Happy Wednesday (that feels like a Tuesday so YAY that we're ahead and not behind!), y'all! I have been a little bit MIA due to the fall season coming soon which means lots and lots of wardrobe consults and fall shopping trips! Stay tuned for a post on how you can get your closet ready for fall. Today I'm sharing a timeless, classic piece that every woman should have in her closet. The wrap dress is flattering, currently very on-trend (although I believe it will never go out of style) and oh-so feminine! Perfect for daytime with flats or sandals, nighttime with some heels or booties, and perfect for fall with a leather jacket.

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LINKED :: dress | shoes | sunnies | earrings - sold out, similar here

This one is not only cute and flattering, but it's a faux wrap so you don't have to actually worry about it wrapping correctly, fidgeting with it, etc. Plus, the price tag can't be beat!  I've linked this, plus other favorites below.

Labor Day Weekend Sales

   

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Happy Friday and start to a long weekend! With a holiday weekend come SALES so I'm rounding up my favorites for you...including this cute ruffle seersucker top & tassel earrings (scroll down to H&M sale for those) Happy shopping! 

LOFT // 30% off everything + extra 50% off sale. Great fall stuff! ALL MYFAVES ::

H&M // Up to 60% off with code 1869. My drawstring seersucker top pictured above is marked down to $19.99 and is SO cute!
( I'm wearing a size 10 for reference. Could have done an 8 but this has a cute roomy fit
These cute bow slide sandals are also included in the sale, and HOLY MOLY these earrings!! $6!
ALL MY FAVES ::

JCrew // 30% off with code YESPLEASE. I am beyond obsessed with these flats for fall.
ALL MY FAVES ::

Anthropologie // Extra 40% off sale items (Anthro sale normally never goes above 20% off so take full advantage of this!) So many cute things, including major steals on jewelry.
ALL MY FAVES :: 

Day to Night, Work to Play, Summer to Fall Dress

   

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Happy Tuesday, y'all! Today I wanted to share this cute burgundy dress that's under $50 (!!) and is perfect for summer & fall. I absolutely LOVE this color and I think it, along with olive, is such a fall staple. If you don't own anything in this color, start with this dress! It also comes in SO many other colors to choose from. Plus, the shape is flattering on virtually any body type and the material is easy and lightweight. I plan to wear it with a military vest / jacket and some booties as we ease into fall nights. It's also perfect for wearing to the office and then onto Happy Hour!
For reference, I'm wearing a small

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All the heart eyes for this bag. In case you missed it on the blog last week, click here to see all the reasons I love it so much.

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I've been wearing this layered necklace on repeat lately (and it's 40% off currently!). It looks SO much more expensive than it actually is, and I love the matte/hammered gold. Plus, you can wear each necklace separately too.

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Shop the full look //

Perfect Summer-to-Fall Bags (mostly) Under $100

   

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This morning I walked outside and there was a CRISP in the air that made me so excited for fall. Fall and winter are by far my favorite seasons, and I feel like in these last weeks of summer I seriously get some seasonal depression. The heat & humidity totally drag me down! So, in light of fall approaching (hopefully sooner than later), I thought I'd share some bags that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall, and even into winter.

My favorite find is this tassel bag because ::
1) It's under $100 (who knew Anthro had so many great bags for $88? Not me!)
2) It has tassels (duh)
3) It has one strap instead of 2 which I really like. It seems to
stay on my shoulder better and be easier to carry
4) It's BIG! I like big bags and I cannot lie!
5) The color goes with everything and is perfect for every season
6) The leather is SO soft and smooth
7) I've found that the tassel strap that goes around the entire bag is perfect for
hanging sunglasses on! 

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above // dress (coming to the blog soon) | sunnies | shoes (similar)

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...Need I say more? If you're on the hunt for a great bag that you can start wearing now and bring into fall, check out all of my favorites below. 

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Summer Sweaters

   

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Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite summer sweaters; perfect for nights when you get just a little bit chilly (although those are mostly spent inside my house where I am cranking the AC every single night just to keep myself from sweating...), pairing with shorts, and then transitioning into fall. I I love this cold-shoulder sweater from Hand in Pocket. If you haven't been to their store, I highly recommend it; such cute stuff at good price points and a great variety!  I paired it with this cute tassel necklace, also from HiP. I am all about a great lightweight sweater so I can't WAIT for it to start cooling down! I am also loving this sweater and this sweater from their store.

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Shop some more of my favorite summer sweaters below! 

Gameday-Ready with Stewart Simmons

   

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Happy Monday! College football is RIGHT around the corner (insert praise hands!) which means it will soon be time for tailgating, crisp fall weather, buffalo chicken dip, and Athens GA. For all you college football fans looking for cute attire to represent your alma mater, I've found the perfect company! Stewart Simmons has the cutest game day wear whether you're watching the game on your couch, tailgating, or in the stadium. You can get 20% off your purchase with code LIFESTYLED now through 9/23.

I watch most UGA games at home or outside with friends, so I absolutely love this hat & this tank. Throw them on with denim shorts or even yoga leggings! 

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For tailgating parties and going to the game, I CANNOT get enough of this bulldawg dress (also comes in red!). The fabric is SO soft and comfy, lightweight and breathable. You can pair it with a denim vest or jacket as the weather starts to get cooler, and fun jewelry to add in your pop of red. vest | similar earringsbooties

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Stewart Simmons has gameday lines for Georgia / most surrounding SEC teams so check out all of their merchandise here. AND don't forget, 20% off your purchase with code LIFESTYLED, now through 9/23! 

Loft Sale Picks

   

Happy Hump Day! Your Wednesday just got even better because Loft is having a 50% off S A L E on lots of things today! I'm rounding up my favorites for you here. SO MANY GOOD THINGS, including this jumper I posted about last week, the COMFIEST and cutest loungewear sweatshirt that I also posted about...

...plus some things that will be perfect for taking into fall. 
 Happy Shopping! Just use code SURPRISE to get the discount. 


And speaking of sales... don't miss yesterday's blog post featuring my BIGGEST sale of the year before my pricing structure increases on August 20th!