friday feature :: the romper

Happy Friday, y'all! It's the weekend and I'm giving you the perfect weekend piece :: the romper. It's like a dress with shorts. What could be better? No worrying about showing anyone your *panties,* it's figure-flattering and fashion-forward. I especially love how you can take a romper from day to night and make it more versatile. Throw it on with a pair of flats and a long necklace during the day, then amp it up with some wedges, a statement necklace & clutch at night!

Many of you think you can't pull it off. I promise, you can. Being able to rock a romper is all about finding the perfect one. You have to make sure you will be COMFORTABLE in it, or you'll never wear it. Find one that accentuates your waist and has shorts that are long enough for your body and age. If this is your first go at a romper,  go with a black. It's slimming and you won't feel as much out of your comfort zone.

I've sported the romper a few times this season so far, with many more to come {my apologies for the poor photo quality... Instagram pictures somehow aren't as pretty & arsty when you blow them up ;)}!

I love this chambray romper from the LOFT. Be careful, you may have to go a size down!

Some chambray options. A more casual approach to the romper ::

My chambray romper, from the LOFT

Spaghetti strap option

Shopbop Chambray Romper

You can never go wrong with an LBR {Little Black Romper} Here I paired it with a blazer

Some LBR options for you. Some prefer a sleeveless, while many of you may prefer to keep your arms more covered if you're showing off your legs ::

Topshop Strappy Playsuit

Bar III Sleeveless Romper, Macy's

Velvet by Graham & Spencer 3/4 length sleeve Romper











So rock your romper this weekend! You'll be looking effortlessly chic, fashion-forward and a little bit sexy all at once!

Have a stylish & fabulous weekend. Until Monday!

Tuesday's Tip :: Small Closet Organization

Y'all... I have a SMALL closet. When I say small, I mean so tiny that I can only fit one season {barely} of my clothing in at a time. Apparently when one lives in a house built in the 1800's, in downtown Atlanta, unfortunately {to my disbelief} one cannot expect a walk-in, custom-shelved closet. *Sigh* But, I have learned to maximize my closet space with a few simple organization techniques. I figure small closet now = more excited and grateful when my husband builds me a custom closet similar to Carrie's in Sex & The City later in life, right? "Right...." my hubby says.

Here are a few storage and organization gadgets I used to maximize the space in my closet to its fullest potential ::

SHOES. As I said, my closet only allows me to keep one season of clothing in there at a time. Hence, shoes in the closet are NOT gonna happen. I bought this plastic hanging shoe rack at Bed Bath & Beyond. It fits up to 36 pairs of shoes and I love how they can be displayed, rather than the cloth shoe holders that you have to jam your shoes into, thereby hiding them. I also love that it's white, so it blends with the door.

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You can buy it HERE

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Now, onto clothing. Confession :: Despite my line of work, my closet is NOT well-organized. I don't have matching sueded hangers. I don't really even have my clothes color-coordinated correctly or even always hung right-side-out. I can do wardrobe consults all day long, but don't ask me to organize your closet! It takes a professional...

To maximize my closet space, which is tall and narrow rather than wide, I used a hanging closet rod to give me two tiers of bar space rather than one. I decided to hang dresses on the far top right, then hung my bar and filled it with outerwear -- sweaters, jackets, blazers & vests. Covering the majority of the top bar are my tops.

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You can buy the closet rod HERE

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And, for my belts, cardigans and other accessories I did the classic wall hanger. I have these things everywhere; from the walls to the door.

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So there you have it, small closet storage & organization tips on this lovely Tuesday. The best part? It will cost you less than $50.00 to maximize the space in your tiny closet. And for those of you with walk-in, spacious, luxurious closets? I'll try to hide my envy...

Stylishly Yours,