June 2013 - Sensible Stylista

How-to: Organize Your Closet

For today's post, I've decided to share my closet setup with you guys.  I'm kind of OCD, so I always make sure my closet is meticulously organized.  It's so much easier to style outfits when things are in order.  
1.  Use shelves,drawers, and/or bins to store pieces that don't wrinkle.  I divide my clothing into 5 categories and fold accordingly:  skirts, shorts, tee-shirts, tanks, and pants.
2. Layer pieces of the same color & style on a single hanger, especially if you're trying to save space!

3. Color-code your wardrobe to style outfits with ease.  You'll never have to ransack your closet again.  
4. Store miscellaneous items in hanging storage racks.  I keep my socks, tights, and leggings here.  This may be too OCD for some people, but I like dividing them into sub-categories (i.e. patterned tights & black socks).  
5.  Invest in a belt ring or two.  I used to roll my belts up, but it's so much quicker to just hang them.  As an added plus, their shapes stay intact.
6.  I store most of purses in an oversized bin, but I like to place structured pieces upright.  I also like to stuff my bags with old clothing to preserve their shape.  
7.  Store your jewelry in pouches!  I hang most of my necklaces & earrings but store the rest in boxes and bags in a compartment.

8.  Hang statement necklaces on the walls with clear thumbtacks! It's a really practical way to display jewelry.  Plus it doubles as wall art.

Neon Accents

Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff
Sunnies:  Marc by Marc Jacob
Shoes:  Candie's via Kohl's
Necklace:  J. Crew Factory
Top:  c/o Double Zero Clothing
Skinnies:  American Rag via Kohl's

I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Minkoff.  In fact, she's one of my favorite bag designers.  I constantly find myself lusting for her pieces.  I've been drooling over THIS camera bag for months, but I don't think it's going on sale anytime soon.  Oh well.  I'll wait it out - maybe I'll get lucky!

Who's your favorite bag designer(s)?  Are there any special accessories you've had your eye on this season?

Photo credit:  Armato Photography

Mixing Prints

Bag:  Kate Spade
Blazer + top:  Forever 21
Shorts:  Mudd via Kohl's
Bracelet:  c/o Brighthouse Baubles
Wedges:  Steve Madden via TJ Maxx
Sunnies:  Marc Jacobs via TJ Maxx

I got really lucky with this blazer at Forever 21 - I (miraculously) managed to buy it while it was on sale. I'm always willing to invest in a quality blazer though.  I always keep an eye out for blazers of varying textures and colors.  They instantly add polish and sophistication, plus they transition beautifully from work to play.  TIP:  Roll up your sleeves to maintain a casual & trendy vibe.

Do you incorporate workwear into casual "everyday" outfits?  If so, how?

Photo credit:  Armato Photography

Edgy Cocktail Attire

Dress: Express
Bag: Kate Spade
Bracelets + Earrings: ASOS
Necklace: Cara
Ring: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

Every girl should have at least one LBD in her closet.  I have a couple different options in my wardrobe, but this Express version is my favorite by far. I bought it several years ago, and it's still in great condition - even after countless machine-washes.  I genuinely believe this dress could pass for a Herve Leger design (he's known for his bandage dresses).  

Would you spend a fortune on a designer piece when you could get a high-quality knock-off for a fraction of the price?  How do you decide if a piece is "splurge-worthy?"

Photo credit:  Armato Photography

Romper Remix

Blazer: H&M
Necklace: Gorjana - click here to buy... 
Clutch: Kate Spade - click here to buy...
Shoes: Simply Vera via Kohl's
Romper: Forever 21 - gifted

For today's outfit post, I remixed a playsuit that was featured previously on the blog. I've paired it with blush accessories and a fitted tuxedo blazer. The black lapel and radio clutch give the look a contemporary feel, contrasting nicely with the romantic, feminine vibe of the floral romper.

Which look do you guys prefer?
Photo credit:  Armato Photography