Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks to Refresh your Wardrobe

Spring cleaning is an exciting tradition that lives on for a reason: when we clean out our closets we get the chance to refresh our style!  We get rid of the old and make room for the new!  This post was inspired by Dia&Co to get us all into the Spring cleaning mode!

The pink leather jacket (featured above) from Zara is one of the most versatile pieces!  I can wear it during the day with jeans or dress it up at night with a ultra chic skirt!  This item is definitely going in the “keeper” pile!  Hold off on throwing away any leather moto jackets because that trend is here to stay for a while!

The process of getting to that inspiring renewed state where we’re ready to update our wardrobe isn’t always the great thrill we expect it to be when we’re an hour into it and our closets look messier than when we started.  Luckily, there are ways to make the process run smoothly!

Don’t let spring cleaning be something that you dread.  Here are five tricks to improve your cleaning game:

ONE: Get yourself into the cleaning mode by starting with the easiest items to discard: the items that are destroyed or old.  Look for sweat stains, color fading, rips, and balling fabric and say goodbye to them.

TWO: Get rid of the items you haven’t worn in the past year.  I’ll admit I do keep some items around that have sentimental value, I think a lot of people do, but there are many items that sit in the closet for no other reason than to take up space.  Time to give them the boot!

THREE: While you’re making those tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, make sure you’ve got your favorite music playing in the background.  After all, any chore is much more fun if you can dance while doing it!

FOUR: Open your blinds and the window, and let the sun shine in on you.  Any task is better in the sunlight, and if you’re going to stay inside and work, you might as well let in some fresh Spring air!

FIVE: Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an isolating activity.  Invite your friends over! Who knows, they may want to adopt some of the clothes you don’t wear anymore.  I recently went to a clothing swap party filled with great friends, racks upon racks of clothing, savory bites, and wine.  By the end of it I left with a pair of shoes, a totally glamorous necklace, and a few cool shirts.  When you’ve made Spring cleaning into a party, you know you’re doing it right!

Spring cleaning gives us all the opportunity to rid our closets of items we haven’t worn in years and create space for items we’ll inevitably want to buy.

Take a look at your closet and think of the big picture.  Do you have all of your basics?  The white cotton poplin button down shirt, your comfy pairs of jeans, your casual tees and tanks, your loungewear, your show-stopping little black dress, and your versatile short jackets?

Then evaluate your statement pieces.  What could take your look to the next level?  For me it’s always something pink, something with sequins, and recently, something leather!

You don’t have to be an organization freak to love Spring cleaning.  I finally got tired of stepping over a mound of shoes and so I invested in a large shoe rack and it practically changed my world!  Seeing the floor with nothing scattered on it is truly a satisfying and cathartic experience!

This July I’m going to my brother’s engagement party and I’m going to need the perfect summer dress.  I love pastels for summer and I can never go wrong with a sweetheart neckline.  I’m putting a huge emphasis on color this season.  I’m craving anything soft pink, sky blue, or violet. My go-to silhouette is anything at the halfway point between bodycon and flare.  The best silhouettes are the ones that lay smoothly against the body without squishing it or hiding it.

The hunt is on for my favorite Spring items, and now I’ll have room in my closet for them! What are some of your favorite Spring cleaning tips?

Love,
Molly

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5 Ways to Make “Preppy” Style Way Cooler

It’s not lost on me that my early college years are over.  Those days I thought I was so cool and classy because I was wearing a headband and an argyle sweater with a collar, really don’t happen anymore.

Of course, “preppy” never really goes out of style, but the way in which it’s carried out, definitely does!  Here are FIVE ways to wear “preppy” style in a modern, refreshing way:

  1. Plaid skirts are one of the most stereotypical school girl items.  So how do we wear this item without fitting into this stereotype?  Try to find ones that have a grunge vibe going on as well.  A burgundy, navy, and white plaid skirt like the one above can definitely be termed “grunge” when paired with a black leather moto jacket, or be termed “classy and sophisticated” when worn with a black turtleneck.  It’s all about how you spin it!
  2. This Spring we’re going to be seeing blazers everywhere!  Blazers are no longer a preppy professional item.  Blazers can be worn with jeans for a totally chic weekend look.  While I used to be a huge fan of blazers, I’m still a bit too caught up in leather moto jackets at the moment.
  3. Be preppy in pastels.  Spring is one of my favorite times of year because it means a switch from dark, bold colors to soft, feminine pastels.  Any “preppy” look with a hint of soft shades will help bring some much needed “feminine glam” into the look!
  4. Straight hair with internal layers.  Although I generally prefer to curl my hair, I was recently reminded of how sleek and sexy straight hair can be when done right.  Old school preppy looks often featured pin straight hair of the same length.  This look got boring fast!  Modern preppy welcomes straight hair with a twist: lots of layers and long side swept bangs!
  5. Soft pink lipstick.  The “preppy” look is a lot better when it’s got an added feminine vibe. Pink lipstick, either matte or glossy, will definitely do the trick!

Love,
Molly

Accessorize with your Favorite Spring Items

Spring is an exciting time because it means more days wine touring, more open toe sandals, more floppy hats as protection from the sun, and more summery, youthful colors.

My go-to wine touring look always includes something girly (pink floral dress/pink handbag), something elegant and classy (wide-brimmed beach hat), and something fresh for Spring (light blue open-toe sandals).

I like to believe that what we wear is a reflection of our inner beauty.  In the Spring and Summer we wear light, airy colors to reflect the joy we feel about the warm weather.  In the Winter months we wear dark, bold colors to reflect our desire to hide ourselves from the harsh weather (unless you live in California!)

Here’s a collection of some essential accessories every woman needs for Spring!  Underneath your piles of Winter clothes, hopefully you can pull out some of your favorite light accessories because sometimes a blast from the past is exactly what you need to revitalize and inspire your style in the future!

Love,
Molly

 

 

This is what your Little Black Dress Needs!

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Many of you can probably see that I definitely like my little black dresses. I blog about them all the time, and I’m constantly upgrading to the new and exciting styles. Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. But when you’re heading to a party or a bar and you don’t know exactly how fancy/casual it is, there can be a sense of hesitation about wearing a black dress. Will it be too fancy? Will everyone be in jeans?…BUT I really want to wear a black dress! If you’ve ever faced this situation (I know I have!), here’s how you can solve it!

Little black dress says, “fancy.”

A plaid button-down shirt says, “ultra casual, this is my boyfriend’s shirt that I just threw on.”

So, combine the two (wear the plaid shirt un-buttoned over the black dress) and you’ve got “I’m a lady that likes dressing up, but tonight I just want to be chill, comfy, and effortlessly sexy” a.k.a you’ve got perfection!

I apologize for making my outfits talk, but if you think of each outfit as it’s own personality, it’s really rather effective and fun!

Love,

J. Molly