Fashion

From Casual to Edgy

Hello, lovelies!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk transitions.  Right now, we’re in the midst of transitioning from winter to spring (thank goodness!).  There are also times when you might want to transition from day to night.  For today, though, we’re going to focus on transitioning from casual to edgy.  I’m going to show you one outfit and how we can transition a look by simply changing the accessories. If you’re not into edgy looks, that’s okay.  This can apply to any type of look you maybe going for.

Let’s get into it!

The casual look on the left features flip-flops and simple jewelry.  For the edgy look on the right,  we switched out the flip flops for booties and added a statement necklace.  How cool is it that simply by changing out these accessories, we can totally change the look of the whole outfit?!?

Here’s a close-up of the statement necklace.  I also wanted to share my favorite feature of this top…pockets!  So fun!

Which look is your favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Everyday Style, Fashion

Kimono Me Crazy

Hello, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

It seems like kimonos are everywhere again this spring! See my posts here and here for last year’s kimono looks. I love the effortless class kimonos add to our looks. Slipping on a kimono just boosts your outfit to a whole new level.

Let’s get into today’s look. This is the kimono my bestie made for me a couple of years ago. I still love it and get compliments every time I wear it! Thanks, bestie! 😘

Are you into the kimono craze? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Fashion

How to Wear a Striped Shirt 10 Ways

Hello, lovelies!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Don’t you just love clothing items that can do double (or 10x) duty?  I know I do.  We’re spending our hard-earned cash on these pieces, so it’s great to get extra bang for our buck!  When purchasing items, I always try to envision at least 3 ways I can wear the new piece with existing pieces in my wardrobe.  This ensures the new piece will play nicely with the items already in our closets.

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Striped shirts are having a moment lately.  When you stop to think about it, it makes sense.  They are super versatile.  Stripes are really a new neutral.  Not only can they be paired with everything, they can be styled to be casual or dressy and everything in between!

What do you get when you have a striped top that can be worn 10x ways?  Let’s check it out!

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I love the look of this yellow sweater with the striped shirt.  I paired this look with ballet flats, but you could easily add a pair of black pumps and dress this look up even more!
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This is a pretty casual look.  It’s so easy, though!  Simply throw on a necklace and there you go!
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This is one of my favorites.  I’m loving the pink pop of the statement necklace.  I also love the edginess the booties add to the look.  Adding different shoes, such as ballet flats, would totally change the look of this outfit.  So fun!
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Mixing patterns can be scary.  As we talked about before, though, stripes are the new neutral.  Feel free to experiment with different patterns.  You never know what you’ll come up with!
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A pop of red with black and white is so classy.  I love the book ending in this outfit with the red necklace and the red sandals.
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This outfit was so easy yet it’s creeping up on dressy.  The black pumps really take this look to the next level.  Love it!
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Again, with the red.  You can’t go wrong with black and white and red!
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This is the most causal of all the looks.  Again, such an easy look and allows the statement earrings to have a moment.
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This is the most dressy of all the looks and maybe my favorite.  I love sparkles, so this outfit really speaks to me.  I also love the way the black pumps finish off the look.
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Another casual look pairing brown with the black and white.  The brown in the necklace helps tie in the brown boots.  Another love!

There you have it.  The 10 looks with a striped shirt (similar shirt here).  I got this idea from Candance over at JustPosted.com.  She has some amazing posts!  Here’s her latest 10 Ways post.  Check it out for some fabulous new outfit ideas!

Are you into striped shirts?  Let us know down below or on our Facebook page!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You’re support means so, so much!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Everyday Style, Fashion, Spring

It’s All New

Hello, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

A few weeks ago I shared some of my latest spring pieces. I’ve been itching to wear them! Today’s outfit was inspired by my desire to wear these new clothes! Let’s take a look!

Sweater (exact) // Tank (similar) // Jeans (similar) // Shoes (similar)

I love how the browns in the sweater and the necklace make the greens in the shirt and the shoes really pop. I’m so happy with the way this outfit turned out! Bonus points that it was super comfy too!

Do you ever put together outfits simply because you’re excited about wearing a particular item?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Everyday Style, Fashion, Tips & Tricks

Spring Haul Update

and Taking My Own Advice

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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When seasons change it’s always nice to buy a few new pieces to refresh our wardrobes. If we keep adding items without getting rid of others, our closets can get very congested and overcrowded. An option to prevent this from happening is to follow the one-in one-out rule. I talked about this briefly in a post here. As a refresher, the one-in one-out rule is when we bring a new piece into our wardrobe, another piece is removed.

I’ve recently bought some new spring items, so I thought it would be fun to share with you how I follow this rule in my own life. I never buy new hangers, which forces me to make sure I adhere to the one-in one-out rule. Let’s get into it!

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Even though stripes are hot this year, I chose to let this striped shirt go in favor of this tunic length sweater. I’m loving all things tunic length lately and I feel this sweater fits my current style more than the striped shirt.
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These shirts are so similar, so this choice was easy. Plus, the one-out top doesn’t fit well anymore.
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Although, I love the this wrap shirt, it’s simply not my jam anymore. It’s time for it to go to Goodwill.
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I’m loving this new shirt! It’s another tunic length number. The one-out shirt isn’t a good length and doesn’t fit well anymore.
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This new one-in dress is so versatile and comfy. I love it! As for the one-out dress, I just don’t find myself wearing it very often. I think someone else could put it to better use.
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This one-in shirt is so beautiful and comfy to boot! The one-out shirt is one I’ve had for over 10 years. I still love it, but it just doesn’t fit my style anymore.
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The one-out top doesn’t fit well anymore, so this was an easy choice.
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I still love the fit and color of the one-out tank, but it needs fixing so it’s time to go.
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These are similar tanks. I love the one-out top, but it doesn’t fit well anymore.
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This was a difficult choice. I love both dresses, but at the end of the day the one-in fits my style better than the one-out.
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This was another hard choice. The brown shoes are nice, but it’s just time for change.

Do you follow the one-in one-out rule? Share you stories with us below!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Spring, Tips & Tricks

Fool Proof Tips for Hiking in Comfort

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Spring has sprung! I’ve been seeing daffodils in bloom everywhere. Trees are starting to bud, birds are chirping, and the grass is greening up. The world is coming back to life. I love it!

Spring is a great time to also get back outside and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding us. Breath in the fresh air and get all that winter dust and darkness out. It’s a time to refresh and reset the soul. What a better way to do that than to go for a hike.

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A hike you ask? Yes, let’s go for a hike! But what should we wear? Great question! It can be difficult to figure out what to wear for a hike (or any outdoor activity for that matter). I’ve come up with a few fool-proof tips to make sure you dress for comfort on your next outdoor adventure! Let’s dive in!

Tip 1: Check the Temperature

Through trial and error, I’ve determined that the tipping point temperature is 70 degrees.

  • Under 70 degrees I would suggest wearing the following:
    • Long pants
    • Short sleeve shirt
    • Jacket

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  • Over 70 degrees I would recommend wearing the following:
    • Capris or shorts
    • Short sleeve shirt or tank top

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Throw on a baseball cap and you’re good to go!

Tip 2: Layer, layer, layer

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Layering is the key to comfort. Even checking the temperature beforehand you can never really tell how it will feel out on the trail. It might be under 70 degrees, but what if it’s sunny and bright. Shedding that jacket might be just what the doctor ordered.

Tip 3: Choosing the right shoes

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Choosing the right footwear can be challenging as well. Knowing the trail makeup can really help take the guessing out of what to put on your feet.

  • Paved Trails: Regular tennis shoes should fit the bill

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  • Unpaved trails: Hiking shoes are a great option on these surfaces (similar)

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  • Mountainous or rough terrain: Hiking boots are in order (similar)

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On another note, I would highly recommend changing into flip-flops or sandals when you’ve finished your hike. Why you might ask? Let me illustrate with a story. One beautiful autumn afternoon, I decided to go for a hike with my dog. The air was warm, but not hot. The cool breeze was blowing through the trees of red and orange. The fall wildflowers were in full bloom. It was a great hike. The trail was about an hour from our home. We were about home and all-of-a-sudden my legs felt like they were on FIRE! Seriously, on fire. They itched so badly. Turns out I had a really bad case of chiggers. Had I taken off my shoes and socks after the hike, I may have been able to prevent the infestation. Even if you don’t encounter chiggers, who knows what you may brush up against in the woods. Poison ivy, anyone? Case in point, remove your socks and shoes after hiking.

Tip 4: Hiking Essentials

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Now that we know what to wear, what should we bring? We may think nothing, but there are a few things we want to make sure we have with us on the trail.

  1. Whistle: Yes, a whistle. In case you get into any trouble, just three short blows indicates an emergency. (here)
  2. Water: Make sure you have plenty of water. It’s recommended to drink 1/2 to 1 liter of water every hour on hot humid days. It’s still important to drink water on chilly days, too, although you may need less than indicated above. If you’re bringing your dog along, make sure you have plenty of water for them too!
  3. First Aid Kit: Safety first! You can make your own or purchase one from the nearest drug store. There are plenty of light and compact options out there. (here)
  4. Binoculars: Who knows what wildlife you may run into! (here)
  5. Granola bars: Make sure you have a source of energy out there on the trail.
  6. Backpack: You’re going to need something to carry all this stuff in! (here)

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That’s it! You’re now prepared to have a comfortable (and safe) trip on the trail, so go out there and explore! Feel free to share your outdoor adventure pics with us in the comments or on our Facebook page. We’d love to see them!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Budget Shopping, Fashion

An Online Boutique You Have to See to Believe

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We all need to shop for clothes. Regardless of whether we like shopping or not, it’s a thing we have to do.

There are times shopping for clothes can be fun, but it can also be super stressful. The busy malls, the fitting room mirrors that lie, sifting through racks and racks of items only to find something you like but not in your size, etc etc.

I’ve certainly wandered aimlessly and depressed through many a clothing store with little hope that I’ll ever be able to find what I want.

There’s got to be a better way.

Six years ago, I broke my ankle and I broke it badly. I was down for the count for a couple months. No shopping for me. What’s a girl to do? Up until this point in my life, I had been vehemently opposed to online shopping. I insisted I must try on each clothing item before purchasing them. Being homebound, though, I caved and downloaded the JCPenney app.

From then on, I was hooked. Do you mean to tell me I can scroll through hundreds of items filtered by my size and item type of choice…in a matter of minutes…from the comfort of my couch? Yes, please! I’ve never looked back.

Once I found the joy and ease of online shopping, I needed a few go-to sites. Of course, I relied (and still do) on Target, JCP, and thredUP. My quest for fabulous (and inexpensive) online clothing sites has never ceased, though.

The other day I was reading a blog post on J’s Everyday Fashion (check out the post here). Now when J shares a favorite find, I listen.  She has stellar taste plus she’s a fellow Kansas girl.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, do yourself a favor and head on over there.  You’ll love it!  Anyway, J was talking about an online clothing shop called Jane.com. She shared a few of her finds and they were super cute and super budget friendly. I had to check it out.

So what is this Jane.com online store?  According to their website, they describe themselves like this: “Jane.com is a very beautiful boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing.”  As their description mentions, they not only have adorable and affordable women’s fashion, they also have jewlery, home decor items and children’s clothing.  What more could you ask for?

I’ve placed a few orders so far using their app.  The app is super easy to use and most items feature multiple pictures so you can really get a good look at them.  Because Jane.com sells items from different boutiques, shipping is calcualated per item.  That is a little different than most of us are used to.  However, this is not a deal breaker by any means.  Shipping is usually a couple bucks per item.  The prices are so low, that adding an extra $2-$3 still makes them a great deal.  Returns are a breeze too, although, again, you need to deal with each boutique seperately.Below are the items I’ve purcahsed so far.  Enjoy!

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Black and white stripes seem to be everywhere these days!  I cannot wait to see how many outfits I can create with this shirt!  I smell a blog post coming on!  Exact (still available) 
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Don’t mind me while I just live in this dress.  This dress is soft, comfy, flattering, and versatile.  Plus, it has pockets!  #iminlove Exact (still available) 
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Florals are having a moment this spring!  Even though this is black, thanks to the florals and flowiness, it still has a springy vibe.  Exact (deal expired) / similar
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I’ve been searching for a flowy tank that I can not only wear in the summer, but also one I can throw a sweater over in the winter.  This one fits the bill perfectly! Exact (deal expired) / similar
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Speaking of a tank I can wear both in the summer and winter, this one is it.  I wish you could feel this fabric!  It’s so soft!  I’ll be wearing this on repeat all summer long!  Exact (deal expired) / similar

 

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I was reading Bright on a Budget the other day.  She had the cutest Espadrilles on!  I’ve never had a pair, and I knew at that moment I need a them on my feet ASAP!  Exact (deal expired) / similar

If you’re in the market for some new spring clothes (aren’t we all?) or you’re looking for a new online shop to explore, I would highly recommend checking out Jane.com!!!Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day, lovelies!lylas, MissyAnn 😘

Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Spring

Hello Spring Style

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

So this winter was LOOONG! I don’t know about you, but I had some serious cabin fever setting in. Not just for sunny skies and warm breezes, but for bright clothes and shoes that weren’t boots.

At long last, we can finally start digging into our spring style. Today, I opted for my quintessential spring shirt (see it in another post here), jeans, and my new pink espadrilles. I didn’t even wear a jacket. It was fabulous!

What’s your spring style?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Fashion

How to Determine Your Body Type in 2 Easy Steps

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today we’re going to be talking body type. Ugh, I know. This can be a touchy and unpleasant subject. The rewards, though, are well worth it.

Knowing our body type can really help us determine what flatters our figure. Gone will be the days of being frustrated and discouraged by our clothes. Instead, we’ll be able to throw on anything in our closets and look fabulous.

Before we dive in, let’s remember that all body types are beautiful and should be celebrated. We might not all be where we want to be and that’s okay. We are what we are and we’re fabulous!

So, how exactly do we figure out what body type we are? When I found this infographic on whowhatwear.com, I just knew I had to share it with you lovelies! Finding out your body type is so easy!

As the infographic suggests, all we have to do is the following:

  1. Take measurements
    1. Measure the bust
    2. Measure the hips
    3. Measure the waist
  2. Determine your body type
    1. Rectangle: Your hips and bust are similar and less than 8″ bigger than your waist
    2. Hourglass: Your hips and bust are similar and more than 8″ bigger than your waist
    3. Apple: Your waist is larger than your bust and hips
    4. Pear: Your hips are larger than your bust and waist
    5. Inverted Triangle: Your bust is larger than your hips and waist

Now that we know our body type, we can do some research to determine what clothes will best flatter us. Not surprisingly, I take to Pinterest to do my searching. I’m a Rectangle, so I simply type in “rectangle body type” and up comes hundreds of articles and pictures to help you dress your best.

To get you started, I’ve found some tips for each body type below. The first 4 are from Fashionopolis and the last one is compliments of LuLaRoe Whitney Lloyd. Enjoy!

Do you dress according to body type? Leave your tips for us below!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

DIY, Fashion, Home Organization

Easy Closet Organization Ideas You Can Use Today

Today, let’s talk closets.  I venture to say that most closets consist of clothes, shoes, purses, and the like strewn across the floor with clothes haphazardly hung on the closet rod and items carelessly thrown on the shelves like a small tornado roared through them. In other words, our closets are not exactly the prettiest places in our homes.

For some of us, myself included, clutter and messiness in our homes cause us anxiety. I never realized this also included the closet until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I. She reminds us that whether we have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets. Our closets are where we start our days.  Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy?  Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it! Let’s go organize our closet!

Step 1: Purge

As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is cleansed of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet organization much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2: Diagnose the problem

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.

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This area needs some serious help!  It’s become a catch-all for my purses and bags.
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Here’s where I put the items I’m going to donate.  Although, it’s a good idea to have a place like this in your home, this particular space could be more organized.
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This is difficult to see, but the closet rod curves making the clothes hard to see.  Items have a tendancy to get lost here.
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Right now, the top shelf is not being utilized very well.  I think this space can be organized to maximize the space.

Step 3: Organize

Step 3 is organizing and finding solutions for our problem areas. Lisa J’s video Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part 2 is a great inspiration for this step in the process. She talks again about how having a clean, beautiful space really sets a positive tone for your day.

She also suggests having a theme. In her closet, she picked organizational items that were acrylic or linen. My bathroom has a beachy vibe, so I carried that theme into my closet. I chose items that were colorful and bright. While this isn’t a must-do, it will help pull the space together.

The first thing I did was make a trip to the Dollar Tree for some bin organizers. Pro tip, Dollar Tree has the best organizers! They have all types and sizes of bins in a rainbow of color choices. They also have linen baskets and a variety of acrylic bins. Check them out if you’re in need of some organization containers!

Now that we have our theme and containers, we can get to work!

This area was way out of control! Pursuing through Pinterest one day, I came across an idea of hanging purses on the closet rod from shower curtain hooks. Brilliant! I decided to give that a whirl with my smaller bags. I picked up the shower curtain hooks at Dollar Tree. I opted for decorative S-curve hooks (similar) as I thought they were prettier and would be easier to use. They worked like a charm! For my larger purses, I opted to place them in some larger plastic bins from Dollar Tree. They work great and are stylish and colorful as well.

On a side note, the pictures are stick-ons from Hobby Lobby (similar). I love how they dress up the space!

Since I moved my purses to this closet rod, I had empty space on the floor. I decided to utilize it by putting my shoes here. The shoe rack is from Target (similar). It’s two tiered or you can buy multiples and stack them on top of each other. It’s also adjustable lengthwise. In other words, this is a seriously customizable shoe rack!

I love my closet, but this particular spot is so weird. The rod curves here making it really hard to see the clothes that are hung in that area. To resolve the issue, I simply rearranged my clothes. Now, sweaters go on the left and my other shirts on the right. That way there aren’t bulky pieces in the curve making it easier to see everything!

Finally, the top shelf needed some TLC. My clothes to donate are now in the two linen blue bins in the left. My off-season clothes are in the clear bins (find them here). These are bins that are designed to be stored under the bed. They just happen to fit perfectly on the top shelf of the closet! As Lisa J mentions in her video, a step stool is essential if you have items on the top shelf. I have a two-step stool that folds up nicely and can be tucked in the corner (similar).

That’s my closet makeover! It’s so much nicer and more organized. I actually feel happy looking at it now!

What are your tips for an organized closet?

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

lylas,
MissyAnn