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

Accessories, Fashion, Scarves, Tips & Tricks, Winter, Winter Style

How to Survive the Polar Vortex

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring you this very important public service announcement…the polar vortex is here! Today, let’s chat about how to survive the freezing arctic air that’s enveloped our land. I assure you, we can be warm and still look cute. So, grab a hot beverage and a warm blanket and settle in!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #1: Cuddlies

Cuddlies are my top essential item for surviving the polar vortex. What are cuddlies you ask? Good question. Cuddlies are my cute word for long underwear or long johns, etc. I don’t care for those terms, so I coined my own. You’re welcome. I have a pair of cuddly pants and a cuddly long-sleeved shirt. The key is to make sure to choose a pair that’s thin (try these here). You don’t want anything too bulky. You also want to make sure they fit well. You don’t want anything super loose as you need to be able to layer other clothing on top. On the other hand, you don’t want anything too tight because you want your skin to be able to breathe and keep your blood flowing normally. There are tons of options out there, so pick one that fits your needs. They even have fleeced lined ones!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #2: Warm Socks

A pair of warm socks is another essential item for surviving the cold temperatures. Nothing quite works as well as a nice pair of wool socks. Wool is breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. This is comfort at its finest! My favorites are from the Smartwool brand (here). You can even add some liners (here) for extra warmth. The key is to make sure you’re socks aren’t too tight on your feet and that your feet aren’t too tight in your shoes. The same principle as the cuddlies applies here as well. You want your skin to be able to breathe and your blood circulating normally. This will keep you warm!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #3: A Warm Outfit

Next up, we need a warm outfit. This is where we get to pull out our warmest of warm sweaters and pants. My go-to is a chunky sweater and skinny jeans. You could also opt for fleeced-lined leggings or wool slacks. Maybe you have a cashmere sweater that doesn’t get much use. Now would be the time to pull that baby out! Topping off your look with a scarf would be a great choice for a day like today.

Polar Vortex Essential Item #4: Outerwear

Outerwear includes things like coats, hats, gloves, etc. So pull out your warmest coat, preferably with a hood. Add a scarf, a stocking cap, and some warm gloves and you’ve got it made! Some people worry about their hair while wearing a stocking cap. Let me tell you, I feel that! I like to wear my hair as simple as possible to avoid too much damage from the hat. It doesn’t hurt to have a dryer sheet handy to calm any static cling that forms as well. Trust me, you’re hair will find it’s way back to its place and you’ll be so much warmer!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #5: Snow Pants

All the tips above will keep you warm for sure. We’re talking extreme cold here, though, so we’ll need a little something extra. It’s time to break out the snow pants. Snow pants? Yes, snow pants. Hear me out. I know they’re not the cutest of clothing items, but they will keep the wind and moisture out and the heat in. I have a pair of black ones that fit nicely over my jeans (similar ones here). I find the black color gives them a sleeker, more stylish look. When I get to work, I can easily slip them off and carry on with my day. Trust me, this is an item you won’t regret owning during the cold winter months!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #6: Blanket Scarf

Another great item to have during the cold is a blanket scarf. It’s truly a multi-purpose piece of clothing. I mean, it can be worn as a shawl or as a normal scarf or used as a blanket to keep your legs warm. The options are endless. Plus, it can fit easily in most purses when not in use.

Polar Vortex Essential Item #7: Boots

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A great pair of warm boots is the last, but certainly not the least, in my list of essential items for the cold weather. To be honest, this is one I haven’t quite figured out yet. Normally I just wear my tall rider boots from JCP (here). On the coldest of cold days, I have some hiking boots (similar here) that keep my feet warm and toasty, but they’re really not tall enough for walking through the mountains of snow we have everywhere. I’ve heard great things about these boots from Amazon from fellow bloggers, although I haven’t tried them myself. Any recommendations?

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That’s it. These are my essential items for surviving the polar vortex. What are your tips for surviving these cold, winter months?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day, lovelies, and stay warm!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Instantly Feel Fabulous

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get real. There are times when we all feel down and out. Hopefully, this is just a temporary feeling (if it lasts longer than 2 weeks, though, please seek out a professional counselor. They can help you!). There are a few small things we can do on days like these to help ourselves feel just a little better and put some pep back in our step.

#1: Throw on some high heels

High heels have power. I’m not sure if it’s the way we carry ourselves when we wear them or what, but I challenge you not to feel fabulous in high heels. Have you heard Kelly Pickler’s song ‘Red High Heels’? Check it out, throw on some heels, and go out and get it, girl!

#2: Layer on the lipstick

Lipstick basically has the same effect as high heels. Throw on some red lipstick (or whatever your signature color might be) and you can take on the world.

#3: Paint your nails

I swear by this one. Even if I paint my nails a nude color, I still feel better than when they’re not painted at all. I think it’s a matter of feeling more put together when my nails look nice. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be able to look down at my hands and have them look pretty. Yup, painted nails give me all the fabulous feelings!

#4: Pull out the accessories

Nothing can boost your mood like your favorite necklace or earrings or bracelets or ring or scarf or purse or whatever your choice accessories are. So layer on those jewels and take on the day!

#5: Listen to music

Ah, sweet sweet music. Nothing boosts my mood like putting on some tunes. Sometimes it takes a few songs to figure out what I want to listen to, but once I do, I’m pumped!

These things might seem vain or selfish, but I would argue they’re actually not. Self care is a thing that should not be taken lightly. If you don’t feel good and confident about yourself, you can’t expect to be able to care for others. I’m not saying we take a spa day once a week and check-out from the world (every now and then that might be a good idea, though). I’m just saying take a few minutes to do something that makes you feel happy. Once your battery is recharged, then you are better equipped to take care of your loved ones.

I would love to hear you’re thoughts! Leave a comment and let us know your tips for dealing with the occasional blues.

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Here We Go Again

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Here we are again with another yellow and pink look. I promise I’m trying to wear other colors, but I just can’t help myself with this quintessential summer color combo.photogrid_15326613848342330054496652502439.jpgphotogrid_15326612469444518608485422639726.jpgphotogrid_15326612887532695516952369751099.jpgphotogrid_15326613202568158134254567039286.jpgphotogrid_15326611829202880400229414025931.jpgphotogrid_15326612127311782614028742609397.jpgphotogrid_15326613524109122788470398606722.jpg

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Top: by des!gn c/o Goodwill (similar) // Tank top: Blue Star c/o thredUP (similar) // Jeans: Jag Jeans c/o Goodwill (similar) // Sandals: Gift (similar) // Necklace: c/o thredUP (similar) // Cage bracelet: FabFitFun Spring box 2017, $80 (similar) // Bangel bracelets: Gift (similar)

For today’s look, I paired this flirty, soft yellow top with a pink tank, white jeans, cute heeled sandals, and a pink statement necklace. In case you were wondering, I did spill something on my white jeans today. I guess my streak is over! 😥

Would you wear this yellow and pink color combo?

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Color Mixup

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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There are many times we’ll see an inspiration picture somewhere and it’s not quite right.  In the case of today’s inspiration pic, I didn’t have the exact pieces to pull off that exact look.  As we know, I’m not a big fan of colored jeans nor do I have a jean jacket.  That’s no reason to dismiss the inspiration, though.  We just need to tweak it a little.  That’s where the color mixup comes in!

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Sweater: Joan Vass c/o thredUP (similar) // Tank top: JCP, $5 // Cami: Amazon, 5 for $25 // Jeggings: JCP, $36 // Sandals: JCP (similar) // Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar) // Bangle Bracelets: Charming Charlie (similar) // Cage Bracelet c/o FabFitFun Spring 2017, $80 (similar

 

Instead of the red jeans, I picked out a red tank.  I switched the jean jacket to denim Capris and the white shirt became a white cardigan.  The basic vibe of the inspiration photo remains, but in a way that expresses my unique style.  I topped off the look with some red and gold accessories.  This is a great look for summer and I’m so glad I didn’t dismiss the inspiration pic!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Summer Purple

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Lavender Tank top: New Balance c/o thredUP (similar) // White shirt: (similar)   // White tank: Amazon, $25 for 5-pack // Jeans: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co, $20 // Sandals: Macy’s (similar) // Necklace: gift (similar)

Purple is for all year, but I especially love a good lavender in the spring and summer.  There’s just something bright and happy about a good light purple top.  Today’s look is no exception.  Going for a light and breezy vibe, I paired the lavender tank with a thin white top, a white tank, white sandals and a delicate, lavender necklace.  I love how the necklace ties the look together without being too overpowering.  It’s a perfect balance!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

The Calling Kimono Part II

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

This is a continuation of the post from yesterday (find it here).   Let’s dive into some super cute kimono options!

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Arizona Square Chiffon Kimono, JCP, $10.80 on sale!

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Arizona Short Sleeve Floral Kimono: JCP, $16.80 on sale!

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Libby Edelman Elbow Sleeve Floral Kimono: JCP, $37.50 on sale

Also, JCPenney is having an awesome 3-day sale, Cyber in July.  Everything is 30% and right now the sandals are on sale for buy 1 get 2 free!  Not sure how long that is going to last, but check it out if you’re in the market for some new sandals.  There are all kinds of sales going on over there, so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Fashion

The Calling Kimono

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Have you ever been getting ready and had the feeling that you must wear a certain item that day?  This phenomenon occasionally happens to me, but it was strong this morning.  The kimono was calling my name, saying “wear me!  wear me right now!”

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Recipe Style from vivimarks.com

I got so many compliments on this outfit today and I felt fabulous in it!  I wonder if I got more compliments because of the outfit or because I was feeling confident about it?   Something to ponder…

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Usually, my favorite pieces in my closet or in my jewelry box are the ones that have a story behind them.  This kimono was made by my very talented bestie, Becca.  People are amazed when I tell them she made this because it looks so professionally done!  I’ve also worn it in cold weather look here.  Kimonos are a versatile clothing option.  They can be worn any time of year as they provide warmth in the winter yet are light and breezy enough to be cool in the summer.  That’s a win-win in my book!

Do you wear kimonos?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Fashion

Waiting for the Right Look

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

From the moment I saw today’s inspiration photo on Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to recreate it.  I’ve attempted a few times, but it just wasn’t quite right.  This time, though, was a win!

Recipe Style:

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From CStyle Blog

I love the simplicity of this outfit.  The addition of the sandals and pop of color from the necklace gives the look just the right amount of interest.

My Style:

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For the restyle, I opted for a coral pop of color, which is perfect for summer!  Otherwise, I tried to stick as close as possible to the original look.  I’m loving how this outfit turned out.  It was definetly worth waiting to get this restyle right!

Do you wear leggings in the summer?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

P.S.  I got a new do!  It’s a little shorter than I imagined, but I’m definetly not mad at it!  I let the hair stylist just do her thing.  Do you give free reins to your stylist or is that crazy?

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Fashion

That’s Just My Signature

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Guys, something amazing happened!  The day I wore this outfit I had tacos for lunch that I consumed in my car.  What I was thinking, I have no idea.  I didn’t even spill on my white jeans, though!  It was a miracle!

What’s your signature color?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn