Organize Your Closet for Fall

With each new season, before even thinking about purchasing new clothes (or at least pulling the trigger and actually buying new pieces), I like to make sure my closet is organized and ready for the months ahead. 

After living in breezy dresses and cut-offs all summer, I can’t wait to put on cozy layers and textured pieces. But it’s easy to get so caught up in all the new fall fashion, that you forget about all the great outfits you already own. Now is an excellent time to sort through your current wardrobe and take inventory what you already own. It’s also a great time to get organized so that you are able to fully take advantage of everything in your closet. The more organized you are, the more you can see what you own. The more you can see what you own, the more you can utilize your entire closet. In order to do that, here are my tips for a completely organized closet: 

1. Remove everything. Everything. Clothes, hangers, accessories, and dust bunnies. Go through each item, piece by piece. Be honest with yourself. Think about why you like the items you wear the majority of the time and be honest with the items you don't. Only keep articles that you love, that fit, and are in good condition. 

2. Stop shopping (mostly). At least don’t shop for the sake of shopping. Really think about what pieces would enhance your wardrobe. Make a list. Save up for quality items. Invest in those and avoid the temptations of fast fashion. Don’t buy clothes just because they are on sale! For me, this means less frequent trips to TJ Maxx and Target (we all know I don't have to buy my toilet paper and wine at Target). 

3. Keep a “Donate” bin on hand. This will encourage you to constantly think about what should stay and what should go. It will remind you to wear what you have or let it go. If you are really determined to keep a streamlined wardrobe, follow the "one in/one out" rule: anytime you bring a new item in, add an old item to the donate bin. This will make you evaluate every single purchase and avoid impulse purchases (see tip 2). 

4. Invest in the right products for your space that will help you stay organized throughout the season. Here are some of my personal favorites: 

Slim velvet hangers. They maximize space, keep delicate tops from slipping, and keep your closet looking streamlined.
A foldable clothing rack. So much better than piling your entire closet on your bed, plus it helps for weekly outfit planning, packing for getaways, and regular inventory. In my dream world, mine would be gold.
Jewelry organizer. When thinking about your closet, don’t forget your jewelry. I prefer to display my jewelry like art, but feel free to get creative with your storage like this glass egg crate, vintage dishes, acrylic containers, or even a paper towel holder for some cool DIY storage options. 
Dividers for clutches and sweaters. I keep my purses and sweaters piled on shelves in my closet. They are also the first things to end up in a pile on my floor. These dividers keep them neat and orderly and and off the floor. 
Storage Bins for all your extra clutter. Flip flops, beat up work out shoes, etc. Not everything in our closet is display worthy. Find some storage bins with personality to hide all your not-so-pretty basics.

5. Call in Help. If the thought of organizing your closet overwhelms you, call in someone who can help. Whether it’s a trusted friend who will be honest with you or a personal stylist, have someone who can help you determine what pieces fit, what pieces need to go, and how you can maximize your closet space.

Want some more tips to stay organized? Check out this past post.


Black, White, and Stripes

If you were to look into my closet, you'd see a pattern: a lot of black, a lot of white and - by now you know - a lot of stripes. It's my go to combination.

But there are a lot of "rules" when it comes to stripes. Don't wear horizontal stripes. Choose narrow stripes over wide stripes. Avoid stripes on body parts you want to hide. All these rules have women shying away from even trying on this print (and doing your closet and potential outfits a great disservice because stripes rule). So much more important than the width or direction or placement of the stripe is the cut of the garment and how it fits your body.

To show you how much stripes rock, I've pulled several examples below of how flattering stripes - of all shapes and sizes - can be:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 
So throw caution to the wind, break the rules, and wear stripes any damn way you please.

top: nordstrom (similar here)
skirt: asos (similar here)
shoes: cynthia vincent (similar here)
bag: target (similar here)
sunglasses: ray-ban


Fash Bash Recap

If you follow me on Instagram, it's no surprise that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is one of my favorite locations in the city. It not only hosts some of the best art in the world, but the architecture of the building is one of the best backdrops in town. It is also home to Kresge Court, my (not so secret) go-to meeting spot for coffee and cocktails.

It's also no surprise that I love fashion (duh).

So when the two worlds collide, what emerges is my favorite event of the year - Fash Bash. Partnering with Neiman Marcus, the museum fashion show/fundraiser/dance party, supports the DIA, helping to keep one of Detroit's culture gems the incredible asset that it is.

This year, I was lucky enough to receive a media pass for the Neiman Marcus fashion show, hosted inside the museum. Showcasing the best fall fashion has to offer, it had me craving for cooler temps and lots of layers.

(See more photos of the event, as well as the Neiman Marcus runway show, at the Detroit Free Press and MLive). 

Guests tend to get a little more creative with their looks, so I decided to forgo the usual cocktail dress in favor of this bright Diane Von Furstenburg jumpsuit. As I've mentioned before, when choosing an outfit for an event, I tend to lean towards the unique. Both the shape and color of this jumpsuit stood out in a sea of dresses and had me receiving compliments all night.

Thanks to the DIA for throwing another fantastic event in Detroit. Looking forward to the next!

Outfit photos taken by Nailah Ali of The Moda Intersection (be sure to check out her recap of the event). Hair & Makeup by Stephanie Ford-Umachi of Runway Meets Everyday.


Currently Coveting: YSL Smoking Jacket

all items are saint laurent via farfetch
Recently the Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibit opened at the Bowes Museum. In honor of the exhibit, I was asked by FarFetch to create a wish list around the always classic, YSL Smoking Jacket.

To me, there is nothing more versatile than a timeless, black jacket. And because it is a part of my year round wardrobe, I have created two outfits around the smoking jacket: one paired with shorts to wear in the warmer temps and one paired with my go-to cold weather staple, leather pants.

I'm not going to lie, this is basically my dream capsule wardrobe.


Outfit Post: Transitional Skirt

Don't hate me, but I'm kind of ready for fall. Maybe not fall weather, but certainly fall fashion. This feeling seems to be cyclical. Every August, I get tired of looking at sundresses and denim cut offs and I start to crave textures and jewel tones and layers. I get excited to pull out my cashmere and leather. And then winter hits and I curse the day I ever wished for cooler temps. I'm like freakin' Goldilocks - why can't I just embrace the season I'm in??

I bought this skirt with fall in mind. I immediately envisioned it paired with a chunky sweater, tan knee high boots and a trench coat layered on top. But since it's not fall (and I'm working on embracing this too hot heat), I've paired the skirt with some strappy sandals and a simple cami for a breezy summer look.

Is anyone else already working their fall pieces into their summer wardrobe?

top: express
skirt: topshop
heels: target (similar here)
watch: shinola


Outfit Post: Romping Around Belle Isle

Between trips to Virginia and the recent heat wave in Detroit, it's been a challenge finding outfits to stay cool. Rompers and jumpsuits are my secret weapon to both staying on trend and battling high temps. I love that this Zara romper is loose and effortless and looks just as good with a casual pair of flats (or in this case, some kick ass gladiators) as it does paired with a blazer and heels.

I'd also like to do a quick shout out to my photographer for these photos, Meghan from MeliaBelle Photography. Earlier this summer I teamed up with Meghan for a fashion shoot on Belle Isle (if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a sneak peek here, here and here). We had a total blast shooting these - along with help from our hair and makeup team, B's Makeup Artistry - and I look forward to sharing more with you guys soon!

romper: zara (similar here)
sandals: madden girl
necklace: similar here
arm band: pitaya (similar here)