Session Six: Organizing Your Jewelry

A few months ago my little sister suggested an idea for organizing jewelry. I thought I would expound on this and add a few more suggestions.

One of my favorite jewelry organizing ideas is the necklace/bracelet pegboard. Here are the instructions on how to create it.

With a little more research I found Martha Stewart's ideas and was inspired! Her idea of using teacups and saucers (see below) is certainly a beautiful sight for any plain dresser drawer. Now I have an excuse to go antique shopping more often.

You can find more of her aesthetically pleasing ideas here.

One of the commenters on Martha's website mentioned that she hangs her earrings from an elegant champagne glass on her dresser. Her idea made me realize that you could really use anything to hang your earrings on, so I decided to see what I could do with what I already had on my dresser. I have a metal basket on my dresser to hold my perfumes/hair products/body lotions, so I decided to hang all my earrings from that. Everything fit perfectly!

Some other ideas would be to place earrings in ice cube trays and place in your drawer. This idea would work well for organizing rings too. You could use egg cartons if you want to go the cheapest route. Tackle boxes, coat racks, tie racks, and even nails on a wall (like I did in my closet - see below) work well too.

How do you organize your jewelry?


Outfit Post: Stripes

Gorgeous day out today. The weather is supposed to get back up to 80 by the weekend, so I brought all my pots of herbs out on the porch to soak up some of this sun.

Since it is such a nice day, after work, my son and I are going to head over to the outdoor mall to pick up some Mother's Day and graduation gifts.

Hope you all are enjoying some of this beautiful spring weather!

Sweater - Gap - $7
Jeans - Express - $9
Sandal booties - Target - $7
Red necklace - thrifted - $.25
Metal necklace - Target - gifted
Flower pin on necklace - NY&Co - gifted


Outfit Post: Oversized shirt with denim leggings

I know I should be embarrassed that I'm wearing leggings from the Miley Cyrus Wal-Mart line...but they fit impeccably well (no muffin top because the waistband is so smooth) and the zippers give them just enough edge. Plus, you can't beat the clearance price I paid for them.

Denim leggings - Miley Cyrus for Target - $1
Sandal booties - Target - $7
Oversized t-shirt - Gap - $3
Lace cami - thrifted - $.50
Cuff bracelet - Claire's - $1
Bangles - Shabby Apple - free with coupon
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Necklace - Target - gifted

Visit to see Missi

Had a wonderful time visiting my sister and her family. Here are we girls all keeping it casual (since Missi had a 4 week old to nurse) yet stylish for church.

10% Off Sale at Shabby Apple


Another day

Jean jacket- New york and co.- $15
Red skirt- Old Navy- $4.75
Boots- Macy- $25
Pink and white tank- $5.00
White flower- gift!


Quartet Moments

I'm off to go perform with my quartet on this beautiful spring day!
Dress- Ralph Lauren- $21.99
Sweater- Target- $19.99
Black Sandals- Nordstrom's Rack- $13
Black Belt- Came with a $3 sweater from Macy's


Traveling Day

I'm traveling to see my sister Missi and decided that I don't want to bother with the hassle of checking a bag. Since I'll only be there five days, and we probably won't be going out much (since she just had her second baby), I figured it would be easy to fit everything in a back pack if I planned my outfits right.

I sketched this out to give myself an idea of outfits, and ended up sticking with this pretty much exactly:
If you actually want to see what these outfits look like read on:

Day one is traveling, and I plan on wearing this. Day 2 I'll keep the jeans, shoes, and jewelry, and just add this top and a yellow scarf instead. Day 3 I'll wear this, but instead of the boots, I'll keep the yellow flats and the yellow scarf. Day 4 I'll go back to the jeans I traveled in, but wear the t-shirt pictured in the second outfit here and my brown sandal bootie heels. For Day 5 I plan on wearing my trouser jeans, black pumps, and this jacket. Not pictured, but along with the red scarf, I'll add this belt. And on my last day, which will also be a travel day, I'll wear this top with the trouser jeans I'll have worn the day before with either my yellow flats or brown heels.

And in case you were wondering, yes. Everything did fit in my trusty backpack. I wish I could afford a stylish carry-on, but I am cheap, so I'm just going to use the backpack I had from high school. Ha!

Below is a pic of what didn't have to be packed since it will be what I'm wearing. My bag (Helen Welsh bag given to me from a friend) fit all my make-up and snacks so I didn't have to pack that.
A benefit in traveling to go see my sister is that we pretty much wear the same size, so if I didn't pack enough, I can always borrow from her!


The best beauty product out there...

is water. Seriously.

My Mom always insisted that I drink 8 glasses of water a day to keep my skin clear during puberty, and she was right. I never had pimples or zits growing up. Unfortunately, once I got out on my own, I stopped drinking water as much and sure enough, I discovered what it was like to have pimples or face blemishes.

Recently, in an attempt to get more healthy and lose some weight, I have been charting my calories and water intake on Livestrong.com. At the beginning of my tracking, I realized that I was only drinking about 5 to 6 glasses of water a day. Now that I've been drinking 8 glasses or more of water a day for an entire week I am achieving some pretty good results.

Not only is my face blemish free, but the color in my complexion is more even. My lips don't need chapstick and my hands are so much softer.
This pic isn't clear enough to show you my skin (I wanted the pic to focus on the beautiful lilacs that have just started to bloom in my backyard), but I posted the pic just to prove that I have been avoiding make-up these days because I feel so confident in my new dewy (or waterlogged) skin.

In addition to drinking more water, I have also started to use Clinique Self Sun Daily Moisturizer on my face. I use Clinique glow powder and the self sun product came as a free gift with my purchase of the powder. I LOVE this stuff! My husband has even commented on the nice glow it gives my face.

It's that time of year to make sure your face isn't pasty white as the sun is starting to shine - what products do you use to fake a glow? Or do you still opt for the good old fashioned route of laying out in the sun?


Product Review: Living Proof's No Frizz Restyling Spray

This is my hair on the third day after shampooing. That's right. I decided to test this product to the max and see just how long it would make my hair last in between shampoos.
When Living Proof contacted me to do a product review on their latest product: No Frizz Restyling Spray, I was very skeptical. I have always found hair products to weigh my hair down and make it oily - requiring me to shampoo more than I normally would.
After this three day trial, I have to admit that this product does what it says it should. My hair feels even more full bodied than before on the third day, has retained its shine without it looking oily or dirty, and holds the style longer than on freshly washed hair.

Living Proof uses a breakthrough ingredient called PolyfluoroEster. It's new technology that not only detangles, reduces static, and adds shine, but also helps you to restyle your hair by offering a light conditioning and hold.

I definitely recommend this product!!

No Frizz Restyling Spray is available exclusively at Living Proof for $24 for each 3.4 oz spray.


Summer weather in the spring time

It's a glorious day today and feels like summer!

I found these American Eagle shorts at a thrift store for only $3 and decided they were worth it even though they are a size too big. They are versatile, comfy, modest, and practical for summer.

Hope you all are enjoying spring!

Top - American Eagle - $1 (super clearance + coupon)
Shorts - American Eagle (thrifted) - $3
Wedges - JCPenney - $8
Cuff bracelet - Claire's - $1
Earrings - gifted
Bag - Coach - gifted


Session Five: Organizing Your Shoes

To organize your shoes, first you need to:

1. Remove out-of-season shoes from your closet to make space for your new in-season shoes.

2. Next discard any shoes that are beyond repair and give away any shoes you no longer wear.

3. Store your shoes properly so as to help them retain their life. For example:

Jessica Schroeder of What I Wore offers a brilliant solution for storing knee-high boots and helping them retain their shape:

Picture taken from http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/post/284778211/build-your-wardrobe-retail-math

Use an old bottle. Isn't that a fabulous way to recycle bottles too?

Picture taken by Mark Lund and taken from http://www.realsimple.com

Another idea for storing knee-high boots would be to roll up already read magazines - as many as needed to fill up the boot to make it stand upright.

For tips on how to properly store high quality shoes that you wear only for special occasions, go here.

4. Also, be sure to regularly polish your shoes.

5. Organize your shoes in your closet.

Wouldn't it be glorious if we each had a shoe closet like Mariah Carey? Sigh.

Picture taken from http://gracemagazine.wordpress.com/

Since we don't all have the luxury of a shoe closet, try to utilize the shelf space in your closet by purchasing shoe racks, cubby holes, or build extra shelves into your closet. For some of us, the floor is a good option as well.


Session Four: How to Organize Your Hats

Organizing your hats may seem simple enough--just place them on a shelf, right? But, if you have over a dozen hats (like me), you may not have enough shelves!

In my last closet, I had a long plaque with hooks on it that fit all my hats quite nicely, but I don't have that luxury in my current closet. Right now I have a few hats scattered about the house on empty shelves. Very unorganized.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Use your hats as part of your decor. Purchase affordable hat boxes (try undecorated boxes at Michael's or Family Dollar), and decorate the boxes in wrapping paper, fabric, and/or ribbon that match the colors in the room. Set them on a dresser or stacked high on the floor in a corner. You can even use your stacked hatboxes as a nightstand.

Picture taken from designbycathleen.blogspot.com

Of course, you can purchase hatboxes already decorated for under $25 if you really search. I found Amazon to have some pretty good prices.

If you're really ambitious, you can try your hand at making your own hat boxes.

2. You can also try this practical route for $25:

3. Another charming way to store your hats is to hang them on a coat/hat rack.
Wal-Mart carries this stylish coat/hat rack for under $50, but I found wood coat racks for as low as $20 on Amazon.

4. If you just own fabric floppy hats, or baseball caps, this hat rack for under $10 is a great idea too.

5. Lastly, the shelf idea works too. In fact, for those hats you rarely wear, or only wear one season out of the year, you can utilize space by using those empty shelves that you never use because they are too hard to reach and store your hats in clear plastic bags.

Good luck!



Dress - Ann Taylor - (free - hand-me-down from sister)
Jacket - Hydraulic - gifted
Boots - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Scarf - Gap (thrifted) - $.25
Bag - Target - $6
Earrings - gifted


Session Three: How to Organize Your Belts

To continue with our discussion on closet organization, let's talk about how to organize your belts...

Just like the idea of hanging your scarves on your wall as part of your wall decor, you can also use your belts to decorate.

Missi found this fab idea from her In Style mag last summer, and implemented it successfully into her room decor. You coil your belts in a sheer container and set it on your dresser. Voila!
For a more practical way of storing your belts, buy pegboard to line the walls of your closet, and simply hook your belts on the pegboard.

Or you can always buy a belt hanger.

Or Casey shows you how to make a belt hanger yourself.

A towel rack, tie rack, or wall pegs work too.

Just remember, if your accessories are organized, within reach, and spaced out so each individual accessory is visible, you will be more likely to incorporate them into your wardrobe, making them worth the money you spent on them...and making you look more stylish and classy!


New Bridesmaid Collection at Shabby Apple

Session Two: Organizing Your Closet

Now that you've eliminated what should not be in your closet, and added what should be in your closet (spring/summer clothes), it's time to organize what's there.

Tip of the day: How to store your scarves.

A space saving way for storing your scarves is by purchasing a scarf hanger:

Of course there are other ways to organize your scarves - you could buy a plastic bin and roll your scarves, stuff them in the bin, and store the bin on a shelf in your closet. Or, you could buy a towel holder and drape them over that in your closet. You could also buy hooks and decorate a wall in your room by placing a collage of hooks that you can drape your scarves over.
Picture taken from: http://homedesign.marthastewart.com/img/uploads/2010/01/Scarves-S-346x440.jpg

Or - follow these tips for storing your scarves.

What creative ways do you use to store your scarves? Please share!


Session One: Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe

Yep, it's that time of year again. It's spring! And spring means it's time for spring cleaning--spring cleaning your closet that is.

Step 1: Pull out any fall/winter item that you never ended up wearing this past fall/winter. Put it in a pile to bring to Goodwill or your attic to save for your granddaughters to play in later. If you didn't end up wearing it at all, there is no point in letting it fill up space in your closet.

Step 2: Throw out clothes with holes or permanent stains in them. Remember all those tights you wore this winter? Probably one or two of them have a run already and should be cleared out from your drawers.

Picture taken from ehow.com

Step 3: Clear your closet out of any winter only items to make way for summer only items (wool overcoats and heavy bulky sweaters).

Step 4: Determine what wardrobe items you have that will work great as "crossover" pieces; i.e., what items can be worn in the summer or the spring/fall. Put your crossover pieces in an accessible part of your closet/drawers, because you will be wearing these items a lot as spring weather can be very fickle!

Picture taken from beachfloatabroad.blogspot.com

Step 5: Organize your closet (I'll post more on organization tips in a future post).

Step 6: Get out the shoe polish and polish up all those winter shoes that got good and grubby over the fall/winter so you can preserve them for next year.

Picture taken from lighterfootstep.com

Step 7: Pull out your spring/summer clothes!

Picture taken from womansday.com


Happy Easter!

He is risen!

Dress - Gap (via Ebay) - $40
Sweater - BCBG (thrifted) - $4
Boots - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Necklace - giveaway
Earrings - gifted