Striped Cardi Party

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One great thing about wearing a versatile piece like a little black dress is that you can easily improvise new looks without even trying. I’ve had this cardigan for years and NEVER thought of pairing it with a dress. I’ve always worn it with a t-shirt and jeans. I guess sometimes we limit the roles for certain items in our closets, but if you want to maximize the potential (why am I starting to sound like a finance seminar? lol) of your wardrobe, you’ve gotta think outside the box and wear your clothes differently!

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What I’m Wearing

Dress with belt: ย City Triangle
Sweater: Wet Seal
Shoes: Mossimo
Purse: Lulu

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Have you ever found a new use for an old clothing item and loved it?
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If you want to see more ways that I wear this very same little black dress, click here. Also make sure you check back next Monday for a new one ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great Monday! -Tyler

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Building a Better Closet Step 4: Organize

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It’s organizing time! This can either be the easiest or hardest step, depending on the state of you closet.

1. Remove all of the clothes from your closet.
2. Designate areas in your closet for each type of clothing (casual, work, church, etc.) For me, one side of my closet is dressy clothes and the other side is casual clothes.
3. Separate the clothes by tops, pants, skirts, etc. and hang accordingly.
4. Group accessories such as belts, scarves, purses, and shoes together.

That’s it!

This may take a while, so don’t be discouraged. If you can’t manage it all at once, break it into smaller tasks such has casual clothes today, dressy clothes tomorrow, shoes after that, etc.

What’s your best clothing organizational tip? Comment and let me know! -Tyler

Catch the rest of the series
Step 1
Step 2
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Building a Better Closet Step 3: Acquire the Basics

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So you’ve already done all your minimizing and revamping, but you’re still not quite satisfied with your wardrobe yet. Guess what, guys? It’s time to go shopping! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now before you get too excited, remember to be smart about this. Buying just any random thing you liked is what got you dissatisfied with your closet in the first place, remember? The solution is intentionally buy basic, versatile pieces that can be worn several times in a number of ways.

Here are some suggestions for essentials that you might want in your closet:

1. One little black dress
2. One white dress
3. One black blazer
4. One professional looking black skirt
5. At least one pair of professional looking pants
6. One black belt
7. One black cardigan
8. One or two plain t-shirts in white, black, and grey
9. ย Solid colored professional blouses
10. A pair of jeans in dark blue, light blue, and black
11.A denim jacket
12. A leather jacket
13. A hoodie
14. A winter coat
15. A trench coat
16. Solid colored turtlenecks
17. Black flats
18. Neutral-colored sneakers
19. Black or brown sandals
20. Fun sandals
21. Pumps in black, white, red, and nude
22. Black and nude colored tights
23. A couple/few summer dresses
24. One swimsuit
25. A medium-sized purse

That’s just an example of my ideal. It will be different for everyone.

Once you have an idea of what basic pieces you want in your closet, make a list of the top 5 things you need soon. Limit yourself to just 5 to gain some focus.

My Top 5:
1. Black skinny jeans
2. Black flats
3. A colorful cardigan
4. A pullover sweater (no hood)
5. This hat (Ok, this one isn’t necessarily a basic essential, but it’s still pretty versatile, and I know that I want it ๐Ÿ˜› )

Once you start acquiring basic, versatile pieces, you’ll start to find more and more outfit options, and getting dressed will be a breeze.

Hope these tips helped, guys. If you want to the final step in the process, make sure you follow me and check back next Thursday! – Tyler ๐Ÿ™‚

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OOTD: Pure Genius

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This is one of my favorite skirts for a casual look. Paired with a graphic tee, this is my go to. I’m so glad that spring weather is finally here and I can actually go outside without a jacket. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What I’m Wearing

Top: Peanuts
Skirt: Divided
Bag: Lulu
Shoes: Old Navy

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My “genius” face

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What’s your go-to spring outfit?
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Hey guys, guess what? I’ve got follow buttons everywhere now. WordPress, Instagram, email, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. It’s all on the right panel for you to follow me if you like. And why not? You liked this post right? So go ahead and follow me so you can get updated whenever I post. You can find the rest of my social media links under the About Me section. Stay happy and springy! ๐Ÿ™‚ -Tyler

P.S. ย In case anyone was wondering what I’m holding in my right hand, its a camera remote. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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What’s in My Bag? How I Keep My Bag Junk Free

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I love reading “What’s In My Bag?” posts! They’re such a great way to get to know someone ๐Ÿ™‚

I used to have a really messy purse and was always losing things in it, but a few months ago I purchased a nice little organizer and everything stays pretty neat and clean now. Anyway, let’s get started. This is my bag:

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This is what my bag looks when you peek inside:

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Pretty clean, huh? Here’s what’s inside:

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Most of the items in my purse are kept inside my Grid Itย organizer. Here I have:
1. Some uni-ball pens
2. Altoids
3. Lotion
4. Aleve
5. Scissorsย (I always seem to need them for some reason.)
6. Glasses cleaner
7. Pocket knife
8. hand sanitizer

Anything that doesn’t fit in the organizer goes behind it

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1. A little notebook for doodling and ideas
2. A bottle of water. I always have a little bottle, even when I’m carrying just a clutch. The one I have now is a mini Fiji water bottle.
3. Here’s a little trick I learned. I use an empty vitamin bottle as a purse trash can to hold any gum wrappers, bits of paper, etc.

I’ve also got a few skin and hygiene products

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1. Deodorantย (I know this one is for men, but it’s hard to find one that’s aluminum-free!)
2. EOS Lip Balm ย (my favorite lip balm! ๐Ÿ™‚ )
3. A little compact mirror
4. One emergency feminine napkin
5. Yes To Cucumber face wipes. Not so much for my face, but for situations when I have sticky food on my fingers.

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My wallet is a little phone case that hold a couple of credit cards and has a zipper when you can hold cash. If I’m just running somewhere and back really quickly, I leave my purse and take just this with my phone in it.

So here are my quick tips for keeping your purse neat and clean:
1.) Use an organizer
2.) Use an old pill bottle as a purse trash can
3.) Periodically check for strays. Any items in my bag that aren’t in my purse organizer stick out like a sore thumb, so items that don’t belong get removed quickly.

What’s your best tip for an organized purse? Comment and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚
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LBD Look: Sock it to Me

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I admit it. I’m already starting to run out of ideas! This is the fifth LBD look, I’ve put together for this blog and I’ve already done a lot of my favorites. ( One of my friends at church even asked if I only wear black dresses now :P) We know what that means:

Time to get creative.

One trend I’ve seen on a lot of the fashion blogs is the socks + heels look that I’ve always wanted to try, so I figured there’s no time like the present ๐Ÿ™‚

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Adding a white sweater as well gave it kind of a school girl look, but it worked for me.


What I’m Wearing

Dress with belt: City Triangle
Sweater: Worthington
Socks: DKNY
Shoes: Monet

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What do you think? Are you a fan of the look? Leave me a comment and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you liked this little black dress you can click here to see more, and make sure you follow my blog or sign up for email updates so you’ll be notified every time I make a post. I do new LBD looks every Monday. It gets more challenging and more fun every week! I look forward to reading your comments. Have a happy Monday everyone! – Tyler ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Essential Accessories for your LBD

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Here’s a list of 5 things you must (well, you know, like… if you want…)ย have on hand for your little black dress!
1. Red Pumps

red peep-toe heels little black dressRed pumps can take your little black dress from 0 to 60 in an instant with a bright pop of cheery red.

2. Sheer Tights

Sheer tights will ensure that you legs look smooth and sleek in your equally smooth and sleek LBD.

3. A Great Purse

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On days when you don’t have time to put much thought into your LBD look, make sure you grab a nice purse! If you can find a bag nice enough, it make everything else you’re wearing look that much better.

4. The Right Belt

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Even if the rest of your outfit is perfect, adding the wrong belt can throw the whole look off. Make sure you take your time and pick out a belt that compliments both the dress and your figure while tying the outfit together.

5. Great Hair
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Honestly, sometimes great hair = confidence. And confidence is the best accessory you could ever wear with a little black dress ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope you found these tips helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ -Tyler

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LBD Look: It’s Black, It’s White

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When wearing a little black dress, you always run the risk of having kind of a bleak “funeral” type look if you aren’t careful with your accessories. For this LBD look, I paired black and white accessories with my dress to brighten up my look. I love how I was able to find a perfect belt and shoe match. I’ve had them both in my closet for years, but never wore them at the same time. My LBD was the first to ever bring them together ๐Ÿ™‚

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This white purse is my favorite. It was definitely the star of ย the show today because its bright color changed the whole look dramatically. Oh, and this is the first time I wore my lace gloves in public. They made me feel like a perfectly classy lady.

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What I’m wearing

Dress: City Triangles
T-shirt (underneath): Old Navy
Belt: ย As You Wish
Gloves: eBay
Purse: LULU
Tights: J.C. Penney
Shoes: George

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Hope you liked it. Happy March everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚
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By the way, if youโ€™re new to my blog and you like LBD looks like this one, make sure you check back here every Monday for a new one. You can also follow me here on WordPress or sign up for email updates (the button is on the right) so that you’ll be notified each time I make a new post. All of my social media links are in the “About Me” section, so add me as the friend there as well to get bonus photos and sneak peaks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ -Tyler

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8 DIY Collar Tutorials

One great way to add versatility to basic pieces is to create your own collars in different colors. It can really make a dull item feel like new again! Here are 8 DIY tutorials that caught my eye.

1. Studded Collar

2. Basic Felt Collar

3. Glitter Collar

4. Cut-out Collar

5. Col Claudine Collar

6. Lace Collar

7. Flower Collar

8. Pearl Collar


This is gonna be my weekend project for sure! Who else wants it give it a try? ๐Ÿ™‚
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Building a Better Closet Step 1: Minimize

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No one likes the feeling of having a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Many people think that the way to solve this problem is to simply go out and buy more clothes, picking up whatever looks cute when you go out. I actually don’t think that solves the problem, I think that causes the problem. If you want to open a closet and see plenty of options for things to wear, you have to be very intentional about it. The first step is to minimize.

So here a few things to remove from your closet to get started:

1. The items that don’t fit. When we lose or gain weight we tend to hold onto our old clothes “just in case.” Do yourself a favor and remove these items. They’re just taking up precious space.
2. The items you no longer like. We all seem to hold onto several clothing items that we know we don’t like. Maybe your style changed over time, or maybe you picked up something that you didn’t like just because it was on sale. I used to do that a lot too. We do we do this to ourselves? If you feel bad that you’re “wasting” clothes that you spent money on by not wearing them, don’t worry about it. Life is too short to wear clothes you don’t like.
3. Items that don’t flatter your body. It might be the shape, it might print, it might be the size. Whatever the reason, if a piece of clothing doesn’t flatter your body, get rid of it.
4. Items that just don’t match anything. Every now and then I’ll buy a skirt or a pair of shoes and never wear them because I can’t find anything in my closet to pair them with. If this goes on for too longer, it’s probably time to let go.
5. Remove any broken or unwanted hangers. I actually stumbled onto this tip while reading Living Well Spending Less.ย It made me realize that one thing that I really hate about my closet is all of the extra hangers, the dry cleaners hangers, the plastic hangers from the store, etc. It just make everything look so disorganized. So I’m going to follow her advice and invest in a nice set of hangers when I get the chance. I think some nice wooden hangers would improve the feel of my closet drastically ๐Ÿ™‚

“But if I get rid of all of these things, I won’t have anything left!”

I know that feeling. If you get rid of all these items on impulse, you may regret it later, right? Let me just tell you this almost never happens, and even if you end up with just a few items left in your closet, you’ll be surprised to find that no one will really notice. Even if you wore say, the same 8 items over and over again for a month, it’s unlikely that anyone will notice. People really just aren’t that observant.

One thing that can help you get started is to fill a bag with all of the items mentioned above, and just put the item out of sight somewhere in the house. If you decide that you need something in the bag, you can always get it, but chances are that you’ll just forget about it after a while. When you finally do see and remember the bag again and you never missed it, that’s your cue to donate it.

TIP: Hold on to a few comfy tees and sweats even if they aren’t your favorite (as long as they’re comfortable). This way, on the days you stay in, you can wear your less-loved clothes and you can save your favorite pieces for days you’re out and about. If you hate seeing these items in your closet, try finding a drawer for them to live in.
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I hope you found these tips helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you liked it and want to read about Step 2 next Thursday, just follow me here on WordPress, or sign up with the email subscription button on the right and you’ll automatically be notified every time I make a post ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day! -Tyler