How to elevate your style

Do you look at your home and wardrobe and think… something is missing?  You just can’t put your finger on it.

I truly believe the key to elevating your style is to add accessories. Sometimes a space in your home needs a refresh but you don’t want to do a complete remodel.  You CAN redesign and refresh your space on a budget by accessorizing.

You can completely change the look and vibe of a room by changing out the accessories.

Accessories add color, texture, pattern, depth and so much more.

For your home… Think throw pillows, curtains, rugs, decor, books, art, lighting, candles, plants and flowers.

For your wardrobe.. shop your closet and mix up your looks with jewelry, scarves, shoes, handbags, third layers and hats.

Questions to ask yourself when it comes to interior styling or creating outfits:

Are you not sure how to define your personal style?

Do you know what you like when you see it but have no idea how to put it together?

Do you struggle with how to combine colors and patterns?

I am here to help if you need it!

-Kristina

What does it mean to shop your closet?

What does it really mean to shop your closet?

What are the advantages?

-The ultimate goal is for you to love your wardrobe and wear everything in your closet.

-Do you want to clean out your closet once and for all and get rid of what no longer feels like you? But you feel guilty about your past shopping mistakes and overwhelmed about where to start?

-Sometimes clients don’t know why they aren’t wearing an item. Is it the fit? The style? The color or pattern? Or is it just a matter of creating the right outfit with it?

-Shopping your closet can be so much fun. I love helping women create new outfits using what they already have.

– I like to think outside the box and create interesting color combinations and add accessories to complete the look. The idea is to embrace your current style and have fun with it!

-And yes sometimes an item just doesn’t work. But this is the easiest way to know you gave it one last styling attempt and it’s time to let it go.

-Shopping your closet saves you time, money and frustration. When you do need to add some pieces to your wardrobe you can create a VERY intentional shopping list.

Have you shopped your closet lately? Are you bored with your wardrobe? Are you constantly running out shopping to buy something new?

I’m here to help if you need it!

The Advantages Of A Closet Clean-Out

How is your closet feeling this Spring? Are you constantly wearing the same few outfits? Are you frustrated with your wardrobe? Tired of trying on things that don’t fit or don’t feel like you?

This is why I LOVE closet edits! A good closet clean out can provide so much clarity and save you time, money and frustration. Once you get rid of everything that isn’t working then you will feel so much better! When the seasons change it is the perfect time to evaluate what you actually wear. The seasonal swap is a great time to take inventory and you can make an intentional shopping list based on what you truly need. Then when Summer rolls around your closet is organized and your wardrobe is refreshed! Just in time for those summer vacations.

This photo shows a closet of “styled” outfits I have put together for my busy client. We know all of it fits and looks great on her. The whole outfit is ready, complete with jewelry! It’s an easy grab and go. No more last minute clothes crisis before work, your next event or a last minute trip!

I like to shop your closet and mix different colors, pieces and accessories so that you never get bored with your wardrobe. There are so may great staple pieces that can be styled a million different ways. Once you have the staple pieces you need then it makes getting dressed so much easier. The staple pieces in your closet are the building blocks to an outfit and the accessories and third layers are the icing on the cake.

How would you feel if you could open your closet and have an outfit ready for any occasion?

Let’s dive into your closet! I’m ready when you are.

Turquoise Outfit Inspiration For Spring

Are you bored with your current wardrobe? Shop your closet first and get creative with styling different color combinations. Thinking outside the box can give you so many more outfit combinations. I am currently loving turquoise for Spring and Summer. Here are a few examples of outfits I love. Visit my instagram to see even more turquoise inspiration! If you are feeling stuck. I am here to help and make style fun again!

 

Shop your closet…new outfits for the New Year!

Are you stuck in a style rut??

You don’t need to go out shopping! You can shop your closet and create new looks with what you already have! I helped my friend create this outfit within minutes of  looking in her closet. And once we added the necklace that was the icing on the cake. She said she would have never thought of putting these colors together. Sometimes you just need to see your closet in a new way and be creative! This is why I love helping women with their closets… there are endless possibilities already in your existing wardrobe.

 

Consignment shop finds

In the past few years I have really embraced shopping secondhand. There are so many advantages.. more environmentally friendly, saves you money, lets you try multiple brands all in one place!

When you go shopping, making a list is super helpful so that you don’t get overwhelmed and buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need. You can search by brand, color or item. This makes it easier to narrow down the options.

I found these 3 pieces the other day and am super excited to style them in so many different ways!

Secret Closet in Hillsborough,NC is one of my favorite consignment stores to shop!

http://www.mysecretcloset.com

Fall Outfit Inspiration

I love adding accessories to really elevate an outfit. I have even been known on more than one occasion to create a whole outfit starting with an accessory like a scarf, necklace or earrings. I found this beautiful pink and blue Ikat scarf at the local consignment shop, My Secret Closet, and I just had to get it. That is one thing I love about Consignment and thrift shops is you never know what you might find. It is kind of like a scavenger hunt.

Once I got home I realized that I am drawn to this color palette quite a bit. This art by Jenna Webb Art has similar colors to the outfit and I have always loved it. I also have photos of bright pink flowers and pictures of the Amalfi Coast with all the blues and pinks. I Iove just about any shade of blue and pairing a hot pink with it just gives it that extra pop!

There are so many great sources of color inspiration around us. What colors are you constantly drawn to? I bet if you look around in your home or closet you will see some color themes!

Pantones Fall/Winter 2022/2023 Colors

Don’t you just love Pantones colors for Fall/Winter of this year?

There are some great bright colors you would not expect going into Fall and Winter.

However, there are plenty of great neutrals as well for those of you that like a more classic and neutral wardrobe.

I am a big believer in layering in the Fall and Winter. There are many pieces of my wardrobe that I use year round so I am loving that I can incorporate some of these brighter shades like Rose Violet, Amazon and Waterspout.

So what do these color predictions really mean? Well one of the biggest benefits is if you regularly wear any of these shades and want to add more pieces to your wardrobe they will be much easier to find in the stores. That means you can shop within your budget because multiple price points are available. You can also shop thrift and consignment stores and buy things secondhand. These are great ways to add to your wardrobe on a budget and have fun discovering new brands.

One of my favorite ways to help my clients is to teach them to shop their closets first. We create new outfits using interesting color combos and accessories they haven’t tried yet. Once we identify what colors and styles you are drawn to it is so much easier to make a small shopping list of any pieces you may be missing. Don’t forget adding even just one great accessory like a scarf or piece of jewelry can totally elevate an outfit!

Are you stuck in a style rut? Look around you for inspiration. Let these new colors for the season inspire you. Check out Pinterest or catalogs or store windows. Challenge yourself to create a new outfit using what you already have!

The benefits of Shopping Secondhand

Shopping secondhand may take time but there are so many advantages to it!  After years of helping women with their closets I can honestly say there are so many clothes out there that are in new or like new condition that end up at consignment or thrift stores.  Taking items to consignment is a way to make a little money and pass your items on in a responsible way where they don’t end up in the landfill.  If you aren’t worried about getting any money back for the items then there are so many great thrift shops that support wonderful causes  that you can donate to.   And the best part is  that someone else benefits from something that was just taking up space in your closet and never being worn.

What are some of the biggest benefits of shopping secondhand?

-You can try a variety of brands all in one place and you may even discover brands you didn’t know about.

-Once you identify the brands that fit you best you can look for those specific brands in the future.

-If you have an item, style or brand that is no longer made sometimes you can find these gems hidden at consignment and thrift shops.

-You have the opportunity to buy brands that are higher end and better quality for a fraction of the price.

-If you need some transitional pieces for weight fluctuations ( as many women struggle with, myself included) then you can buy some staple pieces at an affordable price.

-If you have a special occasion that requires an outfit you are not likely to wear often you can buy secondhand to stay within a budget and not have to spend money on something new.

I hope these tips helped and you are inspired to buy secondhand or at least do some  browsing! Its’ fun to see what you might find!

Some of my favorite local shops are:

Pennies for Change Thrift Store, Durham, NC

http://thedcrc.org

My Secret Closet, Hillsborough,NC

http://www.mysecretcloset.com

The Stock Exchange, Chapel Hill, NC

http://www.shopstockexchange.com

 

Fast Fashion…What’s in your closet??

investinyouMost of us can relate to having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. Lately I have been reading a lot of minimalist blogs and articles about the concept of capsule wardrobes.

My husband and I also watched the documentary “The True Cost” on Netflix. It is a very interesting film about the fashion industry and what it has become over the last couple of decades, and explains what happens to all the excess clothing that is donated from the U.S. The documentary interviews many workers in other countries about the conditions they work in to make a lot of the clothing that we as Americans wear. The interviews are heartbreaking to watch and really make you think about these foreign workers making as little as $2 per day, often in unsafe conditions.

I am certainly not saying to get rid of all the clothes in your closet that are made in Bangladesh and other countries who treat their workers poorly.  And as another blogger said we should not be discouraged about donating our clothes to Goodwill and other places.

-The most important change we can all make it to buy less.

-Buy quality, not quantity.

-Be aware of brands and companies and do your research to support companies who are treating workers fairly.

-Support small businesses and artisans.

Resources:

If you would like to learn more here are a few of my favorite blogs and articles related to simplifying your wardrobe:

Unfancy (Capsule Wardrobes, Check out her free wardrobe planner)

Simply Fiercely (Minimalism, Intentional Living)

The Classy Simple Life (Embracing Simplicity)