I’ve been so excited about my recent photo shoot with Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography. Angie and I had the opportunity to shoot on location at Osteria Mattone, a restaurant combining the casual spirit of an osteria with the more formal dining of a trattoria. I can’t resist a quick post to share a sneak peek inside the shoot. Today, Angie shared this preview image on the Suburbanite Photography Facebook page:
Stay tuned for more images from the shoot!
Longer days, warmer temperatures, nature in bloom… Spring is in the air. It’s about that time to rotate your wardrobe, box up those winter items, shift them to the back of the closet, and bring forth the sundresses and shorts. It’s the perfect opportunity to do a little spring cleaning in your closet.
I know that the mere thought of tackling your closet can be overwhelming. The closet, by nature, might not be the most organized place, might be overflowing because your shopping habit is bigger than your rent, and might just seem downright daunting. There’s a reason the closet has a door! It’s an easy space to close off to the mind after you ransack it each morning before work or each weekend before heading out for a night on the town. I promise, if you just carve out a Saturday afternoon and open that door, you’ll find that Spring Cleaning: Closet Edition isn’t so bad (it might even be fun!). If you need a little help getting started and creating a plan of attack, I’ve got 5 tips on how to clean out your closet that might just help!
1. Cultivate Positive Energy
Although the process may be a bit of a pain, the outcome of cleaning out your closet should be rewarding. Remind yourself of the good old phrase, out with the old, in with the new. I’m not saying that you should plan a massive shopping binge after your closet clean out, but the purpose of a seasonal closet cleaning is to make room for the new items your inevitably going to add when a new season rolls around. Another good incentive to clean out your closet is the option to sell or consign your clothes. I spent years being a severe clothes and accessories hoarder. My garments are and always will be an extension of myself, and for years the thought of parting with a single item felt like I’d be chopping off a limb. In college, I finally took the plunge. I went through years and years of clothing and memories. I reminisced and might have even snapped some farewell pics. Then, I loaded up my car and headed to the local consignment store in my college town. After a short 45-day period, I got a major check, and since then, I’ve continued to make some big bucks consigning. The key is finding the right consignment store with the right policies. For a great example of one, check out the consignment store I still continue to use in Athens, GA – Suska is the best!
2. Make a Game Plan
The task of spring cleaning your closet will be a lot less daunting if you make a game plan. First, think about your current lifestyle. Notice I say lifestyle not just style. Your life is a major influence on your style. You may not love sheaths and pencil skirts, but if you work in a corporate environment, these items make up a major part of your wardrobe. Second, get a second opinion. This is particularly important if you’re a first-time closet cleaner. You need a second set of eyes – okay what you really need is someone objective who is not as emotionally attached to your closet as you are. So talk to your roommate, your bff, your sister, or your most fashion forward gay friend, and ask if he/she would be willing to come over next Saturday and talk you off a ledge, should you need to be. A closet cleaning companion will help lighten the mood and keep things fun. Come on! Didn’t you always want to reenact What Not to Wear? You may be on the end where your precious clothing memories are being discarded into a trashcan, but still, now’s your chance!
3. The Big Day: Start Cleaning!
The day is here. Your closet cleaning companion is on the way. Breathe in and out. Put on some upbeat music – something you’d want to strut the catwalk to – light some candles, pour a couple cocktails or drink of choice, be sure there’s good lighting and a full length mirror, and once your consultant arrives, you’re ready to begin! Remember, you’re taking it one season at a time. Should you decide to donate, sell, or consign, only in-season items will be accepted. There! We just eliminated half your closet. We’ll get to the other half in the fall. As you and your consultant go through your closet item by item, there will be pieces you know with 100% certainty you want to keep. For everything else – anything slightly in question, anything rarely worn in the past two years – try it on, and use the following 5 questions to evaluate it:
– Does it have set-in stains?
– Is it damaged/worn?
– Does it fit you?
– Does it fit your current lifestyle?
– Would you still buy it today?
The sixth and final question is the most difficult. You answered NO to stains and damage, you answered YES to fitting you and your current lifestyle, and YES, you would still buy it today. But here’s the kicker: do you actually wear it? This is the toughest and most important question. We all hold on to things in our closet. There’s nothing wrong with them, they fit and look great, but for some reason, we just don’t wear them. These are the items you have to let go, and these are the items that will likely be best to sell or consign. Someone else will not only love them but also wear them.
“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs
4. In the Midst of the Mess: You’re Almost There!
I’m going to tell you now, when cleaning out your closet, things will get worse before they get better. About halfway through the process, you and your closet consultant may exit the emotional clothing roller coaster and break for a snack. It’s then you’ll realize you can barely walk across the room because there’s an explosion of clothing and accessories everywhere. There’s a donate pile, a consign pile, a back in the closet pile, a wtf pile, and your consultant has started making a pile for herself. The good news is, this means you’re making progress! While you take a moment to step away from the chaos, consider making a shopping list of voids you’ve noticed in your wardrobe. This will be a good reminder of why you entered this process in the first place: to make room for the new!
5. Final Touches
You’ve gone item by item through your warm weather wardrobe. It’s no small task, but I knew you could do it! Now, it’s time to put what’s staying back in the closet and transport what’s ready to donate or sell. You’ve already put so much time and energy into this endeavor. Don’t just toss everything back in the closet and close that door! Take this time to do a little re-organization. Invest in some closet-organizing accessories from stores like Target, The Container Store, or Ikea, and implement the basic closet organization technique: either by color or by garment type. Next, bag up the donations and gather the items to sell or consign. For the latter items, you’ll need to check the store’s policy if you plan to consign. For example, some consignment stores want items on hangers. If you plan to sell through another outlet like eBay or Bib + Tuck, do your research and take measures to protect yourself as a seller!
You know those days where you go to your closet and think, I have nothing to wear? We’ve all had them. In my years of building a wardrobe I have come to realize there is one way to avoid the I-have-nothing-to-wear clothing dilemma for good. The answer is black and white.
No matter what the occasion or season, you can never go wrong with a black and white look. Having strong black and white pieces in your wardrobe makes composing an outfit even on your worst I-have-nothing-to-wear day a lot more painless.
Consider the fundamental articles of clothing in your closet:
Do you own each of these in black and white? The key to building a solid wardrobe is a strong foundation of basic pieces. If you own black and white options of these six essential items, you’re already on your way to a well-built wardrobe. If you still need to add some of these necessities to your closet, here’s some inspiration:
Think of these as your go-to garments whether you’re feeling fun, fancy, or frustrated. Black and white looks good on any mood, and in your busy life of balancing work and play, you can’t afford to spend hours composing outfits in your closet. So, the next time you find yourself saying, I have nothing to wear, go straight to your black and white basics and get going with the rest of your day!
What I’m Wearing:
Leather Jacket: Bernardo
Shoes: Cole Haan
Ring: Dara Ettinger
Makeup: Bobbi Brown, Lancome, and Marc Jacobs
Hair: Bumble & Bumble and Moroccan Oil
Tory Burch is an American fashion designer who infuses her own feminine and eclectic style into her collections. Her brand has been known for its color and iconic prints since the label began in 2004. Most recently, the designer expanded her lifestyle brand to include a beauty line in the Fall of 2013. Today, Women’s Wear Daily broke the news that Burch is rumored to expand the brand further by branching out into menswear, men’s accessories, and active wear later this year. The newest addition to the Tory Burch team is the former senior vice president of men’s design at Coach, Jeffrey Uhl, who is expected to oversee the upcoming men’s line. The Fall 2014 collection showcased today is filled with rich fabrics and prints. According to In Style magazine, the inspiration for the collection was a Samurai warrior, which is certainly reflected in the colors, detail work, and overall tone of the collection. Some of my favorite aspects of the collection are the perfectly placed pops of metallic, leather, and sparkle. And, of course, the accessories were simply swoon-worthy from the elegant knee-high boots to the fur handbags.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer known for his wild use of colors and patterns and his unflinching efforts to push the boundaries within the industry. His Fall 2014 collection delivered just that with a mix of bold patterns and unusual silhouettes. The collection is distinctly menswear inspired with both boxy styles and prints and lots of layering. However, there are feminine touches, namely the large waist-cinching belts and over-sized bows all in the style of punk schoolgirl chic. Although Jacobs has enlisted two new designers for the secondary line, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, the show was classic Marc Jacobs with the layout of a winding maze for the models to traverse and dramatic music setting the tone. (Check out a birds-eye view on my Instagram.)
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Oscar de la Renta is a Puerto Rican, Dominican American fashion designer behind the famed fashion house that has dressed countless leading figures for the past several decades. De La Renta is particularly known for his formal attire from red carpet gowns to evening wear. The Fall 2014 collection includes a number of full length dresses as well as cocktail gowns, separates, outerwear, and accessories. For me, this was the standout show of the day. I could barely choose which six looks to feature because I loved each and every ensemble. This brand and subsequently this Fall 2014 collection epitomizes class, femininity, and timelessness. Although every piece of the collection is nearly flawless, I narrowed it down to these six looks as my absolute favorites for their wearability and accessibility. Oscar de la Renta is one of those brands that the “average girl” can find unattainable. However, I believe each of these looks pictured are ensembles that any girl can draw inspiration from in her Fall 2014 wardrobe.
REMEMBER! I’ll be watching many of the shows streaming LIVE on the Mercedes Benz site and LIVE Tweeting during the shows. After the show ends, I’ll post a clip of the final walk on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cmcross (or in the right sidebar!) for all things NYFW.
What do you get when you cross Bloomingdales with the NFL and CFDA?
So, what do you get when you cross Bloomingdales with the NFL and CFDA? The most haute couture football helmets you’ll ever see up for auction for a great cause. Not a football fan, ladies? Does the mere sight of your man’s favorite football jersey make you turn and run for a spa weekend? Get ready to become the NFL’s number one fan when you get a look at these helmets. Together Bloomingdales, the NFL, and the FDA recruited 48 of your favorite fashion designers to create one of a kind custom helmets for the big game. Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Vincent, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Vince Camuto… Have I caught your attention yet? The list goes on and on! Now through Tuesday, February 4, you can bid on your favorite helmet and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety sports, youth football, and communities nationwide.
The Controversial Campaign: Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs
I have a few disclaimers before I delve into the sensitive subject of Miley Cyrus and the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 ad campaign. 1. I believe that ad campaigns are for models, and I do not advocate singers, actresses, or other such celebrities staring in ad campagins. 2. I am begrudgingly discussing Miley Cyrus on my blog for the third time. 3. All of this aside, I’m here to explore fashion, and as much as I hate to admit it, I think Miley Cyrus looks fantastic in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 campaign. I know I may be a little biased as a long time Marc Jacobs fan, but I think it’s no surprise that Miley and Marc have teamed up (again). The two have worked together in the past from their collaborative skin tee supporting the NYU Skin Cancer Institute to the countless Marc Jacobs ensembles Miley has sported a various events, such as the Met Ball. And, quite frankly, the bizarre sense of style Miley has adopted over the past year or two is completely well suited for a quirky Marc Jacobs campaign. These two seem like a match made in heaven to me! However, aside from the sheer controversy over Miley herself, there is also buzz surrounding the photographer of the campaign. Juergen Teller is known for shooting Marc Jacob’s ads, but he allegedly refused to shoot Miley, according to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). Thus the whispers are spinning: is Marc’s loyalty to Miley greater than his loyalty to his tried and true photographer? Is it just me or are we making a mountain out of a mole hill here?
DVF: Wrapping Women Since 1974
Saturday, January 11 marked the opening of an exhibition forty years in the making: Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress. If you live in the LA area or have plans to go to LA between now and April 1, you absolutely must add this exhibit to your calendar. If you don’t, maybe you should book your next vaca – this display is not to be missed. Over four decades ago, DVF realized the American Dream at the young age of 26 by designing a modest knitted jersey wrap dress. Little did she know that her simple, feminine creation would have a profound and lasting impact on women’s fashion. Journey of a Dress features 200 mannequins clad in DVF wrap dresses along with countless photographs, magazine covers, and portraits of DVF herself plus much more. If you can’t make it to LA to experience this amazing event, head to the DVF site to share your wrap story, from first dates, to first jobs, special moments, and everything in between!