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Get Organized: How To Take Your Closet From 0 to 100 (real quick)

Fall is here, and I seriously can’t hide my excitement. Chunky knit sweaters, cute booties, Halloween, Thanksgiving…football! So you know what that means, right? No more gladiator sandals, denim shorts, maxi dresses, and tank tops. That also means it’s time to clean out that closet of yours in order to pave the way for the goodies to come. In my old age, cleaning has been something I’ve looked forward to. The reward of having an actual reason to shop after I’m done made me that much more giddy to get down to business. And y’all, it was time.

My closet had gotten out of control, there was crap everywhere. So much, in fact, that I couldn’t find anything I needed. I lost two cardigans, a pair of leather joggers, and a moto jacket. Enough was enough, I was tired of being a slave to my cluttered closet. I was tired of digging and digging for one missing shoe only to lose the one I started with in the aftermath. And I was so over losing one piece, re-buying it, and finding it a couple days later once I didn’t need it anymore. The process was smooth and took a lot less time than I thought it would (I had sooo much crap piled up). So if you’re looking for tips to whip your wardrobe into shape, keep reading.

 

 


 

1. Dump It

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Designate any open space available to you and dump your closet in it’s entirety. Shoes, clothes, scarves, magazines, everything. Dump it. If you have shelving units, shoe trees, or any other kind of organizational tools yank those out too; a plain, empty box is what we’re going for.

 

 

2. Organize the troops

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Once the contents of your now empty closet is in the designated space start grouping it all by categories. I put all the casual tops, jeans, skirts, and shorts together until everything is completely separated in piles. I like to group all my work clothes together in rubber lockers,  this is what I wear about sixty percent of the time and I need those pieces to be easily accessible.  I hate having to dig for them…which is usually why my closet gets messy. During this phase I usually crank up my iTunes and sing very loudly (off-key). Feel free to do the same, it makes the process a little more fun and a lot less like necessary adulting.

 

 

3. Assess the wreckage

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As you’re grouping everything, take note of the pieces you currently have. Keeping this in mind will stop you from impulse buying and re-buying pieces you already have a good amount of. Take an inventory of  what kind of staple pieces you have, and how many. How many pairs of jeans? How many pencil skirts? Blouses? White t-shirts? Little black dresses? These are the items that will stay current in your closet rotation no matter what season it is. If you have to make a list, then by all means do it. Take it with you while you’re shopping so you know what items to get that compliment each of them.

 

 

4. Trash the extra sh*t

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Toss everything you haven’t worn in thirty days. If you haven’t touched it in a month, chances are you won’t in another. This is stage where I say au revoir to last season’s items. This step is very therapeutic because you’re literally making room for better things that suit you. I find it kind of symbolic: I’m getting rid of the things that I’ve outgrown for newer, cuter things that fit the current season of life I’m in. Perhaps I’m looking too much into it.

*shrugs*

Also, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the closet. Extra bathroom towels, magazines, books that you haven’t read in months, ect. Find the proper place to store that crap, your closet is no place for any of it.

 

 

5. Round up the undesirables

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Take everything you’re getting rid of and bag it up for donation. I was thinking about selling some of my things on one of those apps or at Plato’s Closet, but I decided against it. For one, those app things take too much time and I wanted that sh*t gone like ASAP. And Plato’s be playing games, so I decided to donate it to Goodwill. I figured it was the right thing to do, why not pay it forward and help someone get a job at the same time?

 

 

Okay so now that you’ve organized everything and gotten rid of all the extraness, you’re probably wondering how the hell you’re going to finesse this stuff back in that empty box. Well, darling, I got you on that too. Here are some things that worked wonders for me:


 

Use wasted wall space

Instead of hanging your robust scarf collection on hangers and taking up valuable rod space, attach a towel bar to your wall to create a personalized display for your collection on unused wall space. See more at The Chronicles of Home »

Instead of hanging fifty-two scarves on hangers, thus taking up valuable rod space, attach a towel bar to your wall to create a super cute way to display your collection on unused wall space. The inside door of your closet is perfect for this.

 

 

Keep your top shelf in formation

You're about to fall in love with shelf dividers. These nifty organizers have the ability to keep different items separate, while also preventing piles from toppling over — so you can stack sweaters way higher.
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Shelf dividers are about to become your new bffs. These babies keep everything on top separate and they prevent piles from toppling over if you decide to fold some things. But I like to use them with this next item.

 

 

 

Canvas storage bins

The easiest way to take your closet from junky to jaw-dropping? Pick your colors wisely: All-white hangers are clean, while light blue containers add an element of surprise.
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I’m extremely uncoordinated, and the last thing I want is to have a heavy rubber bin knock me clean out. I can see it vividly: my arms stretched overhead, straining to get hold of a bin full of sweaters. I get a handle on it, but then it slips from my grasp and BAM! Retrograde amnesia. The great thing about the canvas route is that they aren’t heavy, and they’re super easy to move around. So if I do have an accident, which is inevitable, I won’t die from head trauma. I also like to color coordinate each of them so I know exactly what I’m reaching for.

 

 

 

Double-duty storage

This tall, narrow shelf holds shoes on the bottom and accessories on top, making it a shoe rack and a vanity all in one.
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If you’re going to add storage to your closet, go for pieces that offer the opportunity to multitask. This tall, narrow shelf holds accessories on the top and shoes on the bottom. It’s a shoe rack and a vanity all in one, plus it frees up a lot of space for other things.

 

 

 

Label like a maniac

The more you take advantage of labels, the less likely you'll end up throwing that random sock without a mate into whatever bin you come across (and then losing it in the black hole that is your closet forever).
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Have you ever gone to your grandma’s and opened a tin of Christmas cookies, only to find out it was really a sewing kit? Not labeling your closet bins offers the same level of disappointment. Labeling also keeps the chances of you throwing random crap together relatively low, and it just makes everything look much neater and structured.

 

 

 

Add a (chic) mirror

If you put a mirror in your closet, you don't have to take your clothes out to examine your outfit. So you're much more likely to put items back on the rack immediately after deciding they didn't make the cut.
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Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the chicest closet of all? You do, my dear. Putting a mirror in your closet is a great move because it means you won’t have to take out your clothes to examine your outfit. And you’ll be much more likely to put the items that didn’t make the cut right back where they belong.

 

 

Label (yes, again) your laundry

If you separate your darks and lights as you get undressed, you won't have to waste 10 minutes sorting through clothes come laundry time. Organized and efficient.
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Organizing your clothes as soon as you’re done wearing them is sure fire way to eliminate clutter. Why waste ten minutes sorting on laundry day when you can jump right to business? Organized, efficient, and effective.

 

Do you have any closet cleaning tips? Tell me your favorites in the comments so I can give them a try too!

 

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American Apparel Desperately Attempts To Get Its Life Together

After years of blatant overly sexualized advertising under former CEO Dov Charney, American Apparel is now turning the other cheek (pun intended). This change in direction has occurred in an attempt to attract millennials and recast the brand in a “positive, inclusive, and socially conscious light.” The label outlined its plan to take the brand from “chaotic to iconic” in a new presentation filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The move includes distancing the brand away from its racy ads of the past and towards a more inspiring, comprehensive strategy. This new move comes about during the legal battle between the former CEO and American Apparel Inc. On June 12th Charney sued the retailer and board member David Danziger alleging both parties defamed him in an attempt to keep him from winning the necessary votes to regain control of the company.

Last June American Apparel dethroned Charney as chairman and suspended him as chief executive, citing evidence of misuse of company funds and inappropriate behavior with employees. Charney has reportedly been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by employees, and its believed that the behavior went on for a while before the board decided to act. We live in a culture that excuses bad behavior by creative individuals. Artists, musicians and even business leaders with larger-than-life personalities garner respect for their ability to push the boundaries in their specific genres. However, there is a wide belief that people who push boundaries in one area of their lives often have a harder time respecting boundaries in other aspects of their lives. This belief can be used to justify harassment, assault and other harmful behaviors expressed by celebrities and other industry players. It’s one thing to shake our heads at someone else’s wild lifestyle, but turning a blind eye to behavior that crosses the line into non-consensual talk and action is a completely different animal that needs to be put down. Drama aside, this brand definitely needed a new look and I’m glad it’s finally happening. I can’t help but wonder if Dov Charney’s lack of boundaries had anything to do with the company’s super sexual advertising strategy. Hmmm. Let’s look at the label’s worst advertising blunders.


 

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If there was a textbook example of the word “fail”, American Apparel’s advertising strategy would be it. Dov Charney has proven to be a sick son of a….*ahem*. Trouble just seems to follow him everywhere he goes and these troubles are mainly of a sexual nature. In 2011 Irene Morales, a former employee, accused him of making her his sex slave. She filed a lawsuit that sought $260 million dollars, but it was later thrown out in court because it was reported that Morales had allegedly sent dozens of nude photos of herself to Charney after she stopped working for American Apparel. The label’s board did find him guilty of allowing an employee to post nude photos of Morales that was supposedly authored by her. The blog harassed and defamed Morales, but more importantly ran in conflict with certain California laws that strictly forbid falsely impersonating others online. I just find it bizarre that someone would write a blog and post pictures of themselves and say crazy things like that….about themselves. You can read more about the whole debacle here. This scumbag has also reportedly been cited for masterbating in front of a Jane magazine reporter during an interview! He’s also been accused by ex employees of conducting business meetings in the nude.  A video surfaced online of the former CEO dancing nude in the presence of two alleged female employees. American Apparel is one of those brands, like Urban Outfitters, that seemed to be so effortlessly chic and edgy to me but now it just makes me want to gag. This “new direction” is definitely a good idea, but it certainly won’t erase the damage Don Charney has done.

11 Great Style Tips For The Broke & Bougie

These style “bloggers” have some serious explaining to do. I’m all for great threads, and they look awesome, but you don’t have to break the bank to look chic. I see all these great pictures and witty quotes, but not too many posts about how get great clothes on a Ramen noodle budget. Again, I’m not trying to take anything away from these ladies and their tremendous success, but how is this helping the readers? As a blogger, I have to keep in mind that everyone who reads my material isn’t always sitting court-side at the Knicks game or vacationing in the Hamptons every other weekend. Most people can’t be at Fashion Week, and my job is to bring it to you guys *end of rant*. If you have champagne ideas but you’re on a kool-aid budget, I got you, just keep reading.


1. Eighty-six the cheap plastic buttons on your coat or blazer to make your look more chic.


2. A good embellishment can be pricey, so go for a simple bag without too much hoopla (i.e. glitter, sequins, and logos).

H&M Handbag $40


3. Kick your faux leather pumps to the curb and go for ones in faux suede, they look way more posh. 


4. Wrinkled clothes are a no-no — invest in a steamer.


5. Buy a slip! Inexpensive clothing usually isn’t lined properly, and a slip will prevent any and all wardrobe malfunctions (you never want to be that girl). It’ll also help your garments achieve a better fit and give them a more elegant flow.


6. When deciding on what pieces to buy, keep the fabric in mind. Tweed, cotton, and linen often look high-priced, even if they aren’t. Think quality.


7. Pilling knit pieces will have you looking hobo-chic (and that is not a compliment, despite what the hipster at your local Urban Outfitters tells you). A fabric shaver will take any outfit from drab to fab, and all for a measly $8 at Walmart. Go get one.


8. Find a tailor and devote your entire wardrobe to their magical genius. Sure, you’ll be ponying up more money on the front-end, but pieces that are customized to fit your body will always look more expensive.


9. Whatever it is, get it in black. It has a lovely way of concealing the telltale signs of being an inexpensive piece. Plus, everything in black always looks way more chic.

Naomi Harris in Alexander McQueen. Could she be anymore chic? *drooling*


10. Cheaper coats and dresses often come with their own belt or sashes–swap them out for better looking ones. This will hide their humble beginnings.


11. Pamper your footwear. You should take your heels to a cobbler for a good cleaning and to get the heel caps replaced, even if they’re inexpensive. Nothing looks worse than shoes that say, “All my life I had to fight…”


Stay beautiful my loves ❤

Floral Upgrade

Florals are a given once Spring rolls around, so it was no surprise that they were seen all over the runways. At first glance they may seem a little predictable, but designers have added a modern twist to this crowd favorite. Models sashayed down the catwalks in big, bold versions of the print and many sported the look from head-to-toe. Instead of flowing maxi dresses and dainty motifs often associated with the design, the pieces shown took a more architectural approach. We saw boxy capes in abstract watercolors, slender suits in pretty pinks, and tropical inspired jumpsuits instead of the expected sheer blouse or skirt. The pattern follows suit with the ’70s inspired trend that has re-emerged. Designers have been showing lots of white, fringe and gingham so fabulous florals were bound to make an appearance. From Chanel to Victoria Beckham, the runways flourished like a chic secret garden reminding us that some things just never get old.


THOM BROWN

                                    | Thom Brown |

CELINE

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CHANEL

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                                       | Carolina Herrera |

DOLCE AND GABANNA

                                     | Dolce & Gabbana |

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                                       | Marc Cain |

MICHAEL KORS

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Kylie Jenner + Lips = Yawn

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I don’t know about you, but I am so sick of hearing about Kylie Jenner’s lips. Are they real? Are they fake? “HA! I KNEW THEY WERE FAKE!” Why the heck do we care? The allure around Kylie and her family is absolutely insane. I keep asking myself and everyone around me why are they here, but that’s a can of worms I don’t have the energy to open right now. Plastic surgery isn’t a terrible thing nor is it the issue surrounding Kylizzle. The problem I have with it is her age. No seventeen year old should be going under the knife, ever. I think it’s unhealthy for her self-esteem and incredibly irresponsible for her parents to allow her to get any surgery of that type.

I remember when I was seventeen. I was chubby, incredibly shy and I wasn’t the best at choosing clothes. But now looking back, as an adult, that stage of my life really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. Yeah I felt like Shamu, but I had great friends, I got good grades, and I was always surrounded by people who loved me. I was extremely awkward, but what teenager isn’t? Our teenage years were a strange time for all of us; we weren’t children anymore, but not quite adults either. But if there’s been any time in my life I’m grateful for, it would be those years. Hands down.

My teenage years were a time when I got to know myself. I found out what I liked, disliked, who and what I wanted to be, what I stood for and valued. I thank God I had legs like an ostrich, a short trunk, and got overlooked by the varsity football players. Why? Because while they were chasing after tail, I was reading and comprehending at a college level. While my classmates were obsessing over what to wear to homecoming, I was practicing my violin solos. And when all the popular kids were going to parties, I was doing a superb job of not becoming a teen mother (we had quite a few of those at my school).

Seventeen year old Shaniece hated her flabby stomach, stretch marks, and little boobs. Twenty-six year old Shaniece loves her curves, wears her stretch marks with pride (like tiger stripes), and is fully enjoying her small boobs because she knows when she has kids she’ll wish they were small again. None of those insecurities matter in adulthood. That’s what I wish I could tell Kylie. They’re just lips! You’re still wildly attractive! I’m not condoning what she did but there is something people are failing to recognize: Kylie’s been growing up in the public eye for a while now. What may seem like a dumb teenage insecurity issue to us is magnified exponentially in her case. She constantly sees the embodiment of how society says she’s “supposed” to look like in her older sisters. Everyone expects her to follow in their footsteps, to be as cool or chic as them. That’s an incredible amount of pressure for a seventeen year old to have to deal with. Now throw in the fact that her mother is whoring out the family’s privacy for a quick buck, her dad’s now public struggle with being transgendered, and a completely clueless twenty-five year old father of one who’s praying on her innocence. With all that going on in the environment around her, for Kylie Jenner, using lip fillers is as serious an offense as getting a speeding ticket.

I don’t fault her for wanting full lips, or going under the knife at all. Hell, if I could afford liposuction I’d suck the fat out of everywhere. Kylie’s a kid, the real problem here is irresponsible parenting. Let’s just call a spade a spade, people. If my baby girl came to me and told me how much she hates her huge thighs, I’d tell her that every brick house and fine mama jama needs a strong base to keep her grounded. From a young age, I’d teach her that every freckle, imperfection and flaw makes her special and is absolutely necessary. I would not feed into her insecurities and suggest she alter her appearance, which is the route Kris Jenner took.

We need to do a better job at teaching our young girls to love themselves, flaws and all. Everyone loves to claim that they woke up like this

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(pun intended), but that just isn’t reality. We have this unhealthy obsession with perfectionism and pop culture feeds it. It sounds so cliche, but nobody’s perfect. No matter how hard your makeup bangs, how great you hair is on any particular day, or the superb level of fleek your eyebrows are on you will never be perfect, ever. And that’s ok. Every morning, I walk past the bathroom mirror as I enter the shower. Sometimes I stand there in front of it a little longer than necessary, stark naked, and stare. I look at my small breasts, my love handles (I call them handlebars), my thick thighs, my full backside and I say to myself, “Damn! I’m fine!” (quite loudly). I love the skin that I’m in, I love my flaws, I even love my little kangaroo pouch I get when I’ve eaten too much (my sister and I have coined this phenomena as a “food baby”). My awkward teenage years are to thank for that. I’m still awkward, and a little weird, but I own it. All my catch phrases, strange habits, and eclectic points of view are what makes me me. So yeah, I don’t give a hoot about Kylie Jenner’s lips. The tragedy in Nepal is more important than Kylie Jenner’s lips. Disbanding ISIS is more important than Kylie Jenner’s lips. And paying back Sallie Mae for my student loans is more important than Kylie Jennner’ lips. Imperfection is beauty, revel in yours.

Stay beautiful ❤

Africa the Beautiful

I have a lot of favorites when it comes to prints. Florals, stripes, and polka dots are some of my go-tos; but they pale in comparison to my love for African prints. The bright colors and intricate designs easily make them crowd favorites, but these designs go much deeper than mere adornment. These prints convey messages about historical and cultural landmarks, philosophical concepts and thoughts, as well as religious and moral values of society. The tradition of making these gorgeous pieces are passed down from father to son and from uncle to nephew, as well as from mother to daughter and aunt to niece.

The colors used in these beautiful motifs are just as important as the patters; the meanings and spirituality in their cloths are something the African people take very seriously.Gold, an extremely popular color, represents wealth and fertility. Red represents tension in the spiritual or political world and is viewed as the color of blood or death. Blue signifies love and peace, the sky, and is a harmonious color. Green represents prosperity and life, its also a medicinal color. And white is used to signify spirituality and purity. As you can see choosing an African garment to wear goes much deeper than finding a style that flatters you. This form of dress is very dear to the African people and shouldn’t simply be looked at as just a fashion trend. Here are several ladies that wear the style very well (its very hard to pick a favorite!):

Yaya Dacosta

                               YAYA DECOSTA

Zoe Saldana

                         ZOE SALDANA

India Arie

INDIA AIRE

Solange Knowles

                            SOLANGE KNOWLES

Angelique Kidjo

                        ANGELIQUE KIDJO

Keri Hilson

                        KERI HILSON

Thandie Newton

                         THANDIE NEWTON

Stay beautiful my loves ❤

Spring 2015’s Most Wearable Trends

Sometimes translating what’s seen on the runway to your closet can be confusing. When I first got into fashion, I’d view the looks and think “Who the heck is going to wear that?” But I’ve learned to not take them so literally; yes she’s wearing a million and two feathers, but that doesn’t mean you have to also. The trick is to see what the correlation is across the board, how many designers showed a specific thing? Colors, prints, certain silhouettes, these are the elements that people like me look for during these shows so we can inform the masses about them. This season I was really excited to see a lot more trends that, for the average woman, are totally do-able. I’ve compiled a list below with pictures, and a few tips, to help you make these trends all your own. So, without further adieu, here are this Spring’s most wearable winners:


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Shirtdresses

This season designers put a more personal touch on this classic shape by adding drop waists, double high slits, and more. No matter which style you choose, you’re sure to be the most stylish cutie at the park.


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Yellow

Now, hear me out before you strike this one off your list. From amber to saffron and canary to marigold, there’s a shade of yellow that looks great on everyone. The trick is figuring out your skin’s undertones, then all you have to do is find the hue that compliments it best. C’mon, live a little! You deserve some sunshine in your life.

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Gingham

Fall gave us plaid, but this Spring is all about it’s charming cousin. Blacks and blues have a more pleasing aesthetic than red. You want to go to picnics, not look like a picnic table.


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Black and white

This one’s not too cutting-edge, but what sets this season’s take apart from other interpretations of this classic color combo are the interesting varieties of textures, patterns, and silhouettes.


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Culottes

This Spring 2014 style is here to stay for another round. Pairing them with a blazer, tailored button-down, and high heels will have you workplace ready. Tell those wool slacks and boots to vamoose, and show off those calves. You’ve been working on them all winter and now’s the time to show those babies off.


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Blue and white

Black and white may be a little too rigid for your taste, and I totally understand. This understated version just might be more your speed, take it for a spin when you’re in the mood to make a statement without wearing too much color.


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Kimono-style Trenches

Precise tailoring can look very smart, but that wasn’t the message sent this season. Slouchy, lightweight trenches were spotted all over the runway. A style that you can wrap yourself up in, made from luxe fabrics weightless enough to get caught in a spring breeze. What’s not to love?


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Head-to-Toe White

When winter rolls around we immediately gravitate to black and gray, they’ve become a uniform of sorts. But with spring on the horizon, I can’t think of a better way to give that gloomy old wardrobe a much needed facelift than by hightailing it to the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and pairing various shades are a few styling tricks seen this season that have given this crowd favorite a nice refresher.


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Medium-size Obi Belts

This has to be one of the season’s most flattering trends. Tying on an obi belt and knotting it on the side is your first-class ticket to a whittled middle section. Cinched waists were seen all over, From New York to Paris, and in a myriad of ways. Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton took the delicacy of geishas and paired them in stark contrast to samurai strength. While Alexander Wang opted for a more sporty approach, with perforated neoprene types, casually tied atop sharp blazers.


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Flats, Slides, and Sneakers

Thank Heaven above comfortable shoes are here to stay! No matter if you’re a sneakerhead, love a good minimal two-strap sandal, or live for slides— there’s something cute and comfy out there waiting on you.


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One-shoulder Cuts

Your shoulders have become the sexiest part of your body overnight. This twist on Spring 2014’s off-the-shoulder trend is perfect for a night out with that special guy (or your bff for sushi if you’re single like me #foreveralone).


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Roomy Denim

No matter what season it is, jeans are always a given. But this season showed cropped, baggy cuts which I find quite intriguing. The baggier, the better! You should keep your tops slim, that will create a cool contrast. And though it’s not quite spring yet, now would be a good time to start weening yourself off that favorite pair of skinnies you can never seem to go without. Yes, I know you love them, but change is good.


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Polo-style Shirts

Ralph Lauren polos were a staple of ’90s fashion, now the style is back and better than ever. Mr. Lauren sent his iconic shirt down the runway in bright, bold colors and paired them with maxi skirts, guaranteeing that you’ll literally be the most comfortable person on the planet.


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Military Greens

At ease soldier, and say hello to Spring’s new neutral. A nice gradient of military green has made several appearances on the catwalk this season. From Rag & Bone’s utilitarian parkas to Marc Jacobs’ desert fatigues, designers have inspired our inner heroes to pay a visit to the nearest army-surplus store.


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The Fabulously Fancy Apron

There’s finally a new layering method for the more daring fashionista. Rocking a skirt, short or long, over a dress will give you a visually stimulating look while adding a couple extra doses of coolness.


I’m so ready to start my Spring shopping, and I hope this brought some clarity to the ever perplexing world of Fashion Week trends. Shake it up a little (or a lot), a new season is the perfect time to try new things. Wear prints that you’d usually stay away from, a color that you’ve sworn off forever. You just may be surprised to see that they can definitely work for you. 2015 is the year you push your style limits, now go forth and be chic! ❤