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How to Start Editing Your Closet

October 28, 2018

It’s already cold here in North Carolina and personally, I am LOVING the cooler weather. I’m excited for my favorite fashion season to be here! Hello boots, jeans, scarves and sweaters. Even though I enjoy dressing myself for the Fall weather, I am so in love with dressing my little Everett (5 month old) in old-man sweaters, hats, jeans and cute booties. I mean, can you get enough of this cute-ness? The answer is no. (obviously because I’m his mom)

Every year I do 2 edits of my closet, one right before the cooler temperatures swing into NC and one when it starts to get hotter (in April or May). These 2 seasonal transitions are the perfect time for you to get in your closet and edit your wardrobe.

How do you go about it?

  1. Set aside a couple of hours because you do not want to rush this process. Considering how long it takes for us to collect these clothes and get unorganized (months), it’s going to take longer than 5 minutes of your time to edit your closet.
  2. Start by pulling your clothes out of your closet. I find it easier to lay them all on my bed and create stacks that way. Some closets are bigger than others and it’s better to see your options spread out. Spreading out makes decision-making more efficient!
  3. If you are only doing 1 seasonal edit, just pull those particular clothes out. More specifically, if you are trying to organize your Fall/Winter cloths, only pull those out. If you are doing the whole whammy, pull it all out. I, personally, recommend just doing 1 at a time (Fall/Winter OR Spring/Summer), so it won’t be overwhelming.
  4. Separate shirts, pants, jeans, sweaters, skirts, dresses, scarves, shoes and accessories into stacks.
  5. Once you have your stacks, this is where the true work and decision making goes into place. All the work leading up to this is purely organization to allow for decisions to be made. Start with one of the stacks and one-by-one go through each article of clothing. Ask yourself these questions, “Did I wear this last year?” and “Am I excited to wear this piece of clothing this year?” It’s that simple, y’all. If you have not worn something all year, you are not going to wear it this year. The exception to this is if you have changed sizes and/or bought the piece of clothing at end of season and are able to wear it now. Those are the exceptions! If you are holding on to it “just because you bought it,” DONATE it. I know it’s not easy to part with clothing because it is an emotional experience, but it’s essential to have only clothes in your closet that you will actually wear. You don’t need clothes in your closet that you are keeping just to keep. Donate, donate, donate. If you second guess it and think to yourself, “Maybe I will wear it…?” then chances are you will not wear it and you need to get it out of your closet.
  6. Create stacks to donate and stacks to go back into your closet. Put the clothes back into your closet that you are keeping and bag up to donations. Next topic we will discuss is all about how to get your outfits ready for the week…I am telling you it’s life changing. So, stay tuned for that coming soon.

This closet edit is my specialty and my favorite thing to do! It’s my favorite simply because it makes such an impact on people’s lives. Having an organized closet of clothes that you actually wear, clothes that you love and clothes that make you feel confident…that sets each day of yours up for success. For my friends and clients, I am truly a decision maker and I can personally tell you if you will wear it again and let’s be honest, if you “should” wear it again. It’s nice to have someone other than yourself with you when you’re editing your closet. You need a friend (or me) who is not emotionally attached and can tell you with absolute truth if you should keep it or donate it. If you’re interested in getting help with your closet edit, please comment below or email me at We can simply discuss your options and I can tell you more about the process.


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Fitness, Style

My Top 3 Favorite Places to Buy Activewear

February 14, 2017

Workout clothing could be my favorite thing to shop for! Maybe that’s because I’m usually in my workout clothes all day, every day, with multiple “costume” (hehe outfit) changes a day. In all honesty, the clothes you choose to workout in can definitely affect the way you work out. You need to be comfortable and you need to feel GOOD.

Here are my top 3 current favorite places to find fitness clothing!


I have several pieces of Anthropologie leggings and tank tops and almost always get compliments when I wear them. Anthro is where I shop when I want something unique and high quality. Their clothing is definitely not cheap but they have 25% off promotions quite often. Anthro clothing has a feminine quality to it that I love! Shop the activewear line HERE.


Nordstrom is forever my favorite store of all time but specifically their selection of activewear is AMAZING. My favorite line is a Nordstrom brand called Zella. The price is pretty reasonable and the quality is high. Nordstrom has a great return policy and customer service team too. If you aren’t happy with something, they almost always take it back! Check out the Zella line HERE.

Gap Fit

Gap is a recent fitness friend of mine! I did not realize how cute their workout attire is until my bestie Melissa told me about them. They always have the best sales too! Tip: when ordering from Gap Fit make sure you order the “Blackout” technology leggings, otherwise they will be a little too thin (aka see through when you bend down). Shop Gap Fit HERE.

What are some of your favorite places to find activewear? Please comment below to share with us!


Finding the Right Jeans for You: Part 1

February 5, 2017

Hey y’all! One of the questions I get the most when it comes to style is this…

“How do I find the right jeans for me? I feel like mine never fit perfectly.”

Little known fact, I consider myself a true denim dork. ha! In my graduate program at N.C. State, I even wrote my thesis on premium denim and loved every minute of it. My thesis involved me surveying tons of customers in Saks Fifth Avenue and smaller boutiques in Raleigh. I was “that annoying person” coming up to you asking you to fill out a survey. 😉

Anyway, with that being said…I can help you find the right pair by educating you on what to look for when purchasing denim.

We are going to be tackling these topics:

  • Style and Fit
  • Color
  • Fabric/Fiber Content
  • Where to Shop

Let’s start with Style and Fit. To me, these are the most important concepts to grasp when searching for your ideal jeans. Straight leg. Bootcut. Flare. Skinny. Legging. Jegging. Relaxed. Cropped. Wide leg. Boyfriend. I could go on and on. And on.

Straight leg: simply put the jeans go straight up and down and are usually fitted around the waist and slightly relaxed in the booty. These are the traditional fit jeans.

Bootcut: usually a little more form fitted on the waist and butt. Cuts out slightly at the bottom of the jeans to allow for boots to go under your jeans.

Flare: these flare out at the ankle 70s style! (and are actually super flattering, trust me)

Skinny: skinny jeans are the most popular jeans out there today. They are fitted all the way down your legs and rear. Can wear boots over them most of the time.

Legging/Jegging: think of these as a tighter skinny jeans. Most of the time they feel like leggings and are super comfortable and thinner than normal jeans.

Relaxed/Boyfriend: Loose throughout and usually cuffed a couple of times are the bottom hem of the jean to provide a bit of style to it. (super comfy)

Those styles are the main ones for us to grasp. So, how do you know which one is right for you? That is the million dollar question. You will need to definitely try them on and experiment but you can also know that off the get go, higher waisted skinny jeans are the most flattering on our body types. You may be thinking “What? There is no way my bootay is getting in some skinny jeans.” Yes, yes there is. There are different versions of skinny jeans based off age and body type.

Everyone has a unique body type and we’re all different but here are my general recommendations based off body type:

Athletic Build…strong, muscular thighs, average waist

If you have strong legs, I’d be all about showing that off! It’s something to be proud of in my opinion. However, if you want to keep it more streamlined, go for a straight leg jean that is fitted through the waist and tush but goes straight down at the center of the thighs. This will even out your look.


Pear Shaped…smaller waist, bigger hips and thighs

High waist high waist high waist! I cannot say it enough. I know some people don’t like to have anything near or above their belly button, but high waisted jeans are SO flattering and help minimize any rolls we may have. 🙂 To even out pear shapes, the most flattering jean is fitted all throughout your waist and hips and flares out a bit starting at the knees. The KEY to wearing a slightly flared jean is that you MUST wear heels or look stumpy. Always wear heels if you wear flared jeans. Also, pear shapes can most definitely get away with skinny jeans but in my opinion not jeggings because that tends to draw attention to the bigger areas in our booties. 🙂


Apple Shaped…bigger waist and more to love in the middle.

As a general pattern, apple shapes usually have smaller and lean legs but have trouble finding jeans that fit around their waist and still keeps their legs fitted. I would recommend going with a skinny jean but a softer waistband that allows for more grace. I’ve been discovering amazing jeans that don’t have a traditional waist band and are super flattering. Back pockets need to be more mid level and not high up as to even out the tushie. Ankle jeans that end right above the ankle are also GREAT!


Super Lean…straight up and down skinny minnies.

Lucky son of a gun! The challenge you have is that you want more of a booty and more shape to your legs so you want to accentuate what you have. I’d go for a high-waisted super skinny jean that have pockets higher up on the booty– that makes our butts appear more lifted and perky. As a rule of thumb, you’re body type allows you for FUN and you’re lucky with tons of options! You can get away with playfull bottom hems like this one below.


More important than anything: these are just suggestions. If you feel confident and beautiful in your jeans, that trumps everything! Confidence and happiness is the key. 🙂

There is a lot more to consider like coloring of jeans, fabric/fiber content (one of THE most important) and where to shop. Stick around because I will be covering all of those!

In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions…please comment below.