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Springing Into Style & Strategy

Shopping for clothes can be a very fun experience, but it can also be an incredibly frustrating one! I’ve been in a shopping rut over the past few months, but I think I’ve finally found the solution to my problem. Whenever I used go shopping, I rarely went in with an idea of what I was looking for. Instead, I would just wander the mall aimlessly, hoping I would find whatever it was I needed (which never worked, FYI). So, I decided it was time to try a new technique: plan ahead. I tried this when I went shopping this past weekend and it completely altered my usual experience from frustrating to enjoyable! Here are some tips to help your plan your clothing expedition more efficiently!

1. Research

Flip through magazines and browse online stores to start to get a feel for what’s popular. But my personal favorite way to find inspiration is to read fashion blogs! It’s one thing to see professional models wear clothing, but to see how real people pull off trends in their every day lives can be quite helpful for your own wardrobe! I’ve listed some of my favorite blogging fashionistas below. Get clicking! ūüôā

 Emily Schuman

cupcakesandcashmere.com

Anouska Proetta Brandon

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 2. Go Through Your Closet

Make sure to browse your own closet before you hit the racks. Sometimes, especially in a messier closet, we can forget what we already own! While going through your closet, make a list of what pieces you have enough of. For example, if you own six v-necks t-shirts, write it down and steer clear from that style in stores. The same goes with color. Half your closet blue? Don’t buy anything blue during your trip! While this sounds like common sense, half the reason people have “no clothes” is because there is no variety. So, change it up!

{Extra Tip: Make sure your laundry is done, too! Clothes buried in a hamper are often forgotten}

3. Start Small

Even if you need new jeans, shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, and accessories, start with focusing on only a few items, as trying to create a new wardrobe in one trip could be overwhelming for your mental health, as well as  your wallet! Make a list of what you want first, then put them in order of importance. After you have done that, star the first few items on your list and stick with those.

{Extra Tip: If you still aren’t completely sure what you’re looking for, browse the accessory sections at stores like Forever 21 or Target. Their prices are reasonable and can help transform an old outfit into something completely different}

4. Map it Out!

So, if you know what you’re looking for and what you’re not¬†looking for, make a list of stores that you think will provide you with the best selection for your hunt. If you’re going to the mall, go on their website and look at the directory and see all your options!

5. Plan Time Accordingly

Make sure you gauge the time you need accurately in regards to how much you plan to accomplish that trip. After you determine that, add at least a half an hour to your estimated trip time. You can always leave if you find what you were looking for, but if that extra time is needed, there won’t be any stress in staying!

I applied these guidelines when I went shopping for spring clothing this past weekend and ended up having a very successful outing! Here are some pictures of a few items I picked up!

{Sundress from Target}

{Button Down From Forever 21}

{Grayish-Brown Oxfords from Old Navy}

{Chunky Turquoise Bracelet from Forever 21}

{Target Dollar Section Impulsivity} 

While the last item definitely isn’t a fashion purchase, it was too cute (and cheap) to pass up! It just screams spring!¬†But, what about you guys? Do anyone else have some good shopping tips? Let me know! I’m always in need of shopping guidance. Courtney can confirm that for me! ūüėČ

Take care and good luck!

Molly

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Lust List: Spring

Spring has definitely not sprung here in Michigan (and probably won’t make an appearance until June), but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing ourselves! Besides being excited about being able to drive with the windows down and not freeze, I’m also excited to see what new trends will sprout in the coming months. Thankfully, People Style Watch, one of my favorite magazines, made it easy to start planning out our wardrobes with their latest issue, which is dedicated to spring fashion! In the issue, they feature a list of the top ten fashion trends of spring! Here are just a few of the trends they mentioned that I’m excited about:

Florals

When it comes to wearing a pattern, I always go for floral (literally, it’s like the only print wardrobe). Now that it’s a trend this spring, I can justify buying more!

Image via. Nordstroms.com

Neon

Following winter, we’re all a little more tired and sluggish (a Vitamin D deficiency can be blamed for that). Due to our lack of sunshine, add some brightness to your clothes! Shades of neon add a playful feel to any outfit that will make anyone feel more cheerful and awake!

Image via. ASOS.com

Peplum

I love clothes that give off a retro vibe (I drool over ModCloth) and a¬†Peplum themed shirt or dress emulate just that! They are also super flattering and create an hourglass silhouette! Can’t go wrong there!

Image via. Nordstroms.com

Mint Green

You can’t help feeling relaxed wearing this carefree shade. I can’t wait to release my inner zen and pick up a few pieces in this color!

Image via. Nordstroms.com


So, those are just a few things I’m excited about, but what are you guys most excited about for spring? Let me know!

Take care,

Molly

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Ballet Flats by TOMS!

You never know love until you find it in a perfect pair of shoes. And you never truly know heartbreak until you have to throw them out. For me, it was my first pair of ¬†TOMS¬†classics. I first laid eyes on them at Nordstrom. They were in the shade “stonewash gray” and as soon as I tried them on, they rarely left my feet. We eventually parted ways after six months, when our time spent together created holes and water stains.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

{Grey Stone-Washed Classics}

As I approached the garbage can to cut ties, I knew I would have to be quick, otherwise I would not do it. I tore the lid off, tossed them in, and walked away. Since our “breakup,” I have tried other shoes, but none quite fit me like my TOMS did. That’s when I knew that it was destiny and I needed to go back.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

 {Natalia Rose Ballet Flats}

While my first pair were in the Classic cut, they also offer other styles, such as Botas or Cordones, both of which I find absolutely adorable. Their newest style, however, are Ballet Flats! TOMS shoes are known for their casual vibe, so ballet flats are a great addition to the line, as they can be both dressed up or down.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

{Gisele Grey Ballet Flats}

While I will not stray completely from the classic cut (I plan on purchasing this olive green¬†pair¬†next), ¬†I am definitely getting situated with a pair of TOMS ballet flats, too! I can’t wait to try them out. And the best thing about TOMS shoes, besides looking cute in them, is that with your purchase, a child in need gets a pair of shoes, too! Can’t beat that!

So, what about you guys? Are there any shoes that you absolutely love? Let us know!

Take care and good luck!

Molly

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