Monday, April 30, 2012

Brighten a Rainy Day

Sometimes I welcome rainy days.  Kind of like today.  This meant that I could wear my new raincoat for an actual purpose, rather than for its brilliant color!  I love the fact that this raincoat was available for less than $100 and the color is to die for.  Paired with my Hunters I was ready to take on the puddles and grey weather with a smile! ( Even though it was indoor recess...imagine 27 seven year olds cooped up all day.  Hope it's dry tomorrow!)
Save for a Rainy Day




Here are some more wellies for under $50!  Why not have some fun in the rain?!


Puddle Jumpers Under $50

Wedge welly
£20 - vanmildert.com

Dirty Laundry hidden wedge
$50 - bakersshoes.com

Chooka kitten heel boots
$36 - endless.com

ALDO kitten heel boots
$35 - aldoshoes.com

Dirty Laundry wellies boots
$30 - macys.com

Chooka wellies boots
$45 - dsw.com

Wellies boots
£25 - debenhams.com

Office flat heels
£25 - houseoffraser.co.uk

See through umbrella
$30 - modcloth.com

Pauls Boutique Zip Wellies
£29 - bankfashion.co.uk

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Backyard Fall BBQ Style





The weather can't seem to make up it's mind around here whether it's still summer or feels like fall. For this reason, I layered up for a friend's BBQ.  Starting with a basic pant and blouse look, then a jacket, then a scarf.

Skinny Pants- J.Crew Minnie
Fuschia Blouse- Nordstrom
Denim Jacket- GapKids
Neon Scarf- J.Crew
Purple Patent Flats- Target



Easy Like Sunday Morning



Some days I just don't feel like getting cute. Today was one of those days!  I just wanted to throw on a pair of jeans and a shirt to join my bestie at the mall.  
Well, first came the jeans.  
Then the button down.  
Then the cardigan.  
Then the printed floral flats.  
Then the coral necklace.  

Annddd...wow.  I'm pretty pleased with how this all turned out.  Off we go!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tangerine TopCoat

This outfit was for my mom for a dinner date with another couple.  She bought this orange jacket (now on sale for $40!) and wasn't really sure how to style it. It is a bit tricky because it is open (no buttons) and doesn't have any lapels like a typical blazer (even though it's shaped that way).  On the other hand, this style is extremely flattering because it gives you a perfect hourglass shape just by the way it's cut!

Here are my options that I created for this jacket to make it a wearable and versatile piece!

  • With a navy blue skirt (substitute pants or shorts), white tee and green flats
  • With a striped tee, and denim flats
  • With green, orange and nude accents

Tangerine TopCoat





Here is the outfit in person using everything she already owned!



In her own words...
Thanks for the post!  I'll start looking for my green jewelry to put with it.  Think I'll wear pants cuz of the weather.  Now I know even more I need to take you shopping with me!  Got the jacket when I saw [personal shopper] at Nordstrom. I requested the jacket, ... but [we] never thought through too much about what to do with it.  Would  like to go again sometime just to get your opinion ...!
I mean, I know it's my mom, but it feels good to see another woman happy with their Closet Fashion Fixing!

If you have any items you'd like help styling,  email me at closetfashionfix@gmail.com or message me on Facebook!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Giveaway for My Lovely Readers!


It's time to show my lovely readers some love!  
I've been just waiting to publish this post about my infatuation for the safety pin and how they get me through many could-be fashion disasters.  Read it here!  


In an expression of my thanks, one lovely reader will be the winner of a pair of Henri Bendel Pin It Earrings (tiny sterling silver safety pins). They're petite little studs that make an understated statement! 

It's so easy to enter this giveaway thanks to Rafflecopter!
Simply follow the steps below and you're done!
(Please use your e-mail account to enter this giveaway) 
There are additional options for extra entries, so good luck to all!


The winner will be announced on April 28, 2012.
   


In a Pinch? Pin it!

What do all these outfits have in common?
I used safety pins in each one! 
(note that you can't see them? that's the trick:) )

Call me crazy, call me tacky, or call me resourceful.  Anyway you want it, I still live for safety pins in my closet and on the go.  Since I have a tendency to pull them out everywhere, I thought it might be time to finally share some tricks that I use to keep things in place!  
(Even my friends are aware of this "problem"...to the point they can tell when I'm going to whip one out and say, "just pin it!")

**Remember, the pin should always be hidden as best you can.  You want people to look and see the outfit, not what's holding it together.**


Safety Tip #1: To Keep a Belt in Place

On skirts or dresses that don't come with belt loops, but adding on that accessory is a must, just pin it!

This typically only works for skinnier belts, since the belt has to fit through the opening on the pin.  
Be sure to place the pin so that you can thread the belt through and in an area where it cannot be easily spotted.  In this picture the pin is on the outside, but if your belt can fit through, keep the head on the inside of the garment for less exposure.

I may love them, but their placement needs to be tactful, not tacky.  I do this when I am wearing a cardigan that will most likely cover the area of the pin.

Best places to pin to hold in a belt:
on the side seams
along the zipper in the back



Safety Tip #2

For those items that you bought in a different size or wrong size, but just had to have (for me, maternity time) and haven't had them tailored just yet, just pin it!

Example, this skirt.  I LOVE it.  It's 2 sizes too big and I like wearing things around my natural waist rather than sitting on my hips.  Solution?  Take it to the tailor.
Real time solution? Safety pins!

By overlapping the top band of the skirt and pinning from the inside, I'm able to wear it at my natural waist and not add any bulk to the skirt.

For this, keep the pin on the inside of the skirt and make sure that wherever you are pinning you are not adding extra bulk to the item.  (This may not work for all pieces)


I have to buy pants to fit my lower half and it always seems that the waistband is too big on me.  Instead of passing up great pants because of the waistline issues, I just add a safety pin beyond the brackets.
Make sure that this doesn't create a fold in the zipper area.  
You may only be able to fold them over so far before it's obvious.


Safety Tip #3

Fixing hemlines.  I can't tell you how many times I'm in a pinch and notice that the hemline of my (insert item of clothing here) has started to fall!  Out comes a safety pin!


The key to this is keeping the pin as hidden from the outside as possible. 


Safety Tip #4


 Extending a necklace.  If you are looking for that perfect length on your necklace and wish it was just a few centimeters longer, add on a pin.  As long as you are wearing your hair down, or will have the necklace covered, I say this is a "safe" way to make it work!

Another way is to add an existing pin or brooch on to a group of necklaces.  This will keep the lengths in place the way you want them.




Safety Tip #5

 Many sleeveless tops come with a bra strap holder built-in to the shoulders. (see picture)  If yours does not, however, and your Victoria's Secret doesn't want to be kept a secret, add a pin!
Place the safety pin on the inside of the garment under the shoulder seam.  Either thread your strap through, if your bra allows, or pin the strap to your top.  It may seem hectic and awkward at first when you are pinning, but I promise you'll thank me later when you're not the one tugging at your shoulders!



Extra tip...

You know those pads that come with your bathing suits?  The ones that help you fill out the tops, or just make it harder for you to fill out the top?  Well, save them!  Coupled with some safety pins, they make a great "strapless" helper when you can't wear a strapless.
(dress right side out)
This dress is not cut for a strapless and wearing it with a cami would look ridiculous.

(dress inside out)
Enter those funny little pads that I always take out of my bathing suits.  A few pins to keep them in place...

Voila!  No bra needed!


Even your Lulu pads would work for this.  They're free!



Do you have any fashion fix "go to's" that you use?