What’s in my Closet: Embroidered Shiftdress

Guys!  It’s June!!!  How has the time gone by?!  I apologize for being completely off the grid this past week.  I was out of town for a wedding and we made a short trip to NYC after and once I got back home, readjusting to my usual schedule was harder than I thought.  But, I’m back now, so get excited! 🙂  Moving right along…

I really love an easy dress, and this one is probably going to be my favorite dress through the summer.

stitchtake1  It’s always great when you find a dress that you can just throw on and feel comfortable in, but this one takes it a step further with it’s delicate embroidered details and pockets!stitchtake4

It’s very easy to pair this piece with any type of shoe.  While I was in Philly, I went from wearing my Birkenstocks during the day time, to wearing strappy heels with it during the night.
stitchtake3I’m almost always wearing this delicate Gorjana necklace, but this dress doesn’t even need a layering piece because it’s detailed enough to stand alone.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda

 

 

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What’s in My Closet: Prints and Color

cincoOOTD3Since yesterday was Cinco De Mayo, I decided I wanted to wear some of the more colorful pieces in my closet.cincoOOTD7 When I think of Cinco De Mayo, I think of busy and bold prints, as well as all things colorful.  cincoOOTD6It was over 80 degrees here yesterday (and it is today too…it feels like summer!), so I wore shorts, and one of my more printed, colorful top options.cincoOOTD5

(And if this is what May feels like, I’m a bit concerned for what it’s gonna feel like here in the middle of July.)cincoOOTD4

 

I was off work yesterday, so I wanted to dress comfortably for all the errands I needed to run, but still somewhat reflecting on the festivities of the day!cincoOOTD2

 

[Shop this post: Collective Concepts top, old, something kinda similar that I really like here.  J. Crew shorts, old, same ones for this year here, in many color options!  Birks here.]cincoOOTD1

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda

Laundry Care Tips: Viscose

Remember the last time you walked into a store and touched a simple t-shirt and thought, “Wow, this shirt is so soft! But it just look’s like a basic tee.” Well, you’re right. It was just a basic tee, but what you were probably touching was a viscose tee. Viscose is known for it’s silky appearance and texture, but it’s breathability similar to cotton. It also is known to drape very well, so those basic tees you love, lay even better than your cotton ones once you put them on your body.2015-04-27 22.03.05

Well, when it comes time to wash those favorite staples of yours, it can be a pain. The majority of the labels will say dry clean or hand wash only or lay flat to dry. Nothing can be more annoying than feeling like you have to wash your basic knits by hand, however, I’ve been washing all of my viscose pieces (most definitely not by hand), and I thought I’d show you how I do it, without feeling like they will shrink, become deformed, or get ruined. 2015-04-27 16.47.43

Step 1: Place your viscose pieces into a mesh laundry bag. Anytime you wash anything that is made of a delicate fiber, you should place it in a mesh bag to prevent it from getting caught on other laundry pieces or any part of the washing machine. It also helps keep your pieces in a normal shape, as opposed to getting all twisted up.

Step 2: Set your laundry cycle to “Hand wash.” If you don’t have a hand wash cycle, the delicate cycle will be fine.2015-04-27 16.48.24

Step 3: Instead of using your normal laundry detergent, use a delicate wash instead. I prefer the delicate wash made by The Laundress. This ensures there are no harsh chemicals that could potentially break down the more delicate fabrics.2015-04-27 16.48.37

Step 4: After washing, DO NOT PUT YOUR PIECES IN THE DRYER. This is super important. Viscose likes to tense up on itself when placed in heat for longer periods of time, so if you place your viscose tees in the dryer, it might come out looking a lot smaller, or very misshapen. Reshape your shirts by laying on a flat surface and lightly pulling at the edges. If your seams aren’t lining up, don’t worry, they will once the piece is completely dry. Sometimes viscose can feel very stiff when wet, but don’t worry, it will feel as soft as it was originally once completely dry.

Step 5: Store your viscose pieces folded neatly or hung. You can easy steam out any wrinkles before wear.

If you have any questions on the care of viscose, let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Lynda

What’s in My Closet: Floral Kimono Blouse

2015-04-12 00.28.21Spring is here and it’s in full swing! With all the stores having spring clothing options out for a while now, I grabbed this top from Anthropologie for only $29.95 (originally $118!) and I couldn’t be happier with it!

2015-04-12 00.28.24It’s easy to pair this top with dressier pants for a night out, or with a light-wash denim for an easy spring day. It even pairs well with a pencil skirt for a simple work wear option.

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[Shop the Look: Blouse: Anthropologie, Sunnies: House of Harlow 1960, Necklace: Gorjana, old, similar here, Ring: David Yurman, Earrings: Kate Spade, Denim: Madewell Skinny Crops, old, similar here, Shoes: Madewell, old, similar here]

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda

Spring Fashion on a Day That Feels Like Winter

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t match the season.  And when that happens, it’s hard to figure out what to wear, because you want to wear all those new seasonal clothes, but the temperature outside just doesn’t allow for it.
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I like pairing my warmer and brighter pieces to match the spring season, while still staying warm when it feels a bit nippy outside.2015-03-20 05.37.11

Wearing my bright scarf, keeps me warm in the less than desirable temperature, but still adds spring color.2015-03-20 05.38.46

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Shop this post: [Hat: Kooringal, Necklace: Nordstrom, old, similar here, Scarf: Nordstrom, old, similar here Sweater: Madewell, Jeans: Madewell High Risers, Shoes: MIA, old, similar style, different brand here]

What are some of your favorite spring trends for this year?  Let me know!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

 

What’s in my Closet (for the 1st Day of Spring!)

whitedenim3Happy First Day of Spring!  Well, technically spring starts at 6:45pm, but still, it’s the first day of spring, so I’m going to treat it that way (regardless of what the weather is like outside)!whitedenim1I’ve already been wearing my white denim this year, but I thought it was appropriate to wear them today to celebrate our saying goodbye to winter!  I paired them with a classic denim jacket, and my spring sweater with a floral accent at the top.2015-03-20 11.20.24White denim and my denim jacket are definitely staple items in my closet.  I think everyone should have each of these because they are so versatile!whitedenim4

While I wish it wasn’t still sweater weather, spring does sometimes require them, so wearing a lighter sweater is a great way to transition from those bulky winter sweaters to lighter weight spring options.

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[Shop the post: Madewell denim, old, similar here, Madewell denim jacket, old, similar here, Lauren Conrad Sweater, old, similar here, Kate Spade purse, Madewell shoes]whitedenim2Have a great first day of spring, and a great weekend!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

What’s in my Closet: Flares

Yesterday, it was actually warm outside.  Well, warmish.  It was comfortable enough to walk outside without a jacket, so I took full advantage of that.  Unfortunately, today the weather matches the still melting ice/snow outside, so I have to bundle up again. Sigh.  At least it’s less than one month til spring.flares4

I’m so glad flares are back in style.  I’m 5’4″ and flares give me the look of having legs for days, even though I don’t.flares5

It’s definitely a change from the typical skinny jeans everyone is wearing, and I love it.flares1

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Want to shop this look? [Vest: French Connection, Shirt: French Connection, old, similar here, Necklace: Heather Belle, Denim: Madewell, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Nine West, old, similar here, Bag: Madewell]

Thanks for stopping by!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda