October 2012 - The Fashionably Broke

closet organization


my closet is probably the most sacred place in my home. let's just say - whenever my boyfriend needs me, he knows where to find me. and when it's not organized to my likings, my whole life feels off balance. does anyone else get that feeling too? my boyfriend and i are moving into a bigger place in January, so naturally the first thing that comes to mind is 'how am i going to organize my new closet(s)?'

after a lot of research (pinning) and scheduling a time for two of my good (very kind and patient) friends Ashley & Morgan to come over and help me, i've come up with some ideas for my next closet organizing adventure. clearly, this (above) is not an option at the moment, for neither me or my pups, unless i can convince my AMAZING boyfriend (shameless sucking up happening here) to let me turn the spare bedroom into a closet, here's what i'm going to do:


shoes & accessories are getting a bit out of hand as well,
so here's a few great organizing ideas i've found and will be using


any other fabulous closet organizing tips you may have for me, please share!

xx N

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Oct 19, 2012

a tiny bit of leather skirt

DSC_05122 DSC_0489 DSC_04912 DSC_0538 my favorite things currently - leather detailing, pleats, studs and spikes. and a little bit of everything combined into one outfit, makes me super happy. you know what else makes me super happy? when Shoe Dazzle decides to replicate my favorite Valentino studded pumps and only makes me pay $39.95 for them. i was so ready to for a new pair of studded pumps, since my Sam Edelman ones have been through the ringer. get ready Valentino knock-offs... Military Green Tank (old) via Urban Outfitters | JouJou Leather Moto Jacket (similar) | Mossimo Pleated Skirt via Target | Shoe Dazzle Erin Pump | Stella & Dot Necklaces (email me to order!)|
Vintage Chanel Purse side note | please check out the uber trendy skirt situation going on at Target right now

Oct 16, 2012

how to: control your urge to buy the whole store

Do you get excited when it's time to spruce up your wardrobe for the season? Don't you love hitting the stores to snag the latest fashions? If so, you probably notice your bank account taking a huge hit time and again. And that's really what our blog is all about, right? So, how do you avoid buying the whole store when you go shopping? This is definitely tricky when you see that big sale sign or some must-have accessories - but it is possible. Follow these tips and your wallet will thank you!

1. Check Your Wardrobe
Before you hit the mall or your favorite store, go through your complete wardrobe to see what you already own. If you have trouble limiting your spending you may be one of those people with two (or three!) of everything. There's no need to make an inventory but get an idea of what you already own so you don't buy something that's practically the same when you go out shopping.

2. Look for Fashion Staples in Your Wardrobe
If you love to follow the latest trends, try looking through your wardrobe for staples that can be transformed. Sleek black dresses never go out of style but you can add a trendy shoe, belt or hat to give it a fresh look.

3. Don't Spend too Much Time Browsing
Try to limit the amount of time you spend browsing through your favorite store or mall. You'll only find must-haves that you can't pass up. Try stopping by the bookstore instead or get a cup of coffee.

4. Buy Convertible Clothes
Rather than buying everything you see, try focusing on a few pieces that convert to many styles. Some convertible dresses, for example, can be worn 14 different ways for a new look every night! American Apparel also makes an awesome circle scarf for men and women that transforms from a simple scarf to a tunic dress and more.

5. Focus on Accessories
If you simply must go shopping, try focusing on just a few accessories to remake what you already have at home. Whether it's a trendy new pair of fall boots or a pair of earrings, accessories have the ability to completely transform an otherwise basic outfit. And you know how we feel about accessorizing over here...

6. Recognize Emotional Spending
Do you go shopping when you're upset, sad or stressed out? Don't! Only go shopping during a so-called 'emotionally neutral' time when you won't be tempted to overspend to brighten your mood. We tend to often engage in retail therapy but the rush of euphoria can quickly be replaced by guilt when you get everything home.

7. Don't Go Overboard on Trends
While it's fine to follow fashion trends, don't go overboard and spend a lot of money on trendy clothes that you won't be wearing next year. Instead, choose a few pieces to enjoy for the season.

8. Shop with Cash
Finally, leave your credit cards at home and go shopping with a budget in mind. When you shop with only the cash in your pocket, you're less likely to give in to those spur-of-the-moment buys at the store. If you see something you really think you need, try the 24-hour rule as well. Leave that killer top or watch at the store, go home and think about it for a full day. Sometimes this cool-off period helps you drop that habit to buy everything you love and decide what you really want to spend the money to own.

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Oct 5, 2012

What To Wear To A Winery

What to Wear to a Winery:
1. Dress in layers because tasting rooms are kept cold
2. Wear pracitcal shoes for walking on rough terrain
Flat boots are a great way to stay comfortable and fashionable at the same time
3. Dress in darker colors, like burgundy, brown, black or gray to avoid stains from red wine splashes.
How perfect are these wine colored leggings by Karen Kane
4. Carry a large handbag for sunglasses, a jacket, your camera, snacks, lipstick (because you will need to re-apply like ten times), and whatever else you will need for a full day at the winery

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T by Alexander Wang Tank | GAP Moto Jacket | Karen Kane Knit Leggings c/o | Steve Madden Boots | Big Buddha Bag (any large bag will do) | Vince Camuto Sunglasses

and lastly, don't forget your puppy! most wineries are dog friendly :)


my look is compiled of basic pieces, that anyone can easily recreate.
below, i even created another wine tasting outfit, following my own four simple rules.


Wallis Blazer | Old Nay Rockstar Skinny Jeans | H&M Tank | ASOS Tote Bag | Steve Madden Boots

you can check out the full article i did on 'What to Wear to a Wine Tasting' for DC Wine Week on their website

Oct 4, 2012