This season, I’m stocking up on summer staples and this Limonada Ruffle Mini Dress is topping my list of favorites. I can already tell I’ll be wearing it nonstop as the days get warmer. It’s so fun and flowy – I had the best time shooting in it. Because the print gave me serious Florida vibes, I paired the dress with a straw bag tote and cork wedge sandals to keep the tropical theme going.
Last weekend Dex and I headed up to Annapolis to watch the annual Navy – St. John’s croquet match and visit his college friends. We lucked out because it turned out to be a incredible spring day.
For anyone who hasn’t been to Annapolis, it’s a cute cobblestone city (the capital of Maryland, too!) on the water. I highly recommend making the trip from DC, because it’s about an hour away give or take.
I wore this by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress the spring day event. And while I got a lot of compliments on this dress, I wish I could say it was the best dress ever. Truth is, I bought this dress a few months ago and had every intention to return it. Even though I liked the style of the dress (that OTS situation is killer), the material is very thin, has little give, and feelscheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.
All that being said, I was thanking my lucky stars now that I had this dress in the back of my closet – tag still on and everything (!) – for me to bring to Annapolis, just in case. Despite the fabric, I do love the color, clean lines, and simplicity of the dress, which gives it a tailored look and feel. The dress is sold out in light blue, but pink is still available! For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I paired the dress with a hat I got at TJMaxx.
This weekend my John Farrell and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It’s been a crazy year, but I’m so happy to have him by my side. He’s my best friend and my rock. To celebrate, we went to the Kennedy Center and saw Shear Madness – a murder mystery comedy and filled with jokes for locals. I’ve never been to the Kennedy Center before, which is basically a crime in DC so I was SO excited to finally go and see this play I’ve been hearing all about. If you are in the DC area, I highly recommend checking it out. Tickets are only $54 and it’s a riot!
I wore this firetruck red off-the-shoulder dress from John + Jenn, which is available for only $70 (60% off at Nordstroms!). Shout out to my mom (#MamaKath), who basically styled this entire outfit. Everything I’m wearing (except the shoes) were a gift from her over the past year. MamaKath, you rock!
It’s almost April, but mother nature had different ideas for us on the east coast. Here in DC we’re having one of the biggest snow days of the year! I love a good snow day and even though I have a full day of meetings, I always try to find time to step outside and enjoy the weather.
This outfit is super causal, comfortable, and easy to throw on to face the weather! I love wearing my rain boots in the snow because I can step in snow and puddles and know for a fact none of the moisture will soak in.
I do wish I was wearing another jacket, however. I bought it in Stratton, VT in rush and felt confident because the fur trim is faux. (I’ve become an expert at spotting real fur from fake fur just by looking at it.) I read the filling was “fill power down,” which I’ve never heard of before, but assumed it was a play on words for down (similar to how in food chick’n is the vegan version of chicken) since the trim was clearly faux.
Boy was I wrong!
I wasn’t vigilant enough and after looking into it more I learned it’s not cruelty free. I debated what to do for a few minutes. The goal of this lifestyle blog was to show how easy and mainstream living cruelty-free could be. And while that’s mostly true, this is a journey and mistakes happen. Rather than hide the photos, I decided to post these to remind myself that the goal is not perfection, it’s improvement. I’m learning just like everyone else.
I’ve always struggled with finding the right system to organize my closet. Sorting by category, occasion, color, you name it – I’ve probably tried it. And what I found was, despite the pros, none of these approaches matched up with how I got dressed.
Almost inevitably, trying to find something to wear meant clothes all over the floor, while I went through various options.
Frustrated by this, I started thinking about what wasn’t working and why:
Sorting by category (e.g. dresses, sweaters, tops) led to cocktail dresses organized with work dresses organized with casual day dresses; short sleeved sweaters organized with long sleeved sweaters; long sleeved shirts organized with blouses organized with tank tops.
Sorting by occasion was messy because there was too much crossover – where is the line between a cocktail dress and a work dress? Yes there is a definitely a difference, but where the gravel met the road too many pieces fell in between. And the same was true for tops and pants. While some items are clearly one occasion and one occasion only, the majority of my clothes are versatile enough that they could be worn for many occasions.
Sorting by color was visually very satisfying, but ultimately gave me a false sense of order. I liked it because there is something nice about seeing everything in my closest grouped by color and it was relatively easy to “restock” my closet after laundry day, but I found that the color of my clothing is never that important to me when I am deciding what to wear.
So I decided to organize my closet by my arms.
I know it sounds weird, but I found sleeve length is a major factor for me when I approach getting dressed. Long sleeve? Short sleeve? Strapless? Do I want to show my arms? Hide them? These are the real questions going through my mind when I’m deciding what to wear – not what color my dress is. If it is a very cold day, long sleeve it is. If it is a very hot day, I usually like to wear off-the-shoulder, spaghetti string or sleeveless. If it’s a work day, usually short sleeve or long sleeve.
This is how it works in action:
All items that relate to my arms (dresses, rompers, jumpers, tops, jackets, and cover ups) are hanging
I have these items organized into have two major buckets: “full outfits” and “half outfits.”
“Full outfits” are dresses, jumpers, and rompers – basically whatever is a one and done deal when getting dressed
Half outfits are tops, jackets, and cover-ups or anything that needs one or more items to make a full outfit
All “full outfits” are grouped together and all “half outfits” are grouped together. My closet is a small walk-in, so I have full outfits hanging on the left, half outfits on the right.
Then, I group by sleeve style: strapless, spaghetti string/halter, sleeveless (thick, non-spaghetti), short sleeve, off-the-shoulder short, off-the-shoulder long, long sleeve.
Length of the item does not matter. Meaning, there is no difference between a fancy spaghetti string maxi dress and a casual spaghetti string romper, for example. Similarly, there is no difference between a short sleeve crop top and a short sleeve tunic.
Finally, I organize these by color: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey, and black.
Folded, I have my bottoms (pants, shorts, and skirts) on the shelf above my “half outfits.”
Organizing my closet by how I approached getting dressed has exceeded my expectations. While there are some issues, so far it has worked out the best out of all the methods I’ve tried.
How do you organize your closet? Is there a method that works for you?