Before & After: Closet

Friday, October 31, 2014

Behold! You couldn't have wished for an uglier before shot. This was after we'd ripped out all of the bars & wooden 2x4s. 

The bedroom closet has been major annoyance in our apartment. Though it's large enough to be walk-in style and has very tall ceilings, it was impossible to get in & out, or see anything inside. Picture a strange conglomeration of unpainted 2x4s, peeling 30 year old paint, and random wooden bars sticking out in odd directions. A few months ago I tore out some boards and tried to use a rolling rack in there instead, but that only barely helped. It irritated me on a daily basis while trying to get dressed in the morning. 

When my birthday came around this year I couldn't think of anything I wanted - luckily Trevor had noticed my constant frustration with the closet, and he decided to redo it! [Insert the necessary Carrie/Big joke here.] It's still a work in progress, but check out the unbelievable progress below. (And please enjoy the mega-high-quality iphone video & Trevor's weird popping noises.)

There's space for everything now - shirts, skirts, maxi dresses, shoes, belts . . . it's organized to perfection. And I can actually see everything, which is a major victory considering how dark & cluttered it was before. 

All of the materials for this were bought at Home Depot & IKEA, for a surprisingly small amount of money. There were some more obvious pre-created options that you pick from a catalog and a couple of people come over and install for you, but that was ridiculously expensive - especially after we realized how cheaply we could do it ourselves. 

I still consider it a work in progress (I'm hoping to fix the paint, install some pretty light fixtures, and possibly add some mirrors & framed posters), but I am over the moon about how well it came out.

I'll post another progress update soon!

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Recent favorite outfits: Summery Fall

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bag: Banana Republic   Necklace: vintage (thanks Gram)   Top: Banana Republic   Skirt: Anthropologie   Trench: Everlane   Shoes: Nine West 

Trench: Everlane  Top: Madewell  Dress: Yoana Baraschi  Scarf: NastyGal  Shoes: Dr. Scholl's  Bag: Banana Republic 

Headscarf: Urban Outfitters  Scarf: NastyGal  Bag: Banana Republic   Pants: AG Jeans  Shoes: Banana Republic
Coat: Anthropologie  Sweater: Anthropologie  Necklace: Banana Republic 

Bag: Banana Republic  Jacket: Urban Outfitters  Skirt: Banana Republic  Shoes: Jessica Simpson  Scarf: NastyGal  Belt: Ann Taylor  Tshirt: Anthropologie  

Top: thrifted  Shorts: Anthropologie  Earrings: vintage (thanks Gram)  Tote: J Crew 

Bag: Banana Republic  Dress: Forever 21  Sweatercoat: Anthropologie  Shoes: Jessica Simpson  Necklace: Free People (thanks Nadine) 

My boyfriend gave me the coolest birthday gift ever: he redid my awful bedroom closet and made it wide, spacious & oh-so-useful. (Insert the necessary Carrie/Big joke here.) It looks incredible and a major, welcome side effect of being able to see all of my clothes is...well, being able to see all of my clothes. It has smacked some perspective in my face: GOOD LORD I HAVE A LOT OF CLOTHES. So many more than I need, so many more than is necessary. 

This has kicked off a no-new-clothes period that I plan to make last as long as I possibly can, as well as several trips to donate anything I no longer wear. Today I'm at day 18. I know that's a tiny number. But admitting your problem is the first step to fixing it, right?

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Lights Out Nights Out. A SWIILPT playlist.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I turn 27 this week!

I'm going out tonight with some friends to celebrate, and here's what I'll be listening to while I get ready.

Hope the weekend finds you dancing away September.  

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Fall craves.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's the first day of fall - here is what I'm dying to wear this season. 

Insane (faux) fur in completely unexpected & strange colors. 
[ Joanna Hillman in a fur vest by The Row ]

Long, easy open cardigans inspired by kimonos. 
[ Danish blogger Trine Kjaer in Ganni ] 

Seasonally perfect jumpers. Longer sleeves, darker patterns. 
[ June Ambrose in H&M ] 

SEQUINS. Any chance I get. Anything inspired by athletics. (Except couture running shoes as fashionista status symbols  - that is a trend I wish would go away.) 
[ Tom Ford runway, Spring/summer 2014 ] 

Camel / tan / whiskey / denim / black. REPEAT. 
[ Promotional shot from the Madewell fall lookbook ] 

All the things I've admired on others, but never figured out myself: tan blazers, white denim, pocket squares. Menswear. Basically copying this outfit head-to-toe. 
[ NYC blogger Dan Trepanier ] 

Orange, of course. Preppy, punchy accessories, a la Blair Waldorf in seasons 1 & 2 of Gossip Girl. 
[Not sure on the source - I'm guessing an old-ish J Crew catalog ] 

Denim, leather, shine. And skirts this length & longer. 
[ Ashley Madekwe in Topshop, 7 for All Mankind, Saint Laurent & Balenciaga ] 

Lots more inspiration on my Pinterest!

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Sigh #3. A SWIILPT playlist.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Unfortunately for the world, I was born a romantic - complete with frequent fainting spells and near constant daydreaming. But the good news is it means I have a thing for really wonderful jazz. I always listen to jazz during the fall when I'm feeling moody/swoon-y. This is the third Sigh playlist I've made (see Sigh #1 here, and Sigh #2 here). 

I wrote a list of suggested activities to go along with Sigh #2, and that list suits this iteration perfectly, too, so here it is. 

1 - Homework (I'm jealous).
2 - Bake pies.
3 - Makeout (trust me).
4 - Take a walk in the center of the city.
5 - Take a walk in the middle of nowhere. 
6 - Drink hot toddies.
7 - Wear slippers.
8 - Write letters to people you like.
9 - Ride a train. 
10 - Do all of the above, in the course of one day.

Hope you enjoy it!

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