New Year, New Closet: Closet Staples

Second post in the New Year, New Closet series:

Now that we’ve cleaned out our closets/dressers/shoe racks (if you haven’t yet – check out this post for more details on how to join in!), it is onto making sure that we have some foundation staples (you know, like we are building a house). To really bring a closet together, you need to unite your cool and unique pieces with some staples that work with almost everything else. That’s where this month’s series comes in. “New Year, New Closet” isn’t about just donating/selling/throwing out clothes, you also may get to put in some new and potentially exciting pieces in your freshly clean closet! Good work, you deserve it.

These are the pieces that are the “workhorse” of your closet. They can work with jeans and a tee (add a pop of leopard with the flats or a layer with the blazer) or top off a little black dress with the biggest and best statement necklace you have. These pieces provide the canvas for your style/personality to be painted on. I realize that not everyone has the classic style that I am working to achieve, but even these pieces can be made bohemian, girly, sporty, urban, etc.

Here are my picks for some closet staples while you are working to rebuild your closet and your wardrobe:

  • black pants (perfect for work and can be made more casual with the right items)
  • a sleeveless black dress (can also be worked as a skirt – this one is fit and flare style)
  • jeans (you know you can never have enough pairs)
  • leopard shoes (leopard is a neutral in my book)
  • camel blazer (a closet workhorse, goes with EVERYTHING)
  • striped shirt (I love stripes, and you should not be without stripes!)
  • plain white button down (can wear over dresses, tucked in, tied up, unbuttoned, etc.)

Check out the options found above in the below widget (click on the item to get to the item). I can think of at least 10 outfits that you can make just using the above 7 items, and adding them to whatever else you already own can only continue to grow your outfit options. Stay tuned for the next installment of New Year, New Closet coming next week on adding some personality to your wardrobe.

Are there any other closet staples that you would add to the list above? Let me know in the comments!

CopyCat!, Vol. 4: Snowed Out

Inspiration from White House Black Market website

Finally back at work today after this polar vortex pretty much shut down the state of Indiana. We (The Fiance, The Puppy, and I) were all pretty much going crazy not being able to leave the house, so it was nice to get back to a normal schedule today!

I haven’t done a CopyCat! post recently, so I figured I would work one in this week, since it is back to business casual at work this week, and I needed a little motivation to be back in non-jeans/pajamas. The inspiration photo is from White House Black Market, and it helped me mix my Target turtleneck with my new-to-me tweed skirt (which was on my 2014 Wishlist, success!). I added in my red tights again, since I’m obsessed with them now and finished the look off with a mixed-metals necklace. Pretty good for a “Monday,” since this is my first day back in the office.

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pps. You guys should see the outtakes from today’s shoot. Price. Less.


  • On Target item: Merona Turtleneck Sweater (exact, similar)
  • Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (old, similar)
  • Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted and fulfills my tweed skirt wish, similar)
  • Tights: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Ankle boots: Mossimo, Target (exact)

What I Wish I Wore, Vol. 8 – Snow Day

Snow Day
*So a feature that I am going to run on Wednesdays (possibly along with a daily outfit post) is called “What I Wish I Wore Wednesday.” I’ll be piecing together an outfit on Polyvore (which I have never used before blogging, but I really like it) with all Target items to show you what I wish I was wearing and just how easy it is to look cute on a budget.

We got so much snow here in Indiana in the last few days. So much, that I am officially declaring a snow day. Again, since I just had one Monday and one yesterday (third times a charm? I wish it was this easy…)! But seriously, wouldn’t this be the cutest outfit to walk around in a light snowfall and go grab a coffee or hot chocolate with friends or a loved one?

This outfit features jeans and a sweater (what can I say, I know what works) that are enhanced by pops of yellow that would definitely cheer you up and brighten your spirits on a dreary, snowy day. Plus, you get to look stylish and keep your feet warm and dry in this awesome graphic print boot.

So go on, treat yourself to that hot chocolate. After all, I did proclaim it to be a snow day!

Snowed In (Again)

Shocked face: It’s really -11 degrees out here.

Off work again! We’re starting to go stir crazy here in Indianapolis. Our travel advisory finally moved from warning to watch, so we’re more than likely going to be back at work tomorrow. Hooray (I never thought I would say that)!

This combination of plaid and a cozy sweater really did the trick today. I thought about titling this post, “Fancy Lumberjack” because of all the outdoorsmen elements (plaid, wool-ish socks, duck boots) wrapped up into one outfit. However, it must have worked, since I was toasty warm inside our house. This also might be because I am also currently in charge of the thermostat. It was the perfect look for a winter day. The gold chain necklace and the touch of lipstick glam it up just a bit (did I mention I am going stir crazy). My new blog friend, Sara, made one of her 2014 resolutions to wear more lipsticks, and I think I am going to join her in this one.

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pps. Winter sunlight reflecting off all the snow is not good for clear eye shots.


  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans (exact)
  • Plaid shirt: Old Navy (bought in October 2013, similar; last seen here)
  • Sweater: J. Crew (thrifted, but similar)
  • Necklace: Target (old, but similar)
  • Socks: Merona, Target (last year, similar)
  • Duck boots: L.L. Bean (got mine thrifting for $25, but exact)

This One or That One?: Pave Stone Link Bracelets

Just in case you weren’t completely already on board with the pave stone link bracelets that were a huge trend in 2013, Target is bringing them to you in various colors in 2014. I love that they come in blue, green, and pink, as these were the colors “assigned” to me and my two best friends from college. I was always, always blue, so I’m actually even more torn on which one to get now, even though the original style is still probably my favorite.

Which one would you want to add to your jewelry box?

Original? Silver? Blue? Pink? Or green?