Shopping My Closet
December 15, 2017

#flatlay Friday, FOR THE TRAVELER {gift guide} & weekend links

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Leopard scarf | black loafer mules | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Leopard scarf {only $19}

Black loafer mules
{only $23 & comes in floral brocade | also, comes with faux-fur padding in black or blush pink}


For the traveler or jetsetter {gift guide} | see all the ideas at www.shoppingmycloset.com

SHOP THE GUIDE

1. CASHMERE PONCHO WRAP
Plane temps can be erratic so a warm poncho is a great gift idea. Doubles as a blanket or cozy pillow!

2. WORLD MAP WITH PINS
Mark places visited and jump start future travels with this pinnable map

3. INSTANT CAMERA (here, here, or here)
Give instant photo gratification and a momento of travels

4. INSTANT PHOTO PHONE CASE
Show off those instant photos by placing them in this phone case with the designated slot

5. NAIL KIT
An on-the-go kit for creating nail art anywhere she might be

6. ULTRA SPACE SAVING PACKING CUBES
These cubes boast to help pack 2 weeks’ worth of clothing into a compact space

7. TRAVEL JOURNAL & PEN
Don’t let small details or thoughts be forgotten with this handy journal

8. LEATHER TRAVEL WALLET
Keep important documents and money safe in this rich leather wallet

9. METALLIC HARDCASE SUITCASE TRIO
A durable suitcase is a must for travels – this metallic set of 3 is both functional and fashionable! Quickly spot any checked luggage as it rolls off the conveyor belt!

10. PHONE/TABLET CHARGING TRAVEL TOTE
A leather travel tote that’s perfect for carry-on. Also, comes with a back up battery so charging a mobile device in a pinch is no big deal

11. TRAVEL EMERGENCY KIT
Make that flight more enjoyable with a just-in-case kit

MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE JETSETTER

 

You can always see the entire gift guide here


This week’s finds…
• Ever find yourself in the depths of your freezer and wondering if that frozen meat is still good?

• The most popular emojis on iOs

• Personal tech assistants are becoming more ubiquitous by the day…is anyone listening in?

• Have you ever tried to decline a napkin on a plane?

• How Netflix’s television or movie artwork influences the watcher’s choice

• The best chocolate chip recipe

 
In case you missed this week’s posts…
• A round up of recent pieces I’ve tried on in the dressing room
• The perfect gift for the foodie or hostess, or home decoration
• Wearing a cheery red look
• A guide for buying over-the-knee boots and how to style them

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December 14, 2017

How to: tips for buying & styling over the knee (OTK) boots

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How to pick over the knee (OTK) boots | see the picks (all budgets) on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Over-the-knee boots are a necessity during the fall and winter seasons. It adds a second skin to keep you warm but also is a fashionable way to do so! If you’re looking to pick up a pair (or two) of over-the-knee boots, here are some tips for what to consider before purchasing and things to look for to make the look flattering and functional:
(1) Materials make a difference – are you looking for natural or synthetic? Keep in mind if you’re looking for something long lasting that leather/suede will be the better option (if your budge allows)

(2) What color should you get? If you’re looking to get more wear out of your boots, opt for a neutral color (beige, black, or grey). These colors pair well with just about any other color and gives you versatility in outfits to pair it with.

(3) Determine an optimal heel height – are you planning on wearing the boots for multiple occasions? Will lots of walking be involved? That will help determine which heel high will be best suited for your lifestyle

(4) How much time are you willing to spend to take the boots on and off? Stiffer materials may take a bit of wrangling to put the boot on and off versus something more forgiving. If you’re investing in leather-derived boots, know the quality you’re getting

(5) Choose boots that hug the leg if you’re looking to create a silhouette of longer, leaner legs. Try to avoid boots that have excess material towards the top as this can create bulkier looking legs

(6) Securing the boots – tie versus elastic? How will the boots hold upright? It’s a matter of personal preference. If you want an elastic back, aim for slightly snug feeling as it will stretch with wear over time (and might become too loose). A tie back will give you flexibility to adjust the diameter whether you’re wearing the boots bare skin or over a lined pair of skinny jeans. Before purchasing, make sure you sit, stand, and walk in the boots to test out if the shaft will be secure or if you’ll end up pulling up your boots all day!

(7) Height matters. Proportion is key – petite ladies will want to opt for a shaft that hits just above the knee.

(8) Aim for a certain look. Are you looking to wear over-the-knee boots to the office? Pair it with a knee length pencil skirt for a sophisticated feel. Looking for a casual feel? Pair with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized top as a way to play with proportions. A night on the town? Create a slightly provocative look by pairing with a hemline that skirts the top of the boots by a hair or go all out with a mini skirt.


SHOP THE LOOK:

ONE {only $44 & 3 colors}

TWO {2 colors}

THREE {over $90 off & 4 colors}

FOUR {love the metallic accent}

FIVE

SIX {50% off (only $74) & 4 colors}

SEVEN {50% off!}

EIGHT {50% off & 6 colors}

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December 13, 2017

Lady in red // Style Me Wednesday

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Red coat | white knit top | plaid ankle pants | black chelsea boots | www.shoppingmycloset.com #falloutfit #winteroutfit

Red coat | white knit top | plaid ankle pants | black chelsea boots | www.shoppingmycloset.com #falloutfit #winteroutfit

Red coat | white knit top | plaid ankle pants | black chelsea boots | www.shoppingmycloset.com #falloutfit #winteroutfit

Red coat | white knit top | plaid ankle pants | black chelsea boots | www.shoppingmycloset.com #falloutfit #winteroutfit

Red is perfect for the upcoming holidays (how is the year almost over?) – it’s such a festive and cheery color. I paired it with one of my favorite buys of late, these plaid pants, to create a perfect end of fall look. I’m definitely going to making the most use of this coat in the coming weeks: I’ll be pairing it for a work look with a turtleneck and trousers and with this sweater dress for a festive holiday gathering.


SHOP THE LOOK:

Red coat – Banana Republic (similar here {70% off} & here {45% off})

White knit top – Zara (similar here {2 colors} & here {7 colors})

Plaid ankle pants – A New Day (similar here {40% off} & here)

Black chelsea boots – Cole Haan (similar here {60% off; under $80} & here {under $100})

 


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December 12, 2017

FOR THE HOME {gift guide}

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FOR THE HOME {holiday gift guide} | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Whether you’re shopping for a foodie or the hostess with the mostess, I’ve gathered some gift ideas for you that will cover everyone on your list. Whether it’s a new homeowner or a superb cook in the kitchen, these useful gifts will be admired or used for years to come.


SHOP THE GUIDE

1. Pink knit throw pillow {under $25}
An eye-catching pillow that will instant enhance an otherwise ordinary seat

2. Instant Pot (here, here, here)
The year’s hottest kitchen gadget that can make everything from yogurt to ribs. Perfect for a gift recipient who’s looking for a way to cut down on cooking time

3. Letterboard
Add daily inspiration or provide tonight’s dinner menu

4. Marble food stand
The perfect way for the host/hostess to show off their cheese selection, fruits, or delectable creations

5. Outdoor pizza oven
A space saving pizza oven that’s perfect for that outdoor cooking enthusiast

6. Candle branch centerpiece
Help create a relaxing and calming space with this centerpiece

7. Gold hairpin marble side table
Know a mid-century modern design enthusiast? This side table is the perfect piece for updated mid-century modern look

8. Pom pom throw
A pom pom embellished throw blanket that’s perfect for a Netflix marathon

9. Acrylic desk
Someone on your list who works from home? Surprise him or her with this modern, minimalist desk

10. Dutch oven
A gift that will be a kitchen staple for making stews, spaghetti, sauces, or bread

11. Motivational art
Who doesn’t love starting their day inspired?

12. City map glass
These etched city glasses are an excellent choice for celebrating city pride or favorite cities traveled

 
 
 

MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOME

You can always see the entire gift guide here

 
 
 

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December 11, 2017

Snapshots: dressing room outfits

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Dressing room try on | see all the pieces on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Black turtleneck | plaid ankle trousers | see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Black turtleneck {5 colors} | plaid trousers

I’ve been looking for a plain black turtleneck. This one fit the criteria but was a little itchy (due to the wool) – might need to soften it. The plaid pants were so cute with the button details on the leg

Pink ribbed knit button detail dress | see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Pink knit ribbed button detail dress

I bought this dress in navy but wanted to see how the pink one looked. It’s really pretty!

Navy tank dress |  see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy ruched sleeveless tank dress {9 colors} // (long sleeve version here {7 colors})

This dress has over 1,100 reviews! I’m going to add my positive rating for it, too. It’s meant to be fitted – I went with a small. The medium had too much fabric at the waist so it wasn’t flattering.

Rolled mockneck sweater |  see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Beige rolled neck sweater (here or here)

I slipped into this sweater and it was remarkably soft. Definitely a must if you’re looking for a mockneck sweater

Lavender bell tie sleeve sweater |  see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Lavender bell tie sleeve sweater {5 colors}

A nice twist to a simple sweater without the sleeves being too over the top. I love the soft, romantic purple color

Pink quilted moto bomber jacket | see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Blush pink jacquard/quilted moto bomber jacket (here or here)

Because everyone needs a moto jacket…this one has a cute quilted detail that still looks quite sophisticated

Fuschia pink oversized sweater |  see the details on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Fuschia oversized sweater

This sweater is perfect if you want to be in a cocoon from the cold. The perfect a-little-too-long sleeves along with the high neck. Great for lounging (or at least pretending if you’re wearing it to work).

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