What’s in my Closet: Embroidered Shiftdress

Guys!  It’s June!!!  How has the time gone by?!  I apologize for being completely off the grid this past week.  I was out of town for a wedding and we made a short trip to NYC after and once I got back home, readjusting to my usual schedule was harder than I thought.  But, I’m back now, so get excited! 🙂  Moving right along…

I really love an easy dress, and this one is probably going to be my favorite dress through the summer.

stitchtake1  It’s always great when you find a dress that you can just throw on and feel comfortable in, but this one takes it a step further with it’s delicate embroidered details and pockets!stitchtake4

It’s very easy to pair this piece with any type of shoe.  While I was in Philly, I went from wearing my Birkenstocks during the day time, to wearing strappy heels with it during the night.
stitchtake3I’m almost always wearing this delicate Gorjana necklace, but this dress doesn’t even need a layering piece because it’s detailed enough to stand alone.

stitchtake6[Shop this look: Madewell Stitchtake Dress, Birkenstocks, Madewell Skinny Bar Double Ring, Gorjana necklace, old, similar here]

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda

 

 

What’s in My Closet: Prints and Color

cincoOOTD3Since yesterday was Cinco De Mayo, I decided I wanted to wear some of the more colorful pieces in my closet.cincoOOTD7 When I think of Cinco De Mayo, I think of busy and bold prints, as well as all things colorful.  cincoOOTD6It was over 80 degrees here yesterday (and it is today too…it feels like summer!), so I wore shorts, and one of my more printed, colorful top options.cincoOOTD5

(And if this is what May feels like, I’m a bit concerned for what it’s gonna feel like here in the middle of July.)cincoOOTD4

 

I was off work yesterday, so I wanted to dress comfortably for all the errands I needed to run, but still somewhat reflecting on the festivities of the day!cincoOOTD2

 

[Shop this post: Collective Concepts top, old, something kinda similar that I really like here.  J. Crew shorts, old, same ones for this year here, in many color options!  Birks here.]cincoOOTD1

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda

Spring Fashion on a Day That Feels Like Winter

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t match the season.  And when that happens, it’s hard to figure out what to wear, because you want to wear all those new seasonal clothes, but the temperature outside just doesn’t allow for it.
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I like pairing my warmer and brighter pieces to match the spring season, while still staying warm when it feels a bit nippy outside.2015-03-20 05.37.11

Wearing my bright scarf, keeps me warm in the less than desirable temperature, but still adds spring color.2015-03-20 05.38.46

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Shop this post: [Hat: Kooringal, Necklace: Nordstrom, old, similar here, Scarf: Nordstrom, old, similar here Sweater: Madewell, Jeans: Madewell High Risers, Shoes: MIA, old, similar style, different brand here]

What are some of your favorite spring trends for this year?  Let me know!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

 

What’s in my Closet (for the 1st Day of Spring!)

whitedenim3Happy First Day of Spring!  Well, technically spring starts at 6:45pm, but still, it’s the first day of spring, so I’m going to treat it that way (regardless of what the weather is like outside)!whitedenim1I’ve already been wearing my white denim this year, but I thought it was appropriate to wear them today to celebrate our saying goodbye to winter!  I paired them with a classic denim jacket, and my spring sweater with a floral accent at the top.2015-03-20 11.20.24White denim and my denim jacket are definitely staple items in my closet.  I think everyone should have each of these because they are so versatile!whitedenim4

While I wish it wasn’t still sweater weather, spring does sometimes require them, so wearing a lighter sweater is a great way to transition from those bulky winter sweaters to lighter weight spring options.

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[Shop the post: Madewell denim, old, similar here, Madewell denim jacket, old, similar here, Lauren Conrad Sweater, old, similar here, Kate Spade purse, Madewell shoes]whitedenim2Have a great first day of spring, and a great weekend!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

Lately with Lynda

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Here’s a peek at what happened in my week this week.
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I received my Julep Maven box in the mail. 🙂
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50 Shades of Blue?  I really like the color blue, and sometimes I wear it all at once. 🙂2015-03-11 21.21.30

Gabi and I looking alike.2015-03-11 13.30.27

Spending some time outside in the sun before the rain came.2015-03-10 12.22.59

Wearing all whites with a touch of pastels.  Can’t wait for spring.2015-03-09 19.44.11-2

Manicure party with m&m’s and the tv.2015-03-09 18.52.04First homemade meal eaten outside this year!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda

 

What’s in my Closet: Flares

Yesterday, it was actually warm outside.  Well, warmish.  It was comfortable enough to walk outside without a jacket, so I took full advantage of that.  Unfortunately, today the weather matches the still melting ice/snow outside, so I have to bundle up again. Sigh.  At least it’s less than one month til spring.flares4

I’m so glad flares are back in style.  I’m 5’4″ and flares give me the look of having legs for days, even though I don’t.flares5

It’s definitely a change from the typical skinny jeans everyone is wearing, and I love it.flares1

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Want to shop this look? [Vest: French Connection, Shirt: French Connection, old, similar here, Necklace: Heather Belle, Denim: Madewell, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Nine West, old, similar here, Bag: Madewell]

Thanks for stopping by!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

What’s in my Closet: Distressed Denim

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Last year at this time, it had already snowed once in Raleigh, and we were gearing up for what everyone called the “snowpocalypse” that happened in the second week of February. This year however, we keep going from really cold days, to days where we reach the mid-50s to low-60s. While this isn’t the warmest weather, it’s definitely allowed for me to break out the distressed denim and not feel like my knees are completely frozen.distressed1 distressed3 distressed9distressed5distressed7distressed6distressed8

How are you styling your distressed denim?

[Shop the look: Madewell Denim, Gap Top (similar here), Dolce Cabo Cardigan (similar here), Madewell Necklace (similar here), Nine West Boots (similar here)]

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

What’s in my Closet: Winter Whites + Blue Florals

winterwhites2If you see me on the regular, you know I’m always wearing one of three colors: black, blue, or gray. Recently, I’ve tried to expand my wardrobe to include white. Gasp. I know. Most people have white as a staple color in their closet. But not me…spending years and years working at a coffee shop pretty much scared me away from anything with a hint of white on it. Not so long ago, I noticed that I barely had any white in my wardrobe, so I decided to change that by adding some winter whites, while still incorporating my go-to color: blue. This is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve recently added to my closet, and inspires me to continue dressing for the winter, while looking forward to spring!winterwhitescollage

[French Connection Dress, Madewell Tux Leggings, Franco Sarto Booties (similar), Sparklepop Necklace, Veda x Madewell Leather Jacket (similar)]

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Thanks for reading and following along,

Lynda

Why Sweaters Pill + Care Tips

2014-12-02 16.39.43It’s officially sweater season. Well, at least it is for most of the country. It was 70 degrees here on Monday, but luckily I’ve already had plenty of chances last month to wear my sweaters, and in the upcoming week, the temperature is expected to drop, which means wearing all the sweaters!! If you can’t tell, I love sweaters.2014-12-02 16.02.36

Since I love sweaters so much, I thought I’d educate you on them a bit. First things first. Just because you spent a little more on a sweater than you’re willing to admit, doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to pill. The price of a sweater has nothing to do with whether or not it will pill, despite the common thought process that the more you spend on it, the less upkeep it requires. Even 100% cashmere sweaters can pill, so don’t trick yourself when you’re out shopping for staple sweaters. If they pill, that’s completely fine…you just have to know how to handle it at home!

If you wish to learn something, keep reading! If you just want to know how to fix your pill problem (haha?), skip this part and head to the second to last question with bullet points.

Q&A Time:

What is a pill when referring to sweaters?

A pill is a developed pill-like ball of fuzz on the surface of a textile.

So how did these unsightly balls of fuzz get there?

Pilling more likely occurs on the sweaters you’re wearing more often. This means you’re more likely to find them on your favorite sweater, rather than the one your grandma got you for Christmas two years ago that still has the tags on it. These pills occur when fibers break, become loose, or have ends that are exposed and tangle together. This is why you’re also more likely to see pilling occur in areas of movement and friction (such as under the arms, or any other area where movement rubs your sweater onto itself, or another fabric).

Why did my sweater pill after one wear?

Remember when you walked in the store and touched that one sweater that was kinda itchy and you said “Eww no, I don’t like that one…it’s too itchy!”? Well, that one wouldn’t have pilled as quickly as the super soft one you purchased, because the super soft one you love so much, actually started off pretty itchy, too. Retailers have found that customers want the soft stuff (who doesn’t, right?). People aren’t as excited to purchase a warm sweater that feels rigid or itchy, so for the most part, makers of these sweaters launder the fibers multiple times to get them to that soft texture you’re feeling in the store. That means, that your sweater has pretty much been worn in for you, so when you purchase that brand new soft sweater, it’s kind of like it’s been worn 5 or 6 times already. Not literally, but you get the point. It’s been broken in. That’s why you can see pilling after your first wear. Because those fibers in that sweater have already been worked in before you even put it on.

So how can you prevent your sweater from pilling, or manage the pills that are already there?2014-12-02 16.04.40
  • Don’t wear the same sweater two days in a row.
    • Because the majority of fibers used in sweaters are more delicate, allow them to “rest” from the stretching and movement after a day’s wear, so they are less likely to break. I would recommend 48 hours before wearing the same sweater again.
  • Don’t pull the pills off with your fingers when you notice just a few.
    • You are actually tugging at the yarn, and only making it worse, whether or not you can see it.
  • Don’t use razors or sandpaper.
    • There are a lot of “do-it-yourself” options out there on the interwebs as to how to get rid of pilling with household products, but I don’t recommend any of these. You could cause irreversible damage to your sweater, such as making a hole, or altering the surface texture of your sweater.
  • Do buy a pill remover, but avoid anything electronic such as shavers (you can get one if you’d like, but I don’t recommend a shaver, because you’re essentially removing more of the sweater than you really want to…it’s called a shaver for a reason).2014-11-14 23.09.52
  • If you wear a lot of acrylic blends, buy the Gleener.
    • I’ve never personally used this product, but it was built for acrylic blends, because those fibers are typically stronger than natural ones, and the pills are harder to remove. This product has great reviews online. (And it also works on pet hair removal!)
  • Don’t wash your sweater after every wear. They really only need washing every 3-5 wears.
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    • I am one to avoid taking anything to the dry cleaner, and I have succeeded so far. I wash all of my sweaters at home, in my front load washing machine on the delicate cycle inside out in a mesh lingerie bag using The Laundress New York Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. I stand by this brand of detergent (I have their Delicates Wash as well). After washing, I lay my sweaters flat to dry, after reshaping.

      Place your sweaters in a mesh laundering bag if you choose to machine wash them!

      Place your sweaters in a mesh laundering bag if you choose to machine wash them!

  • Dry clean if necessary, but don’t store your sweaters in the dry cleaning bags they came home in.
  • Do use a lanolin wash your wool sweaters. (It’s not a necessity…I don’t do this, but you could!)
    • It’s pretty much conditioning your wool sweaters just as you would your hair. The lanolin oil was originally in the fiber before it was washed out during the fiber cleansing process, so you’re really just adding it back into the wool.
    • Brands to try are: LANACare Lanolin Soap and Eucalan Eucalyptus No Rinse Delicate Wash. These are obviously not vegan products as lanolin comes from sheep and other wool-bearing animals.
 Any other awesome sweater care tips?
  • Use basic white tissue in between your folded sweaters to prolong their life.
    • The tissue will keep your sweater from rubbing against itself while folded and stored away, thus creating fewer pills over time. It also prevents the crease staying in your sweater. (Just think about how they fold the ones you get from stores with the tissue on the interior of the fold.)2014-12-02 17.18.16
  • Avoid hanging your sweaters up, unless you’re using a padded hanger to avoid misshapen shoulders. Either way, I still prefer folding mine, and you should, too. Store them in drawers, or on a shelf in your closet.2014-12-02 16.02.47
  • If you wish to soften your sweater (because you bought one of those itchy ones), simply hand wash it in hair conditioner.
    • Yes, hair conditioner. Not the two-in-one stuff. It will soften your sweater, just like it softens your hair. And there’s also a good chance your hair conditioner contains lanolin. 🙂
  • Avoid putting any of your sweaters in the dryer, unless you’re purposely trying to shrink them. Some fabrics can be reversed, but it’s not worth the chance.
  • When storing your sweaters once the warmer weather arrives, avoid vacuum sealing them, because that seals in moisture. Store in a breathable bag or container, and throw in some cedar chips such as these to keep bugs away.

2014-12-02 16.40.09If you have any other questions in regards to sweaters and care tips, please let me know in the comments below! And like this post if you want to know more fashion care tips for other items in your wardrobe.

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What’s in my Closet: Pixie Pants

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Once it starts getting cold outside around these parts, my Pixie pants are unearthed from the bottom of what’s otherwise known as my denim drawer, and placed near the front for easy reach. I own 3 pairs: two pairs of black and one pair of gray. It’s that serious, you guys.

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If you want a pair of leggings, but in a thicker, more put together form, these are for you. It’s kind of like a hybrid between leggings and dress pants. The zipper in the back makes your outfit look extremely put together (if you’re wearing a shirt short enough to show the zipper), and the material is a stretch ponte fabric that stays in place and feels so much more structured than typical knit leggings.2014-11-24 09.04.50

They are seriously my go to pant during the colder months because they are so easy to wear with all styles of shoes, can be dressed up or down in a flash, and are much warmer than leggings. It’s also the way to go when having to dress up for that holiday party, but you just aren’t feeling a dress or skirt with tights because you’re a wimp like me and don’t want to be shivering the entire time.2014-11-24 09.02.25

If you don’t own a pair of these guys, you really should go out and splurge on yourself and get a pair [click here!]. And just in time for the holidays! You’ll be amazed how much you pull them out of your closet to wear, and you’ll soon ask yourself, “How did I ever live without these?!”2014-11-23 20.24.12

And if you aren’t willing to take the plunge on the price, Old Navy has a similar pair here.

Do you own a pair already? Tell me what you think!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda