Summer wardrobe overhaul

Before - Unbearable chaos!
Before – Unbearable chaos!

I’m lucky enough to have a spare room that I can use as my ‘dressing room’, however over time its turned out to be a space for junk and clutter to accumulate (as you can see by the before picture). With a week off work, I decided a little wardrobe overhaul was way overdue, and so I have transformed the chaos into in a well-organised space for me to get dressed in. This mini project has actually inspired me to totally transform the room – so stay tuned for a home makeover post coming soon!

I had so many clothes that were old, out of season or just uninspiring, so I began by making three piles; Stuff to keep; stuff to get rid of; and stuff to store. I ended up with four bin bags full of items I didn’t want! I donated the majority to a local charity shop, and the tatty stuff was binned.

I stored my out of season items in vacuum pack bags, not only to save on hanging space but to keep them free from dust while not in use. I separated my clothing into separate bags for summer and winter, of course I don’t need my thick jumpers in June, but unfortunately, due to the classic British weather I won’t be needing my shorts and bikinis anytime soon either (‘til I get my holiday booked, anyway!).

Vaccum Pack

Lastly, I hung the rest of my items. I like to organise things according to what they are (dresses, tops etc.) as well as by colour, as I find this the most efficient way to keep track of everything. I also flipped my hangers the wrong way round, so that I can keep track of what I’m wearing. I’m keen to jump on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon, but I need to be thoughtful about the items I should discard and things I need to add. By keeping track of what I’m wearing, I should be able to assess my closet needs over the next month or two.

Shoes Overview

Future Plan

  • Reevaluate closet in one month to determine what I do and do not need in my wardrobe.
  • Consider a feature rail to display full outfits and to prep fashion choices on a weekly basis.
  • Use Pinterest to gather ideas to transform the room from an empty shell to a functioning dressing room.

Let me know in the comment how you like to organise your closet space, your thoughts on dressing rooms and if you have tried a capsule wardrobe?

Lauren xo 

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ASOS Haul | June 2016

As a self proclaimed ASOS-O-HOLIC, it was not surprising that I could’t resist the 20% discount they graced us with last bank holiday Monday. I was pretty selective and managed to whittle my ever-growing wish list down to just four purchases.

DressesI’ve been seeing shirt dresses everywhere recently and so I decided to pick up this River Island design. The grey stripe pattern and midi length are ideal for a British summer. I adore the pretty details that this dress has, like the rose gold buttons and drawstring waist ribbon, which looks really feminine when tied off in a bow. I also love the open shirt collar and little pockets, I think it oozes sophistication!

The second dress I picked up is an all rounder, the lightweight knit material will be ideal for winter with thick tights, as well as being perfect for the warmer months paired with Birkenstocks and a denim jacket. The breton stripe design is timeless, and so I’m certain this will be in my wardrobe for years to come.

Earrings

These earrings are everything I love at the moment, marble and gold! I fell in love with the quirky hoop back, which gives them an extra unique look. You could also swap out the hoop for regular clasps and wear them as simple marble studs – a diverse addition to my jewellery collection.

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I’ve been after a pair of lace up flats for ever! This patent dolly shoe design from Glamorous are exactly what i’ve been looking for. The pointed toe and silver heel are pretty little details that should never be overlooked and the fine lace-up is subtle enough for casual wear.

Wishlist

1,2,3,4

As always there are a few pieces that remain saved on my ASOS account, that were definite contenders. Number four was one of the first pieces I saw, but unfortunately was out of stock in my size – I will definitely be keeping a look out for it coming back in stock!

Let me know what you have picked up at ASOS recently, and if you have recently done a haul, please do send a link!

Lauren xo

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Whats in my bag?

After humming and haring about weather to start my own blog for the past few years, I finally bought a fabulous handbag, took some photographs I’m fairly proud of, and took the plunge. A cheeky neb into somebodies handbag seems like a great way to get to know each other. I’ve always really enjoyed seeing other peoples ‘what’s in my bag’ posts, and so I thought this would be a lovely, traditional way to launch my blog. So, without further a due, these are the bits and bobs I like to carry around with me on a daily basis.

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1/ The Bag & purse

The star of the show is my Michael Kors Kellen tote in the shade blossom. I picked this up when I went to New York this Feb, at the premium outlet mall. Unfortunately, I think its last season and so isn’t currently available on the Michael Kors site, but I love it anyway! The gorgeous baby pink colour is perfect for spring – I can’t wait to style it up with a feminine white dress on a sunny day. I accessorized it with a Scream Queens inspired white pom pom, which I picked up from Primark for a couple of quid. The purse is another Michael Kors piece, which I also picked up in New York. The colour isn’t the most practical for chucking in my bag, but the inside is super roomy, with tones of space for my cards and change.

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2/ The cosmetics

I’m pretty minimal when it comes to lugging round my cosmetics, I don’t regularly reapply my make up so I tend to stick to lip products. My current favorites are my Nivea pearly shine balm, which keeps my lips super moisturized, and my indulgent YSL lipstick in shade 7. It’s a lovely pale pink hue, which just happens to match my bag.

As a sufferer of eczema, I have to keep a moisturizer on me, especially for my hands. Hand Food is great, as it doesn’t irritate my skin but has that classic soap and glory scent. Speaking of scent, I also like to carry a perfume and my current fragrance of choice is Marc Jacobs, Daisy. It’s a light and fresh scent for the summer months (I‘m sure you will have smelt it before). Last of all I like to keep a hand sanitizer, this is another one I picked up in the States, from Bath and Body works (along with the sensational Water Melon candle in the feature pic!). This is called ‘Berry Swirl’ and as the name suggests, it smells just like sweet berries.

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3/ The Extras

Like everyone else, if my phone is not glued to my hand, it’s in my bag. I have an IPhone 6, and I got my geometric case, which features pale pink, wood, and marble prints, from EBay. With the sun shining in Newcastle (for a change) I get to carry my Ray Bans. These are an aviator design with blue ombre lenses and a gold rim; when I’m not wearing my glasses I like to protect them with the standard tan Ray Ban case. Finally, I also like to carry a little notebook; I picked this one up at TK Max. It is by the brand Tri-Costal, however I think the golden polka dot design is very Kate Spade Esk!

That’s everything! Thanks so much for sticking around to read my first post, I hope you’ll come back to read my next one.

Lauren xo

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