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We’ve been lazy bloggers.

Sorry for the lack of updates in the past week!  Jen, as all of you know from her wonderful pictures, has been touring the wonderful Europe with her family, while I’ve been busy moving in and starting classes!

Also, sadly, I can’t take my awesome sister/photographer to school with me, so I’m currently in the process of hunting down some friends to be temporary photographers.  It’s definitely been sad that I put together 3 outfits in the past few days but did not get a single picture of me in them. :(  But no more, I shall definitely post some pictures soon!

Later today, I will be making a post on dorm organizations/how to keep our burgeoning wardrobes neat in these confining spaces at school.  So stay updated if you want a peek at my closet! ;)

*EDIT*

Alright, as promised, a little section about organization. :)  Whether you’re cleaning up your closet at home or trying to cram everything into your dorm room at home, there’s always a few useful items to help out.

1. A shoe organizer.

If you’re a girl with more pairs of shoes than you can count, then you definitely should consider in investing in one of these.  There are several nice options at Target such as:

An over-the-door shoe organizer
An over-the-door shoe organizer
A hanging shoe organizer.
A hanging shoe organizer.

Check out my very own!

Check out my very own!

2. A purse organizer.

For you ladies with an enviable bag collection, this would keep it nice and neat. :)  Also at Target:

A hanging handbag organizer.
A hanging handbag organizer.

3. Drawers to store foldable clothes in.

3-Drawer Unit, to put at the bottom of your wardrobe.
3-Drawer Unit, to put at the bottom of your wardrobe.

4.  Mini Wall Hooks and Jewelry Stands/Jewelry Boxes.

Pictures aren’t needed for those, but if you’re thinking of cutting the costs even further…

  • Use drawer knobs as necklace hangers.
  • Use a painted vase to pile on the bracelets and bangles.
  • Use a piece of mesh wire as an earring holder, and frame it for an artsy look!

5.  Lastly, organize your clothes in some orderly fashion -either by type, style, or color.

A peek at the inside of mine! :)

A peek at the inside of mine! :)

Enjoy, Phebe

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How I wish I had this closet…

Yes, it’s even better than Mariah Carey’s 1000 + pairs of shoes closet.  Roiworld is a virtual dress-up game much similar to those cartoon dolls we played with back in the day – only the cartoons are much more modelesque, and the closet is 100 times as enviable.  While I’ve been wasting time waiting to move in, I took a trip down nostalgia lane and started playing around with the dolls.  I promise it’ll be fun and at least pass some time for all you bored fashionistas out there. :)

Here’s a look at some of my experiments:

Safari Chic, with some 80s acid wash short shorts.

Safari Chic, with some 80s acid wash short shorts.

Layering a simple button-down with a wild mini-dress.

Layering a simple button-down with a wild mini-dress.

A bit vintagey with a modern touch of distressed jeans.

A bit vintagey with a modern touch of distressed jeans.

If I were ever to become a designer, you'd see something like this going down my runway. :D

If I were ever to become a designer, you'd see something like this going down my runway. :D

It’s a great way to experiment with new trends without actually trying all the clothes on yourself.  Go check it out!

Enjoy, Phebe

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Doubling Your Wardrobe for Free!

As you might have gathered from my previous posts, I go through my magazine archives periodically and dig out old trends and tips.  I came across this neat article in the February 2009 issue of seventeen magazine.

In short, the article shows two teenage best friends who share wardrobes with each other, often borrowing things back and forth to create a fresh look.  I thought this was a marvelous idea, and if you happen to be the same size as your best friend and live relatively close to each other (college is a great place for this to happen), then this is how you can get some cute new outfits without breaking the bank.  Even if you’re shaped differently than all your close girl friends, you still might be able to share shoes and accessories.

Check the article out below and start creating your own ideas!

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style by Kate Spade

I should be polishing my resume and hunting for internships for next summer, but instead I’m reading style by Kate Spade.  It’s a really cute, watercolor-illustrated book, with tons of little witty tips in style – not just in fashion, but in furniture, movies, music, art, and the likes.  I, of course, really appreciated the style section and Kate’s advice, however dated it may be (the book was published in 2004).  As Coco Chanel once said, “Trends come and go, but style is eternal.”

As a sucker for all colors, especially bright colors, I’m often victim to mismatching the wrong things, and perhaps taking too much of a risk with the rainbow.  I’m a true believer that one can wear all the colors of the rainbow and still be fashionable.  But with Kate’s practical advice, one can mix and match colors and look eternally classy.

So here are some of the tips I’ve gathered, with some self-created visual aids, thanks to Polyvore.

Green Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Green & Aqua, Green & White, Green & Coral

How About…

  • Green suede gloves peeking out from under the sleeves of a riding jacket?
  • Picking up your aunt at the airport in olive green leather pumps and a camel hair coat?
  • Easter lunch in a kelly green silk tunic and Ted Meuhling jeweled earrings?

Pink Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Pink & Orange, Pink & Brown, Pink & Turquoise

How About…

  • A watermelon-pink raincoat to brighten up a damp April day?
  • A pink beaded evening gown for a grand party, similar to the one that Jackie Onassis wore to the opening of the Mona Lisa exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, in 1963?
  • A pink Vera silk scarf tied loosely in your hair – perfect with white jeans, a white T-shirt, and a 1967 Schwinn bicycle?

Yellow Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Yellow & Green, Yellow & Navy & Pink, Yellow & Black & White

How About…

  • A wide-brimmed yellow straw hat to shield a freckle-prone nose from the sun?
  • A buttery-colored cashmere scarf tied snugly at the neck of a charcoal peacoat?
  • Golden dahlias printed on a circle skirt, worn with a navy cable sweater on a cold and snowy day?

Orange Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Orange & Pink, Persimmon & Navy, Orange & White

How About…

  • A little boy’s striped T-Shirt paired with Helmut Lang trousers and white Converse low-tops?
  • Opaque tangerine tights, a heather gray minidress, and short black patent leather boots for a showing of A Clockwork Orange?
  • A persimmon maillot under a sarong covered with swirling orange, red, and pink hibiscus?

Blue Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Turquoise & Tangerine, Navy & Watermelon, Sky Blue & Taupe

How About…

  • A navy-and-white striped sailor shirt worn with a bold rose print skirt?
  • A chunky turquoise necklace with your beau’s crisp white shirt and black Capri pants – ideal for lunch on the Piazzetti Umberto?
  • A pair of blue seersucker pants and bare feet for the ferry ride to Shelter Island on a hot summer night?

Red Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Red & Canary Yellow, Red & Navy, Coral & Pink

How About…

  • A fire-engine-red cotton sundress and black heels for dinner in the garden at Raoul’s?
  • Walking through Tuileries in geranium-and-white striped mules?
  • Scarlet red mittens for making perfectly round snowballs?

Brown Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Mocha & Pink, Taupe & Chocolate Brown & Cornflower, Brown & Black & White

How About…

  • Slipping on a mocha silk charmeuse sheath dress for the ballet.  Add some sparkle with Kenneth Jay Lane’s pink, amber, and multi-stone cocktail ring. Call it a night?
  • Tweed, tweed, tweed.  Look smart in an espresso tweed blazer flecked with coral and raspberry and cinched at the waist with a leather bridal belt?
  • A set of deep chocolate leather luggage with amethyst crocodile trim.  Travel to an exotic locale?

Black Kate Spade

Color Combinations: Black & White, Black & Green, Black & Turquoise

How About…

  • Heading downtown with a zebra print bag holding the evening’s necessities – Cherries in the snow red lipstick, keys, and a $100 dollar bill?
  • A Martin Grant raincoat in black poplin. Fasten a bug pin on the lapel.  Wear it over black cigarette pants and don’t worry about what you’re wearing underneath – keep your coat on all day?
  • Wrist-short ink-black gloves trimmed with ostrich feathers for an evening at the opera?

White Kate Spade

Color Combinations: White & Black, White & Kelly Green, White & Green & Pink & Turquoise

How About…

  • Bold white sunglasses and a green-and-white striped scarf, neatly folded and tied snugly on the front of your forehead, for an afternoon at the U.S. Tennis Open?
  • A crisp look for the hostess in summer – a white linen shell and one long strand of pearls, tied in a loose knot, worn over French marine blue carpris.  Go barefoot?
  • Wearing all white just because it’s sunny?

I hoped you enjoyed this post, because it took a long ass time to write it. :)
Love, Phebe

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