Empire Attire

Hello my lovelies!  I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June!  Where have the days gone?!  I have been busy (once again) with all sorts of odd-ball projects.  I have very exciting news – I am moving!  Not far from my current residence, just a mile down the road.  We are moving to a historic home that has been split into three apartments.  I can not wait to get settled in – the photography locations around our new place are AWESOME.

Now, let me continue with more exciting news.  This past week I spent a few days in New York City.  We celebrated my younger sisters birthday site seeing, shopping and best of all, seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.  Hands down best musical I have seen.  I knew the premise of the play, but was still shocked by the special affects.  Even going into the theater knowing who ends up with the girl, I still bawled my eyes out at the end – of course I want her to end up with the Phantom!

On to attire.  This trip I choose a theme – black and white.  This is a great idea if you are traveling, all your outfits will match!  You can decrease the amount of shoes and accessories – purses, jewelry, belts, hats, nail color & even make up!

 

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your shape in a piece that is oversize or made of flimsy material.

edit_IMG_4757 copy I don’t want attention brought to my feet – I want to focus on the outfit as a whole.  Going with a natural shoe over a
stark black blends & brings the piece together overall.

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|    Quick Tips for Packing   |

Theme Pack – Pack colors that you can mix and match with outfits.  Take just a couple of bottoms and tops and make a different outfit each day.  This is also simplifies accessorizing each outfit.
Blow Away Wrinkles – That’s right.  You can use your blow dryer to get wrinkles out.  Hang your outfit & set your blow dryer to the highest heat setting.  Hold the dryer 8-12 inches away from the clothing & blow away!  Make sure the fabric isn’t wet when doing this.  You don’t want shrinkage to occur!
Simplify – If you are going with a group of girlfriends, coordinate packing.  Cut down on straighteners, curling irons, shampoo & other unnecessary duplicate items by planning ahead!

Items featured :
Jumpsuit – Arden B   |  Necklace, watch & earnings – Mint Condition Designer Consignment   |  Handbag & Shoes – Tory Burch, purchased at Mint Condition Designer Consignment

You can now shop Mint Condition online!  Check us out at https://snobswap.com/boutique/mintcondition.

10 Tips to Keep Your Clothes Organized

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       I crave clothes. They are really important to me. I don’t like them just because they keep me covered or make me look good. I love them because once I put them on they are part of me, part of my day, and part of where I am. Picking out the outfits I am going to wear, for wherever I am going, is one of my favorite things to do. After putting together the perfect outfit, along with accessories, shoes, and jewelry, it helps me feel confident for the day. Confident not because I look really “hot” or “sexy”, but because the outfit I have selected fits with my agenda and destinations for the day. My outfits are my artwork.

       What other way to show your love and appreciation for your clothes than giving them a nice home? To best dress yourself, know your clothing and accessory inventory, and keep them visible and easy to get to. In other words, have a well organized, functional closet, and try to add creative storage around your room to help keep all your clothes visible and easily accessible. I am constantly reorganizing my closet by color, season, size, etc. I like to keep my closets pleasant to look at and functional. Here are some tips that can help you keep your closet looking good enough to be displays in a retail store!

                                                
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Always clear out everything from the space you are reorganizing before you begin. I know it sounds like a pain, but take all your clothes and throw them on the ground. Do it! It gives you a clear, open vision to begin your reorganization.


Get all your clothes ready to go. For example, the clothes that will go on your shelves, like t-shirts, fold them in piles by color and size. For hanging clothes, leave those laying flat in a pile on your bed, desk, wherever it’s clean and flat.


Separate your clothes by occasion/use. I keep all my dresses in one area, jeans in another, and so on. Nothing is harder than searching through a drawer mixed with t-shirts, casual tops, and nice tops. If you don’t have the room to put them each in a separate area come up with a way to keep them apart from each other. That way when you are getting ready in the morning, you don’t have to dig frantically through a drawer hoping to pull out your purple and white striped tee, and then having to refold and put everything back in the drawer.

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If you have the hanging space available, use it!!! I’m telling you, hanging things up is the best way to go. For one, everything is visible and easy to find and two, all your friends can see all your cute clothes, providing a fun back drop to help each other with wardrobe advice and tips. If you can afford it, buy all new hangars that are alike. This makes for a much neater closet and allows you to organize by length of items.

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Color Coordinate!

Color coordinate as much as possible! It makes your clothes so much more organized and nicer to look at. 

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More color coordination & use of space

Use up every bit of space you have. Do not waste by hanging skirts in an open area that could fit long pants. Get creative and make your own hanging racks to use up the entire open space!


If possible, use hanging space and open shelves for all clothes that need to be hung or folded. There is nothing worse than looking for a t-shirt that is at the bottom of a drawer under your 8 favorite tees. Store items such as socks, bras, undies, bathing suits, and p.j.s in drawers.

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Use open shelves

Keep your shoes organized by style. I like to separate my shoes by sandals, flats, heels, tennis shoes, slippers, and boots. If you do not have shelving space for shoes, buy a shoe rack that displays and keeps your shoes more organized. Never just throw your shoes on the floor! I promise you they will never stay in the right place and you will end up never wearing half your shoes because they are hidden under your ever-growing shoe pile!   

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Organize shoes by style

Get rid of clothes you do not wear! They are taking up much needed space for clothes you do wear. You can always give old clothes to friends, sell them on E-Bay, consign them, or give them to charity!


Its okay to steal organizational ideas from stores. An idea I used in my room was to hang towel racks on my closet doors to hang my scarves. They were too hard to find hidden in drawers, not to mention how wrinkled they were getting.
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Clever way to hang scarves!

 I hope after reading this you have learned some new  and/or better ways to keep your closet organized!  You may not always have the motivation to begin organizing your clothes, but once you begin and start seeing improvements you will feel so much better! “Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.” —Mark Twain.

 

Busy Bee May!

Whoa.  May was an insanely busy month for me!  It started with a beyond amazing bachelorette party, then my fabulous sister & brother in law visited us.  Memorial day weekend I photographed a beautiful wedding for an incredible couple – Mark & Ashley.  The next day, I was in one of my best friend’s wedding, Jessica – she was such a beautiful bride!  I ended my month by photographing some adorable children – baby Kendall & cutie Will!  Take a look for yourself!

Here’s a recap of my month in photographs :

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Baseball with the Bride

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Ready to hit the city!

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Mark & Ashley’s Beautiful Wedding | Photographer : Sarah Marcella

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My Sister & I at Jessica’s Wedding
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Baby Kendall’s Portrait | Photographer : Sarah Marcella
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Will’s Birthday Party | Photographer : Sarah Marcella
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Night out with the Husband, Brian & Best Friend Chelsea – Chelsea took the photo 🙂
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A bit of personal time as well.  Dyed & cut my hair.  I am obsessed with this black cherry color!

 | Quick little product review |
Product : Garnier Fructis  Nutrisse hair color
Color : Black Cherry #42
Difficulty : 5 out of 5
Rating : LOVE IT! This color is amazing!

 It looks like a deep brown until the light hits it showing the maroon undertones.  It’s a color that is not found in nature, so it’s good for someone who is bold & wants something out of the ordinary. I have been coloring my own hair for years now.  When I started, friends would help.  However, now that I don’t live in a college dorm with girls on either side of me.  It’s a bit more difficult to recruit help.  I have started doing it on my own & can personally say, it’s very difficult.  If you want to try dying your hair yourself, start with a temporary color or a semi-permanent .  These colors do not last as long as permanent color which lasts six – eight weeks.  Here are some coloring tips from www.sheknows.com 

As you can see, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy.  The month of June Sophia & I have some very exciting blog posts coming up! Keep your eyes peeled lovelies – it’s going to be a busy month for The Lovely Thread!  

Sophia will have her first post coming out later this week!

ANNOUNCING : SOPHIA’S CORNER

Drumroll please…..  I am so excited to announce we have a new member to The Lovely Thread family – Sophia!

I met Sophia from working with her at our favorite place, Mint Condition.  We have spent so many shifts together talking about fashion and closet organization, I knew she would be the perfect fit for this blog.  Sophia is someone we can all look up to.  She is following her dream,  moving to NYC all on her own to major in Fashion Merchandising.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!  I have seen her grow, in just this past yea,r into such a confident young woman. I’m so excited that she agreed to join us!  SO, without further a due, here is Sophia :

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Photographer of images above : Sarah Marcella Photography

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I would like to warmly welcome you to Sophia’s Corner! I have a deep passion for fashion and love to design and make things look fabulous! I am excited to share with you all my fashion and organizing tips!

First, I want to tell you a few things about myself.  I am graduating from high school in 33 days (yes I have been keeping count). I will be starting college at F.I.T (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City this fall.  My major is fashion-merchandising management in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.   I am going to be living in the heart of New York City, in my favorite neighborhood, Chelsea! I’m super excited to be able to share my experience in New York City over the next four years with you guys!

I have lived in Alexandria, Virginia, in the same house all my life.  Growing up 10 miles south of Washington, D.C. has been really interesting, but having lived in the ‘burbs has kept me grounded in childhood normalcy. I have a pretty big family of 6 that I am very close with.  My family is the most important thing to me in life and I can’t imagine my life without them. I have two older sisters and one older brother, so I am the baby of the family!  I have two amazing parents who have never stopped supporting me even through my craziest ambitions and goals!

My current love is not a guy, but a store called Mint Condition.  I have worked with Sarah at this designer resale store for over a year.  We have a great boss, Toni, and I have learned an abundance of knowledge and had fun along the way! Two of my favorite things are clothes and organizing.  At work I get to be surrounded by the cutest clothes from some of the best designers, including Tory Burch, DVF, Milly, Rag & Bone, and so many more.  I love to keep the store perfect looking!

Now that you have learned a few things about me, I cannot wait to start this journey with you!  I will be sharing what is hot and trendy in New York, giving you tips and ideas along the way!

Fashion Feature : Brittany Sheree Custer

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Photographer : Meagan Abell Photography

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Photographer : Chris Custer

|   About Brittany   |

Occupation :    Wedding and lifestyle photographer with an insatiable case of wanderlust!

Book or Author :   The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. I’m a huge optimist…

Designer or Brand :   I love anything from J.Crew and Kate Spade to Free People. I’m also a huge fan of the Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s; it all fits me so well.

Tell me a little bit about your style :   My style is totally eclectic. I really don’t care if something I wear is “in” or trendy. If I like something, I just wear it. And it’s funny… people always come to me for fashion advice and ask me how I pull crazy things off. The truth is, I just wear it and don’t care if I look unconventional. Confidence is the best accessory! And the style of the clothing really just depends on what mood I’m in! I go very business casual a lot of the time because I am a business presence, and I try to always dress like I’m going to meet someone important. However, ever since I decided a few weeks ago that I’m going to Coachella 2015, I’ve been in a Boheme mood and went nuts on the Free People website. A good 80% of what I own is either white or nude, and another 10% is black, and I own my weight in statement necklaces. And I can always appreciate little details that make an outfit girlie.

Brittany is a huge inspiration to me.  Her fashion sense and dedication to her photography passion is second to none.  You can tell from these images that she is a fashion chameleon, able to pull off a variety of styles and rocking them all.  I am in love with the first outfit shown here.  That red deep scoop back dress is to die for!  She went with a bohemian look, accessorizing with ornate chandelier earrings – what a stunning choice!  However, I must say, my favorite outfit by far is the second one featured (third image from the top).  That tulle skirt paired with Tory Burch flats and that multi-strand pearl bracelet – oh la la!  Tulle skirts are all the rave right now, and I must say she has accessorized this one perfectly.

–  Keep up your unique style chick, we are all digging it!  –