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After a much longer than intended absence, I am back! Back with an update on some winter cleaning! I was recently talking with a co-worker about how big my closet is and how it’s organized, but it could stand a little tidying up. You know how it goes – you move into your house or condo or apartment and get everything all set up and organized and over time as you go through your daily routine, things start to get a little less organized here and there. As I was putting away my luggage from a recent trip I got into a clean-things-out-and-organize mood, so I did just that.

Mostly I needed to clean up the top shelf of my closet, which was occupied by a bunch of stuff I never use and really probably didn’t need and I’d been itching to reorganize my little jewelry table.

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You can see that my top shelf is pretty functional and my milk crates add another layer of shelving while separating things like my scarves (these are just the thick winter scarves along with hats and gloves – the thinner scarves hang on a hanger in the far back left) so they don’t get all disorganized and they’ll stack higher. I’ve also got two bags full of bags. One is gift bags and tissue paper and the other is a tote I have my clutches and small purses in. Then in the back of my closet is my yarn stash and fabrics/threads for sewing. Lets just ignore that I have THAT much yarn, shall we? You can also see in the foreground some sheets and all my sandals. We don’t have a linen closet and I don’t remove things from my closet seasonally. Blame it on living in Texas and always needing to have sandals handy!

I organize my clothes by type too starting with sleeveless shirts and working back to dresses and then pants and skirts. Within each type, they are rainbow organized. If nothing else, I can tell when someone has borrowed my clothes without asking me. This came in quite handy in college. Hah.

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This is the left wall of the closet and the aforementioned jewelry (and sunglasses) that needed a little love. I still don’t love the way this is organized and am hoping to get a different sort of system…something like this. Right now all my earrings are in a broken plastic thing I got from container store when I moved to New York in 2006, so an upgrade could be a good thing.

Anyway, that’s my update on some little tweaks I’ve made and a nice peak into my huge closet that I’m super grateful for! How do you organize your closet? Got any tips or ideas for me?

It was so cold this week. I got my puffy coat out for the first time and it snowed for the second time. I’m not ready for winter, but I am ready to layer.

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Monday – Inspired by this pin
Tee – Express
Skirt – Banana Republic
Jacket – Gap
Belt – H&M
Tights – Spanx
Booties – Top Shop

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Tuesday
Dress – Old Navy
Sweater – Gap
Tights – Target
Boots – Nine West
Necklace – Femme Gemmes in NYC
Earrings – Francesca’s Collections
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom; J Crew; Banana Republic

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Wednesday
Dress – Anthropologie
Cardigan – Express
Tights – Spanx
Booties – Top Shop
Earrings – Made by my Mom
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom; Banana Republic

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Thursday
Sweater – J Crew
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Boots – Steve Madden
Scarf – J Crew Factory

Friday
Tee – J Crew Factory
Sweater – Top Shop
Jeans – J Crew
Boots – Steve Madden
Scarf – Target

Colder weather has definitely arrived. I’ve been trying to wear the fall outfits in my closet before going full on sweaters, boots, black tights, and grey everything. The result is a mix of dressing for winter and trying not to dress for winter. Holding out as long as I can.

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Monday
Sweater – Gap
Tank – Express
Jeans – J Crew
Boots – Steve Madden

Tuesday
Plaid Button Up – Gap
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – Loft
Belt – J Crew
Pumps – BCBGirls via Nordstrom
Scarf – Handmade by me!
Earrings – Top Shop
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom; Gift from a friend

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Wednesday
Striped Button Up – Polo
Striped Tee – H&M
Jeans – Loft
Scarf – Target
Boots – Nine West
Earrings – Francesca’s Collections
Bracelet – J Crew

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Thursday – The hubs went hunting with my Dad, so what you get is a work bathroom selfie…
Dress – Coup de Coeur in NYC
Cardigan – H&M
Belt – J Crew
Necklace – J Crew
Tights – Spanx
Boots – Steve Madden

Here you’ll see the first appearance of the standard black opaque tights that get me through the winter. I kept telling myself I couldn’t get them out until November since I’ll probably live in them through March (or longer – eek!). 5 months is enough.

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Monday
Blouse – Zara
Skirt – H&M
Booties – Top Shop

Tuesday – I had to wear pink for the P!nk concert I went to that night!
Blouse – J Crew
Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklace – J Crew via eBay
Wrist – Timex (This is the first article I’ve ever been given for blogging! Eep!)
(It’s outfits like this that make me think I shop at J Crew too much. Must diversify!)

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Wednesday
Dress – Banana Republic Outlet
Pumps – Steve Madden
Necklaces – Erin Gallagher & a Christmas gift
Ring – Madewell
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, handmade by my mom

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Thursday – Inspired by this
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Sequin Tank Top – Express
Cardigan – Target
Jeans – J Crew
Pumps – Nine West
Necklace – Anthropologie
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, handmade by my mom

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Friday
Sweater – J Crew
Tank Top – J Crew
Corduroys – J Crew
Boots – Nine West
Scarf – Can’t Remember
Necklace – Femme Gemmes in NYC
Ring – Mingle
Earrings – Street vendor in NYC

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Saturday night bonus – I never get pics of weekend night out pics (here’s an example of why – awful lighting); Inspired by this
Peplum Top – Akira
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Pleather Skirt – Akira
Tights – Spanx
Booties – Top Shop
Necklace – French Connection
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Target
Ring – Madewell
Clutch (which I am completely obsessed with) – Target

The weather has officially started to transition. I can’t deny it anymore. Boots, tights and sweaters are starting to weave their way into my every day wardrobe and dresses are having layer after layer added to them.

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Monday – I love this outfit and had waited a while to wear it; inspired by this
Dress – H&M
Jacket – Gap
Tights – Gap
Boots – Steve Madden via Nordstrom
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, Banana Republic
Earrings – Francesca’s Collections
Ring – Mingle

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Tuesday
Dress – Anthropologie
Belt – Anthroplogie
Cardigan – Express
Pumps – Steve Madden
Ring – Madewell
Necklace – Christmas gift
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, J Crew, Banana Republic
Earrings – J Crew

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Wednesday
Dress – J Crew (I was so happy about this dress. I bought it Columbus Day weekend on sale + 20% off sale + 25% your purchase total.)
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Belt – Express
Pumps – BCBGirl via Nordstrom
Earrings – Target
Ring – Madewell
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Vintage from Randolph Street Market

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Thursday
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Sweater – Top Shop via Nordstrom (this was another find from Columbus Day weekend. I tried not to love it, but I’m just obsessed and had to go back for it!)
Jeans – J Crew
Pumps – Steve Madden

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Friday – Wore this out to dinner with friends after a day of putzing around in PJs
Blouse – Club Monaco (This is also a Columbus Day weekend find that I passed on initially, but couldn’t stop thinking about and had to go back for. I paid way too much for it, but I love it and I’m sure I’ll get my money’s worth.)
Jeans – J Crew
Booties – Top Shop
Necklace – Erin Gallagher

It was pretty cold this week – below normal, actually – but I’m trying really hard to hold off on my typical opaque, black tights. I feel like it’s too soon for it and since I’ll probably wear them through at least March, I want to tough it out until at least November.

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Monday – Inspired by this pin – I meant to wear my leopard belt, but forgot until I was out of the house *fail*
Shirt – Polo
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew Outlet
Flats – Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack (the hubs brought these home for me one day!)
Scarf – Street Fair in NY

Tuesday – I thought this was also inspired by Pinterest, but I can’t find the pin!
Tank – H&M
Skirt – Banana Republic (hand me down (or on loan?) from my SIL)
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Scarf – Target
Boots – Steve Madden

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Wednesday
Tank – Club Monaco
Sweatshirt – Banana Republic Outlet
Jeans – Express
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklace – J Crew
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; Anthropologie Feather Bracelet; J Crew Rhinestone Bracelet; Beaded Bracelet made by my Mom

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Thursday
Shirt – Express
Dress – J Crew
Tights – Nordstrom
Booties – Top Shop
Earrings – J Crew

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Friday – Inspired by this pin; Wish I had had a more billowy sweater
Tank – Express
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Scarf – Target
Flats – Mia via DSW
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; J Crew Rhinestone Bracelet; Vintage via Randolph Street Market

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Tuesday
Dress (New) – Banana Republic
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Necklace – J Crew
Pumps – Shoegasm (in NYC)

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Wednesday
Dress – French Connection
Booties – Top Shop
Necklace – Francesca’s
Earrings – Target
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, J Crew, Banana Republic & Anthropologie

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Thursday it was raining, so I have this pic I took of some details while at work and the one I laid out after wearing it.
Plaid Button Up – J Crew
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Pumps – BCBGirl via Nordstrom
Belt – Express
Necklace – J Crew via eBay
Scarf – Target

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Friday – Dressed to be comfy on a road trip up to my grandma’s after work
Blouse – Meave via Anthropologie
Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Boots – Nine West

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Saturday – Dressed to be comfy on the road trip back home and obviously didn’t bother with makeup or looking my best…
Sweater – Express
Jeans – J Crew
Scarf (New) – J Crew
Shoes – Adam Tucker Me Too via Nordstom (I just got these this week and I’m obsessed with them!)

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Saturday Night – SIL’s Birthday Dinner
Same button up as Thursday – J Crew
Same jeans as during the day – J Crew
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Flats – Mia via DSW (I also got these this week and am also obsessed with them!)
Necklaces – J Crew via eBay & Madewell
Ring – Madewell (an acquisition of my recent shopping expeditions and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this ALL. THE. TIME.)
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom & Anthropologie