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Transitions

Transitions | Moments With Millie

Transitions | Moments With Millie

Transitions | Moments With Millie

Fall is finally here but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather we are experiencing in LA. So what is a girl that is obsessed with fall fashion to do? You break out your transitional pieces. I would love to put on chunky sweaters and boots however I’ll have to settle for maxi dresses, hats, and open-toed booties. Pieces like these are perfect for those warm fall days and can be layered with a faux leather jacket on chilly nights. Traditional fall colors such as burgundy helps to add to that fall feeling.

Dress| BootiesSimilar|Hat

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Four Fs of Fashion

Fall is almost here (Yay!). And like many of you,I like to purchase a few pieces to help usher the new season. However, before updating my wardrobe with my new fab finds, I try to make a point to clear my closet of the items that I no longer need. It helps to ensure I am not hoarding clothes and makes me feel better about purchasing new items.

Whether I am purging old clothes or adding new ones, I try to be selective about the items that live in my closet. Each piece has to pass a screening process in order to stay. I know that seems a little dramatic but it is really simple. I just evaluate the following:

Fit – Fit is probably the most thing that I consider when I evaluate a piece of clothing. I truly believe that the key to always looking put together is wearing clothes that fit you well. It does not matter how trendy the garment is; if it does not fit well then I don’t keep it.

Function- Evaluating how the garment functions in your wardrobe is key in keeping out the clutter. Ask yourself how the item functions in your closet. Do you really need multiple ball gowns? Will you ever wear those shoes? How does that shirt fit into your current personal style?

Flexibility- If I can’t think of three ways of styling an article of clothing then I don’t keep it. That is the general rule of thumb that I go by. There are some exceptions to the rule however I find that this helps me to get the most out of my wardrobe. It also helps to cut down on the clutter.

Fabulous- Lastly, I try to only buy/keep items that I love. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on items that ended up collecting dust in my closet. And when I did wear some of them, I did not have the excitement everyone should have about their clothing. Lesson learned- never buy an item just because it was on sale or trending.

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My Closet Organization Tips

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

You may not know this about me but I am a little bit of a neat freak. And the Virgo in me just love to organize. Since sharing is caring, I thought I would share my closet organization tips. What are some of your tips for an organized closet?

  1. Color coordination. I do not know how I functioned before I color coordinated my closet. Since making the change I always know where to find each article of clothing. I also organized my garments by length. For example, my white tops are arranged by short to long sleeves.
  2. Slim hangers. I love slim hangers! I know that replacing hangers can be expensive but I think this is totally worth the investment. The Joy Mangano hangers are a bit pricey however  you can find more affordable alternatives at Costco or Marshalls. Here are some of the benefits of using these hangers:
    • Space savers- They doubled my closet space.
    • Slip Resistant- The velvet material prevents your clothing from slipping.
    • Visually appealing- I think these hangers give my closet a boutique feel. I love that they are available in many colors.
  3. Creative storage solutions. I am not a fan of many of the traditional closet organization tools. I find items such as over the door shoe racks and scarf/belt hangers to be bulky and visually unappealing. Instead, I try to use creative storage solutions. For example, I found a beautiful black lacquer box at Ross. I wasn’t sure how I would use the box but I knew I had to have it. The box turned out to be perfect for my sunglasses.
  4. Utilize vertical space. I had a hard time finding solutions for my scarves, hats, and belts. One day I walked into Big Lots and found lined baskets for $4 each. It was a major score! I now use the baskets to store my accessories. The baskets are placed on one of the shelves in my closet.
  5. Hide the clutter. I hate clutter. However I love handbags of all shapes and sizes. In keeping with utilizing the vertical space in my closet I store my small bags, clutches, and wallets in fabric storage cubes. My larger bags are on display on my closet shelf. This helps me to appreciate some of my bags without having to see all of them.
  6.  One in, one out. I follow the one in, one out rule. Although I have a pretty decent sized closet, I know that space is finite. This rule prevents me from hoarding clothing. It is a hard rule to follow however it really works.

 

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Palm Breeze

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

The floral trend took on a tropical twist for the summer. And I must say that I am here for it! I loved the way Kristine (of TrendyCurvy) styled this top in one of her posts. Although I liked it, I didn’t have any thoughts of making a purchase. That changed when I found it on sale during a rare visit to Old Navy. And since I am enjoying the trend so much I thought I would try my hand at styling a tropical piece. As an alternative approach to Kristine’s I decided to keep things really simple by pairing the top with some basics from my closet.

I apologize for the awkward poses.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a fashion post. That should be changing soon. 🙂  You may also be able to tell that there was a slight breeze on the day that I took these pictures. I didn’t mind though. It added to the ambiance. I just pretended as if I was shooting on a tropical island. Lol! What are some of your favorite summer ’17 trends?

 

Outfit details:

Top- Old Navy

JeansASOS

Sandals- Tahari

Bag– Kenya

Tan– Summer Swim Lessons (more on that later)

 

 

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Destination Comfort

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Destination Comfort| Moments with Millie

Have you ever returned from a vacation just to feel like you need a vacation? That was me last month. I traveled during most of the month (hence the absence from posting). And even though it was a whirlwind of a trip I enjoyed my time away. I think part of this trip’s success is that I have finally found my traveling groove.

I like to be as comfortable as possible when traveling. However that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to look somewhat put together.  Jeans, a tee shirt and comfortable shoes is a fool proof outfit that can be dressed up or down with very little effort.  I like to wear tennis shoes to the airport to save space in my suitcase. If necessary, I can change into heels when I get to my destination.

Below are some of my favorite traveling tips. Let me know if you have any tips that I can add to the list.

  1. Pre-pack. Some may not see the benefit in this but packing in advance is a lifesaver. I find that having pre-packed toiletry, hair and makeup bags alleviates stress, and ensures that I do not forget anything. Obviously there are some things that you cannot pack in advance. However those that can are ready to go.
  2. Sample/travel size products are your friends. I always save the free samples I receive from Sephora. Due to their size, sample items such as perfume, makeup, skin care, etc. are great space savers. When ordering online, I often request items that I know work well for me so I can stow them away in my suitcase.
  3. Roll your clothes. I am sure everyone uses this tip however I had to mention it because it really works!
  4. Suitcase staples. I always pack this laundry bag in my suitcase. I love that it keeps my dirty clothing from mixing with clean ones. I also love how compact it is when not in use. I like to keep a dryer sheet in the bag to help keep away foul smells. Like many I also pack my shoes in a separate bag. However instead of purchasing a bag for this, I use a reusable drawstring bag (similar to the reusable grocery ones). They are inexpensive (sometimes free) and practical.
  5. Simple Luxuries. Traveling can be stressful. And stress can wreak havoc on your skin. To help alleviate stress and combat environmental changes, I bring along an inexpensive face mask. I find  sheet masks to be perfect however traditional masks can work to. If masks aren’t your style, consider carrying a linen spray, mini candle or book to help take the edge off from traveling.
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Breaking All The Rules

Breaking All The Rules | Moments With Millie

Breaking All The Rules | Moments with Millie

Breaking All The Rules | Moments With Millie

No need to adjust your computer screen. Yes, I am wearing white after Labor Day. As you know, wearing white (specifically white pants) during this time of year is considered a huge fashion faux-pas. I am not sure of the rule’s origin however I do know that I am not following it. Fashion is a form of self expression therefore you should determine how to express yourself. Plus, I’ve never been a fan of being told what I can’t wear. And while I am all for following certain fashion guidelines this rule was made to be broken.

 

Duster: Similar | Jeans: ASOS

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Working Girl

 

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

There is a huge misconception that prints are not polished enough for the office. All over America, offices are filled with individuals outfitted in neutral colored solids. Now don’t get me wrong- I love neutrals! However in the sea of gray and black attire, prints help you to stand apart. I am a huge believer that workwear does not have to be boring. Sure, maintaining a professional appearance can be a little limiting but it isn’t impossible. Pairing prints with solid, classic pieces is an easy way to create a professional yet stylish look.

The printed pants in this outfit is an example of how I would wear prints to the office. I paired it with a black top however virtually any color would work. A solid top allows the pants to be the star of the show while balancing out the outfit. I love how versatile these pants are. The classic color combination allows for an infinite amount of styling options. It looks great with black, monochrome or bright shoes.

 

Top: Jessica Simpson| Pants |Pumps: JustFab |Flats

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