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5/24/20

How to Makeover Your Shoe Collection Without Buying Another Pair

tips to organize shoes

It's safe to say most women realize deep down inside that they have way. too. many. shoes. For me, variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to fashion, but the truth is having so many options can create some issues. Whether you're trying to stick to a budget or simply running out of storage space, taking a close, hard look at your closet can be daunting, but also rewarding because it gives you a chance to get reacquainted with the things you love. During my time at home, I took major stock of my shoe inventory and quickly realized that in light of current events and budget considerations, I needed to focus on finding ways to maximize my wardrobe, so I could wear and enjoy more of what I already have. I'm really happy with the results and have a newfound excitement about my shoes. So put down your credit card and let's dig into your shoe situation together! Here are a few ways to make your current shoe collection feel like new again.

First, Inventory
This step is semi-painful, but very important to the process. You cannot wear what you have unless you know what you have. As you do this, keep in mind:
  • Do whatever you need to do to really take a good look at all your shoes, then toss the ones that are worn or no longer fit your style.
  • Eliminate duplicates (shoes that are really similar) and prioritize pairs you wear more often as opposed to those you rarely wear. I vote to keep special occasion shoes as long as they're comfortable because it's better to have a pair on hand that are already broken in.
  • Zero in on the shoes that have literally caused you pain — this is the time to be cutthroat. If you avoid wearing a particular pair due to how uncomfortable they are, take a deep breath and throw them out. If they're just a little tight and you think they're worth salvaging, try stretching them out. I recently tested Formé Shoe Shapers on a pair of pointed toe heels that were too tight in the front and they worked like magic. They now feel a half-size bigger and I can wear them without getting piercing pain in my toes.

Organize
Once you've finished taking inventory of your shoes, it's time for the fun part! Sorting by style and occasion will help you find what you need when you're putting together outfits. I group my shoes this way:
  • flats
  • heels and professional/work-appropriate shoes
  • sandals and "house shoes" (the pairs you throw on to get the mail, do a quick errand, etc.)
  • sneakers and tennis shoes
  • special occasion
  • boots and cold weather shoes
Once you sort your shoes into groups, identify the space(s) around your house where you can store them. My main closet is certainly not big enough to hold all my shoes and clothes, so I have shoes in different areas of my apartment, including in my closet, under the bed, inside a storage bench at the foot of my bed and in over-the-door organizers. Pro tip: the doors around your house offer well-hidden, often under-utilized storage space. Over-the-door organizers are great for all kinds of things, including shoes! For example, put just one over your closet door and you now have space to store 20+ pairs of shoes! Here are a few different types of organizers I use for my shoes.

Accessorize
You may not realize it yet, but some of the shoes in your closet can be transformed into a totally new style in seconds using a cool product called Straplets. This ingenious invention quickly and easily changes the look of your shoe and solves the problem of annoying shoe slips. Straplets come in four styles and I'm obsessed with how effortless they are. They also expand the number of ways you can wear your favorite shoes — using Straplets, you can style one pair of heels in four other different ways for a total of five unique looks! That's a lot of fashion bang for your buck. Check out how easy these are to use in this quick video and then shop Straplets here.


I hope these tips help you makeover your shoe collection, so you can more fully appreciate the beauty and potential of what you already have in your closet. Let me know how it goes! :)

5/19/20

7 Gratifying Things to Do at Home That Don't Cost a Dime

It's understandable why some people are going stir crazy at home, but in my case, I finally have time and energy to do all the things I put off in the past as a result of not being home enough. During quarantine, it's easy to get sucked into unfulfilling distractions like scrolling through social media, making TikToks and splurging on cute lounge wear. However, this time should be about finding joy and gratitude in simple things because that's precisely what we're all missing in our lives right now — we can't plan or celebrate or enjoy life exactly the way we used to, but the good news is we will again soon and we'll appreciate it that much more. In the meantime, I think we should make the most of our time at home and focus on achieving little wins for ourselves. Here are a few ideas for things to do at home that are not only free, but will make you feel pretty good, too.

1. Reorganize
This is an ongoing project for me because I feel like organizing is truly never done. However, I finally dove in to some areas of my place that needed a refresh like my closet and bathroom cabinets. In the hustle of normal life and daily routines, stuff accumulates and gets stored in nonsensical, unattractive ways. Quarantine is a great time to literally dig into the problem areas of your home and make some order out of the messes you've gradually created. You don't need to invest in fancy organizing systems or color-coded bins either; get creative and re-purpose things you already have around the house like Amazon boxes and empty (clean) food containers.


home organization

2. Try a Little DIY
I'm sure you have some DIYs or crafty projects lying around the house that you've been meaning to try, but there was always some new Netflix show to binge first. I, for one, have been making jewelry (one of my favorite hobbies/pastimes!) and next up, plan to do a paint-by-number canvas my mom gave me several Christmases ago (sorry, Mom!). Even if you're not into crafting, you can try a simple yet super satisfying DIY like this one from my friend Stephanie Pernas and update an old t-shirt or sweatshirt with a quick snip!

crop sweater DIY

3. Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are basically the modern, on-demand version of talk radio and with a huge podcast universe to explore, it's the perfect time to tune in. Do a quick podcast search based on your interests and then listen for free whenever you want. A couple of my favorites are Suze Orman's Women and Money podcast and Second Life.

listen to podcast

4. Brush Up on Your Skills
It's hard to imagine that people learned how to do hair and makeup before YouTube, so we're #blessed to live in a time when all this expertise is literally just a click away. One of my favorite quarantine activities is watching hair and makeup tutorials because this is a great opportunity to observe the pros and brush up on my skills. If you want to learn how to correctly apply bronzer or do a fishtail braid, seize the moment and prepare to be your best, beautiful self when we all emerge from quarantine.

makeup tutorial

5. Make a Vision Board
This is something I've had on my to-do list for a while and now I finally have the time and motivation to do it. I love the intention and purpose behind a vision board — organizing your goals and dreams in a way that helps you visualize them happening in your life. Planning a vision board and sitting down to put it together forces you to take stock of your life and what's important to you, which is part of the effect this quarantine experience is having on all of us. Here's a quick vision board tutorial to get you started. You can cut pictures and words out of magazines or print stuff off the internet, whatever works for you. Just make sure your vision board reflects the things you love and want for your life. Then make sure to display it somewhere that you can look at it every day.

vision board

6. Start a Gratitude Journal
This one is pretty straightforward and extremely effective. If you do nothing else on this list, do this one thing — each day, write down (or at least think about) a few things you're grateful for. It doesn't matter if it's a small thing like what you had for breakfast or a big thing like your health, job, family, etc. The point is to take a moment to appreciate what you have and how it makes you feel. This is a long-term practice you can start now that will have an increasingly positive effect on your mood and outlook over time.

gratitude journal

7. Look at Photo Albums
Remember those?! Chances are you have some (and so do your parents), so take a stroll down memory lane and flip through old photos that remind you of happier, carefree times. You might even find a few gems you want to frame or share in your next Zoom happy hour.

photo album

How are you spending time at home and what are some of the things you've enjoyed doing most? Stay safe!

10/16/19

Love Fashion + Sports? These are the Instagram Accounts You Need to Be Following

instagram
Instagram is a great tool for connecting with people who inspire you and have similar interests. After blogging for years about fashion and sports, I've become part of an online community that shares my passions. I like to think we're all doing our part to eliminate the stereotype that women don't like or care about sports, especially if they like fashion and "girly" things! That cannot be further from the truth, so I love seeing and supporting other women who can talk intelligently and passionately about sports while rocking an amazing outfit at the same time.

If you love fashion and sports, and are searching for like-minded ladies to connect with online, these are the Instagram accounts you need to be following!



This account speaks to me in every way. The bio defines a "fangirl" as "a woman who knows all of Tom Brady's stats, but isn't afraid to embrace her inner Gisele." YAS. There are other accounts linked to the Fangirl Sports Network that post content specific to different NFL teams, which are all part of #FangirlNation.



She's the founder and CEO of Fangirl Sports Network, so following her is a no-brainer.



Megan Reyes is a New Orleans Saints fan (and part of #FangirlNation), but even if you root for a different NFL team, she has great style and undeniable passion for football.



@sidelinesocialite
Brittany Bertuzzi is a mom and sports fan from Houston, Texas and her account is a fun mix of family, fashion and sports.



@sharpdressedfan
Kirsten is a devoted New York Mets fan with amazing style and a serious talent for putting together team-inspired outfits.



@thesportsbrat
Sports fans will travel and Dani is everywhere you want to be! She takes her followers along for the ride from the tailgate to game time and everything in between.



@footballstylist
This account will get you ready to up your fashion game.



@therelishsports
Serving ALL the memes for female sports fans.


@aglamslam
This is the first fashion and sports blog I found online and I remember how great it felt to discover someone else who was interested in the same things as me. Heather always has the scoop on what's new and next in fashion for sports fans.



@thestyleref
Ok, shameless plug for me! ;) If you're a USF Bulls or New York Giants fan, let's be IG friends.

Let me know what other Instagram accounts you follow for your regular dose of fashion and sports!