Wardrobe Essentials for Women

Here’s the thing: I have way too many clothes. I realize that. Most of us realize that, I think. My problem is that my style is starting to change. No longer do I enjoy running around in XXI clothes (or, heaven forbid, my old obsession for Charlotte Russe). Almost every time I look through my clothes, I have this overwhelming urge to throw everything I own away and start from scratch.

But how do you start from scratch? Thus started my idea to put together a list of essential pieces to buy again if I ever actually get around to starting a fresh wardrobe. Obviously, everything listed here can be altered to fit your style!

Bottoms and tops:

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dark wash jeans, regular wash jeans, high-waisted black leggings (my favorite), sweat pants, pencil skirt, jean shorts, tan shorts; black tee, white tee, button-up, sweater, zip-up jacket, flannel, blazer, pea coat, hoodie.

Dresses, shoes, socks:

Wardrobe Essentials (dresses, shoes, socks)a night dress, a day dress; nude heels, black heels, brown boots, black boots, athletic shoes, day-to-day tennis shoes, ballet flats, sandals, slippers; knee socks, ankle socks, no-show socks, regular socks, tights.

Winter accessories, bags, & underwear:

Wardrobe Essentials (winter, bags, underwear)an infinity scarf, regular scarf, beanie & gloves; wallet, clutch, black bag, brown bag, overnight bag, backpack; bathing suit; thongs, regular underwear, sports bra, white/tan/black bra (with at least one with a strapless option).

So if you ask me, these are the basic building blocks to any wardrobe! Let me know if there’s a piece you can’t live without.

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Back taking photos

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally gotten back into photography. It helps that my friend is making a CD and releasing an EP soon, so I had an excuse. Here are a couple of my favorites, edited with a (totally legal) copy of Photoshop:

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It was a lot of fun to do this shoot. We ended up with tons of really great shots. I can’t wait to post her song stuff when her website gets set up. It’s possible yours truly will even be harmonizing on one of the songs! Eee!

I did her hair and makeup. She recently cut like 20+ inches off to this adorable pixie. I used a straightener to curl the ends out a little and make it look a little messy-chic.

For the makeup, I followed this photo. I couldn’t find pigmented enough eyeshadow, so I ended up actually using lipstick! I still feel like a genius for that. There’s no eyeliner and just a little brown mascara, since her hair is naturally very light.

This is just a sneak peek, and the fully edited photos will only be available on her website (coming soon), but I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been working on!

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Valentine’s Day Nails

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I had shellac on my nails over the past few weeks–and since the polish was dark, it was super noticeable when my nails started to grow. Instead of trying to remove it myself (which you can do by filing of the top layer, then soaking in acetone for a while, then filing more and more off as you alternate soaking), I just went and had a salon remove it. They also filed my nails nicely and removed my cuticles (which is the best part).

Like I said, the color I had for almost a month was dark, so this time I decided I’d go for a lighter color. What better than Essie’s Ballet Slippers that my amazing sister got me for Christmas? I saw this tutorial on Pinterest and just knew it’d be my next project. Since I’m not super talented, I decided to only do the heart on one hand. Surprisingly, it looks really cool like that. I also like how the heart is facing me.

Fun fact: did you know the Egyptians (and other people) used to believe that there was a vein running directly from the ring finger to the heart–and that’s why we put rings on that finger? We now know that’s not true, but the symbolism is beautiful!

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My Sister

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This is my sister, and this is her adorable outfit, made entirely of Christmas presents!! You can’t really tell in this picture, but her boots are Steve Madden, super cute leather. Clearly her husband is a winner. Clearly she is the stylish one in the family.

Also, check out that snow! My sister’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, and this year was one of only a few times it’s ever snowed on her birthday in her life! It snowed on Christmas Day, too! And the next day–and today! It’s been a snowy season! It’s fun to take pictures in and look at, but driving in snow is one of the most stressful things of all time ever.

I hate driving in snow.

I think I might be living in the wrong state. Maybe I’ll do law school in California.

A girl can dream.

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Playing in the November Snow

 

I love contrasting black and cream. I don’t know why, but it just makes my eyes happy. Especially in Winter. All the clothes I’m wearing in the photos were gifts. I don’t know where anything is from, except my tights, but I can’t remember where I got them! I remember WHEN I got them, and what they were FOR, but not where…

I need more patterned tights.

And less snow. Don’t get me wrong, snow is perfect for photographing and playing, but I am deathly afraid of driving in snow. Yes, I realize I picked the wrong state to live in.

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Old Friends

This is my friend Sarah. I decided to put it in bold, because she sort of looks like me and I would be very offended if people commented saying, “Wow, Britt, you’re skinny now!”

If the thought crossed your mind, here’s what I have to say about that.

Sarah and I have known each other for around 12-15 years. I was 5 when I moved to the city we ended up both living in 1996. That’s a really long time to know someone and still be around each other.

Well, we reunited a while ago and–what else do I do with friends but take photos? So this is where we ended up! Click on the photos in the gallery below to make ‘em bigger.

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Happy Fall Equinox

I usually don’t post on Saturdays, but today is the start of fall–and well, I have to celebrate in my most fall outfit. The “Stanford” sweater is actually vintage! It belonged to my mom in the 80’s. The lace0side leggings (I don’t get to wear these nearly enough, btw) are from Papaya. The cute collared hearts piece was supposed to be a dress–but it totally shrank. Yes, again with my ELF Cheerful Cherry lipstick. It really is my fall favorite.

Even though the Fall Equinox is today, I don’t feel like fall has really set in. It’s definitely starting to creep around the corner, but I’m still holding out for 60 and 70 degree temps. Enough of this heat already! (But don’t come for a while, Winter.)

But, regardless of if we like it, the seasons are changing. Whether you pronounce it “Ee-quinox” or “Eh-quinox,” let’s remember to come together at this Season of Thankfulness–and let’s just all get along, okay?!

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Black and White

Cropped. Filtered black & white, filtering the green instead of red! Makes the eyes look brighter, lips look darker. Increased highlights, removed stray hairs that went across my face, brightened eyes, darkened eye liner (to make it look smeary) & other minor spot corrections.

Pentax K-x. Taken on 2-sec timer with flash. Focal length 23.1mm. Exposure time 1/20. F-stop f/4. ISO 200.

If you own a digital SLR, you should know what all of that means. If you don’t, take a class like I did. If you don’t want to, maybe I’ll post a little beginner guide next week.

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July, Happy Independence Day, Happy Summer! Shirt is from Victoria’s Secret, bike belongs to my brother-in-law. Can’t wait to enjoy fireworks tonight, but responsibly, of course, since half of the state is on fire.

My heart goes out to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom–and to all those who continue to put their lives on the line for our country!

In other news, I got a Ukulele for my birthday. I have written SO MANY NEW SONGS. I feel like Taylor Swift, writing about all my exes. Well, some I wrote while I was still with them. It’s actually really therapeutic!

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On The Topic Of Balloons

On my way to work this morning, I saw this! How lovely! What a beautiful way to start a morning. I’m excited for Independence day tomorrow! Everyone have a fun/safe Holiday!

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Je Veux

Tank from Forever21, cover up from Charlotte Russe.

This is what my hair looks like when I just wash it and don’t brush it or anything when I get out of the shower. If I brush it, it dries straight usually.

So the shirt says “Je veux faire du pied a toi,” which apparently means “I wanna play footsie with you” in French. Best. Tank. Ever.

I can’t believe I’m almost 21. It is crazy how fast time is flying! Everything just needs to slow down a little. I am growing up too fast.

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After A Long Day Of Shopping

Nice to see you again, yellow blazer! I coincidentally wore those same shoes, too, I just didn’t get a good photo of them. Nails are done with Essie’s Play Date and a top coat of Sinful Colors’ Purple Diamond. Dress is from Papaya. I got my necklace from a little boutique about a year ago and the ring on the right hand is from Charlotte Russe, the LOVE ring, I can’t remember where it’s from or when I even got it…they have them everywhere, though.

I wore this to a family friend’s reception on Saturday!

In other news, I hate it when I do that thing when I smile and my teeth go over my lip. It’s so unattractive. I should’ve gotten braces.

Oh well. So this week, I’m going to St. George! It’ll be fun. Fingers crossed I come back tan.

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Happy Memorial Day

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Hi! I’m headed up to Salt Lake for the day! Here are some lovely patriotic nails. I am so happy to be American, and to have been protected by those serving in the armed forces! I realize I’ve been putting up a lot of nail stuff, I will tone it down in the future.

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A Photo Shoot

I did a lovely photo shoot with the even lovelier Alexis last week. It turned out wonderfully! She was really fun to shoot with. Thanks to her for giving me the opportunity to do something I really enjoy!

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My Heart Is In France (soon)

I designed this shirt on CafePress.com to wear occasionally while my boy is in France. He’s not there yet, but I just found out he’ll be leaving May 7th! It’s all very exciting. Also, you can see in the photo that I’ve got my Blue Slant Tip nails (oooooh, lovelyyy).

The back is also really awesome, but I didn’t get a good photo before my camera died, so we will make a part two eventually.

I’ve decided I’m going to make a 24 month goal list. Learn French is on there. Oh, life! It’s really just full of opportunities! Here’s to hoping I’ll actually have a productive Monday!

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