Creative Closet Organization

Spring is in the air and with it comes the motivation to revamp and reorganize all the little corners of your abode. Last week, we blogged about realistic closets for the average home that are as chic and functionable as those you see on the pages of Elle Decor and Pinterest, just pared down for those of us not living in 10,000 sq. ft. 😉

This post is an extension of said Inspiration | Closets post. Currently, I live in an a quaint 1950’s ranch that I adore; however, what I don’t adore is the lack of closet space! So, I had to get creative and essentially install a wall closet unit in the room I use as my office. I like to refer to it as my ‘cloffice’. Beyond needing space to hang just my clothes, I needed areas to keep my sweaters, jewelry and scarves. What’s a girl to do?! Get creative, that’s what!

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In the images below you can see I’ve taken a three-pronged hook I purchased at Anthropologie about 2 years ago with the intention to use it in my bathroom to hang towels. Well, that never happened and I didn’t use the hook until we moved into this house and boom! Instant jewelry holder that kind of doubles as wall art ( okay, maybe only in my mind ).

Then, I cleared off the shelf of our office filing cabinet (which actually does hold office supplies and files in the drawer part) to stack and store my sweaters. Disclaimer: this piece is no longer sold with a shelf and drawer option, only one or the other. The rest of my un-hangable jewelry is kept in several pretty dishes on top of the cabinet. That cabinet is really working overtime!

Finally, I use woven baskets to keep scarves bundled and out of the way. You could also keep small bags or clutches in a basket like this if you have a similar closet situation. I have a few other space-maximizing ideas to be implemented, so stay tuned!

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Also, remember closet organization is part of every closet audit! We understand that being able to see your clothes and access them easily is just as important as having the right pieces in your wardrobe to work with!

xo – P&F

What I Wore | Animal Print Done Right

Animal print is so prevalent these days it’s beginning to become this fantastic printed neutral! Which who doesn’t love a great print to jazz up a basic look?

However, in my opinion, there is a way to wear animal print that is, um, how do I say this politely, not like anyone on Jersey Shore. Okay, great, you got the visual. That is exactly how I recommend you don’t wear animal print. Why be tacky when you can rock animal print classically?

Yesterday, I paired a muted animal print shift dress I got at J.Crew two years ago with a white honeycomb sweater over it with a necklace that had just enough weight to pop. Then, threw my favorite tan tweed blazer over that. Added black ribbed tights ( it was 20 degrees yesterday, people) and black heels and I was out the door.

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Layering sweaters or long sleeve tees over dresses is one of my very favorite ways of maximizing my wardrobe options. Of course, it’s much easier to do with more basic dresses. Though, after styling my animal print shift into a more creative look I’m inspired to rethink my other printed dresses to extend their wear outside of ‘just a dress.’ I’ll keep you posted 😉

Valentine’s Day | Under $100 Gift Guide

You don’t have to break the bank to show a little love to your S.O. Check out a few of our favorite items that are thoughtful in gesture & kind on the budget:

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For Him: 1) Henri Bendel Firewood Candle, $30; Henri Bendel 2) Harry’s Engraved Winston Set, $40; Harry’s 3) Smathers & Branson ‘Got Rum’ Key Fob, $28.50; Smathers & Branson 4) The Whiskey Lover Set, $60; AHAlife 5) Ohio Gameday Hat, $25; State Traditions

For Her: 1) TOCCA Perfumes (our faves are Colette & Margaux), $68; TOCCA 2) Gold Heart iPhone Case, $22; Field Trip/Etsy 3) Our Q&A a Day, $17; Anthropologie 4) Malindi Cuff, $48; Anthropologie 5) You can’t go wrong with flowers! Rose Bredl is a local favorite of ours (prices vary)

 For more great gifts check out our full list of ideas on Pinterest!! And don’t forget to follow us for everything from great quotes to our favorite style moments!

Happy Love Day Shopping!

P&F

Diane Kruger | Style Moments

Diane Kruger embodies style. What we love about Diane is that you never know how you’re going to see her: sometimes sophisticated, sometimes sexy. Sometimes casual chic, others, a little retro.

However she decides to dress it up it’s always all her own. Completely effortless and elegant. Yes, even when she’s casually dressed in boyfriend jeans and a long blazer, she radiates elegance. For that, we would hate her, but why hate when you can adore?

Here’s a few of our favorite Diane Kruger style moments.

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Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

xo, P&F

Winter Vacation Inspiration

The endless snow here in Ohio has us dreaming of a long weekend somewhere where laying pool or beach side is the only viable option. That’s why we’re obsessing over these amaze cover ups that look fantastic by the water and even better doubled as a chic shopping or tapas date ensemble on the sandy, sun-soaked streets of your vacation destination. We love maximizing our options 😉

From left to right: 9seed, Mara Hoffman, Theodora & Callum and Milly. All available via ShopBop.

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What I Wore :: Fall Textures and Prints

Textures and prints can turn basics like a plain white tee or a pair of skinny jeans into a knock-out look. They allow your style to be elevated and create statement worthy looks. Never be intimidated to mix prints and textures, the key, as always, is to keep it simple and polished.

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Pim + Larkin Jacket from Piperlime (shop the label here), Club Monaco Textured Bib Top (similar here), Ann Taylor LOFT Jeans (shop LOFT denim here), Gold Tipped Dolce Vita Heels (buy here), Anthropologie Necklace (buy here)

Style Spotlight :: Cassidy Short

This weeks Style Spotlight is on Cassidy Short.  Just over a year ago Cassidy embarked on what many of us would think is impossible – no shopping for a year! She documented her experience through blogging via No Rebecca for a Year, showcasing what a life without shopping looks like and how to make use of the staples in her closet. Now that she is (thankfully and successfully) through that experience, she has decided to continue to utilize blogging as a creative outlet. With her just launched blog Heart of Gold + Glitter, Cassidy hopes to showcase aspects that embody her and her passions – fashion and philanthropy! We look forward to learning about brands that give back and observing Cassidy’s chic fashion choices along the way!

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Here are a few more tid-bits about Cassidy…

1. Describe your style in 5 words:
Chic, Feminine, Androgynous, Sophisticated,Versatile

2.  Who is your style icon and why?
Alicia Lund of the blog Cheetah is the New Black – she balances fashion forward style with everyday wear to perfection!

3.  What accessory can you not live without?
Always – a great handbag. But if I had to choose one piece it would be the sapphire ring (pictured above) from my mother. My dad gave it to her in the 80’s and she recently passed it down to me. I’m currently crushing on gold and sapphires because of it!

4. What’s your favorite trend of the season and how have you been wearing it?
Minimalist Jewelry: smaller, simpler statements that I can wear every day. I recently bought some earrings from Eva Dueñas Etsy Shop, Sew A Song. I love their versatility!

5. What is your favorite fashion brand that gives back?
FEED, I love the way they take something so simple and understated like burlap, and make it chic and fashionable. In the fall I was selected to be part of a pilot program for the brand, coming up with creative ways to build awareness. One of the events included hosting friends for a fun night of bubbly and apps, each bringing canned goods for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. I donated over 200 lbs and couldn’t be happier for all my friends help and support!!

What I Wore :: Day to Night

Friday’s call for an outfit that can make an easy transition from day to night. There is little time between leaving the office to heading to happy hour or a dinner thing, so make it easy with a simple swap to a fun top, heels and a great clutch!
Polish and Flair - Day to NightDay: Top (similar here), Blazer (similar here) and Pants (buy here) all Banana Republic, Target Sandals
Night: Top (love this) and Pants both Banana Republic, Sam Edelman Pumps from Ladybird, Handbag from Nordstrom (similar here)