10 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

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The weather is cooling down and the bare legs and bright colors of summer are starting to feel a bit of a chill. As summer draws to a close, you may be wondering what items to pull from storage and what you should buy new to transition into a fabulous fall wardrobe. Follow our basic guidelines and start with these 10 fall wardrobe essentials and you’ll be on your way to a stylish autumn season.

 

The basics

Deep, rich colors and pieces for layering on cooler days are essential to the fall wardrobe. Earthy fabrics and knits bring warmth to a cold season, and subtle metallics and leather also make a comeback this time of year.

 

1. Long sleeved tees

Perfect for layering, long-sleeved tees will keep you warm and add depth to a fall outfit. Blacks, grays, and creams are good colors to start with and can be layered under some of your more versatile warm-weather clothes if needed.

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From Merona at Target

 

2. A pullover sweater

A pullover can be a lifesaver when weather suddenly changes. Choose close-knit styles for a tailored look or bulkier knits when you just want to cozy up with a good book and your favorite cool-weather beverage.

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From DKNY at ShopBop

 

3. Boots

This one is almost self-explanatory, but there are many styles, heights, and colors when it comes to boots. Choose a pair or two of favorites like ankle, knee-high, or mid-calf boots and switch things up depending on the weather!

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From Wrangler at Free People

 

4. Leggings and tights

Leggings and tights come in a huge variety of patterns and colors. There really is something for everyone! The bare-legged styles of summer may not be warm enough for the fall months, but a good set of leggings can extend the life of some of your favorites, and tights make any skirt — and even shorts — more practical.

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As seen on Twenties Girl Style

 

5. A scarf

Another accessory worth stocking in many colors and styles is definitely the scarf! You can still wear scarves made of sheer fabrics during autumn, but can also start to introduce bulkier, warmer varieties.

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As seen on Liz Marie Blog

6. Cardigans

Cardis are another versatile essential for the fall. They can be found with or without buttons, long-sleeved, ¾ sleeved, colored, patterned, with hoods, and in all kinds of fabrics. For a staple, go with a neutral color that you can get a lot of wear out of, but if you have the budget for a second cardigan choose something fun!

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As seen on Top Shelf Clothes

 

7. Leather

I could be more specific, but if you choose even a single leather item for your closet this year, you’ll be on the right path. A leather pencil skirt, pants, or a jacket are great additions to any outfit.

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8. A loose blouse

You just can’t go wrong where a blouse is concerned, no matter the season. Plus, they’re perfect for pairing under a cardi or pullover if it turns extra chilly.  For fall, choose darker, rich colors (try jewel tones) or creamy neutrals.

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As seen on The Student’s Wife

 

9. A sweatshirt/hoodie

There are going to be gray, drizzly mornings this autumn when you wake up and think one thing – comfy. Those are the mornings to don your favorite hoodie and jeans. But a comfy outfit doesn’t have to be a frumpy one! Go for a more fitted sweatshirt that flatters rather than covers your curves.

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As seen on Arrows and Apricots

 

10. Metallic accessories

If you’ve got your other essentials hanging in the closet it’s time to add some bling! A little bit of metallic jewelry will go a long way in jazzing up your basics and you can start to look for clothing with built-in sparkle as well. Keep it subtle at first – bronze, gold, brushed metallics – then slowly kick things up by adding in more silver and sparkle as the weather cools.

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As seen on Because Shanna Said So

 

 

Other items to consider:

  • The sweater dress

It screams retro, and retro is in. Pair it with leggings or some fun patterned tights.

 

  • Boot socks

They’re not really socks, but that’s what makes them so great! A boot sock is a cozy little band, often knit, that rests around your leg, just inside the top of your boot and peeps over the top. This gives the illusion that you are wearing a long sock, but you don’t have to deal with all the bulk in your boots!

 

  • A blazer

Blazers in neutral colors or preppy plaids are a great way to add fun to an outfit and they work well with scarves. Pair one with a blouse and a pair of jeans for a classy casual look.

 

  • A vest

Keep things on the slim side (save the really puffy vests for winter!) and layer a vest with your favorite tees, button-ups, or sweatshirts.

 

  • A good pair of sneakers

Remember those mornings we talked about where comfy will be your go-to? Sneakers are another perfect fit for those mornings. Consider all the options – chucks, high-tops, classics… there are plenty to choose from, whatever your style!

 

Looking for more ideas to amp up your style? Try these tips for Winter Hair Care!

 

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Summer Clothing Guide – Staying Safe and Stylish in the Sun!

Summer clothing guide - stay safe and stylish in the sun! ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #clothing

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The summer sun rises early and stays up late and makes for steamy days when it’s tempting just to lounge around the house in nothing but your underwear. But if you really have to be out and about, there are things you can do to keep your cool and protect yourself from that blazing sun. Choosing the right styles, fabrics, and accessories is essential, and this summer clothing guide is sure to put you on the right path to being safe and stylish this summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

1. Top

Keep things breezy while still covering lots of skin with a flowy 100% cotton top in a light color. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for pulling moisture away from the skin and is soft and comfortable even on the most uncomfortable of days. Embroidered details will add a subtle and feminine flair.

 

2. Bottoms

Linen is another great, natural fabric to keep summer heat at bay, and these linen pants are loose-fitting for allowing more air through to cool the skin. Again, a light color is preferable and a long pant is great for keeping skin protected. Linen is also a very durable fabric and can withstand lots of play at the beach!

 

3. Hat

Your best accessory for a day in the sun is going to be a classy, wide-brimmed sun hat. The wider the brim, the more sun protection the hat will offer your face, which is perfect for days when you are trying to avoid slathering on sunscreen and having that “shiny nose” look. Go for a bold pattern or color to mix things up!

 

4. Eyewear

Don’t skimp when it comes to eye protection – yep, UV rays can damage your eyes too, especially if your eyes are a lighter color like blue or green. Choose sunglasses that cover a large area around your eyes and are specified to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Look for glasses that complement the shape of your face, or go for a universal shape like the aviator.

 

5. Tote

A tote is an essential for keeping your sunscreen and other personal items close at hand on a hot day. A bag made from or lined with canvas will help keep things clean and dry for those hours at the beach.

 

6. Jewelry

If you choose to wear jewelry, keep it light with thin bracelets and small earrings. Avoid leather (it makes you sweat!) and dark metals that can heat up in the bright sun.

 

7. Shoes

The obvious choice for summer footwear is a sandal. And why not? They’re light on the feet and the best for allowing air to circulate, but before you throw on any old pair, consider the amount of time you’ll be spending in the sun. The tops of the feet are high-risk areas for sunburn because they are always facing the light and often neglected when sunscreen is applied. If you will be out and about during the sunniest parts of the day (from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), try a sandal that offers a bit of coverage for this part of the foot.

 

Safe and Stylish Summer Clothing Guide ~ @Tipsaholic #summer #clothing

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Are you looking for more ways to look great at the beach this summer? Try one of these 18 DIY Beach Coverups!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

20 DIY Accessories for Little Boys

20 DIY Accessories for Little Boys

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Dress up your little men with these fun and stylish DIY accessories!

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There seem to be millions of places we can get our hands on little girl accessories. With the variety of creative bows, headbands, jewelry, shoes, and leggings that are so adored in girl-dom, the Internet is full of shops and DIYs that specifically target girls and the people who love to dress them. But what about the boys?

It can be practically impossible to find equally fun ideas for dressing up our little men, but certainly the boys deserve to look just as stylish and sweet as the girls, right? With these 20 fantastic tutorials for DIY little boy accessories, they definitely will! The hats, shoes, ties, and more found here make perfect gift ideas for baby showers, birthdays, and holidays. Choose a project or two to try this weekend and soon those boys will be looking as dapper as ever.

 

Shoes and Socks

No-slip socks from Twin Dragonfly Designs.

“Little Man Shoes” from Shwin and Shwin.

Easy felt shoes from The Purl Bee.

 

Ties and Suspenders

No-sew bow tie from Kate Anfinson.

Clip-on bow tie from Mommy Minutes.

Long necktie from Little Bit Funky.

Suspenders from Make It & Love It.

 

Hats

Knotted hat from Pretty Prudent.

Flannel cap from This Mama Makes Stuff.

Lumber jack hat from Delia Creates.

Newsboy cap from Clevergirl.org.

 

Scarves

Fleece pocket scarf from Cherished Bliss.

“Infinity scarf”/cowl from See Kate Sew.

Fox scarf from Pretty Prudent.

Knit scarflet from Love City Blog.

 

Accessories with Purpose

Legwarmers from Surviving Motherhood.

Knee pads from Crazy Wonderful.

Baby mittens from Made to be a Momma.

Fabric pacifier clip from Sew Mama Sew.

Ribbon pacifier clip from The Creamery.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image courtesy of Shwin & Shwin.

6 Features of an Organized Closet

6 Features of an Organized Closet | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #closet

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You’ve already purged your closet of everything you don’t wear anymore. Now you need to organize it so that your remaining clothing stays in good condition and is easily accessible. After all, if you can’t see it or get to it, you’re never going to wear it!  The following six features of an organized closet will help you know how to get your clothes in order.

 

Long Hanging Clothes

Most closet rods are at a height that is ideal for long hanging items like dresses and long coats. Be sure to use the appropriate hangers for each item: shaped hangers with broader shoulders for coats and suits, no-slip velvet hangers for delicate items, and wood or plastic for everything else. Please straighten out all those old wire hangers and roast some marshmallows on them, because that’s about all they’re good for!

 

Short Hanging Clothes

Skirts, pants, and shirts don’t actually take up much vertical space in your closet. By installing two rods–one about 40 inches above the floor, the other about 40 inches above that–you can double the amount of clothing you can hang in the same sizes space. Not handy with a screwdriver? Not to worry! If your current closet rod is high enough, you can use one of these closet doublers to do pretty much the same thing. Again, be sure to use the right hanger for your clothes. Skirts should be clipped to straight hangers, as should pants. You can also fold pants over open-ended hangers like these. Tops belong on plastic, wood, or no-slip velvet hangers.

 

Folded Clothes

Everyone has their preferences for how to fold a pair of socks or pair of jeans, but no matter how you do it, there are a couple key things to keep in mind for your folded items. Don’t stack your folded clothing too high. For one thing, you’ll forget about the stuff on the bottom of the stack. For another, those bottom pieces will get smashed and creased from the weight of everything on top. Four pairs of pants, six sweaters, or eight t-shirts is a good rule of thumb. Stack like items together, and keep each stack separate by using dividers or bins. Match socks before throwing them into a drawer; even better, use small dividers to keep pairs of socks separate and visible.

 

Shoes

We are probably all guilty of tossing our shoes into a jumbled mess on the floor of the closet (or living room…or bedroom…or entryway…) but this greatly diminishes the life of your shoes. Storing shoes properly not only helps you know where they are and what shoes you have–so you don’t end up accidentally buying a sixth pair of black heels–but also keeps them looking neat and clean. For people with the floor space, stacking shoe shelves are a great way to organize and display each pair. Over-the-door and other hanging options are ideal for people with less room to work with. Special occasion shoes should be boxed up and labeled so they don’t get dusty or damaged when not being worn, and tall boots should be stored upright with shapers inside to keep them from folding over and getting creases.

 

Accessories

Make sure your jewelry, scarves, and other accessories have a place to live too. But don’t just toss them into a drawer or on a shelf! Each piece needs its own little home, or else your necklaces will end up in a knotted jumble and you’ll be forever searching for matching earrings. See where you have a little extra space to work with and put it to good use. Wall mounted or over-the-door jewelry organizers great for walk-in closets, compartmentalized trays can slide into an unused drawer, and hanging pouches take up very little real estate on a closet rod. Scarves, ties, and belts can be rolled up stored like socks in a drawer, hung on individual wall hooks, or stored on a hanging organizer on your closet rod. Purses should be stored upright on a shelf or in a box.

 

Seasonal Clothes

This category includes things like sweaters, gloves, warm scarves, and coats for winter, and swimsuits, sundresses, and sandals for summer. Store these items in the harder-to-reach spaces in your closet: high shelves, the end of the closet rod, on the floor in the very back, etc. That way they won’t distract from the clothing that is seasonally appropriate right now. Fold knits carefully and store them in clearly labeled boxes. Hang silks, linens, and other delicate fabrics inside garment bags so they won’t have deep creases when you get them out again. Add a cedar block to each box, or include a hanging block inside a garment bag, to prevent pests from munching on your clothes while you’re not wearing them.

Check our archives for more helpful hints on keeping your closets organized!

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

 

Featured image courtesy of The Hanger Depot.

Easy Tips On How To Dress For A Family Portrait

Oh the stress.

As if it weren’t hard enough to drag your screaming, kicking unwilling family along to get the annual family photo taken, but to figure out what to wear? It’s too much!

Never fear, I have a few easy tips for you that will help you along in this process and keep it relatively painless.

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1.  Kick it up a notch

You’ll hear this a lot “make sure everyone is comfortable”. While I agree to a certain point, what if someone’s “comfortable” is their torn up jeans and ratty t-shirt?  Instead I would say have everyone be themselves but kick it up a notch.  Show the more fun side of your personality rather than the couch potato personality!

 

2. Pattens, Layers and Accessories

Patterns are okay in moderation and as long as it’s complimentary to everyone else.

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Typically it’s good to have one or two people with the pattern and everyone else can work around it with complimentary solid colors.  In addition, layers, textures and accessories all add more personality to your overall look so go for it!  For more visual examples I recommend heading over to Pinterest and searching for ‘family portrait style guide’.

 

3. Avoid logos, characters, etc.

On children and adults alike this is a hard fast rule of most photographers.  Why? Refer to #1.  It will make you stand out in the picture and not in a good way!

 

4. Let their light shine

Here’s the thing, our kids often leave our heads shaking when they come out of their rooms beaming with pride having put together the weirdest looking outfit humanly possible.  But just remember that one day they will likely be just as boring as we are, so while they have no inhibitions limiting their choice in outfits, embrace it.  Step in with some guidance however if any or all of rules 1-3 are broken.  Here’s my daughter who insisted on her hair in a messy bun and a pair of glasses ‘just like mommy’ for this photo shoot.  My choice would have been way less memorable – so glad I gave in!

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5. Consider Your Home

Did I throw you off with that one?  This is important for a couple of reasons.  First, we tend to decorate our homes with colors we love and are drawn to.  If that’s the case for you (hopefully it is!) then consider incorporating those colors in your family’s wardrobe selection. This brings me to my next reason which is how you plan to display photos in your home (which I hope you plan to do!).  By having a color palette that compliments your home, it will be a piece of cake when your ready to display them.  For example (of what not to do), I recently took a gorgeous photo of my daughter in a field of sunflowers but I can’t hang it where I would really like to because the yellow flowers don’t ‘fit in’. Sadly, it just wouldn’t work.  However, if you’re intentions are to put the photos in an album then by all means feel free to take a creative leap from your ‘normal’ colors!

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share based on your own experiences?  Comment below!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.