Sunday, September 28, 2014

What to Wear Out West

As September comes to a close, I tend to look back on Summer like it was a dream.  Especially this Summer.  

I've been wrapped up in the West Coast and everything about it.  Here I was convinced I was a misplaced East Coast lady but after this Summer, the West has my heart entirely.  The deserts, the beaches, all the mountains (not to mention the best Mexican food in the U.S.) to the ponchos, the prairie skirts and the coolest boots this side of the Mississippi - the ensemble below is one of my favorite outfits yet.  Perfect for any ol' day out West.

If you've been following me for any amount of time, you'll recognize this skirt (actually a dress folded down).  I have worn this every way possible, through every season, in tons of styles.  It was a thoughtful splurge I made a few years ago in preparation to vacation in the Philippines for the Winter.  Since then, it's been a constant surprise in versatility with the rest of the gems in my Tiny Closet.

Also, my dance style top is a dress as well. I do this a lot actually.  Having a Tiny Closet usually means utilizing your pieces in more ways than one.  Skirts as shirts, dresses as skirts, etc...  If done seamlessly, the alternative looks are natural and not to mention, comfy to wear!

Now the hat: I did exercise some frivolity while in the traveling mood.  The same liberty I took when, coincidentally in the Philippines when I bought a big glam sun hat for the beach.  Perhaps it's going to be a habit because I do plan on getting another hat for this A/W (ooo, I can't wait!).

I don't wear them much, but when I do, it's definitely with thought and design since they're an integral accessory for some of my outfits.

  hat: Santee Alley / top (normally a dress): American Apparel / skirt (normally a dress): All Saints / boots: Buffalo Exchange

So with the days very suddenly much cooler now, I am finally closing the chapter of Summer.

Moving on to October and the rest of Fall, you can get ready to see some newer looks and experimentations from my magical closet!  

And I want your input!

Have an idea for an ensemble or style you're dying to try but afraid it won't work?  
Got a new piece you love but can't seem to rock it with anything in your closet??  
Maybe I can help :)  

From my Tiny Closet to yours, this season, I'd love to hear some requests of what you'd like to see me style/wear/coordinate.  Let me be your guinea pig!  

If anything, maybe it'll give you some new ideas where you may be feeling stagnant or bored.  Let me know!

See ya back here next week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Colors of Fall

This month so far in Southern Cal has been hotter than all of Summer.  I definitely wasn't expecting a daily 100 degrees for the start of Fall when I planned this fitted turtleneck and floor length skirt duo. It's laughable to think of wearing right now.  I know it never really gets that cold here - still, this simple Fall ensemble was planned to be worn for relatively cool mornings on the Vespa, zipping around town to get coffee and a brisk stylish walk in the park.

Perhaps October will be more welcoming of my plans.

These two items (top and skirt) have replaced two older items from my [still] Tiny Closet that have since been donated.  About a year ago, I realized I'm very happy with the quantity (and quality) of clothing and accessories that I own.  I don't need anything more.

Does that mean I will never shop again?
No.  No it certainly doesn't.  Could you imagine?

It means, I've got all the options I need to keep me happy and creative throughout the year.  And when I see something I can't live without, I only purchase it if I can find an item in my closet that I can live without - and I simply replace it with the new.  

So even though I love to shop, I also know that it's easy for a fashion lover like myself to be perhaps too indulgent at times.  So this "system" I created for myself keeps me from dealing with a closet full of junk later.  

Replacing and not adding makes me enjoy my clothes more...

 and helps maintain my focus on the important stuff: being creative with personal style.

turtleneck: American Apparel / skirt: American Apparel / boots: Santee Alley / lip color: Milani "Black Cherry"

Yellow sunsets, brilliant jewel toned flowers, darkened fallen leaves - if only there was a nip in the air, this Fall would be perfect.

As you may be picking up already on my posting trend, with the relaunch of The Tiny Closet, you can look forward to reading and perusing a new post every Monday!  Additionally, I'll be sharing various products I've tried, believe in and love.  So keep your eyes peeled for those special posts as well.

Hope you enjoyed this new Monday post and I'll see ya back here next week for more!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Evening Wear In The Desert

I am a creature of habit  - one signature habit being keepin' it simple.  During a visit to Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert, the stunning simplicity of the endless terrain was startling to me.  It inspired me beyond words and actually, also reinforced my beliefs of the magnitude of minimalism.

Bells and whistles can be oh so fun but when it comes down to it...
Less is always more, ladies.

While in the middle of nowhere, all I wanted to wear was...well, as little as possible.  Probably because the desert is so sexy!  So mysterious and romantic everything was.  I was inspired to dress the part.

bra top: Free People / skirt: Robert Rodriguez / booties: Jessica Simpson / scarf: street vendor

Lately, I've been having a lot of fun not putting attention to my hair when dressing and styling myself.  Pulled back in a sleek, low ponytail or bun, I am enjoying showing off scarves and hats instead.

Having such naturally huge hair as I do, it's very easy to forget (or feel left out of) the fun one can have with headwear.  This scarf I found on the island of Boracay in the Philippines a couple years ago.  I still adore it and it's the first time I've worn it on my head. 

Going from around my neck with a jean jacket and leggings to over my head with a lace bra top and full skirt - a simple printed scarf can literally be transformed!  Coyotes howled as I strutted through the sandy tundra haha :)

And speaking of strutting, these good ol' suede booties, I can't even count the times I've worn these trusty gals.  You can see up close here with a waterfall skirt, or with some upgraded athletic wear.  You can also check them out with one of last years holiday wear, or my amazing Bottega Veneta harem pants for a more casual styling.  

The list goes on.  The point is, these booties go with everything!  A Tiny Closet treasure.

 This exquisite skirt has sheer paneling all throughout the design, as you can probably see...  Normally, I wear a little black mini skirt underneath (you know I gotta keep it classy) but this time I let the skirt do what it was designed to do, you know?

This skirt is rather new and I've already had so much fun with it.  You can see it here with a tank, some flats and marley twists!  

Anyway, it's not usually apart of my signature style to wear head wraps or really anything on my head besides my hair but after adventuring through the desert, headwear was second nature.  And so artistic in the world of fashion and style.  I will keep this option more in mind when traveling or when I'm not into tackling my hair.  Or just as a hot accessory regardless of travel or hair problems!

Even though the days are still scorching where I live, the evenings are getting noticeably cool to cold.  This outfit is definitely "transitionable" to evening, as it is afterall, evening wear - but with the full skirt and scarf, one can bundle up nicely.  Of course it's even warmer when wearing your date's jacket.

Ah, the adventures of a Tiny Closet!  Come back this time next week for another trip through my lil wardrobe.  The possibilities are endless.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

White After Labor Day

I've always been fascinated by the seemingly age-old and mysterious rule of not wearing white after Labor Day...  Why not??
trench coat: Mason / button up: Michael Kors / cutoffs: thrift / leopard flats: Steven / bangles: Santee Alley

An article about this in Time Magazine said

"Light Summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life."   

Indeed, P Diddy isn't the only one who believes white clothing provides a look of leisure.  And since Labor Day always symbolized the end of Summer, I guess it just doesn't look aesthetically correct for us ladies to come back from the Hamptons, strolling into our offices wearing a white linen suit.  White is for the free, casual glamour of Summer - not for the back-to-school grind.

Learning this, of course I had to play around with this theory.  I took two very favorite items from my Tiny Closet: gypsy pants and a mens button up - and transitioned them from rugged cutoffs to an elegant trench, to some fresh white heels.

button up: Michael Kors / gypsy pants: The Tiny Closet Collection / leopard flats: Steven

Playing with transitioning is what The Tiny Closet is all about actually.  A wardrobe that can seamlessly take you through the seasons, no matter where you live is easier than you think.  Just by changing even one or two items in an ensemble can transform a look and feel and even make your environment more enticing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


With all these thoughts I've been sharing about change and inspiration, I absolutely cannot wait to show you what I've been up to!

Hope you're as excited as I am!!
See ya next month :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beach Surf to Rooftop Turf


Last year, I decided to indulge in the creative, resort side of swimwear.  This year, the theme has been all.about.comfort.  In more ways than one.  I want to be comfortable in my clothes enough to forget about them and enjoy my life.  Especially when I'm at the beach. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dress It Up with Eyelet

I've been wearing mens button ups all Summer long and I'm noticing that I've been styling them more and more loosely, open and wrinkled.  
I'm just obsessed with that comfy, effortless, messy-chic look!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jeans & Tee: Another Version

In the spirit of Summer, when wearing a jeans and tee ensemble, my denim is ripped and my tees are shorter.  This time however, 
I chose to wear a mens button up that I cropped myself and ended the look with a simple nude, heeled sandal.

As much has the jeans-and-tee combo are oh-so-basic, the duo is also pure classic.  Always in style and absolutely seasonless, this is one outfit that can be personalized a plethora of different ways.  And you know how I feel about personalizing a look.  A better word: style.

Jeans and a tee is all about style.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

All In The Skirt

For Theo's 30th birthday, I was shopping for days to try and find the best outfit to bring him into the new decade.  

I'm not used to shopping as incessantly as I found myself doing that week.  My need to find the "perfect" outfit drove me practically insane but it was a rare moment in my life where I was not going to stand for anything I already had in my Tiny Closet.  It had to be something brand spanking new.

My search all came to halting stop however, when I came across this glorious skirt at The wasteland, my all time favorite thrift shop on Melrose Ave.  I can't say it was a magical happenstance as I walked into that store with full intent to see every single piece of clothing before I left, so finding the skirt was as inevitable as it was so phenomenal!!