Style After Style: The Patent Mule

These amazingly fabulous, stunning patent sky high mules aren't that well travelled yet but I've already managed to add them to all kinds of ensembles over the past year.

I'm not sure which look is my favorite so far - I love all the pairings I've done.  But I guess that's the product of a Tiny Closet you truly love.  Every look, every item tends to be your favorite!  Let me tell you, it is so wonderful always having something fabulous to wear.  And it has nothing to do with money.  Actually, now that I think about it, it may narrow down to two things:

Know what you like to see on yourself.
Buy only what you love.

But speaking of a dream closet that doesn't have anything to do with money...
These new chinos (yeesh, I never thought I'd say that word: chinos. Bleh.  I guess I have a dated association of that word with my high school days when Old Navy reigned supreme in suburbia) from J.Crew were a TOTAL SPONTANEOUS BUY.  Sorry for the obnoxious caps buuuut if you know The Tiny Closet "way", you know building a closet you love rarely relies on impulsive consumption.

But there's a slight difference between impulsive and spontaneous.  Impulsiveness is driven by emotion, which is probably why "impulse shopping" feels naughty. 

I'd been looking for a pair of fun pants that I couldn't sew myself.  Preferably of the polka-dot nature and baggy.  In pops a timely email from J. Crew announcing a ludicrous sale.  40% off sale items, double promotions, combining discount codes, yaddah, yaddah yah.  Amazing right?

I had no plans on buying anything that day or even browsing online.  I had actually sat down at my computer to check on a shipment number and 30 mins later, I'm pressing Buy Now on two items in my cart.  Impulsive?  Nah.  Spontaneous? Yes.  

And it was all according to plan.
Well, some type of plan... 
But that's the thing, when you know exactly what you want, when you randomly see it, a random purchase is not so out of the blue.  You'd been wanting it and simply waiting for it to come into your radar.
So these awesome pants were deeply discounted and now dearly loved by me.  Olive khakis, a Tiny Closet A/W17 top and a glossy heel.  I bought the pants 3 sizes too big for a slouchy, baggy S/S casual Friday feel.  

Simple, city stylings for a darker Spring look.
Black may not be the it-color for the season but the jumbo dots and the loose cropped top are a version of Spring I tend to play with better.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Style After Style and I'll be featuring anther next Thursday, same time, same place.  And if you haven't yet - check out my new Spring Capsule now on the blog!

Also, there's something very exciting going on in The Tiny Closet Shop right now.... but if you're subscribed, you already know.
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My Spring Capsule

This might just be my favorite seasonal capsule yet.  And I'm not even a "Spring" person.  

But the color palette I pulled together for this season really fit my personal style and did a good job of translating my mood for Spring.  I may not kick it with pastels or florals, but warm tans, crisp white, an understated blush statement (with lots of wheat hues) all together transition me nicely out of Winter.

My foundational capsule, Thee capsule, I wear all year round so it is always apart of my seasonal wardrobe.  But lets just focus on the Spring capsule for now: 
Texture is pretty important to me.  I don't wear a plethora of color or prints so I need to go deeper with coordination and focus on design and texture!  Super thick mud cloth, smooth rayon ponti knit, a lightweight linen and ribbed cotton knit.  No matter how I wear any of the above pieces with each other and with my base wardrobe, they will compliment everything quite nicely.
There is one item missing in this capsule during the shoot and that is this top here, which is presently being made into a pattern to be manufactured and released in the shop!  Very exciting.

All my Spring pieces are items you may've already previewed - but if not...

  • The blush V-neck dress is a new fave of mine this season and for Summer as well.  I have not yet featured it here on the blog but it too is available to shop and you can view it on me here.

  • My new gaucho pants are hands down my most favorite design.  These haven't been featured yet on the blog either but they'll be debuting in the shop very soon!  And you can view them in my Look Book.

  • The cropped ribbed top is a new piece scheduled to be released in the shop this month.  You can view it here.

So that is my lil collection for Spring!  

Now let's recap on my base wardrobe.  I pulled the various items below to be apart of my Spring capsule as they go best with the season and the specific collection.
Almost all of these items are available in the shop.  The Tiny Closet Shop really is a reflection of my personal style.  I shop for my clothing mainly from myself, ha!
This dark stormy top is long in back and cropped in front.  Featured in this blog post here, it goes with all my pants and jeans - all my bottoms!
This heather grey jersey dress is asymmetric and great for not just everyday activities but events as well.  No wonder I wear it all year long.  Originally featured here on the blog in a slightly different grey.  And you can shop it here at my shop!
This railroad denim dress has been in the shop for a few seasons now, first debuting for Fall.  But with mild, comfy California weather, I can wear this mama almost all year.  Anyway, you've never seen me in it - only my models in the shop.  But I'll be wearing it here on the blog this season.
I think this smoky asymmetric dress (identical to the grey knit one above) is drop dead gorgeous.  And I feel so luxurious in it!  I love it also because even though it feels and looks just like washed silk, it's semi-synthetic cupro (made from cotton) aaaaand no dry cleaning necessary!  Just pop it in the washer, tumble dry and go.  It's fancy without all the maintenance.  Plus it looks dynamite on.  You can take a look (and even shop it!) here at the shop
And I did want to include my new season shoes.  I will probably were mules for the rest of my life.  Why?  I have no idea!  I just really fancy them.  They're luxurious looking yet comfortable and I can wear them leisurely as well as for higher end events and occasions.  

The polka-dot chinos were a spontaneous purchase (gasp!!)  J. Crew has been having absolutely ludicrous sales so I finally jumped on it and bought 2 things.  These pants I'll be showing you on Thursday in my normal scheduled posting time.  They're so fun and easy.  And I got them two sizes too big because I wanted a really loose, baggy look.  You'll see em' in a couple days.  That reminds me, speaking of spontaneous/impulse purchases, there is indeed an art to it that I have been planning to share!  Impulse purchases are not only ok (yes, even if you're a minimalist) they're dare I say, necessary!  But more on that later...

I own two pairs of vintage Levi's: one pair is baggy and a bit torn up and the other pair, though I haven't shared them with you yet for some crazy reason, are tight, high waisted and make my butt look like a baby pumpkin.  Heyoh! 

But anyway...
Lots to share and still more to show and tell!  I'm looking forward to the continuation of this season.  I am also working on featuring my season capsules earlier than in the middle of the season itself.  Sorry about that.  But hopefully this Tiny tour of my Tiny Spring closet will inspire ideas for your own personal style and show you that just a few thoughtfully curated items you absolutely love each season can really make a fulfilling difference.  Quality over quantity isn't just efficient for my personal lifestyle, it's actually more cost effective!  You wear your clothes longer, you shop less, you waste less and you conserve energy on daily decision-making.  

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Style After Style: a Versatile Tunic

This maxi, deep-v tunic is a versatile gem and is in my capsule wardrobe.  I can wear it year-round (partly because I live in L.A.) because it truly goes with everything.  Truly I've worn it with everything - these shots above are just several of my favorite looks.

But I've never worn it with shorts or a mini.  So today I am featuring the latter:
The Tourist tunic (by yours truly - and pssst, it's available in the shop!) paired with a very cool T by Alexander Wang scrunchy knit mini... and some chic understated suede heels.

So, so simple.  Slip it all on and goooooooo.

And speaking of going... I couldn't keep from sashaying my butt off in this chic lil' getup.
So from lounge knit midi pants to leather, to vintage jeans to boyfriend jeans!  And now a softer feminine feel.  Maintaining ultimate simplicity of course.

Hope you liked this third installment of my new Style After Style series debuting the ease and versatility of a tunic.  Next week, I'll be pausing the series to feature my Spring season capsule!

So come back next Thursday to check out my new seasonal inspirations!
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Style After Style: The Maxi Skirt

As my 2nd restyling feature, I picked a piece I rarely wear but for event/avant gard occasions.  This Robert Rodriguez maxi circle skirt called to me years ago and I haven't tired of it since.

With mesh paneling, a cropped front and geometric embroidery, I found a skirt that was masterfully designed and executed.  That's my sewer's perspective, lol - but as a curator of artful pieces, I highly covet this one and so appreciate it's uniqueness.
I don't have many photos of myself in this one, considering how long I've had it, eek!  But as you can how I've styled it over time above, it's a rather season-less skirt.  Perfectly dramatic (and full coverage I might add) for Winter with tights and a fitted top.  Then for Summer with a crisp tank and printed slippers.  And finally...
a Spring/Summer look.  All black with a cropped textured print, a pop of color, and gold accessories.  As I shot this in the Arts District the other day, I did feel like I wasn't wearing an outfit for just walking and coffee (which is my usual go-to leisure activity when I'm not home).  But it just depends on personal style.  Some women wear stilettos to the airport so of course I can chill in this getup while sipping a pour-over.  I just wouldn't.  I would wear this on a date at the museum with Theo, or at a wedding.  It's funny, I actually am planning on doing both of those things.
I've been designing simple cropped bolero-type jackets in The Tiny Closet Shop.  Mainly using African mud cloths that I always keep stocked.  I thought it would be a creative touch to pair one with a huge skirt and a simple lace cami.  I love it!  But the jacket is definitely still in design...
All you petite ladies out there, don't be afraid to wear a maxi skirt! - even if it's practically floor length.  Simply keep the shoes and top super simple and the top better be cropped!  It lengthens you.  Heels are best with such a whale of a skirt buuuut if ya know me, you know I don't give a hoot about the rules.  These days, there aren't any rules anyway so wear what you love.

Anyway, I aint gonna lie, mama felt saucy in this ensemble.  All black, a bit of lace, a spicy red shoe, big hair....  I felt like I was back in Spain watching flamenco dancers putting on shows in the streets of Seville.
So all black for Spring is certainly not festive, I know.  I've never been into pastels but I was delighted to see that a couple of the leading colors for Spring 18' is tomato and paprika!  I love a good orangey red and for Spring, both go quite will with a plethora of pinks and pale blues.  Just you wait!
I hope you liked this 2nd installment of my Style After Style series!  

This series really is the roots of The Tiny Closet.  Styling and re-styling is the name of the game when you're working with 28 pieces year-round.  After 6 years of rocking a tiny (sometimes minuscule) closet, I'd say I've gotten good at what I do here.  But what's great about restyling is there is always another way to wear your clothes, another ensemble to put together, another perspective.  And I still love talking about it.

So join me next Thursday for another Style After Style feature! 
And see what I pick next :)

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Style After Style: The Midi Skirt

 Today marks the kickoff of a reprised series of Tiny Closet re-stylings!  You may remember a couple years ago when I collaged blog posts of pieces I'd worn in the past and put them together to show how I'd restyled them over the years.

I am beginning this series again for the Spring season where I'll be newly restyling pieces in my closet that I've featured before - but in all new ways.  Style After Style.

Because like, that's what the Tiny Closet is all about.

I'll start with my beloved leather midi skirt.  This mama is gorgeous, beautifully made and actually, was able to fit me through thick and thin and always made me feel chic and modern (even though it's technically vintage as it was made in the 80s).
I've worn it through every season but Summer with oversize tops, heels, flats, hoodies, you name it.  The above photos feature my most diverse looks.  

I have my personal favorite ensembles but I this present look I slipped on is my new fave.
Not gonna lie, it's been freezing in L.A., but I was excited about this look and wanted to share the restyling a bit earlier than the season is permitting.  Perhaps this will give you ideas on how to rock your own midi skirt!  

Because actually, midi skirts can be pretty awkward.  The hem has got to hit you perfectly.  Not to mention, the fabric is a huge factor: too thick, you're frumpy and wide looking.  Too stiff, you look like you're walking around in a paper bag.

Give us shape!
Give us drape!
Oh, and give me a slit so I can move like a normal human being.  My cat-like reflexes and incessant 4-lane jay-walking demands it.
I decided to wear a very cropped tee with this waist-sitting skirt.  It's my own design and practically aerodynamic.  That's why I wear a bralette with it always.  

My vision for this ensemble since I RARELY show this much skin?  Definitely a fun date with my Theo.  Dressing for my husband is always loads of fun because I can step outside my modest style, get sexy and still feel cozy.
Minimalism is always fun though.  I am wearing three pieces (counting my shoes) that can be beautifully highlighted with small embellishments.  Like full brows and big hair.

If anything is going to do the talking, I want it to be me.  If the midi skirt is wearing you, you're doing it wrong I say.  And that's a bit of a challenge for a gal like me because I'm 5' tall.  Everything tends to look like it's wearing me instead of the other way around.  So that's why I tend to not do too much after getting dressed.  Just the really important stuff.
And the really important stuff works!
So, I hope I've shown that with midi skirts, there really is so much one can do!  Not just pairings and stylings but events!  From dinners to work conferences, to museums, concerts, cocktail parties, happy hour, brunch with the girls - alright, alright, you get it.

To check out the other ways I've styled this leather midi skirt, click on any of the below links! :

Join me next Thursday for an all-new "Style After Style" feature!
and have a beautiful day!
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Styling Intuitively

When I go super casual, I of course try to balance it with a great hair style, a bright, fresh face and a pop of accessory of some kind.
Because it's surprising how fast a jeans-and-tee look can go from fun and casual to frumpy and dodging an ex in the grocery store.  
And "casual" doesn't mean you don't need to put at least a little somethin into it.  

Seeing street style photos of celebrities looking drop dead fabulous in regular looking getups - it aint the clothes or their beauty.  We are all gorgeous first of all.  It's their inherent style that makes us wild with envy and style goals.  It is style that is lead by intuition.  Because that's what it is.  Simply knowing what works, really well, for you.
I talk about "effortless" quite a lot.  And really, all it is is intuition.  Good style can be seen in anything - even if all you're wearing is a bath robe.  Or maybe jeans and a tee.  

It's much less about the labor.  

The majority of street style shots proves this: candid photos of women who simply style themselves intuitively.
I mean, I think we all agree that no one wants to work hard at looking good.  Plus we shouldn't even have to.  It was never about that anyway.

Come visit again next Thursday where I'll be starting a new series of posts on the versatility and plethora of styles in minimalism and a Tiny closet!

Oh!  And there's a sale going on at The Tiny Closet Shop (plus a couple restocks of favorites!)
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