The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 8!

So, it has been 8 weeks since I started the closet challenge. I have to say that I am not doing as well as I would have liked. I am definitely pulling things from my existing closet, and I’m having an easier time putting outfits together, but I’m definitely still having trouble keeping my online shopping in check. Here are a couple of my favorite online shops that always seem to kill my bank account (and not because they are expensive, but because I LOVE them).

ROOLEE: http://www.roolee.com has the cutest peplum tops! They have great prices ranging anywhere from $25 onward, and the material the shirts are made of is heaven.

Evy’s Tree: http://www.evystree.com – looking for unique hoodies? Like, the kind you can wear to the office? This is the place! I’ve been an Evy’s Tree customer since it was a little store on Etsy. They are always coming out with something new and exciting, they have fantastic sales and overall I’ve always just been over the moon happy with their product.

Madewell: http://www.madewell.com – Well, what can I say? I discovered Madewell jeans and now that’s all I want to wear. Like I have two pairs and I might throw out every other blue denim skinny jean I own because I don’t love them like I love my Madewell jeans. Well worth the price tag my friends.

Anthropologie: http://www.anthropologie.com – I’m sure you all know what Anthro is, but it’s my weakness. However, I do my best to only purchase items when they are not only on sale, but have an additional 30 or 40% percent off. I have been able to get some really nice things from there for what I think they are actually worth. Also, my bridesmaid dress is from there and I’m in love with it – can’t wait to share and post photos from that day (coming soon – September 30).

Anyway – I digress again, but I highly recommend checking out my online shopping weakness sites 🙂 Below is the weekend roundup for week 8 – only 5 outfits as I spent Saturday in lounge clothes with a migraine – and Sunday was much of the same.



The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 5

Week 5, come and gone, and somehow I have managed to only have 4 outfit photos. Not sure what happened this week, however I did spend one day at home fighting off a cold I was ignoring all week long, and the weekend consisted of yoga pants and flip flops – nothing worth noting. Either way, the outfit roundup is below.

When I start to feel in a rut about outfits lately I’ve been turning to my handy Pinterest account where I have separate boards for work outfits, weekend outfits, and seasonal outfits. I only try to pin outfits to those boards that I know I can recreate in some way. May sound like a lot of work, but it really does help me!

Week 5 outfit 2Week 5 outfit 3Week 5 outfit 4Week 5 outfit 1

What are some inspirations you use for outfits?



The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 2

The Closet Challenge- Weekend Roundup - Week 2

Week two went well! Though, I will say that when I get disappointed or flustered about something, I’m realizing that my go-to coping mechanism is to buy something. I was definitely feeling like that on Friday, AND Anthropologie was having an additional 30% off of their clearance items. Double whammy. I looked, but didn’t see much I was interested in (thank goodness), but did purchase a new top for my birthday celebration shenanigans this weekend. I realize that goes against my challenge, but baby steps people! 🙂

Anyway, my outfits were a bit more manageable since I was in training two days last week so I was sporting jeans three days (including Friday). In addition, I donated 6 garbage bags of clothes and two boxes of shoes this weekend! It felt fantastic to get those items out of my house! Definitely a win for #closetclutterchallenge and #closeteditor.

Check out the photos from last week (I’m missing Friday’s outfit as I was out the door before I even realized I didn’t take a photo).

Be sure to follow me on IG: Wishbonedreams and on on FB! I’m taking a social media marketing class these days so I’m hoping to grow my following and get tips and tricks that way!

Are you participating in the closet clutter challenge? If so, I want to hear from you!



How to pack for a 10 day trip to Italy – in a carry-on!


So, I went back and forth with this. Do I check a bag, or do I just bite the bullet and carry-on? I started thinking about myself and how I would handle having to carry a large bag to multiple places (we didn’t stay more than 2 nights in the same place), and I realized how annoyed I would become with having to lug a huge bag around. So, I decided I would pack 10 days worth of clothing in a 20 inch carry-on bag.

How did I do it? Easy (so I thought)! If anyone knows me, they know that I research and prepare and plan – almost to a fault. So, as you can imagine I read a number of travel blogs and endlessly searched Pinterest for tips and tricks.

I started with 4 basic items: 3 pairs of pants (1 camel denim, 1 black denim, and 1 dark blue denim) and one black cotton dress.

I then added one bulky, comfy sweater, a denim button-up I wore this as a layer on the plane – so it was not added to the carry-on, 2 long sleeved shirts (one striped, and one dusty pink for a little bit of color), one long gray hooded cardigan and one nice black blouse to wear out at night.

It may sound crazy, but with all of these items I was able to put together 9 outfits! See below for the different combinations:

I did however run into some problems. I didn’t pack enough underwear. I know, I know, how the heck did I organize everything else and not include that? Well, simple…I was doing laundry before the trip and forgot to add a few more pairs to my suitcase. Mistakes happen, but underwear are also very easy to purchase, which is what I did 🙂

In the end I had to purchase a small carry-on bag for 20 euros to pack all of my souvenirs – and ended up checking my suitcase on the flight back. I thought that worked out perfectly and I had breakables in the carry-on I had purchased so it was easier for me to control in that sense. Plus, it was super cute:


As for accessories, I purchased a really cute beanie with a pom pom at a store in downtown Livermore, adorable nicely lined gloves from Anthropologie, a beautiful blanket scarf I purchased from Etsy (and it doubled as a great blanket on the plane!), and I wore my rain coat from Banana Republic the entire trip. It was pretty lightweight, but I think it was the perfect coat since you needed to wear layers – cold outside, and then transitioning to blistering hot inside. I put together a collage of the accessories mentioned above – these are not exactly what I took but similar.


For shoes, I packed my Tom’s tennis shoes, my Ralph Lauren brown flat boots, and for a little bit of height – and for going out at night – I packed my over the knee suede boots made by Dolce Vita (purchased via Nordstrom Rack online).

Hopefully this was helpful information. I know that when I was looking for tips and tricks resources such as the one I’m providing were super helpful!

Until next time –