Closet Cleaning: The one in, one out rule

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The sea was angry that day, just like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.*

Between packing for a move and sorting through my summer clothes, I realize that I have too much stuff. I’ve managed to organize my new closet(s) in a way that has worked for me thus far, and there is little room for additional items. To try and curb my spending, manage what I have, and eventually cultivate a closet of great staples I love (I really don’t like my summer clothes), I’ve decided to implement the “one in, one out” rule. Basically this means, before you buy something, you must give something away. For instance, I wanted to buy this party dress, but I had several other cocktail dresses and didn’t really need another one. So, I decided to ditch one that I already had to make room for this one. I had a sundress that was just a tad too low cut, and now I have room for a new maxi. You get the idea. Also, I’m hoping that since I’m sharing this new plan with you, it’ll hold me accountable to actually do it. And with that, I’ll keep you posted.

*I know this is a completely random picture choice, but as are the variety of images that pop up when you google “one in one out” 

Zang Thoroughly Enjoys: June

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Tarnish scarf / Redken beauty product / Velvet jacket 
Jessica Walter/matte top coat/Huggable Hangers 
“Bon Jour” scarf: anyone who has encountered me wearing my beret out has endured me enthusiastically greeting them with “Bon Jour!” in my horrendous high pitched French accent. Since I can’t wear my beret in the summer, this is a perfect alternative. I also love the bright, preppy color combo.
Redken Argan Oil: I know I am beyond late to this game, but my stylist just introduced me, and I’m in love. I was convinced it would make my hair look greasy, but it just leaves it soft and shiny and frizz free. Perfect for the warmer weather!
Military jackets: I absolutely LOATHE jean jackets. These are a great alternative, the color is surprisingly neutral, they are much softer, and you can avoid a Canadian tuxedo. I’m just going to stop now before I go off about jean jackets.
Jessica Walter: With the return of Arrested Development, there is a bevy of interviews with Jessica Walter floating around lately and I just find her absolutely charming. I think of Lucille Bluth as somewhat of my spirit animal (furs, pearls, vodka, spending without abandon, impeccably dressed) and while the reviews of the AD Season 4 were somewhat mixed, I think everyone can say that Jessica stole the show.
Matte top coat: I’ve been painting this on white nails to give them an unexpected dimension. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t show up well on Instagram. If I paint my nails and don’t Instagram it, are they really painted?
Huggable Hangers: I am aware blogging about hangers is dorky and boring, but I can’t recommend these enough. After recently moving and throwing out my wire hangers (freedom!) I bought these after reading about them all over the internets. They keep all of my tops on the hangers  no matter how silky or slippery, and they practically doubled the size of my closet.

So get out your seats and jump around

The jumpsuit. A garment that originally trickled down from pilot’s wardrobe’s into the high rolling crowd of Studio 54 has been making quite a comeback in the last few years. I must admit, as much as I loved old pictures of celebs like Bianca Jagger and Farrah Fawcett wearing jumpsuits, I didn’t think they were for me. I’m not particularly tall or thin so in what world would a jumpsuit look good on me? How would I go to the bathroom? All that changed when I was at Nordstrom Rack last year. Trying on what I thought was a black maxi, I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled the top part up around my shoulders. Even though I wasn’t long and lean the jumpsuit made me look (at least in my head) that way. I felt instantly more glamourous. Isn’t that exactly what a woman strives for while shopping?

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               You can’t even tell which is the pic of Farrah!

Farrah Fawcett pic courtesy of: 3d-pictures.feedio.net

New kid on the block: comfortable heels

After graduating college, I ended up tossing every single pair of heels I owned. Not only were they worn into the ground and covered in cannot-be-removed bar goo, but I also decided I was getting too old to be teetering in stilettos wearing a Forever21 top and jeans (ahh the wisdom of me at 22). For the past several years I’ve mostly worn flats, which I think can also be attributed to the rise of the Tory Burch Reva as well as the early years of my 20’s spent working in retail. I’ve been enjoying the recent popularity of the wedge as well, you still have the comfort and stability yet you get a nice little lift, which irrefutably makes everyone’s legs look leaner. The new trend that I’ve been seeing in heels that has also given me an “Amen!” moment has been block heels. Not only are these perfect for times when wedges aren’t the most appropriate, but they are also slowly taking over the awful stripper-real-housewife-lady gaga platform stilettos that manage to look both hideous and extremely unattractive. Here are some of my favorite thicker heels:

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J.Crew describes their Etta Pumps as “heels for the girl who only wears flats”, that’s me! They also showed these with another one of my favorite J.Crew pieces: the toothpick jean in their spring catalog and I loved the look. These cap toe ones remind me of Chanel, which of course is never a bad thing!

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J.Crew’s little sib Madewell also brings it in the shoe department. I have a pair of the Frankie Pumps and they are the heels I’ll still be wearing after a long night out when everyone else is walking barefoot. I love this unexpected yet goes with everything color combo. 

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This Zara sandal is perfect for summer: nude, white, and under $50. 

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These Asos metallic pumps would be a great alternative to the gold sandal at a summer wedding–the green is so unexpected!

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I bought these McAlister heels after lusting after the wedge version but getting these because they are on sale. The first weekend I wore them was when galavanting around New York City, nary a blister in sight. Great for wearing with leggings when you need that long and lean look. 

It’s Barbie’s world, we’re just living in it: Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk

Cali designer Trina Turk has updated Malibu Barbie, and has added a collection of accessories for the real life dolls as well. I’ve long been a fan of Trina Turk, as a lover of both color and print I am completely mesmerized by her colorful prints in the vein of Lilly Pulitzer and Emilo Pucci. I am also a diehard Barbie fan, so I was positively giddy to see this collaboration. The Malibu Barbie collection is a match made in heaven, the print is total beachy 60’s yet as always, Turk makes it feel current. Below is a sampling of some of the new wares, they are available June 16. All photos courtesy of LATimes.com

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I don’t think I’ll ever be able to wrap a head scarf properly but this will be fun to try with!

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This is a towel you definitely won’t accidentally leave at the pool. Love the retro B illustration.
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No girl’s jewelry collection is complete without a Barbie pink cuff. The hexagonal flower detail is perfect. 

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I have never surfed but cannot get enough of that red and hot pink combo!

Riding Dirty: Chicago Bike to Work Week

This week, I’m participating in Chicago Bike Commuter Challenge. Earlier this Spring, I purchased a Schwinn Cruiser, which I’ve been mostly riding back and forth between friend’s houses in Lincoln Park/Lakeview (read: quiet neighborhood streets). So Monday when I hopped on my bike to go to work, it was a bit scary. I rode through the city to my office in River North. Today, I rode in along the Lakefront path which was really amazing since I love being near water, however it got a bit dicey when it was time to get off the path. Not going to lie, this is what I’ve felt the past two days during my commute:planes_t_auto_580_359_s_c1

Complete with daisy skull cap!

Regardless, I’m really glad that I’m challenging myself. And as I get the different routes down and riding more on the road, I’m becoming more comfortable. Sure, I’m probably not going to ride to bike to work every day (it’s impossible to maintain wearing my hair down), hopefully I’ll do it a few times a month. It was a nice way to start and end my work day, and it’s always nice getting some exercise in. I’m extremely lucky that I live in such a bike friendly city, and I’m glad I’m able to take advantage.

Finally, I’m going to share one more thing I learned biking to work this week: wrap dresses are not very bike friendly.

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Right after I bought my bike–I had to get black, it goes with everything!

Zang’s Book Club-June

It’s Book Club time again! Today my pick is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Basically, its about a girl in her 20’s, figuring out herself in 30’s New York. It was featured on Tory Burch’s blog and based on the one sentence description, I knew I would love it. I’ve always had an interest in this time period, and if you still have Gatsby fever this is a great way to starve it off for awhile. I also loved discussing it with my Grandmother, who actually was living in New York during that time. Hearing her perspective on things made the book that much more engaging. I couldn’t believe that this was not only written by a man–he gets the ladies! but also that this was his first book. It also features pillars of the New York scene, including an appearance by one of my favorite New York institutions, Bergdorfs. I recommend purchasing this book because you will definitely want to reread it time and time again. 515Od-U-vVL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_