Faking Fall :: Booties + Skirts

The hardest thing an avid fall lover has to do is hold out on wearing boots. The second the calendar says "FALL!!" it takes a large amount of restraint not to throw on my over-the-knee boots and wear them proudly - but then I remember how hot my legs would be. The solution is booties! They're lighter, cooler, and add an instant fall flair to any outfit. We're using the same rule as yesterday - let the legs breathe - for the days that are closer to 90 degrees. When it's more in the 70's, I've been wearing mine with pants too. They're the ultimate hold over item.

Dress, Forever 21 (similar from Ann Taylor).
Necklace, Vintage (similar from Guess).
Boots, JustFab (similar from DV).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

And here are some skirts + booties ideas from the archives!

Faking Fall :: Layers + Legs

All this week, I'm doing "transitional" outfits. It's still mid to high 80's here most days, so we have to hold out on the full fall garb. There's no reason that you can't "fake" fall though, with the right colors, combinations, and pieces. Today's study: Layers + Legs. The idea is that you can layer up on top with a light long-sleeved option, but stay cool by letting your legs hang out.

So what makes it fall-ish? Stick to pieces in more muted, fall-like tones (olive, burgundy, mustard, etc) and add booties or suede pumps instead of sandals. I even fall-ified a LWD by throwing this jacket over the top. How many times can I say fall in this post? Fall. Fall. Fall. That many, apparently.

Jacket, JustFab (exact).
Dress, ASOS (exact, on sale! $13!).
Booties, ShoeMint (similar from Macy's).
Bag, Alexander Wang.
Necklaces, BaubleBar & c/o Our World Boutique.
Watch, c/o JORD (exact).

And here are a couple of other Layers + Legs options from my archives!

This week, we'll also explore other "Faking Fall" ideas including scarves, vests, and boots! Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels for Trend Spin today.

How to :: Care for your clothes (and save time!)

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One of the most important things when you start spending more money on your clothes is making sure you take the time to take care of them. It can be time consuming, that's for sure! I have a few tips for how I care for my clothing, and then I'm going to share my little secret for getting more laundry done, faster - just by switching fabric softener.

1. Don't wash with every wear.
The exceptions being, obviously, socks and underwear. But washing your clothes when they don't need it can result in unnecessary wear and tear! If it doesn't smell weird, and it doesn't have a stain, back in the closet it goes. I like to mist mine with a light fabric refresher before I put them back in my closet.

2. Always hang right away (no piles!) and use grippy hangers.
It's hard not to leave a pile on a chair when you de-robe for the day, but hanging clothes immediately after wearing can save you time in the long run. First, there are less wrinkles to combat, and not having to iron means saving your fabrics from excessive heat. Secondly, using grippy, no-slip hangers like the Huggable Hangers keeps your clothes from developing weird lumps and bumps in the shoulder areas. I can even hang my sweaters now! Plus, it leaves more room on the hanging bar, so your clothes aren't smashed all together (so no wrinkles!)

3. Always follow tag instructions.
This seems simple, but it can be easy to skip when you're in a hurry! Always wash with like colors, right temperatures, and like fabrics. I read all the tags when I'm pulling things from my basket and then separate into piles of similar washing instructions. Then, I wash everything inside-out to reduce fading and pilling!

4. Use Suavitel to cut your drying time. Finally - save time with Suavitel. Just drop a cap-full of this stuff into your washer's fabric softener section and enjoy 30% faster drying times, for 82 loads. Seriously! I did my own experiment with a pair of jeans, and set up a GoPro camera to capture the evidence. Every 60 seconds, it took a photo. Guess what? The whole process was done in less than 20. We all know how hard it is to dry jeans!

Suavitel is easy to find, too. You can pick it up in the fabric softener section of your local Walmart, next to all of the softeners that DON'T make anything dry faster (no pressure). What did I do with all the free time I saved doing laundry? Well, I updated my blog. I took a few Lynda.com courses. Made a stop-motion video of my laundry. And I played with my pug. All good uses of an extra few minutes!

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So tell me...what would you do with YOUR extra few minutes you didn't have to do laundry?