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Sunday, September 18, 2011

what i wore & my weekend, in pictures.

J & I usually have our weekends planned out ahead of time.  Ever since moving to the west side of the state a year ago, we mostly get to see our friends and family on the weekends.  So, we spend some of our time traveling to see them, and it's generally planned.

But, this weekend we found ourselves without anything scheduled.  For a weekend without any plans, we sure had a lot of fun!  Friday night, we used a 50% off Groupon (best site ever!  It has incredible deals.) to try out a Middle Eastern restaurant where we live.  We didn't know what to expect, but it was absolutely incredible!  We sat in a little canopy, filled with ornate pillows.  And we dined on tons and tons of delicious Middle Eastern food, while a beautiful belly dancer danced on stage.

On Saturday night, we decided to go to the movies.  We saw Contagion, which turned out to be very good and thought-provoking.  I recommend it.

I always get cold in the movie theater (I even bring a small blanket in my purse!  Haha).  So, I opted to wear something casual, with lots of layers.

Express basic tank in white, Aeropostale hooded sweater

Express jacket, White House|Black Market skinny jeans, Forever21 boots, Forever21 scarf, Coach purse
So, tell me...
How was your weekend?  
Did you do anything fun?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

4-step guide to a complete closet makeover.

Every Fall and every Spring, I start jonesing for a complete closet overhaul. You see, unlike in my dreams, my actual closet is not huge.  Don't get me wrong, it's perfectly fine and functional, with racks and shelves and all.  
It's just not like Carrie's closet. 

Carrie's Closet from Sex & The City
But, I'm guessing that most people don't have closets like the one above.  So, we have to make due with what we have.  And this is where my freakish fondness for organization comes in!  I truly believe that tidy surroundings make for a more structured and relaxed approach to the day, and a neat and orderly closet can play a big part in that.  However, this is often a challenge for those of us with small to normal sized closets.  

How do I fit my Summer clothes in with my Winter coats?  
What do I do with my cute wedges and shorts when I'm mostly using my boots and jeans?  

And most importantly: how do I cram everything in at once?!!!

  The truth is, unless you have a Carrie Closet, you may not be able to fit all of your seasonal clothes in your closet.  Living in the Mid-West, I have to have clothes for all four seasons.  And just recently I have succumbed to the fact that I simply cannot fit everything in my closet at once.  So, twice a year, I have to switch out my wardrobe, so that I can dress for the correct season: once in the Spring (when I put away most of my boots, coats and other Winter clothes), and once in the Fall (when I pack up any clothing item that looks like it should only be worn in the warm months).  From my experience, this process works really well, and always leaves me feeling organized and ready to take on the new season.  I usually pack up out-of-season shoes in suitcases which get put into storage, and I pack any out-of-season clothes in clothing bags and slip them under the guest bed.  This is also a great time to donate or sell any clothing that you don't need anymore.

So, without further adieu, my tutorial for a Complete Closet Makeover will guide you in the step-by-step process of de-cluttering your closet and organizing your wardrobe, while maximizing space. 

Your Complete Guide to a Closet Makeover

Step 1:  Fling everything out of your closet.
Okay, you really don't have to do this.  But, you need to get the clothes out somehow, right?  Why not make a huge, stinking, mess out of it?!  

Step 2:  Decide on an order for your wardrobe.  
My order is functional.  Some people like doing theirs' by color.  Another suggestion is to put the items that you want to wear more in the "front" of your closet, so that they are more visible.

Step 3:  Roll roll roll.
This is my #1 space-saving tip (also great for packing for travel!).  Roll anything that you are storing in bins or drawers. It will save you tons of room, as well as help the garments maintain their shape.

Step 4:  Enjoy your hard work and beautiful closet.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

hello! i'm Yasi.

Hi everyone!
  I'm Yasi, and this is my lifestyle and fashion blog.  I am so excited to be sharing this blog with all of you.  It is actually my second blog, and signifies the growth of my blogging experience.

So, like a good first date, I'll share some fun things with you:

1. I adore fashion, style, and shopping.
2. I am very easily excited, and I find joy in little things.
3. I have two precious cats, who fill my days with love and laughter.
4. I live in Michigan, and love it here.  We get all four seasons, which is absolutely wonderful!
5. Dressing up is my favorite hobby.

  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here we go!

p.s.  coming very soon...!
"Easy Steps for a Complete Closet Make-over"