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Little Black Everyday Dress

An Easy Shirt Dress, Played Up with Fringe & Platforms
June 27, 2016

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I always feel good in black.  It’s just one of those colors that I know I can wear and feel 100% in.  And while I’ve always known the importance of an LBD, the truth of the matter is that a lot of LBDs can’t be considered everyday staples (wah wah).  

But alas, enter this easy little black everyday dress I just scored from Hampden Clothing‘s pop-up shop here in the A last week. The second I saw the classic shirt-dress with its crisp pleats, I knew it had to be mine.  It’s just SO me.  I’m a firm believer that when you find something that fits your forever style, it’s worth the investment.  It’s those pieces that you’ll end up wearing a countless different ways over years to come.  I already know I’ll be dressing this look up with heels, and down with my favorite the-leather-is-like-butter flats). 

I would file today’s look as my everyday black dress with a little flare. For a statement and some stark contrast, I paired the dress with my white fringe Proenza Schouler bag (which is 25% off right now!) and my funky-fun stripe platform sandals (also on CRAZY sale right now). Truly, MKR

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Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha

AS PICTURED: DRESS (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | BAG (25% off (!!!) but Pre-owned HERE and SIMILAR HERE and HERE) | PLATFORM SANDALS (marked WAY down) | LIP COLOR | SUNGLASSES (36% off!)

5 Basic Tips to Help Clothes Last Longer

Practice "Slow Fashion" by taking better care of your clothing
May 29, 2016

I had a conversation the other day with one of my friends about our closets.  She said she’s had some items in there that she purchased more than eight years ago, which I most certainly cannot say for my closet.  That dated me right back to my days of cheap polyester tops and trendy cuts that couldn’t make it through a season, never less almost a decade.  The difference, most certainly, was that she had purchased quality, “slow fashion” items, and had taken really good care of them along the way. 

In my recent efforts to invest in better pieces, build a sustainable wardrobe and say no to “fast fashion”, I’ve also thought a lot about how I’m treating my clothing in my closet.  I can admit that laziness and lack of caring has seen many a shirt or blouse get ruined in the laundry, so I have set out to make sure I’m covering the basics to help my clothes last longer (step 1: keep Woolite on hand, always). And yes, that can even mean simply hanging up my favorite soft tee instead of letting it wrinkle (and get thrown in the wash to take out said wrinkles) and ultimately lose its feel, shape and integrity…causing me to buy yet another one. No more!  Click through the slideshow to read more.  Cheers, Kat

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Don't Over-Dry-Clean

Don't Over-Dry-Clean

The dry-cleaning process can deteriorate fabric over time, decreasing your clothing’s lifespan. Actually, clothes that say "DRY CLEAN" on the label (as opposed to "DRY CLEAN ONLY" are merely a suggestion, and can be gently hand washed with Woolite.

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Hand Wash Like You're Supposed To

Hand Wash Like You're Supposed To

But speaking of hand washing, let's clear up how to actually do it properly (because I don't know if my mom ever officially taught me!). To properly hand wash, use a mild detergent, like Woolite, in lukewarm water and let the item soak for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing in cool water. To dry, gently squeeze the garment and lay it flat.

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Zip Clothing Before Washing

Zip Clothing Before Washing

Odds are, the snags and tears that happen on your clothing have zippers to blame. Zip clothing before washing to avoid this. Thanks for the great tip, The Everygirl, it all makes so much sense now!

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Keep Colors from Fading in the Wash

Keep Colors from Fading in the Wash

Everyone knows that washing and drying clothes will ultimately cause the colors to fade. But you can add a tablespoon of salt to the machine loads to help prolong the process, according to Apartment Therapy.

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Invest in Good Hangers

Invest in Good Hangers

Being good about hanging clothing onto quality hangers, like this set of ultra thin velvet hangers can help maintain the shape and quality of the pieces. Otherwise flimsy wire hangers (or no hangers at all!) can ultimately cause unnecessary wear and tear on the clothes. It doesn't hurt that quality hangers keep the closet looking uniform and tidy, as well.

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Bonus Tip: Wait After Ironing

Bonus Tip: Wait After Ironing

Lastly, and because I found this so helpful...after ironing a piece of clothing, wait at least five minutes to put it on. Otherwise, new wrinkles will form before the press can set. Mind blown, thanks to StyleCaster.

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A Ruffle & A Stripe

An All-American Classic Look for Summer
May 26, 2016

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You know those clothing pieces you see, and you just GOT to have them?! That’s this MDS Stripes tiered ruffle top for me. Of course, I’m always gushing about my true love with all things blue & white, so this should really come to you as no surprise. But when I spied this blue and white + ruffles + stripes top that makes me just want to shimmy shimmy shake all night long, I knew I had to have it, (don’t you just love when clothes aren’t so serious). 

After looking at his entire MDS Stripes sportswear collection, I think it’s safe to say that Mark D. Sikes brings a whole new meaning to our favorite “summer stripes.”  Classic and feminine, each piece instantly transports you to the breezy coast in its crisp, signature cotton. I first fell head over heels for this great All-American look thanks to this trunk show a few months back, and knew I had to get my hands on this great tiered ruffle top. It’s SO fun to wear (as you can quickly gather from the photos) and it is the ultimate flirty, yet timeless look that can easily be dressed up or down. 

I paired it with my go-to boyfriend jeans and new white Manolos (so worth the splurge, I’m telling you!), the top will be one of my favorites all summer long. Truly, MKR

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha 

AS PICTURED: TOP | JEANS | BAG (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | HEELS | SUNGLASSES

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