Own Your Style: A Cheerful Winter Wardrobe

The first couple months of every New Year is my favorite time to 
clean and organize my closets.
Is is yours too?

No room is off limits.  
Kitchens, bathrooms and pantry's are usually full of weird odds and ends
 that end up in the garbage pail.  
Why do I always have an extra can of pumpkin?
and what's up with all the red pepper flakes?

Clothes closets are always challenging because it's sometimes hard to giveaway a beloved skirt or handbag that might be the item you wish you had saved down the road. 

 Remember that denim skirt you made from a pair of jeans Sophomore year?  
Yea that one....don't ya wish you still had it?

BTW....just for laughs google: home made jeans skirt...no words can describe these skirts

 how about the tooled leather thingy from Cabo circa 1993
(clearly a case of too much Cerveza)

  I actually have seen furniture that I have sold/consigned or donated show up in antique malls.  
Always a weird feeling....especially when I see the prices!!
I recently consigned two side tables....which I received $250 dollars for....not too shabby 

about a week later I ran into them (hello tables) in a rather upscale antique mall
priced at $1250


weirder yet, I looked inside to see if I had left anything!

even weirder, the shop owner said 
"can I help you with anything?"

to which I answered:
"yes, I would like to buy these amazing tables for
one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars"

just kidding about the last part 
but I did peek to see if my book was still in the drawer

 Last year I did a major purge and it felt really great.
So this year is more about organizing the things I wear over and over again 
and updating accessories and basics 

I tossed a few pairs of old boots, which was actually kinda hard ; )
truth:  I rescued a pair of Frye riding boots at the very last minute....I felt like I was saving a dear friend from certain disaster.  
They will eventually find their way back into the donation box.  
That's what boots do....they go walking

I did purchase these
this is a beautiful basic black boot that hits just below the knee,
they look great with everything and were soft and comfortable right out of the box...always a plus because I'm just not into blisters any more, I don't care how awesome the shoe is!

not sure if you can still find this boot 
it's the Suzie boot from Sigerson Morrison

always a staple for me are light weight running/walking shoes 
which look great with jeans and khaki's
These are New Balance 711's 
love these in black and the other fun colors

hoarder alert...I own 3 pair! 

I wear my fave vintage Donna Karen Collection (circa 2004) cashmere coat with everything...
it even looks good with pajamas ; ))

 love this coat from Theory
It has a wonderful menswear appeal

 Invested (luggage is an investment) in some new duffels 
and totes from Filson
In addition to being beautifully made these should last forever...
probably much longer than I will want to keep using them, cause forever is a really long time

 I love/need a big cross body that I can open up and see everything I've thrown in there 
and this one can double as a weekender in a pinch 

Will someone please write a post about purses and analyze why we put so much stuff in them...
it's truly amazing.

It's as if we women were taught at an early age that the ability to cram your entire life 
into a smallish bag 
(which you will then carry around you neck until you need surgery)
 is part of growing up...but I digress

I love white and cream in the winter too and found some great Levi 501's in white
these are a boyfriend fit and a bit distressed 
super cute and comfy
found these at Macys.com ...I think they were around $50 dollars 

add a few more lovelies like a great big chunky black sweater
and a floral scarf and your sure to feel cheerful
even in the rain
Eddie Bauer

Cath Kidson

other items:
Sunnies: Krewe
Watch: Longines
Jeans:  Polo
Blue boyfriend shirt:  Polo  

I didn't use links but you know how to get there ; ))


  1. Kelley,
    I love these posts. I am always inspired to take one more swipe at the closet and make sure there isn't something hiding that I never wear! I am picking up the challenge you threw down about women's purses and the 5 lbs. of stuff we carry. :-)
    I admire the cute, small handbag I see others carrying...I've even bought more than one throughout my life. Only to hang them in the closet recognizing I cannot get through daily life with out all the "essentials" I carry around.
    Happy 2016, I thoroughly enjoy your posts. I hope that charming SB home of yours is taking shape and you'll be giving us a tour this year.

    1. Hey Karen....at happy new year to you too ; )) I have a few small handbags which rarely ever see daylight too. I will share more ideas from Santa Barbara. Right now it's all very boring stuff but the city is a wonderful and beautiful place. Happy to be near the beach again too. Stay well xo Kelley

  2. Kelley - Just so darned glad you're posting again...I really missed you! Yes, those first couple of weeks of January are my time to clear the excess! My word for the year is "simplify" and to me that means more experiences and less stuff.

    Keep up the good work...I'm loving your new home and the wonderful things you have done to the garden/yard area!


    1. Hi Sheila. I agree totally, less stuff is such a great feeling. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I have many things planned and just need to start working on them. Stay in touch! xxx's

  3. Great writing today, Kelley, really enjoyed your humor! Love following the progress in your SB home. I do miss your yard from Ojai, it was such an inspiration for me. As always, looking forward to your next post.


    1. Hi Penny! I miss the beauty of the Ojai property but oh dear lord....so much work involved to keep it all up. Santa Barbara will be a really fun house. Its very small but very charming and old. Hope to be posting more often and I have a new blog format in the works. Just finishing up the details so that should motivate me....hope ; ))

  4. How cute and comfortable...I want that bag.

  5. This was a fabulous post..I just need to follow your advice. I wonder if those Sigrid Morsen boots are still available. I think I ordered 5 pairs and returned all because they weren't comfortable. I am wearing my old ones instead!!

  6. YESSSssss.... I am in the purge/ org mode... Primary target: the kitchen, the butlers pantry, the drawers, somehow, things have shifted over the years and everybody needs to get back to where they belong or get out!

    And yes... I do regret some of my tough love choices in the closet {that olive velvet blazer that was a little too boxy, jean skirt? definitely.} It's hard to walk that fine line.


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