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Outfit 1.03.15: Marsala Top and How to Care for Your Dark Colored Clothing

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Gold Hoop Earrings: Claire’s. Hi-Lo Sweater Knit in Gosh Garnet: Old Navy, c/o Clorox. Quartz and Epoxy Gold Leaf Necklace: Handmade by me. Edison Cardigan: BB Dakota.  Tabbed Clutch: Lagunamoon (Japanese; old). Solitaire Ring in Rose Gold: Shashi. Skinny Jeans in Rub a Dub Dub: Blank Denim NYC. Quebec Zippered High Heel Booties: Sam Edelman (hard to find now, available on eBay or here or here in a similar style).

1.2.15-marsala-outfit-cu2I’m trying out Marsala, PANTONE’s 2015 Color of the Year, and I have to admit, it’s not too bad. 1.2.15-marsala-outfit-face2I can get into a rich, deep burgundy when paired with overall neutrals, like my favorite soft greys and blacks. Add a bit of impact with a similar lip color, dark around the eyes, and it works. It still reads Fall/Winter to me, so time will have to tell if I can incorporate this into a more Spring-y ensemble. Like an Iron Chef Fashion Challenge. Except with…kidneys.

1.2.15-marsala-outfit-clutch21.2.15-marsala-outfit-cu11.2.15-marsala-outfit-full21.2.15-marsala-outfit-clutch1.2.15-marsala-outfit-face 1.2.15-marsala-outfit-cu3 1.2.15-marsala-outfit-full3 1.2.15-marsala-outfit-heels how-to-keep-your-dark-clothing-from-fading Even if you’re not ready to jump on the Marsala bandwagon yet, I’m sure you still have dark, rich colors in your wardrobe that you want to keep looking dark and rich all year round, wash after wash. (For me it would be my beloved charcoals, blacks, and navies that I’m most concerned about.)woman-jumping-in-laundry

Laundry photo by Ryan McGuire.

That’s why Clorox has developed Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim, formulated with 2x the color boosting power and removes 4x more stains than are removed with pre-treating. Plus it won’t cause fading of your beloved darks.

clorox-and-marsala-topHOW TO REMOVE DEODORANT STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING

I don’t know about you, but I’m always getting white deodorant residue on my dark tops when I put them on – which leaves me scrubbing furiously in the morning with a pair of pantyhose to try and remove the most visible. But when it comes time to wash you want to remove every last trace of deodorant lest it start to build up on your fabrics (yuck!). You can apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim directly to the deodorant stain and rub in. Wait 3-5 minutes (don’t let it dry on the fabric), then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and additional Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim based on your load size.

HOW TO REMOVE OTHER TOUGH STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING

For tough stains, like wine coffee and grass, be sure to pre-treat. First, remove the garment: do not treat clothing while wearing it. Remove all loose dirt from the fabric and blot wet stains with a clean absorbent cloth. Apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim and rub it in. Wait several minutes – don’t let it dry – then wash with like colors.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR DARK DENIMS FROM FADING

I love me some dark denim, but sometimes the faded look is not what I’m going for. Though I wash my dark jeans much less than my light, faded jeans, when it comes time to wash I will bundle them all together to save water, and use Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim for the load. Plus I don’t dry my dark jeans in the dryer; they are all air-dried, and come out of the wash looking just the same as when they went it (especially important for brand-new jeans where the dye runs!)

Hope that gives you some pointers on how to keep your dark colors – including the controversial Marsala – just as deep as the day you got them! Do you guys have any tips for keeping your darkest darks perfect?

1.2.15-marsala-outfit-face3Do share in the comments!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent an Old Navy top from Clorox to incorporate into a post. I have not been compensated in any other way. The above opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission if you click and buy something through one of the links above. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

7 Ways to Make Your Wardrobe Look Waaay More Expensive Than it Actually Is

7-ways-to-make-your-wardrobe-look-more-expensiveI’m a budget-shopper, you’re a budget shopper. But no one wants to actually look like they’re wearing a $4.99 blazer, no? They key to looking well-dressed is making sure you’re choosing excellent items for their value, that you can spice up with a bit of budget-friendly DIY prowess. Here are 7 ways you can look like a million bucks on a budget (even if you only spent $20!): (more…)

6 Unexpected and Chic Color Combos for Fall

chicfallcolorcombos_2014Autumn is now in full swing, and sometimes I need a little inspiration of some color combinations in my outfits that veer away from a standard plaid, maroon, mustard, brown, and dark rinse denim. (Fall I feel is always a rut for me. Just sayin’.) Just because it’s not Spring doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate brights, pastels, or other patterns! Here are 6 unexpected color combos to breathe life into your wardrobe for Fall:

1. Gold brocade/Navy

2. Pink/Red/Tan Leopard

3. Cobalt Blue/Neon Yellow/Black-and-White Leopard

4. Pale Blue/Sunny Yellow Croc/Red/Denim

5. Navy/Pale Pink/Green Sequin

6. Mint Green/Tan Check/Cream

What color combinations have you tried that surprised you with how well they worked?

xo
Carly

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Alteration 101: How to Make a T-Shirt Dress Bigger

0.alteration101dress_introphotoHello all!

I apologize for my week-long absence…things have been just crazy with Lil Tot going back to school and getting back into the school routine. And I have an announcement to make soon – can’t wait to share!

alteration101dress_done4I snapped up a Stylestalker Space Jam T-shirt style dress from Shopbop in February – I just couldn’t pass up the cool pattern on it. (All it needs is a kitten shooting rainbows out of its eyes and then its the perfect Dark Side of the Moon-style CD album artwork. Or something like that.)       alteration101dress_materials Unfortunately it was the last dress left and at a size 4 it was a little too tight here and there on me (at the time in February). The mantra I live by:

So I went about to alter it to be a little more skimming, and here’s how you could do the same to a straight-shaped dress that just needs a little extra something:

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Take a Free Mini-Crafting Class with Craftsy!

craftsyheaderCraftsy is an online destination for craft-based classes and video tutorials that teach you real-world skills…all in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. Ranging in price from $14.99 – $39.99, these classes cover sewing, knitting, cake decorating, quilting, gardening, and much, much more.

If you’re not ready to sign up for the full Craftsy experience, you can watch a mini-class, totally FREE. Here are a couple that I’d recommend for those essential DIY skills:

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Sew Ready: Machine Basics  /  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch  /  Micro Torch Basics

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Amazing Crochet Textures  /  Mastering Zipper Techniques  /  Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag

Watch any of the above for free, with no obligation.

Check out all of Craftsy’s Free Mini-Classes!

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

DIY That Style! Lupita Nyong’o’s Chic Sheath and Textured Clutch

howtodiy_lupitanyongoLupita Nyong’o burst onto the scene in 2013 with her amazing performance in 12 Years a Slave, and has since shown off her amazing style on red carpet after red carpet. Her signature look is bold color, great shapes, simple silhouettes, and matching. This outfit is no different – and is super-simple to DIY. Here’s how:

How would YOU accessorize this cool colorblocked sheath?

xo
Carly

Lupita Nyong’o photo source. Clutch image from here. Collage by me.

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Cool Find: YOUNIQUE Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes For Extra Oomph! for Your Eyelashes

0.younique_introphotoI received an inquiry from a company called YOUNIQUE earlier this month, who sent me a set of their Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to try out. I have to admit: I was a bit skeptical at first, since I couldn’t exactly see how fiber lashes that were sprinkled on top of one’s already existing mascara could really make much difference. I mean, was this extra step in the beauty routine really necessary? But once I tried them out I became a believer – and you will too once you see these AMAZING before & after photos. (more…)

Spring Clean Your Closet with Goodwill’s Help

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Spring is finally here – and that means Spring cleaning! I always head to my closet first and foremost to do a major purge this time of year. It’s cathartic and frees up my mind to get rid of lots of old junk that has accumulated – and that I no longer wear and enjoy. And what do I do with everything I pull out of that overstuffed madness? I head to Goodwill and donate it all – since I know it creates jobs and helps my community: one of the best ways to create a local impact by investing back into it. (more…)

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