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Fashion on Display as Decor

Naturally, we can't all have our own luxurious chamber for dressing---furnished with exquisite chairs and daybeds, draped with lustrous silks, lined with pretty shoes, bursting with neatly arranged wardrobe pieces... all lit by a giant crystal chandelier. [sigh]

But if your apartment or dorm lacks a closet or ample closet space, displaying your clothes on a clothes rack is a fashionable option.

But it's important to know that a clothes rack out-in-the-open straddles a fine line between fabulous and hideous.

Keep your clothes tidy at all times. If you try something on and decide not to wear it, hang it back up. Don't throw it over the rack. A rack in the open is not like a closet. You can't just shut the door and hide the mess. Try to adapt a system like organizing the clothes by color, fabric, or type (shirt, skirt, dress, pants, so on). And invest in a set of uniform clothes hangers to pull it all together.

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Integrate glitzy accessories. Put your favorite shoes and purses on display, too. Raid Hobby Lobby for sheets of fake silk to drape over furniture and hang from the windows. Hit up the antique store for an ornate mirror. And try your luck at vintage dealers for some furniture from a bygone era.

So glamorous.



This is an innovative organizing idea.


DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.