Get Organized

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Thursday, March 31, 2011 2 comments

This Spring I vow to get more organized and tackling my closet is the first to do on my list. I tend to just throw stuff in there wherever I find room and its mostly a total mess. I came across this article on the Lucky Magazine blog and it left me completely inspired to get organized. From helpful tips on sorting garments to how to properly store your shoes, the article is complete with smart tricks and inspirational images.

Foldables

Question: I always end up with messy, teetering piles of sweaters. How do I keep them under control? Put the bulkiest pieces at the bottom of the pile to avoid an unstable, top-heavy formation. Separate cardigans, turtlenecks, etc., so you can tell what's what without resorting to unfolding them all.




Lingerie

To keep fancy intimates from becoming one big tangle (bra hooks are dangerous around delicates), invest in a drawer divider with six-inch-wide sections.

DRAWER DIVIDER, $5,CONTAINERSTORE.COM






Jeans

Mark your shelves with tape according to style, and then create a color-graduated stac



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Hangables

Use uniform hangers for tidiness and to keep clothes at the same eye level.

· Remove dry-cleaning bags immediately—not only do they trap a lot of air, but they're keeping your loved clothing imprisoned with harmful chemicals.


· To prevent slippage, fasten the top four buttons on all shirts (and zip up pants).

· Break up suits so you remember to wear them as separates.



Shoes 

If you have an enclave or cubby in your space, mount a rack on the wall and conceal it with a curtain hung from a metal rod. If no such nook is available, consider installing shelving near the door—and color-coordinate your shoes to make it look extra intentional.

Line boots—complete with boot trees—along the floor. During warmer months, store them under the bed in a clear plastic box.

Avoid back-of-the-door racks, as they position shoes too close to clothing—you never know what you've tracked in.








Article from Lucky Magazine
Photos: Lucky

Dani for Flare April 2011

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Thursday, March 31, 2011 0 comments






Honestly can't wait any longer for Spring to come so I can start wearing bright colors. Right now I'm loving this ediorial from Flare shot by Max Abadian, featuring clothing from Max Mara, Christopher Kane, and Gucci.

Via Fashion Gone Rogue

Wednesday Inspiration

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 0 comments








Photos Via : Myself, Tumblr, Studded Hearts

Tough & Romantic

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10 comments
Love the combination of the soft  flowers and leather harnesses in this editorial from iD Magazine.








Shot by: karim Sadli
Model: Malgosia Bela
Via Rackk and Ruin

Botanical Garden

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6 comments

Spring is not quite here and myself among many other New Yorkers are completely sick of what feels to be a everlasting winter. Even though its the end of March and the thermometer reads 35 degrees,when it comes to your wardrobe nothing says spring like floral prints. These pretty floral blouses have me completely anxious for the warmer weather. Pair these romantic tops with wide-leg jeans and a floppy hat to tap into this season's 70's trend.

1. Alice + Olivia, $ 253
2. Zara, $ 40
3. Komodo, $60
4. Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, $ 85.50
5.  Miss Selfridge, £32.00
6. Madewell, $110

Site of the Moment: The Coveteur

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Monday, March 28, 2011 17 comments
"My friend Derek Sanders, who is an architect and owner of La Esquina designed these amazing closets for me. All the specs were laid out for a fashionista which helps to keep everything organized. It's key to keep all the folded items folded with placket or front of shirt showing in some way and sorted by color. That goes for hanging items too. It looks neater and is much easier to find things when organized by color and silhouette"Clothes, Various Designers
Have you ever wanted to a peek into the closets of the fashion elite? The Coveteur, a site founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, takes you inside the closets of internationally influential cultural forecasters. Captured through the lens of photographer Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur explores what you've always wanted to see. From the editors at Who,What ,Wear to the market editors at Neiman Marcus. Check out the closet of Tracy Taylor, the US Editor for the luxury eCommerce site NET-A-PORTER. I really am loving the organization of her shoes - I also store all my shoes in boxes and I usually forget whats in what, the pictures on the outside is such a good idea to remember whats actually in them.










All Photos Via The Coveteur

Luv Aj Spring 2011 Lookbook

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Monday, March 28, 2011 10 comments
Amanda Thomas, the 23 year old creative behind the jewelry line Luv Aj, designs an array of unique statement pieces from vintage bodychains to chunky pyrite rings that would make any passerby stop and ask “Where did you get that?” . She already has a celebrity following including Chloe Sevigny, Rachel Bilson, and Ashlee Simpson, all who adore her signature heavy-metal spikes and layering chains. Her Spring 2011 collection has a 70’s luxe appeal complete with fringe necklaces and gold headpieces. Check out the lookbook below or shop it here







View the rest of the loobook after the jump

Shopbop and IFB Best Dressed Blogger

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Friday, March 25, 2011 8 comments

I am so happy to announce that I was the winner of the Shopbop and IFB best dressed blogger contest from the IFB Conference during NYFW.  I honestly did not expect this at all  - when I received the email I thought it had to be a joke because there were so many other chic and very well dressed bloggers at the conference!  Check out a few questions from the interview below or read the full article here!
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Shopbop: What made you decide to start a blog?

Francesca Alfano: I’ve always admired fashion and found myself constantly browsing through a ton of fashion websites daily. My friends were always coming to me for fashion advice, whether it was trying to help them decide on what to wear for a certain occasion or asking that I take them shopping for clothes. I realized that I wanted to pursue my love for fashion by sharing clothing I enjoyed and photography that inspired me. I started lovelaceluxe.com in March 2010 as an outlet to express my personal style and inspirations.
SB: You post fashion editorials and inspirational images. What tends to catch your eye?

FA: Something that I can’t stop looking at: a beautiful model, an amazing shoe, interesting lighting, or unique styling. These all tend to catch my eye.
SB: How would you describe your personal style? And how is your blog an extension of that style?

FA: I would describe my style as polished chic. I try to stick with classic clothing and neutral colors (the majority of my closet is black, navy, and cream), but this doesn’t mean I’m afraid to take risks! A lot of my clothes are vintage or basics from a store that everyone can afford. I love accessorizing a $20 H&M dress with chunky vintage jewelry or an interesting belt to make my outfit more unique! On my blog, I like to post interesting accessories, handmade jewelry, or trinkets that are key to making a good outfit! Everything on my blog, from the editorial content to clothing, is something I am totally in love with or would wear. This allows me to really stay true to my personality within the blog.
SB: Who is your style icon?

FA: For a while now, I have been really inspired by street fashion as opposed to having one style icon. I love seeing how average women create these awesome and accessible looks without having a stylist or a ton of money—to me, this is true style. Fashion is expensive but style is not, and many stylish girls are not rich. My mother also will always be one of my style icons. She has excellent taste and has always given me the best style advice. Whether investing in a classic piece of jewelry or a handbag that I will have for a lifetime.


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Winning Outfit: Red Pants!






2. Relaxed Crewneck, LA Made ; $ 30
3. Black Boyfriend Blazer, Vince; $ 264
4. Crystal Necklace, J.Crew; $ 55
5. Leopard Pumps, Jessica Simpson ; $ 69

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