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March 20, 2014

Casual Essentials

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration floral moto jacket with Mia and Moss cashmere denim and Birkenstock Arizona sandals
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration floral moto jacket with Mia and Moss cashmere denim a clear clutch
Birkenstock Arizona sandals in black, Birkenstock sandals fashion trend
clear clutch with Xhilaration floral moto jacket and skinnydip London gemstone iPhone case
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration floral moto jacket with Mia and Moss cashmere denim and Birkenstock Arizona sandals

Mirrored sunglasses, Papaya lace peplum top, Xhilaration floral moto jacket, crop skinny jeans c/o MIA & MOSS, Birkenstocks, flower necklace, iPhone case, and Love Culture clutch (similar)

I spent part of last week doing a major closet cleaning. Spring cleaning, if you will. Happy first day of spring, by the way! 

Many pieces that I love but don't wear got sorted into donate, sell, and keep piles. It felt great to purge the things that were taking up valuable closet space. Some lessons that were reinforced for me during the process:

1. Even if I love it, if I haven't worn it in over 6 months, it's time to say goodbye and let someone else love it even more.
2. If I can't see it in my closet, I'm probably not going to wear it.
3. A garment made of rayon may look great on the hanger in a store, but once I get it home and fold it in my closet, the wrinkles are more than I want to deal with.
4. Casual, comfortable basics are not as fun to buy as seasonal trends, but they have lower cost per wear and can be dressed up with myriad accessories such as jewelry and scarves. Plus, they're ideal for travel.
5. No matter what, my closet will always be too small. (Constantly working on alleviating this issue.)
6. Great fitting, flattering denim is hard to come by. Really hard!

Along the lines of #6, this super soft pair of skinny jeans that I received from up-and-coming brand MIA & Moss epitomizes precisely what I look for in denim: a skinny and flattering fit that has just the right amount of stretch for comfort (2% to be exact) and the absence of unnecessary design details. Simplicity prevails because it all comes to down to two factors - fit and comfort.  Plus, an inseam that requires no hemming doesn't hurt when you're petite!

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