Closet Overhaul: Part 5, Accessories


Happy 2011, readers!  I’ve only got one more day off before returning back to work on Monday (no fun!) but I think I accomplished quite a bit during the last week and a half and made sure to spend A LOT of time relaxing as well.  2010 was such a great year for me and I am definitely looking forward to what 2011 will bring.

The last part of my closet overhaul is dedicated to accessories (shoes, bags, jewelry, belts, scarves, etc.) favorite!  I have a decent accessories collection as I tend to purchase these types of items most often.  I’m not going to take the time to go through everything that I currently own because this category is so broad but I have already recognized some areas for improvement.

Here is my accessories shopping list for 2011:

*nude pumps
*tall cognac boot
*tall rainboots
*basic black leather pumps
*basic brown leather pumps
*silver sandals or peep-toe pumps
*travel appropriate handbag
*chain strap shoulder bag
*brightly colored hobo or satchel
*wide black belt
*skinny animal print belt
*several bangle/stack bracelets
*statement necklace
*diamond stud earrings
*summer beach hat
*2-3 casual print scarves

Because of all of the fabulous after-Christmas sales, I was able to get a head start on this list and recently purchased these, these, and these.  The next thing I’ll need to do is prioritize my overall list of items to figure out what I should start looking for right away (ex. winter coat) and what I probably won’t need for several more months (ex. summer beach hat).  I’ve plugged the full list into the notes app on my iPod touch so that I’ll have it to reference while I’m out shopping.

I spent a little time browsing some of my favorite retailer’s websites today and started a ‘2011 Shopping List’ on Kaboodle, which you can view here.  This will allow me to save images and ideas for each category and will also serve as a guideline for the types of items I want to be looking for online and in-stores as I begin to cross things off of my list.

So, there you have it!  Resolution #1 for 2011!  I have others in mind as well and will be sharing those over the next week or two.  Here’s to another great year!!

Do you Kaboodle??

(source:  Kaboodle)

I’ve been sitting here in the fleece, mickey mouse, footie pajamas that I got for x-mas from MIL (totally serious..I’m obsesssed) thinking of topics for upcoming blog posts aside from my typical ‘Sale Alert’ entries because, well, even I’ve started getting bored of those already.  I’m not exactly new to blogging as I’ve had various blogs that I’ve experimented with throughout the last 10 years or so but this is really my first public interest type of blog.  All of my past attempts at blogging have been a bit more personal, relatively short lived, and nothing that I have ever shared publicly.  While the technical aspect of blogging is probably going to be a forever work in progress for me, please bear with me as I continue to develop my own personal blogging style.  This time, I’m really hoping to stick around for awhile so any feedback and advice from readers is certainly welcomed!  ; )

Have you ever heard of a little thing called Kaboodle?  It’s an online social shopping community that allows users to develop shopping/wish lists, create polls, share styleboards, etc.  It has really changed the way I shop during the last couple of years.  The shopping/wish list feature is probably what I rely on Kaboodle for the most.  It’s convenient, organized, and really just loads of fun to play around with.  Because I like to be insanely organized, I created separate lists for clothing, jewelry, bags, and shoes that I’m currently keeping an eye on.  I even have a list of ‘Recent Purchases’ so that I can keep track of what I’m buying each month and how much money I save since I’m a super sale shopper.

Signing up for an account is so simple and completely free, just fill out a quick registration form here (or click the button at the bottom of the registration page to join through Facebook).  If you do join, please add me (everydayessentials) as a friend!  You can get to my Kaboodle home page by clicking on the photo above.

(Sidenote: I do not work for Kaboodle, nor have I ever been asked by anyone who does work at Kaboodle to publish a review of any kind.  I have been a Kaboodle user for almost 2 years now and really just love what it has to offer!)