Sunday, January 14, 2018

Five Ways to Kick the Winter Blues

It's that time of year again...The holidays are officially over and now we have about three more months of frigid temps and grey skies. Every year around this time, I kind of fall into a funk. I'm a little bit lazier than usual, definitely more tired, and basically just feel blah.

Here are 5 ways I kick my winter blues::

1. GET OUTSIDE:: Yes, I know this seems funny but on days when it's not bitterly cold, I try to get outside and take quick walks. My two older kids are in school in the mornings, so when the weather isn't too freezing, I bundle Charlie up and take quick 15-20 minute walks around my neighborhood. Breathing in fresh air does wonders.

2. GET SOME FLOWERS:: It's hard when all you see is grey when you look out the window. I don't know about you but as soon as I see the tiniest bit of green coming from the trees my mood instantly picks up. Unfortunately we won't be seeing any green on the trees in quite some time, so I try to buy fresh flowers every week (sometimes they last two weeks) in the winter time. I swear it lifts my mood every time I see them.

3. CHANGE IT UP:: In the summer we are hardly ever home. We are out at the beach or with family and friends almost every single day. The winter however, we spend way more time at home and we often go stir crazy. If you follow us on Instagram stories, you saw that I recently switched out the mirror and sconces above my couch to some fresh artwork. The mirror was originally supposed to be a temporary piece when we moved in almost five years ago (ah where has the time gone??) It always bothered me as I wasn't a huge fan of the way it looked and felt like it didn't do much for the space. But I kept putting off a change because I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to go above the couch. When I saw these prints at a local boutique I knew they would be perfect. I bought them and had them hung up the same day and I cannot tell you how happy it has made me. Every time I walk past my couch, I smile. When you are stuck indoors for a good portion of the day it helps to be happy in the space you are in. So make a little change- switch out your old throw pillows or hang up a new piece of artwork. And if you aren't looking to change anything in your home, you can always make personal changes. Changes to your hair color or length. You get the deal! A little change can often times go a long way.

4. MAKE A PLAN:: I think this actually applies year round but definitely more so in the winter. I find it so important to have something special to look forward to. Doesn't necessarily have to be anything big. Maybe a date night or a fun dinner out with some friends. We are planning on going down to Florida but not until March. While I'm sooo excited for some family time and some sunshine, we have a long way to go before we get to March. I'm trying to arrange some fun things for my husband and I these next few months. Maybe a massage or two? Definitely more dinners out sans kiddies and of course a few with them as well :)

5. MAKE YOUR MEALS:: During these cold months I honestly look forward to dinner. I love making hearty soups and stews and plain old comfort food. We try to keep it relatively healthy and incorporate as many veggies as possible so you feel good after eating. I love planning ahead of time and of course love when my husband takes over and cooks for us instead (which he does all the time).  Sunday in particular, is my favorite day to cook. We usually head to the store as a family in the morning and Chris and I will prep and cook the rest of the day. We plan on making chicken tortilla soup tonight which is one of my all time favorites.

What are your tips for kicking the winter blues? Would love to hear what you do. You can either comment below, send us a DM, or comment on our last Instagram post! Can't wait to hear!

xo Chrissy

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Madewell Sale

CARDIGAN COAT:: Madewell // TOP:: Madewell // JEANS:: J Brand 

Madewell has been one of my go-to's for everyday basics for a few years now. They are having 20% off when you spend $100+ or 30% off when you spend $200+ with code STAYCOZY. This cardigan coat and my bell sleeved tee are perfect every day pieces. I also have this sweater which I know is on the funkier side. You will either love it or hate it. I personally love it!

This is one of Madewell's most basic cardigan sweater and it comes in a ton of colors. It is so soft and so easy to throw on with a tee. I also think its the perfect length and hits at just the right spot. 

xo Chrissy


Office Update

I know I posted about my office a few months ago but with better quality pictures I thought why not post again and just in case some of you happened to miss it! I love my little nook that is bright and cozy. With the help of the Rinfret Group, it's the space I always wanted in my home! Somewhere fun and vibrant that really showed my personality and where I could sit down at the computer and hash out some emails, work on the blog and of course run through Shopbop, Revolve and the Daily Mail ( lol ). The mother, daughter duo at the Rinfret Group helped me with paint, paper and fabrics! They really understood the spot theme against a neutral wall but with pops of orange. How fun is the bathroom wallpaper!?

I originally had the Gray Malin pieces in my office at work but decided they were too good to have at my real office so I brought them home and had them re-framed. The orange chair right below them as the last addition to the office. It was SO perfect the fit and color couldn't have been better! A lot of my pieces not only in my office but around the apartment are a mix of high and low end ( I scored a ton of pieces for way less on sites like Horchow and One King's Lane). I also have this ghost chair in my kitchen and in my foyer! This one for desk purposes I got with arms, but at my kitchen table and foyer no arms. 

There is definitely a lot going on in this room but I totally love it. My speckled gold cow hide rug (also love this hide rug) was my first purchase and then I went wild from there. I love texture, color and spots and there are a ton of spots! The ceiling, bathroom and carpet are all adorned with some type of colored or speckled spot and that's why I kept the walls really simple. 

It took quite a while to finish my étagère ( I also have a habit of moving things around 20 times) but if you're impatient about styling shelves just know it does take a long time. You have to collect objects, books , photos overtime until it kind of all blends together organically at the end! Shop below for some of my office items and feel free to DM @inmyclosetblog on Instagram for any questions!

Photos By Cristina Lozito Photography & Florals and Julia D'agostino

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lust List

Monday, January 8, 2018

Date Night Tops

TOP :: IRO Paris // JEANS:: AG // SHOES:: Ash // BAG:: Chanel // EARRINGS :: Brinker & Eliza

I'm not going to lie it has been a lonnng time since my husband and I enjoyed a night out together. When you have children you can't just pick up and go but have to find a babysitter way in advance and cross your fingers that they won't cancel on you last minute. Our last planned "night out" together was supposed to be a NY Rangers game but what was supposed to only be light snow in the morning turned into heavy snow basically all day and night. Our babysitter cancelled and I stayed home with the kids and sent Chris out to enjoy the game because I am the best wife ever :) We are also huge homebodies. My family constantly makes fun of us for that but we honestly really look forward to our nights in together. When we first started dating we literally went to the movies every week. All of the people who worked at the theater near us knew us by name. It was slightly embarrassing, actually. All of our friends were out at bars and parties and we were at a 7 o'clock movie and home and in bed by 10. Clearly things haven't changed much over the past decade except we are no longer frequent movie theater goers but catch the movies at home instead. We recently just watched Detroit, Wind River, Mudbound, and Dunkirk- and seriously they all were amazing and left me feeling a whole lot of different emotions. I honestly had a hard time falling asleep after each one of these movies. So if you are looking for a good movie to watch, I highly recommend all of the above. 

With all of that is our 2018 goal to go out a bit more. We're trying to find a steady babysitter who will come every other weekend so we can get of the house and actually sit down and enjoy dinner together. With more date nights on the books, I'm going to need a few more date night tops. I just got this beautiful top by IRO above and it's on major sale. It also comes in a pretty light color as well. Rounded up a ton of my favorite tops below!

xo Chrissy

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Weekend Sales

Your wish is our command:: An overwhelming number of you wanted to see a round up of some favorite sale items this weekend and we like to make our readers happy. We've rounded up some of our favorite items below!

But first...some noteworthy mentions:

1. This sweater. Love a good sleeve detail and this one is super fun. This is another sweater I love and just bought (before it went on sale ugh). I love the fringe detail! It's an extra 40% off with code yesplease.
2. There are so many good designer steals right now: I bought these yesterday. Kaitlin has these in a brown color and I loved them so much I splurged and bought them in black (after my epic Ugg boot fail I posted on stories)
3. Love this every day dress for spring and you can take an extra 40% off at checkout.
4. These are definitely an investment piece and are more than half off right now with an extra 40% off at check out. A high quality leather pant is a great wardrobe staple that will remain in your closet for years to come. This specific pair has been at the top of my wishlist!
5. I need more everyday long sleeve tees and this one is on sale for $7.50. Yes, you read that correctly. LOFT is having an extra 70% off all sale items which means you can go crazy. Go ahead, we give you permission!
6. I have been eyeing this top for soooo long. It's so pretty and really reminds me of Rebecca Taylor. And it's on sale for $16. Gah!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bomb Cyclone

 HAT:: White + Warren (in black and a similar style) // JACKET:: Driftwood // SWEATER:: J.O.A (similar here) // JEANS:: Citizens of Humanity // BOOTS:: Marc Fisher

This is definitely not what I'm wearing during today's crazy "Bomb Cyclone" storm. Yes, that's the name they are actually giving this storm going up the East Coast. I'm still in my PJs...but this hat has not come off my head since the temps dropped low enough that I could wear it. The White + Warren Cashmere beanie is my all time favorite hat. It has become so popular that it is practically sold out on every site. It is pricier than your average winter beanie but it's because it's made from super soft cashmere. It's also extremely warm and comfortable. If you like it in the black, then I would get it now before it's gone. My color is "truffle heather" and I cannot find it in stock anywhere. I'll let you know if it comes back in stock!

My friend had this exact same sweater but from Zara that she bought last year and I always loved it. I love having sweaters that are a bit longer in the back. This one is by J.O.A. and I bought it on Shopbop. It's no longer in stock there but found it here. It's a great piece and a great price at $72. It also comes in a pretty ivory. I also looove this sweater and it's on sale for $29. And this cardigan is at the top of my wishlist- loving the detail on it.

My studded Chelsea boots were also a steal of a purchase. I bought them at 50% off and love the studded detail. I'm big into grey and love wearing a monochromatic grey look. These Marc Fisher boots also come in black and are still 50% off!

My jeans are also a favorite purchase of mine that I made early in the fall. They are by Citizens of Humanity and are a cropped style- perfect length for petite ladies (like me) and a true "cropped" style for anybody taller. They are also high rise which I think are perfect for everyone, but especially for moms. 1. Because they suck you in and 2. for any of you who have had c sections- if your incision site still bothers you (as it does for me) then high rise jeans are a great option. I'm finding many of my jeans that are a lower rise really bother me after wearing them for longer than a few hours. When I wear my high rise jeans I'm always way more comfortable. If you are looking for a more affordable option, I've heard amazing things about these grey high rise skinny jeans.

I hear we are in for a lonnnng winter which means it's time to stock up on cozy sweaters. I've linked a ton of my favorites below. And some hats as well :)

xo Chrissy

photos by Julia Dags



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