Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fashion Week: 7 Wardrobe Essentials (Amanda Carol at Home)

wardrobe essentials

This series has been so much fun for me, and I'm so thrilled you all seem to be having just as much fun with this series as I am!  Today I'm excited to have Amanda from Amanda Carol at Home here to share her 7 wardrobe essentials as she is always dressed to perfection! (If you follow her on instagram then you already know this!)  

But really would you expect any less from someone who blogs from here?  

Amanda's amazing home office
Yeah, I think not.  I'll just let the style guru take it from here! 
Hello dear Our 5th House readers- I am so honored that Carmel asked me to participate in her fashion series.  I honestly do not consider myself a fashion diva by any means, nor do I claim to know much about fashion in general.  I do however know what I like and approach pulling together an outfit  the same way I would design a room.   I love mixing textures, patterns and colors.  That being said, my 7 "go-to" items are:

#1 Statement Jewelry:  Those of you who know me or at least follow me on Instagram know that I like bling:

Sometimes all it takes is a piece of statement jewelry to take an outfit from bland to glam.  

#2 Chambray Shirt:

Do yourself a favor- invest in a good quality chambray shirt- I have this one from JCrew and I wear it all the time.  You can dress it up or down- layer it with a statement necklace or wear it under a great sweater. (sorry for the bad phone pics)

#3 Statement Shoes:

Again you can take a simple outfit from bland to glam with a pop of color from a cute pump or ballet flat.  Stores like DSW and Marshall's are great places to find inexpensive but good quality shoes.

#4 A pair of "hot momma" Jeans:

You know what Im talking about- those jeans that make you feel sexy or at least make your butt look good.  When you do find "those" jeans, I suggest you buy at least 2-3 pairs.  I love JCrew's toothpick jeans and always buy a pair when they are on sale.

#5 A touch of Leopard:

Just remember a little goes a long way.  A clutch, a bangle or even just a belt is just enough to make a statement.

#6 A comfy pair of heels in black and nude:

The key to these shoes is: COMFORT.  Aside from your cute and colorful statement shoes (#3 above) you need a good pair of  "I can wear these all day" pumps.  One pair of black and one pair of nude and you are good to go with ANY outfit.

#7 The Undergarments:

You can wear the cutest sweater or the perfect skirt- but if your "hardware" is not up to par you can ruin a whole outfit.  And for those of us who have had a kid or two know all too well the "muffin top" boobs and the "spare tire" gut.  With the proper undergarments you can minimize these unsightly sags and rolls.  Just remember SPANX is your friend.  And do yourself a favor- head to your local Victorias Secret and have your "girls" fitted.  Let me tell you after three kiddos I thought I was still in the same bra size I had as a young adult.  For years I was wearing the wrong size bra and would never wear fitted tops because of the "muffin top" spilling out over my bra- ugh! With the proper bra size and proper style I can wear those snug t-shirts and tight sweaters with confidence.  And yes I do lament my BK Boobs (Before kids).  *sigh*  

Thanks Carmel for having me today and letting my share some of my favorite things.


I couldn't agree more on her number one - statement jewelry - it's the icing on the cupcake - the very best part!  And the tip on undergarments is so great.  I really need to be refitted  - I have twin baby newborn girls (if you know what I mean) - so I feel like I don't belong in a lingerie store. ;)    Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness with us today Amanda

Find Cassie's (Hi Sugarplum!) 7 Essentials Here!  And Courtney's (A Thoughtful Place) Here


  1. Love these essentials too- especially statement jewelry, chambray, and nude shoes!
    ann e

  2. Thank you so much for including me in this series Carmel!! Its an honor to be with these other fashionistas!

  3. Great list, Amanda! You always look so fantastic in your photos, and it didn't surprise me that the statement necklace was your pick. Need to get me a new pair of smokin hot momma jeans, although "toothpick" doesn't come to mind when I think about myself so I may have to find another alternative.

  4. Carmel - fashion week is so much fun! I always say I know what I like when it comes to design and fashion, but can't necessarily put it together for myself. I am happy to say I have some of these pieces (from this week so far) already - especially Amanda's - and have loads more inspiration. I just bought my first pair of skinny jeans ever on Monday after Cassie's Forever 21 $10 suggestion. I am a pear shape for sure, so we'll see when they arrive, but the price was right, and I want to see how they'll look with brown boots (also new for me). So you've got me branching out! Now for my house...oy. Good thing the last owner did an awesome job with paint colors.

  5. Love your fashion series, Carmel! Amanda's style is the perfect mix of sophisticated, chic and modern!

  6. Great tips, Amanda. You rock the statement necklace like nobody's business. So adorable.

  7. Statement necklaces = LOVE!! Thanks for compiling this awesome list, Amanda! {And for sharing it with us, Carmel!}

    ~Abby =)

  8. LOVE statement necklaces here too, I just don't wear them enough! Although I have to currently rock 'resin-type' necklaces so my 11 month old can teethe on them, lucky there are some super cute ones out there (and lucky he is cute too!).

    Chambray shirt is officially on my Autumn shop list (sob! Summer is over here in one day!)!

    I linked you up in my Lust-haves post :)

  9. I could take up residence inamandas closet and never leave! I drool over her ootd insta how she pairs color and patterns

  10. I would love to see some links or sources for the items in Amanda's post, including the ones she's wearing. How can I BE her otherwise? (kidding! but not about the sources)

  11. great tips - and she is sooo right about the undergarments! my other fav is leopard, I love it and could wear it every day :)

  12. Your all outfit, jewellery dress color combination almost everything is nice. But i noticed that your hair are very nice specially your hair curl. Actually i am doing job at salons in Tempe and i noticed that your hair are very cute!


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