WE HAVE SUCH A FUN GUEST TODAY for CLOSET CONFESSIONS!
It’s Joni from Lay Baby Lay, and her talent and creativity are going to astound you.
Wanna see what I mean?
Click HERE to see the shared room she designed for her two daughters.
And I want to know how many of you audibly gasped when you saw the below image.
Because I did. I totally gasped. Out loud.
The planked walls, the tole chandelier, the bold graphic rug, the garland over the toddler bed…
ALL OF IT speaks to me.
And listen, if you know me, you know I do not enjoy throwing birthday parties.
I’m guessing it’s because I’m REALLY bad at it. (Just fyi, my friends won’t argue this point.)
But Joni’s girls? Well, they hit the LOTTERY with a mom who is the master of throwing birthday parties. Hold on to your party hats and click HERE to see her daughter Vivi’s 3rd B-Day Party.
I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE IT.
You can also check out a Toddler Art DIY, and some of her mood boards:
Now that you are both IN AWE of Joni and ASHAMED of yourself :), it’s okay, join the club,
now you get to see her closet!
Spoiler alert: she painted it black and used a gold sharpie to draw a floral pattern all over it.
Take it away Joni!
everyone! I’m Joni from Lay Baby Lay, and I’ll be sharing my little
closet today. When Sheaffer asked me to participate, I quickly agreed
because I’ve been wanting to find the time to give my closet a little
love for quite awhile. I have two babies (one three and one 13 months)
and I have found it to be somewhat (ok, a lot) of a challenge to manage a
closet throughout pregnancy, post pregnancy, and what not.
It seems my
body is always changing, and therefore I get overwhelmed when
to organizing the clothes.
here is my closet! It’s pretty small. I call it a walk-in, but it’s
just barely so. The dimensions are 60″ x 30″, so you can sort of just
step in and step out, and the door is in our bathroom. I really wanted
to do something dramatic with the little space, to make it more
organized, and to give me incentive to keep it organized. I painted the
walls and shelving all black, painted pink dots here and there, and
then drew a pattern with a gold Sharpie to sort of give it a wallpaper look.
this little re-organization, there was a rod on both sides of the
closet with a shelf above, but when I took everything out to paint, I
was happy to discover there were already shelf supports up and down the
right side of the closet. The rods were jam-packed with clothes, and
one side ended up being things I didn’t wear as much, so it wasn’t
really a stretch to take it out, plus I got the added bonus of having
everything on the shelves within easy reach (yay, shoes!). It is so
great to be able to actually see everything that is in my closet.
few favorite sweaters are on the bottom shelf, my tall boots are on the
floor, and then I have some jewelry and my guilty pleasure, Harry
Potter, on the third shelf. When I’m feeling stressed and need some
quiet to myself, I cuddle up in bed and read a few chapters. It’s like
spending time with an old friend, so it’s nice to have those within easy
reach. These cute little vintage brass camels (from Etsy) make great
little hangers for accessories and jewelry.
the other side, I have a clothes rod with some of my dressier clothes.
I have a dresser in my bedroom where I keep most of my casual tops,
like tanks or tees.
I’ve been re-arranging our bedroom some and I’ve been doing quite a
bit of purging. I really love cleaning out my closet every season and
giving away what I don’t wear, and I feel like the older I get, the
better I am at making smarter purchasing decisions for clothes. I love
this place in life where I am; I don’t feel any pressure to dress a
certain way or wear certain labels and since I’m a stay at home mom I
don’t see the same people daily, so it doesn’t really matter how often I
wear something. I have the freedom to be as quirky as I’d like and to
wear whatever I feel most confident in.
do have a thing for jeans. I feel like I’m always on the search for
the perfect pair: the ones that make me feel like a million dollars
(a.k.a. like I’ve lost 10 pounds) and that won’t stretch out in the
knees or sag too much with all the playing and running around I do with
the littles. They are one thing that I love to splurge on when I can,
and one thing I have a hard time giving away. Jeans are so iconic, and I
feel like they are something Vivi might ask for in 20 years when
vintage skinny jeans seem like the coolest thing ever. Or I might just
want to have them so I can wear them again.
I mentioned above, all my clothes aren’t in this closet. They wouldn’t
all fit. I have casual tops and workout clothes in a dresser drawer,
and I’ve learned to stow away seasonal items that I don’t need for
months at a time (most are in a bin under my bed or in an extra closet
in Brigette’s room) as well as maternity clothes (and post baby weight
clothes – ugh). I really have tried to pare it down, though, and be
honest with myself about what really fits well and what I really like.
It feels so good to have a more concise closet, and it’s so much easier
to get dressed!
onto some of Sheaffer’s questions! I feel a little awkward answering
fashion related questions, because I feel like there are so many others
who do it better than me and I’m no expert, but these are things that
work well for me!
It’s really just gorgeous, with incredible colors, and a beautiful
drape. It’s perfect with a tank and skinny jeans, and so great for
transitional early spring weather. It’s a bit delicate feeling, so it’s
not something I’d wear while hanging out with my little people, but
it’s perfect for a date night or going out with girlfriends.
item I have to stop myself from wearing, because I wear it so often:
this button down top. It’s not an every day top, but the one I grab
when I’m in a hurry and feel like I need to look nice. It doesn’t’ look
like much on the hanger, but it’s just so comfortable and easy to wear
and makes me feel confident.
It was a Christmas gift (most of the girls in my class had one –
crazy, I know) and I hardly used it, so now I have a mint condition
vintage purse. It works well for the date nights or fun evenings out
with friends when I don’t have to take a diaper bag. It’s perfect now
that brass and navy seem to be everywhere again.
shoes: These are my top three. The seasons are changing, but these
three have been my staples the past few months. I’m crazy about these gold booties,
which dress up anything and make any outfit feel special. They just
make me happy whenever I wear them! I also love my black and white mary janes.
I have a hard time wearing heels while toting small people about (and
honestly since being pregnant – I just can’t wear them the same way I
used to), so these make me feel dressed up and put together without also
feeling awkward. My Converse high tops are
my favorite mom shoes. They are perfect for chasing a toddler around
the park or going on walks, and are just the right bit of fun and
bargain / One of my favorite things: I’m crazy about this nautical knit
dress I bought last summer. It has the perfect fit, and I love the
print. I wish I had it in several colors and patterns, because I’d
probably wear it every day this summer. I love it with my favorite anchor necklace and these awesome korkease sandals,
which I got for a steal from Urban Outfitters for $30. They had one
pair left, and they happened to be my size, so I knew it was meant to
item that I always keep in my closet, regardless of season and whether
or not I’ll wear it: This dress I wore on my honeymoon, and a little
shell necklace we got while in Kauai. It just makes me happy. We have
been married for five and a half years, and I’ve only worn it a handful
of times since our honeymoon, but I always hope I’ll find another reason
to wear it, and if I don’t I just love seeing it there.
Joe’s. I add this simply because as I mentioned earlier, I have a
thing for jeans. I’m a bit “hippy” (as in, I have some hips) and I’m
also on the taller side, so finding jeans that fit well seems to be a
challenge. These are my absolute favorites right now, and I wish I
could wear them daily. They are a perfect jet black and so comfortable
(as in, I forget I’m even wearing pants comfortable!). I don’t have to
tug or pull at them, and they also hold their shape really well, even
after getting on the floor with my girls and doing all the moving about
that motherhood requires. I can’t say enough good things.
Thank you so much for having me, Sheaffer!
Okay…so many things to say.
JONI! I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH YOU and YOUR CLOSET!
First of all, that gold Sharpie pattern DOES look like wallpaper. WELL DONE.
Secondly, you have fresh flowers in your closet. Wow.
The picture of your nice jeans stacked up in your gorgeous shelves made my heart skip a beat.
Several items in Joni’s closet inspired me to add certain styles into my own closet.
Her style seems so FUN and WHIMSICAL!
And since I know many of you were inspired too, I have some options for you if
you want to get started now!
I never would have thought about a floral blazer, but I LOVE hers!
I bright blazer is a perfect piece for spring and summer! You can wear it with a nice pair of black slacks when dressing up, or you can throw it on with jeans for a cool factor.
See lots of options in the collage below!
Joni’s blazer HERE
(LOVE how it’s styled on the model with a white tee and distressed jeans! SO COOL!)
neon boyfriend blazer HERE / turquoise jacket HERE /stretch cotton one button blazer HERE
pink blazer HERE / navy blue and polka dot blazer from Target HERE
Just in case you like the idea of the whimsy that a floral blazer would add, but you don’t want to shell out the cash for a blazer, I found some very reasonable options for you!
floral chiffon cardigan HERE
cream chiffon cardigan HERE
navy chiffon long cardigan HERE
Next up Joni talked about her black polka dot shirt as being her top that she grabs when she wants to feel put together and confident. That’s how I feel about my MUST HAVE shirt.
It doesn’t look like anything on the hanger, but I grab it again and again. And again.
And let’s be honest. Again.
Click HERE for my GO TO shirt and remember to order a size down!
For size reference, I’m wearing an x-small.
(Click HERE for a less expensive version from the junior’s department.)
Click HERE for my pendant and HERE for a similar white ceramic watch.
Joni inspired me with her dresses and got me in the mood to find a pretty spring dress that’s a little bit different than what I would normally go for. Joni’s style seems to be a bit less conservative than mine, and I love that! I saw the below dress online at Anthro, and the five 5 Star Reviews peeked my interest!
I have a conference to go to in about a month, and I think this might be a great dress for me to take with me! I could dress it up or down with my shoes and jewelry.
Emaline dress HERE
is a great dress, I feel pulled together without trying too hard. It
fits TTS, I’m between a 4 and 6, and both sizes fit, with the 6 more
comfortable. The cut hugs your curves in the back which is very
flattering. The pattern is a modified herringbone that made me think of
wheat; and the red stripes in the front is visually lengthening. I was
worried that the neckline looked low on the mannequin, but it is just
the material feels a bit stiff at first, it is very comfortable once I
had it on. The sides of the torso is a lightly quilted material and very
And there are pockets! The pockets are zippered!
Seriously cute, right?
The last thing she talked about was her skinny black Joe’s Jeans.
I don’t have a pair of great black skinny jeans, but I’m thinking this fall I might be adding a pair!
Click HERE for all women’s Joe’s jeans on sale right now!
And just randomly, click HERE for a HUGE selection of Michael Kors watches that are 10% off right now. 10% might not seem like a lot, but $25 off isn’t too bad!
And now….a GIVEAWAY!
For a pair of earrings, a clutch,
AND A $100 CREDIT TO STELLA AND DOT TO BUY WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES!
lace chandelier earrings HERE/ capri pouch HERE