OOTD: In the MarketPlace

MarketPlace coverAs someone who is passionate about bright and earthy colors, I was always intrigued by the richness of Indian prints and unique fabrics, so when FreeUrCloset was approached by MarketPlaceIndia.com, and we learned a little more about them, we had to introduce you to their gorgeously handmade clothing line.

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is not only a Fair Trade, Non-Profit Enterprise, it is also a company that proudly empowers women who work together on new clothing creations and, in turn, are able to earn a living to help support their families. In a mostly male dominant society, where abuse and neglect are common and women are rarely valued, it is important to gain the male respect, and MarketPlace helps it’s hardworking artisan employees gain just that.

Not only does the MarketPlace represent a great cause, their clothing is handmade, involving tedious tasks of hand printing, dip dyeing fabrics and adding hand-embroidered details which result in the most beautiful unique and flowing fabrics with a comfortable, light-weight style.

My Mogra Dress is created to be a relaxed fit summer dress, but I couldn’t help but give it my own style by throwing in the unexpected bit of county influence ( like my hat, the fringed  Izzy & Ali  bag and an old braided belt)  because this dress is just so versatile. Of course, I’ve accented it with two fabulous gold necklaces from Target, threw on these Franco Sarto wedges, and off to the MarketPlace I go.

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If you’d like to learn a little bit more about MarketPlace Handwork of India, you can check out their WorkPress blog  or their Spring 2014 Marketplace Handwork of India online Catalogue, where you can also shop for clothing that will not only make you look good, but will also make the humanitarian inside you feel good too.

Have fun!



OOTD: One of the Boys 💄👠

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Shirt and tie: borrowed from his closet / Cigarette Pants: H&M /👠 Heels: Charlotte Russe, similar here / Bodysuit: Victoria’s Secret / Clutch: Gianinni, similar here / Watch: Fossil here / Bracelet: gift

Watch out boys … It’s not a man’s world anymore! Not only are we, women, climbing up the corporate ladder in our stilettos, and overcoming daily challenges in a male dominated environment, we are also taking over your closets, and this time, not to help you dress better, but to help our selves to your clothing ;) !

Power suits are a thing of the past and the office wear guidelines have softened. We’re now free to create our own body armor to help us win battles in career settings. If my favorite Aqua Net-addicted, wise-talking, big haired Working Girl (starring Melanie Griffith) could plot her rise up from the secretarial pool by raiding her boss’s closet, I figured I could raid my hubby’s closet and show you what I’d wear to the office. Don’t let my power suit fool you …

Never underestimate the power of the red lipstick and red pumps, when worn with confidence, according to the man in my life, it is quite an intoxicating combination.

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What will you wear to the office Monday morning? 



DIY: A Little Lace Dress

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

How do you add some flair to a little black dress? Whenever I start digging through my closet for refashion possibilities, my mind starts racing, and I try to come up with ways to make something old into something new again. Here’s a simple DIY/refashion which was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest (yes, I’m a DIY Pinterest junkie ;) ). This refashion would actually work with any type of plain dress or shirt as long as the material is a silky or jersey fabric (the lace tends to sew on easier if you’re working with good fabric).

DIY Lace DressFor the DIY, I used an old black shift dress and a yard of guipure lace. Guipure lace is a heavier fabric which sews on really well. The larger pattern on this decorative lace also looks prettier when sewn on. Unlike the Pinterest photo, I didn’t have to cut a section of my garment, I just sewed the lace right onto the dress. The trickiest part to this DIY was cutting the lace diagonally from shoulder to side and then making sure I have a good cut for the bottom of the dress. Otherwise, this is a pretty simple refashion as shown in the photos below:

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My refashion worn with a skinny belt and nude pumps:

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Saturday Man Candy: Mr. Hot Italiano Mariano Di Vaio

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Ciao ladies (and gents)! Our apologies for taking a short man candy hiatus, however it takes a very special type of male specimen to get our motivation going and our juices flowing and Mamma Mia! have we found the perfect man for this purpose. Italy has given us pizza, Ferraris and Armani suits, but arguably its greatest gift to womankind is our Italian Stallion, Mariano Di Vaio. One look at our Italian slice of heaven and suddenly we’re in the mood for some of his hot and spicy Italian sausage. Hungry anyone? ;)

Born in 1989 (yes, we like ‘em young and ripe for the pickin’ – don’t judge), Mariano is a model/actor turned fashion blogger. In 2012, our European studmuffin started his own blog which quickly became recognized as one of the most influential men’s street style blogs worldwide. Mariano’s already worked with some of the leading brands of the fashion world and attracted the attention of the most famous magazines. With his finely chiseled features and those seductive eyes (which could penetrate right into our panties), our Italian dreamboat has attracted our full and lust-ful attention.

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Not only is Mariano a hunky feast for the eyes, he exudes style from every muscle of his Adonis-like being. Whether dressed up in a suit and tie or dressed down…ahem…whom are we kidding?? We just want to rip his clothes off…with our teeth.

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Mariano describes his style as a “balance between comfort and elegance”, but we like him best shirtless and flexing his muscles for us while he works on his impeccable physique.

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Oohhh La La Lucky Lady :P

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And, yes, even Mariano’s selfie wants to make love to Mariano’s selfie ;P

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One thing we absolutely love about our Hot Italiano’s blog is his kiddie collabs …Mariano plus an adorable little man equals cuteness overload in one picture. A stud who loves kids? *double swoon*

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The ladies (and the gents) LOVE Mariano as proven by his HUGE following on Instagram and Facebook and, even though we’d love to keep this tasty man treat all to ourselves, Mariano LOVEs sharing his stylish self with all of us. Check out MDVStyle.com for plenty of droolworthy photos and videos.

Ciao Bello!

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OOTD: Where Floral meets Tartan and Lace

Tartan and LaceHey lovelies, so all this talk about spring cleaning and different ways to wear things has inspired me to share my all season favorite accessory —  The Scarf.

Perfect for the transitional warm spring days into cool nights, a strategically wrapped or tied scarf is this season’s must-have accessory. I’ve run into countless blog posts with detailed instructions on how to tie and style your scarf different ways, and with due reason, as these days, a scarf isn’t only ment to be worn around your neck. With limitless ways of wearing/styling, scarves can be a great way to make a fashion statement! Because they come in various prints and sizes, a scarf can be worn as a poncho, tied into a halter top, turned into a sack bag, head turban, beach wrap, can serve as a belt, and worn as a dress or a skirt. Seriously … all you need is a little imagination and wonderful powers of “google search”, of course.

It’s no secret that I have a thing for repurposing clothing in the name of fashion, and being that scarves are this spring’s hottest accessory, I’ve decided to show you how to refashion your scarf into a super comfortable and trendy belted wrap. Tartan and Lace 120140309_134234 20140309_134204 20140309_134404 20140309_13414520140309_133748 20140309_134054(0)20140309_133733 20140309_134354 20140309_133721Tank top: forever21 / Multi printed scarf: Zara / Rings and necklace: H&M / Bag and Boots: Coach / Jeans: Lucky Brand / Belt: Leather (old)

So instead of packing your scarf away when Spring Cleaning, why don’t you share with us how you’ll be wearing your scarf this Spring? 

Happy Styling!


Spring Into Fashion @Phoenix Fashion Week

As most of you already know, the FreeUrCloset gals were invited to attend Phoenix Fashion Week’s Spring Into Fashion event, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Besides another reason for the two of us to get together, this was an opportunity to witness the talents of local stylists as they worked their magic by creating Spring runway looks with clothing from local Arizona designers and boutiques.

From the first-class cabana media lounge to the great runway setup under the palm trees and stars (not to mention the fresh and fabulous fashion on the catwalk), Phoenix Fashion Week delivered a fantastic show.

What We Wore

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The Scene

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The Show

All Photos by: Steve Yap Photography

1. Rochelle York Styling Clothes Minded AZ

Rochelle performed an impeccable job of styling pieces from one of our favorite boutiques in the valley, Clothes Minded. Vibrant colors and beautiful accessories overtook the runway. We personally favored the off the shoulder t-shirts which lent the outfits a seductive chic Spring look.

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2. Yekatherina Bruner Styling Allie Ollie

Yekatherina brought bold and beautiful print to the runway. Jumpsuits in standout colors and patterns made us want to run out and buy every single look from Allie Ollie’s collection. Our closet will be thanking us ;)

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3. Vanessa Renee Styling Fresh Start Treasures

Vanessa took pieces from Fresh Start Treasures Resale Boutique which were all under $20 or less (yes, ALL) and transformed each look into a sophisticated and luxurious ensemble which proves to us that it is possible to look like a million bucks without the hefty price tag. The fresh neutrals and pastels, the slinky skirts and feminine blouses (not to mention that proceeds go towards empowering women) made this collection exceptionally brilliant.

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4. Jessica Hunter Styling 7 Diamonds

Jessica brought SWAG (and plenty of eye candy) to the runway. Her unique take on styling casual men’s looks to make them look ultra-chic was refreshing.

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5. Jenesis Laforcarde Styling Divaz Boutique

Jenesis brought the stylish funk to Divaz collection. Divine Dolcessa swimwear was accented by bold statement jewelry. Flirty, colorful and feminine fashion was paired with fabulously daring accessories (courtesy of Fresh Picks Styles). Hair, make-up and the workings of a genius stylist made for a collection which ended the show with a bang.

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Looking forward to bring you amazing fashion from the best emerging designers during Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 in October. Stay tuned!




Workweek Chic: Spring Layers

I love being in the nude (no pun intended ;) ). Even more so, I like wearing a pop of color with my neutrals especially in the Spring when it’s all about being bright and sunny.

This Spring, there are four closet staples which I can’t live without: a vibrant colored blazer, a floral handbag, a light colored pencil skirt and a nude pump. Add them together and you have yourself a workweek outfit complete with the perfect Spring layers.

Pencil Skirt: Zara, here / Dot Blouse: Kate Spade, thrifted / Blazer: Merona Target, here / Pumps: Jessica Simson, thrifted / Bag: Patricia Nash, here

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Here is some additional Spring layered outfit inspiration from Pinterest. I just adore how these ladies wear their bright blazer/ fitted skirt combo.

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