7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Closet

Spring is right around the corner, and we’re about to get the itch to do some spring cleaning. However, as soon as we get those bins out to put winter clothes in storage, some of that motivation fades. Here are some of my favorite spring cleaning tips to help you keep that motivation and have a closet full of clothing that you love.

Get Rid of Clothes You Don’t Wear

Instead of storing clothes, it’s time to let go! If you don’t wear it, it’s time to say goodbye. Clothes that sit unworn season after season just fill space in your closet that could be filled with clothing that sparks joy.

Doesn’t fit right? Not your style anymore? Damaged, but you know you can fix it? Time to get rid of it! But how can you figure out what you don’t actually wear?

Figure Out What You Don’t Wear

Here’s one of the best tips that I have heard to help figure out what you don’t wear: turn your hangers backwards in your closet, and turn them around when you do wear the item.

This will help show you clearly what it is that you do and don’t actually wear. Most people keep clothing they don’t wear or even like.

Reach far into the back of your closet, past the things you would grab

Donate Unworn Clothing

If your clothing is still in good shape, donate it. Instead of tossing it, there are so many places where you can make a difference with your clothing.

Organizations such as Dress for Success help give at-risk women gently used or new professional clothing. You can find a local chapter on the Dress for Success website.

Buy Clothing You Love

One of the best things that you can do is buy clothing that you actually love! Instead of feeling ho-hum when it comes to getting dressed every day, you’ll love styling yourself when you have clothing that fits you well and makes you feel good.

Our bodies are unique and change, so don’t be afraid to buy new clothes for the new seasons. What fit you and made you feel good last year may not do the trick for you this year.

Light Up Your Closet

Is your closet dark and dreary? Install some lighting in there! When you can see your clothing, you will be able to style yourself better.

The simple act of installing some lighting will help you be able to enjoy dressing yourself, and helping you see everything in your closet, so you’ll wear it more often.

Invest in Wardrobe Basics

When you have some simple basics in your closet, you’ll be able to reach right in and grab something that will go with everything! Make sure that these basic items are right within reach.

Here are a few basics you should grab:

  • Black slacks
  • Well-fitting pair of jeans (check out the Judy Blue Jeans – they are amazing!)
  • Solid shirts
  • Blazer

Sort Before You Store Clothing

Do you pack away off-season clothing? Make sure that you sort through it before you pack any of it away. If you wait until the next season, you’re less likely to go through it and get rid of stuff.

At the end of the season, you know what you wore and didn’t wear – if you didn’t wear it, get rid of it!

What are your best spring cleaning tips? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. If you’re thinking that it’s time to grab some new items for your wardrobe, check out my website.

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Spring Fashion Trends for the Modern Woman

Starting to think about your spring wardrobe? Ready to freshen things up, and want to bring in some spring fashion trends? I’ve carefully curated some of the best spring fashion trends for the modern woman in my boutique. Here’s some spring fashion trends you may want to keep an eye on and incorporate into your wardrobe.

Polka Dots

We’re starting to see polka dots showing up everywhere, and I’m in love!

You may already have some polka dots in your wardrobe, and now is the perfect time to wear them.

Best of all, polka dots are fantastic for those who are just getting into pattern mixing: they are often considered a neutral pattern. Whether you pair them with a floral, stripes, or just your favorite pair of jeans, you’re going to look perfectly on trend!

Shop all Polka Dots here.

Statement Bags

Bags are a GREAT accessory, and they are popping up all over the runways. Whether they be big, super small (like Lizzo’s tiny purse on the red carpet at the American Music Awards), or super bright, bags are showing up on the runways.

I love a big bag, because they hold everything. No matter what you might want to have handy, it’s going to fit in a big bag!

Shop bags on the Lola Cerina website.

Vintage Prints

Fashion is a never-ending cycle, so we get to see some of the same trends on a repeating basis. This year, we’re starting to see some funky prints from the 60s.

Classic Blue

When Pantone announced that the Pantone color of the year was Classic Blue, fashion designers took note! Blues are popping up all over the fashion runways, whether it be solid colored clothing, or as accessories.

What Spring fashion trends are you excited about? What are you looking forward to adding to your wardrobe?

This spring, are you adding to your wardrobe? Come on over to my website and grab some of the best fashion for the new year. Need fashion inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest.

Want to become an insider and get 15% off your first order? Text LOLACERINA to 29071, and I’ll send you a code for 15% off! That will sign you up for my text alerts, so you can find out about new items, restocks, and specials.

Style a Scarf for All Occasions

Fall and winter are the season for scarves, and they are everywhere! No matter your outfit or style, there is room for a scarf. Here are a few types of scarves that I carry in my boutique, and a few ideas on how you can style them.

Get Cozy in an Infinity Scarf

An infinity scarf is perfect for winter weather. Instead of being a long scarf that you wrap around you and tie, the infinity scarf comes already looped, ready to just wrap a few times and wear.

You can simply loop infinity scarves a few times around your neck, and you’re set!

Other ways to style an infinity scarf:

  • loose loops around your neck so it hangs long
  • tie a knot in the front of the scarf

Shop available infinity scarves.

Need ideas on how to style an infinity scarf? Pair it with a pair of your favorite Judy Blue jeans and a solid long sleeved shirt.

Wrap Up in a Blanket Scarf

Feeling the winter weather? Get yourself a blanket scarf! There are so many ways that you can tie a blanket scarf. It will quickly become one of the most multi-purpose items in your wardrobe.

How to tie a blanket scarf

It’s pretty easy to tie a blanket scarf to look like you stepped right out of an Instagram photo. Here’s a few ideas:

  • fold it in half, like a rectangle
  • make it into a triangle and tie the two ends in the front
  • hold opposite ends of the scarf, twist, and then tie them. Arrange the scarf so that you have a triangle in the front.

Shop blanket scarves.

Pair a blanket scarf with your favorite graphic tee.

Stay Warm in a Knit Scarf

Knit scarves are perfect for winter: they’re made to keep you warm!

Want a scarf like the one your grandmother made? These knit scarves are perfect for even the coldest of winters.

Here’s just a few ways that you can style your knit scarf:

  • with your warmest winter coat
  • knot it in the front
  • wrap it several times around your neck

Shop all knit scarves.

Scarves also make a perfect gift: buying clothing can be hard when you don’t know the exact size of the person you’re buying for – you don’t have to worry about getting the sizing just right when you are picking out a scarf for a friend!

How do you like to wear scarves? And do you wear them year round?

Shop all scarves.

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Lola Cerina Boutique Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time for the holidays, and with that, time to get on top of your holiday shopping! You’re making a list, and checking it twice, aren’t you? To make things just a bit easier for you, I’ve assembled a holiday gift guide with some of my favorite items from the boutique. 

Give the Gift of Judy Blue Jeans

I know. I talk about my Judy Blue jeans all the time. But they truly are some of the most magical jeans that you will ever pull onto your body. I’ve talked about how magical they are in this blog post, but you’ve got to try them for yourself.

They’re flattering, trendy, and they feel so soft! Best of all, they keep their shape. Have you ever bought cheaper jeans that stretched out and then left you feeling like you had a baggy butt? So frustrating! 

Judy Blue jeans solve that problem, and hug your curves so perfectly, you may forget that you’re wearing jeans.

Buy Judy Blue Jeans.

Gift a Makeup Junkie Bag

Do you like Shark Tank? I love the way that entrepreneurs get to pitch amazing products on the show, looking for investors to help their dreams come true. That’s what helped make Makeup Junkie bags become so popular: after appearing on Shark Tank, people had to have them!

Once you really check them out, it’s easy to understand why. You can fit so much stuff inside a makeup junkie bag! 

Best of all, the zipper goes all the way from side to side so that you can fill the bag, AND see everything inside! Gone are the days of digging through your bag, hoping to find that ONE thing you need. 

Buy Makeup Junkie Bags.

Give a Cozy Ampersand Avenue Hoodie

Have you seen the Christmas and winter collection from Ampersand Avenue? 

I absolutely fell in LOVE with them! They are all so perfect. They combine the soft, high quality hoodies with the absolute best Christmas details. 

Anyone who has not tried an Ampersand Avenue hoodie is in for a treat when they first get one! It’s cozy, and has the absolute best details to keep you warm, from the thumb hold to the double hood. You’d definitely be choosing a winning gift if you gave Ampersand Avenue this holiday season.

Best of all, we stock sizes from small all the way to 3XL – but hurry, they go fast!

Shop Ampersand Avenue.

Not Seeing the Right Thing in this Holiday Gift Guide?

That’s totally ok! Some people are a mystery to shop for. That’s why we’ve got your back.

Sometimes, you just have to give people the gift of picking out their own gift, which is why we offer gift cards. You can purchase a gift card in amounts of $10, $25, $50, or $100, and they can be redeemed on anything in the boutique.

You’ll love helping the recipient pick out the perfect items for their wardrobe, whether it be their first pair of Judy Blues, or maybe some stacking bracelets, or maybe an Ampersand Avenue hoodie. Or maybe they’ll browse through the sale page: so many options!

Buy a gift card.

So what are you getting as a gift this year? Don’t forget about yourself! You can sign up for my text list to get a discount for your own purchase (and all of your gifts!)

Want to become an insider and get 15% off your first order? Text LOLACERINA to 29071, and I’ll send you a code for 15% off! That will sign you up for my text alerts, so you can find out about new items, restocks, and specials.

How to Style a Blazer for Any Occasion

Did you know that a blazer isn’t just a style icon for the office? This winter, blazers are popping up all over fashion, from casual to office wear. 

This iconic item isn’t meant to be stuffy – in fact, you can style it for whatever occasion. Wether you’re looking for a formal office look, or a classy casual vibe, you can wear this trendy clothing item.

Wear Your Blazer with Dress Pants

This is probably how you think of wearing your blazer – simple, with a solid colored blouse, and a pair of dress pants. 

Wearing a blazer in traditional ways doesn’t have to be boring, though!

Here are just a few ideas on how you can take your blazer outfit from blah to ooh-la-la.

  • You can jazz it up with a statement necklace
  • Wear a brightly colored shirt.
  • Add fun patterned pants.

Going for a traditional look doesn’t have to be boring at all, and I’m confident you’ll find just what you need to go with your blazer at the Lola Cerina boutique! 

Pair a Blazer with a Graphic Tee

That’s right – grab your favorite graphic tee, and your favorite blazer.

This comfortable casual look will have you ready to take over the world. 

I mean, who doesn’t love a good graphic tee? Whether you’re going for a sweet or sassy statement, it’s the perfect item to pair with your blazer.

Dress Up Your Denim With a Blazer

Pull on your favorite Judy Blues, and pair them with your favorite blazer! You’ll create a look that’s both classy and sassy, no matter what the day holds!

When you start browsing Pinterest, you’ll see lots of people pairing their blazers with their jeans.

It’s the perfect combination of casual and professional, and it’s taking over the workplace.

Style Your Blazer with a Basic Tank

Let’s make it easy! Just grab your favorite tank top, and pull on your blazer.

 Tank tops are taking their place as the perfect foundation for all of your layering needs. They’ve become the perfect blank canvas for any outfit.

Not sure what else to wear? Not feeling the shirts in your closet? Just start with that basic tank and you’re good to go!

Want to become an insider and get 15% off your first order? Text LOLACERINA to 29071, and I’ll send you a code for 15% off! That will sign you up for my text alerts, so you can find out about new items, restocks, and specials.

Ready to grab a blazer? Go check out the new ones available on my site. Click here to see my in-stock current blazer selection.

Get Cozy With Ampersand Avenue Sweatshirts

Winter is one of the best times of the year when it comes to your closet, because you’re able to wear so many layers, and some of the cutest stuff is made to keep you warm. Sweaters and hoodies and jackets are some of the best winter items – they are just so cozy and comfortable. Let me tell you about one of my absolute favorite brands: Ampersand Avenue. 

Ampersand Avenue is a brand of cozy sweatshirts carried by independent boutique owners. It focuses on small businesses, so you won’t find Ampersand Avenue in big box stores. Some of my absolute winter favorites come from Ampersand Avenue.

If you don’t have an Ampersand Avenue sweatshirt in your wardrobe, you’ve got to get one! Read on to learn more about this magical brand that sells out quickly every time I order it!

Ampersand Avenue Sizing Guide

Buying the wrong size is the worst, and if you’re part of my community, you know that Ampersand Avenue items sell out quickly! 

Here’s a sizing guide so you can make a quick decision when you see the perfect piece for you!

Sizing Guide: S (2-6), M (8-10), L (12-14), XL/1X (16-18), 2X (18-20), 3X (22-24)

Best part is, when I write the descriptions, I help you know any extra details about the fabric and how it impacts sizing. Make sure you check those out carefully!

By the way – do you need help figuring out your size? Want to see the items on me? I LOVE doing short styling videos, and helping you figure out the sizing. Make sure you join my Facebook VIP community! I’d love to have you join.

What Makes Ampersand Avenue so Special?

It’s all in the details!

Take a look at the Ampersand Avenue items I have in stock: here’s a link!

One of the things about the brand that makes my heart beat just a little bit faster (literally) is their attention to those small details. 

You may not see it at first glance, but it’s those little things that make it magical.

A hint of plaid on the inside of a hoodie, or at the sleeve cuff. Details on the hems. Accent fabrics on the thumb holes. The double hood that keeps you super warm…I could go on and on! 

You’ve got to check out the styles that I have available on my site…once you try an Ampersand Avenue sweatshirt, you’ll never want to go to any other brand!

How to Buy Ampersand Avenue

I am proud to carry Ampersand Avenue in my shop! You can shop my current selection by going to lolacerinaboutique.com, and search for “Ampersand Avenue” in the search box. Or, you can click this handy dandy link right here that will take you to the current selection.

Make sure that if you see something you love, you get it fast – these sell out quickly! 

Don’t forget: I’d love to have you join my Facebook community. We’re fun and sassy, and best of all, I do show styling videos so you can get an idea on how everything fits.

By the way, I’d be a bad friend if I didn’t tell you that Ampersand Avenue sweatshirts pair PERFECTLY with the Judy Blue jeans that I also carry in my boutique. Those two items together are my winter wardrobe staples!

Judy Blue Denim: Never Wear Uncomfortable Jeans Again

Do you ever find that jeans just feel rough, and only fit right for about a day? Then, you have to wash them, and put them through the dryer to shrink back to their original fit. Doesn’t take too long, then they’re baggy again. 

It’s time to say ENOUGH to baggy, unflattering jeans. I’m about to introduce you to my friend Judy: Judy Blue! Judy Blue denim jeans are going to make your butt look fantastic, and help you feel your very best. 

What Makes Judy Blue Denim Special?

But what makes these jeans so special? Why should you get ANOTHER pair of jeans?

Let me tell you just a few of the things that make Judy Blue denim so special.

First off, Judy Blue denim is some of the softest, figure-hugging denim you’ve ever tried on. As you wear it, it just keeps getting better and better. 

Feeling trendy? Judy Blue probably has released a style of denim that will make you feel your best. Want a basic dark wash with no distressing? Got it. Want to walk on the wild side with leopard print? Judy Blue has just the thing for you. Loving the distressed look? Judy Blue should become your go-to denim.

Best of all, Judy Blue Denim is size inclusive. Whether you’re a size 0 or a size xx, Judy Blue has jeans that are ready to flatter you.

What Size of Judy Blue Should I Order?

If you’ve checked out the Judy Blue denim available on Lola Cerina, you’ve probably noticed that the sizes use the odd numbering convention. 

So what should you order? And how do you pick the right size?

The best rule of thumb would be to start by checking the product description. I have tried on enough pairs of jeans in my life to know that picking the wrong size is the worst. If the particular style that you are interested in needs to be sized up or down, or is true to size, that is where I will tell you.

Most of the time, however, you can go up one size from your standard size. For example, if you wear a size 10 at the average store, then you’d probably want to order a Judy Blue size 11. 

Here is the official Judy Blue size chart.

Don’t stress if you get the wrong size, though – check out my returns policy, and purchase with confidence! 

How to Purchase Judy Blue Jeans

So are you ready to buy the best denim of your life? It’s time to start shopping for some Judy Blue!

You can go to my website, lolacerinaboutique.com, and go to “bottoms.” Or, you can use the handy search bar at the top of the page and search for “Judy Blue.”

Or, you could click THIS LINK and go straight to the Judy Blue denim that I have in stock!

So tell me…have you tried Judy Blue denim yet? If you haven’t, what’s stopping you? If you need any help figuring out your Judy Blue size, I’d love to have you join my Facebook VIP group! When you join my group, you can see exclusive sizing videos, ask questions, and see styling tips. I LOVE to create style boards, so you’ll get lots of inspiration. 

Want to become an insider and get 15% off your first order? Text LOLACERINA to 29071, and I’ll send you a code for 15% off! That will sign you up for my text alerts, so you can find out about new items, restocks, and specials.