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Tips on How YOU Can Keep Your Style Fresh & Great #CarefreeChallenge Jewelry Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Carefree® #CarefreeChallenge, however all the opinions and musings are all my own.Fashion is an ever changing entity whose trends, innovations, and modifications we strive to follow. We buy and discard things when they go in and out of style without a thought….until we look at our bursting-at-our-seems closets and declare, “I have nothing to wear!” The truth is we’re just bored with whats in our closets and want new looks to revamp it. Thankfully there are things you can do to refresh your style and we’re sharing them today as part of the Carefree 30-Day Fresh Challenge, to help you return the “style spark” to your look. We hope that you’ve been enjoying and following all the great Carefree Challenge tips. We don’t want you to miss out on the great daily prizes or the $5,000 grand prize. So here goes:

Shop Your Closet

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When was the last time you saw the back of your closet? You’d be surprised the hidden gems you’ve forgotten about that are just waiting to be paired with more recent purchases. Especially as some fashion trends tend to repeat every few years. So dig in, don’t be afraid to be creative – give that old t-shirt some new life by pairing it with layered necklaces and slacks, rock that cool scarf as a belt, wear a long necklace as a bracelet, or layer your leather jacket over those old blazers you think are outdated; the possibilities are endless once you open those closet doors.

Shop Vintage and Thrift Shops

If your closet is bare and your budget is limited, try Thrifting. These money-saving shops are treasure troves of fashion goodness. One of my favorite times to thrift is during the yearly Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Sale. The sale raises money for charity (so it’s for a good cause), is held at every Buffalo Exchange location nationwide, and everything is only $1, that’s right $1. Available items for sale includes designer labels and ranges in everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. I’ve scored lots of designer labels from the sale, like Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Palley (see next tip), Versace, etc.

Re-purpose Your Shoes and Handbags

Give your shoes and handbags some new life with some new color. It works for cars, so why not your small leather goods and accessories. I recently gave the Rachel Palley shoes I got at the $1 Buffalo Exchange sale (see above) a new hue (I wanted to color them a neutral grey-taupe hue for fall) with a leather color dye kit. I chose and used Tarrago Color Dye Kit for Leather for their vast color assortment (they have more than 80 creme and metallic colors) and kit supplies, plus it works on leather, synthetic leather, and canvas goods. That small box you see has everything you need to change the color or restore your items.


If you’ve ever linked paperclips together to create a necklace, you can DIY jewelry. However, if you’ve never done it before and want to ease your way into it, there are amazing companies that help you get started by supplying you with everything you need to create great accessories. We love the boxes from Darby Smart, Whimsey Box, and Brit + Co for their great fashion and accessory kits. Whether you want to create new fashion or accessory looks or just want to spice up an item you haven’t worn in years, put those arts and crafts skills to work.

Forget the Rules

Remember the old adage about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Forget it, embrace and show off your personality with your style. If that means piling on the necklaces, scarves or bracelets, wearing mismatched prints together, or…egad….wearing white after Labor Day – just do it! Rule breakers usually end up being trendsetters, so don’t limit yourself, experiment with your style and if it works for you, then it works.

Stay Fresh All Day

Don’t forget to stay fresh all day with a Carefree Acti-fresh pantyliner. Be confident in knowing that these thinner, more absorbent liners lock away fluids and move with you as you go about your day. We always love to save, so don’t miss the chance to save $1.50 on your purchase with this Carefree Coupon.

Don’t forget you only have until Sept. 10th, 2014 to win a grand prize of $5,000 to renew and refresh your wardrobe. You can also enter to win today’s prize of a $100 gift card towards some great Jewelry. While we hope you enjoy and implement some or all of our tips, we’d love to hear some of yours. What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your style?

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Danielle August 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I love the idea of repurposing clothes but I never thought to repurpose shoes. Great idea!

Laurie Emerson August 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

My favorite design is the floral ones.

tinareynolds August 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

the hearts design is my favorite

Jennifer Reed August 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

The Isaac Mizrahi Band-Aid design that is my favorite is the dark florals.

Nichole August 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I like the gingham pink! Thank you!

arress August 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I think the hearts are adorable.

Kimberly August 29, 2014 at 4:20 am

I adore the hearts!!

Carolyn Berg August 29, 2014 at 2:22 am

I love the floral bandages.

bellagirl07 August 29, 2014 at 1:33 am

I love the hearts design the best.

Zsófi August 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

I like the one with hearts on it 🙂

Tori August 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I need that lace covered sweater and green striped dress!

beth August 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

The plaid is adorable!

Lisa Voyce August 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

My favorite is the hearts.

Chelle W August 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Love shopping at thrift stores, just hate that sometimes 2nd hand clothes can cost just as much as brand new items.

Heather Pfingsten August 28, 2014 at 6:37 am

Thank you for your awesome post. My sister taught me the art of shopping my closet and we both strongly support the idea of shopping Thrift Stores! As for Fashion Rules … what are those? I'm a trend setter not a follower! 😉 Great tips, great post … love it!

A. Thompson August 28, 2014 at 6:21 am

I love the hearts!

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! August 28, 2014 at 4:05 am

You are totally inspiring me! Thanks so much for the tips.

Glasgow Skinner August 28, 2014 at 3:44 am

Me too…I have to limit my visit to Earth Day or else my closet will explode from over abundance lol. I'm very impressed with Tarragon

liz l August 28, 2014 at 2:46 am

heart band aids

Amber August 28, 2014 at 2:16 am

I had no idea you could get leather dyeing kits like that! Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

Christina Sparks August 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

I like the plaid

diana rodriguez August 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

Excellent idea re-purposing shoes and handbags! I love vintage look!

bellagirl07 August 28, 2014 at 1:05 am

I like to go to a couple local thrift shops and also estate sales. I love your shoe idea that is so creative thank you for sharing such a fun post.

Petro Neagu August 28, 2014 at 12:25 am

Re-purposing shoes and handbags is a brilliant idea, never thought of that. And I'm pretty sure you are right about the closet thing, I should give it a good clean and find something old and nice back in there

myfabfitforties August 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I loooooooooove to thrift. It's fun to see beyond what something is & see how you can tweak it to make it fresh & updated. I love the DIY shoe idea – now I want to go through my closet & head out for a dye kit!! Great post!

strangedaze August 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Great tips! I love vintage shopping – always some unique items and also working on handmade jewelry. Fun!

healthyhelper August 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I always forget how many great things you can find through thrifting! I definitely need to go out and check out some local thrift stores when I have some free time!

Glasgow Skinner August 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm

My closet is no where near this organized lol, It sounds like you are the perfect candidate to shop your closet. give a few pieces a second chance with your new purchases

Shannon Bradley Colleary August 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Hey girl — love these tips. Is that you in your closet?? I am a big time shopper, but I empty my closet at least once a year of things that I haven't worn in six months and things I'm finally bored with.

Glasgow Skinner August 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I did the same thing Lisa. It took me not liking this off-white color to look into dyeing shoes. I always thought only brides dyed shoes

LisaLisa01 August 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Love these tips. Wow love the dye shoe idea, I find myself throwing so many away and never thought to dye them

Glasgow Skinner August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Oh the color does last. They still like like the last photo and it's been a few weeks

beautybymissl August 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Great tips! I should try coloring shoes, but I would like to know if the result will last?

Glasgow Skinner August 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I tried on my own to DIY with not that great results so the pre-assembled boxes like Darby Smart really helps.


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