A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be involved in something I think every girl should do, a closet snoop!
The Caller-Times newspaper does a weekly lifestyle article where they feature one person from the area and spotlight on their personal style. I was a bit skeptical at first since I typically don’t get to get dressed up anymore but the opportunity to wear some of my favorite dresses was too good to pass up. I wanted to share the article and pictures with you. I hope you enjoy!
CORPUS CHRISTI – Morgan Bartel is the social media manager for Susann’s Custom Jewelers and a stay-at-home mother.
After her son was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening genetic disorder called MCADD, or medium chain acyl-COA dehydrogenase deficiency, she became an advocate for awareness of the disorder.
Bartel enjoys starting her mornings out by doing Stroller Strides to keep her mind, body and soul on point. While her style typically is workout gear and casual attire, she enjoys getting dolled up any time she gets the opportunity.
Her favorite activities include spending time with family, meeting new friends, traveling, shopping for home décor and writing her blog, “The Bartel Chronicles.” She describes herself as a “modern-day diva meets vintage inspired lady,” and says she has a perfect mixture of class and sass.
The craziest fashion item I ever bought was a: I bought a hot pink, leopard print, satin tube dress from Cache thinking it was a risky purchase. I ended up wearing it until the pattern faded. It proved to be one of my all- time favorite purchases.
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: dark brown and black together. It’s a weird thing of mine; I absolutely hate wearing brown and black together. The only exception is an animal print or a saddle hue of brown. They just look awkward next to each other in my opinion.
Three accessories women definitely need are: a fabulous pair of diamond studs, a good strand of pearls and a versatile pair of nude heels.
The worst fashion advice I ever received: Dresses are only for special occasions. Please. Dresses are my everyday go-to staple.
The most I have ever paid in the name of fashion: I plead the fifth — my husband will be reading this.
My big fashion influences are: Audrey Hepburn, the Kardashians and Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City.”
I’ll never throw out my: vast collection of dresses. Dresses are the best article of clothing for my body type, and I have one for practically every single occasion.
My best fashion steal to date: The best score I’ve ever come across was a 1950s vintage red fur-lined swing coat from a thrift store in San Francisco.
Funniest dressing room story: I once broke the lock from the inside of a dressing room. I ended up having to call the store from the room and wait for maintenance to come let me out. It gave me lots of time to contemplate my purchases.
Fashion advice I’d give my best friend: Every day is a special occasion, dress with that in mind.
My favorite shopping haunts: H&M, Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, Kitson and Susann’s Custom Jewelers.
Most memorable shopping experience: For my birthday one year, my favorite store was closed to the public so I could shop in private. It was very “Pretty Woman” meets “Sweet Home Alabama.”
I spice up my wardrobe with: You can change the look of any outfit by pairing different accessories with it. Pearls make any outfit more classic wear, as more trendy pieces can add spice to a basic number.
My favorite piece of jewelry: My all-time favorite piece of jewelry would have to be my wedding ring. It’s a green diamond marquise in a 14K white gold diamond pave’ wave setting. It’s unlike any other ring I have ever seen. My hubby did good on it for sure.
I have an impressive collection of: dresses. I’ve lost count on how many I own. I have everything from super- casual cotton dresses to floor-length evening gowns. Sometimes I just try them on and have my own grown-up dress-up session. I pour a glass of Moscato, blast my favorite music and do a mini fashion show for myself. You’ve got to love what you buy.
When I shop for clothes: I make shopping for clothes my “ME” time. Nothing is more fun to me than grabbing a chai tea latte from Starbucks and walking around some of my favorite stores.
I have a tough time shopping for: rompers. I love a good romper, but it is tough to find one that fits my body properly. They are not made with curves in mind.
My favorite designers include: Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, Herve Lerger … I could go on and on.
Three words to describe my wardrobe: classic, comfortable and sassy.
My best kept fashion secret: Invest in a high-quality girdle. Even the skinniest of women can find use in one. A good girdle can smooth everything out when you want to wear a slinky dress.
I have a fashion addiction for: shoes, shoes and more shoes. I don’t get to wear them much, but I adore my sky high platform heels. When I wear them I feel so fierce and fabulous.
I can’t live without my: mascara. I cannot leave the house without mascara on. I’ll run errands in yoga pants and a wet ponytail, but you can guarantee I will at least have my lashes done.
My prized possession is: my son, London Crowne Bartel. He’s the second-cutest arm candy, only second to my handsome husband.
The best way to organize your closet is: I organize my closet by colors, then sleeve length and then I have my dresses in a separate area organized by hem length.
There will always be space in my closet for: Dresses … I may have a problem. “Hello, my name is Morgan and I’m addicted to dresses.”
My ultimate dream closet would consist of: a diamond chandelier hanging from the ceiling directly over an island that would hold all of my jewelry, and a floor to ceiling unit to hold my shoes and leopard print carpet. A girl can dream, right?
The most comfortable item in my closet: yoga pants are my favorite comfy staple.
If I were to write a book on fashion, I’d call it: Does this Come in Black?
When I’m at home, I love to wear: my comfy, casual, cotton dresses from Old Navy.
The only thing I dislike about shopping is: When I fall in love with something that is not in stock in my size.
I can reinvent my style by: accessories are the most underutilized tool to reinvent a person’s style.
I save lots of money on fashion by: shopping the sales and clearance racks first.
The biggest fashion faux pas you can make is: The worst thing is to wear something that isn’t YOU.
When I wear this outfit, I get lots of attention: My red dress seems to always turn heads. It’s clingy, shiny and fabulous.
My shopping habits have earned me the nickname: “The Timeless Trendsetter.”
One of my most recent purchases: I’m so over the moon with my new Tory Burch inspired wedges I found at Rhinestone Gal.
To keep ahead of the fashion game, I: I don’t play the game. I only buy what truly speaks to me. I’m not keen on buying trendy items.
I enjoy dressing up most for: my husband. He usually sees the crazy stay-at-home mom version of me covered in baby goo. So it’s refreshing for him to see me dolled up. It keeps him on his toes.
I can’t wait to wear my: maxi dresses, they make me happy.
My best fitting jeans: Rockstar Skinnies from Old Navy.
A fashionable find from an unusual place: I found a brand new Ralph Lauren dress with the tags still on it for $15 at a Goodwill in Benicia, California. I was pumped to find such a stunner at such a good price.
One of my best accessories: is a smile … it makes any outfit beautiful.
A must-have fashion staple: a good pair of nude heels.
My favorite color to wear is: black. My closet is predominately black.
My co-workers often tell me: “Don’t your feet hurt?” This is usually in reference to the height of my heels.
I love shopping with: My mother-in-law Karla Bartel. She’s got a funky style that has a great eclectic aesthetic. It really helps me to see the beauty in something I may typically overlook.
Most of my fashion is influenced by: Comfort is the biggest thing when I choose and outfit. If I’m not comfortable wearing something, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will not be wearing it.
My favorite fashion television show is: I’d have to say “Fashion Police.” I’ve loved Joan Rivers for years. Her blunt candor and sense of humor really make fashion fun for me.
Bartel loves to wear dresses for special occasions and for everyday. Here she pairs a black Old Navy tube dress with Jessica Simpson heels, and black and white diamond jewelry from Susann’s Custom Jewelers.
A silver sequined Michael Kors wrap dress and Chinese Laundry heels, and diamond jewelry from Susann’s Custom Jewelers make this outfit the sparkler of the summer.
Bartel loves going to Stroller Strides every morning for a workout wearing Danskin capri pants, an Old Navy racerback tank, Nike Flynit tennis shoes and diamond earrings from Susann’s Custom Jewelers.
Bartel wears a Ralph Lauren wrap dress with nude Shi heels and pearl jewelry from Susann’s Custom Jewelers.
I gotta give a shout out to a fellow Stroller Strides mommy, Britney Cuva for letting us take pictures at her beautiful home. Doing this photo shoot was so much fun. You can read the original article HERE!