Closet Makeover & Tips


If you follow me on instagram (@OfficialKTR) you may have seen bits and pieces of my closet here, here, here and here, which I consider the “good side.” The other side however was usually a hot mess. :/


Even though Carrie Bradshaw was a fictional character, she made a good point when she said, “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” For me, it’s really a good feeling to be able to see everything in your closet at one glance because I feel really organized and thus can be a lot more productive when my space is clean and tidy.

A typical closet in an apartment or condo (and some homes) is usually a small 2 ft (deep) x 5 ft (wide) and usually comes with those annoying sliding doors. Not only do they usually get jammed, makes lots of noise and blocks half of my closet where what I can’t see tends to get messy or forgotten.


6 Cube Organizer | 3 Cube Organizer | Black Fabric Drawers (also comes in many other colors) | Black Hangers

I debated over how I can give my closet a quick makeover without costing me a fortune and taking too much of my time to put together… My quick solution was a few cube organizers, matching hangers, black fabric drawers to replace those plastics drawers and of course removing those annoying doors so I can see everything! If you live in an apt, be sure to check with your landlord first :).

Everything was under $150, took me under 30 minutes to assembled, and I’m super happy with the results!



Below are a few photos of the rest of my space which I use as a closet and a work station. Stay tune next time for tips on how I (with the help of my husband :) DIY this space with a spare room!


xo – KTR

The “Husband Jeans” + DIY Tutorial


If you love having the option of choosing your own color, design and like to save some cash, DIY’ing is a good option… It’s super easy to do in a few simple steps and you’ll only need 4 things to create this look (no sandpapers or tedious tweezing needed, just cut, throw ’em in the washer and finish off in the dryer!).







husbandjeans13[Photos by NR]

Top: American Apparel crop top | Bottoms: DIY distressed Vintage denims (contact me if you’d like to purchase a custom pair) | Shoes: Aldo silver cap toe pumps | Fedora: H&M | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff studded bag | Accessories: Knuckle wire rings thanks to The Hatters, onyx 14k gold ring (similar for less here), Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham New Wave’ Cuff, Cara leather wrap bracelet, 

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Growing up, I watch my mom struggled to take care of my 3 brothers and myself as a single mom who moved to the US without knowing a lick of English other than “hi” and “thank you,” but she managed to raised us well and do everything herself. Perhaps I got this quality from her, seeing life as a do-it-yourself project…..or maybe I just hate spending $150+ on a pair of jeans that’s destroyed.

I love the BF because they seem so comfortable but it was always difficult finding a pair to fit my body. Usually they are way too tight to be boyfriend jeans or way too baggy. Then I realized those mom jeans that I turned into distressed high waisted shorts last year would make the perfect Boyfriend jeans (pre-cut). Since these were originally high waisted mom jeans with a little diy twist, I’d like to call these “The Husband Jeans.”


Head to your local thrift store and look for a pair of “mom jeans.” Mom jeans are usually high waisted and have a really long zipper. Don’t worry if the overall fit is not perfect. As long as it fits your waist and hips, it’ll work! Also, don’t forget to check the men’s section as sometimes you’ll find these pants in the smaller men sizes there.

The Beauty of Kow


When I first saw the fabric of this skirt, I was immediately drawn to the velvety soft black splatter spots on the whitest of whites polyester and decided to give in and turned it into another one of my obsessions: those puffy pleated skirts. But I had conflicting feelings on whether the prints were splattered ink or well, cow spots, so I took it to my friends via Instagram for help. I must admit, the names Moo-Cow, Moo-Moo, Cow-wow Pow and Got Milk were pretty hilarious and quite catchy. As though I need to trade in my high heels for cowboy boots and stand next to a haystack….Inkblots and black clouds were also some my favorites but someone mentioned Kow and I love the “K,” so Kow Skirt is it! Thank you for helping me guys! :)



inkblots6[Photos by NR]

Top: DVF | Skirt: KTRcollection ink blots skirt | Shoes: Classiques Entier pumps | Glasses: Dior cat eye

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Now for the exciting announcement! The winner of my One Year Anniversary Skirt Giveaway is: Clarissa J. I’ll send you an email to get all deets soon. Congrats!!!

Thanks so much everyone for participating in my giveaway. I love having the opportunity to interact with you, read your comments/feedback and knowing that you like what I’ve created so far. I hope to have more of these giveaways in the future and include the new things I’m working on. Have a safe and wonderful Friday and weekend coming up! New Year’s Eve is just right around the corner. I’m a spoiled California weather kinda gal bracing the NYC cold right now. Hopefully I’ll make it through new year without losing my toes or ears. Happy weekend! :)

xo, KTR


Petite Fashion Challenge #21: The Fashionator

From the announcement: My love affair with fascinators started a few years back when I was planning for my wedding. There was something about these pretty feathery, floral, netted headpieces that made me feel so utterly feminine and elegant. When the wedding was over, I found myself even more drawn to these pretty hair accessories and wish I could wear them more often…Not only can they disguise a bad hair day, they also make a bold statement for any outfit. And fashion is all about making a statement!

This month’s challenge is to create an outfit for an occasion (of your choice: attending a wedding, in a wedding, a holiday party, Kentucky Derby, etc.) and utilize a headpiece as the focal point to make a “fashionator” statement. This headpiece can be a fascinator, a fancy headband, a delicate flower or a big hat. Feel free to get as creative as you like!

On my headpiece:
thick tulle from Joann’s | peacock feathers and ranunculus flowers from Michael’s | green jewel removed from old headband.

What I love about a personal style blog is having a place where I can be creative and bring almost whatever imagination I have to life (with the help of my photographer who’s always a good sport when he’s fed) .

For this challenge, I wanted to do something fun & flirty and my flowy purple skirt was perfect. Color-blocking with teal really brought out the purple and contrasted nicely with the coral ranunculus flowers. My girl Becca wore shades of blue-violet and magenta and I whipped together a black tulle birdcage veil headpiece to complete her ladylike modern look. Becca was clever to add hers to a headband which held in place perfectly while we were running around taking these photos. I had about a thousand hairpins stuck to my head.  :/

On Becca’s headpiece: Black flower with attached veil from F21 | thin mesh tulle and colored stones from Joann’s

[Photos by NR]

On KT – Top: French Connection (dress worn as top) | Bottom: KTRcollection full skirt | Shoes: Valentino rockmance pumps | Facinator: DIY | On Becca – Dress: H&M | Shoes: Zara | Necklace: H&M | Fascinator: DIY

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The lovelies who participated:

Danielle’s Corner
2 Petite
Life is so Full of Beauty
Bong’s Belleza
Have a Great Molli-Dae!
Fabulous Petite
Mix & Match Fashion Style
Interiors a la Vogue
That’s a Pretty Hat
Closet de Jules
Natalia Oh!
Tiny Bits of Nonsense
The DelectablyChic! Closet
New Petite
Hello, Framboise!

Thank you everyone for participating! If I forgot to link to your blog, please let me know in the comments below! xo

For those that doesn’t know what PFC is, it’s a Fashion Challenge hosted by a different style blogger every month… You don’t need a blog to join in on the fun, just send a message to the future host for instructions prior to the  scheduled date. You can also stop by Alterations Needed Forum to see past challenges and sign up for upcoming ones!


Perhaps I just have a weakness for dangerous studs delicately wrapped around my ankles and down the back of my heels because when I saw these babies, there were no such thing as “no K, you don’t need this.”

These Valentino studded ankle strap sandals from the Fall 2012 Rockstud collection features pyramid studs, red leather, double adjustable blush ankle straps and a strip of smaller studs down the back of the heel. That little sucker behind my ears who frequently tries to discourage me from buying certain things was quickly shut down. No regrets here! :)

Made this pencil skirt with my favorite bow details from the left over materials from this pleated (faux) leather skirt, but I probably won’t be making another one of these for a while. Sewing with faux leather, pleather, or vinyl can be pretty tricky and time consuming and if you’re not careful you can rip the material on top and sometimes it can take hours to complete the project…I was pretty happy with the results but my back wasn’t. lol

[Photos by NR]

Top: James Perse black tank | Bottom: DIY (faux) leather pencil skirt with over-sized bow details | Shoes: Valentino stud red sandals with ankle straps | Glasses: Tom Ford Nikita cat eye | Necklace: Dogeared heart pendant

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!