One of her coworkers created a list of essential pieces (e.g. a basic black bootie, a perfect pair of skinny jeans) that she has to buy before anything else. So if a pretty floral dress comes in and it isn't on the list, she keeps her card in Madewell tote (it was on the list).
Since hearing about her list, I have been creating an essentials list of my own. One of the key pieces on my list was a pair of light/medium wash skinny jeans. Of my collection of skinny jeans, not one pair is light or medium. Fortunately while birthday shopping with my mom the other day, I found this great pair of Joe's Jeans at Nordstrom Rack. The jean gods blessed me!
JOE'S (this pair for a lighter look) || top: MADEWELL || sandals: TARGET || necklace: MADEWELL (LOVE this one) || sunglasses: CRAP || other jewelry: FLEA MARKET