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Spring cleaning your closet? Helpful tips to make it easier

7 May

Kate_BosworthNow that May has officially arrived, I hope you’re not like me and have put aside the task of spring cleaning your closet. Every morning I walk into it and literally just stare. I know it needs to be done, but it’s a task I’m dreading.

Looking for some tips or motivation, I came across this post from Who What Wear that has some simple and realistic tips. I may just have to write them down to remind myself. I always hold onto certain items and think, “Weeeelll maybe I’ll wear it.” And here it is a year later and it wasn’t touched.

Hopefully this weekend, I will finally cleanse my closet and feel better going into my work week and not just stare into my closet every single morning.

Remember to donate, donate, donate if you can. There’s plenty of bins around town or they’ll even pick up for you and consignment shops. Make sure you take advantage if you can.

I also found this checklist that may be helpful. Remember it’s just a guide and you may adjust it as you see fit.

Checklist from InStyle

Happy cleaning!

xo

Fashion Rules You Should Know and Follow

3 Oct

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The other night I was browsing around on Pinterest (shocker!) and I came across this pin that said, 101 Fashion Rules. So I clicked on and read the post. It was brilliant and obvious at the same time. However I got to thinking, it’s not brilliant and obvious to everyone and these are things people should know and follow.

As I was reading, I made notes of A-ha moments or comments to myself. I hope with people reading it and being exposed to this fabulous information, there will be less confusion on what to do and how to style/wear certain things.

Here are some of my A-ha moments. Enjoy!

Rules I most certainly already follow:
#92  “Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

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Can we say genius!!! If you don’t already do this in your closet, I highly suggest you do! It will make your closet look organized and pretty at the same time.

 
#89 “If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.”— Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director, DL1961 Premium Denim

Haha I used this trick and taught it to men when I worked at Structure for a few years. It gave the lazy guy or the guy who needed to be in and out of the store like lightning but wanted a new outfit quickly and effortlessly, a way to grab those new pair of jeans and be on their merry way. Lol

 
#44.  Still look chic while showing some skin: If you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full-coverage bottoms.

Women should always be following this rule!!

 

#43. Fold jeans like a pro: Lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.

Not sure how else people fold clothes. The thought scares me! I think I may know how to do this because I worked in retail for a long period of time. lol

#32. Freeze jeans inside a plastic bag for two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine.

I definitely want to try this!!!

#31. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, which gives give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches.

If you didn’t already know this, I’m sorry. Now you do 🙂 It is the best little trick (if you even want to call it a trick)

#24. When it doubt, always choose the smaller denim size, since jeans stretch with wear.

Always do this! Especially if my jeans that I’m buying have lycra in them. They will stretch even more.

#22. The easiest way to make your closet look organized: Buy all the same hangers for everything–same color, same shape.

Love this! And I do it. It may be the true Virgo in me that makes me love it!

#17. Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.

I do this on a daily.basis, especially now with fall coming. This is the best season to be wearing your favorite accessories.

#9. Who has the time to hand wash bras? Machine wash them in cold water in a mesh zipper bag and drape them over a hanger to air dry.

My mesh bag is my best friend when it comes time to wash my bras.  I always make sure they are clipped so the hooks don’t get caught on the mesh while they’re being washed. I also hang them over my drying rack. Never thought to do a hanger but I’m definitely going to try it.

#5. If you’re unsure about an impulse or sale purchase, leave it at the store. If you’re still thinking about it when you wake up the next day, buy it.
I’m definitely prone for doing this. This is the only way I know I really, really want something. Especially if it’s a big purchase. HOwever, I am also known for making impulse buys. But aren’t we all?! 😉

and last but not least,

#1. There’s nothing cooler than sticking to a signature style you know looks good on you. Slaves to fashion are never chic!

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AMEN!!!

 

Here is the link for the rest of the article. I highly suggest you take a few minutes to read it. It is great!!!!

Fashion Tips and Tricks

Do you follow any of these tips and tricks? Or do you have some that didn’t make the list?? I’d love to hear them 🙂

Happy tips and tricks!

xo

Out with the old

31 Dec

We’ve all heard the saying, “Out with old. In with the new” and I never found it more fitting than I did this past weekend. Thanks to my love of Pinterest I saw this fantastic idea for a new way to organize my shoes in my closet. I figured this little project would help with just my shoes. Boy, was I wrong. This “little” project turned into a 12 hour project with 4 bags of clothes and shoes being donated along with 3 bags of trash. And let me tell you, if felt really good when I was finally done.

If you’ve been thinking about wanting to get organized and just don’t know where to begin, I’m here to help you. It takes patience and time, but in the end, I promise you, will feel clutter free and a sense of weight being lifted off of you.

Step one: The infamous bookshelf idea I found on Pinterest. I searched for these in stores when I would be out and about and found them reasonably priced at Christmas Tree Shop. I did find similar ones at Bed Bath and Beyond.

5-Tier Bookshelf

Step two: Set aside enough time. (I grabbed some of my favorite movies and Sex and the City seasons to play in the background). I spent 6 hours on Friday night beginning this great transformation and then another 6 hours on Saturday night.

Step three: Begin with going through your closet with items you haven’t worn or even touched within the past year. That’s usually the rule of thumb. There were also items that I haven’t been able to fit into the past couple of years. I would hold onto them hoping I’d get back into them, but truth be told, it was time to let them go to someone who can use them. So also grab items that are either way too big for you because you have lost weight (not sure why you didn’t get rid of those earlier!) or get rid of some that you know are not going to be your “skinny” jeans. I’m sure there are some items that are out of date as well. I know they say trends always make their way back around, but there are certain trends I’m sure we would all love not to relive through.

This is the beginning of my journey to cleaning.

This is the beginning of my journey to cleaning.

I’ve decided to not only donate 4 bags of clothing and shoes to Big Sisters but I’m also going to go bring some great items to a consignment shop in town, Karma Couture.

Step four: Once you have gone through your clothes, you cannot forget to go through your shoes. If they are good enough to be donated, make sure to do that. If they aren’t, that’s when you can throw them away. I looked at is as, I’d rather have someone in need use the shoes then immediately just throw them out. I also at this time went through my handbags. If you can also sell your handbags on eBay, I would try that. I’ve done it and it’s worth it.

Step five: Once clothes and shoes have been gone through and I now had what I was going to keep, it was time to work on organizing my closet. I put the bookshelves into my closet and then added my shoes and my handbags. I love to keep my shoes in their boxes. This keeps them from getting ruined and dusty. I would rather have clear boxes, but that’s for another day. I also keep the dust bags that my handbags come in.

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Step six: Go through the clothes that you have. Being a Virgo, I am very organized (usually~haha) and I love things in order. My clothes are organized by sleeveless tops, cardigans, long sleeve tops, then sweaters. On the bottom half of my closet I organized them by jeans, colored jeans/jeggings, dress pants, dresses, skirts, blazers, then sweatshirts (zip-up hoodies really).  I also like to organize my clothes by color and then texture. Crazy I know, but honestly once I started doing it, it just sort of felt natural to do it that way.

Hope they stay like this!

Hope they stay like this!

Step 7: I LOVE hats, so normally I would have kept them on the shelf with my pashminas and scarves but I literally had an ah-ha moment! Why didn’t I just get some small nails and hang them on my wall!? So I grabbed my hammer and some nails and within 3 minutes, had my hats hanging nicely on my wall.

closet hats

And if you can notice in the picture (hint: bright pink hanger), my pashminas and scarves are no longer on my shelf, thanks to my pinning obsession, I saw another great idea. All you need is a hanger & shower rings and voila!!! Now all of your scarves and pashminas can be seen and not forgotten about.

Step eight: A long time ago, I believe 2 years to be exact because my sister was pregnant with my niece and let’s just say she is now pregnant with my nephew, I bought these boxes to help organize my drawers. Well, since I am still living with my bedroom set from when I was 12 years old, the boxes are too tall for my drawers therefore they have sat in their package for 2 years. Well, I had another ah-ha moment. Because my top drawer was always stuffed full, I never had enough room for my socks. They had to be in my desk drawer; weird I know but I’ve literally been doing this for 21 years. Now that I had all of this room on my shelves that used to house my scarves and leggings, why don’t I use these boxes to put my socks, leggings and belts! Seriously, why didn’t I think of this earlier!!!

closet-shelves

Step nine: I love having a hamper in my closet for my clothes. I’ve also decided I’m going to get another one strictly for towels. For now I’m using my laundry basket. I’m very fortunate that my washer and dryer are literally 3 feet away from my bedroom door. I highly suggest having a hamper or some sort of laundry system close by. This way you stay on top of things.

and lastly………

Step ten: ENJOY!!!!!!!!!! When I was finished with my closet, I literally wanted to sleep in there. It felt so liberating and free to see my belongings and to know that I was beginning my year with items that I wanted and treasured.

Hope you decide to do the same too!! And please let me know if I encouraged you and helped you in any way.

Happy cleaning!

xo

StyleWeek Northeast

13 Aug

ImageIt’s my favorite time of year!!! StyleWeek Northeast has arrived. It will begin Sunday, August 26 and will run until Friday, August 31.

Each night they will host  an accessory showcase, which is open to the public, presented by Flaunt Boutique followed by cocktail hour. At the accessory showcase you can shop from many local designers, such as LuniacStyle, Haute Tags, and House of Cach. Once the shows begin, throughout the week you see some of the talented and creative looks from Kara Wickman, Nicole Lebreux, Cleverhood, Chances R Designs by Toni, as well as Jonathan Joseph Peters presented by Redken.

On Friday night, following the last show, there will be an after party sponsored by Alex&Ani / Home & Hospice Care of RI in the Garden Room at the Biltmore. This is also open to the public with a $10 admission fee if you aren’t able to attend the show that night.

Event parking for StyleWeek can be at the Biltmore or the event rate of $9 at the Union Station Plaza Garage (under the Courtyard Marriott Hotel).

This is an event you are not going to want to miss!!!! Hope to see you there!!

xo

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