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Let’s clean out our closets!

24 Sep

So I went to pick up my boys from ice skating Saturday night.  As I walked into the rink I got a glimpse of my reflection in the door.  What the?? WHAT IS THIS OUTFIT I AM WEARING?  Mismatched, ill-fitting and uncomfortable.  How could this be?  I have a beautiful wardrobe filled with things I love.  Why am I out like this in public?  Why????

I know why. Because my closet is a disaster.  I can’t find any of my stuff that I so carefully and joyously shopped for.   I have ample space yet lack organization.   Well.  After a day of careful planning and made some ruthless decisions,  that’s all changed.  No more are the days where I keep items I can barely squeeze into.  No more “well  if I lose 10 lbs, this will look fantastic”.  That way of living is over.  I orchestrated a plan that fits into exactly how I choose my outfits that did not require me to buy something to make it happen.

Here’s how I did it.

  1. Divide and Conquer!  I tossed anything that didn’t fit, didn’t feel right OR caused me to go into wardrobe overload when I looked at it.  Choosing your clothes must be painless.  If it takes too long to create an outfit around it, its gone.
  2. Bag it! Goodwill, seasonal, tailor (put right in your car so you don’t forget!).  Let’s be honest, I did create a pile of “when I lose 10lbs” BUT it’s small and not in my current rotation.  It is carefully placed downstairs with summer clothes.
  3. Plan.  What is crucial to have at hand and more importantly, where will it be kept.  I used shoe boxes for my evening bags, a small wicker laundry basket for my pj’s, circular hangers for my belts etc.  These items need to be in plain view but separated so I can easily access them.  Bigger purses were put on hooks behind my bedroom door.

Here is my plan.

Dresser

Each drawer holds the following:  comfy socks, undies, tank tops and sorta dress shirts like I would wear under a blazer or sweater.  Hanging these type shirts only caused me to forget them.

Now to the closet where I have a 4 drawer organizer, top shelf, three small shelves and two closet hanging bars.

  • Top shelf is for shoes.  I weeded through based on comfort and reality.
  • Actual things I hang sorted by color and style. Vests, dress shirts, blazers, dresses and some fall coats/sweaters and pants/skirts on bottom rack.
  • Separate bins underneath for boots and scarves.  Nothing on my floor 🙂

Organizer holds

  • Dress socks.  Important: if you wear trouser socks, fancy socks, tights, stockings or what have you, you need this drawer to be separate from your comfy sock drawer.  It will make you life WAY easier in the long run.  Trust me.
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Regular t-shirts (separate these from the long sleeves)
  • Comfy sweats/yoga pants

Shelves

  • Sweaters
  • Jeans
  • Hats (on top)

Keeping your closet organized will help with the everyday task of choosing your outfits.  Dressy, business-causal or picking the boys up from ice skating should be effortless and beautiful.  Good luck!

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The Element of Surprise

11 Sep

“Expect the unexpected!”  

That is the cliché quote of the day.  I cannot stress enough how much the world has opened up to me once I let useless crap go.  Mind you, I am still a work in progress but I am doing my best to keep it light and count ALL of my blessings.

Recently, I got my hands on an adorable little book aptly named “The One Hundred” by the lovely Nina Garcia (from Project Runway fame).  This book has literally changed my (fashion) life.  Being a mom of three hasn’t always afforded me the opportunity to obtain or even think about the necessary staples to really jazz up my wardrobe.  Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely acquired some nice clothing but putting it all altogether is another thing in itself.

That’s precisely where this book comes in. “The One Hundred” lists must have pieces from A-Z  to help keep your closet in current standing.  It is a helpful reminder to pay attention to the details that you might otherwise forget.  Unfortunately for me, not everything in “The One Hundred” is feasible.  A Hermès Birkin Bag is not necessarily in my budget but ideas like finding an Emilio Pucci scarf instead of an entire Pucci outfit work out beautifully.  I also scan eBay for vintage Diane von Furstenberg items.   Her scarves always add a bit of class to any outfit.  Note: Keep an eye on the fabulous illustrations as well.   Page 143 reminds me of why it is so chic to keep my hair short 🙂

To tie into my “expect the unexpected” theme, remember to keep your mind open to new ideas.  Be open.  Lookout for pieces that you wouldn’t normally give a second thought to when life is crazy busy.  A pair of classic Chanel ballet flats will up the ante when paired with a crisp white dress shirt and skinny jeans.  Throw a vintage scarf on and voilà!

Expect to be beautifully surprised!

“The One Hundred” by Nina Garcia

http://www.amazon.com/The-One-Hundred-Pieces-Stylish/dp/0061664618

Illustrations by Ruben Toledo

http://www.steidlville.com/artists/346-Ruben-Toledo.html

The History of Makeup and classic overthinking….

9 Sep

The past few weeks have been very exciting (and rewarding) for me.  In one crazed instant, I came to a realization.  (That is really how it happens.  For some reason my brain clears out the dust and allows me to see clearly for like 5 seconds).  Well that 5 seconds of clarity propelled me into starting my own business and as much as it is difficult, it is THRILLING!  I have been up ’round the clock researching my business plan and building websites, email and well…..it’s all too much for words.   BUT… in all that I am doing, there has not been one instant where I was dreading it or felt pressured or wanted to stop.  Every step I have taken so far has truly been a labor of love.  That is until about 4 days ago.  4 days ago I was put into a holding pattern because of an incredible opportunity I had applied for before my breakthrough.  I hadn’t even thought of it once since I locked my arms around Supernatural Makeup Design and now the phone is ringing, and I am interviewing for this opportunity.   If it happens, it would no doubt be AMAZING but very much off course to what I have worked so hard to accomplish up to this point.  Because of this holding pattern, I have been kind of wishy-washy with my blog and the future of my new business for 2012.  If this opportunity does come to fruition then I would be out-of-pocket until Feb 1st.

That being said, ……..I need to find my self control!

I am definitely counting my chickens before they hatch so for this beautiful Sunday morning I am focusing on what makes me happy and peaceful.  Besame Cosmetics has put out a beautiful, inspiring book called Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup.  It details makeup artistry throughout the years with gorgeous, vivid pictures and old-fashioned makeup palates and designs.  I wish I could have been present in the 20’s and 30’s and saw first hand these lovely ladies transform from extraordinary to red lipped vixens!!  As for me, I find out this week if my life takes yet another (exciting) path.

Realize the positive in each and every situation.  For reasons we cannot yet understand, we are placed in situations that can be obviously overwhelming, happy, sad, confusing etc.  My wonderful husband has tried countless times to help me see that there is  positive in even the most dire situation.  As I look around and see where I am at now …..I finally realize he is right. Knowing that there is a reason for every move we make allows for me relax a bit.  I am in good hands.  Mine.

Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez

www.besamecosmetics.com

our beautiful wedding..

2 Sep

After 9 awesome years, I finally married the love of my life on May 21st,  2012 in Viva Las Vegas!  We said our vows at the Little Church of the West and the party followed in our wraparound terrace suite at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  These fabulous photos are compliments of Finn Bjarnson.  It was my pleasure to have his talent capture our special day, and it is my pleasure yet again to pass along his amazing site showcasing his work. It needs to be noted that my cover shot for Supernatural Beauty and Make Up Design is that of my actual wedding (when I felt most beautiful).   Thank you Finn.

Our Wedding:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.385126424855812.75949.100000753726633&type=3

“Finn Takes Photos Sometimes”

http://www.facebook.com/bjarnsonphoto?ref=ts

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