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Organize Your Closet with Ease

We had such a long winter and cool spring that it took me until Mother’s Day to change my closet from my winter to spring wardrobe. Each season when I do this I re-evaluate not only my clothes but also my closet organization. My goal, always, is to make my closet as efficient and user-friendly as possible.

This time I consigned or donated a lot of pretty but unused handbags and freed up a shelf.

Aaaahhhh, prime closet real estate.

In the past I would have filled it with more shoes, but this time I was ruthless about clearing out any shoes that were not being worn often enough (or at all) and so this shelf was open and ready for something new.

You are going to laugh, but I decided this shelf was best served by holding my colorful collection of polar fleece since, yes, even in late May I am still wearing them when I cuddle on the couch at night with my kitty. By doing that I opened up space in my dresser drawers so I could see my workout clothes more easily. It was a win-win.

My closet is not the only one I’ve been in recently. In the past couple of weeks when not shopping with my clients I have been helping them in their closets get their spring/summer wardrobes ready and figure out what they need to add (or delete!).

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that many of the same closet issues come up again and again.

Even if at one time your closet was organized can you see how easily it can fall into disarray and make you frenzied each time you want to get dressed?

A few quick reminders about key components of an organized closet bear repeating and can make a big difference in your morning experience of getting dressed.

Keeping it simple is key!

This is a television segment I did last year entitled, ‘Give Your Closet a Makeover.’ You can tell I’m talking fast to fit as much as possible into my allotted 6 minutes (and 6 minutes on TV is actually really long!).

While this video will not answer all of your questions or cover everything there is to know on this topic, it will get you started (or get your re-inspired if you started this process and then let it slide—you know who you are!).

From there you can take it deeper by reading this post and why not jump on the Facebook group page and let’s share more resources and ideas — it has been a happening place lately!

Shoe Closet Tip:

I was in the Container store on Sunday and saw that they have clear shoe boxes available for $1.89 each. When I want to maximize a shoe shelf I can sometimes fit a pair of shoes in a clear box (I recycle the boxes the shoes came in) with another pair sitting on top. I can see both so I remember what I have and will wear them. This allows me to use my closet space to its full potential.

And, one more simple (but gratifying) shoe tip:

Store your shoes heel to toe and you can fit more shoes on the shelf.

Choose one activity to organize your closet and it will inspire you to do more—seeing (and feeling) the results is the best catalyst!

Categorized: Fashion, Tips & Tools

3 Must-Do’s Before Leaving the House

Is your life busy, overflowing and just downright crazy, especially first thing in the morning? Have there been mornings when you have left in such a rush that you wished (in hindsight) you had taken a few more minutes to pull yourself together before heading out the door?

Me, too.

That’s why I do these 3 things before I leave each day (well, most days…)

Look Behind You

It is easy to forget that you have a back side. You don’t see it unless you crane your neck like a contortionist and make a serious effort to see what’s going on behind you. Let me assure you, others do see that side of you sometimes more than they see you face to face. So, it’s worth it to do a quick scan to avoid potentially embarrassing situations later on.

  1. Watch Your Back: Have you ever walked out of a bathroom with your jacket, top or, worse, your skirt hem tucked into your underwear? I have a friend who once walked all the way down her driveway to her mailbox and back with her skirt tucked up and her underwear exposed.You might also find a rip, stain or panty line you couldn’t see when you were looking straight ahead. Better to know these things before you leave the house when you can do something about them.
  2. Give Your Hair a Quick Brushing: I can’t tell you how many times I have stood behind people at the post office or grocery store who might have brushed the front of their hair, but the back of their hair still says bedhead. One swipe of the brush takes care of it!
  3. Watch Your Step: What about your heels? I know, it sounds silly, but other people see your heels when you wear sandals. Since we are now full ensconced in sandal season your feet (and that includes your heels) are highly visible. If they are all cracked and rough, it’s not a pretty sight (or good for your feet).

A quick look and 360 degree turn in a full-length mirror before heading out the house will nip all of these in the bud (or at least remind you to schedule (or do your own) pedicure later that day).

Check The Weather

Okay, okay! If you live in San Diego this one doesn’t apply to you. But for those of us with changeable weather conditions, it’s a lifesaver.

The saying in New England is that if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes and it is true. Just the other day our temperature dropped 30 degrees and the humidity did likewise in the matter of an hour. If you were caught off-guard you suffered. Hey, even in San Diego you might go into a restaurant, movie theatre or friends’ home where the temperature is different from outside. Being prepared makes you more comfortable.

Leave a note near the front door if you have to. Before stepping outside, do you need one of these?

  • Umbrella
  • Coat
  • Sweater
  • Scarf/Wrap
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Get an Attitude Adjustment

Have you ever had a morning where everything seems to go wrong? It’s as if you got up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed. It starts right away. You bang your knee on the bedside table, stick yourself in the eye with your mascara wand and spill toothpaste on your new blouse.

Phew…you wonder if the entire day will be like that. In which case, jumping back into bed and pulling up the covers seems like the only answer.

But, most of can’t do that and, to be honest, generally we don’t want to. We just want to have a lovely day!

And so you can…

All it takes is a moment’s change of attitude. The quicker you catch it the quicker your day will take a different, happier direction.

Just the other day I was in a hurry to leave to get to my workout (which I never completely want to go to anyway). I was filling a trash bag with very heavy trash and was rushing. I tripped over the threshold on my way out the door and banged my knee. My first thought was, “Great, so this is how the rest of my afternoon is going to go! And, I have to go workout on top of it. Will that make my knee feel worse…”

Ooops! I caught myself immediately. Stopped. Took a breath. And slowed down. I trusted that I would get to my workout in time and, more importantly, safely. And, that my knee would be fine. Other than a few black and blue marks, everything went smoothly as planned.

I know, however, if I had continued with the “Woe is me” attitude I would most likely have ripped the bag before getting it into the trash, hit annoyingly slow traffic on my way to the gym and been crabby and unhappy for the rest of the day.

This is one lesson I have learned over the years (often the hard way!). Like attracts like and I had to change my attitude if I wanted the rest of my day to be relaxing and easy.

So I did and it was.

The next time your day begins that way, take 30 seconds and try this:

  • Stop
  • Close your eyes
  • Take 2-3 slow, deep breathes
  • Picture how you would like the next 5 minutes to be and feel
  • Open your eyes and continue as if that’s what will happen.
  • Enjoy your day!

As Louise Hay says, “How you start your day is how you end your day.” You have control over how you respond and how you move through your day even when not so good things happen.

Just a few quick steps can make all the difference in how your day progresses, so why not make it happy!

Categorized: Tips & Tools

What Would You Say to Your 20-Year-Old Self?

I recently read this terrific letter a woman had written at 40 to her 20-year-old self. It was full of insight and awarenesses that most 20-year-olds – well, at least it was true for me – don’t get. While our understanding about who we are is constantly growing and changing, there is a huge growth spurt for most of us in those 20 years.

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Real Life Ideas for Adding Spring Trends to Your Wardrobe (Video Blog)

Every season the designers reveal the trends that are hot. This spring was no exception. I always give my interpretation of the trends (what’s worth adding and what to skip) and if you missed that article for the spring you can read about it here. Continue reading…

Categorized: Fashion, Tips & Tools

What Do You Wear on a Date?

Despite the technology driven world we live in, there is still such a thing as an actual in-person date. While initially connecting by email and text (if that’s how it starts for you) there is no worry about how you look. Once you decide to meet in person, however, that is when the jitters start! How do you decide what to wear when it comes to such an already nerve-racking life event?

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Categorized: Fashion

How to Shop at Marshall’s

Off-price stores are a great way to add beautiful designs to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. They sell high quality goods at less expensive prices. This sounds good, but because the stores are often large, if you have an aversion to shopping, they can feel incredibly overwhelming when you first walk in and begin perusing the options. Of course, for those women who find shopping relaxing, they are a great place to enjoy the treasure hunt or a fun place to pass 20 minutes between appointments.

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How to Use a Tailor to Expand Your Wardrobe

Chances are good that you were not taught that using a tailor is necessary in creating your wardrobe. Don’t feel badly. Most women weren’t. With the exception of special occasions like proms and weddings or maybe basics like hemming a pair of pants, tailors often seem like a luxury you don’t need and can’t afford either financially or in terms of time and energy expended—or both! Ahhh, not so fast.

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Top 5 Steps to Store Your Winter Clothes

It’s spring…finally! In New England, however, this means that the temperature can vary dramatically from 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit within a matter of days (and sometimes even hours!). That said, the last thing you feel like doing as the days get brighter and warmer is continuing to wear your winter clothes.

As you think about transitioning your wardrobe, the question arises as to what to do with your winter attire. Unless you have a really big closet, it is important to move off-season clothing out of your working closet and keep only those items you will wear in the upcoming months handy. Otherwise you end up with a giant mess and it becomes very hard to make decisions about what to wear. Continue reading…

Categorized: Tips & Tools

Two Sharks, Three Styles, Four Lessons

At first glance, fashion for business women may seem pretty straightforward and structured, but the truth is that working environments are as diverse as the individual businesses and the people in them. While you need to appeal to your company’s protocol, there is always wiggle room in there to add your personality. The trick is standing out in a way that makes everyone happy.

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What You Think is What You Get: How to Shop for Clothes with Positive Results

Today is the first day of spring. Whether you are still buried in snow, freezing temperatures and are expecting yet another snowstorm (as we are) or your daffodils are popping up and color is everywhere, it is time to review and update your spring wardrobe in anticipation of much warmer weather to come.

The question is, do you want your shopping and dressing experience to feel like this?

Or this?

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Categorized: Fashion, Tips & Tools

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The ‘colors/words/affirmations/buy outfits’ stuff that you talk about and teach really does work. When your clothes reflect your values and inner self I think you radiate a more authentic and consistent impression (maybe I want to use the word image or message, not sure) to the world, and people find this very charismatic. I used to enjoy dressing up, but made many blooper purchases, and then stopped loving my clothes. Now, because of my work with you, I love what I have. Thank you.

Carol Takvorian