Organization is key

 

The first thing I suggest when I consult with a client is a closet edit. Some of us are better than others at keeping our closets fresh and up to date so this could be a quick and easy thing or a huge undertaking. Editing your closet involves removing and repurposing the old, out of style, out-dated, never worn clothing and organizing what’s left in a way that makes getting dressed every morning easy breezy. How we organize your closet is up to you. It’s a project we’ll do together because it has to make sense and be functional for you and your lifestyle.

Think of your closet as a store. Every day you wake up and walk into your store and wonder what you want to pull of the rack for whatever is happening that day. You want to be able to quickly get your hands on something that will be appropriate. You really want to love and get your moneys worth from everything in your store! If your “store” is clean, fresh, updated with all the right pieces and well organized it will save you time and frustration in the mornings and get your day off to a smooth start. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a closet that feels like you’re walking in to Madewell or Anthropologie even if you can’t own all of their clothing!

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I’m partnering with Leslie Marshall, owner of The Marshall Concept. After completing your closet edit, Leslie will be available to come to your home and recommend all things pretty as far as organization and storage are concerned such as hangers, bins, boxes and labels to keep your things neat and tidy and in all the right places. Visit her website and follow her on social media. She can organize everything from your closet, pantry, cabinets and drawers, to your entire home.

Most asked question…

With kids back in school and summer nearing its end, I’m beginning to be presented with my most popular question…Can I wear white after Labor Day?

The fashion rules have changed on this favored subject and wearing white is absolutely acceptable year round. White is no longer seasonal. The old rule ‘not after Labor Day or before Easter’ is antiquated and I personally couldn’t be happier about it. I love the crisp, clean look of white any time of the year! Even Emily Post approves: http://emilypost.com/advice/wearing-white-after-labor-day/

For me, wearing white is a day-to-day decision. Take a look outside or at your favorite weather app and forget the date or time of year. If the sun is out and the weather is nice, you can bet I’ll have some white on. I choose not to wear white on dreary, rainy days simply because I don’t want my white shoes or jeans muddy. On these days, I wear yellow or hot pink to cheer me up! That’s basically my only rule of thumb. Comment below if you have your own white “rule”.

If you live in the South like I do, our weather stays warm through the fall (and sometimes winter) so the white rule never made sense to me. When the weather starts turning cooler where you live, you can start easing into your fall colors and bring out more ivory and winter-white but don’t put your true whites away. Truly, there’s no reason not to wear a white sweater, jeans or boots or layer your white tees on a crisp, sunny winter day.

Some people can’t get past the traditional guideline and that’s okay too. Your style and image is a personal decision so if you’re not comfortable wearing white September-April then there is no pressure to do so! Your wardrobe should be a reflection of your personality and lifestyle so always, first and foremost wear what makes you happy 🙂

Closet Wardrobe Edit

A well planned, up-to-date and organized closet can be your best friend!

In order to take the frustration out of your mornings and make getting dressed a breeze, only keep current pieces within arms reach. Donate items that no longer fit and consider your local or online resale shop for items no longer worn but still in style and like new. Out of season and formal pieces can be moved to an alternate closet or stored in tubs.

Then organize your clothes by hanging like items and colors together. Leave plenty of space between hangers. If you can’t see and easily access all your clothes, you won’t know what you have, you won’t wear them as often, and it’s usually a sign you have too much.

It’s a good idea to do this with every change of season or at least twice a year. As you put away sweaters and replace them with tees and tank tops, look over each piece. If you didn’t wear it this past season, maybe it’s time to pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.

If this sounds overwhelming or too time-consuming, contact me…It’s what I love to do. I can help you clean out, clean up and update your wardrobe.

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Off to the beach!

I’m packing for the beach today and wanted to quickly share with you some tips if you too might be planning a beach trip soon.

  1. First of all, less is more (I need this reminder myself every time I travel!).
  2. All you really need are your swimmy & coverup, sunnies, hat/cap, jean shorts, tank tops, sandals and sunscreen. Whatever you do…don’t forget your sunscreen! You might also throw in a sundress and a light sweater or jacket for evening.
  3. Always check your favorite weather app for your destination. Even warm locations can have cooler, rainy days/nights depending on the time of year.
  4. Research your place of stay. Some resorts may have a dress code for certain restaurants or parts of the property.
  5. If you’re a planner, check out what else your destination offers beforehand and find some interesting things to do (in case of a rainy beach day) and pack an outfit for that, i.e. museum, theatre or shopping.

It’s rainy & dreary here at home, so sunshine and sand are REALLY calling my name! Shout out to Hallie B.’s in Rockwall, Tx for the More Love tank, 972 cap & Just Black denim shorts, and Copper Well Retreat in Little Rock, Ar for the Kind tank. PSA: I love to shop and support local!

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Who can benefit from a personal stylist?

Do you stare blankly into your closet full clothes yet can’t find anything to wear?

Do you struggle to put outfits together that make you feel good about yourself?

Do you have clothes in your closet that never leave their hangers?

Do you dislike shopping for clothes and shoes?

If yes, a wardrobe consultant/personal stylist might be right for you. I get great pleasure out of helping women and men update their wardrobes and build confidence through a well-planned closet.