With the flu season in full swing, it's wise to take every precaution possible. You know the drill: wash your hands frequently, eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, and then HIT THE LAUNDRY ROOM ONCE A WEEK TO WASH YOUR COLD WEATHER GEAR! That's because those oh so stylish gloves, scarves and hats adding the finishing touches to your winter attire are doing lots more than just keeping you fashionably warm and cozy...they're harboring lots of unwelcome germs. Leather requires dry cleaning so it's best to wear "washing machine friendly" cotton or hand washable wool versions as much as possible. After washing, dry them on high heat for at least 28 minutes to kill viruses. If heat drying is not an option, air drying in direct sunlight is an effective substitute since the sun's ultraviolet light has disinfecting properties.
Now that you've got the washing down, the next step is to WEAR your gloves with care. Slip them off temporarily when you must handle objects that lots of other people are touching like handles and subway poles, don't stuff wet gloves into your pocket (they need time to air dry to kill bacteria), and whatever you do, NEVER remove them with your mouth! The smartest method is to take off your gloves from back to front just like healthcare workers do.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, fashionistas. So, we hope you'll stay chic, CLEAN, warm and WELL this winter!
V & T
You might say 2018 has arrived in a "purple haze" since Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Color of the Year. That means you can expect to see this regal hue popping up in everything from clothing to decor and is why we are beginning January sharing a few ways you can incorporate the shade of the moment into your life...
First things first, Ultra Violet is not for the feint of heart. That being said, even if you never thought you could wear purple, there are ways you can add a touch or two of this blue-based version to brighten up your look. Eye shadow and nail polish are great ways to test the waters. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a shot of the eye-catcher in an accessory but just don't overdo it and remember our fave motto: less is always more. If your skin and hair tones go with it, there will be plenty of ultra violet options in clothing. A faux fur coat in purple definitely won't work for everyone but is a sure fire way to get noticed when it does!
On the home front, purple pairs very well with the grey decorating tones that have become popular in recent years making it super easy to give a room a refresh with something as simple as a throw, an accent piece or pillows.
While we're on the subject of grey, our "silver haired" fashionistas out there will likely become fast friends with ultra violet since it is so complementary. (As a side note, Vicki's Mom has been rocking the shade for years and will be happy to know she is now totally on trend :)!)
Have we sold you on the color of the year yet? If not, maybe Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute will. She claims ultra violet "takes our awareness and potential to a higher level." Hmmmmm...who can argue with that?!?! So, we say cheers to the POWER OF PURPLE and Happy New Year to all!
V & T
We recently discussed ways to look your best in holiday photos. Next up: How to dress to impress for festive events during this busy season. Now is NOT the time to have to run out at the last minute to find the “perfect” outfit unless you have a passion for hunting down a parking space, fighting crowds and waiting in long lines! You have no problem at all if you’ve listened to our advice all year and have built a true “working” wardrobe, one where you have something that will “work” for any social occasion on your calendar. With the right clothes already in your closet, you can move on and concentrate on the big picture. If you’re attending an event with a spouse, date or other family members, go one step further and consider coordinating everyone’s attire. You don’t want to overdo it, but staying in a complimentary color palette or adding a matching color piece or two looks totally together. It shows your attention to detail whether your attire is casual or formal and looks great in all those photos you’ll be taking!
Speaking of attention to detail, pay close attention to the sale racks while holiday shopping and save some cash for discretionary purchases. If you find something great that’s not on your list, permission is granted to treat yourself! Special occasion and holiday clothes are really marked down at this time of year, making it smart to buy that “extra something” you see and love on the spot so you’re ready for the next big invite. Flexible fashionistas need to think like Pablo Picasso: “Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist.”
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By the time this holiday season is over, it is highly likely you will find yourself with a few wardrobe acquisitions. Woohoo!! That brings us to an important question: Is your closet ready? If not, now is the perfect time to tidy things up and make your storage space really work for you. It doesn't matter whether you have a huge walk-in or a challenging cubby because the same principle works anywhere: Keep only the things you really use and organize them in a way that makes the most sense to you. You will be happy to know that there is no right or wrong method. That doesn't give you a free pass, though - there does need to be some form of organization!
Where do you begin? We think grouping clothes in their respective categories is the easiest way to go like shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc...Within each category, it's helpful to organize even further. So, for dresses and tops/shirts, consider categorizing by sleeve length and then organizing those sections by color and print. For pants, color grouping is definitely the way to go.
In a recent post on apartmenttherapy.com, Nicole Anzia of Neatnik offered some fabulous and very honest advice and we couldn't agree more:
"Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogues. Trust me. I've been in a lot of houses and apartments and even after we've totally reorganized a space, it doesn't look like an ad for The Container Store. It looks great and works properly, but it is a space that is used by an actual human being, not one that has been carefully staged by a team of stylists and marketers for a non-existent resident. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is success."
Clearly seeing what you have and knowing where everything is makes dressing much easier every day. It's like a gift to yourself, and you will be really happy that you have a clean uncluttered space with room ready and waiting for those other awesome gifts that will be taking up residence shortly. Make an effort to reserve some quality time for your closet during this hectic time of year. If you're way too busy or overwhelmed, our Closets to Impress service does the work for you. During this comprehensive styling session we assess your wardrobe and then custom organize your space.
So matter how you do it, just do it - cheers to making your closet tidy and bright!
V & T
Whether we're celebrities or not, holiday events, parties and picture taking will be upon us before we hear the first “Santa Baby” on the radio or in the stores! That means now is the time for you to go through the "dress up" clothes of everyone in your family to see what each person has that fits properly and is truly appropriate for the merriment ahead. If you find a few holes (aka missing pieces) in anyone’s wardrobe, hit the stores before the rush to shop for the needed items!
When you dress your family, you don’t need to be matchy matchy. To snap great holiday shots like the royals, skip those dreaded holiday sweaters and go for coordinated and complimentary clothes in the vibe that fits your own "royal" crew.
Work a game plan and put YOUR look together first! When you begin by choosing what makes you feel wonderful and then move on to the other members of your family, the process goes much smoother. It's as simple as that to look like a VIP. So, make sparkling memories...
DRESS TO IMPRESS you and your peeps this holiday season!
V & T
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will find ourselves spending some time living out of a suitcase. Whether it's heading to spend time with family and friends or getting away for a well deserved vacation, you don't want to fall victim to poor packing! Here are a few simple tips to make the the prep less stressful!
STICK TO A COLOR PALETTE
Pick a neutral base like black, brown, grey or navy. Use this for your simplest go-to pieces, shoes, accessories and outerwear and then pick one or two complimentary shades to mix and match with it. This gives you less to tote but maximum versatility!
LEARN TO ROLL AND FOLD
Adapt your packing style to the type of bag you're using.
Roll your clothes if you're carrying a duffle or an unstructured bag. It works especially well for casual items and can really maximize space. Here's how: For pants or jeans, fold them in half lengthwise with back pockets facing out and roll as tight as you can from the cuffs to the waistband. For a shirt or dress, fold each sleeve backward, fold the entire piece in half lengthwise, and then roll from the bottom hem up.
Folding is best for a structured suitcase. Check out the picture tutorial below if your skills can use a refresh!
MAKE USE OF PRACTICAL PACKING ACCESSORIES
Waterproof travel bags and pouches in assorted sizes are lifesavers. They can hold toiletries, jewelry, socks, undergarments, delicate items, shoes, and even dirty laundry during your trip, all while keeping your packed bag much neater.
In general, staying neat is the name of the game for a stress-free suitcase. It might take a little extra time, but making an effort to be an organized traveler is well worth it. So, here's to packing like a pro this holiday season!
V & T
As you're shifting your closet for cooler temperatures, here's a gentle reminder to first get back to basics. Really examine your wardrobe to be sure your tried and true "work horse" pieces are in great shape! You're bound to find some items that need to be refreshed, so this is the perfect time to update. What are the items we always like to include in our start-up Fall wardrobes??? Our absolute "can't live without" faves are:
Since fashion is personal, your "back to basics" list might differ slightly from this one but you get the idea. As you're buying, remember your core pieces are worn time and time again, so consider spending a bit more on items you plan to use a lot. Being a smart shopper is very empowering!
V & T
Ok, our October style pick for any age goes to...the statement SLEEVE!!!
Big bells, balloons, pleated, ladylike lace or edgy fishnet...they all score high marks in chic and are going strong for Fall/Winter 2017.
Here's a tip: if you go really big with your sleeve, try belting your waist so you're not completely lost in the voluminous fabric. The dramatic sleeve is a favorite of ours because it works for a woman of any age and there's an option for everyone's personal style. With the weather turning cooler, you may find it difficult to wear with blazers or jackets but that's no problem at all. Pop on a great poncho to keep you warm and doubly stylish!
If you haven’t noticed already, you will when you head out for some wardrobe updates…EVERYTHING is “in style” for Fall 2017. That’s right – everything: big shoulders, suits, blouses with bows, jean jackets and skirts, leather and animal prints, mini, midi and ankle lengths, block heels, kitten heels, stiletto heels, wedges, big and dangly earrings or small and delicate studs. So, what’s a girl to do? According to your age range, do this:
Under 30? Do it all and have fun! (We're trying hard not to be envious!!!)
30 to 50? Okay, take it slow and add the trends as you see fit. Don’t go overboard or you’ll look like you tried a bit too hard!
Over 50? Be discriminating and a tad discreet. Carefully look at what’s in your closet and ponder what you need to update but not look like you’re trying to be under 30. (Yes, it can be done but it does take a deliberate strategy!) Pay special attention to shoe choices because they can easily date you. We know you want comfort and that’s no problem at all this season since the block heel is big (think of it as “fashion meets function”). Earrings can also make or break an outfit, right? If you go too young here, they’ll grab all the attention. Resist that temptation and stay classy with better, less showy jewelry to be age appropriate…the Coco Chanel strategy scores again!
That brings us to hair and makeup…EVERYONE should always update these extremely important “accessories” before adding any fall clothing 2017 trends. Visit your favorite makeup counter for new ideas and your favorite hair salon for a color and/or cut. Then you’re ready to hit the stores (or the pumpkin patch) refreshed and in style!
When deciding which of the latest fashion trends you'd like to incorporate into your wardrobe, it's easy to become a bit overwhelmed. Looking up to date is great, but your personal taste and age should also come into play. So, our advice is to keep it really simple: Don't FALL for all the trends and "tastefully" test the trending waters instead!
Here's what we mean. Velvets, florals, embroidery and the color red are just a few of the hot trends you'll be seeing this Fall, and while each of these looks can be terrific, they can also easily feel overdone. So, instead of diving right in if you aren't completely sold, take a cue from the images above and start slowly by dipping your toes in first! Find a blouse or dress trimmed in VELVET...a FLORAL accessory like a fabulous scarf or headband...EMBROIDERED accents on a shirt or jacket...a POP of RED in a statement piece like a crossbody bag...You get the idea. We tend to agree with Coco that a little goes a long way and like to carefully experiment to find the new looks that really work for us. (Of course, if you're more adventurous and prefer to dive in head first, don't let us stop you! Go for it but just prepare to make big splash!)
V & T
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