Tip of Today

Tips for a Closet Clean-Out

Hello Loves,

Is your closet overflowing but you never have anything to wear? Does it take you forever to find things? Is opening your closet doors and dressers drawers daunting at best? Yes, yes, yes?

Time to get real and get organized.

  1. If it is stained, torn, worn out, has an odor or damaged beyond repair- then trash it. Sometimes you just have to let go.
  2. There’s a time and place for everything. You may want to consider moving away from clothing that is not age appropriate.
  3. You haven’t worn it recently or maybe never at all and realistically you never will. Be honest, it’s time to say goodbye.
  4. A size too big or a size too small equates to too little room for what actually does fit.
  5. If you don’t like it you don’t need it. Why keep anything that you don’t like?
  6. Your clothing should make you feel beautiful and confident. If it doesn’t make you feel great, then out it goes.
  7. If it is no longer your style then it has no place in your closet. Break-ups are heartbreaking but life must go on.

Katie Anderson of modern-eve.com has put together an editing tree which I found incredibly insightful. Check it out: How to Successfully Purge Your Wardrobe.

xox, Elle

Influenced by the Past

Having a nostalgic moment. Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve received much cherished advice spanning a myriad of topics from the amazing women who graced my life. I would be honored to hear what the women and or men in your life shared with, and taught, you.

“You can grow old gracefully or die young.” my Grandma, A

“Everyday is a birthday.” my Grandma, M

Dress for yourself. Your clothing should make you feel confident and attractive- regardless of your age.

Your shoes speak volumes. Do not underestimate the power of footwear.

Know your color.

Have a signature scent. It allows you to be present long after you leave.

There is never a wrong time- or age- for red lipstick, if you wear it right.

You never know who you may run into or who by may stop by.

Focus on what you have as opposed to what you do not have.

Creativity goes a long way.

Work within your means. You don’t have to buy a new wardrobe; scarves, belts and accessories can speak volumes.

Keep a journal documenting your outfits to insure you don’t always wear the same outfit. (My mom did this for quite some time out of school.)

Hot rollers are a lifesaver.

Learn how to properly iron and mend your own clothes; you will never regret learning. (In my home, these skills were acquired by the time you started kindergarten!)

Never stop dancing and singing.

Laughter and kindness make you infinitely beautiful.

It is improper to ask a woman her age.

“Let them look. I know I look good.” My grandma M who taught us that strong, independent women can also be elegant and graceful.

xox, Elle

Shop Your Closet

You know the feeling before an event when you have no idea what to wear. Or maybe you are just so busy you put off shopping? Or perhaps, you just aren’t in a position purchase right now.  
Anticipating a friend’s wedding, panicked with no time to shop and coming down with a cold, I knew I would never find a dress in time. Solution- I shopped my closet. 

Did you retire that amazing black cocktail dress after you broke up with your ex? Umm, why? It looked amazing. Maybe it’s time to rethink that decision (the dress, not the boyfriend.) What about the gold heels you lovingly bought on sale only to later realize they matched nothing you owned. Oh wait, since then didn’t you buy a dress that would match them perfectly? Turns out you had the perfect outfit in your closet!
These are also great moments to get a bit adventurous. Don’t discount your favorite little black dress. A colorful scarf, killer heels, or that sequined evening bag from your cousin’s wedding can redefine a standby garment. Pair your fav daytime pencil girl with a sequined tank and slip on a leather jacket, stilettos and hello cocktails. 
Point is, don’t give up on what your own. Search for the buried treasure. Break the rules. You will be surprised what you find. 
(Tip: Properly storing cleaning and storing formal wear after each wear really pays off. Keep garments in garment bags to insure great condition. When you peak in, it’s like finding something new.) 

xox, Elle

Static Be Gone

We have all been there. Rushing out the door, before a meeting, overslept and there it strikes – static. Your dress is clinging in every which way and panic. Do not give up. There is hope.

  1. Carefully run the long side of a metal hanger between your skin and your clothing. This works particularly well on delicate fabrics, such as silk.
  2. Apply lotion to your skin. The moisture will help eliminate the static electricity. (Tip: Lotion and water can also be applied to hair to reduce static.)
  3. Rub a dryer sheet on your clothing. (Tip: This method is also hair safe.)

xox, Elle

Organize Your Closet Now

I am not, by nature, an overly organized person. Couple that my overly sentimental/ save everything mentality with my shopping addiction and then pack it into a 700 square foot apartment and you see where I am going. 

I hit my breaking point three years ago when my closets wouldn’t close. It was then I made it my mission to get organized. Before long I had shelves free, hanger space and a whole new outlook on space. How did I do it?

Throw It Out

  • Do you love it? 
  • Do you need it?
  • Do you use it?

You get my point.

Find It A Home

  • Donate it. 
  • Re-purpose it. (Tip: clean t-shirts, towels etc. that are not in the condition to be donated are perfect for cleaning.)
  • Give it away. If your sister, bestie, co-worker always loved those boots, why not give them to her. Make her smile. 

Ready, Set, Organize

  • Compartmentalize and stack. There are endless option from shelves (permanent or temporary,) baskets, totes, boxes, tension rods and racks. 
  • Non-slip hangers. Amazing. Available in a variety of colors.
  • Use specialized hangers for ties and scarves. Lifesavers.
  • Use garment bags for formal wear, full length, beaded/ sequined clothing and coats. 
  • Hang clothing facing in the same direction. 
  • Use vacuum seal bags for out of season clothes, spare comforters, towels, etc. You will be fascinated by the amount of space you discover.
  • Store shoes in original boxes, plastic boxes, shelves, or on sturdy shoe racks. Just no piles!
  • Most important, use a system that works for you. I can’t stress this enough. If it doesn’t make sense to you, seems overly complex or frustrating, you won’t follow through. 

(Tip: Label boxes, garment bags, boxes, etc. to save time looking for your items later. You won’t regret the upfront effort.)

Hair We Are

Having worked in a salon and with many close friends being hair stylists and salon owners, I have picked up a few trade secrets when it comes to proper hair care.. After years of struggling with styling tools, embarrassing at home blowouts and hair as dry as the dessert from over dyeing, the wrong tools and too much time in the ocean, I am proud to say no more. 

Tools of the Trade

  • Invest in good tools. Poor quality blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. will burn your hair. Two fantastic product lines include BaByliss and Kenta 
  • Using quality hairbrushes result in quality blowouts. I am obsessed with Y.S. Park brushes 
  • Do not underestimate the importance of using hair brush specifically for wet hair when needed

The Blow-Out

  • First tousle dry/ finger dry your hair to eliminate some of the moisture before getting started.
  • Leave few inches between your hair and the dryer to allow for air circulation.
  • Dry in sections
  • Apply tension but be careful not to pull or tug on your hair
  • Keep the blow-dry moving; do not hold it stationary

Deep Conditioning Steps

  • Apply coconut oil to dry hair or olive oil to very dry hair 
  • Place hair in plastic shower cap. (Tip: Plastic bags works in pinch.)
  • Leave on for a few hours, or preferably, overnight in order for your hair to absorb the oil
  • Wash as usual

xox, Elle

Best Eye Makeup Remover- Ever

With so many eye make-up remover options on the market ranging from the ultra-high end to the everyday drug store variety, which is truly best? Personally, I could hardly keep track of neither what I used nor the money I spent. That was until I tried baby oil. No more scrubbing. No more harsh drying chemicals. And if it’s unscented (and please use unscented products when it comes to your delicate eye area) it will virtually never expire. Not bad for a few dollars. 

  1. Apply unscented oil, any brand, on a cotton ball or pad. (Tip: Cotton swabs work best to remove make-up close to the lash lines.)
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Gently dab one eye or, as necessary, wipe in direction of the lash line and inwards using your ring finger for the least pressure.
  4. Repeat using a different cotton ball, pad or swab, for the second eye to avoid any possible infection.

xox, Elle