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

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.)