Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Purging Your Closet

It's January 2nd, 2018 and it's very cold in Kentucky.  I spent some time on New Year's Day viewing YouTube videos about closet re-designs and organization. The trend is to make your closet resemble and clothing and accessory boutique. This apparently gives the owner the feeling of shopping in their own closet. I agree that an organized closet is an asset when you don't have a lot of time to get ready in the morning but I don't know about making a closet look like a retail store.  The majority of women that I know don't have that much space for storing their clothing.  Many have the basic closets found in many homes today with one rod and a shelf above it.  The one thing I DO agree with is purging the closet to get rid of what you no longer wear. That is difficult even for me because I still wear clothing that could be 10 years or older. I love vintage everything so I tend to hold on to clothing, shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry that is very beautiful despite it's age. When I designed our home almost 30 years ago I gave myself and small room off our master bathroom for my dressing room. It has four basic closets with folding, mirrored doors. One closet is all shelves for folded clothing, one closet has double rods for jackets and tops and the other two have one rod with two shelves above them for shoes. I have a dressing table in front of the large window and a lingerie chest that matches.  I also have a size 12 dress form that I use to style my outfits. I'm thinking about redecorating my dressing room this year to reflect not only current interior design trends but to make it more functional.  Many modern closets have islands in the center of the space with drawers for accessories and mirrored tops to reflect a beautiful chandelier above.  As an interior designer I realized that I could make an island out of two, matching chest of drawers placed back to back. Then I could add a piece of custom cut mirror to put on top. This would give me more drawer space than I have in my lingerie chest and dressing table and take up much less space. I will be looking for new wallpaper too and heavy drapes for the window. I love having all the natural light from the window but since it faces our street I have to have privacy as well. So, if you are tired of your current closet set up the first thing you need to do is purge it of everything you know you will never wear again.  Professional style clothing can be donated to the "Dress for Success" organization nearest you. You can donate other types of things to churches with "Clothes Closets" and give the rest to homeless outreach organizations.  Remember that if a garment doesn't make you feel good when you look at it in your closet or drawer it won't make you feel good when it's on your body. Happy 2018 and happy purging!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Funeral Director #28

Funeral Director #28

Leopard Print Coat and Jeans

I duplicated this Pinterest picture in 2013 with items that are not as expensive. The Pinterest Leopard print coat is Vintage but I found one on the @normtompson website that has the same look for $189.00 and comes in Plus sizes. The chambray shirt and boot cut jeans are from Oldnavy and Gap. The bag in the picture is by the designer "Celine" but I think the Ralph Lauren bag is just as pretty. The red shoes worn by the model are Miu Miu but I like the red, suede booties by G by GUESS and cost $79.00 at Macy's. I don't know what brand of sunglasses the model is wearing but you can't miss with Ray-Ban's in basic black. Minus the handbag and sunglasses, my outfit costs $401.00.   www.kentuckyfashion.polyvore.com