Monthly Archives: July 2012

Viachic: Closet Organization 101

Hey gals!! Today I am doing something a little different. Here is a guest post from Kim over at Viachic, which is a closet organization company here in the DMV area. I sent Kim some questions and she provided some great advice on how to organize your clothes and accessories…Check out her article below:

1.   What are some ways that one can maximize their space if they have a small closet?

My advice to maximize space in your small closet is: Go through everything you own. Make a donate pile, throw away pile, fix up pile (for pieces that need buttons sewn on, holes repaired, frays scissored off) and resale pile. Throw away stuff you have already used the full value of. Chuck out the ratty, faded unflattering $5 t-shirt.

Reselling your clothes to a trading or consignment store is INSTANT cash in your pocket, no annoyance of taking pictures and sending packages like ebay or craigslist.  Once you’ve purged a little bit, promise yourself to shop for classic pieces that will last you a long time.  Shop at stores that make their products with integrity and care.  Invest in your closet, invest in nice pieces that you can get great usage out of.

Maximize your closet space by sacrificing other areas in your home.  Have a linen closet that would make a great purse display area?  Have a barely-used at home office desk?  Put a mirror on it, a couple decorations and turn it into a vanity, jewelry buffet or perfume display table. You can also maximize closet space by thinking up.  Get a fancy beautiful stepping stool and build shelving up high.  Avoid unstructured things on the floor.  When you keep the floor empty in a small closet, it makes the ceiling look higher and your closet less stubby and overwhelming.  You never want to over stack things either. You want to be able to SEE your clothes so you can make proper outfit choices, use the value of your stuff and feel confident about your style identity.  

2. What are some funs ways to store accessories (i.e. jewelry/belts/handbags/etc.)?

Get funky but keep to the style of your home. You do not want your closet looking like a dorm room.  Please, if you’re a grown lady, do NOT buy those ugly sterile plastic boxes-get fancy…Think glamour, not plastic crappy bins and containers.  If you don’t have the budget for a jewelry armoire, get creative.  Buy an antique gold frame, staple chicken mesh wire to it, put hardware store hooks on it and add your jewelry on it!  For belts, ties, hats and scarves I do NOT recommend “over the door” hooks.  They scratch and ruin your doorframe and it looks cramped and cluttered, scarves can also get caught in the door jam. Tie/scarf or belt hangers will do the job just fine.  Think like celebrity closet designers…bangles in a crystal bowl, valet hooks, garment rolling racks, chandeliers…For more jewelry storage ideas: http://kpanache.blogspot.com/2012/07/super-rich-girl-must-have-jewelry.html

3. What is the best way to store shoes? Keep original boxes or no?

If you have a high-end designer shoe and you have the space, keep the box!   If you do not have the space, keep high-end shoes in their dust bags or neatly in a row on a shelf. Stuff boots, strappy shoes and bags with tissue paper so it holds shape and looks professional.

4. What stores would you recommend for someone who is looking for storage/closet organization items (i.e. shoe boxes, hangers, shelves, and other organizational tools).

Even if your budget is small, do NOT shop at stores with cheap, mass made, low quality items like Ikea, Walmart, Dollar Stores and Kmart.  Those stores are great for other household items but you need your organization closet tools to last you a long time, look attractive and be reliable.

5. How often should one clean out their closet? How should one organize/store out-of-season clothing?

You never want to have a big spring cleaning daunting weekend of organizing scheduled in your calendar. It’s all about baby steps and maintenance so you constantly have an idea of what is in your closet.  Every few weeks, assess your outfit choices. Have you been over repeating the same look too often? Are you not utilizing statement pieces? What are your fashion issues?  Organize your closet by category. Always put like with like/type with type.  Then color coordinate it so you know exactly what you own.  Dresses with dresses, jeans with jeans. Then put them in color order. (Once you do this, it’s really funny to see what you hoard…I have WAY too many black shirts and zero green and red shirts).

6. Do you have any suggestions on how to organize beauty items like make-up/nail polish?

Keep your beauty and skin care items easy to reach.  Most high-end foundations (average 1 fl oz) can cost you around $45, so put it somewhere you can easily find!  Everything in your home must have a place.  When you’re done using hairspray, put it back in the same place you found it.  Avoid being “that messy girl”; it’s unattractive, wastes money and it will take you much longer to get out the door in the morning.  Have a designated make-up area.  Make sure your makeup storage (trays, acrylic drawers, makeup armoires, vanity drawers) is clean-able because powders and liquids can get messy.  (Do not keep makeup in your bathroom, the shower heat and steam will expire your beauty items and grow bacteria).  Make a nail polish display prestigious and opulent.  Line the bottles up by brand and color order on a mirrored tray, keep your lip balms in a mini glass vase, lotion bottles on crochet lace doilies…get creative. Think royalty, not college-dormy. 

7. Are there any organization websites/blogs that you would recommend?

I recommend finding an organization system that works best for you. Following exactly what others do can be really hard if you have a different floor plan layout.  I get inspired by habituallychic.blogspot.com, organizeit.com, DIY blogs, craft blogs etc… 

8. What kind of services do you offer? What are your price points? How can people get in contact with you?

I offer two main home/closet organization services. Closet rehab and closet facelift!  Some clients prefer not to be a part of the declutter process because it is overwhelming having people go through your personal belongings.  But other clients love helping with the organizing process because they can learn tips, tricks and get a reality check since they’re  observing first hand their spending and collecting bad habits.  There is a lot of therapy and life coaching that goes along with my profession. I have dissected the lifestyle habits and minds of my clients…what is keeping them from being organized? What items do they cherish and why?  Why do they collect these things? What are their fashion goals?

I’ve worked with high end cliental that have multiple homes and closets.  I’ve also worked with small 350 square foot apartments.  Nothing surprises me anymore-I have seen it all…I’ve organized Hermes birkin bags, hoarders, and even OCD neat people that think they’re messy!  My price point for the DMV area is extremely low.  The organizing profession is new to this area so I’m extremely fair.  Visit vanchic.com for a list of services and pricing options.  My staff and I love helping people and lifting a weight off their shoulders, it feels SO GOOD to tidy up and breath easy in your home.

When I organize a room, I like to make a specific focal point or theme.  I love telling a story with closets and rooms.  I absolutely despise the standard organizer tips and methods because who the heck wants a bunch of plastic storage bins with labels all over?  That is not chic, beautiful or technically considered actual décor. It’s sterile and cheap.  I de-clutter with a fashion forward mindset.

Final Tips:

-Be fancy. Make your closet fantasy come true even with a tiny space and tiny budget.

-Invest in one of a kind design and storage pieces.  Fairs, antique stores, flea markets are all awesome places to shop or get inspired. 

-Think clean lines and symmetry.  Have any excess material on clothing or hardware hidden and not facing outwards. For example, the crotch of the pants, have it facing inwards. No garment should be sticking out.

-Cycle Method: If you bring 2 new magazines in your home, throw two old magazines out. Get the recycle process going.

-Put the everyday easy relaxed clothing items (like sweatshirts, tshirts or uggs) in the hard-to-reach places. This will influence and force you to put together new outfits and grab pieces that are fancier, complex and stylish.

@VanchicDC

203-554-1212  I organize the DMV area as well as Fairfield County CT and Nantucket MA.

kim@vanchic.com

vanchic.blogspot.com

kpanache.blogspot.com

http://www.vanchic.com

I want to thank Kim for writing this, and I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did! Talk to you soon! Smooches!! XOXO

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Givaway Winner!!!!!

First, I would like to thank everyone who participated in my first givaway!

I won’t keep you in suspence…the winner is Gemiller96, comment no. 19!! Gemiller96, if you see this posting before I have the opportunity to email you, please be sure to email me at clutchez@gmail.com so that I can mail your prize to you. Congratulations!!!!

I look forward to doing more giveaways in the near future!! XOXO

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Anniversary Sale Haul!

Hi all! Check out the pieces I snagged from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale below!

Rebecca Minkoff “Wallet On A Chain.”

Halogen Wallet

Tory Burch Sunglasses: No longer available online…Check in the stores.

Burberry Body Fragrance

Smooches!! XOXO

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Get To Know Me…

Hey gals!!!! I thought that it would be fun to list some quirky facts about myself…Lol. Here goes:

  1. I am the youngest of 5 children (I have two brothers and two sisters) and I have 17 nieces and nephews. My family is a huge part of my life…Literally!
  2. I love listening to audiobooks! Except for the ones with boring narrators. Lol…
  3. I stay on my laptop until the wee hours of the morning almost every single night.
  4. I am obsessed with Pinterest.
  5. My birthday is August 5th and I am a leo (to the fullest!).
  6. I buy journals but hate writing in them because I don’t want to ruin the pretty pages.
  7. I walk and dance around my house in my high heels listening to my iPod on occassion.
  8. I eat Italian Ice before I go to bed almost every night.
  9. I paint my nails every other day, if not every single day (changing my nail polish is like changing my shoes or handbag).
  10. I have a new found obsession with blouses and statement necklaces.

I started to list more than 10 things here, but I didn’t want to bore you guys!  I’ll be sure to do something like this every now and then so that we can get better aquainted. Talk to you all soon! XOXO…

NCLA Nail Wraps

I finally was able to get my hands on some of the NCLA Nail Wraps. First, let me say that they were really easy to apply, and I think the price is reasonable in regards to the quality of the strips. They give you enough strips for two applications, which I think is nice  ($16 each). If you are fashion forward and love to get creative with your accessories then you will love these.

I also must say that I think I should have chosen a different design because I did not love this one on me. I liked the design itself, but not the green base color. I had seen swatches of these strips and was expecting the green to look a bit brighter (freakin’ flash will trick you every time)…but honestly, besides the design, I couldn’t find anything wrong with these strips…This particular design is called Money Green, from their Melody Ehsani Collection. Check out the photos below:

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Mini Preview

I always look forward Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale because it gives me the opportunity to score some great pieces that haven’t yet been released. The pre-Anniversary sale began this past Wednesday and anyone with a Nordstrom card can shop the pre-sale from now until July 19th. From July 20th until August 6th the sale will be open to everyone. After August 6th the prices will increase.

This year is the first time Nordstrom has made the pre-sale available online, which I thought was awesome. However, I spent an entire hour trying to order only one thing from the sale on Wednesday so I am surprisingly tired of online shopping right now! I suppose since tons of cardholders were on the site at the same time, there was an overload, and the site was moving extremely slow and kept timing out every couple of minutes.

Anywhoo, I was able to score the Rebecca Minkoff Studded “Wallet on a Chain,” which was about 33% off of the regular price. I am slowly becoming a fan RM’s cross body bags, BTW. I thought this particular cross body was unique so I figured that I should pounce on it ASAP…I am also eyeing a Bagley Mischka tote bag, which I listed below…Can’t decide if I definitely want it, and if so, in what color. When in doubt, wait to purchase!! Lol…

Here are some accessories that I thought were worth mentioning (click the photos to enlarge them):

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Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutches (Left) and “Wallet on a Chain” Clutches (Right)

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Clockwise: Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Timepiece, Steve Madden Leopard Flats, Michael Kors Gold Timepiece, and Steven by Steve Madden Boots.

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Clockwise: Bagley Mischka Tote in Sapphire (also available in black and cognac), MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoulder Tote in Nickel (available in black, purple and vanilla), and DKNY Notched Bezel Timepiece in Gunmetal.

I hope you all enjoyed this post…let me know what you think…Smooches! XOXO…

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Feenin’ For Fall

Normally, in the midst of Spring I long for Summer and yet, at this point in the Summer, I cannot wait for Fall! Especially after we received that crazy random hurricane/tornado here in Maryland last Friday night I am really feenin’ for cooler weather. That storm was absolutely insane! 65 mile per hour winds, rain flying sideways, and no power for several days. Can you say hot burning mess!? So glad that is finally just a memory…Anywhoo, the weather during Summer is just too hot for me. I mean, I can’t even keep my hair straight in this heat! Thank God for sunshine, but I wish we could have 50-70 degree weather all year around.

My fall fever really kicked in when I was flipping through the Nordstrom Anniversary sale catalog and saw some of the cutest boots and scarves. I am also a sucker for blazers and jackets with interesting cuts…Fall fashions are always so inspiring and cozy…Only a couple of months left in this heat…Thank God!! XOXO

Here are some Fall looks I found on Pinterest that I am loving:

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China Glaze Giveaway!!!! (CLOSED)

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Hi all! I am so excited to announce this giveaway here on my blog! I was struggling with trying to figure out what to give away, but I finally settled on these 6 nail polishes from China Glaze’s latest Summer Neons Collection. I thought I would give away something that I would love to receive! The prize includes:

    • Orange You Hot?
    • Ride the Waves
    • Beach Cruise-r
    • Sunkissed
    • Flirty Tankini
    • Splish Splash

Here are some swatches of each of the colors listed above from left to right:20120702-212427.jpg

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

(1)You must be a subscriber of this blog (subscription box is located at the bottom of the blog). (2) You must comment below and tell me what your favorite accessory is and why. You can enter as many times as you want, and I will be using http://www.Random.org’s random number generator to choose the winner once the giveaway closes on July 24, 2012 at 11:59pm (EST). I will announce the winner on July 25, 2012.

Also note that this contest is only open to U.S. residents only (sorry if this inconveniences anyone) and if you are not at least 18 years of age, you must get your parents’ permission to participate as I will be mailing the prize to the winner’s address. Good Luck!!! XOXO

***This giveaway is now closed***

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