Are You Closet Ready?

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You may not be able to tell, but Spring is vastly approaching and that means it’s almost time to start getting “closet ready.” What does being “closet ready” mean? Well it’s a process, but at the end of the day it all leads back to having a game plan and sticking to it! Let’s face it, not many people like cleaning out their closet, but it is something that needs to be done. So are you “closet ready?”

Here are three questions that you need to consider:

1) Am I happy with how my closet looks?
2) Are there clothes that I have either never worn or only worn once in the last year?
3) Can I readily find a specific article of clothing if asked to?

Now, if your answers were “no,” “yes” and “no” in that order to any of the questions, then you are not ready. However, even with that being said, have no fear! Below I have three easy tips that will help you get your closet on track:

1) Keep it clean
2) Keep it organized
3) Have a system that makes sense.

Lets start with keeping it clean. Imagine if your closet was a boutique and you were its owner. Do you think anyone would want to shop in it if they saw dust bunnies collecting around your shoes and handbags? How about if all your merchandise was mixed together in a clutter? I don’t know about you, but that would give me the impression that you don’t care about your investments so why should I? To keep a tidy closet, just do a little house keeping once every two weeks to keep it looking up to par. Below is one of the ways I store some of my shoes. I like the door organizer because it not only saves space, but it also helps to keep the dust away.

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Next up is organization. This simply means that everything has its own place. When I used to work at Nordstrom we used to size and colorize our rounders and straight bar fixtures so it was more appealing to the eye as well as easy to find. For me, I like to organize my closet by group, style and color. So that means all of my tops are together and within my group of tops, I have all my button downs separated from my blouses and sweaters and so on. From there, they are colorized from light to dark. If I take out a certain piece, I know exactly where to return it to and it works for me!

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Lastly, does your closet have a system that makes sense? What do you do with your clothes that are not apart of the current season? Instead of leaving them mixed together, make sure you rotate them as the season changes. I have a lot of clothes, so much so that I have two closets in my room and I use 1 1/2 of them (my poor husband)! Over the last few years I have used storage bins to put my clothes in with the change of seasons (These can easily be found at Target or Wal-mart). It makes things sooo much easier. Another method of allotting room in your closet are to use Space Saver Bags. This product has been out for a while and probably the best thing ever made. They are simply bags that you can put your clothes in and then vaccum out the air for flat storage…how cool is that!

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Once you get your closet in order and it makes sense it will not only look good, but it will make you feel good too. I actually enjoy taking the time to go through my closet to purge and organize. It is also a harsh reality of how much clothes I have bought over the last year! ūüôā Everyone needs a little help along the way and when you do, someone is here to help. Contact me for questions or to make your appointment today! No closet is too big or too small!

Fun Tip: I recently learned, that either hanging chalk in your closet or putting them in drawer with your clothes will take up any moisture from the air and therefore leaving your clothes dry from mustiness.

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Spotlight Tuesday-Coco Chanel

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*Birth Name: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel

*Born August 19, 1883 in Saumur, France

*Lived in an orphanage for 6 years after her mother died when she was 12 and her father couldn’t provide for her

*While at the orphanage,  Chanel learned how to sew from a group of Nuns, which later helped to get her first job sewing

*Wanted to be a performer and began singing at a cabaret
-It was here that she was given the name “Coco,” which is short for Cocotte, meaning kept woman in French

-She wasn’t a very good singer and had trouble finding stage work

*Started a hat shop in 1910 at Rue Cambon in Paris

*In 1913 opened her first clothing boutique in Deauville that featured casual clothes for leisure

*By 1925 She was best known for her “little black dress” it was long sleeve made off thin silk.
-Also popular was her wool jersey skirt suits, which she loved to incorporate lots of accessories.

*She became the first designer to be associated with a fragrance,  Chanel No. 5

*Began designing for film stars and theater performers

*By the 1939 during the start of WW2, Chanel decided to close her stores saying, “it was not the time for fashion”

*She became involved with a German military officer and was accused of being a traitor to her country due to her association to a known Nazi
– She left Paris and moved to Switzerland

*Chanel continued to work in the fashion industry up until her death in 1971 at the age of 87

*Nearly a decade later, Karl Lagerfeld took on the Chanel brand

Fun Fact:
*When she was born, her last name was officially registered as “Chasnel” by error.

*The first “Chanel” handbag was called “2.55,” after the date it was created (February 1955). It was modeled after her love of sports that featured jocks in quilted style jackets.

*Her life story was turned into a Broadway musical called “Coco,” starring Katherine Hepburn

*She has been romantically linked  the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII

http://www.biography.com; http://www.wikipedia.org

So Ready for Spring!

I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like the cold! Although I was born in the “windy city,” I guess I didn’t live there long enough to adapt to the cold weather! I bet you I’m the only one you know who runs a heater all year round! ūüėČ

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Cardigan Sweater, Camisole and Skirt -Nordstrom‚óŹWedge Boots-Aldo‚óŹNecklace-Wal-Mart

Not Another Print!!!

A girl can never have enough animal print! I own at least three animal print skirts, a legging, a cardi, and a pull over sweater…for the moment! Just think, it wasn’t too long ago that you wouldn’t catch me in the style, my how the times have changed! Birthday time is almost here and I’m thinking sexy, fitted, strapless and…more animal? ūüėÄ

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Mock Neck Top and Jewlery-Nordstrom‚óŹLeopard Print Midi Skirt-Forever XXI‚óŹPeep Toe Slingback Shoes-Payless

Celeb Pick of the Week- Lupita Nyong’o

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There were so many well dressed celebrities this past week with most of them coming from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  I tried to spotlight a few different celebrities in my “best and worst dressed” feature from the show however,  I can’t deny the fact that Lupita looked stunning and was at the top of the list once again! The kenyan beauty wore a¬†turquoise fitted gown by Gucci that featured, floral embellishments that were intricately attached around the neck. Her best accessory yet…her gorgeous smile!

Don’t forget the Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night at 8pm for the most stylish celebrities in music!

Spotlight Tuesday- Lisa Nicole Cloud

This week I wanted to feature an up and coming fashion designer who is not only beautiful and talented,  but she is a prominent leader and  personal business partner and friend to my husband and I. 

 

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Lisa Nicole Cloud is the CEO and designer of the Lisa Nicole Collection. Originally from Maryland and now Atlanta based, Lisa began her brand nearly a 1 1/2 years ago and has been having exponential growth ever since. It also doesn’t hurt when she has the help from her Creative Director of her Diamond Collection, Dwight Eubanks from the Real Housewives of Atlanta! I got to sit down with Lisa after our business meeting last Monday to ask her a couple of questions about how she got started and this is what she had to say:

When did know you wanted to design clothes?

Lisa: “I have always had an passion for fashion. When I was looking for a new business, I wanted an industry that would make sense with the brand I already built. Sometimes it’s hard to find clothes as a successful woman when buying clothes off the rack that you don’t run into someone else wearing. “

Lisa went on to tell me about a national’s event that our company held a couple of years ago where she and a few other prominent women had taken center stage. The unthinkable had happened, she and another business partner were wearing the same dress! As you can imagine, all eyes were on the two women and one could only think “Oh wow,” at least I did.

It was at that moment that Lisa decided that this could never happen again and decided she would work with designers to create her own personal look. During this process Lisa found she had a gift. The gift became the Lisa Nicole Collection and she wanted to share it with everyone. She simply enjoyed what she was doing, which made it easy to turn her “passion into profits,” she said.

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Who are some designers that inspire you?

Lisa: “I studied the model of Donna Karan, Karen Millen and Jessica Simpson. Donna Karren had different lines at different prices and Jessica Simpson was a lifestyle. I really wanted my brand to be a lifestyle; not just clothes, but shoes handbags and cosmetics. “

Some other designers Lisa love’s and have helped to frame her line include: Gucci, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Michael Costello.

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Where do you see yourself growing with your line?

Lisa:”It’s very expensive and it’s glamorous in this industry. If you don’t know what your doing, you can get eaten alive in it [industry]. People are always amazed at what I have been able to do with the Lisa Nicole Collection in a year and a half. I go to all the major trade shows and work through boutiques. I am happy and my growth is at a manageable pace.”

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Lisa and her family taking their walk at the closing of her Atlanta A-List Fashion Experience show December 16, 2013. Proceeds went to Medshare, a non-profit organization that aids medical needs. This particular one was for Haiti.

Lisa has had so much success that retailers have started asking to sell her product, however she wishes to keep it at a “direct to consumer” level for right now. In 2014 Lisa plans to continue working with boutiques and increasing her e-commerce.

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Here she is receiving an award for community service efforts from Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta, Grandy Thomas. Along side her is her husband (on the left), Dr. Darren Naugles.

Finally I leave you with a quote from Lisa that I find profoundly true, “Looking good is apart of success… when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you do good. ”

Talk about a woman who wears many hats! If you are interested in the Lisa Nicole Collection please visit her website at lisanicolecollection.com. You can also find her on the Bravo reality show, Married to Medicine. this coming spring. The show will spotlight her own life successes, while being married to her doctor husband.

Lastly, if you want to learn more about the company Lisa and I are apart of click the link along side “From Working Mom to Stay at Home Mom…

***This just in…Congrats to Lisa on getting her own channel on the OVN Latino network where she will share about creating success, finance and spiritually in your life…..Lisa Cloud Television coming soon!***

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie