Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fashion, Beauty and a Few Other Random Tips

I die for clothes, accessories, purses and I'm becoming more interested in shoes (heels to be more specific). I was the girl who would rather buy a new purse than a new pair of shoes. I really don't like wearing shoes, and socks even more than that. But, hey, they are a necessity in life. I recently read "Kardashian Konfidential" and now I'm reading Lauren Conrad's "Style." I've picked up some great tips, and thought I would share with you, plus then I've always got them on my blog to look back on.
  • I'm uber organized when it comes to everything in my life. That being said, my closet is not an exception. Both Kardashian Konfidential and Style had chapters about organizing your closet. I didn't realize it was a topic to be talked about. I've helped family and friends organize their closets. I was shocked to read that I do a lot of what the Kardashians and Lauren Conrad suggest as great organizing tips for a closet. Go me!! Having an organized closet is going to allow you to see what you've got. You don't want to forget about those great new jeans you bought because your closet is a disaster. It's also good to clean out your closet every six months. And, always always always remember to take care of your clothes.
Determine a place for everything. Arrange everything according to color, and within each color, arrange each piece from light to dark (I organize my shirts from short sleeved to long sleeved, which then are arranged by color). Buy matching hangers. I use the plastic ones that you can buy at Target in bulk. Don't keep those metal hangers around that you get from the dry cleaner. They are not good for your clothes, and most dry cleaners will recycle them (go green!). When hanging up your clothes, make sure they're all facing the same direction. If you're folding your clothes to put on a shelf, put the bulkiest item on the bottom - otherwise you'll have teetering piles. Jewelry: Use dividers in drawers - use a jewelry tree - hang necklaces on a bed post (I have a huge closet, so I hang my necklaces up, which is really helpful from keeping them from getting tangled). You can also buy jewelry organizers. I got mine for $1.00 at Target. I separate my bracelets in that. Maurices also sells them for $20.00, and they come with a lot of storage space. For scarfs you can fold them up neatly and put in a drawer (same with belts). I have my scarves and belts on a belt hanger.
  • I'm obsessed with taking care of my feet. I have horrible feet so I spend a lot of time putting lotion on and exfoliating them.
Kardashin Konfidential (pg. 158) - Khloe says she slathers Vaseline on her feet once a week, and then covers them with socks for about an hour. 
  • I doubt I'm the only one who struggles with keeping their whites white. I can bleach them every time, and they still never seem to get white. Well, here's some tips...
Style (pg. 35) - Apparently, there's some chemical reaction between sweat, deodorant, and cotton that creates those yellow stains. Lauren says, "skip the bleach since it doesn't help at all here." (Uh, who knew? Cause I didn't).  
  • Soak the stained area in hydrogen peroxide (dilute it in water if you like).
  • Put one or two aspirin into the washing machine, but wait until it's full of water.
  • Soak the t-shirt in a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of water).
  • I usually don't have trouble finding pants that fit me length wise. If they come in long, regular and short, I usually opt for regular, and they'll look perfect with heels. I think when I was in my 20's, I always opted for long, but let's be real; it's not appealing to have your pants dragging on the ground. I have had problems with the hem of my dress pants coming undone, and then I go to that iron on tape. I should suck it up and take them to a tailor, but I refuse to spend the money and the time. So, here's a tip for hemming your pants in an easy way.
Style (pg. 26) - Put the pants on to figure out exactly where you want the hem to hit. Use a tape measure to get the desired length. Take the number of inches you need to lose and divide by two. After taking the pants off, with one fold, cuff them. The length of the fold should be one half of the number of inches you need to lose. Stitch around the fold directly below the original hem - you want to be as close to this line as possible.  Flip the fold so it's on the inside of the pant leg and iron them down. There should be an invisible hem at the bottom of the pant, so it looks like there's no break in the fabric.
  •  Controlling static in your hair.

Style (pg. 167) - Gently rub a dryer sheet over your head, or spray a product like Static-Cling into all of your hats and any other pieces of clothing that cause static. 
  • Washing your hair.
I remember the first time someone told me they didn't wash their hair everyday. I thought they were nuts!! If I didn't wash my hair everyday, it was so greasy and heavy feeling. When I became unemployed in 2008, I didn't always have a reason to go out, so I wouldn't wash my hair everyday. Sometimes, I would go a few days without washing it. Strangely enough, you train your hair to not be so greasy if you don't wash it everyday. Your scalp will produce an appropriate amount of oil once it knows what to expect. I contribute my hair being as long and as healthy as it is to not washing it everyday. I'm also fortunate enough to have completely stick straight hair, so I can opt to not blow dry my hair and it'll still look great. I don't have to flat iron my hair either. What I'm saying is that the less you can do to your hair the healthier it's going to be. If you don't have anywhere to be one day, let your hair go. Plus, when you do wash it, it'll style so much better and feel great.
  • Did you know pocket placement makes a difference?
Style (pg. 23) - Smaller pockets on the back of your pants will make your butt look bigger and pockets that are too close together will make it look wider.
Lauren Conrad & the Kardashian Sisters' Go-To Websites:
shopbob.com
urbanoutfitters.com
netaporter.com
topshop.com
habituallychic.com
babycenter.com


Both of these books come with a lot of advice about clothing, accessories, shoes, makeup, hair, helpful packing tips, etc.

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