Cool grays, icy metallics and striking beauties. Perfect for winter. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
Cool grays, icy metallics and striking beauties. Perfect for winter. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
To me, style and organization are interrelated. I don’t know about you, but I find that when my clothing is organized, easy to access and whittled down to what’s most loved, getting dressed and pulling together a look becomes so much more enjoyable. Getting dressed should be an adventure — never a battle!
Though I rely on solid, tried and true basics for most days, I always try to dress things up with great accessories. A simple t-shirt and black skinny jeans can be elevated with a unique pair of shoes, a well constructed jacket and a favorite bag.
When I am investing in my wardrobe, I tend to buy shoes, jackets and bags. My theory is that I can use them every single day and get a better cost per wear. For instance, I would never buy yellow jeans because they’d be so recognizable that I wouldn’t want to wear them more than once a week. But yellow shoes? I could wear the yellow shoes on a daily basis and add a pop of color to any outfit, no matter how casual.
One of my biggest pet peeves is having to buy the same item over and over again because it was poorly made and wore out. Give some thought to what you use the most and buy the best you can afford whether it’s a white t-shirt or a black cardigan.
Back to the topic of organization. I have a strange closet set-up. When I moved into my house over a year ago, I had no closet space (typical of most older homes) but oddly enough, a ridiculously huge bathroom with an abundance of empty space. My two oversized IKEA wardrobes were a perfect match for the wall space but the tops were cluttered with a mish-mash of irregular-sized shoe boxes. Over the weekend, I picked up a bunch of Kassett boxes which now hold everything from shoe bags to hats and spare purses to childhood costumes. They add that look of polished uniformity that random shoe boxes just can’t equal!
Another thing that my closet was sorely lacking were nice quality hangers. At almost 30, it was time for me to trade in cheapo plastic hangers for sturdy, beautifully minimal Erling steel hangers. They make every piece of clothing feel worthy of display!
Everyone has their own method for organization but arranging clothing by color works well for me. I have two IKEA wardrobes that hold all of my clothing. The first consists of all coats, skirts and dresses while the second is all shirts and sweaters (above).
Of course, I have a sizable amount of black clothing (as you can probably tell from my outfit posts). Looking up, there are still some lingering plastic hangers that will eventually be replaced. And, though I recycled a number of shoe boxes, I kept a handful of the Dries ones, tucked away at the very end.
This is the ‘other side’ of my closet, half of which is stuffed with jackets and blazers. Dresses are at the very end, mostly in black. I keep items that are more costume-related and not for every day wear (including fancy dresses and lederhosen) tucked away in the spare closet in my office (also organized by color).
A true Virgo doesn’t stop at just organizing their clothes. My tights (above) and socks (not shown) are both sorted by color and stored in clear plastic trays that I found at Target.
Every mouse needs a place to rest their ears. And, a full length mirror to check out their daily costume. This is the wall next to my IKEA wardrobes.
The jewelry that I reach for most is stored in a plastic container on my windowsill that I found at Target.
Longer necklaces have began to take over the door knob to my office. Some day, I’ll come up with a better solution. Until then, I like the decoration!
I’m a big fan of treating my favorite clothing and accessories like art. If you have something that’s beautiful, let it sit out and become a decoration instead of lurking in a dark closet. I have a love of shoes so I have my favorite pairs organized by color on a book shelf in my office. It’s nice to see them every day and a way to remind myself of what I already own so I can rotate them instead of lazily reaching for the same tired pair of black boots. Since I have fairly small feet, the sale racks and Ebay have been incredibly generous over the years! Fashion may change but well made, unique shoes never go out of style.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini sartorial journey and in the process, discovered your own passion to get organized. Show your closet some love and appreciation and return, your personal style will shine through!
This year has been the best…better than I could have ever imagined. I have so much to be thankful for and even when an inevitable bout of stress hits, I try to stop at the end of the day and just remember what I have and what I’ve managed to work towards. I am immensely thankful to have Joey and Rocky in my life, my family (including my grandpa who survived a blood clot on his brain earlier this year — a total miracle!), a 1927 Bavarian-themed house that I can call home, a career that I truly love, friends that are forgiving (even when I disappear into work for months on end) and a sense of stability and calmness after so many years of uncertainty. The one truth about life is that change is constant and the outcome of that change is dependent for the most part on what you make of it.
This is a recent painting by Joey of Alexandra Bastedo (and it’s still available! Trust me, I’d hang this in my office in a second if I had the room). Though I adore Celeste, this one really is my favorite. I hope he continues to do more work in this style.
Yes, I’m totally addicted to the Starbucks Caramel Brulée Lattes. Luckily, they’re just a seasonal offering…otherwise, I’d be in some serious trouble. When I think about it though, there are much worse addictions out there so in reality, I don’t feel so bad.
I was born and raised in Portland so it took me a long time to really appreciate it but now I realize how lucky I am to live in such a progressive (yet affordable) city that allows people to be who they are whether they’re artists, activists or outsiders.
As a freelance designer, one of my all-time favorite clients to work with is Solestruck because most of the time, I’m having too much fun to think about it as work. The Pretty in Pink ads that were shot in my dining room over the weekend were a perfect example of this.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving complete with all those imperfectly perfect moments with your family. And, hopefully you’re managing to survive the freak show that’s better known as Black Friday. Stay safe!
First off, to my American readers, Happy Thanksgiving!
• New York Magazine produces some truly awesome infographics.
• Gotham, A History of New York City to 1898 sounds like a fascinating read. Though, the actual book weighs in at over 6 pounds! Now available for Kindle (and a much lighter load), a sample of nearly 100 pages is completely free.
• Style blogger Jazzi is now the L.A. Editor of NYLON Daily! Congrats!
• This sad cliché happens way too often: I have everything but my life is empty.
• Wow! Indecorous Taste turns a standard pair of Nikes into ruby red sneakers!
• Super Grandma is the best photo essay ever and such an inspiring story. “A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations.” Her depression has since completely disappeared!
• The eye candy in Maripol’s book is oh so good. It really is the best of the 80s fashion scene. Gotta get this one.
Last week an oversized, nondescript box arrived on my front porch from Solestruck. When I pried it open, I was met by an assortment of FIVE PAIRS of pink Jeffrey Campbell shoes. I’ll admit that the fun part about graphic design is getting the opportunity to mix things up on occasion. Never in a million years did I think I’d be slipping into a pair of pink suede platforms. Welcome to the dollhouse.
Black and white, movie stars and Michael Jackson — works for me! View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
Slowly but surely, I’ve been wrapping up big projects, some of which managed to span across many months. One of these clients is Sweet Caroline Photo, a wedding photography business ran by Caroline out of Austin, Texas. Caroline was a unique case because she came to me with an already established business complete with a logo, basic guides and a blog in place. She simply wanted a refresh and for all of her branding, both old and new, to match. What started out as a quote for two client guides and a business card quickly grew into three guides, a business card, DVD packaging, labels and a blog redesign (coded by Star — more on that later!)
It seems like there’s a never-ending stream of talented wedding photographers out there, lined up with one impressive portfolio after another. That’s where personality comes in. Caroline comes across as warm and inviting with a laid back conversational style that makes her feel more like a friend than a stranger you just hired. Isn’t that the feeling you want on one of the biggest day of your life?
There’s a level of comfort that shines through when you read through her frequently asked questions and client guides. She goes out of her way to answer questions you didn’t even know you had. She’s already thought it all through for you, just like a best friend would. In my opinion, that’s what makes Caroline stand out. There’s clearly more to being a wedding photographer than just stunning photography.
Since there were so many pieces to this rebrand, I’m simply going to go in order, beginning with the Client Guides.
This first guide was the most basic, listing pricing for Caroline’s services. All of these guides are print-ready but can be emailed as well. I softened Caroline’s color scheme from a golden brown and blue combo to an icy green and silvery grays. As a wedding photographer, Caroline deals with couples prepping for their big day, not just women. Those grooms-to-be are getting photographed, too! I wanted the colors to be gender neutral yet elegant.
This guide was much more in-depth, with the 12 pages including an introduction from Caroline, frequently asked questions, resources and basic album information.
Before I started working with Caroline, I had no idea how much work goes into creating a custom wedding album. This guide covers everything from cover options, colors and offers many customization options. For all three guides, I kept a theme of featuring a ring on the cover. On the back, I just had to feature that beautiful flower arrangement.
Caroline wanted a very simple look for her square business cards so I felt that letterpress would add an extra touch of sophistication. We went with one color to keep costs down and chose a thick matte white card stock. These were done by Studio On Fire, which I highly recommend. Business Card photo by Caroline.
Once Caroline’s guides and other essentials were done, we moved onto customizing her blog so that everything would match. After I came up with the basic design, coding whiz Star took over and did a beautiful job not only making the blog visually appealing but also adding a lot of extra functionalities in behind the scenes. Thanks again to Star for making this design come to life — she never disappoints!
There are still a few other things that I will showcase in more depth once I have hard copies. Thanks to Caroline for letting me share the outcome of our collaborations. If you’d like to learn more about the process, Caroline has made a video that goes into more detail.