Confessions, redemption, and learning.

What does everyone who cleans out closets tell you?

If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.

There were four items in my closet that I hadn’t worn in over a year, but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them. So this week I challenged myself to wear each item at least once,  and then I would have to make a decision to either start wearing it or get rid of it.

I should have taken pictures. But I was in a hurry to get to work, and when I get home I move so quickly to get into my sweatpants that I’m blurry. Lucky for you, I have a junior starter water color kit. So I’ve documented each of the outfits in my own special way. Let’s discuss.

Monday: Statement necklace

Monday

I wore it with a navy blue turtle neck and some leopard flats.

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Lose it or Move it

Has your life ever gotten so intensely complicated that you simply could not find time to blog about leggings? Same here.  Apologies for the long absense, and I’m back with some musings on my own inability to Let Shit Go.

I own too much stuff

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Carry your own keys. Weighing in on the Man Purse

There are few things as controversial as the man purse (aka the Murse, aka The Man Satchel. Not aka, but should be aka as The Man Sack). Let’s weigh in.

Joey Friends man bag purse

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SXSW Fashion Report

This post’s question came from myself –

What should I wear to South by Southwest (SXSW)?

Most folks know that SXSW has a film and music festival, but not nearly as many people know that it also has an interactive festival, where ideas about social media, technology advancements, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and design converge. There is a commonly accepted uniform for the ladies of SXSWi, and that is denim shorts, tank tops, and cowboy boots. This year’s festival was marred by torrential rain storms, so the uniform was augmented by hefty sack ponchos and looks of panicked horror as people darted through the flooded streets.

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Rules for a Big Night Out

I was collecting questions for BuzzDeb on Facebook, and Cheryl piped in with a question about formal wear:

How do I choose the right style for the right type of occasion, and how to flatter different figure features?

Wedding? Star studded movie premier? Let’s sit a while and talk about how to totally nail your big night.

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The skinny on bright jeans

Do not fear color, my friends. Make room for it in your closet. Exploit the visual bounty afforded by color blocking and the trend for neon. Mix red and pink. Upgrade your neutrals from grey to green. You are an exotic flower. Dress like one! Let’s talk pants!

I recently got this question via Facebook from Nicole:

What do you think about bright yellow jeans…are they really hot?

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Closet Audit!

I conducted my first closet audit for my dear friend, Lisa, about 8 years ago. I will never forget our heated debate over a silver dress with the snake silkscreened up the thigh. She fought valiantly for that dress, which is why I love her. Since then, I’ve audited Tamie, Cheryl, Jessica, Jessica, and Eric’s closets too. So when Erin said,

“Debbie, can you help me clean out my closet?”

I said HELL YES.

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TIP: A new use for old magazines

Nobody wants limp slumpy boots. You love your boots enough to help them to stand proud and erect, like a row of little soldiers ready to protect you from the cold.

If your boots tend to slump, you can give them a hand by simply rolling up a magazine and putting it in the shaft of the boot.

Isn’t that better?

I’d love to know your tips and tricks to keep a shipshape closet!

Ad (wo)men

I’ve been in the advertising and design industry since high school, and twenty years into this rodeo, I’ve learned that clients have a fantasy about agency life. There is a belief that “creatives” work in an environment that is supremely intelligent, sexy, fun, surprising, and slightly magical. No cubes, no TPS reports, no “grind.” They think that agencies are full of  misfits, artists, and heavy drinkers. Everyone is one step ahead of fashion trends, and none of us vacation because we’re too busy traveling.

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The one thing you need to know to have a happy life

Eff new year’s resolutions. If you want to dive into self-improvement in 2012, listen to me, because this is all the advice that you will ever need*.

If you can’t change your hair, you can’t change your life.

Brittany Spears shaves head

Ready for a new beginning!

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