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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Look Under There! Musings on Unmentionables

You don’t have to throw away all of them. I know that some of them are like old friends that hold your hair when you barf. So you can keep some. But those other ones have got to go.

I’m talking about your underpants.

tee hee

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I’m a bag lady! Shopping for Erin.

I have a wall of shoes, but I only have one handbag in active use (there are about five in the archives). So when I buy a bag, it’s a big deal, because I use that bag every day for at least a year. I rarely switch it out because when I do, I’m guaranteed to lose my drivers license or lipstick. I simply cannot be trusted with the transfer of my wallet from one purse to another and then back again.

So when Erin and I were eating quiche and gabbing over italian sodas, she said:

Debbie (she calls me Debbie), I need you to help me find a new handbag.

And I accepted the challenge.

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Mess with the bull, you get the horns.

I’m on the hunt for the perfect knee-high boots…I’m having no success. Can you please post a blog about this stat? Many Thanks! Medium heel to flat-like riding boots. Black, Brown. from Jessica M.

Whenever I tell people that I moved to Seattle from San Diego, they get this concerned look on their face and say something sad about the weather. I’ll pull my coat in a little tighter and say “it rains more in Miami, you know.” and they quietly pat me on my shoulder and say, “I’m sure it does.” The awesome thing about living here is that I can finally wear boots. I have six pair of boots, and I wear all of them! Yay cold weather!

Make a Knockin' Boots joke. You know you want to.

So – back to Jessica’s question. Let’s all agree that The Breakfast Club has been our fashion guide at one point or another. We’re each a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basketcase, and a criminal, right? I let our favorite gang of detainees help me decide what Jessica wants. What say you, you ragtag pack of misfits?

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Refashion Show! Cardigan Update

I’m delusional. I bought a Small Petite sweater. At some point we will dive into my White Pants Habit (it’s a problem… I admit it freely) – but I also have a Pink Sweater Habit. And this pink sweater was never a friend to me.

You know that thing where you jam your size 10 feet into shoes that don’t fit, then clomp around hoping that no one will notice because you love the shoes and they only had one pair, and they were a size eight… Well I did that with this sweater. But luckily the internet was there to save me. The internet told me to cut my sweater up. So I did.

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My Caped Crusade (this one’s for Lisa B!)

I recently got a terrific comment from Lisa (who runs a fantastic blog that you should totally check out) in response to the post about investing in trends:

I have been seeing a lot of commercials that show women in capes. I have always been a little unsure about this. While I appreciate the body forgiveness of a cape, I also can’t help but think of Ugly Betty when I see one. Are there good capes/bad capes? Sweater-style capes vs. coat-style? Belted? So confused! Please help, Deb! :)

Lisa captured my thoughts perfectly. The idea of wearing what is essentially a blanket with a neck hole is extremely appealing. We (the universal We of Women) spend so much time talking about Spanx and skinny jeans, that the prospect of wearing something that guarantees that we won’t have to suck in our gut all day, AND can be considered in style and on trend is pretty hard to ignore. I’ve imagined the perfect cape in my mind’s eye, which is cropped at the hip, camel colored, with a Burberry lining and one of those belts that you can only see from the front. I went to the Burberry website to see if they had read my mind, and they had not.

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Should I spendy for trendy?

When should you invest in a trend? Wait until it stays another season? Or hop on that band wagon asap? Like the summer scarves we saw this year… (which have to be the dumbest thing everrrr)

If there was only one difference between me and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it would be that I’m totally cheap when I am shopping for clothes. Here are some important tips to consider before you invest in a trend:

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