It’s been a minute since I’ve mentioned the love of my life: scarves. Anyone who has followed me for a while may remember earlier posts showcasing my collection. Anyhow as my collection has grown I’ve been at a loss about how to best store them. For the longest time I kept them all in a zip up see through bag but then upgraded to hanging them in my closet. The best I could come up with was a couple of hangers full of scarves however this was a nightmare for many reasons: first, I have limited closet-bar space and ended up needing at least 4 hangers which really cramped things up; second, removal of scarves became cumbersome as when I reached for one the balance on the hanger would be thrown off and the next thing I knew half of my scarves were on the floor. It was hard to readily see the scarves on the inner side of the hanger making it more time-consuming to get dressed.
I couldn’t take the madness anymore and needed a better storage system. I toyed around with many ideas including shelving or cubbies but I could never find any I liked. Finally while on a recent shopping trip I happened upon some garment racks and spontaneously thought they were the solution for me. I went ahead and bought one, set it up and here is the result:
Now that it’s all said and done I have mixed feelings about the results:
- I can readily see all of my scarves making it easy to grab one on the fly and accessorize.
- The extendable arms at the top rack allow me to hang my infinity (circle) scarves without having to fold them over.
- The rack covers up unsightly plaster spots on my wall which need to be painted over.
- I’m not sure I like how much space this rack takes up (it takes up a whole side of my wall). It’s two-tiered with extendable arms at the top-tier which I had to extend to accommodate all of my scarves.
- The top rack is much wider than the bottom which may cause stability issues.
- I don’t know if this set-up aesthetically pleasing.
I’m thinking of trading this one out for a 2 tiered rack where the racks are side by side instead of one on top of another. What do you think? Should I keep this or try something else? Do you have any storage solution ideas for scarves?
This cute find totally makes my heart skip a beat (yes I went there). Available in silver and gold it would make for a lovely valentines, don’t you think? You can easily make this yourself but I do prefer the handmade sterling silver version via BrightTigerDesigns. Etsy is such a treasure trove of beautiful deisgn and worth some intensive browsing if you’re in the market for a unique gift. An advantage to this is most shop owners are willing to customize orders, further helping you acquire a truely unique product.
Ever shop on Esty? What are some of your unique finds?
In no particular order here’s a short list of items currently on my wishlist::
- A basic blazer:: Believe it or not but I have yet to own this classic wardrobe piece. I do have a few that are part of suiting but they aren’t really good for everyday use. Finding the right one can be quite tricky especially for someone as tiny as me but I’m not giving up! Black or navy is what I’m going for.
- Brown/tan flat boots:: I already have my Steve Maddens which are comfortable for the most part but they do end up stubbing my toes after a long day. A nice comfy pair of flat boots would be great this winter.
- A Black handbag:: Black has always been a staple for me when it comes to handbags but somehow I currently own none amongst my collection. Not sure how that happened other than I just can’t seem to find one I like. Will 2012 finally be the year I commit to something and just buy it?
- Copic Markers:: The crème de la crème of markers or so I’ve heard. I have been eying these babies for quite some time but they are so not in my budget. I do have some markers in the make of Prismacolor and Tria. However I find tips on the Prismas a bit difficult to work with for my needs and to my dismay the packaging for the Trias was so cumbersome they pretty much all dried out. What a waste, it hurt a lot having to throw them out! I’m so ready to try the Copics but it’s going to be an investment.
- A new camera:: Not sure what I want yet. Will have to do some research but I do know that my current point and shoot isn’t up to par. It would be really nice to provide better images on this blog. A DSLR would be amazing but I definitely don’t have the bank for one yet so I’m just looking for an upgrade. Any suggestions for something more affordable like less than 200? Or am I asking too much for too little?
It probably comes as no surprise that I’m not even close to affording any of these right now. However since it’s the start of a new year I thought it would be nice to make a list of wants as mini-goals to acquire. I think knowing exactly what I really want will help me keep my eye on the prize and away from frivolous purchases. I’ll revisit this list in a few months to see if anything changes and if I’m lucky enough to cross anything off the list. Wish me luck, I so need it.
What’s on your wish-list? Do you have any strategies in place to get what you want?
Everyone gets excited for fall fashion but fast forward a few months when the temperatures dip below zero and the snow has lost its charm; suddenly getting dressed for the day isn’t so fun anymore. It’s about wearing whatever you can to get through the day. So depending on your threshold for cold temperatures perhaps you are at a pass for how to look chic during those long, dark and cold winter months. Fear not because one doesn’t need to sacrifice comfort and warmth in order to look good. Here are a few simple tips and suggestions::
- Choose the right outerwear
I can’t stress this enough, choosing the right coat/s can mean the difference between looking like an overstuffed garbage bag or channeling Audrey Hepburn. You decide. Here are your most common coat options::
- The Peacoat: My go-to in the winter.
You can’t go wrong here, endless variations to suit anyone’s style. This particular outerwear piece creates an instant chic factor and is my secret to looking good even on those days I could care less. Here are some ways to accessorize this classic coat. p.s. – make sure to get your coat a good dry cleaning at least once a year and of course steam out those wrinkles should any surface.
- The Puffer: For those extra cold and wet days you can’t beat the comfort of a great puffer jacket.
How to find the perfect puffer coat:
Don’t choose styles that are too long (full length) or short (say no to bombers). Do find a coat that sits below your waist yet above your knees.
Don’t wear anything overly puffy - unless you dig the Michelin man look.
Do pick coats with contouring at the waist. Belted varieties are a great choice because they create shape and break up the ‘puffiness’.
Don’t wear anything overly shiny – aka the trash bag
Do opt for black, brown or white shades with metal hardware for timeless style.
**Add interest to your outerwear by accessorizing with colorful and printed gloves, scarves and hats**
- Fleece Lined Leggings
I acquired a pair of these last year and let me just say — amazing! They may be a little pricier than your standard pair of leggings but so worth it. Super warm and cozy they are your ticket to wearing skirts and dresses in the winter.
- Shopbop: Plush footless tights – available in 3 colors
- Anthropologie: Fleece-Lined Leggings – available in 2 colors
- Deb: Fleece lined black legging
- Functional boots need not be ugly
If you follow HPS on Facebook you’ll remember that I shared this article on functional winter boots that aren’t total eye soars. These are some great options if your daily commute involves trudging through snowy streets. You can always bring a pair of shoes to swap into once you reach your destination, i.e. work etc.
Other boot suggestions::
- Nothing beats a great pair of leather boots but having them destroyed from repeated exposure to salt and moisture is devastating — I know this from personal experience. Thankfully there are plenty of faux-leather options which will be lighter on your wallet, animal friendly and easier to keep clean. Also if they happen to fall apart you won’t feel as bad pitching them.
- I suggest wearing flats or low heels in the winter but if you must do a high-heel opt for a wedge or chunky heel as they will provide you with much more stability. Save your stilettos for special occasions.
- Fabrics of choice:
- Polyester – As much as I hate to say it polyester isn’t a bad choice in the winter because of it’s heat retaining properties. Good thing because non-poly garments are few and far to come by these days anyway.
- Wool – merino, cashmere, etc it’s the lush and warm fabric of choice of winter. If you find wool irritating to your skin look for acrylic blends instead.
- Tightly woven thicker fabrics are preferable for your bottoms: think heavy twills and corduroy. Tweeds for professional attire. It goes without saying that denim is always an option.
- Layer wisely
Layering your wardrobe in the winter doesn’t mean having to pile on everything you own. If you have a warm coat extensive layering is unnecessary, again it depends on your threshold for cold temps. However should you need to keep warm indoors start with your basics and build up: Those summer tanks and camis are the perfect extra layer to wear without adding bulk. Lace lined camis add a hint of femininity to sweaters and tops that they are paired with.
A nice basic button up is another good base to layer with your sweaters and scarves.
If your a person who finds the winter extra nippy, thermals are just what you may need. I’m not talking about the thermals of your (or maybe just mine?) childhood either. Adult thermals now come in light weight fabrics that won’t add unnecessary bulk but still give you the extra warmth you seek.
Here are some adult options:
- Jockey – body hugging, no-panty line options
- Hanes – women’s thermals on sale
- JCPenny – several color options available
So there you have it, a few bullet points on how to avoid the frump this winter >> Looking fabulous does NOT require sacrificing comfort.
Aka why are owl accessories everywhere?
A question posed to me by my dear friend Sophia. By the tone of her question I took she isn’t much of a fan. Apparently I must live under a rock or don’t get out enough because I haven’t really noticed their overbearing presence. However I’ll take Sophia’s word on it and address the q.
Though nothing new, I know owls were trending last fall/winter so I suppose that has carried on to this year. With that noted I don’t see owl accessories as simply a trend that will fade away, sorry Sophia. They are very much a novelty figure such as turtles, horses, serpents, and other animal figures that don’t go out of style.
Why the recent surge in popularity? I’d say it has a lot to do with the pop culture of the times and you can thank Harry Potter for that. Hedgwig! There was also that movie about owls, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, probably trying to bank on said popularity though not sure how that worked out. Doesn’t sound familiar? Well it came out last year and the gist is owls are cool or something. They tend to be revered by many cultures as symbol of wisdom, foresight, and such.
Hey remember the owl from the Tootsie Roll commercials back in the day? Though this one wasn’t particularly wise was he? More like an impatient douche.
Anyway the point is owls aren’t just a fad because peeps love ‘em. If their presence in pop culture doesn’t come to mind check out this post for a rundown. Hope that answers your question Soph!