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Closet Organization Inspiration

9.25.12

source: Clos-ette

Today is the day of unpacking. And not just suitcases. I’m unpacking an entire home. We moved into our new place just three days — yes, it was crazy — before leaving for Croatia. So we only had time to dump the boxes and run.

Now that we’re back, it’s time to figure out how we’re going to organize everything, most importantly, our closets. Like most people, we’re not blessed with a huge, walk-in closet. Instead, we have two standard closets. Thankfully one runs the entire length of the room. But still, as I look at our boxes and boxes — plus two racks — of clothes, I can’t help but wonder, “How is it all going to fit?”

Better yet, “How’s it all going to fit without looking like a tag sale explosion?”

The ideal is to have a beautiful closet that looks like a perfectly organized jewel box every time you open it. The reality is everything you own must fit. Making them both happen? A challenge. A huge challenge. And I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there.

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Jetting Off

9.4.12

source: Jimmy Choo, Victoria’s Secret

I’m taking off looking nowhere near as stylish as those two women — I wish – for Croatia today, and to be honest, it doesn’t feel real. I can’t believe I’ll be in a foreign country in just a few hours, and more than that, I can’t believe I’m getting married. Ahhh. Good thing I didn’t pack my running shoes.

While I’m away, I’ll be completely unplugged. No phone. No computer. No tablet. So I won’t be able to respond to any comments or e-mails. But don’t worry, there will still be posts. I have ones lined up for every day while I’m gone. So be sure to stop by.

When I return — September 24 — I’ll do my best to answer all your e-mails and comments as quickly as possible. Until then, thank you for all of your support. I so greatly appreciate it.

And now, I’m off to get hitched.

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The Art of Dyeing Eyelashes

8.28.12

Ever heard of eyelash dye? Neither had I. That is, until I discovered I was allergic to mascara. After months of being plagued with a red, bumpy rash along with red, painful eyes — neither of which were a pretty sight — I finally connected them to the black goo we all spread on our lashes.

The next three weeks I became a mascara test-monkey. I tried chemical laden and natural varieties, ones that created tubes around the lashes, and ones that swore to be ultra-hypoallergenic. Nothing worked. Like weeds, the rash and eye pain always returned, just to different degrees.

By the time I reached the very last tube, I was in a panic. A flat out, cold sweat panic. Granted, in the grand scheme of things, a life without mascara isn’t that big of a deal. But three weeks before your wedding, it is. Bare eyes and a wedding dress go together about as well as jean shorts and tiaras. So I frantically searched for a solution. And searched. And searched. Until I finally stumbled across a little known alternative: eyelash dye, also known as eyelash tint.

See the secrets to applying eyelash dye flawlessly »

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Sick Day Blues

8.15.12

I’ve been feeling under the weather the past few days and have finally decided to call in a sick day. And when you’re sick, there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable, which is why I wish I had these super comfortable finds to crawl into — or sip.

1. A pima cotton robe from Donna Karan. Honestly, anytime you find something in pima cotton, get it. Pima cotton is deliciously soft. I can’t rave about it enough.

2. An italian herringbone throw from Lands Downunder. These throws are so soft I couldn’t believe their shockingly good price tag.

3. Menswear PJs from Eberjey. I ordered one thing from this company and now want to try everything they sell.

4. A fun ikat mug from C. Wonder. You must stay hydrated when sick, and it doesn’t hurt if it makes you smile at the same time.

5. Harney & Sons tea. Before I discovered I had food allergies, tea was all I drank when sick, and if I still could, these fine teas would definitely be top on my list.

What are your sick day essentials?

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Best Detangling Brush Ever

8.9.12

If you have long or tangly hair, the Wet Brush is a godsend. I’ve tried a number of brushes. The “best brush” on the market, the Mason Pearson, is in my arsenal. Yet, I always find myself reaching for the crazily inexpensive, yet-oh-so-effective Wet Brush. It detangles hair in seconds. Its bristles are soft against the scalp. And best of all, you can brush your hair when wet. Goodbye comb.

If you haven’t tried it and are tired of fighting knotty hair, I would highly suggest testing one out. And at its price, there’s nothing to feel guilty about.

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