Easy Wardrobe Solutions

June 27, 2008

I just finished reading a client testimonial for wardrobe therapist Sara Lauchlan.  The article even listed Sara’s email if you want to contact her for a wardrobe clear-out, style advice or personal shopping. 

Sara’s wardrobe tips are as follows:

1. Start with a clear-out, or you won’t be able to see what you’ve got. I have clients who have wardrobes packed with clothes, but they wear the stuff on a pouf in the middle of the room.

2. If you haven’t worn it for years, throw it out. It is much better to have two pairs of jeans that work for you than 20 piled up, filling space.

3. Be realistic. I have clients who say: “Oh that’ll be so good for safari, or golf,” and I say: “Do you even play golf?” There is no point in having a fantasy life with a matching wardrobe.

4. Establish an everyday uniform that you can work around.

5. Find a great seamstress so you can re-jig your clothes to fit the season.

I absolutely agree with #2.  If I haven’t worn something in two consecutive years, chances are I’m never going to wear it.  No matter how great it looks or how much it costs, it just has to go.  #3 is also very true, sometimes I buy a dress because it’ll look great on me “if I’m the heroine in a Kungfu movie” (okay, exaggerating a little bit here, but you get my point).  This kind of purchases will usually result in the situation in #2.

I do clean my closet twice a year, so I know what I’ve got. But knowing what I’ve got is totally different from knowing what I could wear.  I get the “nothing to wear” syndrome just as often as someone who never looks in their closet.  Finally, I came up with a good solution (easy, no stylist required), that is to take a pile of clothes out of the closet and put them on a chair somewhere.  Everyday I just wear whatever’s on the chair (mix and match can allow you to wear the same piece multiple times).  After I’m done with the pile, I’ll get them all cleaned and return them to the closet. 

By doing this over and over I get to wear everything in my closet, and it keeps the closet clean too – no sweaty clothing or dead skin cells! 



Don’t be mistaken, this is not your average smiley face. The RIKA short-sleeved T-shirt dress with black eye dots and large pink smile is a designer item and costs $185.

Ideeli is having a Gucci Sunglasses Sale starting 4:30PM EDT today. This website holds designer sales that’s only open to its members (kind of like Ruelala). Leave me a comment if you want an invitation.

Bergdorf Goodman sale continues (free shipping too!) with some good deals on Manoloes (I think I’m getting kind of obsessed with Manoloes 🙂  ) I love the Fieno Sequined Sandal in black, the sequins gave it a subtle sheen that makes it suitable for work or play.  The Christian Louboutin Sequined Ballet Flat is another workable option. I’m surprised that both of them are still available in many sizes. If you’re waiting for further discount, set price alert on those now (just click on the ‘set price alert’ link below. You’ll get notified by email when price changes on the item.)

Fieno Sequin Sandal $385       Sequined Ballet Flat $495   

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On a side note, Barneys has gotten some new Manoloes for us to look at, like the Silver Telo, the Cuttawin and the Trampa. Love it, love it, love it!!!


Shopbop is offering 20% off (today only) on non-sale dresses, tops and bottoms. Enter code: HEATWAVE08.

Also Vivre started their summer sale today, sale items are 30% or more off their regular price. Looks like a lot of people are shopping there – their website is extra slow today.

Check out my favorite items from the sale:

Crinkle Chiffon Blouse by Adam, from $325 to $227 set price alert

Python Envelope Clutch by Michael Kors, from $695 to $486 set price alert

Small Croc Tote by Nancy Gonzalez, from $1750 to $1225 set price alert

One Shoulder Draped Top by Vera Wang, from $750 to $525 set price alert

Cool Breeze Fan, from $75 to $52 set price alert

To get price alerts on anything you want:
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Marni Sunglasses on sale at Browns for approx. $250

Cool Breeze Fan at Vivre for $75

Baccarat Sapphire Flower Earrings at Eluxury for $565

Brian Reyes Strapless Moire Bustier Dress at Saks for $1695

Mark Davis Blue Clear Bangle with Topaz at Browns for approx. $5500

Manolo Blahnik Sadarby Satin D’orsay at Bergdorf Goodman for $675


I was putting a magazine (that I haven’t had time to read) in the recycle bin, a headline called “Camping In Style” caught my attention.

I’ve always enjoyed camping, even though I’m far from being a serious backpacker.  To me, camping means sleeping in a tent with five or six friends, eating barbecue three times a day, dragging someone to accompany me to the bathroom in the mid of the night, and waking up to fresh air.

This article, however, taught me a whole new concept of camping. I learned the word “Glamping” (glamorous camping) for the first time.  Apparently, the best-known “Glamping” place in the US is the Paws Up Resort in Montana, where you can not only sleep under the stars, but also sleep under the “Five Stars”.  I did some research on this place, there’s a highly entertaining article from LA times that I recommend as leisure reading.

An excerpt from the article:

When 6-year-old Ethan Bondick told his mom and dad he wanted to go fly-fishing in Montana, his well-heeled parents were stumped.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, god, now what?’ ” said Gigi Bondick, 37, a “reformed” attorney whose husband works as a private-equity partner in Massachusetts.

“We’re just not the camping kind of people. We don’t pitch tents. We don’t cook outdoors. We don’t share a bathroom. It’s just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons.”

After typing “luxury” into a Google search along with “camping” and “Montana,” the couple settled on The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre getaway in the heart of Big Sky country. It’s a place for affluent travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors but can’t fathom using a smelly outhouse, a place where paying someone to light the campfire is a badge of honor, not the mark of a Boy Scout flunky.

The author of “Camping In Style” states, “as long as your king-size bed is surrounded by canvas, you can call it camping”.   At the Paws Up Resort, the tents are equipped with king-size beds, fine linens, art on the walls and electricity.  Each tent also has its own private master bathroom.

The bathhouses, a short walk from the tents, have heated slate floors, a rain-forest shower big enough for two, granite countertops and artisan mountain sage soap.

And that’s not all. If guests ever get tired of being surrounded by canvas or walking to the bathhouse which is steps away, they can

upgrade to luxury mountain homes with hot tub for up to $3460 a night.

Even though I love soft beds, granite bathrooms and all the other unnecessary amenities of being,  I don’t understand why anyone wants to stay at Bellagio and call it camping.

Personally, I still prefer the non-glamorous ways of camping where you can spend the night on hard ground and have your food stolen by the bears. 🙂

 image source: pawsup.com

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