Last night I attended a style ambassador party at the Elaine Turner store on Madison Avenue where we were each gifted a beautiful bag. I chose this fabulous "Ruth" python bag. It's going to come in handy for toting all my blogging supplies around town, like my camera, notepad, pens, walking shoes, etc...
Blogging can be time consuming, hard work and it's really nice to be appreciated with such an awesome gift! Thanks Elaine Turner!
Like many women with too much footwear (although can you ever really have enough?) I was using the space under my bed to store my boots. They are too tall for my two shoe cabinets and there wasn't room anyway. After removing an old rocking chair from my bedroom I had an oddly shaped corner space that I thought would be the perfect place for a boot cabinet, but I couldn't find anything that would fit properly and take full advantage of the unusual dimensions. The space is under a window on one side and sandwiched between a floor to ceiling column that juts out for about two feet on one side and my heating/airconditioning unit on the other and nothing I looked at was working right. My friend even drove me out to Ikea in NJ, but all of their corner shelving units were for kitchen spaces and not the right dimensions. So I decided to create my own boot cabinet. I found large sliding drawer bins at the Container Store, that were the same as the ones I got at Bed Bath & Beyond, that I store some of my shoes in.
Containers I'm using for my boots
Drawer slides out
Long enough for tall boots and see through so I know which pair is inside
I bought six of them and stacked them three and three. That fit perfectly in the corner space I have and was enough to house all of my boots and booties. It also gave me some space on top to store/display other things....
One is big enough for two pairs of booties
Also from the Container Store, I then bought shallow, stack-able jewelry trays for my statement necklaces and two shirt boxes to stack them in so they wouldn't collect dust or NYC soot (they are right next to a window), or attract a curious cat....I love statement necklaces to pull an outfit together. Sometimes the only accessory you need is one large necklace to pack a punch. If I'm in a rush and have time to grab just one item of jewelry it is always a powerful necklace. I wanted easy access to my show stopper necklaces to save time and to be able to see them all in just a few seconds, because the items we wear the most are the ones we see first when when we open a closet or drawer or jewelry box.
One jewelry tray fits two statement necklace
...notice the curious kitten in the corner
Shirt boxes to keep the necklace trays, and necklaces, safe
It's only been a couple of weeks since I organized this little boot and necklace corner, but I'm already wearing them more and using the necklaces I hadn't in a while because they were buried under other items in my jewelry armoire. I'm also using the space to lay out all of my accessories when I'm getting dressed and trying to decide what to wear. Much better than the floor or my bed that have easy access for the pets.
The finished nook.
Nothing glamorous, but highly functional.
The final result isn't anything fancy, but it works for what I needed and it wasn't terribly expensive, like building a custom cabinet would have been. And, an added bonus is that now there's lots of space under my bed again ;-)
I was recently approached about being in a fashion photo shoot by one of the world's top fashion photographers. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and, of course, I said 'yes.' I'm not a model by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love fashion and accessories (hello!) and this was my chance to style myself and live a fantasy for a day. It was such a memorable experience and the people involved were amazing and incredibly professional. I can't spill too many details now, but wanted to share a few photos of the shoot. More to come as the project continues and the photos get published down the road....And, I can't wait to wear this beautiful dress again!
Working with the best in the world of fashion
Never work with children or animals...lol...
the horse just wanted carrots
It was a gorgeous sunny October day
I loved my eye make up
All photos above taken by my wonderful make up artist Danette Shoshana