Most people assume that thinner body types are easy to dress and look good in everything…not so! It’s all about creating balance and an attractive image. This specific body type can use the right clothing to do several things. For instance: Create a curvy effect, adding volume at the shoulder and hips Use belts, fabric design, and color to create a waist and add overall curve Use details such as ruching, pleats, seaming or ruffles to add volume.
There are different ways that we can describe a woman’s body type. Rather than comparing our bodies to fruits or geometric shapes, I prefer something like those used by fashion stylist, Stacy London: Curvy, Extra Curvy, Not Curvy Bigger on Top Bigger on Bottom Extra in Middle The key question is, do you know how to dress for your body type? At Outside In Organizer and Makeovers my mission is to help you look your most fabulous and feel your most confident in the body you are in today! Remember these 3 guidelines: (1) Use clothing to create balance and accentuate your best features. (2) Wear clothing that fits well. Most women’s clothing requires some altering. (3) Don’t keep something you own, or buy something that doesn’t look great on you today. Working with an Image and Wardrobe Consultant isn’t a luxury. Think of it as an investment in your “image education”. Not ready to go there yet? Go with a friend who will be honest (and kind). Here is the OIOM Process: First, we analyze your current wardrobe – what to keep, donate, consign, alter. Second, we “shop in your closet” – recreate your wardrobe by mixing, matching, layering, breaking up suits, etc. Next we go shopping (not buying) – a session with no pressure to purchase. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and learn what styles, colors, patterns, and accessories create the most fabulous-looking you! Your goal? Walk away with the skills and confidence to know what to wear, how to wear it, and ways to shop! Make it a fun learning experience.
Okay, my clients trust me in their spaces, with their “stuff”, and with their stories. I’m going to share my story (a little bit of vulnerability) and tell you why I am able to understand and help others let go and in a compassionate way. Here’s my story: To some extent I can understand some of my clients’ struggles regarding an attachment to things. We assign memories to things and emotions to those memories. There is the judging of importance that a thing may hold. For some, there is the guilt that comes when the person begins to think about getting rid of something. They might be conflicted about its real or perceived value. Some individuals wonder, what if I need it later? Some are burdened by the concept of waste from a financial and/or environmental perspective. The latter is sure that everything can be reused and re-purposed. This brings me to my personal situation and the recognition (not judging) of my struggle. It is the story of my sheets! One of the first significant purchases that I made when I moved was a new bed and luxurious linens. They made me feel like I was in a cocoon of comfort, and on a blank canvas that no one else had marked. This bed represented the start of a new chapter of my life. All of this happened many years ago and I was immersed in this magical thinking. It was such a strongly held belief that even when the cruel truth of betrayal was revealed, I could not view the material things as just a bed and old, worn linens. I was in denial and focused on my fears…how could I afford, or justify spending a lot of money on new linens. How could I settle for lesser quality?… read more →
Travel and packing can be unnecessarily stressful if you are not organized and don’t have the right supplies. Think about your last trip and what was difficult. Was it a carry on that was too heavy to store overhead? Did your rolling suitcase topple over? Did you pack too much? If you are going to invest in new pieces of luggage know which features you absolutely want (see article below). I personally have some strong preferences such as spinner-type wheels, and hands-free options for carry on bags and purses. Consider your most important needs for travel before, during and after the trip. Use the Outside In planning steps: Before: confirm your itinerary, accommodations, weather forecast. Do a luggage check – are zippers and wheels working? Are there tears or dents? Consider using packing cubes. Use a template for a packing list. During: revise your packing list template to note items you didn’t need or wish that you brought with you. After: keep your carry-on bag packed for the next trip. Refill toiletries, as needed. Update your packing list, if needed. Here is an article with helpful luggage and packing tips. http://businesstravel.about.com/od/luggageandpackingtips/bb/rolling_carryon.htm
To bag or wrap? That is the question! Let’s get organized, save money, be creative, and protect our environment. What you will need: clear storage bins for gift wrap and wrapping related items such as tape, scissors, bubble wrap, etc. An open table, counter or floor space to work in. TIP #1: Schedule time to get all of your gift wrap, tissue paper, gift bags, shopping bags with handles, ribbon and bows into 1 area where you can see your entire inventory. TIP #2: Recycle or discard everything that is too old or damaged to re-/use. Sort each type of item that you can keep and use into a clear container(s). TIP #3: Commit to using everything that you have before you purchase more (why waste $$). Decide to use bags rather than gift wrap whenever possible (easier for recipients to reuse). What about those bags from stores that you’ve been saving? You use these for gift giving or recycle them. Decorate the outside of the bag in creative ways even if the gift is not from that store, with photos and kids’ art.
Do you know that the gifts you give say a lot about what you value? What is important to you when it comes to giving? Do you focus on what others want and need? Is it important to consider the environment? Is staying within your budget critical? When you organize your gift list, keep your priorities in mind. Here is an idea…have a wonderful dinner and send leftovers home to your friends in glass containers that they can keep. They’ll enjoy the great food the next day. In fact, give them a set of these containers and they will be able to get rid of those old plastic ones. Something special Something they can use Something environmentally friendly
I love using a gift list template that you can update every year. Who is on your gift list this year? Family: Immediate, Extended, Long distance Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors Business: Coworkers, Networking colleagues, Clients, Referral Partners, Vendors Service Providers, Instructors Whether your list is long or short, whether you shop in person and/or online, having a detailed list makes keeping track of the details easier. At a glance you will see who is on the list, what you bought for them, and what you spent. Likewise, who do you still have to get something for and what ideas do you have for them? Need help crafting your list? www.outsideinorganizer.com
It’s time to start thinking about how to get ready and enjoy the holidays. Each year is an opportunity to make the holidays a meaningful time for yourself and others. That means finding ways to minimize and avoid stress. Keep your priorities in mind with each decision and choice that you make. If not over-spending is important, set limits and create a realistic budget.
I am sometimes surprised when I’ve worked with a client and after we’ve created space, they immediately start to consider what to put into it. Whether it is a surface like a counter top, your closet, or space in your schedule my suggestion is to pause, enjoy the opening, and resist filling it up again. Everything needs a little organizing. When you take stock of all that you have or do, you are able to realize what still serves you, and what you no longer need. Okay, enough philosophy…go organize something!
Do you find yourself hesitating to get rid of things? Having “organizing ground rules” will help you make easier, quicker decisions. Rule #1: Do a little at a time. Rather than set out to declutter the entire house, use the Outside In Approach “1-at-a-Time Rule”. One closet, drawer, surface, etc. at a time. Rule #2: The 3 P’s – plan, prepare, purge. Determine your goal, schedule time to execute your plan, have the supplies you’ll need on hand, know where you are going to donate, discard, recycle,or consign. Have the bins, bags ready. Have the time to take the purged items away that same day, if possible. Rule #3: Ask yourself guiding questions to help make decisions. Do I love it? Do I need it now, or in the next 3 months? Is it in working or wearable condition? Can someone else use it more than me? Does it still serve my purposes? Be gentle, don’t judge yourself.