Posts Categorized: organize

The Value of a Mid-season Closet Purge

Why purging your closet mid-season - instead of at the start of a new season - can be beneficial

Many people – myself included – do quarterly closet evaluations and purges. And because changing weather prompts us to reconsider our wardrobes, these activities typically take place as the seasons are beginning to change. Which is fine. Looking at your winter or spring items with fresh eyes after a year of not-wearing them can give you great perspective, and you can often tell at a glance if you’ve outgrown or out-evolved certain pieces.

But there is also a lot to be said for doing your purges mid-season. Including: read more

Originally posted 2013-12-12 06:22:44.

Packing: Five Days in New York in July

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I’ve been traveling more this year than in years past, and since packing posts always seem to garner lots of interest, I thought I’d start sharing my packing plans for recent trips. Naturally, I never pack without the aid of my feline assistants, shown above.

I’ve traveled to New York in the summer several years in a row, and although we experience 100-degree days and high humidity here in Minneapolis, I must say that it doesn’t compare to the temps and heat index I’ve experienced in NYC. A few summers back I got heat rash. All over my abdomen. Other summers, I just suffered. The buildings and subways are air-conditioned, but the sheer amount of unavoidable walking that takes place while visiting New York means that lightweight, breathable garments are essential. So, as you’ll see, I went for washable, sleeveless dresses. Exclusively. read more

Originally posted 2013-08-09 06:24:14.

Keep Calm And Carry On

keep calm and carry onTravel capsule wardrobe – Paris and Provence, April 2012

For some people, packing for travel is a dreaded task, often postponed until a few minutes before it’s time to leave for the airport. Not for me. I love planning outfits around anticipated activities, and often start thinking about what to pack weeks before a planned trip.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve always chosen or packed wisely. On our first trip to Paris six years ago, we overpacked BIG time. We lugged a huge rolling duffel and two smaller (though not small) bags for two people for an ¬†eight-day trip. And most of what I did bring was never worn, or didn’t suit our activities or environment. Those cute ballet flats? Murder on my feet after just an hour of walking about on gravel paths and cobblestones. The chic black swing jacket purchased in anticipation of the trip was too bulky to wear under my outerwear, and not warm enough to wear on its own. I brought far too many dressy clothes and heavy, structured pieces that were a wrinkled mess once unpacked. read more