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Underutilized Wardrobe Items: Keep ’em Visible

keep clothes where you can see them

We all play favorites. We reach for the same skirt, the same jeans, the same flats again and again. And in order to make that reach less time-consuming, we move those favorites to the front of the closet, the nearest shelf, the top of the drawer.

And this? This means that we may be unintentionally creating closet orphans. Why?

Because if you can’t see it, you’ll forget about it.* That embellished cardigan that you snapped up on clearance after waiting patiently for the price to drop? It’s hidden beneath your gray and black ones. That pair of burgundy skinnies you simply had to have? Buried after one wear, overshadowed by its denim-y cousins. And unless you remind yourself – visually – that these items are yours for the wearing, they shall go unworn. And, eventually, you may apply a rule about length of time unworn and donate them without even giving them a fair shake! read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friends, I’m going to take a few much-needed days off of blogging to spend time with family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you celebrate this holiday, too, I hope you’re able to rest and relax with your loved ones as well!

Happy (Feminist) Halloween!

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My mom is a talented sewist, as I’ve mentioned here many times. The Wonder Woman costume she made for me was worn TO NURSERY SCHOOL as often as possible until it quite literally fell apart. During my horse-obsessed phase, she created an ingenious Black Beauty costume for me with a black body suit, hooves, and a cloth flap-mask of her own design. She’s basically a genius.

Then when I was 10 or so, she suggested we do a series of great women costumes. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but also didn’t have any other ideas, so I was game. I think we started with Scarlett O’Hara, who might be fictional and definitely had her character faults and but was also one of the first grown women in literature that I immediately identified as a badass. We did the green and white barbecue¬†party dress from the first few scenes of the film. Then there was Cleopatra, with a fantastic gold lame snake-shaped headband with jeweled eyes, and Elizabeth I, a costume that involved spray painting bow-tie pasta gold and gluing it to the bodice of my dress. read more