DO YOUR “THINGS” CONTROL YOU? It’s Time To Clear The Clutter

Hello Gorgeous!

Are you still off work? Want your kids to help you with a fun project (if they’re old enough) while they’re off school? How about everyone in the house taking a day during the holiday  break to clear the clutter!?! Make it fun and create piles to take to their cousins and to a shelter. I love cleaning out closets a few times a year and reorganizing my closet. This is the perfect time of year to tackle this. I started working on this yesterday!

To get you inspired, watch the above video I did in my small LA bungalow on the 3 simple steps to making your closet a place of peace & creativity! An additional tip, please make sure to change out those chunky wooden or plastic hangers for the thin velvet flocked hangers. They not only give you more space on the rack, but they are so much better for preserving the shape of your clothes.

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Last week, I watched an interesting documentary that has been resonating with me and I highly recommend it. It’s called Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things which follows 2 young men who have found more happiness with less “things”. Take it with a grain of salt, but they have many nuggets that I have applied to my life at certain stages and have given away most of my wardrobe and moved out of my expensive WeHo apartment and moved in with my BFF. I had all of my favorite items on a rolling rack in her kitchen. We lived like that for about 6 months and I gotta tell ya– I didn’t miss the massive closet and wore (and loved) everything on the rolling rack. BUT, I admit I have also gotten caught up with needing that 10th pair of booties even though I didn’t really need them. They were just so fabulous!! Anyone feel me? Especially since I only wear about 3 pair out of the 10. Since the conception of SOS, I have had the mantra “shop your closet” before hitting the stores and I still stand my that concept.

Does this whole idea make you cringe?

If your closet a place of heaven or hell?

Do your “things” control you? 

MAKE SURE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR GIRLFRIENDS! Especially the shop-o-holics!

 

HAPPY CLEARING! 

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CONTAINER STORE CLOSET MAGIC

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HAPPY FRIDAY FASHIONISTAS!

Since recreating my “closet room sanctuary” in Dallas, it has been a challenge to organize all of my accessories after losing a full wall to a massive window. Darn that window! I’ve realized one of the keys to getting dressed quickly and effortlessly is having certain accessories out so I can see them. If they are tucked away in a cupboard or drawer, I forget about them. Out of sight, out of mind! Also, to keep things clutter-free, I prefer to only have the things out that I actually wear or I get rid of them. I have done more closet cleansing and purging than I care to count. Did you catch my closet organization video? Most of my girlfriends are out there rockin’ an item or two from me.

There are many cute organizers out there for scarves, sunglasses, necklaces, etc…but, either they took up too much space or didn’t fit in my new smaller closet room. FINALLY, after the second visit to The Container Store in search of the perfect way to organize my sunglasses & necklaces – I found these great Deko System grids in the kitchen section. They come in a few different sizes in either the industrial silver look (which I preferred) or the white polytherm coated. Create it to fit your needs with various gadgets, hooks and shelves.

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The perfect spot for it in my closet room is behind the door. I can still see it, but it’s tucked slimly keeping the room looking clean & organized. I love being able to grab my shades and neck candy for the day and I’m out the door! With the grid and a few packages of hooks, I paid a bit over $20. 

What are you up to this weekend? May be a good time for a closet project and do a mid-year closet spruce up to get it ready for those new Fall pieces come Sept. 

Be Fab,

Tiff Xo

40 Easy Ways to Organize Your Closet from Pinterest

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Happy Saturday Sistas!

I save Pinterest browsing for Saturday mornings and love all these stylish ideas for organizing your closet. If you saw my video on closet organization, you remember that one of my first tips is to think of your closet as a mini boutique – regardless how small it is! 

Enjoy….

 

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Whether you’re living in a extra-small studio apartment or a house with plenty of extra room, there’s one thing we all have in common: The need for a perfect closet, something most of our living spaces do not come equipped with.

MORE: The ONLY Closet-Organizing Trick You Need To Know

The lack of an organized closet might make you want to take matters into your own hands, and try to create your own system that’ll not only make storing your clothes and shoes practical, but also pleasing to the eye.

As hard as it is to believe, turning your dream closet into a reality can be easier than you think with the help of some inspiration and your local hardware store. You can even turn your closet into a living space by incorporating a small home office inside rather than just having your closet as a place to store your clothes. In fact, lots of well-known YouTube…

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End of Summer Pampering + Your Sunday Eve Affirmations

Hello Gorgeous!

Who is excited to celebrate the official end of summer this holiday weekend?  Perhaps many of you are sad to see summer go. I have mixed feelings because I love the long days of sunshine, but this heat has got to go already. It has been fun to read all the comments by you mom’s on Facebook about the kids going back to school and getting more time to yourselves.  This is the PERFECT time to focus on YOU and start sprucing up your skin, hair, nails, energy level and wardrobe for Fall.  Sounds like a hefty job, but YOU ARE WORTH IT!  If you have spent too much time in the sun + chlorine, nibbling on your kids packaged snacks, exercising less and enjoying that extra summer cocktail on a regular basis– then there are a few simple tweaks we can do to get back on track!

BOOK A FACIAL:  Because we sweat more in the summer, you may notice more breakouts and blackheads.  It is great to have a professional esthetician perform any extractions, deep clean and hydrate your sun-parched skin. Plus, even if you are diligent with your sunscreen you probably picked up a few new sunspots and hyperpigmentation which can be helped with a light glycolic peel, microdermabrasion or my fave, the Hydrafacial.  You know I adore at-home facials, but I also firmly believe in treating yourself as often as you can to a professional facial. (I have to give a shout out to my amazing esthetician, Trisha Gilbert at Motykie MedSpa.  She gave me an off-the-charts end of summer Hydrafacial last week.  If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, book an appt today)

HAIR HYDRATION:  Does your hair feel like the scarecrow from Wizard of Oz?  Then it’s time to do a DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT.  There are several great ones on the market, but I love KERESTASE MASQUINTENSE FOR THICK HAIR the most. They also have a formula for fine hair.

EXFOLIATE + HYDRATE SKIN: There are a few different ways to exfoliate the skin which are super effective.  I just started DRY BRUSHING a few months ago and love the difference it has made in my skin. There are many important health benefits to it other than just getting the dead skin off. Dry brushing also helps stimulate the lymphatic system. You do this before you get in the shower.  Scrubs are also a great way to exfoliate and the essential oils leave your skin hydrated and feeling so soft.  There are many fantastic products from Neutrogena, Philosophy, Archipelago and even Trader Joe’s makes a great scrub!  If your skin is extremely dry, I recommend slathering on coconut oil or olive oil after showering. Use sparingly so you don’t feel like a piece of chicken ready for the frying pan!

MANI/PEDI PLUS PARAFFIN:  Remember a woman’s hands can show aging before her face, so it’s vital that we take care of them.  Treat yourself to a mani/pedi with the works (paraffin wax, hot stone, extra massage and callous remover) to get your hands and feet feeling like they belong to a lady and less like a mechanic!

DETOX/ CLEANSE:  With the fun BBQ’s, picnics and vacations, we tend to eat more snacks and drink more alcoholic beverages during the summer.  This really takes a toll on our energy, our waistline and our metabolism.  I don’t go overboard because detoxing can become stressful.  Instead we need to look at it as a form of self- love and nurturing our body and organs and not as a “diet”.  A few simple things we can alter is the obvious: Lay off the alcohol, additional sugary drinks + snacks, any processed/ packaged foods, excess dairy, wheat, meat.  Implement juicing into your daily routine.  It does wonders for your organs and energy levels.  Eat more fresh raw foods.  You should be drinking a protein shake daily, but if not- I highly recommend starting the day with one filled with super greens, antioxidant supplements and either blueberries or strawberries. (REMINDER: If you have specific health issues like heart or thyroid problems or diabetes– you must consult your physician before trying any diet or cleanse)

WARDROBE DETOX:  Plan an afternoon to go through your wardrobe and determine what needs to stay, what needs to go and what needs to be moved to another closet.  I did this last week and it felt awesome!  I was able to see what items I needed to get for Fall and what I what I needed to give away.  Then I hit a few of my fave stores and strategically purchased what I needed. This really saves time + money.  Here’s my webisode on the topic in case you missed it: 

Your Sunday Eve Affirmations.

THIS WEEK I WILL…..

  1. Pamper myself.
  2. Follow my bliss.
  3. Smile more.
  4. Love + Laugh harder.
  5. Try a new workout class.
  6. Embrace my own unique kind of beauty.
  7. Celebrate my life instead of complain about it.
  8. Rock a killer boot.
  9. Read a spiritually rich book.
  10. Count my blessings every single day.
  11. Put my shoulders back, walk tall + shine my light!

Do you have a great end-of-summer beauty tip that you swear by? Comment + Share!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Labor Day and a Spectacular September ahead!

The new Fall webisodes will be up soon. Stay Tuned!

{Please invite your friends to join the Style Sisterhood and give them the tools they need to feel confident and beautiful}

High Five + A Hip Bump,

Tiff

STEP OUT OF CLOSET HELL AND INTO YOUR OWN SANCTUARY

Hi Angelic Seekers of Beauty, Style + Inspiration!

How is your June going?  I hope it’s filled with long lazy days sipping ice tea (or a skinny rita) with your bare feet kicked up and the warm breeze on your face! Ahhhhh–writing that made me want to go get a big glass of ice tea!  Has anyone tried a few “must rock” items from the last webisode?  I recently hit a new TJ MAXX in the valley (woohoo- there aren’t many in the LA area) and they carry just about all 25 of the items I spoke about.  They have the best selection of floppy hats I’ve seen! Go get you one asap!  I took a day off a few days ago and rocked my floppy hat at the beach.  It protected my face great, but unfortunately, I was so exhausted I fell asleep on my tummy and burned by tush.  Take note!

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You spoke, I listened!

The most common questions I have been receiving lately is regarding CLOSET ORGANIZATION!  It seems we all have an issue when we step into this sacred space.  For many, it sounds like you are entering the Twilight Zone or Purgatory!  This must STOP! When I started producing my videos and came up with the name Sanctuary of Style it was because all of my girlfriends would come over to borrow clothes and we would “play” dress up.  Remember those times when you and your friends would get dressed together for a fun night out?  You help each other create a killer outfit and everyone walks out of the closet feeling beautiful, confident and sassy.  Of course, we can’t have our girlfriends over every morning to help us get dressed, but we can certainly create that experience EVERY SINGLE DAY! I know you’re thinking– Yea right Tiff.  Trust me, it’s true!  With a bit of focus, effort and planning you can create your very own closet sanctuary.  In this new webisode, I give you (3) simple steps to get your mind set in the right direction…

I want to hear from you! Comment and give me your two-cents.  What specific questions do you have about your closet?  I will be producing a few more webisodes on your new-found heavenly space so stay tuned!  Make sure to check in on the Facebook Page regularly and leave comments.  We have lots of random giveaways for “commenters”.

Are you following on Pinterest & Twitter?  I’m creating some fun boards.

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https://twitter.com/#!/SanctuaryStyle

{gotta love the Maxx. hats + scarves from $12.99 to 19.99}

Girls, remember to rock your imaginary tiara everyday because you are a QUEEN!

Much love, Tiff