Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to Organize your Shoes...

Now that your handbags are all set and displayed properly, lets move onto shoes!

Just like your bags, go through and see what you don't need. Classics are always good to save, but those prom shoes? Maybe time to donate or sell.  

If shoes are extremely worn, probably best to toss, but if they are gently worn or not too bad, sell or donate. Not everyone can afford brand new shoes- there's your good deed for the day!  

There are a few ways to organize those shoes so you can see them all. 

Hanging is one of the most popular if you have the space. In the back of your closet, or on an open wall, hang them by the heel so you can see all your shoes at one glance. 

If you are using door space, using see an organizer with see through pockets would be your best bet.

If the amount of space you have available is on the smaller side, either purchasing clear boxes so you can see in them, or attaching a photo to the front of their original box, lets you see what's inside quickly as well. I keep all my shoes in boxes and eliminates dust.

These front opening boxes are great,
you don't have to worry about boxes falling on top of you if you want shoes on the bottom.

Now for boots - the most annoying part of shoe organization! And if your like me, you have TONS of boots!

You can consider hanging boots, especially stiff ones like riding boots. Boots will take up a lot of floor space, so this will eliminate that problem. Ones that can be folded can be placed in boxes if you prefer.

Since boots are seasonal, once that season is over pack them away until next year. They take up too much room to keep all year round!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Properly Organize your Handbags...

People seem to constantly ask me how they should organize their bags, shoes, makeup, jewelry, lingerie and knits. So here we go!

Today we are working on Handbags!

First, you want to divide up your bags into 2 piles. What you are keeping, and what you are tossing (donating/selling). This includes going through your overnight bags to your smallest of clutches. Get rid of anything you don't want, don't use, etc.

Once that is done, taking your "tossing" pile and make some extra cash! Use apps like Poshmark or create a page on You can sell your products online (as long as they are in good condition). Another free idea: create an album on your Facebook page "for sale: gently used items and more", also post on your twitter! Take photos of each item separately and put prices in the captions with a little description. If you don't have the time, or just don't want to sell - donate! Goodwill, Salvation Army, local charities, they all will take used items. Don't just trash when the money can go to a good cause!

OK, so now back to organizing! 
Rule One: Don't place smaller bags in larger ones because you'll tend to forget you put them there and then you'll end up purchasing duplicate items because you didn't realize you had it in the first place. Or you may give away 2 items when you thought I were giving away one (so always check inside before tossing).
If you are using a shelf or hook, always put the tallest bags in the back and get smaller as you come forward. That way you can see all your bags from the front (and place bag back where it belongs when done, don't just throw it anywhere, that's when you start to not realize what you have).

You may want to section out type of bags, if you have the space.
You can section by color, type of bag or type of event you may use it for.

For larger bags, you don't want to loose their shape once displayed, stuff with tissue paper or old clothing to keep that bag standing tall!

Reminder- DO NOT store away wet leather. If you get stuck in the rain with your leather bag or clutch, stuff it and keep it out in an open room to air dry before putting away.  If you don't it can ruin the color of the leather and/or the shape of the bag.

Stay tuned for the next blog about organizing shoes...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great Fashion & Networking at the Woman's Club!

Last Tuesday, February 12th, I hosted a Fashion and Networking Cocktail Event at the Woman's Club of White Plains. 

Heather Adessa, Noel D'Allacco, Marcella Milio

It was a great low key night of shopping, mingling with new and old faces, while also getting a chance to hear about the upcoming Spring 2013 Fashion Trends. Over 30 women came together to spend a few hours out of the house.

Marcella Milio of Vestiti by Marcella spoke about spring trends in clothing, Noel D'Allacco of OperationPROM spoke about jewelry trends and I spoke about the hair and makeup trends of the upcoming season, on behalf of my business Makeup by Heather A.

All of our guests received a swag bag with different products and gift certificates from local vendors and businesses, and also had the change to win a few different door prizes, which included jewelry, makeup application gift certificates and more!

Each seat and their Swag Bags

Many of the woman's club members donated refreshments including cupcakes, muffins, chips, cheese and crackers, fruit, wine, soda, water and a delicious rum punch (that I wish I had some to drink now!)
Giuliana's Jewels of New Jersey came and displayed 3 tables of amazing jewelry at great prices - everyone found something for themselves or as a gift!

Looking forward to hosting the next one! Stay tuned for updates and save-the-dates!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fashion Networking Event THIS Tuesday Night!

This Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Woman's Club of White Plains
305 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY 10605

We will be having a jewelry vendor, a dress vendor and gift bags for the first 50 people!

Come mingle and network while having some wine and refreshments!

Low key, informative, fun!

Forward to your friends, co-workers, family, the more the merrier - free admission - free parking