Posts Tagged ‘Does This Ponytail Make My Butt Look Big?’

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First ~ You Can’t Help Anyone If Your Dead

Monday, October 17th, 2011


I often find that women have a hard time spending time and money on themselves.  Which are two things you need when shopping for clothes.  I like to remind women that it’s not what’s taught it’s what’s caught.  You’re teaching your kids through example good or bad.  So when I ask a woman if she wants her daughter to do as she does when she grows up.   Is it ok for her daughter to not take time for herself?  Is it ok for her daughter to not have nice clothes?  Is it ok for her daughter to go without new clothes for the sake of her children?  She will say absolutely not.  When you take time every morning to do your hair and put your make-up on your teaching your children to do the same.  When take the time to get rid of clothes that don’t look fabulous and shop for items that enhance your image your also teaching your children.  It’s like they say on commercial airlines…in the event there is a drop in cabin pressure oxygen masks will drop.  Put the mask on yourself first if you’re traveling with small children.

Be Confident in Your Fashion Choices ~ Mix it Up

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I recently met with a client who really did know her style. She knew she had a bohemian flair and that’s what she felt comfortable in. She had great pieces in her closet but didn’t know how to wear them.

Like many of my clients she would get stuck in the rut of wearing the same top and bottoms together and that gets old. This pattern can easily make you feel as if you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. No one wants that.

The most important thing is how you feel in the ensemble. Not what do you think other people will think. If you feel fabulous, you will be confident and confidence exudes success. Everyone else will think you look great too.

If you’re not used to mixing and matching your clothes then this may seem awkward at first but practice makes perfect. Be patient. Grab a top and try pairing it with several different pieces in your closet. Don’t beat yourself up if you try something and it doesn’t look good try something else until you find at least one to two different styles. You can take pictures of yourself in the outfits if you’re afraid you won’t remember or think you may go back to wicked ways of wearing the same shirt with the same skirt.

Congratulations you have now expanded your wardrobe. Isn’t that fun?

Incredible Shrinking Clothes!

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Have you seen those skinny velvet hangers around that claim to double your closet space? Have you wondered if they really work? Well, I tried them out on a section of my own closet and I’m here to show you that they really do work! The proof is in these pictures…

Closet Before Picture
Closet Before
Closet After
Closet After

Now that you’ve been inspired, you can find these hangers on line, at your favorite box stores, or even at Costco (where they’re only $15 for a box of 50).

Start purging, re-hanging and creating that organized closet you’ve always dreamed about! Then go to my Facebook page and share your results. I’d love to see before and after photos, too. Let’s see who can come up with the most saved space!

Game on!

Wishing you a organized and productive week!



Brenda Spangrud
Professional Organizer & Organizing Product Innovator.
She is the founder of S.O.R.T.E.D. Professional Organizing Services, Vice President of the Board for the
AZ Chapter for Professional Organizers, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Never Shop on Price Alone

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Ok so first hear me out on this. I love a great deal just as much as the next person. Finding that beautiful white leather St. John coat for 90% off made my day. I loved the coat before I knew what a great deal it was. What I’m trying to say is that you’re better off purchasing fewer items that you love than purchasing items that are ok just because they are a bargain.

If you have a pair of pants that were ok but a great deal at $10 but you only wear them once is that a good deal? What about a pair of amazing pants that fit you great that you purchase for $100 and you wear all the time because the go with everything. So if you wear them 20 that’s only $5 per wear. Which is a better deal?

I recommend that when you’re out shopping you select items to try on without looking at their tags. You don’t need to know how much it is right now. Just focus on items that catch your eye. As you’re trying on you’ll have two piles, one for the items you like and another for items you don’t. When you’re done trying items on you will then review the items you like and decide which ones you liked the most. Now you can look at the price of each item. You may also want to take the items to a price scanner in the store or to a cashier to verify if any of the items are on sale. So when deciding which items to purchase take the amount of money you’ve budgeted and be sure to stay within that when making your selections.

Never go into debt for fashion. Purchase the best quality products that you can afford. I recently went shopping with a client who only shopped on sale. This resulted in her having a closet full of clothes that weren’t fabulous. She didn’t love them nor did she feel fabulous in them. We went shopping and her instructions were to not look at the price tags. She decided to purchase everything she tried on that day that she loved. When we were checking out she said she couldn’t believe she was going to purchase a blouse for $89. She usually would not have even tried on an item at that price. However she loved the way this blouse made her feel. It fit her great and was the perfect color for her skin tone. To her delight the blouse was on sale for only $19 it just wasn’t marked on the tag. This scenario was repeated for several of the items. She was elated and will never shop the way she used to.

So remember to shop for how items look and make you feel and not based on price.

KISS ~ Keep It Simple & Stylish

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

KISS ~ Keep It Simple & Stylish

Do you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Do you dread shopping? Do you have clothes in your closet that still have tags on?

These are common issues that I find with my clients regarding wardrobe. It’s no fun browsing a crowded closet full of items that you don’t like or that don’t make you look fabulous.

If you take the time twice a year as the seasons change to review your wardrobe you can eliminate this issue. The time you put in up front will save you time and aggravation on a daily basis. Ask yourself the following three questions.

  1. Do you love it?
  2. Does it fit you and is it flattering?
  3. Does it project the image you want the world to see?

If you answer no to any of these questions then you should toss, donate or consign it. If you answer yes to all three then use it to build on your wardrobe.

When you only have items in your closet what you love. You can see clearly what you have and will make fewer purchasing mistakes.

Step two of this process is to go through your closet and create a capsule of must have pieces in neutral colors. You want to have black, white, grey, brown and beige solid colors. These are staple pieces. Pants, tank tops, short sleeve shirts and long sleeve shirts in solid colors. For shirts be sure to have various neck lines as well. Scoop neck, v-neck etc. You can mix and match these pieces with your trendy seasonal pieces to complete your look. You will want to have a pen and paper handy to take notes of what key staple items you’re missing. The great thing about these simple pieces is that you can purchase them on sale or at discount stores. Then you can splurge on classic or trendy pieces for the season.

Step three is to go shopping to complete your look. Take a friend with you that has a good sense of style. It’s good to have a second opinion (especially for the rear view) and it’s just more fun to shop with friends.