Posts Tagged ‘Style’

A Little Hanky Panky for Valentines Day

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Looking for a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day? Then check out Hanky Panky  I recently discovered the Hanky Panky website and I was surprised to learn that their stuff is one size fits all, made in the US and environmentally conscious.  Being one size fits all you don’t have to know the size which really makes things easy.  They have some really cute sets in different cuts and prints.  They also claim to have the world’s most comfortable thong.  But wait…there’s more…they have maternity and a line called After Midnight.  So indulge your inner flirt for yourself or someone you love.  Happy Valentines.


Want to Save Time Getting Ready in the Morning?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Is there something that you dread in your morning routine?  Think about how you may be able to minimize or eliminate it.  For me this was easy.  I hate to blow dry my hair.  I have very thick hair, which I am thankful for, but it takes a long time to blow dry.  I don’t like spending a lot of time getting ready but I want to look good.  My hair also seems to get a little oily at my scalp when I don’t wash it daily.  When I was a little girl my mom would sprinkle a little bit of baby powder on my scalp to get rid of that oily look when I got up late and didn’t have time to wash it.  As an adult now I’m so happy that there are companies that make dry shampoo.  You can spray it on between washes and it freshens up your hair.  I now usually wash my hair every 3 days.  If I’ve just been to the salon (since they style it so well) I can usually get 5 days out of it before I have to wash.  It’s so great to get up and fluff it up or just add a couple of curls here and there.  I love saving time.  Two of my favorite dry shampoos are 7 Seconds Dry by UNITE and Touch Up by Eufora both are only sold in salons.  You can review their websites to find a salon near you.


Does Your Mood Matter When it Comes to Shopping?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Have you ever tried shopping when you weren’t in the mood? Doesn’t work so well, does it? It’s so important to shop when you’re in the right frame of mind and excited to shop. Here’s an example: a while back I was sick, but I had a coupon from Macy’s that was about to expire, and being sick wasn’t going to keep me from using it. I mean, it is Macy’s, right? So I went out and started shopping. I tried on 54 things. No, that’s not an exaggeration, 54 items (I counted). The worst part was that I didn’t like any of them! I wasn’t about to let my trip or my coupon go to waste, so I bought bras and underwear (practical and safe). Sound familiar? If not, then lucky you, if yes, then it’s not just you. It happens more often then you think. Don’t beat yourself up, but be advised, next time you go shopping, make sure that it’s really what you want to do, or else you’ll end up with drawers full of bras and underwear and nothing to wear.

Lies we tell ourselves: I can’t afford to look good

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

There are a few lies that we tell ourselves often. One is that desserts=the devil or an instant hundred pounds, and another is that in order to look good we need to sell our house and live out of our car. Sounds silly, right? That’s because it is. Dessert once in a while doesn’t mean that you’ve broken some unspoken rule, and you don’t need to shop on Rodeo Drive to look great. Here’s the one rule you should adhere to though, NEVER go in debt for fashion. If you do, you’ll end up resenting your clothes and your credit card bill. So what’s a girl to do? The answer? CONSIGN! You read that right, CONSIGN! Use the clothes that you don’t like, you don’t wear or that don’t fit and consign them. The profit from consigning your unwanted clothes can then be used to fund your fabulous new wardrobe. That ladies, is shopping smart and shopping smart will never be out of style. For more on this check out my book, Does This Ponytail Make My Butt Look Big, Style and Beauty for Every Woman; available  at or or your local book store.

Want to Feel Like a Princess?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

For the past 10 years I’ve gotten pedicures and manicures once a month.  I used to get my fingernails buffed but was finally persuaded to try the new gel nail polish.  I had been avoiding it for the simple fact that I was afraid I would become addicted and have to get my nails done every two weeks.  I was correct in my assumption.  I do usually get 3 weeks out of but there is sometimes the issue of finding the time and justifying the cost that I struggle with.  Last night I had an event and couldn’t go with chipped nails so I soaked off the gel polish and thought I would just go back to natural to save some time and money.  That lasted an entire 12 hours.  I couldn’t stand them.  I missed my shiny gel nails to much.  I realized today getting my manicure and pedicure how uplifting the process is to my spirits.  It feels so good to be pampered and massaged.  When you leave your feet and hands look so beautiful.  I feel amazing and more confident I noticed.  Worth the small price to pay, I just need to remind myself that I’m worth it!

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.

Fashion of Yesteryear

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’ve been noticing a theme lately in the world of TV.   Mad Men, Pan Am and the Playboy Club.  They are all set in the 60’s.  Banana Republic now offers the Mad Men Collection.  Thankfully maybe America will see the glamour of the 60’s and want to return to that time period and dress with a little class again.


Watch Pan Am and you won’t find any passengers with a tank top, flip flops or shorts with their cheeks exposed.  Everyone will be dressed very well.  All of the passengers will be much put together, hair and make-up perfect.


It seems as the years have passed we’ve begun to dress like slobs but of course we call it casual.  Webster’s definition of casual means relaxed not sloppy. I truly hope with these new stylish shows that portray 60’s fashion in a positive light will inspire us all to dress amazing everyday.  Not just when a special occasion arises.


Stylishly Yours,


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?

Dressing for the Job Interview

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

You only get one chance at making a great first impression. It’s so important to dress professionally for an interview as the first impression will be based on how you look. Even if the work environment is casual you should always look your best.

You are selling yourself. You are the product, so create the best packaging possible. Dressing better won’t guarantee you the job but it will insure you’re in the running.

Tips for both men and women:

  • Light perfume or cologne.
  • Hands nicely manicured.
  • Neat and professional hairstyle. Up to date.
  • No visible tattoos or body piercings
  • Don’t chew gum but pop in a breath mint before you go in.
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed or fresh from the cleaners.
  • Be sure your cell phone is shut off.

For Men:

  • Well fitting suit.
  • Long sleeve white shirt or well coordinated color.
  • Belt that matches shoes.
  • Don’t clip your phone to your belt.
  • Tie that matches your suit.
  • Be sure that your shoes are polished.
  • Match your socks to your shoes not your pants.
  • Only a wedding band no other jewelry.

For Women:

  • A well fitting suit/dress or skirt and blouse.
  • Be sure that your skirt isn’t too short. Check how you look and feel when sitting down.
  • Conservative shoes. No platform or stilettos.
  • Conservative yet well coordinated jewelry.
  • Beware of dangly bracelets and being noisy or distracting.
  • If you wear pantyhose keep it neutral and as close to your natural skin tone as possible.
  • Never wear open toe or sandals with pantyhose.
  • Make-up is important but should be conservative for daytime.

Your clothes make a statement about you. What is the image you want the world to see? It is better to err on the side of too dressy than too casual.

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.