Unclutter Your Closet and Your Mind!

By Lisa Adams, Founder of LA Closet

We all know how much better we feel when the home is clean or the desk is organized. Psychologically, it makes us feel that things are under control. Well, that feeling naturally extends to the closet. A messy closet influences what our clothes look like, how long it takes to get dressed, what we actually wear and how stressed we are getting out the door in the morning. That’s a big deal! So why not take on a spring cleaning project and get into the closet and out from under the clutter.

As a closet designer I have five top tips that I recommend – and that I live by – to keep your closet and clothing organized, and mornings running smoothly.

  • Edit, edit, edit. Even if you don’t own a lot, it is likely that you only wear half of what you have. Start by taking everything out of the closet and organizing it into piles. Then really consider each piece. Does it actually fit you? Does it flatter your figure? Is it in great shape or is there a stain or tear?  Does it meet your professional needs or at least your off-hours needs? If it doesn’t work/fit/look good – let it go. If it will work for someone else, pay it forward to Dress for Success. If it is not in good shape, just toss it.  Same goes for shoes and bags and belts. If they are in good shape, give them a good polish and get them ready for a fresh start, too.
  • Clean away the cobwebs. While the closet is empty, get in there and dust it out, wipe it down and start from scratch with a clean palate. Maybe even a fresh coat of paint if you have time.
  • Organize. As you begin putting things back into the closet, organize your clothing by work life and play life. Then within each area, keep shirts together, pants together, dresses, etc. Then line up your bags on a shelf or in a drawer and keep those shoes within easy reach. Make it easy to find what you need. Studies have found that we only wear what is visible to the eye. If it’s buried, it’s gone.
  • Plan ahead. Each evening give yourself a head start to an organized day. Figure out what you are going to wear the next morning and hang it up together. Iron if necessary – the last thing you need to do in a busy morning is get out the ironing board!
  • Maintain. When you get home in the evening, I know it is so tempting to toss your clothes on the bed/chair/floor. But it takes less than a minute to put things back where they belong. Putting them back away keeps your room clean, the clothes in better  shape and means you don’t have an overwhelming pile come Friday – when really all you should do it relax. You’ve earned it!

 

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How to Look Like a Million Bucks While Flying Mile High!

It can be difficult to maintain a polished look from even your home to the office during these summer months, but add in a few hours on a flight and you’re taking the chances of a fashion catastrophe to a whole new level! But this doesn’t mean you can’t look chic and sophisticated while flying sky high.

We aren’t saying endure your neighbor’s drool in the next seat while constricting yourself to heels and a starchy suit, but appearance is still important, especially when traveling for business. Research shows that flight attendants are more likely to dole out extra attention to well-dressed and neatly groomed travelers. So we’ve broken down your business travel stressors into a few easy steps that will leave you confident, prepared and maybe even upgraded to first class!

Dress Like a First-Classer, Even When Flying Coach

So how do you look professional, kempt and still remain comfortable on a flight? The key again is to dress in layers. This is practical for temperature control, as well as presentation.

Choose breathable fabrics such as cotton, silk or linen. Other synthetic fibers act as incubators for sweat and can make you feel even dirtier on a long trip.

Bottoms: Try a pair of ankle dress pants or an ‘A’ line skirt that won’t be constricting.

Top: Pair with a blouse or loose fitting tank and add a blazer overtop. The blazer will give the outfit a touch of professionalism and style, but is easily removable to accommodate conditions while traveling.

Shoes: Choose a pair of slip on flats or low heels that won’t have you tripping over drink carts in the aisles. The flats can slip easily into a carry-on and be swapped for a pair of heels if you have to run off to a meeting. If it’s colder, try wearing a pair of low-heeled boots and save room in your luggage.

Accessories: Light-weight scarves work great for any season and won’t weigh heavy on your body like a necklace or dangling earrings. If you can’t part with the bling, store it in your carry-on and put it on after the trip.

 

Maintaining Healthy Hygiene While Mile High

Face: Exfoliate your skin the night before and then apply moisturizer the next morning to combat the dry air on planes. Dead skins cells can block the moisturizer from actually absorbing in the skin. While on the flight, ask for an extra cup of ice with your beverage and wrap a cube in a napkin.  Hold it under your eye for a minute to decrease the inflammation that adds to a jet-lagged appearance.

Mouth: Not only does it feel like the Sahara in there, it probably also has a sour taste from ‘option 2’ on the mid-air menu. Try snacking on a green apple or ask the flight attendant for a lemon wedge.  Both have a tartness that activates salvation and a natural cleansing.

Hair: Blow-dry your hair the night before or the morning of your flight to add as much volume as possible. While traveling, use a neck pillow to protect from flat hair while relaxing. Don’t forget to stash some dry shampoo and hair spray in your bag for a quick touch up on your way out.

Makeup: Try to avoid applying too much make-up before a long flight and focus on bright neutral tones to accent natural features. On your way out of the airport, stop in the restroom and apply some mascara to your top lash, but skip the bottom, to avoid adding to any dark circles.

Full-body: The idea is to trick your body into staying hydrated and full when you’re not expending much energy. The air is usually dry and poorly circulated on a plane, so drinking water or even coconut water, which has an added electrolyte boost, will keep your body looking and feeling good. Also, snack often and strategically. Portable snacks like nuts have omega-3 fatty acids that will do wonders for your complexion and keep you full longer.

 

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20 tips to dress appropriately for work

 

Whether you like it or not, the way you look plays a role in your success in the modern workplace.

“The problem with appearance is that it translates to performance,” says Nicole Williams, a career expert at LinkedIn. “Even if your boss doesn’t think that they’re thinking any less of you, they will subconsciously think it.

“When you don’t fit in, you’re not as accepted and welcomed.”

And at some point, this could hurt your chances of getting a promotion.

In today’s workplace, where casual wear is becoming increasingly popular, it can be tricky to understand the rules of appearance. We talked to career and etiquette experts to get a better idea.

Below are 20 rules every professional should follow:

GENERAL TIPS

1. Understand what’s appropriate in your industry

“Everyone draws their lines differently,” says etiquette coach Barbara Pachter. “For example, you may be able to wear shorts, but not cut-offs. If your company has a dress code, follow it.”

2. Make sure your clothes fit

It may sound obvious, but many get it wrong. “If your clothes are too big or too small, they are not going to look good. Ensuring a proper fit applies to everything you are wearing,” says Pachter. “One interviewer said he was distracted by a man’s short tie.”

3. Wear glasses that fit

Make sure your glasses fit properly and aren’t sliding down your nose. You don’t want to be playing with them all the time, says Pachter. “This becomes distracting.”

4. Dry your hair

Never leave your house with wet hair, warns Williams. It makes you look like you don’t have your life together, which translates to not having your career together.

5. Pay attention to your bag

You don’t want your personal things jutting out of your purse or briefcase. Keep your bag clean on the inside, especially if it doesn’t have a zipper, which allows others to catch a glimpse inside from time to time. Williams also advises professionals not to wear knapsacks because it looks “too collegiate”.

6. Don’t wear strong perfume or cologne

“Anything that anyone else can smell is not good,” says Williams. To get an idea of whether someone can smell you or not, ask someone you trust.

7. Wear well-kept, polished shoes

“One recruiter told me the first thing he notices about a candidate is his or her shoes,” says Pachter. “Make sure your shoes are polished and in good condition.”

8. Pay attention to your watch

“When I ask the participants in my etiquette classes to name the one accessory that they notice most on both men and women, the watch is the most common answer,” Pachter says.

9. Wear rich colours to portray authority

“Pay attention to your colour choices,” Pachter says. “Darker colours usually convey a stronger impression than lighter ones.” If you’re giving a presentation, make sure the colour you’re wearing doesn’t blend in with the background behind you.

10. Avoid neon colours and overly flashy clothes

“Both men and women have to be cautious with bright colours,” Patcher says. Clothes that are too flashy can be distracting and the visual equivalent of shouting.

 

FOR WOMEN

11. Don’t be too sexy

Not only is wearing inappropriate clothing distracting, it can also give off an inaccurate impression. Avoid too-short hemlines, too-tall heels, plunging necklines, and exposed under garments. “A lot of women are oversexualized in the office,” says Williams. “You can wear a V-neck shirt, but make sure you keep your legs covered. People end up discrediting themselves by looking too provocative.” Pachter agrees: “What do you want to be remembered for? What you wore or what you said?”

12. Wearing nude pantyhose is hip

Ever since Kate Middleton started wearing pantyhose in public, it quickly became stylish again. “It gives you a more finished look,” Pachter says.

13. Get regular pedicures

Williams tells us one of her biggest pet peeves is when women wear open-toed shoes without getting pedicures. “If you’re going to show your toes, make sure your toes are well-groomed,” she says.

14. Don’t over-accessorise

Accessories are meant to complement your outfit, not overpower it. “I once met a woman who had a ring on every finger,” Pachter says. “You couldn’t look at anything else.”

15. Your jewellery shouldn’t make noise

It’s really distracting when someone’s dangly bangles make noises when they move their arms, says Williams.

 

FOR MEN

16. Avoid ankle socks with slacks

When you cross your legs and the pants slightly lift up, no skin should be showing, says Pachter. Your socks need to be an appropriate length.

17. Facial hair shouldn’t overwhelm your face

No matter how much you want to grow a full, bushy beard, it just might not work for you. Think about it like a haircut — not every cut is going to look good on every person, says Adam P. Causgrove, CEO of The American Moustache Institute. How do you know what style will look good on you? Determine what kind of face shape and features you have. Then find others with similar features who are already sporting moustaches and beards, and experiment with their cut and style.

18. Grow facial hair on a weekend or vacation

You want to look like you’ve grown hair on purpose instead of just being lazy and not shaving, says Causgrove. Williams advises using a weekend or vacation time to grow beards out, because “spotty beards make men look like 18-year-olds.”

19. Trim your beard

Facial hair needs to be kept trim and tidy to maintain a professional look. Causgrove advises doing some research on the proper device. Electric razors can be good for short, trimmed beards, and scissors are better for moustaches, he says.

20. A goatee is rarely a good idea

Any hair that’s under your lower lip that isn’t a beard is not a good idea, says Pachter. “Do you want to be the only person [with it]? It may work for you, it may work against you, but you need to make that decision for yourself,” she warns.

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