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Why Black Pumps Are the Shoe Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

Black Pumps, Boring But Necessary.

Black  pumps. Are they boring? Kind of. But, are they necessary? Yes! This is one of those needs vs. wants things.  In the food pyramid of clothing,  a plain black pump falls into the veggie category, not the sweets category. Nobody really wants to eat them, but they need them to sustain a healthy body. Eating sweets would be way more fun. And the same goes for the black pump.

Most people don’t really want spend a chunk of their clothing budget on a “boring” shoe like the black pump, but it’s a building block in your wardrobe. In fact, if you invest in a plain black pump now it’ll save you money in the future. With the black pumps we’re talking about, you probably won’t need a different black pump for every occasion. When you have a classic pump in your closet that goes with just about everything,  just like your veggies, it will take you further than a piece of cake.

Black pumps are versatile.

Time and again we meet with clients that are missing this key element in their wardrobe.  We’ve realized maybe it’s time to give the classic black pump a little PSA. It’s one of those pieces it pays to invest in.  It will end up being one of, IF NOT the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe. It goes with just about everything from jeans, to dresses. It’s that versatile, and a classic if chosen correctly.

Rules for picking a classic black pumps…

What to Wear on Your Next Shopping Trip That’ll Save you Time and Money

Approach Your Next Shopping Trip Like a Pro.

We are shopping pros. When we go on a shopping trip (with a client or with friends) we shop with purpose and we don’t like to waste time. We’re not like the Whirling Dervish or anything like that, but we’re on a mission when we go on a shopping trip.  We know where to go, and have in mind what to get.  We try to know every clean bathroom in every shopping spot between here and Timbuktu and we’ve even mastered eating and shopping at the same time.  Like we said, we’re pros.  We have to be efficient to make the most out of our time with our clients.  So, since time is of the essence here,  we’ll cut right to the chase. When you shop you have to wear an outfit that’ll SAVE YOU TIME and won’t slow you down.

Wear the Right Shopping Outfit.

You might think, who cares? Why does it even matter? But, it does. Remember the last time you went shopping and wore something that was a pain in the butt to take off? That day you spent half your time buttoning and unbuttoning and lacing up boots, or shoes to just say, the heck with it. I’ll just buy it now, and try it on at home to then realize you’ve wasted the time schlepping it back to the store because it didn’t fit. Or instead, you totally wasted the money because you were too lazy to take it back, and now it’s sitting in your closet with the tags on it.  And all of this because you were wearing an outfit that was a headache to shop in. Next time, try a stylist approved outfit, one that’s comfortable, easy on, and easy off. But that looks put together, but not sloppy. It’s a tall order but it’s do-able. And, in the end, it’ll save you both time and money.

What to wear on your next shopping trip:

Have you heard that saying “shopping is my cardio”? Well, the same way there’s a right and wrong way to be dressed to get the maximum benefit from your yoga or spin class, there’s also a right way to dress for maximum efficiency in a shopping trip.

All outfits have key elements and a shopping outfit is no different. We’re breaking it down (right down to the skivvies actually) as to what you need to wear the next time you’re out for a day of retail therapy…

The Coolest Evening Bags for a Night Out.

The Coolest Evening Bags for a Night Out.

Evening bags. The last puzzle piece.
Evening bags are often a void in our clients wardrobes when we first meet with them.  At one point I wasn’t any different – btw, it’s Elana writing this week.  When I first started working with Hallie, (meaning, as a client “worked” – if you didn’t know I started as a client, you can read about it here.) Anyway, back then,  I didn’t have an evening bag to my name. I would either stuff my pockets with my belongings or call my Mother-In-Law (whom is a very good sharer) in a panic begging to borrow one of hers. Hallie called my void, “a hole in my wardrobe”.  The problem was I would concentrate so much on the perfect outfit for the occasion that I’d forget the last piece to the puzzle, which was the essential evening bag. But, Hallie put a stop to that. She taught me that little bag made a big impact. The puzzle can’t be complete without the last piece, right? 

Bottom Line There are 3 Types of Evening Bags EVERY Girl Needs…

The Easy Way to Clean and Organize Your Closet

Give yourself a cleanse, a closet cleanse.
Looking for an easy way to clean and organize your closet?? Since it’s cold outside, and we’re all in hibernation mode, instead of binge watching the latest and greatest, try a closet cleanse. In simple terms, clean out your stuff and organize your closet. Clean out the stuff that’s worn, dated, or just doesn’t fit anymore. Whatever the case may be, get rid of it.  It’s taking up valuable real estate space in your closet no matter how much or little space you have. 

For a lot of people the thought of cleaning out and organizing your closet can be overwhelming beyond what your sanity can handle. In which case, call us, and we’ll do it for (with) you. But, for those of you willing to take the plunge, here are a few easy steps to get you started. We use these steps when we organize our clients, and in our own closets. They are tried and true. 
Easy Tips to Clean and Organize Your Closet + An Easy “How to Organize” Cheat Sheet…

My Honest Thoughts on Beautycounter – And other safe beauty products I’m trying

My Honest Thoughts On Beautycounter
Besides feeling like a total dork taking these before and after selfies – I have to tell you, I’ve been pretty impressed with the Beautycounter Make up – Flawless in Five.

Beautycounter’s a brand that has been getting a ton of hoopla, because they have a great mission, one that’s a no brainer to align with – To get safer (beauty and skin) products into the hands of everyone. Who wouldn’t want that??.

But, and I had a big BUT, what if it didn’t perform well? An altruistic mission is great, but when it comes to a product, performance is pretty important too. What if  this make up was like the all natural under arm deodorant that left me kind of stinky? Good in theory, but not in reality. Then sadly, it’s a no go.

A Movement for Better Beauty
This summer I was invited to a Beautycounter event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens but, walked out before the presentation even started ( I know, not nice of me).  I left because it felt too “salesy”…