I hope all of you are enjoying your summer. Is it really August already? Is it just me or does time go by even faster as we get older? I feel like I just switched my closets from winter to summer and can hardly believe it’s time to prep my closets for the switch back to fall / winter clothes.
But, before we talk fall fashion and jewelry, I need to ask if there are any Shark Tank fans out there? It is one of my favorite TV shows, and the two women judges are, of course, my favorite. One is Lori Greiner from QVC (go QVC!) and the other is Barbara Corcoran from Corcoran Real Estate. I received an email a few days ago from Barbara with the below image of her wearing my new 18k Couture Green Aventurine earrings and necklace.
As most of you know from my past blogs, green is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Therefore, it was great to see Barbara wearing green gemstone jewelry. In that spirit, I am very pleased to debut new QVC pieces with featuring the color of the year, J284773, Sterling Amazonite Bead 18" Necklace and J284029, Sterling Amazonite Oval Link 18" Necklace.Amazonite is a very interesting stone with a unique color hue, a beautiful green blue. It is the perfect stone to stay on trend with the “color of the year,” as well as move into cool blues for fall. What I love most about Amazonite is that it is not too overpowering, rather the perfect pop of color. If you love beads, J284773 is for you, and if you prefer stone with open links, I think you will enjoy J284029.
OK, on to fall fashion. The trends this year are already popping up in stores and online, spurring thoughts of cozy sweaters and long soft scarves. But, before you buy anything new for your fall wardrobe (although it’s tempting), here are 5-simple tips I always refer to while prepping my closet for fall. It always helps me get more organized, save money so that I do not “repeat” buy things that I really do not need, and last but not least, come next summer, I feel one step ahead in keeping my life more orderly.
FALL PREP – Changing of the Guards...from summer to fall to winter and beyond!
Tip #1: Get out all of your cold weather clothes from storage before you buy ANYTHING new! You most likely have some items tucked away that you don’t remember from last year. Before you accidentally buy something similar, it’s good to know what you have.
Tip #2:Try to do a little planning ahead when putting away your summer clothes. Put away the ‘dog days’ of summer clothes first, like flip flops and flowy, light weight skirts and dresses. Then, the summer basics. Finally, put away items you will want to pull out first in early spring: lightweight cardigans and some layering-worthy scarves. This little bit of organization will definitely save a lot of time next season!
Tip #3:What didn’t you wear this summer? Be honest… When you are taking the time to put away your summer clothes, take mental note of what you absolutely did not wear this summer. If you think it could be tossed to the back of your closet yet again, why not put it in a separate box or bag for goodwill? If you’re not ready to part with it just yet, still keep it in a separate place, and maybe your feelings will change by next year.
Tip #4:Hold back your lightweight pieces for layering. I have often made the mistake (too many times to count) of putting away pieces I thought were “too summery” only to discover I had packed away some lightweight tops that would have been the perfect layering pieces underneath sweaters and scarves in the fall.
Tip #5:A few dryer sheets or cedar blocks will make everything fresh for next year. A very simple tip that will make you smile when all of your clothes still smell fresh when you take them back out in spring!
I hope that these tips are as helpful to you as they have been for me. Having a checklist always keeps me a bit more organized when transitioning clothing from season to season.
In addition to the above featured pieces, I will be debuting MANY more new designs during my upcoming August 4 show, so please tune in. The times are as follows: 6:00am-8:00amand 6:00pm-9:00pm.
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