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How to Organize Your Home Office

Ya’ll I allowed my home office to become a hot mess last year! I got lazy with the most precious room in my home. This isn’t good because I spend about 70% of my day in my office. Slowly the office mess was affecting my mood. Or I wonder if the office was an outward reflection of how I was really feeling. Anyhoo. In the midst of making everyone over, I allowed my office to be full of clutter. Yes, this is a confession. I got comfortable with the mess that I saw until my client Amber came by and told me basically that the office didn’t reflect who I really was – which is all kinds of fabulousness.

At that moment, I accepted the truth she was saying and asked her for her advice on how to get the office together. Her experience as an interior designer was just what I needed at the time. So we put together a Pinterest idea board that include sample color palettes, other home offices I liked, as well as my current room state.

I created a plan to declutter and reorganize the office that weekend. Although the project itself is still a work-in-progress, getting started right away was necessary.

Almost done #declutter #officemakeover

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Here’s what I did.

1. I cleaned out my closet of all the junk that I allowed to accumulate. Because hubby and I are gamers, we collect a LOT of games and cards. The games were organized in another appropriate closet and everything else either was donated or tossed in the garbage.
Before and after closet cleaning

2. I painted the closet white for a clean fresh look. After painting the closet, I put a few items back in to access everything I wanted to keep.
figuring out the closet

3. I purchased a few baskets and a deluxe utility tote (from My Thirty-one rep) to organize my office supplies. Baskets make everything look organized and perfect.

(Before I purchased bigger baskets.)
closet before the baskets

(AFTER I purchased bigger baskets.)
Shelves in closet

File cabinet covered in burlap with deluxe utility tote

Closet full view

4. I add floral curtains to my windows. Floral curtains have brightened up my room for a soft relaxing look.

Curtains

5. I make sure to clean up the room each week.

Office After

My peace in this room is now more welcoming. It is now a room that I feel happy to bring clients to as well as chill in myself. So, do you need a home-office makeover? Do you need to get rid of the clutter? Don’t delay. Start now and your mood will thank you for it.

Trendspotting: Animal Print Shoes

Animal Print Shoes

Animal-prints can add spice to flats and heels and looks great with neutrals. Do you wear animal-print shoes?

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Perfect for the office. Linen dress, tortoise-shell inspired belt, with the black heel. Y’all the whole outfit was thrifted! Fly and thrifty!

What I learned from working at Charleston Fashion Week

Every year I’m always excited about what Charleston Fashion Week (CFW) has to offer.  The event organizers promise that CFW is a must for any fashionista.  Some regard it as the next best thing to going to NY Fashion Week.  There are over 20 runway shows that feature emerging designers, Charleston boutiques, and established designers.  I’ve attended CFW for three of the five years it has been held.  Every year the show delivers on its promise and gets better.  The organizers have truly set the standard for any fashion event in South Carolina.  So it’s no surprise that people want to be a part of it.  Many sign up to volunteer to work on any aspect of the production just to gain experience in working with a major fashion production.

I am no different. I jumped at the chance to audition to work on the CFW hair and makeup team.  I was thrilled to be accepted as an assistant on the team for the spring bridal show.  It was exciting (and tiring) to work behind the scenes with such talented people.  (Can you believe call time was 5am?!)  I also worked as a volunteer with the show “ushers” two other days as well.  The show “ushers” are the people in black who usher people to their seats.  They usher you along to get your tickets.  They, you know, usher people.

Anyway, I expected there to be major drama to go down while working the show, and there would be some “Ugly Betty” moments, but dang, I can’t think of many worth relating.  However, there was one incident where a fashionista vomited in my section in the the fourth row.  That was interesting because homegirl just sat there and was pretty much a vomit faucet.  The police had to escort her out.  But it was all good.  The janitor cleaned up the section, and the show went on.  You know compared to my “day job” as a web developer and marketing consultant, I found working at the CFW a nice diversion from the norm.  I came away with a few lessons.

Work with the right people to bring your vision to fruition. Ayoka Lucas, is the Creative Director of the event, but she always attests to the fact that it’s the CFW team that brings the show together.

It doesn’t hurt to audition. I may not be the best makeup artist in SC, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try out to work on the hair and makeup team of a major fashion show.  I got in, and was there.  Being accepted as an assistant was good enough (for the moment).

Working with the crew of a fashion show takes the glamour out of it. Before you say you have a passion for fashion, you should get your hands “dirty”, and work in a fashion show.  My experience with helping with vomit aisle cleanup, being in the makeup tents at 5 am, and seeing a designer want to use a bandage to cover a model’s tattoo was an eye opener.  Not everything in the fashion industry is glamour.  There is a thing called work.  Can you handle some of the work?

Wear comfy shoes if you don’t plan on sitting a lot. I’m on my feet too long to be rendered cute after 2 hrs of standing from taking photos and interviewing folk at the event.

Check out behind-the-scenes photos on the CFW website.