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closet confidential.

As promised, I spent the weekend spring-cleaning my closet. It actually wasn’t super painful, and the satisfaction I feel when I open the door – and see a clean floor, neat stacks of sweaters and jeans and racks of uniform hangers – makes the experience worth it.

Closet 1
shorts, skirts and pants hang to the right. vests, blazers and jackets hang above folded jeans.
Closet 2
apparently, i own a LOT of button-down shirts. whatever, they always work.
Closet 5
stack your skinnies and sweaters in ROYGBIV order or we can’t be friends. kidding. but not really.

closet3

Closet 4
hats, stacked on top of each other, sit atop a plastic chest of drawers containing bikinis, flip flops and beach towels.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Evaluate. Divide everything (and I mean everything, not just your hanging items) into four piles: KEEP, ALTER, RE-SELL, TOSS. My guidelines for each pile:

KEEP – You MUST have worn this garment at least once in the last year. The only exceptions are things that you love but don’t fit, or cocktail/formal dresses that you would DEFINITELY wear again. Please note: bridesmaids dresses and old prom dresses hardly ever qualify.

ALTER – If you really really love something…but it’s too big or too long (too small is another story), you may put it in the ALTER category. Items that qualify include designer jeans, great cocktail dresses, suits…and that’s pretty much it. Get the item/items altered as soon as possible. And honestly, if you don’t feel a sense of urgency to alter the item, it belongs in one of the next two categories.

RE-SELL – Not sure about you, but I had  a LOT of stuff that fit into the re-sell category. A striped Tory Burch polo handed down from my mom (never looked right on me), a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots (great looking, but not nearly as comfy as a pair I carry at Dish – and scooped for myself – last year),  a few Juicy Couture dresses that I bought a size larger when I was pregnant but haven’t worn since…you get the idea. TheRealReal is a great luxury consignment site, and Facebook is an awesome way to unload your gently used but-not-designer items. Fact: Those Tony Lamas sold within THREE MINUTES of me posting them on Facebook.

DONATE – 5K t-shirts, impulse buys from Forever 21 that never delivered and well-worn gym clothes all belong in the DONATE category. Sure, Goodwill is great, but ask around (your friends, your church, your civic club). There may be a needy individual or family able to put your goods to use ASAP.

2. Organize. Once you’ve got your KEEP pile sorted out, put everything on matching hangers and re-hang by category, color, or cut. Do whatever works for you. My closet is divided by item (tops, sweaters, dresses, pants), then fabric (all cottons together, all dressy materials together, etc), then color. Honestly, my closet has always been organized this way…but after removing about half of the items, the order makes much more sense. And I can actually thumb through the hangers. I did move my cold-weather items (coats and fur vests) and cocktail dresses to another closet.

A word about hangers: At some point I’m going to invest in those grippy hangers that everyone loves…but until then, clear my plastic hangers will have to do. Whatever hangers you choose, make sure you’re able to get every kind you need in that material. I need shirt hangers, pant/shorts hangers, and that hybrid hanger that works for strapless dresses as well as two-piece suits.

3. Shoes & Bags. I don’t think you have to be as ruthless when it comes to shoes and handbags. Shoes and bags can make or break an outfit, and unless you wear them to DEATH, they should be okay to hang around for five or ten years, or even longer. I have heels I haven’t worn in years but I am still making room for (just be patient, blue suede pumps. your time will come.). At the same time, if the leather on the stiletto is peeling back or the suede on the bag is irreparably dirty (or if they don’t fit your feet or your  life – be honest), move them to the RESELL or DONATE category.

4. Corral. Items like scarves, belts and clutches are easily contained in plastic drawer towers. Label the drawers, and finding accessories becomes a breeze. I keep my flashy costume jewelry plus my nicer pieces that I don’t wear everyday in a plastic bin in my closet. My everyday stuff sits out on my dresser in plain view.

5. Prettify. I didn’t get to this step on Sunday, but I will soon. My plans include painting a chandelier and hanging it in my closet. I’m also going to place an unlit scented candle (Voluspa is our fave brand) on one of the shelves.

Chandelier
this lowes chandelier is just sitting in my garage; i think i’m going to paint it red. a pop of color will help wake me up in the morning!

Have you tackled any spring cleaning projects yet? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo!

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friday five: pick-me-ups.

We can’t lie. It’s been a long week. L has been sick, J’s been swamped at work, and the weather down south has been super depressing. So, in true Glitter Girl style, we’re planning a fun and productive weekend to shake these rainy day WEEK blues. Here’s our plan:

1. Decorate. A little Target-ing always lifts our mood.  A few pics of some recent Target finds..

Coral Pillow
this coral pillow adds life to L’s leather couch.
Nate Berkus Gold Bowl
L scooped this Nate Berkus for Target gold bowl during the holidays.

Have you seen the new and improved Threshold for Target collection? This iron wire table is a MUST have.

Threshold for Target
at $69, why not?

2. Make. Inspired by J’s recent purchase of a green guacamole bowl (from Target! we can’t stop.), we’re going to whip up this fresh Edamame Guacamole on Saturday afternoon and cross our fingers for patio weather. Just add pita chips and a cocktail.

Edamame Guacamole
image: two peas and their pod.

3. Makeover. Our closets, that is. L’s closet is jammed with hangers, and J’s bedroom is a maze of laundry piles. Inspired by this article on Lauren Conrad and this post on Cupcakes and Cashmere, we’re going to at least START spring cleaning our closets.

Messy Closet
before: yikes.
Organized Closet
this is the “after” we’re going for. image: cupcakes and cashmere.

4. Shop. Now that we have some room in our closets, we’re going to reward our superior organization skills with a few spring wardrobe purchases. What? We deserve it! Our picks:

Floral Button Down
L: i’m obsessed with button down shirts, and this pretty floral will energize my trusty navy blazer and white denim. gap.com.
BCBG Madria Sandal
J: I’m reeeally feeling this BCBG Madria Sandal. Pair with white jeans or shorts… done.

5. Nails. What would our Friday Five be without a new nail color? J’s picking up Essie’s Bikini So Teeny at lunch today.

Essie Bikini So Teeny
at least our nails will be springy in this sparkly, cornflower blue.

What are y’all up to this weekend? Tweet us or Instagram us @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

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spring cleaning: makeup bag.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, and inspired by this on the Glitter Guide, I decided to clean out my makeup bag this week. Things needed tossing, replacing…and it was a good excuse to do a little shopping.

First, the bag: J gave me this Tory Burch makeup bag five years ago, and I’ve been faithful to it ever since. It’s the perfect size for me, and I love how it stands up on its own.

L's Makeup Bag
full disclosure: i don’t think this has ever been zipped.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. I wear the exact same products every day – too many choices stress me out! While I do keep a little box in my vanity for “special occasion makeup” (stuff I wear every now and then, like bright lipstick), my makeup bag is reserved for my everyday routine. Here’s what’s inside:

this is what it takes to make me look presentable.
it takes all of this to make me look presentable.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude. This formula has SPF and offers a good amount of coverage. Liquid foundation has a shelf life of one year, so I’ll need to replace this soon, even though it’s only half gone. The price is nice, so it’s totally fine.

Rimmel True Match Foundation
Rimmel True Match Liquid Foundation. {$8}

Gross, Disgusting Foundation Sponge. TOSS (and then REPLACE). I should know better. Makeup sponges should be replaced every month, and (ideally) should be washed every week.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer. Er, I don’t even know how old this is. My mom gave it to me a year ago, so it’s definitely past its prime. But the consistency seems fine…do I have to toss it? According to this article, yes. Bummer.

Lancome Effacernes Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Concealer. {$30}

I may replace it with this.

Origins Concealer
Origins Quick, Hide! concealer. {$16}

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer in Linen. Same situation as the concealer – no clue how old it is.

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer
Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer. {$25)

That shade is kind of light for me, anyway. I may replace it with this:

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}

Franche Pressed Powder in Douce. FINALLY! Something I can keep. Pressed powder will last two years (and loose powder will last three). I have a love/hate relationship with pressed powder, so I don’t use a ton. This should be good for another year. I heard a rumor that this line has been discontinued…and my suspicions were confirmed when I tried to find a link to this product. At least I have another year to go!

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer Pencil in Noir. KEEP. Ironically, the product with the longest shelf life (three years) is the one I go through the quickest! I love love love this eyeline, and it’s good thing it’s cheap because I go through a pencil every six months or so. I keep one in my purse for touch-ups, too.

Rimmel Eye Liner
Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. {$6}

Diorshow Mascara in Black. KEEP, but not for long. Mascara only lasts three months, so I will have to replace this in a few weeks. My mom gave me this for Christmas (seriously, I wouldn’t have any makeup if it weren’t for her!), and I am in love. The brush is tiny, which took some getting used to…but now that I have the hang of it, my eyelashes seem to have doubled.

Diorshow Mascara.
Diorshow Mascara. {$25}

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in…brown? TOSS. This thing is so old that the words have rubbed off. I kinda think it may be the wrong color for me, anyway…but I do like the little brush on the cap. Handy!

Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil
Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil. {$4}

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance. Can you tell I’m a big Rimmel fan? I like this color a lot, but I hate the cheap plastic top. I wish it was a compact! J recommends Hoola Bronzer by Benefit, so I’m going to try it (even though I could use the Rimmel bronzer for another year or so). REPLACE.

Rimmel Bronzer
Rimmel Natural Bronzer. {$6}
Hoola Bronzer
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. {$28}

Rimmel GlamEyes Liquid Liner. Okay, this is one Rimmel product I don’t really love. The brush is kinda flimsy, so it’s hard to put on. I couldn’t find any guidelines about how long liquid liner goes, but I’m assuming it’s the same as mascara…so, TOSS. I don’t think I’ll replace though; I’m over the cat-eye thing. Are you?

Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner. {$6}

Sephora Blinged Eyeshadow Palette. This is an indulgence. It takes up a lot of real estate in my bag, but it holds EIGHT shadows and had a huge mirror on the inside. Good news: Eye shadows last for three years, so I can keep it! Thanks, mom.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. Lip Balm lasts forever (or until the consistency changes), but this tube has been squeezed to within an inch of its life after only a few months. J and I both use this fantastic, thick balm. I’m going to buy multiple replacements. I also had Fresh Sugar lip balm hiding in my bag – I’m going to keep that somewhere else (my car?), so I don’t have multiple lip balms in my bag.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm
Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. {$14}

NYC Cityproof Gloss in Everlasting Blossom. I love this gloss so much that J gave me TWO tubes for Christmas this year. I must dispute NYC’s claim that this an “eight hour” gloss…but I love it anyway. I go through a tube every two months.

NYC City Proof Lip Gloss
i buy this many at a time. {$3}

Various Makeup Brushes. KEEP, but it’s time to wash them. I use this Sephora spray wash – just mist and wipe! No water necessary.

Whew! Are you going to clean out your makeup bag this spring? Tell us what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing on Twitter @glitter_blog_xo!

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