How To Spring Clean Your Closet, LetGo & Make Money

How To Spring Clean Your Closet, LetGo & Make Money

I have a closet room cupboard full of clothes. Yet, I’m always faced with the common dilemma of not having anything to wear. It’s not that I don’t have enough, it’s just that I have a cupboard full of things that either don’t fit, don’t suit my style, or things I just can’t get rid of because I spent too much money on them. While every girl wants a well edited collection of wearable items, Spring is the perfect time to shed the excess and start working towards that dream closet goal. By dream closet, I don’t mean one that’s floor-to-ceiling-wall-to-wall, but rather a happy place, filled with pieces of clothing and items that you would actually wear. So today, I’m going to give you a quick guide to spring cleaning your closet, show you how to LetGo and even make some money on the side. Money you can use for new items that are actually YOU, and it’s all thanks to a fun, interactive mobile shopping App called LetGo.

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My Closet

My Closet

I’ve been meaning to do an updated closet room tour (since it has been highly requested) so, this weekend after I finished giving my vanity a fresh coat of paint, I thought what better time to invite you on a little tour of my JHB closet.

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Packing and Travelling Like A Pro

Packing and Travelling Like A Pro

I’m constantly looking for ways to pack smarter when I travel, and since I do a lot of travelling (locally and internationally), I thought I’d put together a little guide to packing like a pro, because it’s easier than you think! Your Suitcase Matters On my recent trip to Dubai, I travelled with the amazing TUMI TEGRA-LITE® MAX Large Trip Expandable Packing Case, and it is awesome with a capital A! You guys know I love my TUMI Tegra Lite Carry on, and it was amazing to take the “big boy” with me this time! The Large Trip Packing case fitted everything for my seven-day trip, including; outfits, accessories and shoes (don’t forget the shoes) for about 15+ outfits. The case itself is super light weight, weighing under 7 kilograms (6.44kg to be exact) and since it’s made from a protective material, it kept everything perfectly in place and safe. The thing I love the most about this case is how seamless and effortless it was to wheel around. It moves in every direction, with double turning wheels, and since I was responsible for lugging my own bags around – I found it very easy to manage on my own. I even…

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Hat Trick! DIY Store and Display Your Hats

Hat Trick! DIY Store and Display Your Hats

You guys know I’m OCD when it comes to organizing stuff. I want to make it easy to find things, especially when it comes to my outfits, because who really has time to mess around? Takes me enough time doing my hair and makeup as it is! One thing that always bothered me was my hat “setup”. Over the past couple of months, I’ve gone cuckoo for hats. But back to the point at hand, storing my hats was always an issue, until I came up with the ultimate hat trick. I have a hat stand in my entrance hall with all my summery trilby hats, but for my dressier ones, ones that go beyond the swimming pool, I wanted them to be more prominent and easy to access while I’m getting dressed and putting outfits together. So, I created this super easy hat display that (seriously) took less than 5 minutes to put together. Annnnd, the best part is that it makes a great decor statement in my closet room… My hats now hang from a single fabric ribbon, and each one is pegged in making it easy to remove and replace. Depending on you, you could drill a pretty…

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Time To Travel

Time To Travel

You guys! I recently got the most amazing news ever! Next week, little old me, will be jet setting to the UK (first time ever) to check out the latest offering from River Island. The brand launches in South Africa this month (thanks Edgars) and later on, in September, the doors to the first South African River Island Concept store will open! I am so excited that I’ll be getting a first look at what will be on offer, and of course, I’ll share with you guys! I’m also really excited about going to London! Woo Hoo! What to wear?! What to take?! What to See?! Where to Shop?! Questions, questions, so many questions… But the ultimate thing on my mind right now is travelling and getting packed! Of course, I’ll be travelling with my TUMI, but here are some other exciting items from the latest TUMI Fall 2014 collection that I would just D-I-E to get my hands on to take with… As you probably know, I am obsessed with organising and packing is no exception! I’ve been overseas a couple of times (and locally about a bazillion), and every time I get a little better at packing. And these goodies from the TUMI Journey collection are right…

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3 Clever Ways to Store Your Boots This Winter

3 Clever Ways to Store Your Boots This Winter

Boots are one of the most annoying things to store in your closet. Some, especially soft leather ones (like my Tsonga Riding Boots), tend to flop, making them look really untidy and cluttered. But, don’t fear – I have found THREE really cool and easy ways to store boots and keep them looking neat and tidy. As you may know, I keep my boots stored like this (above), on the bottom shelf of my shoe shelf in my closet room. I like to have them displayed properly, without them flopping around. My Hunter Boots are the only pair that ‘stand on their own’. Every other pair has a little hidden trick to keep them upright… These tricks work wonderfully whether you keep your boots in your closet or displayed, and they are fairly inexpensive. In fact, two of the tricks you’d be able to accomplish without spending any “extra” money at all! Trick #1: Empty Wine Bottles This is such a cool trick and you’ve probably got empty bottles lying around. If not, well then this is a perfect excuse to celebrate finding a solution to your boot storage dilemma! Just make sure that the empty bottle is clean and that there aren’t any droplets of wine inside. I’ve used…

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Dresser Details! How I store my Makeup

Dresser Details! How I store my Makeup

I love my new vanity setup! A huge change from my previous setup and makeup storage. As a (part) beauty blogger (part fashion and lifestyle blogger), I love makeup, but I also like to use makeup (not just shove it away), so I get a little OTT with storage and organization. One of the reasons that I wanted to change my closet room, was because my cluttered dresser was a bit of an eye sore. I was after a sleek, clean and simple space, but one that was also functional in terms of getting ready.  My refreshed space is so much prettier, and it just makes me smile every day! My dresser My little trash to treasure conversion! After I changed my closet room, I needed a table for my vanity, so I used hubby’s old student desk as a temporary solution. It was kinda boring, bland pine wood with those horrible round wooden knobs (ya, you know what I’m talking about). But hey, it was better than nothing. I made a few adjustments by removing the three bottom draws (leaving only the top one), so that I could fit my Acrylic Makeup Organizer “into” the desk! It was a perfect fit! I actually…

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Step Into My Closet

Step Into My Closet

A lot of you have been asking for an “updated” version of my closet room, and I’ve been promising one for ages! Well kids, today is the day…. So why don’t you step inside my updated closet room… To give you the really quick version; we turned one of the spare bedrooms in our house into a closet room. My old setup (from nearly three years ago) became a little too cluttered for my liking. I have since changed it to make everything still accessible, but much neater and prettier. I’ve also slowly added bits and pieces, like my fluffy white carpet, dresser stool and my chandelier (which unfortunately isn’t visible in any of my pics – grrr!) Ok, so on the one side of the wall (opposite the window), I have my dresser and shoe shelf. Both of these were old pieces of furniture that I just revamped by painting them white. If you’re looking for THE BEST white wood paint, I highly recommend Dulux Pearl Glo. Make sure you give it a coat of primer first! My dresser, or vanity table – which ever you prefer is quite a nifty setup. There is quite a lot to show and…

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How to Hang Your Jeans

How to Hang Your Jeans

Finding your jeans in your closet can be quite frustrating! I used to store mine, folded on top of one another on a shelf, and I could never find which pair I was looking for! In fact, I hardly knew what jeans I had! After re-arranging my Closet Room (here’s what it looked like before – I still need to do that post on the updated layout by the way), I managed to squeeze in a bit more hanging space, so I decided to dedicate a rail (well half a rail) to storing my jeans. I now hang all my jeans in a way that I can see them properly! Not only the colour, but the cut, style, and most importantly for me, the leg. I am a jeans person, so I love my skinnies, bootlegs and boyfriend jeans. Hanging and displaying them like this has made a huge difference in helping me find “just the right pair”. I have three basic hanging methods, all using wooden hangers. I mostly hang my jeans by slipping the back belt loops onto the sides of the hanger. This works for most of my Demi-Curve Levi’s jeans becuase they are low waisted and have enough “room”…

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How I Store My Accessories

How I Store My Accessories

By now you probably know that I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to accessories and another one, equally as obsessive when it comes to storing and organizing stuff. I took over a little corner in my hubby’s dressing room and used an old chest of drawers that was filled with junk, to create my own little Accessories Armoire. I would absolutely die to have a real jewellery armoire one day, but for now, this set up will have to do… I contemplated painting my chest white, but because it’s been in my family for so long, I decided against it. I thought it would be nice to give you guys a little tour of how I store my accessories, which will hopefully give you some ideas on how to store your own. On the top of the chest, I keep my stretchy bracelets. I found this awesome bangle/ bracelet display stand at China Mall and although it does take up a lot of space, it keeps my bracelets accessible and easy to see. Taking them off is quite easy, as most of them are stretchy, so you can just stretch them over. I’m also using my…

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Our Super Clever Ways to Store & Organize Your Accessories

Our Super Clever Ways to Store & Organize Your Accessories

I am a sucker for awesome ideas to store and organize stuff, especially when it comes to girly things like shoes, clothes, makeup and accessories. After years of hoarding collecting bundles of bangles, necklaces, rings, sunglasses etc, I’ve realised that it’s far better to buy and look after something you like, rather than just spend more money on more stuff just because you haven’t looked after it. Besides keeping your stuff looking newer for longer, storing your accessories neatly also makes life so much easier when trying to find something. Here are some of my own pics and ideas on how to organize your accessories…   I love long necklaces, but had never found any decent way to store mine. Then, thanks to Pinterest I found a great idea that inspired my own… to use cute cupboard door handles, drill them into the wall and then just pile on the accessories. They also make a really cute feature on the wall. I featured my ring storage solution on StyleScoop back in January this year. Here, I used clear plastic egg trays (that I found at Mr Price Home) to store all my rings. You could even use empty egg cartons and paint them in…

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Style your Starches in Apothecary Jars

Style your Starches in Apothecary Jars

I have always loved beautiful Apothecary Jars. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are just so pretty. I never knew what to store in them until I watched an episode of Brothers & Sisters that featured Nora’s amazing kitchen and her beautiful display of Apothecary Jars by her window. Since I found a purpose for them, I had been hunting for these jars everywhere and just recently I managed to find two beautiful glass Apothecary Jars. I use one of the jars to store pasta and the smaller one store rice, and they both sit beautifully on my kitchen counter. The only problem is that I have to keep them fairly full to look pretty, but at least I’ll never run out of rice or pasta! Image Credit: apartmenttherapy.com These gorgeous jars can be used to store more than just pasta and rice. For example you could store sweets in them too – although this would not work well in my house, and they would most defintely look empty far too quickly! Not to mention, I’d need a whole new wardrobe, a size up! If you have space in your bathroom, Apothecary Jars also make great containers to store your…

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Beautiful Shoe Storage Idea You Could DIY

Beautiful Shoe Storage Idea You Could DIY

It took me a while to get onto the whole “pinning” bandwagon, but I’m absolutely hooked! It’s amazing how many great ideas you can find on Pinterest ! Take for example this awesome shoe storage solution made from empty wine crates! The Roomblr is responsible for this genius idea and when I saw it, I just had to share. At the moment all my shoes are stored in shoe rails in my closet room, which is great, but I still think that displaying heels on shelves shows off the full prettiness of shoe. Unfortunately I’m not much of a wine drinker, so I have no clue where to get empty crates, but hey, StyleScoop is all about sharing ideas and inspiration, so if you can get your hands on some, go for it! After seeing this Pinsperation, I found something similar that would probably work just as well (if not better) at The Homemakers Expo this weekend. Pine cubes with different designs. These could be stacked on top of, and next to each other to create a shoe library. As much as I love my closet slash dressing room, I’m getting tired of it being so “racky; so one of…

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Inside my Closet… with Superficial Girls

Inside my Closet… with Superficial Girls

Spring is the perfect time to clean out and re-organize your closet! To help motivate you, we’ve asked some stylish fashionistas to take us inside their closet. This week, we’re taking you inside the closet of local fashion style blogger, Carlinn from Superficial Girls. We’re absolutely hooked on this girl’s amazing style, so we were just as excited to peek inside her closet. Take a look… Tell us a bit about your closet I used to have a whole room that I used as a closet and makeup room when I lived in Malta, but when we moved back to Cape Town space was definitely an issue, so I had to come up with some very creative ways to store my clothes, shoes and jewelry! At the moment I have all my jackets in one cupboard, dresses and shirts in another and then tees, jeans, shorts and skirts are all folded. I rotate my clothing with the seasons and I also have a clothing rail in the garage, where I keep some of things that I don’t wear that often. My shoes are all sorted by style or color and I showcase some of my more “special pairs” in the dining area…

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Store Your Makeup! Acrylic Makeup Organizer

Store Your Makeup! Acrylic Makeup Organizer

Makeup junkies, listen up! If you’ve been looking for the ultimate way to store your makeup, we’ve found the perfect solution! And if you’re a fan of the Kardashians, you’ve probably seen the sisters’ amazing clear makeup storage boxes and like me, have been hunting for one? Well, acrylic makeup organizers are now available to us in SA thanks to 27Pinkx. The lovely Khatija sent me one of these awesome acrylic makeup drawers to review and I am in love with it. It’s amazing just how much makeup can fit inside while still looking pretty and organized, but most importantly, ensuring everything is easily accessible. Take a look… These clear acrylic makeup organizers are beyond beautiful and can store both your large and small beauty products, all in one place! The size of this one is 310mm wide x 380mm high x 305mm deep and consists of five compartments. The top compartment has a flip-lid that you can use to store all your daily essentials. I’ve used mine to store all my palettes and some foundations which I’ve laid flat because I keep the my lid closed. The lid flips right back, so you can even leave it open to store…

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Fab Find Friday – Earring Stands

Fab Find Friday – Earring Stands

So you guys know my obsession with organising and storing my stuff! Always on the hunt for new and clever ways to organise, I found these amazing little earring stands that are a must for every gal! How do you guys store your earrings? I must say, mine were a total mess! I had them all over the place, constantly buying more because I could never find them, forgotten about them, or lost the butterflies – how annoying! That was until I discovered these… Handy little earring stands that I picked up at Dischem for under R50 bucks! I love these because you can store your hanging earrings as well as your studs, and you’re able to see everything nice and neatly. The other benefit is that your earrings don’t get damaged, tangled or go missing. Studs go at the top, and you can store a variety of sizes. There’s actually a lot of space, so depending on the size of your studs, you can store them up here. Your hanging earrings can be placed through the stud holes, or through these little slits, that makes getting them in and out a breeze! As you can see, this little gadget…

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Fab Find Friday – Good Grips Storage

Fab Find Friday – Good Grips Storage

I promised I’d tell you guys about the perspex goodies I used for the bottom of my Makeup Storage display. They are so fab, I thought they would be a perfect fit for my Fab Find Friday! They are called Good Grips made by OXO. They come in a variety of sizes and they have little grips that interlock, allowing you to create your custom configuration. They are used primarily as drawer liners, so you can store stuff like stationary, tools, hair clips etc in your draws without them looking messy and untidy. I used them to store makeup! While they certainly ain’t cheap, they are good quality so they shouldn’t break too easily, and I like them because you can build them yourself. Even if  do find a new way to store my makeup, these have a multitude of uses. For my setup I used three medium trays as well as two long trays and you can see below how all my makeup fits into them. If you look closely, you’ll notice that everything fits in and doesn’t stick out, with the exception of my front long tray that has some palettes sticking out – but that was ok…

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Makeup Storage – My Setup

Makeup Storage – My Setup

This post is long overdue! I’ve been promising it for weeks on Twitter, and this weekend I finally had time to shoot some pics, so here goes. I hope you enjoy it and that it gives you some cool ideas to store your own makeup! Alrighty, so above is my vanity setup. You’ll probably recognise it from my closet room post, which by the way still needs to be updated! I’ve made a few changes in the layout of my makeup, and I’ve also finished my dresser off nicely with a mirror top. Before I just had the wired shelf top and everything would just fall through – it was a mission! I’ve always wanted a mirror dressing table, and now I finally have it. I can’t believe how cheap it was either! I think I paid R150 for the mirror top, which in case you’re wondering is sitting on a super thin piece of chipboard (so it doesn’t break). I also had smaller ones cut to fit into the side shelves. Now, onto the makeup… I like to have everything out in front of me, so I’ve re-organised my stuff from how it was previously, to make it more…

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An Idea to Organise Your Rings

An Idea to Organise Your Rings

I’ve been on a mad bender lately trying to organise and get everything neat and tidy in my dressing room. It’s a mission bordering on OCD, combined with an unhappy credit card. No matter where I go, no matter the type of shop; whether it’s a home ware shop, stationary shop, clothing shop, heck even hardware stores, I’m always looking at things to see how I can make them work to store stuff. I’ve got to admit though, my crazy-lady hunt has resulted in some pretty nifty ideas that I will share with you over the next couple of weeks. Here’s one and a great way to store rings. I got this cute little mirror jewel box as a gift for Christmas, which I used (for the first few days) to store my rings. Things like necklaces, earrings and bracelets get all tangled up in boxes, so I usually don’t keep stuff like that in jewellery boxes. It was an ok idea, I could see my rings, but I do have a few of them so they were piled on top of each other – not so good! Then, when I was at good ol’ Mr Price Home (my favourite…

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Decor Monday – Vintage Hat Boxes

Decor Monday – Vintage Hat Boxes

I’m obsessed with vintage hat boxes. They are so girly so very cute, why don’t women use these anymore? They make great decor pieces for closets, bedrooms, bathrooms and even living spaces. I want to start getting some really old ones (with loads of character) to start displaying in my closet room. They are too pretty and make great storage spaces too! I’I bought this one from Lulu Shop, an online thrift blog based in Durban that I want to use it to store and display my clutch purses. – Oh, speaking of closet room, stay tuned for my updated blog on it soon. This week I painted my cupboards, got a white fluffy rug and a new ottoman… I’ll also show you how I plan to use my hat box! But, back to vintage hat boxes… take a look at some vintage hat box inspiration online. Click on the images to visit the blog post and read more about these treasures… PS – If you find any cool vintage hat boxes for sale online or in thrift stores, please comment below and let me know xo Dimi

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