Sophia’s Corner

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Are your necklaces always tangled at the bottom of your jewelry box? Are your bracelets buried beneath a mound of necklaces, bracelets, or watches? To deal with this chaos, I have turned an open shelf into a jewelry display!

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Tiered black velvet jewelry organizers create satisfaction.

I purchased these lovely jewelry stands at my local Bed Bath and Beyond store. (I absolutely love this store!!! It has everything you need to organize!) The 3 tiered stand in the middle cost me $19.99 and the 2 smaller tiered ones cost me $14.99 each. Okay, they may seem a little pricey, but in the end you are saving money. Consider the cost of a jewelry box. They can cost between $20-$100. These three stands together were about $50. Using a jewelry box, or throwing your jewelry in a bag or on top of your dresser, will most likely cause you to end up losing much more money than the cost of these stands. You will lose money because many of the jewels will end up breaking due to the tumbleweed if a mess they are in or you may never ever wear some of them again because they are impossible to untangle!

The best part about this organization technic is that it looks fabulous! Of course, I had to color coordinated my necklaces and bracelets. I also separated most of my pieces by gold and silver. In the end, my project looks like a jewelry display at a store. I love looking at it! I’m excited to pick out a statement necklace or accessory to go with my outfit in the morning. It makes getting ready at the crack of dawn less miserable!

FUN FACT: I get much of my jewelry from fashion wholesale jewelry stores in NYC. The jewelry is dirt-cheap. I can leave the store with five necklaces, six bracelets, a couple rings and a few pairs of earrings for under $50. You would never know they are not top of the line. Sometimes these stores have a minimum-purchasing price of $100. If so, move on, because chances are you will find many of the same pieces at the next store that does not have the $100 spending requirement. In Chelsea, a couple blocks from the flower district, between 5th and 6th avenues, on 27th and 28th streets, you can find plenty of these wholesale jewelry stores. So, next time you are there you must check them out!

I hope this post helps those of you suffering from a case of disorganized, tangled, jewelry mess blues! Jewelry is an important part of your outfit and not just because it is fun or pretty. Famous figure skater and film star, Sonja Henie once said, “Jewelry takes people’s minds of your wrinkles”!

 

 

  |   Closet Organization  |

I crave clothes. They are really important to me. I don’t like them just because they keep me covered or make me look good. I love them because once I put them on they are part of me, part of my day, and part of where I am. Picking out the outfits I am going to wear, for wherever I am going, is one of my favorite things to do. After putting together the perfect outfit, along with accessories, shoes, and jewelry, it helps me feel confident for the day. Confident not because I look really “hot” or “sexy”, but because the outfit I have selected fits with my agenda and destinations for the day. My outfits are my artwork.

What other way to show your love and appreciation for your clothes than giving them a nice home? To best dress yourself, know your clothing and accessory inventory, and keep them visible and easy to get to. In other words, have a well organized, functional closet, and try to add creative storage around your room to help keep all your clothes visible and easily accessible. I am constantly reorganizing my closet by color, season, size, etc. I like to keep my closets pleasant to look at and functional. Here are some tips that can help you keep your closet looking good enough to be displays in a retail store!

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Always clear out everything from the space you are reorganizing before you begin. I know it sounds like a pain, but take all your clothes and throw them on the ground. Do it! It gives you a clear, open vision to begin your reorganization.


Get all your clothes ready to go. For example, the clothes that will go on your shelves, like t-shirts, fold them in piles by color and size. For hanging clothes, leave those laying flat in a pile on your bed, desk, wherever it’s clean and flat.


Separate your clothes by occasion/use. I keep all my dresses in one area, jeans in another, and so on. Nothing is harder than searching through a drawer mixed with t-shirts, casual tops, and nice tops. If you don’t have the room to put them each in a separate area come up with a way to keep them apart from each other. That way when you are getting ready in the morning, you don’t have to dig frantically through a drawer hoping to pull out your purple and white striped tee, and then having to refold and put everything back in the drawer.

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If you have the hanging space available, use it!!! I’m telling you, hanging things up is the best way to go. For one, everything is visible and easy to find and two, all your friends can see all your cute clothes, providing a fun back drop to help each other with wardrobe advice and tips. If you can afford it, buy all new hangars that are alike. This makes for a much neater closet and allows you to organize by length of items.

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Color Coordinate!

Color coordinate as much as possible! It makes your clothes so much more organized and nicer to look at.

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More color coordination & use of space

Use up every bit of space you have. Do not waste by hanging skirts in an open area that could fit long pants. Get creative and make your own hanging racks to use up the entire open space!


If possible, use hanging space and open shelves for all clothes that need to be hung or folded. There is nothing worse than looking for a t-shirt that is at the bottom of a drawer under your 8 favorite tees. Store items such as socks, bras, undies, bathing suits, and p.j.s in drawers.

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Use open shelves

Keep your shoes organized by style. I like to separate my shoes by sandals, flats, heels, tennis shoes, slippers, and boots. If you do not have shelving space for shoes, buy a shoe rack that displays and keeps your shoes more organized. Never just throw your shoes on the floor! I promise you they will never stay in the right place and you will end up never wearing half your shoes because they are hidden under your ever-growing shoe pile!

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Organize shoes by style

Get rid of clothes you do not wear! They are taking up much needed space for clothes you do wear. You can always give old clothes to friends, sell them on E-Bay, consign them, or give them to charity!


Its okay to steal organizational ideas from stores. An idea I used in my room was to hang towel racks on my closet doors to hang my scarves. They were too hard to find hidden in drawers, not to mention how wrinkled they were getting.
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Clever way to hang scarves!

I hope after reading this you have learned some new and/or better ways to keep your closet organized! You may not always have the motivation to begin organizing your clothes, but once you begin and start seeing improvements you will feel so much better! “Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.” —Mark Twain.

 

 

| About Sophia |

Drumroll please…..  I am so excited to announce we have a new member to The Lovely Thread family – Sophia!

I met Sophia from working with her at our favorite place, Mint Condition.  We have spent so many shifts together talking about fashion and closet organization, I knew she would be the perfect fit for this blog.  Sophia is someone we can all look up to.  She is following her dream,  moving to NYC all on her own to major in Fashion Merchandising.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!  I have seen her grow, in just this past yea,r into such a confident young woman. I’m so excited that she agreed to join us!  SO, without further a due, here is Sophia :

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Photographer of images above : Sarah Marcella Photography

|   sophia’s corner   |

 

I would like to warmly welcome you to Sophia’s Corner! I have a deep passion for fashion and love to design and make things look fabulous! I am excited to share with you all my fashion and organizing tips!

First, I want to tell you a few things about myself.  I am graduating from high school in 33 days (yes I have been keeping count). I will be starting college at F.I.T (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City this fall.  My major is fashion-merchandising management in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.   I am going to be living in the heart of New York City, in my favorite neighborhood, Chelsea! I’m super excited to be able to share my experience in New York City over the next four years with you guys!

I have lived in Alexandria, Virginia, in the same house all my life.  Growing up 10 miles south of Washington, D.C. has been really interesting, but having lived in the ‘burbs has kept me grounded in childhood normalcy. I have a pretty big family of 6 that I am very close with.  My family is the most important thing to me in life and I can’t imagine my life without them. I have two older sisters and one older brother, so I am the baby of the family!  I have two amazing parents who have never stopped supporting me even through my craziest ambitions and goals!

My current love is not a guy, but a store called Mint Condition.  I have worked with Sarah at this designer resale store for over a year.  We have a great boss, Toni, and I have learned an abundance of knowledge and had fun along the way! Two of my favorite things are clothes and organizing.  At work I get to be surrounded by the cutest clothes from some of the best designers, including Tory Burch, DVF, Milly, Rag & Bone, and so many more.  I love to keep the store perfect looking!

Now that you have learned a few things about me, I cannot wait to start this journey with you!  I will be sharing what is hot and trendy in New York, giving you tips and ideas along the way!

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