Style In Your Closet

I couldn't be more excited to share with you my experience working with personal stylist Marissa Cornejo.  Not only is she impeccably dressed every single day (check out her blog - www.styleinyourclosest.com), but she is hands-down the savviest shopper I know.

Marissa came over one Saturday to perform her "Style Me At Home" magic on my hopeless closet.  For two hours, she combed through everything from accessories to handbags to come up with the following to-do list - ENJOY!:

1 - Go SHOPPING!

Marissa has quality taste.  And by quality, I mean she has more Gucci/Louboutin/Chanel/Farragamo than I can dream about.  Shockingly, though, she rarely pays full price.  I made sure to leverage my two hours with Marissa to get her secrets:

  • Shop at Marshalls on the day product arrives - she got Manolo Blahniks this way!
  • Shop the sample sale at the J Crew Factory in Lynchburg - it has a $500 max, and according to Marissa, you'll spend it all.  Don't forget your student ID - you'll get a discount!
  • Shop consignment - She calls Current Boutique regularly to see what they have and in what sizes - talk about commitment, but It's worth it (I mean Louboutin worth it)...

I already had a decent collection of jeans (black skinnies, dark blue skinnies, light denim, and trouser jeans), tops, and handbags, but I needed help in just about every other category.  Below is the shopping list I built from our session (she even told me where to find everything!):

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2 - Sell/Donate

Marissa was the voice of reason that finally made me get rid of my peasant tops from Freshman year of college (THANK YOU).  She helped me sort through what could be sold at Current Boutique and what should be donated.  I would have been lazy and donated it all, but apparently I have some clothes that might help fund the shopping list above!

3 - Get Organized

The big thing that impressed me about Marissa is how organized she is with her clothing.  She stores her off-season clothes in labeled stackable containers, irons her pashminas, stuffs her shoes, etc.  She has inspired me to take my closet to the next level.  Some of my take-aways below:

  • Preserve inexpensive gold accessories by coating with clear nail polish or acrylic (!! so excited about this one - I ruin costume jewelry after two wears)
  • Stuff and hang boots
Start with newspaper (or in my case Cosmo magazines) 

Start with newspaper (or in my case Cosmo magazines) 

Stuff the toe of your boots/shoes to eliminate the crease

Stuff the toe of your boots/shoes to eliminate the crease

Hang them in your closet from a "clippy" hanger!

Hang them in your closet from a "clippy" hanger!

  • Iron trouser jeans and hang like dress pants - such a sharp look with a tucked-in, white blouse
  • Fold jeans so the pocket & branding is facing up (helps you know what jeans you're pulling out)
 
Iron a crease into trouser jeans and hang them

Iron a crease into trouser jeans and hang them

Fold all other jeans with branding facing out

Fold all other jeans with branding facing out

 
  • Put shoes in clear, labeled containers
  • Store off-season clothing in clear, labeled containers (I'm bringing Marissa back to help me with this!)

PHEW!  That was a long post, but I hope you are as inspired as I am to whip your closet into shape for Spring!  Check out Marissa and put some style back into your closet :: http://fortique.com/provider/personalstyle/marissa/request.  You'll thank me!

- Steph & The Fortique Team