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The 5-Piece French Wardrobe PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

I'm halfway through six speaking engagements in a six week time period.  There's been a lot of packing and a lot of airports - with more to come.

Thursday night, just before getting on stage, I realized that I felt really good.  In fact, I felt a thousand times better than I did just eight hours ago when I got off the plane in a pair of jeans, tennis shoes and a hoody.  I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to get to my room, take another shower and get ready for the event.  I knew that the minute I put on my "speaking" clothes, I'd feel great.  I was right.

It was at that moment I realized that my day-to-day wardrobe is in need of an upgrade.  I strongly believe that you should feel great about how you look all the time, not just for special occasions.  But, in the last year, I've focused more on refreshing my speaking wardrobe and have neglected my day-to-day wardrobe.  

So, my goal this week is to do an inventory of items I need for fall and winter and begin systematically acquiring those needed pieces.  On the plus side, my timing is great as we go into the holiday season, the sales will be plentiful. I should be able to time my purchases and pick up everything I need on sale.

Once I have my basics in place, I plan to take a note from the 5 Piece French Wardrobe.  Click on the link for the original version of the system.  As for my version: 

1. Maintain a basic wardrobe including undergarments, workout clothes and pajamas, replacing items as needed.

2. Purchase only 5 new items each season.  The seasons are Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. 

3. Focus on quality over quantity as well as proper fit.

4. Only purchase items you absolutely love.

Once my basic day-to-day wardrobe has been replenished, my verion of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe will help ensure my wardrobe stays fresh, but also ensures I only purchase what I love and feel great wearing. 

Marion Cottilard
Her entire wardrobe from A Good Year is enviable!
 
 
Wardrobe Tips from Sophia Loren PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

Years ago I picked up a copy of Women & Beauty by Sophia Loren.  I remember being incredibly surprised at the practicality of her advice.  I felt like I was reading something my mom or one of my aunts would write, not something written by one of the most glamorous women on the planet.

Earlier this week I was flipping through it and was again surprised at her down to earth advice.  For example, she writes:

I used to buy clothes on impulse.  Something in a store would catch my fancy.  I would try it on and if I iked it, home it went.  But so very many times these purchases would turn out to be mistakes.  They would hang in my closet, never worn, and reproach me every time I looked at them. 

My new approach begins with planning... the main thing is to avoid going into a store wtih no idea of what you want.  This can spell diaster and this is how you fill your closet with clothes you never wear. 

Before you go into a store you must also examine what you already have.  It is simply wasteful to buy all new clothes every season; even if you have the money, and certainly not many people have, it means you haven't discovered what really is the best look for you.  When you buy the right clothes, you should find that you can wear them for many seasons.

The book is now out of print, but if you can find a used copy, it's a worthy investment!  In addition to advice on building a wardrobe, she also discusses skin and hair care as well as the value of a healthy diet and exercise. 

 
Shop Your Closet PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

A few weeks ago I received an email from a financial advisor I work for and at the bottom of the correspondence she wrote: 

P.S.  I just shopped my closet this morning and….
to sing a song from “West Side Story” – “I feel pretty” and sharp.

Her email made my day and reminded me of what a great strategy shopping your closet can be. 

The next time you feel the urge to buy new clothes, instead, go back through your closet, as if you were looking at the clothes for the first time, and see if you can put new combinatioins of items together. 

If you need a little help, ask a friend.  They'll look at your wardrobe with completely different eyes.  You could walk away with several new outfits without spending a dime.

 
Save the Earth - Don't Do Laundry! PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
Today is Earth Day, a global celebration of the environment.
 
Saving money and sustainable living are two of my favorite subjects to study. Coincidentally, they support each other.
 
Here in California, we’re suffering from a terrible drought. Many of my close friends are farmers and they’re struggling. Across the state, we’re doing what we can to save water such as:
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth.
  • Only run a full dishwasher (on the energy efficient cycle).
  • No more baths and very short showers.
  • Use a pitcher to capture water while waiting for tap to get hot and use that water in the garden.
One of my favorite ways to save water, money and time is by only washing our clothes if they’re actually dirty.  
 
We often throw something we’ve worn for just a short while into the dirty clothes pile. Break the habit by hanging the item immediately after taking it off. If you’d like, you can let it hang outside the closet for awhile to air out. You can also give it a few sprays of Febreze.
 
In addition to saving water, and the energy to run the washer and dryer, you’ll also save wear and tear on your clothes making them last so much longer. The next time you clean out the lint catcher, it will remind you of how rough the dryer can be on your clothes.
 
 
 
Smart Spending Advice... PDF Print E-mail

 
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