No Sweat

No Sweat

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There are all sorts of impediments to good style, and one I recently helped remedy involved two things that don’t exactly go together: Botox and armpits. Like anything else in the human body, sweat affects people differently, and some people sweat a lot- enough to ruin clothing, or be limited to certain fabrics and styles. As you can imagine, the excitement of buying a new wardrobe diminishes with the inevitability of sweat stain ruin.

I can’t remember how I first learned about Botox as a solution to excessive sweating, but I recommended it to a new client living with this particular issue. She was skeptical yet hopeful that the $5000 investment she spent with me on new clothing would, finally, start to show returns. Armed with my recommendation for the best Dermatologist in the area*, she gave it a shot**. I’m happy to report that this treatment works, with a 100% improvement rate. Now she can wear the Joie blouse and the Missoni cardigan, the Tory Burch tunic and the Vince linen dress. Her only problem? That she didn’t do this years ago.

 

*That would be Dr. Adrienne Stewart of Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek.

**Pun intended.

Fanfare

Fanfare

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Sharing the top spot on the list of builder-grade/came-with-the-house items that always need replacing? The ceiling fan*. If the current installation isn’t the cheapest option available, it is, in all likelihood, unsightly and needing an upgrade. Depending on how many need replacing, your options range according to price: in the under $300 range, this is a strong option (without a light), as is this (with a light). If you only have one to buy and can stomach going up in price, the Artemis (pictured) is completely badass.** Available in multiple different finishes (including a high gloss white), it will complement any room, any style.

*Sharing the top spot is any and all pre-existing lighting fixtures.

**That’s an industry term.

Wedge Wonderful

Wedge Wonderful

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Every season, J.Crew takes their best selling shoes and refines them ever so slightly, making an already great shoe that much better. Their celebrated wedge has received a bit of a makeover heading into Fall, where a slight curve and thinning out of the wedge ads a greater sense of refinement to the overall shoe. I’m constantly seeing women wearing these wedges, and they are a staple in many of my client’s closets (both the neutral patent and the bold suede) because they work with everything. Dress up with a skirt/shorts or dress, down with skinny jeans and a silk top, work or play and everything in between.

Style Theory Part II

Style Theory Part II

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If you’re in agreement with yesterday’s Style Theory, a logical question follows: how the hell do I overhaul a room and where to even begin? This post will hopefully steer you in the right direction and make the entire process easily digestible and, perhaps, a little fun.

Style– Whether you’re changing one room or every room in the house, deciding on the style is vitally important and will guide all your buying decisions. Among the most popular styles are mod (bold prints/chrome finishes/minimal decor touches), mid-century modern (clean lines/smaller profiles/recognizable pieces from that era) contemporary (usually a collection of whatever is popular at that particular time)/rustic (unfinished wood/animal hides/distressed brown leather)/industrial (metal furniture/Edison bulbs/sparse decorating touches)/luxe (mirrored furniture/velvet upholstery/plush pillows), eclectic (combining pieces from multiple different styles) but there are many many more.

Your room needs a main style as well as a sub-style to avoid looking like a showroom or catalogue. Choosing the style direction is the biggest decision you’ll make in the process and requires the most research and consideration. Give yourself a month, during which time you’ll collect as much visual information as you can. Read design magazines (Elle Decor/House Beautiful/Dwell), immerse yourself in the online design world (houzz.com/decorpad.com), and consider which stylish homes you’ve visited and what you liked about them. If you’re working around a few key pieces already in the room, identify their style and think about proper complementation.

Budget– Entire room overhauls are expensive and most people don’t have the 5-10k* to throw down at once. The advice I give clients and friends is about as common sense as you can get: start saving. Give yourself 6 months to 1 year without buying a single new thing for your home, curb your spending in other areas, and create a separate account specifically for this project.

Priority– Once you have the funds, you must know where to spend what. I advise the following: the larger the piece and the more often it’s used, the more it should cost. Sofas, beds, and rugs will eat up a big chunk of your budget. Side tables, lamps, curtains, throw pillows, ottomans, and art** can all be sourced inexpensively .*** Lounge chairs can be purchased affordably on Craigslist, Etsy, or from a local consignment store and redone for less than they would cost brand new. Dressers are readily available at local antique stores for reasonable prices. Wherever these budget loopholes are available, jump through them! Save the big spending for select items.

*This is rough estimate for a typical room.

**Buying from local artists is good karma and better for the budget.

***A project I recently finished featured end tables from Ikea and poufs from Target. The most expensive item in the entire house was, by far, the couch.