April 2018

Changing Over Your Summer Clothes to a Winter Closet

So many of us in smaller spaces urban environments like Chicago, NYC, Washington DC or Boston– just don’t have the space to have all our seasons in one closet!  Here are some tips on how to make the task of the change over more organized and streamlined while also being smart about leaving those bikinis nearby in case of a lucky mid-winter trip into the sun!

1. Always wash or dry clean anything that needs it before changing over your closet- yes, this may take some effort on the front end for those of you non neat freaks but your noses and clothes will thank you when it is time to put them on again!

2. Depending on whether you have any hanging out of season storage or not, always try to hang items you would naturally hang if folded storage is all you have, take great care in folding the items clean and neatly into a plastic container which is hard and allows for clothes not to be smashed!

3.Try to keep one container ready for resort items or items you may take with you on a warm weather trip on top of other items for easy access!

4.When putting clothes back into your closet, especially wool coats and cashmere sweaters, pants and blouses- invest in a steamer to bring them back to life and give everything that sat for months away a fresh, fluffy feel!

5. Boots and shoes do well to get a boot tree or shoe bouquet in them. To help restore their shape and store them upright.
6. I stuff winter purses and totes with dust bags when they’re being put back into the closet, this will help the bags take shape again after being flattened!  the dust bags have a two fold use since I always use them for packing as well!

Melanie Fascitelli grew up in many places: Manhattan, Palm Beach, Denver, the Caribbean, even a ranch in Georgia. A lifetime of traveling between several homes led Melanie to understand the need for the right clothes-and to develop the know-how for finding them wherever she happened to be. As a hobby, Melanie began to dress her mother, her brothers and whoever else would let her. In fact, her style-conscious father, a fellow shopaholic, was the lone hold-out. Upon her return to New York to attend NYU, that hobby quickly turned into an infatuation.

While at NYU, Melanie worked for PR firm Paul Wilmot Communications, where she put her talents to work, consulting with designers and PWC’s many luxury goods clients to organize showrooms. Later, as an editor for Channel magazine, she developed a keen editorial eye, covering fashion and accessories and writing both news and feature stories. At LuxuryFinder.com, which was later acquired by eLuxury, Melanie further honed her knowledge of the fashion industry, outfitting celebrity clients, writing articles and helping to conceive and develop the site. For Style.com, Melanie covered European and American fashion shows as well as parties and celebrities, and then went on to serve as a director of public relations at Anne Klein. After going out on her own, she mainly worked as a fashion stylist and then a freelance creative design director for retail and showroom spaces in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.

Melanie is considered the “closet organizer to the stars…the absolute guru in designing and building custom closets and dressing rooms…”  She has worked with a number of celebrity clientele. Her elite clientele swear by Melanie’s ten commandments of hanging outlined in her book, such as “Thou shalt hang as much as possible in thy closet”.  Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, designer of international brand Shoshanna, lists Clos-ette as “…One of her top wish-worthy products sure to make any woman feel stylish everyday.”  Actress Lake Bell attests to Clos-ette’s success saying, “It will not cure your shoe shopping addiction, ladies, but it can help you understand how to store your 23 pairs of Louboutins.  I recommend it to every fashion slut out there.”

Today, Melanie’s distinct fashion sense and skills at working one-on-one to help others achieve their ideal style, whether in their wardrobes or their closets, have been channeled into Clos-ette. Since the founding of Clos-ette in the spring of 2002, Melanie has designed a line of storage solution products called Clos-ette Too…, written the ultimate closet guide book entitled “Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet With Style”, and transformed countless dressing room spaces around the world.  Melanie and the Clos-ette Team continue to expand Clos-ette through their evolving product line, an array of media opportunities including a television show, and by sticking to what they do best – working inside the closet. Clos-ette is a reflection of Melanie’s personal style and taste, both of which are brought to the craftsmanship and attention to detail of everything Clos-ette offers.  The Clos-ette team boasts not only Melanie, but some of the most experienced stylists, millwork detail designers and inventory specialists in the business.

Image Credit: clos-ette.com

Fall’s Best Footwear Under $200

If you’ve done any shopping lately, you’ll see that Summer’s gone and we’re onto Fall.  As such, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people asking what’s going to be hot for the upcoming season.  Therefore, I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’ll be writing several Fall fashion posts.  Let’s start at the bottom: footwear.  All of my selections are modeled after the runways of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Alexander Wang and Doo Ri.  But I’ve scoured stores and sites to bring you more affordable versions  on a budget.

1.) Heeled Loafers:

Update the classic loafer by adding height.  The higher the chicer.  This pair from Charles Albert ($49) is made from synthetic materials (Vegans out there might opt for this) and comes in a nude color.  Check off two trends with this heel.

*I suggest removing the ankle strap for a cleaner look.

If you’re looking for a different option, check out these Ann Taylor loafers ($198).  They’re sold out online, so pop into a store near you. I’m a big fan of the tassle and neutral colorblocking.

Buy Now, Charles Albert Loafers, $49
Buy Now, Ann Taylor Myra Platform Tassel Pump, $198

2.) Skins:

This season, the more exotic the skin, the better.  This pair from Asos ($129.29) is a perfect option.  The taupe suede platform bootie has just the right amount of python to peek out from beneath your bells.

*If you’ve never checked out Asos.com, a British e-commerce site, you simply MUST.  Items are reasonably priced and there are constant deals running that entail no tax and free shipping.

Buy Now, ASOS ACT Suede and Snake Effect Platform Boot, $129.29

3.) Combat Boots:

These boots from Aldo ($160) are a double whammy. They satisfy the want of a combat boot, while having the need of comfiness.  The tractor soul adds a durable factor.

Buy Now, Aldo Belfiglio Boots, $160

4.) Shearling/Fur Lining:

Synonymous with comfort, Aerosoles has done it again with its take on fur.  This must have for fall ($140) is not only practical in all weather, but you’ll look stylish while staying dry.

5.) Animal Prints:

These flats from Kelsi Dagger ($89) are not only my pick for Fall, but they have the Rachel Zoe stamp of approval as well.  As the temperature begins to drop, pair these with knee highs or tights.  The patent leather toe adds a touch of elegance and breaks up the all over print.

*Don’t hesitate to mix your patterns this Fall.  You’ll be right on trend wearing your nautical stripes paired with animal prints.  Throw on a chunky necklace and you’re good to go!

Buy Now, Kelsi Dagger Jordi Ballet Flats, $99

Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.” For more articles from Lindsay, check out her site!

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15: Fall’s Top Tint

Let’s face it, not everyone is confident enough to pull off fall’s uber-bright, crimson-colored lip trend. For those too timid to go bold but still want to try this glam trend, opt for Benefit Benetint SPF 15 Lip Balm. This rose-tinted lip balm is light and flirty and won’t leave you feeling all lips and nothing else! Blended with vitamin E, sunscreen, and a sweet rose-petal scent, a sweep of this balm gives that seductive whisper of color rather than a shout. -Lindsay Leff

Buy Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15, $20, at sephora.com