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What’s the big deal about a capsule wardrobe?!

I can’t scroll down more than ten seconds on Instagram without seeing a post about capsule wardrobes. Just like other amazing inventions, like the Nutribullet, a capsule wardrobe can make our life way easier. It’s basically timeless, non-trendy, quality basics that can be mix and matched with each other to create many outfits.

Two popular capsule how-to curators are Unfancy and Project333. They both say once your capsule is created you only wear those items for 3 months until the next season. Yep, that’s right. Say goodbye to those emotional shopping binges and late night QVC purchases! The usual number of pieces ranges from 30-37 including accessories. However, if you prefer a little more or a little less. It’s okay, go for it. Give it a try….make the process your own.

I’ve created two capsules versions for you; a classic capsule for men and one with a little flair for a woman. According to your personal style, unique coloring, closet size, and preferences, your choices may vary from item to item. For example, if you work in Silicon Valley as a tech guy you may not need two suits as in my classic capsule. Or if you don’t look great in the colors in the capsule, we changed them to suit your unique coloring. Or if you’re a fabulous stay at home mom or you may not prefer a suit either. We’d switch it out for a more casual ensemble.  

MEN’S CAPSULE

WOMEN’S CAPSULE

If you love any of the pieces above you can shop from it! I finally found a cool site where we can curate looks just for you. You may think, “okay, this is great but I don’t have $10,000.00 to invest in a new wardrobe”. I got you! We can just start with the basics and add one piece at a time. When I shop for my clients, I don’t use the term capsule. Everything we purchase can be worn together with pieces that we kept from the closet audit. 

Whether you decide to capsule or not shop with these three suggestions in mind for easy stress-free dressing: 

  1. Shop in the same color scheme.
  2. Keep your quality pieces in solid neutral colors. 
  3. Organize your closet so you can see what you have. 

If you’d like for me to create you one contact me for details. If you’d like to try it by the book check out the two how-to bloggers above and pick one that suits ya. If you hate to wear anything twice and love to shop and wear new items weekly my three suggestions still imply. You’ll just have more items! Let me know your experience. 

7 Ways to Shop & Help Save Animals

If you know me, you know I’m a big animal lover, volunteer, and rescuer. I’ve always gone through phases. Some weeks I’m able to physically donate my time and other weeks I’m too busy. If this is you I get it! However, you don’t have to physically volunteer, adopt or donate millions of dollars to give back to the world. By shopping these brands you are making a difference from the comfort of your home…and shopping at the same time. Woo-hoo! Anyone can get involved anytime anywhere. Animal-friendly styles and companies have come a long way and offer something for everyone including gifts, fashion finds and everyday purchases. I hope you love my choices! 

7 ANIMAL- FRIENDLY FASHION FINDS

1. FETCH EYEWEARThey help you pick sunglasses, prescription and reading glasses according to your face shape, skin tone, hair and eye color. I’m a big fan of shopping this way. Starting at $95 for sunglasses and $125 for prescription glasses(what a deal!) you can try from the comfort of your own home. 100% of the net proceeds from each purchase to support a pet in need. 2. ARM THE ANIMALSA clothing line that is a combination of punk rock, pop culture, humor, street art and has an “in your face”/“take a strong stand” activist vibe. Starting at $7.50 for pet bandanas and tanks at $12.99 you can join the Arm the Animals revolution. Your purchases will provide donations to over 100 different animal welfare organizations.  3.“GIVE LOVE” CHARM by CHAMILIA: A gift for all ages that will last a lifetime because it’s sterling silver. A portion of proceeds go to the Humane Society International, helping all animals all over the world.                4. SHOP FROM ONLINE ETHICAL BOUTIQUE BEAD AND REELAll items are sweatshop, animal, and cruelty-free. BAGS are 100% vegan and come from ethical companies and artisans who hand make the bags and give back to animal and human welfare charities. I got a bag made out of cork from here!                                               

5. VEGAN SHOES FROM BC FOOTWEAR (Born In California)Stylish vegan boots comes in styles for the conscious fashionista in mind. The best part their offices are in LA. Starting at $60 for flats and $95.00 for boots. I have the mules and mod 60’s ankle booties. 

6. BOBS FOR DOGS FROM SKETCHERSBOBS for Dogs has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society®, a no-kill organization dedicated to these animals…putting on Strut Your Mutt event happening Oct 21 at Exposition Park in LA.  They donate millions to save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

7. AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM:  You can give back at no extra cost to you! Amazon will donate a portion of all your purchases to your favorite charitable organization through the Amazon Smile Program. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. 

Check out more info on my KCAL 9 SPOT I did last week to help support the Strut Your Mutt event and our animal-friendly fashion finds. My hope is to inspire us all to do our part when we can. Happy shopping!

Is Renting My Wardrobe Worth It?

We’ve all been there. We spend a couple hundred dollars, or thousands, on a dress we love. We wear it to a wedding, get a bunch of pictures taken and then, it hangs in our closet. And every time we see it, we cringe because we know we should wear the piece more…but we don’t want to. Our inner soul wants something new and fresh…that hasn’t been posted on social media yet. Sad, but true.  We also all have had the experience of buying an item, wearing it 3 or 4 times and then, we’re over it. Isn’t it awesome being a women?!

RTR
Rent The Runway in the Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.

Rent The Runway and the like is the answer to your special occasions, work wear and everyday lifestyle finds. Wardrobe Rental places like Rent The Runway(men and women), Gwynnie Bee and Le Tote are increasingly getting more popular. What is it? They are companies that rent out clothes for special occasions and/or everyday lifestyle wear. It’s like the chic and cool sister to Men’s Wearhouse.

I recently had the privilege of styling my dear friend, Harmony Grillo, of the non-profit http://www.IAmTreasure.com, for her annual Gala. Rent The Runway was the perfect place for her. She looked stunning in designer couture! Retail, her dress, jewelry would of been over $1000.00. The rental value was under $100.00. Yes, it’s true! The Halston dress she wore had a rental price of $30.00!  Thank you Rent The Runway!

Rayne and Harmony at RTR
Stylist Rayne Parvis and Harmony Dust-Grillo at Rent The Runway.

What a value! To answer my question, yes, it’s worth it to rent your wardrobe. Please check out Rent The Runway and online companies like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee(plus size). All three companies offer everyday style finds for work, play and vacations. It’s finally possible to have a designer closet without the hefty price tag. If you’ve been renting from a service like this, please let us know your thoughts.

Harmony Grillo
Harmony Dust-Grillo in Halston dress, Christian Dior earrings and bracelet from Rent The Runway. Picture taken at Westin Pasedena for Treasures annual Gala. Style by Rayne Parvis.

Shout out to Katie at Rent The Runway in Woodland Hills, CA. for your excellence service!

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