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In the ever-challenging search for ‘what to wear to work on my budget’ I want to give you a little tip that seems to be a secret. For many years, The Limited was in almost every mall and was the go-to for budget office wear. You went in there when you needed an interview suit or a top that would meet a dress code at a reasonable price. You know, clothes that communicate “I mean business” in the first glance.

And then, due to changing norms, they went away - gone from all the malls.

But, guess what! They’re still online with the same style of fairly-inexpensive, business-looking clothes that are suitable for conservative office environments at an acceptable price. Now remember, I said business clothes, not trendy fashion. And they have sizing for petites, missy, and plus.

I recently talked with a young woman who is starting a new career in wealth management. She needed jackets and conservative tops. She is also very tall and at the edge of needing a plus size so she can button her jackets. She found the plus sizes to be long enough for her body and offering that little extra room to make her jackets comfortable. And SHE hit one of their sales-- which was buy one, get two free! Yes, really!

So I wanted to share this with you so YOU can share with any friend who may need this category of garment. Each garment illustration has a size chart you can access to try to choose the best size. The most important one is your bust measurement and/or hip because if the garment won’t go around that circumference, it won’t fit. You can always take a garment in, but there’s nothing to let out.

Knowing that you have options for office wear can help you manage your clothing budget and your closet management. When you’ve got your wardrobe under control you can go out and conquer the world! Carpe diem, sisters!

Resale is the new retail market segment

You know, throw out anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. Her new show on Netflix covers her quirky ‘tidying up’ system. Well, apparently women in New York ARE and the thrift stores are brimming with fresh cast-offs (some with the tags still on). But the real winners are those who are willing to take the time to SHOP in those thrift stores. Who knows what gems might be there that were tossed in a fit of kondoing?

So if this is happening in New York, what about here in Houston? Maybe this weekend is the time to go thrifting. January is always the biggest month for The Container Store as New Year’s Resolutions kick in and we’re determined to ‘get organized’.

Oh, and did you know that ‘resale’ (yes, also known as thrift) is one of THE fastest growing markets segments in fashion? And surprisingly, many of these clothes are worn 3 times or less before being discarded. Not everyone can afford full-price retail – and thrifting offers a sense of adventure that the mall doesn’t! Who knows what you’ll find for just a few dollars? Look for the labels that you love and quality fabrics that really work. And, with rodeo coming up, maybe you can snatch a vintage shirt or boots now!

Do you have a favorite thrift store? Let me know, I’d love to hear!

And, if you need help, call me. 832-707-9339 And I have more tips in my blog on my website

#TheContainerStore tote hooks

I’m always on the lookout for new organizing products and these chrome metal tote hooks from The Container Store impress me. Finally, a way to hang your purses and totes in an organized and neat way. Hanging them will keep their handles straight and preserve their body shape. For a little extra preservation of shape, stuff the bags with something, especially the corners or anywhere they’re trying to collapse on themselves. And then zip or fasten the top to sustain the structure. Any sagging will distort the shape. Yes, you can squish them closer together, just try not to mash the bags too much.

Plus you can see them! And easily put them back in their place so you always know where they are!

I’m not being paid by The Container Store, I just think these are so practical. They’re $9.99 for 6. What else could you use these for????

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