Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scarves, Gloves and So Much More!

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day!!!

So it has been awhile since my last post, sigh.  I hate when that happens.  The fall and winter months tend to slip right by, between all the work, birthdays and holidays!  Anyway, I hope that you are enjoying the winter and looking forward to the New Year!  And if you're anything like me, you probably have a host of cold weather accessories that need organizing!  They tend to take up a lot of space and I figured that hat boxes might do the trick. They are kinda old school and add a little charm to any space.  I found mine at Burlington Coat Factory for $5-$10 each, but you can find them a lot of places.  They are perfect for gloves, scarves (hats obviously lol), earmuffs and more. 

Here is a link to some plain hat boxes sold at The Container Store.  If you are an avid DIYer, then these may be perfect for you as the decorating possibilities are endless!  Check out the pics below and let me know what you think!

Here is my little nightstand, mirrored of course!  And as you can see, the hat boxes are on the shelf below :-)

 I originally bought the hat boxes to house the vintage hats and gloves that I inherited from my Nana, but you can use them for almost anything!  I have 4 large hats stacked inside this box.

The smaller hat box houses my vintage leather gloves, about 12 pairs here!

Here is a picture of the smaller hat box again, but this time, it has headbands.  I think there are 33 headbands in this box, so that is a great use of space to me!

When I first saw these boxes, I was drawn to the colors - cream, black, nude and turquoise, but they also have cute decals on them too.  I mean who doesn't love shoes, bags and perfume!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Take A Stand

Happy Thursday everyone!  Cannot believe how warm the weather has been in NYC in October!  Wish this weather would last all winter.  Anyway, naturally, I am excited to share an alternative idea for organizing and displaying perfume and jewelry by using a cake stand, yes a cake stand!  I have seen pictures of this on Pinterest and decided to try it out for myself.  Since I bake and entertain here and there, I have two cake stands already.  I never really thought to use them to display my perfume or jewelry, but after trying some different variations, I really liked the look of them!  I bought my glass cake stands from Pier 1, here is the link.  Here are a few other options, a white scalloped cake plate  and a 3-tiered serving tray, all below $20!    

Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.  I have a few posts that I am really excited to share, so stayed tune and if there are things you want to see organized, just leave me a comment! 

Here is a picture of my dresser, with the cake stands stacked on each other.  I really like how they look on the mirrored finish.

Here are 3 slightly different views of the cake stand.  I have small perfume bottles on the top stand and larger perfume bottles and bracelets on the bottom.  You can use them for anything though, not just jewelry and perfume.  I purchased the large and small cake stands, but there is a medium sized one that I could add if I wanted to. 


Here is my dresser now with the cake stand in the middle! 
Here is some Pinterest inspiration, of course!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Bunch O' Belts!

Hi there!  In my last post, I featured a $2 hanger that has a multitude of uses, belts being one of them.  However, I already have a belt system in place and I thought that I would share it, as another option to organize and store your accessories.  I decided to use an over-the-door hanger, that has 10 hooks.  I think these hangers are extremely useful and save precious closet space. The one I bought was only $12.99 and I found it at Marshalls (my favorite store in the whole world, lol)! Here are a few other options from Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target

There are some other cool ways to store belts too; I've seen them rolled up in drawers or in containers. See the pics below and let me know what you think!

This is your average over-the-door hanger, with 10 hooks.  I started by separating the belts by size and color and hung the large belts directly onto this hanger (about 28 belts) and used other hangers for the smaller belts, shown below.  By organizing the belts this way, they don't take up closet or drawer space and do not prevent the door from opening/closing.  I will use the top hooks for my hats!

 I decided to hang my smaller belts on another multi hanger (with 6 bars) because they snap together, not allowing me to put them through one of the hooks.  I was able to hang 18 belts!  Here is a link for a similar belt hanger.
For my skinny belts, I actually used a plastic scarf ring that I got for free with a scarf purchase.  I was able to fit 8 belts on this ring.
Here are some other belt storage options that I found on Pinterest.  Check out the DIYs below, they are super easy and functional.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Multi Hanger, Multi Uses!

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited to share my latest and greatest organizing find, the multi hanger. While browsing in Lot Less (a store that is comparable to Big Lots), I came across this hanger that was priced at $1.99, yes a $1.99!  Check it out below.

The hanger is made out of the same material as the thin/velvet hangers and matches the hangers I have already.

The hanger has 24 hooks on the side and 12 in the middle. I decided to try it out to see how many different ways I could use it, I mean it was only $1.99 lol.  I decided to try it for belts, scarves and necklaces.  Here is a link for a comparable multi hanger, since I have no idea who makes the one pictured above. Check out my pics below and let me know what you think!

Use it for belts!

Use it for scarves!

Use it for necklaces!  
There were 25 necklaces on here, with room for more!

The best thing about this hanger is that it's slim and fits perfectly in your closet without taking up too much space. 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cosmopolitan Closets Remix - Accessories Galore!

Happy Thursday everyone! I am so excited to share my latest and greatest organizing remix! In one of my previous posts, Accessories, Accessories, Accessories, I discussed the multiple ways that I organize my necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  However, as my necklace collection continued to grow, I found that they were getting tangled and harder to store.  As I perused  Pinterest, I came across a ton of ideas for organizing necklaces (see below).

Here is a picture that I found on Pinterest, I love how the necklaces are displayed on a single bar!  Unfortunately, I do not have the space for this kind of set up in my room.

Here is another picture (from Pinterest of course) that I found with necklaces hung the same way as above, but multiple bars for hanging other items like scarves.

After purchasing and returning multi organizing contraptions in the past 2 weeks, I finally realized that the solution was under my nose the entire time!  My boyfriend has a towel rack on the back of his bathroom door (yes I am rubbing off on him) and I realized that it would be perfect for organizing my necklace collection.  Take a look at my old system and pictures of my new one and let me know what you think!  The over-the-door towel rack is from Bed, Bath and Beyond and can be found here! 

Here is a picture of my old system, an over-the-door rack with 8 hooks that did not do a good job of keeping my necklaces organized and tangle free :(

Here is a picture of the new over-the-door towel rack (only cost $9.99).  It features 2 hooks on the bottom for additional hanging.

BAM!  Here is my new system with bracelets on the top row and necklaces on the 2nd and 3rd rows.  I used shower curtain rings for the bottom row of necklaces to give them extra space to hang.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cosmopolitan Closets Makeover #2: A Gentleman's Closet

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I am so excited to share another one of my closet renovations with you!  One of my good friends asked me to organize her boyfriend's closet for him as a birthday surprise.  I jumped at the chance to do it because men's closets are soooo much easier than women's closets and I can usually do what I want!  Prior to organizing the closet, I actually did not have the opportunity to go to his apartment, so I had to trust her pictures and descriptions. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Introducing Geneviève

Hi everyone!  So I am sure you are wondering what the heck am I talking about, lol. Well, Geneviève is my dress form and I just have to tell you about her!  I would say about 2 years ago, I started noticing dress forms in Marshall's, TJMaxx and Pier 1 in all shapes and sizes. It wasn't until recently, however, that I discovered they have a multi-purpose and sought out to find one perfect for my room. I actually found Geneviève in a Homegoods store (for $50) in NJ and literally had to hold onto her until my boyfriend came to carry her to the register (yes, the vultures were circling, but I am a master shopper lol).  Anyway, since bringing her home I have found her to be extremely useful. Not only does she offer a place to hang necklaces, belts and scarves, but she also helps me plan outfits without having to try them on!  Check out my pics below and let me know what you think?  Do you have a dress form?

Geneviève is très chic! She is a light grey and blue color!

Here, she is wearing my bubble necklaces, peplum belt and a scarf from F21 
Here, I was trying to plan an outfit for a night out!  I love nude and neon looks.
Here is a dress form pic that I found on pinterest!  sooo pretty..
This is a cool, space saving way to store brooches and necklaces (also from pinterest).


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cosmopolitan Closets Makeover #1: City Place, Great Space!

Hi Everyone!  I know its been awhile since my last post, I'm sorry!  I have been so busy with my day job, I have barely had to time to blog.  Nonetheless, I am back on it and I am so excited to share one of my closet makeovers with you!  I mean, I live for these and I hope you do too!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

So many plants, so little space!

Hi Everyone! 

Let me begin by giving you some stats; 1 bedroom apartment in Harlem, approximately 825 square feet and approximately 35 plants. YES, 35 PLANTS!   Sooooooo, one could say, I have a lot of plants! 

In addition to those plants, this spring, my boyfriend and I decided to try to start a small terrace garden, with various spices, tomatoes, potatoes and tons of peppers, garlic and onions.  Now, at the time, it seemed like a good idea.  However, after we bought all the containers, I realized that they were taking over my living room and windowsills. Lucky for me, I have 3 large windows with plenty of places for small pots, however, the large containers were just in the way.  Once the weather broke (kinda) and became warm enough for the plants to go on the terrace, I happily dragged the pots out there.  The result, however, was a crowded outdoor space that was in need of some sort of organizing.  I thought that it would be easy to find a shelf or table to house my plants, but it wasn't.  I checked all the local hardware stores and found nothing within my price range, size and style preference. 

Finally, I found 2 plants stands to accommodate my spice garden and my larger containers.  The small plant stand is from Target and only cost $30!  The second stand (really a utility shelf) is from Wal-Mart and cost $30 as well.  Check out my pictures below and let me know what you think!  Do you have any plants and if so, how do you have them displayed?


Monday, June 10, 2013

Cosmopolitan Closets Customizing: Everyone Loves Ombre

So everyone who knows me,  knows that I love plants. However, I find that the decorative pots are pricey and after buying a few $25 pots it dawned on me that I can customize my own pots for much less!  I found different size clay pots in Home Depot for $5-$10 each, depending on the size.  Check them out here Clay pots @ Home Depot. I used the same primer and paint that I used in my Cosmopolitan Customizing: TV Trays post, Martha Stewart Living primer and sealer and various Behr paint samples.

I decided to paint the first clay pot Pearldrop (a creamy white color) and used the primer/sealer first and then painted 2 layers of paint. Once the paint dried overnight, I painted another coat of primer/sealer.

I decided that I wanted to "jazz-up" the other pot so I decided to use the ombré technique using the Behr sample in Sweet Rhapsody (the same turquoise I used to paint the display case). In order to get the ombré effect, I used the Pearldrop color mixed with the turquoise to make two lighter shades. I used painters tape to separate each section. Check out my pictures below and let me know what you think!  Have you made anything ombré in your home?

Before customizing! The teracotta color was ok, but not what I wanted. 

After customizing! The white pot looks better!

My ombré customizing :-)

My corner stand is now complete 


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Makeup Organizing Options

Hi! So I just shared my latest lucite add-ons to further organize my clear cube makeup case and I came across these pictures on Pinterest that show other ways to organize your cosmetics!  Let me know what you think! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lovely Lucite Add-Ons

Recently, I blogged about a great makeup organizer that I own (For the Love of Lucite) and how easy it is keep your cosmetics in order by using lucite organizers.  On one of my latest trips to TJ Maxx, I came across lucite drawer dividers ($7.99 each) and thought that they would be great additions to my organizer.  The drawer dividers that I found have 12 separate compartments in varying sizes, making them perfect for mascara and eye makeup and other miscellaneous things like bobby pins and pencil sharpeners.  Since the drawer dividers are lucite, they don't change the look of my organizer.  Check out my before and after pics below and stay tuned for my DIY drawer divider post!

My pride and joy!  Love this clear cube organizer!

BEFORE - Eye makeup drawer.  Every time I opened and closed this drawer, the makeup would not stay neatly placed as pictured above.

AFTER - Now the eye makeup drawer is more organized with the divider!

In this drawer I have random items like makeup brushes, pencils and bobby pins!

In addition to the lucite drawer dividers, I also found a lucite earring organizer (for $16.99) at TJ Maxx!  I thought that it would be useful for storing some of my earrings that I have stuffed in my jewelry armoire. Check out the pictures below, it can hold up to 48 pairs of earrings!


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