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How To Store Jewelry

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 jewelry by etc…, Beth Lauren, Nixon, Kate Spade, K+P vintage jewelry

Dear Andi:
You have so much awesome jewelry. I just moved and am looking for tips on how to keep my jewelry organized. Right now it’s such a jumble that I end up wearing the same things because I can’t be bothered to dig. Any tips?

@academenos, California

 

ANSWER:
Ah, the story of my life! So many fun things to wear and for some reason, I end up wearing the same few pieces over and over. I find the best way to keep my jewelry organized while giving more than a few pieces the love is to actually see what you have.

Normally I’m all about concealing your clutter, but in this case, jewelry is so beautiful, why not display those fun costume pieces you have? When it’s all in front of you, you’re more inclined to grab it on your way out the door. I display my baubles and bangles on heavy rotation a few different ways.

First, I find it so important to have a place to throw my jewelry at the end of the day when I’m too tired to put it away properly. I keep a few antique dishes on a tray out on my dresser that makes it easy to take off at the end of the day, without losing track of it.

 

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I’m also a big fan of unique jewelry displays for hanging necklaces and keeping them from a tangled mess in a drawer or jewelry box. This one I purchased for $20 at a Free People store that was having a flash sale of their season’s displays. You can sign up on your local Free People’s mailing list to find out when they’re switching out their displays. If you have your eye on one this season, you can let the salesperson know to email you about that specific piece.

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Another cheap and easy way to store necklaces is with hanging some ornate hooks on a wall. I recently moved, so I haven’t figured out where I want to put mine yet, but Anthropologie has quite a few great ones to choose from right now that look beautiful hanging next to a mirror or ones with many hooks that can look good on their one (as pictured).

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For the rest of your costume jewelry, try one of these handy organizers from The Container Store. I use them on shoots to keep bracelets and necklaces from getting jumbled, but you can hang this in your closet so it’s in easy reach when you’re getting dressed. Now with all of your jewelry in plain sight, you’re going to realize you too have so much good stuff to work with.

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Send your fashion conundrums to dearandistyle@gmail.com — I may feature your question on an upcoming post!

#BehindTheScenes

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I realized that I shared this short film that I styled the wardrobe for last Friday, but I totally forgot to include these gorgeous behind the scenes that Jonathan Rodriguez captured throughout the evening of our shoot.

It almost ended up looking like China in the ’60′s—minus all of the fancy film equipment.

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Check out the short film by Florian Innerkofler, “Doyers Street,” here and let me know what your favorite look was!

The Country and The City Mouse

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I fled the city this past weekend for my sister’s house in the country and as much as I’m a city girl at heart, it was a nice escape. I even fed chickens and collected eggs (not in these heels of course!). The best part was the crisp fresh air that reminded me that fall is around the corner.

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Speaking of fall, I finally broke down and got the bag I’ve been coveting for months now for the coming season. It helped that I recently sold a ton of pieces from my closet on the Poshmark app (follow me there @DearAndi).

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top: Madewell | shorts: BDG Urban Outfitters | shoes: Lela Rose for Payless | bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | bracelets: Kate Spade, etc… and BaubleBar (similar)

STYLIST TIP: The best investment pieces in your wardrobe are the ones you can wear all year round. There’s no sense in splurging on a bag in a color that’s only for fall. If you’re looking for a new bag or shoes that you’re going to get the most out of, opt for a neutral color. A bright color like red (even orange, yellow, green, blue or purple) can act as a neutral as well, which can be worn with just about anything and all seasons. Though, this fall trust me that red is the new black!

#FridayFavorites / New Work Alert With Two Of My Favorites

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Lately I’ve been posting my “Friday Favorites” each week, but this Friday is a bit different. I couldn’t wait to share with you my latest work, styling a short film called “Doyers Street” directed by the talented Florian Innerkofler, starring Lily Gao and Laurent Caillat (who also did the brilliant score).

I worked with two of the most amazing local shops in Brooklyn on this, which leads me to the #FridayFavorites—aside from my dream team crew of course:

Kimera Design

When Florian approached me to work on this, I knew it had to be done right and custom for our film. I approached the shop Kimera, in Boerum Hill, who I’ve worked with in the past and the owner was thrilled with the concept, as it was totally in line with her brand. We worked together to come up with the 3 dresses that Lily was going to wear, which to me, was the most important part of getting the feel of the film right. During the fittings, we decided to add an extra layer of fabric at the bottom of the dress so the hem fell below the knee, making it a nod to China in the 60′s (our inspiration), along with everything on the runways for this fall. I love that she married the traditional Chinese design through the beautiful traditional fabrics and collars, with modern silhouettes that felt both classic and fresh. Kimera also specializes in custom bridal and formal wear, so it was too perfect that the owner even designed a custom tie for us.

Brooklyn Tailors

This shop is one of the hidden gems in Brooklyn that I happened to have heard about from another one of my favorite menswear gems in Brooklyn, Epaulet. They were so wonderful to work with and kindly held fittings for our male talent in their shop in Williamsburg. The sizing comes in basic 1,2,3,4,5 sizes, so once we figured out Laurent’s size, everything else fit. It made my job quite easy when I had so much fun picking out different fabrics and patterns in his size for suiting and dress shirts. This place is something I wish I knew about when I was planning my wedding because this is definitely the best one stop shop for a Brooklyn style groom and his party. Even a friend of mine’s fiancé is getting his suit custom made for their wedding and they embroidered his name into it (adorbs!).

Check out what I styled from these great shops in this film and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

How To Cover An Eye-Sore In Your Home

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When we found our condo in Brooklyn, there were certain elements that nearly turned me off—and I’m sure other potential buyers as well—one of which being these eye-sore of air conditioner units being the focal point of two rooms. While I can’t complain that we have a/c during summers in the city (#firstworldproblems?), I didn’t love that was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the room.

My solution was to hang a great piece of art over it when it’s not in use, but how in the world do you hang something that is that far away from the wall?

Fortunately I have a retired aerospace engineer as a father, and he came up with using curtain rod hooks to rest the canvas on. Brilliant.

Now you know the secret in this stylist’s home!
STYLIST TIP: Don’t have a large canvas of beautiful art hanging around? Purchase a blank one at the art / craft store and create your own art! Even a wash of one or two colors can be an interesting conversation piece (hello, Rothko). You can also paint the canvas one color, then cut up vegetables and have your kids stamp them into another color paint onto the canvas for a personal piece.

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