My Favorite Lipsticks

A bold lip is my signature beauty look. Wearing a statement lipstick is such an easy way to perk up your entire face without doing much. Mac ‘Girl About Town” lipstick, described as a bright blue fuchsia by Mac, was the first daring lipstick I’ve ever tried. An artist at my favorite Mac counter insisted that I give that bright pink a try. I’m glad I did because wearing that color taught me to just go for it when it comes to sporting bold lipstick.

Today’s post shares my favorite bold lipsticks, all Mac products. By the way, can you tell I like pink and purple?

Favorite Mac Lipsticks (from L to R):

  1. Mac “Dish it Up” (limited edition)
  2. Mac “Girl About Town”
  3. Mac “Punk Couture” (limited edition)
  4. Mac “Asian Flower”
  5. Mac “Up the Amp”
  6. Mac “Rebel”
  7. Mac “Feel My Pulse” (limited edition)
  8. Mac “Violetta”
  9. Mac “Midnight Mambo” (limited edition)
  10. Mac “Heroine” 

I always pair lipstick with lip liner.  My favorite liners are Mac “Heroine” lip pencil, Mac “Magenta” lip pencil, Mac “Currant” lip pencil, and Mac “Vino” lip pencil.

Also in photograph: Monogram mug and dip bowl

Stylish Boards for Vision Board Success

Vision boards and goal setting were major topics at a meetup I attended recently with a few St. Louis bloggers and vloggers.  I have never created a vision board before, but I left that blogger gathering inspired to start creating visual representations of my dreams for 2014.

My plan is to keep my board in my dressing room, the Economy of Style studio, since I spend a lot of time there.  I started searching, then, for boards that would fit in with the decor of that space.  I’m so excited about the affordable (all under $20) and chic options I found that I just had to share them with you today.

Stylish Bulletin Boards, Vision Boards 1

1. Dot board

2. Tweed board

3. Magnetic board

4. Chevron board

Guess which one I decided on?

Economy of Style Closet, Part II

Today, we complete the two-part Economy of Style Closet series (see part I on jewelry storage).  This post highlights some of the tools I use to maximize the space in my  tiny 43″W x 21 1/2″D closet.  Space is limited, but all my clothes fit in the closet.

Small closet organization, Add-on skirt-pant hangers

Shoe storage, Handbag Storage, dressing room decor

Small Closet Storage Essentials

1.  Huggable Hangers
Earlier this year, I replaced all of my plastic hangers with velvet huggable hangers.  That was a crucial space-saving decision because the slim-design of these hangers allows them to occupy much less space than traditional plastic or wood hangers.  An added bonus is that the velvet surface of these hangers prevents items from slipping off the hangers.

2.  Add-on Skirt/Pant Hangers ℅ Anna’s Linens
Add-on skirt hangers allow me to hang several skirts or pants in the space that a single hanger would typically take up.  This feature is a major space-saver.  I hang similar skirts and pants together (for e.g. black dressy skirts).  Anna’s Linens carries 3 packs of add-on skirt hangers for $3.99, making it affordable to adopt this system, so I stocked up on a few packages.

3.  Bookcase (similar)
Fancy shoe shelving can be pricey.  So, I use an inexpensive bookcase as storage for my shoes.  Whether you choose to display your shoes or keep them boxed like I do, a bookcase is a great option.

4.  Original Shoe Boxes (alternative)
I like the idea of keeping items on display in my closet, but I insist on storing shoes in boxes to avoid having to dust them.  For now, I keep my shoes in their original boxes.  I’ll eventually start phasing in the use of crystal clear shoe boxes that keep the shoes protected and visible.

5.  Chevron Storage Boxes (similar, similar)
These storage boxes are ideal for storing small items like clutches, sash belts, gloves, and knit hats.  It keeps them contained and the box looks decorative on the shelf.

See how my dressing room has changed by looking back at my 2011 post, Organizing a Small Closet on a Budget.

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored in part by Anna’s Linens.  All of the images and opinions are my own.

Economy of Style Closet, Part I

Today, we’re taking a look at where it all begins here at Economy of Style—the closet!  This post is the first of a two-part series on my closet organization.  This first post spotlights my jewelry station.  Arm candy and statement necklaces deserve to sit pretty and safely even when not in use.

I was inspired to launch this mini series after purchasing a few new accent pieces for my closet in Anna’s Linens, a retailer of value-priced home fashions.  Check out the affordable pieces I found in Anna’s Linens and all the essentials in my jewelry storage system.

Jewelry storage, How to Store Jewelry

Jewelry Storage Ideas, Affordable Storage ideas for jewelry

My Jewelry Station Essentials

1.  3-Drawer Clear/Chrome Box

This clear, 3-drawer box is perfect for housing jewelry, from statement necklaces to watches.  I’m fond of the clear storage boxes because they protect my favorite pieces of jewelry while keeping them visible.

2.  4-Section Acrylic Swivel Organizer

The acrylic swivel organizer is my favorite storage option for bracelets, earrings, rings, and dainty necklaces.  The swivel design is cool looking and makes it easy to access its contents.

3.  Decorative Tray (Option)

A decorative tray functions equally well as an accent piece as it does additional storage.  I use mine to hold my acrylic storage organizers.

4.  Shadow Box

Jewelry as art!  A shadow box keeps my favorite Kendra Scott earrings on display.  Being able to hang the box capitalizes on available wall space as well. 

5.  Kate Spade ‘Say the Word’ Dish

This crystal dish with its whimsical design is gorgeous to look at and serves as a temporary resting place for jewelry when I first remove it at the end of a day.

6.  Gift Boxes

Some retailers have such pretty packaging that even the packaging deserves to be on display.  I like the look of Kate Spade boxes, so I keep some of my Kate Spade jewelry housed in the original boxes.

7.  Artisan Rug ℅ Anna’s Linens

This rug’s print is in total harmony with the design of the decorative tray in the space. The rug is only $7.99 in Anna’s Linens and comes in various sizes too.  

8.  Decorative Candle ℅ Anna’s Linens

The design etched on the glass holding this candle introduced a beautiful texture into the jewelry station.  The candle smells great too.  The candle retails for $3.99 (on sale) in Anna’s Linens.

9.  Oleg Cassini Crystal Paperweight (similar, similar, similar)

This faceted crystal that’s cut in the shape of a diamond adds some bling to the jewelry station.

10.  Soft-sided Hamper ℅ Anna’s Linens

I keep this soft-sided hamper in this section of the dressing room because of its fresh print.  The hamper, which retails for $12.99 in Anna’s Linens, serves as additional storage for anything from blankets to laundry that spills over from my wicker hamper.

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored in part by Anna’s Linens.  All of the images and opinions are my own.

West Elm Opens in Saint Louis Galleria

It’s finally happening, St. Louis!  West Elm, the home furnishings retailer, opens its first store in Missouri in the Saint Louis Galleria Mall today.  West Elm is best known for mixing clean lines, natural textures, and global accents to create one-of-a-kind, affordable designs for modern living.

Yesterday, I got a sneak peek of the new St. Louis store.  It’s a must-visit!  You may want everything, one thing, or nothing at all, but you will leave West Elm feeling inspired.  The store is practically a work of art!

West Elm boasts a number of free in-store services to meet the needs of every customer, regardless of design expertise.  The Pattern Palette system, for example, aims to make design easy by providing mix and match patterns (chevron, ikat, and stripes are clear favorites), color-coordinated textiles, and accessories.

If the thought of designing a space makes you nervous, though, West Elm also offers a free consultation with a home stylist.  The stylist will come to your home.  And, did I mention that that service is free?

To demonstrate its commitment to supporting artists in their local communities, West Elm is selling the arts and crafts of eight St. Louis-based Etsy artists, including Gallery Zoo Art, Belles and Ghosts, Sucre Shop, Sprouted Designs, ReAuthored, Two Wheel Design, Grindstone Design Studio, and Artistic Agrarian.  Having seen the work produced by these artists, I’m so proud to be a St. Louisan!

Pieces by ReAuthored and Two Wheel Design on display in West Elm.
ReAuthored converts books into tablet cases.
TwoWheel design creates bicycle-inspired iPhone cases

To celebrate the store opening, West Elm is hosting a $2000 gift card sweepstakes.  Other opening specials include 20% off bedding and 15% off office furniture and accessories.

Disclosure:  West Elm invited me to preview the store before opening day.  As always, the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.