Monthly Archives: April 2019

Reader Request: How to Find Your Perfect Boots

How to shop for and buy your perfect pair of boots

Reader Kimbra sent me this request:

I was hoping you could point me in the right direction for a pair or two of fiscally conservative multi-purpose boots. The type that can be worn with a pair of jeans or a skirt as well as either keep my feet warm or have room for thick socks. For example, at work I am on my feet most of the day as well as inside/outside so a versatile pair of boots appropriate for indoors and outdoors that can be worn with jeans or something more professional would rock my world. read more

Originally posted 2010-11-29 06:00:00.

The Lazy DIYer’s Craft Bag

Craft supplies and tools that even the laziest DIYers should have on-hand!

Many moons ago, I attended a monthly craft group. Most of the attendees were avid and skilled knitters who brought the most gorgeous array of fibers and objects-in-progress to work on. I was (and still am) a lapsed knitter who can’t even remember how to cast on, and really have no crafting skills to speak of. But I would show up, my giant craft bag in hand, and inevitably cook up something fun from its bizarre and varied contents.

On any given day, my craft bag may contain leather scraps, grosgrain ribbon, faux pearls, bits of feather boa, and buttons. But here are some items that, as a lazy crafter, I’ve come to see as essential. read more

Originally posted 2011-01-11 06:02:02.

Cheap Ways to Keep Your Wardrobe in Order

cheap wardrobe organization tips

I have mentioned many, many, MANY times that I daydream about California Closets. Oh, how I long to pay someone thousands of dollars to make my wardrobe look like an organizatrix’s dream. But until then, I’ll stick to my nearly-free techniques for keeping my wardrobe looking shiny and new:

Put rolled magazines inside your tall boots: Forget spendy boot-shapers. Keep those knee-high boots looking new by rolling up old mags or catalogs and sticking them in the shaft.

Learn to fold your sweaters: You love your sweaters, don’t you? Well, then, act like it! The folks at the Gap fold that way because it looks good, but it also minimizes wrinkling and creasing. Here’s my preferred method. read more

Originally posted 2010-11-03 05:40:00.