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Wardrobe Tips from Sophia Loren PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

Years ago I picked up a copy of Women & Beauty by Sophia Loren.  I remember being incredibly surprised at the practicality of her advice.  I felt like I was reading something my mom or one of my aunts would write, not something written by one of the most glamorous women on the planet.

Earlier this week I was flipping through it and was again surprised at her down to earth advice.  For example, she writes:

I used to buy clothes on impulse.  Something in a store would catch my fancy.  I would try it on and if I iked it, home it went.  But so very many times these purchases would turn out to be mistakes.  They would hang in my closet, never worn, and reproach me every time I looked at them. 

My new approach begins with planning... the main thing is to avoid going into a store wtih no idea of what you want.  This can spell diaster and this is how you fill your closet with clothes you never wear. 

Before you go into a store you must also examine what you already have.  It is simply wasteful to buy all new clothes every season; even if you have the money, and certainly not many people have, it means you haven't discovered what really is the best look for you.  When you buy the right clothes, you should find that you can wear them for many seasons.

The book is now out of print, but if you can find a used copy, it's a worthy investment!  In addition to advice on building a wardrobe, she also discusses skin and hair care as well as the value of a healthy diet and exercise. 

 
Shop Your Closet PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

A few weeks ago I received an email from a financial advisor I work for and at the bottom of the correspondence she wrote: 

P.S.  I just shopped my closet this morning and….
to sing a song from “West Side Story” – “I feel pretty” and sharp.

Her email made my day and reminded me of what a great strategy shopping your closet can be. 

The next time you feel the urge to buy new clothes, instead, go back through your closet, as if you were looking at the clothes for the first time, and see if you can put new combinatioins of items together. 

If you need a little help, ask a friend.  They'll look at your wardrobe with completely different eyes.  You could walk away with several new outfits without spending a dime.

 
Save the Earth - Don't Do Laundry! PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
Today is Earth Day, a global celebration of the environment.
 
Saving money and sustainable living are two of my favorite subjects to study. Coincidentally, they support each other.
 
Here in California, we’re suffering from a terrible drought. Many of my close friends are farmers and they’re struggling. Across the state, we’re doing what we can to save water such as:
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth.
  • Only run a full dishwasher (on the energy efficient cycle).
  • No more baths and very short showers.
  • Use a pitcher to capture water while waiting for tap to get hot and use that water in the garden.
One of my favorite ways to save water, money and time is by only washing our clothes if they’re actually dirty.  
 
We often throw something we’ve worn for just a short while into the dirty clothes pile. Break the habit by hanging the item immediately after taking it off. If you’d like, you can let it hang outside the closet for awhile to air out. You can also give it a few sprays of Febreze.
 
In addition to saving water, and the energy to run the washer and dryer, you’ll also save wear and tear on your clothes making them last so much longer. The next time you clean out the lint catcher, it will remind you of how rough the dryer can be on your clothes.
 
 
 
Smart Spending Advice... PDF Print E-mail

 
Before You Buy More Clothes... PDF Print E-mail

Often, we think we need to buy more clothes when in reality, we need to clean out our closets so we can see what we already have and love.

 
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