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|Posted on August 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM||comments ()|
Since it is time for the seasons to change, at least in the “retail world,” I am starting to think about cleaning out those closets – both mine and yours – and getting items together to consign at New For You this Fall! Beginning next week, we will be taking in Fall transitional items and would love to have your things in our store to sell!! We are always taking new consignors – all sizes – and can really help you “clean clutter” and “coup some cash!” Just give us a call!!
To help with your clean out,I decided today to write about organizing your closet. Actually, I am so much better at organizing other people's stuff(which I do regularly as a part of our consignment service). But when it comes tomine...well I guess I'm a little too close to it! Right now, I am preparing to tackle my closet and I have come to the unwavering belief that no matter how big or small, there will, at some point, be a “physics problem” with any closet! (Unless we quit shopping and you know that's never going to happen!)
When it comes to organizing clothing, I tend to break things up by category first,hanging all the blouses together, jackets together, etc. Then I separate each category into colors, i.e. white blouses, then gray blouses, etc. I find this to be most effective for me when it comes to putting outfits together and finding a specific item. The one thing that always makes me nutty is having to waste time looking for a specific item, especially when I am already running late!
The best way to store shoes may depend on the size and construction of your closet.Ideally, I like to see all my shoes when I'm trying to find them. Having shelves above the hanging clothes in your closet is a fabulous thing for shoe storage! You can get a lot of shoes on those shelves and can even line extras on the floor at the base of the hanging clothes if you need to. The most important thing is that your shoes are stored in a way that keeps them from getting damaged (like piling them up on the floor). The second priority is being able to find the shoes you are looking for easily (which is why I would rather not keep them in boxes), and the third is that it looks orderly. You may not be able to get all three with your current space, so it's good to prioritize and adapt accordingly.
Handbags are another category that needs to be stored in such a way that keeps them from being crushed. I have some basic, small, low-height storage shelves for general closet storage that I line my handbags on. (I have them at each end of one of my closets) Having a number of shelves obviously gives me room for more bags, but sometimes, they still end up overflowing on the floor at the base of the hanging clothes. (See…I told you there's a physics problem!) I do keep them stuffed when I'm not using them so they keep their shape.
I keep any folded clothes in a second linen closet I have, that stores them as if they were folded in an armoire (which I just don’t have floor space for in my bedroom!) I prefer an armoire (or an armoire type set up like I created) to a traditional dresser because you can fold the clothes and put them in stacks, so with a glance, you can see everything.Because you can see the colors, but not the style of a shirt, I make each stack a different type (short-sleeve T-shirts, long-sleeve tees, cardigans, etc.). For the items I keep in a dresser, I have to open each drawer and lift up the stacks to see what is in them. This takes so much longer – I so wish I had space to keep everything on shelves!
There area lot of different things out there you can buy to help you get organized. These things can make the use of space more efficient. And sometimes, buying something new to organize with makes it a lot more fun.
The thing to do is figure out what works with your space!
If you can do something to distract yourself and stay entertained while you do this,you'll probably do it longer. So, bring in your favorite music or turn your DVD player on and watch Fried Green Tomatoes or Driving Miss Daisy for the 94time while you organize your little fashionista heart out!
Try to have fun and . . .May the laws of physics be on your side!!
Until next time I am . . .
Praying for our customers and readers daily,
Owner –New For You Consignment Boutique
“She clothes herself with strength and dignity and smiles at her future.” Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM||comments ()|
I recently read about a study where random people were asked to bring in their favorite pair of shoes. Then, a class of college students were asked to guess the attributes of the person who owns the shoes, by seeing only the shoes, not the people. Turns out, the students were 90% correct!
Wow, this makes shoe shopping even more important than I thought it was before, as it evidently broadcasts to the world who I am!
What I think flats say about the woman who wears them is that she's sophisticated, but balanced. She's not going to suffer in high heels all day, but she's not goingto give up her sense of style, either. When you want to let people know that you're someone who goes the extra mile to pay attention to the details, a great pair of up to date flats definitely do that. Most women put effort into the fashion that's more eye-level. Putting attention into the look from head to toe sets you apart.
There are times, however, when a good bit of height isexactly what you want. It makes you seem more confident and in-control because you're able to look people directly in the eye. (Plus, high heels make you look thinner too, so count me in!) So when you're seeking height this summer, make wedges your "go-to" shoes. This season, wedges have become stronger and more substantial in their style. They used to be understated -- a finishing touch. Now they're the focal point of your outfit. An updated wedge lets people know that you know fashion. Plus,thanks to the sturdy wedge design, they’re totally wearable and can take you places your stilettos can’t.
We all love options in everything, especially shoes!
Speaking of shoes, come check out the fabulous selection of designer and name brand shoes – flats, stilettos, wedges and more, that we get in at New For You! Our selection is great and we carry all sizes! Remember, we receive tons of new items every day – so we are never the same store twice!
Until next time I am . . .
Praying for our customers and readers daily,
Owner –New For You
“She clothes herself with strength and dignity, and smiles at her future.” Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on April 15, 2012 at 9:16 PM||comments ()|
Welcome back, Fashion Lovers!
This week, we’re going to try something a little different. We’d like to put the spotlight on some of our favorite designers, so we’ve chosen to start with Coach, designer of affordable and adorable handbags and shoes. So ---- A little history lesson…
Coach was founded in 1941 by a couple that was particularly skilled at making leather goods. The company discovered ways that they could make leather that was soft and supple, but still durable in the long run.
The primary interest of Coach in the beginning was actually wallets for men. The story goes that, at the suggestion of his wife, one of the partners started making handbags for women to capitalize on sales. A man was buying a nice wallet for himself, so the little lady got a handbag to go with it!
At New For You Consignment Boutique, we get new Coach handbags in all the time! Come and let us help you satisfy your Coach cravings for less!! By the same token, we have long lists of people to call who are looking for particular Coach designs and colors so ---- if you have a Coach handbag you are not using anymore, give us a call! We will help your handbag find a new home and help you find some "new cash" in your pocket to go "purse shopping" with! :)
Until next time, I am . . .
Praying for my customers daily,
Owner -- New For You Consignment Boutique
"She clothes herself with strength and dignity, and smiles at her future." Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM||comments ()|
I think it is a common misconception that glamour is all about “dressing up.” But putting your hair up and wearing something formal isn't the only way to be "glamorous." There are two kinds of glamour -- one for the red carpet and one you can incorporate into every day. While red carpet glamour is certainly a lot of fun, (we all love to dress up), everyday glamour is about a finished look you can move in, the details that finish the look, and the way that you feel in it. I guess it's almost more of a "state of grace" kind of effect.
When I think of women who had an amazing sense of glamour in their everyday style, I can't think of better examples than Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Kennedy. I'm sure all three of them had an unmistakable "presence" when you met them personally, but their style helped frame and set the expectation for that effect. They were never overdone, but they always looked like they thought about their appearance and took the time to look their absolute best. Even if they wore a T-shirt, it was smart, it fit well, and they would finish it with simple details of jewelry, handbag, etc. that made it into a glamorous look, whether it was casual or not.
Some of their most famous photos (and best, in my opinion) show these women with those kinds of simple accessories…a pearl necklace, diamond studs, or a great pair of sunglasses. Their makeup was natural—never too heavy. And, their dresses and outfits were always perfectly tailored.
At New For You Consignment Boutique, we always have loads of classic, yet still on trend looks. Come see us and we can give you plenty of examples of how you can get a glamorous everyday look that’s perfect for wherever your day takes you!! We are getting new Spring items in every day, in all sizes – plus to petites! Come see us soon!
Until we see you in the shop, I am . . .
Praying for my readers daily,
Owner, New For You
“She clothes herself with strength and dignity, and smiles at her future.” Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM||comments ()|
When To Splurge?
Welcome back, Fashion Lovers!
This week, we’re going to talk about something that no woman enjoys talking about: How much we spend on our clothing.
The numbers that are associated with the cost of our clothes are almost as taboo as our ages and weights (although everyone knows we are firmly set at 120 lbs and age 29! Man – how I wish!)
So, If I had to guess, I would wager that most women do not eagerly share how much money they spend on clothing; sometimes denying they’ve purchased anything new at all!
Here’s the thing, Ladies… We shouldn’t be ashamed of treating ourselves to things that make us look and feel good. When someone compliments you on an article of clothing, you should never feel compelled to say, “What? This old thing!” You should be proud of those pieces that set you apart from everyone else and make you feel like a million dollars!
When to Splurge:
When to Save:
Money is never something that people like to talk about and that fact seems to be getting worse in this economy! But …. Here’s the thing …. that’s why shopping at New For You Consignment Boutique is so wonderful! We are an upscale resale boutique, so the pieces are at much more affordable prices than they were originally priced, the items are in style and in excellent condition (many still with the tags on them!) and --- most importantly – You are getting a great deal, you are receiving excellent, high end boutique, personal customer service, AND you are getting beautifully unique pieces!
Stop by and check us out soon – How about today? We have put out close to 1000 new pieces over the last 2 weeks with lots more coming in daily! WE promise to help you look like a million without spending a fortune!
Until next time I am …..
Praying for my readers daily,
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at her future.” Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM||comments ()|
Just a short note today. Not about fashion or trends, but about a new step we are taking here at New For You. Today, after 20 years in business, we are officially launching our Facebook Page for the shop! This is something that I have been working on and planning for several months. Finally, just a few minutes ago, I uploaded our very first photo images to our facebook page!
Now, for everyone out there who is computer literate, this sounds like no big deal but, for me, who can do just a little more than turn the coomputer off and on, this is a very big deal! (Thank you Lord, for giving me a wonderful husband who is a computer/techno guru!!)
My goal is to post new photos of the great items we take in for our "friends" out there to see. My prayer is that this venue will bring more of you into our shop to become more than just our facebook friends -- we want you to become our "life" friends, or even better, our "Faith Friends!" (If you have ever come into the shop and been invited into an impromptu prayer circle for a fellow customer -- which happens quite often, you know exactly what this means!) :)
Many of you are familiar with The Prayer of Jabez. (I am not going to go into this prayer in detail but, if you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to google it and look it up.) One of the parts of this prayer is to ask God to extend your territories and to broaden your sphere of influnece for Him and it is part of a prayer that I pray each morning, together with the ladies at the shop, before we open. Ironically, just after I posted our first facebook pictures, I received an e-mail that had this excerpt in it.
'“Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.” Isaiah 43:19 Sometimes your business will need to move as the market pulls you in a different direction. Sometimes, your territories will be extended into areas or arenas that are totally outside of your comfort zone. You might need to reinvent your business, and you should not be afraid. God’s always got your back." '
I take this little blurb as confirmation that taking the plunge and moving our business into the world of Facebook is the right thing for us to do and that God will indeed, "Have our back" in this new arena. Yes, we do hope that it will increase our business and look forward to it as a way to reach beyond our walls. But, more importantly, we look at this new "territory" as a way to meet more people --- people like you --- who may need not only a new dress, but a kind word, a loving hug, or a heart felt prayer spoken over them. Yes, New For You is a business, but above that, it is a mission field given to us by The Lord to serve others for Him. Come . . . Let us serve you too. Until next time I am . . .
Praying for all of my readers daily,
Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook! Just search for New For You Consignment Boutique. Please "Share" us wiith your friends too!
"She clothes herself in strength and dignity and smiles at her future."
|Posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM||comments ()|
I love the summer time and, if I had my wish, I would wear and declare that the maxi dress become the uniform of choice in the summertime! The right summer dress is much more flattering than shorts, covers a multitude of sins in the "cellulite and/or I didn't have time to shave today" categories, and draws attention to the upper body, where most women are naturally leaner.
There are some good rules to remember when choosing a great summer dress.
Find a style that works with a traditional bra if you're not comfortable wearing a strapless bra on long, hot summer days.
Find a good convertible bra to give you as many options on necklines as possible.
Get a few good bandeau tops or tanks to avoid showing too much cleavage. (This is especially true if you are larger busted.)
Make sure your dress isn't see-through when the sun hits it.
Go with a solid color if you want and need a more dressed-up look.
Really play up the jewelry with a summer dress. (You can wear earrings with a maxi dress that would never work with golf shorts.)
Use a little bronzer, self tanner, or body glimmer if you want to step up your look.
Forget to take care of your feet, as they are much more noticeable in a maxi dress.
Overlook the importance of a cute, updated sandal. (By the way -- We have tons of great looking summer sandals at New For You right now!)
Wear a print in your accessories that competes with the print in your dress.
Overlook a little light makeup. It completes your look.
Forget to wear SPF!
Neglect the importance of a little shrug or scarf in case of chilly nights or when you need to pop into a store or restaurant where it's more appropriate to have your shoulders covered. (We have plenty of great little shrugs right now at
New For You!)
Wear a large, heavy, wintery handbag with your summery dress. (Again -- I know a great little consignment shop called New For You that has some great looking summer bags . . . :) )
Forget to stand up straight, put your shoulders back, and work it. Great posture makes a dress look a lot more expensive and makes you look younger and thinner.
Now, how do you choose a maxi dress that's right for your body type?
Curvy or fuller-busted women don't have to give up on a cute summer dress. If you're looking for an empire waist design, make sure it meets your body below the bust. If the dress hangs down from your bust, it will make you look bigger. Most fuller-busted women will be more comfortable in a traditional bra vs. a strapless bra for a long day. So look for a good convertible bra and dresses that cover your bra straps.
If you're on the petite side of things, look for more "pared down" silhouettes and be careful of prints that overwhelm. Also, be prepared to invest in getting the dress hemmed if it's too long. You don't want to be drowned by your dress, nor do you want to trip over it. You want to look like a smart, finished package.
If you like to accessorize with bold jewelry, then solid fabrics are a safer bet. If you like prints (and there are a lot of them this season), do the "full-length-mirror test" before you walk out the door to make sure your jewelry isn't competing with your print.
I love maxi dresses because they're cool, flattering, and feminine; but they're also one of the hottest trends for this spring and summer. The great thing about this season's dress trend is that there are styles that will work for every figure, whether you're curvy or lean, petite or tall.
One-piece dressing…you can't find that in the wintertime, unless it's pajamas with feet in them! So stock up on your summer dresses and enjoy! If you need a good starting place, check out all the fabulous dresses that we receive at New For You Consignment Boutique every day! Mini, maxi, or just “in between,” we’re your place to find the best dresses and jewelry at the very best prices! Please stop by and see us soon! We so look forward to having you in for a visit!
Praying for all of our readers daily . . .
Owner – New For You
"She clothes herself with strength and dignity, and smiles at her future . . ." Proverbs 31:25
|Posted on March 9, 2012 at 7:33 AM||comments ()|
I ended my last blog post discussing the importance of earrings for the Spring 2012 Season. Since then, many of you have stopped searching for that fabulous piece of "ear candy" to update your look and we sure do appreciate your business! During one of these visits, a long time customer and I got into a great discussion about accessories . . . Why are accessories most often underrated?
So ---- Why are accessories most often underrated? With one bib necklace, you can send a message that you’re a woman in charge. With some wide-rimmed sunglasses, you can pass as a movie star in disguise. And with one pair of red pumps, you can scream, “I am woman” without uttering a word. Accessories make or break an outfit; they tout your fashion savvy; and accessories express who you are.
There are some accessories that I have had for years. Just like those basic wardrobe essentials, I think there are accessory essentials that look good season after season, year after year… a neutral handbag or a classic, (maybe even your grandmother’s) string of pearls. Your wardrobe has to have pieces like this! But, your wardrobe should also include statement pieces . . . bold cocktail rings, a chunky belt, an extra-long necklace, or a leopard-print pashmina scarf. In my opinion, these are essential accessories in their own way --- They are the pieces that make an ordinary outfit absolutely extraordinary!!
At New For You, we receive tons of “cute and current” accessories – from designer handbags to cool,” on trend “shoes, sandals, and wedges. Love Scarves? We got em’ and can show you how to use them to make an outfit “pop!” We also receive fabulous costume jewelry from labels such as Chicos, Stella and Dot, Silpada, Brighton and others. On top of that – we carry brand new, gorgeous, necklaces, earrings and handbags that we hand select at market for you –– taking into account the latest trends and your discerning “fashionista” tastes that we have served for 20 years! You won’t believe the fabulous prices we are able to offer these items for!
Only you know your own comfort zone. But don’t be afraid to accessorize. It’s stylish to wear something bold. It’s not ridiculous to wear something big. And, it is surely not against the rules to wear something bright – especially this season when it is all about color!! Remember—YOU ARE EXPRESSING WHO YOU ARE! As long as you “express” in moderation, you’ll look fabulous!!
Thanks for reading along and for joining us on this journey. Stop by and visit with us --- you are missing tons of fabulous things looking for a good home like yours! We would love to see you! Until next time, I am . . .
Praying for all my readers . . . :)
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|Posted on February 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM||comments ()|
Welcome back, Fashion Lovers!
I’m back to bring you a few more Spring trends for 2012! (I will say that I’m purposefully bringing you small doses of trends because there are so many!)
A lot of the trends tend to overlap this season. For example, last time I mentioned that pastels AND neons are popular this season – as well as a huge craze about yellow!
So . . . Let’s keep taking our small bites out of the”fashion apple!”
- Tropical Floral Fiesta! -
The category sounds silly, but it is so true! This season, along with the “princess chic” trend, women are invited to indulge in their bold side. There are a lot of floral patterns floating around the runways; both bold, tropical prints as well as soft, feminine prints. Try whichever one appeals to your senses! New For You completely endorses both! If you are more feminine and soft, go with a pretty pastel floral print or, go with something with bold, tropical colors if you are feeling more adventurous! Now, I know that floral prints can often remind us of our grandmother’s couches but I promise you that there are some GORGEOUS prints out there for all tastes.
- White -
Okay, so this trend may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but white is back in a big way. For the past few seasons, white has been an accent color. This season, white is a new and hip all-over look. White from head to toe is beautiful for spring because it brings out brightness. We have been weighed down by darker colors this past winter and spring is all about bringing brightness back! I can completely understand women who shy away from this trend because white is extremely high maintenance. However, I suggest that every woman find a great white top and some white pants or capris. Even if this is an outfit that you wear once, the pieces broken apart will be vital to your average wardrobe.
One more FYI: Many women avoid white because they feel like it is the opposite of “slimming black.” THIS IS NOT TRUE! White can be just as slimming as black, if it is tailored well.
Every woman adores her accessories! This season, earrings are back in a big way. Previous seasons have been all about bold and chunky pieces for neckwear and bracelets or gigantic cocktail rings. Nothing has really been mentioned about earrings! This season, the emphasis is on the ears. Neckwear, bracelets, and rings are extremely minimalist (although, I do love to see a woman in a great cocktail ring) as earrings are pushing through! So ----- invest in that eccentric pair of earrings! I promise you that you will be noticed for your bold choices.
All right, Fashion Lovers, there’s a few more bites from the fashion apple. Tune in next week for some more spring trends to keep you moving “fashion forward!”
|Posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM||comments ()|
Welcome Back, Fashion (and Bargain!) Lovers!
Earlier this week I posted a blog about the importance of color for Spring 2012. Well, since then, I have had several customers ask me for more info on what the trends are for this coming season and I am happy to oblige! Yes, I will talk a little more about color – and then talk about a whole lot more!
So – Here are the hottest trends for Spring 2012!
1) Princess Chic
All right, ladies, I know this sounds a little corny – but Princess chic is in! This spring is all about being the girliest girl that you can be. Tulle, lace, floral, sparkle, and super feminine silhouettes are found everywhere.
2) Pastels AND Neons
When it comes to the color palette of Spring 2012, both ends of the spectrum are represented. There are pastels (baby blue, light pink, pale yellow…) as well as neons (tangerine, lemon, bright pink, turquoise, lime…). So, I think it goes without saying that there’s something for everyone this season. What’s even better is that the princess chic pieces are coming out in both colors. Girly, pink, pastel dresses are available as well as neon pencil skirts
All right, ladies, that was just a taste of what is in store for you this spring. Stay tuned to this blog over the next week or so -- I will be “unleashing” more trends to you!