Friday is here! I hope you had a great week. Mine was pretty hectic work-wise, so some serious relaxation is definitely in order this weekend.
I’m looking forward to kicking up my heals, drinking a little wine, and eating some good food. I’d also love to explore a new neighborhood (one of my favorite things to do) and check out our neighborhood flea market for the first time. We don’t have anything definite planned, so we’ll see what happens!
Pretty tree top view from our living room. How crazy are those clouds?
Here are some of my favorite links I found this week:
The hot weather isn’t letting up here anytime soon. These Creamy Strawberry Coolers look like the perfect way to cool off. Yum!
Getting organized is a lot easier when you have the right tools. You don’t have to spend a lot either – my favorite organizers for jewelry and accessories all came from the Container Store, Target, or the thrift store.
I love these Acrylic Bracelet Stands so much that I have both sizes. The taller stand can also hold short necklaces. Perfect for a tight areas, these stands do not take up a lot of visual space.
This Acrylic Jewelry Tree (it even has little branches!) is great for holding all of your necklaces. It’s tall and narrow (helpful for small shelves) and has a convenient little tray on the bottom for rings.
Don’t limit yourself only to organizers meant for jewelry! I love to re-purpose dishes and trays that weren’t meant for jewelry at all, like little sterling silver bowls. The bowls are a dime a dozen at the thrift store, are perfect for holding lip gloss, rings, and watches, and add such a pretty, vintage touch.
Scarves are so hard to store, which is why this 10-Scarf Hanger from the Container Store is such a lifesaver. I have two, and all of my scarves are neatly organized, and most importantly, I can see each scarf at a glance. I’m a firm believer that if you can see it, then you’ll wear it more often.
I carry this Target Cosmetics Bag Valet when traveling. It folds up small, holds a lot, and hangs up when you get to your destination. I store earrings and rings in the top section, bracelets and jewelry in the middle part, and toiletries in the lower section. Avoid tangles by placing anything delicate in a small fabric bag or zip lock before you put it in the case.
This Porcelain Hand Organizers are so cute! I don’t have a ton of rings, but if I did, this stand would be on my shopping list. It can be used to hold short necklaces, too.
A box to hold small items, such as rings and earrings, or delicate jewelry is a must. I use my mom’s old jewelry box. It holds such great memories for me; I remember sneaking into her room as a kid to try things on. This Light Blue Box (similar) would be perfect if you are going for that Tiffany effect!
So, what do you think? Can you see yourself using any of these items?
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I love jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets. Over the past few years, I’ve collected quite a few pieces and even inherited a few pretty things from my mom. We’re not talking expensive stuff here, just fun costume jewelry!
As much as I love my jewelry, I’ve struggled with jewelry organization. There is nothing worse than pulling out my favorite necklace, only to find it tangled with two others.
I decided it was time to get organized!
Check out this mess:
Yikes! Just looking at that stresses me out.
The first step with this jewelry organization project was to clear everything out and do a little dusting. I love a blank slate!
Our apartment is tiny, and the bedroom is long and very narrow. That black rectangle is the back of our headboard. This is the only furniture set-up that works, so in addition to organizing my jewelry, I also wanted to minimize the headboard as much as possible.
Have you ever wondered about the best way to clean a lampshade? Just grab a lint roller! The sticky paper on the roller picks up any dust and makes cleaning the shade a snap.
The next step was to add my jewelry organizers back onto the dresser. I own a number of organizers, so I didn’t need to buy anything new, and I had a large bulletin board that I planned to use for my necklaces.
Always add the largest piece first, which in this case is the bulletin board. The board is the perfect piece to hold – and most importantly, show off – all my necklaces.
Next, I added my jewelry box, which holds all of my earrings and pins, as well as bracelets and necklaces that either do not get worn often or are too delicate for display. The jewelry box was my moms and needs a little TLC, but that is another project!
Since space is at a premium here, I went vertical. The top of the jewelry box was the perfect spot for my bracelet holders. It’s a lot easy to find what I need with all of my bracelets at eye level.
Finally, I added a hammered silver tray to hold perfume and sunglasses, as well as an acrylic necklace “tree.”
This set-up was OK, but the placement of the tray and necklace tree was awkward. In the end, I simply swapped them around:
Much more balanced! The tray is no longer hanging off the dresser, and the tree isn’t blocking the bulletin board (more room for necklaces!). I added a little silver bowl to hold lip gloss and watches, too.
Next came the best part: adding the jewelry! I started with the bracelets, and then hung my chain necklaces on the necklace tree.
I had a fun with this and chose two of my favorite pieces – my mom’s charm bracelet and a bold necklace – to put on display. The charm bracelet went on top of the jewelry box where I can see it every day, and I draped the necklace over a lampshade.
My perfume and sunglasses were then organized in the silver tray.
An important part of any organizational project is getting rid of stuff! There really isn’t any point of storing things you no longer use, so be brutally honest with yourself about what you will and will not use. I ended up tossing perfume and jewelry that I don’t wear anymore.
And not everything needs to be on display. My sunglasses with cases all went into a dresser drawer.
I untangled the rest of my necklaces next, separating the long ones from the short ones.
Using clear push pins, I hung the long necklaces on the bulletin board first:
After those were in place, I hung the shorter necklaces.
The end result makes me very happy:
What I love the most about this jewelry organization set-up, is that all of my pretty pieces are visible and easy to find. My husband even has somewhere to store his things – see that ceramic shell on the right?!
Well, hello there! I hope you had a great 4th of July. Mine was wonderfully low-key, which I loved.
I’m excited to be heading to the beach today. We don’t go often, so I’m really looking forward it. My only hope is that I don’t come home as red as a lobster, which is my usual post-beach look (even with sunblock). Lobster skin or not, it should be fun!
We had a picnic in Central Park last weekend – my favorite way to relax after a stressful week!
I thought I’d do a beach-themed roundup today in honor of our trip:
We bought a pair of these Beach Chairs from Target. I like how they sit low to the ground so you can sink your feet into the sand, and you certainly can’t beat the price!
I snapped a pic of this lady yesterday – now this is how to dress for the 4th of July! There was no rain in sight either!
I am about as pale as you can get (see previously mentioned lobster skin), so I use this Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer anytime I head to the beach. Self-tanner is notorious for its stinky scent, so I usually apply it the night before and then shower in the morning. Jergens has (mostly) gotten rid of most of that stinky smell though, so I may just apply it in the morning and go.
A pair of cute sandals is a must! I have a pair of these Vaughn T-Straps from Loft, and I love them. They are so comfortable that it almost feels like you aren’t wearing shoes at all.