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Keeping Your Jewelry Organized and Safe While Traveling

Keeping Your Jewelry Organized and Safe While Traveling

I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I need to have accessories or I don’t feel quite dressed. I have an antique jewelry travel bag that I have been using for years and I simply LOVE it!

Because, some of you might not have a great bag like this, I wanted to deliver a few other tips to help you keep you jewelry organized while you travel.

  1. If you don’t have a pre-made jewelry bag, you can use small cloth pouches to keep your jewelry organized while traveling. Store all smaller cloth pouches into one large pouch or ziplock bag.
  2. Separating and storing gold from silver accessories will make it easier to find what you need when you are living out of a suitcase.
  3. Pair necklaces with earrings when packing so they come out together when you unpack.
  4. Use straws to keep dainty chain necklaces from kinking while in your suitcase. Simply run one end through the straw and attach the clasp at the other end. Trim your straw to fit the necklace length. These long straws can be stored within a sock.
  5. Do the same with chunky necklaces and bracelets but use an empty toilet paper rolls instead. It does not matter if they get smashed and you might even want to smash them in advance so they will take up less room in your suitcase.
  6. If you are worried about losing your valuable jewelry when traveling, store your jewelry in a sock and keep it paired with it’s mate in the drawer with your socks and undies.
  7. Want to keep post earrings organized while traveling? Cut a small square of window screen and attach all earrings onto the screen. Place this screen into a ziplock bag.

Let me know if you have any other good tips for jewelry while you travel. Post a comment below or use the Facebook link to tell us your cool tricks!

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Jewelry Organizing Ideas – What Are Yours?

There are so many creative ways to organize jewelry that I thought I would show you a few of my favorites! Do you have a favorite way to keep your jewelry organized? Please let us know and send in your photos or suggestions.

Decorative tacks and hooks make an easy way to keep your necklaces in plain sight. Obviously we were in the process of this organizing project when I shot this quick photo! The bottom photo shows the ‘after’ success.

This a nice way to use the back of your closet door and keep all of your earrings organized. The organizer below does the same for necklaces.

More cool hooks with necklaces and bracelets nicely organized.

Do you have a favorite jewelry organizing trick? Please send me your photo or post a comment below and let us know what you do to keep your jewelry in order!

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Ten Tips for One Suitcase Packing

Ten Tips for One Suitcase Packing

You are faced with many tough decisions when you decide to pack light and travel with only one suitcase. Stuffing everything you need into one suitcase might seem impossible until you learn how to simplify and employ a few tricks and tips from professional travelers.

Once you discover the ease that comes with traveling with only one suitcase, you will probably never look back. You will also discover that amazingly, there are some things that you never wish to pack again! Follow these tips to pack fearlessly and add more space to your single suitcase.

1. Begin your packing process with a list. As you work on your list, consider what activities you will do each day while you are gone. Only choose clothing pieces that will combine well with at least 3 other items. As you pack, check each item off of the list, Always check your list one more time the night before you leave.

2. If you are going to stay at a hotel, plan to use their complimentary soaps and shampoos. As long as you have no allergy challenges, there is no need to pack them. Most of us, end up taking them home for future use, so why not skip that step and instead use them when you find them?

3. Eliminate large and hard case containers. Use large zip-lock bags instead. Zips work well for cosmetics, hair products and other items. They not only keep liquids from draining out onto your clothing, they save a lot of space in the process.

4. If you can find moisturizers that also act as sunscreens or sunscreens that provide bug repellant, pack these, It will save you space.

5. Plan to wear only a few pieces of jewelry. Don’t pack pricey jewelry or other valuables. I have heard many sad stories about missing diamond earrings and other expensive items. For one suitcase packing, they are not really necessary and if they are, wear them on the plane and plan on wearing them most of your tripi.  When not wearing them, make sure to place them in the room safe while you are away from the hotel and buy insurance in advance. If you are not going to wear them while flying, make sure you keep them in your carry on.

6. Choose your guidebooks carefully and carry only one when you depart. Most places now have internet connections. This allows you to plan your trip online and access your information while you are there. My new favorite website is http://www.virtualtourist.com/. If the internet is not going to be readily available, photocopy useful pages from other books and fold them into the one book you have decided to bring with you.

7. Make sure to check into the current local weather at your destination before you pack. Choose your outfits accordingly. Pack one lightweight sweater and long sleeve shirt with rain poncho to layer if temperatures drop unexpectedly during your trip.

8. Choose neutral colors for your extended trips. With proper planning, every item will combine with the others to create many outfits from only a few select pieces. Pack shoes that will combine with most, if not all of the outfits. Remember to pack light and choose wisely, especially when it comes to shoes. Wear the bulkiest shoes when you fly.

9. Magazines or newspapers can be purchased at your destination or at the airport. Once you are done with them, leave them behind for others to read. Many hotels have lending libraries. I always bring a small paperback onto the plane and exchange it for another during my trip.

10. Final tip: You can replace almost everything you might have forgotten at your destination, even in third world countries, so lighten your load and make a pact to pack only what you know you will need for your next trip!

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Lupita Nyong’o looks radiant in teal

Lupita Nyongo in teal

Lupita Ngony’o wore a stunning teal Gucci dress to the SAG Awards this year. This is a perfect example of how gorgeous bright colors can look on darker skin tones. She also pulls off matching teal eyeshadow without looking overdone or too matchy. If you have dark skin, you may find that you can easily pull off bold colors that might overwhelm other people’s complexions. The key is finding colors that complement your skintone and make you look healthy and radiant, rather than washing you out.

No matter how light or dark your features are, you are most likely either ‘cool’ or ‘warm’ toned, and will find these colors complement you accordingly. The easiest way to determine this is to pull your hair away from your face, take off any makeup or jewely, and drape colored cloth around your face to see which colors make you look healthy and radiant, and which colors make you look washed out, grey, or sickly. You may want to enlist a friend or family member to help. Try colors like silver (cool) vs. gold (warm). Or a bright orangey red (warm) vs. magenta or violet (cool). Try bright crisp white (cool) vs. ivory or offwhite (warm). With enough tries, you should get a feel for whether you are warm or cool toned based on which colors really brighten up your features. Here’s a guide to warm and cool colors that should help:

Warm and Cool colors

Once you determine whether you are warm or cool toned, try experimenting with bright, bold colors when shopping for tops, dresses, makeup, and statement jewelry. If you have dark skin, you may find your features really come alive and your skin looks radiant and glowing in bright, saturated tones of your best colors.

Celebrities in Bright Lipcolors

Keep an eye out for celebrities and models who share similar coloring to you and also look their best in these same colors. You can then do an image search for that person and see what they wore to different events. Celebrities have some of the best stylists and makeup artists working for them, especially for red carpet events. Take advantage of the work they’ve done to make this celebrity look their best, and try to replicate aspects of their look that you think works well for them.

Lupita Ngony'o Makeup

If you’re lucky enough to have similar coloring to Lupita, you’ve got a treasure trove of gorgeous looks to be inspired by. Keep an eye on this beautiful woman because she is consistently knocking it out of the park!

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Closet Transformation

Situation: This client had a lovely walk in closet that had been built onto her bedroom as an addition. Although it is a large closet, it became disorganized and mismanaged and ended up housing things that did not belong, such as holiday decorations.

The client’s shoe collection ended up on the floor in piles which made it difficult to get into the closet to find what she was looking for.

Challenge: We needed to fit all of her clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags into the closet while keeping everything organized and accessible.

Solution: We sorted through all of her clothes and purged the ones that didn’t fit, or no longer fit her lifestyle. We did the same with the shoes and purged all but a few pairs of heels. As we get older, we are less likely to wear heels or uncomfortable shoes, and this was the case with this client. She had clothes in dry cleaner bags, which made them difficult to identify. Dry cleaner bags trap moisture and keep fabric from breathing, so we got rid of the bags. We lined up the clothes by type and moved formal clothes to a closet in another bedroom to make more space for her daily wardrobe. The holiday decorations and other things that did not belong were moved to the garage. We purged so many clothes that she ended up with a whole row of empty space, which will give her plenty of room when she buys something new.

The client kept many shoes in shoeboxes so she could easily identify them, and the shoes that she wears most often were moved to a hanging shoe organizer. We also utilized a built in bench in the closet for the shoes she wears most often.

We moved her jewelry and handbags to allow more space to get into the closet, and hung her jewelry on a hanging organizer on the wall. Her belts are all hung together, and everything is categorized and easily accessible. Now this client can shop her closet and find what she needs.

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How an Ikea closet system can turn a small closet into big storage

This is what you can do with the Ikea ready made self standing closet system. It looks small on the outside, but inside it provides tons of storage. Here is what my friend does with hers. She is amazingly organized and could be a professional organizer herself!

As you can see, she has included high/low hanging rods in one part of the closet, and on the other side she has included enough drawers to house her large shoe collection. She has her boots lined up one in front of the other instead of side by side, which is really smart because she can see more pairs of boots at a glance. Very ingenious!

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Organizing Your Jewelry for Travel Tips

Click here to read my tips for jewelry organizing while traveling.

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Jewelry Trends for this Season

Tis the season to layer multiple necklaces and wear bold chunky earrings. With cool weather and sweaters, layered necklaces help balance the (more…)

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Vertical Jewelry Organizing

Back of the Door Earring Organizer


This jewelry collection used to live in boxes within drawers. It took all of the fun out of getting dressed and far too much time because the owner had to pry open boxes every day and search for what she needed.


To add to this predicament,  my client is a news anchor so she has to accessorize her outfits every day. It is also very important that she keeps her accessories rotating. She does not want to wear the same items over and over again within the same month.


Vertical, back of the door jewelry pouches! This solution was perfect because it did not take up any additional space.  All of her jewelry, except the most expensive, now hangs on the back of her closet doors!

She keeps tabs on which jewelry she wears and continues down the row the next day. Her outfits are in matched rotation and tandem with her accessories and her necklaces are paired in rotation with her earrings. Getting dressed for work is now a snap for this very busy anchorwoman!

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Do you have any old gowns, shoes, jewelry, purses, wraps to donate?

A colleague, Leigh Ernst, is collecting gowns, shoes, jewelry and clutches for women to attend the 5th annual Marine Corp Ball in style.

Leigh is not involved in the military in any way, but at church it touched her heart about how grateful the girls were who received dresses to wear last year that could not afford to buy a dress or go to the ball….Kind of a Cinderella story.

They were literally in tears as they “shopped “among the donated items. Many girls were shocked that there were actually dresses in their size.

It is an easy thing to do to clear these items from your closet and ADD SPACE!! (a gift to yourself!)

If you can help out…please bring or mail your items to Leigh and she will make sure they get to the girls in time for the Ball scheduled for October 3rd. She said that dresses are arriving daily from all across the US. This is the perfect opportunity for you to dig into your closet and pass on your good to others but you need to do it this week!

Mail or drop off your evening gowns and accessories before September 27th to:

Leigh Ernst

4659 Telescope Ave. Carlsbad, CA  92008



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