April 10, 2012
There's a hidden jewel in Owings Mills and one that exists because of a greater good. Ruth's Closet, a resale boutique, offers women's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Every day brings a new treasure, and at bargain prices. Tired of your Jimmy Choo shoes, outgrown that cashmere sweater? No worries, donate those items to Ruth's Closet and your generosity will be far-reaching. This boutique is staffed primarily by volunteers and 100 percent of the profits go to the House of Ruth Maryland.
December 8, 2011
Newt Gingrich wants to pay poor kids to clean toilets. And all of the right people are horrified. The Nation says Mr. Gingrich is running on "a platform that seems to have been written by the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge. " The editors of the Newark Star-Ledger proclaim Mr. Gingrich wants to "bring back the days of Oliver Twist. " The host of "Meet the Press," David Gregory, suggests Mr. Gingrich's take on the inner-city poor is a "grotesque distortion. " This controversy started last month at Harvard, when Mr. Gingrich suggested in a speech that perhaps the best way to break the cycle of poverty in inner cities is to break the culture of poverty that sustains it by, among other things, paying kids to do janitorial work.
October 4, 2011
Have you ever had a skirt, top or other fabulous garment that you just adored and for some reason (maybe it became shrunken or stained) you could no longer wear? Remember how hard it was to give away? Or perhaps you couldn't bear to give it away and it just took up space in your closet. Before you consider casting off something special: Rethink, repurpose and refashion. I am not suggesting keeping every cast-off, but certainly there are special pieces that just say “you.” Imagine giving life to them in the form of home furnishings!
August 31, 2011
One may think that a favorite pastime of a fashion consultant is shopping - au contraire, mon ami! Don't get me wrong, it's a close second, but de-cluttering is what really warms my heart. Most Americans have far too many clothes, and of course what is the frequent complaint? “I have nothing to wear!” A closet can be cleaned, but if you are unaware of how it turned into a jungle in the first place, it's likely to reforest over and over. Why is my closet cluttered?
July 29, 2011
Late July is the height of vacation season, but instead of a week at the beach or a trip to Europe this year, many Americans are still opting for the staycation or choosing to visit friends or relatives for a long weekend. Whether you find yourself bunking at your sister's place in San Francisco or are in the position of hosting out-of-town guests yourself, one thing is for sure: You'll soon understand the importance of a well-appointed guest room. An uncomfortable guest room sets the stage for a memorable visit — for all the wrong reasons.
June 30, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles • Imagine no possessions : Report says John Lennon was a closet Republican. ( Toronto Sun ) • Pot, meet kettle: Obama scolds Congress for taking too many vacations. ( ABC ) • Somebody get Ban Ki-moon a straitjacket : United Nations appoints North Korea head of conference on disarmament.