Wisdom from the Wardrobe

I will miss you Nanette Lepore.

Nanette

I had no idea who Nanette Lepore was. 

I was at Thrift Culture in Bellevue square, pre-Covid. It's run by LifeSpring and supports programs that feed, clothe, educate and provide emergency support for local children living in poverty. They pay $1 a year in rent, in one of the highest cost-per-square-foot locations thanks to the Kemper family who own and run the mall. Insert applause here!

I was browsing because I believe in wearable fun and part of my entertainment budget goes to thrift stores.…

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$12 or less Zoom background that's not virtual. Oh, and me in front of it.

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I'm not a fan of virtual backgrounds on Zoom etc. though you can get really cool ones. The thing is, every time you move there's a good change you'll look really weird and we all know you're basically hiding a pile of laundry or clutter. But yes, if you have no alternative, they are much better than holding meetings where everyone can see your bed or fridge. 

A really quick and easy way to create a Zoom background without resorting to virtual is to zip down to a fabric store. Pun unintended. Ye…

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What to wear when you need a stepstool to get the cereal (i.e. you're short).

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The delightful Jami, who helps me with Pinterest says I should have titled this as....

Best Outfits for Short Women: 7 Wardrobe Must Haves for Petite Women

Jami, I promise you, on Pinterest, you can call it whatever you like.

Meanwhile...

If you have ever had to ask someone tall to reach things for you, read on.

Oh short ones! Pocket Venus's. Petites. Those of us under say, Five feet 4. We’ve always had to cut, fold, or sew up the ends of our clothing just to get the right fit, even if th…

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I'll be smiling at you in oh, about two years.

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Currently I am trying to learn how to talk with aligners—Invisalign—in my mouth.
Apparently, I’m supposed to practice reading articles or books until I get used to them. It feels weird. I feel like I’m talking through cotton wool. I’m second guessing what I’m saying. I’m tripping over my sentences. 

They weren't comfortable at first.  And they’re annoying because I have to keep taking them in and out every time I want to eat. Given that I’m from New Zealand and I can’t go more than half an hour…

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Dane, my virtual assistant in Manila, says good bye.

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This blog was written by Dane, a stunningly intelligent assistant I have had the privilege of working with. Her English is better than mine and she has had amazing insight into my business. I haven't changed a thing. 

I’m Dane, one of Erin’s virtual assistants. I wrote this piece as a tribute to my experiences working with The Happy Wardrobe team, as due to personal circumstances, I am soon moving onto another career. I look back at everything with fond memories, and I hope you would learn some…

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Black Friday - Here's what to invest in.

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Haven’t Made Your Black Friday Shopping List Yet? Here are 5 Clothing Items That are Worth Buying on Black Friday

First of all, I'm not an advocate for impulse shopping. I'm in a surgical moon boot (presumably named after astronauts) and the temptation to click, click, click is overwhelming. Luckily, I have an annual spending plan, which I also help clients create and I regularly take inventory of what I have, so I don't end up over-indexing in one category. 

However, if you have had your eye …

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It's terrifying being a female solopreneur - here's to Entrepreneurs Day

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Today is Entrepreneurs Day in the US! Wahoo!

Let's raise a glass (or smash a ceiling) in salute to all the women I know in my life who are entrepreneurs, most of whom are solopreneurs.

It is a roller coaster. On one hand, coaches, mindset books, influencers etc. tell you the sky's the limit. You're your own boss, you set your own schedule and if you want to work in your pajamas with the dog snoring beside you (like I am right now) you can. Your rules, your way. You create something from nothin…

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World Kindness Day - complement another woman on her style

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November the 13th is World Kindness Day.

I could argue that every day could be a kindness day but hey, we have to start somewhere. 

It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, cool, right? And when I looked it up, I found there’s an actual kindness.org. It popped up at the top of my search bar as an advert. Apparently they have to pay to promote kindness.

According to Wikipedia, the idea behind world kindness day is to “highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the p…

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Multiply your options - by buying multiples.

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When it comes to getting dressed, I cheat.

I have 4 identical tee-shirts from New Zealand.

I adore them, but they are a pain in the butt to get, one of the reasons I buy several at a time. They have NZ native birds on them, a delicate black etching on a plain white tee. Hey, didn’t it used to be a thing to say “put a bird on it.”? Or was that just in Portland? 

I used to get them from a store in Ponsonby, Auckland, where there are ton of great NZ designers who hopefully will still be there …

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Harper's Bazaar, I love you but I won't dress my age.

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I buy fashion magazines for the same reason I go to art galleries. But looking at clothing is even better - it's wearable creativity. 

Sure, many of the items cost more than my first car. Magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue showcase clothing by designers that are worth thousands of dollars because of the amount of work, brilliance and time that went into making them. I admire them the same way I admired the great masterpieces in the Louvre (long before Covid), or other galleries including …

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