While going through my closet to pack for an upcoming trip, I realized my personal fashion portfolio needs some “refreshing.” Working in the fashion industry, you can imagine the accumulation of clothing that I end up with: never worn or worn once clothes, all stuffed to the back of the closet for another day. I decided to take my own organizational advice and take a “spring fling” with my closet!
If you find yourself overwhelmed by your array of apparel and in need of 1) space 2) organization and 3) new looks for the upcoming season, take these steps to free you from clutter and renew your faith in fashion!
- Store - Slip fall and winter (past season) clothing in acid-free boxes or airtight bins. Before storing make sure each piece is clean, repaired, if necessary, and folded. Use small bins for gloves, hats and scarves. Use larger bins for coats. If you’re storing a fur coat, check with a reputable furrier such as Mano Swartz for complete storing and care. For boots, store a few pair in long bins that will fit under the bed and put the rest in larger bins in a storage unit or hallway closet.
- Sort - Pull everything out of the closet entirely and organize into groups: trousers, skirts, tops/blouses, blazers/jackets, short day dresses, short evening dresses, long formal dresses, hats & scarves; divide purses into two groups – handbags and clutches.
- Stash/Trash - Stash items you either wear regularly or those worn for a very special occasion like that long sequined ball gown. Trash all items that have stains, pilling, or have stretched or torn beyond repair. (Consignment stores won’t take these worn items either.) You can donate what you don’t want to keep for a write-off to the Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Remaining items you haven’t worn in the last six months — or same season last year — should be tried on. Afterward, edit!! Decide if you still “love” it, if it’s flattering to your current shape, if you have other clothes to go with it, and, if necessary, if you have the time or energy to “fix” it to make it wearable again. If you have gently worn clothes that you are merely “over” consider donating them to non-profits that supply at-risk or under-served job seekers with interview outfits and work attire such as or Dressed for Success or House of Ruth. You also may consider donating items such as designer gowns or cocktail dresses you’ve worn a few times to luxury consignment stores such as Love Me Two Times or taking them to a specialty store like Octavia II where you will receive a credit toward a new purchase. For all of you fashionistas who dream of your own boutique and want to have control over your recyclables and make some money from your “trash,” create your own site on Poshmark.com!! Read More →
2211 Wiltonwood Road, Stevenson
5 bedroom(s), 5 bathroom(s)
5,000 square feet
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Hot House: 115 Woodholme Avenue, Pikesville, MD 21208
Grand traditional home, formerly clapboard, now vinyl-sided, circa 1925, extensively modernized in the 80’s and richly finished in 2013. Four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 7,159 sq. ft. over 2 stories, with unfinished basement and attic. Renovations include polished marquetry floors, gold-filigree moldings, ornate painted Roman columns, walls and floors. Large gourmet kitchen with oversized granite island and wood-burning fireplace. Versailles-inspired master suite with two bathrooms. Landscaped grounds with mature trees, swimming pool, garage with studio/apt: $889,000
What: A distinguished old home with a lovely hilltop setting. Its original 8+ acre lot is being subdivided to make room for 7 additional custom homes (see photo at bottom), each with a 1-acre lot, which will make up a development called Woodholme Green. Heartbreaking in a way, but it’s a familiar story. Once owned by Lawrence Naylor, a Baltimore civic leader and Rouse company executive, the house was clearly designed for entertaining, with unusually large rooms for its style and era. A ballroom-size living room adjoins a ballroom-size family room with french doors running the full length and opening to a bluestone patio. A ballroom-sized kitchen with two of every appliance completes the picture. Some of the dramatic, recently added finishes seem more suited to Paris than Pikesville, but then again, maybe not. Upstairs bedrooms are all new, likewise the bathrooms. They feel opulent until you get to the master bedroom, which feels opulent until you get to the largest of the two master baths, where a decorator’s (Marie Antoinette?) French fantasy has been unleashed, with staggering results. Only the house’s original dining room and library remain as they were, quiet reminders of a former life.
Where: Woodholme Avenue is off Reisterstown Road, behind J. Brown Jewelers and the Men’s Warehouse (exit 20 on 695W). It leads to the Woodholme Country Club, less then a quarter mile from the house, so that you could conceivably keep a golf cart, and drive it back and forth from the club. The Reisterstown Road corridor is a shopping mecca. Garrison Forest and McDonough schools are just minutes away, as is the highly rated Woodholme Elementary.
Who: Entertainers – these rooms can accommodate hundreds at a time.
Why: A lot of luxury for the price.
Why Not: Some of the décor verges on the ridiculous.
NB: The noise barrier to 695 runs along one side of the property, (house pre-dates the Beltway) and you do hear the highway from the yard.
What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.
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Time travel back to a simple, more elegant age.
Let Renaissance Fine Arts transport you back to an era of craftsmanship, artistry and beauty. Over 500 exquisite vintage posters on display. Subjects range from travel, food, liquor, transportation and more. This extraordinary collection of original posters are all available for purchase at extraordinary prices.
When: September 18 from 8 – 10pm
Where: Renaissance Fine Arts (1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD)
Courtesy Bmore Media – The historic Pikes Diner & Crab House is one step closer to showing movies once again for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Ira Miller, the owner and operator of the Rotunda Cinemas in Hampden, will operate the new Pikesville theater and show films by the end of July. That’s according to Pikes Diner Owner Wil Reich, who says he is spending about $200,000 to renovate the building for theater use. The Cinema Bar and Grill is the name of the future combination movie theater and restaurant. Read More →
Hot House (Ravens Edition): 103 Old House Court, Pikesville, MD. 21208
Contemporary style condo-townhome owned by Super Bowl winning- running back Ray Rice. Bought for $350,000 in 2008, when he was drafted by the Ravens, the house is located in the gated Grey Rock community in Pikesville. Four bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,100 sq. ft over 3 stories. Master bedroom suite with jacuzzi and separate shower, eat-in kitchen, family room, game room, basement, deck. Security system with cameras. Just reduced by $20,000: $ 319,900 Read More →
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