Unlike the rest of Westlake, the tiny bubble located in the heart of Austin, I am here for Spring Break. One daughter is away for the semester, the other got invited to vacay with her friends this week, and since my husband’s claim to fame is to never have a passport, I give in much of the time and stay home. It’s not as bad as it seems. Here are a few of the reasons why I’m ok with a week in Austin sans kids:
1. No kids means no school – I always wondered what people do, women specifically, when they have no kids to take care of, no school to drive to, no lunches to make. The answer – anything you effing want! I know it’s only been 4 days, but I could get used to this.
2. The house stays as clean or as messy as you leave it – I joke that I have ADD and OCD, but it’s not really a joke. My house is either absolutely spotless, or a mess of piles of stuff that I need to sort through, fix, clean, get rid of, etc. God help anyone that goes through my piles of stuff because even though it looks like a mess, I know where everything is and I hate it when people other than me go looking for something that’s not theirs anyway. Kids are brilliant at this.
3. At week at home with myself lets me do things that I’m usually too busy to do otherwise – like pour a glass of bubbles and play in my closet. Yes. Play. In. My. Closet. The trick is to have a good enough buzz to alleviate depression about the 4s and 6s that are lurking in the back and you can get rid of things that you want to get rid of. I read all the time that if you haven’t worn it in a year then donate. That is 90% true, but there are some exceptions. I have a fab Marchesa that I can neither fit into or have a place to wear, and it’s not going anywhere near the donation pile. Sorry. My mile high YSLs? Don’t even think about it. But, you can get rid of that suit that you’ve worn for the last 5 years, or a dress that doesn’t fit. For those items, contact Dress for Success, a great organization that’s all about helping women look their best, to feel their best, so they can kick ass in the working world. As most of you know, it’s not easy out there…Gucci bags don’t buy themselves!
While you’re in your closet thinking about fashion, text some girlfriends and make a date to attend the Dress for Success fashion show. Click here for more information.
For those of you needing additional closet inspiration, here is my favorite Bev Hills real housewife, Lisa Vanderpump. Don’t be intimated by her massive closet and jewels, you can change your closet into a little oasis for yourself by getting rid of the unfit, the fugly and the stuff that you’re just tired of, and make room for the things that make you feel fabulous. I have created a spot to do my makeup in my closet and I keep water, my phone and ipad on my makeup table. It’s turned into a mini office, but one that I like to go to. Put up things that inspire you, but don’t let it get too messy. Change things around and post notes and messages that will remind you of your goals like fitness, money, or how unbelievably awesome your really are. Here is my next closet purchase, and it’s not anything I can wear…but I have to have!
Click here to go to Lisa’s closet (Bravo won’t let me embed – wieners).
What’s that? I think I hear my boyfriend Lucien calling me right now…