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Crystal’s Style Philosophy

I never really thought much about my style until I moved to Los Angeles — a place that runs on glitz and glam.  I always thought that my college education and valedictorian overachiever background would get me where I wanted to go.  And while those credentials certainly got me in the door, it didn’t exactly seal the deal and get me want I wanted.  Yes, it gave me an opportunity — but I now needed to work on my “style” to leave people really “wowed” — and wanting more.

See your “style” reflects who you are on the inside without having to say anything at all.  Working in TV and appearing on air,  your “look” is constantly under the microscope.  I worked so hard on my resume, being perfect on paper, I realized it was time I put effort into my appearance.

Getting camera ready.

I  started working out and owning my body.  I made sure to eat healthy as you are what you eat.  And I quickly dropped 20 pounds. I then had a few true friends come over at different times to help me sort out my closet and create a list of “must have closet staples” I needed to include in my closet. And we made 3 piles to help with our organizing — one “love” pile, one “donate” pile and one “maybe” pile let’s discuss at the end.  I ended up having 20 bags of clothing to donate.  Lots of wine and laughs were involved in this process as my friends couldn’t believe I still had clothes from 8th grade and that I would own what they call “grandma underwear.”  It was a bit embarrassing, but only good friends will tell you the truth and I needed it.  So out went the clothes from back home, and the ugly underwear that I swore I only wore to work out in (but really there was times I would go out in it too WHOOPSY!).

A clean closet ensures a clear mind when getting ready in the mornings. Welcome to my favorite room in my house – my closet! I have lots of solid dresses as they are easy to mix and match, are classic and really pop on camera. 

I live a fast life.  I want to be able to walk into my closet, throw something on, look fabulous and run out the door.  There is no time to sort through a mess, or have potentially ill fitting items in my closet that my pre coffee self would most likely groggily throw on and unwittingly become a walking fashion disaster.  It was time to take control of my closet.

The classic LBD (little black dress) is a definite closet staple — and you can wear it anytime and anywhere. Here I wore my LBD to an LA Confidential “Shameless” Party in Los Angeles.

I believe less is more and it’s important to invest in a few closet staples — like 1 pair of amazing designer jeans,  black jeggings,  pencil skirt,  jacket, suit jacket, a little black dress, two pairs of  well made shoes (one in black, one in neutral), a day purse, a night purse and finally one  splurge outfit that I love and did not look at the price tag but just bought because everyone deserves to spoil themselves.  Then of course a few basic bras, underwear, 3 pjs sets, 3 work out sets, 2 swimsuits.  THAT’S IT!  Note:  I say “amazing” to emphasize that you must really really LOVE these items and LOVE wearing them because they make you feel good.  And when you feel good, you look good.  Anything else that comes into my closet is a “splurge” — and that doesn’t have to do with the price.  It means that they are temporary items that I can mix and match with my AMAZING closet staples.  I can easily pair a $5 tshirt under my amazing staple jacket and with my amazing jeans/jeggings/skirt.

I don’t like to have too much stuff — it makes me antsy.  I like a clean closet, one where I know what I own and I constantly go through it every  few months to make sure it is in tip top shape.  Just like food expires in your kitchen and it is important to go through your pantries, I choose to do the same with my closet.  And I love it.  I love walking in and seeing everything organized and know that I truly adore every piece in my wardrobe.  There is no questioning what to wear, or will this look good, because I have taken the time to think out what belongs in my favorite room in the house.

The closet is a reflection of who you are — it is not a place to hide or stash your stuff.  Take time to organize your closet and you will step out into the world a much more confident, clear and stylish individual because you are owning who you are and what you have! And that, my friends, is how I got style.

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Posted on: November 14, 2011