I firmly believe that having the right tools makes the difference between tolerating certain activities and enjoying them, as well as the difference between workmanlike and great results in the same pursuits.
For me, this is most obvious in cooking. Making lemon zest without a zester. Ugh.* But I think it’s true in wardrobe maintenance and use, too.
After years of planning, I finally had a dresser built in my bedroom (our bedroom) in an alcove where a free-standing dresser had previously been located.
Free to design the built-in to fit my needs, I specified several deep drawers on the bottom (but not too deep) for tee shirts and pajamas and a series of shallow flat files on the top for my jewelry and belts.
The baseboard running along the bottom of the dresser is a secret drawer.
Now, instead of storing all my jewelry stacked several layers deep in a massive drawer, I can see everything laid out in several shallow drawers.
As a result, I am seeing things that I had sort of forgotten. Things that I certainly did not see unless I went looking for them. And seeing them is causing me to wear them.
Remember this necklace from my trip to Chile? Beads (possibly acorns) in a nylon tube defined by tiny knots in between each bead? My eyes passed over it last week and I thought, “I should try that dark green with all of my weirdy greens and blue-greens.” Et voila!
I think this necklace looks better looped and knotted in a few spots rather than wound around my neck four times in the manner of an Egyptian collar, as I previously have worn it.
I am not 100% sold on the necklace with the belt. It may be too much activity. If I replaced the leather belt with a simple belt (like a narrow cummerbund) made from a weirdy green organza, that might be Very Effective. Just a thought.
In lieu of the necklace, I wore these rubber PVC bracelets to work. (Bracelets have their own flat drawer! As do brooches!) It’s odd that both the color and shape of these bracelets work with the dress.
I found these bracelets in Venice a number of years ago, when I probably should have been looking at Venetian glass. But this artist’s work — all in PVC rubber — spoke to me.
As many of you know, I don’t regularly wear jewelry. In fact, many of my posts include an admission that I forgot — either in planning an outfit or in executing it — to put on an accessory. So here is The Directrice Challenge: I am going to wear a piece of jewelry every day (Monday-Thursday) for the rest of the year.+
* O.K. Maybe that’s not the best example . . . but it is a pain to grate a whole lemon. I’ve scraped my knuckles, had lemons fly out of my hand, etc. With the zester it’s so easy and you can strip every bit of the lemon rind. Not convinced? How about making whipped cream without a handmixer? Or at least an egg-beater? You really have to want it. And you need a couple of friends who want it, too.
+ I already feel overwhelmed by this pledge.