If there’s one commonality I have found among all the people
I have had the good fortune to work with, it has to be hands down, the number
of bags they have accumulated. Handbags, canvas bags, duffle bags, grocery
bags, backpacks, retail bags, beach bags, gift bags, lunch bags...
We’ve gone way beyond paper or plastic.
Plastic bags, mainly used for toting groceries, have long
since been deemed environmentally unfriendly. Although some studies have shown,
believe it or not, that a single-use plastic bag has a lower carbon footprint
than a paper bag and is more ‘green’ than a cotton bag, when considering the impact
the creation of such bags has on the environment.
A recent and sudden change in a family member’s living
arrangements, translated into a recent and sudden change in mine. Of course,
this family member, who for the sake of privacy shall be named Alice, is always
welcomed. I would do whatever necessary
to ensure a warm and welcoming environment, especially if the circumstances
leading to this sudden change weren’t so good.
The guest bedroom was ready with furnishings so there was no
problem in deciding where in the house Alice would stay and call home for a
The recent Nor’easters plunged many New Englanders into the
dark. The lights went out, along with the heat and hot water, the Internet, and
phone service. We were left powerless.
Downed wires and fallen tress across roadways and on rooftops made for dangerous conditions and added to the prolonged toil of digging out in the hopes of getting back to normal quickly. The days stretched on endlessly for some, and promises of
flipping the switch were only a dream away. We were at the mercy of utility
workers, who no doubt were working feverishly around the clock, to identify the
causes of the damage and restore the simple and everyday amenities we have come
to take for granted.
I recently worked with two clients whose closets couldn’t be
more different. The contrast was remarkable. One closet was jam-packed with not
an inch to spare, and by inch, I mean the smallest measurable increment known
to man. The condition of quite a few pieces was poor – tattered and stained.
Yet, these were hung next to luxury brand, high-end pieces, many new with the
tags hanging on them, and in the client’s view were just as much an integral member of the
wardrobe as any other piece. Every item seemed to hold the prize for the ‘I wear
it all the time’ contest.