Today, we welcome guest writer JJ Keras, of JJ Keras Lifestyle, as she invites us into her closet where she employs advice found in an inspiring book by her friend, George Brescia, a New York-based stylist who is an image consulting celebrity. Welcome, JJ!

New York-based style expert George Brescia wrote a book titled, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked. This book helped me declutter my closet, find organization in my morning routine, lose weight and feel better about myself overall. I got rid of 87 items in my closet, made money by consigning my clothes and my days became calmer, because I felt more put together.

Into the closet with JJ Keras to test out George Brescia's recent book, "Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can't Go Naked" | Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

Into the closet with JJ Keras to test out George Brescia’s recent book, “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked” | Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

Brescia discusses how the closet purge should be a centering and calming process. He says clearing your wardrobe allows you to take a true inventory of what you have. The old articles of clothing I uncovered were remarkable — items I hadn’t worn in 10+ years, like an olive green bridesmaid’s dress, a pair of hip-hop dance shoes (I hadn’t taken a class in maybe … ever?) and a pair of white slacks I wore the night of my bachelorette party, still there in hopes I’d fit into them again! Why should I shuffle through these items every morning? Clutter can steal joy!

The infamous bridesmaid's dress from days gone by | Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

The infamous bridesmaid’s dress from days gone by| Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

Brescia’s book discusses saving time, money and energy by creating a wardrobe that is no longer the enemy. It’s about mindfully selecting every item in your closet and maximizing the usefulness of each piece for all seasons and any occasion. And because I’m a brunette, Brescia discusses how my color swatches are dominated by big, bold colors that stand out. He says that if there is anyone who needs to get over a fear of color, it is a brunette. Bright colors can create harmony for a brunette, where they might create a choppy or severe look for a blonde.

I don’t believe in trends and never have, and neither does Brescia. However, I do tend to hold onto items because one day I’ll wear it or one day I’ll have a need for it. His book taught me that everything in your closet should be “a perfect 10.” So when I’m running out the door and I grab something, it’s in the right color for my palette, the right size and the correct fit. You would be surprised at how little you need!

Brescia says that verything in your closet should be "a perfect 10" for you. | Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

Brescia says that everything in your closet should be “a perfect 10” for you. Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

My outerwear, blazers and vests never became so clear. First, I had them located in three different places around my house. That alone was incredibly frustrating when trying to walk out the door with small children. Now, they are all organized in one spot. The old, wool jackets, fleeces, too-small vests and blazers will soon have new, appreciative owners, especially in this cold weather! I also discovered that I wear the same three pairs of boots over and over. So that’s all I see in the closet now!

Clutter can steal joy! | Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

Clutter can steal joy. But not anymore! Image courtesy of JJ Keras Lifestyle

So what do you do with all of your old clothes? Make money and consign them! And with your newly earned cash, you buy yourself a missing link in your wardrobe. I chose Celery to consign with and had a wonderful experience. The clothes Celery does not accept are either given back to you or taken at no cost to a shelter or charity.

I chose Celery to consign with and had a wonderful experience.

I chose Celery to consign with and had a wonderful experience.

Brescia’s book, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked, is available locally at the Booksellers at Laurelwood for $21.99; visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com. This book is also available at Oak Hall. Find more style tips and inspiration from George Brescia at georgebstyle.com.

And many thanks to JJ, of JJ Keras Lifestyle, for welcoming us into her closet and recommending this new guide to getting our wardrobes in order for 2015! JJ is a Memphis-based lifestyle expert who makes regular appearances on WREG News Channel 3 “Live at 9,” and recently appeared on NBC “New York Live” and NY1.

New York Live with JJ Keras | Image credit: JJ Keras Lifestyle

From “Last Minute NYE Entertaining Ideas” on “New York Live” with JJ Keras | Image credit: JJ Keras Lifestyle

 

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