Rigour revisited

Rigour revisited

 

Rodeo Show Macey funnel dress $229, Contemporary bag by Serapian EUR445, Ayala Bar Rose Parade earrings $108, Gianvito Rossi heels EUR205.

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March into a very stylish food festival

The annual March into Merivale food festival kicked off last Tuesday in big style.

Not just amazing food at popular prices, but also celebrity chefs, sensual tango and street-jazz, and Sydney’s most stylish people attending. Everything coated in a beautiful “European alley” atmosphere.

If you missed it, you’ve got until the end of March to attend all the other events. Check the program on March into Merivale.

Jewellery organising: sorted!

How well is your jewellery organised?

I’ve been looking for the perfect way to store and display mine for ever. I’ve tried a bit of everything: boxes, trays, hanging bags, coat-hangers, trees, drawers… even a totally home-made built-on-door wire system. Now I think I’ve found the one.

These are my top-7 requirements for a great jewellery organising system:

  • I need to have all of my jewellery sorted (not just “what fits on the tree”)
  • I want to see everything at one glance – in order to make the best possible decision and don’t forget about pieces I own
  • the jewellery pieces need to be separated from one another (I don’t want to end up with a nest of necklaces tangled together anymore)
  • jewellery needs to be easy to reach and put back at its place
  • protected from dust, or at least easy to clean

NECKLACES AND PENDANTS

Organize all your necklaces with this simple hanger

Organize all your necklaces with this simple hanger

This is a beautiful hanging system made with timber and hooks. I had mine handmade by Veronica, you can purchase one or make it yourself with the right equipment (timber, hooks, drill, sanding paper, paint)

  • custom-painted so it fits in with the bedroom style and colour pallette (for me white and black stripes)
  • custom-built to a 13-hooks size, so it holds as many necklaces as I need
  • necklaces and pendants are separated, tidy, easy to see and easy to access
  • for dust protection, I hung it under a shelf.

What doesn’t work: flat storage systems (they take too much space and get too dusty); jewellery tree (it’s either unstable or monumental, and it limits the number and length of necklaces you can display).

BANGLES

Hang up a timber double wine box to store your bangles

Hang up a timber double wine box to store your bangles

I found the best bangles organiser in a timber wine box. It’s the perfect shape and size, and you can entirely costumise it to your needs – I used a 2-bottles box, but you can use a single, or even a triple one.

All you need to do is remove the sliding top, drill two holes in it, and screw it into the wall. I left it raw for a natural look, but you can paint it, or cover the inside with wallpaper trims.

  • bangles fit perfectly
  • variable storage capacity: you can choose the wine box in size you need, and even add more later on
  • the thin bangles are stacked together around a velvet jewelery sachet
  • protected from dust thanks to the horizontal panels
  • everything is visible
  • all bangles are easy to access

What doesn’t work: the typical horizontal-velvety-cylinder system makes you take bangles out in order to reach for those not on the extremes, occupies a lot of space because you have to have it on a flat surface, and it’s more exposed to dust.

EARRINGS

Collect and display all of your earrings on a canvas, then pop it against a wall.

Collect and display all of your earrings on a canvas, then pop it against a wall.

Earrings are a big deal for me. The play a key role in your look because of how close they are to your eyes and mouth.

My previous storage systems failed miserably, and I often had to give up on my first choice because I could only find one of the two earrings.

This is my best solution ever: just buy a cheap canvas in the shape and size of your choice, poke holes in it with the earrings themselves, and display them exactly as you want them. Then, sit the canvas on a desk/chest of drawers, and against the wall. I intentionally don’t recommend screwing the canvas to the wall, because you need to comfortably fit a hand between the canvas and the wall, to get the earrings on and off.

To select the perfect shape and size of canvas that works for you, I recommend laying down all your earrings neatly on a table first.

      • you are totally in control of the personalised storage capacity
      • the pair is together forever (no more looking for “the other one”)
      • it fits all different shapes and lengths of earrings: small studs, long pendant, wide chandeliers… You just need to poke holes where you want them!
      • totally inexpensive solution (I paid $6 for it) and easy to make (no tools and no skills required)
      • easy access to every earring just moving the canvas from the wallthis system works
      • best for fish-hooks or post earrings

To organise your loop earrings, I suggest:

  1. punch 2 holes at the top (or bottom) of the canvas, aligned on a horizontal line (one will be at the very left, one at the very right hand extreme of the canvas);
  2. have a cord or string going through the holes and fix it with 2 knots at the back so that it shows like a straight line from the front;
  3. hang your loop earrings on it.

What doesn’t work: jewellery boxes, loose storage in a big bag, fixed-size jewellery trees and hanging systems.

RINGS

Rings organized in recycled candle jars: completely see-through and protected from dust

Rings organized in recycled candle jars: completely see-through and protected from dust

I store my rings in recycled candle glass jars.

  • all rings are visible through the glass
  • maximum protection from dust
  • minimal surface space taken
  • no cost at all: just take an empty candle jar with lid and wash it from any wax residue with warm water

DELICATE ITEMS

Put your brooches, precious bracelets, delicate earrings in fabric or clear plastic bags before storing them in a jewellery box.

Put your brooches, precious bracelets and delicate earrings in fabric or clear plastic bags before storing them in a jewellery box.

All of the above applies for custom jewellery (not your most valuable items). Some pieces, though, need extra care, and I store them separately.

Brooches, the few bracelets I own, anything fragile/timber/paper/lace, together with pieces I don’t normally wear but I keep just in case I’m going to need them for a dress-up party, are individually stored in fabric sachets or sandwich bags, and then collected in nice timber jewellery boxes. This is not a very practical solution as you will need to remember what is stored separately, but it’s definitely worth it if you want to give delicate pieces a longer life.

 

And this is how everything comes together:

The whole jewellery organising system: bangles, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

The whole jewellery organising system: bangles, necklaces, earrings, fragile pieces and rings.