Let The Good Times Roll
This past weekend, I flew to New Orleans for a quick 36 hours of bachelorette celebration for one of my sorority sisters. She wasn't my official big sisters but in a lot of ways she was that person for me: helping me navigate campus, teaching me how to balance fun and studying, bringing me out of my shell. So of course I knew I had to be there for all of her wedding festivities! We had a blast (how can you not in NOLA?) but I think the highlight was our brunch and afternoon of lazy day drinking by the pool at The Country Club. It's hard not to have a good time in perfect weather with bottomless mimosas!
I gave a presentation on how to organize your closet to the Junior League of San Francisco. I'm one of those weirdos who loves public speaking, and I'm passionate about my work, so it was a lot of fun for me. As we chatted about closet organizing and wardrobe strategy, one woman asked me how I care for my cashmere. The somewhat surprising answer: I machine wash it! I read an article in Vogue a couple of years ago about how to do it, and have been a convert ever since. It's easy: wash on the hand wash cycle using Woolite or other gentle detergent and lay flat to dry. I've been doing this for years and have noticed no difference in pilling or wear between dry cleaning and machine washing.
Organizer for Hire
It's common in the professional organizing industry for individual organizers to own their own companies, and also work for other organizers or hire other organizers on larger jobs. Contracting was recommended to me by fellow members of NAPO-SFBA as a great way to learn from more experienced organizers and expand my skill set. I always offer my services if I'm available when fellow organizers email our private list asking for help, and last week I was able to do a day of de-cluttering with Rachel Seavey of Collector Care. Rachel is a kind, even-keeled person, and it was neat to watch how she interacted with the client and dealt with the challenges that arose. Hopefully, I'll get to work with her again!
Date for One
I've been trying to expand my view of the performing arts scene in SF, so I bought tickets to see Lines Ballet. My husband is not a dance fan, but I tried to lure him in with the live soundtrack by jazz artists Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran - unfortunately for me, he was busy that evening. Undeterred, I took myself out for an evening of ballet anyway! Alonzo King's choreography is fast-paced, frenetic, and full of intricate patterns - very distinct from the more classical choreography I see at the San Francisco Ballet. It was refreshing and affecting, and I really enjoyed the performance.