Oct 192015

By Satinder Haer (Guest blogger via Zillow)

A lavish dressing room can make getting ready in the morning a whole new experience. But who has the space or money for a whole room dedicated to getting ready?

Luckily, you can create a dressing room without buying a bigger house or breaking the bank. Closets often have untapped real estate you can transform into a minidressing room.With a little creativity and organization, you can create a do-it-yourself pampering spot that makes you feel like royalty every morning—right in your own closet.

If you’re craving a little extravagance in your morning routine, use these tips to design your own minidressing room.

Make Space
Vanities are the foundation piece of a traditional dressing room,so you’ll need to carve out space for a vanity or cheaper alternative, such as a desk or dresser. If your home came with walk-in closets and you have free space, you might not have to make additional room. If not, look at your closet and assess:
• What can I get rid of? Free space is often consumed by items you hold on to, but don’t need.
• Should all of these items be in my closet? Consider moving clothing that doesn’t need to be on hangers to a freestanding wardrobe or dresser. Or, box up seasonal clothes and move them to the attic.
• What size desk can I fit in here? Take measurements if it’s going to be a tight spot.

Once you’ve created enough space, find a bedroom vanity, desk or dresser that with counter-top space for storing your jewelry and makeup including drawers for storage.


Photos by The White Buffalo Styling Company via Zillow

Design Your Space
After you’ve acquired the main piece for your dressing room, think about your design. Whether you want the space to have an eclectic theme or a contemporary vibe, you can buy supplemental decor pieces that suit your style. At a minimum, you’ll need a mirror, a source of bright lighting and a stool or bench to sit on while you apply makeup or consider your outfit options. If you want to make your minidressing room feel extravagant, add a rug, floor lamp and art in the same theme.

Assemble Your Space
Focus on form and function when assembling your minidressing room. Place your big-ticket items, such as your vanity and mirror in their respective places. Then add any sources of light you’re using to supplement overhead lighting in a location that is conducive to makeup application. Place daily beauty products on your counter for ease of access and stash the rest in drawers.

Jewelry can also double as décor, so don’t be afraid to leave it out in the open. Separate your jewelry by type—necklaces, bracelets, etc.—to make items easy to find and display. Hang necklaces and bracelets on a free standing necklace holder or on wall hooks. Use small bowls for rings and earrings.

Finish your project with any accents you think polish the look. Hang wall art or display picture frames on your vanity. Add small potted plants or figurines on free-floating shelves to embellish your space.


Photos by The White Buffalo Styling Company via Zillow

A minidressing room can be an inexpensive and essential addition to your existing space. It can save you time in the mornings by centralizing the items you use to get ready and serve as a beautiful spot for pampering yourself. Getting ready might be so relaxing you never want to leave your closet.

Oct 162015











In her own words, 4+ months after her Style Lines Analysis:

“Rebecca, I know I told you about the documentary Iris, but you MUST MUST MUST check out the documentary Advanced Style. It’s all about a bunch of geezer women in NY who have become flamboyant dressers! It’s very inspirational… There is also a blog by the same guy! I’m telling you, I’m looking forward to old age now and I wasn’t before!

Thank you for the basics. I couldn’t be doing this without that… I know what I’m looking for now, when I go shopping! I was lost before. Now it’s so much fun being creative! I have to tell you I needed both. Your advice and the inspiration from these creative, artistic women!!

Every day has become a fashion show!! My husband loves it and he is my consultant!



Would you like to show more personality in your look without spending your life shopping? Perhaps the Style Lines Analysis is the boost you need! For under $100 American, you can learn the basics about your best clothing shapes and proportions. Contact me for instructions on how to order.

Jul 092015

Imagine this scenario: you are at a festive gathering, one might even call it a feast; your plate is loaded with delicious food; you turn back to grab one last thing to throw on top of your plate, and the whole thing slips and crashes to the ground! You are standing between turkey and dressing and everything else! Where to even start to clean it up?

I used this metaphor the other day to describe to my husband how I was feeling about my current, for the most part self-imposed, obligations. And it reminded me of my first blog post: Between Turkey and Dressing (November 2006).

Alot has changed in my life and in social media since then. And I am sensing more changes for me, including how I manage this blog. Summer is a great time to reflect and create (even though it may take longer), and that is the need I find myself faced with. As well as a little clean-up. 😉

For my regular readers, I offer this explanation. If you are new here, I hope you will enjoy poking around. Until next post, revision, or iteration, my clients and family are getting the first and best of my creative energy. 

Happy Summer!



Jun 042015

What I mean by the question “are you a builder or an editor?” is

  • Are you the type of person who buys alot of clothes, but needs help knowing what to keep and what to toss (and maybe how to put it together)? If so, you may be a builder.
  • OR

  • Is it easy for you to see what isn’t working and get rid of it, except for the fact that eventually you would be left with nothing to wear? If this is you, you may be an editor.

Lately I have been thinking about the best place for my clients to start in their process of discovering their signature style. One school of thought would be to start with the color analysis, which begins with a consultation in my home studio after which the individualized palette is made in California and shipped to the client. This starting point very much fits the editor, the minimalist, and the individual with a strong sense of what shapes and styles she likes to wear – almost a uniform, so to speak.

Knowing what styles I would recommend is mentioned by about half of people who express interest in image consulting services. Usually these ladies have larger wardrobes. Is it too great a leap to draw the conclusion that a builder may want to start with a closet consultation? My initial closet consultations include a style line analysis.

Obviously (or perhaps not), both of these services necessitate us being in the same space physically. For distance clients, though, just the style line analysis provides 126 gallons (the hero recently discovered in an old, old engineering manual the unit of measurement “butt” – so, a “buttload” is not what you think) of valuable information about the shapes and proportions that work best for you. Now, thanks to a suggestion from a lovely client, I will also include a brief follow-up call. Because, truthfully, the style line analysis is alot of technical information to absorb.

If you could have one free service, which would you choose? Btw, have you heard of eshakti? I know regular readers of this blog have, but I have been surprised how many of my friends and acquaintances irl haven’t. Register now and get $25 OFF your first order. Free Customization of your first order!

Jun 022015

Rule number one states simply that the face should be the focal point of every outfit. That seems obvious. Focal point = the point which the eyes are drawn to. But, have you wondered how that is accomplished?

A primary tool in directing attention to your face is the use of balance points. There are two measurable points that determine how far down the upper body the neckline should go. In addition, the collar or neckline should be at least as wide as the face. For additional information on this topic, I recommend The Triumph of Individual Style, by Carla Mason Mathis and Helen Villa Connor.

Jewelry can also create balance.

May 032015

I’ve been thinking about how pattern can break up an area and make it look smaller. So, just for fun, I thought we’d look at swimsuits in prints! (The original 2009 illustrations for this post had disappeared, so I rebuilt it with swimwear from Modcloth. Pictures contain affiliate links.)
Wade a Minute Swim Dress in CactiWade a Minute Swim Dress in RougeIn the first pair, the print works well to draw the eye in, creating a column effect.
Wade a Minute Swim Dress in FlamingosWade a Minute Swim Dress in Marine Blue

In the second pair, the slimming effect of the print is diluted by the change of the strap color.

The third pair reminds me of the saying “round adds pounds”. Not that she looks large at all; it’s just that the navy and white polka dot isn’t significantly more flattering than the solid red.
Seaside Muse Swim Dress in Monochrome DotsSeaside Muse Swim Dress in Red

What are your thoughts concerning (slimming effects of) prints?

Apr 282015

IMG_3787.PNGAnother of the basic body shape elements is the arc waist. Basically, like the cinch waist, the arc waist is smaller than hips and shoulders; unlike the cinch waist, the arc waist continues in – ahem – an arc from below the arm to the top of the leg. 

Personally, until I understood this, I was very self-conscious about my thighs. When you understand your body type, it becomes just a body – not a collection of features that cause off-the-rack clothes to look bad. 😉

The hip shape that goes with the arc waist is called a low hip, meaning that the widest part is the top of the thigh. Styles that are fitted through the midsection and flare below the hips are natural for this body type.  

Apr 202015


When defining a body type and the styles which harmonize, I will sometimes use the term “cinch waist”. Anatomically, what I mean is a body featuring a waist nipped in above a high hip shelf, the high hip appearing wider than the low hip/upper thigh. 

A cinch waist is flattered by, among other things, garments which are – ahem – cinched at the waist. The high hip accompanying the cinch waist wears narrow skirts and trousers beautifully.

To illustrate, I built you this Polyvore. 

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Apr 172015

So, I have been having a ball, but also wearing myself out – in a good way. Alot is going on behind the scenes. As I have been working my tail off this week, I have also been thinking – the hero says that is my greatest strength 😉 – especially about how I can be most helpful.

One conclusion: There are some categories of high-value items that I seem to have a skill for finding, like fun leather jackets and cashmere sweaters; I may think of some others. In addition to continuing to offer coordinated outfits, I will start posting some of those items too. You might as well benefit from my finds.

(I know it is not sweater season, but it will be again. Did you know you can put your sweaters in the freezer to keep the moths out? And I wash my cashmere sweaters all the time – just don’t dry them.)

Eventually, I would love to offer mini-capsule wardrobes. Do you think that would be helpful?

Apr 132015

I’ve got that thrifty feeling. Literally. In the last week or so, I have added a little online thrift store (That Thrifty Feeling) to my life. Find it now in Facebook groups:, and Facebook page, and later at That Thrifty Feeling .com.

So, what does this mean for my other endeavors? I will still see clients for personal style coaching, but – truthfully – I haven’t been as busy with that as I would like.  And, while I had been considering  increasing my posting schedule here, I don’t think that’s going to happen. 

So, The Space Between My Peers will continue more or less as it has been: shortish posts containing useful and technical information aimed at people who have to get dressed every day 😉

This week, this will probably be the only post to show up here. In order to perform the technical work of adding and SSL and a cart to  my domain, this site will have to be down for three days. Hope to see you on Facebook!