Cork in the “Cloffice”

So as you may already know, I am forever working on my “Cloffice” (which by the way I discovered that I’m not a genius who invented this word, many people have already used it, but usually in regards to making a hall closet into an office.  But in my case, since I made a spare bedroom into a closet/office combo, I’ll take partial credit).  I was writing a French paper last Thursday and realized that I needed to do something about the big empty wall above my desk.  Sooo drab, sooo plain, sooo blah.  I immediately marched down to my local craft store, picked up some cork tiles of various sizes, and set to work creating a little inspiration wall.  Although this wall is far from complete, I took some before and after pictures so I could see my progress.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take some before pictures so you can compare them with the finished project when you’re done.  Preferably using the Camera+ app on your iPhone so you can fade the color and convince yourself that the transformation is even more drastic.  Look at that silly mess all over my desk and that plain wall.  Papers everywhere, not acceptable!


Step 2: Open your boxes of thumb tacks and mmediately spill both containers all over the desk.

Step 3: Use wall mount tape (it comes with the cork tiles), and arrange a pattern that you like along the wall.  Try not to push too hard when sticking the cork to the wall in case you need to rearrange (that tape is STICKY).

Step 4: Start posting!  For me, I like to stick things to the inspiration board that inspire me, or that I would lose if they weren’t there.  For example, I hate having business cards in my wallet, so I stick some of the more important ones on this board (and by important I mean the shoe salesman at Nordstroms and the manager of the Louboutin store in Las Vegas).  I also like to post articles from magazines, inspirational quotes, and photo booth photos that never fit correctly in frames.


Step 5: Don’t worry if you don’t fill up every available space, it’s better to leave some room for future cork-board-worthy finds.

P.S.  Did you notice the Paris and London pin boards that got demoted?  I was raving about them a couple months ago and was originally planning on mounting them above my desk but they are quite heavy!  Cork board is way easier, so I will  have to find a new home for these ones.

Just a little reminder…


It’s easy to forget one of the golden rules of fashion: Fashion should be fun!  Too often I hear people complain as if it’s a chore, that he or she (*sighneeeeeds to buy new clothes for work or a formal dress for an event.  Or there is the person who neeeeeds to only wear the current season, as if a jacket that hasn’t even had its one year birthday is now a fashion no-no.  Today, as a girlfriend and I wandered into one of the local downtown boutiques, we came across an array of quirky stuffed animals from the UK (mixed in with designer dresses and scented candles) which reminded me that even the most serious fashionistas shouldn’t take themselves too seriously.  Fashion should be fun!