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It’s here Spring!!

19 Apr

Cherry BlossomsHello!!!!

Where have I have been?  I know…missing in action!

I know every area of the United States have had their weather issues, but I’m located on the East Coast!

So my issue was the SNOW!  Snow and more snow!

I can finally stop talking about it!  It was one of the worst winters ever!  EVER!!!!  All I have to say is Boston, 103 inches of snow and you can get my agony; for I didn’t get as much – but 35 inches of snow was enough for me!

With the course of Mother Nature given her spin on things; due to the weather you really couldn’t go anywhere because you couldn’t get there!!

Then Daylight Savings being early this year, that one hour lost was always being chased to come back…still can’t find it!  Basically for me it was a lot of event cancellations, saving energy in the hopes of not having power lines down and staying safe; all because of the weather!

I was only able to attend only one Fashion Week event (prior post) and go to the Architectural Design’s Home Show held this past March!

So it’s really been about catching up on family, friends and focusing! In the beginning of the year, I wrote five things down that I thought I could stick with for my year’s goals.  They were, one…taking one better care of myself, two..do more reading, three…cooking, four….learn a different language and five…work with my travel agent, Abrir to travel somewhere different this year!  If you look at my Instagram page or Facebook page, you can see that I’m dipping and dabbing in some of them already and more!

I was able to see cherry blossoms bloom last week and this past Saturday; the weather is really finally showing Spring!  It was 68 degrees! The birds are chirping away and a saw an earthworm <I know, it didn’t take much to get me happy >!  So these are signs, which has gotten everyone’s mood to change!

So with that, Spring forward!!  I will be sharing with you some of my upcoming events, the enjoyable things I love best and those crazy – had to be there moments!  Also.. thank you for those “where are you” e-mails; they were truly appreciated!  I even got a kick out of the stories you guys were telling me!  Very entertaining reading; indeed!

And as always, wishing you the best!

And Oh!  For my Bostonian neighbors, the Boston Marathon is this week! Thinking of you ALL and sending prayers of encouragement this week! Boston Strong!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

I’ve Been Decluttering Too! Getting Things In Order!

11 Mar

I have been extremely busy, a little more than usual!   Since the beginning of the year, I said that I was going to get organized and let me get the old out, let the new in!

So, I decided to clean!  Not the normal clean…get rid of the clutter and all the stuff – that I really, really don’t need!  I started with my closet and discovered that the styles have changed and I had 3 of most, in different colors!!!!

I’d bagged up the items and donated to the Harmony House for Woman and Goodwill!  Two trips!  Then…it was time for the papers!   I had information back to 2005 and decided that I can NOW get rid of it!  Watching recently this Lifetime movie, where a woman got her identity stolen, just fueled my strategy!

I’d found out that my shredder, was  not that good, they now have shredders which now cross-cut where; no one could read the information! 

With that information, went to Target and brought a new Fellowes shredder!  I have carved out a couple of days in the week, spending about 1 hour to shred!

   If anyone knows anywhere that is having a parade, call me ….because I had a lot of confetti to also give!

Then there are the magazines!!!!  Oprah, Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Interior Design, ELLE Decor, Arch Digest, Ballard, Domino, More……I can go on and on!  So I’d bundled them up, with the greatest tie knots (learned from Girl Scouts).

Quite a bit of piles for the garbage collection this upcoming Wednesday!   Now, just this past week – I heard the new iPAD 3 is here and it would be a better way for me to have the magazine subscriptions be read that way! 

Yes, I am warming up to change and decluttering with technology! 🙂

Next on my list, is all the music CDs I have!  This would mean that I have to spend time downloaded them to my iPOD!  Sounds like a six month project or get my nephew to do it….for a price!  See, I am learning that these electronic devices are put here to actually HELP!

There you have it, I am in a decluttering stage, attending functions, doing a few interviews and working on finalizing the post drafts!  Getting organized has made me feel better, it gives me the idea that I am prepared  – my mind is actually become clearer.  I am allowing the creative juices to fall and be ready for tomorrow; besides Spring is almost here! 

While piling up the magazines, it’s so funny that I also came across an Oprah magazine on declutter, I didn’t even get a chance to read it!  

However, I was laughing with excitement!  “Oprah, I am already ON IT!


Letia 🙂



Photo courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Top Secret, Guess Who’s Back? Tom Ford – Spring 2011

4 Jan

Edna E Mode

 ” I never look back, dahling. It distracts from the now!”

I sure did miss Tom Ford!  The music being played by Karen Elson <I always get asked>!   For this just released footage, you must have heard that Beyonce helped him out in his  womenswear fashion show, which was top-secret!   The cat’s out the bag!

For those who never heard of him, Tom Ford is an American fashion designer.  Known for his creative eye for menswear; dressing celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Pierce Bronsan and Brad Pitt to name just a few.  His designs are always present at the Academy Awards and many celebrity profile events.   

In the early 90’s Tom Ford started at Gucci; followed by YSL, to launch his own brand in 2004, TOM FORD.  He even has his own film production company, adding to his list of talents, film director.  Beauty fragrances with Estee Lauder, sunglasses; the list goes on and on!   He recently received a 2010 nomination for Menswear Designer of the Year – by the Council of Fashion Designers of America!

If you ever in NYC, his flagship store consider adding this stop to your checklist to see , the decor, mirrors, the marble floor, display of the suits….. it’s absolutely amazing!   This store is a gentleman’s store, everything required is at hand!   Take a peek; see his eye on detail!  You can get some great ideas and shop where affordable; because style is style!

Letia 🙂


Edna ‘E’ Mode photo & quote by Disney for Pixar Films.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Dennis Basso Spring Collection 2011

16 Sep

Dennis Basso

Dennis  Basso is a FIT alumni and infamous furrier, who has clientele that consists of the who’s who!   Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields, Kim Cattrall, Ivana Trump, Eva Longoria, and Denise Rich to name a few!  He is an amazing American fashion designer for over 25 yrs. 

His collection at MBFW was absolutely classy and beautiful!  Last night I was out and I had the best time at his signature store here in NY!  Do you have a list, I do! 

A Dennis Basso dress or bag! <you know I’m dreaming!>  His website, www.dennisbasso.com.

Dennis is very charitable, he sits on the boards of the Children’s Hearing Institute and the Boy’s Towns of Italy Foundation. Supporter of the American Cancer Society, The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New Yorkers for Children, and the Alzheimer’s Association, which gave him the Humanitarian man of the Year Award in 2005.

If you are looking for ideas for special occasion, his collection will give you just that!  QVC also provides his clothing line, which is affordable! www.qvc.com/dennisbasso

Be well – Letia

Trivia question?  Basso designed in what hit movie?  Do you know?  Send me a comment with the answer! 🙂

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Collection

13 Sep

It was called a snafu, a mistake, an oversight…..whatever you want to call it, I was not able to go to Christian Siriano‘s show.   Disappointed??  Hell Yeah! 

I had also had plans to meet up with a dear friend who was going to be at Christian’s Siriano’s show!  I haven’t seen her in years (I know crazy!), for she was covering many of the runway shows being held throughout the week as well, so I was super EXCITED! 

We, for some reason always miss each other at these type of events, so we were both pysched..only to find out, I had no ticket, no seat, no buzz…which left me sad,  acting like I was 7 years old sad!  I’ve gotten so many apologies up the wazoo, I tell you!  Dinner promises to my favorite restaurants, drinks..you name it!  LOL  I accepted!!<smiling

I so have to remember that the tickets are so hard to get and even though I enjoyed his show last year, there should be no expectancy that I can go every year; it’s by invitation and press glory.. there’s no guarantee!  None!  Well, it’s Monday and it’s a big day!  My friend Al, says starting at nine in the morning to nine at night he’s busy, including Betsey Johnson at 6pm, and one or two after parties (it’s only work, lucky him!). 

Anyway enough about my sad story, you all are interested in Christian Siriano’s designs for the Spring 2011 and video of the show below has just been posted this morning.  I have also attached, my dear friend Lisa’s commentary on the show (also just posted this morning) via her blog on www.examiner.com with some beautiful photos!  She will be at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this week also, so check back to her blog to see other designers too! <we are going to connect, promise!http://www.examiner.com/bridal-fashion-in-new-york/christian-siriano-spring-2011-leaves-you-speechless-yet-again?cid=examiner-email


Be well – Letia 🙂

P.S. I was able to see a glimpse of Christiano Siriano at NYC’s Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Night Out…it was packed; such a buzz. ANDDDD, I was able to go to Manolo Blahnik‘s trunk show, let’s say I left there walking very happy!  I’m off!

Video by MB FashionWeek

OK! Tell Me about Thread Count!

7 Jul

This is actually the 10th e-mail, that I received on this topic, so I’m thinking if they are inquiring, there may be others who want to know also!  And I was right!  Cynthia Espinosa, mother of two beautiful girls (6 yr old and a 3 yr old) wrote me this morning and wants to know what does the thread count mean when buying bedding sheets?

Thread count is often used as a measure of fabric quality; it’s a measure of the coarseness or fineness of fabric, and is also known as the number of threads per inch or TPI. It is measured by counting the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric or one square centimeter, including both the length (known as warp) and width (know as weft) threads.

It’s the number of threads counted along two sides (up and across) of the square inch, added together.  It is used especially in regard to cotton linens such as bed sheets, and has been known to be used in the classification of towels.

The “standard” cotton thread counts are around 150 while good-quality sheets start at 180 and a count of 200 or higher is considered percale.   Some, but not all, of the extremely high thread counts (typically over 500) tend to be misleading as they usually count the individual threads in ‘plied‘ yarns (a yarn that is made by twisting together multiple finer threads).

For marketing purposes, a fabric with 250 two-ply yarns in both the vertical and horizontal direction could have the component threads counted to a 1000 thread count although it really about how the threads are spun in order to count each thread as one, even threads spun as two- or three-ply yarn.

Too busy? I agree!  I find all this, to be a bit confusing to a buyer and when explained, it’s done with so much difficulty.  The buyer just wants to know, if what they are buying is worth it, does it look good, does it display quality and will it give longevity.    Really, it depends how it feels to YOU and can the same texture be retained after you’ve cleaned the fabric.

I know, I know!  Some of you may have linen given to you by your Mom or grandmother, which still is beautiful and holding up pretty well!  I can remember when I was a child, my mother washing the linen, hanging them on our clothes line, then after drying from the sunshine of the day, the ironing board would be pulled out and she would get the Argo starch and iron them to perfection, then fold them (sounds so crazy doing that today)!   This is why they are still as beautiful; because of the care applied!   While on the other hand, my Uncle Al  (mother’s brother) thought of linen in a different way!  He served in the U.S. Army (parachute trooper) and always made me as a little girl make the bed up in military style (crisp corners & a quarter test), til this day I make the corners like he had taught me!  So tight, that I often have trouble turning in the bed, when sleeping!  LOL

I digressed, OK..back to Cynthia.  So what’s my favorite?  Let’s say 7 years ago, I had purchased linen from QVC and I kid you not, when cleaned the conventional way, they still look beautiful and feel the same.  The sheet manufacturer ‘s name is Northern Nights and their products are still sold on QVC.  There are also other great brand names; which also retain their feel and texture.

Now, it’s really up to the Cynthia to find out what she likes; without spending a lot of money!  She can first buy a sheet set, 400 or 500 thread count as a starter, knowing the thread count does play a part in the price.  She has to keep in mind and make sure the package is read thoroughly for the details.

If Cynthia or you decide to invest in a higher thread count, for a higher price, the upkeep is also higher.. not the regular detergent and softener would do.   The higher the thread, there may be guidelines to follow to keep the texture, feel and appearance, like taking them to the dry cleaner!  However, there are blow out sales, discontinued styles and outlets;  which would give the opportunity to buy a nice set; at a bargain.

Bottom line, its best to look at the thread count, the brand, the style and decide which is best for you; so the next time you are shopping, look carefully at the different thread counts and find which is best for your personal style and comfort.   I’ve asked Cynthia to give some feedback after she goes shopping, I’ll be sure to share it with everyone!

Hope this information was helpful!

Be well- Letia  🙂

You Can Get With This or You Can Get With That!

13 Mar
Dust Lady

It's Time!

Spring time is approaching!  How do we know? Because we have to turn our clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep!  So it’s time! We can either think about getting organized OR we can’t just ignore the stuff around us! 

You can get with this or you can get with that!  If you want to get with this, LET’S GET ORGANIZED.  If not!  Well think it over and come back later… if you have changed your mind! 

Now the stuff around you, of course it has meaning.  It would n’t be in your home, if it didn’t.    Remember when you first saw it, you decided that you had to have it and it would have a specific place in your home?  

Well, after that!  Something else had a special meaning, then after that… here’s some more stuff.  Before you knew it, you have a lot stuff, with a WHOLE lot of dog gone meanings!

We just figured out your personal style and before you even begin thinking about changing a room or your wardrobe, before you go out and buy anything new, we need to start thinking about getting organized and start putting things in their rightful place.  Anything else, you are either are going to trash it or give it!  This is going to be your goal.   This is your commitment before you start!  Agreed?  Good!

The following tasks outlined should be performed room by room.  Please do not attempt to have that great idea, that one weekend you are going to do the whole entire house! De-cluttering,  organizing  is and will be very overwhelming.  You should take your time, looking at your things carefully, which is much easier done room by room.   

There will some indecisiveness where you and even your family want to keep things.  Believe me, there are going to be some disagreements on the items you choose to part with.  To them it’s very special, however to you, it’s simply JUNK or vice-a-versa!  If you keep this in mind and offer some compromising techniques,  this organization process should go rather well!  For children, every toy is special, so it may be rough at times for them as well.

Select the first room you are going to organize.  The room should be broken up into 4 work areas and you are going to begin looking at your things and placing them in either area:

  1. Keep  –  You are going to keep and have a special place or store.
  2. Donate – You are going to donate to the charity of your choice.
  3. Not Sure – You are on the fence whether to keep or trash.
  4. Trash –  Definitely do not need, dump quickly.

Once you have defined all you piles, periodically take the TRASH items outside, so you don’t go back and pull items to keep.   The KEEP items should be placed, however if you are doing other rooms, use some storage bins (WalMart® and Target®); until you are ready to either place or store. 

For the DONATE items, call your charity organization of your choice,  to find out if they have a pickup service or drop-off locations.  And Oh! Don’t forget, for tax purposes, ask for documentation especially if you are donating an item of high value.

The NOT SURE items, are items where there may be a difference in opinion on the value of the item.  Not in dollars or cents, but sentimental value.   It should be discussed – if you are gong to keep the item, where is it going to be placed?  If not kept, the item could be donated or ultimately placed in the trash pile.  Each room should be done in this fashion; until the entire house is completed.

I practice de-cluttering every 3 months or so.  My two worse areas,  1st  is the kitchen drawer, it has everything “under the sun” and I usually have to decide why did I keep this, I never could remember.  This drawer has nothing but change (last time I had a total of $10.05 according to Coin-matic), buttons, gum never opened, pens which have no ink, Post It® papers, coupons, tape, batteries, paper clips, those McDonald ketchup packs and false eyelash boxes (don’t ask)!  

 2nd, is my closet.  I did the labeling, the color coordination, lavender satchels and even the clear see thru boxes.   It gets messier every time I am trying to get ready for a party, looking for a particular shoe that I have in mind and especially when I have to change an outfit, due to the weather forecast was absolutely wrong!  And the winter and summer reorganization, drives me crazy! 

So, I am  also going to GET WITH THIS and de-clutter my closet!  While you are getting it together, I’ll be doing the same.  It’s time for me to donate some items, because if I have not worn it in 2 – 3 yrs, it should be donated.   It will make things easier and I’ll feel good about doing it.

I am listing some organizing sites for great storage buys; for your KEEP items that you have in mind!   First check out the Sale and Clearance sections, to see if you can find some useful items for your home: www.containerstore.com, www.target.com, www.rubbermaid.com and www.spacesavers.com.

Before Closet

Before Look

After Look

So let’s get started!  Let me know did you keep a lot or donate much?   Write a comment or e-mail at lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com.  Any questions, I will be happy to answer!

Spring is coming!!!  Good Luck!

Be well  – Letia  : )

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