In this series, we ask the hott movers + shakers for their tricks of the trade and how their style reflects the crazy/cool lives they lead.
A little background on one our fave chicks and our mover + shaker of the month…Melanie Charlton:
Melanie, the CEO and Creative Director of Clos-ette, is considered the “closet organizer to the stars…the absolute guru in designing and building custom closets and dressing rooms…” Melanie has designed a line of storage solution products called Clos-ette Too… and written the ultimate closet guide book entitled “Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet With Style”
…Organize with style…
1. What word(s) define your style?
Bohemian but classic
2. What/who inspires you most?
The intersections between all art design music fashion
3. We all work 24/7 these days…but what is one personal activity or time a week that you don’t mess with.
The time I allocate for my son and the time I take to get a massage once a week.:)
4. What would you tell your younger self when it comes to style or your career?
Slow down. Consumption doesn’t create style and working smart is so much better than always just working hard.
5. What is the best style advice you ever received?
Don’t follow trends, build a wardrobe from classic staples which truly look good on you.
6. What is the best career advice you ever received?
Don’t underestimate your own passion and hunger. Use it to drive you to your goals and never take your sight off those goals. Even for a minute. (Oh, and being first to market doesn’t hurt either as long as the execution is done correctly.) This pertains to anything…great ideas happen all the time. Execution is everything.
7. What is your daily uniform?
A Veronica Beard dickey blazer, Alexander Wang tee, skinny jeans and Rag & Bone boots or a pair of classic Manolo’s. I also love theory stretchy tanks under my VB blazers.
I pair this look with a Rolex, Paige Novick jewelry, easy hair and make-up and By Kilian perfume before I ever go anywhere!
8. The one thing you could not live without…
My son and my iPhone.:) Arianna Huffington told me recently, though - to become more productive and get a better night’s sleep, park your iPhone in a place away from you about an hour before you go to sleep, so you don’t check it before you go to bed or in the middle of the night. I realized I was an addict when I started to look at practicing this…but she is a smart lady and it made a huge difference in my life!
9. Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I started working full-time during college when I was 19, I started Clos-ette when I was 26, and am now 37.
Nothing is replacement for perspiration and I will hire a hard-working, intelligent person over a lazy genius everyday of the week!
10. What is your secret weapon?
I am seriously OCD.