Monthly Archives: September 2011

How to Take Care of Your New Fall Shoes

Time to put away the sandals and pull out the boots because fall is officially here! GreatUsefulStuff.com has all you need to know about fall shoe trends, proper shoe care, and shoe storage.

FALL SHOE STYLES

The shoe scene this fall is filled with new and exciting styles. We caught up with shoe designer, Kelley Lehner (www.KlubNico.com), who gave GUS the latest on shoe trends gracing the fashion scene this fall. Apparently, it’s all about the “tailored menswear” this fall. Kelley tells us some of the shoes within this category include “oxfords, loafers, and lace up ankle boots.” The best thing about this trend is all of these tomboy inspired shoes can be both dressed up or dressed down.

Women's Blair Oxford Bootie via Klub Nico

Kelley also told GUS that “boots and Peep Toe booties with lug soles; and fur accents across all types of silhouettes” are cool new trends this fall. We just love the Bria Booties!

Kelley also says to keep an eye out for a splash of color “besides your basic neutrals [you will see] navy, moss green and pinots.” Incorporate these trends into your shoe selection and you will be sure to “make for a chic, updated look for Fall.”

Lace Up Ankle Boots via Zappos.com

SHOE CARE

Stylish shoes and boots can be an expensive habit, therefore proper shoe care is essential if you want to maintain them. Since weather and rain are often unexpected, it is beneficial to pick up a waterproofing spray for your boots as a preemptive measure. That way, at least your shoes will be protected no matter what mother nature what mother nature brings your way. Kelley says that a shoe care rule that she lives by is to “always spray my suede and/or nobuck shoes with a leather protecting product such as Scotch Guard because this definitely prolongs the longevity of the shoe.” Kelley also points out (that most probably forget to do) is to make sure your “shoes are clean and dry before putting them away. It’s as simple as wiping them down with a clean cloth.” All of these steps will help ensure that your fall shoes will last for years to come.

STORAGE FOR FALL SHOES

Kelley gave GUS some very useful tips on storing fall shoes. She said “it is always good to store large boots in their original boxes or in a large thin bins with a lid so they can lay down flat.” Thankfully, at GUS we have a great option for this! Our Collapsible Shoe Box Storage fits Kelley’s description exactly. The boxes can easily be stored in your closet, and the clear vinyl window makes it simple to spot the shoes you are looking for.

Collapsible Shoe Box Storage

Also, Kelley adds that storage boxes “will protect [shoes] from getting damaged from ‘fighting’ with other shoes in your closet and collecting dust, etc.” As an additional idea, Kelley said  “it is also a good idea to store them with a desiccant pouch (silica gel used to maintain a state of dryness, usually marked with “Do Not Eat” warning) to protect them from mold and humidity.  Storing your boots this way will also maximize your closet space which can be very challenging.”

As a final tip to our readers, Kelley tells GUS some questions she asks herself before beginning her fall shoe shopping: “1) Is this a style I don’t currently have, is it new and special? 2) How will this style and color combination fit into my wardrobe?  3) What is my estimated cost per use?  Nowadays I prefer to buy more expensive items that I know will wear for many years to come as opposed to a less expensive item that I will only wear a few times and then throw away.  4) Do I love the style enough to buy it in more than one color?” Be sure to go through and answer these helpful questions before making your purchases!

For more information about products and ordering, visit http://www.greatusefulstuff.com.

Fall Weather Brings out the Sweaters – Storage Solutions

FALL 2011 TRENDS

Oversize V-Neck Sweaters

Oversized V-Neck Sweaters are perfect and comfortable for the upcoming brisk fall days, and will continue to be useful well into the winter. The sweaters complete the “borrowed-from-my-boyfriend” look and can be matched with several other fashion essentials. Try the sweater out over a simple shirt, with a pair of leggings and some jewelry. The oversized sweaters are perfect for the days when you just want to throw on a hoodie, but know you should dress it up a bit.

Plaid

The lumberjack look is in for this fall for both men and women! Plaid can be stylized in many different ways, but here are a couple of options: A classic plaid shirt, straight leg jeans, and a pair of boots or a plaid dress, solid pumps, and a blazer. Other cute items found in plaid include: jackets, scarves, rainboots, purses, and more! However, a quick fashion tip is to beware that you are not channeling the school uniform look too much!

Camouflage Print

For all of you college students, camo print is a unique trend for the Fall 2011 fashion scene. The trick is to find articles of clothing that don’t resemble tacky costume pieces. As a rule, stick to only one camouflaged piece per outfit, but there are a variety of items you can choose from. Whether it is a jacket or dress, the camouflage look is very “in” for this fall.

Wide Leg Pants

Return of the 70′s! Wide leg pants and bellbottoms are making a comeback this fall. There are several different types, however two prominent styles are wide leg jeans and palazzo pants. Be sure to purchase wide leg jeans with tighter hips to avoid a shapeless look. Palazzo pants should be paired with a firm fitting top, and tend to look best with heels.

Carolina Engman, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, and Mary-Kate Olsen via: http://keepcalmgoshopping.onsugar.com/70S-WIDE-LEG-PANTS-17952558

Fashion blogger, Jenny Heller (check out her articles  at www.lauriebstyle.comand www.spoiledlittlelagirls.com), told us about some other trends she is looking forward to this fall. Some of her “favorites include winter capes, fisherman sweaters, print pants, midi length skirts and peplum silhouettes.” Jenny also tells us that “shopping for fall trends couldn’t be easier these days, as lots of chain stores interpret the runway trends at inexpensive prices.”  In  her opinion, “two of the best are Zara (who, to [her] delight, recently launched online commerce) and H&M.”

STORAGE

Once you put together an outfit with a great new look for Fall, the question becomes what to do with it when you’re not wearing it! Sweaters can be bulky and adding new pieces to your already crammed closet is never fun. However, no need to compromise your style for a lack of space. At GreatUsefulStuff.com, we have numerous solutions for storage for all of your clothes. Jenny Heller says that “it’s best to store sweaters folded on shelves, as they can get easily stretched out on hangers, however, that can get a bit messy.” She adds on that “sweater bins are a great solution to this problem.” Our Sweater Bins are the perfect place to keep all of the items you plan to purchase this fall. Instead of trying to find room in a drawer to cram in all of your sweaters, pants, and other articles of clothing, give these bins a try. The front tab even folds down, for easy access to your clothes.

Sweater Bins

Another solution is our Collapsible Open Shelf Storage Box. Not only do the boxes create space and organization for your fall clothing, they also come in a variety of stylish colors.

Collapsible Open Shelf Storage Box

As a final tip for shopping this fall, Jenny Heller advises “taking inventory of your closet before hitting the stores and buying pieces that will seamlessly mix and match with items you already own.  Not only will you be more likely to wear them this way, but you’ll be guaranteed multiple ways to wear them.”

For more information about products and ordering, visit www.greatusefulstuff.com.

Shopping Secrets – Keeping your Spending in Check

Back-to-school shopping season is underway, however sales are limited and new wardrobes are expensive! Here at GUS, we have come up with a few tips on how to save on shopping.

COUPONING

With television shows on air like Extreme Couponing, and tons of blogs such as Couponing 101, couponing has become a fad in today’s society. Whether it be extreme or not, couponing can save lots of money on everything ranging from food to clothing. We know that there is that shirt or pair of shoes that you just need for the upcoming fall, and coupons can help you save money on all of your upcoming purchases. Money saving blogger Brianna Carter (check out her blog at http://bargainbriana.com/) teaches “others to save money while shopping by utilizing effective coupon methods.” Brianna tells GUS that you can find coupons in magazines or online, however “you have to act quickly before the printable coupons are gone.” For thousands of bargains and coupons, go to Brianna’s Coupon Database here: http://bargainbriana.com/coupon-database. Another easy and obvious way to save on shopping is to use the gift cards you received for the holidays or on your birthday. However, we know how hard it is to keep track of these. Who has ever lost a gift card or forgotten about it until it’s expired? Don’t worry; you are not alone. At GUS, our Shopping Organizer for Receipts, Gift Cards and Coupons is great solution for this. Now you will have a place to store and organize all of these items that are commonly misplaced or forgotten about.

Shopping Organizer for Receipts, Gift Cards and Coupons

Also, our Keepsake Keeper is another great product to help you organize your receipts. This item will make tax season much easier and a whole lot less stressful!

STORES TO SAVE

When trying to save on back-to-school shopping, make sure to explore all of your options before making your purchases. Primarily, try discount stores or websites such as http://www.pricegrabber.com/ to discover the best priced items you can possibly find. Additionally, there are more options available to college students. Did you know that as a college student there are stores with discounts designed exclusively for you? For example, at any of the Madewell or J.Crew stores, there is a 15% discount available off of all of your purchases! However, don’t forget to bring your Student ID with you! All you need to do is present your Student ID at checkout and you will receive this discount. With all of the new clothes and accessories you will now be able to afford, you will definitely need somewhere to store them. Our Complete Closet System can hang right on the rod in your closet

Complete Closet System

and will give you plenty of space to organize your new fall wardrobe. If you share a closet with your roommate, or need other organizational tools to store your new purchases, check out any of the items in our Closet storage section.

Here is another quick and easy way to save: 25% off ALL Kangaroom Storage products just by simply “liking” GUS  on Facebook! Visit us here to become a fan: http://www.facebook.com/greatusefulstuff

For more information about products and ordering, visit www.greatusefulstuff.com.

Things You Forgot to Bring to College

After all of the craze of moving into college, everyone is finally settling in. However, living on your own is an adjustment and there are several things everyone overlooks. GUS has great items to solve some of these issues college students are facing. Furthermore, students won’t need to leave their dorms or dig deep into their pockets; solutions are just a click away and these very reasonably priced items can be shipped directly to your school.

LAUNDRY TROUBLES

Making time to do your laundry is difficult enough with all of the work and social events that come along with the college experience. However, even more challenging is trying to sort your darks from lights without laundry baskets or space to create piles. Thomas Frank is a blogger from College Info Geek and an expert on college living (check out his blog at http://collegeinfogeek.com). His solution to this problem is to put all of his clothes into a “hamper, drag it all to the laundry room, and separate [his] whites and colors by throwing them into different machines.” This is a great resolution as long as there are plenty of empty machines. GUS has a great product to help avoid this issue completely!

Mesh Laundry Tote

Our Mesh Laundry Tote has various interior sections intended to ease your laundry troubles. This washable mesh tote has separate compartments for lights and darks, along with two useful pockets for delicates, soap, dryer sheets and more. With the Mesh Laundry Tote, you can eliminate the time and fuss surrounding laundry.

DORM ORGANIZATION

Everyone remembers to bring a backpack or shoulder bag to lug books to and from class. However, what many people forget is that these books need a place to stay within your dorm room. Piling books on your desk can get very disorganized and messy, but not to worry, GUS has an easy fix.

School Wally

The School Wally is a hanging organizer that can easily be hung on the back of a door or the side of a bunk bed and will provide space and organization for books, papers, projects, and more! Now you can keep your work separated by subjects, along with extra storage for writing utensils, pencil sharpeners, electronics, and more. The School Wally comes with sturdy hooks that simply slip over a door or rod, and is a super useful item that will create organization and extra space in your dorm room.

BATHROOM BLUES

Sharing a bathroom in college with lots of people is usually a brand new experience for most Freshman. While most kids probably remembered to pick up a shower caddy before they left for school, a lot of students will find that many models are inconveniently large, hard to navigate, and they trap way too much water which quickly results in mold and mildew. At GUS, our Mesh Bath Tote  is the perfect size for all of your shower and bathroom products and with the mesh material, water does not get trapped at the bottom of the tote. Additionally, in most college communal living, long shower lines mean much shorter showers than everyone is used to. Another tip from Thomas is that the “showers are pretty crowded from around 7:30am to 9:30am,” so try to avoid the bathrooms at these times. Our Mesh Shower Tote can help you get in and out of the shower in a snap with its large pockets to hold all your products and its flexible handle that fits over most showerheads.

Mesh Bath Tote

College life can be stressful enough, so hopefully these products from GUS will make your daily lives just a little bit easier! For more helpful products, check out our back to school collection.

For more information about products and ordering, visit www.greatusefulstuff.com.