Closet Cleanse in Five Simple Steps

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Need to do a little closet cleanse this weekend? Who What Wear outlined five simple steps for refreshing your closet and I couldn’t agree with them more.

Make a to-do list. I’m all about to-do lists for just about everything and firmly agree that before you start any big project like a closet cleanse, you should outline a game plan.

Study your style. This point is a really good one. Before starting to go through your clothes, remember what you love, what looks good on your body, and most importantly, what you’ll actually wear.

Don’t hoard basics. Basics are meant to replaced every year or so since they get so much use. So in with new, out with the old!

Shop new pieces. When cleaning out your closet, keep in mind that you’ll likely be buying new pieces very, very soon. That will hopefully help you to part with some items that you don’t wear anymore.

Keep what you love. At the end of the day, even if it’s not “on trend” at the moment, if you love it, you should keep it. That’s that.

PS: Check out my closet organizing tips galore for some more helpful advice.

Best Blooms

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It’s amazing how flowers can totally uplift me. Their pop of color, delicious smell, and beautiful arrangements just make me want to whip out my camera and enjoy the moment. While I’d be happy with just about any flower in the center of dining room table, here are my absolute favorites.

What are your favorite flowers? Share in the comments!

Fall In My Apartment

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It feels like just yesterday that I was getting my apartment ready for Summer, but somehow it’s already time to move onto Fall. There’s something about the Fall season that has a really restorative effect for me–the shorter days and warmer colors make me want to spend more time at home doing nothing but relaxing.

And, as I’m sure you expected, me staying home and relaxing basically means rearranging everything in sight and preparing for the season at hand. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Spiced up my living room with some candy corns and bright orange tulips.

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Swapped out my dish and hand soaps for something a bit more festive.

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Draped my warmest throw blankets over the living room couch and chairs.

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Busted out my favorite white knits.

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Stocked the house with pumpkin-flavored everything.

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An Organized Rush

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Whenever I tell someone that I blog about organizing tips and tricks, the first comment they make is something along the lines of: I wish I were organized but I always run out of time when getting ready so my clothes end up all over the floor.

Seriously, I’ve probably heard said comment fifty times at this point. So what better way to address it than to blog about it? I thought so too!

 

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Trust me, there have been plenty of times when I’m in a rush and I don’t feel great about the state in which I’m leaving my apartment. We can’t always be perfect all the time—especially when we’re going somewhere and seemingly have nothing to wear despite a closet full of perfectly good pieces.

This blouse is too big so it winds up on the bedroom floor. This one is too small and there is goes onto the bed. This one is just right but now I have to change my pants. There they go on the bathroom floor.  

We’ve all been there.

Because you can’t really avoid the panic of getting ready some days, it’s important to know how to handle it either before or after. One of the best things I ever started doing was setting out my outfit the night before. Since I tend to have more time in the evenings, I’ll turn on my favorite show, stare at my weather app and work on picking out an outfit for the next day. I’ll then lay it out nicely in my closet so that I’m all set for the next morning. No fuss, no clothes on the floor.

But, maybe you don’t have time to set aside your outfit the night before. Or, maybe you didn’t even know you’d be going to this party so couldn’t have planned for it even if you wanted to. Not to worry. What I’d recommend in this case is setting aside time the next day to deal with your mess. To prevent it from building up further, I’d recommend tackling it first thing the following morning. Just put on your favorite tunes and get to hanging.

By setting aside time after the event, you’re essentially telling yourself to not worry, as everything will be taken care of. Hopefully, this will also help subside the panic that arises when you can’t find anything to wear.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out!

SFO to SEA

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Every year, Will and I try to go somewhere new to ring in our anniversary. Since last year was a road trip down to Big Sur, we knew we wanted to hop on a plane this year–and it didn’t take us long to land on Seattle.

When we travel, we like to make the most of each day by waking up early and exploring by foot if possible. Seattle was no exception and I’m pretty proud of all that we were able to do in just three short days. Here’s a look into our travel diary.

Day 1: We decided to fly into Seattle early in the morning on Saturday. This sounded good on paper (one less hotel night and a little time after work on Friday to unwind and prepare), but let’s just say waking up at 4 AM to head to the airport didn’t feel so good in reality.

Because we took such an early flight out, we had already dropped our bags off at our hotel and secured a seat at brunch by 10 AM. We ate at the London Plane in Pioneer Square and I loved every minute of it. I mean, just look at the pictures.

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From there, we made our way back downtown with a couple pit stops at the Public Library and Seattle Art Museum. The Public Library has to be the coolest library I’ve ever seen, and the Seattle Art Museum was definitely worth the visit. We only spent about an hour and a half there and were able to cover nearly every corner. Plus, it’s donation based so you can pay what you’d like!

img_4098img_4102After stopping back at the hotel for a quick change of clothes (it was pretty chilly in the morning but would eventually burn off and get really really warm in the afternoons), we headed back out to Pike Place Market. Be warned–the crowds are no joke here, but it’s absolutely worth the visit. From the first Starbucks to Beecher’s Cheese and Piroshky Piroshky, we were in good company.

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To wrap up our extra long day, we took a spin around the big ferris wheel for amazing views of Seattle, checked out the Olympic Sculpture Park, and then grabbed sushi near our hotel.

Day 2: We kicked off our second day at the top of the Space Needle. While I would love to go back later in the day to get clearer views, being there early meant fewer people and better photo ops.

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From the Space Needle, we uber’d over to the Ballard neighborhood which was just as charming as I had hoped. We ate brunch at the oh so hip Percy’s & Co, strolled through the farmers’ market, and did some shopping.

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Making our way over to Fremont, we stopped at Gas Works Park for a stunning view of downtown Seattle and finally landed at Westward for some drinks and snacks to hold us over before dinner. We got lucky at Westward and were able to score two adirondack chairs with very little wait, but I don’t think that’s always the case.

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At night, we celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Spinasse and dessert from Molly Moon’s Ice Cream.

Day 3: Because we only had a few hours on our final day, we decided to wake up early and walk to Pike Place for one final look. And that ended up being one of the best things we did all weekend because let me tell you, at 8 AM the place is empty. We strolled right into the first Starbucks and got to really admire the market without all of the crowds. Highly, highly recommend doing this.

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We then spent the remainder of the morning covering as much ground as we could–from Pike Place to the main shopping area and all the way up to Capitol Hill. We absolutely loved this last destination filled with cute cafés, cool bars, and hip shops.

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We had the best time in Seattle and will definitely be back.