Work It Out

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Photos from: Pinterest.

I’ve never been one to be able to sustain an organized, comforting mess. You know, the type of light mess that someone sees and thinks you’re human just like the rest of us, but isn’t completely repelled by?

With the notebooks placed on a slant and piles of books strewn about, these desks are the perfect example of the “beautiful mess” I’ve always wished I could tolerate.

Tricks of the Trade: Color-Coding

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Photo from: The Coveteur.

‘Seriously though, should I revamp my entire closet and invest time in color-coding?’ – You right now.

Yes! Now, of course, everyone is different in their thinking, but let me try to explain mine. I am a firm believer in color-coding, as it helps me to make sense of a closet and understand where one section ends and the next begins. I like to divide clothes by type and then further subdivide by color, so all of your blouses are separated from your skirts, and each is arranged in ascending color order, with some room for exceptions. Organizing by color is extremely helpful in my eyes, for not only does it make for an aesthetically pleasing space (did you see the pictures??), but it also shows you exactly where each piece belongs. This means you have no excuses for not putting away your red blouse after you wear it, because now you know exactly where it belongs!

Operation Coats

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I’m assuming that we all can agree on this: coats don’t go in the same closet as the rest of your clothes; they belong in a hall closet or another small closet. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I wanted to share my organization strategies for my coats, since there are a few note-worthy twists.

Typically, I organize all of my clothes in color-order, beginning with red and fading to black. My coats are organized a little differently, so allow me to explain. Since my black coats are my heaviest ones and I only reach for them about once every two years when I travel somewhere freeeeezing, I decided to place them in the back of my closet where they’re less accessible. After black, comes gray, then navy, then green, and so on and so forth.

In addition to the color reversal, I also hang my coats on hangers slightly thicker than my traditional huggable ones. Shocking, I know. But because my coats are located in a separate closet, I can stray from the huggable hangers if I want and I actually find that thicker, plastic hangers work better for heavy coats. With that said, if my coats were in the same closet as the rest of my wardrobe, I would ensure that they were hung on none other than huggable hangers.

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I wanted to share these organizational twists to showcase how it is totally acceptable to modify and change the rules to fit your own lifestyle. It’s not realistic to think that everyone’s closet or home will be organized in the exact same way, and thus it’s important to realize that a few twists and judgment calls here and there are to be expected.

Journey of a Dress

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The first real designer piece I ever owned was by Diane Von Furstenberg. It was a brightly-colored floral skirt that I bought to wear to a birthday party in middle school, and I remember feeling like the prettiest twelve-year-old in the room with it on. While the style may be a bit outdated now, the skirt still appeals to me. The bright colors still bright, the beautiful craftsmanship still visible.

Though I haven’t followed DVF through her whole career—namely because I wasn’t alive in the 70’s, sadly—I’ve greatly appreciated her talent as a female designer. When I heard that her 40th anniversary “Journey of a Dress” collection was being shown at LACMA, I knew I had to go. What I loved most about about the installation was that the patterns and the cut have hardly changed over the past 40 years. Yes, printing has improved and the silhouette has become slightly more modern without the sleeve cuffs or collars, but that same brilliant design is still there.

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“Years passed, and the princess left the wrap dress behind, moving on to books, cosmetics and other business ventures. The women of the land embraced her as one of them. Before long, a new generation was searching thrift shops for vintage wrap dresses; the populace was under the spell of the 70’s. And so it came to pass that the wrap dress, after a long slumber, was reawakened.”

Suitcase Talk: Winter

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When packing for a weekend trip somewhere cold (well — I was traveling within California, so maybe I should say cold-ish), I tend to go a little overboard. It’s incredibly hard for me to know what I will want to wear when I am away and I’ve learned from experience that if you don’t give it some solid thought, you will forget the one thing you absolutely couldn’t forget.

Because I know just how hard it can be, I decided to share the items I selected for a weekend-long trip to San Francisco.

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Jeans: My trip was casual, so I stuck with denim. I bring both black and blue jeans wherever I go, since the black jeans can be dressed up if need be.

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Tees—I’m a t-shirt kind of girl, so whenever I travel, I make sure to bring more t-shirts than I’ll likely need just in case! You always want a white t-shirt, and then the others can be played with a bit. Since I knew I was going to be seeing friends and possibly even a concert, I decided to bring a graphic tee.

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Winter wear: If you’re going somewhere that will get a bit chilly, be sure to bring a sweater and a scarf. I chose grey because it’s muted and can be paired with all of the t-shirts I brought.

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Jackets: I brought one lighter jacket and one heavier coat. I knew I probably didn’t need the heavy coat (and I was right), but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

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Shoes: I always travel with sneakers, usually Converse. They just make it easier to get around, especially in a city like San Francisco. I also brought some flats, which are just as easy!

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Accoutrements: Never travel without a good book and some nice jewelry (though not too nice, you’re traveling, remember?).

Operation Closet: Roxana

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Being a social girl myself, I was thrilled when I got the chance to work with Roxana Saidi of Rx Social. Not only is Roxana a social media extraordinaire, but she also is one of the most stylish girls in West Hollywood. Let’s just say when I saw her collection of handbags, I was sold on helping her organize her closet!

Since Roxana has a stunning collection of designer clothing, shoes, and handbags (just wait until you see her crocodile Celine bag!), it felt utterly wrong that things were randomly placed, facing different directions, and hanging on mismatched hangers. When I noticed her Givenchy flats placed next to her Balenciaga booties, and her scarves intermingled with her handbags, I knew organizing by type was going to be a main priority. Well, that in addition to swapping out some hangers and color-coding everything to absolute perfection!

Before:

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First things first, I decided on a structure. Since her closet has some hard to reach areas, I opted to stow summery dresses in the right corner since she won’t be reaching for those for several months. On the other hand, I kept items like jeans, blouses, and sweaters front and center where she could easily grab them.

Another important element for me was ensuring that every piece was facing the same direction. This involved removing many items from their hangers and re-directing them; time-consuming but undoubtedly worth it in the end.

Finally, as always, I divided all of her clothes by type and subsequently by color. This will definitely make Roxana’s getting ready routine quicker, as she’ll know exactly where to find the specific piece she’s looking for. And once her glorious shoes and handbags were all neatly placed and arranged, I knew the closet was done!

After:

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