Lofted

There’s something so special about a lofted space. Perhaps it’s the wise space usage that appeals to me, and the innate organizational tactics that come along with that, but I find myself drawn to lofts. I especially love how everyone room bleeds into the next and the color palettes, aesthetics, and design carry over from one viewpoint to another.

Photos from: Pinterest.

Tricks of the Trade: Beauty Products

Beauty

When it comes to organizing beauty products, there are two main guidelines that must be followed: the products must make your beauty routine easy and simple, and must be organized in such a way that they definitely put the beaut in beauty. How do you accomplish this? Let’s dive in!

To make your routine as simple as possible, you’ll want to make sure you have a system in place that allows you to easily grab what you need, when you need it.

Personally, I reach for the same 6-8 products during the week (tinted moisturizer, highlighter, powder, bronzer, mascara, eyebrow gel, and lip gloss), so I don’t want there to be any questions about where these items are each morning. Of course, I also have tons of eyeshadow, lipsticks, etc., but I only really wear these on special occasions or weekends, so they can be a bit more tucked away.

To distinguish between these two – those products you wear 99% of the time and those you wear far less than that – I like to use jars, old candle pots, and other pretty storage devices. Put the items you use every day in one beautiful pot, and the other items in different ones, dividing by type of product, such as lipsticks in one pot, and eyeshadows in the other.

So now you have function, simplicity, and beauty!

Kitchen Art

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Maybe it’s just the kitchens I’ve been in, but I find that kitchens with true pieces of art are very rare. Sure, you have your appliances, and your coffee machine, and your salt and pepper shakers, but where are the framed photographs or the gilded paintings? I’m a firm believer that art makes a space and think the kitchen is no exception. If you don’t believe me, then hold on to your seat as you scroll.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

So what do you think, is art in the kitchen as amazing as I think it is?

Suitcase Talk: Winter

Suitcase Talk

Last year, I shared some of my must have winter packing list items – you know, those items that I can’t travel anywhere without. This year, as I get ready to go to little trips throughout Northern California, I’m putting together a round up of the items I’m absolutely packing (and have pretty much been living in all season long).

The key to packing for a cold destination is to be prepared for anything. Sure, the weather report only calls for rain during one of the days, but that could change at the drop of a hat. My motto is, it’s better to be safe than sorry, or in other words, to pack as much as you can without your suitcase being too heavy to manage.

While I won’t go through each and every item I am packing, here are a few of my key pieces.

Pea Coat. You’ll definitely want to bring a thick pea coat that will be easy to throw on no matter what you’re wearing. I opted for my gray coat from J.Crew, as it matches with everything and keeps me incredibly warm.

Light rain jacket. But, for those days where it may be drizzling but isn’t as cold as you imagined, you’ll want a light rain jacket. This will keep you dry while also letting you breathe.

Variety of sweaters. Perhaps it’s because I live in San Francisco where it’s always 60 degrees, but sweaters are probably my favorite piece of clothing. I can never have too many chunky sweaters, so they were naturally coming with me on my trip. Choose one neutral one and one that’s a bit more fun so you can mix and match.

Variety of shoes. When it comes to shoes, you should be practical. My Hunter rain boots absolutely made the cut, since they’re comfortable and practical. For a little spunk, I’m bringing along these bedazzled booties!

Fun necklace. Last but not least, don’t let your outfits grow dry just because it’s cold outside. Add in some charm with a chunky necklace!

Twinkle Twinkle

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Winter brings with it so many wonderful events, sensations, and traditions, with Christmas topping the list. Every year, I find myself getting giddy as I walk up and down highly decorated blocks and admire the festive decorations surrounding me. In an effort to preserve some of this cheer, I wanted to share some of the photos I’ve captured over the past several weeks, just from my neighborhood alone.

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