Setting Goals for the New Year

first-image  Before the end of the year, I always like to sit down and reflect upon what I’d like to see in the coming year. It can be something so small as buying new glasses, or something as big as planning a trip to Asia. Whatever it may be, I like to make them as clear as possible so I know exactly what to do and when.

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I also like to find a nice balance between setting goals for myself as a person, but also goals for things I want to accomplish. For instance, I might have a goal to try to approach new situations from a more relaxed angle, as well as a goal about the updates I’d like to make to my kitchen. Aka a balance between myself and action items.

On that note, I’ll be taking some time off from the blog in an effort to really unplug and enjoy the holiday season. I hope all you organizers have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you back here on January 3rd!

A Look Back: 2016 Travels

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It feels like my travel bucket list grows bigger and bigger by the minute. What can I say? I want to see it all! While I didn’t make it anywhere too too far this year (saving the international trips for next year), I did visit quite a few places that had been on my list for a while.

New York // Los Angeles // Portland // Seattle // Tahoe // Yosemite

P.S. Check out where I went last year here.

These Days

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Love these two colors in my living room–coral and emerald.

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What can I say? I’m a total sucker for festively-flavored coffee.

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Stumbled upon this incredible swing overlooking the Bay in Marin, and now I want to come back here every single weekend.

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New favorite lunch spot on the other side of the Bay.

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Bright flowers on my nightstand adding some much-needed color this time of year.

Happy Holidays

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I’m still trying to figure out how it’s already the middle of December and where time has gone (does anyone else feel like this year went by so fast?), but loving all of the holiday spirit around me. These photos are getting me so excited to head home in just a few days and celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.

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Happy holidays!

Winter Wardrobe

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Now that the weather is really getting cold in San Francisco, I’m officially whipping out my Winter gear. From my new wool coat from J.Crew to my all-time favorite Stuart Weitzman boots, I’m ready for the colder months.

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I’m also still sporting all of the items I featured in last year’s Winter Wardrobe post–check it out here.

Tricks of the Trade: My Closet Secrets

first-image I feel like I haven’t talked about my closet in a minute, and that needs to change. After all, my favorite room to organize is the closet.

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I’ve talked about how I like to divide by type and then sub-divide type by color before, but I thought I’d go into even more detail this time. Let’s use my long-sleeved blouses as an example.

Here you can see that my long-sleeved blouses are all hung together. That is step one and is fundamental to an organized closet. All like items should be grouped together in your closet–long-sleeved blouses with other long-sleeved blouses, short-sleeved blouses with other short-sleeved blouses, and so on and so forth. With this method in place, you’ll never again have to search for that one blouse you got a couple years ago on sale at Barney’s but haven’t worn since because you can’t remember where you put it…

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Once everything is divided by type, you’ll then want to move on to color. Starting from pinks and reds, make your way to black. Not only will this help with finding a particular item, but it will also make your closet look like a work of art.

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Winter Activities List

first-image Every year, I get the same feeling when Winter rolls around that falls somewhere between longing for Summer and gratitude for quiet nights at home. There’s no fighting that Winter activities can feel much sparser than Summer’s (sure, there are tons of snow sports but not all of us can just hop on a ski slope every weekend). And while it definitely it is nice to slow down and spend more time at home, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Winter activities in case you’re needing a little boost.

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See a movie — Whether you’re watching at home or heading to the theater, nothing beats a good movie on a cold Winter night. One of the things I look forward to most all year is the Academy movies and going to see as many of them as I possibly can before the Oscars.

Host a popcorn night — This Winter, I’m hoping to plan a little popcorn tasting party at my house. Hear me out–wouldn’t it be fun to make all different kinds of popcorn (caramel, truffle, butter, etc.) and invite all your friends over for a taste test? I thought so too.

Go to a museum — I always find it hard to justify going to a museum in the Summer when all I want to do is be outside. Winter, on the other hand, is the perfect time to throw on a cozy sweater and sneakers and head to the museum.

Go for a long drive — Sometimes it’s nice to just sit in the car and go for a long drive. It’s especially nice if you stop for some hot chocolate along the way.

Scope the holiday decorations — Speaking of driving, one of my absolute favorite Winter activities is to drive around and look for the best holiday decorations in the neighborhood.

Tackle home projects — How could I leave this one off? While you’re spending some time at home, go ahead and cross a couple of projects off your to-do list.