Seasonal Jewels

Since I first moved into my apartment and wrote this post about storing jewelry, my technique has changed a little and I wanted to share the latest and greatest. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of jewelry. But as you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m also very much about minimalism and tidiness (shocker), so a whole bunch of jewels displayed on a vanity is not really my style. Instead, I like to store the bulk of my jewelry in boxes within my vanity drawers and then pull out my favorite pieces of the season to live on top in trays. Not only does this technique help with minimizing clutter, but it also keeps my accessories fresh and timely. When everything is tucked away in boxes, I have a hard time remembering what I have and end up wearing the same piece again and again. By rotating my select pieces on a seasonal basis however, I ensure that I wear all of jewelry at different points in the year!  

Spring Wardrobe

There’s really nothing better than when the first bright, sunny day of the season comes around and inspires you to break out your finest floral pieces. And since we’re just about to get a streak of beautiful days here in San Francisco, I’ve been doing just that. Keep reading to see what I plan to wear all week (and season!) long.   P.S. For more outfit inspiration, check out what I was wearing this time last year.

Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

Winter Wardrobe

It’s officially, officially cold in the Bay Area now, and that means no more pretending I can get away with light layers and open-toed shoes. Here’s what I’ll be wearing this season—advance warning: expect nothing but black, gray, and cream.

Leather jacket by IRO

 

Slip dress by Vince 

Gray tuxedo coat by Zara

Metallic sneakers, comfy sweaters, and a leopard Clare V. clutch

Falling for Scarves

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reaching for a scarf nearly everyday—not only is it pretty chilly out, but I love how they complete an otherwise bland outfit. Typically, my scarves are tucked away in bins just like my purses, but I’ve been craving for a seasonal solution to accommodate my frequent needs.

 

Because I can’t create additional storage in my closet, I had to work with what I already have on this. I recently installed these beautiful hooks in both of my closets and while I was once using them to plan out outfits, I’ve been loving using them as a catch all for scarves at the moment. They make it so easy to hang my favorite scarves and because I have an extra set in my other closet, I can still prep my outfits in advance—win, win!

Peek into My Purse

While I’ve never really been one to tote around a “Marry Poppins” bag filled with everything under the sun, I am very careful about never leaving the house without any one key item. Because everyone’s key items are different, and because it’s so fun to see what others keep in their bags, I thought I’d share what’s in mine!

On any given day, you won’t find me without the following in my purse:

Depending where I’m headed and how uncomfortable my shoes are that day, I may also stuff some bandaids in my bag. Oh, and a Lara bar, too!

What are the items you always have in your purse? Share in the comments!