How To Organize Your Closet in 5 Easy Steps

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Above: Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous closet

Closet envy. We all have it. That moment when you’re watching the Kardashians and one of the scenes is in Kim’s walk-in closet and everything is super organized and there’s even a chaise for K.K. to sit on and admire her clothing before making her selection for the day. How can you not want that?

Although I might never reach a point in my life when I have a gigantic closet the size of my current NYC apartment, there’s no reason why I can’t strive to keep my regular-sized closet organized. In fact, I deserve to keep it as tidy as possible, and my clothes and accessories deserve it too. That’s why I reorganize my closet twice a year, once in the fall, when I have to switch from leather jackets to parkas, and once in the springtime, when lightweight cashmere replaces my chunky cable-knit sweaters.

Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to organizing your closet. And please let me know how it goes!

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Monday Musings of a New Mom

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Happy Monday!! It’s the first day of August and I’m feeling great after an amazing weekend. Baby Will could not stop laughing the whole time and his mood was contagious. He’s three and a half months and such a cutie pie! Even though I’m still not used to leaving him to go to the office every day, I feel so blessed that I can come home to his smiling face every night.

Above is an outfit detail from the Cynthia Rowley dress I’m wearing to work today. Don’t you just love the perforated sleeves?? This is the first dress I bought for myself after Will was born. He was about 6 weeks old and I was exhausted. My mom came over to help me, took one look at me in my messy hair and leggings and ordered me to get showered, dressed, and go do something for myself. So I went shopping in the village! I felt so guilty leaving Will but I was only gone for three hours and he slept for most of that time.

Putting on this dress this morning made me smile because it’s a symbol of my new life and love, and also reminds me that becoming a mom DID make me a new person–a better version of me.

Happy Monday!

Link Lovin’: My Favorites from This Week

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here are my favorite links from this week.

The Washington Post fires at PBS for airing 4th of July fireworks displays from previous years.

Travel+Leisure announces the winners of the World’s Best Awards survey, with Charleston (above) as the readers’ favorite city on the globe.

The Cut’s Laura June explains “The Real Reason You’ll Never Be Able to Parent Like a French Mom.”

Laurenconrad.com proves that summertime can be even more fun with these sunny day accessories.

Food52 helpfully walks us through How to Juice Without a Juicer.

Vogue transports us to Rome for Fendi’s 90th Anniversary Runway Show by Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Wellness Wednesday: Sweet Kale Smoothie

Kale and Strawberry SmoothieCucumber adds a refreshing touch to this surprisingly indulgent smoothie. Just make sure to use unsweetened almond milk because the bananas and strawberries add enough sugar for a few servings.

Sweet Kale Smoothie

Makes 2 tall glasses, takes 5 minutes.

  • Leaves torn from 3 stalks of kale
  • 1 banana
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite unsweetened almond milk
  • a handful of ice

Add kale, banana, strawberries, and cucumber to a standup blender. Pour in almond milk, add ice, and blend until smooth.

How to Write the Perfect Thank You Note for Any Occasion

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Whether you just celebrated a birthday, wedding, or baby shower, it’s very likely your friends and family have given you gifts to commemorate the occasion. While you probably thanked them in person and even over the phone or with a text, it’s important to write a handwritten note to them as well. They’ve gone out of their way to think about you and buy you a gift, so why not take a little time to show them how much you appreciate it.

As I inch closer to becoming a mom, my friends, family, and even my coworkers have all made an effort to show how excited they are for our new bundle of joy by giving us gifts for the baby. Between our wedding festivities and the baby, I’ve had to write a ton of thank you notes over the past four years. I finally feel like I have a system that works.

Below, my five rules for writing a stellar thank you note for any occasion:

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Friday Fave: Serena and Lily for Paperless Post

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Two of the best reasons to host a party this summer are Paperless Post and Serena & Lily. The online stationer is known for its eye-pleasing collabs with designers like Kelly Wearstler, Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler and Oscar de la Renta. By adding Serena & Lily to the roster, Paperless Post just made the party-hosting game a lot more colorful. There are 30 different styles of stationery–offered in both digital and printed formats–all featuring the punchy prints and colors that Serena & Lily is so well-known for. Want to earn yourself the Best, Most Put Together Hostess badge of the summer? Choose a party invitation that matches your Serena & Lily table settings and couch cushions and you’ll be one step closer to becoming the next Colin Cowie. See below for a bit of guidance…

Serena & Lily LobsterClockwise from left to right:
Serena & Lily for Paperless Post Lobster Runner stationery
Buoy Pendant Lamp in cobalt
Brasserie Chair in red
Raffia Runner


Serena & Lily Lemon
Clockwise from left to right:
Serena & Lily for Paperless Post Lemon Drape stationery
Beach Stripe Napkin in dandelion
Milano Enamelware Collection in lemon

Serena & Lily CatalinaClockwise from left to right:
Serena & Lily for Paperless Post Catalina Frame stationery
Laquer Rattan Tray in navy
Medallion Euro Sham in Catalina Navy
Ellie Side Table

Friday Fave: Kit Kemp for Wedgwood

Kit Kemp for WedgewoodAbove left: Kit Kemp’s Mythical Creatures pattern for Wedgwood.
Above right: Kit Kemp-designed Number Sixteen Hotel in London.

In case you don’t know this about me, I’m obsessed with fine china–plates, demitasse cups, tea cups, saucers, teapots, etc. My love of pretty painted place settings comes from my mom, who always had to buy Ginori plates every time we traveled to Italy on vacation when I was a kid.

Know what else I’m obsessed with? Firmdale hotels. Yes, all of them. Although the Number Sixteen in London’s South Kensington neighborhood is my absolute favorite out of all of them. My sister lives in London and I’ve stayed there a few times while visiting her. Like the interiors at the other Firmdale hotels, the Number Sixteen’s rooms are characterized by fresh English style with a modern twist. Each one is decorated with a wonderfully unexpected mix of patterns and textures–florals and stripes, velvet and distressed wood, wallpaper and marble. The hotels are all designed by Kit Kemp, the Brit who owns the Firmdale hotel group with her husband, Tim. Every property is conceived with her flawless aesthetic but each one has a distinguishable feel from the rest.

I’ve always wanted to live in a Kit Kemp designed home, but since I can’t afford to live at the Crosby Street Hotel for the rest of my life, I’m going to have to settle for the next best thing: buying her fine china collection by Wedgwood. Called the Mythical Creatures pattern, Kemp’s china is rimmed with gold and decorated with bright pink, blue, green, and yellow birds and land animals of whimsical species.

Why not pour yourself a spot of English Breakfast from a beautifully designed teapot?

From $35, at wedgwood.co.uk

 

Motivate Me: Katie Holmes, Actor and Fashion Designer

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This quote hits particularly close to home for me. I’ve worked in the magazine industry since college and my career has been dotted with people who have belittled me or backstabbed me just to make themselves look better or to get ahead. In the end, those were the girls (yes, they were all women) who were unhappy in all aspects of their lives. Moral of the story? Be kind, ladies. You’ll be happier and more successful that way.

Joan Didion, the New Face of Céline

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Fashion-savvy literary enthusiasts everywhere are abuzz with the news that prolific writer Joan Didion is the new face of Céline. The 80-year-old author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and Play It As It Lays (1970), most recently wrote The Year of Magical Thinking, a 2005 memoir for which she won the National Book Award.

A New Yorker, Didion began her career as an associate feature editor at Vogue. In 1961, she wrote an essay for the magazine about self-respect, saying:

To assign unanswered letters their proper weight, to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.

During her time at Vogue, Didion found a happy balance between the fashion and literary worlds. Those worlds have come together again through this Céline ad.

You can read Joan Didion’s full essay on self-respect at vogue.com

 

Motivate Me: Amy Adams, Actor and Golden Globe Winner/Nominee

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One morning a few weeks ago, while I was getting ready for work, I turned on GMA for a quick check of the weather. But instead of Ginger Zee in front of a big ol’ map, I found anchor Amy Robach sitting across from Amy Adams, who was promoting her new movie Big Eyes. I listened to the interview while putting on my mascara.

Amy Robach: Blahblahblah?
Amy Adams: Blahblah…Blahblahblah.
And then…
Amy Robach:
What is the best piece of advice ever given to you?
Amy Adams: Keep your eyes on your own paper… Pay attention to your own race. Try not to compare yourself or judge yourself based on anyone else.

I stopped what I was doing and turned to face the TV. In this cutthroat world of go-getters and one-uppers, is it really possible to not constantly compare yourself to your peers? The answer is yes!

A little healthy competition is a good thing and can even push you to do your best. But if you start thinking more about what others are doing and less about your own goals, you end up putting your success on the line. Focus on yourself and great things will come.