My Closet + Spring Cleaning Tips
West Village, NY

Ahhh Spring!  A time of rebirth and renewal!  It’s a time to clean out those closets and make room for new energy and new pieces that will give you that extra pep in your step.  I’m getting nostalgic looking back at these pictures of my old closet.  This closet was a special place – it was where a lot of brainstorming and some serious outfit planning went down.  Before I moved, I got rid of a ton of pieces!  A few of  you have been asking me to do a closet sale since I’m cleaning out my wardrobe again – and it’s something I will definitely consider. ;)  If you haven’t already read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I highly recommend you doing so.  It’s all about decluttering your space to help make room for inspiration and creativity.  For closet storage – I love these Ikea bookshelves and this rolling rack.  You can’t go wrong with fun wicker baskets for scarves, bathing suits, and belts.  Keep old shoe boxes and use them as storage for odds + ends.  Toss plastic hangers and order these velvet non slip ones.  Organize your clothes by season and buy under the bed storage bins or consider renting a small storage unit if necessary (I used Box Butler in NYC and had a great experience – and no this isn’t sponsored!)  Donate or consign anything you haven’t worn in a year (I loved Second Time Around consignment store.)  And finally the wardrobe mantra I live by; invest in classic pieces you’ll have for years to come!  Less is more – quality over quantity.

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Calypso St. Barth mirror (similar) // Serena & Lily chandelier // Ikea bookcase // Anthropologie knobs // Rolling Rack // Restoration Hardware chair (love this one) // Rug (similar) // Curtains (similar)
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Currently Coveting

I’m always adding things to my fashion and beauty wish lists, but have been adding WAY more items to my decor wish list since I moved!  Here’s an inspiration board I started creating for my new home.  I left most of my furniture in NYC, but shipped my rugs and chandeliers to California.  I’m so glad I kept this chandelier because it fits perfectly in my new dining nook!  I scored this Turkish rug on Etsy (my fave place for affordable, unique rugs) and put it upstairs in my bedroom.  I found my bed while I was walking through Cost Plus World Market with my dad, and got the floor model for under $300!  You can order it online as well.  I love this mirror for above my nightstand in my bedroom, and just ordered these cool agate coasters and more candles for around the house.  These french bistro chairs are super comfortable and would look great in my kitchen.  This hide rug is under $120 and I’m thinking of layering it on top of my sisal rug in the living room.  Decorating can be overwhelming and expensive – BUT there are sooooo many amazing websites and stores out there that offer great deals.  You just have to be willing to hunt a little and have patience.  It took me over 2 years to feel like my last place was “complete.”  Stay tuned as I continue to share my finds on here ;)  PS my NYC apartment tour just went live on MyDomaine!

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Picture // Candle // Chandelier // Hide // Coasters // Pillow // Mirror // Chair // Rug
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An Oscars Party At Home
Venice Beach, CA

I’m back in LA after a whirlwind week long trip to Mexico with the New York Times!  The Oscars were this past weekend, and 3 of my closest friends (Talun, Jamison, and my sis Kameryn) happened to be in town at the same time (lucky me!)  I threw a little Oscars party in my new home to celebrate and laid out popcorn, movie candy, cheese + crackers and Stella Artois.  If you haven’t tried their Cidre, I highly recommend it – it’s so light, crisp, and refreshing.  Stella Artois reached out to me to celebrate the Oscars in honor of its “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign with Water.org. and was kind enough to gift my guests and I these gorgeous Limited-Edition Chalices for the party.  For every purchase of a Limited-Edition Chalice, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide five years of clean water for one person in a developing country.  This year, Stella Artois partnered with Marchesa to design a beautiful custom dress inspired by the Chalices that Olivia Culpo wore on the Oscars red carpet.  Did you see it?  She looked stunning!  You can purchase your own Chalice here!

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Iro jacket (also love this one) // Stuart Weitzman heels // Zimmermann jumpsuit (also love this one) // Serena & Lily lights // Dauville cake plate
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Dining Nook Update with BEHR®
West Village, NY

It’s always fun to update your home.  There are so many easy ways to improve the look of a space – whether it’s with a piece of art, a rug, a throw pillow, or a fresh coat of paint.  When BEHR® reached out wanting to collaborate around their best selling BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint & Primer I jumped at the opportunity.  I’ve been wanting to update my dining nook for a while, but didn’t want to do anything too drastic since I love how light and airy the space feels.  BEHR’s “Close Knit” paint was the perfect shade of light grey and two coats of it was just enough to make the nook really pop.  It’s elegant and subtle.  My favorite thing about the paint besides the fact that it didn’t leave behind a strong paint fume – the smell was completely gone in 2 hours.   Now that I’ve realized how easy it is to paint and see what a difference it makes – I’m already brainstorming my next project.  I plan on using BEHR’s PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® paint which is extra durable, resists stains/scuffs and can be tinted to over 2,000 colors or color match it to your perfect color.  It’s gonna be hard to choose one!  I am giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader, courtesy of BEHR®.  To enter for a chance to win, simply share what home project you’re excited to work on next and how you could use BEHR® paint!  What color would you choose?!  Tell me here!

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BEHR® paint // Lululemon leggings // Chambray shirt
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Love Is In The Air
West Village, NY

This year I have more weddings and engagement parties to attend than ever before.  I’m particularly excited about one of my girlfriend’s weddings that will be in Positano this summer!  When it comes to gifts, I always head to Macy’s because I know they have every single registry item imaginable – from gorgeous Le Creuset pots, to Vitamix blenders, Kate Spade dishes, and KitchenAid mixers.  There are so many benefits to using Macy’s registry.  You can get 10% of your total purchase back in gift cards to use towards anything in the store.  I bought one of my girlfriends this KitchenAid mixer for her wedding a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist ordering one for myself.  Macy’s carries them in a zillion different colors, but I personally love the classic look of the silver chrome.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to put my KitchenAid to use so I whipped up these yummy gluten free vanilla coconut cupcakes.  The recipe was super simple – just vanilla, coconut oil, honey, baking powder, almond meal and eggs.  My sister is paleo and she approved ;)  If you’re in need of a wedding gift I highly recommend the KitchenAid, as well as a Le Creuset pot (perfect for the gal that loves to cook), a Vitamix blender (you can’t go wrong – I seriously use mine everyday), or a beautiful set of Kate Spade dishes (these black and white ones are timeless).  Shop more of my wedding gift picks below – including these Kate Spade His + Hers napkins and this Calphalon pan.

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KitchenAid mixer // Kate Spade plates // Robe // Kate Spade silverware // Kate Spade napkins
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