Decor

How To Clean Out Your Closet

I’ve been cleaning out my closet regularly since I was 10 years old. I remember my mom sitting me down at the beginning of every season to go through my toys, desk and wardrobe. She would have me create 3 piles; Keep, Donate, and Trash. When people ask how I stay so clean and organized today, it is without a doubt because of this system which began at such a young age! Marie Kondo has made cleaning out your closet a “thing” and shown a light on the importance of de-cluttering. I love that she’s made it mainstream and helped me so many people feel more light, organized and SANE! It’s amazing how you can feel so unproductive, stressed, and foggy surrounded by clutter and junk isn’t it? I always say, I can never get anything done until everything is put away and my house feels neat + tidy. Having less STUFF of course makes cleaning WAY easier. Being a blogger, I am constantly inundated with STUFF so I have to be really strategic about how I utilize my space, which is why I routinely clean out my closet. Living in NYC, and being short on space makes being neat, organized, and selective even more crucial! I wanted to share tips on How To Clean Out Your Closet and what specific things I’ve learned over the years! How To Clean Out Your Closet How Often To Clean I clean out my closet every 4 months at the beginning of a season. This allows me to get rid of anything I didn’t wear, make note of anything I’ll need for the upcoming season, and push pieces to the front or back of my closet depending on the weather/frequency they’ll be worn. I usually spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. So about 5-6 hours really sifting through everything. How To Physically Do A Clean Out I go through everything one by one on hangers, in drawers, and on shelves. Anything that I’m not 100% sure of, gets draped on my bed/chair near a mirror so that I can try it on once I’m done. I place everything in 3 piles: Keep, Sell, or Donate. The Keep pile gets immediately hung up again and put out of the way. The Sell pile stays in the corner until I have enough natural light to photograph them for Poshmark, and the Donate pile goes in a shopping bag that I put by my front door which reminds me to get it OUT of the house! How To Decide What To Get Rid Of If you haven’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. I used to hold onto things and make up scenarios of when I would possibly wear it, and 99.9% of the time, those scenarios never happened. Be realistic with yourself and your life/lifestyle. Seriously though, if you haven’t gotten use out of it in a year then sell it and make room for something you will wear regularly! Also, if you’re holding onto things that are too small, you should probably get rid of them. I’m all for motivation, but I don’t think staring at a closet of clothes that are too small is healthy. Trust me, I know! Embrace your figure and be proud of your body. It is beautiful. Outfit your wardrobe with pieces that celebrate your size and body right NOW, not the body you wish you had or you used to have. As women, our bodies and sizes do fluctuate depending on hormones, the time of the month, holidays, etc. so I’m not saying throw everything that’s a little snug out, but if it’s 2-3 sizes too small, it’s probably time to let them go. Lastly, this is a Marie Kondo tip, and something that I’ve always adapted. Ask yourself if that item brings you joy. If it doesn’t feel good or brings up negative feelings for WHATEVER reason – get rid of it. I did a MAJOR closet purge right after my breakup and it felt AMAZING!!!! What To Do With Unwanted Items I first ask my sister, mom or friends if they want my Sell/Donate items. I sell whatever is left on Poshmark. I’m obsessed with Poshmark and LOVE how easy it is sell things. I also love My Sister’s Closet consignment store in my hometown Scottsdale, The Real Real for luxury designer items, and Buffalo Exchange. Anything that’s not in selling condition, gets placed in shopping bags and I ask my cleaning lady if she wants it, or I donate it to a local shelter. I’m a huge supporter of Dress For Success, Goodwill and Salvation Army. Less Is More I’ve always held this philosophy when it comes to both fashion and decor. Like I said, I can’t think straight if there’s clutter around me. I try to be really conscious and mindful about everything I have and bring into my home. It’s so important to invest in fewer, better pieces, rather than tons of trendy, cheap items that will go out of style immediately the next season. Not only does this save you money in the long run, it really teaches you to appreciate what you have, and get creative by mixing and matching items together. Do you ever look at your closet full of clothes and exclaim, “I have nothing to wear?!” If the answer is yes, it’s time to do a major clean out so you can actually SEE what’s in your closet and put together thoughtful, beautiful outfits. Storage Tips I love the Ikea Billy bookcase for storing bags + shoes, these black velvet hangers for clothes, these lucite bins for accessories, old shoe boxes for office supplies, and wicker baskets/bags for miscellaneous items and as decor. I use these Serena & Lily baskets as my hampers and they’re currently 20% off! Professional Organizers It wasn’t until this past year that I realized how AMAZING professional organizers are!!!! I personally love organizing my own closet/wardrobe, but hate organizing my pantry, so for my LA kitchen I used The Home Edit team (they were incredible!!!!), for my LA to NYC move I used Straighten Up by Janelle (she was soooo gentle with my fragile/expensive handbags, hats, and shoes), and for my NYC pantry I used Louisa Roberts from The Neat Method. I highly recommend all of them. Importance of Closet Clean Outs I truly cannot stress enough how important it is to do regular closet clean outs. Don’t get bogged down with junk and clutter! Chaos in your home creates chaos in the mind. Also, being surrounded by things that aren’t enhancing or adding to your life, but are just taking up space, is just not healthy. It sounds dramatic, but it’s the truth. Get rid of anything that has negative memories attached to it, donate the stuff that’s too small and making you feel bad about yourself. Basically, purge anything that doesn’t make you HAPPY. Your closet should be full of things that make you smile when you look at them! Life is too short to have it any other way!!!! Summary Out with the old and in with the new. Less is more. Fewer, better. Say goodbye to the clutter! Let’s all be more mindful about what we buy and allow in our homes! Happy spring cleaning!
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How To Find Art For Your Home

I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect piece of art for my new entryway! I want it to be a simple, black + white abstract painting, set in a wood frame. You’d think it would be easy to find, but it’s actually been quite tricky! The space it needs to hang in is long and narrow – and I want the piece to be subtle so it doesn’t clash with my other decor. I talked about my hunt for artwork on Instagram and so many of you sent in helpful suggestions. I wanted to share them here, along with the sources I’ve looked to for art in the past! Where To Find Art Etsy Etsy is my #1 destination for affordable, unique art. I have bought a ton of prints from Etsy over the years, and used my own frames to hang them. I not only buy prints, but macrame pieces, beautiful rugs, furniture and party favors from the site. One Kings Lane One Kings Lane has such gorgeous framed art pieces. I love that they have a very curated mix of art so you’re not too overwhelmed with a million options. I always find something I want to buy when I’m browsing – and often it’s a piece I haven’t seen anywhere else. Williams Sonoma Home You may remember these black and white brush stroke prints (also love this one) from my West Village apartment – those were from Williams Sonoma Home. Their art is on the pricier side, but it’s really high quality, looks more expensive than it is, and is sure to make a statement. Anthropologie I’m a huge fan of Anthropologie’s home decor section. I’ve ordered several pieces of furniture from them in the past (nightstands and my new dresser) – and have my eye on several of their art pieces like this and this. McGee and Co. This interior design duo couple has a firm and decor shop that always leaves me swooning! Their furniture selection is on point, and the art they have is equally amazing. I particularly love this abstract print and this pink knotted print. Society6 This is a relatively new-to-me site, but they have a fun selection of colorful, modern prints and photos. This black and white abstract print caught my eye – I wish they made it in a bigger size! Art.com Art.com unsurprisingly has a massive selection of art! And I really like how they curated sections which make it easier to peruse the site. I clicked on their “Neutrals Collection” and found a nice assortment. Minted I was really impressed with the art on Minted! They had some really expensive/high end looking prints and photos, and a wide array of frames and sizes for you to choose from. They make it so easy to swap out and see the different frame styles which I loved. A ton of you always ask me about my oversized wave photo which is on the pricier side. I was able to find several look-alike options that were way more affordable – so be sure to check them out here, here and here! Horchow Horchow has a beautiful assortment of art on the higher end side. I loved these two matching pieces, and this horse photo which would really make a statement in an entry or living room. Lulu & Georgia I loved the eclectic mix of art on the site – they’ve really upped their selection over the years. This black + white abstract print is stunning, and this framed piece would look so cool in a beach or desert house. Desenio A reader shared this site with me and I was so impressed with the variety of prints on their site. They have a really modern/cool/chic selection of prints of all different sizes and offer several framing options as well. St. Frank You may remember my oversized piece of art from St. Frank in my Venice House. It was one of my absolute favorites and I always got compliments on it! They have small and large pieces that will add a chic bohemian touch to your home. Vintage, Consignment, and Yard Sales Art is deeply personal and I love when people mix and match frames, colors, and styles together. Often times, the most special and unique pieces come from small, off the beaten path shops. I encourage you to seek out the little stores full of treasures in your town – you never know what you may find! In LA, Melrose and Rose Bowl Flea Markets always have great finds, and in NYC, I love John Derian and Brooklyn Flea. Simply Framed Make your own art with Simply Framed. Just send in photos, prints, scarves, or textiles, pick a frame, and their team will send it back to you ready to hang. I absolutely loved working with them a year ago on pieces in my old dining nook and living room. Custom Art Have a piece commissioned especially for you by a talented artist. I recently discovered Angela Allen’s stunning art thanks to one of you lovely readers and am working with her to create something for my new space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match art! Have fun with it! Mix big frames with little frames, gold frames with black frames, abstract paintings with vintage photographs. You can see how I’ve layered my art in my home in past decor posts here! A ton of my inspiration comes from Pinterest – so you can always follow me there to see what I have my eye on. I’ve recently been LOVING a designer Josh Young, who I found via This is Glamorous. I’ve gotten so many ideas from the way he layers his art! Where do you like finding art? Share some of your favorite artists with me below!
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Refresh Your Home For Spring

I spent all weekend unpacking and organizing my new apartment. I’m happy to report that I’m about 90% DONE! I’m one of those people who can’t work or be productive until a mess is cleaned up so I was laser focused on getting everything put away ASAP! I got rid of even more stuff than I had back in LA (check my Poshmark this week!), brought out pillows I had in storage, put fresh flowers on my coffee table, and rearranged pieces that felt bright, cheery, and ideal for spring. It’s always nice to do a little update around your home at the start of each season. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, swapping certain decorative items out for others, or purchasing a few inexpensive pieces that really make the space pop – it just feels good to do a refresh! Refreshing a room at the start of each season doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be a daunting task. You’d be surprised at how a few small additions to your home can transform a space and elevate your mood. Here are some of my favorite, easy, and affordable ways to refresh your home for spring! Place a colorful flower arrangement on your coffee table and/or kitchen counter. Did you know that walking by a bright arrangement is actually scientifically proven to boost your mood?! My favorite colorful flowers are; pink roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, lilies, and sunflowers. My good friend Carly from BloomBar brought this stunning bouquet over which made me smile all weekend long. Swap out your coffee table books or add in some new ones.Spending $40-$50 on a beautiful new book for your living room will make a huge difference. Maybe it’s this one which has such a vibrant cover, or this one which makes me want to take a trip to St. Barths! I love buying coffee table books from Amazon, One Kings Lane, and Shopbop. I did a whole blog post on my favorites from over the years here for your reference! Find a new scent for your home. I recently picked up this beautiful, oversized Voyage et Cie candle at Scottsdale Marketplace while I was in Arizona visiting my dad. If you’re ever in that area, I highly recommend popping by – it’s where I find tons of my decor pieces – everything is to die for! I love the way the Voyage et Cie candles smell and burn – plus they’re made of a 100% natural vegetable blend. Sprinkle in a new pillow or two on your couch or chair! The pillows on my couch are all from different places; John Robshaw, Madeline Weinrib, Missoni Home, and a vintage shop. Target has some REALLY cute pillows right now, so does Anthropologie and Lulu + Georgia. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors, patterns and textures. Pillows don’t have to be so matchy matchy! Put a sisal or natural jute rug down to open up the space.This one here is under $100! Lighter, jute rugs like this always make a room feel bigger. Even if you live in a city or more modern home, you can still mix in sisal and jute to your decor scheme! I love using various styles and materials in my homes and don’t stick to one “theme” or genre when decorating. Layer rugs and put a cowhide (this ivory one is a total steal. I had it in my Venice house) on top of your neutral rug for a fun twist. If you’re looking for a patterned rug – check out Etsy. They have an AMAZING rug selection that is insanely affordable. For classic, neutral rugs my go-to is Overstock. Hang or layer eclectic art along the wall. Etsy is a great resource for prints that you can easily frame yourself using Target, West Elm, or Pottery Barn frames. I also like St. Frank (splurgeworthy!), One Kings Lane and vintage stores for finding art. I have the same philosophy for pillows as I do with art. Don’t be afraid to mix and match frames and styles! It’s your home and you want it to reflect you, your personality and your energy. Also, it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter or perfectly matching/all one color scheme. Add some personality to it! Pick up decorative objects like a bone magnifying glass, a thick strand of beads, or pretty gold bowls to pull the space together and make it feel cozy and inviting!
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I Moved Back to NYC!

I’m so excited to share I’ve moved back to NYC! It feels insane to type out those words! When I moved from NYC to LA 2 years ago, I never thought I’d move back to the city. I truly thought that LA would be the place where I planted my roots. Life is funny that way – it’s full of twists and turns, ups and downs, curveballs, and surprises. You never really know what’s going to happen or how you’ll feel days, weeks or months from now about something. Things change, people change, places change. We grow up, evolve, and mature. When I moved to LA 2 years ago, it was because I was completely and utterly burnt out and needed a break from the hustle/bustle of NYC. I fell in love with the relaxed beach town Venice one summer. I didn’t want to leave after a week of bliss riding my bike in the sunshine and strolling down Abbot Kinney. It was truly paradise! I loved the laid back vibe, small neighborhood feel, gorgeous weather, health conscious mindset, walkability, and proximity to the ocean that Venice offered. My body instantly felt at ease in LA. And after years of struggling with digestion issues, Vitamin D deficiency, and sky high cortisol levels, I knew that’s where I needed to be. A few months after visiting, I packed up my life in NYC and moved into my dream house 3 blocks from the beach! Moving to LA, was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. Being in LA, and taking a step back from my work and life in NYC, allowed me to get in touch with myself and ultimately became the woman I wanted to be. So many incredible things happened during my time there. I healed my digestion, I rescued my dog Charlie, I fell in love with my next door neighbor Derek, I learned to stop and smell the roses, I developed self care rituals, I made incredible friends, I wrote a cookbook, and I discovered a whole other side of myself! LA taught me how to slow down and appreciate nature, peace + quiet, and the art of doing nothing. About 6 months ago, I started to feel like something was missing from my life in LA. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first, but when I visited NYC in October I knew. I missed living in the city. I missed walking outside my door and having tons of amazing restaurants, shops, museums, parks, and more all around me. I missed the energy, the excitement, the culture, the people, the pace, the work ethic, the ambition, and the REALNESS. Sure, Venice – and all of the towns within LA have great restaurants, shops, museums, parks, etc. But one of my readers who has lived in both NYC and LA couldn’t have said it better; LA doesn’t have SOUL! NYC has SOUL! It has DEPTH. It has grit and quirks, it’s romantic, and it’s the place that makes me feel the most alive. Every city has its pros and cons. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” place. A city could be the right fit for you for at a certain time period in your life and then you could outgrow it or crave something else. Listen to your gut. You know what’s best for you and that feeling will ultimately lead you to the place you’re supposed to be. Don’t get stuck. You’re not trapped or tied down to one place. If you’re unhappy move. If you’re itching for something different, go explore. If you feel stifled, get out. Embrace change – don’t fear it. Look at obstacles and jump over them! Put your mental health and wellbeing first before anything else. That is my advice if you’re contemplating a move! I’m now living in an apartment in Soho with my sweet puppy Charlie.I love my new home and I’m pinching myself that I get to be back here surrounded by such hardworking, talented, driven people! This city really does push me to be the best version of myself. I’m grateful that I have the energy to enjoy it again, and the mindset to not get overwhelmed by it. Derek, who I was dating for a little over a year, and who is still the love of my life, is not living with me, and instead pursuing his dream in San Francisco. He got a once-in-a-lifetime job offer that he couldn’t refuse from a company in Silicon Valley and moved there 3 weeks ago. This business deal was a loooong time coming and something I knew may go through despite our original plan and desire to move to NYC together. I could not be happier for him – it’s such a huge opportunity and something he’s worked so hard for. He and I had discussed being bicoastal and doing long distance, but ultimately I did not want to (and could not see us both realistically) flying back and forth on a 6 hour flight every other week (especially with Charlie) to maintain our relationship. He’s one of my best friends and someone I will always adore and admire. I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I feel a sense of comfort knowing that everything really does happen for a reason – and that we are both living out our dreams. Thank you for all of the sweet messages and comments about my move. I am always so humbled to be connected to you and receive such a thoughtful outpouring of support. Trust me – I wanted to answer all of your DMs and share this exciting news sooner, but so many things have been up in the air these past few weeks! I honestly didn’t even know where I was going to live in NYC until about a week ago. Also, I was trying to quickly move out of my LA house since someone wanted to rent it sooner than my lease was even up! Crazy! Anyways, I’ll be unpacking and getting settled over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share more apartment updates along the way. I’m having a lot of fun decorating this place. It’s a totally different vibe from my beach house! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx
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