So Last Week...All Decor Edition

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Happy Sunday! I’ve had decor on my mind a lot lately. Part of it is because Ali and I have recorded several episodes of our podcast at my place. I love my apartment, but to be honest, it still feels 90% finished to me. Like I haven’t put the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae. There are still a few projects I have left to do. Either way, it’s a rental, so I can’t make any major changes here, but I think I’ll find the time to get my space to 100% before the end of 2017.

But, no matter what state my home is in, I’m always obsessed with design. I just can’t resist looking at looking décor, furniture and renovation blogs. Here are some posts I came across this week. As always, they’re so last week, but totally worth your time.

York Avenue Blog: NYC Studio Apartment Home Tour

Jacqueline Clair has one of the most darling NYC studio apartments I’ve ever seen. She recently moved out and I’m hankering to see how she decorates her new place. Although my current apartment is a good size, her style and use of space continues to inspire me.

Design Indulgence: What To Buy At Ikea

Personally, I’m not the biggest Ikea shopper because the store is so large, I feel like I’m stuck in a Swedish maze of torture. Luckily, this post has some interesting ideas of what to buy there.

Becki Owens: Get The Look Las Palmas Master Bathroom

This bathroom is seriously #goals. Even if you aren’t renovating, check out the gorgeous accessory picks. I want everything!  

The Inspired Room: Tiny Bedroom Ideas

These are some great ideas to give a cozy space extra big style. If warm and inviting is what you like, then this is your post.

Style By Emily Henderson: How To Get That Effortless Expensive California Look On A Budget

If you are a fan of white wood floors, which is personally one on my favorite design elements, you will especially appreciate this post. Emily Henderson presents some beautiful and very affordable decorating ideas. She also talks budgets and keeps it real, which I just love and so relate to.

 

 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Wow, it’s been such a busy week for me. Between the big makeover reveal and some super exciting projects coming up that I’ll tell you about soon, I haven’t had a minute to breathe. [Insert Deep Breath Here] Okay, I finally exhaled.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite links from last week. From hair and food ideas to Lena Dunham doing yoga, beauty product organization tips and what could be my favorite new podcast, these links are both a great way to procrastinate and learn. So, click away and enjoy.

Fat Mascara Podcast

Hit subscribe now because I’m “raising a wand” to Fat Mascara. This podcast features beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein dishing about their favorite products, dissecting trends, and interviewing celebs as well as influencers. #FanGirl

Well+Good: Lena Dunham Does Yoga

Lena Dunham recently collabed with Well+Good to make a series of short videos (under 2 minutes, so actually short) that based on the title, are pretty self-explanatory. Along with her yoga bff, Beth Cooke, Lena will make you smile, stretch and give you a little peak of her cool living room.  

A Sweat Life: Ways To Indulge In A Whole Avocado All At Once

As a Californian, I can attest to the magic of avocados. In this post for A Sweat Life (and yes, I also write for them), Ashley Aranha gives us some healthy meal ideas that use the entire fruit. Because we all know how gross half a leftover avocado living in a Ziploc in your fridge is.

Hello Giggles: Banana Buns Are Trending In Paris, And Yes, We'd Like To Partake

Spoiler alert: French women know EVERYTHING! Have you ever seen those banana clip things at the drugstore and wondered what you’re supposed to do with them? Apparently, they’re used to make an extra chic bun in your hair.

By Jonnie March: 4 Quick Tips For Organizing Your Beauty Products

If so much stuff falls out of your medicine cabinet that you need to put orange cones around your sink, this post from Jonnie March is for you. Speaking of beauty product organization tips, if you haven’t read my post on how to KonMari your beauty products, you should. 

My Closet Wasn't As Insta-Worthy As This Pic, So I Cleaned It Out

I have a confession to make. I’ve been in love twice in my life. The first time was with my husband (really) and the second time was with my current apartment. It’s the nicest rental I’ve ever lived in.  The living room has 25 foot high ceilings. A spiral staircase leads up to my office, which has a view of the Hollywood sign. The entire place is flooded with light. Okay, I’ll stop bragging.

But, the thing about falling in love is that it’s impossible to find someone or something that meets every single one of your wishes. I could live in a shoebox or a castle, but I’d still find something wrong with both. In the case of my current abode, it’s mostly the lack of closet space. It’s bad. Really, really, really bad. I have one closet. Technically, there are two, but the closet built into the terrace is for luggage and sports equipment, not clothing. So, I have to store the better part of my wardrobe in what I can only describe as a sort-of walk-in closet. It’s not even remotely adequate. Our dresser and built-ins help, but nothing can make up for real closet space. I have things stored under the bed, in suitcases and between the four other homes my parents and in-laws live in.  

A few weeks ago, my closet could have been declared a disaster area by some government organization that declares those things. It was embarrassingly messy. It was not blog-worthy or even remotely Pinterest perfect. Do you want to see how bad it was? TRIGGER WARNING: lack of glamour and photography skills. 

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Things were EVERYWHERE! Hangers did not match. Hangers were made of wire! 

The reason why things got this bad was because I thought I couldn’t create more closet space.  I was right. But I learned to work better with what I have. So, I’m sorry mama, I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to make you cry, but this was how I cleaned out my closet.

The Great Hanger Exchange

The unofficial rule of closet organization is that all of your hangers should match. Approximately 25% of my hangers were plastic, so I traded up for velvet. To make this project more eco-friendly, I gave my plastic hangers to a friend of mine who is a stylist and needs all the hangers she can get. I’m sure you could give yours away or donate to a thrift shop, if you don't have a chic friend who dresses celebs for a living.

However, I didn’t get rid of my padded hangers because they’re better for certain delicate items. I also kept my skirts on clip hangers. And I didn't get rid of every single wire hanger. Anything that was freshly dry cleaned on one stayed that way. 

Magic Hangers Are Actually Magic

My husband has lots of business attire, but he rarely wears any of it. And no, I don’t think the rule of “if you haven’t worn it in a year,” applies to men’s suits. The clothing he wears most frequently, like jeans and t-shirts were stored in the most inconvenient way possible, on a high shelf.  This always made it difficult for me to put away his laundry because I needed to get out a stool or just throw it up there.  And yes, I know my husband can put away his own laundry, but I can also vacuum. It doesn’t mean I do.

So, I put his suits, shirts, pants, etc on tiered hangers (sometimes called magic hangers). This created enough space to install a hanging shelf. Down went the causal clothes and away goes the laundry.

I also used magic hangers in my section of the closet. However, I ended up buying a different brand because I bought them in person, instead of ordering online. Don't make my mistake. You can never have too many magic hangers (or handbags, or diamonds!).

Just Shoe-t Me!

Shoes were all over the place. They were sort of in shoe racks on the floor, scattered underneath handbags and in a behind-the-door shoe organizer. So, I purchased a matching one and installed it on an empty wall. I used picture hooks to hang it and nailed different sections to the wall for support. In retrospect, I should have bought a rack that was designed for this purpose, but the one I choose was less than $9 and got the job done anyway.

My Clothing Got Cliquey

Lots of blogs and organizers will suggest different ways to arrange your closet, but the problem is my closet never stays that way. So this time, I decided to group intuitively. For example, I put formal dresses and coats all the way in the back (with the exception of one winter coat) because I don’t often need to get to them. But, lighter jackets, which I wear every this time of year, are in a very accessible spot. I think the key to closet organization is to arrange things in a way that probably only makes sense to you. After all, every closet and wardrobe is different, so one way cannot possibly work for everyone.

Super Bonus Shelf Space

After re-organizing everything, I created extra space on the shelf above the rod. While I keep most of my handbags in built-ins, I finally have the space to store a few on the top shelf. Larger bags and weekenders have a specific spots on the floor of the closet. 

After Thoughts

My closet still isn’t perfect. I would never put this on Pinterest and would rather die than post it on Insta. Essentially, it went from what might be mistaken for a crime scene (at least for crimes of fashion) to acceptably average. I also realize it’s an ongoing project. I should pick up another box of hangers and an additional shoe rack for the floor.  But, overall I have a better grip on my wardrobe. As a result, I'm making more stylish fashion decisions and not just grabbing whatever I can get to. While it might not look like my dream closet, I can't exactly complain about my reality. 

Dresses To Decor: Roberta Roller Rabbit Edition

Hello Bunnies! Welcome to Dresses To Décor, an ongoing series that explores labels with equally fabulous clothing and home lines. Today's post is about one of my favorite designers, Roberta Roller Rabbit. She is a D2D superstar because she uses many of the same prints for both. 

So, who is Roberta Roller Rabbit? It’s #GirlBoss Roberta Freymann, who started the company in 2003. The bunny branding was inspired by a scrap of fabric she found in India. Every single garment they make is unique because the fabric is printed from wood blocks that were hand-carved in India. It's even more artisanal than craft brewed beer. From dresses (or kurtas) to duvets and dog beds, this bunny teaches us to never underestimate the power of the print.

Naolin

The Naolin Inez dress is fabulous on its own, but can also be layered all year round. For a boho look in the winter, wear it underneath a thick white sweater. In the spring and fall, chic up your Inez with a denim jacket. It even works as a swimsuit coverup in the summer. 

Naolin also looks beautiful in any bedroom, as a focal point with this bedding set or as an accent with pillows. Just don't fall asleep in your dress. That's Naolin overload!

Jemina

Jemina is a vibrant print available in several colors including pink, blue, and red. I love the Jemina kurta! If you aren't familiar with kurtas (no judgement, I had no idea what they were until last week), they are a traditional Indian style tunic top made of a loose, breathable cotton. 

The Jemina quilt can dress up a plain couch and make those Netflix binges so comfortable, your SmartTv will probably ask if you are still watching. (On that note, does anyone else feel like they're being judged when that happens?) As with the rest of these prints, an accent pillow is available incase you don't want to go full-on Jemina. 

Monkey

Throw a jungle party and have the whole family monkey around in matching pajamas for men, women, children and even babies. A classic Roberta Roller Rabbit print, Monkey is fun and whimsical. 

For your youngest guests, the monkey sleepover bag is perfect for camping inside and an easier alternative to an air mattress (I always have a panic attack trying to seal those things up after removing the pump) or trundle bed (have you ever tried to pop up one of those things without needing to see a chiropractor the next day?).

But don't let your furry friends feel left out. Puppy or kitty will delightfully pass out on this crate liner, which you could probably use as a regular pet bed. Seriously, if my bulldog didn't have a tendency to pee on them, this picture would be of my living room.

Amanda

How could I fail to mention my namesake print? I'm all about this super stylish kimono. I also love the Bondi Beach Bag. Not just because it's cute, but because it's machine washable. If you frequently read this blog, you know anything that is machine washable gets extra bonus points.

You can also Amandafy your tabletop with these fun placemats and cloth napkins.

Chasca

Chasca feels like chevron 2.0 to me. A year-round print, you can wear the wool scarf to brighten up a winter white coat, or maximize your comfort with this fab maxi dress in the summer. 

Chasca can also transform a monochromatic bedroom with a matching duvet and pillow case set. Then you can accessorize the room in a variety of color choices. The possibilities to have lots of colorful things that will ultimately collect dust are endless. 

Furniture

Roberta Roller Rabbit has some of the most unique furniture I've ever seen. When I looked at the collection in person at their store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, my jaw literally dropped and I told my mother who was shopping with me, to take notes. 

With its eclectic style, featuring crossed stainless steel legs and a mother-of-pearl top, the writing desk is absolutely my favorite piece in the collection. Add an antique mirror and it can transform into a vanity. 

The beside table can also be a couchside table, or accent table. Don't let labels be limiting, it looks beautiful anywhere in your home.

The nesting table set is a unique addition to a traditional living room. Because it's a set of two tables, you can use them separately, making this a more cost-affective purchase (or a good way to justify buying it). 

How to KonMari Your Makeup Drawer & Keep It Clutter-Free

Whether you keep your makeup in a drawer, on a shelf or split between several cases, there’s a good chance you probably have way too much of it. At least I know I do…

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

 

In the past year or so, I’ve actually pared down my cosmetics collection because there isn’t as much storage space in my bathroom as I would like. I also don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, so I just don’t need that much. I’ve been able to get rid of the clutter because I try to only buy makeup I know makes me look my best (no more shimmery purple eyeshadow experiments) and choose specific products that multitask.

Here are three steps to KonMari your makeup drawer.

Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

This question is the key to KonMari. There are two kinds of products that won’t spark joy. The first is old/expired makeup, unless you want to spark an infection. The other is anything you’ve bought that turned out to be a bad decision. My purple eyeshadow is a great example. If you are having trouble getting rid of makeup, ask yourself why would you wear a color that doesn’t make you look your best. We all make mistakes. If you can, return it or give it to a friend instead. When in doubt, throw it out.  

Before your stuff’s final trip to the garbage can, Marie Kondo would tell you to thank it. I don’t think that’s necessary, but bonus points if you do.

Go Container Crazy

Containers really do help you organize, but you don’t need to spend a lot or even any money on them. Re-use a box that once contained jewelry, shoes or any other small to medium sized object.

When I moved into my current apartment, I was trying to organize the makeup I wear most often in a small and narrow bathroom drawer. I was going to spend money on containers when I realized I already had boxes that fit this oddly- shaped space perfectly. The rest of my makeup is kept in a vintage train case under my bathroom sink.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

Buy Products That Help You Cut Down on Clutter

 

I buy eyeshadow palettes whenever possible because all of the colors are designed to coordinate, taking the guesswork out creating your look. It’s also more economical than buying a bunch of individual colors.

My personal favorites are Naked 2 by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes by Too Faced

 

Do you have more tubes of mascara than pairs of socks? Cut down to just one with FLOWER Beauty’s Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara. The flexible wand twists into different shapes allowing you to completely customize your look. You can add volume, curl and lengthen your lashes with just one formula. It’s literally the only mascara you need. 

You know what does not spark joy? When you apply lip gloss or lipstick, take a sip of water and then have to reapply. That’s why I love Clinique’s new Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer. It actually stays on because the primer is built in. This also means not having to buy a separate primer, so less clutter!


 

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster has been a game changer for me because I like to use anti-aging products, but I still break out sometimes. This one combines two power ingredients, retinol and salicylic acid, so I can address both skincare concerns at once. I wear it alone or under makeup. It also looks really good under the next product.

 

If an anti-aging serum, BB cream, bronzer, highlighter and foundation had a love child, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow would be it. It’s probably the most multi-tasking product out there. It feels light on your skin and gives you a sun-kissed glow on those days when you don’t want to apply foundation, but a BB cream isn’t quite enough. 

 

Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation is one of my favorite multitasking products. It’s a powder foundation and sunscreen rolled into one. Four professional female athletes who wanted a mineral foundation with SPF that would stay on through their games started the company and developed this product. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with these amazing ladies next week.