CLOSETPHILE Q+A: KKW Beauty with Jessi Malay

In case you missed it, LA's newest picture-friendly pop-up shop is the KKW Beauty space at Westfield Century City! I decided to follow up with one of my favorite clients and beauty experts, Jessi Malay, to pick her brain about what makes the perfect glam space. The conversation between clothing display and interior design is a big part of the inspiration behind our luxury closets, and I'm curious to hear what inspiration can be had from a boutique beauty space!

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KKW Beauty. In 3 Words. Go.

1. Luxe (Everything from the packaging to the color palette...)

2. Inclusive (They make shades for all colors and races!)

3. Sexy (Between the perfume bottles of Kim’s nude body, and the see-through or nude casing, this is one sexy brand.)

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As a beauty blogger, what are the essentials of a beauty space?

1. A true mirror is a must! 

2. Excellent lighting (points if you have lighting options to mimic day or night so you can prepare appropriately)...

3. Music! Being able to listen to music while getting ready can be so inspiring both in fashion and beauty. 

4. 2 Types of Storage Space: one for your go-to daily products you want to have on hand in a flash (the floating vanity you created with the glass top is ideal for this). And the second storage space for more special-occasion products that you won’t be using everyday, but will want to have for more variety. 

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What’s your favorite feature of the new KKW Pop-Up?

The color scheme is just so signature and consistent with Kim and the whole KKW brand. Also, the oversized Mario palette and concealer tubes are a smart way to familiarize everyone stopping in with her products! 

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How does the KKW space showcase the products?

All the products are displayed in clear acrylic trays, lit from within, to make each product feel like a piece of art. The entire installation is very gallery-inspired.

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As a beauty blogger, why is it essential to have a beautiful and functional vanity space?

It’s essential to have a beautiful vanity space to feel inspired every day, and to remember that makeup is fun! To be able to play and create glam looks as a career is a blessing. 

A functional vanity is essential because with an ever-changing, endless amount of products to use and try, organization is key in order to create cohesive, innovative looks. 

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What is your favorite KKW product and why? 💋💋💋

My favorite KKW products are the KKWxArgenis Creme Color Sticks! I love how you can create really bold, unapologetic, modern eye looks, and once the cremes are set, they won’t move all day. 👌🏼

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SUMMER STARTER KIT

With the Summer travel season upon us, I'm looking for ways to pack smarter! Warmer temps mean packing lighter, but you can still be prepared for any occasion if you're strategic about the items you bring along. I'm in Bailey Island, Maine for the holiday weekend, and my LA Move Mobile Closet is packed with some of my favorite summer staples!

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Staging with Separates

I start by staging a few of my favorite summer separates! When packing for a short trip, I always try to choose pieces I can wear multiple ways! With patterned separates, I can mix and play with different looks, without the fuss of an overstuffed bag.

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Protect your Precious Cargo

Travel can be hard for your fashionable accessories, and it's important to take the extra steps to protect these pieces and avoid unnecessary wear! Stuff your handbags with smaller clothing items (socks, etc) to keep them from getting crushed in your carry-on -- this is also a clever way to maximize space in your suitcase. Don't forget the dust bags! Shoes, leather goods, and sunnies should all be protected before a long flight. There's nothing worse than arriving on vacation with a broken/scratched pair of sunnies!

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Packing like a Pro

The perfect bag can make packing a breeze! For short trips, nothing beats my LA Move! It does a lot of the work for me, making it easier to pack smaller accessories without fear of causing damage in transit, and keeps everything neatly organized for an easy arrival at my destination. I don't even have to unpack - simply hang up the bag and head for the beach!

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STARS + STRIPES

We're in the midst of the Summer season, and the July 4th holiday is fast approaching! I'm already seeing stars (and stripes), and can't get enough of these playful patriotic patterns! Fashion houses have always adopted these prints, but for the past couple of summer seasons, the collections seem to really be embracing this trend. Whether it's with an understated striped tee (a summer classic), a trademark reimagined in patriotic colors (I'm looking at you Gucci!), or a boldly patterned shoe, you're sure to find something you love. 

As we all know, these patterns and colors inevitably bleed their way into our homes! Stars and stripes are bold choices for a wallpaper, flooring, or tile, but when paired with simple sophisticated furnishings, can become a favorite focal point for any room.

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Never one to shy away from a statement, Gucci brings together all the elements in a single bomber (which alone carries an air of Americana). YSL also plays up the pattern with a classic sneaker embellished in gold, which is sure to have you walking on stars all Summer!

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The stripe, while seemingly more classic and understated, can be equally bold! An exaggerated sole in high contrast black and white ensures you won't miss the trend. If you're looking to bring the bold color blocking into your home, an all-over paint job or classic couch upholstery are both confident and creative ways!

 

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!

SUMMER SOLE-STICE

Sandal Season Has Arrived

Well, hello, summer! Today is officially the longest day of the year and I, for one, am ready for some fun in the sun. To celebrate summer solstice and start the season on the right foot,  I’m rounding up some of my favorite warm weather “soles.” Living in LA, one can’t have enough sandals -- sleek slides, embellished thongs, ankle strap heels all have a place in my wardrobe. Here’s a selection from Net-a-Porter that caught my eye this year:

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Alaia Bombe Studded Satin Sandals

Totally splurge-worthy and in the season’s hottest hue, these luxe yellow satin ankle strap flats scream summer.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Slides

Bottega’s signature butter-soft leather woven technique makes its way to these pretty peach slides that are perfect for going to a girl’s brunch or a family BBQ.

Chloe Qassie Leather Sandals

Block heels are great for summer; they’re comfortable enough to shuffle between meetings and yet still dressy. I love this pair with a cool hammered heel. Not to mention, they’re on sale!

Gianvito Rossi Portofino 105 Leather Sandals

I’m a sucker for strappy blush tone sandals, and these ankle strap stunners from one of my favorite footwear designers work with jeans and a blazer as well as they do with a floral midi dress.

Gucci Embellished Grosgrain-Trimmed Leather Sandals

There’s no better way to “kick off” summer than with these Gucci beauties! The ultimate sandal eye candy, I like how these feel modern, yet are adorned with the label's iconic webbing and signature grosgrain bow for a touch of vintage.  

Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals

Thongs get a chic upgrade with this pretty pearl pair that’s inspired by Venice and the city's architecture. Get ready for the constant compliments in these!

Saint Laurent Woven Leather Slides

I’m currently living in these stylish slides. Versatile and comfy they are the ultimate summer staple.

Valentino Garavani Moonwalk Studded Leather and PVC Sandals

Rockstuds are officially a fixture in fashion and I’m liking this casual take on the studded staple. Bonus: they’re on sale!

Pro tip:

Storing your shoes -- whether archiving winter shoes or organizing the sandals in your regular summer rotation -- is critical to keeping them looking good and extending their life. I recommend boot trees to help your winter warriors stay upright and shoe inserts for pumps, sneakers and sandals.










 

SUITED UP

With Father’s Day just a few days away, I’ve got the guys on my mind. Many of my male clients inspire me with their inventive (and sometimes over-the-top) closet ideas, so I wanted to dedicate this post to dads and guys, alike.

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Beyond working with warmer and richer masculine materials like mahogany and leather, I’ve had a lot of fun designing dressing rooms for dudes over the years. One of my favorite Dad’s Day-worthy closets is Matt Rutler’s, whose space I designed a few years ago. Christina Aguilera’s husband wanted a place to house his sneaker collection and music memorabilia, and also wanted a fridge to stock beers to enjoy when his buds came over. In the end, we gave “man cave” a whole new meaning!

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In another one of my male client’s closets we designed a dressing room around his multiple collections — from a sneaker showcase to display his impressive shoes to stands for his motorcycle masks and gear to a glass display for his gadgets, car keys and pocket knives.

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In what I like to call a “50 Shades” closet, we pulled inspiration from Christian Grey’s dressing room, incorporating a custom pant rack for men’s slacks, sleek, uniform hangers to properly display, store and preserve suits, and a custom drawer for his watch winders.

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I’ve also found ways to add fun elements for the fellas based on their hobbies and interests, like locker room inspired storage to hold everything from sports tees to trophies, a shelf and charging station for drones, a cocktail bar and a putting green.

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You may not be able to get Dad a closet makeover for Father’s Day, so here are a few of my favorite “of the moment” gift ideas:

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da Vinci mini Wireless 3D Printer -- For fathers who are early adopters, this 3D printer will keep him ahead of the tech curve…and instantly up his “cool factor” among his friends.  

Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition Watch -- Even if your dad tends to be tardy, he’ll still arrive in style with this original timepiece that’s the ultimate conversation starter.

Freestanding Watch Winder -- What's better than an accessory for your accessories?! Any man with a meaningful watch collection needs a portable winder to keep everything in working order. Don't waste a second resetting your watch!

LA Closet Design Hangers — Give Dad a subtle hint to tidy up his wardrobe with these stylish hangers — he’s sure to appreciate keeping his polos and ties (and “Dad jeans”!) in order.

LAMove Mobile Closet -- Sometimes Pops need a little help packing. The ultimate roller bag where everything has its place, this suitcase’s multiple organizational compartments and hanging system will ensure he feels perfectly put together when he hits the road.   

TechLoom Ascend Shoe -- This is my favorite brand of workout shoes and I think they are great for guys, too. Whether your father is a fitness fanatic or sneakerhead (or both!), these will ensure he puts his best fitness foot forward.









 

LACD X TSHome

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Here’s Sneak peek of how I’m creating a moody, multi-functional closet for Tania Sarin!

I’m so excited about a recent project that I had to give you guys a sneak peek before it’s even complete! I’ve been in the process of designing a dressing room for my good friend, style maven and influencer, Tania Sarin, and it’s been such a fun project. Tania’s space is different than other closets I’ve created in that she wanted it to be convertible to a second bedroom, and she wanted the aesthetic to be dark, moody, cool and contemporary -- no soft neutrals or overly feminine elements. I wanted to keep the space true to her style, which she describes as edgy, modern, and classic with a twist of masculine undertones (check out her Instagram for endless wardrobe inspiration). With that in mind, I focused on a predominantly gray and black color palette with touches of brass and art deco accents to capture her cool, contemporary sensibility.

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THE AESTHETIC: CONTEMPORARY COOL


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A few weeks ago we hit the streets of LA for some inspiration, scouting at stores like Stella McCartney and Consort and assessing how pieces could work in her space. From there, I mocked up renderings in which I included a sleeper sofa (how fun for her houseguests to sleep amongst her chic clothes!), a modern end table, and brass accessories.  

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I can’t wait to share the finished closet. But, in the meantime, enjoy these renderings and a few of the pieces I plan to use to bring her closet to life!

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OLIVIA CULPO

LACD x Olivia Culpo


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Olivia's LA loft gets a high-fashion closet facelift, giving new meaning to Hollywood glam! With pull-out shelves for shoes, and floating open shelving throughout for displaying bags and accessories, the closet allows Olivia to showcase her favorite pieces and merchandise the space for any given occasion. 

Since the loft is so open, it is important that the closet can remain tidy at all times. To achieve this, all of the hanging is kept behind full-height mirror doors, which not only glam up the design, but also bring additional light into the previously dark corner of the home.  


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Previously, Olivia's loft was severely lacking in storage space, which didn't work for her busy lifestyle. Having a space for everything, and an organized system in place will make packing and putting together looks so much easier for her. The closet incorporates white marble countertops for folding and laying out items.


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Possibly my favorite detail in the new dressing room, the crystal knobs add a sparkly touch of old Hollywood sophistication to the otherwise simple and modern design! 


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See the full transformation, and get a look at the 'before' on YouTube!

Exclusive first look at the space in Architectural Digest


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FIT FOR ROYALTY

Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe is sure to be what princess dreams are made of!

 

As we prepare for the biggest event of the year (the Royal wedding, of course), I’m starting to fantasize about what the future heir to the thrown’s closet will be like, as she transitions from American actress to British aristocracy. How much room will Meghan have for all her fabulous designer duds from brands like Altuzarra, Emilia Wickstead, Smythe, Stella McCartney, Self Portrait? How many Manolos will she be able to house? Will she have a dedicated display for her tiaras? The possibilities are endless!

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Over the years, I’ve had an opportunity to create some pretty over-the-top features and amenities within closets. And, while they weren’t for royalty, many would certainly be fit for a queen. From biometric locks to a temperature-controlled fur cabinet to a cosmetic refrigerator to a glass display for an Hermes Himalayan handbag, I’ve helped clients display their own crown jewels.

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Meghan found the prince of her dreams and I hope she gets the dressing room of her dreams, too!

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INSTA INSPIRATION

“These are the 10 Instagram accounts I’m obsessed with right now”

If you’re like me, Instagram is a routine part of your life, aggregating everything from current events to trends and allowing you to connect with people and brands that matter to you. But, above all, Instagram is teeming with inspiration. Here are a few accounts that are giving me major #goals right now:

 

@ashleystark -- With a penchant for beautiful interiors, this account offers thoughtful curation of endless design inspiration.

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@carodaur -- This international influencer not only has stellar style, but also provides tons of jet-setting envy.  

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@happilygrey -- Mary’s wardrobe is what dreams are made of and she provides great high-low styling ideas. She’s also major fitness goals!

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@homepolish -- All you need to know is that all the pretty things live here.

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@jaceyduprie -- This girl keeps it real, her style is effortless and her sense of humor makes her seem like she’s your long-lost best friend. Plus, her pup, Polly, who makes frequent appearances, is pawsitively adorable!

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@jennikayne -- I wish whenever I liked a photo on this account, it landed in my house. From the chic pointy-toe slides to the beautiful bags to the cool California home goods, this account constantly has me swooning.

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@kaylaitsines -- The social media sensation serves up serious fitness motivation that never fails to get me in gear!

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@MyDomaine -- Interiors, travel and food, this account makes you want to double tap on the daily.  

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@prettycitylondon -- A visual collage of London’s prettiest places (think high tea, historic architecture and beautiful blooms), this account will have you dreaming about a hop across the pond asap!

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@thehomeedit -- Organization (er, OCD) enthusiasts will love all the tips and tricks on this account that makes tidying up look super-chic.

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HOW TO SPEND MOTHER'S DAY IN LA

Spring in LA is in full swing, and Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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When I'm not drowning in dressing room madness and helping my clients get their closets in order, I am on full-time Mom duty! While fashion and furniture might get me fired up, nothing fulfills me like spending time with my son. Whether it's a weekend away or a casual afternoon around town, I love any opportunity to see the world through the Kai's eyes. He keeps me young, and keeps me laughing!

In anticipation of Mother's Day, these are a few of my all-time favorite ways to wind down as a family! Wether you're looking for a foodie outing or a fun-filled sports day, these are the little moments that make being a mother so special.


GAME DAY:

Nothing says quality time to me like a high-energy game of basketball, cheering on Kai at one of his games (He's been playing since he was 6!), or sharing a spot in the stands with him at the Staples Center to watch the Clippers or Lakers!

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MUSEUM DAY:

If you're in the mood for a more mellow Moms' day, you can't beat a nice brunch and a day at the Broad. Soak up some culture at LA's newest modern art museum, then head next door for some Californian cuisine at Otium!

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LAZY LA DAY:

Family time doesn't have to mean leaving the neighborhood. With Mother's Day falling on a Sunday this year, it's the perfect opportunity to stroll through the Studio City Farmer's Market! Mama Musubi's rice balls are always a hit, and who doesn't to snack while they shop on a Spring day in LA?!

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BOUTIQUE ON A BUDGET

IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD...

Closed Design Bible is here! In a recent segment with Home + Family, which aired on the Hallmark channel, I broke down some of LACD's best-loved closets with a few simple takeaway tips for the viewers at home. Here are a few of my favorite upgrades from the book that will take any closet from drab to fab! 

 

HANGING BOOT TREES

Tall boots are tricky, and these handy hangers take all the leg work out of finding a storage solution! Adjustable to any boot size, they're easy to use, and can hang on any standard closet rod.

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TIERED PANT HANGER

Take back valuable hanging space by consolidating your slacks, scarves, and ties! Instead of one pair of pants per hanger, you can layer multiple to free up space!

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FOLDING VALET HOOK

The secret weapon for any well-functioning wardrobe - this great little gadget can be easily fitted anywhere in the closet (or your house for that matter!) to temporarily store dry-cleaning, style your looks, or stage pieces for packing!

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ACRYLIC SHELF DIVIDERS

No more slouchy bags and toppling stacks of tees! Use these dividers to keep items on your shelves in perfect order. 

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CRYSTAL KNOBS

Hardware is the first step toward a more merchandised closet! It's such a simple upgrade, and immediately elevates your space, adding a touch of custom detail.

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SLIMLINE ACRYLIC HANGERS

The velvet slimline hanger has become a staple for those looking to maximize storage in small spaces. Now it's getting a facelift, with a fresh take on that same familiar design, in a trendier acrylic body, with rose-gold hardware! Equally functional, this is the perfect way to achieve that boutique look on a budget.

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For the full Home + Family segment, check out @LAClosetDesign on YouTube!

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ONE-STOP DESIGN SHOPS

“These LA shops are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside”

No question about it, Los Angeles has become an international design destination and I couldn’t be prouder to live and work here. Not only are there fantastic, unique finds throughout the city; the buildings in which these gems are housed are also pretty special.  From airy galleries to museum-like chateaus to architectural multi-purpose spaces, LA’s stores allow shoppers find great additions to the home, while also inspiring them through their own design.

Here are a few of the shops around town that continually fuel my design dreams:

Alchemy Works -- Situated in a gallery-style space, this Arts District outpost offers curated coastal goods like whimsical ceramics, ocean-inspired artwork and a collection of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories that give new meaning to “California cool.”

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Consort Design -- From the venerable duo behind the popular design firm, the Consort store is a feast for the eyes. The shoppable showroom along “gallery row” is broken up into different rooms, similar to a home. Offering playful-yet-sophisticated goods like furniture, accessories, art and housewares, the assortment -- and the space in which they’re house -- deliver a refreshing edge.

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Croft House -- A chic showroom, this design destination houses incredible handcrafted furnishings like rustic bookcases, reclaimed wood coffee tables, industrial steel end tables and a selection of home essentials like linens, ceramics and housewares.  

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Garde -- This airy, minimalist shop with a European sensibility is a fixture among designers with discerning taste. Stocked with worldly, eclectic merchandise, each piece -- from vases to baskets to candlesticks -- tells its own story.  

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Leclaireur -- Situated in a stunning château-like building, this relatively new WeHo shop that hails from Paris provides a stylish selection of European-sourced furniture, paintings and objects. Don’t miss the fun Fornasetti products!

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Mansur Gavriel -- Pretty in Millennial pink, this charming indoor-outdoor shop embraces LA’s al fresco lifestyle. There’s a beautiful connection between architecture, landscape and fashion in this 5,000 square foot space that has a garden, pond and courtyard. Inside, a collection of ready-to-wear crafted from vintage Italian fabrics sits alongside the brand’s signature leather bags and home goods like Italian ceramics and Murano glass.

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Obsolete -- An antique shop-meets-art gallery, this museum-like boutique specializes in one-of-a kind items from furniture to art to decorative objects. Appealing to design-lovers’ many curiosities,  this elevated emporium is a treasure trove of finds and inspiration.

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Una Malan --  Furnishings, lighting, textiles and accessories abound at this atelier showroom along La Cienega Design Quater’s historic courtyards. The luxe and bespoke products are some of the most beloved among the design community, and the beautiful space is just extra eye candy.

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SHADES OF SPRING

SPRING USHERS IN A FRESH PALETTE OF PASTELS

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In case there was any question about what season we’re in, pastels are here to remind us it’s spring! The season’s soft shades are coloring of-the-moment fashion items and classic home decor essentials. Arguably the prettiest palette of the year,  I’m loving the toned-down hues in every color of the rainbow -- from muted pinks to mellow yellows to subdued blues. Here are few pastel pieces that caught my eye.

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ABC Home & Carpet Color Reform Spectrum Overdyed Rug -- This stunning one-of-a-kind rug harmoniously blends several pastel tones to create a totally tranquil aesthetic I could stare at forever. How pretty would this be in a closet?!

Anthropologie Gradient Chevron Wallpaper -- If you’re open to a dramatic decor change, this gradient chevron stripe wallpaper embraces cool blue pastel hues, while still maintaining a fashionable print that can liven up a vanity or changing room.

Antonio Berardi Ruffled Cotton-Chambray Mini Dress -- I’m lusting for this chic chambray mini dress! The ruffled sleeves, full skirt and tie waist are ingredients for a flattering flit, and the effortless color makes it an essential pastel piece to add to the wardrobe.  

Fendi Peekaboo Mini Leather Satchel -- Fendi continues to be a major fashion force, dominating the style scene with a blend of classic and new designs. This pale green iconic Peekaboo mini satchel is modernized with brown floral hand-whipstitched ribbon, perfect for carrying life’s necessities.

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All Saints Suede Balfern Biker Jacket -- A pink suede jacket may not seem like a wardrobe staple, but this pastel pink beauty is surprisingly versatile. From wearing over a flowy floral day dress to pairing with black denim and heels for evening, this romantic, yet edgy jacket can easily fit into the rotation.

MOSE USA Eternity Crystal Bud Vase -- This lilac-colored mouth-blown crystal bud vase features a stylish faceted surface and embodies the original design by Franz Voigt, circa 1940. It’s ideal for staging and showing off spring’s best offering...beautiful blooms!

Sashi Lucite Rose Earrings -- Pastels can sometimes come off as really feminine and classic, so I love these fun yellow lucite earrings that deliver delicate drama and a punch of contemporary cool.

Smeg Espresso Machine -- With the exception of coastal kitchens, blue isn’t often seen in kitchens; but, this retro-style espresso machine in a subtle blue hue brings just the right amount of nostalgia and charm to the kitchen. I love how it feels like it’s straight from Italy in the 1950s!

Tibi Hallie Sandals -- Strappy sandals are a spring/summer staple and these lavender satin stunners brilliantly blend luxury and utility for everyday wear.  

West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover -- Throw pillows are such an easy way to change or dress up a space. And, these lovely Mongolian lamb pillow covers -- with a warm-weather color and cold-weather texture -- can easily transition from season to season.

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SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER

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With Spring in full swing, it's time to start thinking about your Summer swimsuit bod! To get us all moving again, I decided to reach out to my close friend, and Barry's Bootcamp Trainer extraordinaire, Chris Tye-Walker!

He offered up some pro-tips for putting together your home workout routine, regardless of schedule or budget (no excuses!) as well as some insight into the ways he stays organized at home to streamline his workout routine.

See the full Q+A below!

Q: What are a few basic workout essentials everyone should have?

"The first thing you need is a good attitude."

"You don't need any special equipment to have a workout at home - a yoga mat, a great outfit. If you look good, you feel good! There are so many great full-body workouts online that you can stream, and you really don't need equipment to see results. Having a decent set of dumbbells is great, but a lack of proper gym equipment is no excuse to skip a workout!"

Q: What are some of the ways you stay active?

"I play tennis, run track, stairs, teach classes at Barry's. Fitness is my full-time job!"

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Q: How do you stay motivated to work out regularly?

"It's very difficult, as a trainer, to stay motivated. After a full day of teaching classes, I don't want to go home and work out again, I want to hang out and eat cookies! Having a training partner who will keep you accountable is really key."

Q: What are you current favorite workout sneakers?

"Lululemon makes all my favorite gear. APL is a fantastic source for footwear! I'm also loving the Saucony ISO-series lightweight running shoes right now!"

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Q: What's the best at-home full-body workout routine?

"You want to do a full-body hit circuit. Upper-body, lower-body, and abs.

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Start with push-ups (30 seconds), move on to some squat jumps (30 seconds), and then into a basic plank (30 seconds). Repeat these exercises one right after the next - this will give each area of your body a 30-second recovery as you continue to workout at your maximum level!"

Q: How can you tailor your fitness routine to your lifestyle?

"Have a planned hour in the day that you’re going to  take time for yourself, go workout, and regroup. If you haven’t scheduled that time and blocked it out, something will always come up during the day."

Q: How does keeping your gear organized help you stay on track?

"Look good, feel good - your favorite outfits should be clean and ready to go the night before - everything has to be out and prepped ready to go, because getting up early and in a time crunch can be daunting. If all my gear is out and ready to go, the morning routine is that much easier!"

"Being organized also holds you accountable. If everything is ready, you have no excuse."

Q: How/Why did you start your Tread Series?

"Tread Series was created for the everyday athlete - for all the people who can’t afford the luxury of a personal trainer."

"With the Tread Series, everyone in the world has access to a precise, and well structured workout that is safe and effective. It's a half-hour workout, and lets you knock out 500 calories and get on with your day. Whether you're the busy professional or the single mom with 3 kids, this workout is designed for people who don’t have hours to spend in the gym."

Q: As a trainer, how do you keep Lisa motivated?

"Lisa is so good at showing up in the morning, and is really a self-starter in that way. But again, having someone to hold you accountable with little texts and reminders to get your butt out of bed never hurts!" 

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Q: What does your dream closet look like?

"One designed by Lisa Adams, obviously!"

"Every T-shirt on a hanger, everything hanging color coordinated, whites-lights-darks..."

"Everything clean, organized, hanging, so I can see what I have..."

"A nice mirror, of course!"

"Simple, clean, and plenty of space for sneakers."

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For more fitspiration, see my cameo appearance as part of Chris's Tread Series! And for all your Summer workout needs, check out The Tread Series!

 

BRAD GORESKI

MILLION DOLLAR CLOSETS MAKEOVER



Style expert and TV personality, Brad Goreski consults celebrity closet designer Lisa Adams to create a dressing room fit for his dapper wardrobe! Using budget-friendly upgrades and custom finishes, Adams gives his factory closet system a much-needed facelift for an Architectural Digest spread.

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SERVING UP STYLE

Easter weekend is upon us, and that means breaking out the Sunday best for brunch! I'm pulling together a few of my top spots around town, and fashion favorites (all from Net-A-Porter) inspired by each space! Whether you're hitting a classic LA staple or the trendy new place everyone's telling you to try, you'll be sure to walk away fully satisfied and looking fierce.

 

FARMHOUSE LA

Farmer-driven, upscale but rustic New American eatery in the Beverly Center

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HOTEL BEL-AIR

The signature restaurant at L.A.'s legendary retreat, reflecting a vibrant California lifestyle, infused with Mediterranean influences

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TERRANEA

Waterfront restaurant presenting Californian cuisine in an elegant space with outdoor seating

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189 BY DOMINIQUE ANSEL

A full-service & seasonal New American bistro from chef Dominique Ansel, who created the Cronut

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FREEDMAN'S

Traditional deli with Silverlake vibe, featuring old-school classics & modern inspiration

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FIG

Farm-to-table restaurant inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel with a pewter bar & communal table

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IVORY ON SUNSET

This Mondrian Hotel scene offers inventive seasonal small plates, chic outdoor lounge & city views

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SIMPLY SPRING

After my recent visit to the SIMPLY NYC conference, I decided to team up with them and put together some timely organization tips! With today being the first day of Spring, what better way to welcome the new season with a fresh and functional wardrobe?! 


Check out the tips below, and be sure to head over to the SIMPLY blog as well for more great content!


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Whether you loathe or celebrate spring cleaning, there’s no denying now is the ideal time of year to reset and reorganize (and kick those winter blues to the curb). Just as spring represents a rebirth in nature, so too does it invite a regeneration in the home. And, decluttering your closet is a great place to start the spring cleaning process.


PURGE LIKE A PRO

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OK, deep breaths! Purging takes some patience but is oh-so-rewarding. Look at each item in your closet and ask yourself if you’ve worn it in the past year, if it fits, and if it’s still in style. If the answer to any of these is “no” it’s time to let it go.

Make three piles: one for selling (sites like Tradesy and The RealReal are great for designer duds), one for donating, and one for trash. Now start to visualize the new spring styles you can buy with all that extra closet space. My motto is purge the pieces you don’t love, and invest in maintaining the ones you do!


SYSTEMIZE + SORT

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Decide on an organization system that works for you. Think about your process when you’re getting dressed: What do you think about first? Garment type? Occasion? Color? Arrange your closet in a way that is logical and reflects your lifestyle.

That may mean hanging your tops from lightest to darkest color, or sorting your dresses by category like casual, professional, and party. Whatever you decide, make sure the system fits your daily routine so you’re not wasting time looking for your favorite items.


ON DISPLAY

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Once you’ve purged and established an organizational system, decide how you want to display your pieces. Use the same hangers throughout your entire wardrobe (I love these rose gold ones for a chic space-saving and cohesive look) and use designated hangers for items like belts and scarves to maximize space. Another display tip is to use shelf dividers for smaller accessories like clutch bags to keep them from getting lost and damaged. Lastly, use accessory trays for daily essentials like keysclutchessunnies and watches.


BUILT TO LAST

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Preservation, especially of pricy pieces, is so important. I suggest using clothing filers to keep folded items like tees neatly tucked away and easily accessible. As you pack away boots for the season, but sure to fill them to help them keep their shape. Boot trees are a great option if you have the space. For handbags, I recommend inserting purse pillows so they maintain their structure and to keep them sitting pretty on the shelf, or purse hooks to ensure large slouchy totes hang neatly.


FINAL TOUCH

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Finally, give your space a mini-makeover by adding an accent like a new photo, decorative mirror or cute plant. A small seasonal change can have a big impact!

ACRYLIC

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It’s clear as day...acrylic is in!

Do you ever look at a room and think about how you might easily elevate it? One of my favorite ways to modernize a look is by incorporating acrylic accent pieces. This fun and flashy material has made a comeback in a big way! See below for some fresh ways to bring it home (regardless of the style of your space) and without breaking the bank!



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The cool, colorless material goes with everything (literally!) and adds a touch of modern, minimalistic glam to any room, including the closet. Though understated and simple, see-through furniture and accessories can have a big aesthetic impact. Feeling bold? Try a table or accent chair for a modern statement piece.



Not feeling ready to totally commit to the clear craze? Try a tray or lamp. Smaller accessories are a great way to introduce new materials/patterns in your space, and allow you to test the look with something more temporary. A custom acrylic vanity tray not only brings a tasteful touch of acrylic, but is equally functional for any number of areas of the home. Whether it's for a bathroom vanity or your bedside table, these custom acrylic trays can be designed to suit any interior style or functional needs!


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For more functional ways to sort our your sparkly accessories, check out my latest feature in HOUZZ!


 


 

AWARD-WINNING CLOSETS

And the award for best on-screen closet goes to…

The upcoming Academy Awards have me thinking about (what else?)...closets!  There have been some seriously covetable on-screen closets over the years.   And, while the movies may not have won awards, the closets in them are certainly award-worthy. Here are some of favorite big (and small) screen closets.

50 Shades of Grey  -- As if Christian isn’t perfect enough, his closet is quite the eye candy. The masculine space features rich wood, backlighting and an OCD level of organization.

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Big Little Lies -- Celeste certainly didn’t have the perfect family life, but her closet made me swoon. With the skylight and island as the centerpiece, the perimeter showcased her luxe neutral staples.

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Clueless -- Cher was way ahead of her time with her rotating closet and state-of-the-art computer program that catalogued her wardrobe and generated her daily outfits.  Even 20+ years later, the thought of an electronic, movable closet is revolutionary.

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Scream Queens -- There was plenty of rich girl rivalry among these sorority sisters, but Chanel #1's dreamy 2-story closet topped them all. The Kappa closet had a dramatic staircase, boutique glass displays, an enviable shoe wall and built-in vanity. 

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Kingsman -- If James Bond stayed in one place long enough, I’d imagine he’d have a closet like the one in Kingsman. The well-outfitted spy closet conceals all types of gadgets and weaponry, and has all the fun tech to boot!

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Sex and the City -- Carrie once said: "I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet." And, while her townhouse closet was packed with plenty of designer duds, it was her closet in Sex and the City 2 that was totally jaw-dropping.  The massive (even by non-New York standards) walk-in closet she shared with Big was tricked out with chic cabinets, endless storage space, hanging rods, custom lighting, and a custom bench upholstered in an oyster linen (obviously, so she can sit to try on all of her Manolos).

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The Devil Wears Prada -- We’ve all wondered what the editorial closets are like at magazines like Vouge and Elle, but seeing the closet at Runway might be the closest we get. And, it’s quite spectacular with shoes from floor to ceiling and designer pieces lining the walls.  No wonder Andy’s wardrobe went from drab to fab!

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The Great Gatsby -- I love a two-story closet and, apparently, so does Gatsby. Connected to his bedroom by a spiral staircase, his Art Deco closet is a vertical extension of his vast bedroom. The beautiful hardwood panelled walls and box shelves are perfect for holding his well tailored suits and fancy accessories.  

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SWEET CLOSET DREAMS

Who doesn't love a little kid-friendly closet inspo?! Whether you're storing onesies and rattles, or diapers and dolls, these are a few necessities for every nursery closet that can grow and change with your child! For more inspo, see the full slideshow on YouTube!

APPROPRIATE HANGING HEIGHTS

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PULL-OUT SHELVES 

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INSERTS

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VALET HOOKS

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FOLDING/CHANGING AREA

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