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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KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIAN CLOSETS

The Kardashians have redefined #closetgoals!

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The Kardashian clan continues to grow their crew, which can only mean one thing...they’ll need more closets! We got a glimpse of Kylie’s new daughter’s closet in her video documenting her pregnancy journey and it looks like she already has quite the shoe collection.

We all know America’s “first family” loves the lavish life. So, it’s no surprise their coveted closets are a far cry from traditional walk-ins. Over the years we’ve seen them redefine custom closets and I’ve been fortunate enough to design several of them.


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In the early days of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” I worked with interior designer extraordinaire, Jeff Andrews, to create Kris’ 300-square-foot dream closet. A self-proclaimed “perfectionist,” she was adamant everything had to have a place and be perfectly organized. In the end, she said it was “everything she dreamed of” and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. She has since moved homes and expanded her closets, even adding a Birkin-specific closet to her collection, equipped with a neon sign by artist Beau Dunn that reads 'Need Money for Birkin.'


In the same house, I also designed closets for Kendall and Kylie. It was my first project working with teenagers, and as teenagers do,  they wanted all the fabulous extras in their dressing rooms.  They’ve since upgraded to homes of their own, but I’m so glad I got to help them bring their vision to life at a critical time when they were launching their careers and just beginning to express interest in the world of fashion.


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Most recently, I designed a 150-square-foot "workout closet" for Khloe. The fitness fanatic has upped her workout game in recent years and needed a designated space to keep her gear in top shape. The closet has plenty of hanging room for tops, tees, leggings and shorts, shelves for her extensive sneaker collection, dividers to organize her gym bags and sports bras, a display case for accessories, and even a mini-fridge stocked with Fiji water.

The connoisseurs of luxury and bespoke closets, there’s no question the Kardashians are ultimate #closetgoals.  


 

 

CUPID-APPROVED

IT'S A LOVELY TIME FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION!

Love is in the air and it’s giving me tons of design inspiration. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m lusting over all things red, pink and heart shaped. From sexy kimonos and fiery red workout leggings to sultry hot pink sofas and adorable rose gold flatware, I’m lovestruck!    

Whether you’re in search of a gift for your sweetheart or just want to embrace the spirit of the sweet holiday, here are some fun February finds that are Cupid-approved.

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NYFW NECESSITIES

STYLISH STAPLES TO NAIL NYFW

With New York Fashion Week in full force, my mind is on my packing list! Though planning looks for NYC trips can have its share of challenges -- especially when the temps drop and the snow falls -- I always welcome wearing the winter pieces from my wardrobe that don’t always get a ton of time off the hangers.  

This season, in addition to taking in a few shows, indulging in late night dinners with friends and soaking up all of NYC’s design inspiration,  I’ll be speaking at SIMPLY’s NYC Fashion & Beauty Conference on Feb. 10.  I’ll be joined by some inspirational and fearless females like Catt Sadler and Brittany Snow. If you’ll be in NYC and want to attend, you can still grab your tickets here.

OK, back to PACKING! Here are a few of the looks you can expect to see in my feed for the next few days!

 

Additionally, if you're looking for some fashionable and functional wearables of your own, check out a few more essentials I'm sure will be a hit in the Big Apple this season:

Fendi 3Jours Suede-Paneled Leather Tote -- NYFW requires the right size bag and sometimes it can feel like Goldielocks...too big or too small..but this one feels just right. It’s large enough to keep show notes and other essentials but not so bulky it’ll bump people on the busy streets. I love the structural shape and classic color combo, too!

Gianvito Rossi Leather Side-Zip Ankle Boots -- Booties are a winter staple and these (from one of my go-to shoe brands) are perfect for pairing with a midi skirt or high waisted jeans and can take me from shows to supper. Plus, the minimal heel gives me little extra height, which I’ll gladly take.

Gucci Miniorophin Floral & Logo Wool Scarf -- For extra warmth, I’m eyeing this stylish double-sided scarf that will go with just about everything. All hail Gucci!  

Joseph Beth Patch-Pocket Wool and Cashmere-Blend Coat -- I imagine there will be a sea of black and fur coats during NYFW, so I’m opting for something a little different, but equally classic. I adore the neutral shade on this long wrap coat and think the double-faceted wool and cashmere blend will keep me nice and warm (hopefully!).

Saks Potts Bille Fur-Trimmed Wool Sweater -- I’ll need no shortage of cozy knits and this one crafted from heavyweight crepe offers a versatile, contemporary silhouette that is sartorial enough for the City.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESIGNER DIGS: ANINE BING

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ANINE BING

DESIGNER / GIRLBOSS


As many of you know, I often look to designer boutiques for closet inspiration! These spaces reflect an ideal balance of aesthetics and function, and attention is paid to every detail so as to ensure an enjoyable experience. Designers are constantly revamping these spaces to keep up with their current collections and current inspirations, so I thought why not go straight to the source?! Enter Anine Bing, CEO and Designer for her namesake label, who let me pick her brain about style and organization, and opened up her home for an exclusive look at the most personal of merchandised spaces - her closet.


HOW DOES YOUR CLOSET REFLECT YOUR STYLE AS A DESIGNER?

"It's all aligned and reflective of who I am as a designer and person... my taste.

It's light-filled and streamlined.

I know where everything is... super organized... not cramped and cluttered.

It's an edited closet and it's got all the great classics and basics we make at ANINE BING: killer leather, killer denim, crisp blazers, piles of fresh white tees, studded ankle boots... all the essentials."

   HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?     "Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."

HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?

"Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."


SOME OF HER FAVORITE BOUTIQUES:

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   WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?     "Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?

"Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

   HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?     "Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?

"Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

   WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?     "The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?

"The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

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"EDGY, CLASSIC, ROCK+ROLL"

   Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?     "Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?

"Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

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DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CLOSET...

"I have it currently!" 

"Bright, light, open...somewhere you can see everything and have a window to the outside world so it feels like a homey little room. An area for jewelry and a candle and some memories. It's the perfect place to get dressed. Inspiring, not cramped, and organized and efficient. I love it." 

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FOR MORE DESIGNER DIGS, CHECK OUT MONIQUE LHUILLIER'S STYLISH DRESSING SPACE!

Taste LA

This week, DIneLA is taking Angelenos on a tour of the hottest foodie hotspots around town.

To savor this time, I'm curating my favorite meals at some of LA's best under-the-radar restaurants, you're not likely to find on all the other lists! These thoughtfully appointed spaces are full of high end decor and flavorful cuisine, and are sure to please all the senses!


ROSALINE

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FOR THE TABLE

CAUSITA CROCANTE

Crispy Potatoes, Salted Cod, Seasonal Pickles, Wasabi Dijon Mustard Sauce

PESCADO PARRILLERO

Grilled Branzino, Charcoal Quick Dried, Black Mint Aji Sauce, Canario Beans Puree

ARROZ CON MARISCOS

Sea Urchin, Diver Scallops, Tiger Prawns, Manila Clams, Seafood Rice

BON BON BONS! // ICE CREAM

Lucuma Ice cream, Lucuma, Waffle Crunch, Popped Quinoa // All dipped in Peruvian Illanka Chocolate


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FOR THE TABLE

PANE DI CAMPAGNA

Pesto Modenese

PANZANELLA

Cherry Tomato, Summer Vegetables, Burrata Pugliese & Basil 

MEZZE MANICHE ALLA GRICIA

Guanciale, Black Pepper, & Pecorino Romano

BUSIATI

Pesto Trapanese & Pecorino Siciliano


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FOR THE TABLE

MIXED CEVICHE

Hummus, Chile Serrano, Radishes

HAMACHI TOSTADA

Citrus Vinaigrette, Chilies, Radishes

BAJA TUNA

Ginger Rice, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes

HOME-MADE APPLE PEAR TART

Caramel Ice Cream


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FOR THE TABLE

MUSHROOM + JACK EMPANADAS

Cotija, Hoja Santa Chimichurri

KAMPACHI CEVICHE

Fresnos, Lime, Red Onion, Radish, Aguachile

VEGETARIAN TACOS

Burrata, Snap Peas, Green Garlic, Pistachio, Pea Tendrils

TRES LECHE CAKE

Honey, Chamomile, Fresh Berries

THE UPLIFTER

Angelisco ReposadoTequila, Housemade Cinnamon Syrup, Orange Bitters, Orange Peel


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FOR THE TABLE

MACROCYSTIS PYRIFEA

Sea Kelp, Black Clay

OXALIS

Black Raspberry, Buckwheat, Meringue

LIVE SCALLOP

Yucca, Walnut, White Currant

ORACH

Caramelized Lobster, Quince

SHOP STYLE

Who doesn't love shopping in a beautifully appointed space?! My goal is to create this experience in the closet, where items are displayed both functionally and beautifully, and the space is treated with the same attention to detail as any other room in the home. From decorative lighting and hardware to custom displays and cozy seating, I decided to share a few of my favorite boutique spaces where I often look for inspiration! You, too, can bring the designer boutique experience home, through a well-curated collection of stylish furnishings and accessories. See some of my favorite examples here, and shop for more inspiration on Apartment Therapy!

Céline

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 Ikea - $39

Ikea - $39

 Lamps Plus - $118

Lamps Plus - $118

 Gilt.com - $319

Gilt.com - $319

 Zara Home- $69

Zara Home- $69

Dior

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 Gilt.com - $439 (set of 2)

Gilt.com - $439 (set of 2)

 Houzz - $125

Houzz - $125

 eSaleRugs - $199

eSaleRugs - $199

Prada

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 Gilt.com - $899

Gilt.com - $899

 Houzz - $67

Houzz - $67

 Overstock.com - $110

Overstock.com - $110

Hermés

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 Gilt.com - $639

Gilt.com - $639

 Houzz - $221

Houzz - $221

 Gilt.com - $609

Gilt.com - $609

Valentino

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 Gilt.com - $2499

Gilt.com - $2499

 Lamps Plus - $223

Lamps Plus - $223

 Gilt - $459

Gilt - $459

BIG DESIGN FOR TINY CLOTHES

Two little ones get big closet makeovers!

I recently completed five (yes, five!) closets in one home, each of which was infused with its own personality and aesthetic. You can read about all the closets on RobbReport.com and Project Nursery; but, in today’s post, I’m specifically breaking down two of the closets -- one for a baby girl and the other a baby boy.

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Ladies first...for Baby Bel’s closet, we derived design inspiration from her mom’s closet (hello, “mini-me”!) and let’s just say Bel received all the bells and whistles: pink lacquered cabinetry with back-painted pink glass sliding doors; a custom changing table with gold star cutouts; pull-out shelves for shoes; custom drawer inserts for her jewelry, hair accessories, socks, onesies and blankets; pink velvet hangers; and LED hanging rods. It’s safe to say this little lady is going to grow up to have impeccable taste. Smaller shoes mean there's room for a larger collection!

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Bel’s baby brother also received a cool closet makeover. We opted for a classic masculine look: taupe gray wood cabinetry; blue velvet hangers; mirror backs; and pull-out drawers and shelves for clothing and accessories.

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Often the master closets are the priority, so this project was really refreshing because the client wanted to ensure the kids’ closets were equally well designed with the same attention to detail.  Parents can argue it’s not worth the expense to invest in children’s closets, but I think their closets should still be beautifully designed and funtional so they have the ability to grow with them. We wonder how we turn into disorganized adults. Well, if kids don’t have specific places to put things back, then they won’t. If they cannot reach their hanging rod or don’t have an accessible hamper, then they can’t be expected to put their clothes away or pickup dirty items off the floor. It makes sense to teach young ones early on how to value organization. For more on this and how kids’ closets can grow with them, check out my recent post on the subject!

BACK TO BASICS


The New Year is all about creating a fresh start! With that in mind, it's the perfect time to make sure your closet is covered, and you have all the essentials to ensure your wardrobe is kept in perfect working order in the year to come. Clients often come to me for recommendations on the products I love to see in every closet. These are a few of the hand-picked necessities you should invest in, to keep your closet woes to a minimum in 2018!


Q: WHAT'S THE BEST STEAMER TO KEEP IN A CLOSET?

Conair ExtremeSteam Handheld Steamer - It's the perfect size to tuck away into a cabinet or drawer, and packs some serious power! The best part, this little steamer has attachments for maintaining all your garments, and can go in a carry-on for a weekend away!

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Q: WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO STUFF BAGS AND SHOES SO THEY DON'T WRINKLE?

These items are often some of the largest investments in your wardrobe! Rather than letting them pile up on a shelf, your bags and shoes should have the proper inserts to help them maintain their shape. Purse pillows, boot trees, and shoe inserts will keep your pieces looking their best. (And for smaller bags, you can stuff them with their dust bags!)

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Q: WHAT'S THE BEST GARMENT RACK FOR PACKING, STAGING, AND OVERFLOW?

One word: IKEA!!!

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Q: WHAT'S THE BEST KIND OF HAMPER TO INCORPORATE IN THE CLOSET?

Stay tuned for LACD's new hamper to hit the market! (Shhh...)

In the meantime, have separate liners for dry-cleaning and machine wash, to simplify the laundry process!

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Q: WHAT'S THE BEST HANGER FOR JEANS?

A jean hanger with belt loop notch to hang long!

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Q: HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CASHMERE SWEATERS?

Invest in a sweater case to keep your knits protected from moths and messy drawers! These, scented with lavender, will also ensure they're kept fresh for every wear!

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Q: WHAT'S THE BEST DAILY UNDERWEAR YOU SEE IN CLIENTS' CLOSETS?

Lululemon and Intimissi both are great sources for your daily underwear needs! Available in a variety of colors, they'll look great in your drawer, and feel great on your body.

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Q:  WHAT'S THE BEST BASIC TEE?

The Vince Basic Boy Tee is the perfect plain white tee! Comfortable in cotton with a simple crewneck, this shirt will quickly become a staple in your closet!

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Q: HOW DO I KEEP MY ACCESSORIES FROM GETTING LOST IN A DEEP CABINET?

Create a custom insert to ensure everything has a place! If you can't see it you won't wear it, so why not put the goods on display in a way that's both functional and beautiful?! Custom vanity trays can add much-needed efficiency for storing all your daily essentials in any space of the home!

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TAKING BACK BLACK-TIE

‘Black-Tie' Takes on New Meaning at The Golden Globes

Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet was far from, well, red! In a first-ever award show “blackout,” stars traded in bold-hued ball gowns and fiery-colored fitted frocks in favor of black looks as a sartorial protest to bring awareness to workplace harassment, discrimination and inequality. Women (and men) chose to stand up and dress in solidarity rather than stand out on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet, igniting an important conversation and bringing awareness to Time’s Up. As a woman-owned business and someone who works closely with other female professionals, it’s inspiring to see this united and intrepid approach to women's empowerment.

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Though black can be considered unimaginative, mundane or overtly masculine, black to me -- especially in the way it was harnessed last night -- shows strength, power and camaraderie. And, above all, in solidarity, black can be decidedly feminine.

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Though last night’s carpet wasn’t about what stars were wearing, but rather why they were wearing black, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite looks. So many stars looked stunning, and as a collective group draped in black, they were even more exquisite. But, Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana, Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli,  Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton, Diane Kruger in Prada, and Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson, both in Gucci, all commanded the carpet. A few couples and duos who dominated their black ensembles were Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, both in Dior Haute Couture, Armie Hammer (in Giorgio Armani) and Elizabeth Chambers (in Alexandre Vauthier), and Dave Franco (in Saint Laurent) and James Franco (in Salvatore Ferragamo).

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In the spirit of celebrating black as a feminine shade and powerful symbol, I thought I’d share a few examples of beautiful black design pieces, which also convey this poignant use of color. 2018 seems like the perfect moment to rethink our assumptions, and with that, I think last night's red carpet goes to show that black is the new black!

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Entertaining Al Fresco

Last week, amid the holiday buzz, I celebrated my birthday in true LA fashion, with an outdoor December dinner party! Although we are in the dead of winter, the tablescape has me itching for spring, with florals from The Empty Vase, as well as marble and blush place settings (via Casa de Perrin). 

I hope this holiday season was filled with fun, laughter, and times spent with those you love!

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And, a few shots from the evening's impromptu shoot... A talented photographer friend is a must!

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