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LORD & TAYLOR CLOSET CLEAN OUT

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I just moved into my new loft, and I knew right away that first thing’s first…my closet needs a makeover. I finally have the walk-in closet of my dreams. It definitely took a lot of time deciding what to keep, what not to keep, and how to get it all organized! During my move, I discovered so many items that I wore maybe once, or never. Those are the pieces that I either realize, “wow, I’m keeping this” or “that goes in the giveaway pile.” I like to start early, by clearing out what I don’t want from last spring at the end of winter. I came across many beach dresses that have been overly worn, many pairs of jeans with the tags still on it, and items that I’ll probably never wear again! With Lord & Taylor, I have decided to go with quality over quantity, and to stop obsessing and hoarding everything! As I’ve grown up, I realized I only want to keep timeless items. And those statement, one-of-a-kind items. And trust me, it makes for getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier. The simpler the closet, the better. And you can find that scarf again, or that pair of tights that used to be stuffed in the back of a drawer! For me, that means beautiful bohemian blouses, statement dresses, and great shoes. With Lord & Taylor, I went straight for their Free People selection. This overalls denim dress works for any season. With tights, or bare legs! And this embroidered blouse reminds me of a vintage Mexican top I’ve been trying to find at the local flea. Oh, and a classic black platform slip-on never goes out of a style, so I picked up this BCBGeneration pair for this coming spring. My closet clean-out tip? Go for transitional, timeless pieces that never go out of style. Quality over quantity.

See inside my Lord & Taylor interview:

Please tell us your “to-do” list when you start to refresh your closet. What goes first and what stays?

Items that look really worn will normally go first. What I know I’ve worn once, but it’s still in amazing condition, I’ll give to friends. I think the first that goes is my endless pile of t-shirts. I don’t think a girl needs more than say, 5 t-shirts. I keep a lot of quirky, timeless, statement items. With that, I can mix with the basics.

How do the pieces from Lord & Taylor amp up your wardrobe but still stay true to your personal style?

Lord & Taylor nails it in the transitional, statement piece department. For this look, I went with their Free People selection. I love a great embroidered blouse that I can wear a million different ways…and anything denim. This overall dress is very unique and so flattering. I can wear it in the winter with tights and a turtleneck. Or in the summer with bare shoulders and sandals.

What are some wardrobe staples you would never get rid of and why?

I will never get rid of my vintage wool coats, or leather jackets. Those never go out of style, and they are my necessity!

What kind of feeling do you get when you refresh your wardrobe? Does it help you plan out your outfits more easily?

Definitely. The less clothes I own, the better I feel. I used to keep everything and it made it impossible to find that white blouse I was looking for. The more organized I am, and the less clothes I own, the better I feel. It’s like a weight lifted off your shoulders…knowing you only have the items that you love.

What do you do with your unwanted winter items? Do you donate to charity or do you stow it away come next winter? For my unwanted winter items, I will normally put in a box, so that my friends can go through them and see if they find anything they need/want! Then, I’ll normally donate the rest that are still in good condition, and on trend.

Please tell us your top 4 tips for refreshing your wardrobe.

-Minimize. Don’t keep 5 of everything. You only need that one navy wool coat…and that one black blazer (that you may only wear once this season)

-Organize. Hang your blouses together, your fur coats together, your long dresses in one side, and your mini dresses in another. Trust me, you will be able to find everything you need! I like being able to see everything before getting dressed in the morning. My closet has it’s separations, but I love a mix of colors.

-Hang things up. I used to have everything folded in cabinets, and suddenly, it just became an unfolded mess. Now, I get those black velvet thin hangers. They save a ton more room, and look a lot cleaner.

-You don’t have to get rid of everything. I have definitely made the mistake of throwing away everything, and realizing “woops, I wish I had that dress right about now, it was a good one!” It’s ok to have a good selection of dresses and skirts…just make sure it’s a variety and a mix of different styles/selections. A few cocktail dresses, some for the beach, and some casual mini dresses. (Don’t stock up on 10 of the same wrap maxi dress).

Tell us how refreshing your wardrobe helps you refine your style, especially with the addition of the Lord & Taylor outfit.

-My style is eclectic and colorful but in classic silhouettes. It’s very fast-paced NYC city girl mixed with the earth tones of my California upbringing. This Lord & Taylor off the shoulder bohemian top reminds me of that vintage blouse I’ve always been looking for. The denim overall dress is the best layering piece for me. It’s simple, season-less, but still unique look which I love. And who doesn’t need a classic chic pair of black slip-on sandals?

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Shop it:

// Lord & Taylor top + overalls dress + knit cardigan by Free People, sandals by BCBgeneration,

STRETCH IT OUT

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I’m such a fitness junkie. I’ll take every class on the planet. Some of my favorites? Yoga. Bari. Pilates. Boxing. Dance. Mixing it up with the occasional run along the west-side highway does a girl good. But one thing that I’ve learned is most important? Really getting in a good stretch before and after a workout. It completely leans you out, and elongates you. Plus, it feels really good. Stretching is just as serious as my activewear. I’ve just stocked up on new gear from Lord & Taylor. Calvin Klein Performance, along with Under Armor, to name a few of my favorite brands. I love a soft palette for the gym. Greys, blacks, and neutral tie-dyes, along with a stellar pair of kicks. I kicked off the new year fresh with a good yoga session on my front porch back in California. This year is all about being stronger, healthier, and a lot more zen.

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-Under Armor hat

-Calvin Klein Performance bra

=Calvin Klein Performance yoga pants and jacket

-Michael Kors sneakers 

FOLKLORE

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There is always something so mystical about Anna Sui. Lord & Taylor right now has the absolute most perfect collection of Anna Sui, all of my #FavoriteThings. I spotted this poncho online and it reminded me something the eskimos and the natives would throw over themselves in the cold mountains of Iceland. Bohemian, raw edges, and beautiful. Her statement pieces always feel like they’ve come from a different time and different place. This piece I can’t wait to wear on a beautiful snow day on Christmas. It’s such a standout piece that all you need is a good black layering piece, jeans, and your best pumps.

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// Anna Sui poncho (avail at Lord & Taylor), RES Denim, Wolford turtleneck, Ouigal shoes //

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And then there is the Anna Sui that’s out of a fairytale. Her folk dresses amaze me with their electic floral prints, mixed with a touch of Asian influence. I’ve been a huge fan of Anna Sui for as long as I can remember, and what I loved most about her was her ability to use prints. Her ability to turn everything into every rock n’ roller’s dream. You can never go wrong with a dress like this. The colors so vibrant and immediately get me in the holiday mood.

This holiday is about your #FavoriteThings. For me, my #favoritethings are my family, friends, and of course, some exotic beautiful items to keep for a lifetime in my wardrobe. To win some of your #FavoriteThings head over to Lord & Taylor on Instagram or Twitter to see their holiday sweepstakes!

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// Anna Sui dress (avail at Lord & Taylor), DKNY tights, Botkier bag, Ouigal boots //

THE TERRACE

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Lately, I’ve been hitting up Design Lab, the exclusive line at Lord & Taylor. It’s got a major bohemian, free-spirited vibe that just meshes with my wardrobe. A bit quirky, but still youthful and classic. Right now, you can’t go wrong with a cropped turtleneck. This one has suddenly become my wardrobe must-have. I wear this one with everything. From a high waisted leather skirt, to layering underneath my favorite overall jumpsuits. Here, I’m overlooking the Seoul mountains early one morning during my travels. Snuggling up into this lush faux fur coat. This look was made for fall afternoons out on the chilly terrace with nothing but a hot cup of tea and a good book.

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// Lord & Taylor Design Lab turtleneck, Design Lab skirt, and AlphaMoment coat //

Shop my favorites from DESIGN LAB at Lord & Taylor: