6 Steps to Ease Your Wardrobe Into 2019

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As our schedules fill up with holiday events, shopping lists, and a few too many cocktails, it can be easy to get eaten up by the frenzy. You know what I’m talking about. That part of us that just falls into the holiday madness and forgets that this isn’t exactly regular life. I’m not saying it to be a Scrooge - no one loves jumping on the holidays as quickly and fully as I do (as you may have witnessed in my holiday styling session). But you know what I’ve noticed in the past couple of years? I’ve found that when January hits, there’s a letdown. A letdown that feels worse the more I lose my mindfulness around the holidays. Every single year, there’s a sense that all the fun and sparkle and indulgence is coming to an end, and we’re left with the reality of where we left off with our lives before the holidays began. A picking up of the pieces that needs to happen. It can be especially noticeable in our closets, when the party clothes need to be replaced with our everyday clothes.

So this year, what if we make it a point to be more mindful throughout the holidays? Today, I’m sharing my 5 steps to staying grounded through the holidays, and ease your wardrobe into the new year with grace. Here goes…

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1. Do a closet check-in. If you participated in Fall Closet Prep with me, you may remember that there were certain items I said to keep around in September and put away in October, like white linen, straw hats, and some lighter weight dresses. Well, did you ever go back and put those things away in October? If you forgot, no worries. The fall gets so busy and we can get distracted. But now’s the perfect time to settle your wardrobe in for winter. There should be no remnants of summer at the forefront of your closet, and your sweaters and boots can be front and center now. Before the holidays come and go, it’s a great time to make sure you’re getting the most out of your cozy wardrobe this time of year, and clearing out the summer stuff is a great way to honor the current winter collection.

2. Shop with intention around the holidays. Hopefully you spoiled yourself a little during Cyber Weekend and maybe even purchased a few things from my holiday shopping guide (awesome!). Now, it’s good to keep in mind that this is a fleeting time of the year, and we may only wear our sequins once or twice before putting them away again for awhile. Think about your wardrobe as a whole when you shop the rest of the holiday sales or make your Christmas wish list. What are some items you’ll still be happy to have after the holidays are gone? After you have your holiday parties covered, anything else that feels super specific to December might be ok to skip… like the non-holiday holiday pajama theory I talked about in my Holiday Styling Session.

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3. Make a donation run to a shelter. After you’ve done your closet check-in, there’s nothing better than clearing out some clutter during a time where we tend to accumulate more stuff. Plus, there are plenty of people out there who have a need for the exact items you’re parting with. Check with your local womens’ shelters to find out how to donate your gently worn items. Maybe a sweater you bought 2 years ago and don’t love anymore can be another woman’s daily go-to this season.

4. Treat yourself to new hangers. How amazing would it be to open up your closet on January 1st and already have beautiful, streamlined hangers? This could even be a great thing for your wish list for Santa. I’ve made it easy for you by creating a Supplies Shop with all the best hangers. My favorite velvet ones even come with rose gold and gold hooks now! Yessss.

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5. Visualize your life as 2019 rolls in. Come January, we all have a different set of needs. The excitement of the season now shifts into a more reflective, self improvement focused mission. We’ll be ready to assess where we are in our life, and make our lists of things we’d like to see be a little bit better. Maybe jot down a few thoughts in your journal.
- What would you add to your wardrobe to reflect these changes?
- What would you maybe take out?
- What’s a side of you that you would like to show more with your personal style?

6. Get your styling package set up now. Maybe I’m a little biased (or a lot biased), but I personally think hiring a stylist is the perfect way to set your wardrobe up for success come January. If you’ve been thinking about biting the bullet on one of my packages, it could not be a better time! Both because you’ll be making the investment now to create your dream wardrobe as you welcome 2019, and because you’ll get a gift with purchase til this Friday! If you feel stuck and uninspired every time you go to get dressed, then you know it’s time. I love nothing more than supporting my clients through building their style from the ground up. Whether you’re coming out of the baby phase, generally hate shopping, or just needing a refresh, my packages are designed to help you feel like your absolute most authentic and confident self when we’re done. Let’s kick 2019 off together, so you can have your most stylish year yet!

I hope this was helpful for you as we dive into this season (or let’s face it, we already dove in the day after Thanksgiving). Now go enjoy your holidays!

Photography by Ashley Burns

The Perfect Winter Cape

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There’s something about this time of year that puts us all in over consumption mode. We race to place orders before sales are over, keeping up with gift lists and party dress codes. It can be hard to hone in on what exactly is the right thing to buy right now. The holidays are a time of sequins and velvet, but those are items we’re going to put away come January 1st. So, why not invest in fewer items that actually add value to our wardrobe in the longterm? This cape by Cuyana is my number one pick for that very purpose this month. It does everything. You can wrap it tight, belt it, or let it hang. It’s lightweight but warm, and really adds some luxury to any outfit. If you live in southern California or another warm location, this basically serves as your winter over layer on a lot of days. I love how it brings these vintage jeans and Rachel Comey top to another level with a bit of windswept drama, yet it also doubles as that first warm layer you throw on over your pj’s in the morning. It would also make a killer airplane blanket/sweater.

I can’t say enough good things about it, which is why I had to include this in my holiday gift box for Closet Overhaul clients, as well as On-Call Stylist bookings (for returning clients) with the pay-in-full option. The box is available through 12/7.

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Photography by Ashley Burns

Holiday Gift Box

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When I first came up with the idea of offering a gift box for my clients, I was looking for a way to offer something special a couple of times a year. I could give a discount, yes, but the idea of a curated box of all my favorite things of the moment felt so much more personal. It’s a conversation piece, another way for us to connect, and a fun way for you to be indulged and treated with things you may not buy for yourself.

The holiday gift box is the most indulgent yet. I wanted this season’s gift to be filled with things that are all about self care and just enjoying this wonderful time of year. Your evening routine is covered (face masks, pajamas, sparkling rosé, bath soak)… and your morning routine game is on point too (Midland perfume, intentions cards, selenite, and a gorgeous book on modern self care). I’ve even got you covered for holiday accessorizing with gold hoops and the most luxurious cape which doubles as a robe or travel blanket!

I’m SO excited for my clients to get this epic goodness. So, how do you get one? Book a styling package (Style Upgrade or Closet Overhaul) by December 7 to be a lucky recipient, and you’ll have it just in time for Christmas! And there’s an extra reward if you book this weekend! Scroll down to see everything that’s inside.

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Here’s what’s inside…..

Mas De Daumas Gassac - Rosé Frizant from Helens Wine’s - What better way to bring in the holidays or New Year with a bottle of one of my favorite bubbly’s?

Two Iridescent Champagne Flutes - Perfect to pair with your sparkling rosé

Nathan Miller Camel Milk Chocolate - An indulgent treat that we all deserve this time of year!

Selenite Sticks - Place these positively charged crystals throughout your home for some “liquid light”. This crystal can be used for healing and to help remove blockages in your body. Start your year off right by cleansing your aura and energy around your home.

Madewell Pajamas - We all love Christmas pajamas, but who says they have to be festive? This combo is so soft and it feels luxurious to the touch.

The Spirit Almanac : A Modern Guide to Self Care - A fantastic book to help you feel more aligned and intentional during each season of the new year.

Napkins from Elm Street Textiles - A set of 6 linen napkins embroidered with gold, silver and copper details.

Zodiac Notebook - Personalized with your horoscope. Perfect for jotting down your intentions for the new year.

Midland Roller Ball Perfume - That unexplainable dreamy smell of the shop bottled up into the perfect fragrance. The palo santo notes are my favorite.

Organic Magnesium Bath Salt Blend by Radiant Woman - Pamper yourself with this magically fragrant organic blend.

Gold Hoops from LuvAJ - Classic gold hoops are a staple for us all, and the style of this pair is perfect for right now.

Le Feu De L’eau Candle - Every scent that I smell from this brand becomes my new favorite! They all smell so incredible and I can’t help but want to have one in every room in my house.

Birch Tray - A subtly festive addition to any centerpiece, coffee table, or counter space.

Tassel Ornament - This would be so cute on your tree, and then later on a doorknob or keychain!

Wool Dryer Ball from The Foundry - Just add some essential oils and throw the ball in the dryer to decrease static and add fragrance to your clothing!

Face Masks from Lapcos - Treat your skin to a variety of face masks with distilled waters and nourishing minerals harvested from Northern European healing springs.

My Purposeful Life Intuitive Cards - A tarot-like deck of cards for intention setting, along with a guidebook.

SPECIAL LIMITED ITEMS:

Closet Overhaul only: Baby Alpaca Cape from Cuyana - This luxurious cape is versatile and can be worn around the house over pajamas or paired with jeans and boots!

Cyber Weekend Special (Style Upgrade or Closet Overhaul): Leather Travel Case Set from Cuyana Personalized with your Initials! - The ultimate way to pack your makeup and toiletries for holiday travel! (Book by 12:00pm on November 26th)

DISCLAIMER: All items are subject to availability. Style Upgrade, Closet Overhaul, and returning client packages only. Not included with Style Therapy. Delivery before Christmas is for US residents only. Alcohol can only be hand delivered to local LA residents and won’t be sent in the mail. International residents: Book early to get your box in time for Christmas. We’ll do our best but it’s not guaranteed. Some items may not be included because they are illegal to ship internationally.

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Photography by Ashley Burns