November 2015 archive

LGR Gift Guide: Home Edition

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on hostess gifts and gifts for your besties. I put together a quick gift guide that would be perfect for any hostess, friend or anyone who loves a good bar cart or some good coffee table styling. The Diptyque candle is my favorite gift to give and receive!

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How to organize your closet in 5 steps

Is it taking you longer than you want to get ready in the morning? Is it impossible to find what you’re looking for in your closet? Have an abundance of “stuff”? As a closet designer and professional organizer I’ve seen it all, but I can honestly tell you that cleaning out your closet and having less stuff in general will improve your everyday life. It is so important to create an inspiring space where you want to get dressed every morning and that makes you feel good. Let’s clean out your closet together!

Vision board


Step 1: Create a vision board of your style. You can create a physical one and hang it in your closet or room or create one on Pinterest. It’s important to figure out what your style is before you start the process of cleaning out your closet to know what you should keep and what you should toss. Pin outfits that inspire you and that you would feel confortable wearing.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Step 2: Take everything out of your closet and try everything on. This is critical. You need to try everything on and ask yourself does this item fit with the style I am trying to achieve? At the same time make sure the items you are going to keep are clean and have no damage. Now is a good time to bring stuff to the tailor or dry cleaner. Make sure everything in your closet is in ready to wear condition.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps. Step 2: Empty everything out of your closet and try everything on to determine what you should keep and what you should get rid of.

Step 3: Everything that does not fit with the style you are trying to achieve needs to go into one of the following piles: Donate, Sell or Toss. Now what should you do with the items in the donate and sell piles?

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Donate: You can take your clothes to the local goodwill, salvation army or whatever charity you choose. Another fantastic idea is to take it to your local chapter of Dress for Success.

Sell:  Having a hard time getting rid of that designer dress you spent a fortune on and never wore? Sell it! Depending on what you are trying to sell, many options are available to you. Recently, I went through the whole process of cleaning out my closet and split my items between Thread Up and The Real Real. Thread up sends you a great cleanup bag that you fill up with all your clothes and accessories and mail back to them. The Real Real will mail you a consignment kit which includes prepaid postage to their office. I recently sent a Michael Kors collection bag in for consignment. I will post a review once my bag has sold. Thread Up works a little different. You send in the bag full of your stuff and then they go through it and decide what they want to keep and will pay you for it. Any items they don’t want you can decide to have them returned to you or simply have them donated. I will review Thread Up at a later date as well.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Step 4: Take the time to clean your closet, wipe down all the surfaces, drawers and vacuum/sweep the floor. Make sure you have a set of matching hangers ready and start putting your clothes away. Matching hangers will help streamline the look of your closet and make it look more like a boutique. Everyone organizes their clothes differently, but here’s how I organize mine. I have a section for dresses, for pants, for skirts, for shirts and for sweaters. Everything else goes in the drawers. In each section, I organize from lightest to darkest and within each colour from the shortest sleeve to the longest sleeve. Example: In my shirt section, my shirts are organized from white all the way to black. In the white section, it goes from tank tops all the way to long-sleeved blouses. This is a tip I learnt while merchandising for a luxury brand.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps. Ashley Brooke Designs mug

Step 5: Maintain, Maintain, Maintain! The number one tip I have is to always put things back where they belong. At the end of the day put your clothes in a hamper or hang them back up and put them in their spot if they’re still clean.

When you decide to clean out your closet, make sure you plan to have adequate time. I suggest taking some time on a weekend. Once you go through the process and really take the time to figure out your personal style, it will be easy to keep your closet organized.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips for organizing your closet or if you tried my 5 step process!

By: Lerica

Top 10 Travel tips!

We just landed in the Sunshine State and thought we should take the time to share our 10 favorite travel tips!

1. Roll never fold. Rolling takes up less room and if done properly can help reduce wrinkles and creases.

Top 10 travel tips

2. Invest in packing cubes. We love these packing cubes from Eagle Creek. They are actually compression cubes, so if you put your sweaters in there and then compress, you will save a ton of space. Packing cubes also help keep items separated and organized.

Packing cubes

3. Edit, Edit, Edit. You do not need 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip! Make sure to pack only items in a similar colour palette and items that can be worn multiple times in different ways. Try to pack one pair of flats, one pair of walking shoes and one pair of heels for your trip only.

4. Keep a travel toiletries case ready. We transfer our favorite products to smaller containers to make sure they are under the 100ml limit. We like to keep everything we need for travel in a separate case from our day-to-day, that way when we leave we just grab it and go.

Top 10 Travel Tips

5. Pack your smaller purse inside a larger tote bag to make better use of your personal item.

Top 10 Travel Tips


6.  If you’re checking a bag, make sure you keep an outfit or two in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost.

7. Use jewelry travel cases to keep everything organized. Depending on how much jewelry you plan on bringing the jewelry cases will vary. If you just plan on bringing a few earnings and a necklace some pill cases could do the trick. But if you plan on bringing multiple necklaces, rings and bracelets you need this! It is our favorite and can’t imagine life without it.

8. Pack a travel steamer, lint brush and stain remover. Lerica mentioned the steamer in the last post, but we can’t forget a lint brush and stain remover as well. Our favorite steamer is this one, and we always bring some of The Laundress Stain Remover with us.

9. If you have delicate items, place them in your dry-cleaners plastic bag and lay them flat on top of everything else. The clear dry-cleaners bags have a chemical in them to keep your clothes from wrinkling. If you place your delicate dresses or blouses in them, just remember to take them out upon arrival as the chemicals can harm the fabric with prolonged use.

10. Pack an extra bag incase your bag is to full to bring back your new purchases. We like to pack a travel Longchamp. These bags are great, because they fold up into tiny squares and take up hardly any room.

Do you have any travel tips? Leave them in the comments below!

Travel Inspired October Faves!

Can you believe October is already over? The days have just been flying by over here. You will find lots of travel favorites this month with trips to Toronto and Ottawa and week-end adventures in the Laurentians.

October favorites

1. Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 60: A can’t travel without must. This bag fits so much in it and I highly recommend the bandoulière as it it much easier to travel with. Check out this video for tricks on how to pack a Keepall.

2. Halogen pleat front a-line skirt: I got this from Nordstrom before I left for the POC conference in Toronto and this skirt was a big hit. Extremely comfortable, doesn’t wrinkle and best of all it has pockets!

3. Stainless steel 3-in-1 ECOlunchbox: The worst part about packing a lunch is finding a container with a matching lid. Even organizers have difficulty keeping tupperware in order in their own homes. With this bento box style container it is easy to pack your lunch keep everything separated. Highly recommended!

4. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect: It might just be the name of this particular shade, but this is my new favorite lipstick. It is the perfect go with everything day-to-night nude.

5. Hermès scarf: I have a love affair for all things Hermès and hope to one day have an insane Hermès scarf collection. I just scored this one on sale on The Real Real. Check them out. You can find luxury pieces for a fraction of a price!

6. Sweater stone: With the cooler temperatures, I am definitely reaching for more and more sweaters. To keep them in tip-top shape, I use this handy little sweater stone to get all the little pills off and always hand wash with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.

7. Command Strip Decorating Clips: My number one pet peeve is walking into a room and seing the cords from the table lambs. I use these little decorating clips to hide the cords behind the side tables.

8. My Little Steamer Go Mini Hand Steamer: This is my holy-grail, will not travel without, hands down favorite item. I bring this everywhere! It takes up very little room in your suitcase and is perfect for getting out all the wrinkles that come with packing.

What are your travel favorites? Do you have any packing secrets? Share in the comments below!

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By: Lerica