The Art of Tidying Up

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Josh and I share a closet space (and everything else, for that matter), so it’s really important to keep things organized, or else a tiny mess quickly snowballs into a full-blown disaster. We’re both really tidy people to begin with, but over time, things naturally accumulate for even the best of us. We’re lucky enough to have a big walk-in closet (one of the reasons I fell in love with our apartment), but recently I’ve noticed it becoming more and more overstuffed with items.

My friend and coworker Katie (from the SF travel blog Traveling Spud) recently told me about the art of tidying up. I’m no expert, but following this method really helped me clean out my closet. First, you start by getting everything in one place, laid out in front of you. Then, you ask yourself (out loud and piece by piece) if the item in front of you brings you joy. I’ve tried many methods of getting rid of things in the past, but this was by far the most effective method. Some pieces I loved, but they just weren’t flattering on me, and in asking myself this question, it forced me to take a good long look at why I wanted to keep the item. Nine times out of 10, it went in the “get rid of” pile.

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Looking at my wardrobe now, which is about 50% lighter, I notice some common trends. I love white, grey, tan and navy. Most of the things I got rid of were colors or patterns, showing that I really should stick with my gut. I also made note of things I need now that I’ve paired down my wardrobe so much — new black boots (mine were trashed), more dark ballet flats, and I need to cool it on the booties (I have a million pairs). Overall, the art of tidying up left me (and my closet) feeling lighter, brighter and more “me”!


Apple Picking

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Josh and I headed to Gabriel Farm this weekend with some friends to do some apple and pumpkin picking! My favorite part about going to college in Washington was how you really got four seasons, and fall was full of crisp air and falling leaves in beautiful colors. The one thing I don’t like about Northern California is that we really don’t get a fall season — if anything, October is warmer than normal in San Francisco.

This particular day was about 80 and sunny, but regardless, we had fun picking apples, pumpkins and tomatoes off the vine. If you’re ever in Northern California, a trip to Gabriel Farm is a must!

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Volcom t-shirt via Nordstrom // Rebecca Minkoff bag // Michael Kors watch // GAP jeans // Toms booties

Well, I’m in love with this Volcom tee (I’ve always love distressed jeans and holey tees) and the second I put it on Josh said, “Are those holes supposed to be there? Is that seriously on purpose?” So, that’s great. But I love it regardless, and it’s the perfect tee to wear year round. This has become my weekend uniform as of late — a comfy tee, dark jeans and a good pair of booties to class things up a bit. Happy Friday!

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Gearing up for the Holiday Season

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White Plum leggings c/o

It’s officially October, which means the next few months of my life are all about the holidays coming up — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s officially my favorite time of year — fall fashion is the best, and I finally have an excuse to curl up on my couch with hot cocoa in some comfy leggings. These White Plum leggings are the perfect black and white print for fall, and I can’t wait to wear them for the next few months, but especially on Christmas morning!

Use the coupon code DS20 for 20% off your entire purchase at White Plum through 10/5!

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My Target Beauty Concierge

This post is sponsored by Target.

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I honestly don’t know how I would live without Target, so the fact that we have two City Targets within a few miles of us is great. Target has become my go-to place for home decor (I love their Halloween section right now!), quick groceries and beauty buys.

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Target recently launched the Target Beauty Concierge, and in select stores you can find a beauty expert in-store (right there in the beauty aisles) who can help you with all of your beauty needs and answer any questions.

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I visited my Target Beauty Concierge in San Francisco, and was looking for some lip colors that can up my fall beauty look. I love the form of a lip pencil, and the Target Beauty Concierge helped me find these Revlon color sticks in two shades — a pretty pink and true red for fall.

What was nice about Target Beauty Concierge was how my beauty expert helped me find products I wouldn’t necessarily choose myself, but ended up loving. I’ve already worn the lip colors I picked up almost every day since I got them!

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Looking to try something new for fall or up your current beauty routine? Visit a Target Beauty Concierge near you and find your style @TargetStyle.