Favorite loungewear.

First of all, I rarely lounge. I am very type A and a little OCD what comes to cleaning and organizing, so even when I plan to sit down with a cup of tea and a good book, I somehow end up doing a project or cleaning or, well to be fair, waisting my time on Pinterest. And whilst doing all that I always wear leggings and some random top with my hair in a bun and if I am really on top of things hair or face mask as well. So the idea of lounging around the house with my hair perfectly blown out and down, spritz of perfume and bit of lip gloss holds tremendous appeal. Ah yes, the calmer days lay ahead. It’s just that the house would need be clean for me to be able to relax and preferably someone has whittled down my to do list as well.

I did try the jogger pants and while I thought I looked pretty good, hubby’s reaction was less than flattering. I think he asked me to go back to leggings as they are at least fitted. 🙂

Here’s some options for in between.

I really like Barefoot Dreams brand. It’s priced well, cute and warm for lounging around the house.

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Barefoot Dreams Circle cardigan $116

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Naked Top $58 and Pants $68

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Calvin Klein sweatshirt $68 and pants $58

And in case Santa is listening, I really want this cashmere set as I am always freezing!

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Neiman Marcus Cashmere collection Jogging Set originally $650, now $230

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How to store shoes in your closet.

Step 1. Throw out all shoe boxes! Keep some really special ones or if you think you’ll sell some of the high end pairs, keep those boxes but preferably in the attic or the basement, not on the shelves of your closet where they just take up space and make it look more cluttered.

Step 2. Group like with like. All flip flops can go live in a cute basket on the floor. Flats together, heels together, open toe together etc. This way you can also see whether you are missing some shoes or have too many black pumps etc. If you have the space, remove the bottom shelf, get a tension rod and boot inserts and hang your boots up there. Your rain boots etc can go live in the mudroom, of course.

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This is a picture of my client’s old nursery which I turned into a closet. It was a narrow room, so the carpenter built a small window seat and added some shelving to the right of it maximizing the angle of the ceiling. I snapped the photo as we were putting outfits together hence the mess!

Step 3: find a good space for your shoes. If you have a walk in closet, then end of the room is usually ideal with thin shelves. Shelves should be spaced 7″ apart. You could even go get simple white shelves from Ikea (see below) and hang them or get a bookshelf if you can find one that fits.

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My genius carpenter Dave Bartlett came up with this creative solution for small closet space for shoes. A pull out shelf much like you would have next to the stovetop for spices etc.

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Here’s a few more inspiration photos.

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Please remember not to put shoes on top shelves over clothes and to toss/donate/sell any your haven’t worn for awhile.

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Skinny jeans that fit well & are so comfortable!

Is there anything more annoying that trying on jeans? No matter how good your legs it always takes FOREVER to find a pair or a brand that fits well. No doubt that you too have a girlfriend that tells you to get the same exact pair as she did because it fits her and thus, must fit you too. Wrong!

I give my clients some recs re brands but then send them off to shops on their own and just have them try on as many pairs as they can possible stomach. It’s so tedious. Pull one on, discover that it perfectly highlights your cellulite or makes your thighs extra bumpy and then adds some creases under your butt so it seems wider and bigger than ever. And for some reason, most dressing rooms either have lab quality florescent lights or something so dim that you cannot see a damn thing. Peel the jeans on, feel hot and miserable, and reach for the next pair. No other way to do it. As a bonus, even if one pair fits, that doesn’t mean that other styles in that brand will.

Joe’s Jeans that have been around forever, recently came out with a fairly stretchy fabric called Flawless which essentially has much lower cotton percentage than most jeans and that cotton/lyocell blend makes jeans fit better and it feels so comfortable. I think I ordered 3 pairs. $179 at Nordstrom.

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To be fair, any time you have more lycra-esque mix the jeans will fit better and feel comfortable. I just slide my hand across the rack and pull out whatever feels softer than most. Lot of people seem to like Mother brand but can’t seem to get myself to buy it. I know I am a mother, but anything that says not your mother’s, kind of feel like it still is.

Spring’s transitional jackets

For the cool mom: this works well over leggings as well as skinny jeans and cute booties. All you need is aviators and you are out the door.

For the traditional mom and/or the one that works in the office: we probably all own a version of a trench coat, it is a classic after all. But this color is pretty and would instantly brighten up your outfit.

For the no-nonsense mom: this bomber jacket will go with anything and the color is very flattering.

For the glam mom: leather will always be in, not to mention practical, and while more expensive it will last longer than thinner coats or inexpensive jackets. Love the navy color.

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Parker Easton Leather Jacket $610

Best day creams with sunscreen

The very best thing you can do for your skin is sunscreen. I know you know. You know I know you know. But most of the time we slap on some day cream with SPF 15 and dont reapply till next day. We are lazy and really minimalistic in that way. I coat my kids with sunscreen when they go out but barely do the same for myself. Yet every single dermatologist worth her Botox will tell you that you absolutely must use it as there’s nothing as good as prevention. Sigh.

Here’s some multi taskers.

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Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 $32: natural mineral sunscreens, antioxidants and argan oil. Lightweight, doesn’t break out sensitive skin and blends well with makeup. Multiple Allure best product winner.

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Dr. Jart Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid SPF 30 $34: very lightweight and hydrating, blends in quickly, seaweed extract with sunscreen protection, especially great for those with dry skin.

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Colorscience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen $57: now this isn’t inexpensive but I absolutely love it. Perfect for reapplying, just throw it in your purse and reapply when needed. 4 skin tones to choose from plus one medium with shimmer which would be gorgeous for summer. Definite must have as you can put it under or over makeup so it cannot get any easier. Focus on your left side as that gets way more damage than right side while driving.

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Deborah Lippman Rich Girl Hand Cream SPF 25 $28: your hands get more exposure than your face yet we rarely bother with reapplying sunscreen to our hands. I must insist you buy one of those and keep it in the car. It’s bit pricey for sunscreen and it’s not terribly moisturizing but it’s not greasy or slick and doesn’t leave white residue all over your car’s upholstery.

My never ending PSA: please buy at department stores or Sephora or doctor’s offices. Amazon sellers or other countless sellers on the net might not be legit or they could be selling old product which won’t be as effective as it promises.

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