Pretty Organized … the 2018 Edition

Hello Dolls! It’s a new year and for most of us this means new beginnings – the opportunity to reassess what worked and what didn’t in all areas of our lives. We decide to stay with the status quo or make the necessary adjustments. Some areas like career, relationships and finances require more of a heavy lift; but there are some things that are less heady we can do to start the year off fresh.

If you are like me, I start by tackling much needed organization projects in my home. First up the guest coat closet, followed by the basement storage closet and finally my wreath design studio. I love organizing, but equally love shopping for organizing and storage items. Here are some of my organization favs that will hopefully inspire you.

IKEA Bumerang Hangers

I love to open my closet and the clothing is neatly organized, spaced and hung by item type and color. My pet peeve is a hodgepodge of hangers. A while ago, I purchased pretty pink velvet hangers, and much to my chagrin, the pink rubbed off on my white blouses! Needless to say I was horrified; so off I went in search of new hangers. Clean and minimal works best me, so I opted for these Bumerang white wooden hangers I found in IKEA.

Poppin Desk Supplies + Accessories

I truly believe that I focus better and work more efficiently when my desk area is clean, clear and neat, with my necessary supplies organized and accessible. Again, I opted for a minimal aesthetic and Poppin desk supplies are my choice to keep my desk area on point. I love white, but they offer a bevy of colors to meet your fancy.

Peep The Pretty Domestic desk below.

The Container Store Grey Drop Front Shoe Boxes

If you are a Doll with a mean shoe game, you know that there never seems to be enough room for shoe storage. Boxes are different sizes, making storage challenging and sometimes disorganized. What’s even more frustrating is having to open numerous shoe boxes to see what’s inside. These sophisticated drop-front shoe boxes will pamper those Louboutins, protect against dust, and keep them easy to access.

You also have the option of purchasing the Luxury Closet Starter Kit, if you are considering a complete reorganization.

The Lexington Cart

A cart is an informal way to store items that you use frequently. I’ve seen the Lexington Cart from Michael’s styled several ways, but particularly love how Homeyohmy styled it in various rooms. I am thinking of purchasing one or two to organize and accommodate my design supplies.

Kitchen Spice Jar + Labels

Ok, I admit that my husband thought I was absolutely crazy when I embarked upon this little project; but I couldn’t stand the disarray that was in the spice cabinet. The solution, Talented Kitchen Magnetic Spice Tins and 113 accompanying labels.

It takes no time to transfer and label your spices into the new tin. You will be uber pleased at the instant organization of you spice cabinet, your ability to locate just what you need for that recipe and not repurchase spices because you were unable to locate them.

The Talented Kitchen 14 Glass Spice Jars and labels are also nice, if you want a different look.

Z Gallerie Bodega Storage Boxes

You know the drill, you come in the house and throw your keys and whatever other sundry you have in your hands onto the end table. Why not consider a decorative storage box. You’ll know where everything is and have a stylish piece, or two, for your table. I love this set from Z Gallerie, which comes in off-white and salmon.

Z Gallerie Storage Benches and Ottomans

I’ve always liked the look of a swanky storage bench or ottoman at the end of, or beside the bed, or in a living area. Great for storing blankets or seasonal linens, it can also serve as a nice statement piece.

For a modern twist, the Z Gallerie Declan Storage Bench with lucite legs in Bella Gray is hot.

The Robinson Storage Ottoman in dark blue, with silver polished nail heads works well as smaller storage accent piece. It’s also available in white, grey and black.

Christmas Storage

Finally Dolls, the annual post holiday struggle involves where to store all of the holiday decor. Peep your local Target for a wide selection of storage options for ornaments, trees, and of course those Pretty Domestic Wreaths you ordered to glam your door this holiday season.

Ornament Bin

Wrapping Paper Storage Bin

24″ Wreath Storage Box

Dolls, I hope this gives you some new year organization inspiration. I know I have some work to do and would love to hear about your organization tips. Leave a comment below and share your go-to ideas.

Until then, Happy New Year! Keep sharing the pretty!

L.

TPD

Pretty Domestic Wreaths featured on Black Southern Belle!

Hey Dolls! I am so grateful and excited to share with you that my passion and business, Pretty Domestic Wreaths is featured on award winning blog, Black Southern Belle! Peep the details here.

For inquiries about Pretty Domestic Wreaths, please email me at 1prettydomestic@gmail.com.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

On the 10th Day of Christmas …

Hey Dolls! I’m a little old school and believe that white shouldn’t be worn after Labor Day. I know that many have long since rid of this tradition, but I adhere. The thing is, I love white. Nothing is more classic than a crisp white blouse, white jeans, a fresh pair of white Keds. I could go on. With the love of white in mind, today I gift you, Christmas en Blanc!

Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Beats really have evolved since entering the market in 2006. There’s something for every listening aesthetic. Regardless of the Beats product, I love the look of Gloss White, with the touch of silver. Perfect for the techy in your life.

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Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf in White

We all gravitate to the traditional Burberry check. I mean, what’s not to like. Lately however, I have been swooning over the iconic check in white. Surprise your Burberry lover with the Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, but with a twist.

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J. Crew Vintage Pajamas

When I was a little girl, I said to my Mother, “Why does it matter what I sleep in?” Her reply, “You never know who you will meet in your dreams.” That one little line stuck with me, and to this day, I carefully select my sleepwear. One of my go-to’s are vintage pajamas, and these  by J. Crew make for a perfect gift. 

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Monogrammed Chuck Taylors

I mentioned a classic white sneaker above, but why not amp it up with the gift of a monogrammed Chuck Taylor. Beyond cute!

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Mark & Graham Bamboo Elisabetta Slouch Handbag

Now Dolls know, not all white bags are created equal. Some can look super janky. But not this number from Mark & Graham. I have a similar tote from M & G. The leather is quality, combined with the monogram and bamboo handles – fab! I know, I know, it’s too early to carry, but why not gift it in preparation for Summer 2018.

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And now, your 10th Day of Christmas Cocktail! Peep the mixology below.

The Winter White Cosmopolitan

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The Ingredients.

  • 1.5 oz Vodka (I used Cranberry Vodka but plain is fine)
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • Tbsp St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz White Cranberry juice

For Garnish

  • to 4 Frozen or Sugared Cranberries
  • Mint

The Mixology. Combine ingredients over ice in shaker tin. Shake & strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with frozen or sugared cranberries and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L. 

The Pretty Domestic

 

 

On the 12th Day of Christmas …

Hey Dolls! Happy Holidays! I am in the throws of shopping, truly in the spirit of the season and wanted to share with you some goodies I will be gifting this year.

I recently saw a quote that said “Kindness is so Gangsta!” Truer words were never spoken. That said, these gift emanate kindness.

Starbucks Speak Your Kind Mug

Give your favorite tea or coffee drinker her preferred blend with the gift of kindness in a mug. (Available at all Starbucks stores. $12.95)

Image Courtesy of Starbucks

KIKOTI InnerKindness Athleisure Gear

I recently met Kathleen O’Quinn, the beautiful brainchild behind KIKOTO InnerKindness, at a baby shower. Her passion for spreading a message of kindness and gratitude was completely contagious.

KIKOTI InnerKindness Athleisure Gear clothing brand is inspired by the beauty of wearing our hearts in our sleeves. Each item makes a ripple effect for good, from clothing yourself in kindness to gifting a backpack to a student. That’s right, your purchase supports a backpack for young student. KIMOTI’s message, “Keep it kind on the inside.”

Be sure to check out both the Kindness and Element Collections.

rue21 Kindness Green Tea Candles

A set of rue21 Kindness Green Tea Candles scented with relaxing green tea make the perfect holiday gift.

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Kindness is Free Journal

And for a little whimsy, I love this Kindness is Free … Journal from Cafe Press.

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Consider bundling the gift of kindness and gifting all of these goodies together.

And now, your 12 Day of Christmas Cocktail! Peep this mixology below.

The White Christmas Martini

The Ingredients.

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish

The Mixology. Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass. Serve and enjoy!

Until tomorrow, keep sharing the Pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

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On the 11th Day of Christmas …

Hey Dolls! I hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s gift of kindness. Today, I gifting you a little whimsy. A Doll loves sparkle and shine, so today I am gifting a little glitter. Peep my go-to glitter gift guide.

Starbucks Glitter Tumbler

These sparkly numbers arrived in Starbucks at the beginning of the holiday season. I grabbed the silver, and use it daily for the Light Ice Chai Tea Latte with Soy Milk. Something about a little sparkle makes any drink taste just that much better. The perfect stocking stuffer!

PaperSource 2018 Glitter Perfect Bound Planner

This time of year, Dolls start looking toward and planning for the New Year. Nothing beats a fab planner for New Year goal planning. Add some sparkle and shine – jackpot! This PaperSource glam planner includes monthly grids and daily spreads with hourly breakdowns, perfect for planning you schedule in style!

Vanessa Bruno Sequin Pencil Skirt

I am loving the fact sequins now work for day to night. This silver sequin pencil skirt is perfect for your fashionista family member or friend.

Marc Jacobs Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara Top Coat

Lamé Mascara Top Coat! Need I say more?! This is a must-have stocking stuffer for your favorite Doll who’s always on top of the latest on trend beauty products.

“Apply as a mascara top coat in ultra-reflective noir and golden micro-glitter. Lashes take on a true lame like luster.

Kim Seybert Set of 4 Gray “Geode” Napkin Rings

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These Kim Seybert Napkin Rings are causing full on swoon! Hit Bergdorf’s and gift these to the hostess with the mostest.

Princetown Glitter Slide Flat Mule

Slides and Mules have been all the rage; so why not gift a Gucci Glitter Slide. Consider gifting it early, so they can be paired with a fab ensemble for a holiday soirée.

And now, your 11th Day of Christmas Cocktail! Peep the mixology below.

The White Chocolate Snowflake Martini

The Ingredients.

  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz. white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz.  half and half
  • Lemon wedge
  • Sanding sugar

The Mixology. Cut a half-inch slit into the lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Pour sanding sugar into a shallow dish then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Gently shake off excess sugar. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain mixture into glass.

Serve immediately, and enjoy with your favorite seasonal tunes next to a toasty fireplace!

Images Courtesy of PopSugar, PaperSource, Vanessa Bruno, Marc Jacobs, Kim Seybert, Neiman Marcus

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic