Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet (and Shopping Your Wardrobe)

5 Guidelines to Discard Items + 6 Classic Pieces to Keep When Cleaning Out Your Closet

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PHOTO: Sex and the City.

Admit it. It’s the middle of the summer, and you still haven’t gotten around to spring cleaning. If you read All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe (or even just my book report on it), you might have the urge to edit your wardrobe (before editing your love life). The good news for you slackers is that I just did a major overhaul of two closets thanks to my move, and I learned some things in the process. Cleaning out your closet is beneficial for a) making room for new things, b) taking inventory of what you might have forgotten you have, c) making a little extra cash, and d) feeling emotionally lighter. A well-edited closet gives you the opportunity to know exactly what you have and streamlines the getting ready process and your options of what to wear. Now where to start? There are the tried and true rules for what you should discard, but where can you draw the line? Read on for your guide to what must go as well as what should stay in your wardrobe.

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Super Foods You Aren’t Eating (But Aught to Be)

6 Super Foods that Need to Be on Your Grocery List Now!

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I think it’s safe to say that both Catherine and I maintain healthy obsession with food. There is little that can get in between us and a great meal at one of our favorite restaurants or a note worthy newcomer on the scene. Just check out this post if you’re hard pressed to believe.

Though we aren’t ones to turn our noses up to a gourmet burger or overloaded chocolate chip cookie, we respect that these occasional indulgences must be balanced out with generally healthier habits. So, while we’ll gladly dish on a lush dessert one day, we’re just as happy to cleanse our systems with a smoothie and a farmer’s market salad the next. I guess you could say we’re amateur experts on both sides of the table–the decadent and the disciplined.

Over the past few years my diet has taken an overall turn for the healthier. In the past, I was a victim to the fat-free, sugar-free fads, regularly stocking my pantry with highly processed foods that I thought were good for me. I’ve since come to recognize that the healthiest way to eat is to primarily stick to whole, natural, and real foods.

Like many of you, I’ve read the articles on ‘super foods’ and the benefits of incorporating these nutrient dense eats into my diet. At this point, I’m sure most of us could rattle off many of the foods that generally make these lists- blueberries, almonds, greek yogurt…. But lately, I’ve been introduced to a whole new host of ‘super foods’ that rarely make theses popular posts. From fighting inflammation, to boosting your metabolism and helping you get glowing skin, these 6 foods are power house additions to your pantry.  Check out what makes them awesome and our hand picked recipes to help you add them into your diet.

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Behind the Scenes of The Empowerment Project

Director Sarah Moshman and Co-Producer Ashley Hammen dish on the making of the documentary, The Empowerment Project.

Last month Catherine and I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the female driven documentary, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things. The film seeks to answer the time-tested question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?”. For Sarah Moshman and her crew of female filmmakers, the answer was easy. It was the creation of this project.

Over the course of 30 days and 7,000 miles, these women hit the road to interview 17 women in leadership. From ballerinas to brew masters, they interviewed women in  industries as varied as they come, all the while negating stereotypes of what it means to be a women in charge.

As far as we think we’ve come, the truth is that we still have a long way to go to accepting powerful women as the norm. The Empowerment Project seeks to see that change by sparking conversation about what it means to be a successful woman and what it takes to join the ranks. Needless to say, we wanted in on the conversation.

For the latest installment in our Brunches with the Best series, I sat down with Sarah Moshman the film’s director and Ashley Hammen one of the film’s co-producers to find out more about the making of the film, what they hope to see it accomplish, and the advice they’d offer to our Single Girls.

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The Single Diaries Guide to Online Workout Videos

Four free fitness channels to follow on those busy days

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. When I left my full-time job, I thought I would have all the time in the world to do everything I wanted to do: read books, soak up some sun, and work out twice a day. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Class times often just didn’t fit into my funemployment schedule. However, I realized that doing 15 minutes of focused activity is enough on days when you just want to move your body. There is a ton out there, so here is your starter kit to free videos that are good enough to add into your weekly routine.

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How to Stay Safe While Traveling Alone

Planning a Solo Vaca this Summer? Shalini has 10 Tips to Help You Be a Smart, Single Traveler

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A few months ago, I decided that this was the summer I would go to Europe. The only issue was that I had no one to go with. For a while, I frantically tried to find friends to travel with me, but then I realized that I had never truly gone anywhere by myself. I went to the same college as my older sister, and I had friends in all the places I’ve moved to. I never knew what it was like to go somewhere completely alone where I would have to figure things out for myself.  Since, I didn’t have anyone to go with, I figured now was a great time to test myself to see what I can do.

I decided to go to Italy, and today wrapped up the last day of my one-week solo vacation. Looking back, I want to brush my shoulder and say, “That was a breeze!”, but, in truth, a lot of planning, preparation, and worrying went into this trip. However, since I arrived, it has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had, and I am so happy I made the decision to come. I prepared for this trip by researching tips from other solo travelers, and I learned a few valuable lessons that every Single Girl traveling alone outside the country should know. Here are my top bits advice to help you stay safe while traveling alone.

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Your Guide to the Hottest Summer Concerts

The Summer Concerts You Don’t Want to Miss

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Last Thursday the Santa Monica Pier hosted its first Twilight Concert of the summer. Out of all the things I look forward to during these months, these beach-side concerts definitely score high on the list. It’s hard to beat cozying up with friends for a sandy sunset picnic with the sounds of waves crashing to one side and live music on the other. If you live in LA or happen to be passing through, add this to your calendar as a must-do.

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Single Girl Reads | All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe

Why you need to add Stephanie Simons’s All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe to your shopping cart immediately

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If you love The Devil Wears Prada, read Vogue religiously, or know every episode of The Rachel Zoe Project, you MUST pick up this book. Written “to all the girls who’ve ever wanted to shop, dress, eat, party, travel, and Instagram like a fashion editor; now you can date like one.”

With a crash course on how to date like a fashion “editrix” (“channel a front row state of mind—don’t settle for being a back-row babe who’s constantly shuffled around and buried out of sight under the proverbial exit sign”), guides to the 7 phases of waiting for him to call and throwing the pity party of the season (“do create a stellar guest list; don’t open less than three gift registries”), a history of the relationship between love and fashion, how to master the “signature walk” of shame, a collection of closet confessions (assumedly Simons’s own dating anecdotes),  and over 100 cheeky rules, All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe makes you want to makeover your wardrobe, your romances, and your life to appear as casually cool and easily put-together as an editor off-duty. Here are 5 points why you should pick up a copy, read, reread, and personify All’s Fair.

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My Computer Crashed, and I Survived

Catherine reflects on a computer crash and packing up the last nine years

There are times the worst case scenario pops into your head. “Wouldn’t it suck if it rained on our picnic?” And then it does. This week I put my computer to sleep for an hour, and it never woke up the same. Just earlier that day I was thinking about how much a crash would jeopardize my work. And when it happened I was in disbelief over the coincidence. A computer crash is the most feared catastrophe for someone who is self-employed and relies on their beloved laptop for nearly everything.

My first thoughts were of the supposed devastation. My next were of a tinge of relief: in light of my move from Los Angeles to San Francisco, maybe I have a chance at starting fresh. Completely.

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Banana Nice Cream

Your Guide to Banana Nice Cream–Summer’s Sweetest and Slimmest Treat

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About one year ago I discovered the wonder which is banana nice cream. If you haven’t yet grown privy to this vegan delight, hold onto your seat because you are about to be wowed by this sweet treat. Who would have known that when blended, frozen bananas take on the consistency of soft serve ice cream? Simply amazing and delicious!

If this is news to you, consider 2014 your summer of banana nice cream because after one taste you’re sure to be hooked. Honestly, how could you resists a naturally no-fat, no-sugar-added, dairy-free alternative to regular ice cream? The greatest part of all is that the flavor opportunities are endless.

To start you off on your journey toward vegan ice cream heaven I’m sharing a few quick steps to create your basic banana nice cream base.

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Summer Travel Beauty Essentials

Jen shares her favorite summer travel beauty and hair product picks

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As a rule of thumb I never pack more than a carry-on when I travel. I learned this practice the hard way during my study- abroad trip in college. Back then, I opted to go for the largest suitcase I could find and to pack it until the zippers were ready to bust. Needless to say, rolling that monstrosity through the train stations of Europe was less than enjoyable.

Since, I’ve learned to be a much smarter traveler and have migrated my packing practices towards the simpler side. In doing so, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade on packing tight and light. The most obvious of the tricks–sticking to travel sizes of my favorite products.

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