6 Secrets To A Perfectly Organized Closet

Closet Organization Tips

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a perfectly organized closet but aren’t sure where to start, keep reading. Style expert Lindsay Albanese is the owner of a swoon-worthy closet and knows a thing or two about organization tips and tricks. Recently, California Closets came in and gave Lindsay’s space a closet makeover, but you don’t need a custom-built closet to utilize her storage and organization solutions.

Here are Lindsay Albanese’s 6 tips to achieving a perfectly organized closet:

 1. Functional Furniture

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It’s so important, especially with smaller spaces, for your furniture to do double duty. Looking at it, you would never know that this ottoman was filled with so many treasures! I got this one at HomeGoods, and I was surprised at how many options I came across, proving that furniture with storage is not hard to find!

2. Drawer Dividers

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Drawer dividers

I’ve used these for years. Drawer dividers section out big drawers to create 3 mini drawers in one. They’re ideal for organizing smaller pieces, like socks, intimates, sports bras…anything!

3. Trays

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Use trays for deep shelves

For deep shelving spaces or for placing items on top of shelves, I always like to use trays to create a pseudo-drawer. That way, when you need something you can pull out the entire tray with everything organized in it, without having to rummage through the entire space. It’s also ideal for high, hard to reach shelves!

For deep cubbyholes or shelving spaces, you can organize the tray and put it in front, and then in the back you can have things lined up as well. Decorative trays can get expensive, so I always like to buy them at discount retailers.

4. Roll, Don’t Fold

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Roll your clothes instead of folding them.

I always roll my clothes because you can see more of what you have at a birds-eye view, as opposed to looking at a stack of everything folded on top of each other. Rolling also minimizes wrinkling.

5. Command Hooks

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Hang accessories with command hooks.

I totally got sucked into that ‘Command hook’ commercial with MC Hammer that’s circulating on TV right now. Then I thought, these sticky hooks will be perfect to hang in the back of my closet to give me extra hanging space that no one can see. I also use them for necklaces, belts, and handbags.

6. Waterfall Hangers

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Save valuable closet space with waterfall hangers.

I think many of us can relate to the issue of having too much stuff and not enough space! This is a little styling trick we used in the wardrobe department on different shows and productions I’ve styled for. You basically link your skirt hangers vertically so you minimize space on the closet rail.

12 quick-fix beauty buys for the holiday-season hostess

Whether you have hair emergency or smeared makeup, these go-to beauty products will help keep a hostess in top form over the holidays. Even better, all of these celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist picks are available at the drugstore!

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1. Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, $6, Amazon

“These are a super easy way to clean up a smudged lip line or running eye makeup. They’re tiny and so convenient to carry around — just pop some in your bag for touchups,” said celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin.

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2. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows, $6, Jet

“These are just about mistake-proof! The long-wearing formula won’t crease and, best of all, you can smudge it on with your finger,” said Irwin, whose clients include Nicole Scherzinger and Victoria’s Secret models.

3. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Calming and Relaxing Mist in Lavender, $16, Amazon

“Aromatherapy always makes the perfect gift. It is essential for the stressed-out holiday hostess to relax after her guests leave. This aromatherapy mist by Aura Cacia is delightful and at a perfect price point. I always keep one stocked in my massage bag for clients … as well as myself,” said Marie Watkinson, a massage therapist and founder of Spa Chicks On The Go. Celebrity clients include Leslie Jones, Joy Behar and Marcia Gay Harden.

4. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, $12, Amazon

“A little primping (and planning) goes a long way. Prep your skin with long-lasting and healthy hydration to keep your skin dewy and fresh throughout the night. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer delivers 48 hours of long-lasting hydration by strengthening the moisture barrier and stopping the cycle of dry skin,” said Kate Stromberg, lead makeup artist at Michael Boychuck’s Color Salon inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

5. Physicians Formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer SPF 30, $11, Amazon

“Own the selfie game with this full-coverage concealer made with unique, color filter pigments to diffuse light, resulting in a photo-ready airbrush effect. Dampen the included sponge applicator to spread product evenly and apply in layers for desired coverage,” said Stromberg, whose celebrity clients include Whitney Port, Bebe Rexha and Khloe Kardashian.

6. Covergirl Total Tease Mascara, $10, Amazon

“Make your eyes pop while popping bottles! Define your lashes with this polymer-enriched thickening complex designed to boost volume and tease even the tiniest of lashes. Opt for the waterproof version for a smudge-free glam you’ll never have to check on,” said Stromberg.

7. Garnier Fructis Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray, $5, Jet

“Natural light or a flash from a camera will pick up flyaways, which can be distracting. Don’t redo your hair. Instead, tame on the go! This spray will instantly remove frizz, static and flyaways without leaving any residue on the hair. When hair is dried and styled, spray over desired area and reapply as needed,” suggested Stromberg.

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8. Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, $4, Amazon

“There are several formulas of this dry shampoo and it’s one of the best drugstore products out there. It’s super affordable and gives lift and volume while soaking up oils. It’s wonderful in winter to stretch your blowouts between holiday parties. And it prevents the static that we all get in the winter going from the extremes of hot and cold,” said Kacey Welch, hair extension expert, senior master colorist and partner at Roil Salon in Beverly Hills.

9. Desert Essence 100 percent Pure Jojoba Oil, $16, Amazon

“Jojoba Oil is perfect to keep hair soft and shiny. Use it after washing and conditioning in the shower, or add a few drops to your favorite conditioner. You can even leave it on with a shower cap overnight for soft and silky hair in the morning. It’s such a beauty must-have, it can also be used to keep lips moist or as a shaving oil,” said Welch, whose clients include Erin Andrews, Alli Webb, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn and LeAnn Rimes.

10. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin Spray, $13, Amazon

“The name says it all! I love this product and it’s a favorite among hairstylist across the country. This the best detangler, hair protector and damage repair spray that you’ll find in a drugstore. It’s perfect year-round, but especially great in the winter when hair is dried out from cold temps outside and the heat indoors,” said Welch.

11. V05 Hot Oil Therapy, $16, Amazon

“This is a classic hair-care product that I’ve been using and recommending for years. It’s been around since the ‘60s! The oil creates silky smooth, damage-free hair all winter long. It’s great to add to your beauty routine for some downtime over the busy holiday season and winter. It’s easy to use and a must-have!” said Welch.

12. Tangle Teezer Hair Brush, $12, Amazon

“I recommend this to my extension clients to brush out their hair. The teeth flex instead of pulling like many other brushes out there and it can be used on any hair type. It’s a really great product for all!” said Welch.

All American! See Team USA’s closing ceremony look for the 2018 Winter Olympics

The countdown to the Winter Olympics has begun!

With just 100 days to go until the games kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 9, the United States Olympic Committee and Polo Ralph Lauren unveiled the official uniforms that Team USA will wear at the closing ceremony.

A group of Olympians, including snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson, stopped by the TODAY Show to reveal the ensemble.

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Olympian Jamie Anderson models Team USA’s official closing ceremony uniform for the 2018 Winter Games.

True to Polo Ralph Lauren’s signature style, the closing ceremony uniform is bold, preppy and all American, combining “traditional artisanal design references with modern fabrications in a patriotic spirit of red, white, and blue,” according to a press release.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will sport white water-repellent down jackets, emblazoned with the iconic Polo Ralph Lauren horse symbol, the U.S. Olympic Team logo and an American flag on the sleeve, shown off here by freestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy.

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy models Team USA’s official closing ceremony uniform for the 2018 Winter Games.

The patriotic ensemble also includes a vintage-inspired sweater in red, white and blue color blocking, accessorized with an American flag-printed bandana. The uniform also features double-fleece pants with a thick red stripe down the side.

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For extra warmth, the ensemble includes woolen mittens and a matching hat, both decorated in a wintry red, white and blue pattern. Finally, Team USA will wear matching suede mountaineering boots with red laces, modeled here by Olympian Maia Shibutani.

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Olympian Maia Shibutani models Team USA’s official closing ceremony uniform for the 2018 Winter Games.

This is the sixth time Polo Ralph Lauren has been an official outfitter for the U.S. team, and they have clearly perfected the sporty yet put-together look the closing ceremony requires. Members of Team USA will definitely be very cozy — and stylish — as they walk in the final parade!

For all us non-Olympians, the Team USA Collection will be available starting in December at select Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren stores, as well as online.

The Newest Bags and Accessories From Bottega Venetta’s Cruise 2018 Collection

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Bottega Veneta’s Piazza Bag is the Italian house’s newest bag designed to become a classic.

The presentation of cruise collection have recently become more and more important for fashion houses especially for labels falling under the luxury segment. Initially, the concept of a cruise collection was to present a wardrobe to suit the transitioning between seasons. Use of the term “cruise” was prefer because most affluent patrons of luxury houses go on sojourns at sea just after summer before fall or to escape the bitter winter.

Because pieces from a cruise collection are generally more versatile, consumers are more inclined to invest good money on these pieces. Coats, for instance, are neither too heavy nor light making them practical fashion choices for use regardless of season. Even accessories from cruise collections have become perceived as clever style investments mostly because designs suit more than one fashion season. The more intimate fashion presentations for cruise pieces also create the perception that items from this range are more exclusive as opposed to the highly publicized or hyped pieces from a Fall/Winter or Sprint/Summer collection.

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Bottega Veneta Cruise 2018

Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta is one such brand that has consistently presented impressive cruise collections year after year. The maison’s distinct take on toned down elegance and luxury appeals to a sensibility that values functional design and eye for detail.

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Bottega Veneta Cruise 2018

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The Intrecciato with floral stitched applique.

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The Intrecciato with floral stitched applique.

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Loafer with floral applique.

For 2018, its creative director Tomas Maier infuses elements from fields of flora onto essentially classic pieces. Botanical prints were applied onto apparel and trademark leather accessories that emphasized a youthful and adventurous mood. “It’s a very tricky process since there are so many colors of shading within each flower… Normally, you have two to eight, but these prints contain over 30,” said the designer. Wildflowers, field grass and butterflies embellished a trademark Knot clutch in snakeskin, a pair of Mary Janes and boots. These prints were inspired by the works of 15th century German painter Albretch Durer. Floral appliques on Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato bags and loafers also highlighted an affinity for all things bright and feminine this season.

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The Knot Clutch in snakeskin is dressed with prints of wild flowers.

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Mary Jane footwear in snakeskin with wildflower prints.

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Bottega Veneta Cruise 2018

The Cruise collection for 2018 also presented the brand’s new iconic bag. Taking reference from everyday life in the ancient Roman republic, this leather accessory takes the shape of the ‘piazza,’ which is a central area in local towns where activities often take place. In true Bottega Veneta form, French calf and Nappa leather were cut and molded into a shape that is both distinct but essentially functional. At the Bottega Veneta design studio, it is never enough that a piece is beautiful. It must always serve a purpose or as Maier insists, “propose a solution.”

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The Intrecciato leather straps may be configured for wearing on the shoulders or cross body.

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The Piazza Bag from Bottega Veneta comes in two hues like steel and terracotta

Adorning the new bag are elements that are intrinsically Bottega. Shoulder straps, trims and hardware feature the Intrecciato pattern. Interiors of the bag are likewise crafted with high regard for quality, functionality and impeccable detailing as seen in well thought of compartments and hand stitching.

Summer Style Secrets to Steal From Tall Girls

Tall-Girl Tip: Hide too-short pants with a strappy heel.

As Rachel Roy proves, this shoe style will bridge the awkward gap between normal-length pants and capris.

Tall-Girl Tip: Hide too-short pants with a strappy heel.

Tall-Girl Tip: Embrace the jumpsuit.

You were born to wear this look! If anything, try a jumpsuit with a lower neckline, like Khloé Kardashian’s strapless number, to balance out your long legs.

Tall-Girl Tip: Embrace the jumpsuit.

Tall-Girl Tip: Push back too-short sleeves.

If your sleeves are just a smidge too short, make like Katie Holmes and push them back in order to avoid the shrunken look.

Tall-Girl Tip: Push back too-short sleeves.

Tall-Girl Tip: Have fun with bold prints.

When you’re tall, you’ve got more bodys to show off a gorgeous print—so enjoy it! To avoid feeling too over the top, take a page from Kate Middleton’s playbook and keep accessories simple.

Tall-Girl Tip: Have fun with bold prints.

Tall-Girl Tip: Rock one voluminous piece at a time.

Too much fabric is a friend to no one—petite and tall girls alike. Gigi Hadid smartly balanced out a pair of cool, mannish pants with a little crop top here.

Tall-Girl Tip: Rock one voluminous piece at a time.

Genius Outfit Tricks to Steal From Celebrities This Winter

Turtleneck Knits: The Bigger, the Better

Make like Gigi Hadid and pull the collar up over your face when the wind hits you the wrong way. It might look silly, but it’s infinitely better than that “Ugh, I’m freezing” scowl.

Turtleneck Knits: The Bigger, the Better

Knit Turtleneck Sweater, $18, H&M

Go Buck Wild With Outerwear

If your coat makes you look a little bit like a Muppet, you’re doing it right. Statement outerwear is a massive trend this season, and Gabrielle Union is killing it.

Go Buck Wild With Outerwear

Faux-Fur Coat, $109, Nasty Gal

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Layer Your Tops

Olivia Palermo’s styling trick is as warm as it is chic—grab any black turtleneck and layer it underneath a button-down. Roll up the sleeves and let the bottom shirt’s cuffs peek out for extra style…

Layer Your Tops

7 seasonal sweatshirts to ease you into autumn

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The arrival of autumn brings with it grey skies and a definite chill in the air but also the perfect excuse to update your cold-weather wardrobe.

While it might be a little premature to start whipping out the woolly jumpers, welcoming long sleeves back into your look is a great way to transition through to cooler climes.

Sweatshirts offer a refined take on an all-American classic that can be thrown on with almost anything while also being super comfortable.

Whether you’re looking to spare no expense or you’re after a bargain buy that will see you through the coming weeks, the sportswear classic has become a fashion wardrobe staple. Why not invest in this season’s cheaper and more fun alternative to knitwear.

Topshop Sporty Chevron Sweat, £26

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This sporty number from Topshop takes on one of autumn/winters key colours with a camel chevron design. The combination of red and white, paired with a ribbed crew neck and slight dropped shoulders give the traditional sweatshirt a fresh, modern feel.

Calvin Klein Logo Sweatshirt, £90

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The 90s are everywhere and have been for a while, so investing in one of the decade’s most influential brands promises to be a good investment. Crafted from soft cotton terry, it features the iconic CK logo on the front and is available in black, white and grey.

Cos Rib Cuff Sweatshirt, £59

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Cos do classics so well and this cuffed sweatshirt executes off-duty cool super effortlessly. The Ivory design is contrasted with a burgundy trim on the collar, hem and cuffs while the relaxed, rounded shape and dropped shoulders hone in on its sportswear roots.

Kenzo Black Tiger Embroidered Sweatshirt, £175

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Kenzo’s signature tiger motif is instantly recognisable and this embroidered sweatshirt is guaranteed to turn some heads. Embellished on to 100% black cotton jersey in a mish-mash of bright bubblegum, yellow and blue. This statement making piece is made to last season after season.

Jaeger Diagonal Dash Print Sweatshirt, £60

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Sweatshirts are generally considered as casual wear but this chic green patterned  option from Jaeger would look just as great in the office as it would paired with jeans at the weekend. The diagonal print paired with the high boat neckline add stylish take on the classic cut.

H&M Pink Sweatshirt, £14.99

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Pink is set to be a huge trend for autumn/winter so it’s not all doom and gloom from here on in. True to the sweatshirt’s traditional design, this option has a relaxed fit and ribbing at the cuffs and the hem.

Fila Blackline Betty, £50

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Go classic with a traditional sportswear brand and opt for this basic crew neck sweat Fila. The simple black outer is finished with discreet ribbed cuffs and hem while the bold red, green, yellow and white logo insignia makes for a commanding feature.

Why the comfy days of athleisure could already be over

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It’s a trend that’s rocked the fashion world for years but it looks like ‘athleisure’ has finally become overstretched.

So much so, that two stock analysts told Business of Fashion that they have reduced their expectations for leading yoga-wear brand Lululemon over fears that consumers are rapidly losing interest in the category.

A brand that helped popularise ‘athleisure’ over the past decade, Lululemon has inspired women to take their stretchy leggings out of the gym and into everyday life but they’re facing relentless competition.

It seems like everyone has their own ‘athleisure’ line nowadays, heck even Beyonce has one, and Lululemon are drowning in this ocean of less-expensive gym-wear.

Accordingly, the brand has seen a 30 per cent drop in its stock and been left trading at 23 times expected earnings compared to its five-year average of 29, according to Thomson Reuters Datastream.

One expert claims that this comes in light of consumers shifting away from ‘athleisure’ and toward denim.

Mizuho Securities analyst Betty Chen, who recently cut her price target for Lululemon to $60 from $68, said women are favouring ripped and distressed jeans as well as “retro” athletic styles from competitors like Adidas and Puma.

“We see shoppers buying it and wearing it. You can also see a lot of it online through bloggers, and a lot of the young celebrities are wearing it,” Chen said.

Even on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, Lululemon struggled seeing healthy traffic but weak customer spending.

While this certainly isn’t going to put an immediate end to women wearing leggings outside the gym it demonstrates that ‘athleisure’ is lacking the fashion component that today’s consumer is seeking.

Why Nike trainers are the most counterfeited product in the world

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The battle to shut down trainer counterfeiting operations is becoming harder and harder as illicit traders move online.

Nike shoes are the most counterfeited item in the world – thanks to the distinctive swoosh and a demand from young people for expensive products on the cheap.

In the past, it was easier to tackle because street traders could be spotted and arrested.

But now there’s a booming, lucrative online marketplace for the trainers, which is increasingly difficult to shut down.

One teenage sneaker fan told The Independent: “I buy counterfeit trainers because the retail price on shoes is too high. For the money you pay, the quality is almost identical to authentic shoes.”

Ariele Elia, assistant curator at The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, told Complex: “The internet completely changed everything. People don’t actually buy [a counterfeit item] physically in the store, but they’ll probably buy it online and have it shipped to their house.”

Big cargo freights are also much easier for customs authorities to catch at the border than individual packages sent through the postal service – especially a small, relatively light shoebox.

Illicit online retailers are also smart at throwing authorities off their trail by sending items through roundabout routes.

It’s not just websites; counterfeiters use a range of platforms including WhatsApp to push their illegal wares – which is particularly appealing to young trainer fans.

Nike finally launches its first plus-size range

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In an overdue but nonetheless welcome move, Nike has launched its fist ever plus size range of sportswear.

The world of fitness, up until this point, has somewhat lagged behind when it comes to inclusivity but with a collection specifically designed for what Nike deem ‘curved athletes’, that looks set to change.

If you’re not a size small, chances are your gym-kit has comprised of a tatty oversized tee and cheap leggings because, for some reason, the majority of fitness brands think only slim people workout.

Thankfully, Nike is shunning this stereotype with a collection that celebrates and advocates all athletes, no matter their size.

In a statement, the sportswear brand said, “‘In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over.

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“She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”

Encompassing everything from t-shirts, running tights, high-tech hoodies and training shorts sizes range from an impressive Xl up to 3XL and 38E in sports bras.

But, Nike isn’t just sizing up their existing products. It’s actually adapting the science behind each piece to suit a plus size body.

Nike finally launches its first plus-size range