Build The Perfect Closet In 2014 – Ten Investment Pieces + Announcing the Heritage_S giveaway winner!

First off I’d like to announce the winner of the Heritage S giveaway –  Congrats! 

Entry #491Shabab K.

I will be contacting you today for your choice of bracelet and your mailing address!
Now on to the fun stuff – do you want to have the perfect closet but don’t know where to start? You can read through my step-by-step guide below, or just scroll down to my top 10 investment pieces picks that I believe everyone should have!
In years gone by, fashion was determined by designers and the exclusive set of fashion show viewing editors and socialites. There were seasons, and the latest fashions were presented to society by high end shops, and only after that was the rest of the world able to replicate these designs, if at all. That was when accumulating clothing and accessories was a sign of status and something many people aspired to have, it was indeed a luxury. 
Now with the abundance of fast fashion stores like Zara and H&M, we see top designer runway looks immediately available for purchase at incredibly accessible prices. Anyone and everyone can own tons of clothes, and most people do. 
So the new luxury is curating the perfect closet. Not a closet that is bursting at the seams, but instead one filled with a carefully selected mix of investment pieces, vintage finds, and a few fast fashion finds for good measure. So how do you do it? Which pieces should you invest in? Read below for all you need to build the perfect closet for 2014.
Step 1: Clean out your closet. 
This task can be overwhelming for many, myself included. The idea that you might wear it again someday makes donating your clothes a little bit difficult. So I suggest starting by moving the items that either don’t fit, need repair, or haven’t been worn in over two years to another closet in the house or in a large storage tub. Once you realize you haven’t missed any of the clothes – you will have an easier time disposing of them. Also note if you donate your clothes you can write it off at tax time – just save your donation receipt!
Step 2: Organize. 
To be completely honest, this is my least favorite task but the reward of having an organized space is well worth the effort. Once you have purged your closet of all of the extra stuff you don’t absolutely love or need, you should have a lot of new space to work with. I like to hang everything on non-slip hangers, including my sweaters and t-shirts. For me, if something is folded and needs ironing, it probably won’t be worn. Use boot hangers for your tall boots, and if you have space for shoes to be visible on a shelf – display your favorite shoes where you can admire them daily!

Step 3: Build your dream closet. 

Think about your lifestyle and what you feel most comfortable wearing. Are you a wrap dress kind of girl? Do you live in your flat shoes? The pieces that get the best price per wear, meaning the pieces you wear the most, should be the ones you invest in. Take control of what is in your closet, instead of letting your closet be overrun with impulse purchases that do not work for you.

Ten Must-Have Investment Pieces 

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!