How to Style // A Gracious Closet

September 25, 2014

frantic morning

A note from my latest Pepper Letter:

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“At least TEN tops on the floor, and a bedside chair wearing enough skirts to clothe a troupe of Rockettes.

Lipstick tubes marching like tinyshiny soldiers (Reporting for duty!) and an arsenal of jewelry strewn across the bathroom counter.

Rushing around to get ready and focusing SO much effort on pulling myself together often means that the important things (like coffee and kisses!) are left cold in the kitchen while I zip out the door.

If you can keep a secret, I’ll come clean and admit: Even Style Experts run into their own hang-ups from time to time, and this dreadful scene DOES play out in my closet on eventual occasion… Please tell me I’m not the only one with denim draped over the back of the door?!

Expressing ourselves by the way we clothe our bodies can have such an incredible impact on our day-to-day confidence, and yet – it’s also a great big purply-plaid point of contention for nearly every woman I know.

(Tough to do well, but miraculous when it’s mastered.)


I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over five years now, and am always still a little amazed when I see that even the most elegant women struggle with what to wear from time to time. We all have doubts and downfalls and desires to be the best possible versions of ourselves, and there is a LOT of pressure from the world to do life with a perfectly polished set of fingernails the entire time.

The good news is: we are adaptable creatures.  The ability to edit and change and grow and flourish are all at our fingertips, and watching a woman transform her slumped shoulders into a sassy swish across the bedroom floor will show you that anything is possible in a matter of minutes.

There are certainly days when I miss being a part of those profoundly special moments as a personal stylist, but I also love the chance to watch the magic happen from the sidelines as Hilary walks a new season of gals through the steps of discovering their own creative cocktail of clothing.


Her Style & Styleability class is BACK and better than ever this Fall, and I’m happy to help her celebrate with an inspiring (and free!) video series that will help you feel more graceful and gorgeous every time you go to get dressed for your day. ;)

(Head’s up: Just ONE of these videos changed my entire closet strategy in a single afternoon!)

The best part? She’s playing Stylish Santa, and the 3 Steps to Simplified Style is completely free!


Y’all, I feel so lucky to get a lot of face time with this chica (we’re currently on a 4-night sleepover-vacay at a conference in Indianapolis!), and can’t even TELL you what a jolt of goodness you can expect from her at every. single. turn.

SO excited to partner with Hil as she presents something that enhances the lives of so many women, and I sincerely hope that you’ll watch with me so that we can see the daily expression of ourselves become more effortless and enlightened together!

*Top image from 8birds, the rest from Dean St.

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  • Reply Jess Zimlich September 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    You and Hilary are absolutely the cutest!

  • Reply Julie Blanner September 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    So true!

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