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GeneralDeclutter Your Life: 6 Ideas for More Zen This Year

I don’t know about you, but I am certifiably one of the world’s biggest pack racks. Given, I do magically always have on hand that superglue/lemon zester/papershredder/pizzacoupon that everyone always wishes they had, but the time has come for me to let go of that cat calender from three years ago and move on to 2012. 
 
 
Okay, so maybe my room will never look THAT clean, but in the spirit of a new year and a fresh start, I decided I was going to declutter my life! I mean, I think the 39,000 emails in my inbox are starting to get a little dusty. Now, I have had this inspiration before, but it was all too overwhelming and I ended up sitting in the middle of my floor playing with my old Barbies. This time, however, I have rounded up some tips that are SURE to help me (and any of you wanting to declutter, too!) make a zen start to this year.
 
1. Start small: spend five minutes a day cleaning something . . . anything. 
 
It doesn’t matter what you decide to tackle; five minutes of cleaning is going to make something in your house much cleaner. In fact, you’d be surprised to see that 5 minutes can pretty much clean an entire bathroom.
 
 
2. Buy an 8 pack of cute file folders.
 
Label them with the names of papers that pile up in your car, desk, and counters. Examples could be receipts, coupons, electric bill, etc. That way, you’ll have everything together and can deal with each thing one at a time without having to dig through the trash to find that shopping list or water bill. To be even more organized, buy one of those expandable folders that comes with dividers in between; that way all your papers are together yet separate.
 
 
3. Buy cheap baskets or organizers in the same color.
 
I actually really like this idea for two reasons. 1. The same-colorness brings a matching continuity to a room, 2. it gives me a specific spot to put things, and 3. it makes things that always look messy look not messy (think odd-shaped items or bags, etc.). Okay and secretly 4. it gives me a place to stash things when I don’t want to fold.
 
 
4. Organize a cleaning game with your roommate/husband/cat
 
I love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens:  Get a bunch of pingpong balls, write tasks on them like “vacuum the living room” and “clean out hall closet.” Whoever accomplishes the most amount of tasks by the end of a set amount of time gets a prize (think pedicure, massage, catnip ball).
 
 
5. Make up your own kind of list that makes sense for your living arrangement.
 
I love this one from Little Lucy Lu.
 
 
6. Clean out your computer while you’re watching TV.
 
When you’re just sitting there watching marathon episodes of How I Met Your Mother (cough, what?), multitask by deleting old emails, files, and programs that are slowing down your computer and cluttering up your life. Pick a cool desktop background and make sure your desktop is organized and doesn’t have too many icons – mental clutter is just as distracting.
 

 
  “Three Rules of Work:  Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” 
 
- Albert Einstein
 

GeneralWine Snob 101: Popular Types of Wine

 
One of my favorite college memories is of the time I lived in France and my host brother brought me and a friend to a wine tasting party. While they all tasted kinda gross at the time, the experience really sparked my interest in wines, their histories, and their creation. 
 
However, there are a dang LOT of different kinds. Even now, I am confused half the time about what I’m drinking unless I read the bottle or Google. BUT…having a general idea of what you’re drinking is a really good knowledge to have, especially if you’re bringing a bottle as a hostess gift or serving it with a meal. 
 
As such, I’ve created a list of some popular kinds of wine you might find in the supermarket, what they taste like, and what you might serve them with. I’ve left out a ton, but hopefully these will get you off to a good start!
 
White Wines
 
 

Chardonnay
Taste:  Wide bodied, buttery, velvety, and often with fruity citrus and melon, as well as creamy coffee, coconut, toffee, and vanilla flavors
Pairing:  Fish, Salmon, Chicken
 
Pinot Grigio
Taste: Crisp and dry 
Pairing: Versatile
 
Savignon Blanc
Taste: Normally shows a herbal character suggesting bell pepper or freshly mown grass. The dominating flavors range from sour green fruits of apples, pears and gooseberries through to tropical fruits of melon, mango and blackcurrant.
Pairing: Seafood, poultry, salads
 
Reisling
Taste: Light and fresh with an aroma of fresh apples 
Pairing: Chicken, pork, and especially fishes like tuna and salmon. Also good with Japanese food
 
 
Reds Wines
 
 
Pinot Noir
Taste: Delicate and fresh; it has hints of cherry and strawberry, often with notes of tea-leaf, damp earth, or worn leather.
Pairing: Excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes (especially sushi!).
 
Cabernet Savignon
Taste: Full-bodied, but firm when young. Hints of Current, bell peppers, and oftentimes vanilla
Pairing: Red meat
 
Merlot
TasteScents include blackcherry, plums and herbal flavors
Pairing: Versatile
 
Zinfandel
TasteA zesty flavor with berry and pepper.
Pairing Tomato-sauce pasta, pizza, and grilled and barbecued meats.
 
Syrah
TasteMeat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.)
PairingAromas and flavors of wild black fruit (such as blackcurrant), with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat. 
 
Others Wines
 

 
White Zinfandel
Taste: Aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with a subtle sweetness
Pairing: Good for cooling down spicy foods or for a refreshing drink on hot days
 
Moscato
Taste: Sweet and fruity
Pairing:  Desserts!

Santé!
 
(Wine info paraphrased or quoted directly from French Scout. Pics courtesy of Pinterest.com.)

GeneralMemories of Paris

Can’t quite afford a trip across the pond at the moment? Then daydream your way through Paris with this collection of “memories” I’ve composed especially for all of YOU lovely LuLu*s ladies! 

Preparing for the trip 

 

Finding transportation

 
  
Sightseeing
 
  
 
Strolling past fragrant bakeries and charming cafes


 
Touring the museums 

 

Shopping on the Champs-Élysées  


 
Drinking wine by the Seine 


 
Snapshot memories


  
Falling in love
 
 
 
(Pics courtesy of Pinterest, We Heart It, and Google Images.)

GeneralSite to See: Dear Blank, Please Blank

 
We had this idea for a website, mostly because Hans had a bad experience. So we built it, and now you’re here… Welcome.” That’s Hans, as in Hans Johnson, presumably written by Jared Wunsch, the co-founders of the website that is about to eat the rest of your afternoon. Dear Blank, Please Blank is the best time-waster I’ve found in months (though I am particularly adept at this task).
 
 
 
 
Since these pictures ARE essentially reading… I’ll keep it short. The content of Dear Blank, Please Blank is user-generated, and pretty self-explanatory, which means that, while predominantly hilarious, it can also be dumb. The best part: because we all want to feel like our opinion matters, DBPB offers these eloquent options for your clicking pleasure: How Dare They, You’re a Douche, Hilarious, I Like This, and Umm, WTF?!. Because sometimes the writer deserves a high-five, and others, a slap to the face.
 
 
 
And if you’re really, really loving this, you can purchase these letterpressed prints from Etsy, in collaboration with Sapling Press (though half of them are just photshopped by DeMilked).
 
 

 
 
Submissions are moderated by Jared’s cat Louie. If your submissions aren’t being approved, it’s because Louie is now accepting cans of tuna fish as bribes for approvals (four cans usually gets one submission approved.) Alternately, you can try rewriting your submissions, only this time make them funny.

Also, Attack of the Cute. Same guys, different site.
 
(Images courtesy of DeMilked & Etsy)

GeneralLookie Loo’s Rejoice: It’s Agyness Deyn’s Apartment!

 

 
Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and famous… Since I don’t receive personal invitations to visit the flats of supermodels as often as I’d like, I always seize the opportunity to play lookie loo when the opportunity strikes. So, I give you Agyness Deyn’s Williamsburg apartment, currently listed at $2.5 million, complete with leopard print carpet, mirrors and marble galore, and even a hot air balloon chandelier to top it all off. I’ll call it ecclectic ; but just know, this is exactly how I like to imagine my supermodels living. Beige just wouldn’t suit her.
 
Here is your map, now try not to get dizzy.
 










 
So, does this home deserve the #2 spot on Curbed‘s list of New York City’s Ugliest Apartments of the Year, or are you ready to move in??
 
(Images courtesy of Oyster Magazine & Curbed NY)