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The Life-Changing Psychology of Tidying Up: Unexpected Lessons From Marie Kondo

Grab a cup of coffee, or three. Sit a spell (20 minutes). It’s change your life story time! Before we get started, a little background: Last winter I spent some time navel gazing on small habits and eventually realized that building a healthier closet really echoed a broader longing to create a healthier beauty bag, body, mind, and home. A week after sharing a post on my new-found wellness rituals I stumbled across a curious Japanese book about tidying. Thus began a year long and very dramatic existential expedition of dismantling myself and my stuff, I Heart Huckabees-style. Okay! Great. Over that same period of time, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold something along the lines of 3 million copies to people who have (pardon my French here) physically and metaphysically lost their merde over everything Marie Kondo – from her object philosophies to her adorably specific sock-folding methodology. Illustrated checklists and before and after diaries and critical reviews and shopping guides abound, along with a giddily profane parody, official Martha Stewart guide, …

Our Wedding: September 19, 2015

Jess & Chad // 19 September 2015 from Jess Hunt on Vimeo. September 19, 2015, I got to marry my best friend. As the cool air of fall rushes in all at once we are still basking in that golden light of remarkable love, kindness, and joy felt all around on our wedding day. A thousand different things didn’t go as planned and yet, as always, fate forms reality far better than we could ever dream it. Like that Pynchon quote, every cup of tea was perfect. Photos: The Hons Photography. Planning: Lea June Events. Bouquets, Corsages, & Flower Crowns: Allison Song. Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens. Ceremony: Rev. Lynne Smith. Dinner: Zest Atlanta. Dessert: Highland Bakery and King of Pops. Band Emerald Empire Band. Makeup: Becca Bussert, Fig & Flower. Hair: Monarch Beauty. Film by Southern Lights Productions. Invitations, Boutonnières, Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY. Dresses: Marchesa FW14 Bridal (Tradesy) | Catherine Deane “Leticia” (eBay). Shoes: Christian Louboutin “Grorolli” (Tradesy) | Dolce Vita “Gwendolyn” (old). Jewelry: Gorjana “Leda” earrings (℅ Rocksbox) | Loren Hope “Clara” bracelet (℅ …

How To Be A Better Wine Buyer

My friend Terrye Schaetzel knows how to throw a great party. So when she generously invited CPR and I to join friends in a wine-tasting for her new wine learning and curation experience, Veranda & Vine, we knew a delicious day was in store. What we didn’t know was that a single afternoon primer could leave us more educated wine drinkers and better wine buyers. Ready to learn un peu Français avec moi? Allons-y, to the Chardonnay soiree: We kicked off the afternoon with a flute of Lefèvre Rémondet Crémant De Bourgogne (Burgundy, France), an effervescent Chardonnay, because a bottle of sparkling wine is how to wordlessly let people know it’s time to party. Très Chic, Non? Bright and light, it paired up perfectly with the raspberries and cheeses Terrye suggested. Over bubbles we reviewed note cards for more wines we’d experience, complete with a map of the prominent regions of France from where our vintages hailed, as well as handy sections to jot our own tasting thoughts. Round One: Sparkling wine, everyone wins! Then …

Susurrus: Snow Day at Home

This weekend our bungalow was dusted with the most delicate blanket of snow. The weather’s mostly kept us cozied up inside with our books and hot whiskeys, but for awhile I ventured out to just watch, and listen. There’s nothing in the world quite like the sound of a fresh snow. Save

How to Create the Perfect Bedroom

“You’re either in your bed or in your shoes, so it pays to invest in both,” maker of fine shoes and fellow sleepyhead John Wildsmith once noted. And so in keeping with those little wellness rituals that make a big difference, I’ve been working on some changes in search of a better night’s rest. After all, at eight hours a night, we spend a third of our lives in bed! FLAX LINEN SHEETS After finding that pure linen bedding stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, wicks moisture without feeling damp, and has one of the smallest footprints of any fabric, I was sold on trying linen sheets. One week into making up the bed with an organic linen set, there’s no way I’d go back to anything else. Our linen sheets and duvets are from Veratex, Restoration Hardware, Ikea, and a Russian tailor I found on eBay. There are some beautiful made in USA options from Linoto, Rough Linen, and Etsy’s handmade options. If you’re on a tight budget, West Elm, …

Cold Weather Cure: How To Make A (Damn Good) Hot Toddy

If you’re lucky enough to be reading this on the sands of some gloriously hot island, do skip right over this post and get back to working on your tan lines (and hi, bottle up the Vitamin D and send my way?). Everyone else out there braving freezing rain, nipping winds, and oh, I don’t know, seventeen strains of strep and eighteen holiday get-togethers, my Scotch-Irish forefathers have a little elixir of wellness to share with you. Known as a hot toddy in Scotland and a hot whiskey in Ireland, my very favorite winter drink is a triple threat to the cold weather ick – honey soothes the throat, warm whiskey and pepper clear congestion, and lemon adds a nice shot of Vitamin C and bioflavinoids (but by all means, if one of those seventeen strains has really caught up with you, trade out the whiskey for ginger tea). For a bonafide toddy you’ll need: 1 tablespoon of honey (go local if you can) Dash of cayenne pepper 3/4 mug of water Half a lemon …

Uncommon Gifts For Gentlemen On The Go

This weekend I’m sharing twenty seven gifts for all kinds of chaps – the outdoorsman, the epicure, the entrepreneur, the jet setter. Read on if you’re looking for ideas for a certain beau this month – or if you’re just curious to see what’s in my Netflix queue. 27 IDEAS: FESTIVE GIFTS FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE Via BodhiLuxe Magazine: Sorry chaps – and yes, we’re generalising here! – but on the whole you’re infinitely harder to shop for than the ladies in our lives. But don’t you worry, you’re sure to find something you truly want under the tree this year, thanks to Jess Hunt’s super shopping skills (and we’ll also be sure to forward on all your thank you cards…)! From the wet bar to the bath tub, Jess offers up twenty seven ideas to treat your beau this holiday season, whether he’s the mountain trailblazer, a serial entrepreneur, always on the road with a coffee in hand, or a big fan of Old Fashioneds and the slow food movement. The Great …