All articles by lfriedma14
Treasures: A Final Go Through Grandma’s Closet
Things can be just things – but the meaningful ones are imbued with a spirit of those that loved them.
Since my Grandma Enid passed, my family recently took a trip to her place in Florida. It’s been many years … Read more
Last night my Grandma Enid passed away peacefully. Her grace, creativity, and sense of style made me who I am today.
The Perfect Last Minute Gift
Ann Arbor friends and fans!
How To Get Dressed In the Morning: A Study in Navy, Berry, and Wine
There are two mind exercises I utilize while getting dressed in the morning:
1. What is the context of which I will be wearing this outfit? What’s my environment for the day, and who will be looking at what I … Read more
Boots With Soul: An Ode to Beautiful Soles
If I were more on top of my game, I would have taken all my favorite boots to the cobbler this summer, before I actually wanted to wear them again. Instead, they recently spent a few weeks at the shoe … Read more
Penny Edition: A Throwback Sketch
One of the best things about getting dressed in the fall is reintroducing myself to pleasures of wearing LAYERS – after a good five, six months of weightless dresses and breezy shirts, it’s a pleasure to slip a jacket over … Read more
Hot For Teacher
This week I was invited to give a scarf tying demonstration to a Ladies Fashion Club based in Virginia.
There are a couple guidelines I follow when speaking or just “being” in front of people, especially if I know my … Read more
Presidential Blues: A Political Appointee’s Plus-One
This past Monday, on a balmy DC evening, I was the lucky recipient of a plus-one invite at the Political Appointee Summer Appreciation Picnic on the White House South Lawn. With hundreds of federal employees and their guests (a raucous … Read more
Cup, Saucer, Fresh Pencils: A Throwback Sketch
There’s something sparkling in the air… a breeze that makes me want to sit down at a tidy desk and mark important dates in my planner with a sharp pencil, a shift that has me considering cardigans and pants and … Read more
How To Blowdry Fine, Wavy Hair
My hair has always been a challenge to style: it’s an unbeatable combination of my mom’s fineness and my dad’s slight Jew fro-y-ness (love you, mom and dad). As we all know, I normally just throw it up in … Read more
Throwback Sketch: Labor Day Last Call
For the past four years, my girlfriends and I have taken an annual Labor Day trip. We used to go to Maine, as mentioned in this sketch, but this year we’re going to Colorado. We’re trading the New England … Read more
Every girl needs a go-to first date outfit that is as comfortable as jeans and a tee and as sexy as a bondage dress and heels.
I’d been relying on a simple yet elegant black camisole with white jeans … Read more
Throwback Sketch: To Market To Market
juicy stone fruits and
sundresses that will never fade.
LF… Read more
My Brain in Sketches
My Moleskine is filled with these bursts of… unthinking.
The pages are heavy with an unfiltered surge of inner shapes that I fire off while talking on the phone (I’m a better listener when my hand is busy), taking … Read more
Prairie Wind: How To Wear A Souvenir Horse T-Shirt
There is a general store just a few miles outside of Assateague National Park…
Besides the notable selection of literally anything one could ever dream of needing during a stay in the area, this shop also has a historical selection … Read more
Throwback Sketch: How to Make it in America
An All-American throwback Thursday, first seen here.
LF… Read more
Wild Ponies Packing List: Assateague Island
My friends and I are packing up for a weekend camping trip on Assateague Island – a national park on the beach where wild ponies roam. (If by chance you’re also headed there this weekend, my pals are NOT the … Read more
Throwback Sketch: Long Weekend on Lake Gaston
Summer Saturdays are made for cut-off shorts and a shirt stolen from your brother (or your dad, or your boyfriend).
How To Look Like You Tried: The Balm Stain
I have practically accosted friends to get them to try Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain.
Throwback Sketch: Dead Poets on the Green
I’d like for readers to enjoy this early work as much I as I do, so look out for a weekly throwback sketch.
Up and Running: Unveiling the New My Closet in Sketches
Hi, and welcome back!
I hope you enjoy the new changes to the site. Thank you, little brother, for all the help and heavy lifting.
There’s a lot more to come! My goal is to make this site a … Read more
Two Bit Chick
This dress is a unicorn. It may be one of the only articles of clothing I bought for myself in high school that is still kept in regular rotation. Seriously, how many pieces in your closet can you say that … Read more
Buy 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf
Buy it now:
From the Audrey to the Paris, the Top Down, or the Easy Breezy, there are 50 scarf styles in this book for any occasion or mood. Jaunty illustrations break … Read more
A Friendly Announcement
It is my yearly obligation to inform all DC residents of the aqueous (and free!) joy that is available to us all.
Find your neighborhood DC pool here.
Happy Memorial Day! I plan on doing nothing but soaking in … Read more
Have you ever gotten a real bra fitting? (The Secrets of Victoria don’t count.)
Have you ever treated yourself to a perfectly fitted set of matching bra and underwear? And did you buy that set for yourself? Just for the … Read more
Author At Her First Book Signing
This is the kind of title I would write on this blog – something evocative, specific to a time and place – that usually had nothing to do with where the actual outfit was worn. For instance, this oldie … Read more
I must be frank – I’ve been playing a lot less dress-up.
Not because I’m not actually dressing up. (I make a point to do that. Every day.) It’s because there’s a lot less guesswork in reaching for my wardrobe … Read more
First Look! 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf Trailer
Can you believe it? They make book promo videos these days.
Inside the Making of 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf
Have you bought your copy of 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf yet??
Honestly, it’s a scary time for me. This book just lived in my head and in my journal for the past year and a half, … Read more
50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, by Lauren Friedman.
So, here’s the big news.
How To Shop The Men’s Department
Hello, it’s me again!
These last few months have been a reshuffling of priorities, a reorganizing of time, a period of reflection and realizing.
With that vagueness out of the way… one thing that definitely remains the same is a … Read more
LF for Tote Magazine
(image source: Rachel Parker for Tote Magazine)
A late summer infusion of inspiration.
The Politics of Pretty: AM to PM
Hi, remember me!? (I missed you.)
TAKE A VACATION
It’s that time of year – when me and the fam head “Up North” (as we Michiganders like to say) for a few weeks of sun-filled, cell phone-less bliss.
My office MVP, Jill, will be manning the LF … Read more
There are some changes a’foot at the offices of My Closet in Sketches…
LF here, ready for a vacation. I’m dreaming of roadtrippin’ to visit my girl Ashlea in Asheville…
Lords of Summertown
Rules of the Game:
1. Sport high waisted skirts (in linen and cotton) with matching bras peeking out under tanks.
2. Wear a hat.
3. Always keep a swimsuit in your backpack.
It’s really, really summer. In breathable fabrics, silhouettes … Read more
Second Run: A Friendly Announcement
Just as pertinent as it was last year.
Find your neighborhood DC pool here.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!… Read more
How To Wear A Trench
The trench featured here is my always-right, always-perfect number from London Fog.
Opening of the Ballet Russes
On Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the opening reception of the Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. PLEASE. Do yourself a favor and get to Washington DC to see this. Run. Do … Read more
Sometimes it’s hard to express how much My Closet in Sketches means to me without sounding redundant. There are so many tangible ways that this website has affected my life, but what’s more important to me – and what I … Read more
One particularly notable occurrence since my last birthday, as you know, is that I have my own studio- which has essentially banished all my pencil skirts and heels to live full-time in my closet while I live in hard … Read more
How To Get The Fattest Lashes
Why don’t you combine this lash tutorial with some of my other makeup how to’s? Here’s how to do the “Hi, Put Money In My Tip Jar” eye, here’s how to do A Standard Five Minute Face, here’s … Read more
Second Run: Trophy Wife
I’m currently working on some pretty significant, intense projects – so right now it feels nice to go back to the basics, when I spent every evening after work trying on clothes, making outfits, drawing my little heart out. Here’s … Read more
How To Wear A Jean Jacket
That animal print belt is from J.Crew and was … Read more
I wore a J.Crew boiled wool sweater, an H&M cotton peplum top, silk trousers pilfered from Grandma’s closet (previously featured here when I wore them on a date), my all-time-dig alligator clutch, also from Grandma (seen often on this here… Read more
I went with laces like these.
It may be said that these Bass boots are the best way to explore the archives of My Closet in Sketches. Check it:
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed there’s been a recent addition to my DC life – my brother, Alex, just moved to town. He’s basically the coolest and I love living with him.
As the … Read more
How To Have Swagger
I saw this quote in last Sunday’s New York Times. On point.