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Cup, Saucer, Fresh Pencils: A Throwback Sketch

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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

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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

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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

 

Blooming Orchids

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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

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Deep summer:

juicy stone fruits and

sundresses that will never fade.

LF… Read more

 

My Brain in Sketches

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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

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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

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An All-American throwback Thursday, first seen here.

LF… Read more

 

Wild Ponies Packing List: Assateague Island

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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

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Summer Saturdays are made for cut-off shorts and a shirt stolen from your brother (or your dad, or your boyfriend).

I wore this outfit for the entirety of a weekend exactly three years ago while visiting my cousin Peter in … Read more

 

How To Look Like You Tried: The Balm Stain

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I have practically accosted friends to get them to try Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain.

Though it’s no secret that I believe Revlon’s lipsticks are the best the drugstore has to offer, I’ve recently grown partial towards their chubby lip … Read more

 

Throwback Sketch: Dead Poets on the Green

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I’d like for readers to enjoy this early work as much I as I do, so look out for a weekly throwback sketch.

“Dead Poets on the Green” was originally published in May of 2010. At the time, I was … Read more

 

Up and Running: Unveiling the New My Closet in Sketches

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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

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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

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Buy it now:

Amazon

Indiebound

Barnes and Noble

Books A Million

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

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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

 

Lady Parts

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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

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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

 

The Recipe

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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.

I want to thank Nic Weinfeld, the director, for making my life seem way cooler than it actually is, and all my beautiful DC friends for helping out … Read more

 

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.

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Click here to order on Amazon

 

So, here’s the big news.

For the past year, I have labored through the formidable task of writing and illustrating a book, which is now available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Read more

 

How To Shop The Men’s Department

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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

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(image source: Rachel Parker for Tote Magazine)

I have a lot of opinions when it comes to choosing a career path, or a major, or just feeling like you’re on the right path… so when Shelby, the editor of ToteRead more

 

Cherry Bomb

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A late summer infusion of inspiration.

Last weekend, some of my  pals from college came for a visit. They were hollering for some good DC shopping, so we swung by Current Boutique on 14th Street. In the sale racks, I … Read more

 

The Politics of Pretty: AM to PM

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Hi, remember me!? (I missed you.)

Although I  never draw my face here on My Closet in Sketches, I obviously still think about what it looks like in the real world. I was thrilled when Kara, of the blog Politics Read more

 

TAKE A VACATION

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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

 

Boss Ladies

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There are some changes a’foot at the offices of My Closet in Sketches…

Excitingly, the My Closet in Sketches official SHOP is officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS. It’s been a long time coming! PLEASE let me know if you … Read more

 

South Bound

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LF here, ready for a vacation. I’m dreaming of roadtrippin’ to visit my girl Ashlea in Asheville…

I would pack lightly for a weekend of southern living. Into the carpet bag I found at a bazaar in Chefchaouen, Morocco, would … Read more

 

Lords of Summertown

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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 … Read more

 

Second Run: A Friendly Announcement

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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

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The trench featured here is my always-right, always-perfect number from London Fog.

Craving other how-to’s? Here’s how to wear a jean jacket, how to wear a scarf, how to wear a button up, how to wear Read more

 

Opening of the Ballet Russes

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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

 

Year Three

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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

 

Birthday Post

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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

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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

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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

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Every gal should own the perfect jean jacket – I found mine on sale at Urban Outfitters when I was a junior in high school, and I’ve never looked back.

That animal print belt is from J.Crew and was … Read more

 

Modern Redux

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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 hereRead more

 

Overtime

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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:

I wore them in,
-Lucky Strike
-Working GirlRead more

 

The Corrections

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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

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I saw this quote in last Sunday’s New York Times. On point.

Playing up the swag, I dressed down my Rag & Bone leather tuxedo jacket and a white and black silk tuxedo pencil skirt I picked up at … Read more

 

Cabled Yards

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Second Run: My Toolkit

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I recently received a lot of questions about what materials I use to sketch. This toolkit is a second run of this original drawing posted almost two years ago… gee, time sure flies when you’re having fun!!… Read more

 

The Way I See It…

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I took some liberties on the pronouns of this Hardy Amies quote – but I do believe my new-ish frames from (former employer) SEE Eyewear do an excellent job of illustrating this credo on my face.

One more plug for … Read more

 

How To Wear A Button Up

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It was just a matter of time before I did a How To featuring my favorite article of clothing… in general, I prefer to lift button ups off of my dad or brother and then wear them to death.

The … Read more

 

Grindin

How do I love thee, leather jacket? Let me count the ways.… Read more

 

My Studio In Sketches

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Big BIG Girl Pants

Seriously, a year ago, I posted this.

Also, seriously, thank you to everyone who is reading this: you have been a part of something that has given me the ability to be able to live out my dreams. A … Read more

 

How To Wear Your Scarf

My mom found this 36inch X 36inch leopard print scarf at Target – however, a scrap of any old thing will do.

I’m aiming for the whole outfit when it comes to ways to wear your tee and how to Read more