INSTAFAVE // Sara Kate Studios

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A Freelance Stylist and Interiors Composer, Sara Kate Huff’s instagram @Sarakatestudios is a celebration of thoughtfully curated momentary adventures.
 How long have you been on IG? (Do you think being an early adopter gave you any more advantages to a larger following?)
I have been on Instagram for over three years and joined the day after graduating college. I skipped my graduation ceremony in favor of going to some magazine parties in NYC and downloaded it that day after hearing about it from a friend. It was actually the perfect time to start documenting my adventure – I had no idea what I getting into as a freelance stylist.   It has been an interesting three years and I love that I have images to show me the journey. I wouldn’t say being early to IG added to my followers as most of them have really grown over the last year.
Your feed works seamlessly with your brand — any tips for others on how to best curate their feed?

Well, thank you for saying so. I really have grown my brand out of things that I love and want it to always remain personal. I share bits of my life and travels as well as projects which I find is a nice mix. I am not a big box retailer… I am a twenty-something who is building her business and trying to figure out life as well. As far as curating goes, two years ago I made a New Years Resolution to take a photo a day and it was a personal challenge that I was excited to embark on. Composition and balance are very important in my business , not only with documenting my work but also styling for projects, and was something I wanted to improve upon. It’s funny because there are days when I hate the image I capture but have forced myself to post anyways. You learn from your shortcomings and the only way to sharpen yourself in something creative is to learn by doing.

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Some people may not feel that comfortable sharing selfies or their surroundings on a daily basis — is this something you have encountered and learned to work around?
I am really not one for selfies, although I post an occasional photo of myself. I much prefer to share the things that I am inspired by… I enjoy capturing my surroundings and sharing a piece of my day whether it is a lovely place I discovered on a trip or flowers from our local market. I know a while back there was a movement called “quit instagramming your beautiful life” and it was very perplexing to me. For me, and I’m sure for all of us, sometimes life can be difficult or mundane… I think that recognizing and capturing those beautiful moments that you want to remember are important.
Any tips on making friends via IG?
I have made some lovely friends from instagram and most of which are in similar professions to me. I have some designers and stylists that I e-mail with occasionally, some that I have even gotten together with, that have been such an encouragement to get to know. I have sent, and received, e-mails that begin by saying “Hello, I think you do great work and I just wanted you to know that.” I know often times if someone is in the same field there can often be a feeling of competition or scarcity, but I have found that those people have often been my sanity. My advice? These are the people who have the same lifestyle and interests as you – they are your kindred spirits, and treat them as such. 

ORGANIZE THIS // Feng Shui Closets with Lifesquire

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Our closets can often be a metaphor for our lives. Is your closet neat & tidy, with everything in order? If so, are you hyper organized, a planner and early to all of your appointments? On the opposite, is your closet a mess where you can’t see the floors anymore due to mounds of shoes & clothes, thrown about? If so, are you constantly running behind and does life seem chaotic to you? This is such a simple fix! By just changing the landscape of your closet, you will find your mornings run smoother and your days begin less stressful and more organized. Here are a few tips how to organize your closet in a short amount of time:

1 //  CLEAR THE FLOOR: When your floor is clear, your mind becomes clear. You can see things. You feel like you have space to move. Create a space for the things that are on the floor, for example:

— MAKE ADEQUATE SPACE FOR LAUNDRY: Keep separate bins for blacks, whites and dry cleaning for ease later.

— BUY SHOE RACKS + SHELVES: Keep your shoes on the racks. Don’t kick off your heels and leave them there. Take the few extra seconds (literally seconds) and put them back where they belong.

— NO MORE WIRE HANGERS: If they are wire hangers, recycle them – all dry cleaners take them back. Invest in a consistent hanger, either wooden or covered, Bed Bath and Beyond has a multitude of options.

2 // REMOVE ALL ITEMS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH GETTING DRESSED: A lot of times our closets become storage units for kids toys, paperwork we don’t know what to do with, luggage, etc. There are ways around this but first you must separate all of the items that don’t belong into groups. If there is a better place for them in the house (i.e. the kids toys belong in the kids rooms, paperwork belongs in an office or command center, etc.) put them there. Make your closet a tranquil setting to get ready in the morning in.

3 // CONDUCT AN HONEST PURGE: Are you holding on to a pair of jeans you’re hoping to fit into one day? All that is doing is making you depressed. Instead, treat yourself to a new pair that fit great and you can wear now AFTER you have organized your space! If you are unsure about an item, turn the hanger the opposite direction than the rest. After 3 months if the hanger hasn’t made its way around, purge that item — you aren’t going to wear it. Take the clothes to a charity that supports women getting back in the work force – Dressed for Success is a great example! Use your purged clothes to help someone to get back on their feet!

4 // STAY ON TOP OF IT: When you take off your clothes from the day, hang them up or put them in the laundry basket. Find a good system and stick with it by doing a little every day. If you organize as you go, things won’t get out of hand and you will find your days just begin to run smoother!

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