Minimalism and Fashion

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Last year I watched a documentary about minimalism. Ever since I’ve been fascinated with the topic. Something about living a more simpler life sounds so amazing. Imagine you won’t have to spend the entire day cleaning and wake up to an immaculate home. Sounds like a dream come true to me.

Those of you who love fashion and styling just like me, here are a few ways I like to keep my closet as minimal as I possibly can.

  1. Just buy what you need. Having a closet full of 8 v-neck black shirts is unnecessary. If you prefer a black v-neck, get a really good one that will last you through the season. 
  2. Know your style. I talk a lot about personal style here, but knowing your personal style will take you a long way when building a wardrobe. For example, I prefer a more basic color palette, so when I come across that neon green cardigan, I know it won’t work in my closet and therefore I need not buy it. No matter how cute it may be.
  3. Stick to basics. Basics will bring you a long way. Now, if you have to have that neon green cardigan, you could buy it because your basics will make a great backdrop to this cardigan.
  4. Don’t keep up with the Joneses. This is what minimalism is all about. Not being sucked into consumerism. You can have everything you need to style an outfit but not go overboard. You don’t need those Gucci slides in the summer just because everyone has them, the black sandals you already have are just as cute.
  5. Discard often. I like to get rid of things very often, simply because I shop a lot. It’s the one in one out principle of minimalism.

Overall, if you want to live a minimalist lifestyle you can, but you may just put your joy into your closet. Which is fine because you can do minimalism your way.

Camouflage the Fall

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I have another look that is majority from Old Navy. Seems like I shop there a lot. It’s funny I wouldn’t consider myself to love Old Navy, but apparently I do. They have amazing deals, and cute on trend items. Plus, they have great things for winter and fall. After linking the products I found a few more shirts I plan to get. Would you like to see what I am loving? I am excited to shop and share 🙂

Shirt: Old Navy similar here ~ Jeans: American Eagle ~ Scarf: Old Navy ~ Shoes: TJ Maxx similar here

 

Fall Sunny Days

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Guys, I am so sick of being sick. I think I told you last week I was under the weather. It’s like as soon as I get over having a cough, I now have a sinus issue. Honestly, I think today was the most normal I felt in two week. I’m so over it.

On a brighter note, we still are having war weather even though it is officially fall. How does it feel? It’s like a dream to me. I am so dramatic I know. What did you all do over the weekend?

Shirt: Old Navy ~ Skirt: H&M similar here ~ Shoes: Franko Sarto (via Ross) similar here

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Happy Thursday, I am so excited the work week is winding down. I don’t have any plans for this weekend and I am okay with that. I know this sounds really boring, but I plan to do much needed housework. Welcome to adulthood lol. What are your plans this weekend? I hope it is something fun 🙂

A couple weeks ago I decided to take a walk, in Old Navy, when I came across this top and I fell in love with it. I know there is nothing really special about it, but I new it would go really good well with this skirt, it also looks really cute untucked. I’m sure I will do a post on that soon. I actually wore this skirt for my engagement photos three years ago. Let me tell you about these shoes… I found them in Ross, they are so comfortable, y’all, they were $30. Winning!

Shirt: Old Navy ~ Skirt: Zara (old) similar here and here ~ Shoes: Franco Sarto similar here and here

Scallop Sweater & Utility Skirt

Happy Friday Friends,

A few months ago I shared my shopping trip with you all. Here are tow pieces I purchased while on this trip. I love wearing bright colors with olive green. Olive green is a neutral to me. If I have something, I have it in olive green, I love how it goes with EVERYTHING.

It is weird that I wear sweaters in the summer time, here in the DC area it has been about 100 degrees. I spend most of my days in a freezing cold office so an outfit like this it works very well for my lifestyle now, and will transition well for the fall weather.

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Sweater: Banana Republic ON SALE! ~ Skirt: H&M similar here~ Shoes: Nine West (old) similar here

Stripes on White

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Now if this outfit doesn’t scream summer to you I don’t know what will? I love love love this shirt. I almost paid full price for it because I loved the way it felt. Luckily, it was on discount when I got to the register. These pants are really old from Banana Republic Factory. Honestly, your clothes hold up so much better when you invest in them. I think I am on year three with these pants. It helps that I only wear them a few times each year, but they have held up very very well, through stains and parties. The shoes, I don’t even know where they are from because they are so old.

Embellished Summer Dress

So I am frugal, and I never buy things full price. That said, when I buy something full price I have to love it, ALOT. So I bought this dress full price from Banana Republic at that. I have been a fan of Banana for years. I love how their clothes fit me. Their dresses are the perfect length. I don’t wear a lot of heels so having my dresses hit right at my knees is exactly what I look for.

What called out to me about this dress is that it is essentially a basic dress, with a splash of fun. Oh and that is exactly how it wears. It is so comfortable, the fabric amazing!

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Dress: Banana Republic (on sale!) ~ Shoes: Nine West (old) similar here and here.

 

Confidence in Black

Over the years I have been drawn to color –  the brighter the better. One of my favorite things to do Is mixing contrasting colors together. I get a lot of comments that they  would never have thought to wear that together (I take that as a compliment!).  However, in the past year or two, I have been loving more neutral colors. I find all black to be the opitaimity of chic! We can even see this throughout the years. One movie most fashionistas love, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when she wore that amazing black dress and pearls. I do, however, consider myself a fashionista, but I actually thought that movie was boring.  I watch it for the fashions.

With black, by changing the accessories, you can create so many outfits that give you so many looks. You can have a sporty look when you wear an outfit with sneakers, then with the same outfit have an evening look with jewelry and heels (flats for me tho!).  I just love how versatile one color can be.

You can even transition it throughout the seasons. I love a simple black t-shirt in the spring and summer. A black turtleneck in the fall and winter has been a staple in my wardrobe forever!

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An Alternative to Sweats

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Do you ever have those days when you just don’t really feel like doing much? I think I have them way to often. I just want to put clothes on my body and get the day going. Lately, I have been making an effort to avoid wearing sweats on those days, and going for a more put together option. Which is where the inspiration for this look came from. Here I am wearing a comfortable shirt and a pair of black pants (which feel like you are wearing leggings). It’s simple yet comfortable, perfect if you are running out of the door and don’t have that much time to get your life together (this happens to me way more than I would like to admit lol). When it does happen there is no need to run around looking like a hot mess. I know it is hard but, I am honestly say it takes the same amount of energy to wear this outfit as it does to wear sweats.

Outfit details:
Shirt: Gap (old) similar here
Tank: Target (my favorite cami!)
Pants: TJ Maxx similar here ON SALE!!!
Shoes: Ross similar here