Lessons from a leaner closet

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Like a lot of other people, I felt like I learned a lot about myself in the process of paring down.  When forced to make tough decisions on what stays or goes, I learned about what was most important to me.  Since my focus here has been on personal style, I wanted to share some of the things I learned in that department.

My favorite and most worn clothes were surprisingly from a broad range of retailers, from cheap fast fashion stores like H&M to designers like Trade-Mark.  Although I try to shop more consciously at ethical brands as much as possible now, for moral reasons, I don’t mind at all holding onto high rotation, fast fashion clothing that I already have and I like mixing it all up.   Continue reading “Lessons from a leaner closet”

Why I stopped wearing patterns

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As I pruned my wardrobe down to the clothes I wore most often and then reflected on why I wore some things more than others, I realized I had gotten rid of almost all my clothes with patterns.  Patterns are exciting when first purchased but after a few wears, I tend to get sick of looking at them.  And because they stand out in people’s memory, I feel that I can’t wear the same patterned clothing over and over again.

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outfit: work pants

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Thought I should post another outfit with the Elizabeth Suzann work pants that I got for my birthday.  These pants have really turned out to be a good investment.  The pockets are huge without giving you a (tacky) cargo pants type of look.  And they seem to go well with everything in my wardrobe.  My only complaint is that pet hair tends to stick to the fabric but that’s not a big deal for me.  The top is from TradeMark, a minimalist label with excellent craftsmanship.  I was drawn to the socialist vibe of this shirt and its understated pale yellow color, to add just a little warmth to my otherwise grayscale wardrobe. Continue reading “outfit: work pants”

outfit: nautical summer uniform

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For the longest time, I thought culottes could only look good on models and tall people but realized there’s actually a huge range of shapes and fabric weights when it comes to culottes and it’s all about finding the right one for you.  I got this two piece set from Madewell this summer and really love it.  It has kept me comfortable and breezy during this long summer heatwave.  It’s got such an interesting character to it–part tomboy nautical, part cute African school girl.

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outfit: slow pants

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The blogger at StyleBee introduced me to these amazing Elizabeth Suzannwork pants” that I asked for on my birthday.  These pants are really great!  I’m so glad they fit well because the process was truly slow.  Each pair of pants are made to order by hand in the USA.  Mine took 8 weeks for them to sew up and ship.  It came with a handwritten letter and wrapped in the most beautiful marble wrapping paper I’ve ever seen.  All seams on these pants are sewn with intent to last a lifetime and the fabrics are selected to get better with age.  I love that it is high waisted enough to wear with crop tops but fitted enough to drape longer shirts over the belly area.   Continue reading “outfit: slow pants”

blog: in the works

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I haven’t been writing as consistently as I would like to because my schedule has been pretty jam packed lately (despite my efforts to do less ~!).  Over the weekend, I stumbled across a few like-minded blogs (here and here – I just love finding new blogs with great content!) and felt inspired to write more!  So I thought I’d share some ideas I had in the works for the future of this blog:

  • sharing my capsule beauty kit
  • editing a style wishlist – I’m not sure why, but I’m interested in other bloggers’ wishlists and enjoy reading about how they ultimately decide to buy or not buy something.
  • sharing my ‘style story’ – a survey that looks into how your life story influences what you wear.  Very interesting idea!
  • taking better photos – I’ve been learning to do more with my DSLR.  Still a work in progress though.. with time.
  • taking you on a tour of my apartment – We did a lot of re-arranging and can’t wait to show you!
  • more outfit posts, of course! including some new athleisure – loungewear items I just got.

Stay tuned.  Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me down below.  Thanks!

outfit: the modern sweater dress

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Modern women want to dress comfortably.  I’ve been drawn to dresses that feel like cozy sweaters but cut in sophisticated modern silhouettes that can still be worn to work or the night out.  Here is a gem I found at the Billy Reid boutique in New Orleans.  They make high quality modern mid length dresses with menswear textiles that look much better in person than online.  The pieces are well worth the investment if you’re looking for essential wardrobe items.   Continue reading “outfit: the modern sweater dress”

outfit: texture tank in cream

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Filled a big hole in my wardrobe today.  Can you believe I have never owned a basic white tank?!  Here I’m wearing Everlane’s new texture tank in cream (size XS).  There are subtle things about this tank that make it worthy of a spot in our essentials wardrobe.  The fabric is thick and completely opaque, but still very breathable.  I can wear a dark colored bra without it showing.  The straps are spaced perfectly apart to cover any standard bra straps (no need to wear your racerback bra with this).  The cut is also slightly A-line, which let’s air flow to keep you cool, adding to the overall relaxed aesthetic of this outfit.  It’s also super affordable at only $25, and it happens to be made in the USA, specifically in Los Angeles (woot! my hometown).  In conclusion this tank is just perfect and I know I will be wearing this over and over for a long time.  Here’s a view of the side and a close-up….

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beauty: how to make sheer nail color opaque

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One of my new favorite nail colors is Essie’s ‘minimalist’, which I’ve mentioned earlier. This nail color is almost perfect except that it requires 3 coats to get an opaque finish. That’s simply too much work. A quick fix for this is layering with a base opaque nude color. Here I’m wearing one thin coat of Illamasqua ‘monogamous’ (a natural opaque matte nude color) with one coat of Essie’s minimalist on top.  The base color disappears while the top color stands out minus any annoying uneven sheerness.

wardrobe radar: crossover slider

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Crossover sliders are just as ubiquitous as arizona Birkenstocks these days.  I’ve been eyeing them for quite a while but haven’t been able to find the right ones for my foot type (long and narrow).  But alas, today I stumbled across this version by Johnston & Murphy.  The stock photos were not immediately appealing to me; first I felt these shoes were kind of ugly, but I fell in love with them after I saw how JetsetJustine styled them with modern casual pieces in this photo: Continue reading “wardrobe radar: crossover slider”

outfit: brown nostalgia II

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Again, here’s my throwback AE corduroy skirt from high school circa 1999.  Love the buttoned back pockets and minor details of this skirt like the lavender lining along the zipper that peeps out sometimes.  To keep it grown up I paired it with this modest classic cotton sweater from Everlane.  Maybe this is boring, but I for one like seeing bloggers wear the same items in different ways; it helps me understand how their style works for them. Continue reading “outfit: brown nostalgia II”