Who doesn't love to get a compliment on how they smell? It sure is unexpected music to my ears! I'm taken by surprise every time someone mentions it. I think it's important to have a "signature scent"so that people associate you when they smell your particular fragrance. However, I'm a little untraditional in my theory because I like to switch my scent up every few years. Who says your signature can't change? I also can't walk into Sephora and smell a dozen different perfumes and expect to pick one. Some people say you can smell coffee beans in between smelling scents but that gives me a serious headache. I personally think the best way is to ask people what they're wearing when you love their scent! It's a great compliment to them and you don't have to play guessing games. I've been wearing Flowerbomb the past few years and my mom has been wearing Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana. Both are distinct scents!
What's your go-to scent?
Spring + Summer Striped Satchel | Stack Rings | Simple Necklace
Accessories are probably my favorite thing to own because they instantly update old clothes and make them feel new. Even though I have quite a bit of accessories, I think it is very important to have some basic, versatile, and go to pieces. That way you don't have to think much about what to put together with your outfit but still feel like you look polished. I think investing in a large wallet that can hold everything you need is never a mistake. I have a hobo wallet from a few years ago and I still love it. A basic black or neutral colored clutch is great for night time and special occasions. It is sleek and chic and will match with basically anything. My favorite ways to add texture and a statement are scarves. For me two neutral scarves (grey and striped) plus one with a punch (red) are must haves. I'll admit though, I own seven or eight scarves and will probably add another to replace some of the older ones I've outgrown. I absolutely love handbags. There's always one I'm lusting over. If I had to narrow it down though, and if you're going to spend a pretty penny, absolutely buy in a neutral color. A carryall tote works for everything. A satchel is a more polished feel for every season and a cross body bag that you can actually fit stuff in are must haves. I also threw in a fun but still neutral striped bag that would match with a ton for spring and summer. Gap also has some great bags and they always always always have discount codes. Obviously it is really easy to have ten times the amount of jewelry that I featured here. I'm not opposed to having a ton of jewelry because it is so small and easy to store! It doesn't take up a ton of space. However, I think it is important to have go-to pieces. For me those pieces are a classic watch that goes with everything, an understated necklace, and timeless stack rings.
What's your go-to accessory piece?
Part two in the simplified closet series focuses on shoes. Every girls weakness, right!? I'll admit I wasn't much of a shoe lover until a few years ago. A great pair of shoes definitely makes or breaks your outfit. The key with basic shoes is quality, comfort, and usability. For some of you, the thought of only eight pair of shoes might sound like a bad nightmare. However, if you only have shoes you absolutely love, eight is plenty! Black and nude pumps cover all seasons and all occasions for fancy occasions. Dark brown boots work for skinny jeans, tights and dresses, and work well while transitioning into spring. I love black and dark brown/tan together but if you don't you might want to consider investing in a basic and versatile black boots like these. Black and tan flats are very chic and work day to night. I think cheetah print is never going out of style and is a fun way to spice up your wardrobe when you're sick of plain colors. Rainbow sandals seriously last forever and are perfect for running around everywhere during the summer time. If you want another option, definitely go with white like these so they match with everything. And finally, I absolutely love my converse. I wear them as often as possible. I wore them all around Europe and was so happy I had them with me. I think they even look cute with skirts and summer dresses. However, if you're all about comfy shoes, classic sperrys work well and will last for years.
What's your go-to shoe style?
Happy Sunday! I wanted to stop by real quick and tell you about an awesome product. I worked with Braologie a few months ago to help me find a bra that's custom to my body and needs. It was a great experience working with Tallia who I sent a few measurements to as well as various pictures of myself in my current bra and shirt on. Braologie not only sent me my new favorite bra but they also sent me a mini vest called the bracie which helps improve posture and body shape. The bracie is worn over your bra but under your shirt. Honestly, it's crazy how much better you look all around when you have the posture help while wearing the bracie. You can read more about it here. It's on sale right now for $19.99! Feel free to email me with any individual questions and I'll see if I can't answer them for you!
I'm a tad obsessed with building the perfect simplified closet. I'm no where close to where I want to be with my basics and wardrobe but you gotta start somewhere right!? I've never really had any direction with my style. I went through a surfer/skater girl stage in middle school, an Abercrombie stage in high school, followed by a trend-based style where I tried whatever was popular. A few years ago, one of my former co-workers once told me I dressed like I was in Miami. Needless to say, I had no idea how to respond to that. What does that even mean?? Well, I looked at my wardrobe and I guess she was somewhat right. I just had bright colors and patterns EVERYWHERE. Bright colors and patterns sure are fun but they don't make for a lot of use or longevity. Neither do super trendy clothes. So here I am about 15 years after I started caring about what I wear and am ready to tackle a simplified intentional closet that gets the most out of my dollar! I'm totally okay with spending money on quality clothes in classic colors that I can wear and use for years. Note to self, your first designer bag that you bought in kelly green five years ago sure was cute but after a year it sat in your closet....forever.
Anyhow, I'm starting a new Simplified Closet series which is a way for me to help define what I'd like in my closet and where I'm at. It's a mesh between classic American prep and Parisian glamour chic. I mean those ladies know how to make the most out of basics! The key is to be extremely picky about quality, fit, and use. Once you find that can't-eat can't-sleep until I have it item you'll know it belongs in your closet. It will probably take a lot of searching but it will be worth it! I'm not even going to touch office wear so beware. I can whatever I want to work (even an oversized sweatshirt is acceptable) so the whole dressy office thing is out of my league for right now. I'd love to h ear your advice on what's a need and what you can live without as I go through each post. Let's start with bottoms.
Where I'm at: I don't have flattering white jeans and of course I won about 8 pair of jeans right now and 4 I don't love the fit. Once I slowly add more amazing jeans to my closet I can get rid of a few. I wear jeans to work though so 4-6 pair is probably about right for me. I've yet to find the perfect jean short and black skirt. I may try that jcrew one and if it fits....hope for a sale!
I can't think of anything else that is a true NEED or super resourceful with multiple uses.
Can you? What's on your basic bottoms list?
It's been awhile since I talked about that buzz word minimalism. "Minimalism" is still a huge part of my day to day life. I just dropped off 4 bags of goodwill items this past weekend. I also have a Craiglist ad up for a shoe cabinet I don't have use for anymore. It's an older version of this one and I'm selling it for $40 if you live in San Diego County! I have an ongoing to-do list to help me have the most organized, light, happy, intentional and resourceful lifestyle possible. Do I sound annoying right now? I hate to come off as preachy and that's not the purpose behind this post. I know a few of you are interested in my quest for a simplified living so I thought I'd update.
One of the benefits of having a much thinner closet is that I do two loads of laundry a week because I have to or I will run out of clothes! I have not had a pile up of five to six loads of laundry spilled onto my closet floor in almost a year. Also, I rarely wear clothes I don't LOVE anymore. And the clothes I do wear I get A LOT of use out of. Less cleaning and things I don't care about a few weeks later means more time and money towards my priorities! What do you do to stay thinned out on your possessions?
DISCLAIMER: I still buy stuff. I am still a consumer. I'm just very intentional and picky about what I spent my money on. This means yes to less things but it also means my life consists more of what I love instead of just new stuff.
Ponte Peplum Top | Crepe Henley Tunic | Tailored Mini Dress | Stripe Dress
This week I'm crushing on red tops, dresses, bags and flats! I know plum and burgundy are in style this season but somehow I'm just gravitating toward the cheer of cardinal and ruby. It doesn't hurt that red looks good with my skin coloring either ;) Who else agrees red is not just for the Christmas season!?