Hi there! If you’re new here, this post is part of a series called Style Bootcamp. For more information, please click here. Enjoy!
In comparison with many of my fashion blogger counterparts, my approach to building a capsule wardrobe is closer to curation than it is minimization. Although I know part of the appeal of using a capsule wardrobe is reduction and simplicity, this post won’t speak directly to sustainable fashion or living with less. For this series, I’m COMPLETELY revamping my style so it’s likely I’m going to make a lot of mistakes and spend more money on clothes than I normally would.
That being said, I still think there is great value in using minimalism to structure our closets… but not in the way you think.
In my opinion, minimalism is not about owning nothing but about owning intentionally. It’s this never-ending process of ensuring that all the “things” present in our lives provide value and purpose, even those “things” we can’t see or touch. So for me, building a capsule wardrobe is less about reducing the number of items in my closet to exactly 35 and more about purposefully curating pieces to match the essence of the style I want to have. In that sense, the minimalism part is just about eliminating what’s in excess of that essence.
Continue reading “Style Bootcamp: Planning My Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe (The ULTIMATE How-To Guide)”
I think one of the biggest challenges in writing for this blog has been consistency. Writing is something of a sacred act for me. It helps me understand myself in ways nothing else can and for that reason, it can be difficult to keep up with it when I have an audience in mind. Inspiration may not always strike when I want it to but that’s no reason not to serialize my writing and use it to build something even more meaningful. In effort to be more consistent with my posts, I’d like to introduce you to my very first series: Style Bootcamp.
Before I get into the real announcement, I’d like to start this off by saying that I’ve been a terrible fashion blogger. It’s difficult for me to put my love for fashion into words because, quite frankly, it overwhelms me. Despite my creativity and somewhat free spirited nature, I like to keep the things in my head in boxes. When it comes to defining who I am, I’m very “all or nothing” about it. My desire for knowledge and sharp attention to detail makes me a bit of a purist when it comes to fashion. So much so, that my love for one thing often feels like a renunciation of another.
Continue reading “Style Bootcamp Intro: A Fresh Start to Looking My Best”
I’m reaching a bit far into the past with this one (4+ years), so if you’re looking for something trendy, please heed this warning that there will be nothing timely about this post. It’s just something I think about often, built by someone I look up to greatly, that I want to talk about. So here’s my old news for the day. Grab a coffee, a little sunshine soaked disposition, and lets dive in.
Blake Lively is, by far, one of my favorite actresses. Not only a force of fashion, she’s the biggest reason I want to pursue acting again, something I once wrote off as impractical and out of my reach. In high school, I LOVED theatre. Although I wasn’t the most practiced or the most talented, it made me happy, so happy that I honestly can’t remember a moment in that theatre I didn’t completely accept. I WANTED to be there. At one point, my friends and I even stopped eating in the cafeteria to have our lunch at the back entrance of the theatre we loved it that much. It was our open field of freedom and creativity at the edges of a crazy kingdom called “high school.”
Wanting, wholeheartedly, to be somewhere is something that has escaped me lately. These days, every fiber in my being desires to be elsewhere: on my grandma’s deck in mid-July, in a New York City hotel with my boyfriend, in California for the first time, in my old car, in my best friend’s pool when we were kids, in a brand new dress on a yacht in Europe (specific 🤨), backstage whispering on that small stage, and sometimes even on a red carpet (a bit far-fetched, I KNOW OKAY).
Continue reading “A Bit About the Past: Blake Lively’s “Preserve Failure” and What It Means to Me”
One of the biggest difficulties I have with finding success in my personal interests is staying in one lane for long enough to see any results. I have interests all over the place so when I go about pursing my dreams, I often picture a small, very excitable child running wild in the yard and I get scared. I’m literally excited by everything and not everybody appreciates that. Instead of embracing this, I normally minimize it to fit in. The challenge has been learning to accept this as a strength and an invitation to enjoy life rather than a reason to beat myself up over not being “dedicated enough” to a specific hobby or craft. Call it instability, but I’m slowly starting to see it as a unique opportunity to experience life at its fullest potential. WATCH OUT: The world is my candy store.
For me, writing has always been the unifying factor holding together all of these wild interests, from fashion to travel to music and everything else in between. It only makes sense that I’d want to be a blogger but about what has often eluded me. I mean seriously, how could you choose? Life is too cool to put into boxes. Continue reading “Scratch the Itch”