I'm in love with this creepy old house in my neighborhood. I say creepy because it's clearly in disrepair, it has a hollow dead tree out front, and it's this particular shade of white that makes me think of old-fashioned mental hospitals. I drive past it every day, and lately I've been gripped by an illogical desire to drop everything, buy this house, and turn it into an inn. It has several detached garages that would make perfect tiny-house style honeymoon cabins.
Am I crazy? Who owns this house? How much restoration does it need? Who wants to give me a small-business loan? Is my life progressively becoming a parallel of the television series Gilmore Girls? If so, is this a coincidence or a self-fulfilling prophecy? These are questions I need answers to.
CREDITS: gray skinny jeans — J.Brand | Layered knit and folded-hem blouse — 10 Crosby Derek Lam | suede peep-toe shoes — Anthropologie | blush-colored blazer — Asos
As you know, last year I put a halt on needless spending, decluttered my home, and began to focus on how a minimalist approach could improve all aspects of my life, including my wardrobe. Since then, I've only purchased items I'm specifically looking for after assessing my current options and deciding which pieces, if any, would make beneficial additions.
This outfit features three such additions: the pleated skirt I've wanted for six months and waited for warm weather to purchase (to make sure I still wanted it), the striped tee I bought to replace a similar one that wasn't quite right, and the wallet-on-chain style cross-body bag that I can carry inside my workbag during the week and on its own over the weekend.
These items plus a new pair of workout leggings, a striped skirt (to replace the striped skirt that wasn't quite right), a new pair of jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and a blazer comprise the full extent of new clothing I've bought in the last six months. Depending on your shopping habits, that could sound like a lot or a little, but the point is that it feels like the right amount for me right now. So far, I haven't suffered any buyer's remorse, exceeded my allotted budget, or purchased anything redundant. Resisting temptation hasn't been much of an issue, and I feel better dressed than I have in a long time.
Plus, now that I'm buying things more intentionally, my need for new items has already slowed almost to a stop. I have a short list of things I still need/want, and I don't buy anything that's not on the list.
CREDITS: pleated midi skirt — ASOS | striped tee — ASOS | peep-toe shoes — Anthropologie | quilted cross-body bag — Kate Spade | double-face watch — Urban Outfitters
For me, the months leading up to Christmas are the perfect time to focus on limiting my spending on myself, since anything I buy might be made redundant by Christmas gifts. Here are some of the things I'm currently coveting, but holding off on purchasing for myself.
Most days, with my capsule wardrobe, I wear variations on the same thing: jeans and a t-shirt, jeans and a fine-gage sweater. But, some days, you're feeling a dress, regardless of how cold and dreary it is outside, and that's why I'm glad I included two in my capsule.
The foggy atmosphere of this photoshoot put me in a moody mood (ha!), and I think it ended up working well with the plaid, leather, and vintage '90s boots, which all lend a grungy quality.
CREDITS: plaid drop-waist shirtdress – J.Crew Factory | leather jacket – Anthropologie | vintage 1990s fold-down ankle boots – Etsy (Roadkill Vintage)
I like to get ready super fast in the morning. It gives me more time to sleep, more time to work, more time to do all the important things. Figuring a lot of you are probably like me, I created a rundown of my minimal morning makeup routine for lazy girls. Check it out and let me know what products you like to use for that no-makeup makeup look.
Got another video for you, all about extending minimalist efforts into the holiday season. This video focuses on buying and receiving gifts, but I'm going to do a second part, so please leave your questions in the comments if there are any areas you would specifically like me to address (feasting, traveling, etc.) Thanks for watching!
The Royal Tenenbaums is definitely in my top three favorite movies of all time, and I've always wanted to dress as Margot for Halloween, but I never wanted to wear a silly looking blonde wig. Now that my hair is short(ish) and blonde(ish), I'm excited that I can finally pull it off.
(Don't worry; the cigarette is fake.)
CREDITS: Chevron dress – Missoni for Target | chinchilla coat – Casablanca Vintage | brown leather oxfords – Wanted
I've had a super busy week, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick video tour. Check it out if you're interested in decluttering, and stay tuned for more posts on my Halloween costume and other fun stuff. Thanks for reading!