Sunday, January 25, 2015

"I Need More!" My 2015 Resolution - Questions to Ask Yourself in Order to Lead a More Minimalist Lifestyle (Closet Edition)

Blogging and Youtube have opened so many doors for me in 2014. With all the rush of great opportunities, it's easy to get carried away with social media and the whirlwind of needing to buy more things to post more content. This year I pledged to myself to lead a more minimalist lifestyle - cutting back on spending and making use of what I have already. Here are simple steps I'm taking as a college student/professed shopaholic to leading a more minimalist lifestyle everyday this year.

1. Purge My Wardrobe

I am constantly getting rid of clothes I don't need but earlier this month I really did toss a lot of useless items in my closet. I make it a habit to get rid of things in my closet on a monthly basis. I ask myself:

Have I worn this in the past 5 months?

Did I wear this last year during this same season?

Will I ever fit into this again?

Could someone else get more use out of this than me?

2. Buy for quality, not quantity

The past few months I have been buying my clothes for the quality of the garment and not for how many cheap bracelets or dingy pairs of shoes I can get my hands on. I ask myself these questions when I'm purchasing my clothes:

Will I be able to wear this when I enter the workforce?

How many years of use will this item last me?

Will I be able to pair this in multiple outfits?

Is this brand known for manufacturing high quality items?

3. Along with being aware of certain factors when purchasing my items, one attribute that I have prided myself on the last couple of years is taking care of the items that I already do own. Instead of buying things without will, I like to spend more time cleaning my possessions and I continue to follow this ritual throughout my life. I like to care for:

Specialty garments - Paying attention to fabrics and hand washing and dry cleaning when needed

Shoes - Properly cleaning and storing them so they will last me many years and be worth every dollar 

Jewelry - storing and cleaning pieces so they will last a lifetime

 I feel that a huge consumer behavior trend in the fashion industry is to own as many items as we can. We are always trying to "one-up" the other person and own the latest and greatest pieces. This is not true for many people yet very true to others. One of my main goals for 2015 is to reduce my need to constantly shop out of boredom or sadness, to take care of my items rather than buying more and neglecting what I already have, and to buy for quality, not quantity. Although I have set this standard for myself, I need to remember that it's okay to spoil myself once in awhile. Many people like to spend their money on food, travel, games or music. Shoes are my vice :)

I hope this post has brought inspiration to your day. Feel free to leave me any questions, comments or advice below. I love hearing from readers!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Silver Stripes - My Favorite Textured Skater Skirts

I love wearing outfits that showcase one amazing piece. Whether it be a statement necklace, an amazing pair of shoes or a body con dress, I am all for outfits that don't need any effort to put together. Skater skirts were everywhere the past couple of years and I love when simple pieces are redesigned. This silver, striped skirt is such a great piece for these winter months. The fabric is heavy and textured, making it more luxurious and easy to dress up. You may still be able to find my skirt at your local Dry Goods store but here are some of my favorite textured skater skirts for winter! The skirt from Lord and Taylor is pretty much an exact match!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Getaway Day 2

Here is day 2 of our Chicago trip! 

After having breakfast at Yolk we took a cab to the Adler Planetarium. This was actually my gift to Matt. He loves space related anything so I got him the book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. We had both heard that it was a great read and before I wrapped it up I put in a piece of paper talking about our day trip to Chicago that I planned. Lucky for us, both our Christmas presents to each other were pretty much the same thing so we were able to celebrate his gift as well on our trip.

 The Planetarium is kind of on its own little stretched out island so after we were done inside we walked around outside to see the city skyline and lake behind us. The city looked so still with all the blue and gray tones that winter brought. 

We headed back to the hotel and spent a good hour trying to figure out what to do and where to eat. We decided to just scroll through google maps and see what looked appetizing. When we saw that there was a Shake Shack in the city we had sealed the deal and didn't look anywhere else for dinner. We waited outside for a little while but it was definitely worth it. 

So that's the end of my Chicago trip! I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would've. Spending time with each other kind of just over ruled our use with electronics those few days. I will be uploading a video of it all to my Youtube channel sometime this week.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

His & Her Style

In today's post I'm sharing not only my outfit details, but my boyfriend's too. He is always extremely well dressed and I love his personal style. You can imagine how fun it is to shop for his clothes. Here are some shots of our outfits during our stay in the city.

When I know I'll be doing a lot of walking indoors, I like to be extremely comfortable. It can be hard trying to find ideal clothing for this situation. I knew we were taking a cab to the Planetarium instead of walking there, so I opted for comfortable herringbone loafers (similar here and here) instead of my chunky, ankle boots. I don't like wearing a lot of layers indoors so I wore a figure flattering peplum top from H&M, my comfiest pair of jeggings from AE and my new Steve Madden bag to haul my camera in.

Unlike me, Matt loves to layer his clothes. His sweater and button down shirt are both from H&M and his jeans are Levi's. His shoes are a great investment piece that I think a lot of guys should own. They can easily be dressed up or down and are perfect for when you want to pull an outfit together for an event that is more business casual. His hat is from Target (similar here) and sunglasses are from Pacsun (similar here). His closet is so fun to dig through and I've always respected his sense of style because of how well he puts outfits together.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chicago New Years Getaway

Happy New Year everyone! For my Christmas present, my boyfriend took me into the city to stay in a hotel and explore for a few days! It was the perfect gift and I had such a great time. We have a long distance relationship so it was great spending time with him before I start a new semester. Here are some pictures from the first day!

We took the train into the city and checked into the Godfrey Hotel. It was very modern and sleek, which we both loved. We stayed on the top floor and had a great view of the city. After we got settled in, we had plans to go ice skating at the new Maggie Daley ribbon rink but it was so crowded and cold out that we left and walked around Millennium Park instead.

We headed back up Michigan Ave. to sit down for dinner at a restaurant that I'd been looking forward to eating at, The Grand Lux Cafe. The restaurant has a 'venetian' theme and was designed by the founder of The Cheesecake Factory. If you have been to that restaurant then you'll see some details very similar to it in this one.

Our food was great, Matt loves his meat so he had pork sliders and mac n cheese with bacon. I have an ever lasting love for sandwiches so I ordered a turkey and brie sandwich with apples, cherries, apricots and arugula. The raspberry lemonade was amazing, too. Probably the best lemonade I'd ever had in my life... and I've had a lot of lemonade... ;)

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Check back again this week for Day #2!

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