sensing a theme

Grey coats are having a moment on my Pinboard. I like the idea of something roomy to throw over light shirts instead of a sweatshirt or cardigan. Gives off that “I tried although I didn’t actually try” vibe. The shoes I thought were nice.

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Clockwise from top left:

Emerson Fry Fall 14 Topper Coat (early access sign up here) + cobra embossed Thin Strap Heels
Christophe Lemaire Tweed Coat via The Line (check out the Building a Timeless Wardrobe article)
Étoile Isabel Marant boyfriend coat via The Working Girl
Life with Bird coat via The Chronicles of Her (another post on wardrobe refinement)
ASOS Oversized Wrap Coat via Modern Legacy

 

The Joy of Less

Last week, I borrowed The Joy of Less from the library in hopes that it will keep me focused on getting rid of things instead of constantly adding them. It’s a nice counterweight to the wishlist-esque posts of below. It’s all about balance, people.

Anyway, I’m a third of the way into it and want to throw out half of my household’s possessions. I’m told this response is completely normal.

A few things have stuck out to me and I hope I can remember them moving forward:

- everything that you own should be either beautiful or functional

- you shouldn’t try to recreate the outside world inside your living space

- try not to accumulate things; replacing them for something better is fine  

- if you want to get something new, but can’t think of something you want to get rid of to allow room for it, skip it

- pick your favorites and toss the rest

All fairly standard pieces of advice, but they bear repeating. Several times.

If any of you are interested in the whole minimalism thing and haven’t already read about it 386 times on the internet, check it out. It’s pretty motivating.

Project 333 | Fall Planning

It’s two months away, but I already have my mind set on the colors and items I’d like to incorporate into next season’s clothing edit.

I’ve been using the approach I learned about on Into Mind, first making mental notes on things that are jumping out at me…you know…instead of buying them and returning them later. I keep forgetting to reset my Pinterest password, so I’m dumping everything here. Enjoy.

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Madewell vibes + that Adidas jacket

Ok, I reset the password. The board is here if anyone is interested.

La Garçonne Moderne

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La Garçonne totally gets me. You can view the lookbook in its entirety here.

I sometimes wonder if maybe I like things a little too basic. Too plain. Then I remember that I’m not so much part of the school of thought that believes clothes should speak for a person. They give off an impression of who you (maybe) are and what you (might be) about, but they shouldn’t themselves be a narrative about you. It’s cloth. Hopefully functional, hopefully in line with your personal aesthetic, but just cloth.

You should be the one to tell your story, whether it be though your life, your work, or your words.

Rambling aside, I really enjoy looking at a couple of websites for inspiration. Both La Garçonne and Totokaelo have an understanding of proportion beyond the traditional silhouette and I love clicking through. Their styling is always just right.