FASHION

Musings of a Minimalist: Mother's Day Edition

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What can you truly give the woman that gave you everything? Cards, shoes, and pearls can never amount to the sacrifice of bringing life into the world or raising up a child, but each Mother's Day we try our best anyway to give back to the matriarchs in our lives. And by "try our best" I mean struggle to find the perfect way to say I appreciate you in the form a gift each year because it gets more difficult as the years go by.

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If you're like me and you've exhausted your purse and clothing gifts and you're past the point of macaroni art (my mom told me straight up that she doesn't want anymore handmade cards either...), perhaps it's time to rethink your options. Thankfully, my mom and I have similar tastes--simple, timeless pieces and an affinity for gold--so it's usually not that hard to get her a gift since she usually likes what I like.

The newest addition to my accessories is my Jord watch in the Cora style with rose & gold. Naturally, when I showed it to my mom she wanted one too since it fits her minimalist chic aesthetic. With its natural wood style and pop of dusty rose, Jord's unique watch is a minimalist's best accessory since it matches everything yet still pops on it's own for a bit of added flair. And since my mom isn't a regular (she's a cool mom...I had to make the Mean Girls reference), she deserves a cool watch to match.

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G I V E A W A Y

I'm holding a Jord Watch giveaway for a chance to win $100 towards a wooden watch for you or your beloved matriarch! All entrants will receive a $50 gift code to use for Jord. Enter the giveaway here.

See my watch here.

Watches from Jord's women's collection here.

Watched from Jord's men's collection here.

Musings of a Minimalist: Paris Style

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Paris holds the key to your heart.

In Paris, I kept things simple: comfy wide leg pants, tops I could layer if need be, comfy booties, and a statement coat, bag, and earrings to up my downplayed look. I know, totally not a deviation from the norm of my usual style but, only having a few short days to enjoy the city of love, I packed light and traveled across the Atlantic with a single carry on bag and my trusty Cee Cee's Closet backpack containing simple tops to be mixed and matched with a trio of wide leg pants, and a red head scarf to adorn my tresses should the weather turn sour (side note: the weather was great, it was just my hair that turned sour).

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Coat: Cocoon coat from Aritzia

Pants: Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant

Brown Boots: Cole Haan Waterproof Chelsea Boot

Suede Boots: Everlane Suede Heel Boot

All photos of me by Paparazzo Pascal.

Musings of a Minimalist: Earrings

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Before declaring myself a style minimalist (still trying to work minimalism into my everyday life), I already had a minimalist way about me out of sheer laziness. Some examples: I don't wear/purchase much makeup because I didn't feel like learning complex techniques and I pretty much only wear a wash n go or some variation of it because it's a quick style with little maintenance. That same lack of effort trickled down to several parts of my life which have left me with free time and energy to continue with endeavors that matter most to me: becoming fluent in Spanish (casi ahí!), blogging, and revamping my wardrobe. Maintaining a well put together closet has never been much of an issue for me, but tying it together with key accessories has always been my downfall. When it comes to bags and jewelry, I'm also an accidental minimalist out of laziness. 

With my goal of fully completing my closet with timeless pieces--accessories and all--I knew I had to start with the most basic thing I wore everyday: earrings.

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My goal when perusing for new earrings was to balance out my current basic earring collection (a pair of Guyanese gold flower studs passed on to me after my late great-aunt's passing, a pair of gold plated hoops from ASOS, and a pair of colorful statement studs which will surely go bad within the year) and add more atypical pieces to my collection that would become a classic, lasting accessory that adds dimension to my look. In my past month several month-long search, I accomplished that goal with the purchase of three pairs of quality jewelry pieces (two of which I purchased directly from the vendors at the SoHo holiday market and Brooklyn Flea market for $25 and $12, respectively).

From this search, I learned that being flashy while being subtle is made easy with dainty, statement pieces. Each piece I've added to my collection adds a different style to my look in the subtlest of ways (except for my Young Frankk hands, those are head turners) and are versatile enough to wear day-to-day. Now that my earring game is on point, I'm looking forward to reaching more mini style milestones with my shoe collection, necklace game, and trouser wardrobe.

With this series, Musings of a Minimalist, I plan to share each of the steps in my minimalist wardrobe revamping as I become more minimalistic by investing in quality classic pieces and releasing myself from the fast-fashion cycle. At the end of this all, I plan to have a closet that will serve me for times to come and not just one season. In the same stride, I'm striving to become more minimalistic in my everyday life by only purchasing my needs and living off of what I already have. Since I'm not quite there yet, know that when I say minimalist, I am referring to the style aesthetic, not yet the lifestyle. I can't wait to continue sharing this journey with you all and provide you with better content on my style and outfits going forward.