basics

minimalistic

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As I've matured in my sense of style, I've also matured in my shopping

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 There's nothing wrong with a good Forever 21 shopping spree, but I've found that it's easy to get persuaded by cheap prices instead of the actual quality of the items. I've really tried to focus more on

quality

rather than

quantity

. Quality doesn't always have to be the most expensive option though. The other day I heard someone talking about the "price per wear" of an item, which I think couldn't be more accurate. If you're going to wear a pair of jeans 200 times, then paying $200 isn't that ridiculous. But if you're only going to wear them once or twice, then the "investment" hasn't paid off. Trends, like gladiator sandals for example, will eventually be replaced by a new one next season. Although trends do come back in style, the newest version is modified to look fresh and up to date. I love a good vintage piece, but personally I know I would rather have a newer version of a trend than try to make an original version work. Because of that, I chose to spend less on trends, but invest in pieces that I know will last me for years. A good pair of jeans, a simple clutch and nice jewelry will never be a bad investment!

There's something about a minimalistic outfit that continues to catches my eye. I've always thought that there is nothing more chic than a simple outfit that screams effortless but still looks flawless. You know what I'm talking about: that "model off-duty" jeans and a t-shirt look that we all hate to love! I'm so glad this has come back as a trend, so now those days when I'm actually just being lazy can be mistaken for trendy! After reading 

How to Be Parisian

, I've had a whole new admiration for the Parisian-chic style. I've really tried to adapt the "less is more" philosophy in all aspects of my life. 

 I think a big part of pulling of the minimalistic look is the quality of the pieces. Something like a nice pair of jeans or a clutch that has been crafted with clean lines can pull together an outfit to make it look way more expensive than it may actually be. Websites like 

Farfetch

are perfect for items like this. They offer a wide range of brands and prices so anyone can find their own perfect item. Another

huge

 reason to check them out is for their sales! I 100% believe in investing in good pieces, but I don't think that means having to pay full price.

Farfetch

is great because they sell items that are amazing quality, but also have major markdowns so that it doesn't have to break the bank!

via

Farfetch

Makeup is no exception to the "less is more" mindset. You can never go wrong with just a simple concealer-mascara combo, especially for everyday summer makeup. It creates that effortless look by pulling together an outfit without looking overdone.

What do y'all think of minimalism? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

xoxo

building a wardrobe: {the basics}

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With every new year comes new resolutions. For some of you, those resolutions may be based on your wardrobe. I'm a big believer in actually

building

 a wardrobe and not just acquiring random pieces, although that isn't always a bad thing! With that being said, I've decided to do a series this year for "Building a Wardrobe", focusing on a different part of the wardrobe each month. For example, this month is the basics, next month is workout essentials, and so on! 

Basics (if you haven't noticed already) are my absolute favorite items to wear. They're so easy to throw on, and it's almost guaranteed to look classic and put together. I've picked what I consider the most essential basics: a white t-shirt, an everyday cross body bag, a long sleeve black shirt, a pair of dark wash jeans, a simple gold necklace, a black leather jacket, and an oversized cream sweater. All of these pieces can be mixed and matched to create an effortless, chic outfit. I just finished reading

How to be Parisian

 and I think these pieces fit perfectly into the Parisian chic look. 

On another note, I've been home sick all week with the chicken pox!:( I have no clue where that one came from, especially because I had the vaccine, but it's never a bad thing to watch everything royal on Netflix [I feel very well educated on Diana, Kate and Wills:) ]. The problem though, is that I was hoping to shoot one of my Valentines Day looks sometime this week or weekend, but that may be hard to do now! Worst case scenario, I can make it a collage, but hopefully I'll be able to show y'all the fit and details of everything! Stay tuned to see how that one turns out, lol!

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! 

xoxo