Cozy NOT Sloppy. A Guide to Being A Stylish Minimalist.

First of all, who EVER said that minimalism had to be boring!?

That’s right. It doesn’t have to be.

If you are a person who enjoys dressing in black and white…then so be it. Although, minimalism doesn’t need to be that way! You can have interesting pieces that mean just as much to you as that plain white t-shirt that goes with everything.

I love to have pieces that are special, with pretty colors or patterns. Even though my closet is shrinking, I want to still be able to express myself through clothing. You don’t need to dull your sense of style just to declutter your closet. In fact, you should keep the pieces you love most (that you actually wear).

A lot of the time, we hang onto pieces that we like, but don’t actually use. Sometimes they are gifts from loved ones, and others are ones you don’t want to get rid of it because they are brand new. But the truth is, that it’s just wasting space. Someone else can use that piece of clothing, and actually give it the wear it deserves.

I think it is important to stick to basics when it comes to bottoms, or at least in my experience. I love crazy tops with patterns and textures because no matter which one I choose, I have a simple bottom that goes right with it.

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Of course, this can go the other way around!

If you like patterned or bright colored bottoms, you might want to have more simple options for tops! I have these navy blue plaid pants that I LOVE, which go perfectly with some simple flats and a white t-shirt.

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I choose pieces that flatter my body, but the most important thing for me is being COMFORTABLE. I don’t want to ever look sloppy, but I want to be able to take on my busy day without any discomfort whatsoever. So when it comes to tops, pants, shoes, etc., I choose things that I know I can wear all day long.

On the topic of shoes, I really think it is important for any women on their minimalistic journey to have a couple of basic necessities.

For one, I love wearing sandals. I really like wearing a Birkenstock type of sandal, just because they go with everything. A good vegan switch for real Birkenstocks are by the brand Madden Girl. Mine costed around $40.00 and are so very comfy.

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You know you need a good pair of sneakers, so I won’t go on about that. Therefore, I will move on to the next must-have, which is a good pair of heels.

Now, I am not a very formal person.  Because of this, I don’t really own heels anymore, BUT I do believe that a good solid pair of black heels belongs in every woman’s closet, just because they can dress any outfit up by a ton.

The black heels I own at the moment are a pair of high-heeled booties. They go with everything, and since I wear jeans so much, I find it easy to dress up my outfit with this pair of shoes.

 

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Even though I opt for a lot of simple pieces, I still like to bring out fun ones once in a while, and I like this lifestyle because everything I own has a purpose, and actually gets used.

I hope you found something in this article that resonated with you personally, and I will see you on my next article (hopefully).

xoxo, Kelly

 

 

QOTD: Would you rather a plain bottom with a special shirt, or some crazy bottoms with a simple top? I’d love to know.

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A Journey to Minimalism.

I have always been a person that has “shopped till I dropped”.

That is until I grew older and began to educate myself on my environmental footprint, and what that meant for the world I live in.

I discovered minimalism through the internet of course. I found myself bingeing on youtube videos, and I became obsessed with the idea of bringing some of these tips into my own living space.

I started with my basic belongings.

I asked myself, “Does this item bring me happiness…Is it still functional?…How long have I been holding onto this?”

Those three questions helped me tremendously, and I found myself with a HUGE pile of things that I felt I didn’t need. A lot of the items were in great condition, so I donated some, posted others on online platforms to be sold, and other things were so old that it was time for them to hit the bin (which was my last option).

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I then went through all of my dresser and did the same thing with all the drawers which included my hoarder style makeup drawer. I had so much stuff!

The minute those things were out of my living space, I had a huge weight come off of my shoulders that I didn’t even know existed. Even though I got a lot of things out of my home, I am still left with so many things that I could go without, which is why I’ve vowed to not buy any new clothing, makeup, furniture, etc.. until I really NEED something. If my pants are falling apart, of course I will treat myself to a new pair. The next pair though, will definitely be a conscious purchase and I will buy from an ethical source.

I really advise anyone and everyone (you) to look around your living space and as yourself if you really NEED everything you own. LESS IS MORE!

Through my journey through minimizing my belongings, I have become less stressed than I ever have been. My space feels open and welcoming and it’s really nice to not be spending money on new things I really don’t even need.

I hope that this quick read really gets you to think about all the things you purchase and own. I feel that most of us have WAY more than we really need and living more simply leads to happier and healthier lives.

If you are already someone who has minimized, or if you are currently considering starting your journey, I would LOVE to hear about it.

Stay positive!

xoxo, Kelly.

8 Vegan Foods That Are Great to Help Prevent Anxiety!

As a very anxious person, I am always on the market looking for anything that has mental health benefits. I have been reading countless articles promoting milk, salmon, and other animal products as great ways to prevent anxiety. So, I compiled my own list of foods, with facts to back them up, that are known to carry components that support healthy brain function, resulting in possible anxiety prevention.

So, let’s get to the list.

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