Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Check out this new bikini I received from the fabulous Triangl Swimwear team. Triangl is an Australian based swimwear and underwear company. The suit I chose is called 'Twiggy Stardust' - It's the Ollie Neoprene bikini in Metallic Black. The suit is made from 100% neoprene and came with a beautiful neoprene beach bag. I'm so in love. Thanks again Triangl! The suit retails for $79 + shipping and tax. Feel free to check out the brand at: www.triangl.com. Here's a direct link to the Twiggy Stardust: HERE
I can't say that my entire stay in Las Vegas was miserable. The last couple of months were actually pleasurable and my last job was extremely professional and a joy to be apart of. I have decided to re-start my life back home. I've gained design experience out in Las Vegas, which I'm thankful for, and have blossomed my portfolio through my previous experience. This chapter of my life journey takes me back to my home city, Los Angeles. It feels a little surreal to be back here, with old friends and old memories. It also feels very new to me. Places have changed and developed into newer establishments, my friends have made huge life decisions… Everything is the same, but different at the same time.
For a month or two I'll be living in my childhood home in Baldwin Hills. I have a few interviews lined up this week for design positions. Some in Beverly Hills and one with a design firm on Wilshire Blvd. I'm very hopeful for what's to come in the future. My portfolio looks great and I'm confident in my design abilities and talent.
My short term (2 month goals) are to move out of this home and into one of my own, preferably a loft in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, and to nail my dream job, or at least close to it. No more applying to entry-level design positions. It's time to put on my big girl pants.
That's all for now. Until next time!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Embracing a minimalist sense of style is fairly easy. It isn't about following trends. It's about embracing timeless pieces. Get down to the basics. Ask yourself: "If my house burned down today would I repurchase everything in my wardrobe?" Chances are there will be a few items that you wouldn't miss if they went away. Having a minimalist wardrobe is about wearing each and every piece in your wardrobe, because each and every piece will have a purpose. Here is a list I have compiled of basic essentials every wardrobe should have:
- Basic T-shirt
- Basic Skirt
- Basic pair of Slacks / Pants
- Basic Button-down
- Blue Jeans
- LBD = Little Black Dress
These items are the bare minimum. You can build upon that list, is is only a basic structure of a minimlist wardrobe. All of those items can be dressed up or down depending upon the occasion because they are so classic and basic. These are essentially the items that you would repurchase if by any chance your wardrobe was compromised in some way.
Typically when I buy these items I try to keep them within 3 basic colors: Black, White or Neutral. These are basic colors that can be mixed and matched while still looking classic and chic.
Don't be afraid of experimenting with different textures and structures in order to create variety in your outfits. Just because the color scheme is basic does not mean the texture or structure has to be.
There really is no "rules" or "guidelines" to embracing a minimal wardrobe. Wear things that make you feel comfortable. Simply put, if it doesn't make you happy, don't wear it.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
My life has been a little chaotic lately in a sense where I feel like I'm becoming a bit overloaded with material things. In college, a professor of mine ended the course with a lecture that emphasized the need to de-clutter your life and get rid of every single thing that you have no emotional attachment to. When he said emotional attachment he meant a strong positive attachment to an item, something significant. (And not in a pack rat sense.) He told us that he started with his closet and threw away any item of clothing that did not make him 100% happy. Anything less than 100% gets thrown away.
I initially thought that was a great idea but when I got home and tried to get rid of pieces I realized I had emotional attachments to things that I didn't need. Before I went ahead and de-clutter my wardrobe I need to de-clutter my mind. It first begins with yourself and your perspective on life and material objects. I was too attached to the material things that weren't doing me any good so I had to change my outlook. After my mind was cleansed then I was able to cleanse my wardrobe.
Like a closet, our minds need to be cleansed every so often. My mind has not been cleansed in what seems like forever. As of now I'm taking the time to cleanse my mind by detaching myself from social networks and electronics - these things are quick to clutter a mind. I took some time to myself and escaped the realms of Las Vegas and flew to New York for a week or so to be free and enjoy life to the fullest and to take in every moment for myself and not share it to the world on social media. After returning to Las Vegas I made the decision to relocate my life back to Los Angeles. To start a new. To create a new life away from this sinful city.
After all I've said I still have yet to define what it is to be a minimalist. Simply put, being a minimalist or adopting a minimalist perspective is like a tool. Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
The following insert is from TheMinimalists Blog:
- By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness. And let’s face it: that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself. Thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life. Minimalism has helped us:
- Eliminate our discontent
- Reclaim our time
- Live in the moment
- Pursue our passions
- Discover our missions
- Experience real freedom
- Create more, consume less
- Focus on our health
- Grow as individuals
- Contribute beyond ourselves
- Rid ourselves of excess stuff
- Discover purpose in our lives
Hopefully my post has educated you in some way as well as motivated you to adopt the same perspective on life if you feel the same way that I feel.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
#1. Play with Texture. Adding texture can bring so much of a variety to your all black outfit. Try wearing leather, fleece, and fur all at once and see how much of a statement you make rather than wearing one material throughout your entire look.
#2 Accessories. Accessories can break up the monotone look when strategically placed. A pop of gold or silver around your neck or wrist can add dimension to your overall appearance.
#3 A Pop of Color. Add a pop of color if you think you need to. Try a daring shoe color choice or a bright clutch.
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