Throwback to not that long ago but actually feels like a half a lifetime... Everything in this photo was given to me. Today I look back and I’m grateful I made good use of all of it. . Actually, a lot of people don’t know just how ass-backward I fell into this Tiny clothing line 😅😅😅 and the surprising way I built a little something from absolutely nothing. . And that’s why I’m so excited to post today! Some news I’ve been wanting to share - I had an amazing interview with the girls of @forever35podcast a few months back ✨😁. A cool podcast about the adventures of self care, exercise, sheet masks, and whatever gets you through the day. We discussed my particular journey to finding self care while hacking life and accidentally trailblazing a business. . I loved every second of this convo as we talked about things very dear to my heart. And I really want you guys to check it out! . Plus I go into just how I became the ultra minimalist that I am (and why) and tips on living life a bit lighter. So much fun! So please visit @forever35podcast or swipe up in my stories to listen to the interview!!! ❤️❤️❤️
This cozy batwing midi dress always gives a great shape when I wear it ❤️ Trouble is, I haven’t been able to wear it that much so far this season 😭 your girl’s so busy making dresses, I can’t seem to find the time to get into one myself! But that’s what’s so great about designing - I get to live vicariously through all of you 😁 The Shopper Dress is made of a structured ponti knit, designed to keep your curves looking smooth and keep you feeling warm through the Winter festivities. Plus it’s got a sexy, classy Mad Men vibe perfect for the holidays 🥂😘
“External clutter is internal clutter on display.” . An accurate quote from @minimalismlife that reminds me to be better during the holidays, a time of white elephant parties, Secret Santas, and festivities that can leave us with a good amount of 💩 at the end of the month. . With all the platonic gifts, gifts good for a laugh, gifts between co-workers, employees, neighbors and all the courteous filler gifts in between, the holidays has a tendency to leave us all with clutter. . If I add anything to my space, it has to be meaningful, otherwise it has no place, no reason to be there. It’s the same for someone else. Help your friends and co-workers with their Spring cleaning by lightening the load and NOT buying them clutter during the holidays 👍🏾 . Buy them non-physical items. Like a pass to a funky spin class or a day at a wall climbing studio. Museum tickets or an Airbnb experience 🙌🏾 . Buy them food, flowers or booze - something that can’t sit and collect dust or take up space. A fruit basket, a baked pie, edible bouquet (something funny and yummy) etc. We have a lot of dinner parties and never have to buy wine because we always have so much of it. It’s pretty awesome. . And if you do go physical, buy books (even better, buy books on kindle), or small self-sufficient plants like succulents or a cactus or vine. And obviously knowing the person and/or being super thoughtful about who you are giving to makes all the difference.
Buy what you really really want. Buy beautifully made. Buy valuable, meaningful things meant to last. . Let’s try this just for fun: And no, this doesn’t involve a new credit card... Make a list of your dream closet. List the pieces you’ve always wanted. Pieces that likely wouldn’t be included in your monthly retail therapy purchases, but a list of beautiful gifts to yourself that could make your life easier. . Does that mean skipping the $78 shoes at the mall and investing in $350 shoes that are backed with quality and come with in-house repairs? Probably. Or maybe it’s passing on that cute cheap coat from Zara and finally getting the coat you’ve always wanted? . Put the price next to each dream item and add it all up. How much will your investment cost you? How much would you need to save monthly to gradually buy each special piece of your dream closet? . 6 months? 2 years? 5 years? Is that so terrible? Time will pass regardless of what you choose so if you’re tired of buying cheap and fast to end up throwing out half your wardrobe each year, maybe this round, buy yourself some time and really save for the good stuff. The things you truly love that bring you value, not stress. Things that make you feel freer, not burdened.
Gratitude is loaded with amazing benefits. Like a super nutrient. Just by feeling thankful for where you are or what you have or who you’re with, having gratitude is an instant cup-half-full mentality. Obstacles seem smaller, things seem less personal - life even feels a tiny bit less hard. Anyway, I’m so thankful for all your orders, your wonderful emails and comments... ❤️ For all of you who have shown support and belief in my brand and what I do, thank you. I’ll be sending thanks in the form of promotions and treats all weekend long so subscribe if you haven’t yet and enjoy!
I shop for clothing about 4-6 times a year. It’s a treat that I indulge in and each event makes me so happy. Everything in thoughtful moderation. I love shopping, but any more than 6 times a year and I notice adverse affects... . I read a blog post years ago about a woman who never wore makeup, in fact she didn’t own a single cosmetic. One day she decided to buy some blush. She put it on and loved it. Over time however, she realized the blush would look better if she had concealer for her eyes. She bought it and she was right, it did look better. Then she thought her eyes would pop more with some mascara. So she bought that too. And then foundation, and then a brow pencil. This went on until one day she looked in the mirror and wondered why she felt so frustrated. It wasn’t too long ago that she had no makeup at all and felt fine about the way she looked. . Like anything we indulge in, the bliss we feel from treating ourselves can easily turn into deep dissatisfaction. Even misery! Crazy right? Also completely unfair and I blame our humanity. Nonetheless, I watch out for the signs and avoid this humanity pitfall by doing this: . When I’m out shopping / treating myself / totally indulging in retail, I check in with how I’m feeling. And if my mind is not to👏🏾tal👏🏾ly consumed by that treat or act of indulgence, then I get outta there. I stop immediately. And I save it for when i can completely 100% appreciate it.