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New Year, New Closet

by Abby Schiewe |

I wouldn't call myself a minimalist. My makeup bag is full of stuff I don't use, I don't have fresh white, pillowy sheets on my bed, and you won't find an Instagram full of "candids" from me. But one minimalist-inspired process I have recently began is the trimming of my closet. I gave away most of my things and kept only the necessary closet staples- such as a plain white tee, fitted skinny jeans, a good pair of booties and so on. Now when I shop I don't purchase something just because I think it's pretty; I'll only buy it if I have several outfits in mind I could create with it and if I know it'll last more than a season.
I assumed that styling would be boring and repetitive with a minimal closet; it has been challenging to avoid re-wearing an outfit within the same week but it's encouraged me to get creative and think outside the box. I'm a big fan of black, white, and gray pieces because they make it so easy to put an outfit together! I avoid being monochromatic and I'd recommend buying items with different texture or style so that the ensemble doesn't become too muted. And no one ever said that a minimal style could only be neutral colors- I have my eye on a burgundy colored coat and a pair of snakeskin-printed heels! But anyway, minimalism can be fun and it also wouldn't hurt if most of us downsized a bit in our overflowing closets.
Goodluck (;

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Leather Weather

by Abby Schiewe |

A leather jacket is essential for any wardrobe. So are black booties. And so is a denim shirt, or two. One of my favorite outfits is when I throw them all together! Black on black on black can be quite 'been there, done that', but you just can't go wrong when you add a little embellishments (like the chains on my boots). And leather doesn't always have to be black either; I've seen both red and white leather jackets that are to die for!
StyleCaster recommends pairing a leather jacket with a skirt or dress. Not only do I love that particular ensemble, but I'm also impatiently waiting for my next paycheck so I can invest in a gray turtleneck to put underneath! So, all of that being said: if you don't already have one of these coveted closet staples, it's time to invest.
PS: I encourage buying faux leather because animals are our friends. (:
Mine (purchased from Zara) is still in great condition after a little over a year and I wear it all the time!

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Christmas Essentials

by Abby Schiewe |

Thanksgiving has passed, and as Black Friday comes to an end it's officially Christmas time! Have your ugly holiday socks and classic Christmas movies handy; this is the one time of the year that drinking hot chocolate everyday is acceptable so take advantage of it.
On a different note, I for one am not a huge fan of traditions but when it comes the Christmas I never get sick of my mom's orange cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning and reading the Nativity story out loud with my family. If you're in Washington where it's snowing or in Florida where its in the 70s, I hope you're in the holiday spirit listening to Michael Bublé's Christmas album and spreading jolly-ness all around!

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