The arts have been a major part of my life ever since my earliest memories of drawing, creating handmade cards, writing poetry, and illustrating storybooks. Creativity has also been an outlet for me to express my emotions, from drawing to daily fashion.
“Keeping it simple” is something I try to embody on a daily basis- life is such a complicated journey that it is imperative to stay grounded in order to stay sane. While I used to love more of everything and a variety of anything, today I adore simple beauty and minimalism. I decided not to complicate things and stick with white and gold- less is more.
With every brush stroke, I gained a little bit of strength and began to let go of insecurity, fear, and doubt. A coach of mine once suggested the “post-it practice”- sticking affirmations on your walls or mirror- and ever since I have been mindful of writing down positive thoughts to remind myself every day that I am, indeed, enough.
This coach even put me in a hula-hoop and told me that the only thing I could control what was inside that hula-hoop: me.
Since I began painting I have also been inspired by so many amazing women in my life. Their love has helped me gain confidence and heal, so I have started to make art for them, too.
Together, no matter what our struggles, we can help one another by sharing our own inspiration and journey.
It has been a rainy, chilly weekend in Boston- not exactly the white Christmas I had hoped for. Nevertheless, the sun came out on Saturday afternoon and has been beautiful ever since. To survive the rain, I grabbed my umbrella, put on bright coral lipstick and hit the road in a warm coat and floppy hat. Rain (and gloom)-proof.
I ventured to Somerville to do some shopping on Assembly Row on Saturday. Although it was raining when I left the house, it had stopped just in time for my arrival! Magic.
Assembly Row has a huge variety of outlet shopping… everything from a pretzel place to Saks Off Fifth. The good news was that I didn’t have to venture far to find everything I was looking for (including a snack).
I set my sights on a pair of oversized black sunglasses at LOFT, a fun keychain and knick-knack tray… all 40% off, too! I had attached my keys to the zipper on my wallet a few days ago and didn’t have an organization method for my small jewelry (OCD in effect), so I felt these purchases were necessary.
Buying “stuff” and having “stuff” all over my personal space has become a huge pet-peeve of mine, so I suppose my 2016 New Year’s Resolution of becoming more minimal has held true. I’ve been absolutely loving knowing where everything is, knowing what I own, and being conscious of what I actually need.
Leaving NYC was a big lesson; packing took days. I was only renting a small room in Astoria, yet I had years of memories stacked in the closet, under the bed, in drawers and hidden in bags. It was unmanagable and out of control. Who needs so much stuff?! Needless to say, I trashed and gave away half of everything I own. In the Great Purge of 2016 I also threw away a lot of my winter clothes- including salt-stained boots.
It was time for a new pair.
I had been eyeing the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots for years now, but I found this pair on sale for $45 (less than online!)! The Kenneth Cole store on Assembly Row is closing, so everything is a steal. If you’re in Boston, I highly suggest you head over there for this great sale.
Overall, my Christmas weekend of shopping was a success! Aside from a chic black outfit, a bright bag and a pair of oversized sunglasses, what does a woman really need?
If I could wear a little black dress every day of the week I would. In fact, I usually do. Give me some bright lipstick, a great bag and my signature Karen Walker frames and I’m good to go. My wardrobe has primarily consisted of shades of black, white and grey for years; it’s not only classic, it’s easy.
I always feel polished when I slip on a little black dress, which is also an amazing choice for a minimalistic lifestyle. My go-to stores are H&M, Zara and ASOS for basics, Henri Bendel for accessories and Ulta for cosmetics (I love the variety of brands- both drug store and high-end).
There are many reasons I love black other than it being sophisticated and chic… it doesn’t give much thought, either!
Unless we’re talking about two shades of black that don’t blend together, you can’t go wrong with black-on-black. Black dress, black trench, black tote, black flats. An all-black outfit is also great when adding statement pieces; my personal favorites are pops of red or bright pink.
It’s easy to accessorize
I love accessorizing. An arm full of bangles, pearls, statement necklaces, bright bags or hats; all of my favorite outfit additions complement my simple wardrobe perfectly.
I always plan out my outfits for the week on Sundays, and surprise, surprise- they’re usually variations of black, white and red.
Black goes with any makeup💄
My favorite lip shades vary between shades of red, pink and coral. Here are a few of my favorites to complete my daily look:
Anyone that knows me rarely will find me without a coffee cup in my hand. I can caffeinate morning, noon and night, so you can imagine that I spill from time to time (more regularly than I would like to admit). I carry a Tide stick with me at all times, but with black, no need for instant stain removal! Have to love it.
Black is slimming
Whenever I’m having an off day I throw on a black top, black leggings and boots. Forgiving, chic and sassy; can’t beat that. You’ll leave the house looking like you tried much harder than you did.
For those who are with me on the all-black train, I stumbled on this article about women who wear black. Accurate, if you ask me!