Minimal Always Wins: From unicorn drinks, baby/wedding showers, to accessories

Minimal Always Wins: From unicorn drinks, baby/wedding showers, to accessories

 

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance” ~ Coco Chanel 

 

Who can argue with Coco Chanel? Not me, I totally agree with her. Something about simplicity or the more modern term “minimal”, just never goes out of style.

 

As I visited Starbucks a few days ago, I noticed that in the store and on social media people where in uproar over this strangely colorful, over-complicated, borderline poisonous, unicorn drink. I ordered my regular tall cold brew with almond milk. My simple drink order got the attention of the barista. She asked, “you’re not falling for the unicorn craze today?” Nope, not me. She followed that up by, “well you won’t regret drinking this simple brew in a few hours like the hundreds of unicorn partakers will.”  Fads are fun, fly by night trends are intriguing but the simple classics will always dominate even in the coffee world!

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As the rain showers come down, our family is preparing for a baby shower and a wedding shower soon. My favorite registry place is Pottery Barn for both babies and weddings. They specialize in such classic, minimal, timeless, yet functional and chic gifts. This reiterated to me again that the elegance of simplicity cannot be matched. Here are a few of my favorite showers gifts for any couple or occasion.

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My husband and I are moving and will have to be living out of our suitcase for a few weeks. I was packing and trying to prepare for different occasions, have the right shoes, accessories, etc; I went back to minimal, classic, mix-and-match pieces. Here is what is in my suitcase:

Floral print maxi dress from amazon (doesn’t wrinkle, was perfect for Easter and the upcoming shower)

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Tory Burch sandals (comfy yet dressy enough to wear for any occasion)

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Jeans with solid color t-shirts (these mix and match pieces can be dressed up or down with jewelry and different shoes)

 

My jewelry consists of a statement necklace, simple necklace, bold earrings, and diamond studs (these 4 pieces again have me covered for virtually any occasion or outing)

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Having a simple wardrobe has allowed me to not over-stress about over-packing or having too much scattered throughout the hotels/houses we are staying at for the next few weeks. I can concentrate on family time, site seeing, house hunting, and good food.

 

I would love to hear how you have simplified your life and how it has impacted you (for the good or bad). Thank you for reading and Happy Friday!

 

 

Never Going Out of Style

I’ve compiled some classic favorites that will never go out of style. Some things I think we can all agree on; some are just my own personal “ride or die”. I would love to hear from you, so let me know if you have something (no matter how random) that will never go out of style.

 

1)      Kindness/Love

I will say first off, that a smile will never go out of style either. A smile is the most basic universal sign language and will go a long way no matter where you are. Psychologist William James said that a smile could actually make you happier (I’m paraphrasing). This could possibly help trigger your desire to show love and kindness to others. Kindness, love, a smile ~ these things are always in style and can change the world.

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Photo Credit: https://stylescientist.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/being-fashionable/

 

2)      Chicken Noodle Soup

I know this one isn’t as profound as kindness or love but we all know that chicken noodle soup is not only good for a cold but for the soul. I’m pretty sure there are books out there on this topic :o)

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Click Here to View Recipe From cookingclassy.com

 

3)      Grilled Cheese

While we are on the food train, I have to mention my go-to Sunday night favorite. Grilled cheese and tomato soup will always be in style. They may be the red lipstick or little black dress of easy meals.

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4)      Little Black Dress (LBD)

You know there cannot be a classics list or “never out of style” list without the LBD. Centuries ago even up to today, check your Pinterest, LBD’s are here to stay! (yes, that did rhyme!)

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5)      Diamond Stud Earrings

I feel like I am always mentioning these in my blogs. Diamond studs are my “ride or die”. (Someone please tell my hubby that I need a bigger pair!!!). They just go with everything, they are suitable for any occasion, they are the perfect gift for any occasion. They are just perfect!

 

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6)      Solitaire Engagement Ring

I tend to get stuck in a trend (that’s a pun!) of grouping like items together. The round diamond solitaire engagement ring is a classic and will forever be present in our jewelry marketplace. Tiffany & Co started this with their six prong classic many, many moons ago. It is here to stay folks!

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7)      Brooches

Yes, I’m still on the jewelry train. This one may get some disagreements but I am sticking with my guns. Brooches are so classy, so versatile, they just have to be always in style for this girl! If you think I’m off my rocker check out this article about different ways to wear a brooch…you might just fall in love with them too!

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Click Here to View Article on Beautiful Ways to Wear Brooches

Photo Credit: http://glamradar.com/beautiful-ways-to-wear-a-brooch/

8)      Big Red Barns

This is a random one but check out these photos and tell me otherwise that this look will not always be glorious!

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Photo Credit: http://weddingsabeautiful.com/2013/09/15/22744/

 

9)      White T-shirt & Jeans

Forever in style! No matter what generation, no matter what shoes or accessories, this outfit will always be an easy classic. Put a white shirt with colored jeans, layer a long sweater over the tee, boots or heels, boyfriend jeans or skinnies, this look has it all covered!

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10)   Reading a good book

Reading will never be out (especially reading my blog :o) . My dad always said “readers are leaders”. Here is my favorite childhood book and grown up book. I’m also including a 2016 reading challenge book list for my fellow book worms out there.

 

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Link to Book Challenge by Popsugar.com

 

So this list is getting a little long but if you want to see more of my list, head over to our Pinterest (Click Here) . Thank you so much for reading!