Weekend Reading: Essentialism

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If you haven’t noticed, I am constantly pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. This doesn’t just involve  owning less material items, but it also pertains to how I spend my time. I went on a road trip a few weeks ago and as I drove, I listened to the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. It changed the way I make decisions, plan my schedule and approach life’s challenges. I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from the book which acts as a Cliff’s Notes version. The book delves into real life examples of how people implement each of these things and how it positively effected their life.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.”

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”

“We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.”

“Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

“the killer question: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?”

“It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”

“EVERY DAY DO SOMETHING THAT WILL INCH YOU CLOSER TO A BETTER TOMORROW. —Doug Firebaugh”

“NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE. —Anne Lamott”

More recommended reading:

99U // Stop Trying to Do it All

Steve Paulina // 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Business of Fashion // The Real Dangers of Border Adjusted Tax for Fashion

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DE SMET x NEST TOGETHER

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The wonderful women of Nest Together interviewed me about DE SMET. I discuss who and what inspires me outside of the fashion industry, the piece of clothing that has lasted in my wardrobe for years and what I’d like to see next for DE SMET. Read the full interview here. All photography by Valeria Castillo.

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NYFW: The Row Fall 2017

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It’s refreshing to see so many political messages of hope on the New York runways this season. One of my favorites comes from The Row Fall 2017 collection. Small embroideries punctuate white shirts with messages of unity, dignity, freedom and hope. All things we want for the future of our country. The placement of the embroideries signify that they are more for the wearer than the observer. Other favorite moments at The Row include a splash of yellow, raw fringed edges, head to toe monochrome looks, cinched waists and refined black acid wash denim.

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First image via @ItGirl, other images via Vogue.com.

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Interior Inspiration: Warm Minimalist Home

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When I express my ideal minimalist home to most people, they cringe at the idea of how stark and cold it could feel. The home of Daphne Javitch is the epitome of a warm minimalist home. With a sofa fit for lounging, a single green plant and bookshelves filled with endless inspiration, it’s my ideal space.  Located on the Lower East Side, it’s a great retreat from the bustling, crowded and dirty streets of New York City. Her and her husband’s design aesthetic is very similar to myself and Dermot; We edit each other’s design ideas and design our own furniture with the helping hands of Dermot’s talented wood working father. We are going upstate this weekend to give him our sofa and kitchen credenza designs, so stay tuned on the final pieces.

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See more images of Daphne’s home and read about her wellness practices here.

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Case Study: Colors as Neutrals

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I’ve spent years editing my wardrobe and as a result, many of the bright colors and printed pieces have been donated or sold in favor of solid neutrals that are more timeless. Every year I get an itch to invest in a little color, but my only criteria is that the color must act as a neutral in the way that it still coordinates with the rest of my wardrobe. This editorial is a great example of how the idea of ‘Colors as Neutrals’ can work successfully. Stylist Elodie David Touboul effortlessly pairs soft yellow and terra-cotta with a base wardrobe of black and white. The simplicity of a single color, livens up any look when paired with neutral essentials. This editorial is two years old, but the mix of colors still feels fresh, which is essentially the ultimate goal. Do you wear a color that you consider a neutral? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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View more work from photographer Axel Filip Lindahl here.

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