Craving Simplicity

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, chances are that you probably know that I like simple things. Actually, I love simplicity. Simple style. Simple home decor. Simple shopping. Simple living. There’s something about cooler weather coming that causes me to want to pare down what I think I need to what I’ll actually need. As much as I love summer (and you know I LOVE summer. RIP summer 2018.), I enjoy this change of season and change of perspective.

 

The thing about simplicity is it not only looks different for everyone, it can even look different for the same person, depending on their season of life. Here’s what simple living currently looks like for me, in fall 2018:

  • Putting out only the basics for fall decor (i.e., lots of pumpkins!)
  • Sending off a stuffed bag to thredUP, an online consignment store

  • Planning a Halloween costume from fabric that I already own (well… mostly anyways)
  • Getting rid of most of the random furniture that was in our basement when we moved in (like half of a crib?)

  • Turning back to old (but still healthy) basics for meal planning
  • Paring down my closet for the cooler months and only buying a minimal amount of new clothes for fall

  • Using paint to transform old pieces of furniture and make them look totally different
  • Trying to narrow down what shoes I’ll actually wear during the upcoming months before buying any new ones (a weakness for me)

 

 

 

Does New York Fashion Week Matter Anymore?

As this week has been New York Fashion Week (it ends tomorrow), I can’t help but wonder if people really care about it anymore. NYFW seems to decline in popularity each year and it gets harder and harder to even find it mentioned in the news. I read the Business of Fashion daily emails and NYFW was mentioned a few times this week, but some days it wasn’t even noteworthy enough to make it into the email. So why has what was once the glittering pinnacle of the fashion year met with such a sharp decline? Here are my thoughts as the main two reasons why:

Reason 1: We live in the era of fast fashion – think H&M, Topshop, Zara – and no longer do we feel that we need to watch the runway shows in order to learn what’s in style – besides, the majority of the September runway shows feature designs that are for the next spring, and who wants to wait that long? We’re just not used to waiting for fashion anymore, and besides, the eight-minute runway shows typically start late – so even more waiting!

“Budget-conscious Marc Jacobs again showed on a spare set at the Park Avenue Armory, though the designer swapped the cheap metal chairs of previous seasons with plexiglass models. But the outing was, in many ways, a throwback to another time, when the American designer would start his shows ludicrously late. On Wednesday, the audience waited for about an hour-and-a-half, forcing several European editors to depart before the show’s start to catch overnight flights, while others jumped into cabs to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where Rihanna was showing her latest Fenty lingerie collection.” (Business of Fashion)

 

Reason 2: NYFW has become less about seeing and more about being seen. As a fashion blogger, I follow a lot of other fashion bloggers and several of them traveled to New York for Fashion Week. I kid you not, out of all of the photos I’ve seen posted from these bloggers in New York, not a single one has been of any of the runway shows. Nope. Every photo I’ve seen posted has been of the bloggers themselves – just in New York.

“Going to New York Fashion Week in 2018 feels like having to go to the doctor, remembering to do my taxes, and all of those other things I have to do but don’t feel like doing. As an attendee, it feels a lot less about the actual collections, the innovation and the creativity, and way more about being seen—from blogger mania to editors borrowing clothes to wear throughout the week for street style ops, and my entire Instagram feed full of the same blurry photos. That’s not shade, either. I know some people love it for those reasons. But for me, it just means I’d much rather just catch up on Vogue Runway or M2M from the comfort of my own desk.” – Tanisha Pina, associate market editor for Racked.

“I think fashion shows are becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes on. Thanks to technology, anyone can view a fashion show or presentation from anywhere in the world—sometimes even live—so that glamorous feeling of exclusivity has long been lost. Fashion Week has become much more of a spectacle overrun with bloggers and influencers and street style photographers, taking away from the focus of the actual collections themselves.” – Jenna Igneri, associate fashion and beauty editor for NYLON.

What are your thoughts on NYFW? Does it matter to you at all?

 

At Home II: Nursery Reveal

Out of all our home projects (and there have been and will continue to be a lot), this one has been my favorite – by far. : ) Today I am so excited to share our nursery reveal with you!

Within days of finding out that we were having a girl, I painted the room pink. That part was easy. As someone who grew up LOVING the color pink, I knew that there was only one color I wanted to paint our daughter’s room, no doubt about it. Of course, as she grows up, if she decides she likes other colors better, than we’ll change it – but for now, it’s definitely pink! Admittedly, I did not initially have any sort of theme planned for the nursery other than pink. When someone would ask me, I would literally say something like “Oh, the theme is just pink” or “The theme is pink – literally, pink everything.”

 

Thankfully, I’ve come around a bit more since that initial thought process, and am happy to say that the room ended up with more of an actual theme than just a color. I’ve never been a huge animal lover, so even though I know that’s fairly typical for nursery decor, I quickly decided that wasn’t going to be part of the theme. Instead, I chose florals as the theme for the room – which then evolved into a tropical, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired, Palm Beach-feeling theme. And I am so happy with how it turned out!

 

The blush pink on the walls is the perfect undertone for the brightly colored (mostly green) accents and really makes the palm leaf rug pop. I’ve linked a few of my favorite items from the nursery below if you’re interested in where they came from. And, hopefully our baby girl will love this room as much as her mom does.

 

P.S. I took these photos before the baby arrived – it’s funny to look back now and see how neat and tidy everything was before it was put to use!

BEFORE:

 

AFTER:

Palm leaves rug here, crib here, crib sheet here.

I painted this canvas, based off of a Lilly Pulitzer print that I love.

 

Speaking of Lilly Pulitzer…

 

Yes, she does have multiple crib bedding sets. 🙂 Lilly Pulitzer for PBK set here.

 

Boppy cover here

 

Lamb mobile here

 

Blackout curtains here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spiced up this IKEA dresser by adding fun knobs

 

 

Green lamp here, diaper bag is from Fawn Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocker here

 

Onesies decorated by friends at one of my showers – how fun is that?!

 

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