Minimalistic

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean you own one pair of shoes, a pair of jeans, or only take pictures in front of plain white walls! I really like to mix up my style so you could see me on a Monday in a leopard skirt and big fluffy sweaters, and then Tuesday with a pair of jeans and a white tee. I love playing around with what I wear and for my days off you will always see me in denim and a simple top because it’s my go-to!

One of my roommates and I recently joked about how we try to save our money and every once in a while we splurge and buy some flashy new accessories, but still like to be considered a minimalist! So it got me thinking… what is a minimalist and can do dress as one without being one?

So first thing I thought of with this outfit was the beach because when I go to the beach I really like to keep it simple. I take a towel, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses. Minimalist. This outfit is simple and easy, but what makes a minimalist outfit? Does it depend on the simplicity of the outfit, or maybe even the make of the pieces itself?

Would you consider a look minimalist if it costs an insane amount of money?

A few definitions of minimalist included : reduced to its necessary elements ; it is based on a need instead of want.

So I guess the answer to the above question depends on you and the piece itself. When it comes down to it though, did you need the piece? And what is the level of need? I think my answer would be no, but it also does not depend on the cost at all.

I think it is important to be minimalist in one area, with waste. Okay total turn for the post, not gonna lie! But I thought it was important to spread the awareness! (If you’ve made it this far in the post.) Being aware of your effect on others and the environment is so important. It can be so simple to reduce your carbon footprint. From using reusable bags and recycling, to selling and rebuying clothes. Support organizations that do their part as well and buy from sustainable brands first. This will encourage other brands and ultimately people to take part in this movement! Don’t forget to stress the little things, it will go a long way!

Hat : Lack of Colors (Show Me Your Mumu) // Jeans : Levi’s // Bodysuit : Free People

Photo Shoot

Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!

This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!

So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!

Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe

 

Salvation Mountain

I am growing out of my phase of taking pictures at murals and in front of super touristy things, but I thought this would be an awesome place to stop for a shoot!

This was a super cool place and it inspired me to write a super important blog post. I do not talk about faith very much, but it is in my bio and I think I should definitely start! Going to a private Catholic school all my life really was such a huge blessing that am so lucky to have experienced. Now as I get older, I go to church every Sunday by myself here in LA because it feels like home to me.

It’s like that Carrie Underwood song, “here’s a map and here’s a bible, if you ever lose your way.” Life takes some crazy turns and some are chosen for us. As a control freak, the one thing I can count on to be constant is my faith. When everything gets crazy and difficult, that will always be there.

This place is such a beautiful reminder of God’s love. And for being basically in the middle of the California desert, such a great symbol of hope. God truly does show himself to those who are looking for it, there are coincidences which I totally believe in, but allowing yourself to recognize the feeling you get just knowing something isn’t a coincidence is so powerful. If you open your heart to it, it will come so easily.

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : (similar) // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

      

New Edits + Joshua Tree National Park

I have seen everyone selling presets all over Instagram and I guess you can say I fell into the trap. I needed something new for Fall and I am going for a cooler, edgier vibe for my looks so it just went well. I am still trying to find the balance of what is too much of a filter and what is just right, so stay tuned for that!

On another note, I want to start doing cute collages and add stars and gold accents to my photos, so if you or anyone you know knows how to do that, email me!

I was able to drag my dad to Joshua Tree National Park and I was very excited to take pictures! I definitely want to go back and go hiking, it was truly beautiful! The only thing I didn’t like was how my pictures did not do it justice showing off the beauty!

This skirt is my absolute favorite! What’s your absolute favorite piece in your closet?

Top : Free People // Skirt : Show Me Your Mumu (similar) // Booties : Halogen // Hat : Show Me Your Mumu // Belt : Pretty Little Thing

   

7 Magic Mountains + How My Style has Evolved

Seven magic mountains is another place that I stopped on my way from Los Angeles to Texas. A bit out of the way since it is right outside Las Vegas, but definitely worth it! Great photo ops, and I wish I was able to have gone when it was less crowded and in the afternoon, but we were on a time constraint! Still a cool place to visit if you’re in the area.

Where is your favorite place to go for photo ops?

I recently have been into a lot more edgier outfits. While I still love to keep everything fun and feminine, every once in a while I like to mix it up! Honestly boho is my current favorite! I like billowy tops and flare jeans… think Free People!

This outfit is a bit more grungy than I had hoped, but I was on a road trip, all of my outfits weren’t accessible, and I just had to go for it! Definitely something different but the color of the rocks made me feel better about al of the black! Also I just had to style my fanny pack from Quay Australia (linked below).

I used to dress super girly and honestly I still do, but every once in a while I like to mix it up. I am going for something a little more chic, recently. If you follow my instagram you will see a small change in filters for fall, but also in my looks. I am dressing things up with hats, big belt buckles, simple gold jewelry and fun booties. I really think I am a huge trend follower! Not on purpose, but I definitely just really like when an outfit is put together well!

Top : (similar) I got an over sized shirt and luckily it was already cut // Belt Bag : Quay Australia // Necklace : Forever 21 (similar) // Booties : Steve Madden

    

Grand Canyon + Road Trip Must Haves

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? I can now say I have! While it was a quick stop on my detour home to Texas, it was seriously amazing! Crazy how big the world really is when you put it into perspective!

I came home for a few weeks between my leases in LA, which was a perfect time for a break to see my family and friends! I loved being home but I also loved the trips there and back! I got to shoot a few different places on my road trips which made it even more fun! I think I have become a pro at road tripping!

Also I should just point out I was the only one dressed as I was and I stuck out like crazy! Everyone was in hiking gear and I looked like I so did not belong! Definitely made me think about writing a post about being confident when you absolutely do not feel it! What do you think?

Some road trip essentials

Car Charger : This came in handy like crazy! I never brought my charger into the hotels we stayed at so I never left it behind. I never had to bring it in though because I would just charge it on the way!

Snacks : Okay duh! But snacks like sunflower seeds and gum help you stay up longer when you’re tired since you have to work on eating them, or blowing bubbles. Also the healthier the better because you are just sitting there so do not over eat!

Offline Listening : Wifi was constantly going in and out! Pre-download podcasts and if you have premium music channels definitely use those!

Books/Magazines : Goes with the wifi going in and out! Read to whoever is driving or just use it to make the time go by faster.

Accessible Bag : I put only clothes in here that I would wear during the road trip, a blanket, charger, books and a few toiletries in my bag next to me so I would take that into the hotel. Everything else sat in the trunk the whole time!

Hat : ShowMeYourMumu // Top : Tobi (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Shoes : Halogen

  

Wearing a Dress Two Ways

Did I even really go to LA if I didn’t do a quick shoot on Rodeo Drive?! Ugh I just love that part of Los Angeles. So upscale and clean and the food is amazing! Designer bags and brands at every corner. So picturesque as well! I loved the white walls and it didn’t hurt to get a few of the brands in the center don’t ya think?

Okay on to the dress. When I first opened the package I was not sure if I would like this. I decided to shoot it and give it a try. I liked the unique strap and I put it on and I honestly was not too crazy about it because I felt like I lost shape.

It was obviously a small (which was the smallest size) but I am still a petite girl so I did what I could with what I had and added an extra safety pin in the back to create a keyhole look that you can see above. It gave me more shape and made sure all of my chest area was not too exposed!

Still I tucked it in as a tank and I loved the simple gray feel of it! Also as a dress I can definitely see it as a beach cover up as well or if I’m lucky I can pair it with some killer heels and go out with it! I also love the simple accessory of the gold coin necklace! Definitely one of my favorite trends of the moment!

I am definitely keeping this dress now that I know how to style it!

Dress : One x One Teaspoon bought on Lab25 // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon Bandits // Necklace : Forever 21