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

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

 

Destination : Vacation with PrettyLittleThing

California has been the perfect vacation destination! Nothing like enjoying a day by the Venice Beach, am I right?! The first thing I do when I get ready for a fun vaca? Plan out my outfit! And somewhere where there is a beach and a pool you have to have the perfect swimsuit! Recently I’ve been obsessing over the color nude! A cute suit like this is perfect for vacation to any destination because it will be perfect with any background for cute pictures.

I always like to wear something cute to cover up with and this top can be worn at the beach, at the pool, or even out for dinner. Pieces like this are ESSENTIAL for vacation since you don’t want to overpack but you also want to have cute pieces.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?

I also wanted to do a special feature on these killer shoes! Nothing says summer like Espadrilles! Always my favorite for a summer night or day out!

All pieces are from PrettyLittleThing

Mocha Crinkle Scoop Neck Bikini Top  // Mocha Crinkle Bikini Bottoms // Dorsey White Beachwear Shirt // Niella Black Espadrilles Flatform Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles

     

Ready Set Sun with PrettyLittleThing

When I shop I like to have a few items I want in mind! A cute swimsuit, a gold necklace, a fun skirt! It’s the easiest way for me to shop online! PrettyLittleThing definitely gets it too! I shopped the vacation shop before I came to California and trust me I could not resist!

This white skirt I just had to have! The style was adorable and to be honest I’m a sucker for a sweet skirt! PrettyLittleThing also has a variety of styles and that’s what I love. If you’re a girly girl like me or even super chic and glam, there are pieces every girl will find. Also can we just take a second and talk about prices?! They are affordable and the material is great! Pieces that are durable and affordable.

What’s your favorite piece to wear for a day out in the summer sun? This is obviously mine!

White Tassel Trim White Skirt // Steve Madden ‘Kirsten’ Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles // Gold Necklace : Forever 21

   

Malibu for a Day

Typical Beach pictures for a Typical Beach day

Let me just start off by saying how beyond beautiful Malibu is! Mountains on one side, beach to the other, so dreamy at sunset! Its breath taking and the weather was beautiful! NOTHING like Texas beaches! I was able to get into the cool water and get out, tan for a bit and get right back in and it still feel good. That is a miracle in itself!

There are lots of fun things to do around here, most of which involve cute places to eat, one of which being Malibu Farms which is the first cool restaurant that will pop up in your search. (This is where I took the pictures in front of the pink bench.) Let me tell you after a day at the beach I had a BLT Kale salad and it was beyond delicious! Also I could not resist some chocolate frozen yogurt as well and it tasted just like soft serve.

The thing about beaches like these are that the sand comes off so easily, you don’t smell the harsh sea smell all around you, and there is not a lot of humidity like Texas beaches! Truly different and fun to go at any time of the day!

A recommendation or two :

Malibu Farms : Amazing dinner and sweet desserts

Water Activities : Go for a swim or a surf, the waves are huge and beautiful

Hiking & Biking : There are lots of trails nearby and the views are seriously amazing!

Cafe Habana : Another place to stop for a bite and take lots of instagram shots!

 

Bandeau : Victoria Secret (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s

  

Wearing a Swimsuit Out

While I have definitely been guilty of going to a store like Target or Wal-mart in my swimsuit after a pool day, I would not have considered that dressing up my swimsuit. But have you ever had one of those swimsuits you just want to wear out because it would make for the cutest body suit?! Well I have so a made a few tips for how to pull it off!

Swim Suit : Forever 21 (Madewell) // Shorts : TopShop (similar)

  1. Consider the material : Some swimsuits do not feel like swimsuits and those are the best to look for if you are wanting to wear it out
  2. Match the colors : Make sure your outfit goes well together and it does not look too crazy with other clothing pieces
  3. Wear with regular/non-swim wear pieces : If people see you wearing the suit as a body suit with jeans or regular going out shorts and maybe a jacket over, they are less likely to think of it as a swimsuit

Some possible swimsuits to wear out, click for the direct link to shop!