You’ve likely heard of minimalism or maximalism, but I would like to add my take on this way of culling or accumulating things. A few years ago, I took a hard look at everything in my house, closet, and jewelry box. When I came across things I no longer find beautiful or useful, I donated or sold those items. When negative memories are attached to an object, it is best to let go of it.
Removing clutter and things I rarely, if ever use, makes cleaning my home or getting dressed so much easier to accomplish. All the things around me have a purpose and please me when I look at them.
When I began purchasing only timeless pieces that feel authentic to my style, I found freedom from constant shopping and struggling to keep up with the quickly changing fads and trends. As a result, there are significantly fewer items in my collection now, but each element serves me well and often. Except for the wool jacket, I have worn all of these pieces in countless ways in all four seasons, making them essentials.
Even if dressed very casually, I reach for a watch, a ring, and a pair of earrings. I have worn this watch countless times since the bands are super easy to change. Sure, there is a clock on my phone, but a good watch adds a touch of elegance. Accessories have always been my favorite part of getting dressed.
Jacket – Sweater – Jeans – Boots – Bag – Watch – Scarf – Earrings – Ring. My lip color today is Little Black Dress here. Skincare has become much more important to me than makeup. I include my full skincare routine here. Recent outfits are summarized here. Similar currently available clothing and accessories shared in the links may allow me to earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
On Saturday, we had temperatures in the low thirties when we enjoyed brunch at Vivian’s Table in the Bristol Hotel. Layering a wool blazer over a merino wool sweater with a soft silk scarf and black jeans meant I was comfortable and appropriately dressed for the day without an overcoat as we snapped a few photos in front of the old Post Office building.
Beaux-Arts style architecture, influenced by classical Roman and Greek forms, emerged as the dominant style of architecture in the United States between the late 19th century and early 20th century. The old Bristol Post Office is one of the few Beaux-Arts style buildings remaining in this region. It is now a private office restored to its former glory.