If you’re anything like me, your work/ school calender is out. of. control. Every single day is packed with meetings, events, be there’s, do that’s, etc. I think that’s why I love this free download from jas + mine (via A Pair and a Spare). A beautiful design with no room for notes . . . no boxes for appointments, no 15 minute delineations. Just a beautiful reminder to appreciate every day and to look forward to those ahead.
The hour a day I devote to running and/or yoga is pretty much the only time I have entirely for myself. During that hour I decompress, think, plan, and relax. I actually went to high school with Rebecca of Om Gal. I really enjoyed this core sequence and thought I’d share. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you, but recently I have become so overloaded with fashion blogs, stories of binge-buying, on-line-sample sales, Birkin-blowouts, [insert brand]“60% off TODAY ONLY use code:TODAYONLY!” emails that I’m over it. Seriously. I am not a big New Year’s Resolution person, but 2014 for me is going to be about down-sizing and simplifying.
I have enough clothes.
There is an absolute psychology behind on-line sample sales:
The Psychology Behind Gilt Groupe’s 36-Hour Sale by FORAtv
It’s a great business model that I have succumbed to many a-time… but there comes a point when it’s like… “do I really need another DVF dress at 50% off?” Even when I’ve logically convinced myself that I don’t need any more “stuff,” it’s hard when I get that weekly (or daily) email promising graspable Gucci and reduced Rachel Roy.
So, my simple solution is to unsubscribe. From everything. Goodbye J.Crew. Au reviore, Rue LaLa.
Downsizing my consumerism is a primary goal. In fact, I haven’t bought anything “consmery” yet this year. (I did go a little crazy buying up discounted work clothes during all of those after Christmas sales but I also got rid of a lot things– tossed the super old stuff and donated the rest).
Plus, with Pinterest, there is enough of outfit-inspiration to be creative with what I have.
I still plan on reviewing emerging designers, because for me, fashion blogging is about the art. About people being creative, making beautiful things, and aspiring to live a life devoted to design. Recently, I’ve become so bored with the whole concept of fashion blogging. It’s like anything, once it becomes about the money it loses a bit of it’s soul. I was making a pretty decent amount of money from this site at one point… and getting tons of free stuff, but right around that time, it stopped being fun. There was all of this pressure to write about things I wasn’t really in the mood to write about. So I opted out of all sponsorships, commission programs, and advertisers as well.
So I will continue to write about things that I enjoy, but with less focus on buying and more focus on appreciating art, fashion, design, and creativity. I will definitely try to have more DIY’s and focus on the sort of thing you and I and everyone can enjoy without getting swept up in mass-materialism.
I blame Miami.
Miami is a beautiful place but there is just so much excess here. Back in Boston, things were just less about what you had and more about what you did. Each emphasis comes with it’s own set of pitfalls.
Miami: “Oh… you drive a 3-series, how unfortunate.”
Boston: “Oh … you went to a state school, how unfortunate.”
Personally, I prefer the Boston-based snobbery, because at least on some very attenuated level it’s about substance. Here, no one really cares how you got the money for your Aventador, they are just impressed you have one.
Anyway, thanks for reading my rant. I hope to contribute more substance to this site in the New Year. Hopefully you’re down the for the journey. Happy New Year!
TGIF… it is Friday, right?
These designs from Anja Dragan are the perfectly inspiring way to wrap up this week.
A perfect mix of structure and flow. . . if only life had such balance!
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