Today marks the kickoff of a reprised series of Tiny Closet re-stylings! You may remember a couple years ago when I collaged blog posts of pieces I'd worn in the past and put them together to show how I'd restyled them over the years.
I am beginning this series again for the Spring season where I'll be newly restyling pieces in my closet that I've featured before - but in all new ways. Style After Style.
Because like, that's what the Tiny Closet is all about.
I'll start with my beloved leather midi skirt. This mama is gorgeous, beautifully made and actually, was able to fit me through thick and thin and always made me feel chic and modern (even though it's technically vintage as it was made in the 80s).
I've worn it through every season but Summer with oversize tops, heels, flats, hoodies, you name it. The above photos feature my most diverse looks.
I have my personal favorite ensembles but I this present look I slipped on is my new fave.
Not gonna lie, it's been freezing in L.A., but I was excited about this look and wanted to share the restyling a bit earlier than the season is permitting. Perhaps this will give you ideas on how to rock your own midi skirt!
Because actually, midi skirts can be pretty awkward. The hem has got to hit you perfectly. Not to mention, the fabric is a huge factor: too thick, you're frumpy and wide looking. Too stiff, you look like you're walking around in a paper bag.
Give us shape!
Give us drape!
Oh, and give me a slit so I can move like a normal human being. My cat-like reflexes and incessant 4-lane jay-walking demands it.
I decided to wear a very cropped tee with this waist-sitting skirt. It's my own design and practically aerodynamic. That's why I wear a bralette with it always.
My vision for this ensemble since I RARELY show this much skin? Definitely a fun date with my Theo. Dressing for my husband is always loads of fun because I can step outside my modest style, get sexy and still feel cozy.
Minimalism is always fun though. I am wearing three pieces (counting my shoes) that can be beautifully highlighted with small embellishments. Like full brows and big hair.
If anything is going to do the talking, I want it to be me. If the midi skirt is wearing you, you're doing it wrong I say. And that's a bit of a challenge for a gal like me because I'm 5' tall. Everything tends to look like it's wearing me instead of the other way around. So that's why I tend to not do too much after getting dressed. Just the really important stuff.
And the really important stuff works!
So, I hope I've shown that with midi skirts, there really is so much one can do! Not just pairings and stylings but events! From dinners to work conferences, to museums, concerts, cocktail parties, happy hour, brunch with the girls - alright, alright, you get it.
To check out the other ways I've styled this leather midi skirt, click on any of the below links! :
When I go super casual, I of course try to balance it with a great hair style, a bright, fresh face and a pop of accessory of some kind.
Because it's surprising how fast a jeans-and-tee look can go from fun and casual to frumpy and dodging an ex in the grocery store.
And "casual" doesn't mean you don't need to put at least a little somethin into it.
Seeing street style photos of celebrities looking drop dead fabulous in regular looking getups - it aint the clothes or their beauty. We are all gorgeous first of all. It's their inherent style that makes us wild with envy and style goals. It is style that is lead by intuition. Because that's what it is. Simply knowing what works, really well, for you.
I talk about "effortless" quite a lot. And really, all it is is intuition. Good style can be seen in anything - even if all you're wearing is a bath robe. Or maybe jeans and a tee.
It's much less about the labor.
The majority of street style shots proves this: candid photos of women who simply style themselves intuitively.
I mean, I think we all agree that no one wants to work hard at looking good. Plus we shouldn't even have to. It was never about that anyway.
Come visit again next Thursday where I'll be starting a new series of posts on the versatility and plethora of styles in minimalism and a Tiny closet!
There tends to be a narrow view of "minimalism" and "capsules"...
Maybe because the aesthetic of minimalism is always marketed as blank or stark. Monochrome arrangements with black, white and grey as the featured colors. As the only colors.
And then with capsules, which is supposed to be a small collection of clothing that you wear year round - they tend to be made up of predominantly black, white and grey pieces as well. And as much as I love that trio of colors, I've never resonated with wearing them all year long, day in and day out - blah.
Very few women do!
And so the minimalist lifestyle with its capsules and uniform-like closet staples continues to be misunderstood and avoided. What a shame.
Because this minimalist outfit right here is my kind of basic uniform.
Aside from my strong opinion that yellow is always a good idea, who said basics and all-season colors had to be black, white and grey? Yes, those shades match with everything - but at what cost people?!
Yes, capsules are focused on utility and efficiency but that's not all they're about. The most perfect, efficient closet is useless if you don't want to wear the clothing.
Like most women, I enjoy bringing out my natural coloring with different hues and prints. I also have different moods and dress for different versions of myself (like we all do) - so I need diversity and versatility. My point is...
Your capsule closet can be whatever you want it to be. And your endeavor into minimalism doesn't mean you throw away everything and go on a clothing fast. If you love plum, leopard print and florals - well those can be worn all year long and make for incredible "basics". You know why?
Because you love them, that's why!
This month I'll be continuing to touch on the diversity of minimalism and how inclusive it really is. The Tiny Closet is my closet, where I show my way to live as a minimalist and work with capsules. But minimalism has many faces and is as individual as each of us. So I'll be featuring different looks as a fun exploration of this niche lifestyle.
Thank you for visiting!
Come back next Thursday for another new look, same closet.
In an earlier post, I mentioned my attempts to build a few resort looks using mainly the pieces I already have in my closet. I decided to make a pair of loose, cropped peg-leg pants... honestly, I can't say I'm in love with them. Which is why I won't be adding them to my Spring capsule (or any part of my closet). I just didn't have enough time to make them like these pants here that are not cropped.
Anyway, they were fun to wear for this shoot to show-and-tell with you but I will be returning to the design to perfect it. This turtleneck, a Tiny Closet design, I'm attempting to wear as much as possible while it's weirdly freezing cold here in L.A.. (yay!!) I never get to wear turtlenecks, which is my second favorite neckline (deep scoop necks are my #1 jammmm). And the color I can't get enough of. It's proven to be perfect for my resort looks - I've always felt resort wear looks bronzy, warm and golden. But that's me.
This leather weekend bag from 2 Rivers is hands down my favorite work bag. I love the company and their quality and style. Simple, understated and very well made. I talked all about this particular bag here. It's a gem and will be with me for years to come.
I'm also excited to talk about another bag from 2 Rivers as I teamed up with them again for Spring. More to come on that one :)
These tropical pants really did do the trick for adjusting a previous resort wear look into a second. And this top is brilliant for trips as it goes.with.everything.. It is still available at my shop (psst - it's also in olive!) so check it out and shop it now if you're transitioning into Spring and want a warmer look.
Happy 1st of the month! March will be a fun one with all-new releases in the shop and new looks on the blog. So keep visiting and come back next Thursday for a new post!
I have a way of making virtually any article of clothing I come across sleep-able. Because why would you wear it if it's not so damn comfy you could sleep in it? I know it's not what most women consider when shopping but that's certainly one of my core guidelines.
Everything I wear has an air of leisure. I want to look polished and feminine always but I don't think I should try too hard at it. And boy do I need to be comfortable to be confident in whatever I wear.
So why not sporty loungewear? That's certainly comfortable. And I did try my best to hop aboard the Oprah-endorsed "Athleisure" train but... you can't sashay into Bottega Louis for a $25 salad and a glass of rosé in Nikes and a hoodie no matter how tailored it is. It's just not the same.
Ha, but for those interested in getting more acquainted with a higher-end loungewear look, I usually follow these guidelines:
Instead of leggings, I opt for peg-leg pants or harem pants.
Skip the sweat pants and go for chambray or linen joggers.
Palazzos, gauchos, loose mid-length pants? All great options for loungewear. And can be paired with any top.
Instead of a tee shirt, slip on a camisole or a tee made of linen, crepe or silk.
Skip the sweatshirt and grab an oversize thin cardigan sweater (preferably in cotton or wool)
Pair a flat mule with any linen or cotton dress
And forget the rest.
It's simple, effortless and feminine - and when you get home, you don't have to tear it off in the doorway with a dramatic relieved sigh.
If you've been following me for a while, you may know that I LOVE this day. A day of love? What could be better?
A day to show those who are close to you that they're loved. By you! Lovers, friends, family, and secret crushes - Valentines Day is hands down, my favorite holiday.
It's also a fave because I love chocolate. And though candy is the cornier side to this day, like Halloween, the chocolate runeth over - and can be easily attained for free at front desks and lobbies. Mmmm.
Anyway, I think I love this day so much because I have such fond memories of it from childhood. My mom would give me a goofy sweet card with homemade cookies or she'd bake a cake. And my dad would send a dozen roses to my school addressed to me from a "secret admirer" - love dad.
Now in my 30s, those fun Valentines traditions are long gone. But they've left me with rose-colored glasses when looking at this day each year.
Still, I celebrate love daily and every time Theo and I go out on a date, I feel like we're still dating. As a Christmas present, my mother got me a simply stunning bag from Strathberry. I had mentioned to her that I wanted a tiny little bag for my date nights. Instead of the beauteous lugs I have for work. It's not very romantic shuffling through fabric swatches and invoices when reapplying my lipstick at dinner.
So she surprised me and let me pick the color of my new MC Nano shoulder bag. In the spirit of date night, I of course chose ruby red.
And it's perfect.
And I also thought it'd be perfect to debut today.
That being said, this brilliant red is also a fabulous statement color for everyday. And you know me, my wardrobe isn't a museum - I want to live in my clothes! Sure this bag will be special for special occasions buuuuut, say for instance a fun day out where I'll only need my phone, Visa, and lipstick? This MC Nano mama will go with just about everything I own. Boom!
And speaking of going with everything - my Tourist Tunic in white (from The Tiny Closet Shop) is pretty much the coolest thing I own besides my hopeful collection of vintage Levis. In a place like L.A., it's a seasonless statement piece and considered a basic. White tees don't have to look like white tees. I love putting a statement spin on trusted everyday pieces like a t-shirt and jeans.
I don't have any plans for today. Not only is my husband half a planet away, my overwhelming workload has left me isolated and draaaaaaiiind. Last year, I celebrated my love for my work and my professional partnership with Theo - but this year, I find myself needing a vacation from this "devotion" to my business.
I hope you're enjoying your week, and if you're not (like me) treat yo'self to a special Valentines treat, just for you. Or share it if that makes the treat even better.
Thanks so much for visiting! And happy Valentines Day to you :)
Like most Los Angelites, the moments it gets cold in this desert city, we delight in joining in wearing more season appropriate styles like the rest of you... like wearing jackets and coats for instance.
I LOVE this Muubaa leather jacket but I probably wear it twice a year. It's just too hot to wear it more often than that. *sigh* So when we had couple days of high 50s weather, I popped this lover on over one of my newest Winter pieces from The Tiny Closet Shop (The Shopper midi dress) and completed a cool city look with some black sneakers.
This dress is a knockout in heels but I'll leave that to my fabulous customers to rock. For me, sneakers are the reality. Even for this lil shoot, I couldn't be bothered with heels! Maybe because I'm all work and no play these days. Easy operation is key.
I am resonating with waves lately instead of my fun tiny spiral curls. It's hard to part with them but I have a rule: when you look in the mirror and you're not totally feeling yourself (vain, I know - but that's the ABCs of me, what can I say...) change it! A change will do you good.
The Shopper is still available in my Winter collection! This is a classic piece and I think it'll be showing up in my Fall and Spring capsule wardrobes. You can wear this midi dress everywhere! But I guess the same thing goes for a lot of the clothes I wear...
You guys, it's February!! Which means I am bursting at the seams in anticipation for Spriiiing! But until then,
Come back next Thursday for another warm-Winter look!
I have been wanting to make myself a little collection of resort wear for the longest time!
I rarely take grand vacations as I realize I spend a lot of my leisure time in and around downtown. And even though I do go to the Philippines to visit family, I rarely get to rock a clear and present resort look. So...
I decided to incorporate a "Resort look" into my own Tiny Closet.
Using rich brilliant colors, statement jewelry and an accompanying white anything - I found this type of minor tweaking can really transform any capsule wardrobe! Now, when I say capsule, I want to iterate that I do not have a capsule closet. What I have, and what my blog prescribes is 3-4 seasonal capsule wardrobes.
To briefly describe this (as I will definitely revisit this in more detail in a future post), instead of having 28-32 pieces to wear the entire year with no additions or seasonal changes, I have a "foundation" closet of basics and then each season, I add a few special festive pieces to wear with that base closet. As each season passes, I store away those seasonal collections for next year and move on to the next season.
Why do I do this?
Well, it certainly didn't use to be this way. I originally had one wardrobe that took me through the entire year with no additions. I personally think everyone should try this once - puts a lot of things into perspective. And the reason I started this blog.
But now, I have seasonal wardrobes...Because I love to design clothing! And though I am fundamentally a minimalist, I'm always coming up with something new to wear, both for myself and my shop. I also choose to have seasonal wardrobes because I adore shopping(!!) but I treat it as a very special privileged event that I save to do for myself a few times a year (like for example, each season).
Have you ever had that strange, sparkly feeling that the beginning of something wonderful is happening? Like, not just something wonderful but something fated.
Okay, before this gets too cryptic, Theo, Finn (our dog) and I were taking a long walk around the city and came across a new shopping center. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits: The Studio top by The Tiny Closet Shop, a pair of vintage jeans from Virgo, where I buy all my vintage jeans and Chucks.
So we were walking... And the stores in this brand new indie-owned high end shopping center were gorgeous. And as I passed by an empty store that hadn't yet been moved into, I got a strange and yes, sparkly feeling that something here was meant for me.
Actually, the only other time I felt this was a year before I met my husband. This weird, exciting feeling that I was fatefully walking towards him already.
And then, there he appeared.
I don't usually share like this - and we weren't intending on taking photos - but there we were, walking by these artful shops and I felt like there was some serious foreshadowing going on.
Life is so interesting and everyday really is full of possibilities. I've always flown by the seat of my pants with very little planning and a whole lot of heart and curiosity buuuuut
Lately, it's been nice walking in a more finite direction. With more intention. Anyway, our walk that day solidified my current feelings. About my shop, my clothing line, and realizing that my hobbyist nature has grown up a bit and decided to commit to something! Yasss honeys - I did not come to play!
So this is a random post this week - I had planned to discuss something slightly different but I shoot from the hip and old habits do die hard. A favorite of my posts comes to mind that may be helpful to read (if you haven't already). It discusses one of my Tiny Closet truths in dressing to improve your life and if this post was too random - check this one out and I hope it inspires.
Thanks for reading!
Join me next Thursday as I begin to glamorize my closet and my life for the new year :)
What is it about luxury that makes it so elusive? Surely, we can identify it once we see it. But to achieve the look ourselves, to embody it in our own way tends to be a feat. Magazines, television, department stores, they're all virtually prodding us endlessly to try to achieve this "look of luxury" by buying a product. As if it comes in physical form. And after sampling whats offered, for most of us, whatever we buy never quite pulls it off. And if it does, you better maintain it by buying more!
Yes, luxury, it seems, is for those who can afford it...
Naaah, I don't buy it.
Maybe luxury is so elusive because its active ingredient is a feeling exuded. Not a look. And true luxury is not to be confused with glamour.
No - today, I'm discussing "Luxury"! What is it made up of fundamentally? How can you make it apart of your daily lifestyle? Ok, so take away the Gucci bags, the expensive shades, the Louboutin heels, etc - I've seen women in jeans and a tee, without a stitch of makeup looking gloriously luxurious. What gives?
What do they possess that everyone else is trying to copy?
I've studied this concept of luxury probably longer than I've been aware. And then I'm reminded of my upbringing: My parents!
My parents always had champagne tastes and an incredible work ethic to buy that champagne. But it's not about the money. I realize they never did much traveling or extravagant vacations. They decided to spend their energy and interests at home in their daily lifestyle.
My friends would always say my parents were so fancy. But really... they just took more pride in the quality of their daily life, their personal time, and their daily leisure.
And that right there embodies true luxury.
So going forward with this theory, let us do some dissecting, shall we? Luxury is simply the art of maintaining:
QUALITY - TIME - LEISURE
These 3 components actually umbrella many aspects of life.
Quality of the things you buy and the clothes you wear. The life you lead and the friends you surround yourself with.
Time management for yourself to exercise, therapize, and learn new things. Time to dedicate to others.
Leisure to chill the fuck out. Grab a coffee, go to the beach, have a 3-hour brunch with friends. Because life is hectic and work can be intrusive of our space.
So basically, luxury is just a more mindful, self-possessed life? Ok, that's cool. Wah wah. Buuuuut since this like, a personal style blog, let's talk about how this relates to our closets!
My theory as to how luxury pertains to personal style is this:
The key to looking and dressing luxuriously is simply mixing comfort with taste. I guess that explains why youcan't really buy it.
But knowing that just might make you a better shopper. After lots of thought and fun research on this theory, I narrowed down looking like a million bucks to 5 Keys:
5 Essential Keys to Making Your Closet Look Like a Million Bucks:
1. Wear well-fitting clothes
Wear quality, well-made clothing. Get it altered to fit you perfectly. Fit is everything.
2. Never Show Effort
Anything that looks hard to wear or time consuming probably is. This includes makeup. Effort is the baine of luxury!
3. Be Comfortable Always
Why shouldn't you? And when you're uncomfortable, it shows! And makes others around feel uncomfortable for you. Comfort is luxury. Never wear anything that makes you feel otherwise.
4. Avoid Unecessary Layering
Layers can easily look bulky and messy. And that is burdensome. Avoid wearing more than 3 articles of clothing at a time. Dress in the spirit of how you'd look stepping off a yacht.
5. Dress Timeless
Your outfit shouldn't have more than one trendy item. A timeless style sets you apart from the trend chasers and makes you look self-possessed and confident.
Dressing and feeling like luxury is one of my goals for this year. I just don't believe that luxury and leisure is for the weekend or worse, a couple times a year!
I didn't take much time off last year. I did close out the first year of my business in 2017 so that would explain my lack of free time. But when I did go on vacation, I was miserable the entire time. Who wants to go on vacation only to feel stressed with work-separation anxiety?
You gotta learn to be leisure in your daily life - so that it's not completely foreign and shocking when you do engage in leisure, quality time. I'm dedicating working on this for 2018. And I've started with my wardrobe. Because for me, clothing sets the tone. My wardrobe, my Tiny Closet inspires my direction and mood. And my direction is pampering! And my mood is... you guessed it, luxury.
Thanks so much for visiting and reading!
Come back next Thursday for an all-new look and more ideas on living a better life in your clothes.
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