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Because what else could a girl ask for in life? Enjoy the little jewels of happiness in life, it’s mid week and the weekend isn’t far. Here’s wishing you a beautiful one. Sit back, relax. May your days be full of light, your nights full of adventure, and your latte full of caffeine.

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photography:KUNDAN KUMAR | camera:iPHONE 6 | minimalist blouse c/o:PREMONITION | boots c/o:WINDSOR SMITH | crossbody bag c/o:STATUS ANXIETY | sunnies c/o:EYE BUY DIRECT | marble notebook c/o:MELO & CO

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a minimalist lifestyle from a blogger’s perspective

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minimalism: noun min·i·mal·ism
\ˈmi-nə-mə-ˌli-zəm\

1: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity – Merriam Webster Dictionary

Minimalism is the most simple and pure form of any thing. The essence of something – without anything additional. It is the absence of excess. But how does that interpret into lifestyle?

Some interpret minimal fashion as a constricted wardrobe of monochrome ensembles. Black, white, beige, simple. Hangers should be 2” apart with plenty of empty space since “minimalism” seems often translated as having less. Each piece should have minimal adornments and detailing, and must be of the most straightforward nature. T-shirts, tanks, jeans. The aura should be stark, neat, empty.

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photography:KUNDAN KUMAR | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | top c/o:LIE | shorts c/o:SALIENT LABEL

I have a much different perspective. Indeed, those descriptive characteristics above are part of a minimalist lifestyle – but it goes much deeper than that. It’s less about the rules, and more about the experience and aesthetic of each piece, item, and choices. It’s not about have less, it’s having only those things which have a purpose. The difference? Imagine someone who works from home, is fairly introverted, and rarely leaves the house. The essentials they need would be quite little. For that person a minimal wardrobe would likely be filled with extra space, and items would be that of a most simple nature.

Now imagine someone who travels frequently. Their hobbies include camping, running, fine dining, and other activities that require a different set of tools or essentials. Their closet may be filled to overflowing, but does this mean they cannot be a part of the minimalism lifestyle? Hardly seems fair… People often get stuck on a number. A minimalist should have 5 shirts, 3 jeans, 2 shoes, 1 coffee mug, etc. Instead, I find the definition more adaptive to people’s unique lifestyles. A runner needs shoes, athletic wear and a water bottle. Camping requires an onslaught of equipment in order to eat, sleep and carry on. Reducing so far that one doesn’t have the essentials needed to maintain their lifestyle is a self-created prison, not minimalism.

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Instead, minimalism is meant to be simple, free and burden-less. If cutting back so far you actually create a more extreme burden, is it truly minimalism? Perhaps, perhaps not. I think it could mean a great many things, but the principle to follow most closely is: if you don’t need it, clear your closet and your mind from everything that is non-essential. It’s a wonderful experience to open space for a less-is-more lifestyle. Purchase pieces sparingly – as you need them, as they serve a purpose. Live a life with meaning, and disregard those things which do not matter. Be happy, and have only those things which make you so.

Minimalism is freedom. Freedom from those things which weigh us down, take up space, and serve no purpose. It’s reducing to those things that truly matter and have a positive impact on your lifestyle. It’s not clothes, coffee mugs, and a checklist of what you may not have. It’s internal, a mental state of mind, and a simple lifestyle consisted of only those things which you need. And that – is a truly beautiful thing.

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rooftop without ever letting you know

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Careless corner smile and steady steps, gaze locked and sure, power play on full display. Attitude? Absolutely. Side glance in your direction – not a chance. Snob? Not at all…that’s just the way you walk in NYC.

People think the residents have an air of over-confidence – I think they just have somewhere to go. Purposefully in motion, it’s the city where you fight to make it or get left behind. Heck of a way to live? Perhaps, but this is what they all came for. Welcome to the American dream. A reality that is only as far away as you make it – the city is bursting with opportunities for success and failure alike. You’ll get your shot, and what you make of it is totally up to you.

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photography:ELMA BEGANOVICH from AMRA & ELMA | location:THE QUIN HOTEL PENTHOUSE | trench coat dress c/o:SIMPLE RETRO | t cuff c/o:GRAMERCI DESIGN | crosbody bag c/o:WANDERERWANDERER | open bar ring c/o:CHARLOTTE VALKENIERS | slingback shoes c/o:PUBLIC DESIRE

Something about New York always brings to mind mafia moments in cinema flicks, with streets run by fedoras and cigars and the ladies of the night. The swing of street music and corner diners with mystery patrons lurking in the corners. Glorified by some of the best filmmakers in the industry, perhaps that’s become part of the charm of the city in some strange way.

Anyone watch the series Mad Men? I can’t say I’ve sat still for a full episode, but I caught some glimpses in its glory days. Never thought too much of it then, but now that I can relate to a hairline of the storyline as an agency writer in the same city – I can at least appreciate the setting. (If only we kept a crystal of scotch in my office).

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Spending the day on rooftops of the Quin, feeling demure in an office-to-evening ensemble. And with the city below and places to go, I wouldn’t be anywhere else. Thank you Simple Retro, for this classic trench transporting me to an era past but not gone and a moment to dream. You’re truly as timeless as the city. Now back to the streets NYC style. Bye for now, it’s time for this day to keep moving forward.classic trench coat back

faded, so lost

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A soft crackling noise can be heard from below, tiny crabs letting loose of the rocks, fleeing for the sea with the sound of our feet landing on each new stone. The air smells like salt with a hint of coconut breeze between, or perhaps that’s just what’s left of the island’s native beverage of choice lingering on my bottom lip. I lift my eyes slightly to see his feet leading the way, and up just farther into the expanse of the never ending horizon of the sea. After a 24 hour delay, we made it – this was India, on the shores of Port Blair of the Nicobar Islands.

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photography:KUNDAN KUMAR & KRISTINA PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | location:PORT BLAIR IN THE NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA | dress c/o:JOAH BROWN

After much ado, welcome into a few of the first moments of the travels across the world to a tropical escape tucked just far enough away to escape the touch of most human contact. Like a hidden corner of the earth left just as it was intended to be, those privileged to venture so far are surrounded by tropical forests, curious natives and coral reefs hidden just under the first layers of crystal clear waters.

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We traveled light – aside from the bundles of gifts we couldn’t wait to deliver to friends and family on the mainland. For the first time in ages, I hardly even noticed those things which a blogger normally finds themselves most attached to. In the first lag, nearly all digital communication was nonexistent, forcing visitors to let go of all that drags from places past. My phone stayed tucked away in the baggage abandoned in the room, and attire was chosen to be cool and comfortable.

Even during monsoon season, the air was hot. And while we escaped the presence of such summer storms, the air was wet in anticipation of the earth’s spin bringing months of rain.

I slipped into a Joah Brown cotton dress. And while tracing along the rocky beach, the feeling of freedom pulsed through my body as the coconut breeze lifted the hem of my dress away from my skin. It felt like breathing for the first time. Letting go. Faded, lost in the in the fantasy of the untouched shore and endless sea.

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a traveler's view accepting the freedom of the sea

“You were the shadow to my light, did you feel us?
Another star, you fade away
Afraid our aim is out of sight, wanna see us alight…

Where are you now? Was it all in my fantasy?
Where are you now? Were you only imaginary?
Where are you now? Atlantis, under the sea…

Where are you now? Another dream
The monster’s running wild inside of me
I’m faded… So lost, I’m faded…

These shallow waters never met what I needed
I’m letting go a deeper dive
Eternal silence of the sea. I’m breathing alive…

Where are you now?”

– Alan Walker, “Faded”

in case you’re in the mood

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A monochrome palette for weekday inspirations. Setting the mood for a week of calm after returning from the rush of NYC. Shifting trinkets around, sliding fingers over the smooth marble and crystal textures of a new Felony Case collection, glancing quickly at the pages of a dated magazine – yet the classics never go out of style.
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photography:KRISTINA PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | iphone marble case collection c/o:FELONY CASE | marble handbag c/o:CAFUNE | timepiece c/o:HARPER AND BROOKS | monochrome loungewear top c/o:DAVID LERNER | monochrome laceup pant c/o:DAVID LERNER | diamond stack rings c/o:K’DANGELO

Happy Monday friends, we’ve made it to the start of a new week. A subtle gloom lingers outdoors from the shadow of summer’s rain, but the mood indoors feels less than somber, enjoying today working from home. The softest luxury sweats, playful tunes, and a spirit peaceful – yet eager to start the new day. It’s truly the simple pleasures… appreciating the beauty in details, the feeling of softness on your skin, knowing that you’re in control of today’s destiny.

Somehow Monday’s reputation evades me… It starts with coffee as all good days should, and what may be mundane by the end of the week actually feels invigorating at the week’s first beginnings. Checking of the list with confidence that nothing could possibly slow this week down.

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Stay positive, today is the day to start over. Yesterday’s failures count for nothing. Today can be the day the tables turn, the day you meet your goals, a day you do it right, a Monday. You got this. #MondayMotivation