A Minimalist Lifestyle

It all started when I decided to clean out my closet. I had a pretty big shakeup, financially, and was trying to scrounge up some clothes to sell on Poshmark. I knew I needed to add in some extra income, but I didn't realize it was my spending habits that were putting me in this stressful situation. As I was looking at my expenses, I realised I was spending more on what I considered “luxuries” than I actually needed.

Not only was I spending money like there was no tomorrow (even though it was on discounted clothing…) I noticed that my closet was overflowing with clothes to a point where I was overwhelmed when I opened my closet. There was clothing that I hadn't touched in over a year.

As I looked under my bathroom sink and in my drawers, I noticed the same thing. It was filled with crazy amounts of nail polish and headbands (FYI, I don't wear headbands anymore unless I'm working out). Bright red and pink nail polishes that I never use filled my drawers. I had books on a bookshelf in my living room that I hadn't even attempted to read, DVD's that I hadn't really used in almost two years (Thanks, Netflix!).

My almost-700-square-foot apartment was filled to the brim with stuff, and I was overwhelmed.

In the past, I had done “Spring Cleaning”, but that was really just a time where I actually dusted every surface in my house in one day. This year was the first year that I realized I hadn't ever actually gone through my clothes and gotten rid of things that I hadn't used, and I realized it when I was suffocating in my own stuff that I had accumulated throughout the years.

 

Why a minimalist lifestyle?

Honestly, never again do I want to get to a point where I have a whole chest of drawers filled with clothes that I haven't touched in over a year. I want to stop buying things I don't need, stop buying poor quality items that break easily and be able to save up for more quality purchases. I want to be able to go to a store and buy what I need and feel good about my purchases (Shopper's guilt is real).

Many people have this misconception that a Minimalist lifestyle is purging yourself of any joys in life. In fact, I think it's the opposite. It's about cutting your spending and possessions down to the basics so that you can actually recognise the luxuries in life. Does that mean you can't have luxuries? No! It just means you're not purchasing a bunch of junk every week.

Minimalista.co

Because of this realization and this transition in my life, I am rebranding The Everyday Elegance. Minimalista.co will be live May 23, 2016, and I can't wait to share it with you all. This new focus will be all about creating a capsule-style wardrobe without compromising your style.

A minimalist lifestyle not about limiting yourself. It's about developing your personal style and owning it. It's about being able to look in your closet and know that you will always have something to wear. It's about being able to justify your expenditures. It's about saving money over time.

Is it a daunting challenge? Yes. Is it hard? Absolutely. But I challenge you to join me on this journey. After Minimalista.co goes live, I'll be debunking some of these misconceptions about a minimalist lifestyle. But during this time, I want to hear from you!

What are some of your fears about a minimalist lifestyle? How can I help you make the transition?

Shoot me an email with your response to these questions at hello@minimalista.co or reach out in the comment section below.

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  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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  • Should I cut my hair short? Leave a 💇‍♀️ or 🙅‍♀️ in the comments! .
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I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
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I really care about community. I create content not only because I love creating things, but because I love sharing them with people who are also interested in sustainable fashion. I want this to be a space where we can talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. A two way conversation. I want my blog to be a resource for people who are seeking a new lifestyle. What are some questions you’ve had about ethical and sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments below! •
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If you’re a fellow influencer who is struggling with comparison and just keeping up with the rest, you’re not alone. Know that your value is NOT found in a number. You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Don’t lose sight of that purpose by focusing on a number. •
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Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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