Let’s talk minimalism.
Guys, I am SO excited about this minimalism blog post and how to achieve it because I’m stepping aside and introducing my dear friend / associate, Christina DeMaio. While I have always been inspired by those who live minimally, it wasn’t until I met Christina that I really started to focus on minimizing the excess in my life. Christina has been working alongside me at Modish Digital and here on Modish & Main since April. Truth be told, she has been the greatest asset to my brand.
Christina is an incredibly talented photographer and graphic designer, but she also has insane organizational skills + actively lives a minimalist life with her husband and dog, Sydney, in Washington D.C. (sadly, they just moved from California). I cannot wait to hand over the reigns to Christina and have her share with us her journey to minimalism and how in the world she sustains it!
Style & Beauty
The quest continues with my weekend makeovers to update areas of my house and my recent project was redesigning my bar cart.
So there are a few things you’ve probably realized about me by now.
(1) I’m a crazy organizing / re-organizing home freak.
(2) I love my wine + cocktails.
Therefore, all it took was trying to come up with a new cocktail over the weekend and 2 hours later I had redesigned my bar cart and was still left without a cocktail. Go figure. My goal with updating the bar cart was to make it more of a functional design piece rather than a figurative “bar cart.” Therefore, I carefully curated a selection of remaining booze (emptied out 9 bottles) so it no longer overtook the space and then added our record player and vintage vinyl albums. I have also come to learn that the key to pulling any redesign together is adding greenery. In this case, I transferred my basil plant to the bar top along with my Grandpa’s vintage decanter. A little bit functional, a little bit personal = the personal combination.
Truth be told, I got the best skin of my life in my mid-thirties.
How I got the best skin of my life has been a very long and educational journey. I’m hoping that my sharing my story and what has worked for me will save you or someone you know the hassle that I had to go through for a much longer period of time.
First of all, our skin is a direct reflection of how we treat it. It wasn’t until I got into my 30’s that I truly understood what that meant. I’ve shared in the past with you that I went dairy free over 2 years ago and that lifestyle change alone completely eliminated my cystic acne. While I was thrilled with my skin because it was acne free, this year I started to feel like my skin appeared dull and lackluster. That was the beginning of how I got the best skin of my life at 34.
Lifestyle / Travel
Sharing why you should create a fitness drawer to not only stay organized, but also to keep yourself motivated to get that workout in.
I think we can all agree that getting into a consistent fitness routine is struggle enough, so I suggest making it one less hassle by creating a fitness drawer. Think of it as a one-stop-shop in getting ready for your next workout.
Personally, I “enjoy” working out in the morning. I’ve been setting the alarm for 5:15am and rather than wander all over my bedroom to grab leggings in this drawer, tank top in that drawer and sports bras & socks in the closet, I decided to create a singular fitness drawer with everything I need. It’s funny how once you have a light bulb moment like this you wonder why it took you so long to do it in the first place. Getting ready for a workout is so quick & easy now, plus I can see at a glance when it’s time to do laundry because I’m running low on certain items.
Lifestyle / Style & Beauty
P.S. I launched a lifestyle adventure brand called Modish Wanderer 3 months ago.
If that opening sentence doesn’t tell you what a whirlwind of a summer I’ve had then I don’t know what does. I can’t believe it has taken me 3 months to finally announce the news officially here on Modish & Main about the launch of my lifestyle adventure brand called Modish Wanderer! While you can read more about Our Story on the website, the creation of this brand stems from two friends having a passion to capture a life of adventure.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you probably often see that I absolutely love to travel & am always seeking new adventures. I have this desire to create a life of incredible memories and my camera often leads me to new destinations. It’s this passion that spurred the concept of Modish Wanderer and really the design behind the logo which takes you from the beaches to the mountains and everywhere in between.
An easy, comfortable fall style that anyone can pull off is the denim on denim look.
These days my personal style centers around comfort and versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. Whenever I want to feel pulled together, stylish and comfortable all at the same I time I grab for my denim on denim look. The key to pulling this off is making sure your denims don’t match. That’s when you fall into the Canadien Tuxedo category and although that works for some people (you work on a ranch or live in Canada), it’s best to offset the denim.
Another tip is to wear the darker shade of denim where you want to appear slimmer. Just saying, it works.
Sharing with you this simple, easy trick to design your entryway (or anywhere in your house) with everyday items.
Full disclosure — I’m going through this “moment” right now with my house where I’m over “stuff” and/or desperately wanting to update an area of the home. You may have noticed this considering that a few of the latest posts are where I created a hat wall in our master bedroom, redesigned my home office shelves and then went on to purge my closet, I’m in this transition phase of sorts of wanting to switch things up but not spend much (or any) money to do so. That leaves me to design with everyday items that are already around my home and today’s focus was on the entryway.
I woke up the other day feeling the urge to purge. Before I even left my room to start my day, I went into my closet and picked 30 items to purge. While 30 items seems like a lot, it didn’t even put a dent into my closet.
I have felt this strong urge to remove unnecessary clutter from my life and last week it was my home office shelving and this week it’s back to being focused on my closet. Quite honestly, I felt ashamed of myself that after 30 items were removed (that’s what you see hanging up), my closet was still full of clothes, shoes and accessories. “Why do I need all this stuff?” is what I kept asking myself.