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Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Outside The Comfort Zone

I love this layered scrunchie-like skirt.  Because of its unique construction, it's able to be scrunched or stretched into different styles and lengths.  I always wear it longer and more asymmetrical but over the gorgeous weekend, I chose to wear it super short and high-waisted while we zoomed around on the Vespa.  Because why not?
jacket: Zara / top: Jockey / skirt: T by Alexander Wang / heels: Asos.com 

If you've been following me for a while, you know I don't really show that much skin.  In street wear,  anyway.  Yes, when it comes to building an ensemble, I'm all about balancing out the extremes.  Showing lots of leg?  Oversize coverage on top.  Sporting a deep V?  Then legs shall be majorly draped.  But there's probably a few times a year that I like to swan dive into different waters and rock a much bolder minimalist style.  

And this "bolder" style usually has to do with a lack of modesty... since I don't tend to come up short in that area normally. 

So when baring a lot, the key style ingredient is definitely confidence :) 

I have to say, when lacing up my heels it took a couple moments to mentally transport myself from feeling like a blushing half-naked woman to a happy, confident fun time gal.  It's not a big deal to some but for me I was definitely pushing myself outside my comfort zone.


This zippered parachute jacket, is super light and full of drape.  Perfect for hanging over lace camisoles, bra tops and tattered tanks.  It tones down anything very revealing or anything too casual. 


 When it came time to take a stroll that day, I did bring along my trusty Keds to change into, which turned my style a bit sporty.  I preferred this look to chunky heels but alas, my super short legs need height and length when wearing minis.  *Sigh* I accept this vain truth about my anatomy but I always bring a more comfortable alternative pretty much wherever I go!

It's good to get outside the comfort zone every once in a while.  Especially if it challenges  your insecurities or body image.  I'm always admiring the many different styles and physical traits of other women and I have to remember to give myself the same admiration...  
And strut my stuff!

happy monday folks :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Luxury In Being Comfortable

As some of you already know, I love to be cozy.

robe: Tiny Closet Collection (fabric: Michael Levine Fabrics)

Even if I'm out and about, I have the tendency to marinate in the same coffee shop/bar/restaurant for hours so my clothes are primarily customized to allow me to do that.  There's a sexy luxury in comfort.  

And though I always have some project I'm knee deep in, zooming around just isn't for me so I like that most of my projects keep me at home. So I can get even more cozy!


Lounging in my new robe on Wednesday and waiting for my hair to dry, instead of emailing or writing up an outline for yet another project, I decided to chill and catch up on my favorite neighborhood read.  And also squeeze in a little interior decor inspiration!


I usually wear some super-soft jersey articles but ever since I started going to the spa once a week, I've been so addicted to lounging in the cotton robes they provide.  It wasn't the first time I've put on a robe but it was the first time I put on a good fitting robe.  I loved the fitting and the feel so much that I decided to design my own.  

What I love most about this delicious robe?  The fabric.  It's the drapiest, softest rayon with an absolutely gorgeous print.  I adore it!  I want to make like five more but sadly, all I need is one, you know? haha :)  Forever, a minimalist.


With special pieces like this robe, it makes me love my closet.  It also inspires me to continue making my Tiny Closet unique and meaningful because anything else hanging next to it will just pale in comparison!

Forget the fancy and expensive.  Even if you can't be bothered with sewing, it is very possible and actually makes a difference to have a great quality, well fitting comfortable wardrobe that aligns artistically with your taste.  

I mean, that's what luxury really is.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Wine Wednesdays...

After celebrating the holidays, after surviving two exceeeeedingly long road trips in which a full size golden retriever used me as a dog bed, after ringing out the new year working til 3am, after catching up daily at the usual favorite bars, and after going to an epic company holiday party, it was the final straw of Wine Wednesday, an event at one my favorite markets in the Arts District that officially broke the camel's back...

Thursday found me sick as a dog.  


Ah well.  I suppose someone had to put a stop to this madness.  And it wasn't going to be me so, thank you, universe :)  I'm taking the hint.

The thing is, I just love dressing up to have drinks.  I think I may even love it more than actually having them.
Haha, that's hilariously untrue!  But the end of last week proved to slow me back down to my normal gradual pace, causing me to miss out on a couple other fun events - causing me to miss out on dressing for a couple other fun events. 

No, I couldn't wear my cute outfits out but that's what is fabulous about a blog.  I can share my unworn outfits with you :)


dress: Tiny Closet Collectons / trench: Mason / boots: Jessica Simpson / rings: Lulu May Jewelry

This piece I made during the Fall and I am thrilled to be finding more ways to dress it.  I first debuted it here as a comfy dress to wear while hosting Thanksgiving dinner.  But for simple nights out, I too love keeping it simple and this is perfect for just that.  Making a statement without really trying in the least is the best.  And being comfortable too while cackling in the back with your girls, well that's the icing on this minimal cake.

Here's to finally being finished with ringing out the new year!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How I Wear Black During The Day


When putting together an all-black outfit to wear during the day, texture is particularly key.
Using texture in a black monochrome look provides more dimension and compatibility with each piece of the outfit.  I actually wouldn't say this for other colors and I wouldn't say this for evening wear either and I'll tell you why... 


Where I live the sun shines kind of all the time and sun rays have a way of making most black fabric look terrible.  The very magic of the color black is in its signature depth, which unfortunately, gets completely washed out and flattened in direct sunlight.  So, in general, I avoid wearing all-black ensembles during the day.  

That is until earlier this week, when I was totally feeling a black Wintery monochrome vibe, I decided to go with it!  To avoid the overexposure and flattening that I knew was bound to happen around high noon, I decided to layer a little texture as a distraction:


  In midday as the sun shines through, instead of flattening the color, it shows off each piece of the outfit and you can see the texture actually complimenting the color.   The reason why I don't think this would work at night is simply because you just can't see it.

 jacket: Asos.com / turtleneck: American Apparel / pants: Santee Alley / heels: Asos.com / lip color: Milani Sweet Nectar

Anyway, just a personal annoyance I was happy to figure out a way to side step!  And the white chunky heels were a fun statement at the end.  Can't wait to wear them out for Spring and Summer!!  In the meantime, I'll be sweating it out in this turtleneck trying to give some type of Winter look for y'all even though it's nearly 80 degrees over here and I really just wanted to wear a bra top.

Thank you and goodnight!

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year

pants: The Tiny Closet Collection / button up: Michael Kors / heels: Nine West

My vacation time with family and old friends was too short.  But it always seems that way.  The holidays have a powerful way of bringing me back to my roots and clarifying wherever I am in life.  Maybe that's because I'm literally going back to my hometown and kicking' it with gals I've known since the 8th grade. *sigh*  They have a way of straightening things out pretty perfectly.  

So with  a tidy list of resolutions and fun future plans, I have returned to my carefully designed easy breezy life back in L.A..   Perhaps these photos give the impression that I might still be on vacation?  Ha!  I hope they do.  Because one of my resolutions is to keep things simple, meaningful and full of sun.  

Okay, I'm up for the challenge. 


 These fun pants are yet another piece from my Tiny Closet Collection.  Trying out fun prints for comfy pants and seeing what I can do.  Perhaps you'll see more of these in the future :)  Until then, a mens button up and heels (or no heels) is what I'm into for January.  

This is the month for creating and nurturing new ideas, hibernation and brainstorms!  Your girl needs to be comfortable to think, y'all.  Plus, since the pants are silk***, this is a passable outfit for those little jaunts to the neighborhood bars for a quicky happy hour break here and there.  Just add heels!

I hope you're coming down nicely from the holiday festivities and setting a happy course for 2015.  I am definitely excited to share with you what's in store for the new year sooooooooo

 come visit me again soon!!
muah 

***Psst!  So if you're like Shante who recently commented humorously on my wearing silk in the middle of Winter, I know I'm totally in another world here in L.A.!  It's like spring time right now - but for those of you who are experiencing a real Winter, you still have the option of wearing silk!  I think.  Wearing wool or cotton tights underneath will keep those legs nice and warm under some silky pantaloons :) yes? 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Home For The Holidays

Soooooo, before I start I have to admit, typing this is grueling!!!!!

If you follow my Instawammies, you might have noticed that I got some colorful acrylic talons to sport during my vacation.  

And now I am completely inoperable.  Yes, my hands are worthless and this post is already taking way too long to write - but oh, looking down at my keyboard...  My claws are so preeeeetty.

Okay!
So I am home for the holidays and that means:
Lots of sweets.
Lots of sleep.
Lots of pampering.
Aaaand lots of long talks with the coolest woman in the world, my mom.

And speaking of my mother, I also look forward to rummaging picking carefully through her treasure trove of jewelry, bags, and... makeup!!  Plus her bathroom is like the most beautiful room in the house (eeee!).


First of all, this tub?  I die.  Oh, and her entire collection of Bobbi Brown.  Fun!


I've been wearing primarily all what I have lovingly labeled, "Tiny Closet Collection" pieces kicking off my holiday vacation.  (pssst, stay tuned for more of this label!)  These plaid pants actually used to be a scarf!  I so loved it as a cute, wintry accessory but I like this particular print better as pants.  Especially since I don't really wear scarves anyway.  The best pieces for repurposing tend to be the items you don't need but can't seem to get rid of.  Don't ignore those little heartstrings - there's a reason why you can't seem to throw them out and this scarf was perfect as pants!

A thick, slouchy long sleeve top is the perfect topper for a day of errands or... playing with your mom's makeup :)  A wide scoop neck is always so casual but feminine.


I will be posting a couple more times before the new year but you can also stay updated on my lil adventures and musings by visiting me on my Instagram!

While I'm cozying up in the misty Northwest, I hope you're doing the same for the holidays.  I am cooking up some new ideas and looks for the new year but until then, I wish a very Merry Christmas to you, lovely, dear readers and your families.  

It's always nice to be back home.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Early Morning Walk In Stripes & Dots

For this Winter season, I made a few pairs of cozy, festive pants to wear during my daily, casual outings.  I've been getting tired of wearing jeans all the time and since there's a chill in the air (finally), skirts are sorta' out.  Ah, it seems I'm always coming back to you, genie/harem/hammer pants.

But this time, I thought I'd go with a slimmer elasticized pant (ugh, jeez - it looks much better than described, I promise).  See for yourself.

top: The Tiny Closet Collection / pants: The Tiny Closet Collection / scarf: Zara Men / shoes: Keds

Really, it's about print.  I just want a little more excitement in my clothes these days and these polka dots pants are just one of a few of the cheeky prints I found at my favorite fabric store (Michael Levine).  If you want a sneak preview of the prints I carefully picked out, check out my Instagram page!


 I have been allllll about these pants and my lil white Keds recently.  And some fun print mixing with some cozy pieces is all I need to get through my L.A. Winter.

Getting ready to visit my family and friends back in Seattle!!  Promise I'll share more of my outfits and activities than I did last year.  Muah!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Camille Rose Naturals & My First Video!

Sooooo, I've been blogging about my minimal style and lifestyle for a few years now and though my tastes have evolved and my life has changed, one thing that has remained the same is my persistence and determination in growing and keeping my natural curls.

And also...

 answering tons and tons of questions on just how I grow and keep my natural curls.  Whew!  What a community I've become a part of.  So many amazing, encouraging, inspiring videos.  So many women walking the same path as mine.  And doin' it well!

I've been asked to make videos in the past, specifically of my haircare and styling routine, which I've shied away from simply because there were already so many great videos of how to do my kind of hair out there already.  But when Camille Rose Naturals asked me to try a few of her styling products, I fell in love with the results and knew I had to show the rest of you just how fabulously it handles my extremely curly hair.

I also noticed for the first time, there aren't too many wash and go tutorials for 4c shoulder length hair.  And since wash and gos are really the only style I've been able to hold down for the past 5 years,  I think I might be sort of an expert at this point :)  

What is probably the hardest style to achieve for gals with hair like mine, I've gotten it down to a science.  And I can tell you, it's 20% method and 80% product.  A great method with a poor product can only get you so far and it'll be just short of getting it perfect.  Especially, if you want the style to last.  And don't we all?

I have to brag, my method is the best (heehee, but it is though!) but using these styling products with my method was what made me finally agree to do a video.  This video is sponsored by Camille Rose Naturals but the content is my own opinions and experience. And my experience was my hair went from great to frickin fabulous.  At the end of the day, I really just want to impress myself.  I mean, we're our biggest critics, you know?  So being able to fully support a line I love, I was thankful to also be sponsored by this indie brand.

A little more info about the products that I use in the video:

The 1st step is:

Camille Rose Moisture Milk
This product locks in the natural oils of my hair, as well as the water and moisture on my hair from my shower and conditioner.   When my hair dries, it's still extremely soft, manageable and full of movement.  No stiff, bushy, dryness here!

The next is:

Camille Rose Curl Maker
This gel-like product coats the Moisture Milk perfectly, sealing in the product and then instantly defining each and every curl on my head.  No frizz, just curl!  The shine is amazing and the product does act like a styler as it keeps the curls in place but still allowing plenty of movement and manageability.

The two things a curly girl needs is moisture and definition and these two products have you covered.  Completely.

So if you want to see how my fluffy soft class 4 curls literally transformed into defined, shiny corkscrew goodness watch my video!  And pssst, it's a tutorial (yay!) - so when you're done watching, you can go try it on yourself!


Check out the Camille Rose Naturals lines.  You can buy her products at Target, Whole Foods and online at www.camillerosenaturals.com

Oh and don't forget to tell me how it works :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Simplicity of The One Piece

I love a well-fitted, cozy but chic one piece.  Or at least I thought I did before I bought my first one.  And now I do!

I used to think I could find what I was looking for in a one piece in a dress - but after 30 some odd years of clothes wearing, I realize I'm just not an everyday dress kinda' gal.  Dresses are wonderful for those occasions that call for them buuuuuut, 
I want to feel just as feminine and classy on those majority of days that don't necessarily call for one.

So I finally decided to get a one piece.  
Thought that would do the trick.  And it did!


The thing about a one piece or jumpsuit or I think Europeans call it a "playsuit" (heehee!  You should've seen Theo's face when I said I bought a playsuit, haha) is that it's an all-in-one look.  Just like a dress but you don't have to sit all proper like with your legs closed.  Not that that's an issue for me.  Okay fine, it is.

But what I mean is, just pop it on and the look is set.  I lead such a casual lifestyle the majority of the week that I love finding extremely simple and quick styles that pack the biggest punch in statement and/or fashion.  Put it on and you're set.  

For this post, I just decided to layer my jumpsuit minimally with my favorite mens button up.  This particular one piece is very simple; streamlined for lots of styling options.  I also paired it with my new favorite Fall suede heels!



After sharing these heels on my Instagram (sigh, I love you ladies so much and your creative, inspiring style!) y'all told me to keep em' so I did.  I love them.  Thank you!

button up: Faconable / one piece: Asos / heels: Ivanka Trump (bought at Amazon)


I plan to get a few more jumpsuits in the future throughout the new year but for now, this starter one piece will give me something to do with my accessories and something chic and comfortable to wear during my Christmas shopping :)

Happy December!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Tiny Indulgence

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Today, I want to give huge thanks to be sharing a beautiful meal with family and friends.  Also, I'm incredibly thankful for such a warm community here.  For those of you who visit The Tiny Closet or have been following for a while, 

thank you!

  You should know it means the world to me :)

jersey dress: The Tiny Closet Collection / harem pants: Bottega Veneta / heels: Ivanka Trump

A couple nights ago, I made this dress all quick-like to go out to a bar with some friends.  I loved it so much I thought I'd wear it for this holiday dinner!  I paired my silky jersey dress with some luxy wool harems and new suede olive green heels.  Mmmm, comfy.


Theo and I prepared all our dishes in advance so today, we're sitting' pretty til dinner!  Ahhh, and more importantly, I can wear something nice for a change.  Since we usually host Thanksgiving, I'm too tied up cleaning, cooking, prepping and hosting to enjoy some heels and some drape, you know?  So this year, we had to work something out because your girl cannot spend another Thanksgiving posing for photos in socks and jeans.  Ugh.

Oh! And in the spirit of bounty and yummy food, I thought I'd share a Tiny recipe with you as a lil night cap with your pumpkin pie. 
On to my lil treat recipe!


Theo whips me up the most delicious coffee when I'm feeling extra indulgent.   It's our regular Willow Blend coffee from Starbucks but with a teaspoon of coconut oil, honey and a tablespoon of butter.  Buuuutter. 


Blend your hot freshly-made coffee with the coconut oil, honey and butter and you've got a frothy, rich cup of joe.


So Happy Thanksgiving to you and I'll see y'all back on Monday!
Bon app├ętit!