How to Buy Clothes Consciously

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The Spring season is almost here, but there is one thing about Florida… seasons don’t matter!  You never know what you are going to wear when you wake up, until you check the weather app and go outside.  Some days you might see me wearing cardigans and sweaters, and other days short sleeves and dresses.  You never know, ya know.  As a Floridian, it is really hard to stick to a “capsule wardrobe” around these seasons.  One season for sure it can be done: Summer.  Still, no matter the weather, my Nisolo Mariella Mules are always on repeat! They are getting so worn out, but I love it!

One thing I want to dive in and share more is; how to wear items of clothing in different ways, and how many times you can use that item in an outfit.  There are a couple of things I look for when I buy clothes nowadays.

  • How many outfits can I make out of it

Something I have learned is, when I have an item that I can only wear one way, I tend to not use very much.  It almost gets forgotten in my closet.  Every time I am browsing for clothes I have a vision in my head of at least two outfits that I can create with that item.  It makes getting dressed way more fun too, being creative with your outfit wills show more of a personal style that makes you different from others.

  •  Is the color right to use in different outfits

Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.  Have you ever struggled between two colors in a pair of shoes?  Yep, been there.  I am even OCD about what color I buy and if it will actually go with so many outfits.  For my personal style, neutrals is the way to go.  Staying with the whites, blacks, creams and browns is my way to go.  Having statement pieces of different types of color is great to have! Especially if you love a color pop in your outfits.

  • Will I wear it more than once

I feel my husband always asks me this question.  I always ask him if he likes something I want to buy, when I am indecisive.  He always ask the right question! Haha.  You don’t want to invest money on something that will not get used, ya know!

  • Is it comfortable

SO IMPORTANT!  If you don’t feel right in it, will you really want to wear it again?  Will you remember it at all?  Will you be excited or frustrated that you have this piece when you put it on?  I understand the random times you have to wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes for a party, but I assure you that you can probably find a pair of shoes that combines comfort and style! Don’t settle because it was the first thing you saw, or it was the cheapest.  I promise, if it doesn’t feel right or comfortable you will forget about it!

  • Does it look right with my body type

Something I tried for so many years, was to try to fit into a certain style that really didn’t look right on me.  If it looks good on that person, it has to look awesome on me right?!  NO! We are all different, and if you put something on and it just looks odd, but then you say… I can make it work… Nah! You will find the pieces you love on your own skin when you first try them on.

  • Does it really go along my personal style 

I feel this one goes along with the previous one as well.  Trying to fit in something that doesn’t look right on us and it doesn’t really represent our style or the style with want to portray is no fun.  I know it’s hard because there are so many trends out there and we love more than one style! And that’s ok! I would advise sitting one day on Pinterest, and find inspirations of styles you love, and at the end, narrow it down to the exact style you know is you, and goes along with your lifestyle and would be excited to wear!

  • Quality over quantity

I am no expert, AT ALL.  But over so many years, I have learned to make smart purchases.  Let me tell you, I was the girl who wanted to see how much I could get for $100.  Ask me if I have any of those clothes right now?????  NONE.  With anything cheaply made or lower quality, you will end up spending more money than if you buy the better quality, maybe more expensive item.  I also stopped going to the mall and shopping.  I online shop and take so long to buy anything.  Spending time to find the brands you REALLY love and just shop from those few stores you know you will always love the item.  Looking at what kind of material a garment is made of, the texture against your skin, the fit on your body and so on.

Being picky can be a good thing, for your wallet, and it will make your life easier when it comes to picking and create outfits.  Holding off on spur of the moment purchases, will really help you decide if you really what that item.  Usually if I wait on an item and I haven’t forgotten about it in weeks, then I will most likely add it to my closet.  If I forget about it, then I saved time and money on that item that will probably get lost in the closet, and dealing with returning items is not my favorite! The awkward introverted me hates it.  Think of your wardrobe as a collection, where you want the best pieces to add and go along well with the others.  At least I view it that way, art!

Much love!

Natalia

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wearing:

top- Rue Stiic from Inguz

jeans- Everlane

mules- Nisolo

bag- Hobo c/o

earrings- Able

watch- Daniel Wellingto c/o

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Fields of Gold

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Hello!

A goal this year was to begin giving more time to my passions and along those are this blog!  Trying to think what exactly I want to share and keep it straight forward to those exact things.  I know I might have shared about many different things, but I want to change that! I want to go back to my roots, fashion is a big part of me.  How is it different now?  Well, my style has changed from vintage/colorful style to a more comfortable/neutral colors styles.  Also, I want to share different brands I am passionate about now.  I am dedicated to find the best quality items that can last many years, instead of how much can I get for $100, if you know what I mean?  Ethically made is a strong passion for me now too.  I guess becoming a mom has changed a lot inside of me (other than physically hehe).  Thinking that there might be some child laboring in some other country to make my cheap clothes doesn’t leave a good thought in my mind, as well as any other person mistreated poorly and unfairly.  I am not perfect (or a millionaire), but I will try to find what fits and works for me and my lifestyle.

Another big passion I want to share is home style, design, decor, however you call it!  It is a huge passion, probably same level or more of fashion.  I know many of you love when I share things around my house or any other home style scenario when I travel (more than any other picture I share!)

Of course if a travel I would love to share pictures of my time and experience there (even though I haven’t even shared my pictures from new york… oops sorry! ).  But it will be shared along the lines of outfits I am wearing and beautiful style and designs of places in that city.

I know many think of me as a “mommy blogger”, but I don’t think that of myself.  I am a mom, and pictures of Atticus will always be expected!  Still, I don’t want my feed or this space to be solely about that.  My heart has changed this past year, with OCD and anxiety and other fears I have tried to limit how much I shared about Atticus.  This is in no way reflects my love for him or importance of him in my life. THE CONTRARY, HE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN MY LIFE, I LOVE HIM MORE THAN ANYTHING, I WILL PROTECT HIM FOREVER AND EVER AND PUT HIM BEFORE ME.  And for that reason my job is to keep him safe.  It doesn’t mean I won’t share about motherhood! That is my number one job and I want to share my experiences for others to read and not feel they are alone in this journey, because believe me I feel alone a lot!

I don’t remember the last time I wrote this much, but I hope you like where my vision is going! I want to treat this space more like a business along with my passions. Let me know your thoughts in the comments ❤️

Love,

Natalia

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Photos by Stefanie Keeler Photography

wearing:

dress- Madewell

bracelet- Mejuri c/o

boots (old)- Dune

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My Favorite Kind of Sweater

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The perfect wall for my kind of sweater.  When you aimlessly walk around to find a spot to shoot some pictures and stumble with houses painted the prettiest colors.  Would you believe me I that entered this season with no sweaters in my closet? Yep, I did!  I owned not even one long sleeve top.  I got rid of so much of my clothes during the summer that I had no long sleeve I love at the end.  So, I had to start shopping around for the perfect sweaters I would love for a long time.  I want to make sure that items of clothing I purchase are timeless, realistic to my lifestyle, comfortable and of good quality.  I love this sweater because its comfortable, I am obsessed with high neck and the color, duh! Another new item in my closet are these pants from Everlane, and they are my FAVORITE!! They are so comfortable, like for real.  Such a great fit and cut.  I am pretty obsessed with Everlane lately, and their prices are just great.  I want to get these pants in more colors! And my trusty Nisolo mules that I wear way to much, with everything, every day.  They are just that great! And for a bonus for you, my adorable child for you to fall in love with him all over again.  I know I do every day!

Have a great week my friends!

Love,

Natalia

Photos by Kelly Martucci Photography

wearing:

sweater- Knot Sisters at Inguz

pants- Everlane

mules- Nisolo

hat- Lack of Color

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