Timeless Pieces with Tradlands

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It’s funny to me that people know me as a minimalist or the capsule wardrobe girl.  It’s funny because a few years ago my closet was full of things I hated and I could never find anything to wear.  I concentrated on buying complicated pieces with lots of patterns and colors and I didn’t have any basics.  I felt t-shirts would make me look like I was not trying enough or it wasn’t a fashion staple.  Even though I might seem I have a wardrobe closet, I don’t go by a specific number of items.  Let’s call it an open capsule, where I always analyze what I already have versus what I need and something that I would love to add to my closet.  Many times we are drawn to pieces that already look like things we already have in our closet.  It’s the biggest loop in fashion.  We love mustard dresses, we end up with five mustard dresses.  I have learned to really stop myself from this and it is so much easier now because I know absolutely everything that’s in my closet!  Now my closet is full of staples and timeless pieces that I might have consider boring or not fashionable a few years ago.

To be honest, I have never loved they way I dressed as much as I do now! I concentrate on buying timeless pieces that can be paired with more than two or three items and can be worn through seasons as well.  Quality is important to me and buying from ethical sustainable companies is a goal right now.  All that minimizes the places I buy from, making it easier to not be tempted to buy to be honest.

One of the best places to find all of these qualities is Tradlands!  They offer timeless, essential pieces that you can dress up or down and will last a lifetime.  Tradlands simple pieces can add more outfit equations to your closet throughout every season.  The Everyday Chambray Box Top is one of those staple pieces I’ve been looking to add to my closet for so long! The oversized fit and material are my favorite.  Perfect for summer or colder weather with a cardigan on top.

My closet is still in an ongoing process, but I sure love my clothes way more that before!

Have a great weekend!

Love,

Natalia

Photos by Kelly Martucci

wearing:

top- c/o Tradlands

pants- Everlane

shoes- Avarca USA

bag- c/o ABLE

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Where to Find Inspiration

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“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

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Something I get asked and I asked myself all the time is, where do I get my inspiration from?  Sometimes it’s hard to answer this question because I am not surrounded my thousands of magazines to flip through or my inspiration is not from only one person or place.  My eyes and brain are always working, moving, thinking and I find inspiration from even driving through my neighborhood.  Inspiration creates ideas and ideas come to life creating what you had in mind or sometimes even better than what you envisioned.  My friend Kelly and I drove around my neighborhood for a while to find a place to take these pictures, a place that sparked inspiration and creativity.  We wanted to find flowers, which was difficult to find since we are in the depths of the sun in this Florida heat, but we found it!  And created something that came from an inspiration that will create more inspiration for ourselves and others.  Inspiration never ends!

I want to share with you a few places where I find inspiration and probably where most people find inspiration as well!

  1. Instagram–  This little app is probably where most people find inspiration every day.  The constant upload of millions of pictures makes this app a place to find so much inspiration, creativity, ideas and so on.  At least for me, it’s the place where I spend most of my time when looking at my phone.  When going through Instagram, find the accounts you love that are your style or a style you aspire.  Instagram has a great gadget where you can save pictures from other accounts under your account under the little tag symbol button.  I go back to this tab so many times to look over all the pictures that I have saved and see what was inspiring me at the moment or look at the idea I saved to find the inspiration again for a project or styling.  Of course, make everything your own.  It’s an inspiration, not a copycat.
  2. Pinterest– The mother of inspirational pins.  Such a great tool, that I myself need to better utilize.  We have been pinning for years and years.  Our styles and what we find inspirational is ever changing.  One thing I advise, that I need to start doing, is being more organized with your pins.  Use the ability of folders and always go back to your pins and clean out the things that really don’t inspire or a style that doesn’t match with yours anymore.  You can find about everything on Pinterest and you can pin whatever on Pinterest directly from the website your on.  So, let’s use that wisely!
  3. Magazines and books.  Find the magazines that go along with your style.  Makeup, fashion, cars, whatever!  I personally love magazines and books like Kinfolk.  And they are perfect for home decor!   You can flip through pages and be inspired by pictures and also by people’s lives and ways of living.  Books about home interior are another favorite.  Walking through Barnes and Noble, by yourself with coffee is something I would love to do very soon!  Finding books and magazine, not just visual ones, but ones you actually you want to read.
  4. Places.  Go out-of-town on trips, it doesn’t have to be far.  Find those towns or places that you truly love and come back inspired.  For me, the closest one is Charleston, so much beauty and history.  I love NYC and the Carolina’s mountains are a favorite!  I am a person that needs to constantly go out of town, even if it’s just a few hours way for like two days.  It breaks the routine and the scenery, coming back much more inspired to create.

When I see the things I love, it sparks creativity and ideas.  For example, clothes and home decor.  When I see something I love, I know how am I going to style it and how I can make it my style.  This classic shirt dress from Tradlands inspired me to style it in different ways.  I love how timeless and easy-going it is.  You can wear the dress closed, open with a dress or top and bottom, with a belt, you name it!  If you love or are in the search for classic timeless quality pieces, Tradlands is your answer!

Tell me, what inspires you?!

Love,

Natalia

Photos by Kelly Martucci

wearing:

dress- c/o Tradlands

hat- Lack of Colors

shoes- Nisolo

bag- c/o Marloe

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Living Room Before + After with Comfort Works

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Before:

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So excited to be showing you our living room before + after!  We have been in our new home for over a month now, and even thought there are still big things to tackle (*cough* kitchen!), it truly feels like a home to us!  We love our 1920s home and we love our neighborhood, quick walks to the coffee shop and being so close to parks and our favorite restaurants.  I love that I am surrounded by trees and greenery, in the morning I just stare out of the window and feel such a peace in this house.  One of the challenges to moving to this new space was downsizing and moving from a larger home to a smaller not open-concept home.  I know open concept is what mostly everyone wants in their homes, but it was what I hated in my last house.  I love cozy, smaller, each room divided kind of homes, call me crazy! We had to get rid of almost all of our furniture, and I was ok with that! Start new and fresh.

We wanted to start working first on our living room, since is the first thing you walk into when you open the door.  It is truly one of my favorite rooms.  White brick fireplace,  with built-in shelves on one side and a built-in bench.  So much character!  And original flooring, none the least.   We wanted our home interior style to be warm and modern vintage to match this lovely home.  I also have a vision of plants every where in our home, so lets pray I don’t kill them!

One of our favorite things we added to our living room is something we actually repurposed, our old IKEA couch.  I don’t know if you remember my gray couches from my old living room, but this is it!  Thanks to Comfort Works Ikea sofa covers, we got exactly the couch of our dreams.  We always wanted a leather couch, but felt that at the stage of our life we are in we didn’t want to invest that chunk of money right now.  At the end we got exactly what we wanted and more.  It was really easy to slip into our old couch and the quality is great, it’s like a whole new sofa!  We love our leather replacement slipcovers so much, and it came with the legs to change the overall look of the couch and give it a more mid-century look.  I love that there are so many options and colors for so many styles of sofas, great idea for a room refresh or change the covers of that old dirty couch.  I highly recommend!

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A few tips I had in mind when styling our new living room that really helped me and it can help you!

  1. Repurpose! I know the feeling we all have that we want everything new when we move to a new place.  But there are ways to repurpose that it will feel like that pieces is brand new to the space.  First, my couch of course! Ikea sofa covers from Comfort Works can make your old couch brand new again.  My standing lamp was in our old living room but as part of a reading chair I rarely used.  The cactus print was in my old home office, we sent it to Framebridge for a new a beautiful quality frame and is like a new piece of art!  So many things in my shelves have been with me for years, but I just styled them different.  Another way to repurpose is painting a piece of furniture to a different color or stain and changing picture frames to the style of your new space.
  2.  Plants!  I know this can be scary, believe me!  In my opinion, plants give a room so much life.  If you are too scared of real plants, you can get fake ones that look exactly like the real ones.   Less work and worry for sure.  I got all mine natural because I really want to work on this new hobby of keeping plants alive, lol.
  3. Personal memories.  Add personal memories to your living room.  I really wanted special normal  pictures (that were not curated for Instagram) on our mantle.  Atticus one day old picture is my favorite picture in the whole world and I want to see it every day.  The picture of me and Justin in Europe is my second favorite, it marks one of my dreams come true and me being pregnant with Atticus at the same time.  You can add other memories, not in the form of pictures, like a vintage pieces from your grandmother, or something you brought back from that great trip you took.
  4. Less is best.  Keep it minimal.  You don’t want to feel the space is too crowded!  I was struggling with wanting to go out and keep buying things to add to this space, but I realize I had so much already.  Books are great to decorate and make it look effortless.  Blank spaces are ok! Your eye needs a break when entering the room.  And making things simple and less will help with new additions in the future.

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Hope you enjoyed this before and after and much as I did!  My goal is to show an before and after of all of our rooms as we slowly go through our entire house, doing big and small projects.  My guess is the Dining Room and Atticus room will be next!

If you want to see something in specific in a blog post, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Natalia

Sources:

Karlstad 3 Seater Sofa Cover– c/o Comfort Works

Coffee Table– Ikea

Mid-century Planter– West Elm

Supai Pillow– c/o JuneDay

Cactus Print– Fine Life Co.

Print Frame– Framebridge

Globe Floor Lamp– Target

Curved Basket– West Elm

Plant Stand Stool– Ikea

Round Mirror– Ikea

Brass Wall L Sconces– Schoolhouse

Milk Grass Flushmount Light– West Elm

Puerto Rico” & “Jacksonville” Prints- Kiartist

Plants- Lowes

Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Trim Paint- Benjamin Moore White

*Ikea Sofa Covers Gifted, but all opinions are my own. *

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