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lucite w: natural

With a birthday coming up this weekend, and the changes taking place in this blog space soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of myself and my style.  In a world where our senses are constantly hit with the new, the trendy, and the cool, it’s easy to kind of lose yourself in the excitement.  I mean, it is exciting, after all. But to think back on some of the things I pin, or buy, or wear, I often know in hindsight that those things aren’t me. I want to like them, but it just doesn’t fit. I used to beat myself up about not being cool enough for a certain look, but now I know that maybe I’ve just evolved past it.  It’s comforting to know that my style is evolving and becoming more true to my nature.

This evolution is true with the blog as well.  I was working on the direction of the new site and really wanted to pinpoint who I am as a blogger and as a designer (I actually hesitate to even call myself a designer at all because it seems a bit presumptuous, but really, there isn’t much else to define what I do). Anyway, I wanted to really pinpoint what makes me tick. What do I love?  What makes me feel something? 

These two photos really narrowed down how I felt.  The top little nook in Anne Ziegler’s home is perfection.  I love how there is old & new, rough & smooth, shiny & matte… you get the picture.  It is serene and exciting all at once.  If I could roll that look up and put it in my pocket, I would.

The second, an outfit from ‘They all Hate Us’, is pure fashion excellence.  There are some authentic, rough touches, but the overall shapes are so classic.  The touches of luxe glamour (Goyard clutch, Cartier watch) are perfectly balanced with the other basics.  This mixture makes me yearn to live simpler, and have less things of a higher quality.


luxe w: natural

So, while working on the site design, I had to really pinpoint how to roll these feelings up into a website and a brand.  Luckily, my brilliant designers helped me out a bit with that. I narrowed my style down to Earthy, Feminine, Neutral, and Classic.  I know that is fairly broad, but I think it suits me and I can’t wait to share more about the new brand, direction, and design (next week!!)

In the meantime, are there any specific evolutions you’ve seen in your style over the years?  I’d love to hear!



p.s.  A new column (our new take on ‘friday faves’) is debuting tomorrow!  Get excited.

p.p.s. my post yesterday went up like 6 hours late thanks to a web malfunction.  If you didn’t read it, you should do that now!

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  • I relate to this so much right now! I’m about to move into a new home and have been thinking about a design and decor strategy. I find myself torn between the things I’m naturally drawn to and the styles I see everywhere online. As a new blogger, too, it can be tempting to think that what is popular is what people will want to see. I’m going to stick with my instincts and “do me.” I’ll feel better in my own space, and maybe it will set me apart as a blogger, too.

    Absolutely love the nook in the first pictures. The details are just stunning.

  • I can totally relate to your post about evolution. I was actually thinking about how this year I want to stay truer to what I like, want, etc and less focused on trends/what everyone else is doing/where they are at. So excited to see the debut of your new blog & brand.

  • “I actually hesitate to even call myself a designer at all because it seems a bit presumptuous, but really, there isn’t much else to define what I do” — Word. Story of my life!! And love both of those pictures.. I can say my style has changed a lot too… it’s gotten more minimalist, cleaner and simpler. Can’t wait to see the new site!

  • I just discovered your blog and this was a wonderful post to be introduced to you. I get to see the kind of person and blog this is. I have a blog as well, mine is 1 year old. I am still figuring things out but can see evolution’s within it and in my decorating. Before I was looking for affirmation on my idea before I went with it. Trying to find examples of it done and working before I did it. Now, I try to stretch and change everything I do. I too hesitate to call me a designer or writer, even though that is what describes what I do. I cannot wait to read more from you!

  • I think this is the theme of (at least my) 30’s. I still find myself gravitating towards the trendy, but every purchase I’ve made that’s trendy hasn’t kept me happy years down the line. It’s hard to learn to “be yourself” when you have so much inspiration all around you! I guess for me now, the only thing I have to go on is buying simple and quality when I’m not sure. So far, those two things have never let me down. And when I’m feeling a little trendy, spend as little as possible!