I've been trying to be better about updating here to keep memories alive during such a busy time in my life! July was a quick one and I can't believe we're already five days into August.
Last Saturday Lindy and I drove up to Phoenix to surprise my best friend (who was visiting from LA) on her birthday. You wouldn't believe the look on her face when we jumped in front of her car! We spent the day rendezvousing around Phoenix and checking out local shops and eateries. Truly a day I'll never forget.
We got to spend one more night together last night and a bunch of us went downtown for dinner. I'm always in awe on how much downtown is ever-changing into such a magical place. Tucson has really become such a beautiful, fun city to live in! I remember I used to never have any ideas on what to tell people to do here during there stays- and these days I feel like I could write a novel of them!
The only downfall of Tucson?... I've been juggling the idea of how I'd really like to get a studio space for Fine Life Co. Unfortunately, I just can't seem to find the right place. I stumbled on a beautiful bright building near downtown-- but no a/c... how!? There's just no way that could work! Here's to hoping for the perfect place soon!
Happy Sunday! I really can't believe it's August. HOW?! Time really flies when you're having fun I suppose. We're really looking forward to heading to SF next month and I know it's going to come up quick, so lots of stuff to get done before then!
Last week we had a little weekday date night to the movies. This has to be one of my comfiest date night outfits yet! This Elizabeth Suzann top has been on my list for forever. Raw silk is one of my favorite fabrics as it's simple, wearable and just so pretty. I knew this top was going to be perfect with these trousers + jeans or a pretty skirt (versatility is key). These trousers are one for the books as well. FLCO carries in black and bone, but I'm thinking a beautiful olive or navy would be so good for fall!
If you've been following my blog for awhile, I'm sure you've noticed a steady shift in my wardrobe/closet through the last few years. I say it has to do with growing up, owning an online business and coming to terms with what works on me/I'm comfortable in.
Ever since the process of FLCO began, there has been a deep meaning to quality for me. For years I was a compulsive, fast-fashion buyer. I shopped a lot and I shopped cheap. The problem with that in my eyes... the pieces were basically disposable to me. I'd wear something a few times (sometimes even once) and be over it- then off to a consignment store or instagram closet shop acct it'd go. That's just not something that I wanted for FLCO customers. I wanted to sell pieces that someone would want/be able to keep for years. Plus, there's just something so special about knowing where you garment came from and who made it to me... makes me proud to wear it! That mission not only became the shop's but a goal for my personal closet as well!
My closet is mostly made up of FLCO items now, because hey... I buy what I like for the shop and I am undeniably the best (and cheapest) marketing tool. I feel at my best in a neutral color palette and a simple design that I can dress up or down with simply a cute shoe and delicate jewelry. I don't bother with prints these days because I will inevitably get sick of them. Some of my favorites: Miranda Bennett (recently stocking at FLCO) and Elizabeth Suzann... seriously love her timeless pieces. I also like shopping at Madewell, but it's one of those stores I have to be careful at because it's easy to want to impulse shop. I stick to the high rise + kick out jeans because they fit me perfectly + basics and pretty tops here and there.
Avoiding the mall has really helped my savings + keep my closet at bay with only key, staple pieces I will wear over and over again. David always says to me "buy it nice, or buy it twice." Which is so, so true. I've really been enjoying being able to wash my clothes without fear of them falling apart, haha!
My favorite way to save money has been creating a secret Pinterest board
for all my wanted items. Sometimes I purchase the piece down the road,
or sometimes I get rid of the pin when I no longer think I can really
make use out of it. Here's a little snapshot of what it looks like
right now (& to say this is all that's on my wish-list
currently is a huge accomplishment in itself!) Some of these items have
been on here for 6+ months & a few are bigger investments
pieces that I really need to save for (hello, West Elm dresser). I've
found this approach the most effective way for me to only buy what I really want... and if I find something outside of the board, it's nice to refer to and decide "is this worth buying over saving for the dresser??"
There's no right or wrong to what you like. Buy whatever is comfortable for you and what you feel at your best in! My closet is still a work in progress and I have some more cleaning to do come fall, but I'm really happy with my progress so far!