wine tasting attire

I styled this look for a local wine tasting but didn't quite get the shoot done as planned so we will have to settle for a flat lay for now.  You get the idea, and I did love the look so it {or something styled very similar} could  end up in a full fledged outfit post this summer.

A simple LBD is a blank canvas, and I love thinking of personal style as an art.  Here I chose a vintage Coach bag, and one of my favorite scarves from Italy.  I've always been quite a fan of cognac accessories with an all black ensemble.  I think it dress it down and gives it that effortlessly cool, laid-back, no fuss feel that I love.  Especially for a day time affair.  I also love a sleek, polished, head to toe black look...especially for evening.
dress Wilfred sold out similar with cut out back here , lovely option here & here
slides Madewell
bag Vintage Coach {ebay} lovely option here & here
scarf a boutique in Tuscany Italy
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Also, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pieces that are on sale over at Nordstrom!  Lots of shoes, of course.  Who can resist Karen Walker tortoise cat eye sunnies?  A fabulous pair of flares?  A suede shift?  A utility dress that would also work as a sleeveless trench for summer layering?

Below are several classic & quality items at great prices!  Happy Shopping, Ladies & Happy Friday. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Any big plans, events, or just intentions to relax with a quiet activity you love?
I would love to hear about your plans!

up to 40% off through June 5th 2016



striped shirt {mens} H&M similar splurge version here & exact but shirt sleeve version here
slides Sam Edelman, these are a must have, fabulous option here
bag Vintage Coach

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It is no surprise that my style tends toward minimalist...and it is also no surprise that I am not a capsule wardrobe girl.  I keep a thoroughly edited closet, but there are waaaaay more then 3o something items in it.  The other day, I got to thinking about minimalism and how the concept has taken the style world by storm the past couple of years. It certainly has captured my attention and I believe that there are many good things that have come of this.

A focus on classics, on timeless style, and on caution with respect choosing which trends to try are all approaches that I whole heartily support.  Sticking with a neutral palette and always being certain there are several ways to remix an item before purchasing are also my jam. In fact, for me, this is exactly what style dreams are made of!  The recent publicity of the minimalist wardrobe concept has marked a turning point in my personal style journey for which I am most grateful.  Although I am not a full fledged minimalist, the concept has influenced me in a very profound way.  My style, my approach to so many every day life decisions has shifted.  I've streamlined my life, my closet & my brain.

I guess my point is, there are minimalists and there are those who have been influenced greatly by minimalism in style & in life...even if they retain a larger quantity of pieces.

What are your thoughts on minimalism, and how has it influenced your personal style journey?