minimalism – Thoughts By Natalie Style, motherhood, wellness + life. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:14:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Le Diaper (and Thoughts on Minimalist Motherhood) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:23:43 +0000 As many of you know, I’ve been striving for more and more minimalism for the past year and a half, and while it’s not easy it’s definitely worth it. I love the freedom I feel from having less clutter and less unnecessary stuff lying around, including kid stuff. It’s so, so tempting to have a billion toys for Jack to keep him entertained, but I find that we really don’t need much as long as we’re strategic and creative. Let me say this now—I am not one of those unicorn moms who plans special toddler craft activities every day. I’m always striving for Jack to have more independent play time (while I’m hanging out in the room drinking my coffee!), but of course it’s also important to interact when he wants to. By having less toys, I feel like Jack ends up using his imagination so much more, and we also get out of the house more! More often than not, we’ll play at home for a couple hours while we both wake up a bit, and then venture out to the Botanical Gardens, a bookstore, a park, etc. to have an adventure together. Simple, minimalist, fun. By having less to […]]]> 3 Legit Mom Style: Spring & Summer Mini Capsule Wed, 25 May 2016 02:17:10 +0000 One thing you may notice about my style posts is that I wear the same things over and over again. In fact, a lot of people have asked me to share my capsule wardrobe, but I don’t actually have one. I just keep my wardrobe tightly edited and only have things in there that I really do love to wear! That being said, I’ve done some thinking recently as I get dressed in the morning, trying to identify those pieces that are just so easy to reach for and get remixed day after day, week after week now that spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. Though I obviously am not limiting myself to just these items, today I’m sharing my favorite, go-to pieces for the warmer weather during these seasons in San Diego… DENIM JACKET This is a no-brainer for any season. It’s versatile and neutral. Tie it around your waist or wear it when it cools down at night. Don’t have one? A chambray shirt works, too! ARMY JACKET Much like the denim jacket, this is a year-round essential in my book. Though technically green, it definitely acts as a neutral. I have an old […]]]> 9 Ready in 10 (or Less) Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:07:27 +0000 While being truly minimalist would mean skipping the getting ready process altogether, lately I’m a semi-minimalist in this department, opting for a quick & easy morning routine that has me ready in 10 minutes or less. Want to take your hair a step further than I did here? When I have time or want to look more polished, I use a curling wand after air drying. You can find that tutorial here. Need a bit more help on your brows? Watch my eyebrow tutorial here. . . . . . . . . . . PRODUCTS Comb Salt spray Facial moisturizer with SPF Blush (in burnt rose) Highlighter (in shimmering sand) Kabuki brush Spoolie brush Brow pencil (in soft brown) Brow gel (in deep brown) Eyeliner (in spice) Mascara . . . . . . . . . . I’m having so much fun making these—what other minimalist beauty videos would interest you?]]> 13 Minimalist Beauty: How to Fill in Your Eyebrows Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:59:04 +0000 I am all about minimalism these days—in my decorating, my style, and most definitely with my makeup. As a busy #mompreneur, I have very little time to get ready but also don’t want to feel sloppy all day. I’m sure I’m not alone here! I’ve said it over and over again but my everyday must-do makeup-wise is always my brows—and this video features just that. It’s AMAZING how much more awake I look when I do this. I only use two products and it hardly takes any time to do. I did a version of this video a couple of years ago but decided it was time to update it with a new twist of minimalism and much better lighting ;) Whether you’re a busy mom or a busy woman in general, if your brows are lackluster this is for you! . . . . . . . . . . PRODUCTS Brow pencil (in taupe) Brow gel—this one (in deep brown) or my new favorite (in brown) . . . . . . . . . . If you have time for only one makeup thing in the morning, what do you do? (Also, what other minimalist beauty videos would interest […]]]> 19 Minimalism // Months 4 + 5 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:40:22 +0000 This year of minimalism is even better than I expected. I love the challenge of it, and am feeling so much lighter with this new intention in my life. I made some good strides towards more minimalism in April and May, which I’ll be sharing a bit about today. Created a Clean, Tidy Play Space I knew the time would come when Jack needed a space to corral all of his toys, and that time finally arrived! Earlier this year we got new living room furniture to create more space between our kitchen and living room for Jack, and last month we finally got it decorated. Thanks to the tips from this book, it’s nice and neat and everything has a purpose and place. I’m so happy with how it turned out and love that it’s a kid space that doesn’t feel like a toy explosion (yet). More Trips to Goodwill Believe it or not, we got rid of even more stuff these past two months! Brian hauled at least two car loads to Goodwill and our garage is feeling much more spacious now. It’s funny—we don’t even miss all the stuff we got rid of and our space feels […]]]> 2 Minimalist Travel: One Week in Texas Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:00:36 +0000 If you follow me on Instagram you know that we recently traveled to Texas for a week to visit family and friends. Traveling with Jack and all of his baby things, I knew I needed to keep my packing to a minimum so I decided to stick to a simple, neutral color palate that could easily mix and match. This is what I wore for our week in Texas: LOFT Jumpsuit / Target Scarf / Target Sandals (Similar) / Madewell Ring J.Crew Tank / J.Crew Shorts (Similar) / Target Scarf / Merona Sandals (Similar) J.Crew Top (Similar) / J.Crew Shorts (Similar) / Merona Sandals (Similar) / BaubleBar Necklace / Madewell Ring Mossimo Dress / Merona Sandals (Similar) / Madewell Necklace Boob Design Dress c/o / Madewell Vest / Merona Sandals (Similar) / Madewell Ring LOFT Tank / Target Jeans (Similar) / Merona Belt / Merona Sandals (Similar) / Madewell Necklace / Madewell Ring J.Crew Tank / Target Jeans (Similar) / Target Scarf / Merona Sandals (Similar) / Merona Belt We spent the first half of the week in Galveston with family, and the second half in Austin with friends. We knew it would be cooler than usual thanks to some […]]]> 5 3 Steps to a Tidy Space Forever (aka The KonMari Method) Tue, 12 May 2015 12:00:24 +0000 Last month for book club we read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and let me just say, the strategies described in the book (referred to as the KonMari Method) are definitely life-changing. While I absolutely recommend reading the whole book, in a nutshell, there three simple—but not necessarily easy—steps to achieve tidiness in your home forever… 1. Discard by category, not location. While it’s tempting to tidy by location (i.e. kitchen, bedroom, etc), apparently category-by-category is essential to doing it right. She recommends a specific order for discarding, starting with clothing and moving down the list towards items that get more and more personal, saving sentimental things (like photos and old notes) for last. Her simple rule for deciding what to keep and what to toss? Ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If yes, keep it. If not, toss it. It sounds so crazy, but imagine how wonderful it would be to be surrounded by only things that bring you joy? I want that! 2. Designate a place for everything. Very important: do not attempt to find a place for anything until you’ve finished discarding completely. This sounds like a nightmare for anyone who needs a tidy space […]]]> 3 What’s your makeup minimum? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:26:13 +0000 I recently shared this on Instagram and got a really awesome response from so many of you, so I thought it should be discussed further: I’ve realized lately that while I don’t usually wear that much makeup, I’ve grown to rely too heavily on my daily makeup routine to make me feel beautiful. Namely, filling in my brows with my brow pencil! So today I pared it down for a coffee date with a friend—a little bronzer on the cheeks to look alive, a quick swipe of tinted brow gel, and lip balm (an essential FOREVER!!!). Feeling sort of naked, but I like it. Can anyone else relate to this makeup dependency, even if you don’t wear much? I realize that I’m definitely not alone in this makeup dilemma. In fact, my husband reminded me that I gave up makeup completely for 3 years (starting before we met, and continuing through our dating season) just because I felt like mascara had such a hold over me. At some point, I welcomed makeup back in with a healthier mindset, but for the first time since then I’m feeling a bit unhealthily attached to my makeup. There’s something so raw, so vulnerable, […]]]> 13 Minimalism // Months 2 + 3 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:42:51 +0000 Well, time is just flying by isn’t it? I completely missed my month two update on my minimalism goals this year, so I’m just combining the last two months. Two months, one post. So minimalist of me ;) Truth be told, I’ve done a lot more thinking about minimalism than actually implementing. Sure, I did get my pantry re-organized. And I have been a lot more diligent to toss things I know I don’t need. But I’ve also done a lot of shopping, so it all has evened out. I did start (and already finish!) reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and it is totally challenging me to make big changes and dare to live with much less than I have right now. I’ve realized that there are so many things I have around the house that I don’t ever use or even look at that are cluttering my space. The measure the author of the book recommends using when deciding whether to keep or discard something is also totally rocking my world. According to her, simply pick up the item and ask yourself, does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, it’s gone! Wild, […]]]> 2 April Book Club: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:20:30 +0000 March has essentially come and gone and it’s time to start reading our next book! Since I am all about minimalism this year, I’ve picked a book that got great recommendations that I feel like I’ve been hearing about everywhere: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’ve already started reading it because I was so excited I couldn’t wait. So far, I really love it and am eager to get started with the techniques the author describes. Here’s a little excerpt to entice you… “Let’s imagine a cluttered room. It does not get messy all by itself. You, the person who lives in it, makes the mess. There is a saying that ‘a messy room equals a messy mind.’ I look at it this way. When a room becomes cluttered, the cause is more than just physical. Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder. The act of cluttering is really an instinctive reflex that draws our attention away from the heart of an issue. “If you can’t feel relaxed in a clean and tidy room, try confronting your feeling of anxiety. It may shed light on what is really bothering you. When your room is […]]]> 7