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I've decided to press Pause for a moment ... You may remember I mentioned that this month I'm working on a redesign + rel...

The Art of Tsundoku

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/ One of my longtime favorite quotes and one that has become a mantra of sorts is a simple one, by Michelangelo: I am stil...
Jul 21, 2015

Pause, Please.

I've decided to press Pause for a moment ...

You may remember I mentioned that this month I'm working on a redesign + relaunch for OKAYTHANKSMARIA. I promise only cute and cool things are in the works, but I need some breathing time from this particular space in order to prep the new space for all my big ideas.

I'm super super excited for what's next for me as a designer and for this blog. I will be re-launching the site in August, and if you want to keep up with what I'm doing—and be the first to know when I relaunch—go ahead and sign up for my shiny new newsletter.

Thanks! See you on the other side.


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Jul 18, 2015

The Capsule Wardrobe | An Introduction

To capsule, or not to capsule (your wardrobe)—that is the question.
Perhaps, though, the first question should be: what is a capsule wardrobe? And should I even be playing with one at this age? For those of you who may not be familiar, let me see if I can explain without using the words 'minimalism' or 'lifestyle change' (as in: I looked at the mess in my closet & realized I needed a lifestyle change).
what is a capsule wardrobe?

Popularized by Donna Karan in the 1970s, the capsule wardrobe is, essentially, your wardrobe on coke. Just kidding. It's like if you shopped super intentionally for a limited number of clothes, all of which mix and match perfectly with one another, and whenever you look at them they make you smile.
For example, you choose 25 items for your Summer capsule, wear those—and only those—for 3 months, and then Blam! Fall comes and you get to choose another 25 interchangeable pieces for that season. And so on, as you like.
Some people have a capsule wardrobe made up of 37 pieces, and some people have whittled their closet down to 10 (seems impossible, but I guess God works in mysterious ways, right?).
This is a simple enough concept but not necessarily easy to pull off without much thought + preparation (unless you're a super bad ass, I guess). I've been reading a lot about this for the past few weeks and while I initially said "uh, nah," I gave it some more thought & came up with some pretty good reasons why creating a capsule wardrobe is a good idea for Maria (and maybe you, too!):
a closet full of quality clothing

I love thrifting and it will always be my jam, but I'd love to be able to do it with more care. Buying a Forever 21 top secondhand is just asking for holey situations, you know? I'm interested in the sense of groundedness (that's a word) that a capsule wardrobe has, and, you know what they say: quality over quantity (which is a super annoying thing for them to say, but it's really true, ok?).
life is that much simpler

You know, I like to eat a lot of bread get things done before and after work, & none of those things should consist of 20 minutes of digging through my closet to find wearable outfits. Having an easily interchangeable wardrobe simplifies the process of getting ready (it has to, right?) without taking away the creativity, or the desire to dance to Jidenna while you dress yourself.
conscious consumption

My not so cute habit until recently had been to just shop whenever I feel like it, tearing through H&M, buying clothes that hang sadly in my closet because they don't really go with anything else. This is kind of insane and totally not sustainable. How much cooler (and saner) is it to go shopping only when you need to, for clothing that makes sense for your super cute style? [insert unnecessary slow clap here]

This will become a semi-regular topic of discussion here on the blog as I do more research and start assembling my capsule wardrobe. It's honestly something I never thought I would do because I have a pretty amazing addiction to shopping. After practicing some basic (and I mean basic) mindfulness, I realized thoughtless consumption isn't something I crave naturally (duh!)—it's a cover for the general unhappiness I have with my un-functional closet.
Creating a capsule wardrobe seems like the perfect remedy (or at least a good story).
Ding ding ding! We have a winner.
More on this in the Future*. 

Un-Fancy :: Capsule Wardrobe 101
Into Mind :: Building a Capsule Wardrobe 101
The Lovely Laura Life :: Creating and All Seasons Capsule Wardrobe

*Future is capitalized because I was definitely referring to the rapper.
So tell me: have you tried creating a capsule wardrobe?

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Jul 13, 2015

Eye Candy | Blue Velvet

Dorothy: Do you like me? Do you like me?
Jeffrey: Yes.

It's a rare, beautiful thing when a movie lives up to it's hype.

A few weeks ago, I dragged Charlie out to see a midnight showing of David Lynch's Blue Velvet. The theater was packed with beer-breathed hipsters, rowdy & hyped to see their favorite film. Can I blame them? This movie is dark and rich, totally quotable, and kind of unforgettable—I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. 

The above graphic was inspired by the sadness + beauty of Isabella Rossellini's character Dorothy.


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Jul 10, 2015

The Art of Tsundoku

One of my longtime favorite quotes and one that has become a mantra of sorts is a simple one, by Michelangelo:
I am still learning.
Basically, it's a reminder to stay humble; when pride threatens to take over, it's good to appreciate the beauty in all the things we don't know. Personally, one of my least favorite things is to be wrong. I hate being wrong more than I hate going without chocolate for more than 3 consecutive days. So believe me when I say this idea of continual learning is important to me and something I always think about when I get frustrated after making a mistake.
Imagine how happy I was, then, to learn these two words this week:
 tsun • do • ku | noun

Leaving a book unread after buying it,
typically piled up together with other
unread books.


1All of the books you own that you have not
yet read.

2Represents that which you do not know.

I'm so glad there's a word for another one of favorite pasttimes—and a "philosophy" to support it. I used to feel silly for buying books that would end up on a shelf, unread. It turns out I was simply living out my mantra this whole time! ;)
• This article about tsundoku and the Anti-Library is really inspiring.
• A more in-depth description of how and why to use an Anti-Library
I'd like to explore this topic so much more here on the blog; I'm just getting started. Trust, I plan to spend some quality time in our neighborhood bookstore after work today. I don't have a specific list in mind—just a genuine love of books and a desire to always keep learning.
So tell me: what's your favorite unread book + one thing you learned this week?

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Jul 6, 2015

Your Girl's Blogroll

I was joking earlier when I said my obsessive list-making may take over this blog...but I'm about to hit ya'll with another list right now, so I guess I was kind of serious? 


Our July 4th weekend was a bit crazy—we hosted a Couch Surfer from Japan—so I didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I did, however, go to a museum, see fireworks, eat a ridiculous amount of food, and visit the Home Alone house. 

On Sunday I decided a little bit of organization is better than none at all: I finally went through both my Feedly and Bloglovin' feeds and cleared out all the, uh, junk, for lack of a better term. My interests are changing and I also just didn't have time to keep up with allllllll of the blogs I was following. It was necessary and felt really good to start fresh. Now both feeds are very slim—but full of blogs I actually enjoy reading. Kind of important, no?

I love learning my favorite bloggers' favorite bloggers, so I was pretty juiced when I saw Sophie post her current blogroll last week. I think whatever you read and interact with most online  is worth tracking and sharing—so here's my current blog reading list.

This list is subject to shrink and grow as needed. I'm always hungry for quality blogs by genuine people.

So tell me: what are you reading online?


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