3 Tips for a Minimalistic Holiday Style

3 Tips for a Minimalistic Holiday Style

Life happens, things change, and throughout the years, so does your taste. Our personal style has certainly evolved as we’ve grown older. I remember spending feverishly online and in stores when we were first married trying to stock up on holiday decorations. I grew up in a  home where decorating for the holidays was an all-day affair, took all hands on deck, and when it was done you felt like elves had thrown up in our home.

It was cozy and the twinkle from a few colorful lights still give me the warm and fuzzies. However, those days were chock full of stress and usually wound up in some sort of family spat with Nat King Cole playing in the background (I know we weren’t the only family). When you know better, you do better, right? Since finding our flow as a family, I’ve tried to really remain present and lessen the stress that comes with consumerism. We cut back and plan for more ‘downtime’ together so the holiday pressure doesn’t get to us. This includes our decorations. For the past few years, I’ve been grappling with the idea of switching out a lot of our decor to make way for my newfound more minimalistic style. We love a lot of what we bought, and luckily we spent a good deal of time purchasing quality pieces that have stood the test of time. Surrounding yourself with the stuff that makes you smile is key to finding a healthy balance at home. If all this “stuff” used to completely turn your home inside out each year makes you happy, I’m sure the job of storing all of this year-round isn’t exactly ringing your bell. I felt the need to scale back and move forward with a bit more intention. So I’m sharing three tips that have helped me move onward and upward towards a style that fits us as a family without the cost of peace, and free from clutter.

Minimalistic Holiday Style

Tip #1: Keep It Simple

Sure in the eighties it was appropriate to stock your shelves with all the department store tchotchkes you could get your hands on (these items can even be found at the dollar store). It still doesn’t mean you should bring it home. Repeat after me… “I will not buy everything in the Christmas aisle just because it’s red.” Even holiday decor can reflect a bit of your style and still be festive. Less is more as in most things. So don’t feel pressured to pick up a dozen or so inflatables to get that jolly ol’ feeling (unless that’s totally your thing, not mine though). I find it best to add some sparkle to your already existing decor to spruce it up a bit, as opposed to completely changing your entire home into an enchanted forest.

Minimalistic Holiday Style

Tip #2 Keep It Real

One of the best ways to really feel festive, particularly in a warm climate like mine, is by bringing the outside ===>>> inside! You’d be surprised how a little (real) garland can change a table, add some love to a bookshelf, console table, or mantle; watch it come alive. Muted tones are definitely making a comeback (to my utter beige and boring delight), so adding a bit of greenery to a clean space can really up the va-va-va-voom in your living room. Plus, the house smells great! Faux garland can come across really cheesy indoors, its best to leave it for the outdoors if you aren’t ready to part with it.

Tip #3: Play with Color

Don’t get tied to thinking that the colors red and green have the market cornered. Over the years I’ve seen some really fun and festive color combos emerging. I love browsing the aisles of some of my favorite stores and watching new trends come alive. Every year I seem to find myself drawn to a particular color, across the board not just for the holiday. One year I was addicted to green, another I was obsessed with all yellow tones. This year I’m a rose gold kind of gal. My new favorite pumps, nail polish, and even holiday decor are trapped between classic muted tones and rose gold. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, take a perfectly good piece and spray it to match your newest color addiction.

Minimalistic Holiday Style

The most important tip is to stop copying the trends online, or on Pinterest. Don’t forget to have fun and create the holiday and new traditions that speak to you!

Minimalistic Holiday Style

While we have certainly made a lot of big changes, as with everything, it’s going to take time to keep purging and ultimately only keep a few things that really bring us peace. My goal is to get it all down to a simple science that can easily be stored in one small/medium bin. Fingers crossed!

Essentially yours,

Erika

Minimalistic Holiday Style

Minimalistic Holiday Style

Minimalistic Holiday Decor

Minimalistic Holiday Style

 

Eco-Friendly Fall Style with prAna + Coupon

Eco-Friendly Fall Style with prAna + Coupon

Thanks to prAna for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and obsessions with sustainable living are 100% my own.

In hopes that the weather in Florida will cool down pretty soon (a girl can dream can’t she), I’m prepping my favorite Fall pieces that are feasible for the warmer fall climate we’ve become accustomed to. Luckily, these timeless pieces can also take me into a typical Florida winter. So although I’m pulling double-duty with my limited fall wardrobe, I’m a happy camper by practicing sustainable and fair trade clothing from prAna.

Eco-Friendly Fall Style

prAna has quickly become one of my favorite brands. Conscious buying is important to me, and so is my own personal style. prAna’s wide range of style, hemp fabrics, and sustainable textures are enough to keep me completely satisfied. Their quality fabrics stand the test of time, making this my go-to brand for slowly replacing my previous wardrobe.

Fall Style with Prana

Sweater dresses are a wonderful fall staple. Keeping you cozy and warm while allowing you to still show a little leg (one of the perks of living in a warm-climate). This particular dress snaps all the way from a turtleneck to a cowl neck. The openings on the shoulder provide a warmer version of the popular cold-shoulder.

Step by step I have eliminated clothing that I don’t wear often enough to keep around, and now I’m working my way through my closet to replace irresponsibly sourced material lending to the negative impacts on the environment. Climate change is evident now more than ever, so it’s imperative that we start paying attention to where we shop and spend our energy and/or money.

prAna Kara Jeans are Lightweight & Comfortable

Fall Style with Prana

These are my first pair of prAna jeans and I absolutely fell in love! The Kara Jean is lightweight and very comfortable with an almost stretch-like quality. The cuffs can be undone or worn with your perfect shoe boot. The relaxed fit making it a perfect pair for taking a long walk on a crisp fall day.

Fall Style with Prana

 

I love mixing new and old pieces together. I had fun wearing this sweater dress with this vintage leather purse that was a gift from a friend. The pattern brought some of the fabric alive it seemed.

prAna is offering 15% off to my readers when you use coupon code MSF17DH on your purchase.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Essentially yours,

Erika

 

Fashion with a Purpose | Prana Activewear

Fashion with a Purpose | Prana Activewear

Thanks to prAna Clothing & Activewear for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions and obsession with sustainable wear are 100% my own. Use coupon code MS15EV for 15% off your order online!

There are few things I love more than a good deal. Pair that good deal with incredible comfort, classic style, and sustainable material that doesn’t leave a huge footprint on the earth and I’m pretty much in heaven (thanks to prAna Activewear).

Prana Activewear

I recently had a discussion with some friends about the definition of feeling sexy. These days comfort is sexy to me. As I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin I realize that nothing feels better than feeling like myself. I like the skin I’m in, and it doesn’t mean I need to show it every chance I get. A classic laid-back style is more my vibe. You add some comfort and we’ve got ourselves a night out on the town.

With the kids in school longer hours these days, I no longer roam Boca Raton in what I once dubbed “homeless chic.” With the quality clothing from prAna clothing I’ve come to enjoy piecing together a modern activewear ensemble that can take me from morning until dinner time. That’s a big deal for this mom of two boys.

Prana Activewear

prAna’s mission is to give people the option of reaching into their closet and dressing in items that reflect who they are. The versatile but classy clothing design makes for outfits that can be worn to work or on an adventure. Whether you’re running errands, picking up the kids from school, or meeting friends for coffee, prAna clothing is tested for comfort in any situation (especially outdoors).

These Charcoal Jogger Pants are the perfect pant this fall in our warm climate. The light material kept me cool while getting me through the day. I loved pairing it with the Daria Sweater Hoodie (also fairly lightweight). The “bat-wing” style is modern and comfortable. I pretty much live in my sneakers these days, but this could easily pair well with a cute casual pair of booties.

Prana Activewear

prAna is offering my readers a 15% off coupon when you order online using the code: MS15EV! Now you too can start your activewear collection to carry you through till winter! Every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet. prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that you can feel great about the things you wear and the gifts you give. It’s clothing with a conscious.

Essentially yours,

Erika

prAna items worn in this post:

Charcoal Jogger Pants

Daria Sweater Hoodie

Use code MS15EV for 15% off your next order!

 


Prana Activewear

Prana Activewear

Prana Activewear

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