4 Ways Georgia O’Keeffe Inspires Me

During my last visit home to Cleveland, I got the chance to attend the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit. It was the last weekend of the show, unfortunately. Before seeing it, I never knew much about her other than she lived in the southwest and was famous for her big flower paintings. I’m embarrassed to admit, it wasn’t a must-see show for me. As a Cleveland expat, my home visits are planned down to the hour, making sure I spend time with everyone. I have to choose my extracurricular activities wisely. But after seeing a clip of it on the news featuring some of her handmade dresses and repurposed clothing, I changed my tune. The show went into much more detail than just her famous flower paintings. It showed how her approach to life and art were very much the same. The minimalist aesthetic you see in her paintings is a reflection of her everyday sensibilities, from the way she dressed to the way she designed her home. Her modern approach to life still seems relevant today and left me feeling inspired and ready to follow her cue.

Here were just a few of my favorite takeaways:

1.    If you can’t find the clothes you want, alter what’s available, or better yet, make them yourself.

This really spoke to me. I’ve had the desire to make my own clothing for a long time. It’s only because of lack of time and skill that I haven’t. I have altered or repurposed clothing I found at the thrift store, dying something to make it a more pleasing color or having something hemmed for a better fit. Either option is much more sustainable than our current state of fast fashion.

Silk dresses she made herself.

A button down shirt that she altered to have a straight collar.

2.    If that doesn’t work, borrow from the boys.

This is something every style blogger and fashionista can relate to. We’ve been borrowing from the boys for a long time: boyfriend jeans, oversized button downs, hats, shoes, etc. But, O’Keeffe seemed to be one of the first. The difference, of course, is she was doing it during a time when it wasn’t in vogue. Such a boss!

3.    Find what works for you and stick with it.

In a time of capsule wardrobes and uniform dressing, this is another area where she was ahead of her time. Toward the end of her career, she had two outfits she wore when being photographed: wrap dresses and pant suits. When putting together my capsule wardrobe for spring, the guide I was using said, “Identify some of your uniforms.” Because there is efficiency in knowing what looks good on you. You don’t have to waste time or money obsessing over what doesn’t, giving you more time to do everything else. O’Keeffe clearly reveled in this.

4.    Nature is a great source for inspiration and materials, especially home décor.

This is probably my favorite photo from the exhibit. During her time in the southwest, O’Keeffe let its nature and landscape inspire more than just her art. Animal skeletons were used as subjects, but also as home décor. I feel like faux skulls have become really popular recently. Finding the real ones in the wild seems like a much cooler story and a lot cheaper.

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace

Well, it’s officially winter. Our first real snow storm hit us over the weekend. Luckily, it was nothing major, just enough snow to cover the grass, but keep the roads clear. That’s the kind of snow I like. My weekend was a good mix of productive and fun. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw in my stories that I’m trying a capsule wardrobe for the first time. Couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s freed up a ton of space in my closet already. I followed this step-by-step guide if you’re interested.

We saw Vice, a very good and interesting movie. Christian Bale’s transformation for the movie is amazing and will likely get him on Oscar nomination.

My friends and I tried a new restaurant in Bellevue called Revival on Lincoln. I loved the food, but also the traditional decor and architecture. It’s housed in a historic building with beautiful white columns and stained-glass windows.

I wore this outfit to dinner and could not have been cozier on a cold winter night. This beautiful cable-knit sweater is another purchase from the Christmas sales, marked down from $120 to $67. It’s such a versatile piece and adds something to any look. It’s currently sold out, but I’ve linked to a similar option.

Here I’m back to my gray-on-gray combo that I’ve been gravitating to lately. This was the first day of my capsule wardrobe. I’m already relying heavily on my accessories for variety, and I love this sweater-necklace combo.

Hope you’re staying safe and warm this week!

$15 Pleather Leggings

Details: Charter Club Cashmere Sweater / Gap Factory Leggings / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar)

We’re officially back into the swing of things. Our Christmas decorations have been taken down and carefully stored away for next year, and it’s our first full week back after the holidays. How are you holding up? I’m doing surprisingly well, considering. Although I’m always one of those people who is eager to start the new year and set new goals. And the weather hasn’t been as terrible as it normally is around this time of year, which makes it a lot better.

I found these leggings while Christmas shopping for $20. Now they’re down to $15! I’ve been wanting to try out pleather leggings for a while, and I have to say I really like them. They’re great for adding a little something extra to everyday outfits or updating any of your old wardrobe staples. I think they’re best paired with long tunics and preppy sweaters and shoes that balance out their edgy look (unlike the leopard print ones I’m wearing here!).

Give Me All the Chunky Sweaters

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating the end of 2018. I had some exciting news of my own to end the year. My boyfriend and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve! We’re both thrilled and looking forward to what 2019 will bring. Besides that I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after completely disregarding healthy eating and exercise for close to two weeks.

In addition to shopping for people on my Christmas list, I tried to find some deals for myself during the holidays. I decided to focus on big chunky sweaters this year since those seemed to be a major category missing from my wardrobe. I’ve been trying to clean out my closet every season, getting rid of styles I no longer care for or wear. Last year, I did a big purge of my sweaters, leaving my closet woefully low on this wardrobe staple. With colder temperatures right around the corner, I was glad to stock up while they were on sale.

This pointelle sweater from Loft is one of my favorites. It’s big, chunky, and cozy, and styles perfectly with jeans and booties. I also want to try it with skirts for work. Currently, this sweater is almost sold out, but luckily Loft has a lot of other cute styles like this texturestich sweater and marled sweater. What are you wearing to stay warm this winter? 

A Festive Christmas Eve Look

Details: Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Tunic Sweater / Gap Factory Velvet High-Rise Legging Pants / BP Booties 

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s almost here. Only one more sleep until Christmas. Today I’m wearing these red velvet legging pants that I got on sale at Gap Factory for under $25. They feel like the perfect festive touch for a day that will be spent finishing wrapping presents and attending Christmas Eve mass where my mom will be singing. Now I just need to decide which Christmas movie to watch tonight. The Grinch? Christmas Vacation? Rudolph? What’s your favorite? I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your family and friends and find something wonderfully fashionable under the tree. Merry Christmas!

A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work

Details: J.Crew Turtleneck / J.Crew Factory Skirt / Everlane Loafers / BaubleBar Earrings

Wow! Just like that Christmas is almost here. Along with last-minute shopping, wrapping, and eating lots of cookies, I am trying to finish up a few things at work so I can enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at home with my family in Cleveland. But before I hang up my loafers for slippers, I wanted to share this pretty plaid skirt I found for work. It can be so hard to look cute in the office during the cold, gray winter months, but a fun skirt in a bold pattern like this one can really brighten up those dreary days. Here I’m wearing it with a black turtleneck, but I could totally see this working with a pink or navy sweater or button down. The ruffle detail is the icing on the cake. What have you been wearing to the office lately? I hope you’re winding down for the year and get to celebrate the holidays with friends and family very soon!

A Great Low-Key Sweater for the Holidays

Details: ASTR the Label Sweater / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace
  
(Unfortunately, this original sweater is close to sold out in green. Here are a few other options: A green v-neck with a blouson sleeve, a red ballet sweater, and a green crew neck blouson sweater)

We are officially in the thick of it! Parties, cookie exchanges, and white elephants galore! We’ve already been to a few parties so far and have a few more to go. For a lot of these gatherings, I’m excited to say I’ve found the perfect low-key yet chic green sweater. It’s a wrap style that has the most romantic v-neck and is in the perfect shade of dark green. I’ve paired it with black jeans to match its sophisticated look and added pops of interest with my leopard print flats and glitzy necklace. In addition to being super stylish, it’s really cozy and I can’t wait to wear it for Christmas and beyond. What are you wearing to your holiday shindigs?