window shopping // summer whites (for under $100!)

White is definitely my favorite color to wear. I have an affinity for breezy white tops, white denim, crispy white shirts and sundresses… you name it, if it comes in white, I’m pretty sure I love it. And summer is the perfect time to rock an all white look.  Today I’ve rounded up my favorite picks for this season’s best summer whites — and they all ring in under $100!

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sage & cranberry white sangria recipe

sage & cranberry white sangria recipe #cocktail #sangria #whitesangria #cocktailrecipe

Does anything say ‘summer’ quite like sipping a glass of delicious sangria? I think not! Not only is sangria so easy to whip up, but it’s also a great drink to serve to guests — especially at the last minute. And you can still make it even if you only have white wine on hand, hence the white sangria! We added a fun twist on this classic recipe though — burnt sage syrup! It definitely adds a really delicious herbal flavor to the mix that is unexpected and fun.

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my 5 most versatile wardrobe pieces

my 5 most versatile wardrobe pieces #minimalism #minimalist #capsule #capsulewardrobe #capsulecollection #musthave

One of the most important things I think I can do for my closet right now is pick out the things that are most versatile. I totally understand that wearing the same thing over and over again can feel a little blah. And who wants blah? Not me. This is why I’m teaching myself to reimagine and mix and match. It’s actually really fun and kind of makes me feel like I’m shopping my own closet. It’s amazing the combinations you can find when you actually stop to look at what you already own.

So I’m going to challenge you to spend a little time in your closet. Pick out your most versatile items and see what kind of combos you can come up with! As for my closet, here are my five most versatile wardrobe pieces:

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must-have shoes for a minimalist wardrobe

In the spirit of owning less and loving what I have a little more, I want to keep sharing some of the tips and tricks I’m learning from my no shopping challenge. I’d be lying if I said it’s been easy, but it’s also made me think much more intentionally and consciously and that’s pretty cool, no? Now that it’s halfway through the year, I almost feel like I was in zombie mode before I started all of this. I was also just supremely fed up, but I digress.

Anyway, let’s talk shoes! I wouldn’t say I’m a shoe gal, so not buying them hasn’t been the worst. Full disclosure, though, in my no shopping challenge update you’ll see that at that point, two of the four things I’d bought (I’m allowing for one item per month) were shoes. I mean, what is it about shoes that makes us think we need a million pairs?! This is why in today’s post I’m taking charge and really, and I mean REALLY, narrowing it down and sharing the core pairs you should have in your closet to live that minimal life.

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Greek-style sugar snap peas side dish

Greek-style sugar snap peas side dish. Very easy to make and delicious. #greekfood #sidedish #snappeas #feta #veggies #vegetables

In case you missed it, I want to share more Greek recipes here on the blog, especially when they are easy-to-make twists on a favorite. Thanks to my veggie garden, we have a plethora of sugar snap peas. It’s my first year growing them and I was totally blown away by how quickly they took. Sean has even had to make a second support structure for them because they are getting so tall! I absolutely hate wasting food, so I decided to get a little creative and put a Greek twist on my sugar snap peas the other night. The result was a really easy side dish that goes with pretty much anything!

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how to go on a shopping freeze without turning into a hermit

how to go on a shopping freeze without turning into a hermit, a personal essay about minimalist living. #minimalism #shoppingfreeze #minimalist #personalessay #smallspaces #tinyliving #tinyhome

Ok, today’s post is going to cover a question I’ve been getting lately regarding going on a shopping freeze. I think it’s a super legitimate concern and one I’ve had myself, so it deserves its own post.

The question: how do you go on a shopping freeze without completely turning into a hermit?

To be frank, I think every situation is what we make it, and it’s no different for a shopping freeze. For me, I try not to make it a big deal to myself or others. If I keep a more relaxed perspective, and not worry about things like becoming a hermit because I want to spend my money more wisely, then the pressure to avoid it kind of floats away. That’s not to say I never have those thoughts, though. So when I do find myself in certain situations, this is how I’ve been handling it:

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