The Art of the Ascot
When heading home for the holidays, I packed a suitcase brimming with black clothing. To spice up my wardrobe, I also packed an arrangement of ascots.
Over the past couple of years I’ve slowly become obsessed with ascots. They are such an easy accessory to elevate any outfit. They can be worn a multitude of ways: around your neck, tied in your hair, as a bracelet or added to a bag. Madewell has great ascots. They are affordable and come in so many different patterns and colors.
Ascots can seem daunting at first but they are so much fun and are easy to wear. They can be paired with just about anything. The majority of my closet is black and other neutral colors and ascots are a great way to add a pop of color. My personal favorite is with an off the shoulder black top or with a solid colored button down.
Last weekend, I was working all day and going to a party directly afterwards so my outfit had to function for both occasions. I paired my black, off the shoulder top, my black ripped jeans, and short booties with a navy and gold ascot. It made the outfit more professional and cohesive. Later for the party I took the ascot off and tied it around my black cross body and added a gold choker to my neck.
Styling ascots are so much fun. Have you ever worn an ascot?
Life in an 8’x10′ Space
My bedroom in my apartment, while spacious for New York City, is essentially an 8 by 10 foot box. The placement of my closet and the radiator made decorating a tricky but a rewarding task; yes it’s small but it’s compact and fits everything I need. I made the space work by making mindful furniture and storage choices. All of my furniture is from Ikea. Some, I had previously but some I picked out during the summer after seeing the space. Ikea furniture is a good place to start for anyone in a space crunch. The pieces are well priced and easy to put together. Most of my baskets and boxes are either from the Container Store or Target. I could spend hours walking through the Container Store because they have storage for anything you could need with versatility and style in mind.
My small decorative items are from a variety of other places. My jewelry stand and blue decorative pillow are from Urban Outfitters. I love Urban’s home line and even though I find the items to be overpriced, you can always find a good sale. I keep my favorite candle from Anthropologie, Blue Volcano, on my bedside and I’ve chosen to add some succulents because they bring a bit of life and greenery to my room. For me, it’s important to add things to your space that make your room feel more homey.
Since moving full time in October, I’ve slowly decorated my room to feel like my own space. My inspiration wall is filled with photos of everything I love. It’s a constant reminder to keep going, keep doing what I love, and always aspire for more. I enjoy having a clutter free, organized space. It keeps me calm and I always feel more productive when it’s clean and tidy.
As I’m transitioning into a “New-Yorker” I’m working on being more aware of what I actually need vs. the extra stuff that clutters my life. While it’s a challenge to be as minimalist as possible, I’m up for it.
How do you decorate your room?