All posts tagged: Silk Tank

What’s Inside My Wardrobe: A Complete Closet Inventory

Three years ago I woke up early one morning, gazed deeply upon the sparkly baubles of my colorful closet and foggily pondered three questions: Who am I, what am I going to wear, and why is the theme song to “Reading Rainbow” stuck in my head? In retrospect the answer to that last quandary was obvious (and if RR is now stuck in your head, might I offer a soothing classic that will effectively obliterate anything else on your mind).

3 Weeks in Europe: A Complete Guide to Packing Light & Printable Packing List

Pack for three weeks in Europe with a single carry on. Plus: capsule wardrobe packing system, what’s in my bag, travel tips, printable packing list. For a long time I’ve been whittling down my travel luggage. If broken roller bags, sore shoulders, a feisty baggage fee episode en route to Zambia, and the mental image of a single suitcase languishing on the tarmac of the Madrid airport have taught me one thing about exploring this world, it is this: Pack light to travel well. How light? Whether a trip is three days or three weeks, my max is a 10 kg / 22 lb duffel bag paired with a little backpack. Twenty-two pounds is the limit for carry on luggage on most smaller airlines, and according to seriously old school backpacking experts it’s also my ideal pack weight. For me, traveling well means having enough clothes, toiletries, and travel essentials to be comfortable without dragging along anything I could do without. The fewer things I carry, the less I have to worry about keeping track …

Sustainably Chic: Eco Travel Hacks

Just in time for fall adventures I’ve just shared a few of my favorite eco-friendly travel tips at Bodhi & Birch’s new blog, The Leaf. Head over to the gorgeous journal to check them out and explore Gem Bolton and crew’s musings on body and mind care, ethical makers, and how to recharge this Autumn. More on how to pack light and travel well and a handy festival packing list. Paris photo above is from this trip.  

What To Wear: Light Hiking, City E-Biking, Outdoor Exploring

Labor Day means heading north for a weekend at Big Canoe to share home cooking and football over campfires and Georgia beer with family. And at last… riding boots! Have a wonderful weekend, y’all. Frye Paige Boots (on sale). Bespoke bag designed in collaboration with the wonderful Andover Trask. Quartz necklace from Le Fortune (similar on Etsy). Michael Kors Runway watch. Thrifted Madewell Alley Jeans (true to size), LOFT space dye tee, Ralph Lauren fishing vest. Vintage Ann Taylor belt.   Pruning the Roses Sep 13, 2014 The other day I was on our back deck with a cup of coffee when I came eye to eye with one brave little squirrel. Paws covered in peat, she paid me little mind, disregarding the sunshine and the wind in the trees alike as that walnut-sized brain seemed to cry out “Winter, winter, winter!”. We’re not so different there. Lately I’ve kept busy stocking up and storing away, following that seasonal instinct to squirrel away the seeds of ideas and projects as the weather starts to cool …

Paris, France

Summer in the City of Light means late sunsets and long picnics along the Champ de Mars, listening to guitar strums, breaking bread and drinking Bourdeaux over good conversation. Walking along St. Martin Canal, walking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, walking up the hill to Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, walking everywhere you can. And the thing about Paris, is, everything is art in Paris. The sign posts, the metro stations – the doorknobs, the ceilings – a billow of extra cream in a warm café noisette. Every little thing is dressed in fleurettes, red and blue broadcloth, and a tailored adornment of toujours la politesse. Layering at the Louvre: You may already be privy to my aversion to checking luggage. Efficient packing is that sweet spot where my contingency planning tendencies and an intense love of all things miniature collide. For our recent 10-day trip I crazily whittled down to hand luggage only and when I saw a lone suitcase languishing on the open tarmac of the Madrid-Barajas airstrip – bravely standing like a wheeled …

A Simpler Wardrobe: Summer Outfits + A New Leaf

These are outfits I wore the first summer after I set out to whittle down my wardrobe. Here’s what the fall and winter and spring before looked like. How I used to get dressed. How I got started on wardrobe editing. First lessons learned. An interview on my Nothing New Challenge. If you’ve visited this blog before or follow on social media, you’re probably wondering where A Native Blonde has off and disappeared to. I’m still here! The thing is, ANB didn’t seem to fit right anymore and I’m not sure why really – maybe it’s that summer itch to change? Growing a bit older? A paradigm shift? Susan Miller’s lunar eclipse hoorah? Who knows. “Rose & Fig” has grown on me as it’s turned over in my mind for the past couple of weeks. Tonight I finally decided, well, let’s do this already! Going forward I hope to spend more time around here, at any rate, and I am so grateful for your support and thoughts. I hope you find this notebook useful, and …

Documenting Style Through A Year Of Outfits

Mortar boards glided like confetti in the air and just like that, another product designer was minted. For commencement I’d decided to pair a sweet little cream dress — that had rested quietly in my closet in the eight years since my first high school dance — with a pair of second-hand shoes I’d worked forever to afford from an eBayer who went by distinctivecouture: Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps in jet black Napa leather. Throughout college I’d taken on all sorts of odd jobs, from freelance web and graphic design and photography to hosting yard sales and selling beat up bicycles on Craigslist. There was one brief stint as a dorm RA and another running a produce stand. After a summer renting innertubes in North Georgia and working in a pottery shop, I’d head back Atlanta for fall semester, logging onto Model Mayhem to search for modeling gigs for local designers’ lookbooks and fashion shows. My first job out of college wasn’t related to any of these endeavors, and neither was my wardrobe. My closet …