Yup, it has been a while since I updated the blog. To be fair: I don’t think I ever took a blogging break this long since I started blogging in 2008 and to be even more fair: I can’t say I feel sorry for it. Sometimes we all just need to take a step back in order to be able to see how to move forward and that is exactly what I did.
Did you miss my updates? Did you ever wake up thinking ‘Would Debbie have updated her blog already?’. Probably not. So the question is: if my blogging-absence never really bothered you, did my presence ever matter? That is exactly what I’m trying to find out for myself, but in the meantime, I just like to create, I just like to write and I just like to contemplate in this little digital corner of the world. My world, that is. And that is exactly why I decided to pick things up where I left it: with a little breakdown of how my style has evolved lately (newsflash: it hasn’t!) and how I feel about my new shopping approach. Here we go:
It’s been more than a year since we moved from our 3-bedroom-apartment outside of Amsterdam’s city centre to a smaller, but much nicer, place in the centre of Amsterdam. Pure bliss. The location is lovely, I’ve got lots of nice coffee places, restaurants and friends around the corner, it’s within walking distance from my favourite gym (yay!) and the apartment itself is super nice. Due to its smaller size, I also had to scale down my wardrobe and even though I expected that to be quite challenging, I think it’s been the most refreshing thing ever so far. I went from two entire rooms (I kid you not) filled with clothes, shoes and accessories, to a normal-people-wardrobe and some space for shoes that is still larger than necessary, but sized down like a MF compared to the space my previous shoe-closet took up. I take pride in the fact that I was able to toss at least 75% of all my belongings without feeling sad or guilty about it. The only guilt I felt was that I had let it come to this crazy point of madness where I needed two rooms to store my stuff and still felt like I had 1. Not enough space or 2. Nothing to wear.
No more. I wouldn’t dare to call myself a minimalist (impossible with my sneaker buying habits), but I do take a lot of learnings from the minimalist approach I started to become so familiar with. One of the main takeaways I got from minimalists is that it’s never really about having less, but mainly about having enough. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about aligning your short-term actions with your long-time values. And that is exactly what I’m trying to do, or what I at least try to be more aware of, in different aspects of life. Style is only one of them, and because I’m not sure if you’d ever be interested in one of my rambles about life, I decided to show you a couple of style-related choices I made lately.
Having a rather minimalistic style is something that isn’t very new to me. I think I will always love a good pair of jeans, an oversized knit and a fresh pair of kicks. The danger with dressing the way I like to do, is that sometimes – honestly, just sometimes.. – it may feel like you’re always wearing the same things and want to switch it up a little bit. It is on those moments that I decide to take the plunge and to allow myself to buy something that is somewhat close to my style, but a little bit different. That has a twist, as you wish. Like this coat. Kind of an odd choice, considering my very non-print type of wardrobe, but when you think about it: it has a classic cut, neutral colours and is wearable throughout many Dutch months with many different types of outfits. This time paired with the usual suspects: Levi’s jeans, a cozy knit and white kicks, but I can totally see myself rocking this exact piece with leather trousers and ankle boots another time. What do you think?
This post was written in collaboration with Kleding.nl. Needless to say, all writings and opinions are my own.