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How Do You Get Dressed in the Morning?

How Do You Get Dressed in the Morning?

 

Less stuff means less time in front of the mirror.

Paring down to a capsule wardrobe meant paring down the choices I have each morning as I get dressed. I discuss this more in my ebook!

What I wear depends on:

  1. What’s clean
  2. How cold it is outside
  3. Where I’m going

Hear more in this video!

How do you get dressed in the morning?

miss xandra bee

Dressing for the Occasion: Jazz & Science in Boston Mass

Dressing for the Occasion: Jazz & Science in Boston Mass

For the Monkey’s birthday, we spent the day in Boston. First, lunch at Veggie Galaxy, then the MIT Museum just down the street on Mass Ave. An underrated aspect of this invention-centric museum is this excellent pink wall, and some pretty minimalist machines:

Dressing for the Occasion: Jazz & Science in Boston Mass

 We took advantage of one of the first days of spring by walking across the bridge, down Newbury, and into South End for dinner and jazz at the Beehive:

Dressing for the Occasion: Jazz & Science in Boston Mass

fascinator button button | jacket [vintage, from halmoni] | necklace betsey johnson | dress fcuk | tights american apparel | socks top shop | shoes shoe embassy

Dressing for the Occasion: Jazz & Science in Boston MassA highlight of the day was breaking out my fabulous Button Button fascinator. I’d been waiting for an occasion since its purchase straight from Hannah, the designer, at an Edinburgh Christmas market!

by miss xandra bee 

How to Scramble in Style

How to Scramble in StyleNo matter how well I plan ahead, I tend to scramble at the last minute before weekends away. Or even just a day away. I was going to write about “how to avoid the scramble”, but let’s be honest: it happens anyway.

So I say, scramble in style.

My usual, tamed to do list seems to go out the window in the mad rush before going out the door. As I hurry to pick up one thing, I think of two more things. 

When my mind goes into overdrive like this, I take a moment to stop, get out a sheet of dinosaur notepaper, a sparkly gel pen, and write those tasks down. Off my mind, onto the page.

Sure, jotting things down on the back of a used envelope works too, but I like using paper that makes me smile. It reminds me to calm down.

miss xandra bee

Feng Shui for Bookworms

Feng Shui for Bookworms

It took me a while to realize that a physical book can greatly affect my mood – even if I don’t open its cover.

At my desk, I kept glancing at my favorite titles, wishing I could just lie down and read instead of doing work.

I needed a change. So I gave my room a Book Arrangement Makeover. The YA and favorite fiction went to the more relaxing area by my bed, and the Malcolm Gladwell, philosophy, and theatre books came to my desk.

Feng Shui for BookwormsNow my workspace has a more academic feel. Do I ever reach for these books to use while I’m working? No. But something about them being there, containing their wisdom, puts me in the right state of mind. Weird, right?

Feng Shui for BookwormsThe bookshelf by my bed is more practical. The two cubbies closest to my bed include books that I do leaf through before drifting off. “Anthropologie” books, like these favorites, that I love to read over and over.

To the left, is the children’s section. Something about having familiar titles helps lull me into a safe sleep.

Do books shape your mood? How do your organize your shelves? Maybe it’s time for a rearrange!

miss xandra bee 

Travel Light: Keeping My Passport Safe in Style

Travel Light: Keeping My Passport Safe in Style

Travel can be so stressful. A major way to stay in control is to keep your important documents together. 

I have long lusted over compact and beautiful cases that hug passports in style, but they always make you take off the case at customs anyway. Then I saw this one, which includes adorably organized pockets for documents, tickets, and currency as well. It still wasn’t quite right, but it made me realize that I wanted one case for all of my documents in one.

Then I found this case while browsing at Indigo, my go-to chic ethical boutique in Oxford. When I travel I put everything important in here: passport, boarding pass, travel docs, bus tickets for leaving the airport. 

Travel Light: Keeping My Passport Safe in Style

 

Also, a treat for you…

This week Caroline and I talk “Flying with Flair” in our latest episode of FabulosiTEA. She’s a frequent quick-flight flyer, while I’m used to long haul, so we pool our knowledge and give our best advice for whatever flight you may be on.

Also, be sure to subscribe to our brand new newsletter, in which we suggest tea and cake pairings for each episode!



miss xandra bee

P.S. The boarding pass above was my first ever ticket to the UK. One of the things I did not de-clutter in my 496-item minimalist challenge last month!



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