Defining My Style + How I Curate My Dream Wardrobe

hermes-birkin-lgsTrue self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

 My style changes with my mood, sometimes androgynous, sometimes ultra glam, and sometimes feminine and polished. Sometimes I’m just ‘over it’, and those days call for yoga pants. All are equal bits and pieces of me.

The word ‘defining’ is too limiting, so why don’t we call it ‘expressing’ instead.

I love to express myself through my clothing. The way I see it, people judge others on what they see on the outside anyway, so I might as well tell my story how I want it. The right bag can have me exert a confident presence I only wish I really had – (I’m working on that). The right dress can make me look like I’m just floating on a high living my best life all day long. True self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

This past weekend I visited the Luxury Garage Sale pop-up shop at the adorable Aloha Bangtel. In case you aren’t familiar a Bangtel is a new hospitality concept that provides inspirational spaces to stay, play or party.

So of course, I had to play dress up with some pieces from Luxury Garage Sale. I love shopping at Luxury Garage Sale because they have such a great selection of designer clothes and accessories and really great pricing.

 What I do to curate my dream closet is make a note of pieces I’m obsessed with. Sometimes I’ll see something in a magazine or on a fashion blogger, and I’ll save the image on my phone. It may actually take me a while before I buy it, but by that time I’ve saved up and I know I really want it. That way I slowly build up my wardrobe to be full of gorgeous things that bring me joy – Mari Kondo herself would be proud.

Scroll down to see me model some of my favorite pieces from Luxury Garage sale, and see which one I bought! All pictures taken at the Aloha Bangtel.

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Hermes Bag, Red Valentino Dress, Valentino Rockstud Slingbacks, Roksanda Bag, Chanel Pumps, available at Luxury Garage Sale.

Self-Portrait Dress (black) – In my closest!

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