Between life, work and my last semester of school ( !!! ), this whole closet minimalist quest has gotten a bit off track. What started at the beginning of the year with good intentions to makeover my closet has lead to a series of impulse buys + online shopping excursions, which I repeatedly turn to when I want an excuse to feel better or procrastinate things like homework. The result of it hurts to me say, but I’ve spent too much money this year on clothes that I do not wear.

I started step one—culling—so well! I rid myself of clothes that I didn’t like and that didn’t fit or weren’t ever worn. But I totally lost it on step two—defining my style. I started filling my closet with clothing basics before taking time to analyze my personal style, lifestyle and daily fashion habits. I didn’t realize how important these things were for determining my needs.

Luckily, mistakes have a way of providing clarity just as much as self-analyzation. I know my style is casual, simple and a bit quirky, but that doesn’t mean I should buy every piece of clothing that fits those parameters. My impulse buying has gifted me frequent opportunities for learning what I actually wear vs. what I think I want to wear. Making this distinction has been, by far, the hardest part about curating a smaller, functional wardrobe.

The process of minimalism is tough. Everyone’s definition of ‘minimalism’ is different, but to me it means reducing my life to only the best and necessary of things. That shit takes serious thought. With a bit of troubleshooting ( and heck, a few glasses of wine ) however, here’s how I’m getting back on track towards achieving just that :


So…you’re probably wondering what I bought that didn’t work, huh? That would be a blazer, nude heels ( see here ), a super trendy dress, a pair of ill-fitting jogger pants + a few others I cannot remember because I already rid myself of them. And now I know that if I think of buying any of these again, I need to think long and hard before handing over the plastic.


Once I realized my impulse buys were not doing it for me, I began by asking myself : what is my go-to outfit? Skinny jeans, a slouchy tee, an oversized cardigan + flats—the answer was so simple! My back-up answer came just as simply. A dress, tights, boots + a jacket. Once my outfits get more complicated than that ( think lots of layers + styling ), I don’t wear them.

Simple is best for me. And simple can be both chic + easy with well-made clothes, a cohesive color palette + a fabulous lipstick. Lipstick, I am learning, is the great equalizer.


Thanks to Unfancy + the prodding of a good friend, I’ve embarked on a new project—the capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a mini 37-piece wardrobe made up of thought-out, versatile pieces that make it easy to get dressed AND love what you’re wearing. I *think* this might be a great solution for me. Thus far, I’ve realized that the sweet spot of what works for me is wearing pieces with both a masculine + feminine edge. Think Red Wing work boots + a lacy white dress. A men’s winter hat + delicate gold jewelry. A flannel-inset jacket + a bold red lip.

I hope curating my wardrobe from season to season will give me a true sense of which clothes I wear as well as curb those dang online shopping impulses. One of Unfancy’s guidelines is limiting periods of shopping, so dear God, here’s hoping it helps.

And if that doesn’t work, my grandma taught me there’s always lipstick and wine.

[  01  /   02  /  03  /  04  /  05  /  06  /  07  /  08  /  09   /  10  /  11  /  12  ]

2 comments   /   essentials, fashion, minimalism



NatzkeFamily002 NatzkeFamily004 NatzkeFamily011 NatzkeFamily020 NatzkeFamily023 NatzkeFamily028NatzkeFamily042NatzkeFamily043NatzkeFamily044NatzkeFamily045NatzkeFamily061NatzkeFamily068NatzkeFamily069NatzkeFamily064NatzkeFamily040 NatzkeFamily074 NatzkeFamily081 NatzkeFamily084 NatzkeFamily091 NatzkeFamily093 NatzkeFamily096 NatzkeFamily112 NatzkeFamily117 NatzkeFamily124 NatzkeFamily134 NatzkeFamily137 NatzkeFamily150 NatzkeFamily157 NatzkeFamily169 NatzkeFamily182 NatzkeFamily221 NatzkeFamily222NatzkeFamily186NatzkeFamily187NatzkeFamily197

A few months ago, I had the chance to shoot one of the cutest families on one of the most unbearably beautiful Wisconsin evenings. It was the kind of evening when life seems sublime just being in the presence of the warm summer sun. And of course, the whole thing was made even better by getting to hang with my lil’ buddy Evan.

I’ve affectionately dubbed Evan the kid of many faces, because I mean COME ON, that toothless grin! The entire shoot was so much fun. From Evan running his beloved dogs out into the open fields…to suggesting poses he could make for the camera ( totally adorable )…to leading all of us back to the barn for some last family shots, this kid is one of my favorites. He’s hilarious and energetic and such a sweet boy, which I attest to his equally awesome parents.

One of the cutest families, for sure.

2 comments   /   photography




Here she is in all her mustard yellow glory…my new site!

I’ve spent the greater part of this year ignoring the fact that my blog looked super blah. Let’s be honest, we were all thinking it. That’s the thing about putting off inevitable tasks though—they continue to haunt you until you finally do them and do them well. Catholic guilt at its finest.

While this website is still in progess, I do have an updated about page, a semi-completed info page, a non-functioning shop, and a brand new contact form. Self-branding is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, and I’m happy with how my new site + collateral pieces are coming along. Designing for yourself is the worst, but it all feels like me so far, which is a very good sign.

There’s lots more to come—including my design portfolio ( !!! ), a revamped blog sidebar, and lots of posts I’ve been waiting to share with you. Until then, poke around the site + see what’s new while I go re-binge-watch the new season of The Mindy Project for the third time because I am obsessed with Diamond Dan.

(  ^^^ ahem, you’re welcome ^^^ )


6 comments   /   design, hand-lettering