Happy day, reader dear!
It’s May! Happy May Day (belated) to all!
I SO wish we had a long weekend to start off May here in the US. We need a rest to prepare for the onslaught. For many, May feels like the out of control snowball in the cartoons. The school year is coming to a close and with it all the pressures of year end. University graduations, moving students home, or out into the world. Mother’s Day (Here in the US.) and search for the perfect gift, too late as usual. (I’m in this camp.) The unofficial start of summer that is the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. And of course, all this is still complicated by Covid. Summer vacation plans… Do we, or don’t we?
After the chaos (May-os?), we make it to June. Somehow summer seems simpler. Less hurried. Cook out season begins in earnest. A big salad on the table for supper sounds just about right. Feet up on the patio furniture. Strawberry season. And peaches! I’m longing to see fireflies in the grass.
Which brings me to Simple Style. What does Simple Style mean to you? I’ve written about Simple Style before, but it’s time to reevaluate what Simple Style means to me. At this particular moment in time. (And what a moment it is!)
My Simple Style
Why do I keep coming back to this question? Because I crave more simplicity in my life. And my life doesn’t look like it did five years ago, or even two years ago. Right now simple means less. Less in my closet. Less clothes. Less shoes. (Thank you, mold attack of winter 2020 for helping me out with that.) Less handbags. Less jewelry. Less scarves. Less scarves? Whoa, Nellie! I’m not sure I’m there just yet. I am feeling called to take a closer look at everything in my world and evaluate whether it’s in or out. Is it really serving me? If not, it’s time for it to find a new home… With someone who it will serve!
Why does this prove so tricky? Because everything CAN be useful. But I need to ask myself IS it useful? Now. At this point in my life? With what I already own? Yes, I’m talking about you, jeans in the storage box that are too snug. And you, skirt that was for another color palette in my life.
Simple right now for me means paring back further. Asking the questions Useful? Beautiful? Answering honestly. And listening to that answer.
For clothes, there are two aspects to beautiful. Not only Is it beautiful? But also Does it make me (feel) beautiful? (Because for me, beauty is an important value.) I can think of a few pieces already that don’t fit that bill. Most of them are at odds with my color palette. Hmmmm. It looks like my simple style involves paying my color palette more heed. So my Simple Style will be colorful!
How About You?
What does simple mean to you? Is simple rustic? Homespun? Minimal? Plain and unadorned? How do you define Simple Style? Does summer feel like a more simple season in your world? Is simplicity something you need more of this year? Does style factor into your definition of simplicity at all? I love to hear from you… Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!