Monday

Minimalist.

Last night we slept on the roof again in honor of our dear pal's birthday. It was splendid weather with a slight breeze and clear skies. When we awoke, it was no longer clear, but an overcast of nothing but bright, pale grey. We didn't give it much thought and spent the rest of the morning reading, when all of a sudden a huge wall cloud appeared with extremely fast winds. Our power went out, and seconds later our minds began to play tricks on us. We examined the sky and thought a group of clouds looked a bit odd, almost swirling. Our local area has been hit with some devastating tornadoes in the past, so we didn't want to take a chance, and ran to a local shop to hide in the basement. I was shaking uncontrollably until I snapped out of it and told myself to pull it together. It was such an odd, surreal feeling. Even with past storms, I've never really been frightened, but this all seemed so fast, so uncontrollable, so dangerous. After about thirty minutes it  stopped, making it just a dramatic, fast passing storm; which we were very thankful for.

I'd always subconsciously told myself if something of the sort happened, I would grab my camera and hard drive with all my photos on it. But at that moment I didn't give it a passing thought. I thought about it later and was surprised and a bit embarrassed that before it seemed that would be my biggest concern. But no, all I wanted to do was make sure Josh, myself, and my neighbors were out of harm's way. All this to say, I was reminded the sweet lesson that material things can hold such little value in this world.

On a lighter note, I've realized I've become quite a minimalist when it comes to my attire. I really admire gals who can add layer upon layer, and it always compliment each individual piece. When I picked out this outfit, I kept thinking it should have something else.. shouldn't it? But alas, I kept to my simple ways. I just couldn't bare to drown out this stunning ring and pretty patterned skirt. I'll get better at layering one of these days. ;)

Outfit details: Ring, Courtesy of Moorea Seal. Skirt, thrifted. Tank top, F21. Shoes, Kohl's.

44 comments:

  1. Wow thank god for all of your safety and that it was a false alarm! And I love the simplicity in your style you look like you just float around being pretty magically without any effort.
    -Taryn
    http://sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com/

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  2. glad to hear you all are safe :) and oh that hair crown! beautiful.

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  3. Holy shamoly, that ring is stunning.

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  4. Simple things are always my favorite. I love your skirt, and wow, your hair is gorgeous. I must admit I'm a little jealous!! So pretty.

    Leanna

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  5. Sounds super scary! That's good that you're okay though (:

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  6. oh man, i'm glad you weren't caught up on the roof. seems like there are few worse places to be in a tornado.
    sophie

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  7. I'm so thankful that you are all okay! It really is moments like those that make us remember what is truly important in life.

    And on a fashion note, I absolutely love your simple, sweet and natural style. Every outfit you post seems so effortless and lovely!


    P.S. You have awesome arms! :P

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  8. I love minimalist outfits, and that skirt is gorgeous, as is the photography.

    Scary about the storm! We don't get tornadoes here in New Zealand (very often) but it's super windy in my city of Wellington.

    x Olivia
    www.theblackpeony.com

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  9. You look amazing! And how fun to sleep on a roof.

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  10. Your skirt is pure treasure! Such a lovely thrifty find! And you look wonderful, your photography is stunning!
    Oh, I completely understand your fear. Here in my corner we have to watch out for hurricanes, so I'm always prepared with food and water just in case..
    Good luck!

    skinnymoonstick.blogspot.com

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  11. I just absolutely love that skirt and tank look :)

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  12. Tornados freak me out!! I have grown up in CA so they are so foreign to me and I've heard people talk about our Earthquakes, but they are nothing compared to an F5. I am glad to hear you are safe and sound :) I like to think if there was any crazy weather/fire in LA I would grab a bunch of material things, but it's nice to be reminded that those things don't actually matter :)


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    P.S. I like the minimalism ;)

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  13. wow thank god nothing turned of it!!!!! what a scary felling it must be!
    love the shots and that skirt is just stunning

    xo

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  14. Love that skirt! I'm glad you were all okay :)

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  15. Thank goodness you're safe. I am terrified of tornadoes - we don't really have them in Australia but when I lived in St Louis there were a couple and it really is so scary! Nature is a scary thing, sometimes.

    I feel you on the minimalism - I can't seem to do layer upon layer these day - even in winter! x

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  16. Wow, that sounds so scary! Certainly a sobering thought. I'm so glad you're safe, though. Your outfit is lovely, as always! :)

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  17. Glad it was just a passing storm!
    I understand what you mean about the layers - I've never quite grasped it myself, but I guess I'll learn one day :)

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  18. your hair looks amazing!


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  19. Sounds terrible :( glad you're fine! And your style is amazing JUST the way it is! :)

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  20. The outfit looks great... It needs no layering! x

    flarecatcher.blogspot.com

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  21. I love your braid and dress and ring.
    And sorry to hear about that storm :O

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  22. Glad you're okay!! That sounds a bit terrifying - praying that the bad weather stays away from your parts!
    Also, you look lovely. As usual. :)

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  23. see, sleeping on the roof seems way more terrifying to me than tornadoes! my fear of heights surpasses all other fears of mine....but then again, growing up in oklahoma, aka tornado alley, kind of de-sensitizes you to that weather....but yeah, i can't even sit on a roof without shaking, let alone sleep on one... eeek!

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  24. That sounds scary! A few tornadoes ripped through our area (I live in Mass, we were not prepared) last summer and it was terrifying. I'm glad everything ended up being okay.

    I'm also a simple kind of girl when it comes to clothes :) That ring is stunning by the way!

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  25. Im so glad it was just a bad storm and everyone is okay! how scary!!! im still so ever jealous of you getting to sleep on your roof though!

    I love love love your minimalist style kinsey. from a girl who loves layers, its always refreshing to see simplicity too. I sometimes wish I had it in me to be a bit more simple, but everytime I get dressed, there I go with more and more, ha ha. I think your style is just spot on.

    Love these photos!

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  26. wow what a night you must have had, sounds scary! but at least everything is ok now. now following your wonderful blog!

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  27. These photos are breath taking!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  28. Best post ever, Kinsey.
    Thank you***

    Ana Luisa
    www.doceparaomeudoce.blogspot.com

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  29. Midwest storms aren't anything to mess around with. They are sudden and powerful but also so breathtaking. I'm always torn between running to the basement or out into the yard. :)

    http://asthecrowflies.typepad.com/blog/

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  30. I'm glad you're all okay!!

    p.s. - You look lovely. ...as usual. :)

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  31. You are so beautiful and I would love to sleep on the roof one day....


    www.eatblogpray.blogspot.com
    xo

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  32. that outfit is gorgeous! who says you need layers? :)

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  33. Love this look, so etheral :)
    xo Jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  34. Coming from Memphis, those sirens are so scary. Glad you guys were safe!

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  35. Love Love Love this broomstick skirt, in fact I happen to thrift the same one once...Maybe we have something in common, eh?

    Your story also touched me...I've always thought, I can live w/out my things...as long as my husband, my doggie Sophee, and I are ok. We can rebuild mere "stuff". But, I can never get my family back.....

    <3 Ruth <3
    isntthatsew.blogspot.com

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  36. Ahh I have that skirt! How awesome! And you wear it perfectly. Thanks for giving readers the opportunity to hear your story and yay for thrifting! Glad you all are okay from the storms

    Blessings,
    Mary Cate

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  37. I have that skirt! It was my mama's and I stole it from her :) I am maxi-obsessed and it remains one of my favorites! It's been all around the world with me.

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  38. Good thing you know what to do in case a real storm hits. Reading about things like this makes me happy that I don't live in the states.

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