FALL MINIMALIST

Just over seven weeks into parenthood, we are doing our very best to settle into a routine. That said, it’s very hard to nail one down because whenever we think we’ve found one, Naiya switches everything up and surprises us big time. I guess she’s helping us to learn our first big lesson in parenthood–new babies are almost always unpredictable so you have to go with the flow! This is not easy for type-A planners like us but we’re getting more used to it and she’s teaching us so much along the way.

Outfit-wise, I recently fell in love with this black and white dress at first sight and was excited to add it to my wardrobe. I love that it looks like a basic white shirt and black dress but that it’s actually all connected. It’s such an easy dress to throw on that looks put together and I love that it’s therefore perfect for travel. Better yet, it’s less than $50.00 so it’s also a steal! 

Since having Naiya, I’ve further appreciated minimalist outfits like this. I don’t have enough time to think about what I’m going to wear in the morning like I used to and thankfully I usually can’t go wrong with a simple black and white look. 

Today, I paired this dress with my favorite loafers I still can’t get enough of. These black loafers were a splurge last year but I love that they’re so beautifully made and are timeless because I know I’ll keep wearing them for years to come. I’ve also worn this dress with classic nude heels (here or here) to dress it up a bit more. 

Lastly, I topped off the look by accessorizing with an incredibly thoughtful baby gift we received–a pink purse by Pop & Suki personalized with Naiya’s name. I love that this gift is something Naiya will be able to love and use it someday and that I can enjoy it in the meantime. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become such a sucker for any type of accessory with Naiya’s name or the letter “n” on it. I can’t get enough and will love these items even more when I go back to work and keep thinking about her every minute. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a new mom or new mom to be, I highly recommend this bag!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Azusa Takano