TAKE A BREAK, TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOU

Take A Break

If you’re new to the blog, I want to thank you for stopping by NRJS. But I also apologize for stepping away from the blogging scene (temporarily). If you’re an avid reader, I truly thank you for your support, but also apologize for this hiatus. So much has happened in the past few months, and I need to take some time to nurture these areas of my life. I will continue to read your posts, and follow you via social media.

You can stay connected with me on Instagram @norulejuststyle. See you later!!!

Xx,

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EDITOR’S INSIGHT| Celebrating Style Bloggers

Editors Insight 042016Like many others, when I started my first blog (in 2011), it was a way to express my feelings be it out of frustration, happiness, or concern. Then years later, I created No Rule, Just Style (Thank you WordPress) for the same reason, but a different spectrum- fashion. I grew tired of people telling me what trend was “in” and what was not considered fashionable. So it fueled me to express myself unapologetically. This post is not meant to bash anyone. This post is my way of thanking and celebrating those whom I’ve had the honor of meeting (and those whom I’ve yet to meet) through the blogging community.

No Rule, Just Style is a platform I use to share what inspires me and hopefully give others the courage to embrace their style- whether or not it’s “acceptable” in the eyes of society. What I’ve learned over the years is that:

(1)   Some people are unable to embrace diverse styles.

(2)   Some people lack the courage to be different.

(3)   Some people just HATE for no valid reason.

Whatever the reason, never let anyone dictate your style (with the exception of dress codes in the workplace & schools). So here’s to the ladies and gentlemen who want to wear the same color religiously, who dare to wear garments that are not trendy, who refuse to be kept in a box, and who just don’t give a da** about other people’s unsolicited opinions. I commend you for staying true to yourself!

I sincerely thank you for your continued support and honest comments throughout the years. See you next time!

Xx,

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CLOSET ESSENTIALS| PART 1

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By now you’ve probably heard the terms minimalist and capsule wardrobe. Last year I discussed decluttering a closet to become a minimalist. But since I’ve recently moved, I’d like to focus on organizing a closet (a future post) as well as building a capsule wardrobe. Versatility is key. While becoming a minimalist helps you build a more functional wardrobe, creating a capsule can also help reduce your spending costs by mixing and matching pieces you already own. Below are a few essentials to help create a capsule wardrobe.

*Side note: If the pieces below are not in your closet, consider making an investment by building a wardrobe that will last for years. Focus on the quality of each piece. Invest now, save later (if you can manage).

Pea Coat (Short or Long)– The pea coat is a classic staple that any style-conscious individual should own. Pea coats allow you to transition from casual to formal, hassle-free. Pair it with a V-neck tee and jeans to create a laid-back look without compromising sophistication. Make a more formal appearance with a crisp blouse, pants, and dress shoes.

I’ve had mine for roughly eight years, and it’s still in good condition (seen here). The only thing that needed maintenance over the years were the buttons (tightening). If you’re not skilled in the sewing department (much like me- Ha!), then I recommend finding a GOOD tailor (if you don’t have one). I also recommend having it dry cleaned once a year. If dry cleaning is not an option, there are ways to care for your investment. There are several articles online and YouTube videos that can assist you; however, for the best results, check the label of your coat for care instructions.

Luxury Handbag– I don’t think I’ve met a woman who did not appreciate a well-structured handbag. A high-quality logo-free handbag (well-known or unknown designer) can last for years. My eldest handbag was purchased nine years ago and needed minimal maintenance. I’ve had the strap fixed once (this was an everyday bag).

When purchasing a quality handbag, you should consider 1. When the bag was created, 2. If the bag ages well, 3. If it is a timeless piece, 4. And the price point trend. Some research may be required, but it will benefit you for years to come.

Black Dress Shoes– I think every woman should own a pair of black pumps, but every woman is not the same. Some women are not fond of high heels. So owning a pair of black dress shoes is more ideal; be it black oxfords, black loafers, or black pointy toe flats.

I’m not one to purchase shoes that are extremely high-priced, but I do recommend purchasing reasonably priced shoes with quality. But if your pockets can handle Manolo Blahnik’s (love these shoes!), by all means, purchase away. For the rest, be mindful of your pockets, but also consider the quality of the item. Oh! Comfort is also a must!

We’ll stop here and move on to other essentials pieces (part two) next week. Once again, I thank you for stopping by NRJS, and I’ll see you next time!

XOXO,

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