How To Create a Minimalist Wardrobe

How To Create a Minimalist Wardrobe

For most of my life, I've never really been into clothes much. I enjoy wearing cute things but, a day full of shopping (in stores or online) has never really been my jam.

That being said, how in the hell did I accumulate so many clothes? I can truthfully say that over that years, I somehow had a lot of clothes in my possession - most of which I rarely wore. I'm the type of girl that finds those 2-3 pieces and wears them over & over again until they have a hole, and then continue to wear them until I must throw it away.

When I began my minimalist journey I knew right away that I wanted my closet to be as minimal as possible. Since I don't have a huge passion for clothes, I didn't want to spend a ton of mental energy on what I was going to wear.  I wanted to have nice pieces that complimented my body well and all relatively worked together but, I didn't want to have a lot of clothes.

5 Steps To Creating A Vision Board

5 Steps To Creating A Vision Board

I recently had a birthday and turned 31. I have no idea why 31 sounds so much older than 30 but, it does. And last year had a lot of ups and downs - it was definitely a year of change & growth. It was preparing me for whatever is coming my way in the future.

But I wanted to go into this next year with a vision & an intention. I wanted to really have an idea of how I wanted to feel this next year and what types of things I wanted to bring into my life.

When this happens, I turn to creating a vision board. A vision board is a place where you can get creative and put your ideas, dreams, goals, wishes & wants in one place. Then, you place your vision board somewhere that you'll see often so that you're continuously reminded of what you're wanting in life.

Easy Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

I’m cheers-ing my coffee to you, friend. How does some good ‘ol fashioned breakfast sound for you?

You know, the kind that has you drooling a bit. The soft scrambled eggs or the drippy yolk if you’re feeling wild. The freshly brewed coffee that fills the air. And, am I the only one that can be brought straight out of bed no matter the hour by the smell of bacon alone? Okay cool, glad I’m not alone. :)


But today, we’re talking potatoes. And, it’s up to you. You can call these hash browns, homefries or crispy potatoes but whatever you call them, they’re good. Like, you don’t really need to put ketchup or hot sauce all over them kind of good – but you totally can if you want to.

I’m a breakfast potato girl. I love the eggs, and I love the breakfast meats. But slide me a plate of warm, crispy & perfectly seasoned potatoes and you’ve got my heart. That’s where we’re going today. Straight to the potatoes.


And while we’re at it, no one said you ONLY have to have these for breakfast. Break the boundaries! Pair these up with a soup or a salad for lunch. Or how about swapping out the fries next to your burger and inserting these things?

Yep. I’m about it.


This recipe is:

  • Easy
  • Flavorful
  • Versatile

Did I mention easy?

So let’s start crisping already, okay?


Easy Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

(serves 2)


  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • salt & pepper to taste

(optional: red pepper flakes, seasoning salt)


  1. Chop potatoes into 1 inch cubes (you don’t want them so thick that they don’t cook all the way through)
  2. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet on medium-low heat (test that the oil is hot enough by sprinkling in water. If it sizzles, it’s ready!)
  3. Add in potatoes, season & stir.
  4. At this point, leave them be for a solid 4-5 minutes.
  5. Check and see if 2 or 3 cubes are crispy on one side. If not, don’t stir yet.
  6. By 5-6 minutes they should start to get crispy so, stir!
  7. Keep up this process (leaving them be, checking for crisp level, stirring) until crispy on all sides.
  8. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for meal prep!

There you have it, breakfast/lunch/dinner fiends. Don’t forget, I’m checkin’ for ya. If you make any of my recipes tag me on Instagram @lodownliving.

With gratitude,


One Pot Vegetable Ramen

During the colder months, I can’t get enough of comfort food. It’s the bowls of pasta, ladles of soup or creamy mashed potatoes that make me feel really warm inside. To this day, one of my favorite comfort foods is spaghetti and meatballs.


And of course, nothing compares to my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, my goodness. How is it that everything tastes 125% better when your Mom makes it? I hope that once I have a child all of Mom-ness will just magically appear within me. Because I swear, every ham sandwich, pudding cup, and glass off O.J. tasted better when I was a kid when it came from my Mom. And real talk now that I'm 30...not much has changed.


Another meal that I can remember us having around the house when I was younger was ramen noodles. That, I admittedly pronounced as RAY-MEN noodles up until like, yesterday. (LOL!) But I guess we got fancy and started calling it RAH-MEN...which, either way, tasted damn good back then.

But, now that I've been cooking on my own for a few years and have been remixing my childhood favorites as healthier meals - I think it's about time I tackled ramen. What do you say?


This meal is delicious. Let's just call it what it is. And the great thing about it is that there are so many options & variations you can use when you make it.

No dietary restrictions? Use the noodles from the ramen noodle packets!

On Whole30? Use spaghetti squash or zoodles!


Not a fan of kale? Substitute spinach!

Want some protein? Add in shredded chicken! Or shrimp!

See? I told you that you could crazy with this recipe. And crazy we will get, friends! Here we go.


One Pot Vegetable Ramen (Whole30 Friendly)


  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 4 teaspoons grated garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth (could use any broth here. For Whole30 - check your labels!)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cup chopped kale (or spinach)
  • 1 cups shredded carrot
  • Noodle options:
    • 1 roasted spaghetti squash*
    • 1 spiralized zucchini/squash/sweet potato noodle *



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut squash in half
  • Scoop out the guts & toss
  • Drizzle with olive oil & season with salt & pepper
  • Place face down on a greased baking sheet
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash pulls away from shell easily


  1. Chop your garlic & ginger first.
  2. Then, heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the chopped garlic and ginger.
  3. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Then add the broth & water.
  4. Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the mushrooms, green onions, kale & carrots & salt to taste.
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened and the broth is flavorful.
  7. Add the ramen noodles, spaghetti squash or zoodles to the hot liquid and remove from the heat.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

*These veggie based noodles hold a lot of water. Add them moments before eating to not water down the broth. If you choose to use the noodles from the packets you will want to stir a few times until they have softened in the broth. Approximately 3-4 minutes.

(adapted from Pinch of Yum)

Remember, if you make one of my recipes, be sure to tag me on Instagram with @lodownliving so I can see them!

Why I'm Embracing Minimalism And Doing More With So Much Less

What do you think of when you hear the word minimalism? You probably think stark white walls, neutral colors of black, white, gray & nude throughout a home and minimal belongings strewn about.

Just a heads up, that’s not my life. Yet, I’m embracing minimalism completely. Living in a minimalistic way has made so many positive changes in my life physically, mentally and emotionally. And real talk? I’m never going back to my old ways.

Let me tell you how I got to where I was before I decided on minimalism.

My Backstory

The farthest memory I can remember that I had an abundance of things was when I first went off to college. There is nothing like a move to make you open up your eyes and look at all your belongings. It was box after box, trash bag after trash bag, trinket after trinket being stuffed into a super tiny dorm room.

For what?

I needed to have all of the coolest things and deck my dorm room out every year, multi-colored lights, mini fridges, microwaves galore and all. But it didn’t just stop when I graduated college.

Once I graduated I stayed in my college town, (Kent State Flashes FOR LIFE!) and got an apartment with my S.O. And so now, it wasn’t just my stuff I was fitting into a small apartment, it was also my partners.

You could barely walk without stepping on something, open a cabinet without a plastic container decking you in the face, or open a closet without something flying at you. There was stuff everywhere. And I felt smothered and claustrophobic too. Something about having that much stuff just made me feel like the walls were closing in. But, I was still young and the world says that you need things to feel good and to show others you’ve got your sh*t together.

Fast-forward 2 years & a break up later, my best friend had just bought a house and asked me to move in with her. Yet again, another move under my belt. This time I filled the room with things I thought I wanted. All the colors, pillows, electronics, pictures, rugs, candles & more.

It wasn’t until I decided to sell all of my stuff & move to New York city did I realize how much of those things didn’t matter. This was a time in my life where I was trying to find myself. I wanted to really learn who I was; stop being scared & do something liberating. Moving to New York City will definitely do that for you.

My room in NYC was so small that it didn’t have a closet. My mattress almost touched 3 walls and I had just enough room for my bed, my laundry hamper, a dresser and a mirror. Everything else was under my lofted bed. When I finally left NYC and moved in with my then boyfriend (yep, another move), I had nothing to really take with me. I sold my mattress, bed frame & dresser. Gave away books I never read for free and packed all of my clothes into two suitcases and a few duffle bags. I was coming back home to so much but with a lot less.

It wasn’t until I got my own apartment did I make the decision to do things differently. At this time, I had gone through a period of depression and had moments of anxiety. My mind was constantly running, I was indecisive about things that should’ve been easily decided and I was more unsure than ever of who I was.

What do I like to do?

What do I like to where?

How do I want to dress my space?

How do I want people to feel when they enter my home?

These were questions I didn’t have the answers to. But what I did know was that who I’d been wasn’t who I wanted to be. I didn’t want to be depressed, anxious, unsure of myself and unhappy on my path. I didn’t want to hide who I truly wanted to be with things that I never used or clothes that I never wore. I wanted to enjoy myself each and every day and stop wasting time on trying to make the best decision that everyone around me agrees with.

It was too much. And so I made a conscious decision to strip it all away.

Where I Am Today

I wanted a life that was simple yet, full of all the things I truly loved. And that meant chipping away at all the things I was holding on to for fear of what it meant if I let it go. Letting these things or people go meant I no longer had something to hide behind. It meant that all that was left was putting the puzzle pieces back together of who I truly was and stand in that boldly.

So I started with my closet and sold or donated everything that I hadn’t worn in the last 6 months. Everything else I tried on & asked myself if I truly felt beautiful in that piece. If it wasn’t a solid yes, then it was a no and was sold or donated. Since then, I’ve only added pieces that I love, can be worn for at least a few years no matter the trends that come and go and currently match an item I already have in my closet.

Next, I was completely intentional about the pieces throughout my home. I bought a bed frame and a mattress that I adore. My couch was a hand-me-down from my sister but it fit my décor perfectly and I really liked it. And my TV stand works great with the other pieces in my apartment and fits great in the space. Everything has a purpose, is functional and gets used frequently.

And lastly, my favorite space in the house, the kitchen. I only keep on hand what I need. I don’t have a lazy Susan full of spices that I never use or a cabinet full of non-perishables sitting and waiting for the perfect recipe. I want to know that I have what I need and nothing more. Sure, I keep a can of coconut milk stocked in the pantry but that’s because I know it will get used. But I don’t buy that spice or ingredient just because it’s on sale and I may need it someday down the road.

Thinking Of Going Minimalist?

If you’re thinking of going minimalist I just want you to consider a few things before throwing out all your clothes, moving into a smaller space & cutting ties with relationships.

Minimalism for me isn't a trend or something cool to try on. It's a mindset and lifestyle that has lifted a weight off my shoulder and mind that I've been carrying for too long. With less "things" I now have a clearer perspective on what certain items mean to me. I also have a clean slate to start finally crafting the type of life I've always wanted. Minimalism has given me the mental freedom so that I no longer spend hours on deciding what to wear and rather more time living in the moment. Minimalism has shown me that what matters is the conversations, relationships, feelings and moments - not the act of buying things out of feeling like that's what I "should do."

Before taking the next step, think of places in your life where you need a bit more space and clarity. Where are you spending a lot of your mental energy? What in your life can be made simpler? What does an abundant life look like to you?

And from these answers, begin chipping away at the pieces and parts of your life that create a roadblock to the type of life you want and the person you want to be.


Over to you! Is minimalism the right fit for your life? Let me know in the comment section below. 

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