Style, minimalism, and grief




 Photo by  Elicia Bryan .

Photo by Elicia Bryan.

My name is Talia and I am an artist, musician, and designer living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. Ethel Grace is a diary of my personal style and home design. As the founder of The Distance,  I create one-of-a-kind and custom lighting rooted in a vintage modern aesthetic.

The flagship of this blog is my weekly outfits recap. Check in each Monday to see a seven day outfit recap post compiling my thoughts on each day's outfit from the previous week. If you don't follow along on Instagram where I do outfit of the day posts in real time, this is a great way to catch up and also get an expanded reflection on the hits and the misses of the last week.

When I'm not recapping or waxing poetic about foral tapestry pattern fabric, you'll find sundry garment reviews, how-tos, and my personal favorite, Things I Didn't Buy.

While I don't ascribe to any formal rules in my closet like capsule wardrobes or the 30-wears thing, I do try to minimize the size of my wardrobe in comparison to the average American shopper. I identify as an active minimalist and try to make ethical and sustainable choices in my everyday life. Thinking harder and longer before making choices and purchases, thinking about what the longer term impact of a given choice might be on the environment and society — these are my goals for living a more sustainable life. 

Minimalism has acquired the curse of being deemed "trendy," but despite the negative connotation it has in popular culture, in it's truest form it does lay the groundwork for many of my philosophies on living. It can't possibly be a bad thing to at least be more considerate of our consumption habits.

A lot of my thoughts and feelings on living are informed by the process of grieving the death of my mom in 2013—nothing like being confronted by impermanence to make you want to lead a meaningful, unburdened life. Her influence on me in life and in death is something I carry with me every day. So you'll read a lot about keeping a conscious closet, but also occasionally about grief and anxiety. Fun, right?

I've always enjoyed reading about others' experiences of the world and how that dovetails with the daily ritual of dressing, and I hope that others may find something meaningful here as well.

And a final note—

There's a certain amount of privilege inherent in the ability to make some of the choices I make when it comes to my consumption habits. Sometimes that looks like spending more money on a thing most people aren't used to spending that much money on. It can look like spending more time doing things like mending and maintaining a garment when most people would throw it out.

But at the most basic level, I believe we all can make better choices and we all have to start from somewhere. I want to spend less time being anxious and overwhelmed more time feeling more at ease in the world. The way I've found to get closer to that aspiration is by making more informed choices about what I wear and how I spend my time and money. 



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