“What's in a name? That which we call a rose By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo and Juliet
And would a blog by any other name, feel like me? The answer at its core is – I don’t know. For those who have only been with @mintsociety for a short while, this blog was actually a duo way back with my creative other half and closest friends. It was formulated in a Gap breakroom and blossomed into something grand and meaningful to the both of us. When someone asked what Mint Society meant, we could easily say it was two perspectives – one minimal, one whimsical. We talked about fashions, travel, lifestyle and it worked. But at the core, Mint Society isn’t mine and it’s always felt like something was missing, and I want a name that encompasses my passions, and when you hear it, feels like “Oh! Got it!”
The Holidays are all about giving – right? But with amazing sales, and seas of tartan everything, how can you resist adding pieces for yourself to your expansive winter wardrobe? Versatility – that’s how. Find pieces that can transition from day to night, Christmas shopping to Christmas parties and everything-in-between. With a few accessory changes, and maybe a top you already have in your wardrobe, you can have two different outfits by purchasing one reasonably priced item. My reasonably priced item – This gorgeous and whimsical tartan skirt from J.Crew Factory. When it launched, I knew I had to snag this before it sold out – And it was one of the items that benefited from J.Crew/J.Crew Factory/Madewell size expansion.
Because it’s so festive, the colors are super versatile. You can really get away with any top and accessories, and I had a lot of fun creating two very different looks with this one.
We’re well into Fall and Winter is quickly approaching! I feel like I’ve been prepping for my Fall closet, but in Texas that transition is super tough to plan for because of the heat. Luckily, Talbots is having their Friends and Family event starting on October 23rd so I can accurately plan for my Winter wardrobe. For those of you who haven’t been to Talbots in a while – you’re missing out. Admittedly this was my first experience with Talbots – I’ve always known they’ve been a longtime staple in women’s closets, but when heading to their website I was incredibly excited to see such amazing colors, designs and trends for a wide range of women included petites to plus (most of their items come in petite, regular and women’s sizing). So – check for inclusivity!
There used to be a time frame - right around February/March - where i would start to get manic about becoming ‘Bikini Body Ready’. Heck, not even bikini body, any swimsuit-ready to be in front of people you didn’t know at the pool. We’re taught early on there is only one kind of acceptable body at the pool, and that stigma is instilled from a very early age. I remember around the age of 11 starting to feel ashamed by the rolls on my tummy - how when I sat down to grab a snack with my friends, how my belly poked out while theirs didn’t. How boys wanted to talk to them and I was left to hang out on the sidelines by myself. And up until a few years ago, media wasn’t your friend either. While brands are becoming more size inclusive and celebrating flaws instead of photoshopping them (hello, Target!) - growing up and being presented nothing but articles on diet plans and images of tone women in two pieces.
Experience. In our selfie-obsessed, Instagrammable society, experience has become more than just taking in a site, or the best dish ever – It’s now about sharing with your followers whether that be 100 or 100,000. Our society has shifted into realm where sharing the experience is sometimes bigger than just being, and because of that we’ve seen momentous fleets we haven’t seen before.
Embellished. I love embellished. And more than embellished, I love florals. Put those together and you have my favorite mint dream of spring in one dress. As usual, ASOS Curve brought dreams to life with a dress that cost less than $50. But for some, this dress might look too frilly, too much, too e x t r a – But there are ways to wear something with a little more pizazz without feeling like you’re trying too hard.
A pair of rainboots with apples on them started my love for fashion. I would wear them even when it wasn’t raining with overalls or a denim skirt, and the compliments I received in the halls of my high school gave me confidence I didn’t have years prior. It can feel hard to love fashion when fashion doesn’t feel inclusive – Or rather, fashion didn’t feel inclusive in the past. As I’ve moved through my twenties and evolved, so has the accessibility to beautiful, flattering, made-for-my body fits. But with the launch of Draper James x Eloquii, the visibility of a woman with curves in the mainstream is more evident than ever.
Who says you need to be in school for back to school shopping? From the time I can remember, this was the most exciting time of the year – A full wardrobe revamp where you could be anything you wanted for the upcoming year, and it’s no different now (except… I’m not going to class, and my style is a little different than the Adidas sweatpants of my past). Back-to-school is the number two busiest time for retailers behind Holiday shopping – and that’s when you can find the best deals and the newest styles for fall. And my favorite go-to for wardrobe updates has been Old Navy.
Coming across a great looking sneaker is pretty easy to find thanks to the athleisure trend which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Coming across a great looking sneaker that checks off all of my boxes though, well that’s a different story — Aureus, however, has hit all of these boxes. A shoe company that has been around since 1977 that started on the golf course (don’t worry these aren’t your Dad’s unstylish golf shoes) and has evolved to give us some great quality and eco-friendly sneakers.
There are a couple necessities for Spring — a great bag that can hold everything you will need for your weekend adventures, a clean lightweight watch so you can make sure you make it to your brunch plans on time (you should still expect to me show up within what I call the 30 min window of acceptance) and a denim jacket that’s your ride or die.
Miranda Priestly said it best, “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.” And she’s right – but here’s the deal, I love florals year round and just because my favorite Devil in Prada said it was the equivalent of a basic bitch to put a flower on your dress during the months of March – May, I’m still doing it. And if this dress combines florals and ruffles, how could you even resist? Per usual, ASOS led me to this fabulous number with ruffles down the silhouette and a feminine collar. I couldn’t resist, and it was on sale (seriously, $25 - purchase immediately). Insider tips? Search sale before anything – the best gems are in there and if you’re getting it late in the sale game you can get near a 75% markdown from the original price.
Over the past few years, this has quickly become the layer for every cool guy and cool gal out there. Okay lets be real – the favorite layer of just about everyone, cool or not. Its one of the easiest things to grab out of your closet and can add the right layer to just about any outfit. Patricio and I are fiercely committed to these layers, and while they’re from different companies, you can find a good denim jacket at just about any one of your favorite stores.
We’ve talked about high-low already, right? If you missed our last post about high-low, we’re going to talk about it again. Why? Because high-low has become a lifestyle that we’re not going to be willing to separate with for a long time. As two people who love style and self-expression through that style, we consider ourselves lucky that we work in a place that isn’t a suit and tie, conservative mandate. In fact, work is one of the places where we express ourselves most (to the point where we wear our best outfits on Tuesdays because we know everyone will be there). Patricio is known for wearing a great pair of slacks and a monkstrap with a striped tee and track jacket. I’ve worn sequin dresses and sneakers – we’re telling you: high-low is a lifestyle.
The minimal & the whimsical. If you’ve been following us for a while, that phrase should be engrained in your brain. We say it all the time, but we truly are a mix of all that is eclectic mixed with clean and timeless. You can find it in what we’re inspired by, the way we talk and most of all in our style. This is the year we have curated our style the most, and where we’ve been uninhibited in taking chances. So what a better place than our old stomping grounds of the Pearl Brewery garage to showcase our first outfits of the new year?
For a few reasons. Who doesn’t love the Holiday season? Temperatures drop, the lights go up and there’s an excitement in the air. It also brings our favorite time – Layering season. Holidays can be tricky when it comes to how to dress. You probably have tons of Christmas parties, the office White Elephant exchange, Tacky-Sweater contests and then the pinnacle of Holiday dressing, NYE. Everyone’s minds gravitate towards the usual palette of green and red with sequins and furs, but outfitting doesn’t have to be that literal this month. Should you find yourself out and about, there are a ton of options that jazz up your wardrobe for Winter Wonderland, but don’t leave you looking like one of Santa’s elves.
Graphic-tees that is. And we’re not talking the graphic tees of American Eagle and Abercrombie past, or the semi-ironic tees you find at Hot Topic. We’re talking the new surge of super-cool, effortless staples that can easily add the right layer to any outfit. And what a better way to show off our favorite graphic tees than in front of Houston’s Biscuit Paint Wall? The Biscuit Paint wall is one of Houston’s many murals, and quickly made our way to the top of our favorites. It’s spunky, paint-laden backdrop with balloons felt like a natural pair for our take on graphic tees.
High-low can be an intimidating trend to pull off – especially if you don’t know what high-low is. But it’s exactly what it sounds like – A mix of something considered ‘high’ whether it be a brand, or look – with something ‘low’: IE – sneakers with a dress, monkstraps with jeans. Are we on the same page? Patricio and I live for a good high-low. So on a recent visit to the San Antonio Public Library. (Patricio and I googled the proper term for this library, and he claims that its referred to amongst the people of San Antonio as the ‘Big Enchilada’) Regardless – we had an exciting afternoon exploring their walls of books.
So, a little while back we did a tribute to one of our favorite pieces of outerwear – the Fatigue Jacket, and how to wear them in spring. Well two seasons later and were back to our fatiguing habits. Fatigue jackets are the ultimate layer that can go with anything and everything. Patricio usually keeps it casual with jeans or a great chino, but I love to use a fatigue jacket to dress down a skirt or dress. During a trip to the Pearl on one of the best weekend’s we’ve had this season, we threw on our fatigues and explored.
It’s official – fall is here. There’s a few reason it’s our favorite season: Halloween, holidays, Black Friday – but most importantly, we love chilly temperatures. Why? We’re self-acclaimed layer-ers (okay, we're making this word up, but we love a third piece – sometimes a fourth) Even when it’s hot outside, it’s hard to find us without some kind of layer on whether it be a chambray shirt, fatigue jacket or a signature denim jacket. In Texas though we have to keep some of these layers light or else we’re going to suffer from the ever-changing temperatures. On a trip to the Pearl Brewery we broke out some of these layers from the back of our closet – even if the low was 70, we felt it necessary to pop these on.
f you’ve been following us for even a few weeks, you should know that there are a few things that we gravitate towards. Patricio loves denim – like love, loves. Jeans, jean jackets, indigo-dyed anything – it’s a true obsession passion It’s to the point that everyone feels like something is amidst if Patricio isn’t in his signature denim on denim. Levi’s is the mainstay when it comes to solid denim, and you can pretty much guarantee that something he’s wearing will be a Levi’s piece. Besides unique, quality denim – Levi’s also has some great novelty pieces. Patricio snagged this Levi’s logo tee for under $10 at a Levi’s pit stop we made a while back. So while Patricio keeps it clean and all-American, you can spot me a mile away in any print I can.
We’re baaccck, and what’s a trip to Houston without visiting Sugar & Cloth’s Color Wall? When we decided to make this trip to the 281, we made sure not to leave this off our list. We fell in love with the brightly colored oasis last time we came and couldn’t deny a chance to re-visit.
Okay – It’s been only three months since we’ve been in Marfa, but Prada Marfa was still on our list this trip. This time we did things a little different and wanted to experience dawn in the desert in front of this wondrous site. So, we woke up at 5:00AM, alternated getting ready and got on the quiet, still pretty dark highway out of Marfa on to Highway 90.
If you’re only knowledge of Dallas is the acclaimed 80’s television show (and short reboot) Dallas, then you probably imagine it to be opulence of oil, diamonds and cowboy hats. While it’s still pretty opulent, it’s not at dated as some would think. DFW is a thriving metropolis with a very young demographic, an eclectic fashion and art scene and vast array of culture and entertainment.
After a little bit of research about Dallas’ best hangouts, we stumbled upon The Simple Sol's Most Instagrammable Walls in Dallas - needless to say, we were in. After all, isn’t location everything? And after a peek at some of these hotspots, we were ready to scour the city with just a picture and a vague caption about where to find it. Sounds like an adventure, right?
Summer is unofficially here – How do we know? Your sunglasses fog as soon as you leave the house – and doing your hair? Not today … Not this month… In fact, wait it it out until October. You can find us in the safety of air conditioned buildings or lounging inside pools. For a pair that prefers the Fall, layering and hot coffee over the scorching temperatures, we do love some of the fun that comes with the increase of the sun. Sitting poolside with pizza and pitchers of some drink concoction we throw together – pool floats – shorty shorts or for me, rompers.
Fun fact – Patricio and I love a rooftop. We feel free, and like we’re on top of the world. When we go to Austin for nights out, you will not find us down on 6th street, but high above the crowds on the various rooftop bars on 4th street. Up until our recent discovery (rather, obsession) of Paramour, nothing in San Antonio filled that need to be on an open roof.
So we’ve got the blues – we’re literally wearing them. If you’ve been keeping up, you’ve probably realized that blue is Patricio’s passion color. All kinds of blue – denim, indigo, cerulean, royal; there’s not a shade he strays away from. My color palette ranges around every other color.
They say good things come to those who wait. Don’t believe in that mentality? Ask Patricio who waited out a cardigan to go on sale at Urban Outfitters for months – and snagged it for 70% off. Don’t pretend you haven’t been there; we’ve all waited for that coveted item that we’d prefer not to pay full price for - It’s just human nature.
While we’re not afraid to step outside of our style boxes, we pretty much have a niche we stick into. Patricio is known for good denim and sneakers, minimal but effortlessly cool. My style is a myriad of prints that shouldn’t work (and sometimes really don’t), mixed with feminine details. But there are days where we mix it up and take inspirations from the other – or even Sugar & Cloth’s very own Color Wall.
There are things that can automatically make you look better – good lighting, a great hair day, the perfect outfit. But you know what makes everyone look best? All of those things in front of an Ivy Wall.