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My name is Stefanie. I was born on a Greek island but now I live in Tennessee. I am falling in love with minimalistic fashion and this is my life journey.

Winter Wardrobe - from California to Tennessee

Winter Wardrobe - from California to Tennessee

Winter Wardrobe - from California to Tennessee | Stefanie Bodkin of Bangs & Arrows

For the last four years we lived in Los Angeles. If you know anything about the West Coast, especially the City of Angels, you know that it is very hot just about all year round. When we decided to move back to the South (in Chattanooga, TN) at the beginning of August, the last thing on my mind was the weather or my wardrobe for that matter.

I like to think that I am a minimalist. One might not believe me if they see my stack of books, but nonetheless, I do like to own only what I use. Clothes that sit in my closet for more than a month unworn will usually end up in a donation pile.

Winter Wardrobe - from California to Tennessee | Stefanie Bodkin of Bangs & Arrows

When we packed our lives into our two cars and drove across the country, we purged just about our entire apartment; our king size mattress, bookshelves, couch, kitchen....everything was gone. My small 2015 Ford Focus could only hold the bare necessities, books, and clothes. Othello was taking over the shotgun seat, and I could barely see from my rear-view mirror. And so life in TN began when we pulled into my in-laws' driveway that Wednesday night sick from the amount of junk food I had consumed on the road. Looking back, that first month is a blur. I felt like I landed in a new country where rain was a regular thing and everything was somehow always green. People smiled at me every time I drove down the subdivision, and I smiled back assuming they might have just confused me with someone else. I didn't know them! September, October, and November rolled around, and life was starting to feel normal.

By the second week of November, the rain was almost enjoyable. Gloomy weather meant cozying up in bed with my little puppy and a cup of pomegranate green tea listening to Frank Sinatra on Pandora.

Exploring the new city was an exciting thing that I was very eager to do. Chattanooga is a beautiful little town on the border of Tennessee and Georgia, and even though I lived here during my college years, I never got the chance to enjoy it.  In the first few months I used to take my camera and venture into the city at least a few times a week, but when December rolled around, the weather was getting colder, and my California closet could not handle it. I owned one pair of boots and one jean jacket. I love shopping, so off I went to create a new warm wardrobe.

Winter Wardrobe - from California to Tennessee | Stefanie Bodkin of Bangs & Arrows

I began at Target with a few pair of jeans. I always go for a high-rise skinny jean because, even though I am fairly tall, I carry most of my weight in my mid-section. A skinny jean elongates my legs making me look taller and gives me the flexibility of dressing a look up or down. I continued with a few sweaters from Lane Bryant and Old Navy (their discounts were amazing, since the holidays were approaching), and I concluded with a few pairs of booties from Wal-Mart. No shame there, because Wal-Mart boots are affordable and cute! I do have my eyes set on a few pairs of Nisolo shoes, but I must save up because the price of the handmade leather masterpieces is way out of this girl's budget.

Now, all I needed was a coat. A new coat is a big decision in my family. Growing up in Cyprus, my mom will get my sisters and I new coats at the beginning of the school year, and that will last for a few winters. It had to be stylish because, let's face it, who wants to wear a coat for a few seasons that looks out of date. So when I needed a new coat I had to do thorough research. By the time I made my decision it was already Christmas, and my father-in-law gave Daniel and I our Christmas money. I was excited to get this Ava & Viv grey felt coat from Target! Stylish and functional! Winter wardrobe complete! By the time I was done, hubby said "Merry Christmas," and I knew that was all I was getting this year! So that's it friends. Take a look at some of my Christmas gifts, and I cant wait to share the rest with you!

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