Love Aesthetics

August 4, 2013

Daily Necessities

wallet: Comme des Garçons
notebook: Moleskine
wire case: DIY
iphone case: Pantone
bottle: from the Asian supermarket

In the handbag, on the desk or on the bedside, these things are always within reach. A selection of basics that does not vary. I love putting more attention towards finding the perfect versions of these functional objects that have to be used every single day and partly determine the aesthetics of our life.

Having the perfect basics takes away the need to purchase the unnecessary. Knowing that you work best on thick unlined paper for example, could stop you from buying a lined notebook even though the leather luxe cover is beautiful and it is on sale. But no one asks us questions about the way we use stuff and often we forget to ask these questions to ourselves to determine what we need (or really want even). This sounds like a very minimalistic thought, but I think it goes much further; all the amount of products that are thrown at people makes them lose themselves, their own opinion and their own style. People just blindly buy like mindless zombies without even being aware of their own likings, needs and taste.

Enough rant! Also took these pictures because arranging white notebooks with white pencils in a neat way and photographing is my joy in life.

30 responses to “Daily Necessities”

  1. Rahel says:

    The last sentence made me smile. πŸ™‚

  2. Bukola says:

    Haha, that last sentence!

  3. emzgalz says:

    I love the pantone phone case and your plastic carrier! xxx

  4. love the minimalist mind set you share here !

    XX Luba

    Featuring today a posi-tee by Etrala London, see more at

  5. TeuntjeVDW says:

    I couldn’t agree more! xx.

  6. Chelsea says:

    It’s like Things Organised Neatly but 3D! What you say about the confusion about what we really need or even want today is very true, especially in the fashion (blogger) industry. It can be so hard to achieve any real clarity.

  7. Milda Narmon says:

    I really appreciate the way you use everything you have and everything has its place and purpose. No waste, no need to store items that aren’t being used, no fuss.

    Sadly, I cannot say the same about my belongings..

  8. Ik doe dat niet eigenlijk. πŸ™‚ Maar ik kan me wel inbeelden dat een groot deel van onze Westerse beschaving wel zomaar vanalles koopt zonder er bij na te denken. Hoewel, er is natuurlijk ook nog een grote doelgroep die hier totaal niet mee bezig is.

  9. Natalya says:

    Yes, arranging white notebooks and pencils is the way to success and eternal happiness πŸ˜‰
    all your necessities are beautiful! xx

  10. Vincent says:

    You’re right, I got like ten different paper blancs notebooks at home and I never used them. I was just amazed by the beautiful covers and bought them immediately for no good reason. And now they are dusty and forgotton on the top of my shelf. I think that’s a good example for what you just explained here. πŸ™‚

  11. FASHION SNAG says:

    You are so right about this. I have to constantly remind myself when buying clothing especially because I know there are certain things or fabrics I will not use.

  12. Dit hele stukje somt precies op waar ik de afgelopen maand, lees sale en het arriveren van de nieuwe collecties, over na heb lopen denken. Toch is het moeilijk, het niet toegeven aan je impulsen. πŸ˜‰


  13. Marie says:

    Thank you for bringing more “design moments” in our daily lifes.

  14. I just love the way you think. You’re fab!

    Kisses from Canada,


  15. putri soe says:

    Seriously, please tell us what the material of the bottle is made of because i need to try this! My water bottle sucks visually, it makes me look like a kiddo.


  16. Very true and thought provoking. I’ve had no money for a while now and I’ve been trying to keep myself going by thinking of things to buy to celebrate when I get a job finally but I just can’t think of anything. Which is good really I guess the less buy the less you want? The more you buy the more you want. I hope I can keep hold of this thought when I can choose to buy or not to buy.

    Molly x

  17. Chantelle says:

    that pantone iphone case is gorgeous – love how everything is white and black.

  18. justin wong says:

    Id been looking for a white moleskin for ages! I knew Phillip Lim did a collaboration with them and had an ivory one, but I didn’t manage to get it last minute too πŸ™ so guess what my final purchase was……yellow :'(

    Anyway enough about me ranting about not getting the notebook I want and back to expressing how gorgeous this post is! (Y) Love the composition and the lighting! Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  19. ‘Knowing that you work best on thick unlined paper for example, could stop you from buying a lined notebook even though the leather luxe cover is beautiful and it is on sale’

    i totally agree with this

  20. This is great… I love the post!


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  21. Maria says:

    As a fellow (?) minimalist I love this post! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. i’m so happy about finding this blog, it’s so inspiring, different and beautiful, love your posts Ivania,

  23. smiriamstyle says:

    I have no idea how people can survive without notes and pencil or pen. I just have to have stuff to write important and totaly non-important things.

  24. Sarah Sahara says:

    Totally agree!! Less is more and form follows function!

  25. Adelajda says:

    I love this wallet!!!

  26. You totally hit the nail on the head here, and I 100% agree. So often we don’t want to actually consider if an item actually fits into our needs/wants because we’re just looking to pick something up for the immediate little happiness boost of buying. This is a great reminder to be more mindful not just in our purchases but generally in our day-to-day and to be more aware of what is truly a necessity. It’s so important!

  27. Here, here. On point, and beautifully photographed.

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