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Schwarzer Samt

Elisa Schenke from Schwarzer Samt blog talks about her style and blogging as a creative, with minimalist aesthetic. Elise is a fashion marketing student from Berlin, who has grown her online fashion community through her blog and social media.

Being a blogger at this time requires a lot of focus on social media, especially Instagram. I think the importance of social media will accompany us more and more in the next years. For me Instagram is one of the most important social media channels ever and I love it, because the photography aspect is to the fore. As my blog is mainly based on pictures and layouting, I love to use Instagram and get inspired by all the amazing accounts there. But of course, it’s a permanent overload of pictures, inspiration and people at the same time, so it’s necessary to keep the balance between online and offline.

Elisa's Wardrobe Essentials are:

My everyday wardrobe essentials are a black leather jacket, denim in black or blue, a plain white shirt & blouse, a black shirt, a black culotte, a grey oversized sweater and a lightweight black trench. These pieces constitute my basic wardrobe, because everything can be combined, that makes it super easy being well dressed all the time. 


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I think less is more. I notice that again and again: it's easier to live with less, because than you can concentrate more on the things you have. That starts with fashion, goes on with interior and all the stuff in the apartment and also with your work and social life. To me minimalism means to sort everything that stresses or depresses you. Sometimes it helps to clean the apartment from all the things not really needed, but the main thing is to focus on less, but more important things and things that make you happy. Living the "less is more-principle" is not a state, it's a ongoing process. You have to work on it every day and sometimes it works better, sometimes worse. But also the obviously easier things like having a minimal wardrobe or apartment are harder to accomplish than it looks like, especially the apartment. I think every minimalist has a secret corner where all the random stuff is collected, until you have the time to stow it away anywhere.

Text and Contribution by Elisa Schenke (@_schwarzersamt)

photography anais eleni (@anaiseleni)//  Ünal Cynar (@mr.jaycap) //Nadine Wenrich (@dasnadinechen)//Kim Kanert (@lofe)