Colby Mugrabi is a writer, artist, and art collector based in New York. In 2017, she founded Minnie Muse, a blog that explores the intersection of art, fashion, design, and architecture. The name was inspired by the fact that, as a young girl, Mugrabi dreamed of being John Galliano’s muse. As of summer 2020, it was where you could go to read about artist Salvador Dalí’s brief foray into swimwear, or an interview with designer Dries Van Noten’s Airedale Terrier. During the pandemic, Mugrabi decided to pause publishing. Instead, to pass the time while quarantining in her Manhattan apartment, she took up painting, and has since sold her work at the Webster, the Gagosian bookstore, and on her personal Instagram. She was also pregnant with her first child. Below, we spoke about what it means for Mugrabi to “keep it super simple.”
Simplicity to me means thoughtful restraint. It is important not to think of something that is simple as being plain, lazy, or boring – oftentimes the simplest things are the hardest to achieve!
Definitely my paintbrushes – what could be simpler than some bristles attached to a wooden handle?!
Like everyone else, I am constantly at war trying to simplify my inbox and to-do lists!
I don’t know who hasn’t been forced to simplify in some capacity over the past years. Whether it be through restructuring your work life and travel schedule, or adjusting to more time spent at home, I think one of the many lessons everyone has learned is how little you actually need.
I don’t know if this counts as a recipe, since I don’t cook it at home, but my favorite meal is Omakase sushi – a tradition hailing from the masters of simplicity: the Japanese.
Lately, simplicity has fit into my wardrobe quite well, as I have been wearing a rotation of the same Nike sweatpants and vintage t-shirts for 10 months… I’ve felt a bit like Steve Jobs in his trademark Levis and black Issey Miyake turtleneck!
I see simplicity in styling as more of an approach to dressing rather than relating to one’s actual clothing. No matter what you put on, if you haven’t wasted time overthinking it, an outfit automatically becomes simple.
I chose the small KISS bracelet because I see it as the perfect day-to-night piece. If simplicity of style and mind means not having to overthink your outfit, then getting ready in the morning and being able to roll into the evening wearing the same jewelry is the perfect gesture to simplify your day.
Simplicity fits into my beauty routine quite well. I am not a product junkie and rarely wear makeup, so the getting ready process is typically pretty seamless.
My forever muse, Peggy Guggenhiem.
Calling a loved one. Nothing makes you feel better than talking to family.