Monthly Archives: July 2015

07/30/15

Capsule Wardrobe: End of month + what I’ve learned

The first month of my experimental Capsule wardrobing is complete and I feel…

Organized.

More simplified.

Streamlined.

Less stressed.

Stylish.

Creative.

Playful.

Fun.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I would react, or how this would work out, but I am really, really happy that I chose to do this and it is a practice I think I would carry over into other seasons as well.

To be perfectly honest, (because let’s just face it, the whole point of this blog is for me to be honest & vulnerable) July was a hectic month of life for me. One filled with stress, busyness, a lot of here and there and everywhere, times filled with great sadness and fatigue, and also times of great happiness, joy, and laughter. I had hoped to be a better documenter of my Capsuled month, but alas, I was not successful.

What I can tell you is what I have learned.

And, as they say, ‘knowledge is power…’

No 1. The Capsule Wardrobe is simply a tool, not your ultimate style & wardrobe destination.

It is so much less about the actual capsule and more about what it teaches you and what it shares with you along the way.

It is a tool to remind yourself to intentionally take a break and not shop!  Taking these pauses recenters, refocuses, and aids you in making smarter buying choices in the future rather than emptying your wallet everytime you drive by a TJ Maxx with a SALE sign in the front window.

Buy fewer, better items.

No 2. I was more content & more present. 

I never fully comprehended how much of each morning I spent looking through my closet…

then looking back through my closet…

and then doing another cursory glance through the 2 racks before finally determining what I was wearing that day. Such a complete waste of A) time and B) limited brain functionality at 6:30 am.

My 34 item wardrobe, I can honestly say, took the stress and the guesswork out of my mornings. By limiting myself, I was more productive and had more fun.

No 3. When trying to simplify, subtract, don’t add. 

Subtract items from your closet to become better organized, don’t add new items.

Clean out, purge, donate, give. It’s healthy and you will feel so much better once you take that leap. And fully embrace the current, “Useful” clothes in your closet right now- ones that are in season, fit well now, and are appropriate for your lifestyle.

No 4. The simple act of selecting these 34 items helped me to continue to hone my personal style.

I used to buy random pieces that I liked or even maybe ‘loved’ and threw them in with my current wardrobe and expected it to work.

Wrong.

When I was cognizant of picking my capsule pieces and I thought about my personal style.. a lot… I was able to appreciate the pieces that I have (that I absolutely love) and get more wear out of them.

No 5. Diversity! 

Even more unafraid of the mix n match. Colors, patterns, styles, weights, casual, dressy, etc. I have played with my wardrobe pieces more in these last 30 days than maybe ever before.

Embrace your personal style, tailor it down, and then play dress up until you have several ensembles that you can mix and match. It’s so rewarding!

No 6. Development of Confidence. 

Sure. Were there days when I wishes I could break out a different top, a different dress, or jacket?

Of course!

But, it was then I began to realize, even more clearly than before, that the first and greatest impression isn’t made through my clothes or image at all. It’s my smile. My personality. The tenor ad tone of my voice. My Southern hospitality and charm.

Clothe yourself with more than just clothes. Clothe yourself in love, joy, peace, patience, and humility.

So, what are your thoughts about Capsule Wardrobes? 

Ever thought about simplifying your closet (and life) a bit?

I highly encourage you to do so. Just dip your toe in the deep end and try it for a month, or even two.

I am going to recommit to putting together a fall wardrobe later this year and challenging myself in new and different ways. It will be harder for me to pair down all those sweaters, scarves, and boots! New lessons for sure…

xoxo

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07/23/15

Links I’m loving…

And now for another edition of the Top 10  things I am currently loving on the big ole WWW…

Recipes, ideas, products, hairstyles, style tips, & so much more. Let’s just call this one random, hodge-podge post from me to you!

Here we go…

No. 1 

Sweet Emily with Jones Design Co. always has amazing paper products for purchase, but she has certainly outdone herself recently with this amazing Kate Spade inspired line.

july paper works collection all packaged and ready to ship!

Ordering several pieces of it because I can’t help myself. My mom certainly passed along the love of paper to me at a very early age and I have yet to grow out of it.

July paper works collection - pineapple art print + note cards

Thanks Mom!

No. 2

Linking up to an amazing devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries about how to pray through FEAR.

That’s a big one, isn’t it? I know it consumes far more in my life that I would like to admit, but we know that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. Claim it!

1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (NIV)

No. 3 

Can we just pause for a moment and honor the brilliance of this idea from recipetineats.com?

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes - frozen Nutella discs makes it a breeze to make the Nutella stuffed pancakes!

Nutella. Stuffed. Pancakes. Wow! And so easy too!

Add that into your Saturday pancake routine. Your kids, husbands, friends, and/or roommates will go crazy for it! I mean who doesn’t love nutella stuffed anything?

No. 4 

Summer may be all about weddings, but after weddings comes babies!

Throwing a baby shower this summer or fall? This is one of the most beautifully elegant and fun baby shower ideas I have ever seen… a Book Themed Baby Shower!

book themed baby shower / jones design company

From invites, to food, to decor, Emily has it all covered! You should really, really click over and check this out! Great ideas here.

No. 5

Need a new, no fuss hairstyle? Look no further than this twisted top knot bun.

DIY STEP-BY-STEP | Twisted Top Knot

And FYI, it is long, thin, silky hair approved for day 2, somewhat dirty textured hair. A quick and spunky style perfect for Saturday roaming.

No. 6 

Have you heard of this PB2? It’s powdered peanut butter with 85% less far than most brands of peanut butter!!! Genius…

And while you are at it… whip up a quick batch of PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies from SkinnyTaste, because that is what makes life worth living.

PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies | Skinnytaste-curious how these would taste... let me know if you have tried them

No. 7 

I am obsessed with natural canvas tote bags. Always have. And this DIY tutorial for iron-on transfer Library Bags looks so fun!

Who’s with me?!?

No. 8 

Central Park South, NYC in the Fall

Katie and I are jetsetting for a fall weekend in NYC in late October. Saw this on Pinterest and it has some great, fun ideas specifically for girlfriends.

We might have to check a few spots out!

No. 9 

cute pineapple tee

Obsessed with this gray Pineapple tee. Help!!!

No. 10 

And we will end with this little gem on Vicki Archer’s, blogger @ French Essence, Instagram page.

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Amen & amen!  Although, unfortunately, I have to admit it’s easier said than done. But, it’s a good reminder that someone else’s beauty, talents, and giftedness does not detract from your own. The only thing that is ugly, is jealousy.

So, that’s all folks!

Have fun! xoxo…

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