How I Created A Capsule Wardrobe For My Two Year Old Daughter

First, let me start by saying that I initially set out to write this well researched blogpost with all these time honored tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids.

But, it turns out, there are no time honored tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids. I mean, there are plenty of blog posts on the topic. But the tips out there are kind of terrible. They made me feel hot and stressed out. People make this WAY TOO COMPLICATED. So let me cut to the chase.

This is what went down –  Continue reading “How I Created A Capsule Wardrobe For My Two Year Old Daughter”

How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe Like A Mother

Below is a post I wrote almost a year ago exactly. I’m reposting it because a) it’s that time of year when I start to once again reassess my wardrobe to see what stays and what goes and b) I’ve had some renewed interest and questions from readers.

As I was re-reading the post, I was excited to see that this past capsule wardrobe has been not only successful in terms of giving me clothes that I love to wear, works for my lifestyle, and fits well, but also, this capsule has really freed me from my clothes. I find that I love my clothes for what they are – no more, no less. No more drama over what to wear. No more feeling like I constantly need to add more just because I stumble upon a good deal or see a trend I like. Honestly, I think about clothes so much less and the freeing feeling that this capsule has left me with can only be described as something akin to coming home after a long day, letting your hair down, taking your bra off, and sitting on the sofa in a pair of pants without a waistband.

That kind of freeing.

But there has also been this other result from my capsule that I didn’t expect – when I buy clothes that I genuinely like and that fit well, I choose, like, really awesome stuff. If you saw last week’s post about Four Things I Can’t Stop Wearing, then you saw a few pieces that I purchased recently that are just crazy beautiful/cool/functional/fun. All the words. I’m just appreciating my clothing so much more, mostly because I’m choosing better.

And that’s really what it’s all about, anyway. Better, more deliberate choices.

So anyways. Here is the post about how I created a capsule wardrobe that really, honestly works for me. I’m still using this same one. I’m stilling rocking my “uniform.” I still have some purging and letting go to do. But It’s becoming more and more second nature. Oh, and Bea is still in our closet and I still love it and I’m still using the stand alone wardrobe as my “closet” and I love that too. (Link for that is below). It’s all good.

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So I know I’ve talked about creating a capsule wardrobe in the past, but things have taken a serious and exciting turn in the wardrobe department. Namely, I gave up my glorious, walk-in closet with the built in shoe rack and shelves to house something much more precious than clothing – my little girl.

So my closet is now Bea’s room, which meant it was time to get down to business on this whole capsule wardrobe thing. In the past, I would just pack up whatever didn’t make it into the current season’s capsule and store it in my closet. That, is no longer an option. Not to mention the fact that I was starting to feel physically oppressed by the shear volume of stuff. I had all these things that were still in great shape but belonged to a different me who did different things. A me that no longer exists. Their daily presence in my life just stressed me out. It was time to go. Continue reading “How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe Like A Mother”

Four Things I Can’t Stop Wearing

Earlier this summer, I did something I’ve never done before. I ordered a few items of clothing based on my actual measurements. It was humbling to get out the old sewing measuring tape and to see in black and white your body’s actual circumference, but the result was clothing that fit like a dream and is now my favorite pieces I own. I ordered everything from ASOS, and have provided links to the items/similar items. Continue reading “Four Things I Can’t Stop Wearing”

How To Make Fall 2016 Fashion Trends Work With The Clothes In Your Closet

I’m pretty excited by the fall 2016 trends I’m seeing. But, since I’m sticking with my clothing capsule experiment, I don’t have any plans to do much shopping. True to the essence of building a clothing capsule, I was able to go out and get myself a new pair of jeans to replace the ones that no longer fit, and I found myself a new dress to wear to an upcoming wedding because I gave away my old options. But that will be it for my shopping. No looking for the latest and greatest piece. No searching for clothes to fit a certain trend. For me, it’s always about reworking old pieces in  new ways. It’s about looking at current trends and then heading to your closest, not the mall, to make it work. (Make it work! Oh Tim Gunn.)

I enlisted the help of my friend and local fasionista, stylist, hairdresser, and all around stylish gal – Angie – to help me put together this post of fun ways to incorporate fall trends into your existing wardrobe. Take a look at the great, on-trend outfits we put together without out purchasing anything new.  Continue reading “How To Make Fall 2016 Fashion Trends Work With The Clothes In Your Closet”

Thursday Things I Love: New Hats, Summer Eats, and Theo’s First Slumber Party

Whew! We’ve been busy around here soaking up summer as much as we can. I try to not think about how fleeting these warm days are in Ohio. Must. Not. Think. About. Winter.

We’ve played hard, worked hard, and eaten a ton of great garden fresh food. Take a look! Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: New Hats, Summer Eats, and Theo’s First Slumber Party”

Five Things

1.Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m allll aboard the high waisted jean trend. I can’t help it. I love my low-rise skinnies, but three babies later and I’m just like FOR THE LOVE, will you please just stay up already? I’m in the market for a new pair – one that I can wear on repeat and pair with a variety of styles of tops and shoes (livin that capsule wardrobe life). I’m looking at these jeans and these jeansDon’t let the name fool you, they are so cute! What do you think?  Continue reading “Five Things”

My Current Style & Packing Light

For over two years now, I’ve been working through this whole capsule clothing and minimalistic wardrobe concept. The project has been on hold the past year, however, because it was just too difficult to wrap my mind around while pregnant and newly postpartum. But now, at seven moths postpartum, I’m ready to be back at it.

Recently, we went away for the weekend to New York and I gave myself the challenge of packing minimally, something that I’m not great at, especially when the trip is less than a week. It feels so hard to limit yourself to just what you need for those few days when, how can you be sure?! What if it rains? What if it gets cold?! What if you are unexpectedly invited to a fancy dinner!? (This has never happened, but still.)

Before I left, I read this blog post about packing light and was inspired to give it a try. It made sense to pack items that can be used for multiple actives, and I took her advice to only pack one bulky item (I chose a sweater). I wore the accessories that I wanted for the weekend while traveling, which not only helped me keep my accessories to a minimum, it was also one less thing to pack. I still took two books for a three day trip because, #booknerd. I wore one pair of shoes that went with all the outfits I packed, and only needed to additionally pack a pair of tennis shoes for hiking.  Continue reading “My Current Style & Packing Light”

Five Things

1. It’s Friday, and it feels like Friday. This week flew by yet carried the weight of a full week. The boys have been a handful and Bea has been fussy. But today, is Friday. We have fun plans for the weekend and I’m hoping it will be the refreshment we all need.

2. With this post nudging me to keep things simple and this post inspiring my wardrobe, I’m *attempting* to pack a small number of interchangeable items for our getaway. Stay tuned. If successful, I’ll share my minimal packing list with you. If unsuccessful, then, I guess it’s back to the drawing board. Continue reading “Five Things”

My Beauty Uniform: Sarah Hider

I met Sarah Hider, Miss Ohio 2015, at a fashion show I recently attended. Sarah has a bubbly and friendly personality and instantly makes you feel like you’ve known her for years. She is well spoken with enviable public speaking skills and knows how to handle herself in front of a crowd. Oh, and did I mention she is gorgeous? So. Pretty. The night I met her, she was wearing this hot pink coat that I’m still thinking about. Love.IMG_2765IMG_2827

I asked Sarah to be a guest contributor and she graciously obliged. Today, she is sharing her take on all things beauty and fashion – enjoy! Continue reading “My Beauty Uniform: Sarah Hider”

Friday Five

1. What are your thoughts on smoothies? Delicious or over-rated? I love a good smoothie, although I’m desperate for some new recipes. I made myself a blueberry smoothie and then threw up a blueberry smoothie every morning for my first trimester  with Beatrice.

I’m nothing if not persistent.

All that to say, I have no interest in drinking a blueberry smoothie. Like…ever. This Papaya Mint smoothie recipe sounds yummy, though, and I have the fresh mint growing on my patio! I might have to give it a try. Continue reading “Friday Five”