It’s already been a year since my capsule wardrobe experiment began! Just to recap,last fall, I decided to do another closet cleanse to get back on track and out of the mindless shopping rut. Although, not as quite as drastic as Fashion for Freedom. Capsule wardrobes are often around 30-40 pieces of clothing, 37 seems to be a very popular number. The idea is that you have a set of basic pieces that can mix and match, and then you rotate in 5-6 new pieces for different seasons.
Over the last year, I’ve changed out my capsule for each season, ranging from 30-40 pieces in my closet each month (not counting workout clothes, pajamas, etc.). For this fall, I knew I wanted to shop the clothes I’d packed away last year, but I also wanted to add some updates for this fall’s trends.
Here’s eight trends I wanted to incorporate into my capsule:
These frames look way more expensive than the one dollar that they are! I bought two 8x10s and two 4×6 frames, and I could use a few more.
2. Glasses from Warby Parker
I’ve written about my love for Warby Parker glasses before, but my loyalty was recently renewed after my eye appointment last week. My eyes have gotten worse, a symptom of now being in my late twenties, and they tried REALLY hard to get me to buy glasses in the store. Even with my vision insurance, the glasses were still more than Warby’s, and they weren’t as cute! Nor did they give one pair away when you buy one. The sales lady was skeptical of my $99 glasses, and sniffed, “These are way better quality that what you’re buying online.” I told her they have the same anti-glare, anti-scratch coatings and the frames are acetate – which is exactly what the ones they sell are made of – but oh well. I’m shopping for some new frames tonight, although I might stick with my “Wilkie” frames. Brian called them “sexy librarian” style, and I’m ok with that.
3. Target Dollar Spot Pumpkins and Towel
I always love the fall stuff in the Dollar Spot (or Bullseye’s Playground? Whatever it’s called) bins, and I couldn’t resist the velvet pumpkins. I bought all they had left, three of this light green color, for $3 each. Some stores apparently have navy blue ones, and I’m very jealous. These mini porcelain pumpkins are too cute, and were $1 each. Here’s a link to similar-ish ones online. The towel has stitching in rose gold/copper, so that’s going to look stellar in my kitchen!
4. Zoya Purple Nail Polish
I’m going to the dark side, and trying this on my fingernails. Zoya nail polish doesn’t contain the “big 3” most harmful chemicals. This color is called “Debbie,” and it’s perfect for fall. Tip: if you’re not sure about a bold or dark color, I find that I typically like using it on my toes.
5. Fur Pillow from TJ Maxx
Maybe this pillow looks a little ridiculous, but I don’t care. IT’S SO FLUFFY I COULD DIE. So cozy and soft, it’s perfect for cuddling with my coffee and a good book. Here’s couple more options if you’re interested in adding some texture to your couch: Amazon fur pillow, TJ Maxx patterned fur pillow.
What’s one thing you’re loving? Let me know in the comments!
Today, I’ve been on a self-imposed bed rest as I recover from a second oral surgery ( braces are the worst! ) which gave me time to put together a list of some things I’m loving right now, but not including naps, ice packs, and dairy free ice cream, all of which are on my personal list! Cozy finds:
It’s classy, it’s feminine, it’s pink. It pairs well with the cover of the #GirlBoss book. It pairs perfectly with white and marble and even cement – like a boss who knows how to make stuff happen, but also have fun. Can you ever have too much rose gold? I think not.
So roll up your boss lady blazer sleeves and lets get to crafting.
I love sharing these little lists on occasion of things I’m loving. Here’s some things I’ve recently discovered, purchased, found useful, or been inspired by:
1. My exercise pants – with pockets!
I’ve long envied my sister-in-law’s workout capris with side pockets, and she got them for me for my birthday! I love capris, because they’re not as hot as pants (not wearable most of the time here) but they obviously provide more coverage than typical exercise shorts. But my pet peeve was not having any pockets. These Champion workout capris have a long pocket down the side of each leg that can easily fit a phone, tissues, keys, whatever you need to take with you when working out, or just lounging around the house. And they won’t break the bank.
These have become my got-home-from-work uniform, my working-from-home uniform, and my weekend uniform. Versatility!
2. Face primer
I recently got on a kick of watching YouTube make up tutorials. There’s something facinating and weirdly relaxing about watching other people put on makeup – although most routines are far too high maintenance for me. I was intrigued by the primer concept, especially since so many YouTubers swore by their face primers and claimed that they made their foundation last longer, their make up stay in place even on hot and sweaty days, and generally made their skin look smoother. Since I’m closer to 30 and no longer have the skin of someone in their early 20’s, I decided I would give this a try with the very cheapest one I could find, ELF face primer at Target.
It’s an extra step to my morning routine, but it actually does live up to the hype! Next, I want to try one with “illuminating” properties and see what that does.
When this book first came out, I dismissed it after reading some of the criticism leveled at it. I reconsidered after I watched Sheryl Sandberg’s interview at the Global Leadership summit this year. I was kind of blown away by how vulnerable, strong, smart, and successful she was, and so I bought her book. Every chapter I find myself nodding along, thinking, “Me too!”
Also – I might have a bit of reading to do this fall – my stack keeps growing.
4. The Marie Kondo folding method
I realize how random and nerdy this is – but yes, I’m a big fan of a particular way of folding clothes. Marie Kondo is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and she has a specific method of folding that when done correctly, the piece of clothing can stand up.
I don’t know about the whole “communicating your love and gratitude” through your palms thing, but I do know that my drawers look SO much better, and it’s so much easier to see what I have and find what I want after folding my tees, tank tops, and workout clothes using this method, instead of rolling or stacking them. And seeing Marie’s joy in folding and tidying is just infectious.
5. This mom’s massive home de-cluttering videos
I wanted some inspiration for my post on 155 things to de-clutter from your life, and I found this mom vlogger, Joanna of The Nesting Story, and her first installment of her major house de-clutter. Talk about inspiring! If a mom of four kids (including twins!) can do it, we’ve got no excuses.
To my joy, she posted a part 2 video where she tackles her closet too, and I’m waiting expectantly for the next installments!
In other news, over this Labor Day weekend, I think I’m finally going to take the plunge and try to move this little blog of mine to WordPress (Whaaaaaaat!). Only about 5 years after everyone else – I know. I’m not 100% sure it’s going to work, but if anything funky goes on – that’s why. Wish me luck!
So, that’s what I’ve been loving lately. What about you? Any fun finds to share that have made your life better? Labor Day plans? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. If you’re looking for a challenge this long weekend, it’s a great time to tackle the de-cluttering checklist I posted!
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September is the new January! I’ve told that to Brian so many times in the last week as he’s questioned why I’m de-cluttering, he now just rolls his eyes. Going back to school has permanently ingrained in me the feeling of fall being a fresh start, a time to refocus on old goals and make new ones. Maybe that’s why they say “turn over a new leaf,” because fall … leaves… MIND BLOWN.
Even though it’s still devilishly hot here in Arizona, I’m not going to let it get me down or chill my autumnal instincts. I’m preparing for one of my favorite fall traditions – the purge. Before I can cozy up for winter, I first have to get rid of all the stuff that’s creating disorder, stress, and holding me back from clarity and purpose by its mere existence.
This is a little different from my usual Friday Finds lists. As is probably obvious, I’ve never been too big on the whole Southwestern decor look, despite living in the Southwest.
But last month, as I looked for birthday party themes for Edison, I found so many lovely cactus/boho/southwestern decor items with a little feminine flair, and I just loved the contrast. I wasn’t on the cactus trend before, but now, I’m definitely stuck on it … too much?
I’m looking for creative ways to incorporate touches of it into our house, and put together this little inspiration board.
Summertime arrived in full swing. This year, Brian and I decided to go to San Diego again for our anniversary weekend, leaving Edison home with Grandma. He didn’t mind, especially when he got some special treats – donuts on his morning walks.
Brian and I started our trip off right – we were heading to the beach, so pirate cake pops seemed fitting.
When the Airbnb condo described itself as “steps away from the beach,” it wasn’t lying.
It was also a short walk from Belmont park, where we played mini-golf one night, and rode the rides, including the old wooden roller coaster, another. I almost lost my glasses on the roller coaster, we felt a little sick after eating a funnel cake, Brian got ice cream as big as his head, and the whole thing was wonderful.
I also discovered Acai bowls, and took dozens of foodies that I will spare you.
After searching with faulty directions last year, this year we found Balboa Park! We could have spent a couple days here, but we only had time for the art museum and the automotive museum, and the rose garden.
We briefly ventured into the historical area of San Diego for breakfast on our last day, and checking out some amazing architecture.
It seemed like no time at all, and then we were road-tripping again to California, this time to LA for the fourth of July weekend.
Edison is pretty chill on road trips.
A burger with gluten-free bread and dairy-free cheese – I thought I died and went to heaven.
Edison takes after me and loves the beach, but boy, was it a lot harder to take him to the beach than I expected. Just trying to keep the sand out of his mouth was pretty impossible, much less off the beach towel and out of the food. Next time, I’m going to search for all the Pinterest beach hacks.
Besides our trips, we had some great down time and just fun moments.
He had a great time playing on these, until some other kids came and he found out they could move. That did not end well!
How does this even happen???
I posted on Instagram that I was beginning to understand why parents of two-year-olds sigh deeply. He does the cutest, sweetest things, and then the next second melts into a raging monster I barely recognize. These days are hard.
The sanity-draining whining, the fits, problems resurfacing at daycare, behavior issues that I just don’t know if I’m dealing with it in the right way, and others I don’t know where to even begin dealing with … parenting is just hard!
Lots of ice cream (after he goes to bed) and a sense of humor are essential, I think.
But after a particularly bad day of fits, Edison got sick at daycare and so he had to stay home the day after. He helped me decorate his birthday cakes, which you can see in this post, by finishing off the frosting.
Since it was a sick day, we also got to watch lots of Thomas the Train.
Edison also tried to be a train – scooting across the top of the back of the couch. Unfortunately, he kind of derailed…
I already posted about Edison’s birthday, but one of the presents Brian was especially excited about was getting Edison his first bike. He hasn’t quite figured out how to ride it yet, but he definitely loves it.
Some days it’s still hard to believe we’re parents of a two-year-old. Each day, he learns more words and makes more connections between ideas, and it’s really a joy to see. There’s still plenty of fit-throwing days, and I know there’s many more in our future, but someday we’ll turn around and he’ll be eighteen. My prayer is that we’re developing his character now, with that day in mind. And making great memories in the process!
Once you’ve moved (and here’s 7 tips for making that easier) decorating your new place is the fun part. Unfortunately, that kind of comes last, after the clean-all-the-things stage, and the get-it-functional stage. Eventually, you reach the why-are-there-still-boxes-here stage, but somewhere in there, your house becomes a home. Once again, Casper was collecting these tips, and I decided to join in.
It’s almost a fact of life that once you move to a new place, some of your rugs will no longer fit your new rooms, or you’ll have new rooms with new floors to be covered. I hate carpet with a passion, so rugs are my friends. I choose my friends with great care, which is why it seems to take me years to pick out rugs. And even then, I’m guilty of chronically picking rugs that are too small. Here’s a guide for how your rugs should fit in any room, from Home Depot.
Nothing personalizes your new place like artwork, and when you’re ready to hang things on the wall, you know you’re really settling in. Etsy is one of my favorite places to find affordable art, and also Society6, but I also like finding unique paintings at craft fairs and antique stores, and then customizing thrift store frames for cohesive gallery walls.
But not artwork has to be purchased. In the gallery wall in the entry way, I have a blue jay painting by Brian’s great-grandmother, a framed cover of a catalog, and a free print I found online of eggs, mixed in with flea market and craft store finds, and a DIY moss covered letter.
3. New mattress, sheets, and pillows
When we moved into our first house, we took the opportunity to upgrade our mattress. Because we upgraded from a full to a queen, we also had to get all new sheets and a bedspread. I think we kept the same pillows, but if you’re moving, it’s a great time to evaluate how those are holding up too, and consider having your pillows shipped to your door.
These marble sheets from Urban Outfitters aren’t cheap, but I’m seriously in love with them and trying to figure out if there’s a good way to DIY them. How awesome would these look in a bedroom with rose gold accents?
4. Cleaning Kit
When you’re living in chaos, the last thing you need is to not be able to find where you packed the cleaning supplies, or lose them in the maze of boxes. One of the most useful wedding presents we received was a plastic caddy full of cleaning supplies, like this one. This has been invaluable during all of our moves, and still comes in handy for keeping cleaning supplies corralled and portable.
5. Inexpensive Organizing Solutions
While you’re unpacking and organizing your new closets and drawers is the perfect time to invest in some new containers. My favorite are clear plastic shoe bins. I use them for craft supplies, office cords of all kinds, and of course, shoes. You could also get a little fancy and try some of my painted paper Trader Joe’s bags for storage.
6. A Special Item to Mark the Transition
When we moved into our first house, our realtor bought us a wooden cutting board shaped like the state of Arizona. Regardless of whether you’re upgrading or downsizing, excited about your new place or dreading it, I think marking the transition with something special and celebratory is important. Some people frame keys or a photo of their old house, or you can have a custom portrait made of your new place. My DIY state art would be perfect if you’ve moved out of state. Find something that either pays tribute to where you’re leaving, or celebrates your new beginnings.
Here’s a handy graphic to pin for next time you’re moving: