Today is Monday, January 15th. That means that by now, 80% of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions. That’s if you made them at all – in the poll I created on Instagram, 75% of you said you didn’t make resolutions, but instead preferred a “Word of the Year,” a single word or phrase to focus on throughout the year.
I have a hybrid approach that combines the best of both. I’ve developed this method over several years, refining and adjusting the process along the way. I started with classic resolutions I’d make in January, and forget about until the end of the year, and then feel guilty that I hadn’t accomplished what I set out to do, and amazed at how different what I thought I wanted at the beginning of the year was from what I wanted at the end. This method of setting goals certainly wasn’t having much of a positive impact on my life. But I couldn’t give up on the idea.
As you know, I’ve been on a minimalist journey for a few years. I remember feeling that urge to get swept up in the Black Friday fun. Because let’s be honest, shopping IS fun! But having a closet overflowing with junk I didn’t wear wasn’t. Knowing the true cost of cheap clothes on the people who make them wasn’t. Feeling trapped in a materialistic cycle where I never had enough to feel like I was enough was not worth it.
“Mommy syndrome.” The oral surgeon removed the tongue depressor from my mouth, and leaned back in his chair.
I stared back blankly, starting to feel offended. I’d come in for an emergency follow up after my oral surgery a week before, sure that the non-stop excruciating pain was due to an infection, or dry socket, or something that required an urgent medical intervention.
It’s officially fall! Although, for me it was a little anti-climatic, since I started decorating for fall the first week of September. But now, we autumn-aficionados can revel in our favorite season and post too many photos of pumpkin spice lattes while wearing cozy sweaters and boots.
I shared in my Friday Finds post these adorable velvet pumpkins from Target (for $1!) but bemoaned that they only had one color left. After I brought them home, I remembered that I have yards of bright blue velvet in my fabric stash, thanks to the Ikea curtains we bought for our master bedroom that needed about a foot cut off of the bottom to fit our windows. I didn’t have any real pumpkin stems, so I DIYed a cute way of getting around that, so don’t despair if you don’t have any pumpkin stems either. I like the contrast of the hemp twine and velvet anyway; it’s very farmhouse chic.
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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