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:
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:
2. Kid 2 Kid: As far as I can tell, this is local to the Phoenix valley, but I’m sure this model exists elsewhere too. Kid 2 Kid is a consignment store for kids clothes, toys, and baby equipment. It’s and affordable and ethical way of getting some awesome clothes. Some of my favorite clothes and shoes for Edison have come from here, including his navy blue moccasins. I’ve snagged Baby Gap sweaters for $5! Here’s my latest haul, in preparation for a trip up north:
Winter coat from Zara: $14.99
Baby Gap jacket: $5.99
Blue and green striped sweater: $4.99
Alpine sweater: $3.50
H&M gray cardigan: $4.99
White softsole shoes: $9.99
I think I’m also going to try selling some of Edison’s old or unworn stuff here, so I can get store credit!
3. Love, Lincoln: Another mama-made shop, they sell everyday clothes for babies, kids, and women. If you’re not lucky enough to find a cute cardigan at your local consignement store, check out the cardigans they sell, in 48 colors!
4. Freshly: First of all, Blue Apron didn’t work out for us. We were paying $60 for three meals a week, and there were no leftovers. But the biggest reason it wasn’t working for us was the time it took to make the meals – each one took at least an hour, minimum, even though the time estimate was 30-40 minutes. The food was also kind of unusual. So, the main goal of saving time wasn’t happening. After I cancelled, Brian sent me a link for Freshly. Not only does the food arrive in a box at your door, but it’s already cooked. It just has to be warmed up in two minutes! It costs less for more meals. It sounds a little too good to be true. Anyone else have any experience with it? Let me know!
In October of 2012, I decided to change my shopping habits. I’d learned that the fashion industry is one of the largest industries in the world, and is also notorious for human trafficking and forced labor.
Child workers, alongside exploited adults, can be subjected to violence and abuse such as forced overtime, as well as cramped and unhygienic surroundings, bad food, and very poor pay. The low cost of clothes on the high street means that less and less money goes to the people who actually make them. – Victoria and Albert Museum
For 31 days, I blogged every week day about the exploitative labor issues involved with “fast fashion.” For those 31 days, I wore ten items of clothing, and auctioned off my other clothes to raise awareness and funds for a human trafficking rescue organization. After that month, I felt incredibly free. I’d realized that I used shopping as an emotional crutch to cover insecurity, and my goal going forward was to keep 100 items of clothing in my closet.
Imagining Edison in this outfit makes me so happy! Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors, especially in January, when we have a few more cloudy days than usual. Although, I’m not really complaining about the weather, since I know most of the country just dealt with Blizzard 2016.
I should mention that as of right now, Edison doesn’t own any of these items, and also this post isn’t sponsored. These are fun finds on my wish list, not only because of how adorable they are, but also the stories behind the products.
This year, one of my resolutions is to get back to shopping ethically. It used to be difficult to find very ethical children’s clothing, but I’ve found so many great shops on Instagram that I can’t wait to share with you!
The slouchy beanie is from NOXX, and is handmade locally, in Scottsdale Arizona. They make beanies of all sizes, with new colors and fabrics all the time. Since he has practically no hair still, I’m thinking that some hats might be a good idea for Edison.
The jersey leggings are from Alexandra Rose, and are also handmade. I wish they came in grown up sizes!
I love the truth on this tiny baby sweatshirt from Camplight Apparel. Every purchase from Camplight Apparel helps feed malnourished children.
These leather loafer shoes are from Potato Feet, a handmade family business in LA. I’ve put several pairs of their moccasins on my wish list.
The colors and patterns in this quilt are stunning! It’s also handmade, from a local company in Mesa called KB Cute Designs. They also make bedding, changing covers, swaddle blankets, and beanies.
Have you found any great local treasures lately? Give them a shout out in the comments!
Sleek, modern, pure, and accented with gold and soft pastels. As much as I admire the Scandinavian look (and Bonnie’s office above is LOVELY) that workspace just doesn’t work for me. I’d feel like I’d always need my nails done, fresh peonies, and a latte in order to work. It’s just not sustainable.
Creativity is messy! However, there’s a big difference between a messy creative process and a messy, chaotic office. Outer calm creates inner calm. You want to be more productive? Clean off your desk. And your husband’s desk? Well, turn your chair so you can’t see it.
Here’s what our office started with: a recipe for mediocrity. Beige walls – check. Bland shaggy carpet – check. Carpet infested with cat fur – also check. Dog won’t stop peeing on said carpet because of said cat fur – check. Tearing out the carpet first thing – CHECK.
Where to even begin?
The balance of serenity and warmth is why I tore this photo out of Better Homes and Gardens years ago. I like the productivity boosting color scheme of blues and grays with natural textures – modern, but with warmth.
I’m inspired by this living room styled by Emily Henderson. The patterned chair, gold and brass accents, contrasting colors – it’s exciting, but not overwhelming.
Apparently, I really like patterned chairs. For my office inspiration boards, I’m going to start there, with a vintage accent chair find from Chairish.
I had a hard time choosing just one vintage chair to be the focal point – this one was a close second. With the centerpiece chosen, we can build outward and make it our own. I took my inspiration in two different ways – classic and wildcard.
For this style board, I started with the BHG photo and added the navy gallery wall from HomeDit, but I also made it more bright and colorful with light blue and yellow.
I like the contrast of the ornate gold frames on the navy background, and the sunny Stockholm rug from Ikea repeats the shape of the mirrors and adds warmth to the floor that’s missing in the inspiration photo. While the desk doesn’t have the weathered look of the metal one, you could always rough it up with sandpaper, if you really wanted.
The magazine files, storage baskets, and light fixture add color, texture, and well, light, to illuminate your excellent organization. As for the print, my decor philosophy is to always add a little something French. You really can’t go wrong.
Party time! These colors feel so happy. Hot pink accents punch up the energy while the pool blue of the desk chair and curtains and white desk keep things simple. The light, pillow, and table add sparkle, but the patterned chair remains the focal point. In this room, I’d use the chair and side table to make a little reading nook.
I showed both style boards to Brian, and guess which one he liked best? He said the second one doesn’t feel like an office. But maybe that’s the point – if it feels cozy and fun, we’ll want to spend more time there.
Although I can see the hot pink being a deterrent for one of us.
I’ll try to post update on what we’ve done since ripping out the carpet soon.
So, what do you think? Would you pick the classic navy, blue and yellow, or go for the wildcard hot pink?
Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below, on Instagram, or Facebook.
I describe my style as classic, with a touch of romantic. Case in point, this chambray dress, that I wore to church last Sunday. E-shakti, a company that specializes in custom made clothes sent this frock to me to try out and share my thoughts. I picked this one, in part, because it bears a resemblance to one worn by my style icon Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday.”
There are several things I love about this dress:
The skirt. It’s so twirly! And it has amazing pockets!
The fabric is a lovely dark navy with a beautiful sheen.
The collar and buttons add nautical flair, which I love.
It arrived crazy fast after I ordered it!
But most of all, I love that this dress really fit me.
As a big chested, small waisted woman, finding dresses and tops that fit well and flatter can be a challenge.
I think for the average woman, buying clothes that are made to fit all body types, lumped into general categories of small, medium, and large, is frustrating. Since most clothes are made to fit such a wide range of figures, they end up not fitting anyone perfectly. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve loved almost everything about a blouse or dress. Except for those cap sleeves, or an awkward ruffle, or the skirt was too long, or too short.
I customized this dress by changing the cap sleeves to elbow length, and the skirt from below the knee, to right at the knee. It absolutely made the difference between an “ok” dress and a dress that I can’t wait to wear again and again.
e-skakti allows you to customize skirt length, sleeve style, and even the neckline on most garments. And the extra cost? $7.50, for any number of changes to a single garment!
Another one of my favorite things about this dress is that I know that the people who made it were fairly paid. Initially when e-shakti contacted me, I was concerned by the fact that they manufactured their dresses in India. But I discovered some helpful information on their website that put my mind at ease:
“No one who is not eligible to be employed under the Indian Government’s minimum age policy is ever employed by our manufacturing units. The Indian government has been progressive, and with India’s increasing affluence, they have been raising the minimum wage stipulation over time. And wages paid by eShakti are typically 50% to 100% over the Indian government’s minimum stipulation. The people who work to make eShakti’s clothes are typically the main wage-earners of their families, and provide for them, including education for their children. eShakti is proud that hundreds of families enjoy the advantages of such employment provided by it. Indeed, it is a part of our organizational ethos and goal to contribute to the welfare of society in India as a responsible corporate citizen and employer, just as we contribute in the USA by creating new jobs as we grow. eShakti’s covenant with its customers is this: we will never allow anything that is opposed to human dignity or the laws of the land where we operate.”
I channeled the grays of overcast fall skies and deep blues and teals of autumn lakes in this outfit.
One of the fall trends I mentioned in the first part of this series that I’m excited about is wearing hats – beanies in particular. Expect to see a beanie explosion as the weather cools off, and consider getting one for yourself that you can feel confident wearing, knowing that everyone with a part in making it, from picking the cotton to knitting the hat, was paid fairly. And as a result of your support, they’re now able to support themselves and their families.
If hats aren’t your thing, try some of the other pieces in this outfit. Not only will you be on trend with the fall blues and grays, warm, cozy, and comfortable, but you’ll also make an impact in someone else’s life. Hi-five!
Despite the still sizzling temperatures here in Arizona, I can’t help but longingly dream of sweaters, jeans, and boots. But whether you’re enjoying cool fall weather or suffering in the heat, you’ll love the fair trade and humanitarian shops I’m going to introduce you to today!
Beautiful and Beloved Boutique
“Beautiful & Beloved’s vision is to make a simple path for you to support individuals freed from slavery who are now empowered to earn a living in a safe, clean and just way.
Not only is our merchandise beautifully made and unique, but each purchase will dignify a survivor of human trafficking or living in extreme poverty…
Each item is hand crafted by someone who is now free to earn and create.”
Find out more on Beautiful and Beloved’s About Us page. Here’s some of my favorite items:
For each bracelet purchased, Give Bracelets feeds one child for one week (21 meals).
“Bracelets with purpose. Give Jewelry is a sustainable movement to provide food for children in orphanages throughout Indonesia. The vision is simple: every bracelet purchased directly benefits kids in need. So no matter what type of bracelet you choose; friendship,charm, leather, beaded, cuff or any of our other bracelets, you’re really choosing to make a difference.”
This shop sells fair trade tees, dresses, accessories, and jewelry from artisans in India, Uganda, Peru, and Thailand.
4 All Humanity is an online private label that offers a finely curated and designed assortment of women’s apparel and accessories from artisans around the world. 4 All Humanity believes in the beauty of helping others, living fully, dreaming big dreams and loving what you do.