Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall/ish Capsule Wardrobe

So I think I'm gonna do it, I think I'm going to try this whole capsule wardrobe mumbo jumbo.  The gist of this to limit your wardrobe to 37 (or so) pieces for 3 months, during which you do zero shopping until it's time to plan for your next capsule wardrobe. 

As crazy as this seems, the whole lack of shopping won't be that hard for me - my 2013 NY resolution was zero clothing purchases, so this should be easy in the purchasing department.  The thing is, I've never really planned much when it comes to my clothing.  For the most part, I stick to neutrals with clean lines and I'm not one for prints, patterns, bright or trendy colors, or embellishments.  However,  I am no a stranger to a little emotional shopping and that's when I get the stuff (usually fitting one or more of the categories I just listed) that lasts a season, if I'm lucky.  Once my confidence is restored, those pieces are the last I reach for.

This past year I've slowly learned this about myself and while I occasionally digress, I've also seen a lot of progress.  Over the past 2 years, I would say I've reduced my wardrobe by around 70%.  I'm going in the right direction but I don't feel like I'm close to finished.

In addition to scaling back, I'm also trying to be smarter and more resourceful with purchases.  Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely willing to splurge on well made, quality pieces but I stalk sales like it's my job.  Additionally, I've recently taken to dying.  These gray jeans had a weird wash on the thighs that was super unflattering but they are the most comfortable pair I own.  Around the same time I was thinking of donating them, I had begun to casually look for some black jeans.  It eventually clicked that I should just dye the ones I already own, problem solved! (They are the jeans I'm wearing in the top right picture below - not jet black but pretty great!)  I now have a robe and blouse I want to dye next!

So that's a lot of blabbing without me really talking about the capsule wardrobe.  Honestly, this challenge has me a little nervous.  I think I may take a page out of Natalie's book and allow myself to do a transition during my first go of this.  It's still pretty warm around here so I'm not really ready to give up my sandals and tanks quite yet.  My goal is to make the swap for some warmer options around Halloween.

I'm also debating the total number I want to land on.  I need to do a bit more planning so I have enough options for work but still be happy with my "regular life" wardrobe.  I like pretty casual clothing so I'm really not a huge fan of professional attire on me but...I gotta do it.  I want to hunt down a few more pieces that can make the transition from work to life a bit better than some current options.

I have no intention of turning this into a fashion blog but I did think it would be fun to share.  I'm so glad I found Caroline's blog!  If you're interested in trying this yourself she has made some great worksheets.  I started my Pinterest board last night which has some recent purchases, lust items, and a few things that are substitutes for items I plan on using.

Who has tried this and how did it go for you?  I'm open to suggestions, especially if you have tips on picking and styling professional and casual attire!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Guest Bath

Our guest bath has been one of those rooms that we really haven't had to do too much with.  After a failed attempt with a pale teal, this list room got the royal Quill treatment like the rest of our first floor.  This is also the first time that I've painted the ceiling of a room the same color as the walls, and I must say that I'm a fan.

I wouldn't say this room is finished but in an effort to share a more real time/real life view on the blog here it is.  Ultimately I would like to swap out that DIY artwork above with something else along with a rug swap, preferably something vintage.

This little window sill is probably my favorite in our whole house.  It's the original marble, but it's the only one in the house that is white.

The frame on the mirror along with the sconces (seen in first picture)  were mis-matched for the longest time.  I'm not sure why they weren't painted the same color but part of the updates for the room included a fresh coat of black paint for everything...you know the oil based kind that is good for metal but bad for clean up?  Yeah...that stuff.  Insert frustrated face here, I got that crap all over me (as I usually do when I'm painting) and it's super fun to wash off...it's opposite day.

Here's something embarrassing.  I couldn't freakin' figure out how to style a toilet for ages.  Seriously. Then on Saturday I was like "lets try the aloe plant in that cruddy pot down in the basement."  Boom. Hashtag nailed it.  At least for my font & aloe loving heart.

I swear, when I take the pressure off of myself to "finish" a room and have it be perfect, everything just seems to fall into place.  Sure I'm still wanting to make a few changes but after three years in this house, I'm realizing that the swap outs and tweaks are just my norm and I'm finally okay with it.  

Oh yeah, and that basket with extra tp may be my favorite Goodwill score ever.  I've also hidden another basket inside of it for trash.  

This definitely isn't one of those brand-spankin-new room reveals but I really couldn't be more excited to share this room how it is now.  Everything is original to the house except that the wall tiles outside of the shower were painted by a previous owner.  We have a few cracked floor tiles but I'm learning that's hardly a thing to flip out about.  

I know this is a little bit different than what you're used to seeing here but I hope you like it!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Art Journaling

If you can't tell, I've been feeling uninspired lately.  Some days I beat myself up over it and others I'm perfectly fine with it.  I realize there is a natural ebb and flow to creativity so I chalked it up to that and went on about my life.

Well, enough is enough.  I want to be inspired!  I want to stop waiting for the perfect moment and just go with it.  So here I am on the topic of art journaling.  Since I would like to work on my photography and writing skills this seems to be fitting.  Once a week, I'll pull a topic from this list, photograph it, and talk about.  I want to challenge myself with the image I capture and how I discuss the topic, but most of all, I really just want to get back to this creative space regularly.

I've kind of sucked at doing any type of series prior to this but I think it has been because I felt constrained.  It is my hope that with the variety of topics and limiting it to once a week I can really stick with it and see some type of success, whatever that may look like.

Wish me luck and feel free to join in and do the same!

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