My Capsule Wardrobe

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You guys – I am sorry. I have been working on this capsule wardrobe and this blog post for WEEKS.

Apparently with four kids, things like curating my wardrobe takes a little bit of a back seat. But I have been SUPER excited to share this with you and I have been LOVING how much simpler life is for me every single day!

So, first up, here is a little video I made explaining what a capsule wardrobe IS and why I decided to do it!

Ok – so once I cleared out all of my unwanted clothing. Everything that just didn’t fit right, had stains I couldn’t fix, or a little hole or rip, I cleared it ALL out!

Once I did that I laid out all my clothes on my bed – shirts with shirts, shorts img_1158with shorts, etc. Then I looked over my wardrobe and funny thing happened. I could see a pattern emerging. I could see a color pallet and style that was emerging, and the pieces that didn’t fit into that pattern were sticking out like a sore thumb. I pulled those pieces out and placed them into a bin. I filled two bins (embarrassing I know) because I also pulled out duplicates. I had several pairs of jeans, but in reality I only really LOVED and wore two of them, so the rest went in the bin. Once I had my “final selections” I looked at what I had. I noticed that I was pretty good in some departments, and lacking in others. I realized that the pieces I was missing were some of the basics.

A good white t-shirt, a black pair of pants, black pumps, etc. It wasn’t a lot of items I needed, but a few KEY items that I was missing and it was keeping me from easily creating looks and outfits with the rest of my pieces.

Once I had my list (there were maybe five items on there) I started shopping. I started looking for the basics. I went into new stores I’ve never been in before, I tried on different cuts and styles and in just a few trips I found the basics I needed.

But could it really work? Could a wardrobe of 30 pieces actually be versatile enough to cary me through life? Is this going to get boring for me?

So I decided to put together a few outfits, and photograph them – I literally came up with endless combinations. Because I stuck to a color pallet (this is a really big deal guys!!! Neutrals + 2 colors, mine are burgundy and navy), because I had the staples I needed, because I got clear on my style profile, I was able to curate a wardrobe that fits me, is comfortable and makes it so easy for me to get dressed in the morning.

 

So, without further ado – here are just a FEW of the looks I was able to put together with the 30 pieces in my wardrobe. I am absolutely in love with this and the whole process!

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Developing a Pregnancy Style

photo credit @mardimasonstylist

photo credit @mardimasonstylist

I used to think it was vain and unnecessary to spend much time on the way I look. Admittedly there are many who take it too far into obsession, but as I’ve been on my fitness journey I have discovered just how powerful what you feel about yourself is. When I feel strong, energetic, put together and cute, I ACT differently. I approach problems differently. It makes a HUGE difference to my demeanor and everything I do.

In addition (and I’ve blogged on this before if you want to check it out click here) we have to get dressed EVERY SINGLE DAY. To have that activity be filled with frustration and stress is just not how I want to start out my day! I want to start out my day being able to quickly and easily throw an outfit together that makes me feel happy, comfortable and pretty.

With my previous pregnancies I didn’t invest well in maternity wear. I mostly borrowed stuff that I didn’t really like or fit well, or I got a few cheap tees and maybe one dress. The result was me being SO miserable not only because I was getting big, had heartburn and was always overheating (being pregnant in a Miami summer is no joke!) but because I just hated the way I looked. It affected me SO much. I remember crying and crying (thanks pregnancy hormones) every time I had to get dressed for some event, or just to go out to on a date with my husband.

This time around I am excited to invest in my pregnancy wardrobe. No I will not be spending crazy money (it is only a few months of my life and I DO think this will be our last) but I am going to get some key pieces and thoughtfully style myself through these next few crazy months.

I’ve compiled some amazing resources on my Pinterest Pregnancy Style board including an fantastic Maternity Style Series from Joy Cho and some incredible articles with practical advice, inspiration and sources for finding great maternity staples.

Click here for my Pregnancy Style Pinterest Board.

Here are the top ten staples on my list:

1) Bootcut jeans

2) Skinny jeans

3) Black pants

4) Leggings

5) Body-con jersey dress

6) White tunic

7) Maxi dress

8) Chambray shirt

9) Basic Tees: White, Black, Gray, Navy

10) Poncho/Jacket

Any advice from other mamas? What were your favorite staples during your pregnancy?

Fall Wardrobe Planning

This afternoon I am doing one of my absolute favorite things: wardrobe planning.

I do this every season (Fall & Spring) and it’s not because I have all this luxury time to spend browsing Pinterest, or all of this expendable income to shop till I drop – nope, I do it because just like exercising, eating and every other routine in my life, I have to get dressed – EVERY day.

Anything that I have to do every day I have to plan and simplify so that I can do it well. Sound crazy? Just stick with me for a second.

Two years ago I was about to give birth to my third baby with a 1 year old and a 3 year old that I still needed to take care of. I realized right then and there that I needed to simplify EVERY daily routine or be ok with eating fast food, never reading my bible or another book again, walking around with an extra 50lbs of baby weight, and staying in yoga pants and old t-shirts all day.

This is what led me to get plugged in with Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix program – it was a system that was simple and told me EXACTLY what to do!

This is why I have created a routine to my early morning hours – I sit in the same spot at 5:30am every morning and I read.

This is why I plan and prep my meals every weekend.

This is why every season I plan my wardrobe.

You can either simplify and make a plan so that your daily activities are automatic and easy to accomplish, or you can try to re-create the wheel every day, find it to be too difficult (especially when life is super busy) and never make progress in any area of your life and be frustrated all the time. (In all honesty, I’m still frustrated sometimes, but WAY less than before!).

So – onto my fall wardrobe! (the good stuff!)

I stumbled upon Into Mind a few years ago – it is a minimalistic blog written by a fashion blogger in Berlin and I just love it. Even if your style profile isn’t minimalistic you will still benefit from her principals and guidance.

Based on her recommendations I have come up with the following steps when I am ready to re-vamp and plan my wardrobe for the next season. Planning my Fall Wardrobe

1) Use Pinterest to re-define your style.
This is pretty self explanatory. You can search for something as simple as “fall fashion” or as detailed as “minimalistic fall looks in Bordeaux”. If you want to check out my Pinterest board for this Fall you are welcome to! Click Here

2) Choose your color palette.
This is my best kept secret! Each season I decide on one (maybe two) colors that I will be wearing – the rest of my wardrobe is all neutrals. This allows me much more flexibility in mixing and matching pieces. For this fall I am choosing Navy and Bordeaux.

3) Choose your proportions and uniform. 
In order to do this you will need to go to your closet and find the outfit that you love the best! Put it on. What proportions does it have? For me and my body type I love wearing skinny jeans and loose fitting tops, I have an easy going, minimalistic style so that guides my wardrobe. Other women may enjoy a more fitted and tailored look, while still others go even more loose fitting and bohemian. Knowing your “uniform” is a great starting point to structure your wardrobe. (If you are looking for some proportion and uniform examples, Click Here)

4) Inventory and detox your close.
This isn’t as big a project as it was the first time I did this, because now I do this every season and it keeps my close paired down, containing ONLY what I love to wear. I like to take a Sunday afternoon to do this and I literally lay out on the floor all of my tops, pants, skirts, dresses and shoes so I can see them all in a group. Anything that stands out that doesn’t seem to fit with the general look of my wardrobe, I pull aside. Anything I don’t love wearing, or haven’t worn in awhile – I LET IT GO! (I know, it’s hard, but you HAVE to do it!).

Here is Into Mind’s quick guide to wardrobe editing.

This is probably the MOST important part of the entire process (and the most time consuming) but it is VITAL! Also, when you do this, your favorite outfits and pieces will start to show you what your uniform and color pallet should be!

5) Identify gaps and make shopping list.
Once I’ve paired down my wardrobe to ONLY what I love and fits, and isn’t stained, or needing a repair, then I take a look at what’s left and compare it to a basic list of “must haves” for the season. (My favorite list, of course from Into Mind, can be found HERE)

So, there you have it, my 5 steps for wardrobe planning. Of course, if you REALLY dive into the blog and all that she has to offer (which you totally should) you will find ENDLESS resources for how to define your style, how to create a mood board and shop for quality pieces. I highly recommend you do so! It may seem like something trivial and a waste of time, but I can’t tell you how great it feels (and how much less stress I have) to be able to quickly and easily get dressed, EVERY DAY and LOVE the way I look and the outfits I have.

The Importance of Defining Your Style

Curating a Wardrobe That Works

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Whether fashion is your obsession, or you dread going to the mall, the truth of it is, we all have to get dressed. Every morning you have to make a decision, which may seem small and insignificant (or may seem like the greatest, grandest decision you will make that entire day), but I would like to argue that it’s somewhere in the middle. What we wear IS important, not only from a practical sense (we need to be covered, modest, and protected from the elements) but also in an emotional sense. What you wear, and the way you feel in what you wear affects your attitude. It effects your emotions and the way you interact with others. It’s a proven fact, and the reason why schools have uniforms and offices have dress codes.

This is definitely an area where you can go ALL OUT and we’ve seen the shows, the rich and famous with their walk in closets that are bigger than my living room. And probably, if we are honest, WE too have quite a lot of clothing in our closets and drawers, but is it working for us? Do you love what you wear? Do you feel like you can go in, put together an out fit quickly? If not, I think it’s because we’ve gotten too complicated. It’s time to make it simple. Here are a few tips that I’ve gotten from this incredible website “INTO MIND”.

  • Get rid of things you don’t love, don’t fit, or have stains…you know, the things that hang in your closet but never get worn.
  • Look at what’s left and try to determine why you love these items, and what shapes, fabrics and colors look best on you.
  • Write out what pieces you are missing or don’t have much of – ie. shorts, blouses, dresses, etc.
  • Start looking online at different stores to see where you might find clothes that fit your style, knowing where to shop is 1/2 the battle, nothing is more frustrating than spending all day in a store where nothing fits you or you don’t like the clothes.
  • Set aside some money (this is important and if you invest well, you won’t have to invest often) and some time (shopping well takes time and patience, but investing in the front end will make getting dressed, which is something you do EVERY DAY, quicker and more rewarding) and get out there and start buying pieces you LOVE.

I would take a look at this website. Even if you don’t LOVE her colors or style, the concepts she shares are super valuable and can set you up to build a wardrobe that works, is SIMPLE and sets you up to conquer the day feeling great about yourself and comfortable in your own skin.