Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Outfit 60/61: Eagle T-Shirt, Jean Shorts & Converse

Will you be wearing a new capsule wardrobe on July 1st? I'd love to see it, so link up in the comments! 

Some of the things I'm sewing or thinking about sewing are:

1. Coral jersey maxi skirt - this was done, but I'm changing the waistband.

2. A-line chambray skirt - I cut out the pattern today and I already have the fabric to make it.

3. T-shirt dress - I have the pattern and fabric already.

4. Tie-dyed knit cotton maxi skirt - I have the fabric and will follow an online tutorial.

5. Batik shirred dress - I have the fabric and instructions.

Of course, I'll share as I get any of these completed. Wish me luck and productivity!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Outfits 57, 58 & 59/61

How was your weekend? Our neighborhood had its Fourth of July celebration, including fireworks, so we had lots of fun. 

Outfit 57: Black tank, capri jeans, and sandals.

Outfit 58/61: Blue scoopneck, jean shorts, and Ahnus.

Outfit 59/61: Plaid button-down shirt, capri jeans, and Converse.

I only have a couple days left to wear this capsule. I've decided on most of my picks for the next capsule, and have ideas for several things I'd like to sew. The planning part is pretty fun, and then the wearing part makes life so easy! I think this summer capsule is going to be a good one. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Outfit 56/61: Pin Dot Shirt, Capri Jeans & Espadrilles

So, today I got up early, but so did my daughter! She is such a light sleeper, she heard me tiptoeing around. Getting up early to have time to myself is harder than it seems. 

I didn't go on a walk, but I did work in the yard for about an hour while the kids played and helped Jason. We got some exercise, fresh air and sunshine. Plus we found one tiny strawberry (my son ate it) and lots of flowers and one unwanted rabbit. Nature!

I have less than a week left to wear this spring capsule wardrobe. I better do more work on narrowing down my summer wardrobe. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Outfit 55/61: Black and White Tank, Chambray Skirt & Espadrilles + Habit Formation

I've mentioned that I'm working on developing some new habits and redeveloping some old ones. Why? Habits can make life easier. If something is a habit, you don't have to think about it or decide what to do - you just automatically do it. Forming the habit could take a lot of effort, but once it's in place, it saves you from struggling with the same decision, day after day. 

A few that I'm working on are:

1. Clean up the kitchen every night before bed. I love getting up to a clean kitchen and starting the day more pleasantly.

2. Go to bed early! I'm still working on this one. I would love to be asleep at 10:00 every night and get up at 6:00 in the morning. Then I could exercise while the kids are still asleep, make coffee, eat breakfast, and have a little quiet time by myself before everyone else gets up. 

Some mornings, when I'm hungry and need to take care of myself, but I have to take care of the kids first, and they're crying, whining, and demanding, "Mommy hold me!" "When are you going to get my milk?" "I want the other red cup!" I feel like my whole day is ruined. I miss SO MUCH getting up and starting my day in a happy way. If I get up before the rest of my family, I could have that again. I could eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee, which both increase my patience and good humor immensely. I could have some time to take care of myself before the kids need me. Going to sleep earlier could have a really nice impact on my life, and I'm determined to develop this habit. 

3. Going for a walk every day. It's frustrating to get the kids to go along - sometimes they just won't go. If they will go, they often want to ride their bikes or lollygag and not cover much ground. Or they just want to walk a couple blocks to the playground and then stop to play and then go home. I want to walk for a couple miles and get some exercise. 

I think there are a couple possibilities to improve this situation. I could get up early and go for walks by myself, while Jason is still home before work. Or I could reframe my expectation of walks so that we go on shorter trips (probably to the playground) and I still get the benefit of a change of scenery, fresh air, sunshine, plus the kids get their exercise. I also usually try to climb around on the playground equipment and work on my partial pull-ups, so I'm getting some movement, fun, and exercise, too. 

What good habits are you glad to have? Have you lost any that you want to bring back? Are there any new ones you'd like to add?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Outfit 54/61: White Button-Down Shirt, Grey Shorts & Converse

For this summer, I won't be buying many new clothes. I already have plenty to choose from! But I've been doing a little summer wardrobe daydreaming, and here are some fun things I found:

1) Linen tank top - linen is so cool and breathable for the summertime, and it's supposed to get wrinkled, so you don't have to worry about ironing it.
2) Linen button-down shirt - another no-fuss, lightweight shirt.

3) Joie de Vivre shirt - I like a t-shirt with a French message.
4) Striped Frenchy shirt - why not keep the French theme going with a timeless striped shirt?

5) A-line denim skirt - I have a denim skirt, but I really want an A-line one. I had one from Boden a few years ago, and it was a little too big, and too bulky around the pockets, so I didn't wear it much. I want the perfect version of that skirt. It had really cute contrast color stitching and was just the right length (or at least it seems that way now that it's long gone).
6) Wide-leg capri jeans - these seem very tomboy-cute to me. I like tomboy-cute. 

7) Flared jeans - I don't think I've had flares since high school, and it seems fun to try an updated version.
8) Tote bag - I already have a cheaper version of this bag. It's black on one side and silver on the other (it's reversible). If I didn't have that one, I would choose this one. I love this light grey color. It would go with almost everything I wear.

9) Adidas Stan Smiths - a blast from the past! I had white and green Stan Smiths when I was little, just like my older sister. I thought they were SO cool! If my sister put hers on, I'd wear mine, too, so we could be SO cool together... and she'd see mine and go change. It is NOT cool to match your little sister.

10) Sandals - this is such a great-looking style. It's not perfect for me, since you have to sit down and buckle them. I'm in a stage of life when slip-ons are best, but in my daydream, I have all the time I need to get dressed!

What are you thinking about wearing this summer?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Outfits 51, 52 & 53/61

Outfit 51: Johnny t-shirt, red skirt, and ankle boots. 

Outfit 52: Octopus t-shirt, grey shorts, and white Converse.

Outfit 53: Blue scoopneck shirt, capri jeans, and white Converse.

I hope you had a good weekend! I've been planning my summer capsule wardrobe and daydreaming about what I would buy if I had an unlimited budget and a blank slate. I'll share tomorrow - and I'd love to hear about your summer clothes, too. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Outfit 49 & 50/61

Outfit 49: Johnny muscle tee, boyfriend jeans, and Vans. 

Outfit 50: Grey tunic, leggings, and ankle boots. 

I'm still working on developing the habit of going to sleep at 10:00. Last night I stayed up later than that, but the good news is that I felt sleepy at 10:00! I think it's starting to work.

I keep talking about habit development because I think it's really important for creating the lives we want to have. Minimalism is a habit. Shopping is a habit. Being grateful for what we have, slowing down to be in the moment, and taking good care of ourselves are all habits. It takes practice to establish the habits we want, and sometimes vigilance to keep them going. I don't think I would ever lose the habit of brushing my teeth each morning and night, but meditation and meal planning feel like they will never be automatic for me. Those habits need to be guarded or I will lose them. 

Dressing with a small wardrobe feels pretty easy for me now, but I don't know that it's an ingrained habit yet. I better keep at it. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Outfit 48/61: Jersey Dress & Ankle Boots

Yesterday I tried to go to sleep at 10:00, and I did fall asleep at 10:30, so that's not bad. I really like to stay up until midnight, so it's going to take a while to get used to the earlier bedtime. This morning my alarm went off at 6:00, and I got up at 6:30. Let's see if I can go to bed a little earlier tonight and get up a little earlier tomorrow. 

My first step toward making this change has been to try to change my mindset. I'm trying to tell myself that 10:00 is my bedtime, and if I stay up later, I'm up really late. It helped me last night, and I think it will keep working if I keep thinking it. 

I was able to start my workout early, but I didn't get it done before the kids got up. One thing is, my daughter wakes up easily if she hears me in the morning. The other thing is, I'm not used to getting right up and being active. I'll have to become more efficient if I want to get done before the kids want breakfast. Hopefully that will come with practice, too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Outfit 47/61: Red Tunic, Jeans & Ankle Boots

I'm working on changing some habits, with extra inspiration from the book, Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. The most important change I want to make is to get more sleep. Yes, I started working on this a while ago, but I haven't made it stick. I want to go to sleep at 10:00 and get up at 6:00 so I can have some time to myself before the kids get up. Ideally I will exercise during that time and then have a peaceful breakfast and maybe a shower before the rest of my family is awake. That would be such a great way to start my days.

This is such a tough change for me to make! I love that quiet time after the kids go to bed. I know that I would make better use of my time in the mornings, when I have more energy. At night, I often don't accomplish much. I mostly watch tv, look around online, and feel tired. I'm just wasting time and I'd be much better off sleeping. But in the moment, it's so hard to turn off the tv, close my laptop, or put down my book and go to sleep! I'll keep working on it. I think this habit could lead to a lot of good things, and it's worth the effort to change my bedtime. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Outfits 43, 44, 45 & 46/61

How was your weekend? Ours seemed to go by too quickly, but I did get some gardening time. The kids splashed in their baby pool, which was the best thing ever. 

And here are a few recent outfits:

Outfit 43: Typewriter t-shirt, red skirt & ankle boots.

Outfit 44: Flowered tunic, leggings, and espadrilles.

Outfit 45: Kimono shirt, black and white tank top, jeans, and ankle boots (and strangely shaped hair). 

Outfit 46: Black swing tank, black and white sweater, capri jeans, and espadrilles.

I've got about two weeks left with this capsule wardrobe, so I guess I'll start thinking about what I want to wear this summer. Do you have any thoughts on your summer wardrobe?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Outfits 41 & 42/61

Outfit 41: Black swing tank, jeans, and sandals

Outfit 42: Purple henley, capri jeans, and sandals

I'm almost done with my book about habit-forming (Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin) and then I will figure out which habits I want to work on and report back. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Outfit 40/61: Blue Scoopneck Tee, Chambray Skirt & Ahnus

This outfit is so easy (as most of my outfits are) but it looks pretty chic, I think. 

I'm reading the book Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It's all about developing habits that make it easy to stick to your goals and follow through with the decisions you've made. I think it used to be so much easier to decide something, like eating healthfully for a month, or not spending money, or exercising every day - and then I'd just follow through, of course. I said I was doing it, and I did it. Now I get distracted from my goals or I come up with lots of excuses or justifications for changing course. I am really clicking with some of the ideas in this book and I feel like I'm going to be able to make some good changes. I will keep you updated as I start to implement some of her ideas. 

I really like that she recognizes that everyone is different and she offers different strategies to accommodate different styles of habit-formers. Sometimes I'm more successful at making changes using moderation and sometimes it works better to go full bore or cut certain things completely out of my life. Rubin gets it, and acknowledges that both strategies work - just figure out which one you need. 

I'll tell you more once I've finished reading it. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Outfits 37, 38 & 39/61

Outfit 37/61: Polka dot top, red skirt, and sandals.

Outfit 38/61: Wine t-shirt, jeans, and ankle boots.

Outfit 39/61: Ivory top, ikat skirt, and sandals.

Here's how it's going so far with the bottoms and dresses in my spring capsule:

Jean shorts: mine are from Old Navy and they have no surprises. It's a good workhorse piece, going with anything that's casual.  

Grey shorts: these are a little nicer looking than jean shorts, and they go with almost anything. 

Bottoms for Spring 2015

Capri jeans: these are a great transitional piece for spring or fall. They look good with almost any kind of shoes or sandals.

Red skirt: mine is from Modcloth. This winter, I was sometimes stumped about what color of tights to wear with it. Now it's warm enough that I don't need any tights - phew!

Pleated chambray skirt: this fuller shape is not my most common skirt choice, so it feels fun and different. I've tried to imitate some outfits that have a shirt untucked and flaring out on top of it (it looks great in magazines!) but I can't get it to work yet. So far I only like it with a tucked in shirt, or a shorter shirt. 

Boyfriend jeans: I got mine from Old Navy. They are my go-to jeans, always comfortable (though admittedly not always the most flattering). 

Skinny jeans: Old Navy strikes again, with dark wash jeans that go with everything. 

Blue and white shirt dress: I had this in my winter capsule and am still happy to see it in my closet. I like the shirttail hem and that it's lightweight and breezy feeling.

Jersey dress: mine is a few years old, from Boden. They still sell this style in different colors and prints. This is one of those easy summer dresses that you can just throw on with some sandals. It doesn't wrinkle and doesn't need any futzing. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Outfit 36/61: Baseball Sweater, Capri Jeans & Sandals

What do you do when your air conditioner is broken, and it's rainy and cool for parts of the day, and sunny and warm for the other parts? Wear a crazy mix and match outfit with a light sweater and sandals. Keep opening the windows to let in the cool breezes and then rushing to close them as the rain starts sprinkling in. 

Today we also mixed and matched rainy day and sunny day activities, too: we painted some pictures, watched some cartoons, and then rode bikes to the playground and visited some friends on the way home. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Outfit 35/61: Red Tunic, Jeans & Espadrilles

I'm loving these leather espadrilles. They look so much nicer than canvas sneakers, but feel just as comfortable and slip right on when I'm hurrying out the door. I'll let you know how they hold up.

How about the rest of the shoes in my spring wardrobe?

Naot sandals: the ones shown below are similar to mine, but not the same style. Mine are old, so there's not a current photo on a store website, and photos of mine don't look nearly as nice as this styled, professional photo. Feet look weird in close-up photos, so I'm just settling for this photo of a similar style. 

I really like the brand Naot. Their footbed is super comfortable for me. I've tried several styles Birkenstocks, and I like the look of them, but the footbed is weird. I have long feet and long toes, and their footbed is long enough for me, but the molded toe sections are really short. Where are these people with long feet and tiny little toes? Feet are strange and individual, and Naots happen to fit me well.

Sam Edelman leather espadrilles: these are comfortable and nice-looking. I'm sure I wouldn't wear them for a lot of walking, but some people probably could. They are just flat inside, with no arch support. 

Converse slip-ons: these are perfect in theory. I love slip-on shoes during spring, summer, and fall. It saves a minute or two when the kids and I are heading out to play, run errands, take out the compost scraps, pick flowers, or ride bikes. And they're easy to take off by the door instead of dragging in dirt, sand, grass, or whatever else we got into. 

In reality, these still need to be broken in further. There is something about the last eyelet and the tongue that rubs my feet and hurts them. I have to wear sturdy socks and I haven't worn them for a long walk or anything yet. I hope they will soften up soon so I can wear them comfortably without socks. 

Shoes for May and June, 2015

Converse Chuck Taylors: great shoes, already broken in. 

Ahnu slip-ons: here's another pair that are nicer-looking than sneakers, but quite comfortable. They have a sort of yogini-hippie vibe that I like with some outfits.

Vans Sk8-his: these have a very different (maybe opposite?) vibe. They're skater-punk and need a lot more effort to get on and off. Once they're on, they fit nicely - and good thing, because I don't want to have to unlace them for a while. I do not wear these to any place with a "No Shoes Inside" policy. 

Clarks Spye Celeste ankle boots: I had these in my winter capsule and still really like them. I don't usually wear heels, and these are only 1 3/4 inches tall, but to me that's a heel. These are pretty stable and comfortable for me. My ankles aren't too achy the day after wearing them. They're somewhat pointy-toed but they don't pinch. I probably wouldn't want to walk miles in them, but I do love to wear them with lots of different outfits. 

Are you planning your summer capsule yet? How many pairs of sandals will you include? 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Outfits 33 & 34/61 + Spring Wardrobe Layout

Outfit 33/61: Purple henley, ikat skirt, and Ahnus. This skirt is a freebie, since I made it. It's very lightweight and flowy - perfect for hotter weather. 

Outfit 34/61: Black swing tank, kimono shirt, jeans, and espadrilles. 

And finally, here is my 40-piece spring capsule wardrobe! 

The shoes:

Leather espadrilles
Slip-on Converse
Tie Converse
Ahnu slip-ons
High-top Vans
Ankle boots

Shoes for May and June, 2015

The bottoms and dresses:

Jean shorts
Grey shorts
Capri jeans
Red skirt
Pleated chambray skirt
Boyfriend jeans
Skinny jeans
Jersey dress

Bottoms for Spring 2015

The shirts:

Black swing tank
Black and white tank
Muscle shirt
Constellation shirt
Red tunic
Octopus t-shirt
Typewriter t-shirt
Eagle t-shirt
Blue scoopneck t-shirt
Ivory top
Blue plaid shirt
Polka dot top

Shirts, Springtime 2015

White button-down shirt
Wine shirt
Pink chambray 
Navy striped t-shirt
Purple henley
Pin dot button-down
Kimono top
Grey tunic
Flowered tunic
Baseball sweater
Blue funnel-neck sweater
Black and white cardigan

Having a lot of shirts does two things for me: it gives me options for different weather scenarios (and I've been in the snow and in 90-degree heat this week alone), and it makes me feel like I won't get bored. It's much more appealing for me to dress with a capsule wardrobe when I know I have plenty of options. I always end up with a few pieces that I hardly wear, but having them gives me some sense of security that I have enough, and for now, that's working well for me. It's not a whole closet full of unworn clothes, just enough to help me make the transition to having a smaller wardrobe. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Outfits 29-32/61

How was your weekend? We spent it in Breckenridge, getting snowed on, wandering around the little town, swimming, and just relaxing. It was really nice to have so few responsibilities, and so little stuff to take care of! I feel inspired to fill up another box for Goodwill and make my home a little more like the hotel - all uncluttered surfaces and no piles of things for me to deal with later. I better take advantage of that mindset so I can ruthlessly get rid of clutter. 

And here are my outfits from the past few days:

Outfit 29/61: Pin dot shirt, jeans, and orange Converse.

Outfit 30/61: Navy striped t-shirt, jeans, and Vans.

Outfit 31/61: Typewriter t-shirt, jeans, and orange Converse.

Outfit 32/61: Flowered tunic, leggings, and sandals.