Thursday, April 28, 2016

15X15 #3 Polka Dot Tee, Linen Pants, and Tan Oxfords

Hi guys! Here's the third outfit in my 15X15 experiment. I'm making 15 different outfits from 15 pieces of clothing. See my 15 pieces in this post

This one's super loungey, but has a nice silky top so it doesn't look like pajamas. It still feels like pajamas, though!

My top is from Boden 
Linen pants are from Old Navy
Shoes are by Pikolinos
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See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

15X15 #2 Black Cropped Sweatshirt, Cropped Jeans, and Black Booties

Hi guys! Here's my second outfit in my 15X15 experiment, in which I make 15 different outfits from 15 pieces of clothing (plus one white tank top!). 

I love the crazy shapes and angles of this outfit! What a fun time it is for awkward-length cropped jeans (look how freakishly skinny my ankles look in this outfit!). I've got a cropped sweatshirt, cropped jeans, and cropped boots on, and it feels very modern to me. I'm sure in the future I will look back on this outfit and think I looked crazy, but for now, I love it. 

Black sweatshirt - I made it using scuba fabric and the Linden pattern from Grainline
White cotton tank top from Everlane. I think these are just about perfect. They're lightweight, but they drift away from the body, rather than clinging. 
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What do you think about all these cropped styles this spring?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

15X15 #1 Yellow Cardigan, Green Skirt, and Clogs

Hi guys! Here's my first outfit from my 15X15 experiment, in which I'm making 15 different outfits from 15 pieces of clothing.  

Yes, I cheated by adding a white tank top as a layering piece. I'm not counting plain tanks or tees in any of my capsules anymore, so this is consistent with my thinking about them as freebies. 

My yellow cardigan is from Modcloth. Here's one in a similar color.

This spring, the temperature has varied wildly, which is normal here. It calls for a varied wardrobe, and layers are a huge help. I think I'll get through the 15 days just fine with the clothes I chose for my 15X15, though I might wish for more warm-weather pieces by the end of it!

Are you trying a mini capsule with me? I'd love to see it! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

15 X 15 Experiment

Hi guys! I thought I'd try a fun capsule experiment. I've chosen 15 items of clothing and I'll mix them together to make 15 different outfits. I also added a bonus white tank top to wear under some things. 

Here are the clothes I chose:

Polka dot top

Button-down linen shirt (super wrinkled, but I won't even apologize because wearing linen means never having to say you're sorry about it being wrinkled)

Black and grey striped tee

Cropped black sweatshirt

Yellow cardigan, blowing in the wind

Apricot v-neck tee

Green skirt

Cropped linen pants

Blue linen pants

Cropped flared jeans

Black jeans

White jeans

Tan oxfords, maroon clogs, and black ankle boots

This kind of experiment can remind us of how few clothes we really need. You can make a lot of outfits from 15 pieces of clothing! It can also prove that no one is noticing what you wear. If you wear the same things often, most people will never pay attention. I know there are people out there who notice things like that and comment on it - if you know you have a coworker or whatever who might say something, decide ahead of time how to deal with it. You can say things like, "I love to wear my favorite clothes all the time," or "why don't you worry about your own clothes, weirdo?" or whatever is appropriate to your situation! 

How do you do this kind of experiment? One way is to actually wear these outfits and see what happens. Do you feel bored? Do you feel like you're missing out? Are you embarrassed that someone might think you don't have very many clothes? 

Or do you feel like it is extremely easy to get dressed in the morning? Are you comfortable all the time, because everything fits properly? Do you feel happy because you're always wearing your favorite, best clothes?

The second way to use this 15 X 15 idea is to do a planning experiment. Choose your clothes and then put together all your outfits. Write down what they are, or take photos of the clothes laid out on your bed, or take a selfie of each outfit. Now you have a bunch of ideas of possible outfits ready to go. You also still get the benefit of knowing how much you can do with an extra-tiny capsule wardrobe. 

This could be a great way to plan what to pack before traveling. If you don't need 15 outfits, just cut down the number of pieces you're working with. 

A teeny-tiny wardrobe can also make you mix together clothes that you wouldn't have thought of putting together, giving you more options. It can make you be more creative with your outfits, and that might spread to the rest of your life!

Tomorrow I'll share my first outfit. I'd love it if you want to join me in this 15 X 15 experiment!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Black Tank, Flannel Shirt, Black Jeans and Vans High-Tops

Hi guys! It's cold and snowing here today, so I'm wearing my warm flannel shirt. 

If I wear this on a warmer day, I can embrace the '90s vibe further and tie it around my waist. 

Tank from Everlane
Flannel from Tradlands (save $25 if you use this link)
Black Madewell jeans
Vans Sk8-His

Listening to Nirvana's Nevermind

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Scatter-Dyed Tunic, White Jeans and Metallic Booties

Hi guys! This outfit is a sweatshirt I made with this pattern (I dyed the fabric myself), white jeans, and metallic booties. 

I smell like Philosophy's Falling in Love perfume, which smells like sweet blackberries and is perfect for spring. 

Listening to Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"

I seem to love music from the time I was born. This song is from 1976, the year of my birth. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chambray Shirt, Green Skirt and Tan Oxfords

Hi guys, today I have an outfit that I really like. It's a chambray shirt, green skirt, and tan oxfords. 

The skirt is great because it has an elastic waist, so it's super comfortable, and it has pockets, which are so handy!

Chambray shirt: mine is old, but here is a nice one.
Shoes: Pikolinos Santorinis (I changed the laces).

Do you have a certain style this season? What kinds of looks are you wearing?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Striped Tee, White Jeans, Metallic Booties and Leather Jacket

Hi guys, how was your weekend? We got to have a lot of outdoor time, working in the yard and playing with the kids. Violet made a huge advancement in riding her skateboard, and Bodhi can now hold both feet up and glide on his balance bike. It's so cool to see their development. 

Today's outfit:

Striped Everlane tee, white jeans, metallic booties, and leather jacket. 

This is the Everlane heavyweight tee, which is great for a little cooler weather. I love that it's not clingy. These J. Crew Factory white jeans are a little wrinkly - weird for jeans. My booties are old, but these are cute. My jacket is also old, but here is a cool one. 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Apricot Top, Linen Skirt and Tan Oxfords

Hi guys! This outfit is all about softness and comfort. I've got on a Loft Signaturesoft top, which lives up to its name. Add a linen skirt with pockets, and my Pikolinos oxfords, which fit like gloves right out of the box. I could lounge in this all day, but it doesn't look as sloppy as sweats. Perfect!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blue Sweatshirt, Linen Pants and Pons Sandals

Hi guys, 

Today I have a super comfortable outfit to share. It's my homemade blue sweatshirt, linen pants, and silver Avarca Pons sandals. 

Don't my bookshelves look nice? I went through them all again and found a bunch of books to donate and to pass on to my mom and sister. I think I could get rid of a lot more if I tackle it again on a very unsentimental day. Asking the question, "Will I really want to read this any time soon?" or "Will I really want to read this again?" helps a lot. I have shelves of books that I want to read but haven't read yet, and more books are constantly being published. So I just won't have time to read that many books a second or third time. It's better to let go of the ones that don't sound good to me anymore. I can also let go of that nagging thought that I really should read something, when I really want to read something else. 

Do you have a spot in your house, or a category of things that's difficult to declutter? 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Linen Shirt, White Jeans and Vans High-Tops

Hi guys, here's an official spring outfit. It combines light and dark colors, and soft and strong fabrics. The shirt and pants are light and then I grounded the outfit with black and white high-tops. The pants are a somewhat-sturdy denim. They're not nearly-sheer like some white jeans (but I'd still recommend nude colored underwear). They also wrinkle more than I'd expect from denim. I think it's a bit tricky to find great white jeans, and I'd love to read your recommendations if you've found the perfect ones!

The shirt is super soft linen and I love the length. The weight of it is perfect for spring and summer; nice and light, but not too sheer. Of course it wrinkles easily, but that's part of the freedom of linen - just let it be wrinkly!

This outfit could be much less casual with fancy sandals or flats. I'll probably try that another time.  

With this lighter outfit, I felt like wearing a light perfume and chose Benefit's Maybe Baby. Do you have a signature scent or do you wear different perfumes depending on your mood? I definitely like to mix it up. I like lighter scents and florals in the spring and summer and heavier scents for fall and winter. 

Currently listening to: audio versions of the Harry Potter books. Every chance I get, I listen to a bit more. Now I want to watch all the movies again. I think my kids could maybe watch the first two or three with me. The later ones are too dark!