Trend I’m Loving: Cactus Print

Along with the dawning of summer, bright and fun prints comes with it.  This year, the print of the season is cactus!  I love the fun takes on the prickly plant, from cartoon-esque drawings, to sequins, to photo prints.  The colors that go along side the cactus prints are some of my favorites: washes of green with pinks, preferrable a blush tone. cactus shoes // cactus shirtdress 

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Creating A Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2: Closet Clear Out

Creating a capsule wardrobe, capsule wardrobe, closet clearoutI never thought that feeling more put together and more stylish would mean getting rid of my clothes, but clearing out the closet has been imparative for me to feel my best!  If you’re following along with the capsule wardrobe creation, we are at step two which is where the work really starts.  It’s getting nitty gritty here with the actual clear out and I’m pretty embarrassed to show you the before picture of my closet.  It had become quite the sty!  But I’m going to get over my pride because it magnifies the end result all the more. 

 The whole reason for going through and culling isn’t to get down to a certain number of items- it’s to know exactly what you have and only keep what you love! 

To start the process, I took EVERYTHING on my side of the closet out.  All of my clothes, even the things stored for other seasons, were piled onto the bed and floor of our bedroom.  Lucy loved going through my bins and pulling clothes and shoes out. Hopefully I won’t be raising a little hoarder of clothes like I have become!  

Then I took a break for my third (or sixth?!) cup of coffee for the day.  This was a very important step of the process! 

Next, I sorted through every single item (clothes, accessories, and shoes) and made the following piles:

-Items I love (this then got sorted into a “wearing now” pile and a “storing for other seasons” pile)

– Items to sell (great pieces that I bought impulsively but never wear)

– Items to donate (things that aren’t in the best condition or the style isn’t going to sell at a consignment shop)

Finally, I placed all of my storage items in bins on one side of my closet and then hung my currently wearing (and loving) pieces.  

This is also the time to make a very specific (and hopefully short) list of things that will maximize your wardrobe.  At this point I had a green utility jacket and a gray chunky turtleneck sweater on my list.  The good thing about having a specific list is you have to take your time when shopping!  Only check the item off if you find something that fills ALL your needs and you love! 

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So, in the end I have under 40 clothing items out to wear for the rest of winter and I love every piece that is there.   I feel very content and and it all can be mixed and matched nicely.  I am excited to see all the outfits I come up with!  
Also, I thought it was so funny- after my clear out, Chase asked me where all my clothes went.  I think I had a pretty decent outcome of decluttering since this was his response! 

(Step 3, Document Items and Outfitting, coming soon!)

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Creating a Capsule Wardrobe, part 1: Define Your Style

Creating a capsule wardrobe, capsule wardrobe, defining your style, minimalist wardrobeCreating a capsule wardrobe is about simplifying not only your closet but also your morning routine.  No more stressed out “I-have-nothing-to-wear” moments when getting ready- wouldn’t that nice?!  I am putting together a mini series here on the blog of the steps I followed in creating my recent capsule.

Before delving into the nitty-gritty of culling the closet, it’s necessary to know what your style is.  Starting a closet clearout or shopping trip to add to your wardrobe without knowing your style and the looks you enjoy is going to result in a wardrobe with lots holes!  

I always gravitate towards Pinterest when I need inspiration, but I also love looking at catalogs and ripping out the actual pages of outfits I love.  I keep an inspiration journal with all my clippings tucked away.  My favorite catalogs to clip outfit ideas from are Anthropologie, J.Crew, Garnet Hill, and Boden.     Sometimes I even just google “the store name + outfits”, like “Anthropologie outfits” and the results are endless!

For my style, I have come to realize I am quite the girly-girl.  I love frills and dresses and skirts and pale colors and sequins.  But I also love adding elements to balance such a look, like oxford flats, chunky knits, or a leather jacket.  So my usual look is a mix of feminine with a classic “bookish” element, like a crisp button down or pencil skirt.  And I love textural elements in an outfit!

Once you gather inspiration and get ideas of your favorite outfits, make a list of what items make the majority of those outfits- is it boyfriend jeans? A pencil skirt? A fit and flare dress?  Consider what you have and what you will need to add to make these outfits.

Here are some photos that embody my style, all from my “To Wear” Pinterest board:  

Step 2, The Closet Clear Out

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