Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

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Let’s talk capsules! I haven’t shared one here since last spring/summer. Last fall, I had just purchased a few new things and then realized that much of it wouldn’t fit for long because I was expecting. I returned what I had purchased as none of it would be pregnancy friendly and cobbled together a little capsule with my existing clothing that had room to grow. Then I did a small shop at Thyme Maternity at the end of 2016 and that has gotten me through until this point.

As I am due at the beginning of June I knew that I needed a few easy warm weather pieces that are still work friendly to get me through until I deliver. My plan was to choose things that fit well now, can transition me through the end of my pregnancy and then into the postpartum period. I understand that this post will not apply to everyone but I think it’s important to show how useful a capsule wardrobe can be no matter where you are in life. This is a really different capsule for me to put together and I’m excited about the challenge. I’m also looking forward to the simplicity of using a capsule when I’m way too tired/overwhelmed to think about outfits with a new baby. I always feel my best when I feel put together so I’m hoping if I plan some easy options now that will help me through the shock of new motherhood.

A different approach this time around; this capsule will include three very different components:

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Core Closet

  • Casual Dresses
  • Leggings
  • Super Stretchy Jeans
  • Tunic Tops
  • A Light Cardigan
  • My Fave Jean Jacket

In short: things I’ve always loved and know I will wear, that wash well and are unfussy. With an ever-changing body this is not the time to take fashion risks. I do need these pieces to get me through my last month or so of work before maternity leave starts so that had to be considered also. Example: that midi dress above is a non-maternity one but I just wore it to our Easter gathering over my third trimester bump and it worked great.

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Lounge Wear

  • House Dresses
  • Light Robes
  • Pajama Sets

Nothing groundbreaking, just things that will be comfortable and easy for nursing at home but will also be semi-presentable in front of guests if necessary. I haven’t ever focused on these items as part of a capsule but I know I’ll be glad to have them in this new season of life. Example: Tom bought me that beautiful (non-maternity) robe above and I’ve been wearing it since earlier in my pregnancy. I’m hoping it will help inject some glam into things when I haven’t washed my hair in a week and am covered in spit up.

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Active Wear

  • Compression Capris
  • Basic Tanks
  • Printed Leggings
  • A Hoodie or Sweatshirt

This is a component that I plan to finalize when I’m a month or two postpartum; a fun little active wear capsule so I can feel put together while casually dressed. I am also hoping this motivates me to get outside with baby. I’m giving birth at the beginning of summer and I want to take full advantage of that. Example: this distressed blue sweatshirt was a recent Minot find (also non-maternity) and I’ve been wearing it a TON. I know it will work well post-baby and can be worn so many ways.

Some key traits in all of the pieces I looked for:

  • Ease of wash and wear
  • Flattering and forgiving on my changing body
  • Nursing friendly
  • Silhouettes that will work with a bump and without

The biggest thing I’ve learned when dressing for pregnancy is that you probably don’t need to invest in an entire maternity wardrobe. Obviously this will depend on your style, size and shape pre-pregnancy but I’ve found that because I wore a lot of flow-y silhouettes and empire waist dresses those things have been easier to make work throughout. I also love knowing that I can keep wearing my new favourites after baby comes. All the items pictured above are non-maternity and I’ve been wearing them at eight months pregnant so I hope that encourages you if you find traditional maternity clothes lacking, as I did.

That’s about it! I’ve been doing capsules for two years now and I’m still amazed at how much I’ve learned from this practice. It has simplified my life, streamlined my closet and ended my impulsive shopping habits.  I don’t remember the last time I made a clothing purchase I’ve regretted because I truly know what I will wear and what I won’t and that feels like a huge win to me.

Do you capsule? I’d love to hear your tips!

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A Spring Bucket List

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Admittedly, this kind of feels like “Bucket List: Before Baby Comes Edition”. Trying to fit in those last tasks and enjoy our last couple of months before life gets turned upside down, in the best way possible. Here are some things I’m going to be working on:

 

Sew a dress.

This tutorial inspires me.

 

Finish our baby shopping list.

Not too much more to do!

 

Make art for the baby’s room.

We want to make a special piece with our little boy in mind.

 

Give the condo a good deep clean.

I want things to be in good order so I can take everything in this summer.

 

Choose an epic cake recipe for my 30th birthday.

And make it for myself. I have my eye on something from Momofuku.

 

Do a huge donation run.

Making room for onesies and receiving blankets in our drawers.

 

Plan a bunch of freezer meals for when baby comes.

I have always dreamed of doing this, as ridiculous as that sounds.

 

Nap whenever I want, because I hear time is limited.

I have become an excellent napper these last months, if I do say so myself.

 

Make something with rhubarb in it. 

I always crave it this time of year. This recipe piqued my interest.

 

Plan something for our first wedding anniversary.

Or maybe we’ll just have a baby that day?!

 

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2017

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Several weeks ago, I was visiting with my family and reminiscing.

“2016 was a pretty good year, wasn’t it?”, I asked the group.

My youngest sister spat back, “2016 was awful! Are you crazy?”

I know on the face of things, it might seem that way. All I see on social media these days are people complaining about the past year and its hardships, the many celebrity deaths and controversial political happenings. Personally, we watched our Grandma die a horrible death this year. We are still grieving and the holidays can always make those losses feel extra hard. But I can’t help but call out this year on the good stuff, too.

To name a few, in no particular order: I had an amazing girl’s trip with my bridesmaids. I had a lovely bridal shower thrown for me. We got married. My Mom beat cancer. We went on a super relaxing vacation. I started freelance writing, a longtime dream of mine. And then we found out we were expecting a baby. I can’t ignore all of the horrible and upsetting things that happened this year, to many people all around the world. But we have to recognize our blessings too. That’s the only way we can move forward, I think.

Life is overflowing with so much hard and wonderful, often at the same time and I really think we need both to live a full life. That said, I will not meditate on my sorrows, at least not for too long. I will not brush my joy under the rug because when I really focus on feeling grateful for what I have, the “good stuff” list only grows.

New Year’s Eve is my favourite holiday. There is nothing I love more than a clean slate and planning to achieve my yearly list of new goals. Entering into this year feels SO different for me. I anticipate 2017 to be a big year of growth and in truth, I have no idea what awaits me. In some ways, I feel like writing out a list of specific goals would be setting myself up for failure, or at least what I would deem failure. I don’t want to go into this year with a bunch of preconceived notions or expectations because I know that this mindset often leads to disappointment. How many times have we gone into a situation with an idea of how it should look and then felt let down when it didn’t turn out how we expected? For me, that answer is “often” so I’m trying to enter into the coming months with an open mind. It just feels like the right way for right now.

I’m taking on a huge new role in a few months, probably the most significant one I’ll ever have. I’m going to become a mother. I want to sit back and soak up what I have to learn this year. I feel ready to be a student in this new phase of my life. In some ways I feel like I don’t know a damn thing and that’s kind of exciting. I’m hoping this journey will crack my soul wide open and mold it into something new and different. I am fully ready to embrace this path and all of its unknowns. More love, less fear. More grace, less perfection. More peace, less hurry. Time goes so fast and I really want to be present for all that is to come. I want to really learn to savour all the moments of my life, and to own it as mine. That is my personal hope for 2017.

Happy New Year to you.

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