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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Spring 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

mainAhh, I’ve missed this. The last capsule I planned and shopped for was for Fall 2015. I had a lot of fun with that one and it really solidified the benefits of the practice itself for me. Choosing outfits from a streamlined closet of coordinating pieces that you love just makes life easier. Fall was fun; then Winter came. I had a Ton of Winter-y clothes in storage and decided that I could get through the season with what I already had. However when I actually pulled those pieces out of storage, I wasn’t excited about many of them and the majority didn’t work together at all, with mismatched colors, random patterns and a ton of grey. This made for a season of limited outfits I wasn’t super happy in.

Now it’s Spring. We’re in the throes of wedding planning and a new capsule hardly seemed like a priority. I pulled out all of my clothes again at the beginning of March and did another mini overhaul with what I had but I knew I needed to just bite the bullet and buy a few things. It may seem superficial, but fashion is a form of self-expression for me and I’ve learned that if I neglect it for whatever reason I just end up down in the dumps. The good news? Capsule wardrobes have made me a much smarter shopper and it didn’t take me long to decide on a short shopping list, keeping in mind what I already had and looking back on my 2015 capsules as a reminder on what did and didn’t work for me previously.

Here’s the thing; I could pretty much choose 30 maxi dresses for this capsule and that would be all I need. I love them. They are comfortable, easy to wear and work in a multitude of ways. Hot day? Throw it on and go. Cooler weather? Put a cardigan over it. Beach day?  Wear it over your bathing suit. Wedding? Put on heels and throw on a blazer in the evening. That said, I still like a little variety, especially because our weather is unpredictable and so I chose a few bottoms and tops. A big lesson to keep in mind here; do what works for YOU. I love the look of capsule collages filled with separates but that just isn’t what I like to wear myself and I’ve learned that if I don’t love it, it doesn’t get worn.

After looking at what I had to work with I decided I could use 2 or 3 new dresses, a few basic tanks and a pair of capri leggings. I had one super successful afternoon of shopping and I found everything I needed. I will still keep my eye out for one more dress though. I had a harder time with the color story for this season because most of the maxis are colors and prints that don’t coordinate. That said, I don’t ever wear a maxi dress with anything but a neutral topper of some kind so I didn’t worry about that too much. Here is what I came up with for a color story:

COLOR STORY

And here are the pieces I’ve chosen. Keep in mind that for many of these items I had to choose the closest looking image I could find. The visuals are a bit painful to create but I also find them helpful for outfit inspiration, so until I find better way, here it is:

DRESSES
Dresses:

  • 3/4 Sleeve Black Maxi
  • Army Green Shirt Dress (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black Caftan
  • Grey Tank Maxi
  • Chambray Shirt Dress
  • Sleeveless Black Maxi
  • Blue Ikat Maxi
  • Blue Floral Maxi
  • Pink Floral Maxi
  • Cobalt Blue Maxi (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black and White Printed Maxi

TOPPERSToppers:

  • Lightweight Black Cardigan
  • Jean Jacket
  • Black Shrug
  • Green Print Kimono
  • Black Drape Blazer

BOTTOMSBottoms:

  • Black Capri Legging (purchased for this capsule)
  • Distressed Boyfriend Jean
  • Dark Skinny Jean
  • Printed Soft Pant
  • Black Full Length Legging
  • Hot Pink Midi Skirt
  • Black Midi Skirt

TOPSTops:

  • Nirvana Concert Tee
  • Gray Tank (purchased for this capsule)
  • Navy Graphic Tank
  • ¾ Sleeve Black Graphic Tee
  • ¾ Sleeve Gray Tunic (purchased for this capsule)
  • Army Green Tank (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black Tank
  • Fleetwood Mac Concert Tee

 

As usual, I took photos of everything and uploaded it in my Pureple app and now I’m all set! I’ll let you know how I make out this time around.

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Spring Wish List

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Wish list time! Here are some things I’d like to pick up for the upcoming season:

A new blush. I’ve heard awesome things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay line and there are so many great color options so I may start there. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

Highlighter! So here’s the scoop. I know that I just bought that Lush highlighting cream that I love but I can be on the oilier side in the Summer and this one is pretty moisturizing. I am going to look for a powder highlighter for the warmer months. I’ve been looking at the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders for ages. I want to try one so bad but $52 for a face powder? Eep. I’ll keep you posted if I take the plunge.

A classic black and white striped T-shirt. I’m looking for something lightweight with a longer sleeve.

A full skirt. Last summer I wore a really full party dress to a wedding and I loved the silhouette. I’d like to buy a black skirt version so I can bring some glamour to my work attire.

Easy dresses. I’m a dress gal in the Summer. I’d like a couple of dresses I can wear now with cardigans and blazers and alone when it gets really warm out. The dresses should be light and flowy but not skimpy as I’d like them to be office appropriate too.

New sparkle ball earrings. I’ve lusted over the Bermuda Blue for awhile now.

A hair makeover. I keep debating between getting REALLY blonde highlights or going dark. For some reason I can’t get it together and am always tempted to go dark right when Spring hits, and then it promptly fades in the sun.

A fringe bag. I’m hoping to find a neutral colored, small to medium sized messenger bag that has some fringe on it.

Something with turquoise. I am obsessed with the necklace pictured above.

What do you have your eye on for Spring?

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Recent Obsessions #4

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I know Easter is over but I have a serious question. What is it about an egg shaped treat that makes it taste better? I was telling Tom the other night that I would never buy an Oh Henry off the shelf, but when it’s shaped like an egg? Love.

I finished The Girl on the Train recently and Oh. My. God. I LOVED it! Best book I’ve read in ages. I was totally engrossed in it and read it every spare moment I had, then mourned when it was over. DO IT!

 Tea time! We just bought Berry Poppins and I can’t get over how good it is iced! We also restocked some old faves: Lime Gelato, Birthday Cake and Pom Springs. Oh, and have you SEEN the Birthday Cake White Chocolate bar?! I’m so trying that.

In other drink news, now that Target is closed, finding my beloved La Croix is a full time job. The Dasani Sparkling waters are much easier to come by and the berry flavor is awesome.

Gladiator sandals! I found an awesome pair at Target right before it closed. They are always my favorite Spring & Summer shoe choice.

Remember when I gushed about the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish? I was looking for a nude for Spring and Birthday Suit is perfect. These polishes are fantastic.

Did you see that DQ has a new Blizzard menu?! They have four new flavors that look great; I tried and loved the Salted Caramel Truffle.

Coral anything. As soon as Springtime hits, I can never get enough. I love the Mac Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle and I’ve been dabbing it on my cheeks & lips every day.

I’ve been looking for a lighter concealer with some brightening capabilities and decided to try Rimmel’s Wake Me Up. The formula is super light, easy to blend and definitely useful for making me look more awake.

Have you started grilling yet? Sweet Heat Asian Shrimp is on the menu for tonight. We’ve been dreaming about these all winter long.

One more thing: I’ve been doing a ton of searching for ways to work on my writing. I’ve been looking for courses and have signed up for daily writing prompts to make it more of a habit. I’m feeling really excited about it.

What are you obsessed with these days?

Image via Pinterest

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