Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back To School Shopping At 5th Avenue Mall

To get started, I was provided a gift card from the 5th Avenue Mall to participate in their fun activities and make a post about it. So really, I did something that I was already going to do (back to school shopping) but now it was combined with fun things for the girls (the picture above is deceiving - we should have probably made them stop chewing their gummy snacks before snapping photos) and then write about it. If you're in the Anchorage area and didn't make it to the event on the 12th, good news! The 5th Avenue Mall will also be holding it on the 19th. If you're just here for outfit details scroll to the bottom. :)

What kinds of fun activities put kids in a good shopping mood?

Well, Sephora gave the girls princess makeup in their favorite colors, The Body Shoppe provided yummy smelling sprays and lotions, and Claire's gave them glittery colored hair and some fun accessories for the photo booth. 

The mall provided free snacks and props for the photos booth. The photo is texted to you which is really nice! There were also some live mannequins modeling clothing, a Susan G. Komen table, and a handy list of which stores are having back-to-school discounts. This weekend JCPenney will be there offering haircuts. The activities are smack dab in the middle of Lush, Nordstrom, and Lululemon so even though we were there for the kids mom was pretty happy too. haha!

The girls were so pumped after their fun they decided they all wanted matching shoes. These ones:

Funny girls.

Outfit deets for me:

Jacket: Zara (here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Necklace: Madewell // Jeans: Paige (here) // Bag: thrifted // Shoes: Chanel (cute alternative here)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Roundup: The End Of Summer

Tank: Madewell (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Skirt: vintage (with cute buttons from Anine Bing here) // Purse: Theory (in velvet here) // Shoes: Bass (similar here)

Well, hello! Long time, no blog. As you can see by the title I'm calling it. The end of summer. So let's see what I wore on the rare summer days it wasn't raining, shall we?

Overalls: Levi's (here) // Top: Anthropologie (a summer favorite! here) // Shoes: Miu Miu

Like these adorable overalls. That are already too big for me. That I purchased to replace the other cute Levi's overalls that were too big. Angry face emoji.

Cardigan: Vince (similar here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Dress: vintage (check Etsy!) // Boots: Xtratuf (here)

The elastic on this dress is shot and the fabric is so degraded that it just permanently smells. It's so amazingly beautiful though that it needed at least one more chance to be worn so beach day it was! A stiff breeze kept the smell away, or at least away from me - I can't speak for the people downwind ;) - and it wasn't a big deal if the bottom got a little dirty from the water and sand. The girls kept asking if I was going to get married. 

 Shirt: Madewell (similar here) // Dress: vintage (check Etsy!) // Sneakers: Target (here)

It's just a vintage dress summer! This dress I've had for years and I realized that I could give it a different look by tying a striped top over it. 

Hat: J.Crew (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Dress: vintage

And another one! This one I found recently at a thrift store in Seward along with some beautiful vintage brass candlestick holders. The holders I'll keep but I'll probably be passing along this dress. It barely fits even after a few months of the weight regulation center of my brain being out of whack. The weight may be gone but that ribcage ain't going anywhere. I still had to wear it at least one day right? Even if I was aware of every bit of food I ate? #fashionvictim

Jacket: Zara (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Blouse: Madewell (in dress form here) // Jeans: Paige (here) // Shoes: Chanel (similar here)

This is my current go-to. When I don't have the energy or patience to figure anything else out, I just wear a different shirt underneath. 

Hat: Nordstrom // Tee: J.Crew (not the same but kind of need this here) // Bag: thrifted // Pants: Zara (sold out already? similar here) // Shoes: Isabel Marant

So I kind of look like crap here but it's actually a photo of celebration. Things have taken a turn for the better and I'm finally optimistic that it might keep going that way. Fingers crossed.

I hope you're having a fantastic week!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Core Capsule Part II

fashion outfits inspiration j.crew hat

Since last year I've lost 20 pounds, the last 10 of it very quickly. I won't talk any more about the catalyst (promise!) but it does bring me to a point where suddenly very little of my wardrobe fits. I'm kind of starting over again. Funny enough last year when I first wrote about the core capsule concept I was going through a period where a medication had made me gain weight and I was going through another wardrobe crisis. You don't have to be in a starting over point to use it, but it sure has been a big reason for me!

Why do I call it a "core" capsule instead of just a regular capsule wardrobe? Because this one isn't meant to be your whole closet. I mean, it certainly could be but I love my vintage/contemporary/designer pieces too much to do so. A core capsule are items that all go together (eliminating the "nothing to wear days") and serve as the foundation to not only showcase my more interesting pieces but make them easier to wear in my everyday life.

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So first what I did was figure out where I spend my time. Sounds so easy but I was still dressing a bit for a life where fashion ruled instead of the reality of being a stay-at-home mom in Alaska. I mean, fashion is going to be involved no matter what but it had to start working for me.

So my list looked like:

Hanging out at home
Working Out
Errands/Kids Stuff
Hiking/Outdoors activities
Getting together with friends

From there I can group things together. I can wear basically the same things for errands and hanging out at home. Working out and hiking. Getting together with friends and shopping/eating out. And obviously there's going to be clothing overlap in all three groups but it gives me an idea of what I need in my wardrobe for the life I actually live.

So what does your day to day look like? Which items do you wear over and over again? Why? What items in your closet do you not wear? Why?

fashion summer outdoors xtratuf boots outfit

The next step was figuring out a color palette. This one was HUGE for me. But I've learned unless you are an amazing stylist who has the energy every day to pull a totally different look together every day (and I envy you!) it's important to have a cohesive palette for your core wardrobe.

How do you pick out a color palette? Go look in your closet and see what colors you're already drawn to. What colors do you decorate with? Look at the things you pin on Pinterest. Heck, what color is your dream car?

I started with a foundation of the neutrals I like:

Black, brown, white, cream

Then added in the colors I've loved my entire life:

Blue, olive

And then finally some colors that are trendy (to me) and can change as my whims do:

Yellow, pink

Everything I buy I try to fit into this color palette - including my hiking and workout gear. Because then I'm guaranteed outfits that go together. I don't have to hunt down that one thing that's probably in the laundry but it's the only thing that matches that other thing that I was planning to wear today.

outfit inspiration alaska cold summer looks

And finally, what's your style?

This one can be tough and hard to pin down. You can try taking a quiz like this one at Style Bee but it's also just easy to imagine yourself in the outfit you feel best in, even if this outfit doesn't exist yet. How do you feel? How do the clothes feel on you? What image do you feel you're projecting?  What would a terrible outfit look like on you? How would you feel? What image would that project?

I tried to get mine down into three words:

Comfortable, chic, and effortless

It's not super specific because neither are the clothes I like to wear. But at the same time it describes how I want to feel, to be perceived. And this description works no matter if I'm on the slopes of a mountain or on the streets of Paris (hey, its going to happen again :) ) Before I make a purchase I ask myself if fits that description, if it's in my color palette, and if it fits into my lifestyle.

If you're still not sure what wardrobe basics you need it might be helpful to look at lists that other people have made.

Hej Doll made a list of a 50 item minimal wardrobe

Or it doesn't even need to be that basic!

Live Love Sara has a packing list for a month in Europe that I think could work
Bonus: She gives 30 outfit ideas using those pieces

Can't you imagine pairing those wardrobe items with different pieces too? The point is that you can use those core pieces to make their own outfits or easily mix them up with other things your drawn to.

Again, all of this could easily apply to an entire wardrobe. If you are just dipping your toes into fashion or would just like a closet with items you actually wear this will also work. Of if you're like me it'll give you a great foundation for those fabulous thrifted and vintage pieces you find along the way!

For part one of the core capsule and more visuals click here.
Other blogs with resources for capsule wardrobes: Into Mind and Un-Fancy

Outfit One
Hat: San Diego Hat Company // Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Shirt: J.Crew // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Sandals: eBay

Outfit Two
Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Vest: vintage (I just need to brag that it's down and I got it for 99 cents. See if you can get lucky on Etsy!) // Thermal: vintage // Jeans: Joe's (here) // Boots: XtraTuf (here - I went two sizes down)


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roundup: An Alaskan Summer

cold anchorage vintage hippie boho capsule wardrobe

Two posts in one week! Woo hoo!

We've been having a very mild summer so far but I REFUSE to wear a sweater or boots (remember the leaves start changing here at the end of July) so I'm just getting creative in wearing my warm-weather things. In layers.

outfits casual anchorage summer
Dress: thrifted // Shirt: Madewell (new favorite! here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Denim: Joe's Jeans (here or different wash here) // Shoes: Toyshop (here, I love this color here too) // Bag: Madewell (similar by Rebecca Minkoff here)

I have worn the regular t-shirt version of this tank over 100 times. I'm serious. So when I saw that it now came in a sleeveless version it was a no brainer to buy. 

anchorage summer inspiration outdoor ootd

Hat: H&M (similar here) // Sweatshirt: Madewell (fun alternative here) // Skort: Athleta (this year's version here) // Sandals: Teva (similar pattern here)

I was so sick in May I feel like I've had a lot of catching up to do! Especially outside since Alaskan summers are spectacular but so short. Missing a whole month of greenery was so hard.

Hat: Madewell // Cardigan: vintage (check Etsy for fun vintage cardigans) // Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Shirt: Madewell (here) // Denim: Joe's Jeans (here) // Shoes: Ananias (here)

I'm basically wearing the same thing as the first outfit but with a different "coat". I'm still working on a follow-up post to the core capsule concept. I don't know why it's taking so long!

alaska anchorage summer casual

Hat: Tula (here) // Dress: Zara (here) // Jacket: Patagonia (here) // Sandals: Chacos (similar here)

I wasn't going to shop at Zara ever again because of their shitty customer service (they double-charged me and sent the second package to a random address, the stranger at the second address must have liked my taste since they didn't return the package. So basically Zara treated a random person to clothes and shoes using my money. They also shrugged their shoulders at their mistake and refused to refund my money.) So now I'll occasionally shop there but only pay using PayPal so that if there's an issue I'm not the one dealing with Zara over it. This dress is part of their Join Life line and is made with Tencel from sustainably-grown forests. 

Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Shirt: Madewell (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Paige (here) // Bag: thrifted // Shoes: Adam Tucker (here

Again, super simple. I've been having to replace a large portion of my wardrobe and while kind of annoying it's also been a chance for me to start over and build a good foundation for my vintage and thrifted finds.

anchorage summer outfit

Shirt: Free People // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Purse: Chloe // Jeans: Paige (here) // Sandals: Prada (similar here)

The Anchorage Nordstrom invited me to an event welcoming Louis Vuitton to Alaska. I really liked a purse, for some reason I can't find it online but it was similar to this one only trimmed in red:

Andrew did ask me if I was coming home with a purse, which I think shows not only approval but an expectation (haha!) of a purchase (purse-chase) and if I were more of a handbag person it would have been coming home with me. I am searching for a purse but a smaller black one. Purse shopping is one of the few areas where I'm super-disciplined in my search. That, and finding the perfect brown sandal.

The blouse I'm wearing is sold out but I never need an excuse to window shop for a white shirt so I gathered up some other options:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Night Boho

 Dress: vintage (last worn here, similar vintage ones here) // Tote: thrifted // Shoes: Adam Tucker (here)

I don't go full boho much anymore but sometimes it's just right.

And sorry for the grainy photos. I had the ISO turned way up for some "night" photos and forgot to turn it down for these pictures. At least it's just outfit photos and not some, like, once-in-a-lifetime bear vs. eagle showdown or something like that.

Have a great week everyone!