Thursday, February 15, 2018

Halfway There! 30x30 Wardrobe Challenge


Halfway there! It's been really easy this time, I'm still trying to pinpoint why. Maybe because I haven't been thrifting so there's no temptation to add in new pieces to style? I also feel like 30 pieces is too many for a 30 day challenge, there's two shirts that I haven't even worn yet! I probably should have included outerwear in there.

Anyways, I'll leave the lessons for a much less picture-laden post. Get ready to scroll.


Sweater: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage (check Etsy!) // Jeans: AG (here) // boots: thrifted (similar from Forever21 here)


Sweater: 360Cashmere (similar here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Shoes: Tretorn (in black here) // Beret: old // Coat: Patagonia (similar here)


Sweater: thrifted LL Bean (interesting variation from LL Bean here) // Purse: Chloe // Belt: Madewell (here) // Jeans: AG (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage Bonnie Cashin (check Etsy! You won't regret it)


Blazer: vintage // Tee: H&M (here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Sneakers: Tretorn (in black here) // Coat: Patagonia  (similar here) // Boots: Tecnica (different color here)
(This blazer is a wool/silk blend and it is the softest thing I've ever worn and I can't find anything with that blend to link to. Dang it.) 

Spelling Bee Cheerleader:
Fisherman's Cap: Janessa Leone (similar from Urban Outfitter's here) // Sweater: 360Cashmere (similar here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)
Ice Fishing Field Trip Chaperone:
Hat: Turnagain Mud Co (THE BEST here) // Bibs: Fred Meyer's boys // Snow Boots: Ugg (here)

(My knit hat was stolen that day. FROWNY FACE. Also, snow bibs are hard to find for women. So I stuffed myself into a pair from the boy's section. Making do.)


Blouse: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage (check Etsy!) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Purse: Theory (in denim here)


Dress: vintage (check Etsy!) // Coat: H&M (recent purchase, similar here) // Purse: Theory (in denim here) // Boots: thrifted (similar from Forever21 here)
 (I just feel the need to add that my tights were navy blue that day. Now you know.)

Left:
Hat: Turnagain Mud Co. (here) // Thermal: vintage (check Etsy!) // Jeans: Hudson (here) // Boots: Bogs // Sweater: Zara (similar here)
Right:
Sweater: Zara (similar here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Boots: Frye (here) // Purse: vintage (dream version here or similar here)


Left:
Sweater: Aritzia (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Jeans: thrifted men's 501s // Sneakers: Tretorn (in black here)
Right:
Jacket: H&M // Tee: Anthropologie (here) // Jeans: Hudson (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage
 (I switched in the Hudsons when I couldn't find my H&M skinnies)


Left:
Blouse: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage // Jeans: H&M // Boots: Frye (here)
Right:
Blouse: Anthropologie (similar here) // Belt: vintage MaxMara // Jeans: AG (here) // Boots: Topshop (here) // Sunglasses: thrifted (similar here)


Left:
Thermal: vintage (check Etsy!) // Overalls: vintage (similar here)
Right:
Bandana: vintage (check Etsy!) // Sweatshirt: Sundry (similar from Sincerely Jules here or The Great here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)

You made it to the end!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's Another Good Old-Fashioned 30 For 30

A doctor told me to do a capsule wardrobe.

Now he didn't explicitly say the words, "Jennifer, you need to pick an arbitrary number of clothing to wear for an arbitrary number of days". But it's totally inferred.

So, I feel like all I talk about is my mystery illness these days and I really wish for my health to be the least interesting part of me but it has been a while since the last update so here we go. My body is shutting down. One by one my systems are slowing - digestive, reflexes, liver. My muscles are wasting. My body is acting like my adrenal glands are failing. I have switched doctors and the last three weeks have been a blur of testing. I actually have an appointment today to over the test results and hopefully come out with a plan of action.

So what does that have to do with capsule wardrobes? Well, one of the things I have to do is try not to stimulate the adrenal glands. Avoid anything that makes my heart go pitty-pat. No surfing the internet, reading suspenseful books, watching tv, following news, online shopping, thrifting, aerobic activity, etc. I'm supposed to be simplifying my life, eliminating stress and frustrations. Sounds nice but I'm a person whose brain constantly chants, "GO GO GO GO GO" so this is a real challenge. One I'm up to so far (there was one thrifting cheat).

Ignoring the actual illness, it's been nice these past few weeks. Afternoon crossword puzzles with a cup of tea, naps with my daughter, cooking chicken stock from scratch daily. Ruthlessly weeding out things that we don't use or love. Which brings me to my closet.

Any energy I spend putting an outfit together around a difficult piece or tracking down a pair of pants to go with a particular sweater is energy that could be going towards healing. Pulling at the neck of a top or itching from a scratchy sweater is frustration that could halt progress. Having clothing that doesn't fit staring back at me is a reminder of how far I've deteriorated.

So how 'bout a 30 for 30? I'm a week in and would love to post the outfits later this week but lets start with the pieces first!



Top row:
Sweater: Zara (similar here) // Jeans: AG (here or here) // Jeans: H&M (here) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Men's Jeans: thrifted 501's
Second row:
Skirt: Madewell (here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Overalls: vintage (similar here) // Boots: Frye (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)
Third row:
Boots: Everyone (here) // Boots: this is just a stand-in photo for a thrifted pair but if you like these exact ones they are here // Sneakers: Tretorn (here) // Dress: vintage (similar here) // Jacket: H&M (similar here)

First item of business was whittling it down to 30 pieces. I asked myself the following questions:

Does it fit?
Is it comfortable?
Is it seasonally appropriate?

And I was left with 25 items. 25! Out of a wardrobe crammed with amazing clothes. Stupid illness. Actually, I had tried not duplicating too much so I just added back in more white shirts and cream-colored sweaters. A dress and a jacket for layering, although I think you can kind of tell they were kind of tacked on. Oh well!


Top row:
Tee: J.Crew (love this one here) // Tee: H&M // Thermal: (not the actual photo) thrifted vintage // Ruffle Tee: Anthropologie (here) // Tee: Madewell (here)
Second row:
Sweater: Aritizia (crew neck version here) // Sweater: J.Crew (favorite buy of the season here) // Pink Sweater: Madewell (here) // Sweater Tunic: 360Cashmere (in a hoodie tunic here) // Sweater: thrifted LL Bean (check Etsy!) 
Third row:
Lacy Blouse: Anthropologie (oooh this one might be tough on my wallet: similar here, here, here, and here) // Peasant Blouse: Madewell (here) // Blouse: Madewell (here) // Heart-y Dot Sweatshirt: Sundry (in a sweet ruffle-sleeve here) // Blazer: thrifted vintage (I ended up going with a different camel blazer)

It turned out a little sweet and romantic. Perfect for February I guess but a little surprising for me. I didn't plan on a color scheme either but it kind of just showed up. I know some of the blouses look a little flimsy for a frigid winter month but I can just layer some Uniqlo Heattech underneath if I get cold. We're at that weird time of year where it's negative temperatures outside but on the inside the sun has come up just enough over the horizon to blast us through our southern-facing windows. You have to be prepared to alternate freezing and baking. My skin loves it. That's sarcasm.

So as I mentioned I'm a week in and already 30 pieces feels like too much for 30 days. Like I'm cheating somehow. And then I realize I'm locking myself into something rigid. It's never really been about that arbitrary number, has it?


Update: I've visited my doctor and my reflexes have improved along with a two ounce weight gain (this sounds silly to celebrate but it's the first time since April 2017 that I don't weigh less than the last appointment). My body is too fragile for medications or supplements so I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing (there's a diet and exercise component as well as the try-not-to-make-adrenaline plan) and hopefully this is the road to recovery!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wrapped In A Blanket






Coat: vintage Woolrich (check Etsy for similar) // Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Pants: J.Crew (here) // Boots: Free People (same feel less hairy here)

I don't know what the point of this post is other than to show off dancing in the snow (FINALLY) wearing this vintage Woolrich blanket coat with no makeup on. I guess no other reason needed, right?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

That Ski Bunny Aesthetic

puffer coat snow outfit

puffer coat scarf winter outfit

Coat: H&M (the Moncler coat it's a dupe for here, or H&M's newest fashion puffer here)  // Scarf: old  (similar here, here, or here) // Leggings: Uniqlo (here) // Gloves: Marmot (here) // Boots: Moon Boots // Hat: Turnagain Mud Co. (here)


Every year after the holidays I go into a very ski bunny look. I guess it's just an easy way to look stylish when it's REALLY FREAKING COLD. :) Luckily there's several decades of apres ski looks to mine for inspiration on Pinterest.

Now lets talk about the outfit because this is a style blog and it might be fun to break it down. The coat is old but H&M has a new version out that I'm trying not to be tempted by. Not only is it down but it looks like a sleeping bag. A chic sleeping bag. The gloves are new this winter but I am LOVING them. They're warm but really flexible. I wear them in my Mountain Hardware mitts when it's crazy cold, that way I can still take my hand out to adjust kid's zippers or a camera setting without losing heat. The leggings are Heattech which if you've been following since at least last winter you know I swear by.

And finally the boots. These things are so warm. They can get too warm even. I don't know why they aren't more popular here in Alaska. Sorel is very popular but I'm going to say it: I don't think many of the styles very warm. Cute, yes, but not warm enough for really cold days (except for Caribou boots which I broke down and bought last winter). I think the Moon Boots suffer from their 80's reputation, people seem to recoil from anything 80's. But if you want really warm toes and you're willing to put up with some comments these are so good!

This reads like a book report on my outfit haha! And I almost forgot to mention the blonde! I needed a change although I'm freaking out over the color. I've been a brunette my whole life (I experimented with ruby red and purple in high school but still it was dark) and it's verrrrry weird to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I thought the lighter color would help brighten my face up after this ridiculous year and the accompanying weight loss. And hopefully an outward change to reflect the inward healing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bright Sweaters



Hat: Turnagain Mud Co (here) // Sweater: vintage LL Bean (love this J.Crew one or check Etsy) // overalls: Levi's (here) // Boots: vintage Tecnica (have fun!)

So I tried. This is going to sound absurd but taking outfit photos takes practice and if you don't use it, you lose some of it. Or maybe it's my mind I've lost. It's hard to tell these days.

This outfit is a little "80's toddler in Aspen" but if you'd like to tone it down all you'd need were some skinny jeans. That's how I'm wearing this sweater next time! I'm really digging a bright sweater this winter. You know I've been feeling the 80's for the last few years and I think the resurgence is a lead-in to the '00's renaissance. God help us all.