Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Core Capsule Part II

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Roundup: Spring Looks

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Top: thrifted vintage (cute alternatives here or here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Joe's (exact here or different wash here) // Shoes: Ananias via eBay (here) // Purse: Theory (here) // Sunglasses: Le Specs (here)

I'll admit that I'm somewhat vain but it's a very specific form of vanity. I don't really care if I feel pretty, or young, or trendy but I cannot handle feeling frumpy in public. CANNOT. I know that some of my outfits may come across frumpy to others but I don't care. It only matters if I feel frumpy.

So when I lost 10 pounds this past month (stupid Cipro) I had to buy some jeans that fit. My baggy ones I can literally just walk right out of and my fitted ones looked, you guessed it, super frumpy. So it was off to shopping I went! One of the pairs I bought was these Joe's Jeans which is a brand I've never tried before. They're amazing! They keep their shape and don't slowly slide off my shapeless backside LOL. I love they color, the fit, the everything. I'm definitely keeping Joe's in mind for future denim purchases.  I also bought a pair of the Paige Verdugo jeans in black which I also really like. I can't believe I got so lucky in one afternoon of shopping. Usually it takes me forever to find just one pair!

summer anchorage fashion outfits
Hat: San Diego Hat Company (here) // Earrings: J.Crew // Sweater: thrifted (similar here or sort of similar here) // Jeans: Joe's (here) // Sandals: Isabel Marant (here or platform version here)

This is what I wore Memorial Day. I wanted to look a little patriotic and summery and yet still warm.

Sunglasses: Madewell (here) // Sweater: Leon & Harper (here) // Pants: H&M (similar here) // Bag: Madewell (similar here) // Shoes: Target (here)

Still aiming for summery (I went to the girls' school picnic) without freezing. The sun is kind of cooperating but the temperatures not so much.

spring summer anchorage alaska fashion outfits
Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Top: H&M (in short sleeve here) // Overalls: ancient (similar here) // Purse: vintage (love this version of a carpet bag here or check Etsy) // Flats: Chanel (similar here or much more wallet-friendly here)

Crop tops on their own are a little bit of risky game but overalls make them a little less scary.

Top: Zara (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Levis (different wash here) // Purse: Chloe // Shoes: Paloma Wool (here)

Well, in a moment of weakness I ordered the trendiest shirt that ever trended. And since it's cute I'm wearing the heck out of it before it's five minutes of trendiness is up. And if you're interested in these shoes, size up. I'm an 8 in almost every American brand and I ended up with a 39. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wide Leg Pros and Cons

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 Hat: Tula (here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Pants: Madewell (similar here) // Shoes: Isabel Marant (platform version here or this years version here) // Bag: thrifted vintage (such a cute summery version here and pretty tempted by this anthro one here) // Necklace: Madewell (here)

It's a very Madewell kind of day I guess. It's also the time of year where I start wearing a plain t-shirt 90% of the time. I mean, they are very versatile. I'll try to only post the most interesting outfits here or on Instagram, which means the frequency is about to go down down down. Haha! Nice weather just brings out the simple in me. 

So high-waisted, wide-legged pants. Obviously a trend some of us will cringe at in a few years but that's fashion, right? When you're short-waisted like me there's probably a higher cringe probability. 


It can make you look like an old man with your trousers pulled up to your chest.
It makes your rear end look about three feet long.
Short-waisted usually means you accumulate weight around your middle which these can accentuate.


No rear end exposure when doing the mom squat.
Comfortingly holds all that post-baby stomach in.
Lots of leg room.

To get past a little bit of the cons I like to knot my shirt in front making an approximation of a waist (there's a little more stomach showing in these photos than I'd like but eh) and then pull the shirt down in the back a little bit so it only looks like my butt is 2 1/2 feet long.