The one where I explain what happened to my winter capsule

I haven’t talked wardrobe capsules in a while. Not to fear, they have not been forgotten 🙂

So, what happened with the winter one?

Welp, I gave it up once I realized that winter wasn’t coming. El Niño crampin’ my capsule-style.

Apparently I live in denial about what the weather ACTUALLY does in htx so I wasn’t able to wear the majority of my warmer fall pieces until after Christmas when we started to get some “cold fronts” blow through.

Soooooo essentially fall capsule turned into winter capsule.

And as much as I love capsule wardrobing I SO need a break from these clothes.

I am counting down to spring and am excited about getting this spring capsule finalized. Here’s to hoping I don’t get idealistic about what Houston springtime actually feels like 😛

Here are a few faves that are coming with me:

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What are you carrying over into spring?

-S

 

 

The one where I talk about how I’m still transitioning into my fall capsule

The past few days have been the first in a LONG while that stayed below 90 degrees.

That can only mean one thing in H-town. Fall.is.here.
(At least for now)
So I’m taking that as my cue to finish off my summer-to-fall capsule transition and hope that this weather sticks around for a while. 
I have some favorite staples and have managed to find a warm weather + cool(er) weather option of each of them. I usually keep one around until the weather motivates me to start wearing its seasonally appropriate counterpart 🙂 

See? This way I can wear my favorites all year long. 
-S

The one where I talk about casual(ish)

I’m a big fan of casual. But I’m also a big fan of not-so-casual. 
Enter the casual(ish) look 🙂 
One of the lessons I’ve learned throughout this wardrobe capsule process is that it is important to consider the day-to-night potential that each piece in your closet has.
This is my casual look with this outfit: flats + simple purse + twisted side bun

However, I know that if I wanted to spruce it up a bit, I could.

Add some lace up heels + cute clutch + intentional makeup/ hair + maybe if the weather permits a cool leather jacket and boom you got yo’self a date night outfit 🙂

Fall 2015 || Capsule 02 || Outfit 03
Top: Old from Marshalls (similar)
Bottoms: Old from Marshalls (similar)
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Old by Steve Madden (similar)
What are some of your favorite day-to-night looks?
-S

The one where I talk about my fall uniform

Once I started going to school, I wore a uniform nearly every day of my life.

(Well, at least until college)

I hated it. No choices. Boo. And #alltheteenagerfeelingsandemoticons
Imagine my surprise when I realized I had adopted a sort of unofficial uniform as a GROWN UP. My go-to look, if you will. 
This is it:

White shirt + jeans. 

Not always the same white shirt or jeans, but the same idea nonetheless.
When I was in high school I used to tease my mom and older sister about how they always wore their “uniform”. 
Turns out its the same one I’m rockin’ now. 
And y’all this bag is awesome. 

Fall 2015 || Capsule 02 || Outfit 02
Top: Old from Banana Republic (similar)
Pants: A&F
Shoes: J Crew
Bag: Free People (similar)

-S

The one where I talk about the magic of a side braid

I’ve been a fan of braids forever (said in that slow sandlot voice).

Probably one of the hardest parts of grownupping has been giving up my cherished pigtail braids…enter the side braid.

This is totally my momma hair style of the moment.
(Actually it’s been my momma hairstyle of the summer, but eh, details, details.)
My sweet sister in law taught me how to twist braid from the top and it’s been my magical, quick, still look sort of put together, go-to look. Here’s a handy tutorial if you want to try it out! One thing I will mention about this tutorial is that she stops braiding once she hits the nape of the neck, once I get to that point I just continue one with a normal braid (not the twist method).
I pair this hairstyle with my park fall fashion look of the moment and am good.to.go.


See how totally together I’m pretending I am? I just hope nobody can tell that it only took me 5 minutes to do my hair 😉

It’s still pretty warm here in Houston, but once it cools down I plan on wearing this with my leather jacket to look all “hip-mom” like.

Fall 2015 || Capsule 02 || Outfit 01
Pants: A&F 
Shoes: Old Navy
Jacket: old from Gap (similar)
-S

The one with my fall 2015 capsule

Woohoo! Fall time!

I.love.fall.

Football, crisp air (or the hope of it), and everything pumpkin spice.

You know, before becoming a momma I was allllll about summer. The Texas heat hardly bothered me at all. However, the game has definitely changed since I now spend a lot more time outside AND pool time is no long me + a book + adult bevvie. Toddlerhood has totally made me realize that more than ever this summer…amiright?

Although it hardly feels like “fall” here in htx, there is the HOPE of it- it just seems to be taking its sweet time to get here.

In this post I’ll be talking about my process this time around in wardrobe capsule-land.

Ok. I’ll just get right to it. Here is this season’s capsule:

Yes, it seems like a lot of stuff…because,well, it is. 

65 items total to be exact.

I know, I know where is the minimalism in that?

But in an attempt to justify my capsule number I will let you know that I went ahead and incorporated my outerwear pieces in the photo/count to see what it would look like next to all of my stuff (7 more pieces) and I have 13 pairs of shoes that I rolled in there as well (because booties) so I blame my total number on those 20 things 🙂

Process

The blog that inspired my clothing capsule (un-fancy.com) uses the number 37 as the “magic” number (9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses, 2 jackets/coats)…obviously I have an issue following that rule so I’ve adapted it in my own way 🙂

Un-fancy.com talks about using a “Rule of 3” when creating your capsule. Deciding a category of clothing and having a basic, statement, and in-between option for each category.

That is how I develop my capsule. Since I include a couple of additional categories it tends to make the “right” number for me a little higher than 37.

I learned a lot from my summer capsule. There were a lot of things I liked about it and several things that I definitely plan on doing differently.

Because of #mombrain I made sure to keep notes on my iPhone as things would occur to me. I’ve written before on the lessons I learned, but one of the main things I took from it was to make sure I was a big fan of the color palate and to make sure the colors I chose were a bit more cohesive (to allow for more mix/match/layer options).

Hopefully this time around will work a little better in that department.

Budget
All of the items with an * are new. If I counted correctly that makes it a total of 11 new items. 
I was a bit surprised at how much fall stuff I had stored away, I was originally anticipating “having” to purchase  a lot more than I did so spending-wise it was definitely a “win.” 
I’m a big fan of buying stuff at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx/ Nordstrom Rack and the like. If I ever shop at a “real” store I usually do it online and take advantage of each + every available discount code 🙂 
I’m not really too surprised that I felt like I needed to buy 4 new pairs of shoes…I am a self-diagnosed shoe addict so when given the license to shop that is the first place I go. 

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So excited to start wearing these! 
-S



The one with summer wrap up part 3 || pieces I’m carrying over

SO ready to start transitioning into my fall capsule… I need a break from some of these summer clothes.

That’s part of what I LOVE about this wardrobe capsule concept. I get a closet refresh every 3ish months or so. 
I’ve started to find this method of intentionality with my clothing to be a bit therapeutic…

I’ll actually be able to transition more pieces into the fall capsule than I expected…largely because I forgot how hot it gets here in the summer and included way too many long-sleeve/layer options in my summer capsule. These are the 8 pieces that I’ll be carrying over; the remainder of the capsule will be made up of items I stored away and a few goodies I purchased. 
Chambray Shirt – Michael Kors (similar)
Drapey Vest – Kut from the Kloth
Boyfriend Cardigan – Old Navy (similar)
Non-Sleeve Button up – Banana Republic (similar)
Boyfriend Jeans – American Eagle
Dark Denim Skinnies – Abercrombie & Fitch
Joggers – Gap

I’ve talked before on how I plan to transition into my fall clothes. (Missed it? Check it out here.) Can’t wait to show you the whole capsule—coming soon!

-S