Saturday, March 11, 2017

My week in outfits...

So, my pictures of all my outfits for the past week. I have one more week to go before I have the two weeks for the Curated Closet's first exercise.



The only two outfits that really stick out to me are the "out to dinner" one in the first montage, because I was excited that I found a camisole to go underneath my white cable knit sweater that I liked, and that I liked how the boots looked. And the "Gothenburg clinic" one in the second montage, because again, I found a way to style the cable knit sweater that I really liked.

She also had us go through lots of pictures of different outfits online and see what kinds of things we like or are drawn to. Then look through them and make some observations. I did this last weekend while Charlie was gone. This is what my worksheet looked like:

Overall Vibe: sporty and comfortable at home, preppy and professional at work
Items: Skinny jeans, trousers, ankle pants, jeans. Chambray shirts, chunky sweaters, crew neck sweaters, sandals, sneakers, flats
Colors: Navy blue, denim, black, grey, camel, red, coral, stripes, blues in general
Silhouettes: Open cardigan, layers, skinny jeans with loose top/sweater, blazers, palazzo pants, puffy vests, chambray shirts
Materials: Cotton, wool, lace detailing, denim
Styling: layers, natural makeup, simple jewelry

A few observations - I actually  had a lot less color and statement jewelry than I thought I would have. I don't know if this is because my overall style is changing a bit, or because that is what I like on other people, but on me is a different story. I liked a lot of outfits that had a pop of color, but not necessarily a lot of color. Like coral shorts with an chambray shirt and brown sandals. I had a lot of palazzo pants in there, actually, which I also thought was interesting. But they fit and look similar to the linen pants that I've had since high school that I love and are unfortunately starting to wear out in the crotch.


I have one more week of keeping track of my outfits. Then there are some questions to answer about that. The next step is to go to a big department store or mall and try on literally everything. And not buy one piece. The idea is to see what you like. What looks good on you. What outfit combinations you actually really like on you, and what silhouettes are flattering to you. She gives you a list of different styles to try out. 


Since North Platte has just a million different stores to shop at <ahem> yeah right <ahem>, I'm hoping to take an afternoon while we are in Palm Springs and go to the mall and do some of this. Charlie seemed supportive, especially when I told him that my job was to go and try a bunch of stuff on but that there was a strict rule to not buy anything, haha.



Friday, March 3, 2017

Curated Closet

So I finally got The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees. I've been eyeing it since it came out a few months ago, but didn't really have a good excuse to get it. But as I've sort of been hitting a plateau with my wardrobe, I thought this might help me to push through. I've only read the first few chapters, but I am hopeful. One of the things I find so hard is that you see examples of all these "capsule wardrobes" on Pinterest and the internet. And that is all well and good. That works for that person. But in reality, that doesn't really work for me. The pins that tell you you need X number of shirts and Y number of pants, always fall short. The inevitably were made by someone who is not a physician by day and does not live in Nebraska where it can be 70* this week and below freezing the next.

And she addresses this early on in her book. She says that there are no short cuts. Creating a curated closet is about finding yourself. Finding your own personal style. Not what is in style right now, but what is your own personal style? What do you like to wear? What looks good on you? What colors do you like to wear? And this is a very personal thing. Which is why when you try to put on someone else's personally styled wardrobe it feels all wrong.

But it's not as easy as just pick out 5 shirts and 4 pairs of pants, either. Which is the hard part. It really isn't about the number of items. It is about having items that fit well, are made well, and that you love to wear. Because when you love your clothes and how you feel in them, getting dressed in the morning is easy.

The first few chapters are all about finding your own style. The first exercise she tells you to do is to take a picture of yourself in every outfit you wear for a week. Well, I'm two days in, but I figured here was as good a place as any to share what I've got so far.

Thursday morning I didn't have to work. So we got up and worked out, then we went to get Teddy a passport and grab a quick breakfast at the Espresso Shop.


I'm only a little bit embarrassed to say I wore my workout clothes out to do all of that. After I got home and showered, I changed into this sweater/sweatpant combo. This sweater is one of the ones I got after Christmas. It came and was a lot shorter than I was anticipating. Its' not a bad thing, but I feel like I bear my midrift more often than I'd like. So I may have to get rid of it, but that is so, so hard for me to do when I just bought it. And I like the color and the cable knit.

That afternoon I went to work, and I wore this:


You can't really see, but it's a blue cashmere sweater from Everlane (only $100) and floral ankle pants. I really like these pants, I got them at D.Diff after Max was born, but they are too big. I'm going to wash them again to see if the fit is any better, but if not, they'll probably have to go.

Then yesterday I got my newest Trunk Club. I'm still going through trying to decide on things, but one thing that was a for sure YES was this chambray shirt from J. Crew. It fits perfectly and it looks amazing on and I can't believe I've gone this long without a chambray shirt.


This was how I went to work this morning, and I loved this outfit. It looked great and was very comfortable. When I got home this afternoon I just switched out the pants and lost the blazer and was ready to take care of my boys.


I'm still sort of torn on the sneakers, but I'm leaning towards keeping them. I think they'll be pretty dang functional, they are comfortable, and they won't go out of style. I think I'll be able to wear them with many things. But they are sort of taking the place of my TOMS. Not that I don't have any TOMS anymore, because Lord knows I do, but they sort of serve the same function. Though they are a bit ore all weather than the TOMS. Just trying to decide if I want to keep the sneakers or if the TOMS I have already serve this purpose.

So, I probably won't post every outfit for the whole two weeks. Partly because no one wants to see that, but partly because I probably won't have time. But, I'm liking the book. After you take your pictures for two weeks you are supposed to really analyze what you wear and why. She emphasizes your life style. What kinds of clothes do you actually wear. This is a big one for me because there are lots of beautiful clothes that I'd like to have that I just won't have any place to wear them to here in Nebraska.

She also tells you to start looking for inspiration. Pinterest, style magazines, style blogs, etc... So that is what I'm going to go now before I go to bed. Inspiration :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Books

One place that I constantly feel like we have too much, but at the same time would argue that it is OK, is books. Mostly books for our kids. Because, reading to them is so important. And a new book is always a good thing. But then we have so many books, we often keep many of them away, and only leave a selection out because it gets too overwhelming and then we just have books everywhere.

And I continue to try to spend less. Consume less. Take up less space in this world.

So I was going to buy Max some new books. Then I looked on ebay. Then we went to A to Z books here in North Platte. They have some new books, but it is mostly a store of second hand books. They have a cute little kids corner with a table and chairs. We bought several "new" books. Maybe next time we'll bring some of them that we don't use anymore. Then we went across the street to the library. There is a novel idea, lol. Instead of continually buying new books, why not introduce Max to the library?

To be fair, he was more interested in the computers at the library than the books. They are sort of set up in a way that is difficult for him to see them. But, we got out a book. And we also signed him up for the 1000 B4K program. Basically it encourages you to read 1,000 books to your child before they enter kindergarten. You can count a book more than once, in fact, you can count it as many times as you read it.

I have no doubt in my mind that he has already heard 1,000 books read to him. But this gives us an excuse to go to the library. He gets a sticker for every 100 books. And when we get to 1,000 he gets his picture taken and put up on the wall.

Sometimes it is the smallest things. Common sense. Go to the second hand book store or the library. You don't have to continue to buy new books. Books are good. He needs some at home that we own. He does not need 1,386 books.

On a side note. I read another article that was discussing the authors journey towards consuming less. It was honest and it was real and I really appreciated it. Because sometimes I feel like a hypocrite writing about spending less and consuming less when we get so many packages from Amazon every week. But it is baby steps. It is little things. It is sending back the black tote that I didn't need and getting books at the library and not buying stuff unless it fixes a problem that I have in my life right now. And getting rid of the stuff I don't need or use. Baby steps. There will be set backs. There will be hiccups. And if it is going to be a lifestyle change it is going to take a long time to get there. Baby steps.