Graphic Paris

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Happy Thursday! I’m here to share another look from my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. When I was planning my wardrobe, I knew I wanted a versatile graphic tee that I could wear with just about anything. I was doubtful that I could find exactly what I wanted at the thrift store, but when I saw this gem I knew it was meant to be. I love the typography and the subject (Paris infinity!). It has turned out to be one of my favorite items from this season’s selection. It works equally well with a skirt or jeans, and coordinates well with the other items in my wardrobe.

For this look, I paired it with a Madewell skirt (thrifted), some nifty statement earrings (thrifted) and my beige lace-up block heels. These heels have been another surprisingly useful purchase. I feel like I am starting to be able to distinguish between something that I will wear frequently and something I should avoid purchasing, which is a good feeling.

How about you? Have you had any great thrift store finds lately?

xoxo Anna

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Shirt, thrifted, Buffalo Exchange, ethical alternative here; Skirt, Madewell, thrifted, Goodwill, ethical alternative here; Shoes, Unisa, similar here; Earrings, thrifted, Buffalo Exchange, ethical alternatives here and here.

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Pink lady

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Jacket, Zara, thrifted, similar here; Dress, Ginger G, thrifted; Necklace, thrifted, ethical alternative here; Booties, DV, thrifted; Hat, Forever 21, ethical alternative here

Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to share an outfit from my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. Since my last post, here, my capsule wardrobe has grown/changed a little. After living with it for a week, I realized I didn’t have enough work-appropriate shirt options so I dug into my donation bag and my storage bag and added a few more t-shirts. I also had to buy some new jeans as my old ones were too big. Ditto the trench coat and the black tank dress. I’ve also noticed that some items get no wear at all, so I think I could eliminate a some things and not miss them. Needless to say it’s a work in progress.

I definitely have favorites that I seem to wear over and over again. One of them is this pink motorcycle jacket I picked up at Buffalo Exchange. It’s fairly simple, but it makes a big statement. For this look, I paired it with a grey ribbed dress (another favorite), sunburst necklace and ankle boots (all from Buffalo Exchange). At the last minute, I added my favorite hat from Forever 21 (the only non-thrifted item).

What about you? Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What is your favorite thrift shop find?

xoxo Anna

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My spring/summer capsule wardrobe

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Dress and oversized sweater

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. I am very excited about my selections and already feel inspired to create looks from my capsule.

Before I get into what I selected for spring/summer, I want to talk about what didn’t work for fall/winter. I think the most important thing was that I didn’t like enough of my clothes. I ended up buying random things to make up for not feeling like my collection really spoke to who I was. I didn’t feel stylish, so my capsule wardrobe was only partially successful. I also found that I kept going back to certain pieces and ignored a large part of my wardrobe. I still felt overwhelmed with decisions and the amount of clothing I had. What I took from these experiences was that my capsule wardrobe was too big and that I needed to put more thought into each item.

For a couple months I have been saving pictures I find on the internet to use as inspiration. One day, I sat down and looked at those pictures and identified several items that were common among them including a trench coat, graphic tees, high-waisted jeans, and oversized sweaters and blazers. I looked at what I already had and found I had most of what I wanted. I made a short list to take to the second-hand store Buffalo Exchange and (amazingly!) came out with exactly what I needed. Then I purged like nobody’s business and got rid of a major portion of my clothing. I put away things that I couldn’t donate or sell because of sentimental reasons and was left with a sweet little capsule wardrobe that I am so excited to put into use.

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This Paris t-shirt is giving me life!

Here is the breakdown of what I kept:

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I didn’t include jewelry or shoes because I’m not there yet (and may never be). My general goal is to make my day-to-day dressing more streamlined and to feel proud of the outfits I put together in terms of fit and style. I did purge my lounge wear/pajames even though that’s not pictured here.

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Jeans, jeans, jeans
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Turns out I wear skirts a lot

Since I am currently trying to lose weight, I am going to replace items in my wardrobe as things no longer fit, hopefully with second-hand items. I may add a piece or two as well, probably something floral and flowy. I will be posting looks from this capsule wardrobe soon, so stay tuned!

How about you? Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What was your experience?

xoxo Anna

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My capsule wardrobe revolves around my jacket selection 🙂

 

5 ways to inspire healthy consumption

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Throw back Thursday to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe shirt selection

I am in the process of thinking about a spring/summer capsule wardrobe, which got me thinking about consumption in general. The more I think on this subject the more I realize that I want to own less and consume less. I think in my fondest dreams, I would live with the bare minimum of belongings, each one precious or useful in some specific way. In reality, I am surrounded by a heap of stuff that just won’t seem to budge. I think I am in a better place than I was before but still have a long way to go. I know there are certain things I will never give up like my chef’s jacket from pastry school, or all my travel souvenirs. Still, as much as I purge, I always seem to be acquiring new things to fill the space left by what I have gotten rid of. I am starting to realize that downsizing is a two-part process involving purging and then learning not to consume in the same way as before. The second part fits in nicely with another goal I have of saving as much money as possible in the coming year. And when I do buy new things, I want it to be in a responsible fashion. Here are some strategies I will be trying to get me to my goals.

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Sorting/purging my jewelry will definitely be a goal

Do a large purge

This is pretty self-explanatory. I plan to do a spring purge in all categories with the goal of eliminating redundant items (read 6000 pens) and things I never use. This will get me ready for my spring/summer capsule wardrobe and I think will make my belongings seem less heavy.

Set a small monthly budget for certain items

I order to motivate myself not to shop impulsively, I am setting very low monthly budgets for things like clothing and homegoods. So far I have budgeted $40 a month for clothing and $0 for home goods. That doesn’t include things like toilet paper, but does include things like cute knick knacks at Target and random pillows. I have been using Mint to manage my money for a while, but lately I have been leaning in to this online budget software even more with my current goal of saving money. One thing that I am notorious (mostly with myself) for doing is buying a new outfit if I don’t feel like my day outfit is good enough for my night plans. Most of the stuff I buy during these sprees ends up in the donation pile, minus a few surprise gems. I think the key to avoiding this is a) not getting lazy with my outfits in the morning and b) storing a cute outfit or at least some jewelry and heels at work.

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Knick knacks and souvenirs displayed in glass cabinets

Take care of what you already have

While I sporadically do things like get my shoes reheeled and sew buttons onto coats, I want to make it more of a habit. I also want to spend time figuring out how to wear the clothing I already have in new ways so that I value each item more. One thing that I have already done is purchase two large glass cabinets to hold some of my favorite travel souvenirs and mementos. I still have overflow but it is nice have things displayed this way and makes even the silly things (ie plastic dinosaurs) seem important.

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A hand-me-down chair which definitely counts as second-hand

Shop second-hand as much as possible

I already shop second-hand for clothing and furniture quite a bit. The challenge will be doing so consistently and including things like gifts and appliances. It can be frustrating to shop second-hand when you are looking for a very particular thing, but I’m hoping that it can be a fun challenge. There are so many options for shopping second-hand these days, from traditional thrift stores to websites like eBay and Poshmark. It just takes a little change in mindset.

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Surrounded by stuff and cats 🙂

Make a list of everything that you own

This one is a doozy! After I purge, I plan to make a comprehensive list of everything I own. It sounds daunting just thinking about it but I am curious to see what benefits an exercise like this could yield. Will I feel richer and more satisfied with what I have? Will I want to purge more? Will I discover that I have things I thought I needed to buy? Will I be inspired to make new things with my huge tubs of craft supplies? These are all possibilities and I am excited to find out what happens that I can’t predict as well. I am not putting a timeline on this as I have no idea how long something like this will take. I may combine this with the purge process. They seem to go hand in hand. I will definitely keep you updated on my progress.

How about you? Would you try any of these strategies? Let me know in the comments.

xoxo Anna

Thursday’s Ethical Style

This week’s ethical style has an athleisure feel to it. I started with a cute sweatshirt with sequin detailing and added gold-striped leggings and shiny sneakers. Simple crystal studs and a gold ponytail holder complete the look.

I think the athleisure trend has a lot of cool elements, but I have yet to embrace it in my own wardrobe. I think I don’t feel athletic enough to wear it 🙂 But since I’m considering training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon I might be able to convince myself to embrace my inner sneaker queen. I have done this race twice and really enjoyed the training process even though it was brutal most of the time. And the self satisfaction I felt crossing the finish line was worth all the pain. I definitely feel like I need some sort of event to train for in order to reignite my exercise program which has been really lame for the past few months. Wish me luck!

How about you? How do you feel about the athleisure trend? How do you motivate yourself to stay active?

  1. Sweatshirt, Sundry, here
  2. Beanie, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  3. Leggings, Sundry, here
  4. Studs, Favor Jewelry, here
  5. Ponytail holder, Favor Jewelry, here
  6. Sneakers, Toms, here

xoxo Anna

 

My take on a fall/winter capsule wardrobe

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Hi everyone! I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to share more about my capsule wardrobe choices, and that is what this post is about.

First, I have to admit that I didn’t do a ton of research about what technically makes a capsule wardrobe a capsule wardrobe. Most of my knowledge comes from seeing what other bloggers are doing and being inspired. I feel like, as capsule wardrobes go, mine is pretty large, maybe even too large, but I think it is a good place to start. I’m sure that over time certain items will rise to the top of the clothing heap and others we get donated. I didn’t include shoes, jewelry or bags, but I could see doing that in the future. I like taking the process gradually. It somehow makes it less unnerving.

My process for creating my capsule wardrobe was somewhat “Marie Kondo” in that it was based on my gut reaction to any given item. First I stored away all my very summery clothes to get them out of the way. I plan to purge them come next spring/summer. I also stored away anything costumey or super fancy. I divided what remained into several categories: “I can’t even look at you anymore!,” “Meh,” “I love you but you don’t fit,” and “You’re a keeper.” I donated the first two categories, stored the third and what was left became my wardrobe for fall.

I didn’t purchase anything new for my capsule wardrobe, although I may purchase one more outerwear option (I have my eye on this coat). Everything I chose had to fit my body in the present moment.

So (insert drumroll)… here are my choices:

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I kept a total of 12 tees and tanks. For this category, I seemed to favor basic items and a few graphic tees.

It was interesting to notice during the purging process what my heart was gravitating towards. I seemed drawn to simple graphic patterns and textures, rich earthly solids, and the occasional pop of red or purple. This is especially obvious when you look at my long sleeve top selections below. This category is by far the largest, which I guess makes sense for a fall/winter wardrobe.

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I’m especially happy with my dress selections. 4 out of 5 of these are recent purchases from ethical clothing lines. I like their simple lines and subtle colors.

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I’m also pleased with my skirt selection. I chose a sequined mini (thrifted), a denim midi (thrifted), and a black pencil skirt (H&M, a few seasons ago). For pants, I went with 4 pairs of high-waisted jeans and 2 pairs of leggings.

I am least excited by my outerwear category. This has always been a tough area for me. I long for a structured, minimal coat collection but never seem to be able to make it happen. I don’t hate the things that I chose, I just don’t love them now that I am looking at them, so I guess this category needs some work.

Finally, I chose four scarves. There wasn’t any particular reasoning behind my scarf choices. In fact, I think I might narrow it down further to just 1 scarf, the red and white striped one.

I am very excited to see how these pieces come together into outfits. I will be sure to share some of my favorites on the blog!

So that’s it for my fall capsule wardrobe. How about you? Do you feel like you are ready for fall, fashion-wise? Let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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xoxo Anna

Thursday’s Ethical Style

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with finding outerwear that keeps you warm, looks stylish and works with multiple outfits. I think this herringbone coat from Amour Vert checks all those boxes. It’s so awesomely chic, I might add it to my fall capsule (sort of) wardrobe. I paired it with dark skinny jeans, a silk sleeveless button down, some fantastic low-heeled pumps and a tiny pearl necklace for a classy, sophisticated look that is appropriate for work and/or walking the city streets looking fabulous.

  1. Silk blouse, Everlane, here
  2. Skinny jeans, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  3. Herringbone jacket, Amour Vert, here
  4. Pearl necklace, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  5. Block-heel pumps, Amour Vert, here

On the subject of capsule wardrobes, I did a big purge this past weekend. I donated a fair amount of stuff and stored the rest. It was immensely satisfying and I feel so happy to be able to see most of my fall wardrobe on one clothing rack. My drawers are no longer overloaded and hard to close. I even organized my hangers 🙂 It just feels lighter. Without all the sartorial noise, I feel closer to defining my personal style and it is easier to see the types of items I may need to purchase to fill in gaps. I may add a few more pieces (like that jacket!), but I feel like I’ve got most of my bases covered. I will be sharing more about what I chose to keep in a later post, so stay tuned!

How about you? Do you struggle to find the right outerwear pieces for cooler months? Would you ever do a capsule wardrobe?

xoxo Anna

Grey for fall days

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Dress, Sundry, here; Shoes, H&M last season, ethical alternatives here and here; Bag, souvenir from Paris, ethical alternatives here and here; Earrings, Stella and Dot; similar here

 

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I posted an outfit 🙂 I am slowly pulling together pieces that I feel really good about in terms of fit and style, and also sustainability. This dress from Sundry is a great example of the type of items I am looking for these day. It feels amazing, is appropriate both for work and going out on the weekend, and can be worn with different accessories to change up the look. This time I paired it with lacy oxford shoes and a neat patterned tote that I picked up in Paris on my last trip. The earrings were a gift from a close friend and I wear them constantly. They seem to go with everything. I really like the simplicity of this look and how I feel wearing it, which, I am realizing, is just as important as how an outfit looks. It’s a great transitional look as well.

Through my purchases (and actually my not-purchases if thats a word :)) I feel myself moving toward a smaller, capsule-type wardrobe. I have been systematically purging my clothing collection and it feels good. I have this crazy idea that I want all my clothing to fit on one rack with some overflow in my bureau. No more overstuffed drawers and clothing thrown over chairs! It is interesting though that there are some pieces that I never wear and kind of don’t like that I am reluctant to get rid of because there may come a day when I am like, “Where’s that blue checked crop top?! It would be perfect for this outfit!” Or the item doesn’t fit but I just love the idea of it so much I can’t part with it. I feel like I have gotten rid of all the obvious things and what’s left is hard to narrow down. Plus several of my clothing items have sentimental value. So I’ve hit a little bit of a wall. I think my next step will be to remove everything but my most favorite items and but not donate/sell it immediately. Then I can see how it feels to have less, without the fear of over-purging in a fit of frenzy.

How about you? Have you been trying to purge and hit a wall? What tactics did you use?

xoxo Anna

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Thursday’s ethical style

An outfit for the fall transition

Summer is almost over! I can’t believe it went so fast and yet at the same time seemed to last forever. Dressing for the changing seasons can be tricky. This year, I am mad about sweatshirts for some reason. I think it is because so many chic options are now available. This black, mock neck version from Everlane seems like it would be great for layering as the weather cools down. Items like this are also very versatile, which is helpful when you are thinking about scaling down your wardrobe. So many uses… for example, you could layer it over a patterned maxi dress, like this one from H&M’s Conscious line. Paired with simple but impactful gold jewelry and black boots it makes the perfect in-between outfit. How about you? What are your tricks for transitional dressing?

  1. Sweatshirt, Everlane
  2. Half-moon bag, Sage + Slate
  3. Maxi dress, H&M Conscious
  4. Gold cuff, Sage + Slate
  5. Booties, Nisolo
  6. Half-moon earrings, Sage + Slate

xoxo Anna

Thursday’s ethical style

I am obsessed with the combination of this dress with these shoes. The color reminds me of some beautiful stucco houses I have seen on my journeys. I’ve finished the outfit with simple jewelry and a subtley patterned clutch. I don’t pay much attention to hair jewelry but I think I might start trying a little harder after seeing this hair pin. How about you? Do you like the idea of matching your shoes with your dress? Do you have a strong hair accessories game?

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  3. Clutch
  4. Bracelet
  5. Sneakers

xoxo Anna