Minimalism

capsule wardrobe newbie

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This past week, I decided to dive into the capsule wardrobe. I previously tried doing a capsule wardrobe over the summer. After having to make more trips than my wash schedule provided, I decided to let it go. So here I am, back to give it a try once more!

This time, I decided to try founder Lee Style Bee‘s 10 x 10 formula.

Basically the formula is 10 items of clothing you transition into 10 different outfits over 10 days.

I decided to remix the formula for myself. Since my new job has a dress code that does not permit denim or jeans, I decided not to include my shoes as part of my transitional collection.

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My intention

My intention for this capsule wardrobe is to gain insight into what I actually like in my closet. I want every item to be a favorite. Along with curating the items in my closet, I kind of miss my days of working at H&M creating different outfits on mannequins. (Besides, I do not want to be one of those let me grab these jeans and a school shirt type teachers.)

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The Capsule

1- stripe black and white shirt

2- denim button down shirt

3- black sweatshirt with flowers

4- black jeggings

5- blue denim jeans

6- salmon colored pants

7- black skirt

8- black and grey poncho

9- grey sweater

10- salmon colored jacket

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What I’ve Learned

I loved doing this formula! It was such a genius idea.

I am starting to take more of a liking to solid color pieces that have a little flair.

I like flowy/oversized pieces tied with fitted items.

It is difficult to have warm weather in the fall. (My salmon pants were comfortable but they were also cropped pants so I didn’t really like styling them as much. I think that may be on account of the season.)

I need to document the outfits so I can remember which ones I have already tried.

Omitting shoes from the challenge allowed me to be a bit more flexible in my choices. I was also able to wear a pair of heels which I didn’t initially think to try. I only wore them once, but I was so glad I had a chance to.

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In the Future

I’d like to have more accessories to style my pieces. Something as simple as rings, a scarf, or a different purse would have made a major difference in the outfits I wore.

 

I’ve decided the 10×10 capsule wardrobe is the thing for me. I will be sticking to this formula for a while and will make changes if needed. Would anyone like to join me for a challenge? Send me a message, DM on Instagram or write me below!

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Inspiration

loving little things.

As I am gaining a better perspective of  “the art of slow living,” I’ve learned so much about enjoying the simple moments in life. In the “loving little things.” series, I continue to share my weekly finds. These are shared as images, quotes, and pretty much anything little thing that sparked something for me.

A moment:

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Mommy & Me Quality Time – I currenly live over 2,000 miles away from my mom. In about 4 more weeks, that distance will be greater. This past week, I spent time running around the city with her and it completely filled my soul. It’s nice having summers off and being able to take a flight just to see her smile.

A sign:

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Chalkboard signs are the cutest. Especially when they have an uplifting message. I inured anyone reading this post should also read this sign and are the same message from me- “Shut up, I think you are GORGEOUS!

A meal: Jumping Rice & Rolls -Las Vegas, NV USA

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I have been eating so unhealthily this summer. So much, to the point that my stomach rejects the mere thought of putting anymore fast food into my body. I decided to stop by a local restaurant to have something a little more pleasing. I was completely satisfied with my Terikaki Salmon and Jasmine Rice Jumping Bowl and my body was too!

Inspiration

loving little things.

“There’s beauty everywhere!”

As part of this minimalist journey, I’ve learned so much about enjoying the simple moments in life. In this series, Loving Little Things, I will be sharing weekly finds. These will be shared as images, quotes, and pretty much anything little thing that sparked something for me.

A small thing: Barr-Co.

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I really enjoy this line of skin care. I first stumbled across the line in San Diego, California while perusing in and out of small shops. Not only are the scents fresh, they’re made with oatmeal and other ingredients that help with my eczema and irritated skin.

A quote:

“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” – markus aurelius

I’ll be keeping this quote in mind as I am organizing my capsule wardrobe for the next month. It’ll be my first time having a capsule, since I have began the minimalist journey. The capsule wardrobe is for the month of July, as it is my last month in the states. It will be full of roadtrip adventures with the beau and tearful goodbyes to family and friends. Therefore the last thing I want to spend time on is searching for something to wear. So be on the look out for more travel guides.

 

A photograph: How will you change the world?

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A photograph at the closing of the year where my (now former) students wrote their name and future career. It’s a question even we as adults should reflect on time to time. After all we’re their role models and their our future.

Minimalism, The Golden 3 Series

The Golden 3: 3 Tips for Purposeful Shopping

Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, I was working in the field of retail. More than 30 hours a week I was surrounded by garments, jewelry, accessories, and my all time favorite SALES! Yes, they got me. I would always tell people, “I like my money where I can see it. In. My. Closet.”

I would buy items that would be trendy at the time and style it and make it my own. I mean, no one would really ask you for your help if you look like you needed it yourself. I remember my last count of jeans was 52. Yes, you heard me right!

Every season, I declutter my closet. Out with the old, in with the new. But ever since I began this minimalist journey, I’ve realized that it takes more than decluttering. There is a level of “letting -go.”

DesignIn today’s series of Confessions of a Shopaholic “The Golden 3: Purposeful Shopping,” I would like to share three questions that may guide you to shopping smarter.

  1. Is the item something you can see yourself having long-term?
  2. What is the quality?
  3. Do you really love it, or can you do without?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy shopping and like to buy items that I believe would be a perfect addition to my closet or home. But, it has to be just that. The Perfect Addition!

Have a tip to share about being mindful while shopping? Share below. Don’t forget to comment and like!