Friday Current Favorites

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Let’s talk about what we’ve been enjoying lately.  Ok?  Ang, you go first.

Ang: My favorite winter shoe has been the Ankle Bootie….then I saw the Spring Version! Peep Toe Bootie. I pinned a zillion of them on our Pinterest page.

Laura: I LOVE my ankle boots too, but my spring capsule for shoes is mostly flats. I need to branch out of that this year.

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One thing that has really upped my makeup application is a little thing called the Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator.  This little sponge gets dampened and squeezed out.  Then, it works to smooth and blend in your foundation etc. and really leaves your face looking polished.  I use it every day. There are several places you can buy this, and several names it goes by.  I found mine at TJ maxi for under 10.00.

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Ang: I realized today when needing to order a vacuum part for my really old Dyson Vacuum, (like 14 years old)….that it has been the BEST vacuum. Looking for a dependable vacuum? Because REALLY, who wants to buy vacuums too often?? Boring! Check out the Dyson Vacuum, I saw recently!

Laura, what are you reading?

Laura: I’ve been working through, Bringing Up Girls , and Bringing Up Boys.  It has been helpful to understand some of the psychology of my kids, and encouraging me to try some things I haven’t thought of.

Ang: My hubby and son read New York Best Seller and enjoyed it! So I decided to give it a go. It’s good. Short chapters to read here and there on the go.

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Laura: My current favorite busy mama devotional is Jesus Calling .  I keep it ON the kitchen table in a little tray we have there.  I can open it up and in between bites and little bodies that want hugs and helps, I can start my day with a verse and directive thinking.

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OK!  Well, that was fun!  We are getting so excited about our entire March blog theme: March Meal Makeover!  It’s going to be an awesome reboot to your entire kitchen workload.

See you soon!

Angela and Laura

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An Open Letter to Young Wife

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Dear Young Wife,

As you are enjoying decorating the rooms of your new place. One that you and your husband are calling your own for the first time, I wanted to remind you about the master bedroom. I find that it is often the forgotten room. One that is last on the to-do-list. After all, the guest you have over see the living room and kitchen and that is where you want to make it just right! Sometimes it becomes the catch all room. Where the things you just don’t know where to put them go. Over the years it might be a place where you fold pile laundry, the kids toys end up and those boxes that don’t have a home are still there.

Oh, but let me encourage you to move up the “decorating the master bedroom” on your to do list. Make a new Board on Pinterest. Paint one of the walls a warm color. Decorate it to reflect you and your husband. Put up pictures of your wedding, your first date, memorable of your time together. Put in things that you both like. Make it inviting and warm. Add some candles and take out the TV. It is a sacred room after all. One that is special and shared just between the two of you. Fill the bed with lots of pillows. Make it a place to regularly meet up and talk. To pray at the side of the bed after a long day or in the early morning. To share together and linger in on Saturday mornings.

Then as the years go by young wife, the styles and maybe even homes will change, but resist the thinking of putting off decorating the master bedroom. Choose a new bedroom set. Buy some new sheets. Add those special touches that remind your husband how much you love having him at home. Make a place for him. Take away the distractions of life to have time just to reconnect just the two of you.

Off you go, go pin some more pins to your Master bedroom Pinterest board,  make your list and plan a shopping day! Will you surprise your husband? Or plan a date to go shopping together? So many fun details to plan!!!!

Love, Angela

 

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Step By Step Capsule Creating (Part 4 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Laura

We wanted to give you some step-by-step instructions to the capsule wardrobe and we’re going to dive right in because we know you’re anxious to do it!

Step One: The Collection (5-15 minutes)

  1. Go and find every single top that you own and throw it on your bed. (Not your workout clothes, not your grungy clothes, not your camisole tank top thingies).
  2. Go and get every pant, shorts, jeans, and skirt you own and throw it on your bed.  (Not your workout pants, not your pants with paint splatters).
  3. Go get the dresses. Dump onto bed.
  4. Hunt down all of your shoes and put them on the bed.  (Not your running shoes, not your house slippers).
  5. Go and find all of your coats, jackets, and other outerwear and bring that onto the bed.

*Having all or most of your laundry done before you begin is VERY helpful.

Good Job!  Now, don’t take a break, because you have to sleep here, so let’s keep plugging away at this ok?

Step Two: The Set-Up (5 minutes)

Go get a couple trash bags or empty hampers to help you with this sort, and COME RIGHT BACK.

The trash bag will be for things leaving your house.  Donations, give aways, trades with friends or actual trash.  The laundry basket will be for clothes that need to go in storage to wait for a different capsule.  Don’t take them off their hangers though, ok?

Your closet will now house absolute yes’s, the “I LOVE IT” clothes for your upcoming capsule wardrobe.

You’ll need a place for your maybe’s too.  I suggest keeping those on the bed.

Go print this printable, and take it into your sort room with you.Women’s Capsule Wardrobe Printable PDF

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Step Three: The Purge and Sort (1 hour)

  1. Starting with your outerwear, place anything you don’t like anymore, things that are too small, outdated, or smelly…in a trash bag.
  2. Your brain gets to start thinking about the upcoming capsule now!  So, if you are creating a spring capsule, and you have a parka in your hands, determine based on where you live if this piece should go in the closet, “maybe” pile, hamper, (different capsule), or trash bag. 
  3. Work through these steps with your shoes, dresses, your bottoms, and your tops.

OK!  That was a great initial sort. But, keep those trash bags and hampers there. We’re not done yet.

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Step Four: The Worksheet (45 minutes) 

Now is the time to start filling out your worksheet.  A pencil is a good option here, but who owns pencils anymore?! So, just be down with doing some crossing out.

Starting with the clothes you put back into your closet, (the absolute yes’s).  Put those clothes on your worksheet, noting color, pattern, sleeve length etc.  Feel free to change up the numbers too!  I decided I wanted one less dress, and 1 more pair of shoes in my capsule.  Totally fine.  Just try to stick to between 35-40 items total.

You should have some blanks when you are done for the maybe pile.  If not, it is time to get rid of a LOT of clothing.

Step Five: The Maybe Pile (30 minutes) 

Then, it is time to work through the maybe pile.  Try clothes on, figure out why they are maybe’s and decide right then and there what needs to happen with them.

If they are too small, have a reality moment, and let a friend enjoy them, if they don’t fit well on your body type, be like Elsa and “let it go”! Out of style-see ya.  Now some might be in the maybe pile because they don’t have the right pants to go with, or they need tailored.  Are you going to buy pants to go with it? Or take them to a tailor?  That’s for you to decide. Be real with yourself.  This section will take the most brain power, but you can do it.

Now, if any maybe’s made it into the closet YES zone, add them to your worksheet.

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Your bed should be totally clear now and you should have a closet of yes’s, a trash bag of OUT OF THE HOUSE stuff, a pile of clothes for another season’s capsule, and a proud moment!  You can take your trash bags to the car, you can take your “not this capsule” clothes to a different closet, or under-bed storage. Deal is, you can sleep in your bed tonight and get dressed tomorrow.  WINNING.

Step Six: The Plan

This step is for those who do not yet have a full worksheet/ have missing pieces from their capsule.

Maybe you only have 15 things in your closet that you love.  That is totally ok, because now you come up with a plan!

Sitting in a place where you can see your closet, decide what you need to help make this capsule work for you.  Think about a color story to stick with, or if you need a few shirts with patterns to break up the monochrome.  Maybe you have all color in the closet and you need some good neutral pieces. If your shoes don’t match your clothes, put those on the shopping list.

I like to do one week of shopping to fill my capsule, I take a picture of my Capsule Worksheet with my phone so I have it if I’m out.  Then I can see, “NO, you do NOT need another navy shirt, PUT IT DOWN.” Sigh, I heart navy.

After you get back from your shop, there it is!  Your full capsule!  You did it!

Now if you want to see how I created my spring capsule keep reading!


 

How I made my Spring Capsule

Knowing it was one week away from March, I decided to get my Spring capsule all lined up and take you through my process.

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First I took the clothes out of my closet that were for the winter capsule and wouldn’t continue into spring and put them in one pile.

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Then I took out what I thought could possibly continue into Spring and put it in another pile.

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Then I went and got the clothes out of my garment bags where I keep them if they are not in the capsule.  It’s like Christmas seeing some of my favorites again!

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Then I pulled out my worksheet and started filling in the absolute yes’s and laying clothes out so I can easily see them.  I worked through the maybe’s and if they didn’t make the cut I either put them in a hamper for donate, or I put them into storage for the summer or cold weather capsules.

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After some rearranging, I decided on these clothes, (above) for my spring capsule.  I changed up my numbers a little on my worksheet because I decided to go down to one dress so I could have one more pair of shoes.  Totes legit.

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Then it was time to put away the clothes that didn’t make the cut.  I keep them in my children’s closet in garment bags, and also in under-bed storage bins.

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The clothes I don’t need anymore will get taken to the trash, sold, or donated.

I put my capsule back in the closet and was done.  It took me 1 hour start to finish.

So, you guys. I love the capsule wardrobe because my eye only has things I love to look at in my closet.  There’s less to look through, less options, so faster outfit choosing.  All my clothes are organized.  I save money to buy more quality pieces and I feel good about everything I put on.

We wish you the best with your capsule!

Click here for a free worksheet printable.Women’s Capsule Wardrobe Printable PDF

 

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Accessorizing the Capsule Wardrobe (Part 3 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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By Angela

In my Capsule Wardrobe research it made perfect sense to me when I read that accessories can be added to your wardrobe pieces to mix it up and give different looks. Totally agree!! In my 7 years of being a Jewelry Lady I know this to be true. When comparing your clothes to a cupcake, accessories are your sprinkles:)

What I would classify as accessories

  • Jewelry of course 🙂 I will come back to that!
  • Shoes and Purses: They could be listed in a category all in themselves, and shoes are listed in most of the capsule wardrobe lists, including mine. See  Why I like a Capsule Wardrobe here. But, like the English language, shoes break the rules sometimes. Shoes can often complete an outfit or add a pop of color so in this case they can cross over.
  • Scarves: Scarves have stayed on trend for quite awhile! They add color, pattern and texture. Blanket scarves have been a great trend as it provides warmth in great patterns!
  • Belts: Belts are classic and seem to go back and forth in the trends between skinny and wide. There is a best width and placement of the belt that looks best on your body shape. I have pinned a bunch of examples outfits with belts on our Pinterest page!

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    Laura is wearing a skinny yellow belt that adds a pop of color to her outfit!!!

  • Hats: I am seeing more hats than ever lately! And not just the baseball hats for no hair washing days. I have seen them with business attire and outfits you would wear to meet a friend for lunch or run some fun errands!
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    Laura (R) and Dana (L), friend and one of my jewelers on my Premier team are modeling these great hats!!!  These girls look adorable!!!

    Now for jewelry!! It gives the most options to mix and match! Here are a few examples of how one necklace can be worn with two completely different outfits!

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    Many necklaces can be worn in multiple ways too! (Premier Designs is know for their versatility). On the R, with the gray the necklace is wrapped around twice and on the L worn long with a navy shirt.

    Here is another:Same Necklace different looksHere is my friend and another one of my jewelers on my team Amy! These girls on my team have STYLE!!! She demonstrated perfectly how one shirt in her wardrobe can be changed with 7 different necklaces. Which is your favorite look?

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Necklaces might bring the most eye catching differences to mix up your look- but if you are not always in a necklace mood- don’t forget the earrings (BIG is back in) and the layers of bracelets and watches!

Arm Parties

“Arm Parties” courtesy of my friend, and another jeweler on my team Nadia! She is the queen of arm parties 🙂

The accessorizing step of the capsule wardrobe allows you to be creative and show your unique style. Give yourself permission to try something new- You MIGHT just find you love it!!

 

 

 

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Capsule Wardrobe for Kids (Part 2 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Laura

Have you had the experience where your kid has grown out of their clothes and as you’re putting away the “too smalls”, you realize they didn’t even wear some of them?  How frustrating that has been for me!

After doing my capsule wardrobe and my husband’s the kids were next!  (If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is start here.) I could reduce excess clothing, and plan for what I needed to buy ahead. However, it wasn’t as cut and dry as the adult capsule wardrobe. There didn’t seem to be a universal formula.

With the adult capsule wardrobe the number 37 is generally how many items are in the collection.  I liked the numbers method, it gave me boundaries and goals, so my aim was to apply numbers to the kids clothing categories.

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BUT.

Kids wear warm weather clothes for six months, and cool weather clothes for six months and then they grow out of them.  So, I did a little math, and if they wore a shirt every other week, they would only wear that one shirt 12 times total. Was that worth the money I was spending?  SO I decided, shirts could be worn more than once every 14 days, but not less than seven because-honestly, who wants to see the same 7 shirts every week.  Tops=10.

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I thought through the rest of the categories, starting with my boy first, (way easier).  Taking into account; laundry, what season it was, wearing pants more than once before wash, potty training or not, how often we dress up, how many layers the season calls for, etc.  I came up with this!

Boy Capsule Wardrobe (Spring)

Tops:10

Bottoms: 9

Park and Play Clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

Outerwear: 2

Dressy Outfits: 2 tops, 2 bottoms

Grand Total: 35 Items

I created a worksheet and filled in the clothing for a boy’s Spring wardrobe.

Malachi Spring Wardrobe

I made sure to note the colors I had, and collar or length, so that I could diversify, and make matches. So, I was ready to go for Malachi, now to take a deep breath and get to the girl capsule.  THRILLING.

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I mean, maybe your daughter only wants to wear skirts and dresses, maybe she puts clean clothes in the laundry, maybe she hates strongly dislikes the clothes you love on her.

I decided I would print out a template for her, haul out the spring clothes I had in storage and just start chipping away at it.  I didn’t need to know what the end result was, I just needed to start and worry about the numbers later.

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It came together!  Hey, I might have to do some flexing,we’ll try these numbers for three months. And here it is:

Girl Capsule Wardrobe (Spring)

Tops: 10

Bottoms: (pants, leggings, skirts): 12

Park and Play clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

Outerwear (including cardigans): 3

Dress Clothes: 2 dresses

Grand Total: 37!

With Eva, I realized I have some shopping to do.  I’ve got my plan in place, the worksheet helps me see the blank spaces quickly.  I took good notes including the color of clothes, so that I didn’t buy all navy shirts and navy shorts.  #blueberrykid.

Then, I took a picture on my phone of the list, so I’ll have it on hand when I’m at the store and see a sale.  GENIUS.  I mean… what a great idea.

To download your own kid capsule worksheet,

click here: Printable Kid Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet

Happy Planning!

 

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