Why I like the Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Angela

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A wardrobe that is paired down for you of pieces that you love, that fit you well, appropriate for your lifestyle and for each season. In the desert, I have two capsule wardrobe bases- Summer, (hot weather) and Winter, (cold weather) and then a few things that are added in making Spring and Fall.

Why Did I Start a Capsule Wardrobe?

Thanks for asking! 🙂 Because I had a closet full of Summer and Winter clothes mixed together. I had some mediocre clothes I didn’t like that much, but just hadn’t gotten rid of.  Laura kept telling me about her Capsule Wardrobe and sending me blogs about it, and you just take note of these things your bestie is doing! At the same time, I read a George Brescia book, called Change Your Clothes Change Your Life.

Capsule Wardrobe Rules I followed.

There is a lot of info about Capsule Wardrobes out there! These are some that Laura and I have used!

Rule #1- Only keep things you LOVE! This principle came from The Change Your Clothes book. You will immediately know what items those are and you don’t really need to think about it. If you have to wonder- you don’t love it!! Empty your closet- everything! And only put back in the pieces you love. Even if you only have a few pieces in there at first your style will scream at YOU!

Rule #2- When you have emptied your closet you will have a pile of maybes. Assess why they are in the maybe pile. Doesn’t fit? Needs tailoring? Trade it with a friend or give it away. If you need help with this stage invite a trusted girlfriend or someone who you like their style over or skype with them if they live far away!

Rule #2- Pair down your wardrobe per season. Have approximately 35-40 pieces. This could include: 15 tops, 9 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 outwear and 9 pairs of shoes. No need to include your pajamas/lounge wear, swimsuits, purses and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room. If you live in a place with 4 seasons, figure out your seasons- Winter (Jan- March), Spring (April- June), Summer (July- September), Fall (October- December). Don’t get caught up on the number of items or the seasons as much as what is working for you! I have found that I love to include one new dress in my Spring/ Summer Wardrobe that I can wear for Easter, and then graduations, weddings and any other summer events. Less is sometimes more and pieces that you LOVE with often interchange.

Rule #3- Enjoy your wardrobe for the full season. Don’t feel like you need to go shopping. As you get started you will still be doing some sorting of that season capsule. Take your time and figure out what is working or is not working. Then you will be able to keep those rules for you into the next season capsule.

Rule #4- During the last part of the season, plan what you have for the upcoming season and what pieces you want to add. Put away the current season, figure out what you will transfer to the next season and make your list for the few things you want to shop for and add. Check out the sale racks too for the end of season things you know you are needing.

Rule #5- Jewelry and Accessories are not apart of your seasonal capsule wardrobe so your possibilities of mixing things up is endless! I talk more about that in my Accessorizing your Capsule Wardrobe coming at the end of this week.

The Extra Findings of the Capsule Wardrobe.

  1. Keeps laundry manageable. Since it is more of a minimalist wardrobe. I do wear my jeans and certain clothes several times (especially if I just have them on for a few hours). My Laundry System and the Capsule Wardrobe work nicely together 🙂
  2. I found that I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear when I stood in my closet! I liked all my options and found that the pieces mixed and matched so nice into outfits! See my Fashion Formula to how I put outfits together. I thought the Capsule Wardrobe might cramp my style, but instead it defined my style more!
  3. Keeps my closet cleaner and more organized! That is a plus!!! 🙂
  4. Having a Capsule Wardrobe has made shopping easier. I know much quicker what I LOVE and need. I have made fewer mistake purchases.

Don’t delay- no matter where we are at in a season, start today!! Clear out your closet with your BEST options! Be sure to watch for Laura’s post on a Capsule Wardrobe for your Kids! And then next I am going to share how you can add in Accessories to your Capsule Wardrobe. 🙂

Disclaimer: The closet above is my DREAM closet! Would love to have that closet system!

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Fashion Formula

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by Angela

I am a visual learner and I like to see something that I like and then tweak it to work for me. So that is what I have learned to do with fashion! Learned is the key word 🙂 Here is a picture of me in the mid 90’s.Angela 1

I  am the one on the left holding the cute baby. 🙂 Not that great of a picture. Can you imagine selfies in the 90’s??  I know that some of the terribleness is the 90’s fashion. But, I am not sure what I was thinking with the long necklace length and my hair is, well, I am not exactly sure. My jeans were baggier than my sweet Grandma’s two people over! My Mom’s, (sitting next to me) patterned pants make me chuckle too, but then again- this is the 9o’s so you must take that into account and please don’t pin this picture to pinterest! 🙂

So please remember, when you think you will never be fashionable, that you can learn some tips!! I did and then I reuse them!

So onto the Fashion Formula! It’s simple and can be switched up a bit to your personality!

Neutral + Color/ Pattern/texture + Completer/ Accessories= Outfit

Formula used with dressy outfits:

Animal Print Fashion Formula

 

Neutral (Black Shirt) + Color (Pants) + Completer (Trench Coat, also included in the pattern) +accessories (Jewelry which ties into the pastel color of my pants).

Black and White Fashion Formula

Neutral (Black Slacks) + Color (White Blouse) + Completer (Red Animal Print Heels and Jewelry). Black and White gives endless options as they are a great neutral and color combo to add a completer in shoes, jewelry in pops of color, and jackets and purse and well, you get the idea!

Fashion Formula for Casual Outfits:

Shorts Fashion Formula

Neutral (Navy Shirt) + Texture (shorts) + Completer (purse & jewelry that color coordinate and fun shoes).

Scarf Fashion Formula

Neutral (Jeans) + Color (White Shirt) + Completer (Scarf) +Accessories (Bracelet with a pop of color and Earrings)

Formula for an outfits for church, date nights or meeting girlfriends:

Cheveron Dress

Neutral (Charcoal Gray Tights) + Pattern (Chevron Print Dress) + Completer (Denim Jacket) +Accessories(Colorful jewelry and Turquoise Cowboy Boots)

Belt Fashion Formula

Neutral (Jeans) + Pattern (Animal Print Shirt) +Completer (Belt) + Accessories (Trendy booties and Gold Jewelry)

So a couple take aways to sum it up:

  1. Invest in some great jeans that fit you. They will be a staple neutral in your wardrobe.
  2. Find colors that look best with your skin and hair color!
  3. Explore what patterns and textures are your signature style and say something about you!
  4. You can mix up your completer/accessory step in endless possibilities! That step polishes your outfit…it’s like the sprinkles on the cupcake!

Have fun!

 

 

 

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Basket of Chocolate

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by Laura

When Eric and I lived in Northern California, every Thursday night the young Air Force officers would gather together to watch TV, and we’d all make dinner and dessert together.  It was SO much fun and we made a lot of crazy recipes.  Remember the taco bell Crunchew-eze?  We tried to make it!

Any who, one night we decided to make oreo truffles.  Three ingredients, oreos, cream cheese, and melted chocolate.  They were so yummy and ever since, when Valentine’s Day comes around, we make them.  If you have time to run to the store, and about two hours of time, (including awake and active kids), you can make these chocolate dipped truffles, strawberries and chips!  What a fun thing to do tomorrow or Saturday morning as a family!

Things you’ll need:

  1. Chocolate Almond Bark, (Easiest). Semi-Sweet, or Bittersweet chocolate (Yummiest).  Optional white chips.
  2. Oreo Package
  3. Cream Cheese
  4. Wavy Potato Chips
  5. Strawberries
  6. Parchment Paper
  7. Sprinkles

Things to Prep: 

  1.  A work space ( I use the entire kitchen table)
  2. 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  3. Get out the strawberries, chips, sprinkles, and a few forks.
  4. Room in the fridge and freezer for those cookie sheets to go in.
  5. Food Processor, Kitchen Aid or hand mixer for the truffles.
  6. Cooking spray or oil.

melted chocolate

First you’ll melt your chocolate.  The Almond Bark can be microwaved according to the package and takes just a few minutes.  If you are using chips, melt those over a double boiler, (pot with an inch of simmering water with a glass bowl on top).  If you want to use white chocolate melt this as well, but take caution white chips love to burn, so LOW heat and lots of stirring, ok?

Stir the chocolate and make sure it is COMPLETELY melted, and then move your chocolate vessel to your work station.  If you have used a double boiler CAREFUL, that bowl is going to be hot!

dipped strawberries

Now the dipping begins.  I dip the strawberries first.  Just take the stem, dip them in, and lay them on the parchment.  After all the strawberries are dipped put that sheet in the fridge.

chips

Then I move to the chips.  Dip and lay.  This is mind blowing people I know.  Put those chips into the fridge and I DARE you to make them last more than 24 hours.

Grab the strawberries if you want to add a little white chocolate.  Take a fork and put it into the white chocolate, scrape it off in the bowl and draw the fork across the strawberry a few times.  Or you could just dip the tips in the white.  Back in the fridge they go!

truffles

Now combine 37 Oreos and a package of cream cheese in whatever mixing device you desire.  Using a SPRAYED or oiled cookie scoop, or spoon, dish out a little less than a tablespoon of the oreo mixture onto your well oiled hands.  Roll into little balls and put on parchment, and put those in the FREEZER.

While those are in the freezer your strawberries and chips should be hard, so put them into their own containers, and do a little clean up while you wait about 30 minutes for those truffles.

Now, can I just tell you that I am NOT a perfectionist when it comes to these truffles.  I’ve tried plopping the ball into the chocolate and retrieving it with two forks onto the paper, I’ve poked the truffle with a thermometer, dunked it and transferred to paper, I’ve picked it up with the fork, made it take the chocolate swim, and then remove the fork on the paper and spooned a little chocolate on top of the fork depression.

It doesn’t really matter how you do it, you are NOT allowed to stress about if they look pretty or not.  You are not allowed to get grumpy about the mess either. Immediately after EACH truffle is dipped sprinkle the tops with cute crunchy sprinkles.  These sprinkles hide some of your dirty work and make them festive!

Now these can go in the fridge and you can clean up!  Chocolate left over?  Dip some pretzels? Dip the remaining whole Oreo cookies.  Dip a banana and freeze it.

valentine's basket

Now, remember those super easy baskets I found on Monday, fill up a basket with a little paper, plop in the chocolates, grab some leftover ribbon from a craft you did and can you even believe it?  How cute are these?  Drop them off to your girl friends, put them on the table during Valentines dinner, or take them to some neighbors you’ve been meaning to meet.

Happy Valentines Day.  I hope you know you are loved.

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Best Friends Guide to: Encouraging your Pastor’s Wife

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by Angela

I have been a married to a Pastor for my whole married life! Well besides the small while, that we made an across the world move, and John was a Poolman and Construction Worker for a season. I liked that construction job. We got lots of things for our home that people were getting rid of- like carpet, windows and kitchen cabinets!!

But anyway- another story, another blog! Back to being a pastor’s wife 🙂 Every wife of a husband who works has some perks and minuses that go with their job! I have always found the pastor wife role a bit unique in that you go to work once a week with your husband! In a very public way! We didn’t go to work with my Dad in the computer world weekly. We maybe went to a few company picnics- but that seemed way different. So going to work regularly with your husband can make things complex! So here are a few tips if you are looking to encourage your pastor wife!

FIND SOMETHING THAT SHE LIKES. Each pastor’s wife has their own personalities, with their own likes and dislikes. Different from any previous pastor’s wife’s you have known and different than her husband. One of the pastor’s wife’s I knew loved to go to Tea. Another loved to read! Another found hiking as way to recharge! Do a little studying of your pastor’s wife and ask her about that when you see her. Get her a gift card to do that favorite thing. Ask her to join you to do it! Don’t assume she is too busy to do something fun with a friend. Every pastor’s wife has a different level of busyness- but if everyone is assuming that they are busy, they might actually be lonely.

GIVE HER THE GIFT OF BABYSITTING. If your pastor’s wife has young children. Offer her a gift of watching her children so that she and her hubby can enjoy a date night. Or she can go do some errands or get her haircut. Some pastor husbands work from home and people might assume they don’t need a babysitter, but their husbands are working -and some free time would be great!!

CARD OF ENCOURAGEMENT. Sometimes pastors and their wives only hear the discouragement of church goers! If something has encouraged you or you have prayed for your pastor’s wife. Send her a note. Or even a text. 🙂

BE A SECRET FRIEND. Sometimes leaders find people just want to be their friends for the perks of how it looks for them. Invite your pastor’s wife over without having to post in on social media. Be a friend when no one else is looking for no other reason than just enjoying a friend. Talk about non-church related things.

Now off you go to send a text or do some thinking of what your pastors wife loves most! How encouraged your pastors wife is going to be and therefore… your pastor too!!

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Make my Valentine

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by Laura

When Valentines Day comes around at our house I usually make a fun meal and cute treats, but I wish I would do something more handmade.  I remember waking up on Valentines morning, my mom had a special homemade valentine for each of us on the nicely set breakfast table.  It was a beautiful gesture, made a memory for me, and I want to pass that on.

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Now, NOTHING CRAZY, ok?  I don’t have the time to even do a Pinterest search, or want to spend much at all, but just a little something for my family, and maybe my friends, school teachers, or the secretary on Eric’s floor.

Last year we were shopping at Michael’s and saw these little berry baskets, Eva had a blast painting them one afternoon, I loved the creative diversion, and then we attached some ribbon, (also found it at Michael’s) and BAM!

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This year I went back to get more baskets, and they had them already in different colors, I added ribbon and yarn from home to make a handle, and then we’ll fill them up with yummy chocolate dipped treats. (Coming to you on Friday).

Maybe this year you can fold a piece of construction paper in half and add a heart doily, or add cut out hearts to your mirror, telling your husband how you love him.  We can make memories without the Art Degree, we can make memories out of love.

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