seventeen / latest obsession

The blog-tember challenge is a fun, daily blogging challenge created by the
lovely Bailey Jean of Brave Love blog.
Today is DAY SEVENTEEN: Just for fun, your latest obsession. What can you not get enough of these days?


 

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I don’t have any NEW obsessions…
but I’m getting re-obsessed with capsule wardrobes.

Capsule wardrobes aren’t a new thing by any means…but when Caroline of Un-Fancy announced in April that she was stepping away from her blog for the moment, I got sad and ended up binge-reading all her posts from day one to the last one!
I’ve been so unhappy with my wardrobe lately because I feel like my style has changed, my clothes are getting worn out, and my body shape and the things I’m comfortable wearing has changed.
I’ve been adding things in slowly, to enhance my wardrobe but I also don’t want to have to worry too much about what I’m putting on. I just want everything to go together!! It takes entirely too long to get dressed a lot of the time and I’m not happy about that.

enter in: the capsule wardrobe

If you’re wondering what the heck even is a capsule wardrobe then read this.
Caroline explains it so well, and that’s exactly what I want mine to be and do for me. I want to have a structured system that helps me have clothes for every season and situation, without having so much excess that I don’t even wear! Everything in my closet I should love.

For some reason, this time around reading all about how to have a capsule wardrobe, I feel like it’s attainable. I went through my closet at the beginning of the year with the wardrobe architect challenge and kinda had a freak out moment , so I didn’t do much after that. Now I am hoping to re-evaluate and re-plan. It’s not as scary anymore, so I’m excited!

Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe?
Did it work for you? Or was it not a good fit?

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twelve / currently i’m…

The blog-tember challenge is a fun, daily blogging challenge created by the
lovely Bailey Jean of Brave Love blog.
Today is DAY TWELVE: What are you up to currently?


i am currently

Reading… Caroline’s entire blog, Un-Fancystart to finish. She writes about capsule wardrobes and I think I’m going to take the plunge and do it myself!
Playing… a game called 1010 on my phone non-stop.
Watching… football with my husband. Well, he’s watching and I’m sitting with him while he watches haha
Trying… to get caught up on all the days I’m behind on this challenge! And also trying to get ahead!
Eating… dinner with my husband’s family tonight   🙂
Drinking… as much water as I can! I have been slacking recently and trying to get back in the habit of drinking more water
Pinning… all the things! Pinterest is one of my favorite things. I just get so inspired by the things I see on there!
Going… to Disneyland in October for Halloween, and I can’t wait!!!
Loving… Blog-tember this year so far! I haven’t been able to read much of others’ posts yet but I will and I’m excited to connect with more people!
Hating… the heat here in Las Vegas…please just drop to the low 90s!
Discovering… my love for sewing again. I go back and forth between non-stop sewing and not sewing for months…I’m getting obsessed again lol
Thinking… about dessert…always.
Feeling… less stressed about all the things I want/need to do because I somehow magically ended up with a three day weekend!
Hoping… to have another fun day like yesterday with my mom and sister!
Listening… to The Lively Show by Jess Lively. SO GOOD.
Celebrating… my three day weekend! cleaning, blogging, sewing, shopping, brunching, resting…so amazing!
Smelling… like cheesy popcorn…because I just ate some! lol
Thanking… all my lovely blogging friends for reading and interacting with me! It’s the best part of all of this!
Starting… a capsule wardrobe soon…I think lol
Finishing… this post and all the posts I need to catch up on by the end of tomorrow!

What are YOU up to currently?   🙂

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Wardrobe Architect / exploring shapes and building silhouettes

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We have reached the end of January! HOLY CANNOLI! I hope it has treated you well my friend.
I have been having so much fun with this challenge, even though it really has been a challenge! haha. It really is harder than you think it would be…

Even though I have always known what my tastes were, I have always gotten very easily distracted by other shiny things that I think I like but then when I make it or try it on in a store, it is a hard pass. I think that’s why I have been enjoying these assignments so much, because I am defining and documenting all the aspects of my personal style. I can’t wait to keep going!

So far I have made style more personal by answering how different aspects in my life has affected my style and I have answered a series of questions that have helped me define my core style. My core style is:
comfy – sassy – unique – easy – cohesive

Now, for week 3 and week 4 of the Wardrobe Architect challenge, we were supposed to fill out this worksheet that lists different shapes of clothing (loose, fitted, short, long, different necklines, etc.) with a 0-10 scale and then pair our favorite shapes together to the build silhouettes that we love to wear. (silhouettes are just the lines and style of garment, not the color/pattern/details of it.) It was recommended to use Polyvore to create the silhouettes, and this was really hard for me because I got too hung up on the colors and details of the garment. I got it done though, and I think I did pretty well!

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I pretty much have known what shapes I like to wear for a while, but it was really nice thinking more about it and how I can mix certain pieces together that have similar shape. For example, skinny jeans and a pencil skirt are interchangeable because they are both bottoms that are slimmer to the body.

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I generally find that I like fitted bottom shapes with looser tops or tops that are fitted in the chest/shoulder area but looser in the midriff with some waist definition.

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I also noticed that the shapes and silhouettes that I like are basically the same for all the seasons, I just change the colors, add longer sleeves, switch my shoes, and/or add another layer when its colder.

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After figuring all our shapes/silhouettes out, we were then tasked to design or collect 20 patterns that fit into our shapes/silhouettes. I’m still in the process of picking the patterns out that I like that fit into my silhouettes, if you are interested in seeing what patterns I love and want to use, I will post them in a separate post!

I just want to end by saying this…

THANK YOU SO MUCH! for reading along and expressing how much you are looking forward to seeing what I make! This process is a fun one for me, but it’s even funner (yes, I know it’s not a word) that you are reading along and enjoying it too!! It’s making the whole process so much better!!

If you have been following along with the challenge and taking part as well I would love to see your posts! Put a link below and I will check it out!

What silhouettes do you find yourself wearing often? What makes you feel SASSY?!

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Wardrobe Architect / defining my core style

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The first thing we had to do for the wardrobe architect challenge was to make style more of a personal thing by thinking about different ways that our lifestyles affect our aesthetic. you can read all my thoughts on that here. (some of the answers to today’s questions are kinda referenced to those!)

NEXT we are going from thinking about these things generally, to figuring out how they might work in our actual physical wardrobe. It’s all rather exciting! Before I start I recommend you read the post on the coletterie blog and check out the worksheet for this exercise! (maybe even try answering some questions yourself, it really is fun!)
Now, for my answers:

My favorite clothing items make me feel:
comfy – nothing itchy or too tight for me please.
sassy – definition=lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky.
unique – I love feeling like I put together an outfit that not many other people would wear.
confident – like I can be myself 100%. and it accentuates my goods.
cohesive – I don’t want to look like I just threw random stuff on…I want to look like things go together…not necessarily “match”, but go.
edgy – definition=original, offbeat, weird. I like weird.
clean – not dingy looking or fraying. clean lines, clean looking colors.
easy – easy to put on, not tons of layers. easy to wear, not fussy.
happy – obviously…haha.

The way I DON’T want to feel/look when I wear clothing:
frumpy – nobody wants to feel like this.
boring – I need interesting pattern/texture/color/shine/details/accessories in my life.
fussy – when things take lots of work to keep looking nice through the day, I get frustrated. and fussy things are usually uncomfortable.
fat/pregnant – people have mistaken me for pregnant…I don’t want that to happen EVER. you know, unless I actually am pregnant. (but I might still not want people to point it out blatantly).

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My style icons:
I don’t really pay too much attention to “style icons” or celebrity style…and I haven’t found anyone who’s style is the exact same as mine (which I kinda love) but a few celebrity street styles that I love seeing are:
Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, Emma Stone, Kate Beckinsale.

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Some words that describe styles that I like in theory, but not for me:
vintage – I love some vintage inspired things but for the most part what I find is not exactly my style.
bohemian – I love bohemian inspired hairstyles, but I don’t like the earthy tones and deconstructed look in clothing for me.
shabby chic – the pastel colors and uber frilly and girly is not for me. I love frills and lace in small doses.

The 15 descriptive words, moods, and feelings that I associate with my answers from last week are:
unique, comfy, modest, sassy, easy, edgy, simple, flattering, confident, colorful, unexpected, cohesive, well-made, cool, fun.

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If I had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe my style, I would choose:

comfy – sassy – unique – easy – cohesive

(The last thing to do for today was to collect 15-20 images that represent my 3-5 words. I shared some of mine in the collages above and the rest are on my pinterest board which you should for sure check out!)

thank you so much for reading!! can you tell i love the word “sassy”? haha
now, it’s your turn! what words can you come up with that describe your style?!

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Wardrobe Architect / making style more personal.

 

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The very first thing that needs to be done when you are doing a complete style overhaul, is figure out your own personal style tastes! there are so many trends going on at every single moment that leave as fast as they come, with every person taking part around you and on pinterest, blogs, instagram…so how do we even know what WE actual like?!

Well for the first assignment of the challenge, we are asked to think about certain ways we are different and how those things affect the way we choose to look. Go ahead and take a look at the questions on the worksheet and then read my answers below!

History:
I remember not being very concerned with my appearance when I was younger…I cared more about my barbie’s appearance! haha I think it was when I was in the 8th grade (12 years old) that i started to care at all. I chose to wear baggy, all black clothing. I rocked stick straight hair, converse, a wristful of those colored plastic bracelets and lots of eyeliner. Yeah, I thought I was a punk, haha! Then, the following year I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and started wearing all bright colors, all the time! Sometimes multiple at a time! I loved wearing polos with colorful stripes, all aeropostale everything, giant earrings, and ballet flats in neon colors. I, also, started getting into different hairstyles and makeup which has had a huge affect on my life considering I am a hairstylist and makeup artist now! As far as my style choices now, I think I have a healthier dose of black and color and I still have a deep love for ballet flats!

Philosophy:
I am a Latter-Day Saint, and because of that fact i hold myself to a different standard of modesty than most people. I don’t wear tops that are revealing, I don’t wear skirts or shorts that hit farther up above the knee and I always wear tops and dresses with sleeves. Besides how I dress, I also never like to buy things on a whim or that aren’t a reasonable price, and when I go through things to get rid of I always donate them so I am helping others. I try not to have more than I need.

Culture:
I am white. And I’m really sad to say that I don’t know my ethnicity…I have no idea! I have asked my family too and they don’t really know. Based off of the way my family and myself look, I think I am made up of some sort of combo of English, German and Irish. I have very light freckle-y skin and my mom and her 3 brothers are all gingers. And I feel like our noses look kinda German. Like I said, just a guess. Because I don’t really know my family origins, I haven’t really been affected by them. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and there are people that come and go here from all over the world.  There really aren’t any strong fashion influences in Las Vegas culture since there is so much diversity here.

Community:
I think my direct community influences me somewhat but not in the way you think, haha. mostly it influences me to be unique and to try to not have the same things as others! The sewing and DIY communities influences me so much with all the patterns they are creating or making with such awesome fabric! To be honest, the sewing community influences me way more than my friends or anyone directly connected to me, haha. I’m not mad about it.

Activities:
I don’t really have too many activities in my life, but if an outfit isn’t comfortable or is too fussy I just won’t wear it. Also, for work I have to wear all black or black with touches of white or grey. So because of that fact, I like to wear garments with different textures, finishes or garments that have unique design details so i don’t feel plain. Luckily I can dress kinda casual for work too so the whole comfort thing is easier! Another activity for me is church, so I need comfy and cute dresses and skirts. I don’t have very many that fit that I actually like.

Location:
I live in Las Vegas, NV where it is hot…pretty much the whole year long. Because it is so freakin’ hot during the summers i try and wear as few layers as possible and thinner clothing too. I need to get more familiar with fabrics and what their properties are so i know what breathes the best. Something else i want to try doing is wearing more skirts and dresses during the summer because I feel like they would be less hot that jeans which is what i usually wear. Winters in Las Vegas are really not bad at all so i usually only need to have some light layering pieces and one or two warmer coats.

Body:
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all aren’t 100% happy with our bodies…and I know I want to improve mine to be healthier and a little thinner. Honestly though, I am way more confident and comfortable in my skin now than I used to be when i was my skinniest in high school (even though I am about 40 lbs heavier). I just miss being able to wear tighter shirts and feel comfortable. But alas, I am making the best of what I got and I want to have a wardrobe that I love because when I wear an outfit that I LOVE it makes me feel amazing! (like my peplum top that i made!)

 

now, I am going to be nosy and ask you to pick a category and tell me how it influences your style! I just love learning more about people 🙂

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