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Capsule Wardrobe // A Journey to a Life of Less

Happy Monday dear friends!! We had the best and most restful weekend ever. We picked blueberries on Saturday, like oodles and oodles of blueberries. It was so much fun. Ben and I took Piper with us out to a little house on the edge of town where we met several families form our church. The kids loved Piper, and she got to run around in wet grass chewing on sticks so basically it was a great time for all. We spent the rest of the weekend resting (literally...Ben and Piper slept on the floor in the living room for 4 hours) and working on projects! It was such an awesome weekend! I know many of you have heard me talking about this capsule wardrobe, and so many of you have expressed an interest in hearing more about it! So guess what? your waiting time is over!

I have been working on this post in my mind for several weeks now. Do any of you other bloggers out there do that? For whatever reason there are some posts that are so daunting to sit down and write, and this has been one of them for me. But this journey has been too good not to share with you all so here we go.

Capsule Wardrobe. This seems to be quite the trend now in blogland, but let me let you into a little secret. It is a trend, because creating a capsule wardrobe is so freeing. It allows you to stop buying into consumerism, and really figure out what makes you look and feel great! 

Let's back up...

What is a capsule wardrobe?

 It is a mini-wardrobe made up of versatile pieces that you love, and feel great in. The average number for this type of wardrobe is anywhere from 30-50 pieces, but more than that is really heading in the direction of a traditional closet. 

So why create a capsule wardrobe?

Well here is my answer...I needed to start fresh. The transition from college sorority girl to wife has been a tough one in the style department for me. I have felt that most of my closet reflects a previous life, and does not fit or compliment the life I am called to living now. I found myself taking hours to find an outfit to wear, and throwing half of my closet on the floor in the process. I would often feel defeated to the point of tears...all because of clothes. I would use phrases like, "I have nothing to wear", "I don't like how this fits", and "I think I need to change" all the time. So when I discovered the capsule wardrobe idea through some other awesome bloggers like

Valerie

, and

Rachel

, I knew I needed in on this. 

For me this was more than just cleaning out my closet, but a chance to turn over a new leaf. Gone are the days of forever 21 items for the sake of them being light on the wallet...I will save my money to buy items that I love, that look good on and make me feel comfortable, and that will last! I love this quote below, it really embodies what I am striving for! 

Also, this is more than just building an awesome and versatile wardrobe. It is about creating a wardrobe that does not rule over me. A wardrobe that does not cause me to believe lies about my body or possessions, but allows me to not think about my clothing. I desire to not worry about my clothing because as we see in Matthew 6,

"Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing...And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

This journey is more about getting to a point of contentment and rest in my clothing. It is about coming to a point that consumerism does not entice me, my clothes do not have dominion over my joy, and I can feel confident in the body the Lord has given me!

My first step was to do some research. I read several other blogs that I love about how they began the process to creating a capsule wardrobe. Check out these awesome ladies below. Next, I spent a whopping $8 and downloaded

Hayley Morgan'

s ebook

The No-Brainer Wardrobe

 and began to read it immediately. 

I loved this book! It was so practical, and Hayley gives you action steps at the end of each section so you can take it all one step at a time, and you are never overwhelmed. I began by going through every item in my closet, and made a no pile, maybe pile, and keep pile. 

Keep Pile-

this was only made up of items I truly loved, and have worn in the last 2-3 months. These were items that I didn't have to try on to remember why I love them, they are my go to's and the ones that I simple could not throw out.

Maybe Pile-

 These were all pieces that were questionable. Maybe they would only be wonr a few times a year, or are really bold statement pieces so they are not super versatile, or I find myself unsure of how I look when I put them on. I tried them all on and narrowed this pile down a little more. In the end this pile was mainly made up of nicer dresses, bold printed skirts and tops, and I am planning to keep them for 3 months and anything that is not worn at all during that time will go. 

No Pile-

this pile was for every item that I looked at with slight hesitation, or did not feel confident in. If it was too tight, fell weird, constantly had me tugging and readjusting...it went into this pile. All of these items are headed to

ThredUp

 (such an awesome website for name brand and designer clothes), Facebook to sell, or Goodwill! 

Next, I bought all new hangers at Walmart (for just $30), and switched all my clothes to the new sleek hangers. It is amazing how much this little step lifted the spirits of my closet. My next steps are to define my

"uniform"

,

identify the gaps

, and slim down my current wardrobe (it is sitting at about 50 items, and I really want to get it down some to about 35-40 items).

So stay tuned, I will be sharing more in the weeks ahead about my progress, my uniform, and my final capsule wardrobe! 

Great reads/resources to get started creating your own capsule wardrobe:

Un-fancy Wardrobe Planner Worksheet

Val Marie's Wardrobe Series

Hayley Morgan's eBook

Vallarina Creative's Closet Journey

A Harvest of Blessing's Living a Life of Less Series

What do you think about the idea of a capsule wardrobe? Is it overwhelming to you? Want to join in on this journey with me?

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Etsy Favorites - Tea Edition

Happy almost Friday! Can I start by saying, I am a coffee lover at heart, but lately I have really been struggling with changes in my body that I am feeling are a result of too much caffeine. I love to drink coffee every day but I have seen that in order for me to not have shaky hands and trouble breathing I need to only have one cup a day. And I am even considering implementing regular periods of "coffee detox" where I go off coffee and 

caffeine

 for a week or so. So...enter my new love of herbal tea! I have NEVER been a big hot tea person...it never seemed to have enough flavor and kick for me...but here I am, now proclaiming my love for the stuff. Yeah sure, it kinda looks like grass...but it is so yummy, and pretty good for you too!

So today I wanted to share with you my favorite Etsy finds that are all related to tea! Are you pumped yet?

 1.

Tea Towels

- I think these little guys from

luluandluca

are so beautiful! Perfect for wrapping up some yummy scones to keep them warm, or for placing tea cups and saucers on...just so pretty!

2.

Organic Cotton Tea Bags

 - The best part about these is that they are REUSABLE! So no throwing them away, and they are perfect for all your favorite loose leaf teas! Check out more adorable linen and cotton items by

Natural Linens

 3.

Stamped Spoons

 - I am mildly obsessed with these guys! These bring a lovely charm to scooping sugar into your teacup. They would make a perfect gift, as well as a perfect addition to any tea party.

4.

Vintage Teacups/Saucers

- Vintage is all the rage these days. If it is old, it is cool. But really, how special to drink tea from such a lovely and unique teacup? I think it would be so special to have a couple tea cups and saucers from my grandmothers, or great grandmothers even. Ben and I did not register for fine china when we got married (which I do not regret), but I do wish I had something fancy to drink out of from time to time. 

 5.

Herbal Tea Sampler

- I had the privilege of trying out this awesome sampler set of herbal teas from

URPriceless

a few weeks back. I had my sister help me out because she was in town and LOVES tea. We had so much fun trying all the different types of herbal teas included in the URPriceless package. They were all phenomenal. This package includes 10 sampler packets of the most yummy herbal tea blends. Best part? It is only $11!!!! 

This package comes with 10 different samples of a variety of herbal teas, all made by Shannon herself. Each package of tea can make about 2-3 8 oz. cups of tea...so wow, what a deal to get so much for such a great price. 

My top 3 favorites from the box I received were:

Peppermint Twist- This tea has peppermint, lemon balm, and orange peel, and it was so yummy. It was smooth with a perfect little zing from the orange! It instantly made me feel refreshed and energized! 

Sereni-Tea- One, the name of this tea is adorable, and so fitting. With chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, and dandelion root, this is the perfect tea to sip and unwind at the end of the day. I enjoyed this tea sitting in bed reading before calling it a day, and it was so yummy. I have thing for teas with chamomile so this was a winner for me! 

Keith's Delicious Tea- This also has peppermint, sensing a theme here? :) But this tea also has lemon balm and calendula in it, and it is perfect. The balance is wonderful, and the floral tones make it a lovely afternoon tea to serve to friends, or in my case, to sip with my little sister. 

All of the teas were yummy, but the ones with the peppermint were my favorite! Shannon's packaging was wonderful, and the sampler box arrived very timely! Shannon was a joy to work with, and I cannot recommend her Etsy shop more highly to you. Please go check her out! 

6.

Tea Print

- Many of you have probably picked up on this by now, but I have a little thing for prints. Especially witty ones that are super cute and fun. Like this one, so cute to go above a coffee/tea station or in the kitchen! And I am in love with most everything the

Printed Palette 

creates!

What about you? Tea lover? What is your favorite type of tea?

So excited to introduce you to my small ad sponsors for the month of May! These ladies are gems, and a joy to follow along with through blogging!

Meet Lisa of

Lisa Loves John

! Lisa is what I like to call the DIY queen. She always has some cool project, craft or recipe appearing on her blog. She is a great source of inspiration!! 

What song can you not get out of your head?

Although I haven’t seen the movie yet, I absolutely love Frozen’s Let it Go.  I mean really, this song is so catchy, and basically impossible to get out of your head.  And I’m not going to lie, I love all the cute remakes of the song too!

What has been your favorite meal lately?

Pizza all day, every day!  For real, I don’t discriminate… I love everything from wood fired pizza to frozen pizza – I will eat it all!

Go to summer nail polish color?

I love bright colors in summer, but my go-to is probably a nude… something low maintenance so if it chips, it isn’t too big of a deal, but it still looks clean and put together.

What is the Lord teaching you?

Without a doubt, the Lord is teaching me patience.  I need to release control and wait on God’s plan and timing.  Thankfully, HE has been patient with ME in learning this lesson.

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Meet Meg of

Rivers and Roads

! I have loved getting to know Meg more this month. Her blog is always a source of encouragement, great info, and inspiration. 

What song can you not get out of your head?:

 I cannot stop singing "Multiplied" by NEEDTOBREATHE. Their newest album is AMAZING and I listen to it over and over.

What has been your favorite meal lately?:

 Breakfast for dinner. I know it's simple and well, breakfast, but it is delicious. I love whipping up some scrambled eggs, maybe some toast, and most definitely a delicious smoothie to get in some fruit + dairy.

Go to summer nailpolish color?:

 I am crushing on 

Essie's Ballet Slippers

 polish these days. It's the most perfect hint of pink for me. 

What is the Lord teaching you?

: I've been doing the She Reads Truth "The Risen Christ" plan, and absolutely love it. I've been reminded a lot about what my life should look like knowing that I have a risen and reigning Savior.  Thanks to 

Rend Collective

, I've also been thinking a lot about the art of celebration. There is so much to be thankful for even in the midst of this broken world, and we need to remember to celebrate those gifts! 

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Stitch Fix # 2 (winner winner)

So many of you have heard me talk about how awesome 

Stitchfix

 is. You get a personal stylist, which is really cool, and your stylist picks out pieces for you that he/she thinks you will like OR that they think you can totally pull off. So some of the pieces may be out of your comfort zone but I think it is good to push yourself in what you wear. Participating in 

Stitchfix

 has been great for me as I have been transitioning from college sorority life to being a wife in full time ministry. I have wanted to wake up and get dressed everyday in something other than a t shirt and sweats but sometimes that has been hard because I feel as if all my clothes still reflect who I was in college and not who I am now. Wanna read about my first Fix? Check it out 

here

So this was my second Fix and it was wonderful. Randall my stylist heard my cry for more tops and some color! I am so happy with all that was in my box. 

Here is top numero uno. It is the most comfortable and well made fabric EVER. It is stretchy and has tapered sides...I am in love, in fact I wore it all day yesterday. I am keeping this one for sure. I think it looks great with my dark skinny jeans, but I will also pair it with my white washed boyfriend jeans, shorts or even a casual cotton skirt.

Also, don't y'all love my new boots? I have agonized over a good pair of riding boots for so long. I saved money from my crochet orders and purchased the Frye boots of my dreams. They make me kinda happy.

This lovely elephant scarf was another item in my box. I LOVED it. It was very whimsical and fun, but I really needed tops more than scarves so I decided to send it back...womp, womp. 

So sad to say goodbye to these little elephants...maybe I can find a look alike scarf somewhere!

Top number two was a classy silk top with three quarter length sleeves. It is perfect for the style I am going for in this new season of life. Very feminine and modest, which I love. I am definitely keeping this top. I paired it with my bright pink crop pants here but I think it will be cute with a skirt, jeans, and shorts later in the spring. 

I love the pearl button detail on the sleeves...I am a sucker for pearls, but what truly southern girl isn't? :)

Top three was my favorite item in this fix. It was a flowing, sheer peasant top with gorgeous embroidery details. It goes perfect with my AnnTaylor polka dot crops, jeans, or a high waisted skirt for a more dressy look. I am in love with the romantic chic vibes it gives...aren't you? 

and the color is so fun!

It just makes me laugh. Also this top is perfect for me to pair my 

Noonday Earrings

 with. Have you heard about the awesome jewelry and accessories by Noonday? You all need to check them out. Great company with such a heart for Jesus and helping others.

hello lovely...you are my favorite top in all the land. 

The final item in this Fix were these yellow "Just Black" skinny jeans. I liked them alright. They were a little too tight for my liking and because I have such large thighs I decided to send these back. The material was great though, they were soft and stretchy. So maybe in the right size these would be a winner. However, these jeans are headed back to Stitchfix land.

My stylist suggested that I pair the jeans with the top I kept in my last fix, and so I tried that and actually really though it was cute. What do you think?

I still love this top from Fix # 1...I wear it often and get so many compliments on it.

A big thanks to my awesome photographer. We are learning a lot about our new Canon T3i Rebel and Ben was quite the trooper to take and retake pictures of these outfits yesterday. 

So there you have it. I now have three new tops that now call my closet home. What are you waiting for? Try scheduling your own 

Stitchfix

 today. Only $20 to schedule and that money goes towards the items you decide to keep. No shipping costs for returns. It is such a fun thing to try out! Do it!

My next Fix is scheduled for the beginning of April. Cannot wait to see what Spring things are included. 

In other news, we have had such a productive weekend thus far. Ben and I had fun at our little fashion photo shoot, he got to go shoot his new pistol with friends, worked on our end tables he is making, and I spent the afternoon designing new blog buttons for the different categories I blog about. It has been a great weekend and we are looking forward to a day of rest, complete with leading worship at church and a church wide potluck tonight. 

What have you done this weekend? Would love to hear form you!

XOXO,

Rachel

To the inner fashionista.

I am giddy... no ecstatic...no elated...overjoyed...beside myself...let me tell you why...

Today my very first Stichfix package came in...one whole day early. And boy oh boy was I pumped about it! (if you couldn't tell from all the highly emotional adjectives I just used)

Hold on...What is Stitchfix you ask? Well let me tell you...

It is only the best thing ever invented in the realm of shopping. Stitchfix is a website that allows you to do your online shopping with (get this) your very own personal stylist (for a tiny fee). It only costs $20 per fix and you can schedule fixes monthly or one time or whenever your heart desires! So then once you schedule your fix, you fill out your style profile to let you stylist know your taste (you can even include links to your style board on pinterest to help the stylist select items perfect for you). Then your amazing stylist works her stylist magic and ships you a package with 5 pieces completely tailored to your likes and dislikes ranging in prices (the best part of all that its a SURPRISE)...then you open your package of awesomeness, try on the pieces, pick which ones to keep (or keep all 5 and get 25% off your total) and then ship back the pieces you do not want to keep in the handy mail bag that is conveniently stamped with a label...Your styling fee goes towards your purchase. 

then you sit back, and feel like a celebrity. haha maybe not quite but you feel pretty fantastic. 

go right now and check it out, I promise you will be so happy! You only have to pay $20 and there are no strings attached, you do not have to keep a single thing. And this is for women of ALL AGES...But really...go check it out.


And now without further delay...here are the pieces that were in my package today (excuse the light, my handsome photographer doesn't get home from work until after dark when all the natural light has gone to bed.)



This was favorite top, hands down. I love the pattern and the pop of color. The material feels great and you can tell it is well made. The sleeves can roll up and button at the elbow. I definitely kept this baby!



I also adored this sweater...however as sad as this is I could only handle one item this time for financial reasons and I have a lot of beige, black, and neutral colors in my closet already. So this comfy lounge sweater went back to StitchFix world. I will miss you cuddly sweater...



I would literally never buy a jacket like this, but I liked it a lot once I tried it on. I would probably never even pick this up if I saw it at a store, but it was cute and different and again very well made. Sadly, since money does not grow on trees, this little guy went back. 



I liked the idea of this dress, but alas it was too big and didn't really flatter me in my opinion. Adios amigo. 



This was my least favorite piece in my fix. It is called a Dolman top and the style is just not something I love. It is made of spandex, similar feel to that of the piko tops, however (not pictured) it has a tight fitting band that hugs too close for comfort around the hip region. I do not like tight fitting clothing around my hips so see ya later blouse. 


Overall, this was a great first Fix and I have already scheduled my next one for the beginning of March. I would have bought the jacket, the sweater and the first top if I had enough money! But not this time. I am so happy with my one new top though and cannot wait to wear it out and about. So what are you waiting for? 

Go try out Stitchfix, what do you have to lose? absolutely nothing. This is affordable, fun, and a way to stretch your style boundaries gradually. 


What do you think of these outfits? Which ones would you wear?

xoxo--