Fashion

Capsule Wardrobes: A Look inside my Capsule Closet for the Upcoming Winter Season!

In a previous post, I explained the benefits of 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge and the differences of creating a Capsule Closet.

Since then, I decided to tackle my own closet and created a capsule closet for the Winter 2018 season and I have been head over heels with for the last 3 weeks! My closet is filled with neutral colors, textures and patterns that provide me the ability to coordinate different outfits as well as keeping me warm through seasonal transitions, but more importantly, I am really beginning to settle into my own sense of style that is uniquely mine which is a mix of comfortable casual with a touch of sass.

I am always excited when fall comes around for multiple reasons but, my favorite always remains the fact that fashion always takes center stage in débuting its new trends to try.

However, this year was a little different. I challenged myself to only purchase trends that I absolutely knew I wanted to participate in over the next 3 months & evaluate if I really needed to purchase them. If the answer was yes to one or both of the previous questions, I would promise to shop secondhand FIRST to score those items. I am happy to report that I was able to salvage what could be found in my current wardrobe that had been put in storage last year to contribute to my capsule closet. Other items (about 50%) were thrifted from some of my favorite local thrift stores.

Below I will break down the different categories of apparel I am rotating currently within my closet- Enjoy!

 

*Comment down below what items you have in your wardrobe for this winter season?

xo

Danielle


Outerwear:

If someone were to ask me what is my favorite item of clothing, it would be outerwear. It is the last item of clothing to be put on but, it holds so much value since more than likely it is tailored to go with the rest of your outfit to “fit the occasion”. And I like to think of it as another layer to add to the bomb outfit that will come off in a quick reveling like motion.

Ellen Tracy Tweed Wool Blend Coat: This beauty was thrifted over the summer at a thrift store in D.C.! Wearing it has been everything that dreams are made off & strangers who have complimented me seem to think the same!

Lady GaGa Born This Way Faux Leather Jacket:  Although this jacket was purchased at a vintage shop in Adams Morgan, D.C. the shop owner said she loved the trendy gold lettering and the unique design of the unicorn & message of positivity. I have to say,  I 100% agree and I love pairing it with casual outfits on the weekends.

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Pants

GAP High Rise Denim Jeans: Black, skinny leg, high rise. What more is there to say? These pair of pants go with everything in my closet.

Madewell High Rise Sailor Pants: While I’m not the biggest fan of blue jeans, I find that these are more than blue jeans because of their unique double square pocket on the front side that sit perfectly on the high rise waist; they also have a wonderful stretch all around. I found these while thrifting in NYC for just $11.

Ann Taylor Ankle Ponte Pants: I scored these pants in three amazing neutral colors (grey, navy, olive) at Goodwill! They were new with tags and only $13 each! I wear these every week to the office to fit the business casual dress attire.


Sweaters

Caslon Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I lived in turtlenecks. Mostly because my mom did her best to keep us from getting sick during the brutal NY winters, but little did she know I actually enjoyed the secure feelings it gave me. I found this rich grey turtle neck sweater for just $4. I love the embellished knitting along the sleeves and the dense cotton fabric that pairs perfectly with any pant.

Banana Republic Cropped Knitted Sweater: That title almost sounds like an oxymoron right? But this sweater I found from J. Crew pulls its weight and provides the perfect amount of warmth! The thick cotton fabric, vented hem on the back and the bright red color all work in tandem to make me appear that I spent way more time on planning the outfit than I actually did- that’s a win, win for me!


Tops / Blouses

Ann Taylor Striped Top: When I was thinking of staple pieces, this style and pattern came up the most in my search results. I found this in new condition for only $2! The 3/4 sleeves provide warmth without sacrificing comfort (I don’t like long sleeve tops) and the horizontal stripes are complimentarily to tall frame! I like this style so much, I also found the same shirt, but in short sleeve!

Denim Chambray Button Up: Everyone has a denim Chambray top right? But I wanted one that had more personality than most. I saw this top and knew it was the one. What I love most is the deep V neck line that compliments bottom hem! It reminded me of a tuxedo jacket and without much more thought, I added it to my closet!

Green Camo Tee Shirt: A tee shirt may not seem like the most seasonal appropriate item to add to your closet during cooler months, but think of it as an opportunity to use as a laying piece! I found this top on sale at Macy’s for just under $7. I love wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands or just kickin’ it around the house.



Shoes

Caslon Leather Ankle Boots: Originally when I saw these boots I wanted to sell them. Being that they are a size 11, black, and fall appropriate. They would be hard to come by for the average big foot girl (speaking from experience) However, I looked at my existing closet and noticed that my current boots were a bit beaten up, so much so I took a second look at these and told myself “I’ll only wear them once, what’s the harm in that?”. Well- as any re-seller would know, don’t wear your merchandise cause it will never get sold. And that’s exactly what happened. Now these shoes are now-forever mine lol.  I found these at the thrifts for $10.

Nine West Laser Cut Loafers: Similar to the Caslon boots, these were also originally intended to sell (I have a problem haha) but after listing and relisting these Nine West shoes twice I decided that they could join my shoe gang. I primarily wear these to work since they are appropriate for any look and add a spin to the usual loafer look with the exposed laser cut on the sides. I’m a fan of subtitle details and low prices like $12 that I found these for!

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

FINAL UPDATE: The Next 5 Days (Days 24-31): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days and the conclusion of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 25-26:

  • It’s the weekend, baaby!

Day 27 (August 27):

  •  Today I actually took a personal day from work to attend a family function. However, I used this time to refresh my clothing after completing laundry and steamed my tops the night before.

Day 28 (August 28):

  • OMG it’s been so humid lately around here! Its the end of August which means that it’s prime swamp weather here in D.C.- THANK goodness I have my lightweight cotton blouse to keep me cool! I paired my outfit with my long sleeveless vest and accessorizing it with a gold double tier tassel necklace. I’ve been loving this combo and has been my go -to the last few weeks!

Day 29 (August 29):

  • Another day, another dollar and a day in my work uniform.

Day 30 (August 30):

  • It’s been so hot that my last couple shirts were beyond repairable with some simple dabs of lemon juice and water lol I had to go through my other shirts because when you’re a sweaty girl, these things happen! Thankfully, today was the last day!

Day 31 (August 31):

  • T E L E W O R K    D A Y!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Phew! I made it to the end of the month and to the end of my work wardrobe challenge! If I’m being honest, I really did not expect much from this challenge in terms of making it through the entire month while wearing the same  two main articles of clothing to work without :

A. Getting bored of the concept

B. Being exposed  by co-workers that I was wearing the same clothes for 30 days lol

To my surprise, neither of those happened! Besides my co-workers who I told that I would be conducting this challenge everyone else hasn’t noticed or given me so much of a side-eye. Which makes me wonder if I’m really that impressionable, or people HAVE noticed and aren’t willing to speak up.

My original goal of this challenge was to minimize my stress levels that were within my control throughout the day by eliminating possibly one of the most ridiculous decisions that lead me to stress in the morning; choosing what to wear to work. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I walked into my closet with an outfit I PICKED THE NIGHT BEFORE (I was prepared) put it on, and moments before I was ready to leave I CHANGED MY CLOTHES (WHAT?!)

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How many times I swipped through my closet, totally making a disaster of it and ended up wearing the same top/pants that I wore the week before. It was a vicious cycle that included no creativity, no change, but ultimately no gain (besides stress).

So what are my plans after this month? Well- comparing this month to just the month prior, I would say that this challenge has been beneficial to me and has saved me so much time in the a.m.  I think instead of sticking to the same outfit, I think that I am going to create a work capsule for myself that includes 5-7 items (tops & bottoms) that are appropriate to the season within a complimentary color palate. Since fall is my FAVORITE season, I am so excited to see what I can combine in my closet and from the thrift stores [of course] into a chic work attire capsule wardrobe. I hope to post a blog detailing what I choose as well as outfit combinations! (stay tuned).

I am happy to say that this experience has improved my conscience decisions when I am allowed the extra time to select different pieces to accessories and make use of my creativity with what I wear; and the ability it has allowed me to carry that momentum through the rest of my day.

The bigger question is, has my work performance improved? I can confidently say yes! While my job does not involve hella amounts of creativity I am finding ways to navigate old habits of completing my work into more stimulating routines! It’s been a great experience; I can’t wait to do it again!

 

Would you consider doing a work uniform challenge? What are your thoughts about creating a work wardrobe capsule? Leave your thoughts below!

xo,

Danielle

 

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 20-24): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 18-19:

  • It’s the weekend, baaby!

Day 20 (August 20):

  • I took a metal heath day today and took the opportunity to catch up on some work around the house.

Day 21 (August 21):

  • Back at it! Today was minimal. I wore my metal wrapped marble triangle earrings and my thrifted black watch. I remember to carry a black blazer with me to work in case it was chilly in the offi…who am I kidding? it totally was, as usual!

Day 22 (August 22):

  • I paired my uniform with my long black vest and ran out of the house. I spent a little too much time meditation as soon as I woke up and was crunched for time (lol). The way that I seemed to get ready was almost instinctual. They say after 21 days, habits are formed— Guess I’m already there!

Day 23 (August 23):

  • Last day in the office this week! I’m kind of getting bored with the solid black pants, which I didn’t think would be possible. So I decided to pair them with a bold white belt. I was a bit hesitant as it gave me cowgirl vibes, but it still worked out!

Day 24 (August24):

  • T E L E W O R K    D A Y!

 

Next week is the final week of my work uniform challenge! I’m excited that I have made it this far without giving up! When things have been so hectic in my regular life it was nice to have this one thing, as tiny as it was here to keep some normalcy. I think this challenge is a unique one that I have a desire to do as soon as next month. But alternate it to be a capsule of items of about 4-5 that I change up and wear for the entire month.

Stay tuned for my next update and the final week of the challenge!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

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Fashion, Lifestyle

What’s Good with threadUP’s Goody Box?

Have you been curious to try threadUP’s new Goody Box? If you are not sure what a Goody Box is, please take a look at their website and peruse around a bit! It’s an awesome concept that will allow you to receive 10 items in either new or gently used condition directly to your door. All items are tailored to your style preference and size according to your responses to a survey they provide! When your Goody Box arrives, you have the chance to keep the items that are perfect for you OR return the items that you are not so thrilled about— It’s that simple!

I selected my Goody Box to be tailored to an Athleisure Lifestyle while sticking to a neutral color pallet (black, white, grey, navy) with brands like J.Crew, Lululemon, and Old Navy. Ordering the box only cost $10 upfront with free shipping and an anticipated arrival of 3-4 business days. I am really excited to see what items I get!!

A good thing to note:

  • Items that you want to keep have a starting price of $20 that you will be responsible to pay for.
  • If you wish to return an item, it MUST be in the same condition as it was when it arrived. Tags on (if applicable) no tears, or stains, etc.

I am looking forward to reviewing my items with a box opening review on my YouTube channel with initial reactions to each item as well as writing up a follow up post!

Want to try threadUP? Use this link to sign up for your own personalized Goody Box right now!

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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