Friday, October 14, 2016

A capsule wardrobe update

I started this whole capsule experiment on September 21st, and I was very worried at first.
I mean, 37 pieces is really not a lot, plus I had two work trips planned for October...
Turns out, a capsule wardrobe really is life changing. All the stuff about it I had read is true: less time spent deciding what to wear, not much more laundry to do, and a definite improvement on personal style, because one has to wear the nice thing she picked even to go to the supermarket.
I actually haven't gotten around wearing all the stuff I picked, especially shoes.

Packing for work trips was easy too. I haven't taken a picture of what I packed for Barcelona, but here is the stuff I brougt with me in Manchester.

Here are 5 tops, including the one I was wearing for travelling, a cardigan, a pair of black pants and a pair of jeans.
It was a 3 days conference, so I could have done with a couple of less tops, but I am clumsy when I eat, so I wanted to be safe.
Shoes and bag...

And accessories:

I also had a pink belt to wear with the black pants.
The best part is that it all fit in a carry on bag, and the very small kind!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A 30X30 experiment of sort.

Since deciding to go for a 37 pieces capsule wardrobe starting on Sep 21st, first day of Fall -more or less- I was getting anxious I would miserably fail my experiment. What if the choices I had made weren't the best? What if I needed something I had kept out of my capsule very badly?
So, to try a "soft start" I decided to do one of these 30X30 challenge that were all the rage some years ago (remember them? Kendi invented them well before the capsule trend).
So I selected 30 pieces to wear between Aug 21st and Sep 20th. I included clothes and shoes, and excluded handbags and swimsuits.
It's actually a pretty difficult time of the year to plan for clothing, since the weather here can go from scorching hot to almost Fall. I included only one pair of closed shoes, knowing it would be a bit risky...

So, here is my list -everything was already in my closet, no new pieces here.


1.Black flat sandals
2. Brown flat sandals
3. Beige heeled sandals
4. Black heeled sandals
5. Grey ballet flats
6. Beige high heel sandals


7. Black shirt
8. Burgundy shirt
9. Turquoise shirt
10. Asymmetrical black shirt
11. Brown top
12. Pink shirt
13. White shirt
14. Graphic shirt beige
15. Green shirt
16. Grey cardigan
17. Beige cardigan

18. Multi colored skirt
19. Black linen skirt
20. Grey skirt
21. Pink skirt
22. Blue harem pants
23. Black pants
24. White pants
25. White bf jeans
26. Black harem pants

27. Long black dress
28. Black dress
29. Blue dress

30. Beige blazer

I am almost done (Tue is the last day), and here are my conclusions:

  • The clothes I picked were enough. Actually, more than enough. I had enough variety - also because I don't mind repeating outfits.
  • I wore the beige high heeled sandals only once, and it was very painful. They'll go to a better home at the end of the season. I could easily have picked another pair of closed shoes.
  • I haven't worn four things yet: the blue dress (it is too summer-y for this time of the year), white jeans (still too hot for jeans), white pants (no real reason here) and the long sleeved green tee (no need for long sleeves when I can layer with the blazer or cardigans).
  • If I had to re-do it, I'd pick another pair of pants, a pair of sneakers and live out the blue dress and green tee.
  • I used two bags throughout the month: a beige one for work and a black crossbody bag for the weekend, seen in the picture above.
It was a great experience, and the most surprising thing was that I didn't feel like I was missing something. Now onto the capsule experiment!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Travel diary - Abbruzzo

Last July, when we came back from our beach vacation, we decided to spend some days in August in the cool Abruzzo.
We found a good deal on an apartment in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, 1200 m altitude, and booked it.
It was really a magical place. The apartment was lovely - here is a picture of the place:

And the towns around were as beautiful. We went to Santo Stefano, Calascio, Castel del Monte and Castelvecchio.

We also drive to Campo Imperatore, at 2100m altitude:

We visited l'Aquila too, but didn't take pictures there. 
L'Aquila, but also these smaller town, still show the wounds of the 2009 eartquake. I didn't feel like taking pictures of these.

It was a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. I would love to go back during the Winter, when there is snow.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Closet editing - summer edition.

So, I set my mind on trying a capsule approach to my Fall wardrobe. I made a list of all the stuff I'll have as part of it, figured all I really need is one pair of shoes - maybe - and set a date : September 21, which more or less coincides with the start of Fall.

So I was all happy and satisfied that in the Fall I'll have a nice, small, organized wardrobe, until I opened my closet and realized I'll have to live with a messy summer wardrobe until then.

I wasn't all happy and satisfied about this, actually.

So I decided to take some time while husband is at work and little girl sleeps to do some editing/tidying.

I decided to leave the stuff that I'll use for my Fall capsule - only, I put it in the higher bar. Here it is. And the clothes on the left are my daughter's - yes, I divide my closet with her.

This is not the complete Fall capsule: I am carrying over some pieces from my summer wardrobe.

I went through the rest of the clothes, pulled out whatever I don't want to be in my closet right now, and divided them is three piles: Winter clothes (yes, still had them in there!), Summer clothes I am not going to wear anymore for this summer, but still want to keep, and clothes to donate. A Winter cardigan is going straight to the dry-cleaner.

I put the clothes to donate in a bag. This is going to the church.
The Winter and Summer stuff I want to keep has been stored in two separate bags under our bed.

I had space left to nicely put my handbags, not to mention all the hangers I had left empty!

The result is quite ok - still a lot of stuff, but looks much better and the chance to get wrinkled is lower. Here is a picture of my "main" closet, lower bar:

And this is my dress closet, it's about half mine and half husband's:

Look at all these pretty colors! The two dresses on the right will be part of my Fall capsule, since they have long sleeves, the others are all for summer.

Next projects will be:

  • Edit my shoes collection
  • Make some sense out of my underwear drawer.
But for today, I am done.


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