it will come as a surprise to absolutely none of you that i just love my little harlow dog. harlow’s mom passed away a few months ago and she’s only a few years older than harlow and it totally freaked me out. anyway harlow is happy and healthy and i plan to keep her that way. today she’s been particularly sweet.
have you heard of this? after natalie posted hers i became kind of obsessed with the idea. i think it’s a good thing for two reasons:
1. it has totally kept me busy in between searching for a job and avoiding the yucky parts of life right now.
2. i am pretty sure hoarding tendencies run in my family.
i’ve always been drawn to the idea of minimalism. when i read about how people live minimally i think they must be really self actualized or have incredible self control – two qualities i very much admire. that being said i love to shop. like, it really makes me happy. sometimes even if i know i’ll probably never (or rarely) wear something i’m so drawn to a color or pattern that i end up buying it. and that, my friends, is how you end up on an episode of hoarders.
minimalist wardrobes aren’t a new thing. diana posted this years ago and i saved it because i was just so fascinated with the idea of having a tiny wardrobe. and even longer ago erin did a thirty items for thirty days challenge. so with these lovely ladies as inspiration i decided to take the plunge.
first things first i downloaded caroline’s capsule wardrobe planner and spent days browsing my pinterest boards to figure out what my style is. i still don’t really know… but as i pinned away the words that came to mind were preppy, boho, pink.
comfort: i want my clothes to fit well and be comfortable. this seems like the biggest “duh” statement but i either buy things a little too big because i don’t want them to be tight or am feeling self conscious and then end up feeling sloppy and self conscious or i hang try to make things work that aren’t quite the right size or style and end up feeling uncomfortable and self conscious.
feminine: i like a little pink or a ruffle detail here and there. i enjoy wearing skirts and dresses, and with tights. i like a some sparkle. ban.do always saves the day here.
modest: i kind of dread using that word. if anyone says “modest is the hottest” i’ll poke them in the eye. i feel most comfortable covered up. i don’t care if it’s hot or not.
structured: i really love the peasant, flowy look but it just doesn’t work for me. i promise i would wear peasant tops and chiffon skirts all day long if i could. but one thing i’ve learned about my style is that a little structure helps me feel more put together and more confident.
my have-it-all-together date is september 21st. totally doable. i think. it’s actually turned out to be a lot more effort than i anticipated. i feel like the end result will be a good thing but right now there are piles and boxes of clothes and empty hangers everywhere. my poor harlow is under the bed… which is probably a good idea.
have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? or a mini wardrobe? are you going to?
top image from ny mag featuring chloé pieces, hunting down sources for the other images
saturday morning i woke up sobbing and i have no idea why. waking up means i must have slept and that’s a good thing and i don’t remember having any upsetting dreams but there i was bawling like a baby while harlow sat on my chest and stared at me. we were both confused.
the only thought that my sad brain could focus on was that i wanted to watch breakfast at tiffany’s.
i haven’t seen it in a few years and lost most of my dvds in the move but fortunately it was on netflix and i immediately turned it on. two things – 1. moon river made me cry more 2. i do love that movie.
what are your go-to movies when you need a pick me up?
random fact: did you know you can still buy the sunglasses that audrey wore in the movie? They’re Oliver Goldsmith’s Manhattan sunglasses.
dear blog readers,
you’re the nicest.
dear red lipstick,
you brighten my day.
i’m so sad you’re moving.
thank you SO MUCH for mowing my lawn.
thanks for being my dog.
dear ice cream maker,
i’m glad i got you out this week.
thanks for having $8 sandals.
dear kids next door,
her name is harlow, not carlos.
ok so it’s only monday and i don’t want to jinx it. i have an interview tomorrow for a job i really, really want so i’m crossing everything i’ve got.
it’s not much of a list but it’s better than nothing. hopefully i’ll be able to add most substantial things to this list one day soon.
image borrowed from a house in the hills
my friend and i saw despicable me 2 and it was so funny and sweet.
this also made me smile. i’m a sucker for a flash mob.
i like dustin hoffman a little bit more.
boston bombing survivor recovers like a super hero.
have a wonderful, safe weekend! harlow is having a sleep over all weekend. she’s super excited!
this awesome “defaced” polaroid is by the one and only jen gotch
i’m not even sure what to say. what do you say when you start a blog over? i don’t really know.
it has really been a long time and so much has happened and i’ve changed in so many ways. but i missed the little place on the web i’d created as my “home”. when a friend asked me what i enjoyed doing and what i could do “for me” a little voice in the back of my head whispered, “blogging.” i loved the creative (and sometimes not so creative) outlet and mostly the community of people i had met and interacted with that had become friends.
so here i am. starting over. i think it took me so long to come back because i was scared about explaining why i left. but that’s not for today.
today i’m just here to say hi.
and ps, i love july. have a wonderful (and safe!) 4th of july weekend!
now i just need to work on getting this place looking decent.
i picked up some cupcakes from enjoy cupcakes. sprinkles doesn’t hold a candle to amber’s amazing creations. my favorite was the strawberry cucumber mint chardonnay. heaven.
now i need a serious detox to come down from the sugar high. except my fridge is full of cupcakes. thanks erin for a fun weekend! xo
and harlow almost got us kicked out of our room… but i snuck her back in! she was as good as gold but i was nervous that we’d get kicked out so i didn’t get much sleep.
(and fyi the front desk said it was okay to bring her but the security guard said she wasn’t allowed…ugh!)
i took my new (to me) pentax camera i got from jen out for a little bit. we’ll see how it turns out when i finish the roll of film.
and then we hit up the oh.ban.fest yard sale. hot dang i scored some great things and got to meet bri, jen, joy, paige, em, jasmine and i’m probably forgetting some other blog/twitter friends. SO fun! it was also pretty funny introducing myself as “joiebutter”… make sure you pick a blog/twitter name you like!
then we headed home to watch the oscar’s and visit with my cousin who was in town. i’m ready to head back to la now!