April 24, 2015

6.20 the unfanciest outfit

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So here we are, the last post  … for a while at least. I don’t think we could have finished on a more “unfancy” outfit. A white tee and jeans. Finished out with a front tuck, rolled jeans, “no makeup” makeup, and kinda-messy hair. So plain — so awesome.

I had big plans to end this post with something like, “Now, let’s not get all sappy …” but that’s not going to work now. :)

I don’t even know what to say after all of your kindness yesterday. Goodness.

From the warmest place in my heart: Thank you.

The words seem so flat as I type them, but I hope they jump out of the screen and land somewhere in your heart. It takes a pretty great human being to spend their precious time encouraging others — thank you for being that person, yesterday and all along this entire journey.

Your words yesterday had me thinking:

Any time you use your words to add value to another human being, you are making the world better.

It sounds a little Pollyanna, but think about it.

When you feel loved + valued, it’s easier to love + value others, right?

So every time you add value to a human being, you’re starting a chain reaction. You’re making it easier for them to love the next person in their path. And who knows — that chain reaction might make it really far down the line, affecting people whose name you don’t know, whose face you’ve never seen.

And it started with you.

So today, I hope you’ll visualize that chain reaction, every time you share a kind word. Here’s to starting more of them and making the world better, one person at a time.

See you in a few months.

Sending you so much love.

Tee: J.Crew

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: old from J.Crew (similar)

Bag: Nordstrom

Necklace: Moulton


April 23, 2015

6.19 a time to reinvent, reimagine

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Scarf: Madewell / Jacket: Madewell / Tee: J.Crew / Shorts: old from Madewell (this year’s version) / Shoes: old from Converse (similar) / Bag: Nordstrom

We’re boxing up our house and getting ready for our big move to Seattle. Adventure is calling and the energy around our little apartment is contagious!

You know how when you move, you come face to face with all your stuff? Some of it you see every day. Some of it you haven’t seen in months. You have to decide: Am I bringing this into the next house? Into the next season?

It’s a refreshing time. A time to reinvent, reimagine. A time to get lost in possibility.

I didn’t expect this to happen, but as I’ve been wrapping up our belongings and carefully fitting them into cardboard boxes, I’ve been reimagining things here at Unfancy too.

Have I ever shared the story of how I started blogging?

It all started on my living room floor. I had just dropped my husband off at the airport for a three week business trip. We’re close close, and the thought of not having him around for three weeks had me wiping away tears.

It also had me wondering: What could I do with my three weeks?

I knew that those weeks were an opportunity to do something. I wanted to do something meaningful. Something creative. Something fun.

I’d been playing around with capsule wardrobes for a few months, and the alone time seemed to be an awesome opportunity to share this idea that had so radically changed my life.

I remember Gilmore Girls was on TV in the background as I bought my domain, picked my template, and started tinkering around on WordPress.

I wasn’t sure how long I’d blog. My goal was simple: Start a conversation about contentment.

I made a pact with myself: The moment I feel like my part of the message is complete is the moment I step away … at least for a little while … because we grow and change and so do the messages we’re supposed to carry. It’s good to make room for that growth.

It’s been one amazing year.

And … at the moment, I feel like I’ve said all I need to say. In my heart, I know that my part of the message is complete. I want to honor this space and let it be — instead of adding noise.

So for now, I’m taking a blog hiatus for about six months, while we’re in Seattle. Tomorrow we’ll say goodbye for a little while.

I wish I could tell you this news in person over coffee or a big ol’ glass of wine. So I sat down with Jess Lively to talk more about the hiatus. You can hear that interview right here.

My hope is that it’ll help you understand exactly where I’m coming from. In it, I share the deeper reasons behind the break, what’s next for me, and my plans for when I come back to blogging.

Want to know what excites me most about this hiatus?

Stick with me here:

Capsule wardrobes are awesome because they are all about spending less time on clothes. I knew that starting Unfancy would mean that I’d actually spend more time on clothes, but I was happy to do that for a while because the concept is powerful + worth sharing.

But now, I’m really excited to devote less brain space to my closet. :)

Want to know the toughest thing about this hiatus?

Saying goodbye to you for a while.

You’ve been a part of my life every day for the past year. I’m going to miss sharing life with you.

Even though things will be quiet around the blog, let’s keep hanging out on Instagram, okay? I’d love to connect with you there.

I want you to know: I’m so grateful for you — thank you for hanging out here, spending your time with me, and joining in conversations. It makes me so happy that you were a part of this.

Thank you for seeing the best in me, and sharing the best in you.

See you tomorrow for one last outfit post.


April 22, 2015

6.18 three lessons I’ve learned from my capsule wardrobes

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Here’s a thought that’s been on my mind a whole lot lately:

Capsule wardrobes are a tool, not the destination.

I think always knew this deep down, but it’s becoming real in a different way now. Maybe it’s the crazy exciting life change we have on the horizon, but I’m seeing my capsule wardrobe journey in a new light:

It’s less about the capsule wardrobe, and more about what it teaches me along the way.

So I’ve been reflecting over everything I’ve learned so far from living with capsule wardrobes. Three lessons immediately come to mind:

Take intentional breaks from shopping. I’ll carry this idea with me forever. If I’m not careful, one shopping trip can bring on an avalanche of shopping trips. Every season, I loved how I felt when I took an intentional shopping break. It helped me make smart buying choices, and it helped me feel more content and more present in life.

Buy fewer, better things. It seems almost flippant to just throw this one out there. It’s such a short phrase, but it’s impacted me in the deepest places. We often hear this mantra tossed around, but there’s something that shifts inside when we try to live it. It’s powerful.

When things aren’t adding up, start subtracting. So often, when I’m faced with a problem, my first reaction is to think I need to add something to my life to solve it. Like, if I’m disorganized, I should buy more storage containers. Or, if I’m feeling stressed, I should go shop for a new dress to make myself feel better. When the answer to both of those problems could be to subtract something from my life.

What are your favorite lessons you’ve learned so far on your capsule wardrobe journey?

Tank: old from Madewell (similar)

Scarf: Madewell

Skirt: old from Zara (similar in grey)

Shoes: old from J.Crew (similar)

Bag: ONA

P.S. You might notice some error messages when you try to comment or click on certain pages today. I’m working to fix it as quick as I can, but in the meantime, thanks for being awesome and understanding. Things will be back to normal soon. :)

April 20, 2015

6.17 symbolic goodbyes + my uniform forever

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Hey there! How was your weekend?

This was our second to last weekend in Austin — crazy. We’re starting to box everything up and we’re hitting up all of our favorite Austin places one last time. While we know we’ll be back soon, these goodbyes feel symbolic. We know we’ll be different when we return. It’s exciting.

Anyway, it was a memorable weekend in the best way.

This outfit is officially my uniform forever. Throughout all of my wardrobes, it’s been the one I go to again and again. I love it. I always reach for it when I’m running late or when I just straight up don’t know how to dress for the occasion.

So I’m curious, do you have a uniform? What’s the outfit you reach for in a pinch?

Top: old from Anthropologie (similar)

Jeans: old from Madewell (similar)

Bag: old from Madewell (similar)

Watch: Skagen via Nordstrom

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Shoes: old from Steve Madden (similar)

April 17, 2015

6.16 a case study in layering

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I found inspiration for this outfit from a pin on Pinterest (sorry — can’t find it anymore!), and I wasn’t quite sure how well it would work out in real life. It looked a little fussy to me.

But when I put it on, it felt right. Natural. I knew I had a winner.

All that tucking felt a little weird at first. Especially the blue plaid shirt — tucking one side but not the other. Really? Trying a little too hard, right? I thought so at first, but with the cardi on top, it somehow felt okay.

Anyway, I felt like this outfit was a layering success for me. It’s what layering is meant to be: light layers, done right, so you have a slight temperature change with each layer shed or added.

Sometimes I’m the worst at layering. Like, I’ll do a short sleeve tee with a winter coat. And it doesn’t make any sense because I’m either hot or cold — there’s no in between with that kind of layering.

I’m learning, but I was pretty excited about this one. Do you have any smart layering secrets?

White tee: J.Crew

Plaid shirt: Madewell

Sweater: Aritzia

Shorts: Nordstrom

Shoes: old from J.Crew (similar)

Bag: ONA

Rings: Moulton

Necklace: Moulton