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

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April 16, 2015

6.15 a warm weather outfit

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I’m soaking up all the warmth I can while we’re still in Texas. Yesterday was sunny and warm and I spent a large part of the day outside, just loving it. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m going to miss Texas in the summer. It’s hot as hell, but I don’t know … I grew up with it and I like it.

Even still, I can’t wait to experience a Seattle summer. I’m curious how I’ll feel about it — if I’ll like it so much that I’ll want to stay longer, or if I’ll be ready to get back to Texas. Either way I’m excited about a summer where it’ll be pleasant to do outdoor activities besides swimming. :)

This is going to seem like the most random question, but I’ve always been fascinated by weather and I’m curious: Are you a hot weather person or cold weather person? And do you think it has anything to do with where you grew up?

Shirt: Madewell (similar)

Skirt: Zara (similar in grey)

Shoes: Madewell (almost identical)

Watch: Skagen via Nordstrom

April 15, 2015

what to pack for a 10 day road trip

We’re getting so excited about our road trip from Austin to Seattle! While we’ll have all our belongings with us in the car, my clothes will be in a vacuum sealed bag and I won’t be able to get to them. So I’ve been carefully planning out the clothes I want with me. Here’s what I’m planning to pack:

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Crop Tee / Grey Tank / White Tee / Sweatshirt

Jean Jacket / Cape Cardigan / Dark Grey Denim / Denim Shorts

Easy Skirt (similar) / Converse / Birkenstocks / Chelsea Boots (similar for less)

Backpack / Sunnies / Bracelets (solid or cutout) / Necklace / Scarf

Our road trip agenda isn’t fancy — just a few fun stops with plenty of exploring. I’m mostly concerned about being comfortable in the car, but I wanted to include a few pieces that I could spruce up for a fun date night — like the easy skirt and necklace.

So far, I’ve made about 15 outfits from these pieces, so I feel like it’s the right amount of clothes. We’ll be traveling through multiple climates, so I’ve got plenty of layering options, like a sweatshirt, scarf, jean jacket, and cape cardigan.

All in all, I’m packing four tops, three bottoms, three shoes, and two jackets, plus a few accessories.

Crop Tee: Even though it’s a pretty basic tee, to me it feels like a statement piece because of the crop cut and the stripe. This tee + dark grey denim + Birks + sunnies = one really comfortable outfit that looks right on.

Grey Tank: It’s an unassuming basic that’ll be great for long stretches in the car, but I also plan to pair it with my easy skirt and jean jacket for a cute date look.

White Tee: It’s so plain, but I always feel fresh and confident a white tee. Planning to pair it with denim shorts and Birkenstocks for hot afternoons.

Sweatshirt: I can throw this sweatshirt over any of my tops to ward off a chill at night or when we’re up north. Bonus: I can fit it underneath my jean jacket or cape cardigan for an extra layer of warmth.

Jean Jacket: Ever since I got my unicorn jacket, I’ve never left town without it. It’ll look great thrown over any of my tops, and it’ll add a little more style to the look.

Cape Cardigan: As much as I love my jean jacket, this will be a great option for those times when I just need a soft, comfortable, warm layer. You know, those times when I basically need to wear a blanket.

Dark Grey Denim: Lately we’ve been taking a few little trips around Texas to say goodbye to family, and my dark grey denim ends up in my bag every time. Like my white tee, I just feel confident + fresh in ‘em.

Denim Shorts: These shorts are so comfortable and they’ll be great for long days in the car. I can pair them with converse, my grey tank, and my blue scarf.

Easy Skirt: This skirt isn’t in my current capsule. I pulled it from my summer 2014 capsule because I knew a feminine skirt would be nice to have on a long road trip. It’ll be great to dress up a bit, of course. But it’ll be a winner for car rides too, since it’s just as comfortable as sweatpants.

Converse + Birkenstocks: Comfortable shoes for any exploring we may do along the way.

Chelsea Boots: Perfect for cooler weather or rain.

Backpack: This was a birthday present from my awesome mom, and it’ll be perfect for any day excursions we do during the day. I can stick an extra layer, some snacks, and my tiny purse inside.

Sunnies: A necessity.

Bracelet + Necklace: Great little accessories to spruce up an outfit.

Scarf: If I’m chilly, I can toss this on over any top or jacket in my bag. And if I wake up one morning and decide I need a little color or pattern to my outfit, well, this scarf takes care of it.

Here are a few other things I’m taking that aren’t in the picture:

Toiletry bag: I have to admit, while my makeup bag is minimal, my toiletry bag definitely isn’t. I’m big on a nightly routine, because it helps cue my brain that it’s almost time to sleep, so I bring along just about everything I use at home. I like this particular toiletry bag because it keeps everything organized.

Travel steamer: In the past, I probably would have though it too high maintenance to pack a steamer, but after recently getting one, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Not only is it going to keep my clothes wrinkle free, it’s also great for a quick sterilization to keep my clothes feeling fresh on the road. I don’t know why I always scoffed at steamers before — I think I thought they were going to be super expensive and bulky, but this one’s the size of a travel coffee mug and it’s $29.

Yoga pants + athletic shoes + a swimsuit: For any active adventuring we stumble into.

Been on a road trip lately? Got any tips for us?

April 14, 2015

6.14 what we’re taking to seattle

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Wanna talk more moving stuff? Let’s do it!

A few of you have asked to hear a little more about how we’re approaching our move + road trip to Seattle.

We’re doing things a bit unconventionally. When we first started planning, we were thinking of bringing everything with us and approaching it like you would a normal move. We could either rent a truck and drive all of our stuff up there or ship all of our stuff via a freight company.

But as we headed down that road, the whole thing started to feel cumbersome … which was not at all how we want it to feel. 

We want it to feel simple, stress-free, and playful.

So we decided to do things our own weird way. :)

We decided to strap a roof rack on our car and just take whatever we could fit. And … that’s it.

What fits in our car? Well, our dog first of all. :) Then our clothes — working on putting together a capsule wardrobe that’ll cover me May – November in Seattle. Some camping gear. Then a box of bathroom things, a box of kitchen things, and a few decorative pieces. Probably a few other things I’m forgetting … but overall, not much stuff. No furniture. No TV.

Are we doing it like this in the name of minimalism? Not. At. All. We’re doing it like this in the name of this-sounds-like-fun. :)

So what are we going to do for furniture?

We’re lucky enough to know a handful of people in Seattle, and they’re generously offered to let us borrow a few pieces of furniture. We may Craigslist a few pieces too, but we’ll see.

I have romantic visions of creating this little bohemian-feeling nest. It’ll be sparse, but it’s an experiment. A 6 month adventure. I’m excited to try it and see what I learn.

Sweater: Aritzia

Tee: Madewell

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: old from Topshop (similar)

Bag: Nordstrom (also, leather version here)

April 13, 2015

6.13 talkin’ wind suits

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This whole tie-it-around-your-waist thing? I’m digging it.

Although … it does remind me of the days when I would wear a neon, multicolored wind suit to school, get too hot in the afternoon, and tie my jacket around my waist. I basically spent my childhood in wind suits like this.

Anyone else?

I remember thinking they were so comfortable and convenient. I have vague memories of explaining their brilliance to other kids: “…then if you get too hot, you can just take off the jacket!”

Please tell me I’m not the only one who wore these. Let’s reminisce together.

Tank: old from J.Crew (similar)

Plaid Shirt: Madewell

Jeans: old from Madewell (similar)

Booties: old from Sam Edelman (similar-ish and awesome)

Bag: ONA

Bracelet: Madewell (on sale)