It’s time to meet our second guest blogger — Jaana! She’ll be here every Thursday, showing us her outfits + sharing how she makes a capsule wardrobe work for her lifestyle. Make sure to leave her plenty of love and check out her blog today too! xo Caroline
Please note: The images above may be representations of the actual piece of clothing. We often work with older pieces of clothing that aren’t available anymore. We do our very best, but when we can’t find a picture of the exact item, we use a similar picture instead.
Hey guys! I’m Jaana (pronounced Yawn-uh). I’m currently settled in Burbank, CA with my husband, Paul. We are parents to a 4-year-old firecracker of a little boy named Stevie… and a very needy cat. I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom who never seems to be at home. I also do vacation photography, right here in sunny Southern California.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
My days are very scheduled, which is so weird because I’ve always been more of a go-with-the-breezes kind of girl. But my son has special needs, so he simply functions better when he knows what to expect. That being said, I also have to stay super flexible, because it seems most things don’t go according to plan!
My days are spent trying to keep Stevie and I both entertained. There are lots of walks, trips to the playground, museum visits, train rides, plenty of time in the car going to therapy and doctor appointments, picnics, naps, hours of floor time play, building tracks, rolling cars, and the occasional wrestling match – usually as I’m putting Stevie’s shoes on. It makes me tired just thinking about it all!
Weekends, I prefer to spend with my little family and there is usually lots of food involved.
When did you start your capsule wardrobe?
I started a version of my capsule wardrobe last spring. I really dug into my closet over the summer, then the biggest surprise happened when my wardrobe seemed to get even smaller in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015. Didn’t see that coming!
What’s the biggest challenge of living with a capsule wardrobe?
Four words: No. More. Impulse. Shopping.
What’s the biggest perk?
It really takes all the effort out of getting ready for the day. I love everything in my closet and so many items work together. It’s just so simple!
How do you tailor the Unfancy rules to fit your lifestyle?
I don’t necessarily follow the 37-piece rule. Honestly, it’s the shoes that I love a little too much. But as long as I’m wearing all of the items regularly, I don’t limit myself to an exact number. I strongly see the benefits of the smaller wardrobe though, and that’s why over the last few months, my numbers have continued to shrink.
How many pieces do you have in your capsule wardrobe?
About 50 — not including work tees/exercise gear/special occasion outfits.
What was your budget for your capsule wardrobe?
Tell us about the process of making your current capsule wardrobe.
Well, like the good student I am, I totally filled out the worksheets that Caroline provides on her site to have a clear picture of what I wanted to achieve. When I was buying clothes, I had a list on my phone that said “YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO BUY THESE!” And I was steadfast in sticking to that list.
Cleaning my closet took the most time and effort. Getting clothes to storage, family members, consignment stores and charity – I kind of never want to go through that again, so it’s a huge motivation to keep my wardrobe on the small side.
Where can we keep up with you on the internet?
I’ve also been featured on the @nothingbutpixies Instagram feed a couple times, much to the joy of my hair stylist! I’ve also had features on Clothed Much & Stylin’ Mommies like million years ago, and I took photos of WhippyCake’s family at Disneyland. She was kind enough to write up a fantastic little review on her blog.