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.
awwwwwwwwwwwww! I am so sad. I knew what you were going to say before you said it but I didn’t want to believe it. I am so sad that you will be gone from here for a while. But you are so right! You are doing it for the perfect reasons and that just makes me excited to see what you do when you return. And don’t you worry we will be stalking your every move over on instagram! Don’t spare us a detail about your adventure. (Also if I am honest I probably counteract your idea by spending so much time on your blog and planning my wardrobe far in advanced it will be good for me to step away and give my brain and life a little room and a little less clothes)
You don’t know me but I feel like you are a friend and you will be missed but I am so excited for you! Enjoy it :) Thank you so much for everything you have shared over the past year and how you have informed, inspired and change all of us who have read. :)
I LOVE that you are doing this! I was wondering if you would be blogging in Seattle, and honestly, I was pretty excited to see those posts, but this makes me even MORE excited! I love that you and your husband will feel free to take time to devote to this new chapter of your life! You are bold and understand good, healthy boundaries. Have a great time in Seattle!
Lindsey said everything I wanted to say! I’m really excited for you and this adventure and good for you for being present to your husband and to your experience in Seattle! You’ve been a HUGE inspiration to me since I last found your blog a few months ago and you’ve sparked some really big life changes for me. Thank you!
Ah! And I just found your blog and am falling so in love!! Good thing there are old posts to explore. :) Have an amazing “sabbatical” and enjoy the NW! I am from the Portland area and this is just the best time of year to be up here…green and flowery and gorgeous. You will be inspired and rejuvinated! Blessings!!
As I started reading your post today, I had a feeling this was going to be your next step. It makes sense and completely fits the philosophy you’ve been expressing and living. Enjoy your time in Seattle and the hiatus from blogging. Will look for you on instagram! xo
Thank you so much. I’ve been around here since – I guess – December, and quickly I was looking forward to my daily dose of unfancy. I came here to find out about capusle wardrobes and found so much more. Thank you for being such an inspiration in many ways.
I hope you enjoy your time in Seattle and am really looking forward to reading you again! In the meantime, I hope to internalize what you shared with us so far.
Sending you LOVE from Germany,
I am sad to see you go since I just found you but I am SO glad I did. It was the right time for me to hear your message. And I actually have a date with me sister tomorrow to start my capsule wardrobe. (Anything is better with a sister!) I wish you the best of luck in Seattle and on this new life adventure! Cheers!
I’m so excited for you and this new adventure! I just listened to your interview on The Lively Show and it is so cool to hear where you came from and where you are now! You’re so creative and authentic. That is beautiful and it shines through you.
Moves are often stressful and crazy, I hope simplifying your life and pairing down a bit helps with the process. I look forward to Unfancy 2.0! All the best, Caroline!
Oh my goodness, I’m going to cry. But obviously, if this is the best choice for you right now, you go girl! Putting yourself first is so important, but I really hope you end up back here blogging eventually :-)
I have really enjoyed the product of your year-long blogging journey. You’re incredibly inspiring and honest!! You have sparked a positive change in the way I view certain things in life and I’m grateful for discovering your blog. It is so much more than a fashion blog! You should write a book someday (only if you want of course)! As much as I look forward to your posts, I’m so glad to see someone living out their dreams and doing what they feel is right for them. You don’t live to please your readers and I admire that in a blogger. I hope you have a wonderful hiatus and enjoy your adventure in Seattle with your hubby! =)
I hope you have a great break – you are inspiring and I’m grateful to have found you through Jess back during your last interview. My closet is drastically emptier, and I’m happier about the clothes that are in there while also spending less money on clothes while also buying more consciously. Your approach to blogging has been uplifting and refreshing, too.
The idea of preparing for a big but temporary move over time is inspiring too – I’m going to listen in on the podcast and think about how we can set ourselves up for future travel too.
I wish you all the best in your life up north! xoxo
Oh no! I like your style! Although it’s not quite the same as mine, you were really starting to influence my approach to maintaining a wardrobe and its actual pieces!. Are you still going to be posting outfit photos on Instragram? Are there any other capsule wardrobe blogs or style blogs with a similar style to yours that you could recommend? I need inspiration!
Oh this makes me so sad :( Your blog is my favorite, and I always look forward to your updates! I totally understand though. I’m happy for you! Your Seattle adventures are going to be awesome & I’m glad you’ll be able to devote more time to making them the best they can possibly be!
Oh wow! When I saw the email from Jess about today’s show I clicked right over here to read your post. I’ll really miss having Unfancy in blog land. Your blog really has felt like a breath of fresh air among all the mess. I’ll be certainly following you on Instagram — as a Washington native, I’m so excited for your move. I’m finally getting ready to start my first capsule, and will certainly be revisiting your blog for inspiration, ideas and encouragement. Sounds like God has an amazing plan for you right now, so, enjoy!
At first I was saddened to hear that you’re taking a sabbatical from the blogosphere. I had just unearthed what a capsule wardrobe is and your blog maybe 6 months ago. I love your blog and you’re inspired me to minimize down my wardrobe, my possessions, and essentially, my entire lifestyle. It’s been wonderful! But, as I continued to read your blog post, I realized that you are being true to yourself. And I can’t fault you for that. Thank you so VERY MUCH for inspiring me! Your message has definitely been delivered and I waste less time and stress less about frivolous things, like what to wear in the mornings. I wish you and your hubby the best in the Seattle move!
Awh man! As soon as I started reading, I knew it was coming but didn’t want it to be true! I’m so sad as I have loved reading your posts each day and being inspired by your ideas! But it totally makes sense and I fully 100% support you all the way! Social media is a tough thing for me so I understand needing breaks and just enjoying life for what it is. Go get it girl and please keep us updated on Instagram about your adventure!! I will miss you – which sounds so weird to say to someone you’ve never met but like somebody else said, I feel like you’ve been a friend, someone who inspires, challenges, and just overall gets it – but I am so excited for you!!
As always, Caroline, thanks for being authentic and staying true to your message through this new avenue. I’m excited for you for this break. I’m excited for my break from here as well, because the time I now spend happily looking forward to and reading your blog can now (I plan) be used more productively. My husband and I are living nomadically this summer and the fewer distractions the better; won’t it be wonderful to devote our time and energy to this adventure and new opportunities? God bless!
Are you going to put together a summer capsule wardrobe while your way?
This made me so happy! And sad! Its nearly the same as when a beloved television show ends; you knew the story had run its course and the characters were fully developed, yet you weren’t ready to say goodbye! (Still crying over Parenthood here!) But hooray! This is real life! Im so excited for you, your trip, and whatever is next before you come back to Un-fancy! Thanks for making this mama of fours’ life a LOT easier and happier! I have felt so much more confident since I stumbled onto this lifestyle! Have so much fun! Cheers, sister! *clink*
Another fan of both this blog and Parenthood here. For what it’s worth, the series creator of Parenthood, Jason Katims, has said that he would like to do a Parenthood reunion some time. And of course I’m hoping for Caroline’s return here as well.
I am so sad (for me) to hear this, but happy for you! You are off to BIG adventures!
Your blog has influenced me so much. I haven’t quite built a proper capsule wardrobe (yet) but I am in the slow process. In doing this, it has stopped me from buying impulse purchases! I’ll weigh the pros and cons and ask myself if it’s a piece that will go with a lot of things, if it’s something that truly reps my style, and if it’s something I’ll like next year, too.
Caroline, I wanted to recommend a book to you. A book that I think you’ll love:
Style Statement, Live by Your Own Design
It’s all about the 80/20 principal, and it’s all about your own personal “brand”… who you authentically are. It’s SO PERFECT for this hiatus you’re taking, and it would be a great read along the way. You see, it asks you a LOT of questions about yourself, and it will take some time and thought to get through.
It’s one of my personal favorites, and I’ve given it to my dearest and closest friends.
See you in 6 months.
What?! But I JUST found you, literally today I read about you via another blog. I’m 26 lbs into a 40lb weight loss so in between sizes and will be needing a lot of new clothes. Your capsules are just what I need to keep me focused. I’ll read it all and look forward to your return!
I wish you the very best and will look forward to your return in six months, or whenever you’re ready. I’m sad to see you go, only because I just discovered Un-Fancy a couple months ago. But I’ve enjoyed every post and learned a lot that I’ve used in my closet. Fewer, better things. Thanks for your wisdom and have a wonderful and rewarding adventure in Seattle. All the best.
I just found your blog yesterday and now you’re leaving. It will give me a chance to read through your previous posts and I will follow you on Instagram. I’m intrigued by your capsule wardrobe concept and looking forward to giving it a try. I love fashion and try to only purchase investment pieces (regardless what my husband thinks LOL) and will be sharing your blog with my daughters. Welcome to Seattle! Your are moving here at a fantastic time of year and it truly is a beautiful city.
Well, rats. I’m sorry you’re leaving because 1) I just discovered you yesterday; and 2) I was looking forward to seeing how you capsuled in our climate, now that you’re coming to our fair city.
Enjoy the move to Seattle, and don’t believe what anyone tells you about the Seattle Freeze. People are super awesome, and it’s a totally great city to live in. But please come back soon to the blog.
Caroline, thank you so much for spreading your message and following your passions. Thanks you for the real-ness and honesty you bring to the world. Wishing you all the best on your journey. I have been following your blog for the past year, am on my third capsule, and have been so inspired by what you have shared. Enjoy your time away.
O gosh! I’ll miss you and your beautiful posts and outfits! Please some back, but it is wonderful to know when to take a break and step back! Have fun and safe travels dear! XOXO
Of course I’m super sad, since this is one of my favorite blogs, but simultaneously SO happy for you. And excited to follow along on Instagram. This blog has completely changed my relationship to stuff and clothes and shopping and being content with what you have. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings and absolutely support your decision. Your hiatus makes total sense and I’m really pleased that for your own well being you’ll be able to “unplug” a bit more while in Seattle.
Thanks so much and it’s been such a pleasure having these updates in my RSS feed over the last year!
Sending you love and gratitude.
I just found your blog- I am looking forward to trying out your capsule idea! And, being a current Seattleite, am looking forward to seeing your UPDATED capsule! :) My biggest issue is I am always freezing and cute and warm don’t always work in the same sentence!best of luck on your move- it’s truly a beautiful city to live in!
yes me too!!!
Best wishes to you! I will miss you immensely though.
I will miss your posts, but I have to admit I’ve had the feeling too: that right now, you’ve shared your message. As you start recycling your capsules, it makes sense that the pics as well as the ideas start repeating themselves. And I really admire you for taking a break while you’re still going strong instead of me having to gradually move your blog to the end of my bookmarks… Now I’m left curious about whether you’ll return at all and under what form :)
Oh man, this makes me sad! I just want to say a big thank you though for your blog. I have to say it really changed my way of thinking about my wardrobe and clothing, and has helped me realize that sometimes enough is enough! You have great style and I love your outfits every day, and they are created from just a reasonable number of carefully picked items. I really think you have changed my mindset going forward and for that I’m thankful! I look forward to your posts every day and I will miss them, but I think your decision is admirable and I wish you all the best in your new adventure! (Peace fingers emoticon)
I really love your blog. I look forward to your return in a few months. Enjoy your adventure in Seattle! :)
You will definitely be missed. But I hope that you find new and exciting adventures in Seattle. I look forward to seeing what new chapters are before you. Enjoy this new season in your life!
I will miss getting to see what you do to mix up the capsule closet, each day. Its truly been an inspiration to me and I have been trying to let it seep into other areas of our life (I am the mama to four kids in elementary school and stay at home wifey!) For now we live in a three bedroom apartment outside DC and its been so so good. Good to see what little we actually need and what are true values and priorities (which I feel I am still learning each day). I look around at how I can simplify and pair down more, to make living our life even better. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your heart and head space with us. I also really appreciated your heart as far as you faith. Its truly encouraging to read about your faith journey, with un-fancy. Go on your Adventure with your husband and grow, grow, grow. Enjoy the freedom. Soon enough there will be things that root you in a place. I hope that you come back to us though. I will be looking for your instagram pictures and will head over to Jess Lively’s podcast for your newest interview. You have such talent for writing and communicating. Share it. Blessings and Peace.
You’re going to make everyone cry!! Hope we get to talk soon. And hope you have the best experience in Seattle! HUGS!www.thismomsgonnasnap.com
Say it isn’t so! I have enjoyed your blog so much and was looking forward to reading about your adventures in Seattle. I hope that you have wonderful experiences, and that you really will come back to Unfancy when you return. :)
I have never once commented on one of your posts, but I felt the need to comment on this one. I am a 16 year old girl going through some major stuff in my life, but your blog and your views on minimalism have really helped me step back and take a look at my life and what I’m doing. I stumbled upon your blog be accident, but I am so glad that I did. Thank you so much for sharing your fashion knowledge, and your wisdom about the world with us on your blog. Wishing you the best of luck in Seattle, I know if will be a wonderful experience for you and your husband!
Totally understandable! I’ll miss you Caroline! xoxo
Oh no! I only just discovered you! Your message has helped me already… three big trash bags in the driveway for a charity donation pick-up today, so thank you!
Caroline, My heart is so full with many thoughts and emotions right now. I’ve wanted to comment more often but held myself back for reasons unknown so with this being the second to last un-fancy post I thought it was time.
Thank you for the inspiration you have brought to me daily since finding your blog last August. I have toyed with the idea of a capsule wardrobe since summer of 2014 but was too scared to commit, or rather too bored by thought of having to wear the same things over and over again (funny, because that is exactly what I was then doing by re-wearing my favorites out of a highly unorganized and large wardrobe.) I’ve been pairing down and minimizing my wardrobe piece by piece, bag by bag really since last summer. After reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” I finally took the plunge, piled all my clothes on the floor, took several bags full to a donation site, and created my first capsule this spring. It’s been teaching me so much. I can’t say with confidence yet that there hasn’t been days when I don’t feel bored, or that I don’t have the desire to shop the latest fad, but I am learning to live with contentment with what I already have and THAT has been so freeing. I’m pleasantly surprised by the ripple-effect my capsule has had on a few close friends and family members, as they too, have been going through their wardrobes and donating items they haven’t worn in years but have held on to. It’s thrilling to see your personal change affecting and inspiring others positively :)
Thank you for sharing on the Lively show your reasoning behind taking a period of rest from un-fancy. I love that and respect you all the more for it, though I am saddened at the same time. Congratulation on your move! I am thrilled to see the change that will come out of it! You have inspired me to begin talking with my husband about our mutual desire to travel and leave our small town roots for a period of time to live and grow in another place for a season. We’re excited at the possibility and have begun to seriously look into which city we will call home next. I’m currently reading “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst simultaneously with “The Compound Effect” and it has been so interesting learning, applying, and sharing what they’ve been teaching me.
All my ramblings are meant to just say how grateful I am for you and your mission by using un-fancy as a tool to share with others that it’s ok to live with less. That you might even be a happier, healthier individual because of it. So thank you for all you have given me through this blog :)
I won’t lie, I am going to miss this blog – but I am SO excited for you. Just listened to the Lively Show podcast, and I am giving you my applause. Enjoy your time!!!!
Oh, I’m so sad to see you go – I just stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago (and am in process of creating a capsule for myself). BUT, I LOVE that you are staying true to who you are and making more time for the important stuff…that is what this is all about! Cheers to an adventure in Seattle!
I literally found and fell in love with your blog TODAY. I’ve been frustrated with my stuff for weeks now, and last week I decided that this upcoming weekend was going to be my time to pare down. What an inspiring and beautiful thing you have given the world! You’ve got me totally excited to take my urge to purge to the next level!
Best of luck with Seattle, and I hope you’re inspired to enjoy life even more with this your new life change!
P.S. Please don’t delete what you’ve created – I know there are future lovely people who will benefit from what you have said here.
Hi Caroline! This post made me tear up a bit! I feel like I’ve gotten to know you so much over this past year, almost like we’re friends! My friend Randle (whom you met at TXSC) and I talk about your blog all the time, and I even texted her this morning saying, “Caroline is on The Lively Show!! I can’t wait to listen to what she has to say!” Be sure to keep up the posts of your Seattle adventure on Instagram. My husband and I have a very similar goal in our lives, so I love that I can watch and learn from you. I want you to know that you have radically changed my perspective by introducing me to minimalism, not only in my wardrobe but in all aspects of life. Have an amazing time in Seattle, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next – whether it’s more on Unfancy, or something totally new :)
Ohhhh, my heart is so sad to say farewell, but so full of joy for you! It’s so important in life to set boundaries and know when something good has reached it’s end (at least for a while). I do hope to see you back in the blog world when you’re ready to come back as I REALLY REALLY enjoy following your blog. Best of luck in SanFran. I’ll be praying for you and your husband that you have an epic adventure :)
In a selfish way, I am devastated to hear this news! How am I going to put together my summer capsule without you?! And was looking forward to seeing what your wardrobe for a more similar climate to where I am in the UK would look like! But I understand your reasons for taking a break. I hope you have a wonderful adventure in Seattle. Don’t forget about us, ok?
I’ll definitely miss you around here, but wish you the best!
Dear sweet little Caroline :)*whew* we still have Instagram, so I wont cry. <3 But I did feel this coming…Hope your big adventure is one that fills you with joy, adventure and even more memories with your hubby and friends! Even if you come back after 6months and have no interest in speaking of clothes anymore, we would love to hear your thoughts on everything :) Some of my favorite posts of yours are the ones of reflection, your favorite books or just you chatting like we were all out for coffee. Its the best :)
Thanks Blog friend…hope to see you back!
Hello Caroline,I want to add my thanks to the pile of thank-yous to you that are already stacking up. I started reading your blog last summer (right before you posted your summer capsule) as I was coming out of a tough transitional period in my life. Your blog and the concept of capsule wardrobing appealed to me so much, I started obsessively checking this site everyday as well as reading through all of your archives. I put together my first capsule in the fall and it added such joy to my life to get to be creative through clothes again (after kind of just getting by clothing wise for a couple of years). After you introduced your two guest bloggers this winter, including Jacqueline who has a body type similar to mine, I realized that you don’t have to be rich or tiny or fancy (haha, get it?) to enjoy expressing yourself with what you wear. I have greatly enjoyed your fashion sense and artistic eye, as well as feeling as if I had gotten to know you personally through the way your warm, generous spirit comes through in your writing. Thank you so much for everything! I look forward to coming back here in six months!
I have so much respect for your decision. You have brought an extremely successful blog into the light for so many people, shared your simplicity and love for your husband and minimalist lifestyle, and given us so many ideas to get started with as we embark upon our own minimalist journeys. I thank you for opening my eyes to so many alternative ways of doing things and look forward to hearing about what you learned when you return from Seattle! Or how you reinvent this blog into something new. :)
Thank you for taking us through your capsule wardrobe journey! It has been a wonderful ride and I enjoyed reading your post every time. I hope you have a great trip to Seattle and I look forward to what you bring back when you decide to return!
Best of luck!
while reading I was wondering if you would find a similar mural wall in Seattle for your outfitpost’s :) Ahhh but then the sad news :( I wish you all the best and I’m looking forward to reading from you again!!
Welcome to Seattle! I’m starting your challenge this weekend – perhaps our paths will cross some time in this fine city! I’m also new to town, as are so many of us. The Seattle Freeze is real, but just go to some meet ups and you’ll find the rest of us transplants and you’ll be just fine :)
Thanks Caroline for sharing your journey with us! I’ll miss checking in with you, but admire your decision (and courage!) to start a completely new adventure. Bonne chance!
I am filled with all the feels. I’m heartbroken for me, excited for you, happy that this space has felt so natural from the moment I found it, and inspired that you’re listening to what works for your life and letting this space be what it needs to be and give yourself time to experiment with taking space from it.
I hope you go on to create even more beautiful things and that we get to read about them in another space or that you return to us after some time in the PNW with more to teach us about contentment through clothes (and so much more).
You are a beautiful person and I thank you for the time you created here and shared it with us. Move forward, but always create. You bring too much to the interwebs not to continue that part.
I just started following your blog, but the idea of a capsule collection inspired me and I started one of my own. It was so freeing and helped me to focus on other areas of my life too! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Good luck and can’t wait to see what comes out your hiatus.
i have to say that i will miss you around here, but i do feel that this is incredibly in line with your message. i REALLY admire that. authenticity and integrity! live it up in seattle and thank you heaps for all your inspiration and time spent in this space!
Found your blog yesterday!!!! I guess I’m too late to the party. :)
I just started following your blog. Love it! I think you’ll love Seattle. Look forward to hearing from you again in six months.
Caroline,I know what I’m about to say has been said but I wanted to personally say it:
Thank you a million times for your blog and message. I found you last summer after a 3 month shopping hiatus and the capsule seemed like a logical next step. I’ve now spent three seasons experimenting with capsules and I have been reading your blog religiously ever since July. I appreciated your heart and the breath of fresh air you have provided.
I am going to miss your work tremendously but can appreciate the reasons for your hiatus. I felt you were getting ready for a break, but so much of me didn’t want to believe it. I will be reading your backlog and noting many of your wonderful ideas for continual reference. I hope you have a wonderful time in Seattle and wish you and your husband all the best.
With many thanks and warmest regards,
Noooooooooooooo! I mean, I get why you’re stopping right now, and I respect that, but noooooooooo! :) You are my favorite blogger. Every morning I look forward to your newest post. I use to have a ton of blogs marked to check each day, and now yours is the only “must.” You will be greatly missed.
Well, thank you for sharing your message(s)–I have learned so much. Your blog has brought me SO much enjoyment. Good luck on your move and your future ventures! Thankyouthankyouthankyou again~
of course i find your blog the day you announce it is going away. haha, I have the best timing ;) but I do plan to read backwards. already enjoying what I have seen, and I found you on IG. Feeling inspired to pear down my closet and get simple. I blogged for a lot of years and also took a break, like a long one. ha, nothing wrong with it! we all need to live true to our current lives and not continue things out of obligation if they don’t fit with where we are today. Be blessed on your journey!
The Internet is weird in that it allows us to feel close with people who don’t know us at all. I feel like a friend is moving away – so sad for myself and so happy/excited for you to have these new adventures! Looking forward to seeing snippets and hopefully hearing back from you when you’re back in Texas, maybe with a whole new topic. You’re so brave and thoughtful. Have a safe trip, a great time, and learn all you can!
Oh, Caroline. I’ll miss you bunches. Your blog has inspired my own wardrobe and has catapulted me back into the fashion world. I fall in and out of phases and this is just the one I needed to help me feel better about myself and the world around me. Thank you for being so wonderful. See you soon!
I’m selfishly really sad! I’ve gained such inspiration from your posts and I’m actually going back and reading from the beginning. I’m honing my style and not just buying things because they’re on the 70% off rack at Target. We too are focusing on travelling more which will allow us to create experiences instead of buying things. The nice thing is that we’re having the money to do so now that I’m not blowing all our money on clothes. I hope you enjoy your time off… but I really really hope you come back too!
You SO deserve the break after putting in so much hard work for us!I’b4m happy for you and I’b4ll miss you a lot.
I found your blog back in September right when you were releasing your Fall capsule. I’ve looked forward to a new blog post every day since.
Unfancy is so much more than a blog about capsule wardrobes. As you said, Unfancy is about contentment. I am so happy for you that you have found it (and continue to cultivate it). I can’t thank you enough for providing a map for my own journey to contentment. Who knew that a fashion blog would teach me more about who I am as a person than about clothes.
I admire your courage to start a new life in Seattle with your husband- and taking a hiatus from blogging. I look forward to seeing your adventures on Instagram :)
I’ve been following your blog for many months and while I’m sad to hear that your project has come to close, it really makes perfect sense. Thanks so much for sharing your process. It’s bedn really fascinating to see how this capsule project has impacted other aspects of my life.
I hope that you return to blogging. My favorite posts have been your musings on life. While your photos and format are beautiful, and your fashion is great, I think it was your clarity, thoughtfulness, and heart that made it so special and unique, and kept me returning. I’m excited to see what you do next!
Hi Caroline,I only just joined your blog this week. I look forward to your next posts in a few months time.
May God bless you and your husband as you journey, and bless with happiness your new home and your new friends.
Caroline you are an exceptional individual. You have reconnected me with my thoughts on living with intention and the latest about the compound effect. What I love about your blog is that it is not only about fashion but about real heart stuff too. For a year I have come to your blog almost daIly. Knowing you won’t be here for six months makes me sad, but you will be living your adventure and that is beautiful. You will have the opportunity to be fully present in that adventure. Oh darling, go and do it. I know you will be better for it and when you return you can say ‘how fascinating!’ As I’m sure you will have something new to share.
See you around on Instagram.
Love and blessings,
Thank you Caroline! I’m really inspired by your decision to go live it up for awhile away from the blog. I’ve been reading your blog since your third post; I was always looking for how to build a wardrobe that works without overwhelming me and researched online constantly. I started with too little and never had enough to get me through from one laundry day to the next (and with 2 boys 5 and 3, I do laundry frequently!). But now I have more than one pair of jeans and a handful of tee shirts thanks to your idea of 3, and thanks to your formal capsule I am ready for the events that come up in my life. No more tears looking into my closet wondering what am I going to wear and I’m not overwhelmed with stuff either. It’s a great balance and sense of freedom. I felt it all click into place last week, and I’m ready to focus on something new too. Enjoy your next adventure!
Your blog is the first blog I wanted to follow. Ever. And after a year I have had amazingly much inspiration from you. Both in clothes but even more in personal life. The relationship to the one closest to your heart and the personal decisions we make on a daily basis. You have inspired me to reflect upon so many things.
Thank you SO much! I wish you all the best!
Bon voyage! Enjoy your journey. We’ll be here when you return.
How cool is that! Going against the grain in our society takes someone special.
You do sound lazy don’t you, when you say that you want to rest. I can honestly say that I am the only person I know that is not too busy, but if I say that out loud sometimes I feel like I’m lazy. Which is not the truth at all. I enjoy my life immensely…I enjoy folding clothes, mopping the floor, working on my volunteer projects, etc.
When I was busy I hated all chores and felt like I had to volunteer because that is what good people do.
I hope that you spend the next 6 months keeping a very open mind about Un-fancy. You have enough information on this site to change the world. It has changed my world. I would *love* it if you continued, however I hope that you follow the path that was designed for you.
Best wishes and good luck! You are an inspiration to me.
Best of luck to you & your husband on your new venture. Thanks for all the kindness & advice! You have touched people! x
Nooooooooo! I’m so sad but so happy for you to gain some brain space. I love following your posts every day and seeing how you style that tiny little wardrobe of yours. You are an inspiration, my dear. Good luck in the next chapter, in Seattle and we’ll see you when you get back.
I have so enjoyed your blog, and have been inspired by your fashion style and life philosophy. Wishing you all the best the universe has in store for you as you embark on a new journey! You will be missed.
I truly feel so excited/nervous/anxious/curious/elated for you and I hope you are feeling those things too! Selfishly, of course I’m sad we wont get to see your great posts anymore but I am SO happy that you will just be living your dream, your adventure and being able to be fully present with the one you love. I hope you both have a great time in Seattle. Thank you for sharing fashion, kindness and wisdom with us.
Hooray for adventure! I moved to Seattle on a similar whim and stayed for five years. It’s a fantastic city, full of energy, life and tons of green and water. One of my favorite things to do was walk through the Pike’s Place Market early in the morning on my way to work with a cup of coffee, a fresh baked treat from the bakery and take in the setup. What a way to start the day! Make sure to go kayaking on Lake Washington, eat lots of Pho, let your jaw drop the first time the mountain is out, and take in the specatular hiking. Oh, and go to Snoqualmie Falls! I live in Oregon now – planning a weekend trip to Portland is a must! As a native Midwesterner I never cease to be amazed at the incredible food to be found in the PNW. It’s truely amazing. I’m new to your blog and found immediate recognition of a system to help me reel in my tendancies to clutter. Looking forward to following you in Instagram, even if it is to live vicariosly through you to see the city that I will love forever.
Thank you for this blog! Bon voyage, have a great six months in Seattle!
Oh dear, this makes me really sad! Your blog has become my absolute favourite over the past couple of months and I’ve been so excited for each new post. I haven’t started a capsule wardrobe yet (but I am thinking about giving it a try for a month and see how it goes) but you inspired me to think a bit differently. I don’t think I’ll ever become a true minimalist (I’m too much of a collector and throwing things away always takes me a lot of time and consideration) but I want to get rid of the obsession with stuff. I laughed when you said that you wanted to get the Valentino stud heels when you started blogging because everyone had them. I’m so glad you didn’t because that is one of the things that make you different. You don’t wear a 3.1 Philip Lim bag or Chanel espadrilles just because every blogger has them. You don’t make readers want things they don’t need. (I’ve been following blogs for years but only when I found your blog I realised how much of an impact they’ve had on me in terms of craving new things. I’m not saying I also bought them but blogs have definitely been making me THINK about clothes more than necessary. I know now that true happiness will most likely come when I don’t crave more things all the time, when I don’t shop impulsively, and when I stop thinking about clothing too much. And I’ll try my best!Anyway, I’m really sad you won’t be around! I loved listening to the podcast–it made me like you even more than I already did haha! I love your positive attitude. I hope you have the best experience in Seattle, it really sounds amazing and I hope you share some bits from your life there. And of course, I’d love it if you got back to blogging when you get back. (I understand that you can’t blog about capsule wardrobes forever but I’d love to read just bits and pieces from your life or see some nice pics you take, and maybe an outfit here and there :) I’ll miss you! x
Oh Caroline, you’re going to break the Internet with this news!But seriously, I had a feeling you were about to wrap things up since last week. I’ll miss you. And I think what I’ll miss the most is updates on your life, how you’re finding Seattle, how it’s different to Texas, what your new place looks like… Little things like that which are a big part of the reason why I follow blogs, not just the style. But of course the style and the idea behind it has-is a huge inspiration. Hope you have a great time and don’t be a stranger! :)
And please, do come back. If not with daily posts, then with bi/ weekly updates? We all can’t wait to hear about your new adventure :)
So long capsule sister! I hope to meet you one day.
Dear Caroline,This all makes a lot of sense, bittersweet however. Thank you for the past year of inspiration and encouragement. I’ve been working my way into simplification mode for the last few years (for me, it’s a slow and steady process), and your simplification with clothing concept came at a perfect time. It’s reassuring doing something and knowing others, the world over, share your ideals. As a daily reader, being surrounded by simplification begets further simplification. It’s a positive snowball effect. As mentioned in many comments above, you give great clothing inspiration, but also life inspiration. If you care to share any life / simplifying / slowing down concepts via Instagram, I’m certain they would be gratefully received.
Wishing you and Aaron all the very best. Thank you and safe travels xo
Thank you for your inspiration (not only with the capsule wardrobe, but also with the Compound Effect – which is a kind of synthesis of all the books I read in the last 2 years). I was really looking forward to your posts everyday, but I also noticed that I was kind of waiting of what-will-Caroline-wear-or-how-would-she-style-it. I think your break from blogging will provide an excellent chance for me to grow up and develop my own style wardrobe-wise. I would love to see you back in 6 months, though. I wish you all the best and exciting times in Seattle!
So, I just found your blog last week. Today my husband left for 10 days, I’m watching Gilmore Girls, and contemplating a capsule wardrobe – and just read this post. Haha! (Perhaps I need to devote more time to my own blog?) I will spend time reading over your past posts and hope to hear more from you after your Seattle adventure. I commend you for taking your goals seriously and doing what’s best for you. Cheers!
I can’t believe I literally found your site on the day you’re stepping away! But I guess that will give me time to work my way back through the archives and get caught up. Best wishes in your new location – I was born in Seattle and currently live across the mountains in the non-rainy, 300 days of sunshine a year, “desert & tumbleweeds” part of the state … Washington is the best! :)
Beautiful! A graceful exit by a graceful woman. thank you for sharing your journey – go enjoy & experience all that Seattle has to offer – drink it in and we all look forward to continuing the conversation when you are ready. Best, Stephanie
I just discovered you this month! Boo (selfishly.)
I respect your break and not adding to the ‘noise’ though – so more power to you! And as I continue to look fantastic in my new capsule wardrobe, I will think of you on your Seattle adventure! ENJOY!
Caroline, I don’t even know where to begin. While reading this post, I will admit that I was immediately filled with sadness (and maybe some heartbreak) but then I got extremely excited and happy for you. I have to agree with other readers that it feels like a close friend is moving far away; sad for us, but exciting for you! Even though I don’t know you personally, I feel like I have connected with someone who knows me so well (weird how the Internet works like that).
I started following your blog (religiously, I’ll admit) probably sometime back in the beginning of this year, and I was immediately captivated. We are constantly surrounded by stuff, and I was intrigued at the thought of that simply having less IS more. While being a soon to be college graduate, I haven’t been in the right time of my life yet to try out this capsule wardrobe idea, but I hope to work on it this summer and start one in the Fall as I enter into a brand new time of my life – the real world and a new corporate job.
In all honesty, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been truly inspired by all that you do, clothes wise and just in life in general. I will miss you loads! But, I do hope that you have an amazing new journey in Seattle. I admire your courage and integrity to stick to your guns and do what is best for you and your family. It can be hard to put yourself first sometimes, so I’m glad that you are able to follow your dreams and do something different and exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about when you return in what hopefully will be a quick six months for us readers!
Love everything that you do. Wishing you the best of luck on all of your new endeavors. Cheers.
I admit I was expecting this news. Good luck to you Caroline and thank you for helping me create a structure for my wardrobe and shopping. I’m on my third capsule and I’ve gotten better at it with each one. I haven’t done a summer capsule yet, but I’ll look at your summer capsule from last year for a guide. Will your website stay up for awhile?
I’ve just recently found your blog about a couple of months ago. It’s been a blessing to me from day one. I’m an older gal and approaching my 60’s very soon. So my perspective of fashion and how I dress has had a long time to develop. Fads aren’t really my thing. To be honest, I’m not usually attracted to blogs on fashion. I expected to read and exit in a very short period. Of course, I found very quickly that your blog wasn’t really about fashion. But about how living purposefully affects fashion in your life. I’ve appreciated how you’ve been able to be fun, contemporary and relevant. Yet very deeply thoughtful and conscious about how your day to day choices make a difference in your life. I have many take-aways from you. My favorite, “small changes over time = big change! I’ve said this many times to myself since I’ve read this on your blog and it has been a source of light for me in that moment. I pray blessings on your husband and yourself. I am sure that you’ll continue to be light to many others. God’s speed to you both!
Thank you for sharing this with us — I have learnt a lot from you and the way you’ve written, processed things, styled things. I appreciate the risk you took in putting yourself out there. Blessings on the Seattle adventure!
This is so exciting!! Good luck! And thank you for inspiring me to simplify my life and start dressing better. You’ve done an amazing thing here, and I wish you all the best!
I’m so happy for you! You have done a great job here by lending so much inspiration with your style! Enjoy your time off and can’t wait to follow you Instragram to see your adventure! Wishing you all the best!
Thank you for sharing your inspiration! Enjoy your beautiful adventure.
This was a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it, like how I enjoyed following your blog. Best wishes for your future endouvers :)Naz
Noooooo!!!! I just found you yesterday. :( Thank God for the archives. I feel like I’ve already learned so much from you in the past 36 hours. I still have a lot of work to do to get my closet cleared out, but I’ve already eliminated 182 items and there will be MANY more…hopefully in the next week. I found your worksheets so helpful. It seemed like a daunting task, but as I completed the worksheets, I became very excited. I can’t wait until I can take my “after” pictures of my closet.Thank you for creating this blog. Enjoy Seattle!!!!
Like so many others have already stated, I was so sad to read that you’ll be leaving us but I do understand. I found your blog by chance about 7 months ago, and I’m already on my 3rd capsule. I just helped a friend put together her 1st one and I spent last weekend telling my mom and sister all about the genius behind your method. I do hope you find your way back to blogging or working with this in some form, because you have a wonderful gift for it, and having fresh posts and encouragement will help so many others get started as well. Your posts outside of clothes have been inspiring as well, from books to websites and more. Thank you for changing my life in a small, yet very big way. I hope you have a most wonderful time in Seattle and look forward to seeing you on Instagram. : )
Caroline, I found your blog really early on. Like during the capsule you blogged about and I think this is the first time I’ve every commented. I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me to live with less and best of luck on your adventure.
Now I’m off to listen to that Jess Lively podcast in my lunch break :)
I have recently found your blog and I would like to tell you that it has spoken to me and for me in a way that I could not articulate for the last year. Almost a year ago, I had my first baby. And in that year, I did not realize how much my body would change, how much I would hate my new body, and how much I would hate how I looked in my clothes. I don’t like using those negative words, but it is how I have felt for much of the last year. I have gone shopping twice in the last year – both times needing stuff, buying stuff yet coming away miserable with how I felt about my body (and not wanting to go shopping ever again). Yet as I approach my baby’s first birthday I have started to be OK with my new look and this blog (and reading much of the archives) has given me so much perspective on how to think about clothes, style and shopping that it has really made me realize that I CAN DO THIS. I can be a mom, with a career, with a new body, and I can find clothes that fit and look good too. What helped with this blog is brand recognition – I already have my key brands that fit (just in new sizes :). I now need to expand that thinking to some new key pieces and start to develop a capsule concept that will work for my lifestyle.
Thank you for what you do. For the message you put out into this universe. It’s spectacular. You don’t know me – but you have touched me (the power of the internet!). While your site may be going silent, I do hope to see you blog more in the future. I wish you and your family the best in Seattle. Dream big.
Thank you for sharing! I have enjoyed reading your blog. Enjoy your move! All the best!
I must admit I’m so sad to hear I can’t read your blog for 6 months! I feel like I’ve just discovered you (I’ve been reading for about 5 months) and you have truly inspired me in SO many ways! Not only in fashion but in life in general. I’ve been wanting to simplify and get down to real living/life and had been feeling like I would be more content with less and then I found your blog and it just really hit home. I haven’t totally nailed the capsule wardrobe thing just yet – but that’s part of the process – the finding out that it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be exactly the same as someone else. I feel like I’ve found my fashion groove which is kinda in the middle of edgy (but not too much), classic (but not boring) and trendy (but not out there) and this is after 2 kids who are 9 and 11.Yours is the first blog I read when I sit down with my coffee. Every morning. :) I will miss it but look forward to hearing all about your Seattle adventure. Also…when you’re down on Pier 57 by that big wheel pop into the Crab Pot if you like seafood. It’s an adventure! Also ask for bibs.
Safe travels and enjoy Seattle! I live about 2 1/2 hours north just across the border. You will experience my dilemma with inconsistent seasons. :) Fascinating!
I am sad to see you go because I just found your blog a few days ago and am starting my own capsule closet this weekend. You may have answered this question in a previous post but I am wondering if you have suggestions for where to buy jeans in petites/short. I love Madewell and JCrew but they often don’t have jeans that come in short lengths.
You’ll be missed! I look forward to your posts every day…have a wonderful adventure in Seattle and I’ll be following on IG!
Good for you! But oh my goodness I just found your blog on Tuesday and it has been a real blessing! I am working on my capsule planner. :)
I just discovered your blog today and am falling in love with everything you have to say! I’ve never heard of a capsule wardrobe before, but you’re truly inspired me! I turn 29 this year and still feel like I lack a personal style.
I’ve been meaning to redefine what that means for me, and I feel like this is a great place to start. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us, good luck in Seattle, and can’t wait to hear about what you come up with next! :)
I’ve been following your blog for almost a year now (how is this possible?) and I am going to miss you so much. On the other hand : have great fun in Seattle and enjoy every minute of these six months, good luck! And I hope to read from you again…
I’ve loved every moment here with you. While I am sad, it’s nice to know I can still come back here and remember what you’ve taught me. While I am still honing my style and simplifying my wardrobe, I know I can come here to find inspiration and answers. You’ve created something very unique and real here, and yours is the only blog I really read. Thank you! Enjoy your grand adventure! Safe travels! (Seattle is one of my all time favorite cities, lived in Olympia for many years). Can’t wait to see the fun and excitement unravel on Instagram!
I listened to some of your interview, and you have the sweetest, most calming voice ever! You can really hear the wisdom. Thank you for this blog. I’m 19 turning 20 in the fall, and I’ve been feeling lost and worried about my future. Although I haven’t taken on a capsule wardrobe, your lessons on simplicity and inner understanding have been so helpful for me. I wish you all the best in Seattle!
Wow! I completely respect your decision. I have been following you since June of last year and I can honestly say you’ve helped me to change the way I view material items, myself and the world. I’ll miss your daily posts and wonderful words of wisdom, but in my heart of hearts I know this is for the best. It really does feel a little like losing a friend.Thank you for keeping it real and teaching me so much about minimalism! Have a wonderful time in Seattle!
A quick list of places to go:
#1 Hot Cakes – the most amazing chocolate cake in the UNIVERSE
#2 gasworks park
#3 theo chocolate factory
#4 Rattlesnake ridge (hike)
First, may I just say I love that you are a Gilmore Girls fan like me :)Second, you will be greatly missed! I love this blog and I’m currently working on my own capsule wardrobe. Thanks for the all the inspiration and for creating a GREAT blog and space on the internet. I look forward to seeing you back in 6 months- have a fabulous time in Seattle.
I’ll miss your voice and your perspective but wish you all the best in your adventure. I’ll think of you every time I make a mistake- ‘how fascinating’! So grateful for all you’ve shared x.
For the last year I have looked forward to reading your blog every night and I am sad that you will no longer be updating for a while. However I also admire your wisdom to see clearly when it is time for a break. Your outfit posts have brightened up my days and I will still come on here for inspiration or to ogle over my favourite outfit posts! I wish you + your hubby all the best in Seattle. Maybe your next adventure will be in the UK!
Thank you, Caroline for sharing your experience – I always look forward to your wise and simple words every morning. Your positivity and willingness to be vulnerable with your readers is inspiring. You have altered my wardrobe and my life! All the best in this next part of your journey.Laurie, from Toronto
Caroline, please, don’t. One post a week. ANYTHING….
You’re my favourite blogger. Your posts are the ones I wait for EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I learn from them. Not only about the clothes. They’re just clothes. But about contentment and about gumption and everything that’s worth something in life.
Furthermore, I NEED YOU. You started to change me, my contentment. But it’s not done yet and I so need you.
A Heart felt thank you for taking the time to share your capsule journey with us.Should you ever have doubts if it has been worth the while at least know that for me it has been a real life changing experience. I joined the capsule wardrobe idea last summer so I’m on my 3. now and I have never been so content with both my wardrobe and most importantly myself as I am now. Knowing that you have what you need in your wardrobe as well as in your life does really take you to a new and better place.You have helped me finding that place – so simple, really!
I wish you all the best :-)
Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your insights- I am really going to miss reading your posts! I love hearing about your outlook on life and I find your blog truly inspirational, both in the fashion and philosophical senses. Best of luck to you and your husband, I know you will have a blast and make the most of it. Thanks for all the great life and fashion advice!!
I saw Jess Lively’s email first before I went to your website and was sort of in shock. Ironically, I “lost” another blogger yesterday too. :( That being said, spring is the season of change and you have some amazing changes and opportunities ahead. I am grateful for your message. I have never started a capsule wardrobe (I don’t really know if the bay area, CA can handle one with inconsistent weather ;) ) though I love the concept of really looking at our wardrobe and keeping only what brings us joy – but most importantly, I have loved your message about filling ourselves more internally when we feel the need to do so externally. I am a firm believer in the outside matching the inside and vice versa as a way to take care of ourselves and your outside and inside shine brightly. Rock on. I hope you have a wonderful time in Seattle and I look forward to what the new season brings you.
Gah!! You will be so missed! I can’t tell you how much joy and inspiration your blog brought to my life, especially as I navigate my second capsule season. That said, this feels totally in harmony with your philosophy. I’m bummed that my morning blog read will no longer feature your bright and insightful messages, but so very excited for what these 6 months will bring you and your family. Enjoy Seattle! You’ve got a huge community who will be so happy to greet you when you return! Definitely going to jump on over to Instagram and follow along! :)
I pretty much need to echo all the other comments here. I can’t say that I’m not sad to see you leave this space. It was such a huge source of inspiration to so many, myself included. While I understand where you are coming from, I would love it if you would pop in here at the end of the season and post what worked and didn’t work (my favorite posts) with a small summary of all your outfits. I’d also love to see your Seattle summer capsule wardrobe.At the very least, I hope you still post some outfits/thoughts on Instagram! Think of it as a mini-blog post.
Thank you Caroline for your inspiring me to reinvent happiness in my life. I am a senior in high school so trying to be content with who I am has always been tough for me. Reading your blog has motivated me to live with less. I am going to college in the fall and will be creating a capsule wardrobe as well as a blog (The Minimalist Project!!). Your blog is an encouragement in my life and I can’t wait to hear about your adventure in Seattle when you return.Thank you x 100!
When I read this my first thoughts were “NO, you’re not allowed to do that.” Then I remembered that you are a person and you can do whatever you want! I’ll be honest though my second thought was, “How can the message of contentment ever be complete?” But if you feel like you accomplished what you set out to accomplish, then congratulations! To me, it’s a little sad to Un-Fancy go silent as along with your posts I really enjoy the comments and the additional conversation around your posts. If I had my way, I’d love to see Un-Fancy continue without a complete hiatus, even if you took on a lesser role (with guest bloggers, or posting less often). But hey, I’m sappy and I went to camp as a child so I still crave community. But either way, I’m grateful for the what I’ve learned and taken from you and wish you the best in all of your adventures!
Just wanted to echo all these sentiments! (Happy for you! A little sad for me.. ;) ) best wishes in your new adventure! How exciting!! I have been truly inspired and touched by your blog. Thank you!
Oh, no! I just joined! I hope I don’t forget about your site.
Hi, sad to read this. I only started to follow your blog about a month ago After I was looking for answers in my style problems. Thank you for the blog it has been helpfull and im not that frustrated anymore with style. Good luck for your future! And greetings from Finland!
This is hello for me, and so long from you………… I just have tears well up in my eyes, and I don’t know what makes me feel sad about not even reading the former posts!!! We, too, are making a big move, and now…. I think I need you to help me decide what to pack. I have company coming this week end, but come Monday morning, I am starting my capsule. I’m probably older than most of your readers, but a month ago I broke my foot and have been wearing a big ol boot, one that does not allow longer, tighter legs of pants… so I have already been getting by with less – hoping this will be easy.Caroline, I wish you safe travels and a happy heart. God bless you!
While I will miss the regular doses of fashion inspiration, what I really want to say is. “Go! Enjoy!” I hope Seattle is everything you hope it will be and more. :)
Good luck and congratulations on this next chapter! I’ve learn a lot from you and will miss your blog posts a ton! xoxo Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com
I am going to miss you so much! I really enjoyed the daily doses of fashion and sunshine. Your attitude was really helpful and inspiring to me.
So I send my best wishes with you, but every inch of me hopes you’ll definitely come back!!
I just started reading your blog this week and you’ve inspired me! I started to minimize my wardrobe, and although I’m having a tough time with just 37 pieces, I know I’m on my way to an easier, clearer picture of how I see myself and what others may see when they look at me. Good luck in Seattle. I’ve had the opportunity to live all over the country and Seattle is one of my absolute favorites!(Lowery’s in the Market has great food and even greater views). I look forward to seeing how your style evolves with Seattle weather (p.s. only tourists use umbrellas, think jackets with hoods instead). Best wishes on your new adventure!
OMGEEEE – I just found you this week! BUT, after listening to your interview, your next step makes perfect sense! I can appreciate the intent you had with Un-Fancy and I think that you have a great decision making process that just rings true with you. Way to stay accountable to yourself and your dreams. I have to admit, I shed a tear when the Caroline of Un-Fancy shared a word of advice with the Caroline of wedding photography. The awesome thing about that, is that everything is a process. That’s the beauty of progress! Oh the things I would tell my younger self!! I am looking forward to six months from now, to see what your next step is, if in fact you come back to the blogger world. And I do believe you wrapped up the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ segment perfectly. Thank you, and have an amazing adventure in Seattle! Best wishes!
All the best! This blog has certainly made many impacts and I’m really happy to see one that combines both fashion and simple living into one and did so well (as both concepts don’t seem to gel). Looking forward to have you back in 6 months! :)
I’m gonna miss your blog so much!!! You have been such an inspiration, ever since I stumbled upon your website a few months ago. You gave me so many ideas how to turn my life to a better direction. Can’t thank you enough! Wish you all the best for the coming months in Seattle, I hope you have the most exciting and fulfilling time there!!! I’m still gonna stalk you on instagram because I’m literally obsessed with you. Hihi. So much love from Germany
Caroline, I love your blog, but I appreciate your bravery even more! The thing you said about the messages that we carry is beyond profound. Confession: I don’t even have a capsule wardrobe and I’ve checked in with you weekly on Un-fancy trying to figure it out if it is even for me. Thank you for being the kind of girl that creates a truly free space for your readers to learn, watch, listen and honor their truth without judgement or fear. That is an amazing amount of goodness to be able to communicate through the pages of a blog. Thanks for not adding to the noise and for being so intentional. Can’t wait to hear what your next message to the world is or how it materializes. Have the BEST time in Seattle. xo Stephanie
Bet at least I umbrella will be in your closet! And those mud rubber shoes!
I’m new here, but you’ve been such an inspiration in such a short time. Bless you. Enjoy your new adventure.. :)
I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I’m so sad you’re taking a break. Thanks for the inspiration to live with less. I have been cleaning out my closet non stop since reading your blog and while I’m not down to a capsule wardrobe just yet, I hope to be in the near future. Thanks again, good luck with your adventure!
Oh my! My daughter just shared your sight with me yesterday. Thank you so much for your investment. As a fellow blogger, I am the commitment it takes. I appreciate you!
I literally JUST found you! I will be wading through your blog for a while, I am already a fan even after only reading a couple posts. My closet is about to be streamlined as soon as I find my “style”. By reading here and others, I strive to be one of you beautifully put together ladies in quality, coordinated articles. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this journey! I hope your future endeavours are as inspirational and creative. Good luck.
Lov this blog… best for summers
Thanks, Caroline, for all of your wonderful content. You inspired me to try a capsule wardrobe for the first time and to think more carefully and creatively about my clothes. I love your style and your thoughtful approach to life that is so often reflected in your blog posts. I’ve grown to love the daily check-ins with your blog to see what you’re wearing and thinking, so you will be missed! I do hope you come back at some point, but for now, have a very happy and adventurous time in Seattle! Know that you are well loved by your readers.
Big news! I happen to be going through the same thing. Moving. Boxing up stuff, all that jazz. It’s so funny, and I just posted a blog post about it this morning. I think you should read it.I’m putting words out there that might help someone.
I just found you today, and how interesting you are moving to my city! I see you are taking a 6 month break. That gives me time to catch up on your blog, and prepare for the changes you make to your closet capsule idea, because Seattle has a weather, and a fashion mind of its own. I absolutely look forward to reading all you have written, and to reading more once you incorporate our lovely city into your current style and vibe. Best wishes!
I’m going to miss this blog SO much. But I so respect and appreciate your decision – when you feel you’ve said enough…. stop talking…. minimalism in practice- love it.Your advice changed a lot about my life and I am forever grateful for your influence.
Hope to see you back in 6 months but I know you will move in the time that is perfect for you- I so love that in you.
I just found this blog and now you are going on hiatus! At first I panicked, but then I paused to think. I applaud your decision to step back, to re-evaluate, and to keep it meaningful to you. So many blogs worry about “feeding the beast”. I’m glad that you are being true to yourself and your priorities.
Good luck to you and yours and I look forward to your return. In the meanwhile, I will catch up on the archive and start working on my wardrobe capsule.
I just found your blog today only to find out you just left. :-(So excited to go back through the archives though! Good luck on the move! We just made the same move a few months ago from Dallas to Tacoma. (We’re actually in Gig Harbor). One word of advice: layers! Here in the Sound, a day will start at about 45 degrees get up to 70 and then drop back down to 45. That constant change has been the hardest for our Texan bodies to adjust to, but we love it! Invest in some good cardigans and jackets and you’ll be good. And don’t forget the rain boots!
First, Caroline I love your blog and I am so, so, so sad that I won’t be able to check in on it everyday.
I’ve noticed there are so many people in these comments who want to do a capsule wardrobe or are in the process of creating theirs and are so sad they won’t have your daily inspiration. I’m 99% committed to one for this summer and I was thinking a group Pinterest page might be a great idea. I just created one – https://www.pinterest.com/becausefoodisli/capsule-wardrobe/ and would love for people to join. P.S – I’ve never done this group Pinterest page thing before but I follow a couple so let me know if you have some experience on the best way to share capsule inspiration from people committed to this concept!
An once again Caroline, thanks again for all you contributed to this space. It truly has changed the way I think about fashion and clothing.
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I’ve loved your outfits and blog over the past year, and I’m sad I won’t have any outfit inspiration for the next 6 months! Good luck on your move, Seattle is a great place, and definitely very different climate-wise from Texas.
I just found your blog through pure wow and just read you are taking a break! I’m sad – but good for you. Love this concept. Best of luck!
:( Caroline, say it isn’t so! I’m going to miss your posts so much. You’ve inspired me (and tons of other people!) in so many ways and I want to say thank you for that! I wish you and your husband the best of luck on your move. Stay amazing and update us once you’re ready!
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I got dressed today with my first winter capsule. My wardrobe is open, clear and tidy.It was effortless and I felt great! Thank you x
Hi Caroline! I’m new to the idea of minimalist fashion, but I’ve been so inspired by your blog. I think that you have a great sense of self and a great sense of style, both of which come through in your writing and photos. I think I’m almost ready to take the plunge and start a capsule wardrobe myself. Wish me luck!
Welcome to Seattle! I discovered your blog about a week ago, and have been mulling your concepts around while looking at my closet full of things I hate to wear. I’ll soon be implementing my own capsule for Fall! I’m so excited I can hardly wait. I hope you and your husband love it here as much as we do. Who knows, Seattle is a small, big-city, maybe I’ll have the pleasure of running into you at a coffee shop! Best wishes.
I’ll be honest that I only come to this blog whenever I’m trying to explain capsule wardrobes to friends and whenever I’m looking for inspiration for the next season. With that said, thank you for sharing the last year of your life with us and I hope you’re having an amazing time in Seattle. Hope to hear from you soon with all kinds of life updates with beauty shots of the Pacific Northwest! Thank you for your inspiration.