We’ve got lots to cover today. Clogs. Overalls. Instagram Stories. And a little more about my style shift.
It’s basically going to be a lightning round catch up sesh. Readygo.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m officially on a clog run.
I’ve had them in my closet for a few months, but I got caught up in that whole idea of saving them. You know, the thought process looks something like: These are so nice and I might mess them up … so I just won’t wear them today … or tomorrow … or ever.
But then I finally wore them a couple of times, realized how comfortable they are, noticed how much I felt like myself in them, and so I’m officially saying no to “saving” clothes.
For now, at least. :)
I’m denim’s number one fan girl (will someone please put that on a mug?), so wearing denim from shoulders to shins makes me really happy.
I was hesitant to jump on the overall train. Then, once I started warming up to them, there was the whole thing of “Maybe I shouldn’t wear them because they are too trendy.”
Overthinking like that.
Then I shook myself and said WHO CARES.
The more I get in touch with my personal style, the less I care about things being in or out. It’s all invented anyway.
And here’s where I get really excited about overalls:
I think they’re really going to help me with my fall + winter style. I mentioned a few posts ago that I feel out of my element when putting together outfits for chilly weather.
But I can totally get behind an outfit like, say, overalls with my striped turtleneck paired with ankle booties and a long coat over all of it.
Lookout fall + winter. Caroline’s got your number.
On Monday, I mentioned that I felt like my style is changing, but I didn’t give you any specifics. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging. This is a topic I’m excited to explore with you.
But the truth is, I don’t have any specifics because I’m at the starting line. I don’t really have anything figured out just yet. Which is exciting, because it means I’ll get to share it with you in real time as I figure it out.
The only word I can use to describe it right now is playful. We’ll see.
Well, I finally posted my first Instagram story yesterday. I’m actually incredibly excited about how IG stories feel so real and raw and not styled. I think we can all get to know each other better through it.
(And, if you were wondering, here’s where I got those watercolor cactus prints in my Story.)
Okay, your turn!
I have so many questions for you: Do you believe in “saving” clothes or do you wear your nicer things daily? How do you shake yourself out of overthinking stuff in life? Can someone make a mug that says “Denim’s number one fan girl”? Have you tried IG stories yet? What do you think about it?
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01 | Tank gifted by Everlane (responsibly made)
02 | Overalls by Madewell (almost sold out but they’ll probably restock ’em) | super cute culotte version | cool cross back version in black (on sale)
03 | Clogs gifted by BRYR (handmade to order in USA) | similar for less by TOMS
04 | Necklace in Yellow Raw Diamond by Julia Szendrei (handmade in USA)
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Not sure if I’m doing it wrong but I don’t see your story on Instagram. :(
Cute overalls. Wonder if they’ll make them with a long inseam.
I don’t see it either. I’m new to Instagram, so I don’t know if I’m not looking in the right place.
Hey Colleen + Carol! The stories should actually show up at the top of your homepage — on your own IG newsfeed (pictures in a little circle.) But IG stories disappear after 24 hours, so the latest one you’ll find of me is a vid from my work station! :) xo, Caroline
I see the Feed link at the top, but it’s grayed out and says there is nothing there. Is this something that only works on Smartphones and android devices? I’m using a laptop.
Oh sorry Carol! Yes, the stories only show up on a smartphone. xo, Caroline
Well, there you have it. I won’t waste anymore time trying to figure it out. Thanks, Caroline. :)
Oh Instagram! Hopefully I catch the next story!
You may need to update your app, I had too!
Good tip Samantha! Thanks :) xo, Caroline
I have found saving clothes for “good” means fantastic clothes that never get worn. Such a shame to leave your nicest pieces in the back of the closet so they don’t get messed up or worn out. That said, my expensive suede ballet flats, that I saved up all year for, do not go out in the rain but do get worn with my distressed denim or any other old thing they look good with.
And I have been meaning to ask about the clogs. Did they require a break in period or are they immediately comfortable? Did you get you usual size?
By the way, overalls are super cute on you.
Hi Bronwyn! I’m a 7-7.5 and I got 37 in them. If I end up getting some closed toe clogs for the fall/winter I’ll probably size up to a 38 though. But for sandals, the 37 was perfect. Mine are Nubuck so they really didnt need a break in period at all, although the toe area did rub just a little at first. Hope that helps :) xo, Caroline
Caroline, I have to say I have been OBSESSED with your blog since I discovered it a few weeks ago–to the point where on a Monday or Thursday, you can find me refreshing the website, hoping to find a new post (I know. Ima creep. #sorrynotsorry). Creepiness aside, I feel like your blog offers such a wonderful, bite size approach to refining your style, something that I feel I’ve been trying to accomplish the past few months. I just wanted to say thank you for doing you–you’ve inspired me and my closet to get ourselves in gear.
–Also, I am totally stealing the overalls/turtleneck/ankle boots/long coat idea–tre chic! (;
Andrea! That is so nice. Thanks so much :) xo, Caroline
The overalls look darling on you, but I don’t think I could pull them off without looking like a 4 year old. I wore overalls – linen shortalls, specifically, in middle school in the late ’80s (one strap hanging down, a’la NKOTB!!!) & then again sported the overalls (corduroy, Winnie the Pooh!) in college in the mid-late 90’s, raver style. They bring to mind fond memories, but not necessarily a fashion trend I dare to resurrect.
I am confused by IG Stories? I follow you on IG but didnt’ see anything different from a regular post.
Hi Beth! The IG Stories should show up on your own newsfeed (little circles at the top of the page.) When you click on those, it will run through the stories of all the people you follow! Hope that helps :) xo, Caroline
Hannah Groat says
I’m so in love with everything about your blog and can’t wait to hear more about your style change. Also, this quote is everything, “The more I get in touch with my personal style, the less I care about things being in or out. It’s all invented anyway.” Thanks for all your inspiration! Keep it up :)
Hi Hannah, I’m excited to figure this style change out too! :) xo, Caroline
clare dowling says
I can’t make a mug, but I absolutely support you in this endeavour ;)
I am definitely guilty of saving favourites, especially if I paid a lot for them. It’s not a logical habit, since I generally invest more in versatile items that I can wear in multiple ways and in multiple seasons, and am then too scared to actually put them to use, so they don’t end up as the cost per wear bargains I intend. Capsule wardrobes have weaned me off the practice of buying and saving clothes for fantasy occasions, but I’m still trying to find balance with this sticking point.
One thing I will always save is the beautiful cream silk and lace blouse that my husband’s great-grandmother used her first wages to have hand-stitched (maybe around 1918?) and was passed to me by my mother-in-law. Sometimes I wonder if she wore it in her daily life or if she saved it too…
Hi Clare, that blouse sounds lovely! What a beautiful memento to save :) xo, Caroline
Saving clothes is so awful! The nice stuff is made to be worn! To be fair, I have some things that I don’t wear as often because it feels too ~fancy~ or whatever for my work, or it’s difficult to wear (fussy bra, etc) for other reasons; and of course some things that are special occasion that I “save” for special occasions. I just don’t get the concept of “this is my nice purse, I don’t use it” —?? why did you buy it then? OK, fine, try not to set it in the dirt, or clean it, or store it in its dustbag, but use it! It’s for using! I have a madewell tote that is my commuter bag; I bike to work and the tote goes in the bike basket. It’s super beat up because of this, but that’s fine. I wouldn’t commute with some of my nice bags, so I don’t use them as much, but it’s because I KNOW they’ll get ruined! Same as I don’t wear my white denim AYR shorts out to outdoors things :)
I so hear you on the style changing stuff too. I’ve been starting my Sept capsule and I am really struggling. I have a lot of basics, so I want all these novelty items (backless dresses! heels I don’t wear because I bike to work!) but then in the morning I get dressed and I’m like, “dang I really wish I had [this one drawstring waist slinky cami that I am eyeing] to go with these pants/shorts/literally everything” — every morning. I’m so overthinking it, and I want to buy FUN things, but you know, the point of this is to be comfortable, and to like what I wear every morning. And I bike to work, and I sit at a desk, and nobody cares if I am ‘dressed up’, so I should just stop thinking about it and buy the basics that I know I actually want in the morning. OK, and one backless dress for date night, I mean… gotta have SOME fun, right?
Right, Elyse! Let’s have some fun! :) xo, Caroline
Do you believe in “saving” clothes or do you wear your nicer things daily?
– I might “save” certain items for when I know I am going out of the house. I work from home, so I don’t always want to wear my favorite stuff when I know I’ll be in my apartment all day. I’d rather wear my favs when I get a chance to go out to happy hour or on a date with my husband. But I don’t “save” them out of fear of messing them up.
How do you shake yourself out of overthinking stuff in life?
– When you figure this^ out, tell me. But I like to start with asking myself WHY I am overthinking certain things and if that premise is based in truth or not. If it isn’t, why worry so much about it? Is there a truth I need to remind myself of? Which is sort of what you described here – like, who cares if something is IN or OUT? Who even decides that? The truth is, you can wear whatever you like and (un)popular opinion doesn’t define you.
Joy, thank you for the thoughtful comment. Why DO we overthink these seemingly trivial things?? I will ask myself why in the first place too! :) xo, Caroline
I just read this post, and it reminded me of this conversation. If you don’t already read from theartofsimple.net, I think you might enjoy it.
deanna ar says
Overthinking stuff…for me, it’s usually my perfectionism trying to take over. I remind myself that (as Flylady says) sometimes good enough is good enough.
Hey Deanna, right on. Great words of wisdom, especially on those days where you’re just trying to get through :) xo, Caroline
I totally save clothes if I really love them. Just trying to remember that if I really love them, I should be wearing them! Would you consider sharing your loungewear, PJ and workout clothes in a post at some point? Would love to see how much of this type of clothing you have an what sorts of items!
Stephanie, sure! I’ve got a few ideas in the works. :) xo, Caroline
Caroline, I’m so happy I found your blog! I complimented our librarian on her adorable outfit one day and she guided me here. I’m putting together my first ever capsule for fall and am totally “saving” items to wear for September 1st. It makes me excited to see my wardrobe coming together but not touching any of the pieces just yet. Is it September? I’m ready!
Laura, how cute is that?? Thanks to that sweet librarian :) Enjoy your first capsule. It can be fun and challenging — gets you thinking! xo, Caroline
Those overalls look amazing on you! As a petite girl, i don’t know if I could pull it off. I’d probably look like a little girl because people already mistaken me for being much younger than my age :( I have been using Instagram stories and it is much more convenient because you don’t have to switch apps. I do love snapchat’s filters though.
Andrea, I never really got into the filters on snapchat, but they are pretty funny to watch! As for the overalls, I think if you pair them with the right shoes and accessories, you could pull them off just fine! Maybe just try some on, if you haven’t yet, and see how it goes :) xo, Caroline
first of all: I love your blog. :-)
I adore your opinion about “less is more” or “You don’t have to live large to live beautifully.”
And the denim overall: You`re looking great!
Today, first time for me to write a reply to you.
Please be tolerant, my english grammar isn`t the best. Hey, I’m an european girl ;-).
Pick up your questions:
1. I wear my nicer things not daily but frequently, yes. I buy thoughtfully my few things (high quality standard) and try to avoid wrong purchases. So I love each single garment and use it NOW. Because I live now. :-) The things are useful for me, that’s their job, they were made for using not just for looking at.
And I try to handle them properly.
2. Overthinking – no, that’s no problem for me. If you buy less you try to find what you love. No matter what’s in or out.
3. My thoughts about denim are really the opposite. Denim ist THE uniform clothing in the present. In the streets, denim, everywhere. More oder less people all look the same. It’s a difficult approach somehow and worth to think about it. People recognize if you don’t wear denim. I tried for about 12 months now. No denim in my closet. Yeah. It’s possible. And yet I still read your texts ;-). Big compliment for you *smile*.
4. IG stories: No, nothing for me at the moment. Je regrette.
All the best for you,
Hi Marie, that’s kind of amazing that you’ve gone 12 months without denim! Interesting experiment. I could take a lesson from you to just wear what I have, since I bought it to be used! Thanks for your comment! :) xo, Caroline
I can so relate to the whole “saving clothes” business! I used to do it a lot and even though it got better (as I started buying clothes much more purposefully, thanks to your blog among other sources), I still find myself guilty. Especially with nice dresses and non-sneaker shoes. There just never seems to be the right time to wear them!
I only got Instagram a few weeks ago and IG stories are so much like Snapchat! There seem to be more editing choices, but it’s still way too similar.
I love reading your blog :) Have a great day! xx
Thanks Magdalena! Sometimes it is all about where the clothes will be worn or simply your mood! That is tricky to overcome. Working on it over here! :) xo, Caroline
I love those prints so much I went and ordered them in a smaller size. Beautiful!
Kelly jo says
5 months into turning 30 and I feel like I’m FINALLY starting to find my style. Your blog has been a huge inspiration for me to figure out my wardrobe and I’m excited to learn more about your style shift, I think it’s so interesting to learn the reasons behind change. Thank you for offering a laid back and mindful approach to style, I’ve followed your blog since the beginning and I have to say that I really enjoy the direction you’ve taken it, it’s so refreshing! And I’m totally with you on that mug, denim for life!!
Hey, cool! I’m 5 months into turning 30 too. And yes, I feel like I’m finding my style more and more every day too. :) Thanks for your kind words, Kelly! xo, Caroline
Well this is more about your style shift, because I’m feeling that coming on too! It’s super exciting–I’ve titled my collection ‘Executive Grunge’ and I’m getting my hair cut and colored tomorrow. Pair that with shopping like mad online on Labor Day weekend to maximize sales…I love Summer but I’m stoked for Fall.
It feels like a new chapter and I’m really looking forward to see how ‘playful’ works out for you! Thanks for the constant inspiration!
Sounds so exciting, Jennifer! Enjoy! :) xo, Caroline
My husband surprised me with a pair of Louboutins a couple years ago. The gift was SO SWEET and from the heart and way extravagant for our style. The thing is…I didn’t want them. I’m so hard on my shoes, I knew I’d destroy them immediately even if I was careful, but I love the heart, generosity, and kindness behind the gift. They sit in a beautiful box on my dresser but I never wear them. What a shame! But I’m so scared to considering they cost what I spend on clothes over an entire year!!! I don’t know what to do. Ideas???
Wear them!! Your husband will be thrilled to see you enjoying the gift he gave you. I wouldn’t wear them to the playground or the grocery store ;) but to a date night? A girls night out with skinny jeans and a great top? You bet. If something happens to them a cobbler can probably fix them up. And if they get destroyed, at least they are giving you (and your husband) joy. Don’t have them put them on you for your funeral …. enjoy them now!!
Hi Anna, I have to say I agree with Pamela! Make it a goal to wear them on your next date night or girls’ night out! Have fun with them, at least a few times! :) xo, Caroline
Hi Anna, I have to say I agree with Pamela! Make it a goal to wear them on your next date night or girls’ night out! Have fun with them, at least a few times! :) xo, Caroline
Kelly sullivan says
I just bought overalls today, because I loved them and I can wear them with SO MUCH. But, I was second guessing myself because of the trendi-ness thing. So, you get the award for BEST TIMED BLOG EVER! Thank you!
Typing this in my overalls, btw.
Yesssssss Kelly! :) xo, Caroline
i am 100% guilty of the saving things mindset and i’m so glad i’m not the only one.
i do have a way to shake myself out of it but it’s slightly macabre. did you ever watch 30 Rock? Tracy Jordan has a great quote where he says, “Dress every day like you’re gonna get murdered in those clothes.” and along those lines, i think to myself, but what if i die today? don’t i really want to wear this and feel beautiful today, then?
so that might be way too dark for normal people, but it works for me! i feel like most decisions i make are about finding a balance between “but what if i need this in the future” and “but what if i die today”
Kathleen! Haha! That is a funny way to think about it! :) xo, Caroline
Over the past year or so I’ve really paired down my wardrobe (unfancy + konmori + moving = good (fewer) things!). I’ve really started to wear what I love and beyond that BUY what I love. That anthro sweater I just happened to try on and it felt like heaven and made me feel fantastic? — I bought it without letting myself talk me out of it. Or those perfect korkease booties that I cringed at the price…bought ’em and they’ve been worth every single penny and so many more. So often I’ll contemplate purchases, especially with online purchases where they can “sit” there for a while. So instead I’m making myself close the deal faster if I know I love them or move on and let them go if they’re not right. They’re not going to change just by revisiting them!!
This also made me think of my pile of favorite cashmere winter sweaters currently waiting to be hand washed (only 5 months overdue…). Would you consider doing a post on how to care for you clothes to keep them living well? Or do you have tips/resources you look to? Thanks in advance!
Emma, I love your attitude toward purchases. It’s very bold close the deal quickly. And I do have some ideas for a post on clothing care that I’m working on. :) xo, Caroline
I’m the queen of handwashing. Get 2 old beach towels that you aren’t afraid will bleed color. Handwash each sweater in Eucalan which is a wool wash that you don’t have to rinse out. Then lay out carefully onto towel 1 and roll up to ring out the excess water. Then lay out towel 2 on a flat surface and lay the rung out sweater and carefully shape and smooth. After one day of drying, then you can drape it over a drying rack without fear of stretching it out. Wash one sweater each day. Then I store with lavender sachets to keep the moths away.
I wouldn’t save my good or special clothes for anything if I were not a mother to a young boy. But, being that I am, my nice things can get ruined pretty easily or worn through pretty quickly. So I save my nicer pieces for the weekend when my husband is with me and he often takes on the tasks of carrying/loading/wrestling with our son. Also, church and date nights : )
Carissa, I think as long as they have a place in your wardrobe and actually get worn on date nights and church days, etc — you’re on the right track! I work from home, so I know the feeling of not dressing up every single day :) xo, Caroline
Lauren @ lauren, Etc, says
I definitely don’t believe in saving clothing anymore which is why my closet is pretty bare. Unless it’s a true special occasion outfit (like my small collection of fancy dresses), it either gets worn or it goes. I do, however, save jewelry. I have my everyday jewelry and then I have a couple pieces each season that I wear to dress up my everyday clothing. I could never get into Snapchat, but I am LOVING IG stories! Those prints for above your couch are so fantastic. I’ve been on the hunt for 2-3 special prints to hang above my couch FOREVER so I know how it exciting it is when you finally find something!
Hey Lauren, good for you! A bare closet can be a good thing, since it all gets worn. Thanks for the comment! :) xo, Caroline
SUPER cute outfit, Caroline! I’ve been considering buying a pair of overalls for a while now. I’m definitely getting a pair now – I love how they can so easily be worn all year round!
P.S. I love Instagram stories for the same reasons! Can’t wait to get to know you more though them. :) Also will you ever be sharing your home with us here on the blog? I always see little clippets and it looks so nice!
Oh thanks Victoria! I’ve had a lot of requests for a home tour, and I am showing a few more little snippets on my IG Stories today :) xo, Caroline
Tanya E says
I could have written that about clogs, too! I bought some denim blue in their sale last year and only wore them once or twice. I can walk a fair way in them, so I started wearing them to go out this summer. Today I wore them to a friend’s birthday and received lots of compliments – they definitely deserve to be worn more. I’m thinking of getting some covered toe ones for autumn…
The same is true of a leather Australian hat (like a cowboy ? hat) I bought a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what people would think. I think I’ve lived in it this summer, stylish, protects me from the sun and stays on my head despite any strong breeze.
The overall look lovely on you and playful sounds good. Fashion should be fun after all!
Hey Tanya! Cheers to that! Enjoy those great pieces of clothing :) xo, Caroline
Life is too short! I wear the heck out of my nice stuff! Your overalls are adorable, I can’t wait to see how you wear them in the fall and implement them in your new style. I can totally make you your mug!
Tabatha, don’t you think the mug would be a big seller?? ;) xo, Caroline
Tania // girlwithanakita says
*raises hand* I’m definitely one of those that ‘save’ clothes. It’s so silly but I feel like if they’re nice, I should save them for a ‘good’ outing. I do these with a lot of my dresses and realize that I gained/lost muscle/weight over the weeks that I’ve saved it up and can’t wear it anymore! I’m trying so hard to adopt that ‘I like this, let’s wear it!’ mindset.
As for overthinking about trends, I got past this because neutrals are ‘in’ right now. While I am not one to be trendy, this trend also helped me figure out that I am THE neutral gal – so I’m grateful that the trend happened!
Hey Tania, yes! Sometimes our pieces end up sitting so long, they go completely out of style or don’t fit us anymore, without a proper wearing. That’s just sad! Are you going to try and challenge yourself to wear one of your “saved” pieces this month?? I think you should ;) xo, Caroline
I have a terrible habit of saving “nice” clothes and wearing out the same boring stuff. I’m not as organized with a plan but I do try to get rid of things that I don’t like how they look on me or I never wear. I also try to keep a smaller wardrobe so that I am forced to wear things more often. I guess with a three year old, it’s tough to want to wear the nicer clothes on a daily basis and not just grab the cotton/boring tank tops.
Claire! I totally understand the mentality of not wanting to wear the nicer clothes on a daily basis (since I work from home, I get stuck in a lounge wear rut every once in awhile). But that being said, I think even lounge wear can be cute with the right shoes and accessories! Maybe your “boring” stuff can have new life again? Just a thought :) xo, Caroline
I used to be all about saving nice things but a little while ago I realised that life is way too short. We should enjoy the nice things as much as we can rather than being scared of them.
I’d rather have a scuffed shoe that I love wearing than a perfect shoe in my wardrobe I’m too terrified to put on. :)
And I’m excited for IG Stories too. I couldn’t quite bring myself to get into Snapchat since it was a whole other app, but having Stories in Insta seems so much more seamless.
Great way to think about it Sorcha! :) xo, Caroline
I have the Toms clogs you linked to and wear them all the time (right now, in fact!) Will definitely save up for a nicer pair like Bryr in the future, now that I know I love them.
I feel you on the changing style! I’ve been doing a capsule for a while now, but I can feel my style shifting, and it’s just not going to fit with a capsule. So, like you, I think I’m ditching that structure and doing something a little more flowy. Your blog inspired me so much with capsules, and continues to inspire me as I move away from them!
Stacy, that is so nice of you to say! I’m glad you enjoying the transition. :) xo, Caroline
Jenna @ Little Tomboy says
I for sure struggle with not wearing my nicer items because I’m worried I’ll ruin them, but I’ve gotten better & better at ignoring that. If you love it, you shouldn’t hide it away! That takes all the pleasure out of it, in my opinion. And if something happens to it, and it gets ruined, well, it was just an item of clothing. It’s certainly not the worst that could happen. While there are certainly items I saved up for and treasure, I have to remember that in the end they’re just beautiful *things.*
Oh Jenna. You nailed it. Thanks for that comment. :) xo, Caroline
Vanita Joines-Gomez says
Keep posting instagram stories! I agree with you that they take some of the pressure off of “perfection” instagram can have at times. Also, your dog is the cutest.
Vanita, thanks! :) We think so too! xo, Caroline
Love my clogs, too (Lotta’s). I lseem to be attracted to anything g that might work in an ABBA shoot. I have to figure out Fall capsule soon- getting in the mood for that…
Jen, that comment cracked me up. Haha! Long live ABBA ;) xo, Caroline
Not sure how Instagram stories show up but when I click the link, nothing. I already follow you on IG and looked there but nothing. Would love to read it ;c)
Hi Janet! I don’t think you can actually get to the stories from my link, but if you follow me on Instagram, and have the most updated version, my stories will show up at the top of your newsfeed when I post them. (Little circles with a picture.) Hope that helps! xo, Caroline
It used to be practically a motto of my life: “Save this perfect thing until the perfect time.” Clothes, toiletries, household goods, nice foods, etc.
I had a special stash of lovely shower gels & other bath things in travel sizes which I only used one drop at a time. Every time I used them, I would feel guilty and think, “I shouldn’t use it–it’s so good. I need to save this for something really special… like my honeymoon…”
On my honeymoon, using my special shower gel, my thoughts began: “I shouldn’t use it–it’s so good. I need to save this for something really special, like my honey–… wait. I’m ON my honeymoon…!” At that moment I realized just how silly all that saving & hoarding had been. Showering on my honeymoon wasn’t all that different from showering every other day. And, to the extent that it was special & awesome, it had nothing to do with the shower gel!
So now I pretty much wear my favorite clothes as often as practical. And use my favorite soap as often as possible.
Oh Marisa! What a great example of why we should be using the things we love! Why not enjoy the little things in life every day? :) xo, Caroline
I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and thoroughly enjoy every post. Thanks for all the thoughtful and beautiful content!
What color paint are your white walls? It’s perfect and exactly what I want. I absolutely love your home photos, a post dedicated to it would be lovely… ;)
Hi Katrina! The paint color is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. :) xo, Caroline
Hi Caroline – saw your IG story today (?) and a couple questions. Oil diffuser – where did you get it and what do you put in it? Yes, I know – oil – but what home fragrance/scent do you use that isn’t overwhelming?
I’m still hooked on your “uniforms” post from several weeks back and have noticed how that idea has helped me shop – thank you! Also, I only purchased one (!) item at this years Nordstrom sale. Who am I ?? Thanks so much, love the gentle nature of your fashion feedback.
Hey D! The oil diffuser is from Amazon (http://bit.ly/2bz5Ao1) and my favorite essential oils are lavender, orange and an anxiety ease blend. :) xo, Caroline
Marie Therese says
I like your posts – They’re such a treat for me to read every week :) And I like your writing style – it feels more playful..maybe it’s in sync with your evolving style shift?! :)
Hey Marie! Interesting thought that my style and writing might be connected?! Playful it is :) xo, Caroline
I’m a long-time reader of your blog and if you give me an address or post box or whatever you feel comfortable sharing where I can send a package from Europe, I will make you that mug! :D
Hi Caroline! Enjoying growing with you in wardrobe planning, purging, and playing. I’m 51 and finding my style is changing. I’m fortunate enough to fit into smaller sizes. But finding it challenging to find a good fit. I want to get away from “fast fashion” which I believe you coined in another post. I looked up the Madewell overalls and they are too pricey for me right now. I would like to find a good onliine brand/store where there clothes will flatter my figure. I can get lost in clothes and want to look mature and classy. Too, I have a long, narrow torso, which makes swimsuits and tops impossible. Any suggestions would be great! Too, I’m a definite clog girl- they are soooooo comfortable and cute to pair with dresses, leggings and pants. Thanks so much for your posts!!!
Ashley B. says
Caroline, loving your blog I discovered recently in my latest venture into minimalism/KonMari/capsules! Less stuff clogging up my life/mind = more room to enjoy it! The overalls look great on you, but probably wouldn’t work on me. I’m 5’1″ and I think I’d look kind of kidlike in them! That being said, I’m also exploring new things I never thought I’d be into. I’ve been loving these sleek jumpsuits I’ve been seeing in a few stores — they just seem so easy and effortlessly cool (and kinda channel that power woman figure at the office!). I’m also working hard to repurpose the things I already own and give them new life — both in my closet and around my apartment. I’m learning how to tie a scarf in a different way and I’ve been pairing my black skinny pants I normally wear to work with all my casual tops for a more put-together look (normally it’s jeans and drapey tees for this girl).
Keep at it and looking forward to more peeks into your style evolution!
Hi Ashley! I love that you’re trying those new things. Especially at the office! That seems like a tough place to dress for a lot of people. Work it! :) xo, Caroline
Sydney Schaper says
I totally agree that nice clothes are meant to be worn! I believe in dressing in what makes you feel most comfortable and like yourself. I’ve got a gorgeous Anne Taylor dress that seems to be one of the only pieces in my wardrobe that hits just the right mix of chic, simple, and 90’s inspired (think its actually a really well cared for 90’s piece, I got it thrifting) and it also happens to be one of the nicest things I own. For a while I stayed away from wearing it despite how good it made me feel until I realized I was being silly. What’s the point in buying something nice that makes you feel good if you aren’t going to wear it? Sure, things may happen, and the piece might get messed up, but at least it felt uh-maze-ing to be in that piece before it happened!
Hey Sydney! Good point! :) xo, Caroline
For some reason I always thought clogs would be super uncomfortable, mildly surprised to read that they’re not! LOVE those overalls on you, they really suit your frame :)
Thanks for your blog – I started reading you a few months before the “big break” and checked back frequently during it waiting for the return. I’m glad you’re back. :-)
I want to share my thoughts on struggling with personal style! I’ve made a few capsule planners with great words like “lady-like” and “classic” words and outfits formulas inspired by my pinterest board. But it hasn’t worked for me… because I realized I didn’t know my style. So my new approach which has been working beautifully is to make an outfit, inspired by pinterest or whatever I grab, or my latest purchase and to journal about how I feel in that outfit. It helps me determine whether to keep a piece I bought, and what I need in my wardrobe. I analyze both my physical comfort and my style comfort. I’ve learned that I actually love “boyish” and “playful” clothes, especially on my curvy frame. And I’m finally making strides on my personal style, I have three outfit recipes that I love!
Also – I only find myself saving clothes if I feel like I can’t wash them easily and even then, if they’re loved enough, I wear em anyway and just try to keep them clean.
Thank you for all the specific recommendations – I finally got that silk everlane tee shirt dress a few weeks ago and I’m loving it. I also managed to score some of those amazing wireless pushup bras at the $25 price. And thanks especially for the commitment to ethically made clothes – it makes my heart happy to be contributing to a healthy economy.
All the best wishes,
Hey Kimberley, I love the journaling approach! And with it written down, you can go back and review your thoughts whenever you’re second-guessing yourself or the things you want and need. Great tip! :) xo, Caroline
Ohmigosh… I am SO guilty of not wearing clothes that I consider “too nice” for daily wear, which is completely ridiculous! Shoes especially. I’m so anal about my shoes. The minute they get scuffed or dirty, my heart just sinks. I have the Madewell Ames booties from two years ago, and initially I hardly wore them because I didn’t want them to get ruined. I finally started to get over that last winter, and I wore them all the time. I can’t wait to bust them out again this fall, scuffs and all.
Those overalls… I just went to the site and saw a popback in what I hope is my size. I scooped them up. I also hesitated to try them for fear of them being too trendy, but you’ve totally reframed the trend thing for me. I’d love to think I can pull them off and add my own style to them without feeling the need to be “on trend.”
Will be checking out your IG stories!
Happy Friday, Caroline!
I don’t really “save” nicer clothes but I do wear it less than my other clothes. Because my job doesn’t really have a dress code I have set a schedule for wearing casual and nicer items. I’ll keep it casual Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Friday’s and then dress it up a little more Wednesday and Thursday. These days can change depending on my mood or what I have going on but I’m pretty sure Monday I just want to be in the most casual comfortable clothes possible. The style book app helps a lot because even though I don’t stick to the calendar outfits all the time it gives me ideas
I just bought an overall dress in denim, super excited to wear it tights and boots in autumn.
I to am the denim queen, and after spending an age dithering over what ‘non jean causal bottom’ to buy I wondered why I was forcing myself to by non jeans and got an amazing pair of flares I’ve been longing for. A new silhouette to try but still iwhtin my comfort zone of denim, Also who knew GAP did a free hemming service while you wait too, jeans that fit!!
Rachel, the denim dress with tights and boots! Yes, same here! Cute outfit recipe idea :) xo, Caroline
Liyana Aris says
I tend to save my nicer clothes for…actually I don’t know what I’m saving them for. The right moment, I suppose? The only problem is I have too many old “new” clothes hanging in my closet – which could be both good and bad; good because the excitement is still there, but bad because sometimes I keep wondering if I made the right decision buying this, because I STILL haven’t worn it?
Earlier this year I started to put all my unworn, old “new” clothes on one side of my closet so that every time I have to dress up, I go through them first, and this seems to work!
I still haven’t found my perfect denim overallls, but I have to say yours look SUPER CUTE on you! And IG Stories? I’m in, all the way!
PS: I’d totally buy that mug, too.
XO, Liyana | Affordorable
Renee / blog for beauty says
Caroline, you make overalls look so good! I have been tempted in the past but never dared, somehow, even though I’m a huge denim girl like you. Your photos are definitely making me want to reconsider. :)
Also, yay for Instagram stories! I am so happy they added them in, I love how raw/unstyled they are too.
Just ordered clothes from Everlane, I’m excited to fall in love with them!
Actually loving IG stories more than Snapchat. I like how I only have to go to 1 app now.
My favorite pair of heels are clogs and I’m super sad that I won’t be able to wear them during the winter.
Love your overall vibe so much. Thanks for blogging!
I literally have one thing I’m saving. A vintage high collared peacock blue silk dress (fitted and ankle length) in case I need to dress up nice for something. Other than that, I wear it.
Sabrina Moss says
Do you believe in “saving” clothes or do you wear your nicer things daily?
Nope! Not anymore! I used to, but I’ve recently lose weight and ended up having to donate over half of my wardrobe. Life is too short to leave something you love on a shelf for a special occasion. MAKE your occasions special by wearing what you love. I missed out on a number of things that I love because I was waiting to wear them, and can’t now.
How do you shake yourself out of overthinking stuff in life?
I’m a HUGE over thinker. But, instead of letting it get to me, I write things down and make an action plan. Whether it’s downsizing, thinking about the future and financial situations, everything. If I can tangibly write it out of my head, then it gives me a better perspective of where to go from here. I’ve been doing a lot of life changing recently and it’s a good thing. :)
Have you tried IG stories yet? What do you think about it?
I haven’t yet, but it looks kinda neat. Maybe I’m old, but I haven’t joined Snapchat. At least now I can be quasi-cool by doing stories on IG instead.
Guilty, guilty, guilty! I save my good clothes for the “perfect” time, which never comes! So just this past weekend I put on a little black summer dress knowing that I probably wouldn’t even leave the house. I ended up cleaning my car in it! Yep! Whatever…. I loved wearing my little dress. :)
First of all, I´m sorry about the mistakes, my English is not very good. As everybody in the comment session, I love your blog and want to thank you for sharing it with us. Inspired by you, I´m trying to make a revolution in my closet, since I counted 340 pieces of clothes (terrible!). I really want to achieve a more reasonable number. I´m so interested about how many pieces do you have in total and if you know how many did you have before starting the cleaning project. Thank you very much!
I love your blog!
I’ve been reading for a few months.
My closet is a capsule wardrobe now, thanks to you! It’s so fast and fun to get dressed, and I feel SO confident in my clothes. Thank you!
Ah! Christina! That makes me so happy to hear!! :) xo, Caroline
I used to be very guilty of saving clothes- and it always felt like such a waste! I think slimming down on my wardrobe and using all of your advice to create a capsule has helped a ton. Now since I have less, I wear everything more!
Also wanted to say thank you for posting where the cactus prints came from. Fell in love as soon as I saw your IG story!
Random question: I have a cocktail event coming up at the end of September, but I only own what I would classify as summer or winter cocktail attire. What does one wear to a Fall formal event? Should I stick with black?
“Saving” clothes is a bad idea and im so guilty of it! Latest example: my sister in law gave me a beautiful short jumpsuit for my birthday… in april! and i still havn’t worn it! I don’t know why, i guess im not sure i can pull it off? Anyway, so now i gained weight and im afraid to even try it on: what if it doesn’t fit and ive never worn it! such a sad story :(
Thanx for the inspiration!
OK, so I’ve been wondering this for ages: how do you, with your commitment to comfortable clothing, manage to wear so many sleeveless tops without your bra straps showing? I’ve never met a strapless bra that I’ve been able to tolerate for more than a few hours, max. What is your secret??
I bought a silken blouse in Sweden seven years ago..and just wore it for the first time this spring! It was either to give away or to integrate with my wardrobe. Will try not doing that again!
Love dungarees, have a vintage pair from my sister when she was 16 (teddys, black jeans, comfy cut).
I struggle with jeans..I’m a sensitive spirit and denim is so tough..but I’m shifting too as we always are, and I’m learning to live it. i feel like I need more color in my life, and more interesting textures! I just can’t figure my style out for the life of me, no matter what guide/process I use.
Those culotte overalls! Of course I ran over and purchased them for the perfect Indian Summer addition (& my first Madewell piece!) Any shoe ideas for taking these culottes into cooler temps? Thanks!
Hi Jenner! So fun that you got those culottes, they’re so cute! For fall, I’ve seen a lot of culottes styled with sneakers and I also think they’d look great with tights + booties. Enjoy :) xo, Caroline
Stefanie Murrer says
Not sure if you’ve had that mug made yet, but I just made one over on Zazzle :) Code “ZAZZCUSTOM40” gets you 15% off until Thursday!
Currently loving IG stories, particularly the writing utensils (so much better than sc!) In addition, I admit that I, too, have a hard time saving things, like an adorable Jack Wills dress and my new favorite shoes, a pair of Steve Madden heels. I guess it’s just something we have to make a conscious effort about.
I definitely save clothes. I have a couple of jobs. Bartending/waitressing, there are tons of hazards. Ketchup bottles, little ramekins of honey or blueberry compote, coffee, wine… all waiting to dropped or spilled or splashed. Wearing an apron helps, but my favorite, fanciest pieces have to be spared from this environment. I do interior painting and staining for remodels as well, same idea here. I also garden a lot in my spare time. So 85-90% of the time, my wardrobe has to be able to weather a near constant onslaught of staining agents. One of the ways I get around this is to stack my wardrobe with fine prints. A small floral, or narrow stripes, or polka dots on a navy blue field, can all hide a little stain here and there. In this way I can wear most of the items in my wardrobe on a normal day and not have to run down every possible scenario I may encounter when deciding what to wear. Which cuts down on the overthinking! Then the few pieces I do save (usually cute heels or light colored pants) are a special treat to wear when I want to dress up for girls night or a date or whatever. But I’d say that careful planning when I shop for new stuff (which is to say, keeping an honest picture of what life throws at my clothes, and not trying to convince myself that something that will definitely be stained instantly, and is thus not practical for my wardrobe, will somehow not wind up ruined or languishing in my closet, just because it’s kind of cute and I kind of want it) helps me maintain a wardrobe that is 85-90% items that fit in with how I spend 85-90% of my time.
I used to save clothes, but now I realized it’s so much more fun wearing my super cute stuff whenever I want and not just when an occasion is happening or I’m going out!
Hey Caroline! I’m wondering if you could give some advice on sizing your overalls. Did you just purchase the same size you typically would in a regular denim jean? Any great tips on how overalls should fit/ finding the right size when ordering online? Thanks!!! Xoxo
Hey Calee! I did order my usual size. I think it’s the style that makes all the difference. I didn’t want them too baggy, so I went with a high-waisted, skinny leg overall. If you want more of a relaxed fit, regular overalls would work. I would also take into consideration the leg style (tapered, straight, cropped) and think about your favorite jeans when ordering. Hope that helps! :)
Thanks!! That definitely helps! I appreciate you taking the time to get back to me- you’re awesome! Looking forward to some new overalls soon… my inner 90s child is very excited! ?❤️
Hi! I love your blog! I’m in love with these shoes and am planning on ordering. Do you know what color they are? Blush? Bone? I really am in love with how these look but don’t want to order the wrong color.
Hey Nora, these are the bone nubuck. :)