To be honest, this week — with Jacquelyn + Jaana’s farewell posts — has been bittersweet.
When the three of us got together back in January, we immediately connected like old friends and we knew that we were in on something special together. I loved getting to watch as their voices become a part of Unfancy.
So, of course, I’m all emotions and feelings right now. It’s hard to watch something so good come to an end.
Jacquelyn has a courageous grace about her. You can catch it in the way she talks and carries herself. Her perspective is timeless — it’s all about appreciating the culture around her, yet knowing it doesn’t define her. She reminded me to embrace who I am, right now, in this moment. To never let my worth come from anywhere but within. And to trust that that’s the way to make a lasting difference in this life.
Jaana’s humor and energy are contagious. She’s the type of person in the group who makes you feel like you belong. Her love for people runs so deep that you can’t help but feel like you’re friends just moments after meeting. She reminded me that the root of life is joy — even when it doesn’t feel like it. Even in the middle of difficulty or pain. There’s always hope, always something to appreciate, always a reason to remember the miracle.
The world needs more people like these two. I hope you loved them as much as I do. Make sure to keep following their blogs + journeys.
With winter on it’s way out + spring right around the corner, let’s recap all our outfits from the winter:
Whew, that’s a whole lot of neutral! I’m so ready for color. It turns out I’m not really into the 100% neutral wardrobe. Lesson learned. :) I’m so glad that Jacquelyn + Jaana brought the color.
Jacquelyn’s take on office wear:
And Jaana’s mom-on-the-go style:
Guys, spring is almost here! Next week I’m sharing my winter wardrobe kisses + disses. And then Wednesday is the big spring wardrobe reveal. Can’t wait!
Will you be doing a wrap up of what worked and what didn’t work in this capsule? It seemed different from your past capsules that were featured on this blog. Plus, I really like reading about how the clothes held what, what you liked and didn’t like, what you would do differently, etc. Like the post you did at the end of fall’s capsule.
I’m excited for a new capsule!
how the clothes held up*
Hi Nicolle! Sure will! That’s the kisses + disses part. :) xo Caroline
Yes! (fist pump) Looking forward to this part. I do this myself (just not so publicly ;) and take a moment to write down my thoughts for next time I’m planning that capsule.
This winter won the most uncomfortable capsule of the year. Next time, I’ve got to remember I’m about 10 degrees colder than everyone else. Onward though! I’ve got my two favorite seasons of the year approaching. Yes!
Sara @ Cake Over Steak says
I love seeing all of these outfits together in one place! Your guest bloggers were great and it was nice to see a different perspective. I’m excited for spring in so many ways, but spring capsules are near the top of my list. Can’t wait!
Valerie Bothell says
I loved your guest bloggers! I had thought about turning my name in but didn’t because, at the time I was still struggling with having a smaller wardrobe. Emotionally I had to work through not buying as many clothes. I have made huge strides this winter and have found that buying a lot of clothes is meaningless because you only wear the things you really love! I am really excited about the adventure you have started me on and I found great joy in mixing and matching the purchases I had made that I really loved! I am finding that many of the things I carefully bought this winter are also going to work for Spring, big high five on that one!
My sincere thank you to all! Your thoughts, ideas and real life fashion advice have inspired me to re-think my life and my wardrobe. I just finished reading “More or Less” (thanks so much for that recommendation Caroline) which has challenged me with a whole new way of thinking about living, dressing, giving and sharing. Spring has definitely sprung in my life. Thank you again!
Caroline, What a lovely way to end the week. Thank you! Please add my heartfelt thanks to the guest bloggers (who totally deserve it), it was such a nice way to close this chapter. AND. . .the winter re cap of outfits IS perfect. I especially thank you for the full photo spread of outfits; many of these outfits will be my “spring” wardrobe inspirations, as it is still pretty cold here until May.
Your winter capsule encouraged me to buy more neutrals. . .and man am I glad I did. I found many ways to recombine items with the neutral staples. SO, I know you are tired of neutral but I wanted to share that it REALLY helped me re imagine my current clothes and gave me some new great staples. It was a great inspiration for me.
I absolutely love your voice here on un-fancy. The way you present minimal living just clicks with me. I didn’t think your blog could get any better….but it has been so much fun to read other perspectives that are still in line with your beliefs.
So it’s bittersweet for me too. I loved seeing the guest posts but missed your posts as well. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into your blog. Maybe Jacquelyn and Janna could give us an update now and then!
Oh, I loved reading this wrap-up! Looks like you ladies had a lovely time. Can’t wait to see the new capsule!!
Erin L. says
Love seeing all your outfits together like this. It’s interesting the things we learn about ourselves when you put it all together, but that’s the beauty of life I spose. Enjoy your weekend!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
You girls are all fabulous!
My favorite was your white-on-white outfit. ADORE. I’ve always been afraid of monochromatic, but I think you’ve convinced me to give it a try!
Jacquelyn’s gingham button up under the sweater dress- LOVE
& Jaana’s pop of red? This has been a great winter of inspiration!
It was so fun!! Thanks for the sweet words and encouragement. xoxoxo
So looking forward to seeing what your spring wardrobe will look like! I’m putting mine together in the next few days too! It’s been fun seeing other takes on the capsule too. I’m going to blog about incorporating thrift store and vintage finds into a capsule, whole still keeping it simple and streamlined.
Saying goodbyes are always hard. We will miss them!
Jan Marie says
So so so so glad to hear that you are ready to embrace color, Caroline! You’re gonna love it :)
You had so many interesting outfit combinations that I NEVER would have thought of! Thank you sharing your experiences with all of us and introducing two wonderful women :) By the way, I didn’t notice you wearing your shearling farm boots! I think I wouldn’t stop wearing them if I had a pair. Maybe you will find a way to wear them next year! (If not, I’m a size 7-7 1/2 ;))
I’m new to your blog and to the capsule wardrobe idea. How much stuff do you have in storage and how long have you been doing this?
Hi Nikki! Great to hear from you! I have two of those flat, under-the-bed boxes for off season clothes. I’ve been doing the capsule wardrobe thing for a little over a year. :) xo Caroline
Your description of Jacquelyn and Jaana’s personality is wonderful and I think it’s great you gave such a chunk of your blog to sharing and appreciating other people’s perspectives! I definitely hope there comes a second guest blogger round eventually :)
I love this recap and that you tied everything together so nicely in this post :)
Girl, I love that all white look. And you’ve inspired me to get those Vans high top sneakers. So perfect. I’m digging the all neutral look. I love neutrals and you do them so well.