It’s been a while, I know. And this is sort of a random post to “return” with, but I’m going to do it anyway. I have a hoard of links and ideas that I’ve been wanting to share for a few weeks so here they are!
While I have not committed to a capsule wardrobe with rules like Project 333, or Un-Fancy‘s version, I have been taking inspiration from capsule wardrobe in general and have greatly downsized my closet in the past 6 months or so. Which is huge for me! I even only own 13 pairs of shoes now! It’s amazing what clarity and curation within my closet has done for my stress levels, and feeling of closet satisfaction.
While I made some poor monetary choices over the last 6 months and therefore can’t add anything new to my closet, I have been cultivating my strategy for how I will make new choices when I have the money to support them. Short answer: slow, and conscious. Long answer: stalking the Internet for articles like this one over at the Huffington Post Blog, and this one from The Capsule Project. Side bar: I am in love with Darling Magazine too and just got my first one this season!
I am also fixated on replacing a lot of items into my closet with items 100% made in America, or consciously handmade by a small business. My first love in this category was Tradlands (and I have 4 of their shirts), but I have a few other specific ideas. Like this white chambray shirt from Taylor Stitch, this blue Boyfriend Oxford shirt from Zady, this grey shirt dress from Bridge and Burn, and this sweater from Zady that I so wish was a v neck. I also love this shirt dress from Massimo Dutti but I don’t think it’s made in America or anything. It’s just fabulous looking.
Minimalism is speaking to me in more than just my closet though. I want to own less things, so I can own better things that are all a conscious and curated choice. Getting this Japanese wooden soap dish from Brook Farm General Store would allow me to explore artisanal bar soap as an alternative to plastic bottled traditional hand soap. This ties into my desire to consume less plastic products and general waste too! I am currently trying to eliminate plastic bottles soap already by using this Castile soap from Follain and I am love. I may never go back to traditional plastic bottle soap!
All this being said, I finally found a “spirit” company that gets what I want from all my consumer choices! Read this article and you’ll hear what my spirit wants from most stores, and why I hate discounts (I have no idea how their mattresses feel though). Another company that is doing it right is Follain in all their curated wonder! Thanks to them I have discovered the wonders of this Meow Meow Tweet product, and can’t wait to finish using categories up my stash of products under my sink so I can replace stocks of options and backups with a singular mindfully selected item at a time. I have succeeded with this mission with my face products (currently using Stowaway), and can’t wait to do this with face cleanser, and body lotion next (they are the closest to an empty stock of products. Ask me in 2017 how much body wash I still have, ugh!).
And, some miscellaneous thoughts and things that don’t warrant a longer discussion at this time:
– I can’t believe I actually like a style of Ugg boots.
– My dream apartment/house would look like this.
– This documentary is on my Netflix queue.
– This yoga prop is on the top of my holiday wish list. And this yoga store is where I want to shop next.
– I want this as my laundry basket.
See you next time!