The capsule wardrobe experiment

capsule wardrobe

Have you heard of the idea of a capsule wardrobe?

I think I first heard about the idea from the Jess Lively podcast, specifically the second time she had Caroline Rector of the blog Unfancy on. I’ve also watched all of the videos that Ana of VivianaDoesMakeup has done on her capsule wardrobe. I actually found out about her and her YouTube channel from Jess Lively too.

Basically, you pick out a select amount of your clothing and shoes to wear for one season. It’s a mini wardrobe made up of versatile pieces that you love to wear. That way, you can create a lot of outfits out of a few pieces without feeling sick of them or stuck.

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What’s in my bag

Pretty much every day, I’ll watch a YouTube video or like 10. After literally years of thinking about putting up videos, I finally did!

In my first video, I’m sharing what’s in my purse and what’s in my backpack.

I use the same pink cross body bag from H&M every day. I got it on Black Friday two years ago, so it’s no longer on the H&M website, but you can find similar options here and here.

I have become so used to it. I’ll switch purses if say I want to bring my camera in a purse and I need a bigger bag for that. If I’m going on an interview or somewhere where I want to look extra nice, I’ll use a tan purse that’s at least twice the size.

My backpack is the gray and tan Heritage Mid Volume backpack from Herschel. I didn’t mention this in the video, but what I especially like about this backpack is that it has a laptop sleeve.

I’ve never blogged about what’s in my bag before, even though it’s a very common thing for bloggers and vloggers. I actually took pictures to do a post on this a while ago, but deleted them.

Any way, I hope you get a kick out of me being a big goofball as I talk about my stuff and that this video makes you smile.

Casual cool

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Once every season or less, I decide to do an outfit post. Today just so happens to be that day. I’ve been wanting to share this outfit because it makes me feel relaxed but put together at the same time.

My boyfriend Paul and I were wearing very similar version of this outfit on a recent trip to Trader Joes. When we were on different aisles, I kept seeing plaid shirts out of the corner of my eye and thinking for a second that it was him, but it would just be some other shopper.

Maybe I’m wrong, but this feels like such a California outfit. It’s easy to throw a button up shirt on over a tee shirt and take it on or off depending on the weather. These days it’s raining one day and in the high 80s the next around Los Angeles so versatility is key.

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Shopping for new glasses with Warby Parker

 

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Last month, I visited the Warby Parker store in Venice to pick out a new pair of glasses. My old pair had broke so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try out a new brand of eyewear. I’ve seen Warby Parker online for a while. They’ve got that hipster look going on that I love so much. Warby Parker is within my budget and has a brick and mortar location within walking distance of my apartment, so it only made sense for me to try it out.

As a book lover (who doesn’t read nearly enough), I love that the stores are made to look like bookstores. It makes the idea of picking out glasses more fun. It felt less medical.

I ended up going with the Wilkie glasses in Greystone and I love them.

Summer 2015 Favorites

Summer 2015 favorites

Favorite movie: Out of all the movies I saw this summer online, on DVD and in person, Ant Man would have to be my favorite. The cast made it good for me. I’m not usually a fan of action movies in general. But if it’s got hotties who are awesome actors like Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Bobby Cannavale, then I’ll watch it and love it. Side note: Ant Man was actually the only movie I saw in theaters. I enjoyed the others from home because I’m a homebody.

Favorite TV show: Okay, so I watch a lot of TV. I watch too much TV really. I’m trying to cut back and focus on living life. Some shows I watched this summer include East Los High, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Switched at Birth.I’m a sucker for teenage soap operas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say I most enjoyed Switched at Birth. I like getting to know the characters and the different dynamics involved. In case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure I’m a combination of Kathryn and Bay, but more Kathryn than Bay.

Favorite podcast: I listened to five episodes of The Lively Show in one day and I’m sure I’ll listen to more soon. In fact, I started this post last night and had written four in that last sentence, but now I’m up to five. I’m listening to one of the episodes right now. I enjoyed hearing entrepreneur Jess Lively talk with Gretchen Rubin, Caroline Rector, Becky Murphy, Joy Cho and Jessie Artigue.

Favorite music: I like all the music I’ve heard from Courtney Barnett so far. The music is pleasing and the lyrics are beautiful, relatable poetry. They’re even a little silly. My favorite song of hers is Pedestrian at Best.

This blog post was inspired by Diana of the our.city.lights blog who does similar posts, as well as The Lively Show and all the YouTubers who do monthly favorites.

3 summer outfits

I thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite summer outfits. I feel very ME in each of these outfits. They remind me of what I used to like wearing as a kid. I’ve always liked combining ~girly~ clothes with practical and comfortable choices like sneakers and hats. I’ve actually worn each of these outfits recently, so I named them after what was happening at the time.

 

Look #1: Sunday morning at the Farmer’s Market

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My skin care products + routine


It’s taken me years to develop a skin care routine that’s actually a routine. Meaning, I haven’t stuck with caring for my face with the same product or even similar products until this year. Now that I’m almost 25, I’ve managed to get a system going.

I use kind of a lot of products, but I don’t use them all at the same time. As you can see in the photos below, I’ve arranged them according to height and popularity. (That’s a little humor for you M*A*S*H fans.)

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Welcome to my closet (I’m on Poshmark!)

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Hey guys! After reshooting pretty much all the photos I had on Poshmark, I feel ready to share it on here.

I’m trying to downsize and make a little extra cash, so I figured putting clothes on Poshmark would be a good way to go. It turns out that’s it’s also a lot of fun! I like scrolling through my feed and seeing what other people are posting.

My closet is definitely feminine and a little flirty. Think Zoey Deschanel style, with a retail worker budget. You’ll find dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, jewelry and accessories. I’ll be adding new items soon, so if it seems like your style, be sure to check back!

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Let’s celebrate

let's celebrate

My boyfriend recently went from a contract position at his job to being a permanent employee. We’ve been hoping for this for a while and he’s been working hard to make it happen. Naturally, we had to celebrate. On Saturday, we went back to our college, Cal Poly Pomona, for its annual Pumpkin Festival. Then we headed over to one of our favorite date night hangouts, the city of Claremont. It’s a college town, unlike Pomona. You see, Pomona has one college and it’s mostly a commuter school. Claremont has three colleges within walking distance of many shops. It’s nickname “The city of trees and PHDs” rings true.

We ended up going to a Spanish restaurant in town and ordering some delicious tapas. It was nice to have a long, relaxing dinner and catch up. Of course, we talk every day, but this really gave us an opportunity to bring up things we had forgotten about mentioning.

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