The #Winter10x10 wrapped up this week and while I wasn’t able to post what I wore every day, I am posting them now! Overall, it was a great challenge – I thought, being already limited to a small wardrobe, this would be no problem, but it had it’s moments. I made more thoughtful choices, realized some holes in my wardrobe and felt both comfortable and appropriately dressed for the events during the 10×10.
Archives for January 2018
- Creatives on what they wish they knew at every age (99u)
- A nice way to set up your goals + intentions for the new year (Wu House)
- I thought these self-cleaning towels were so important I sent this article to myself twice. (Domino)
- Alexander Chee’s essay on inheritance is a great read (Buzzfeed)
- It’s also a preview of his new essay collection: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, out in April.
- Make Your Home Office Work Harder (Wit + Delight), or how by reading this article, I’m one step closer to a rockin’ bliss station
Instagram inspiration (clockwise from left): Totally into Lauren Hom’s #HOMwork, this is a sample I loved from Week1 (@magda_kon); All the construction in Nashville makes for occasional perfect images; Don’t come at me, I took pictures of our dinner salads all last week, and I loved it; Writer Ursula LeGuin passed away last week and Instagram flooded with quotes like this one (BookRiot); Trying out the coffee at the new Noelle Hotel in downtown Nashville; latest monthly read from Parnassus Books, this beauty by Xhenet Aliu.
In an effort to read more often, I’ve set aside certain books to reads in certain places. When I have downtime at work, I have a work-related book; at home, I usually keep a hardcover, paperback and something working on my Kindle; and in the car, I have a few audiobooks on deck. It helps me to always have something ready to open, and since I’m a part of the Parnassus First Editions list, I receive a new hardcover book every month (and not only support a local business, but also an independent bookseller!).
With that in mind, I’ve been going over my favorite books in the creative space – that pertain, in any way, to the way I work. Plus, these are books you’re likely to get away reading while you’re at work because, you know, professional development.… Read The Post
Last weekend, we headed to Gatlinburg, Tennessee – an annual trip to celebrate the birthday of my friend Lauren, and her fiancé Jon. This is the 7th year they’ve arranged the trip, and my 4th or 5th time going. We rent a cabin, have anywhere from 10-15 friends, lots of booze, food and good times.
- Essays Against Everything? I like the way that sounds.
- How to travel in a single tote.
- Ellen Pompeo, TV’s $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for “What I Deserve”
- Will this email charter save our inboxes?
- conferCal is “an easier way to find creative + tech conferences to attend/sponsor/ speak/exhibit” and I’m here for it.
- What I’m not here for: A nightlight that will notify you of retweets and emails.
- Jocelyn Glei has shared 400+ articles via her newsletter – now she pares down the 36 Ideas for Finding More Creativity & Meaning in Your Daily Work.
Instagram Inspiration: (clockwise from left) The perfect rustic tea setting (@tifforelie); a “nasty sign” from this weekend’s Women’s March (@nastysigns); The Year of Less, a great quick read on giving up material things as challenge, then lifestyle (@caitflanders); Hurry Slowly, my favorite podcast from @jkglei; The most comfy drawer ever? (@mariekondo); I love this boho living room with the vinyl shelf as visual point (via @dominomag; @thestellabluegallery)
In the past, when I’ve been stressed or frustrated with something in my life, I’ve cleaned house. I’ve been known to clear off my work desk to its bare bones and fill up several donation boxes in between arms-crossed pacing. It’s a method that has not only kept me in check regarding material possessions but truly worked to distract me from whatever was on my mind. One thing bothered me was that even though I was cleaning house, I wasn’t spending less throughout the year and I kept filling up the spaces I’d cleaned. All that cleaning served an unfortunately temporary purpose.
A couple years ago, when I discovered the concept of the capsule wardrobe, it seemed like a no-brainer. I started looking at my closet with (hopefully) more intentional eyes. I discovered a growing industry of clothing companies making clothes responsibly. and some sustainably, and beyond that, clothes that didn’t smell like the inside of Whole Body. That said, completely changing my closet wasn’t something I could do overnight. Fellow ballers on a budget know that getting that $100 pair of jeans with all of these great attributes is a hard bridge to cross when you feel like you can put just as many miles into a less expensive pair from a fast fashion store.
All of that to say, I’m a newb. And this is my first seasonal capsule. I’m not sure if I’ll do it next season, or that I’ll stick to the 33 number – nothing. And, after much research and (internal) debate, I finally settled on the idea of my first seasonal capsule being sourced from my current closet. There’s no better way to see how often you wear certain pieces, how well those pieces work with the rest of your wardrobe, what you’re lacking and what you need to stop buying. All of those are points I hope to address with this abbreviated wardrobe experiment.
Taking advice from capsule blog Stylebee, I’m setting the same objectives:
- Spend less time, effort and money on clothes.
- Define my personal style.
- Feel good about every addition to my wardrobe.
- Live better with less.
- Save money and spend more time enjoying the moments that matter.
- A few posts about Liz Hannah, the 32yo screenwriter behind 2017’s Meryl Streep/Tom Hanks/WaPo bioflick The Post. (Refinery 29 + Vulture + Go Into the Story).
- Are these women hell bent on destroying Infinite Jest with eggs + lasagna? More importantly, how for it am I? (Vice)
- Roxane Gay waxes accurate on things about Trump we already knew (NYTimes)
- Ann Patchett‘s Year of No Shopping (NYTimes)
- Influencer, photographer and local to Nashville stylist Tifforelie has a free Lightroom preset you should absolutely grab (plus 3 more of her most frequently used)
- One of my favorite local to Tennessee journals, Local Milk, is also making some of her favorite Lightroom presets available. You’ll shell out a handful for these, but they’re worth it if retouching your photos in Lightroom is your thing.
Instagram inspiration (clockwise from left): Sol Sweater in Cream from Able; The Wendell Home in Nashville, but also anything from Aesop Skincare; Sweater Weather from Aritzia; Cozy bedrooms from mittelillehjerte; checkered Mila Owen coat by @simplytokyo; Studio inspo from Copenhangen (shot by @_foodstories_) of @signebay’s studio.
I’ve got to say, I love winter.
Above that, I love winter clothes. Hygge was meant for me. And, after several months of reading up on the concept of capsule wardrobes (here, here, and here, for just a little inspiration), and two rough 10x10s, I’m jumping right into a full seasonal edit. January 1 to March 20.
I’m technically a few weeks late on Winter (12/20) – but maybe this counts as a New Year’s resolution?
The idea of capsule wardrobe, as I’m taking it, is to trim your wardrobe to 33 pieces for 3 months. This does not include active-wear, loungewear/pjs, or underwear not does it include accessories. 33 is the non-official standard, Project 333, popularized by Be More With Less. Depending on what you’re reading, that number will change but ultimately, you do what works for you. I’m a beginner, so I’m going full-speed easy.
My goals in creating a capsule wardrobe are multi-fold. First, I want to dress well, but I don’t want to stress about having the perfect thing for every day. I’m an occasional wear-it-three-days-in-a-row kind of girl and that’s not likely to change. Second, I don’t want to feel the associated guilt of buying products from major corporations that utilize sweatshops; that guilt later compounded by seeing those brands in your discarded or donation pile. Third, I want to simplify. My closet should not be overflowing or have pieces I haven’t worn in years. I want it to be a truer reflection of my personal style.
That said, my goal with this capsule is to reflect a style that is modern, relaxed and understated.
Looking for words to describe your style? Look no further.
I was sifting through my inbox this morning desperately searching for Matt Cheuvront’s excel-based goals doc that I just knew came from his blog, and that I always reference around this time of year for future-ish planning and came up absolutely empty. (Yes, I realize if I always referenced it, I should be able to find it BUT part of the reason is that it actually came from Chris Guillebeau’s blog, but the point is that I want to always reference it).
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
The image you see above is not my bliss station. But it will be.
If you’re not a goal-maker or an inconsistent one (like me), this may be about the time of year your workspace starts feeling cluttered. Maybe it’s my cluttered inbox or my sad excuse for a bliss station but I want this picture to serve as the beginning. The before.
And here’s the doc, btw.