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EXCITED CHILLS and creating a
simple, authentic, beautiful life.
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I'm still thinking about the WSJ article... "The Closet to Envy Is Half Full". I truly believe that it's time to change the way we shop and dress. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it has to be with purpose. The intention must be to create a wardrobe that really works. Our clothing should reflect our lifestyle and our personal style.
Getting dressed should be fun!
Recently, there has been much buzz about the Capsule Wardrobe. There are many ways to approach the task of creating a limited, yet functional wardrobe.
The basic idea is simple....
Scale your entire wardrobe down to a select number of items. Put all other items out of sight. Wear only the chosen pieces for a set length of time.
Some plans omit jewelry, accessories, shoes and outerwear. Others go all in and include everything that is worn...with the exception of bras, panties and socks.
The lovely part is that you can experiment with a capsule wardrobe and make it completely your own. The idea is to try dressing with fewer pieces and see how it feels to you. Tweaking someone else's system is entirely okay!
I must admit that I have not ever tried to create a true capsule wardrobe. The idea
does scare me a little. However, when I travel I am essentially working with a capsule wardrobe...and I love getting dressed when I travel! It stems from the simplicity of only packing pieces that I love and having those pieces work together to make lots of different outfits.
I have checked out some Capsule Wardrobe experiments online. These ladies make it look easy and fun!
Take a look...what do you think?
The Project 333
Light By Coco
Are you up to the challenge of dressing from a Capsule Wardrobe?
Why or why not? I would love to hear your thoughts...
feel free to email me at email@example.com or leave your comments below:-)
Welcome to Excited Chills!
In a very bold move, I've decided to take on the challenge of writing a post a day for
31 days...in a row. Consecutively.
The challenge is to write on one topic every day during the month of October.
I chose to focus on Excited Chills through travel. It all begins on October 1st. New
posts will appear here daily. The common thread will be travel, but with a wide reach.
I'll include tips and tricks, favorite places, great meals, and more.
I welcome you on my journey. Thanks for your patience as I test the waters and my wings.
Day 1 - Three days max...but you should go to Las Vegas
Day 2 - Carry-on only
Day 3 - Wheels Up- Alone
Day 4 - Boulder, Colorado
Day 5 - Learn from the Unworn
Day 6 - Up in the Air
Day 7 - Paris Perfect
Day 8 - Pont des Arts - Love Locks Bridge
Day 9 - A 'must' in Paris
Day 10 - My 3 favorite things to bring home from Paris
Day 11 - Better than nothing - Combo Washer/Dryer
Day 12 - Free'p'star - Thrifting in Paris
Day 13 - Be still my heart- Anthropologie in Paris
Day 14 - Thanksgiving in Paris - Le Villaret
Day 15 - The Ides of October slipped past me
Day 16 - Vieques - tropical paradise!
Day 17 - A Tropical Christmas
Day 18 - The trick to a great 22 person family vacation - OBX
Day 19 - Surprise Vacations - Yes or No?
Day 20 - Wanderlust - the trip that started it all
Day 21- Finally, Spain... Two cool hotels in Madrid
Day 22 - El Rastro - Be in Madrid on a Sunday
Day 23 - Madrid - My three favorite spots for food and drink
Day 24 - Spanish sensory overload!
Day 25 & Day 26 - Finding the fun! - Soccer abroad
Day 27 - Simplicity in Siena
Day 28 - Zijuatanejo- A hotel with five rooms
Day 29 - A toast to you, Theresa. Happy Birthday!
Day 30 - Tips for a top flight
Day 31 - "How is this even possible?"
What the full story on this cool challenge?...
The first move I really remember was when my husband, our almost two year
old daughter and I moved out of our rental house and into our first purchased home.
I remember boxing up the contents of the home we had lived in for 7 years.
Even though the house was bungalow-like with only two bedrooms, we had filled
it with lots of stuff.
Each day, I would box up the things we weren't using regularly. The things I didn't think we would need before the move. The pile of boxes in the living room grew. Soon I couldn't remember what the living room looked like without the box towers.
Yet as the boxes filled and the cupboards emptied...an interesting thing happened...
I realized I wasn't really missing anything. We were living with and using the bare essentials...and it was enough. It was plenty. There was freedom in less.
Full disclosure- this was not the beginning of my great push for a minimalist life. I was a hard sell. My husband would often say that he would be happy with living room that held only one really GREAT chair. The concept was lost on me... I was still attached to my stuff. But, the seed was planted...somewhere inside I remembered how nice it felt to only have the 'things I used every day' available to me.
The seed began to sprout...
Over the years we began to travel often. Two elements of our wanderlust led me to finally pare down-
1. We often rented flats or houses instead of staying in a hotel. A practice I highly recommend...especially if you have children (more in future post:-)
2. I became a 'carry-on only' girl. There was some reluctance, but I have never looked back.
Rental homes are awesome, but they don't have all of your stuff. So...you have to
make do and get creative. I have always found this exciting. We would open all of the cupboards to assess what we had to work with and then make a plan. There is magic
in having to stretch. Having to 'figure it out' goes a long way toward enriching the entire experience. Real memories are made in the 'struggle' of roughing it.
In addition, I had only the clothes, shoes, accessories and toiletries that fit in my
carry-on luggage. This too was a revelation. I managed to get dressed everyday and look put together... out of one small bag. I always packed the pieces that I knew looked and felt great. I knew they all worked together. I enjoyed getting dressed on vacation.
At some point during our time away... I would start to think, "I'm not missing any of my stuff"...except maybe my own bed. I quickly realized that I didn't need all of the 'extras'
I had in my house...especially the things I didn't really love! I'd return home ready to purge! I wanted to feel the lightness of living on vacation!
My family moved cross-country last summer. The move had an enormous impact on our stuff.
Only things we LOVED made the cut.
I haven't missed anything!
Well, except for the small Thermos' that my kids said they would never use...and now wish they had for their lunches:-)
Regardless of our age, the idea of Back-To-School stirs memories from our own childhood almost instantly. In most families, the start of the school year meant buying something new. For some the new notebooks and pencils were the most exciting part. Many others recall the thrill (and smell) of the new shoes. Whatever it is that instantly shouts "Back to School" for you; this time of year it seems we all want to shop!
Most of us begin looking ahead to fall in the last few weeks of summer. It seems retailers have something to do with this since sweaters and jeans and boots begin to appear in July! They show up slowly at first…trickling into our favorite stores. Then all at once it is full blown retail autumn!
When it comes to wardrobes, I believe the best approach to the change in season is to take it slow. Here is my quick guide to navigating the new arrivals and making smart choices.
1. Start by noticing what the new merchandise looks like as you’re shopping the summer sale rack. What are the new colors and styles? How might you work them into your existing wardrobe?
2. Know that the first wave of fall clothes will likely be marked down before it's cold enough to wear them. Consider purchasing just a few transitional pieces until you know what you really want and need.
There are some exceptions…
a. Great boots! If you see the boots of your dreams in July, BUY THEM!
Terrific boots disappear quickly…don’t delay.
b. Pre-Season Sales, such as Nordstrom.
The discounts are deep and worthwhile if you are looking for big ticket items: jackets, boots and denim.
c. You’re a college student heading back to school where there isn't any great shopping. Go ahead, stock up!
3. Pull out the box you have labeled ‘fall clothes’…if you don’t have this box, check back for a later post about out of season clothes.
4. Spend some time going through the box and determining what still works and what doesn't. Again, if you need help with this…I’m working on something exciting. More soon…
5. Buy a few fashion magazines. Become familiar with the new season. This doesn't mean prepare to follow the trends, but each season has a ‘look’. If you want to seem current, you need to know that look.
6. Make a list of 4-5 new pieces that would help to update your wardrobe for fall. Maybe it’s new boots (I must need some because I keep mentioning them) or a great coat, a basic blazer, versatile jeans, some new scarves? Tuck the list in your bag and keep it with you in the coming weeks. When you see the perfect piece…make the purchase!
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It's September. There is a chill in the air. It makes me think of sweaters.
I just walked with a friend and she mentioned an article she saw in the
Wall Street Journal. "The Closet to Envy Is Half Full" by Elizabeth Holmes.
I returned home with the paper in hand.
This article speaks very clearly to something I have been feeling for a long time...we have too much stuff! Specifically, in our closets. Less really can be more. There is an ease to dressing when your wardrobe is well curated. When everything in it fits your body and your life...and you love it.
Statistics show that women wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. Think about it...don't we all reach for the the same few pieces every day? That means a lot of clothing is just left hanging...literally.
Why not get rid of the 'clutter' and keep only what we love to wear?
What if we became more selective and discerning when we shopped? Purchasing only items that are great additions, not impulse buys. Items that we will actually wear with what we already own. It requires a shift in thinking, but it is well worth it in the end.
Having fewer pieces in our closet simplifies the process of getting dressed. A more streamlined, minimal approach to our wardrobe helps to take the guess work out.
We know what we have and we know it all works. Getting dressed is effortless and we always look terrific!