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I’m trying to do a better job at keeping the promises I make to myself, one of which was to blog more, so here’s me keeping my promises.
How Motherhood Affects Creativity. This is a longer form article in The Atlantic, and it’s worth the entire read. There are so many nuanced tensions about creative work and mothering. I love how the neuroscience suggests that women’s minds become more creative after childbirth and I’ve seen that in my own life. I love what she said here: “We live in a culture in which you are taught that what you do is who you are. But identity is far more complex than that, and like creativity, it exists in a state of revision and flow. The competition between raising children and creative output is real. It may be impossible to balance in the ways society expects us to. But I don’t believe that parenting is the enemy of the work.”
Nathan traveled all last week. And I made it! And so did Henry! This deserves a point of its own.
Fall Clothes at H&M. There are so many pretty things. I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I like this flounced magenta tunic. It’d be perfect for a newly postpartum mom because the ruffles are right over your tummy area. I love this black + floral print and the structured sleeves. And if you’re not nursing, I bet this wrap around blouse would be amazing. And these black embroidered mom jeans? Yes.
This Vegan GF Chocolate Zucchini Bread. I know September is no processed sugar month but I’m allowing this to count because…coconut sugar. (Excuses, I know, but I’ll take my excuses and eat them this time.) Plus cocoa has magnesium which I’m probably lacking. This bread is delicious. Like cake but better.
Maybe it’s the 40 degree weather in February?
Well, no matter the reason, I’m excited for summer dresses.
Also, I love good floral prints all year round. So here are some of my favorite floral dresses I found over on ASOS.
First, I should mention that I like ASOS because they have clothes in all kinds of sizes: curvy, petite, tall, maternity, and nursing. They also have free shipping and returns (no minimum) and their sale selection has pretty reasonable prices.
Clockwise from upper left:
1. Yumi Petite Skater Dress With Bow Sleeve In Floral Print $40: I love that this one could be worn casually or you could dress it up with fancier shoes.
2. Vero Moda Petite Floral Ruffle Front Dress $23: I love the ruffle bib part and the sheer sleeves make it a nice winter to summer transitional dress.
Here they are. Click as your heart desires or just get the gist of it from the name:
- Olive Green Knit Skirt (Loft)
- Olive Green 5” Shorts (Old Navy): I found these on clearance for a few dollars about five years ago and still like them!
- Stripped Ponte Pencil Skirt (Loft): This was the only new purchase (I got it on sale for less than $30) for the pants/skirts/shorts part of my capsule.
- Red Circle Skirt (H&M): Read Hilary’s advice if you’re skeptical of wearing red.
- Black Scuba Skirt (Topshop)
- White/Light Blue Wonder Dot Skinny Jeans (Loft)
- High-Waisted Skinny Jeans (Banana Republic)
- Mint Green Skinny Ankle Jeans (Loft): My favorite pants ever. There was nothing remotely similar online, so I linked a pair from Ebay. 🙂
Am I nuts for including three pairs of skinny jeans in my summer wardrobe? Perhaps so.
Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to see a girl suffer through the summer months with sweaty legs. We’ll see how this summer skinny jeans experiment goes.
But there is a tiny bit of logic to my madness: (more…)
Tomorrow is the first day of June.
Consequently, it is also the first day of my summer capsule wardrobe.
I really look forward to switching things up a little bit when a new seasons comes. But before I rush off and talk about the new season’s capsule, I want to slow down to remember some of the outfits I enjoyed wearing this spring.
Kudos to my obliging husband who took pictures for me on our walks!
Most of the things I own are from many seasons past, so I linked similar items if the item I have was out-of-stock.
Chambray Shirt (Loft). I’ve worn this shirt in every capsule so far: fall, winter, spring, and you better believe I’m going to include it in my summer one.
Black Jacquard Pants (Loft). I’ve also worn these in every capsule, but I don’t think I’ll need them this summer, so I’m putting them in my storage container and will probably pull them out in the fall.
Red Studded Ballet Flats (Target). I bought these shoes for a few dollars on clearance at Target and I’ve nearly loved them to pieces.
Olive Green Painter’s Shirt (J.Crew Factory). I love boat neck shirts.
Black Scuba Pleated Skirt (Topshop). The pleats on this skirt are so much fun.
I’m guessing that if you stumbled across my little corner of the internet then you know me personally, which also means you’ve probably heard me talk about how much I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe.
But just in case there’s a stranger lurking around here somehow (if that’s you, hi!), I thought I’d first share a few thoughts about this wardrobe concept before sharing what I’ll be wearing for my summer capsule wardrobe (June through August).
First, some nostalgia: ever since I was little, I’ve loved getting dressed. I remember changing clothes several times a day as a kindergartner. I remember my beloved childhood romper with lace trim and a bright pink and purple floral print. In third grade, I remember my absolute favorite outfit: a pale pink turtleneck, navy leggings with big socks pulled up over my ankles, and a stretchy headband (I was a 90’s child living in the 80’s). I wore that ensemble as often as it was clean. In fifth grade, I created a schedule for my five favorite pairs of pants. I still remember how I would wear my stretchy black flares every Tuesday. Years later, I remember thinking that my art teacher, who only saw me on Tuesdays, probably thought it was weird that I only ever wore one pair of pants—but then again, she probably never even noticed. So considering my past, it’s no wonder I fell in love with the idea of a capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is basically a smaller wardrobe of versatile pieces that can be interchanged relatively easily to create a wide variety of outfits. I’ve been organizing my wardrobe into three month capsules since last September and I’ve never regretted it.
Here are a few of the benefits I’ve experienced from living with a capsule wardrobe: (more…)