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7 QT: Creativity, Vegan Chocolate Bread, $1 Alarm Clocks

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.

The best worst photo from before we left for a wedding yesterday. Henry gets his squinty eyes skills from moi.

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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.”

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Nathan traveled all last week. And I made it! And so did Henry! This deserves a point of its own.

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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.

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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.

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Thinking Spring in Floral Dresses

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.

3. ASOS PETITE Occasion Floral Wiggle Dress $31: I can imagine someone mistaking this for their grandmother’s wallpaper, but still I love it. (more…)

Summer Capsule Wardrobe: The Bottom Half

Here they are. Click as your heart desires or just get the gist of it from the name:

  1. Olive Green Knit Skirt (Loft)
  2. Olive Green 5” Shorts (Old Navy): I found these on clearance for a few dollars about five years ago and still like them!
  3. 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.
  4. Red Circle Skirt (H&M): Read Hilary’s advice if you’re skeptical of wearing red.
  5. Black Scuba Skirt (Topshop)
  6. White/Light Blue Wonder Dot Skinny Jeans (Loft)
  7. High-Waisted Skinny Jeans (Banana Republic)
  8. Mint Green Skinny Ankle Jeans (Loft): My favorite pants ever. There was nothing remotely similar online, so I linked a pair from Ebay. 🙂

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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…)

Goodbye To My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Black Ballet Flats (Clarks). For as short as I am, it’s a pity I love ballet flats as much as I do. But I do. (more…)

Capsule Wardrobe + Moi = Destiny

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…)