ON SLOWING DOWN

November 9, 2014
Life has been very go-go-go lately. Time is passing quickly, though I feel like I haven't been accomplishing much throughout the day. I've been finding it difficult to manage my time properly. Between schoolwork, my part-time job, and now trying to find an apartment and get things ready to move... It seems like 24-hours is not enough each day.

We woke up to a huge snowstorm yesterday morning. I would love to complain and cry out that "I hate Calgary" as I so often do when the temperatures drop a good 20C overnight, but it seems that most of the country and even the United States are getting hit quite hard. Admittedly, I'm somewhat thankful for the blustery storm today—it's given me the opportunity to hermit inside and take care of some littler things (housework and the likes). In the busyness of schoolwork, work, and the apartment hunt, those littler things are of course the ones that are forgotten. It's amazing how much a clean home can really set you at ease and make those bigger, seemingly endless tasks appear much more manageable.

I have a tendency to take on too much in too little time. I'm a great planner, but the execution is hard for me. I am trying to take on smaller, more manageable tasks. It's so easy to get overwhelmed and ultimately give up when faced with large tasks, but I'm finding that it's a little bit easier when you break it down.

FALL/WINTER 2014 CAPSULE WARDROBE

Shirts1
Zara polkadot button-up (similar) / Topshop side split chiffon shirt in green / Topshop side split chiffon shirt in black (similar) / Zara blouse / Wilfred Sèvres blouse in black / Wilfred button up blouse / Wilfred Sèvres blouse in purple (similar) / Babaton Ainsley blouse
Sweaters
BDG Fisherman sweater (similar) / Wilfred Flaubert sweater / Wilfred Flaubert sweater / Wilfred Chevalier jacket / Madewell cable-knit sweater (similar) / Wilfred Balzac sweater / Babaton Erin sweater
Jackets
Club Monaco utility vest / Urban Outfitters blazer (similar)
Bottoms
Topshop Leigh jeans / LEVIs HR Skinny Extra Shade / Zara skirt / Wilfred skirt
Shoes
Sam Edelman Balfour / Madewell Ames boot / Topshop chelsea boot (similar) / LL Bean boots

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe
The in-the-works capsule using just what's in my closet. It sits at a cool 25 pieces right now, but I have it aimed at 35 pieces in completion. Admittedly, taken together the are a little all over the place, but I have my eyes set on some pieces that will bring it all together.

It's pretty easy to pick out my uniform from the above. A blouse topped with a sweater or jacket, (usually) jeans, and a pair of boots. It's simple and unfussy. Broken down, my life consists of school, work (uniform), working out, going out, and soon to be going to interviews. Overall, besides the latter it's a lot of casual clothes, which works quite well with my existing pieces.

I started a board on Pinterest with some style inspiration. From that I was able to determine a concept: minimalist, clean lines, streamlined, and monochrome. Other buzzwords include: black, white, grey, camel, oxblood, light distressed denim, oversized knits and blouses, slim-fit trousers, high-waisted denim.

Resources
Into Mind
Project 333
Unfancy

THE CAPSULE WARDROBE

Colour PaletteMy wardrobe color palette

It's somewhat laughable to think that this very blog started back in '09 as a documentation of my outfits—a style blog, if you will. I was working retail at the time and had accumulated a lot of clothes. A LOT of clothes. I was up on the trends. I was definitely a lot more daring with my outfits. More 'stylish', I guess. Not only was there a lot of volume in my wardrobe, but I was also freshly 18, so a lot of it was party dresses. Oh yeah, there were a lot of very short, very club appropriate dresses. Thankfully, in the past five years I've managed to grow out of that, weed out a good portion of the 'bad' in my wardrobe, and come up with my own uniform. That looks like jeans, a button down, boots or loafers, and the occasional pullover sweater thrown on top. It's simple. It's basic. It's foolproof. It's my go-to.

Yet, even in figuring that out, I still find myself staring aimlessly into my closet with nothing to wear. That or I try on everything I own in the hopes that something will scream 'ME,' but yet it never does. I'm chalking it up to still too much volume and careless purchases.

I've been dwelling on creating a Capsule Wardrobe for a while. It all started when I found this lady's blog, and then I started seeing them everywhere. A few months back, I printed out Unfancy wardrobe planner, got really excited about doing it, and then never got started. I've been thinking more about it lately, as the need to pare down my wardrobe has grown increasingly pressing—I'm planning to move out in the new year! Much to my delight, Caroline Rector of Unfancy was on The Lively Show (a new-to-me podcast that if you haven't listened to, you must) this week, and the episode has given me the swift kick that I needed to really get this going.

I'm currently working on the wardrobe planner, which I'll be sure to share here. I have a pretty good idea of what I want from my wardrobe—what I have, what I love, what I can get rid of, and what I need. It's just a matter of doing it, and what better time than when we're finally heading into fall/winter. Perfect Capsule Wardrobe, here I come...

THE OCTOBER PLAYLIST

Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary AB
It's takes me an hour and a half to get to school every day. That's three hours out of my day from Monday to Thursday. It's inconvenient and really kind of annoying. It does mean that I get to see this eight times a week though, which is a treat. It's my favourite part of the bus ride, and I always take pause to leer out the window. Out one window is the above, usually with a view of the mountains in the distance. Out the other window is more water, the dam, and downtown. It's pretty dang good if you ask me.

It's taken a while, but I'd say that fall is in full force in Calgary now. The above photo was taken on Sunday, and already in the last few days the weather is a little moodier, a little cooler. I'm not complaining. Out come the sweaters, the boots, the jackets, and infinite cups of tea in an attempt to keep warm. This is really just the tip of the iceberg (ha! iceberg! impending snow! get it?!) in regard to the "cold weather," but hey, after an entire life minus one year of living in Calgary, I'm still a wuss.

Enough about the weather. There has been a boatload of really great new albums out in the last few months. I've compiled some of my favourite tracks into what I'm deeming the October Playlist. Enjoy!

THE OCTOBER PLAYLIST
Body Gold - Wonder Wonder
Bridges - Boy & Bear
Our Love... - The Rural Alberta Advantage
Oh Cecilia - Born Ruffians
Dripping - Blonde Redhead
Stay With Me - Ryan Adams
Dancehall Domine - The New Pornographers
This Isn't My Song - Tennis
Bloodflood Pt. II - Alt-J
Fuck Em Only We Know - Banks
Coffee - Sylvan Esso

Listen on Spotify.

INSTAGRAM LOVE

My go-to for meal inspiration and overall healthy living inspiration these days tends to come from Instagram instead of blogs. There is a lot more instant gratification that comes from Instagram than having to hunt down blog posts on my seemingly endless Bloglovin' feed. I've been stockpiling Instagram accounts of some ladies who are showcasing some really lovely things right from the photography down to the actual meals. By following these accounts, I find that it's a lot easier to keep myself on track and inspired to mix things up in the kitchen. Here are a few of my favourites.


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