Fall Refresh// Summer Reflections

It’s fall in Istanbul, and I’m refreshing not only my blog, but our wardrobes.  So far, it’s been a warm fall, but it is supposed to get colder next week… so I am looking forward to bundling up in sweaters and napping with my baby girl in the afternoons!

We had an amazing summer in California with family and friends and are back to the grind, working, schooling, city-life-ing it up.  Here are some wardrobe reflections on summer, and a few pictures since my blog game was down while we were running all over California squeezing in every last minute with loved ones.

Reflections on our Summer Wardrobes, if I could do it again (and notes for next year):

-Too many clothes for the kids.  37 pieces was way too much, especially in California when we were either swimming or lounging.  At this point, especially for the boys, 37 pieces was a little excessive.  In trying to not be too legalistic, considering I named my ever loving blog after the pieces in our wardrobe, I will be lowering the number of items in each of their wardrobes this fall.  #rule-breaker

-Kim::  Too many shorts.  Not enough tank tops, bathing suits or accessories.  I realized while back in the good ol US of A, that I preferred to wear dresses over shorts, and bought way too many for my summer wardrobe.  Oh well.  Next time, I know better.  Also, didn’t have enough tanks, or proper accessories.  Learning, learning.

-Derek::  No complaints. No worries. One bathing suit did him just fine.  #men

Cheers.  One last iced coffee (maybe), before the cool weather hits!

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Can I also say, for one second that I am so excited for fall?

I think everyone thinks this likely, buuut I am from Southern California, and it is still 90 degrees there.  They will likely see fall for one or two weeks in November or December, and are all probably acting shocked (like this doesn’t happen every year), that it is still hot now.

I can’t wait to bring on the scarves, turtlenecks, boots, and PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES.  #basic.

 

Xo

 

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Old Clothes: How to Part with them

So, you have piles and bags of black trash bags full of clothes, bags, shoes and worn out, or too small kid items.

You’ve gone through all The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up… and bagged up what doesn’t give you life.

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What do you do with them now?  Here are some ideas I have had… along with ideas I am going to try!

  1. Donate them to be re-sold, and make a few bucks toward the growing stock by using Thred Up.  (I have purchased from here before, but just sent in my first bags to be sold, I’ll let you know how it goes!)
  2. If you have time and energy to re-sell them on e-bay, do it!
  3. If you had invested in quality clothes you can also try doing an Instagram sale.  (Tips on having an Instagram sale).
  4. Hand them down to someone your size, or with kids younger than yours.
  5. Send them to your local goodwill, or thrift store.  Someone will love them, and buy them for cheap!

 

Any other fun or creative ideas out there?

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Nora’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe:: Toddler Girls

Baby girls clothes, they just about put me over the edge they are so cute!  Dressing a girl is fun, and while she has her preferences which can be quite strong, we have managed to only have a few small fights over clothes.  She’s 2 people.  2 years old and arguing with me about what she wants to wear.  Ok, counseling issues aside, here is what you can find my baby girl running around California in this summer.
Here is Nora’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe::
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13 t shirts or tank tops: 1.tulip striped pink tank 2.teal tank 3.popsicle tank 4.black graphic tank 5.black t strap tank 6.water color tie tank 7. blue anglaise 8. coral embroidery 9. striped henley 10. grey henley 11.  Istanbul t shirt 12. flower shirt navy  13. blue embellished tank
2 long sleeve shirts: 14. ballerina 15. chambray button up
2 swim suits:  23. red, white & blue stripes  24.teal ruffle swim suit
1 swim cover up: 25. swim cover up
1 sweater: 26. side zip sweatshirt
5 shorts:  27. pull on print  28. jean   29. pink denim   30.jersey shorts  31.bubble shorts
4 rompers:  32.. pink denim overalls  33.. neon coral   34. gauze romper 35. chambray romper
2 pants:   36. light grey leggings  37. pink coral leggings

 

 

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Eli’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe:: Toddler Boys

Summer time is here!  We are getting ready to head from Istanbul to the great old USA, so you may notice I went crazy with the red, white and blue this summer in our capsules.  Nothing like declaring your love for your country than a Summer Capsule Wardrobe planned around the flags colors.  Ha!
Hopefully I can post some on our travels and time in California.  For now, this is what Eli is wearing this summer!
Here is Eli’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe::
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9 shirts:   1. american pocket t  2. striped neon tank  3.  red pocket henley  4.  red, white & blue striped henley 5. grey & white striped pocket  t 6.grey basic t shirt 7. Palm Springs  8.blue pocket 9. Giants tank
2 polos:    10.red polo 11. navy polo
2 long sleeve:  12. bw striped henley  13. baseball t
1 collared shirt:  14. chambray button up
2 sweaters:  15. American flag  16. grey quilted zip up
3 shoes:  17. adidas sneaker  18.  swim flip flop  19. birkenstock
2 rash guards:  20. whale rashguard  21. long sleeve rashguard
2 swim suits: 22.  striped trunks  23. red trunks
4 lounge shorts:   24. grey athletic   25. black sweat   26. blue sweat   27. red sweat
6 shorts:   28. hurley khaki  29.  seersucker  30. blue roll cuff  31. jean roll cuff  32.grey & blue stripe  33..canvas black cutoffs
2 lounge sweats:  34. camouflage  35. lightening
2 pants:  36. skinny  37.  light grey skinny
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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Preparation:: Traveling

Well, it’s getting warmer in Istanbul, and it’s also getting closer and closer to summer.

This summer, our family will be in a few different places: Southern California, Central California and Istanbul.  While both places are going to be hot.  I am figuring out how to make a capsule wardrobe for myself especially that will cover both climates and cultures.

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Both Istanbul and Southern California have warm summers.  California is hot and dry. Istanbul is hot as well, but much more mild… where it makes up for the heat in lower temperatures, it sure makes you hate humidity.    It is so humid and gross in Istanbul during the summer, I just could barely handle it last year.

As far as culture goes, the guys and Nora can all wear whatever they want.  I don’t know about you, but while I am overseas, I generally like to dress so I don’t stick out too much.  That being said, while in Istanbul I generally cover up a bit more than I would while I am home in Southern California.  While we are in California I can’t wait to let the sunshine hit my shoulders and legs!!  But while in Istanbul, I will likely find a couple pairs of cool summer pants. Which means I have to have the proper blend of summer pants and shorts to be comfortable in both places.

So as I plan my 37 pieces, I am taking into account these things… humidity, culture and comfort.  Always comfort.

Here are some things to take into account in your summer planning if you are going to be using a Capsule Wardrobe:

-Climate.   California gets upwards of 110 while Istanbul never hits over 90, and is on the water.  This means I need to buy accordingly.  Also evenings are chilly.

-Culture.  Where are you traveling?  Overseas? Europe?  Asia?  It’s always good to take into account what locals are wearing, if you’re crossing cultures.

-Location specific/Vacation specific items:  I will likely leave these out of my capsule.  Examples would be: a beach hat, camp clothes, or other random things you may want for your summer adventures.

-Clothes for the journey.  Are you flying in a plane?  Going to be in an RV all summer?  I am including things I know I can feel comfortable in on our multiple plane rides this summer.

 

What about you!!?

Where are you going this summer?

Are you going to try to capsule your vacation wardrobe?

And is anyone else excited for how easy this makes packing??

 

 

 

 

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Women’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Oh man, this was my first Capsule Wardrobe, and it was so hard to make!  Developing a fashionable, practical wardrobe for 3 months felt like such a hard task for some reason.  I had such a hard time making the decisions for what to buy and what to include.  Then trying to figure out if they items I chose would even work well together, and spending money on myself!  :/  I felt super stressed and non committal at times during the process, but now that I have been wearing these items for a couple months, and have a bit of a routine with clothes storage and laundry, I am absolutely in the Capsule Groove!  If I were an emoji it would definitely be the dancing red lady.

Some of my challenges in making this occurred when I realized, I didn’t even really know what I liked to wear, or what fit me well.  Do I even wear dresses that often?  It seemed silly to not include them with how beautiful spring can be.  How many sweaters do I need?  It can be pretty cold here in Spring, it snowed last March…What do I do about that?!

Well, I think I covered my weather bases, and threw together a decent capsule for my first one.

I’ll share more on my reflections posts, but for now, let’s get to my clothes this Spring.

 

 

Here is my Spring Capsule Wardrobe::

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7 t shirts:  1. grey tissue t  2.  black solid v  3. white tissue scoop 4. navy tissue scoop  5.  grey stripe flowy  6. grey tissue scoop 7. white flowy boxy
9 shirts:  8. white pocket blouse 9. grey flowy back  10.  striped zip back  11. navy thick stripe  12. blue button up   13. peasant blouse  14 linen teal stripes  15. blue linen color block 16.  button back yellow flowy sweater
2 sweaters: 17. pink thick knit  18.  grey scoop
7 shoes: 19. hunters 20. black bootie  21.camel booties 22. silver slip ons  23.converse 24.birkenstocks 25.  gold sandals
4 dresses: 26. chambray  27. striped t shirt 28. grey t shirt 29. green t shirt
4 pants: 30.  skinny white 31. blue skinny jeans  32.  skinny distressed  33.black skinny jeans
 4 jackets:  34.  orange rain coat  35.  grey wool 36.  khaki green 37. jean
(Bold links above are exact or similar items).
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Evan’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe:: Boys

 Evan is our oldest. Kind, sensitive, and always reading.  He is 7 and in first grade.
He wears a uniform to school, and those darn shirts are included in his capsule.  Also, they are white.  Whoever decided to give elementary school kids white uniform shirts should also have been required to supply bleach to the mothers of that school on their dime.  White is a no no in my rule book for dressing kids. If they are wearing white, there is a 98% chance it was gifted to them, or required for a social function.
Here is Evan’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
 Boys 37 Piece Spring Capsule Wardrobe
8  t shirts: 1.navy striped pocket -t  2. teal pocket henley 3. grey specked pocket -t 4.  weathered grey pocket t  5. space t 6. istnbul t 7. star wars t 8. palm trees
2 collared shirts:  9. short sleeve stripes  10.blue oxford 
5 uniform shirts: 11-15. White polo with school logo.
3 long sleeve shirts:  16. grey plain  17. grey surf  18. grey graphic
2 shoes: 19. nikes  20. blue sneakers
4 sweaters:  21.camo sweatshirt  22. blue quilted  23.light grey pullover  24. school uniform
2 jackets: 25. blue light jacket  26. fleece
2 shorts: 27. gap denim 28. grey
3 lounge pants:  29. grey waffle  30. lazy sweats  31.  camo sweats
6 pants: 1. blue pants 2. blue skinny jeans 3. skinny jeans 4.grey skinny jeans  5.slim black jeans  6.  dark grey
(Bold links above are exact or similar items.)
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Nora’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe:: Toddler Girls

Nora, our baby girl.  Can you capsule a baby?  Absolutely.  I actually think babies and toddlers will be the easiest since they grow so fast, and need new things more often.  Before I was capsuling my kids, I realized I would buy them things as needed, when I saw a sale, or just because I felt like they needed something.  With her, since she grows so fast, I’m realizing I really like the purchase once a season idea.  It lets me strategize this all a bit more.
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Nora is spicy and sweet.  She is 2 1/2 years old,  bossy, smart and so fun!  She also has opinions on what she wears, which is really adorable.  I have 6 dresses in her capsule, and she has already refused to wear 4 of them… so we will see how this goes, or what makes it in her next capsule now that I can see what she prefers.
Here is Nora’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
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6 shirts:  1. henley striped  2. henley grey  3.blue pointelle t 4.coral embroidered shirt 5. chambray henley 6. Striped Tank
4 long sleeve:  7. ballet  8. grey dots 9. chambray  button up 10. grey dogs
6 dresses: 11. pink embroidered tank 12. white lace  13. pink hearts  14. boho blue  15. pink ruffle 16. black shapes
1 romper: 17. coral romper
3 sweaters:  18. tan grandma sweater  19. grey zip sweatshirt  20 .flowery sweatshirt
2 leggings:  21. cream  22.  grey
3 shoes:  23. silver boots  24. grey flats  25.cartoony animal shoes
2 jackets:  26. fleece  27.rain jacket
1 shorts:  28. blue belted boho
2 lounge sweats: 29.blue harem pants 30. weathered grey joggers
6 pants:  31. coral skinny jeans 32. jean leggings 33. skinny jeans  34.skinny jeans  35.grey leggings  36. b & w stripes  37.  black leggings
(Bold links above are exact or similar items.)
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Is Capsuling more work? :: 1 month reflections

 

About a month in and maybe you are wondering,  Is capsuling more work?

While I was shopping for our clothes for Spring, taking pictures and figuring out what my family would be wearing and not wearing, I really wondered if capsuling was more work than just wearing what we used to was.
I figured it would be helpful to take a step back and reflect on why I even took on this project.  Starting this all felt like a lot of work, just for clothes.  It seemed maybe silly at time, but in the beginning any transition is more work. Starting a new diet- planning meals, putting a kid in a new school -paperwork, moving to a new home or city -logistics! stress!
 Really any change requires a decent amount of work, it is the long term result that should be the measure of it’s worth.

So far, in this transition, I have been happy with the result.  We are so early in the transition, just one month into our first capsule.  We have a lot to learn, and tweaking to do… but I will say so far- so good.  We like it!  I like it! The kids do too.  So while this has been an investment in time, effort and money,  it has definitely been worth it in the end.  I think after we have this system down it will be good for my family in many ways.

Less clothes all over, less impulse purchasing, more  planning and thought out clothes purchases.  Also, freedom from feeling like I never had anything to wear, but tons of clothes floating around in suitcases, drawers, hampers etc.
 Just at a months end, I have noticed:
-I personally don’t ever feel like I don’t have anything to wear.
-We have less laundry to do.
-I feel more organized and in control of the clothes situation (and our capsuling journey has just started).
-The kids are happy and I am learning what their personal style preferences are, (ex: Nora seems to almost hate most dresses).
-I feel more organized, and am!
-I am happier knowing I have a system to work in for storage, purchasing and planning.
Thanks for listening, I’ll reflect again at month two!
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