Welcome, Jack

October 3, we welcomed our little guy into our family.  He is just what we need, and so sweet and snuggly.  Soaking up this baby baby stage, knowing too well how fast it passes.  Here are some pictures of Jack our third boy, and fourth baby!

XO

the first two pictures are in the hospital. the right is at 2 weeks old!

How To Capsule a Family

Capsule wardrobes may seem cool, but the organizing process can be overwhelming… and doing it for 6 people even more so!   Here are some simple tips or steps to follow to help you figure out the process.
1.   WHAT DO WE HAVE? ::       
Take an inventory of what you have in your closet- I prefer making it visual by laying it all out there.  You may be super surprised at how many clothing items you actually have!
Go through your piles (person by person is probably less overwhelming than every clothing item in your whole house).
Get rid of things that you don’t like, don’t fit, or your kids grew out of.  If you have a huge pile (which I hope you do) of old clothes… donate  them, sell them, or trade them in!
I literally wrote down every single item of clothing my family owns… Type A much?  As I was going through everything, I realized I have some items already that I had seen in the mall and wanted to buy.  I had just forgotten about them in storage.  For me, it felt good to have this all organized.
2.  WHAT DO WE WANT?::  
Ask yourself these questions as you decide what to keep::  What has inspired me ?  What trends do I want to copy?  Why do I want to  keep it?  Does it fit?  Does it make you happy?  Is it even my style, or it something I wish I could pull off?
Throw it in a pile if the reason to keep it isn’t good enough.
Thought’s on wanting:
From what you have:  Think about whether or not it actually fits, if you’ve worn it in the past year, or if you’re even keeping it for a realistic reason.  If not.. toss it!  The real reason you want to keep it may be silly or not even make sense when you actually stop to think about it.
From what you don’t have:  I actually keep Pinterest boards of things that i see that i think are cute, or I want to copy basically.  This could help you as you plan out your wardrobe/style and shopping for the next season.
See my Pinterest boards for my whole family here!
3.  WHAT DO WE NEED?::
          Is there anything that we just need to complete our wardrobe this next season?  Did you just tear your rain boots and need a new pair? Did you kids grow out of all their jeans or rip holes in them?
Did you lose your favorite jacket?  Figure out what you need, add it to a list…
 4.  SHOPPING TIME!!::
Make a list of what you actually need so you’re not just buying whatever catches your eye!  Simplicity  and not just buying crap will make you feel better, I promise 🙂
Take your pictures or ideas of looks you want to copy and  go online, in the store, or on one on one dates with the kiddos.. however you like to do it, Go get your goods so you don’ have to shop for a few more months!

Capsule Wardrobe: Infants!

Babiessss, man. They take up more gear than adults ya know?
I remember when we had Evan, who will be 9 next month. I literally had to mourn the whole process of leaving the house.  I used to be able to leave in 20 seconds.  Grab my purse, phone, wallet and jump in the car.
When you have a baby, you make sure they are fed… in a clean diaper, and going to be happy in the car for whatever amount of time you will be trapped in a small box with them.  On top of that, where you’re going matters… Do I need toys, gear, extra outfits ? bottles… nursing gear?  I will just say now, having a baby and trying to live minimally is going to be a pull in may directions.
Sooooo, if you’re a mother, caretaker, father or are ever around babies… you know they take a lot of gear.  So welcome to this post,  and series  “What does a baby realllly need?”
This first post is on clothes.  And since I am on my fourth kid, I am going to say, I may have something to share about this, but also may not because I forget things a lot.  SO here we go, what does a baby really need and why?
 
Here is what I am going to prepare with upon bringing Jack baby home from the hospital.  I am hoping this small wardrobe will be good for him for 0-6 months.    I will update you as time passes to let you know if it worked or not, but I am going super minimal and see if it works.
Either way, I promise you, you need way less than you think you do clothing wise in general. Even with babies.
  Jack Baby’s Newborn Capsule Wardrobe::
10 onesises (long or short or both sleeved):: Seasonal obviously.
4  Pants:: Based on the season, you can do thin ones for summer or thicker fleece/sweats for winter.
4  Pajamas:: Unrelated to practicality- baby pajamas are the cutest.
4  Outfits
10 pairs of socks-:: hese things get lost like it’s their job, .
2 hats :: I am doing one warmer hat since he is due in October and one thinner normal hat.
2 mittens.:: Mostly for those first few months when they just want to scratch their eyeballs out.

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