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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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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