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Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Building a Capsule Wardrobe


Lately, I’ve been visiting the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe.  The holidays and the months following always make me realize how much stuff I have and how much of it I probably don’t need, which in turn ignites a major purge of said stuff. Of course a lot of that stuff includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.  I think for a lot of people, it can get to a point where getting dressed in the morning is more of a chore because you are overwhelmed with choices instead of faced with simple, stylish decisions.  Honestly, that may be why a capsule wardrobe sounds the most appealing to me…ease.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE styling and putting things together, but I also very much appreciate simplicity and well-made pieces with great design elements.

Above are some of the pieces I consider to be staples in a wardrobe, most of which I have variations of myself and are often items I continue to go back to.  I’d say it’s a good start to building a great capsule wardrobe.



Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe
I love to play around on Polyvore and make these sets.  I saw this awesome vintage 60’s coat with fur detail and wanted to build something around it.  The entire ensemble turned out to have a pretty vintage vibe, circa the 60’s/70’s.
Honestly while studying those two decades in school, I was never a big fan.  But I’m starting to come around to certain looks and pieces-like high waisted jeans and fur detail… and the colors-like the warm reds, oranges, and browns.
Of course I had to throw in a fun floppy hat and long waves, along with the stellar blue velvet booties from Anthropologie.  The vintage Chanel cuff and stackable rings are pretty groovy too. ;)

Blushing Beauty

Blushing Beauty

Topshop crop top

RED Valentino leather skirt

House of harlow 1960


Chanel blush

Christian dior fragrance
$71 – johnlewis.com

Christian dior


As some of you may know, I’ve always loved blush…and I love it even more as it’s become a new ‘neutral’.  Blush truly goes with just about every other color, like any other neutral does.

I’m also really into this crop top trend.  They’re great for these hot days…but also could work as a transition from late summer to early fall, especially if you pair one with a leather swing skirt, with a blush colored blazer to throw on when it cools down.  There’s a similar (not quite as pricey) swing skirt here.

P.S.  This Dior lip balm is the best thing for your lips.  It really moisturizes, but it turns your lips your perfect natural shade of pink because it works with your own body chemistry…pretty cool!!

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Galaxy and sparkle, a page from the Winter edition of H&M Magazine.


Galaxy print.  It may just be a trend making a come back, but it’s pretty awesome.  Galaxy print is such a good excuse for a mix of beautiful, mesmerizing colors.

I knew I wanted to make something out of galaxy print…but honestly, I was having trouble finding galaxy printed fabric anywhere.  That is, until I came across this awesome website.  Spoonflower.  They have TONS of prints to choose from that you can order to be screen printed onto fabric, wallpaper, wall decals.  You can either choose and order a print that’s been uploaded by a user, or you can upload your own and have them print it for you.  Pretty awesome.  I found numerous galaxy prints to choose from when I searched it on the website.  There were so many to choose from that I couldn’t decide which I liked best, so I went with one that pretty much incorporated every color imaginable.


I thought the fabric would make a really unique coat, and so another sewing project was born. :)

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We’ve had some pretty consistent snowfall the past few days, but it made for a good photo backdrop.  The white snow really makes the colors pop.

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worn with black sheath dress (H&M), gold sparkle tights (American Apparel), and black over the knee boots (Steve Madden).


Burberry from Brooklyn

Here in Cleveland, we were brought some rather unseasonal weather this weekend.  It was surprising we didn’t break any records at 61 degrees on January 12th.  According to the newspaper, the warmest was in 1890 at 69 degrees!  Honestly, there were moments where I had to remind myself it was still January.  But now all that snow we got around Christmas is for the most part melted, and Cleveland’s ready for another wintery blast , which I’m sure is in the upcoming forecast.

So, speaking of winter (not the unseasonal kind), I brought out my Burberry skirt because it (usually) suits the season…as well as my Burberry Brit fragrance.  The fragrance is pretty heavy and is perfect for this time of year.  This skirt was another one of my vintage scores.  I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but I got it from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn (NY).  I was absolutely enamored with this vintage store when I first visited it…I found so many great things! I think I bought about 6 things (including the Burberry skirt) for about $70!



Worn with H&M dot shirt, (similar one here); necklace from Dillard’s, (similar one here);  boots from DSW, (similar here), clutch from Target (long time ago).



When buying pieces with patterns, take a look at the seams.  The pattern should match on both sides of the seams.  That’s usually a big indicator of quality.




Feathers, Sequins, and a Black Cat

Feathers, Sequins, and a Black Cat

Fitted blazer

Warehouse high waisted mini skirt
$130 – warehouse.co.uk

Steve Madden black platform booties
$155 – newlook.com

Kate Spade stud earrings

Cat necklace
$32 – motelrocks.com