Thursday, September 28th, 2017
So apparently I batch shop.
It makes sense when I think about it. Where I used to be able to casually browse and linger while making decisions, my life has become much more about efficiency. These days I browse the offerings online, save the ones I like to a Pinterest board, and then ask a sales associate to direct me to those items when I go into the store. Sure, I could order the items online, but I still prefer to try before I buy. Why tie up my money on maybes if I don’t have to?
Banana Republic Silk Cashmere Crewneck – $66.15 (reg $110.25)
Banana Republic Sloan Fit Utility Pants – $69.30 (reg $115.50)
Both of these items have been favourites for me this month. I find olive a really easy colour to work with, so the pants have been worn 7 times already! The sweater was a bit of a test. After my disastrous BR sweater experience last winter, I passed over the thicker knits and wool blends, and instead opted for the thin silk cashmere blend. After 5 wears it doesn’t seem to be pilling to the extent that my green sweater did, and the shape held up to hand washing far better than the camel merino sweater did last year.
Banana Republic Long Sleeve Soft Jersey Cardigan – $39.06 (reg $65.10)
This cardigan hasn’t been worn as frequently as the pullover, but that will likely change as we move further into autumn. I’ve still worn it 3 times so far this month.
I don’t have photos of the last blouse just yet. I’ve only worn it once so far, because I have the urge to pair it with dress pants and I don’t wear those as often as jeans. I really should wear it with jeans though, there’s nothing wrong with that pairing.
Banana Republic Cross Front Draped Shell – $31.50 (reg $52.50)
On the other end of the spectrum, there was also a notable exit from my closet this month. I sold my Smythe blazer. It was tailored absolutely perfectly for me – but I never wore it. I literally wore it once, and that was it. I couldn’t justify having something that beautiful, or that expensive, just hanging in my closet unworn. I’m thankful I purchased it, because having it sit there prompted a lot of self reflection and really drove forward my understanding of what styles I wear and why.
The blazer went to another blogger whose style it pairs with better than my own. I’m seriously excited to see how she wears it. It was a decent garment, it just wasn’t meant for me.
Quarterly Budget: $750 – $64.12 (carryover) – $0.00 (Jul) – $207.90 (Aug) – $206.01 (Sep) + $350 (blazer) = $621.97
Tons of money left over! To be honest though, I’m not going to carry it over to next season. My closet is not so lacking in volume or variety than I could justify spending almost $1400 by the end of the year. Maybe I would consider it if I had purse or jacket purchase in mind that I had been mulling over and researching for an extended period already, but there’s nothing like that going on right now. A pair of jeans, a pair of boots and some sweaters? For sure. But not $1400 worth.
On the subject of wardrobe, this Saturday marks the end of my first year of wardrobe tracking! It has been utterly enlightening, and I’m looking forward to recapping what I’ve learned with you.
What did you purchase this month? Anything exciting?
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Same day outfit photo! I don’t think I’ve ever been that on top of outfit photos. Ever.
Okay, I just decided I still looked halfway okay after work today, so I snapped a couple shots before the sun went down.
Sweater: Banana Republic / CPW: $16.53 / # of wears: 4
Shirt: Banana Republic / CPW: $8.55 / # of wears: 7
Pants: Banana Republic / CPW: $11.55 / # of wears: 6
Shoes: Sam Edelman (thrifted) / CPW: $1.40 / # of wears: 15
Scarf: H&M / CPW: $1.13 / # of wears: 12
Watch: Skagen / CPW: $3.17 / # of wears: 43
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016
I’ve always loved the layered blouse and sweater look, but I’ve butchered it every single time I’ve tried it. The undershirts were always too stiff, not fitted enough, you name it. The sweaters were likewise too loose, and often times too bulky.
I feel like this is the closest I’ve gotten to successfully pulling it off. It’s a thin knit over a thin sleeveless silk shell. No sleeves to bunch up, and no buttons to detract from the smooth knit. There’s no collar, but the crew neck was large enough to let a little peak of the neckline through. I’m a fan.
It’s been cold, drizzly and occasionally sleeting for the last few days. I’ve started reaching for my scarves to add a temporary layer in the mornings and late afternoons at the office. It works for the time being.
Do you have any layering tips and tricks you use?
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
A simple outfit for a vibrant arts festival. We packed up the munchkin and went down to the Kaleido festival on Alberta Avenue last weekend. It was our first time going and I had no real idea what to expect, so I kept it simple. A monochrome column of navy with a light cardigan and flats.
Cardigan: Banana Republic / CPW: $13.02 / # of wears: 3
T-Shirt: Twik / CPW: $0.87 / # of wears: 12
Pants: Banana Republic (thrifted) / CPW: $0.26 / # of wears: 15
Shoes: Poppy Barley / CPW: $2.62 / # of wears 70
It was four streets of mixed music, dance, and visual art installations of all forms. It seemed like they were still setting up when we got there, but it was good overall. I’d go again. It seems like it would be fun in the evening.
It was a little breezy while we were there, but the close proximity to food trucks didn’t hurt…
Really plain, but it worked. With munchkin toddling at full speed, comfort and ease of movement is the name of the game.
Do you have any favourite festivals? What do you wear when you head out?
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Oh, hey. I’ve been blogging for three years now and completely forgot to mark the occasion. Oops!
One of the big benefits of blogging is being able to look back on recent years and see how things have changed. In some instances, it’s more interesting to see how they’ve stayed the same. It has been two years since I did a closet inventory, mostly because I didn’t see a lot of value in doing one while my body was quickly changing sizes postpartum. The thoughts I had surrounding my wardrobe last year and what I wanted out of it still ring true to this day. I feel like I made a lot of positive strides in my wardrobe in recent months. Instead of increasing in volume, it increased in function.
I’d show you what’s hanging in my closet, but our area had a water ban this past weekend due to a broken valve. My laundry is only just being washed now.
Much like in my original inventories, there are large differences between my functional wardrobe and the total number of clothes in the house. Since I don’t know yet if we’re having more kids or not, I haven’t fully purged my maternity and in between sized clothes. Those aren’t included in these totals. Likewise, workout and “home only” clothes aren’t included in the count either. Do you really need to know how many pairs of purple fleece pants I have? Probably not (but the answer is two).
Interestingly enough, this is getting back down close to the number of clothing items I was wearing when I started this blog three years ago. The total number of items was higher (132), but at that point in time I had 60 items in what I would refer to as my functional wardrobe. The word functional is being used loosely here – getting dressed was kind of a nightmare.
After a few years of bloating and culling, I feel like I’m starting to find a sweet spot. Most items mix and match nicely – so long as there’s clean clothes in the closet I’ll have something to wear. Likewise, I feel more like I’m getting dressed than playing dress up. My wardrobe is feeling more like me. There’s probably a half dozen items I feel ambivalent about in here, but until I find suitable replacements for them they’ll probably stay put.
How about you? Have you found your wardrobe sweet spot? How large is your functional wardrobe?
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
I took pictures of this outfit on Friday, but these aren’t them.
When I originally took the photos I reviewed them on the camera screen, decided they were fine, and then shut the camera off and carried on with my day. When I had some time Saturday, I took the card out of the camera and popped it into my computer. No photos. I put the card back in the camera and checked again. No photos.
The dog had already thoroughly slobbered on the shirt, and the jeans were covered in dirt from shovelling gravel, so a quick retake wasn’t really in the cards until the laundry was done.
Shirt: Banana Republic / CPW: $2.36 / # of wears: 14
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / CPW: $6.25 / # of wears: 36
Shoes: Poppy Barley / CPW: $29.70 / # of wears 7
Purse: Mulberry / CPW: $69.23 / # of wears 26
Sunglasses: Mercury / CPW: $0.32 / # of wears: 52
Watch: Skagen / CPW: #3.49 / # of wears: 39
Absolutely nothing in this outfit matches. From the watch to the shirt to the purse to the shoes… they’re all different colours. But you know what? It worked for me. I felt like comfortable in my own skin, which I really needed.
Mommy needed a day off! The last month was an absolute blur, so I booked today off for some much needed self care. Starting the day with a macaron gateau and latte at @duchessbakeshop, followed by a little fall wardrobe browsing. This afternoon I think I'll have a hot bath with a face mask, and then work on some projects around the house. I never appreciated how important self care days were until I didn't have time to myself.
I took Friday off to look after myself. Since going back to work I’ve been running flat out non-stop, and it has been wearing me down. I barely felt like I had time to think, let alone do the things I wanted to do.
After sending my husband off to work and my son to daycare, I had a slower than usual shower and morning prep. A latte and treat at Duchess Bakery put a little pep in my step for some fall shopping, followed by a hot bath and face mask at home. I probably should have kept relaxing, but I snapped back into mom mode after than and did grocery shopping and some laundry. *shrug*
My husband says I should take a weekend away, but I have absolutely no idea where to go. I think I’m going to take a day like this every couple months going forward. It wasn’t much, but it made all the difference for me.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Usually when labour day rolls around I have the urge to be super basic and wear white on Labour Day. This year, I just DGAF.
Shirt: Le Chateau / CPW: $3.49 / # of wears: 12
Pants: Banana Republic / CPW: $69.30 / # of wears: 1
Shoes: Sam Edelman / CPW: $1.61 / # of wears: 13
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016
The air has been getting crisp in the morning for the last little while. You can smell autumn in the air even though it’s still supposed to be a little ways away (in theory).
Despite the chilly morning, it still worked out to be quite a nice day yesterday. Munchkin and I walked to the grocery store and back for odds and ends, as well as a little air. I didn’t even require sleeves!
They’re calling for a risk of frost tonight in the outlying areas. I baked a pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast. Scarf and coat combos are starting to look awfully appealing again. As nice as yesterday afternoon was, it’s fair to say my mind is firmly in fall territory.
Maybe that’s why I’m taking pictures again?