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Making Space to Create

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When I decided to get serious about making my little dream of a handmade shop a reality, I quickly realized that the first thing I needed to do was assess my creative space. I’ve always had a dedicated craft space, whether it was my mom’s sewing table or the desk in my college apartment that way never used for actual homework.

Even though I already had a space set up, I can sometimes be a spastic crafter — one day working on a sewing project, the next a scrapbook, and the next whatever DIY project I had found on Pinterest.

To avoid becoming overwhelmed by all my ideas and to dos, my space first had to be inviting and inspiring. I wanted sitting down at my sewing table to feel like a treat and not a chore. And so, my first step towards launching my shop was building a space conducive to creating.

It was time to clear away the clutter, the remnants of crafts gone by.

I boxed up the materials and supplies that weren’t going to be essential for the products I had in mind and enlisted my handymom’s help to hang a shelf and rod for tools above my desk.

Making physical space to start a new creative venture also gave me the mental space for the ideas to start flowing. It was so easy to look at my collection of fabrics and see everything coming together. A tailored space allowed my mind to hone in on product development without getting distracted by all the other pretty things.

All that being said, as important as a physical space can be to the creative process, starting a new project does not require a shopping spree to fill a room with the perfect trendy furniture and the best organizational systems. I would have loved to cover a wall with white pegboard or invest in the white Ikea shelves I’m always drooling over. Instead, I made use of things I already had.

The time will come when I’ll be able to splurge on a beautiful craft room that matches my brand perfectly. For now, I am relishing in the space. (more…)

My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

I am so excited to be sharing another capsule wardrobe with you. The first time I shared a capsule wardrobe post on the blog, it was an emergency remedy for the severe over-accumulation of clothing that had happened in the lifetime of this blog. I was so done with the insane pressure I felt to never wear the same outfit twice and always be coming up with something new to post.

That first capsule wardrobe was a game-changer.

I’ve now gone through six seasons of capsule wardrobes. Only the first made it onto the blog, but I’ve wholeheartedly embraced this way of living and shopping. My capsules are a little less rigid these days — occasionally I’ll borrow something from my mom or grab an extra layer from a storage bin. But in all honesty, the amount of clothing I wear now is just a fraction of what I used to cram into my dorm room closet.

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The biggest change of all? I only shop for clothes four times a year as I’m gearing up to switch capsules. This has been no small miracle as I’ve transitioned from a college student to working girl wardrobe over the last year.

Not too long ago, I would have used that as an excuse to buy all the things. Instead, I’m strategic about what I need to update my existing wardrobe for each new season. Despite the fact that I’ve been shopping for my first seasonal work wardrobes, I’ve managed narrow my shopping needs down to just a handful of items each season.

Figuring out the balance between work and weekend wear in my capsules has been trial and error. Last fall, I created two separate capsules – one for work and one for weekend – but found that I ended up in leggings and a tee most weekends, which didn’t really deserve its own capsule. This time around, I’m leaving loungewear completely out of the equation. If I need to dress up on the weekends, chances are I’ll grab jeans and a dressy top.

Here’s what I’ll be working with this spring:

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A Dose of Leprechaun

Despite having one crazy week, both at work and personally, I’ve been really wanting to get back to blogging. I’m so glad to finally have some daylight hours after work to be able to take photos. Going to work in the dark and getting home in the dark has definitely been draining my motivation lately.

I talked on Instagram a few weeks ago about how long days at work have kept me from doing even the things I want to be doing and typically fill me up in my free time. My solution has been to let go of the 101 things I think I should be doing and just list the top three things I want to be doing. This helps keep me before and after work hours feeling dreamy. Today, taking and posting outfit photos for the first time in what feels like forever made that short list.

But here we are! I loved the subtle green and gold in my St. Patty’s Day outfit. This LOFT skirt and emerald scarf have been staples for me this winter but felt a little extra special with the addition of a gold bangle from Rocksbox. Even six months into my post-grad job, I’m still trying to figure out my professional style. However, this outfit is definitely one that feels like me.

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