In case you missed it, I’m joining in on the 10×10 challenge co-hosted by Caroline of UnFancy and Lee of Style Bee. For the next two weeks, I’ll be narrowing down my spring capsule wardrobe to style 10 pieces into 10 different outfits for 10 days.
The basic recipe making up my outfit for day two consists of a few hardworking closet staples, a little something fun, and accessories to pull it all together.
When I decided to do the spring 10×10 challenge, I knew I had to include my black and white dotted peplum top. It’s been in every one of my capsules over the last year and is still a favorite. The relaxed shape means I can wear on days when I’m not feeling my best and still look stylish and put together thanks to the fun dots and peplum. I also love a good patterned neutral because you can wear it with just about anything without it feeling too boring or sparse.
Since I wear this blouse to the office so often, I really wanted to take advantage of the challenge to style it differently than I have in the past. For me, this meant layering it with a springy crisp white scarf and adding in touches of cognac with my flats and clutch.
Lately, I’ve been loving black and cognac together, and, even though this bag has me wishing I was hopping on a plane right now, I think it adds such a fresh dose of color. I even used the pink flowers in the print as the inspiration for my #the100dayproject embroidery today. Be sure to head over to my Instagram to see more of that challenge as well!
I’d love to know – are you doing the 10×10 challenge?
If so, leave me a link to your Instagram or blog in the comments below so I can check it out and follow along!
I decided at the last minute to jump in on the 10×10 challenge this spring. For the next two weeks, I’ll be narrowing down my spring capsule wardrobe to style 10 pieces into 10 different outfits for 10 days. If you’re interested in learning more about the 10×10 challenge, visit the Style Bee here.
I’m starting off with a tried and true look that hasn’t made it onto the blog just yet. At some point, I went out on a limb and styled my maroon pants with a rose-colored blouse, and it just worked! I love that the combination of a cardigan, top and pants is so simple, but the color blocking makes the outfit anything but boring.
If anything, this outfit shows how you can work with a limited wardrobe without resorting to just plain neutrals. I do love a good neutral, but there’s no way I would have stuck with a capsule wardrobe for as long as I have if I couldn’t find some ways to bring in colors and patterns.
The capsule wardrobe has also totally turned me into an accessory girl. I used to never give accessories much thought, but restricting the number of items I have in my closet at any given time has definitely made me think more about how I accessorize those pieces. Scarves and jewelry can be the icing on the cake or the bow on the package, whichever way you want to look at it.
In particular, I’m loving my Rocksbox subscription for a constant jewelry refresh without worrying about accumulating too many trendy pieces. This Kendra Scott necklace is one of my absolute favorites. It goes with just about everything and the length is perfect for polishing up an untucked blouse and pants combo. If you’re interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself, you can go ahead and use the code hannahmosbornxoxo to get one month for free!
I cannot believe it’s September already. The excitement of a new season along with everybody else gearing up to go back to school made this month’s goal setting so easy. After a crazy, fun-filled summer, I’m ready to get back to my “normal” routine the rest of the year.
My Goal-Setting Process
Over the past few months, I’ve found my goal-setting triple threat in my PowerSheets, Day Designer, and weekly calls with my accountability partner and business bestie. All three help me take big, scary goals and break them down further and further until they become attainable through small steps on a daily basis.
At the beginning of the year, I worked my way through Lara Casey’s goal setting series as well as the introduction pages of my PowerSheets. Once I have all my goals for the year down on paper, I use the monthly planning pages to break down them into monthly, weekly and daily intentions, along with a quarterly refresh and reassessment. I’m a little bit off, so my three-month refresh happened between August and September, which felt perfect to me. Then, Callie and I have weekly check-ins where we share the top three things we’re hoping to make happen that week. These are usually based on my “tending list” for the month but can change because — let’s be real — life happens. From there, I use my Day Designer to plan out where I can fit things in throughout the week and keep track of my daily to-do list.
I’m a major procrastinator, even on things that I love, so this system is really helping me keep my priorities top of mind and working in the right direction.
Right now, I’m content with the idea that I’m making slow but steady progress towards my goals each month. “Progress, not perfection” is absolutely one of my favorite mantras and something I’m constantly reminding myself of.
I’m feeling excited about the month ahead, but not placing too high of expectations on it. While I certainly did not get as much done this summer as I had hoped to, I’m not beating myself up over it. I know this fall will bring a bit more of a routine, not to mention the wonderful feeling of a fresh start that comes with a new season.
Here’s what I’m working towards this month:
Stick to my monthly budget and work towards paying off my car loan. I want to have my car paid off by the end of October, a year from when I bought it, and I’m now in the home stretch!
Host a closet sale on Instagram. I’ve gone through my clothes to pair down to just my capsule wardrobes and eliminate things that no longer fit this stage of my life. However, I’m getting rid of a lot of pieces I truly love and therefore want to make sure they go to a good home!
Publish at least one blog post per week. This was a goal in August that did not happen so I’m trying it again. This month, I’m taking part in the Blog-tember challenge which should ensure I meet (and exceed) this goal.
Participate in at least one Twitter chat each week. This is one part of my weekly routine that fell by the wayside over the summer. I love connecting with other creatives in my favorite Twitter chats — #CreativeCoffeeHour and #CreateLounge — and can’t wait to get back to that.
One new goal I’m adding to my list this month is working my way through all the various educational materials I’ve accumulated. I have stacks of books as well as a few e-books and courses that I’d like to complete before the year is up. Plus, there’s something about the back-to-school season that makes me want to learn new things too.
In addition, I’m working on lots of things are staying behind-the-scenes for now, including new products hitting the shop soon. I’ve been doing lots of dreaming and scheming lately, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!