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.
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.
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.
My guiding word for 2015 was dive, and what a dive the year was. I didn’t just dip my toe into the water – I dove all in. I dove deep into my final terms of college, including a senior thesis and a spring internship doing social media for a marketing agency. I dove deep into the post-grad job search and then even deeper into the resulting job. There was no doubt that dive was the perfect word to guide me through the crazy demands and transitions of 2015.
This year is going to be quite a bit different. I’m here. I’m settled. I don’t foresee any major life changing events taking place this year. My mindset as I head into 2016 is totally different. And yet, I don’t want to lose any of the fire and drive that got me through 2015.
When I think about what life looks like right now, what stands out the most to me are all the different roles I’m filling. I’m a daughter, living at home with my parents post-graduation. I’m a sister to two brothers who are currently in the midst of their senior year of high school and their last season of basketball. I’m a girlfriend, and while 2015 was a year all about me, 2016 is going to be a year all about him as he goes through his own major decision-making and transitioning periods. I’m a digital marketing specialist (now that’s a mouthful!) and, now six months into my job, I can focus on becoming the best that I can be rather than just treading water.
2016 brings with it even more hats to wear. As of January 7, I’ve become the godmother of the most perfect little baby girl and what a joyous role that will be to fill! This year, I want to take back my role of blogger – something that’s been missing from my life for quite some time now. In addition, I hope to add a few new titles to my list: small business owner and creative entrepreneur.
This year’s word is nimble. While the inspiration behind it certainly came from the myriad of roles I’m constantly feeling myself tugged between in my daily life, I’m only beginning to discover what being nimble means to me.
One thing I know for sure is that embracing nimble will allow me to let go of the stress of finding balance. 2015 found me juggling so many roles and constantly feeling frustrated that I couldn’t find the perfect balance of family time, boyfriend time and personal time. I fell short of finding the right split between working, working out and working on the blog. This year, I want to let go of the endless search for the perfect balance and choose to be nimble. I hope to be agile, graceful and adaptable as I embrace the crazy that life is sure to bring this year.