Wardrobe Wishlist

Quick check-in, I am already loving this capsule wardrobe thing! I feel like I need to refine my wardrobe a bit but I am so glad that I got rid of so many things and I haven’t felt like I am missing anything so far. There are a few things I want to pick up for my Spring Capsule. I am still working to prioritize what to get but I am aiming not to spend more than $100.



Capsule Wardrobe Phase 1: Winter

So, here’s my biggest New Years resolution: I am doing a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is basically a limited wardrobe to encourage minimalism and less spending. So far my favorite example of a capsule wardrobe is on the blog UnFancy–and she explains capsule wardrobes much better than I do.

People chose all different number of items and guidelines for their capsules. Some people do 10 items, some do 33, some do 37 and so and so forth.

Here’s why I am doing this:

  • I shop too much. I really wear mostly my favorite pieces over and over so what is the point of having all the extra? I also recognize that I sometimes use shopping as a coping mechanism when I am sad, lonely, stressed, etc.
  • I want to learn to live more simply. I have a slight addiction to having stuff–not just clothing, stuff in general. There is so much more to this world than material things and I want to learn to use the things I have or get rid of them.
  • I need to save money. The less I shop, the more I will save and learning to do more with less will help me save money/resources in all areas of my life.

Here’s what I’m doing:

  • I haven’t settled on a hard number yet. The maximum wardrobe number I have in my mind is 45 pieces (per season)–I have done a couple rounds of closet purges and I am down to 50, which is pretty impressive. This number will likely fluctuate from season to season and until I get used to living minimally.
  • A season lasts 3 months. Winter is December-February, Spring is March-May, Summer is June- August, and Fall is September-November.
  • I am not including: shoes, jewelry, bags, scarves, other accessories into the count. Nor am I including: pajamas, workout clothes, leggings, camis and other layering items. However the goal is to keep these things to a minimum and in general to not keep things I am not wearing. For example I don’t need to have 25 camis.
  • No shopping during the season except for during the last two weeks when things can be purchased for the next season if necessary.
  • I also want to work on trying to shop ethically and investing in higher quality pieces.

So here’s a visual representation of my Winter 2015 capsule (not using my actual stuff, but things that are similar). So overall I have: 11 bottoms, 33 tops, 6 dresses.

Winter 2015 Dresses
Winter 2015 Sweaters and Shirts
2015 Winter Bottoms
Winter 2015 Coats and Blazers

2015 Goals


New Year’s resolutions are my jam. I feel like most people think they are corny or cliche, but I love them. I find myself to be most focused near the start of the year and creating New Year’s resolutions really helps me channel my motivated energy.

Here’s what I set out to do last year:

1) Stretch the creativity of my outfits. | I definitely did this one, I’m not sure if I shopped less, but I certainly made a ton of different combinations and rarely wore the same things in the same way.

2) Explore religion. | I didn’t do this one, but I need to. I am going to roll it over to the 2015 list.

3) Put more thought into what I put into my body. | I certainly thought about this more, in fact I think about it a lot. It doesn’t always equate into putting it into action, but the more I think about it–the more likely I am to do it!

4) Do more art. | I somewhat accomplished this one, but I am rolling it over to the 2015 list.

5) Read more. | Def did this one, I read 9 books which was kind of a big deal for me. I am gonna try to keep it going this year. 

Here’s what I vow to try to do in 2015:

1) Make blessing bags for the homeless every time I get a paycheck

2) Start working intently on starting an organization

3) Exercise more.

4) Read more.

5) Try to do art in a some way every day

6) Apply for a new job every week until I get a new one

7) Refine and stick with a capsule wardrobe.

8) Spend less, save more!

9) Explore religion


Books on Books on Books

One of my resolutions that I am carrying over from last year is to read more. Last year, I challenged myself to read at least one book a month, I didn’t quite make it but I did pretty well and I certainly read much more than I have in the past several years.

Here’s what I read and how I felt about it:

1) And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini | LOVED this book! I mean seriously such a wonderfully written and engaging read. I almost couldn’t put it down!

2) I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai | Meh, it was okay. I totally love her story and am so proud she won the Nobel Peace Prize but I thought the writing felt a bit forced and it didn’t flow very well.

3) A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer | Also, meh. I mean this guy’s story is amazing and I really wanted to know how his life turned out after reading about his childhood in A Child Called It. But this book felt forced and kind of like a promotional tool.

4) Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat | So excellent! I love Edwidge Danticat’s writing so I knew it wouldn’t disappoint and it surely didn’t!

5) Salvation: Black People and Love by bell hooks | This book may have changed my life, that’s how dynamic it was. I love when books make me shift my thinking in a fundamental way and this book totally delivered!

6) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou | Such a wonderful read, I felt like I really was getting to know Maya in a personal way as I was reading it.

7) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Unexpectedly wonderful! This book was recommended to me by a friend and I had no idea what to expect and it was great. Such a fun story and really easy to get into. I listened to it on tape and the narrator was amazing which made me love it even more!

8) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie |I liked this book but I didn’t love it. Maybe it’s because it was so hyped up before I read it and maybe it’s because the narrator wasn’t the best (again, I listened to this one via audio). I certainly identified with many things in the books but I don’t think it lived up to the hype.

9) Love In My Language by Alex Elle | I read this one on vacation and it was perfect for that. A light yet great read, it’s a book of poems and I felt like many pieces were speaking directly to me. Also, love seeing young Black women doing the damn thang.

I’d say 9/12 is pretty good! I don’t have specific books that I want to read this year ( I have an ongoing list that I keep), but I fell off of the reading train near the end of the year and I am itching to pick it back up so I can keep up this reading trend!

More Art, Less Stuff


Okay so I just found this post in my drafts file from 3 months ago and I reread it and realized it is still true and is very similar to the New Year’s resolutions that I have set for myself this year.

Here’s what the original draft said:

Recently, I have been shopping too much. I love clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. but I have so many and I don’t think I need to keep adding so much stuff to my life. I think I have been buying stuff to make me feel better about several things that are going on in my personal life right now and I want to change my coping mechanism. So, I am challenging myself to make something or at least work on an existing arts/crafts project any time I feel the urge to shop. This will help me use what I have and will give me a healthier and more-budget friendly outlet. Now this does not mean that I am not going to buy anything at all, it just means I want to really slow down. I don’t know how long this will last, but I am interested to see how it goes!

This year I have challenged myself to create art in some big or small way every day and I am documenting my creations on an Instagram account that I created. Now I certainly have not lived up to this goal all the way, but I think about it everyday and it has already encouraged me to get back into art more. Plus I crochet pretty much everyday, but I don’t always photograph it. So I’m working on that and I also just decided this past weekend to cut my closet down to a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is one that has a limited number of pieces that are worn for an entire season (3 months) and things can be switched out and in depending on the weather. There’s more information at this cute lil blog that I have been following called Unfancy. Anyway I am hoping this will help me save money by not shopping so much and will teach me to do more with less. In actuality, I have and have had so many clothes but I really only wear a small number of my favorite things, so what’s the point of all the extra? Mostly it makes me feel bogged down and burdened. So far I have done a very large purge and I feel SO good about it. I am going to write a more detailed post about it soon.

Back At It

I fell off the blogging bandwagon for a little bit because I was putting too much pressure on myself about how I thought the blog should look, what I should be writing about, etc. I have recently been feeling like I need a place to record thoughts, goals, etc. so I am picking it back up again. Maybe it will stick this time!

Mixed Media Necklace

I have tried several versions of this necklace and I think I’ve found the one that I like the best. I love mixing different elements into one cohesive piece. It helps me get rid of those random beads that I can’t figure out how to use but it also makes for a unique piece. The ying yang sign bead is from a piece of jewelry from my childhood, so the memories make it extra special.


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Candy Bracelets

Okay, so clearly these bracelets aren’t made of candy but the colors and the feel of the beads makes me want to eat them. Which also reminds me that I used to love candy jewelry so much, except for when they would get all sticky and weird on my neck/wrist–ahh the good old days.

Anywho, these beads were on the clearance table at the craft store and I just couldn’t resist them. Actually right next to them on the table were some very similar colored pre-made bracelets and I was about to buy them when I realized that I could make two for less than the price of one. So here they are!

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Sparkles, Beads, and Nuts–Oh My!

I’ve mentioned before my need to get rid of all the arts and crafts stuff I have in my possession. Seriously, what’s the point of having all this stuff and not making anything. The best part is that it helps me declutter and it forces me to do something artsy which I’ve been trying to challenge myself to do.

I had previously used these turquoise beads in another necklace but I didn’t like the length or style of it, so I decided to make it shorter and add some elements. I love the way it turned out and I can’t wait to wear it.

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