A Week In Outfits | Summer Capsule

July 22, 2016

my week in outfits / 7 days of outfits from my summer capsule wardrobe

I don’t post many outfits around here, and certainly don’t share outfits daily either. Really, I feel like my outfits are fairly repetitive and like after a month or two, it would get pretty boring for y’all to look at. However, I really wanted to share more about how I apply my capsule wardrobe. I don’t think it’s enough to share the individual pieces without putting them together and showing you everything that can be done with a limited closet. So, I thought it would be fun today to share with you guys an entire week of outfits. And, of course, its in video form.

These are the 8 outfits I actually wore last week (I had a wardrobe change Wednesday night.) I didn’t have time to film each day, so I just kept notes about what I wore throughout the week, and even forgot that they were going to be on the blog a few times. So, this is the most authentic style post you’re going to see from me. These are the pieces I matched up bleary-eyed at 6:30am.

Sunday

Black jeans / Stripe Shirt / Denim Jacket / Boots

I spent unday getting lunch & beers with friends, napping on the sofa and generally being lazy. This outfit is one of my go-to uniforms: t-shirt, jeans, denim jacket. I love this stripe shirt from Everlane, because it jazzes up the typical jeans & a t-shirt look.

 

Monday

Button Down Shirt / Black Pants / Oxford Shoes / Cardigan

Maybe the easiest Monday morning outfit ever? Despite that the shirt is a little oversized, it still makes me look like I have my sh*t together. Paired with skinny black pants and laced up shoes, it was a clean and simple look.

 

Tuesday

Floral Blouse / Denim Jacket / Black Pants / Boots

A cardigan and blouse combo always feels just a little too “buttoned-up” for my taste. I like playing down this feminine top with a denim jacket to keep me warm under the office AC. I let the shirt speak for itself and kept everything else pretty minimal.

 

Wednesday

Outfit #1: Sleeveless Top / Cardigan / Grey Pants / Oxford Shoes
Outfit #2: White Tee / Blue Jeans / Nike Shoes

Usually I pair this top with my denim jacket, but I’d worn it the day before. I’ve found that a more structured top looks best with these cropped skinny pants, so I love wearing this top with them. The shoes give me some height and are so comfortable. After work, a bunch of coworkers went to a Portland Timbers game! I hate wearing the same clothes from the office all day, and I wanted to be comfortable for the game. Easiest outfit in the world: loose white t-shirt, skinny jeans and athletic sneakers. Bonus: This outfit was nearly weightless to carry in my bag during the day. No carrying around heavy shoes!

 

Thursday

Green Dress / Clog Sandals

After a week of cooler temperatures it finally warmed up this day, so I reached straight for this dress. I bought this last summer on a whim (when the temperatures were consistently above 90 and I had nothing to wear!), but it’s proven to be a great go-to piece for the office. I finally broke out my new TOMS clog sandals and they are so comfortable! These are definitely my warm day office shoe.

 

Friday

Black Dress / Denim Jacket / Boots

I didn’t end up wearing my jacket much on Thursday, so I broke it out again on Friday. If you guys have a good alternative for a denim jacket, send it my way! I have a problem… This black dress from Loft is something I reach for again and again. Its perfectly modest for the office, perfect for warm days, and can be dressed up or down (I wore it to a wedding last summer!)

 

Saturday

T-Shirt / Jeans / Sandals

Saturday was spent doing blog and video work (mainly filming this video!). In the evening I headed to a friend’s housewarming, BBQ’d with Bryce and checked out a new taproom in our neighborhood. It was all about casual comfort that day.

 

I hope you enjoyed getting a peak into my everyday outfits! Its actually pretty fun to see them all together like this, it makes my wardrobe feel so much more versatile than I think it to be on a regular basis. Should I do more of these types of posts/videos?

DIY Shibori Pillows + Indigo-Dyed Linens

July 20, 2016

A few months back I finally started to plan to do all the little DIY and home projects that had been adding up on my to do list and Pinterest board. Today, I’m bringing you the first home-related project, these DIY Shibori pillows and indigo dyed table linens. The Shibori pillows are the main attraction here, but since I had a cat of indigo dye in my bathroom I thought I’d toss a couple other things in as well.

DIY Indigo-Dyed Shibori Pillows

I’m not going to lie, I’m not totally psyched on how these pillows came out. First, I was hoping for cleaner stripes, of course with this method I should have known they wouldn’t turn out that way. Also, I made them for our living room sofa, but after they were finished and I put them in there, they looked all wrong. Dream, meet reality.

Anyway, I still wanted to share these with you because they’re so easy. Also, I love the way the linens turned out too! I’ll talk about those at the end of the post.

DIY Shibori Pillows With Indigo Dye

What you’ll need:
Indigo Dye Kit
White pillow covers (mine are from Ikea)
5 gallon bucket with lid
Old towels or a drop cloth you don’t mind getting dirty or stained

IKEA pillow case, perfect for DIYIndigo dye kitShibori pattern, for stripesHow to make it:

I just followed the directions included in the dye kit. The kit itself comes with wood blocks and rubber bands to create patterns as well as a guide to multiple types of Shibori-style patterns. Fill your bucket with water, add the dye and other powders, stir and wait according to instructions. I set my bucket up in the bathtub, but be warned: my tub ended up dyed blue and I had to do some real scrubbing to get it out. I suggest doing this outside if you’re able.

When the dye is ready you can start dying your fabric. I had my pillow cases tied up already in the pattern I wanted and just submerged them. You want to be sure not to introduce too much air to the dye. It will look a yellow-green color – the dye turns blue as it oxidizes. For a deeper color, leave them in the dye for 5-10 minutes (this is what I did, but I wish I’d gone for a lighter color). Rinse the excess dye from the fabric, then wash.

What I would have done differently: Like I mentioned before, these didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted. First, I would have done a different pattern. My original idea was to just fold the pillow case in half and dip the ends in, leaving a white stripe in the middle. I also would have dyed the fabric for less time for a softer blue color. My hope was that I’d get the fabric dark like this, but that just didn’t happen and th in-between color just didn’t work with my decor. Ah well, live and learn.

DIY Indigo Shibori Pillows

Now, for the table linens. These were thrift store finds gifted to us by a family member, but they were a soft blue color that wasn’t really my style. This first picture shows approximately the color they were before, though the color was a little brighter in person.

simple cloth napkins

The placemats were a similar color, and just weren’t doing it for me. So, while the indigo dye was prepping, I pulled these out of my drawers and decided to dunk them in and see what happens. They were free, and I figured I couldn’t hurt them. They turned out the most beautiful indigo shade, and now they’ve replaced the place mats we had on our table before! I love the deep blue color, and have found they add the perfect punch of color to an otherwise boring corner of our home.

As you can see below, the pillows have made their way into our dining area, as cushions for our very uncomfortable Ikea folding chairs. I’m not sure what their ultimate fate will be, but for less than $20 I can’t really complain that it didn’t work out exactly. I’m glad I thought to throw some other items into the dye, so the experiment wasn’t a total failure.

DIY Indigo-dyed cloth napkins DIY indigo-dyed pillows, napkins and placemat

Let me know if you try this out! Have you done any other fun home DIY projects lately? Let me know if there’s any I should give a shot! Not that I need to make my list any longer…

Closet Staples: The Denim Jacket

July 18, 2016

Over the next few months I’m going to talk about a few of my closet staples. These are the items in my wardrobe that I go back to again and again, the ones I don’t tire of, and build outfits around. I don’t really believe those articles that claim the “10 essential pieces for every woman’s closet”. I don’t think we all need all of these things in our wardrobe. I know women who would never don a blazer or blue jeans. I think it’s more important to figure out what our own closet staples are. Today, we’re starting out with my number one, most-worn item of the past year: my denim jacket.

I’m a little bit obsessed with my denim jacket. It’s soft and comfortable and goes with just about everything in my closet. There’s definitely multiple days per week when I realize that I’ve already worn it the day before, and wonder if anyone will notice that I’ve repeated it. This particular one I picked up at H&M last summer, before I became interested in ethical shopping. If I were to do it over again, I’d scour the thrift stores for a used one.

 

the denim jacket, a closet staple

denim jacket and a white t-shirt, a classic combination

One of my favorite ways to wear a denim jacket is over a tee shirt with black jeans. It’s so easy and classic. Here I’ve paired it with an Everlane t-shirt, thrifted Madewell jeans and my new Toms sandals/clogs, which elevate the look just a bit. I’m equally comfortable swapping out the shoes for sneakers and tossing on a baseball cap to hide dirty hair.

an essential piece in any woman's closet is a denim jacket - it pairs well with just about anything!

The way I wear it most during the week is over dresses. I have a couple of sleeveless dresses I like to wear to work, but sometimes the air conditioning is a bit chilly. It’s the perfect structured, but not too fussy, piece to toss on over a dress instead of a cardigan. Cardigans over dresses sometimes feel a little too stuffy for me.

I’m tempted to add another to my wardrobe (less cropped, more relaxed) but it seems a bit excessive to me at this point to have multiple. I did add a denim vest to my summer capsule, and have loved wearing that when it’s a bit warmer out, but my outfit is in need of that extra piece.

denim jacket, everlane t-shirt and madewell jeans

So, long live the denim jacket. Toss it on over anything and you’re ready to go. I feel like American Girl should be playing in the background anytime I throw this puppy on.

What’s your ride-or-die, go-to clothing item? Let me know in the comments! Am I the only denim jacket obsessive?

my number one closet staple is a denim jacket, what's yours?

Natural Summer Beauty Essentials

July 13, 2016

Weather in the Pacific Northwest has been pretty typical lately: some sun, some rain, relatively warm, but nothing worthy of the praise hands emoji. We were certainly spoiled last summer with those endless 90 degree days (though, most Portlanders will complain about temps that high. I love them and want them back.) Either way, summer calls for a mixed up beauty routine. In my eyes summer beauty is about all about looking bronzed, glowy, and fresh. Nothing too done up, nothing that’s going to melt off your face. Just a few quick products to protect from the sun and feel put together. Today, I thought I’d round up a few (mostly) natural beauty products that I think fit the bill for summer perfectly. A few of the products I’ve used myself and others have been sitting pretty on my wish list. What are your favorite summer beauty products?

 

Natural Summer Beauty Essentials

Stowaway Cheek & Lip Rouge | A two-in-one product is always a winner in my book. Stowaway products all comply with the EU’s product guidelines which are much stricter the the US, and are also smaller so you can actually use the product before it goes bad! Cream products are perfect for summertime, to keep looking fresh and not too powdery. This looks like the perfect product for adding just a touch of color.

All Good Lips SPF15 Lip Balm | Lip balm with SPF is a must-have. My lips are always the first thing to get burned, but a lot of SPF balms don’t feel good on the lips. This one is moisturizing and protects – plus, it smells like lavender!

Ilia Radiant Transluscent Powder in Moondance | This product is a light finishing powder with SPF 20 and a bit of luminosity to it to keep your skin glowing. The perfect thing to throw on with or without foundation for a layer of protection and finishing your look. (currently sold out)

S.W. Basics Toner | I’ve never been a toner devotee, but I definitely reach for it in the summer. Toners are really helpful for oilier skin, and my skin definitely feels oilier and dirtier in the summertime. To prevent breakouts, I swipe on a homemade toner morning and night, and it honestly just feels so good when its warm out. If I ever got too lazy to make my own, I’d pick up this one from S.W. Basics in a pinch.

Herbivore Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray | Sea salt hair mists tend to smell funky, right? Or they feel heavy or dirty or sticky. Not this one. I’ve been using this one (in the lavender scent, of course) for a while now and love the way it feels and gives my super-smooth hair that extra bit of texture. Plus, it smells great.

W3LL People Bio Bronzer Powder | For me, bronzer is one of those non-negotiable makeup items year-round, but with summer beauty you can get away with a bit extra. This all-natural option from W3LL People is on my short list after I’ve used up the one in my Pacifica palette.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid | I started using this last summer and I love it. The price seems a little steep at first for a bottle of facial sunscreen, but my bottle has lasted me an entire year (and yes, I wear it in the winter too). A little bit goes a long way, and it wears really well under makeup.

W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick | It’s truly the era of highlighter in the makeup world right now and it’s perfect for that glowy summer beauty look. I was unsure about it, but now have fallen totally in love. This stick formula looks so easy for summer with the prettiest pale champagne color.

 

 

DIY Room Spray (With Essential Oils)

July 11, 2016

DIY room spray and pillow spray

I’m so excited to share this super simple DIY with y’all today! When I started becoming aware of the toxic home and cosmetic products everywhere, one of the first things I thought of was air freshener. I think it’s pretty obvious that your standard aerosol air freshener is chalk-full of chemicals, and the thought of breathing that in frankly grosses me out. Not to mention, the scent of most of those sprays is pretty terrible. I’ve been trying to come up with a healthy solution for stinky restrooms for a while now. My usual go to is a homemade candle, but finding myself recently with only Christmas-scented candles in our home, I decided it was high time to try out a DIY room spray.

This spray is made up of three ingredients, which you already have or can easily grab at the grocery store: water, vodka and essential oils. Super simple, and totally customized to your particular scent preferences. In poking around at recipes, I found that the formula for these room sprays was the same as many DIY pillow and linen sprays, so I made one of those too!

I have a very small collection of essential oils right now, so my scent combinations were just based off what I had, and some guessing. For my room spray I combined lavender + rosemary + grapefruit essential oils. The pillow spray is lavender + orange. Both of them smell so good, and I feel good knowing that what we’re inhaling in our home is pure and safe.

DIY Room and Linen Spray

DIY Room Spray

Ingredients: distilled water, vodka, essentials oils of your choice

Supplies: spray bottle (I have these), funnel or measuring cup to pour into bottle.

How to make it: Fill your spray bottle about a 1/3 with vodka. Pour into measuring cup and add about 20 drops of essential oil (mine was for a 2 oz spray bottle). Pour mixture into the bottle and fill with distilled water.

 

A few extra notes…

You’ll need to shake the bottle a bit before spraying to distribute the oils (the whole oil and water don’t mix deal)!

I loved this post from Designlovefest. Scroll down in that post for a great list of scent combinations.

Be sure you do a little research on essential oils. They do need to be diluted and handled with care. Some are not safe for pets or kids to come in direct contact with (lavender is toxic to cats, for instance, so I’m careful with how I use it in our house).

 

Let me know if you made one yourself! Our pillows and bathroom are smelling lovelier already.

DIY Room and Pillow Spray