Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 06

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The other day my sister, boyfriend, and I stopped at a local taproom for kombucha. I’ve come to really enjoy kombucha. It’s sweet tea that’s been fermented, so it’s filled with probiotics good for gut health. It doesn’t taste sweet, actually quite bitter, but it’s usually flavored with fruit so it’s really good.

Alright let’s talk about my capsule wardrobe. None of my outfits in this capsule really scream Spring, but Minnesota doesn’t scream Spring until the end of April. We have time! Weening myself off shopping is harder than I expected. I’m realizing how often I go buy small pieces just for the fun of it. Unfortunately the thrill doesn’t last forever and those clothes are often the first to be sent to the back of the closet.

If you relate to this mindless shopping habit read this article. It’s long but worth the read! Hopefully it will help you steer clear of Target’s sale rack as much as it’s helping me.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 05

Spring Capsule Wardrobe
Spring Capsule Wardrobe
Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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I often read fashion magazines as a kid. I would snatch last month’s Allure from my sister’s bedroom and take it to my closet where I had a make-shift reading nook. It consisted of an embroidered pillow and a tap-it light I convinced my mom to order me off an infomercial.

Whenever I got a magazine I read every single word — advertisements and all — starting with page 1. I studied it. I can’t remember what I was looking for but my preteen self was mesmerized. I contemplated if I was girly, sporty, edgy, or classic. I really thought you had to define your style using those finite options. I guess I didn’t understand that magazines were merely suggestions meant for you to flip and browse.

This got me thinking, what would I call my style now if I put it in a box? I’m really not sure. Defining my personal style is part of the reason why I started a capsule wardrobe. I think having a grasp on your own style helps you detach from trends and wash away the itch to shop. I hope by the end of it I can describe my style, at least in some ways, as intentional.

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35-Piece Spring Capsule Wardrobe

There it is — my Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe! It’s filled with basics and a lot of layering pieces, because you never know what to expect from March-May in Minnesota. I have 2 tank tops, 6 short sleeves, 5 long sleeves, 2 sweaters, 4 cardigans/top layers, 2 dresses, 2 skirts, 5 pairs of pants, 2 flats, 1 pair of heels, 2 sneakers, and 2 booties. Whew!

It’s so helpful to see my clothes together like this. I can already guess which pieces I’m going to wear the most and which I’m going to wear the least (ahem… dresses.) I’m most excited about all the layer combinations I can make. I think that white cardigan (which I didn’t know I would even like at the time of purchase) is going to be my most versatile piece.

My main colors for this capsule are white, blue, and charcoal/black. Blush and cognac are my accent colors. Some shirts seem a little dark for Spring, but that’s why I threw in white jeans.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my spring capsule wardrobe! I’ll be posting about my capsule on Tuesdays and Thursdays sharing outfits as well as what I’m learning through the process.

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Capsule Staples | Vegan Leather Purse

Vegan Leather Purse - Urban Outfitters

I wasn’t sure what vegan leather would be like, but this bag does not feel like cheap peel-at-the-edges pleather. Plus — my favorite part — it’s reversible!

Urban Outfitters Vegan Purse

Urban Outfitters Vegan Purse

My vegan diet is gradually affecting all of my lifestyle choices; which brings me to this purse. I’m doing my best to no longer buy leather. I still have some in my closet from working at Fossil in college, but I’m gradually replacing it with vegan alternatives like this one!

I bought this purse at Urban Outfitters in Chicago a few weeks ago. It’s simple, functional, and affordable. I’m not counting accessories in my capsule wardrobe, but if I was this purse would be great, because everyone likes a 2-for-1.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 04

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This outfit is so care-free that Sunday afternoon felt a little like vacation. It’s also a compilation of my favorite comfort clothes — Patagonia sweater, worn-in jeans, Birkenstocks. Speaking of, are Birkenstocks and socks cool? The jury is still out, but I did leave my house like this.

Having a capsule wardrobe is fun so far. I’m already learning what I like to wear and it’s turning out to be pretty basic. The no shopping thing has been fine other than I’m dying to buy a new rain coat for my Europe trip coming up in two weeks. Stay strong Kimberly. Emergency ponchos are cute, too.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 03

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This outfit is simple — just jeans and a t-shirt. My hat makes it extra cool and slightly hipster. I’m into it.

We had breakfast at my favorite brunch spot in Minneapolis — Modern Times Cafe. They have a bunch of vegan options including a Mexican breakfast burrito that’s so good. Even my non-vegan boyfriend loves it!

Modern Times Cafe

Speaking of my boyfriend, Brock made a vlog of our weekend! You can watch that here.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 02

Capsule Wardrobe Day 02

So far having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t feel much different. My closet is less cluttered which I love, but it still takes me awhile to chose what to wear.

Capsule Wardrobe Outfit

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

Once the weather warms up and I get the itch to buy new spring clothes; that’s when things are going to  get difficult. Until then, I’m still bundled into my routine.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 01

Capsule Wardrobe Day 01 - Cottenwood

I’m not all that passionate about clothes. They feel like something that shouldn’t matter. But if they don’t matter, why do I keep buying more? I often find myself shopping out of boredom without thinking of the larger implications that they can have on my life, wallet, and happiness.

I started a capsule wardrobe as an experiment. It’s a marriage between intentional living and self-discovery.

Capsule Wardrobe Day 01 - Cottenwood

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

My three-month spring capsule includes just 35 items of clothing and no shopping.  I hope to develop my personal style, rather than following trends, and find contentment with fewer items.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my outfits and thoughts as I try out a capsule wardrobe. My hope is to make this more about the journey than the clothes themselves.

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The book that rescued my creativity

Big Magic Book Review

Before reading Big Magic, I was in a creative funk. I wanted to draw and paint, but I didn’t know what to make. So I would troll the internet for inspiration, decide that everyone is already better than me, and then go watch Netflix instead. It was so depressing! But with a tool to compare yourself to everyone around the world (aka the internet), it’s hard not to get discouraged. Here is a drawing that I started oh ya know… THREE YEARS AGO that I have kept unfinished purely for fear of it sucking.

Buddha Statue Drawing

But honestly, reading Big Magic changed my view on the way I approach and finish creative projects.

“We must live our most creative lives as a means of fighting back against the ruthless furnace of this world.”

Elizabeth Gilbert’s approach to creative work is bizarre and amazing, because she believes that inspiration lives independently from one’s self. She believes creative work doesn’t come purely from an individual, but the collaboration of human efforts and an invisible “creative genius” that either shows up to help with the project or doesn’t. I know what you’re thinking. That’s insane. And yes, it kind of is. But it’s also refreshing and liberating! Because if my work sucks, I can blame it partially on my creative genius for not showing up to help me work that day. If you are super not sold on this, watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk on creativity, Your Elusive Creative Genius.

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

This book has inspired me to stay dedicated to my work even when I am not satisfied with it. She also believes in following creativity’s lead. No need to have one burning passion, just the desire to playfully explore any hobbies that sound interesting. Whether it is knitting a scarf, writing poetry, taking a pottery class, anything of even a mild interest – follow it.

“Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” 

After reading Big Magic, I dusted off my sketchbook, played this song on repeat for no particular reason and literally forced myself to finish my ancient Buddha statue drawing. I had to remind myself constantly  that no matter the outcome, done is better than perfect.

Buddha Statue Drawing

To be honest, I could point out a hundred flaws in this drawing. But what the hell! I finished it. I already bought a frame for it and I am going to hang it up above my night stand as a reminder to live my most creative life.

 

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Drink Wine, Make Pretty Bowls

Pottery Class | Cottenwood Minnesota Blogger

In celebration of my mom’s 50th birthday, we daringly signed up for a pottery class on Groupon. Our expectations were kind of low due to a so-so experience at a mosaic class last year. But this pottery class was so much fun. Partially due to the fact that my mom, sister, and I blindly love all art projects but also because we were given a relatively unlimited supply of boxed wine throughout class. The good kind of boxed wine with a house on the package, not the stuff you’d find in a college dorm room uprooted from its’ original box waiting sluggishly in it’s bag form to be chugged and slapped. You all know that kind.

Everyone in class is a beginner potter with skill levels that range from symmetrical cereal bowls to misshapen structures that we write off as jewelry trays and candy dishes. In class, we got to use as much clay as we needed to make three good pieces to take home. So, after we chose our three best pieces (trust me, you get emotionally attached to even your most unshapely and misunderstood creations) we picked out our glaze and left class elated yet disheveled; praying our cups and bowls don’t explode in the kiln. Now, I don’t know the status of my pottery yet, because we can’t pick up our pieces until after they have been glazed and fired in the kiln (aka 6 weeks from class date) but I can tell you that all the clay did wash out of my clothes after just one round in my apartment building’s century old washer. The red wine, not so much.

Pottery Class | Cottenwood Minnesota Blogger

Pottery Class | Cottenwood Minnesota Blogger

I legitimately hope after reading this blog that you sign up for this pottery class. If anything, it’s a flash back to high school art class minus the grades, cliques, and bathroom passes. Plus free wine.

And now I will leave you with this staged photo where I look like I own a pottery studio.

Pottery Class | Cottenwood Minnesota Blogger Hey, I look pretty “at home” in there don’t you think?

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