Frocks & Socks – The Fall/Winter edit

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It’s been a while since I did a capsule wardrobe update, but I’m still loving this concept! I created a ‘Fall’ wardrobe, forgot to photo it and then Winter arrived, and many of the same pieces stayed put, with a few swaps for warmer layers. I find it interesting to see that I’m very much led by colour each season, whereas my summer edit was full of blues and stripes, the Fall/Winter one has many more autumnal colours.

What have I learnt so far… mostly that you need far less clothes than you think you do. Having less makes sure the items I do have I really like, they fit well and wearing them to death is a pleasure. You would think you would get bored of having the same few things to wear, but it makes finding things so much easier.

This time around I didn’t have as many bottoms – mostly because other than jeans, leggings and a few skirts why would you want to wear anything other than leggings when it’s cold?! I also didn’t really bother too much with shoes. What’s the point. I had a lovely knee high pair of boots I wore before the snow arrived. Then the snow came. So my show requirement it mostly do these boots work in the snow, are they warm, are they comfy and how waterproof are they. Then it’s big boots for snow days, warm boots for dryer days, and brown ankle boots for when its warm, dry and there isn’t much snow on the ground. I could include some more pairs, but I wont wear them so I didn’t.

Of course Winter makes me want to live in knitted jumpers, cosy socks and all the scarves. Now there are the smallest signs of spring I’m looking forward to thinking about my spring capsule. But here is my Fall/Winter edit.

Tops: Tshirts x 4, Vest x 2, Long sleeve top x 3, Shirt x 3, Jumper x 5, Cardi x 4, dress x 5, Bottoms x 4, skirts x 2, shoes x 3 = 35

Strawberry T, Gap: Blue T, New Look: Green T, Old Navy

Grey T, Gap: Black vest, Old Navy: White vest, H&M

Long sleeve stripe, New Look: White long, Old Navy : Dotty long, Dorothy Perkins

Green plaid shirt, Old Navy: Grey plaid shirt, clothes swap: Dotty shirt, Old Navy

Maroon knit, Thrifted: Striped knit, Gap: Navy wool, Gap

Striped Knit, Gap: Blue Knit, Old Navy: Blue cardi, New Look

Peach cardi, New Look: Navy cardi, Next: Grey Knit cardi, Fat Face

Blue dress, Thrifted: Navy lace, Apricot: Black dress, Old Nacy

Orange cat dress, Thrifted: Stripe Knit dress, Gap

Grey wool, Old Navy: Black leggings, Zara: Grey leggings, Gap

Jeans, Gap: Floral maxi skirt, New Look: Bird skirt, Thrifted

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Snow boots, Bearpaws: Snuggly boots, UGG: Brown ankle boots, Thrifted

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The good bits #12

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So far August is hurtling past, and amid the long hot and sunny days we have been exploring our new home.The kitties have settled well and are enjoying having more windows, and importantly large window sills to sprawl along. They seem to approve and already have several favourite spots.

First impressions of this city are that is is vibrant, so green, and has lots to do, especially outdoor activities. the weather has been glorious, for once I feel like I’ve had a proper summer, its consistently 30+ degrees, with a few instances nearer 40 – which has been a little too warm for my delicate rose skin. Aside from avoiding the mid afternoon, I have however been enjoying living in shorts and flip flops, and making the most of the local outdoor pool, ice cream and abundance of vitamin D. I created a summer wardrobe, although if I’m honest I’m really looking forward to ‘fall’ which is my favourite time of year. I cant wait to be cold enough to wrap up warm again!

Kiwi and I have begun exploring our new state, with a few trips south and west. Visiting one of the islands on the great salt lake, eating our body weight in ice cream shakes (almost) and hiking to some darling hot pools.

We also had a fantastic time in the UK, and reminisced about home (well for me anyway) complete with bbq’s, Pimms, camping and enjoying a few days around our old stomping ground. It’s hard to believe I landed in the US a whole year ago – it’sĀ  a bit longer for Kiwi. In some ways it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone that long, but I guess we have crammed a lot into the last year.

As we approach Labour day – this is effectively like August bank holiday weekend, it’s officially the end of the summer but as Americans get less holidays its even bigger! we will be exploring more of the national parks whilst the weather is still good. We are looking into ski season passes for the approaching season and finding some local treasures.

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Frocks n socks – The spring edit

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So I thought after streamlining my entire life and wardrobe I’d take on a bit of a challenge and embrace an edited wardrobe for spring I recently read a blog from un-fancy about her approach and loved the idea of it. She changes her wardrobe edits for each season, and for three month wears outfit’s from the edited 37 pieces. Why 37 – well go have a read and find out. I’m intrigued by this concept as my wardrobe doesn’t often co-ordinate. I tend to buy things because I really like them, but lately having edited all my clothes down into one suitcase I’ve become more mindful of the way I shop. Continue reading