(image of Megan’s lovely calligraphy by me)
Hi friends! How was everyone’s Labor Day Weekend? I spent Saturday shooting an engagement session in Hanging Rock State Park and Sunday second shooting a wedding in Asheville. Lots of driving but so worth it. I also did a little of shopping, including a new sweater for our trip to Ireland. Because apparently it is pretty cold there. I am actually kind of excited about it being cooler (I plan on partaking in lots of hot chocolate). In other news, here are some things that I have been loving lately.
Tinted Chapstick: I bought this tinted Burt’s Bees on a whim a couple of months ago and I wear it every single day. It is the perfect amount of color and so easy to slip on if you don’t have time to put on lipstick.
The Lively Show: I’ve known about Jess for a long time but I just recently started listening to her podcast. She has some of the most incredible and inspiring women on her show. I listened to this episode last week about optimizing your hormones and life by what you eat and I was so interested that I actually bought the book. I’ll keep you guys updated if I make any dramatic changes, but for now it is just food for thought.
Unroll Me: Have I mentioned this before? It is an email service that will go through your inbox and automatically unsubscribe to any subscriptions you don’t want. Any remaining subscriptions will get rolled into one email. I have seen such a HUGE difference in my inbox, which is still pretty much a disaster.
Comfy flats: My new favorites. I’ve worn them almost every work day since I bought them a couple of weeks ago. Highly recommended.
The other day I stumbled across the blog Un-Fancy which is about an adorable girl named Caroline and how she decided to revolutionize the way she dressed. I became a little bit obsessed. I’m not normally into fashion blogs – I actually find them terribly boring – but I’m pretty fascinated with the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Basically, Caroline will pick a certain number of vital pieces for each season (her number is 37 but I don’t think that is set in stone), and she limits herself to just wearing those pieces for the season. Obviously you would pick items that are super wearable and that can be mixed and matched into a bunch of different outfits. I like this idea because instead of having a bunch of random poorly fitting Target clothes, I would maybe instead focus on nicer pieces that would last for a long time.
If we are all being serious with each other, I think it’s safe to say that I probably wouldn’t implement the capsule wardrobe entirely. But, I’ve decided to incorporate this idea into all of my fall/winter purchases this year. In order for me to buy them, I want them to be neutral or able to mix and match with lots of pieces, made well, and fit well. Here are the pieces I have my eye on.
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I decided to get rid of everything laying around my closet I haven’t worn in the past couple of years and I’m going to try to be more thoughtful about my purchases. The proof is below in a crappy iphone picture (and yes, I realize there are some cute shoes in there. They don’t fit and I need to stop trying to shove my feet into them because it doesn’t do any good for anyone). What about you guys? Would you consider trying out a capsule wardrobe?
This weekend was filled with a graduation party for our dear cousin Billy, lots of house work including power washing the deck with the help of my eternally awesome parents, and photographing a Leukemia Gala, which was such an amazing experience. When I was getting dressed for the party on Friday night, I kept noticing that a lot of my dresses were too tight mainly due to the fact that most of them had been purchased over three years ago during my days of being engaged and pretty much not eating things. Obviously I have gained about 10 pounds (if we’re being nice) since then so my summer sundress wardrobe could use a little sprucing. These are some of my favorites right now – and by the way – Anthro is killing it in the dress department.
One – I don’t normally do swing dresses but this one seems so sweet and pretty.
Two – I can’t take my eyes off this dress. I saw it in stores and it is every bit as gorgeous in person. This is made by a partnership between Rifle Paper Co (love) and Lauren Conrad’s company. Who knew that girl was gonna be so successful after that Laguna Beach business. Good for her.
Three – The neck on this is so good right? I’m obsessed.
Four – I just purchased this online because it was like $20 and it seemed like I could get a lot of use out of it. I’ll give you guys an update once I get it.