Spring Capsule Recap

My Original Color Palette:

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Metallic Accent: Rose Gold

My Updated Color Palette:

 

 

My spring capsule wardrobe:

Total Items at beginning of Season- 50 (excluding accessories and shoes)

Detox Goal: 35-40 items [Strikethrough indicates purged item, parentheses explain where it went if not sold/donated]

1 medium wash Jean jacket (moved to fall)

1 faux beige suede jacket

1 heather grey Sweatshirt

1 Blazers (beige/lavender)

2 sweaters (beige cardigan/white kimono /light grey flutter sleeve)

2 pullover sweaters (grey knit/grey cashmere/light pink/white /white and grey striped 3/4 sleeve)

2 Blouses (white 3/4 sleeve/white oxford/ black and white checked oxford 3/4 sleeve (moved to winter)/beige 3/4 sleeve/ white short sleeve)

1 collared tanks (white/beige )

0 knit tops (grey long sleeve/ grey long sleeve/ white short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ light coral and grey short sleeve)

1 tanks (pale pink/grey)

2 denim pants (light grey/white)

1 denim capri (light wash (moved to fall)/light yellow)

4 shorts (tan/white/light blue/cream and grey)

3 skirts (white/beige/pastel floral/ light blue/camel)

4 sleeveless dresses (beige with grey embroidery/cream with embroidery/light pink/light blue shell print/grey& mint)

1 short sleeve casual dress (light blue)

1 maxi dress (light blue)

1 business dress (beige)

1 3/4 sleeve dress (denim) (moved to fall )

=27

+ 2 ADDITIONS FROM OTHER SEASONS 

1 Cream Embroidered Crop Top Blouse (moved from summer)

1 business dress cream/pink (moved from summer)

=29

+ NEW ADDITIONS LISTED BELOW (10)

TOTAL= 39 (DETOX GOAL ACHIEVED)

 

Accessories: Originally 23, Now 19  (including new additions)

0 belts (cream waist (paired with specific dress)/white waist (paired with specific dress/grey waist (paired with specific dress)/brown hip (moved to fall))

3 scarves (white/beige/white infinity with pastel/grey with pastels) + grey and white (moved from Winter)

5 bags (cream tote (moved to summer)/ light brown tote/straw tote(moved to summer)/ light blue handbag (sent to my mom in Florida)/light brown cross body) + mini cream/brown corssbody, brown/grey satchel,  brown bucket, cream/brown handbag (moved from Summer/Winter)

Boots (tan) 

White Converse (Moved to summer)

Grey penny loafers

Camel/black short block heels (spring/summer)

Arizona Birkenstocks (Moved to summer)

1 pairs of Sandals (pink/white block heel/light brown (moved to summer)/white (moved to summer))

Nude Pumps

Light Brown Strappy Heels (Spring/Summer)

 

New Additions:

Canvas and Jute Tote Bag (For both Spring and Summer)

Light Blue Rain Boots

Mint Sneakers

Light Pink Sneakers

Light Pink Ballet Flats

Light Brown Lace-up Bootie Block Heels

Light Blue Bell Sleeve Blouse

Grey Short Sleeve Knit

Grey 3/4 Sleeve Knit

White Longsleeve Knit Pullover Sweater

Light Wash Chambray Long Sleeve

Pink Cold Shoulder Top

Rose Pink Tank

White Jean Jacket

Light Wash Chambray Sleeveless Dress

High-waisted Light Wash Straight  Jeans

Light Grey Ball Cap

Light Pink Skinny Belt

Light Brown Skinny Belt

 

 

 

 

 

Bullet Journal Reveal

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{I only have one bullet journal, but I have many notebooks that help me keep organized.}

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I ditched my traditional planner (sorry Erin Condren!) and am using a bullet journal this season. Based on how well this works for myself and my lifestyle will determine whether or not I will continue the system in 2018. In order to be fair I will not decide until after December 2017 allowing myself a full two seasons to judge about whether or not this is right for me.

Things that I have already found to be highly cathartic about the process include: having thoughtful writings and doodles in one location, increased accountability (something I have been failing at since Spring 2015), and the ability to measure accomplishments no matter how big or small. I am excited to share a video of my summer bullet journal after it is completed, as well as changes the new journal for Fall 2017 will have. The bullet journal I am revealing below will be for Summer 2017 and will include June, July and August.

My biggest inspiration for the design of this bullet journal was due to @xkay_o. Most other trackers and pages are directly inspired/mimicked from other amazing Bujo authors from Instagram and Pinterest.

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{Month Overview: I can fill in with big ticket reminders.}

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{Weekly Overview: The left gives an overview of the week and the right if for ongoing goals and tasks. I included the days leading up to the beginning of the month and any remainder days toward the end.}

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{A-Page-A-Day: I can keep track of daily tasks here as well as detailed plans for the day. The top circle is similar to a chronodex. A chronodex is a time management tool that helps me track what I do at certain hours of the day from 9am till 9pm.}

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{Reflections: At the end of the month I can look back at what I did or did not accomplish and reflect on why. This gives me to opportunity to contemplate myself and make changes for the better.}

Additional Pages I want to add:

Index/Legend/ Title Page/ Three Month Overview/ Trackers/Summer Goals (Personal, Blog, Film)/ Gratitude Entries/Future Log

 

Trackers that I am considering adding to the back pages:

Financial Tracker

Habit Tracker

Mood Tracker

Media Tracker (TV, film, music, quotes, etc.)

 

Question for my readers: What are times that you knew you needed a change and decided to dive in?

 

 

 

 

 

Office Moving

When moving, it seems like the first thing people are willing to part with is their desk. And why not? Unless you work at home full-time it seems like it is easily replaceable or unnecessary. That being said the first place you notice all of the mess is the moment your desk is out of sorts. If you plan to let go and then replenish your office space, here are some reminders for when you redesign.

  1. Get a desk that works for you and is cheap. This probably means Ikea. Get drawers if you need the space or use desktop organizers. Do not spend more on something that is pretty unless you know it will be the only desk you will have for the next five to ten years.

    {I have the desk on the left which is a tad small, so I am upgrading to the one on the right. }

  2. Do not forget about your filing needs. Everyone has something that needs to be filed whether it be taxes, important documents, or photographs from yesteryear. Invest in a filing cabinet or filing box.

    {Left: Galant Drawer unit with wheels, Right: Tote Box}

  3. Buy only what will enhance your workflow and not inhibit it. In undergrad I always bought the cutest accessories for my desk whether or not they we ever used. By the time I graduated I had an empty cork board, a dachshund letter organizer and a gorgeous lamp that took up most of my desk space but all were utterly useless. A workspace is about what you can accomplish there, not about how cute the desk looks while you do it. That being said don’t make it so barren that you are not comfortable in your space.

    {Left: My useless Dachshund letter organizer, Right: A lamp I would use daily}

  4. Buy a comfortable chair. Define comfort as sit in it ‘all day’ and not ’10 minutes’. Be aware that if this chair is in your bedroom make sure it doesn’t take up too much space and that it matches your decor. You might want to invest in wheels vs. a stand alone chair. It is worth spending more on your chair that your desk. Your back will thank you. Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.57.06 AM { I love the sleek look of ribbed office chairs.}

Design & Moving Prep

At the end of Summer 2017, P and I know we will be downsizing to a smaller apartment. Though our current location is great, due to unreliable roommates the size and cost of this apartment is too much for us alone. We are also willing to pay a lot less especially if our landlord is going to be as attentive as our current ones. Despite no longer being a couple, P and I are still business partners and still plan to keep the cats together at the new place. We will be moving into a four bedroom apartment with two classmates from school. This will be the first time in three years I will have my own room, so I am excited to design it to fit my own needs. Though I do not have the exact dimensions of my room yet I do know it is around the size of my current bedroom and a perfect square.

Here are some of my design ideas.

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Concerning the common space, I am waiting to talk to all four before rearranging anything all four of us will share.

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{My registry with The Container Store focuses on storage}

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{My registry for Ikea is very furniture based}

Let It Go: Moving

If you do not own a home assume you will be renting and moving until you do, so do not spend a ton on furniture. You furniture will get banged up, break, or you won’t want to pay for the extra weight during the move.

  1. If it is easy to part with then do that. Let Go is a great app that allows you to sell unwanted items, and there is always craigslist. Here’s my Let Go InventoryScreen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.06.21 AM
  2. Make a registry with Ikea and the Container Store and add all your want items for your new home there (but don’t share them just yet). After you move in and start getting settled, see if you really need all those items you wanted. Do you prefer the more open space? Did you find something else you needed more? After 10 days of the official move-in date reassess your registry and then share with family and friends (they have the option to have it sent straight to you or can bring it to your housewarming party).
  3. Try to only keep what is absolutely necessary to your lifestyle. When I first moved to New York I wanted to keep everything I had acquired through vintage shopping over the years, but by the first Spring I was already donating trash bags full of “worthless” and “space hogging” items. Keep what brings you joy and what you use often. Everything else can go.
  4. Access the cost of moving against buying new, especially if you are moving across the country. Looking back Philip and I should have sold everything and bought fresh up here in New York. Instead we spent about $4k to get a Pod sent up here with all our furniture, and then $1k more to travel up here with our cats. In reality, we could have spent $1k on new items and not had to hire movers to help bring stuff up the stairs. But now that we are in NY, it will cost us $300 for movers to take all our items across town and do everything for us.

Keep calm, Its just a carry on

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{ I use my father’s luggage tag for identification on my carry on}

Even though my Spring Break will not consist of visiting family, partying with friends, or having out at the beach here is what I usually pack in my carry on when I am traveling. I usually try to keep my entire trip inside just my carry on and personal bag, so it does take forethought in regards to what I will bring and what I will leave behind and how it will all fit.

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{I use a little black cloth bag for my unmentionables, and a larger orange bag for any shoes I bring. }

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{I use the bag on the left for my make-up brushes and other face tools. I use the Lilly Pulitzer make-up bag to store all my non-liquid make-up.}

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{I use this bag to store all my hair accessories and jewelry I bring on my trip. }

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{The clear bag on the left is for my contacts  and tooth care items. The bag on the right  is for my face care and hair care needs.}

 

I use the rolling method for all the clothes that I bring with me. One of the best depictions of this I have found is here.

 

 

 

Into the City: Moving Tips

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{Here I am Summer 2016 at my wits end with our move to NYC}

  1. Unless it is a family heirloom, leave your furniture behind (feel free to sell it to help fund your move!). It is cheaper to buy new items from ikea and then replace them later with something you love instead of paying thousands to ship what you already have. Starting fresh is always a glorious feeling.
  2. Save your money! Where P and I live we had to make 80 times the rent each year to rent our apartment directly from the company. We also had to prove this with bank records. If you don’t make that much you need to have a guarantor who does. If you don’t have that, you either need to  1) pay rent upfront or 2) offer a huge security deposit. If these aren’t options, then you will be forced to sublease.
  3. It is worth paying more to live closer to work and school. Unless you have a car or use lift/uber, a 15 minute walk in the summer will quickly turn into an 1 hour long walk in bad weather (rain,snow, etc).
  4. When you do buy new items don’t buy for the place you want, buy assuming you will have to downsize later. P and I bought some brand new items from Ikea and had them shipped to use the day after we moved in. It was a snap getting them all in the new place but then we realized that the dimensions were not quite right and we purchased too many too large items. We should have bought what we needed only after we arrived.
  5. Hire a moving company to unload your items, your back will thank you. Also overestimate the amount of items you have and time it will take to unload it all. You don’t want to have to pay extra for misrepresenting what you have on accident.

Moleskine Hacks

After working at Moleskine for awhile I realized very quickly that not all the products are single use only. Here are some of my favorite ‘hacks’ that I have discovered while working at Moleskine. Enjoy!

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Use the Colour-a-Month Planner to keep track of your fitness routine, workouts, and calorie intake.

 

 

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Use the pocket portfolio to hold business cards.

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Buy four recipe journals and organize your recipes by season so you can always go fresh.

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Use the hard pen case as an eyeglass case.

 

Buy a pocket Cahier and slip it into the Passport Wallet so you can take notes on the go.

 

 

Winter Storm Stella & Spring Cleaning

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{Some Stella Artois to celebrate the snow day}

Stella was a bit of a disappointment since it did not reach two feet of snow within New York City, but everything was still pretty much cancelled. Schools closed, above-ground train tracks were closed, and only mean bosses made their employees take taxis to work.

I stayed inside and ironically began spring cleaning (what else have I been doing the past two months?). I went through my winter capsule closet and purged items that I did not get much use  out of: some black tank tops, many cardigans, and duplicates of black blazers. Then I stored it all. Unfortunately at the moment my storage system consists of black trash bags piled in the corner, but this summer I am planning to buy some storage containers from the Container Store (divided between these or these) to help me with my off-season storage options. But the good news is that my entire winter collection, sans shoes, fits into a single black medium sized trash bag. Score! Now to make the other seasons match that amount!

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I realize that Spring does not officially begin until this upcoming Monday, but I just couldn’t wait to dive into my spring collection. I am still keeping out all my black for work, but I will only be wearing white, light grey, camel, and pastels in the months to come.

At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

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  1. Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix- Not the best show. It feels like a high-schooler wrote the dialogue (all the characters have the same personality and always agree with each other). The premise is fun though. Great show to have on in the background when you are working on homework or getting ready in the morning.bojack-characters_large
  2. Bojack Horseman, Netflix- I have no idea how I have missed that this show existed. This is great and I constantly question myself about what I am laughing over. Not appropriate for the younger years.                     Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.35.24 PMScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.36.35 PM.png
  3. Strand Books and Book Off USA– I mentioned last month that I was downsizing on my book collection, but I didn’t mention where all  the books were going. All of my hardcovers and mint condition soft covers were bought by Strand, a book store that boasts about having 18 miles of shelves of books for sale. They always have events going on upstairs that are perfect for ‘nerds’. All of my softcovers that were in less than mint condition (my lovely marginalia notes, highlights, and bookplates) went to BookOff USA.
  4. Laundry Pick-Up- This was the lifesaver for us this month. Both P and I were working so much that we didn’t have a spare second to head down the street to the laundromat. Instead we opted for a 48 hour turnaround pick-up laundry service. It was really convenient since we were both down to our last of everything. Great for emergencies, but we really cannot afford this all the time.f152265b68f8d90dcf2879e96bb62879
  5. Agatha Christie’s, Cards on the Table- In Murder on the Orient Express Poirot mentioned what he thought was the ‘ideal’ murder challenge to him, and in Cards on the Table Christie delivers that challenge to Poirot. Christie makes it even harder for Poirot- all the suspects have murdered prior to the murder they are suspected of now. Unlike most other mysteries where you can sometimes guess if you pay enough attention, this mystery left me in the dust the entire time.