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mid-week round-up

Hello there! How’s your week so far? Chet and I finished watching season 7 of Shameless, and are happily making preparations for a mini-vacay to Delray Beach. Also, I got my oil changed this week. Is it weird how much I love drive-thru car maintenance? (It’s just so convenient to stay in your car!) Hope the rest of your week is as awesome as you, and here are a few links for your Wednesday enjoyment…

Mini home makeovers that won’t break the bank.

Related: Brighten your living space with these style accents.

This book of essays sounds hilarious.

20 dinners you can meal prep on Sundays.

The one thing that even CHEAP vodka is good for.

Fashion, faith, and the feminization of Catholic Ireland.
“The material culture of girls’ lives — particularly what they wore, and what that meant — can reveal much about their surprising agency in the patriarchal past. First Communion dresses, past and present, reflect status, wealth, and a commitment to faith, but they also tell us much more. They remind us not to dismiss as ridiculous or frivolous the material lives of girls and women.”

The sleazy and spectacular history of malt liquor.

I’ve been wanting to get more creative with essential oils. These blends seem like a good place to start!

Have you had Big Easy Bucha? I’m obsessed.

Guy reports co-worker to HR because her period made him “uncomfortable.”

Pet brothers from other mothers!!

Microsoft Paint, used throughout childhoods since the 1980’s, has been marked for death.

A warning, a crusade, and a public reckoning at the University of Florida.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Pokemon Hunting  and My Dream Living Room in 10 Easy Steps

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Outfit Inspo: Camp Counselor Vibes

Camp Counselor Vibes
It’s officially Summer! (And down here in SoFla we’ve got the head index to prove it. Shoo!) I thought it might be fun to get a little inspiration from a quintessential Summer activity…SUMMER CAMP! Like cabins in the woods, arts & crafts, kickball tournament…you get the idea. (Think: Wet Hot American Summer.)
Here’s what you’ll need to serve serious camp counselor vibes this Summer —
Pair a brightly colored tee with high-waisted denim shorts. (Give your shorts some added flair with iron-on patches!) Sandals aren’t always conducive for maximum play so grab a pair of classic sneakers. For accessories, you can’t go wrong with aviators, an armful of friendship bracelets, and whimsical rings. (That heart-eye emoji ring! I die.) Slick headphones provide your personal soundtrack and an oversized pouch is perfect for stowing daily essentials. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and to pack snacks! Throw a colorful water bottle and adorable bento box in your backpack and you’re good to go. Oh, and you’ll definitely need a journal to record your thoughts every day. (Or a “gournal” as Andy would say.)
What do you think? Would you rock the camp counselor look?
P.S. More outfit posts — Weekend Uniforms and Choosing a Style Barometer.

7 YouTube Channels to Check Out For Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration

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Thinking of starting a capsule wardrobe? Might be a fun weekend activity if you’re in the spring-cleaning mood or have recently been bit by the minimalism bug. These YouTube channels have videos which may provide some inspiration…

1. My Green Closet – Capsule Wardrobes | Project 333 playlist

2. Mademoiselle – The Minimal Wardrobe playlist

3. The Anna Edit – Style/Capsule Wardrobe playlist

4. Light by Coco – Capsule Wardrobe playlist

5. Miss Louie – Lookbooks playlist

6. Jenn Rogers – My Capsule Collection playlist

7. Bookish & Belle – Fashion & Style playlist

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Thinking of starting one? Where do you find minimalist fashion inspiration? I’d love to know!!

P.S. My 50 Piece All-Season Capsule Wardrobe.

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What are you up to this week? I’ve been super engrossed in the podcast Up and Vanished. Have you listened to it? Gotta love a program that makes you excited to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen after dinner each night. Great reason to pop in the headphones! Chet has even started listening on his commute and during evening exercise. (I wish he’d catch up to where I am! I hate having to be mindful of spoilers!!) Hope you have a magnificent day, and here are a few things I think you’ll love…

Such a pretty dress for a Spring-time occasion.

Related: 50 piece all-season capsule wardrobe.

10 fascinating death facts from the Victorian era.
“When a person initially died, so began the mourning process. Curtains were immediately drawn, clocks were stopped at the time of death and mirrors were covered because of the superstition that the spirit of the deceased could become trapped in the reflective glass.”

The secret plan for the days after Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Alison Wright on how her “Americans” character became a hit.

Would you try a bubbling clay mask?

The reality show no one was watching.

How one performance-enhancing sandwich has spread through the NBA.

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information as an adult.

The newest Sesame Street muppet has autism.

Related: A boy and his phone.

A playful stamp set for hand-made cards.

Super relatable.

Do or Don’t: First looks.

Weekend Uniforms: Dressy, Casual, and In the Middle

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I’m all about easy-livin’ on weekends. Laying on the couch with a novel, lots of coffee, movie marathons with my love. If I didn’t have to get dressed at all on weekends I’d probably be really into that.
But occasions do arise in which one must leave the comfort of their comforter and their crime documentaries. Birthday parties, brunch dates, TRADER JOE’S…oh my! Why use your time (and your brain cells) on closet conundrums when there’s all this fun to be had outside the house?!
Enter Weekend Uniforms. Or a few “outfit equations” that can get you through the bulk of your most common weekend activities. Use them as a framework and insert the pieces you love and have on hand. Here are 3…

Weekend Uniform: Dressy

Weekend Uniform: Dressy
  • For a fancy work event, dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday, or a concert followed by drinks at your favorite bar…
  • Slip on a slinky dress and your favorite pair of heels. Give your look some edge with a biker or bomber jacket. Bring along your trusty, structured bag. Add a bangle. Make a statement with a fierce cocktail ring.
  • Finish off the look with a good coverage foundation, a swipe of your favorite lipstick, and a buttery nail color. Spritz on something dark and moody. Hit the town!

Weekend Uniform: Casual

Weekend Uniform: Casual
  •  For grocery shopping, tinkering around in your backyard, or long lazy walks with the pup through your ‘hood…
  • Throw on a pair of boyfriend jeans and your favorite statement tee. Stay comfortable in a pair of white converse. Track your steps with your fitness tracker (even lazy Saturdays add miles!).  Add a dainty necklace and make sure to have your favorite reusable bags on hand.
  • Finish off the look with sunscreen and a lip-balm. Use a sporty, natural deodorant (that’s quickly become a cult favorite). Get. shiz. done!

Weekend Uniform: In the Middle

Weekend Uniform: In the Middle
  • For brunch somewhere quaint, boutique shopping with your bestie, or a flick at the indie theater…
  • You can trick passers-by into thinking you exerted a lot of effort this morning. In truth, jersey dress + big earrings + messy bun. Grab a jean jacket in case you get chilly and strap on a pair of fun sandals. Add a chic watch and a cross-body bag.
  • Finish off the look with an after-sun spray, a clean-smelling scent, and a little dry shampoo. Go for a bold lip, if you dare. Mimosas, anyone?
How do you spend YOUR weekends? Which uniform would suit your style best? 
P.S. Feeling fashion-y? Here’s how to choose a style a barometer.

Winter Wardrobe Pieces

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Guys! Do you rotate your wardrobe seasonally — tucking away your summer tank-tops in a bottom drawer once the weather turns and pulling down big, floofy sweaters from a plastic tub at the top of your closet? While my clothes will never be that organized, I love the idea of reserving a few, special pieces for each season. Those items that stand the test of time, tucked away for the rest of the year, just waiting for their moment to shine. You’d pull them out when the moment is right and feel nostalgia and excitement for the impending weather change. While this may seem like a hard task to invoke excitement for winter weather, here are 9 pieces from ModCloth that just might fit the bill…
Modcloth Forever Pieces

(Clockwise from top left.)

Cat Sweater … for a bit of whimsy as you bundle up tight. ($49.99)

Pointed Ballet Flats … to tuck under your desk so you can slip them on once you’ve shed your morning commute snow-boots. ($49.99)

Slouch Hat … so your noggin stays stylishly warm. ($14.99)

Gemstone Earrings … for a touch of femininity that won’t get covered up by your giant parka. ($7.99)

Pleated Purple Sweater … to layer on top of all your favorite blouses. ($39.99)

Circle Scarf … because who needs a necklace when you’ve got such a dainty scarf?! ($14.99)

Floral & Lacy Undies Set … for feeling like a babe even when you’re wearing approximately 22 layers of clothing on top. ($6.99 for panties, $13.99 for bralette)

Thigh High Socks … a colorful way to add warmth. ($12.99)

Moisturizing Lipstick … to finish off all your winter weather looks. ($24.99)
Over to you! Do you have any favorite winter wardrobe pieces? Where are you shopping these days? I’d love to know! 

P.S. A review of my most recent Stitch Fix box and shopping ModCloth home decor.

10 Holiday Gift DIY’s You Should Start Making Today!

Here are a few ideas to get you started if you plan on making holiday gifts this year. DIY gift giving is a great way to save some dough during the costliest time of year. Not to mention, there’s something so sweet and personal about receiving a gift made especially for you, don’t you think? The 10 DIY’s listed below range from “extremely simple” to “easy but time consuming.” All the supplies needed are readily available. (At second hand stores, Dollar Tree, or your local hardware/craft store.)

Please excuse how many involve jars…

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Gold Polka Dot Mugs

Make these for: Someone who loves to entertain. Think: Your best friend who hosts a monthly book-club or your sister who always offers to throw wedding showers.

The How-To: Find a few mis-matched white mugs at Dollar Tree or a second-hand shop. Decorate with different sizes of polka dots. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool in the oven.

Pair with: A bag of Fair Trade coffee beans.

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Mason Jar Candles

Make these for: Anyone who spends a lot of time relaxing in the great outdoors. Think: An aunt who spends most every evening on her screened in porch or your sister-in-law who considers the ideal vacation something akin to a chapter from Little House on the Prairie.

The How-To: Instructions HERE.

Pair with: A historical fiction novel.

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Polka Dot Jeans

Make these for: A jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. Think: Your art-obsessed daughter or a friend who always discovers enviable flea-market finds.

The How-To: Find some suitable denim and cut the legs to achieve a casual, cut-off’s vibe. Dip the tip of a pencil eraser into some white fabric paint and stamp the jeans to create a polka dot print.

Pair with: A clever tote bag.

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Colorful Braided Rug

Make this for: A cuddly kid. Think: Your toddler son who is always on the floor surrounded by toy trucks or your sweet niece who would rather be curled up with a chapter book than anywhere else in the world.

The How-To: Instructions HERE.

Pair with: A lamp that makes ceilings look like the night sky.

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“Love You” Jars

Make these for: Someone who loves dainty decor. Think: Your little sis who is in need of decorations for her brand new apartment or your gal pal who matches mantelpiece decor with each approaching holiday.

The How-To: Attach a doilies and red paper hearts to glass jars. (You can glue, decoupage, or just tie the string tight enough to hold the paper pieces in place.) Wrap red and white bakers twine around the middle and tie so the knot is hidden in the back.

Pair with: Fairy lights.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make this for: Anyone who believes in Taco Tuesday. Think: Your brother who fancies himself somewhat of a celebrity chef or your co-worker who always posts her meals on Instagram but you don’t hate it.

The How-To: Follow the recipe for your favorite homemade taco spice blend. Package in whatever container you think most suitable.

Pair with: Taco holders that keep your hard-shelled tacos up-right.

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Eco-Friendly Dryer Sheets

Make this for: The people in your life who never forget their reusable bags when they go to the grocery. Think: Your Greenpeace donating Mom or your yoga instructor.

The How-To: Instructions HERE.

Pair with: A clothes hamper.

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Chai Tea Latte Mix

Make this for: Someone who likes to start their day with a hot cuppa. Think: Your Starbucks-obsessed boss or the mom you share carpool duty with.

The How-To: Find a recipe for chai tea latte and mix it up. Add the mix to a jar and embellish with some twine and a pretty tag. (Great for bulk gift-giving!)

Pair with: A tumbler for drinking hot beverages on-the-go.

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T-Shirt Produce Bag

Make this for: Anyone who frequents the Farmers Market. Think: Your green-thumbed boyfriend or your BFF who recently got really into juicing.

The How-To: Instructions HERE.

Pair with: Gift certificate to your local produce market or co-op.

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Flavored Syrups

Make these for: Someone who fancies themselves a barista. Think: Your husband who wouldn’t be caught dead drinking plain, black coffee or your budget-savvy bestie who has sworn off her coffee shop habit as an upcoming New Year’s resolution.

The How-To: Recipes for vanilla, raspberry, coconut, and caramel syrups HERE. Add each syrup to a bottle with a pour spout. Package in a basket or tray so they’re kitchen counter ready!

Pair with: A coffee cookbook for added inspiration.

Which DIY from above is YOUR favorite? Do you plan on making any presents for the holidays this year? 

mid-week round-up

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What are you up to today? I have some errands to run (including getting my hair cut which I’ve been putting off for ages) but I’m feeling a little mid-week lazy. Can’t I just drink coffee and read books every day??? I hope everyone had a fun Halloween however you chose to celebrate. I was pretty pleased with my last-minute farmer costume. (Overalls!) Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and here are a few links I’ve gathered for your reading pleasure…

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest is unprecedented and 150 years in the making.

How a poster in a bar restroom cleverly combats sexual assault.

“I dressed like Rachel Green for a week and here’s what happened.”

What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?

House Tour: An art-filled Nashville home.

How to host a dinner party in a small space.

Our financial errors vary by age.

Lady Gaga does carpool karaoke.

Why American and European cities are dramatically different.

Why is Election Day on Tuesday, November 8?

Humans of New York and the cavalier consumption of others.

The feminist power of female ghosts.

mid-week round-up

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What are you up to this week? Our wedding invitations are starting to show up in folk’s mailboxes and I’ve been giddily checking our online RSVP’s with WAY too much frequency. We also booked our tickets to Lexington last night. I’m really excited that I’ll be in Kentucky so soon! I opted to fly in earlier then Chet (he has to teach a summer class) so I can take care of all the last minute planning…as well as drink daily Ale-8’s and buy copious amounts of my favorite treats from Good Foods Co-op. Hope you’re all doing well and have some fun plans for this week. In the mean time, here are a dozen links for you to peruse…

Surviving for a week on gifted gift cards.

I’m learning that swivel seats are a must for luxurious van dwelling. (I have weird interests.)

How freaking cute are these watermelon coasters?

Students learn about Julia Child’s impact on American culture.

Comedian replies to email scammers and here’s what happens.

Thoughts on heels.

A notorious prison escape artist discovers a new (legal) way to lift life sentences.

Don’t judge a house by its exterior.

A great dinner to cook up when you’re feeling lazy.

Dreamy family camping trip.

I heart Amy Poehler.

Ikea tips and must-buys.

50 Piece All-Season Capsule Wardrobe

With more and more people jumping on the minimalism train some of my more random obsessions are finding their way into the popular culture spotlight. Now that everyone and their mother has read Marie Kondo’s book, I can’t shake a stick at YouTube without finding a video highlighting a capsule wardrobe. (This is not a problem for anything but my productivity. I LOVE capsule wardrobe videos.) 33 pieces. 37 pieces. Accessories and jewelry included or not. Two capsules a year. Seasonal capsules. Capsules just for work wear and play clothes and comfies. There’s SO much inspiration out there if you want to go down the capsule wardrobe road.

With all that inspiration in mind, I decided to try my hand at putting together a capsule that could maybe work (with just a few minor swaps) all year long. You could of course store the colder weather items away during warmer weather, and vice-versa. This is a capsule that I see being very feasible for my own life and what I want to work towards. I’d like to use it as a resource when I’m de-cluttering but also when I’m shopping for clothes. Because while I have a lot of these pieces, sitting down to dream up my perfect capsule was actually a great first step in showing me some glaring holes that exist in my wardrobe. (For example – I don’t own a white, collared button-up shirt. Staple item!)

So, check it out and let me know what you think….

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Tops

1. Dressy top

2. Tank top

3. Striped top

4. Sweater 

5. Chambray shirt

6. Long sleeve blouse/tunic/tee (Depending on your life and wardrobe needs. I work from home so tee would be legit enough for me, lol.)

7. Shirt with a print you love (or polka dots. or feathers!)

8. Plaid button-down shirt (or this one.)

9. White tee shirt

10. Turtleneck 

11. White button-down shirt

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Bottoms

12. Black editor pants 

13. Jeans

14. Black skinnies (or leggings.)

15. White jeans (or pants.)

16. Shorts

17. Skirt (dressier option.)

18. Pencil skirt

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Dresses

19. Maxi dress (or floral dressy option. or super casual.)

20. Little black dress

21. Seasonal dress suitable for a party/wedding/fancy event (Winter) (and here’s a Spring option. and a Summer. and an Autumn.)

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Outerwear

22. Raincoat (or a parka.)

23. Cardigan (I like black but tan boyfriend sweaters are super versatile, too.)

24. Denim jacket

25. Leather jacket (brown option.)

26. Safari jacket 

27. Blazer 

28. Winter coat (or how about a hooded option.)

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Shoes

29. Ballet flats (or black velvet.)

30. Business casual appropriate pair (if you prefer heels. if you prefer comfort.)

31. Casual shoes (moccasins!)

32. Sandals (flip-flops.)

33. Nude pumps

34. Party appropriate heels (or booties. or sandals.)

35. Rain boots

36. Trainers/athletic shoes 

37. Boots (or ash boots. and you can’t go wrong with the brown riding boot.)

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Accessories

38. Seasonal scarf (Autumn/Winter) (or this one.) (Spring/Summer. or this one.)

39. Sunglasses (budget option.)

40. Seasonal hat (Winter) (and here’s a Spring option. and a Summer. and an Autumn.)

41. Casual belt (or black.)

42. Dressy belt 

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Jewelry

43. Cocktail ring (cocktail bracelet. cocktail brooch. pick your poison!)

44. Classic stud earrings (diamonds if you ball that way.)

45. Dainty everyday necklace 

46. Watch (or this one.)

47. Statement necklace (budget option.)

50 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Bags

48. Everyday bag in a neutral color (tote style.)

49. Clutch (swoon.)

50. Purse (a little more versatile option.)

*wipes brow* and there you have it! A 50 item all-seasons capsule wardrobe! What do you think? Is this do-able? Anything I’m leaving out or anything I included that you don’t think is necessary or would swap out for something else? Could you do a capsule wardrobe? Do you already?? Share your favorite resources if you do! 

P.S. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a jewelry and bag hoarder so this capsule may be difficult for me in that regard. But I think I could do it! But jewelry especially is just so easy to store…why part with it?! Maybe some day!