Today’s outfit is my versatile chambray shirt paired with fun burgundy skinny jeans and accented with a leopard infinity scarf, riding boots and a tote.
This article is one of a series showing the many outfit combinations I’ve designed from my 24-piece Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
- Chambray Shirt (Similar)
- Burgundy Jeans
- Gray Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- Leopard scarf
- Tall Brown Boots
- Transport Tote
January is the time many of us try to start fresh with new goals and resolutions, and I’m not exception. In past years, I have often resolved to be healthier, lose weight, be more organized, more patient… The list goes on and on!
But often, I fail. Plain and simple, fail. Life happens, I get busy, the goal is hard, and I fail. Honestly, that is a big part of why I started this blog last year – to help hold myself accountable to the simplified wardrobe approach my capsule gives me. I’m now past the six-month mark of using my capsule wardrobe, and I still find it makes my life so much easier, while I still feel well-dressed every day. In fact, I am better dressed than before I started the capsule because I had a tendency to feel frustrated with my wardrobe, and fall back on jeans and t-shirts most days. Now I have more stylish and better quality clothing, and a plan for how to wear them.
As far as goals for 2018, I shared some changes for the blog last week here. Since I know capsule wardrobes aren’t for everyone, but mainly because I really enjoy designing outfits, I plan to add an “Outfit Idea” series. I’m still working on the frequency for this series, but I hope it is something you will find enjoyable. I’m also planning to cut back on capsule outfit posts to about 3 per week. My goal is to have the majority of my blog time commitment fit into time slots I’ve allotted over a couple days per week.
That brings me to my big picture goal for 2018 – Balance! I want a better balance between family, hobbies and self-care. I work full-time (and love my job), so in the time I have outside of work, my goal is to be more intentional about how I allocate that time.
In 2017, I did not take take for self-care, and I paid the price for it. In 2018, I’m making self-care a priority. Exercise, rest, healthy eating, and time for spiritual study are all areas I hope to focus on. I also want to spend more time reading for fun as a way to relax and wind-down at bedtime. (If you have any great book suggestions, please share in the comments, or send me an email!) Here is what I started reading this week, based on GoodReads recommendations for me:
All my 2017 “hobby time” was spent on this blog, at least from June (when I started working on the blog) through December. I’d like to incorporate some of my other hobbies back into my life in 2018. During January, I hope to try my hand at making a hand knit chunky blanket like this one (the tutorial looks SO easy!):
I also want to refresh my couponing hobby. I started couponing in 2013 and was amazed at how much money could be saved with a little planning. Let’s just say that my family knows better than to ever pay money for toothpaste ever again!
I know many people make fun of couponing, but I truly enjoy it. It feeds my shopping habit, while providing good value essential items my family will use. I stopped couponing after we moved because I was so busy getting settled, but after a year and a half in our new home we finally ran out of laundry detergent, and I had to find some good deals quickly, and then remembered how much I enjoy couponing for our household essentials (think 11 bottles of laundry detergent for around $5 total).
I’ve never had much luck couponing for our food staples, but household items are pretty easy to purchase for free or cheap. My sweet husband is currently remodeling our pantry so we’ll have more space and a better organized way to store out household essentials stockpile. (I also like to coupon for items I can donate locally).
Family never stopped being a priority in 2017, but since it feels like my boys are growing up SO fast, I really want to spend even more quality time with them, as well as with my husband and our extended family. My sweet mother-in-law is a very willing babysitter, so I hope we can find time for at least a monthly date night this year.
I received this planner I requested from my family for Christmas, and it has already been a life-saver for helping me with my goals this year. I refer to my planner all day long as a reminder of how I plan to spend my time that day, which helps to make sure I complete the tasks (like exercise and reading) that I want to make a regular part of my life. Once a week, I sit down and plan out the next week. I also have all our family appointments laid out on the monthly calendar pages. Last year I relied on my electronic phone calendar, but if something happened to my phone I’d be in big trouble.
Since accountability does help – I plan to share a monthly update with you on the progress on my goals. I’d love to hear from you on your goals for 2018 – please share in the comments or send me a note!