Today’s outfit is pairs olive skinny jeans with a long-sleeve striped t-shirt and long black cardigan. Neutral tall wedge boots, a Tory Burch bag and necklace complete the outfit.
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:
Welcome to February! January flew by – I had 3 business trips, two parents/parents-in-law who had surgery, sick kids, and car repairs to deal with. But even with all that I’ve been focused on my goals for 2018, and it is time for my monthly update.
First, I shared that I have a new series in the works for the blog featuring outfit ideas beyond the capsule. I’m hoping to launch this series next week so stay tuned! I may incorporate some pieces from my capsule at times, and other outfit ideas will be completely unique.
Outside of the blog, I’m focused on balancing family, hobbies and self-care with my full-time job and my blog hobby.
In January I really wanted to get started on the right foot, and from the very beginning of the month I’ve been diligently following a Ketogenic diet. My birthday is the first week of January, and I chose to not have any birthday cake or dessert rather than set myself back. Instead, Kevin and the boys took me on a day trip to Louisville. We ate out as well – I had an super-yummy omelet.
I’ve tried Ketogenic or low-carb diets before, and have always been miserable the first couple of weeks, feeling physically ill from the withdrawal effects. This is actually called “Keto Flu”. I didn’t have “Keto Flu” this time around – and I’ve been told that is due to taking exogenous Ketones as a supplement (see more about that here or checkout the site where I buy mine). I’m SO thankful I didn’t have to deal with the “Keto Flu” – I don’t think I could have made it through all the travel if I had.
I’ve felt so much better already, and have lost about 2 pounds each week so far. In my experience, the rate of loss will inevitably slow down before too long. My goal is to lose about 25 pounds total. Exercise has also helped, though I admit my exercise has not been as intense as it probably should be. I’ve used my elliptical machine at home, and the treadmill at the hotel fitness center while traveling.
I’m sharing quite a bit of detail here partly to make myself accountable to keep it up through February as well. Consistency is the key!
Now on to hobbies! In January I shared that I would like to spend more time reading. Reading is such a relaxation technique for me. It is an easy way to forget my stressors and just get caught up in the story. In January I read Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, and while it easily kept my interest, I’d probably rate it a 2.5 out of 5.0 for two reasons. First, by the middle of the story, I had guessed the ending. Second, it had quite a bit of language and scenes that were a little too graphic for me.
I also listened to several audio books, some on my own and some with the boys.
I wasn’t sure if my sons would like this classic story about Anne from Prince Edward Island. It was one of my favorites growing up. Both Aiden and Cade said they enjoyed the story and agreed they want to hear or read the next one on the series.
We all three really liked The Penderwicks. It had several twists and turns in the plot, and never lost our interest.
Finally, I listened to Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand during one of my business trips. So many people like her stories but I’d never read one before. I’d rate it a 3.5/5.0. It also had some vulgar language, but the story was fascinating. It made the car ride go much faster.
I had also planned to try my hand at making a hand-knit blanket, but after pricing the yarn, I’ve decided to wait until I can find some on a really good sale. In the meantime, I’ve been planning out some ideas to reorganize our laundry room.
I was really worried that family time would suffer in January. With some planning, I think it went as well as it could possibly have given the number of nights I had to be away from home. I used my travel as a chance to catch up with friends in the evenings, but I also had time in the hotel at night. I spent that time working ahead on blog posts to free up time I would otherwise have spent on that at home. Most of my “reading” occurred while driving as well. I took a few vacation days at the beginning of January and spent them enjoying time with Kevin and the boys.
Watch for another goals update at the beginning of March.
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