Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Show Notes for Podcast Ep 53.1 Vlogvember Week 1



Please join our Ravelry Group. We have two 2017 KALs, the Kindnessalong and the Sockalong, going on over there. The prize was announced for the September-October Sockalong. Just FYI: I've decided to hold off on giving out any more prizes for the KALs until December has ended (so that I don't have to give out a Kindnessalong prize in November and then again for December). So all remaining prizes will be drawn after 2017 is over.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Trunk Club Review November 2017

It's been quite awhile since I've used Trunk Club. I wasn't happy with my former stylist so I asked for a new one. I was looking to add some winter pieces to my wardrobe. I sent my new stylist Jenna some screenshots of my Nordstrom wishlist and asked her to use it as inspiration for finding items I was eyeing.

Trunk Club is similar to Stitch Fix. When you sign up, you are paired with someone who becomes your permanent stylist. You either fill out a detailed questionnaire via email or talk with your stylist on the phone about your needs, preferences, and sizes. Then your stylist builds a trunk of roughly 10 items. You have a day to preview the items and remove anything you know you don't want before your trunk ships.

Once you receive your trunk you have 5 days to decide what to keep. There is a styling fee, but it's waived if you use your Nordstrom card. You can schedule a trunk whenever you like. Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom so the merchandise comes from their stock.

One note: This was the first trunk I received where everything came individually wrapped in plastic. My other trunks were nicely bundled and ready to try on without having to deal with the plastic. it was honestly kind of annoying. I'm not sure if this is a regular new practice, or if this was just a mistake.

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Gorjana Nora Linear Earrings $55

I had asked for some delicate drop earrings. I did like these but they were way too long. They brushed my shoulders and were pretty uncomfortable to wear.

Verdict: Return

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BP Rib Mix Tee Size XS $25

I didn't like the tee other than the color. It was very thin and the shape was unflattering on my body type.

Verdict: Return

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BP Check Scarf One Size $24

The scarf had a few loose threads. I found an almost identical scarf on Amazon for only $10. I can vouch that the colors and texture are nearly the same as the BP version. The amazon version also doesn't have a tag, which is a bonus to me b/c the tag always ends up showing when I wear the scarf. Because I was pretty happy with the find, I have my eye on another blanket scarf that I think I'll get in the near future.

Update: Just wanted to say that I wore my amazon scarf and it sheds quite a bit. it also snags incredibly easily. I'm not too upset because I think the BP version would have been the same way and the amazon price is really low, but I just wanted to issue a warning for those interested in the scarf.

Verdict: Return

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Caslon Mason Knee High Boot Size 6M $159.94

I really wanted these boots to work. I was happy that they did fit over my calves though it was a pretty tight squeeze with skinny jeans. The boots were just too tall for me. They came up over the knee and the back of the boot is incredibly uncomfortable when I bend my knees.

Verdict: Return

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Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote $158

I really like this bag and I will probably buy it eventually. However, I don't really need it right this minute so I decided to hold off.

Verdict: Reluctantly Return

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Halogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater Size XSP $89

It fit perfectly and was pretty soft and warm. Even though the color is supposedly burgundy, it was definitely a deep purpley plum. I don't wear a lot of purple so I sent this one back.

Verdict: Return

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BLANKNYC Suede Miniskirt Size 26 $98

I'm a tiny bit afraid that this will stretch out over time. Unfortunately they didn't have a smaller size in stock. I fell in love with it and am looking forward to wearing it this fall and winter. I don't own anything like this skirt so I was happy to add it to my closet (after brushing it and dosing it with some protective spray).

Verdict: Keep

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Madewell Whisper Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Tee Size XS $32

It was impossible to tell from the preview what color the stripes were. Turns out they are a dark charcoal grey. I like this tee and I actually have one almost identical in navy/white stripes, but I didn't keep it b/c the XS is tight through the shoulders and I think I'd be more comfortable with a size S.

Verdict: Return

I only kept one item, but I'm pretty happy with this trunk. I actually kind of like that they send you fewer pieces now as there are fewer hard decisions to make. I may do another Trunk Club in a couple of months for spring.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Final Thoughts

The fall capsule wardrobe challenge is in the books! The weather was the biggest issue. For the most part it was extraordinarily warm for October and didn't really get cold at all until the final week. I was also dealing with illnesses, for both me and my cat, and had I not been doing this challenge there probably would have been more lounging in my PJs.

Favorite Outfits

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What Would I Change?

I don't have a crystal ball so I couldn't have known about the warm weather, but if I had I would have selected fewer outer layers and more short-sleeve tops. I also barely wore my button-down shirts. I might have chosen a few more bottoms as I did get a little fatigued with wearing the same ones every week. My most worn items for the challenge were my grey skinny jeans, my Timberland boots and black sneakers, and my grey floral sweatshirt. My least worn items were the skirt, both of my tall boots, and my olive button-down shirt.

Speaking of olive, I love the color, especially for fall. but there was too much of it in my wardrobe. i was feeling towards the end that I had too many neutrals and not enough color. I think that's why my red jacket made it on the list of favorite outfits both times I wore it.

Things I'm Happy About

I did the challenge for all 31 days. I only got mildly tired of it by the end, which is a pretty big success. I'm mostly content with the variety of items I had chosen and didn't feel like I was constantly wearing the same thing, with a few exceptions. I also didn't make any clothing purchases at all in October, so yay! One of the things I was trying to do with this challenge was to make myself more mindful about new purchases. It also had an unintended side effect, which was to make me appreciate all of the other clothes in my closet. October 31 I was trying to plan what to wear on the first and it was like a kid in a candy store. I have so many non-capsule options that i haven't worn in awhile I think i'll be excited about wearing my other clothes for quite some time.

I also took the plunge and did some clothing alterations that have needed to be done for a long time. I took in the waist of my skirt and tapered many of my jeans at the ankle, which made them fit so much better. it's one of those things i should have done a long time ago but didn't b/c ugh, boring. now i just need to work myself up to fixing the rest of my jeans.

It's hard to explain why this was related to the challenge but because I was constantly wearing the same things I felt like they should look their best. the purchase of a clothes steamer was long overdue and i also bought a leather/suede cleaning and conditioning kit and gave most of my shoes and purses some TLC. like it's better to own fewer high-quality less disposable clothes, but if you're going to do that you should take care of them like a grown-ass person.

The challenge also had an impact on my making. instead of buying new things, I refashioned or am in the process of altering some older items in my closet. I've also identified a few holes and am really going to make a concerted effort to make those things, like a long grey cardigan and mustard cowl.

Summary

I still don't really know what to do about unexpected weather, other than perhaps expanding the number of items in a capsule. Perhaps I could designate a set number of rotating pieces that would be a one-in and one-out sort of thing if the weather swings (like short sleeve tees being exchanged for long sleeve tees). I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts. i know that people do the challenge for 3 months and i have no idea how they deal with weather changes over that long of a stretch.

I'm really glad I did this challenge for one month. I don't think I'd be up for doing longer time periods at this point, even though I didn't even scratch the surface of possible outfit combinations. I would consider doing it again, perhaps once a season (along with the no-buy challenge). I am very happy to be wearing non-capsule items now.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Week 5

Last week! I'll be back tomorrow with my final thoughts on the experiment.

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Day 26: The end of October finally saw some chillier days and called for layers. I just love this hot pink buffalo plaid scarf. I should really start weaving again.

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Day 27: I didn't wear my leather jacket much this month, but the warmer weather made it fairly unnecessary.

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Day 28: More comfy weekend wear. I even stepped it up a notch by wearing a button-down shirt.

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Day 29: My cat Ellie has been really sick, and my focus has been on her for the past couple of days. I didn't even think to take an outfit photo on Sunday.

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Day 30: This outfit worked less well than I'd hoped. The bell sleeves on this top are on the shorter side, which made me have to scrunch up the sweatshirt sleeves too much.

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Day 31: Finishing up the challenge on a chilly day with neutrals.

Friday, October 27, 2017

While I was knitting...10/27

WATCHING

  • You guys!!! Stranger Things 2!!!! ok, so i haven't actually started watching since it just came out this morning, but i've been re-watching S1 to recap. I really really want to binge-watch but my husband and I watch this show together so I'll have to restrain myself.
  • Reign: We just canceled Hulu and resubscribed to netflix so I'm catching up now on all the shows I missed. Reign is a terrible soapy ahistorical nightmare of a show that borders on farce. but the costumes are lovely and it's good silly fun if you don't stop to think too hard about how ridiculous it all is. i'm in the middle of S3. usually i rapidly consume a few episodes and then have to take a break from how stupid it is for awhile.
  • Big Mouth: We've only watched one episode so far but I think this will fill the hole left by Rick and Morty. it's very Kroll-esque so it's probably not for everyone. if you don't mind crude humor it's worth checking out.

PURCHASING

  • Sterilite ornament container: I got this tip from the Yarn Hoarder podcast. These containers are awesome for storing handknit socks b/c they have vertical slots. you can perfectly fold and stack your socks. i had bought 2 of them last year (one for my husband and one for me) but i have knit too many pairs this year and mine is overflowing. i don't even know for sure how many pairs of socks i own but between the year-long kals i'm doing and all of my new designs, i have oodles of socks made this year that i've never even worn. it was definitely time to buy a second container.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Week 4

I've been enjoying the challenge for the most part, but I must admit that at this point I'm pretty much ready for it to be over.

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Day 19: Note to self: Oversized tees don't layer well. they tend to bunch up underneath whatever you're wearing. kind of annoying.

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Day 20: This has been the weirdest October. it's generally chilly in the mornings but by the afternoon it's in the 70s and my scarves and outer layers are way too hot. This mohair shawl was no exception.

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Day 21: I still haven't fully shaken my cold. My weekend outfits get even lazier when I don't feel well.

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Day 22: Can't think of anything to say about this particular outfit, so I'll just mention that laundry has been a lot easier than the last time I tried a capsule. I haven't felt like I run out of clothes to wear at all.

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Day 23: I just love this jacket. I'm looking forward to wearing it more as it (hopefully) gets cooler.

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Day 24: I really haven't been wearing my button-down shirts much at all this month. I think b/c of the warm weather, I've been reaching for my t-shirts more. I finally broke down and bought a clothes steamer b/c I hate ironing. so I've been less wrinkly this month, which is always nice.

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Day 25: I really love this top but it is challenging to wear the bell sleeves when it's cold b/c a jacket or cardigan gets all bunchy and uncomfortable. I don't think this vest is the best option as I'd prefer something a bit sleeker, but it'll do. something to maybe look into buying or making once the challenge is over, i suppose. it's also Day 25 and I finally wore my over the knee boots. last year I wore them all the time, but this month they haven't made it into the rotation until now.

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