building a fall capsule wardrobe.

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Hey Guys!  It’s Friday!  Apologies for being a bit MIA this week.  I caught a nasty bug and it’s been making its way through our house this week.  Gotta love flu season.

Since tomorrow marks the first day of October, I thought it would be fun to do a fall capsule post today.

So what is a capsule?

The readers digest version is: it’s basically a mini seasonal wardrobe made up completely of versatile pieces that you love, and that can be mixed and matched with each other for endless chic outfit combinations.

While, I don’t stick strictly to my capsule only, (I like mixing in other pieces too much,)  I always use it as a foundation for building the rest of my wardrobe on.  I don’t think there’s a day when I don’t wear at least 2 or 3 pieces from my capsule.  Having a good collection of versatile basics makes mixing in those more trendy pieces a cinch.  Since I started approaching my closet with a capsule mindset, my wardrobe has worked so much better for me, and I’ve had a lot less heartache when it comes to getting dressed.

Here’s what made the cut into my fall capsule this year:

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Tops: plaid shirt. denim shirt. striped shirt. graphic sweatshirt. white button up.

Sweaters: long cardigan. cable knit turtleneck. gray sweater. striped sweater. black cardigan.

Outerwear: puffer vest. denim jacket. utility jacket. leather moto jacket. trench coat.

Bottoms: skinny jeans. boyfriend jeans. black jeans. black dress. leather skirt.

Shoes: taupe booties. black booties. gray peep toe. hunter wellies. black riding boots. cognac riding boots. nude pumps. white sneakers. leopard flats.

Accessories: Daniel Wellington watch. hat. necklace. beige scarf. gray scarf. plaid scarf.

Handbags: taupe handbag. black handbag. leopard clutch. cognac tote.

What I love about these pieces is that they are all classic, made to last, will be in style for years, and they are so easy to mix and remix with each other.

So do you build seasonal capsule wardrobes?  What’s in yours?

fall trend alert: mustard.

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jacket. (amazing splurge option.) cami. jeans. (similar.) shoes. similar clutch. sunglasses. necklace. (c/o)

I can’t believe how fast September has flown by, but here we are with only three days left in the month.  I feel like before we know it, it’ll be Christmas again and then boom.  Another year will have gone by in a flash.  Seriously.  Is it just me or is this year flying by?

Now that it is officially the “best season of all,” lets talk some fall trends shall we?  One of my favorites this year is mustard.  Oh my goodness, I had a real weakness for this color several years ago.  I mean way back to my early days of blogging.  I even had a pair of mustard jeans. (don’t judge, they were in style, okay.)  Anyway, I’d forgotten how pretty and versatile this color can be, but I was thrilled when I found this pretty mustard moto jacket, because it will be so much fun to wear this season, and it’s one of the big trends this year.

One of the things I love about mustard, is that it pairs really well with a lot of different colors.  Besides looking good with the typical navy and black, it looks really pretty paired with blush pink (I’m definitely going to be pairing this jacket with my blush micro pleat skirt), and it also looks great with mint, gray and even oxblood and orchid mix well with the shade.  (Steer clear of straight red though, we don’t want to look like condiments.)

If the trend intimidates you, consider adding it to your closet by way of accessories, a small mustard cross body bag or a mustard scarf will add a fun pop to an outfit without being too much to bite off.  I love a great mustard sweater, and I’d like to add a pretty one to my closet this year, as well as this gorgeous dress.  (I mean those pleats are just on a whole different level.)  I found a whole bunch of pretty mustard pieces below, in case you’re interested in adding the color to your closet.

So what do you think?  Are you on board with the mustard trend?

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more awesome mustard pieces:

touches of green.

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Hat. (also similar here.) Jeans. Shirt. Bag. Necklace. Shoes.

Did anyone watch the debate last night?  Blah.  I hate Presidential election years.  They are the literal worst.

In other, much more awesome election news, my oldest Hannah just ran for student government for the first time, and yesterday we found out that she won! {insert dancing girl emoji}  She worked so hard writing a clever and creative speech, putting together posters and campaigning, and while I know my kids need to learn about disappointment while they are kids (because let’s be real, that’s part of life) it’s also nice when their hard work is reinforced with success.

To be honest, I was nervous all day yesterday until she called to tell me she had won.  Now I know how my mom felt all those years while I was running in school.

Motherhood, man.  It is not for the faint of heart.

Lately, I feel so aware of the changes happening around me.  Usually life is so subtle, but right now, I feel like all my kids are shifting into older, more grown up stages, and I’m shifting too.  It’s making me see the beauty in the journey so much clearer.

Maybe that’s why fall is everyone’s favorite.  It’s the only season where the change is so visibly obvious.  It makes it so much more beautiful, don’t you think?  All those golden leaves with just touches of green.

In Seattle, fall is even more vivid because we never fully loose the green too and it just enhances the vibrant red and gold tones on all the deciduous trees.

I guess that was the subconscious inspiration for this outfit.  Simple basics, a warm toned bag and just a touch of green.  Olive has always been a favorite shade to wear (it works really well with my coloring) and this hat is the perfect fall accessory addition.  I was thrilled with the fit and the width of the brim- wide but not too wide, nice and structured.  I can’t wait to mix and remix it throughout the colder months.

What’s your favorite color to wear in the fall?

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updating our nautical living room.

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I’ve got to be honest, writing this post has really intimidated me.  I’ve almost not written it a million times, and even today, this is going up super late, because it’s so out of my ordinary content/comfort zone.  But if  I don’t keep pushing myself, then what is even the point of this blog right?

So here goes.

   I really love nesting.   Making our house feel like home is one of my favorite hobbies and something that brings me a lot of joy, but it’s not something I’m super confident in yet, especially sharing it with the world.  I’m still learning, and trying different things with my spaces, and I don’t always get it right.  There are so many amazing decor blogs out there now, it’s made me kind of feel like crawling into my little home design hole and just keeping my house to myself.

But then I read this on Brooke from Nesting with Grace’s instagram the other day:

Who do you decorate your home for? I sure hope it is for the people who live in it. I do it for these people right here. I enjoy using my talents and creating, it gives me joy. I share photos of my home not because I think it is the best, far from it. But if I get negative and think why share this? So and so has a better, bigger, cooler kitchen than me, It would paralyze me. Those thoughts are Satan trying to make me feel less than.”

I’ve thought about this over and over.  This idea has been mulling in my mind for days since I read and honestly, that is the reason I’m posting this today.  It’s not because I think I’ve got this whole nesting thing down, or because I think I’m so good at it, but because this is a process for me and I want to share the journey with you.  And maybe we’ll all learn something along the way. ;-)

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As soon as the weather turns cooler, I get the serious nesting itch.  I’ve been wanting to give several rooms in our house an update, for awhile (I’m a slow cooker when it comes to home updates) but none as much as our living room.  It’s the room we spend most of our time in.

We’ve had these same couches for years, and they are really starting to look their age.  I still love them though.  We bought them when our kids were all really little, back when I still thought that all your furniture needed to “match and be from the same set.”  I also loved that they were slip-covered so I could take them off and wash them whenever sticky hands got the couches messy.  They don’t look super pretty anymore, but I love these couches anyway.  We’ve had thousands of memories on them, countless naps, snuggles, long Sunday afternoons reading, sleepovers by the fireplace.  They’ve been spit-up on, held sick kids, and been moved from house to house with us as we’ve changed jobs, states and cities over the last several years.  I love these couches, but they are definitely due for an update, as are our end tables (which were one of the first things we bought after we graduated from college 10 years ago…)

Our living room set up is tricky, mostly because it’s so open there aren’t really walls to give it structure, so it’s got to be done using the furniture.  I’ve been arranging and rearranging the space in my head basically since we moved in. I’d like to replace our old couches with an off-white tufted linen couch(this one is around $600), two navy nail-head chairs(under $250), and add a couple short white bookcases (under $100) next to the fireplace.  I still love our trellis rug, but I think the room could really use a little life so I want to add a fiddle-leaf fig.  I love our home to be pretty but also livable.  I want my kids and husband to feel like they can be comfortable and really live here, not feel like they’re in a museum.  I like lots of textures and patterns in a room.  Not over the top, but just enough to make the space feel interesting.  I like pillows and throws, books and fun touches, like this pretty painted globe.

Here’s what I have in mind for our nautical living room update:

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tufted linen sofa. navy chair. white bookcase. industrial coffee table. striped curtains. fiddle leaf fig basket. striped blankets. metal basket. globe. striped pillow. graphic pillow. boat photo print. boat art print. Trellis rug.

So what do you think?  Do you dive right in on home design, or are you a slow cooker like me?

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