Weekday Capsules are Back for the Summer

Elleword summer weekday capsules start May 9th!

So I’ve been auditing my closet again. Now that the seasons have changed and my company is in full swing, it’s time to try some new things with my wardrobe. After evaluating my closet with the Kon Marie method, I narrowed down the items that I wear out the house to 80 (shoes not included). After my no shopping experiment, I realized that I’d outgrown some of my clothes and needed a refresher. I didn’t quite make it a year but I learned a lot about my personal stye. Now that I have two trash bags full of clothes to donate, I’m looking forward to new outfit possibilities. My plan is to keep my number of items at 100 or less. With 20 slots open, I can’t wait to go shopping!

As I start hunting for new closet candy, I’ll be posting weekday capsules. Starting next week, I’ll pull up to seven items from my closet to wear for five days. I’ll take a break and have free fashion weekends where I wear whatever I like. Any time I get new clothes, I’ll post them for you all to view. I’m also planning on getting three pairs of sandals for the summer and two more pairs of wedge heels. I’ll be set on shoes for a while on shoes after that. I’m going to share my weekday capsules from May 9th until September 2nd.

Who out there is making wardrobe capsules for the summer? I’d love to read about it. Leave a comment and link to your favorite fashion capsule blog. If you’re a Dallas local, I’d love it if you’d come to my Spring Fling Meet and Eat on May 21st.

Have courage,
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Thrift It Clique: Pantones and Petals


This past week, I got together with my friends from the Thrift It Clique to cover our monthly OOTD meetup. This month’s theme was centered around Rose Quartz and Serenity, this year’s official Pantone colors. If you look around any store or outlet mall, these colors are all over the place. This year is unique because there are two chosen colors instead of the usual one. Pantone’s selection of it’s yearly hue impacts the entire fashion and product industry! I’m especially happy because Rose Quartz falls perfectly in line with my signature style color scheme.

Any who, I met up with the ladies at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden to take some pics in our threads before the sun got too high in the sky. As usual, we all were in good spirits as we strolled through path after path of gorgeous flowers and displays. By the time we wrapped things up, we had plenty of pics taken and went our separate ways. Here is what I wore. This multi-toned dress was a clearance item at Charming Charlie’s. It is very comfortable and and chic at the same time. I plan to experiment with this dress and other items in my wardrobe to figure out how many unique looks I can come up with. The shoes were bought from Target a year ago but they are a regular staple on the shelves.

Before I go, I want to invite any Dallas locals reading this to my Spring Fling Meet and Eat on May 21st. This will be two hours of networking, snacking and learning a thing or two about getting better photographs of yourself. Be sure to bring a picnic brunch, blanket and business cards. I’ll be giving away a few prizes as well. There is no fee to participate. You only need to pay admission into the arboretum.

thriftarbor14Be sure to read up on what the rest of the clique wore. Kendra, Addie and Brittany have written up their own #Thriftitclique posts on their blogs. Go follow them!

Have courage,
Elle

 

Fashion Revolution: #HAULTERNATIVE


This past weekend, my friend Addie and I hosted our own Fashion Revolution event. I showed up around 2pm to help set up the backdrop and go over our itinerary. Addie pulled out a cute tray of cookies and sustainable glass jugs reminiscent of the ones used for milk in the 40’s. After our two guests arrived, we got down to business.

Addie explained the meaning behind Fashion Revolution. To sum things up, it’s a movement dedicated to exposing dangerous working conditions and the large amount of waste produced in the fashion industry. On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This left 1134 dead and 2500 others wounded. This sparked the start of Fashion Revolution. People wanted to challenge clothing distributors to take an active part in facilitating better care of the individuals who make the clothes that we wear everyday. People flipped their clothes inside out, tagged the maker of the garment, and posted the image with the hashtag #whomademyclothes. The impact of this year’s participation was phenomenal but we still have a ways to go.

After Addie’s presentation, I explained the basics of a capsule wardrobe and how one can start taking the steps to consolidate their closet. Most people have tons of clothes that they never wear. These clothes were bought on impulse or kept long after they were relevant. I encouraged our guests to define their signature style and then do a purge of the items that don’t fit the bill. After that, we started our frock swap! A frock swap is when a group gets together and brings gently worn items that they no longer wear. Everyone in the group gets an opportunity to swap their items with those of someone else in the group and goes home with new clothes for their closet. The cool thing about frock swaps is that they don’t require money, they are environmentally friendly and are a great way to make friends. I came to the swap with four items and left with 5 (couldn’t resist a bag!).

After the swap, we had some fun in front of our thrifty photo booth before chatting with each other. It was a great first run. I’m looking forward to facilitating more frock swaps in the future!

Have courage,
Elle

Update! 9 Days

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In nine days, I’ll be leaving the corporate world to pursue my career as a full-time entrepreneur. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been talking over lots of details with my husband, planning and dreaming of the possibilities. As I wrap up my work with my current employer, my main job is to teach and support the new team members. My last day is next Wednesday!

Until my company begins generating regular income, I plan to do some simple transcription and freelance work as a way to bring in some cash. This way I get to spend my most effective hours of the day focused on networking and acquiring clients. But aside from working for myself, I’m looking forward to the new freedoms and personal projects that I can explore with my new schedule.

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One project that I’m most excited about working on is my YouTube Channel. I miss vlogging! Besides tracking my weekends with my husband, I plan on visiting 30 Texan attractions, creating art tutorials and hosting several frock swap parties! I shot some footage of this past weekend and cannot wait to edit and post it online. It’s been over a month since my last video so I am way past due. For now, I’m focused on making content that I like and gaining subscribers. Once things start moving faster, I’ll offer paid one-on-one sessions and workshops in the area. Gotta start small and build.

Have courage,
Elle

Valentine’s Day Surprise for my Husband


1I’ve been married for four years and have a pretty good idea about what my husband likes to do for fun. He loves movies, food, golf, getting active and, as of late, Tori Kelly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard him playing her music, humming along or gushing over something she did or said on Youtube. Seeing him get so excited about something made me want to do something special, surprise him in a big way. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Surprise for my Husband”

Self Portrait OOTD


Today I shot a video, got gussied up and took some images of myself for my website and a marketing campaign that I’m working on. I thought I’d share my OOTD with the images I took. They aren’t the usual 360 but I hope you get the gist.

I wore a new combination today, lace and floral. I wanted to do a semi-monochromatic look so I chose colors within the same color family. I think it turned out to be a success. What do you think? Leave a comment below!

Have courage,
Elle

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OOTD: Friday Floral and Denim


Today’s ootd was experimental. It was cold out but I still wanted to wear a skirt. To stay warm, I threw on some olive colored tights and another skirt underneath my vintage blue floral skirt (thrifted). I paired it with a thrifted denim jacket that I wore as a top, a thrifted woven belt and a burgundy necklace that I found on clearance at Icing. Wasn’t sure what shoes to wear so I just went with a pair of black Mary Janes.

I coordinated a company wide paper airplane contest today. Everyone had so much fun getting away from their cubicles and just playing around like kids. My team won the best looking plane award and a cash prize! Not a bad way to start the weekend!

Have courage,
Elle

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Life as a Bald Woman


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One of the first things people ask when they see me is “Are you ok?” because they are concerned that I have come down with a sickness that has reduced me to baldness. Once I reassure them that I’m healthy, they ask “What made you decide to cut your hair?” followed by “Are you going to grow it back out?” and “I don’t think I could pull that look off”. I get lots of mixed reactions from admiration, to shock so I thought I’d write about what life is like for me as a bald woman. Continue reading “Life as a Bald Woman”

Becoming a Bald Babe


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If there’s one thing that can stress, depress or inspire us on a daily basis, it’s our hair. Add thinning areas, split ends and texture to the mix and you’re in for a long night. Over the past four years, I’ve been loving, hating and tolerating my hair. Some days I feel amazing and others, I feel like I look bad. I’ve been going back and forth on what to do with my hair a lot lately. It has been growing but not all over my head. There’s a huge thinning area that’s been the bane of my hair attempts since 10th grade. Continue reading “Becoming a Bald Babe”

Tackling Mom’s Wardrobe


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Mom’s closet after the makeover

Over the holiday break, I sat down with my mom and helped her determine her personal style. She had soooo many things in the closet but felt like she didn’t have much to wear. After leafing through a few books and her closet, we determined that she has Gamine style = sweet and charming. After a few hours of holding up garments for her to keep or give away, we ended up with 41 keepers. We realized that she loved hues of pink and biege/gold for tops and dark colored pants. She wanted a 50 piece wardrobe so I took her thrift shopping (her first time!). Continue reading “Tackling Mom’s Wardrobe”