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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OOTD: Spring in the Winter


As promised, I’m posting my OOTDs again on my personal blog. I apologize for the gap in these fashion posts. I’ve been busy working on my company plans and website but I don’t want to let my recording of my thrifted fashion goals go astray.

My top was one of the items I snagged when helping my mom organize and create her capsule wardrobe. It fits so comfortably and allows room for me to layer shirts underneath without getting frumpy. And of course, I love the lace and the rose collared jewelry (thank you Charming Charlie)! The sun was shining so bright that it made this top look a little coral but it is actually more pink, lol. The pants were thrifted and are featured in my visual wardrobe post. The shoes are the only thing I bought retail from Target. Overall, I love this look, especially since the weather has been cold and gloomy. I prefer to keep my pastel patterned style all year long. While an all neutral wardrobe is common, I love the way light colors and lace look against my skin.

Have courage,
Elle

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June 22nd OOTD: It’s Monday Again


Today was a pretty slow day work wise. I was glad because I stayed up until 3am finishing my twists. I hope these last for awhile. It’s going to be nice not having to do my hair everyday. Today I decided to be comfortable and feminine. I went with this gathered black top from New York & Company and this tie-dye skirt from the thrift store. It was made by a company called Alberto Makali. I finished it off with some flat black shoes but I didn’t bother putting them on for these shots. I guess you’ll have to use your imagination.

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's OOTD June 22nd.

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3.24.15 Today’s Outfit


So my work day was pretty rough. My computer had a bunch of issues going on and slowed down/stopped progress. I just hope it’s back on track tomorrow. I don’t want a repeat of frustration with PC computers. I almost wish that I could have brought my iMAC to work with me at one point, lol. But even though the work day sucked, I feel great about my look for the day. The light jacket was given to me by a friend. My shirt was a $5 find at the Goodwill and the Jeans came from Macy’s (another Mom gift from a few years back).

My day improved greatly once I got home. My nephew and I went for a walk to the library to pick up a sewing book I requested and stopped for ice cream before heading home. I have really enjoyed having him over for the last couple of days. I’m looking forward to his next visit.

Have courage,
Elle

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Fasting and Furniture


Whenever a new year starts, Brandon (the hubster) and I tend to participate in a spiritual activity to help us reboot and re-focus. This year, it’s the 21 day Daniel fast. Aside from avoiding certain foods, we are writing in journals daily, praying and getting in some personal worship time with God. This is day two and I am feeling very positive about it so far. At first, avoiding sugar, fried food, meat and dairy seemed difficult but we’ve found some good solutions. I didn’t realize how many products contained added sugars, bleached wheat or chemicals (like tortillas, salad dressing and even some canned fruits). It’s no wonder people have so many health issues these days. There are so many junk foods out there disguised as healthy choices that it’s ridiculous. Continue reading “Fasting and Furniture”

My New Hair Moisture Routine


This post is for anyone who is trying to figure out a good routine for keep their hair moisturized. Not interested in hair care? Run away, before you get caught up in the parade of natural hair jargon and products! I’ve come up with a new way for my hair, and so far it seems to be yielding good results. Keep in mind, not all natural hair types are the same, so what works for me, may not work for you. Below, I’ve shared what products I use for my co-washing / moisturizing and daily moisturizing routines.

Co-Wash and Moisturize

Because it is a lengthy process, I only do this once or twice a week. First I co-wash (use conditioner instead of shampoo) my hair twice in the shower. The first time around, I use Fructis Triple Nutrition  or Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise.

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I like these products because they do a great job of cleansing my hair without drying it out. I start out with a generous amount in my palm and dab it throughout my hair before using my fingertips to lift any dirt or buildup from my scalp. I usually finger detangle when needed. For the second co-wash, I use Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Creme or v05 Strawberries and Cream Conditioner. I love using both of these products because they soften my hair and because they have a  lot of slick (they make your hair feel slick so its easy to manipulate), it so much easier to detangle my hair before rinsing. I rarely rinse all of the conditioner out. When it comes to natural hair, moisture is your friend, dryness your biggest foe.

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After that, I just section my hair into small ponytails to keep it from bunching together. Then, one at a time mind you, I add shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and smooth it (use my fingertips to rub the product in my hair from root to tip) into my hair. Then I add a little  Jam Conditioning Hair Gel before putting it into a 2 strand twist, smoothing as I go. By the end of the process, I usually have 25 big twists in my hair. All that’s left to do is slip on a scarf and go to bed.

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Daily Moisturizing

To keep my hair soft and manageable between co-washes, I spritz it with a mixture of water and v05 conditioner. Then I just seal (trap the water and conditioner so that it doesn’t dry out) with canola oil or Africa’s Best Kids Organics Growth Oil Remedy. Using oil helps keep moisture from escaping and provides a deeper level of hydration for each strand of hair.

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Summer Combo #1


1As promised, I’m now starting to use my summer capsule wardrobe everyday until the end of August. This is the first combination that I came up with. To add some flare, I wore this scarf, though I think I should have added a belt to the pants. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I think it could work in both casual and professional settings. I wore this to work today. What do you think? — ElleDSC_7066

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe


topsOk, as promised, I have photographed and sorted out 50 or fewer items to wear this summer. The theme behind my selections was bright feminine colors, texture and patterns. The goal is to stray away from too many dark or neutral colors. I still need a pair of wedges and nice black dress shoes, but I will add those later. I plan to stick to this wardrobe from June 15th until the end of August. The only exception will be when I am working out, lounging around the house or doing something that requires getting dirty. I’ve got a few items in my closet to wear for those occasions but I am forbidding myself (lol) from wearing anything outside of my capsule wardrobe to work, church, dates, or photo gigs.  If you too have been guilty of wearing sweats to the grocery store, bad ensemble combinations to work or dingy colored everything, I challenge you to create your own summer wardrobe. Take a look at the rest of my threads below! Your encouragement is greatly appreciated! Elle bottoms dresses

Capsule Wardrobe Plans


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In order to improve my fashion sense, I’ve decided to get rid of all of the items in my wardrobe that make me look under 21 (although sometimes, this can’t be helped, I’ve got a real baby face). I tossed out so many things, some that I really love, but in the long run they don’t add to my ideal appearance. What look am I going for? I want to look stylish, professional, and of legal age, lol. I’m often mistaken for a teenager but I’m turning 27 this year. With my career goals, I need to be taken seriously by potential clients and employers. With that in mind, I’m creating capsule wardrobes with summer.

I want each capsule to contain 50 items total; shoes, tops, bottoms and dresses. Now that doesn’t include accessories, camisoles, or lounge wear for around the house and working out. It’s going to be challenging. I’ve got to put more thought into my look ahead of time and really get creative with the combination of items to wear. In order to help myself do this, I photographed all of my wardrobe items in order to plan my looks in advance and avoid too many repeats. I will post them on here for your input as well as images of me in them. I have to stick with each capsule for three months so once they are set, no adding! Right now, I’m at 48 items. I just need to add a pair of black dress shoes and wedges to make my wardrobe complete! Then the cataloging can begin!