Sustainability, Minimalism, Veganism

Emily's Eye

Emily's Eye

Sustainability, Minimalism, Veganism

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What I Eat in a Day: Seeds and Greens

What I Eat in a Day: Seeds and Greens

Today, I’ll be sharing my go-to lunch recipe with you that I successfully concocted all by myself and have become obsessed with it. It’s easy to make in less than five minutes and is incredibly satisfying without leading to lethargy. Ingredients: 2 pieces whole grain bread […]

10 Questions for the Mid-Year Reflection

10 Questions for the Mid-Year Reflection

I recently came across this quiz about reflecting on your New Year’s Resolutions, posted by Alexandra Franzen, and had to give it a go on my blog. A lot has changed in the past 7 or so months, and it’s always a good thing to self-reflect […]

HOW TO: Create a Capsule Wardrobe

HOW TO: Create a Capsule Wardrobe

One of the concepts of minimalism that struck me the most was the idea of a capsule wardrobe: owning 30-37 articles of clothing. Period. While I’d love to write a post about my journey from a normal wardrobe to a capsule wardrobe (comment below if you’d like to see a post about that!),  this post will surround the how-to aspect from my personal experience. So, let’s begin!

 

  1. Ask yourself why you’re doing this. Is this because your closet is a mess? Do you need to spend less money on clothes? Do you wish to spend less time getting ready in the morning? By knowing the why behind the decision, it will be easier to come back to that point when you need a bit of motivation.
  2. Get inspired. I recommend blogs like Un-Fancy and books like Anuschka Rees’  The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe. Search around on the internet to find stories, images, and voices to inspire your journey towards having a capsule wardrobe.
  3. Purge. Get. Rid. Of. It. Any items that you haven’t worn at all, or even a lot, in the past year. Any items that don’t fit. Any items that are worn out. Any items that don’t make you feel powerful, confident, and strong every time you wear them. Be merciless. Be ruthless. get a friend or family member’s advice if you can’t bring yourself to toss anything. But do not keep anything just because it’s expensive, a friend bought it for you, you have no reason to wear it, or it has sentimental value (exception: wedding dress). Sacrifices must be made for the greater good. Even if that greater good is just a well-curated closet.
  4. Sort. Take all of the items you’ve purged and sort them into categories: reuse (items to be reused as rags or for other members of your household), donate (donate to a neighbor/friend or Goodwill), sell (if it’s something very valuable), and trash (clothes that no one should have to wear, socks, and undergarments).
  5. Reassess. Look at the items you have left. Do they follow a theme, whether that be a color or style? Be cognizant of your appearance and what works for you. Are there any articles that aren’t working with the rest? Get rid of those.
  6. Find holes. Looking at what remains, do you find any holes in your wardrobe? Did all of your office clothes not spark joy because they were too drab? Did you recently gain/lose weight and nothing fits anymore? In order to better assess, think of the activities you participate in or are planning on participating in in the future. What clothing items are missing? Write up a list of specific articles of clothing you need. Then, think of where you can purchase quality items at a decent price (… while keeping in mind ethics and toxicity. To find out more about ethical companies, click here. To find out more about toxic clothing, click here.)
  7. Fill them. Go out and fill the holes in your closet, but be mindful about your purchases. Would you spend money on this item even if it wasn’t on sale? Would you wear this for years? Does it match everything else in your closet?
  8. Enjoy your clothes. If you completed steps 1-7 correctly, every time you get dressed, you should smile. You curated a beautiful collection of pieces that will last you for years to come, so enjoy it. Get creative with your ensembles. Make the most out of your purchases.
  9. Reassess. Every seasonal change, reassess your closet’s needs. Don’t throw out clothes just because winter is over. Store them for next year, and repeat steps 1-8 for the new season.

Do you have any tips or tricks for how to curate a capsule wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

Love,

Emily

What I Eat In A Day / BREAKFAST

What I Eat In A Day / BREAKFAST

Ever since I became vegan, I’ve spent more time making and eating food. It’s not that I’ve been eating more food (I’ve actually decreased the number of snacks and desserts I eat by substituting them for larger meals); I’ve just been more thoughtful about what […]