SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE and CLOSET LAYOUT

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I've been a devoted fan of capsule wardrobes for a few years now, and I love the minimalistic simplicity it brings to my life. I enjoy fashion, but in my early days as a style blogger (circa 2011 - 2015) I had a tendency to accumulate so much clothing that it made my head spin when trying to decide what to wear. Most of it was thrifted or purchased on sale, but it was still in excess and made things so much more complicated than they needed to be.

I found out about capsule wardrobes through a friend who posted Courtney Carver's Project 333 blog and that was all it took. I sorted my closet that same weekend and narrowed my clothing down to 33 key pieces. Now I only have 24 - not including shoes, underwear and workout clothing/pajamas. 

When we moved to California, I downsized more because I no longer needed half of my wardrobe - things like heavy coats, thick sweaters and scarves, as well as many of the long-sleeved tops I owned. I passed some on to friends, sold the rest in a yard sale, and donated what was left.

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The seasonal changes are very *gentle* here in SoCal, with temperature fluctuations usually hovering around 20 degrees of difference from day to evening, so light layers are the order of the day. If we're going to the beach, we might pack hoodies or a light jacket, but that's really the maximum warmth you need here, even in the heart of winter.

All that being said, there is a lot more rotation of the same clothing from season to season for me here. California style, in general, is more relaxed and casual. The preppy look I used to be fond of in the Midwest just seems fussy here, so I've embraced the bohemian style fully. 

I've recently lost over 30 pounds, so it was time for some updating to the wardrobe. I added a few pieces from Target and from my favorite local boutique, Nadya's Closet. I decided my palette for spring/summer was going to be a range of neutrals with pops of coral and pink. 

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Our midcentury bungalow is half the size of our house in Missouri, and I love it. I've always said I would be a happy tiny house owner, and while 1200' isn't technically tiny, it's plenty of room for us. Less space means smaller closets and needing to get a little creative with storage, though. 

My husband has the bigger closet, because -shocker- he has more clothing and shoes than I do with working a corporate job and needing more of a diverse wardrobe.

I made the most of my small closet by adding cup hooks to hang my necklaces, and collapsible boxes for my workout clothes and pajamas instead of having a bulky dresser in this tiny 10x10 room. I decided not to put the closet doors back on my closet. Because it is so small and curated, I really do enjoy looking at it.

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These are truly all the shoes I own. Anyone who knew me way back when knows this is amazing! There's also is a pair of hiking boots hiding behind that white tunic - very much a necessity for living in beautiful outdoorsy California.

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On a side note, this entire room has undergone quite a transformation. There will be another post about that in the future. It involved lots of outdated wallpaper, sanding, and maybe a few curse words. :)

How about you? Do you love having lots of clothing choices, or more of a curated collection? 

SKINCARE EMPTIES // MARCH 2018

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It's no secret that I love beauty products. From the time I was a teenager, I had quite a collection of makeup, skincare, and haircare items. It almost filled our entire linen closet in our tiny apartment when I was in high school! Now, as a middle-aged lady, skincare is where I spend most of my time, energy, and money. 

These are skincare items I started using in the winter, and finished up this month. I love empties reviews, because I feel the best way to get to know whether or not a product works for you is to use it all up.

Pacifica Skincare

I enjoy Pacifica products and have used several items from their skincare line. I love that they are all-natural and cruelty-free, plus the packaging is just so gorgeous! Here are the three I used up this season:

  • Dreamy Youth Day and Night Cream - This will be the fourth bottle of Dreamy Youth I have gone through this winter/spring. It's a great all-purpose moisturizer for anyone looking to soften the signs of aging along with adding moisture to their skin. It absorbs quickly, looks great under makeup, and I love the pump applicator. The only thing I don't like about this product is that I go through it so fast! I wish it came in a bigger bottle.
  • Glow Baby Salvation Walnut Scrub - This was a coarser-grained physical exfoliator, which I mostly used on my chest and arms/shoulders, because I have super sensitive skin and prefer a chemical exfoliator for my face. 
  • Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash - A great all-purpose cleanser that removes dirt, oil, and makeup without drying your skin or causing irritation. I used this as the second step cleanse in my double-cleanse routine, right after my cleansing oil.
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Caudalie Skincare

I received these deluxe samples as a Sephora points perk. I was so happy about that, because I discovered my new favorite serum after Nuxe broke my heart and stopped selling their line in the US. 

  • Instant Detox Mask - This mask really does what it says it will do. I have a big issue with clogged pores on my nose, and this mask pulls everything out without being uncomfortable or irritating. As soon as I work through some of my other masks, I will be repurchasing.
  • VinoPerfect Radiance Serum- This is my current serum. I repurchased in the full size after trying this and noticed a marked difference in my larger "freckles" and my melasma. It helped brighten my skin and has age-supporting properties as well because of the high concentration of grape polyphenols.
  • Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - I love the texture of this moisturizer. It is light and fluffy and absorbs quickly. A great all-purpose moisturizer for all skin types. 
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Sunscreens

Sunscreen is a must-do here in Southern California. With my fair skin, I can barely go out to check the mail without getting a bit of a burn. I've been an avid sunscreen-wearer since I was a teen, and I really think any grace I've received in the aging department is thoroughly the result of being diligent!

  • CeraVe InvisibleZinc Face Lotion SPF50 - This is a great facial sunscreen if you don't want to wear makeup over it. Because of the high zinc content, it will show underneath your foundation. For that reason, I mostly wore this on hikes and outings and on my hands. It is also very water-resistant, so I will be repurchasing for when our pool is ready and warm enough for swimming!
  • Burt's Bees Firming Day Lotion SPF30 - I didn't really care for this one, which is unusual for me with Burt's Bees - a line I really enjoy and typically have good results with. The scent was a bit off-putting - kind of sour - and this showed under my makeup as well. 
  • Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF50 - My current daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. This is perfect - great texture, absorbs well, and does not show under foundation. I will repurchase, over and over - although I have heard great things about the La Roche Posay Anthelios as well.
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Various Skincare Extras

  • Lorac Lightsource Primer - This is very similar to the Becca Backlight primer. I have combo skin, so if I use an illuminating primer, I can sometimes look a bit too dewy, but this was nice under a matte, full-coverage foundation. I think if you have dry skin and like a lot of luminosity, you will love this.
  • Tony Moly Chok-Chok Green Tea Watery Cream - I really enjoyed this. I received the sample in my Ipsy bag and I think this is a great, soothing, lightweight moisturizer. Even seemed to calm my omnipresent redness.
  • Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer - Wow did I love this! I have pores the size of the Arizona meteor crater on my nose, and this filled them in and made my makeup seamless. I'm working through a few other primers before I repurchase, but this is fantastic. 
  • Korres Cucumber Eye Mask - I enjoyed it until...it went bad. I had it for almost a year, and it takes such a minuscule amount that I wasn't able to use it up before it turned yellow and rancid on me. Anyone else have issues with eye creams and other eye products going bad before you can use them up? In any case, it was soothing and hydrating and felt great on mornings and evenings when the eyes were just a little tired

That's everything I used up for the past three months. If you had any skincare favorites this winter, I'd love to hear what you used up and enjoyed!