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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? 

LEFT TURN

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It occurred to me that I've never posted my biggest news of the year on the blog. We moved to California!

This past year has been exciting, terrifying, and so busy that I've neglected posting here. From the whirlwind process of my husband interviewing in LA, to rebranding my photography business, getting rid of more than HALF our things, and selling our house in Springfield - the move to Southern California? It's been a lot. 

But we're so happy here. Apart from missing our friends and family back in Missouri, we have settled in nicely here in California. We're even putting down some roots and staying awhile. We close on our house in two weeks, and I'm looking forward to doing lots of decorating projects in our new home.

I'm taking a break from shooting weddings for awhile, and I've decided to do some personal work to get to know my new environment before I dive back into shooting full time. I'm excited to make some art for my own enjoyment, which is the one thing I miss about being an amateur. I'm still homeschooling Avery, so it's nice to take a bit of a breather for a few months and focus on her as well. 

I've also missed writing personal posts and blogging about lifestyle stuff, so I'm going to be doing more of that instead of only posting about the sessions and weddings I've done. I think it's great to get to know more about the person behind the camera, and I'm looking forward to letting you into our new life here in California.

So here's to a year of making art for art's sake - most of it unpaid - and sharing more of the jaw-dropping beauty I'm surrounded by.