Happy Thursday! Today's a day to celebrate because... IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! And not just any birthday, it's my 25th birthday. A quarter of a decade! What?! I can hardly believe it. I feel like I have lived such a full life, and yet there is still so much I'd love to do.
Initially I had a post written with 25 things I've learned over the course of 25 years. Butttttttttttt, somehow, before my post was saved, the window closed, and three hours worth of work was gone. So, needless to say, I will not be sharing that today, although I might be able to share that one day in the future. Instead, I thought I decided to share two other things.
One: The #summertofall2020 challenge. Here is a glimpse of this super fun challenge I was introduced to by a friend via Instagram. By it's hashtag, it's fairly easy to assume what that challenge is. Simply take your favorite summer pieces and making them autumn appropriate. It's requires some creativity, which in this season, is important to me. We're on day FOUR today, but I haven't photographed that yet, so I am just sharing from the first three days. What do you think? Would you wear any of these looks?
Second: I wanted to share a few ramblings I have regarding some important life-lessons that have become incredibly impactful in this "interesting" year. They are simple thoughts, but they have blessed my life, and I hope they bless you too.
Let God write your love story. When you are surrendered to the perfect and loving will of God for your life. I can personally attest that He will not disappoint.
Spend time in the intimate place with the Lord. Every single day. God doesn't just want us for a few moments every day. He wants our hearts, our attention, our love, all the time. Enoch was rewarded for his faith because he walked with God, not just visited God occasionally. It wasn't just a few moments a day, it was a moment by moment investment.
Friends are precious. We were created to invest and be invested in by others. Hold your friends tightly. They are worth your time and love.
It's okay to be vulnerable. I'm not talking about a big dramatic mess. I mean, open and honest about your struggles and trials, with people you trust.
Learn how to ask people to pray for you. The prayers of a righteous person are very powerful. Learning to face life under the covering of prayer is vital to a dynamic walk with Christ.
Following the crowd rarely leads to discovering truth. Most of the time the Crowd is riled up by what is popular and compelling, not by what is true.
Be critical. And I don't mean rude. I mean process. I mean objectively examine facts. Learning how to be a critical thinker leads to you being able to decipher fact from fiction much easier than the masses. Critical thinking allows you to look past cultural definitions and align what you're seeing with what you are hearing and reading. It's allows you to be objective. It cultivates wisdom, and knowledge. It allows you to set in stone that 😺😺+😺😺 will always equal 😺😺😺😺, no matter what what words or numbers someone might use to "define" what is, reality.
Identity should never rest in a natural talent or occupation. Who you are is not what you are able to do or what your title is. Your identity is what you are when everything else has been taken away from you.
Embrace the seasons. Life is all about seasons. Nothing will stay the same forever. Things will change. And that is okay. In the good seasons and the hard ones, there are little wonders to be enjoyed and treasured, even if they are as simple as waking up to a sunny morning. And don't fail to enjoy the season just because you know it won't last forever. Take it moment by moment, and seek the contentment of God to grow you in every season.
Life is precious. Life is sacred at ever stage of development. Life, everyones' life, matters.
It's okay to not look perfect. There are times, just in the last year, that I look back and think, "well, that was a dumb idea." But the past is the past. If you've hurt someone, apologize for it. Make amends. If you've been hurt, forgive. And most importantly don't let bitterness take root in your life.
Take control of your health. Life should not be about chronic illness and mental health. So much of the issues that are frequent topics within all social spheres are our health issues. And it doesn't need to be that way. God has created the body and mind to be healed, to regenerate, not to be on a life time of pharmaceuticals. Learning how you can take control of your health and not be dependent upon doctors and therapist, brings an incredible amount of freedom. FYI: Clean water, clean eating, and detoxing regularly are incredibly helpful in maintaining a good immune system.
Take the time to make memories. Even when circumstances are not ideal, or it will cause you to be a bit inconvenienced, the memories and stories are always worth it.
Fear should never be accepted as your identity. It doesn't have to be. There is so much more to life than fear and worry. As someone who has struggled with fear for a majority of my life, I know what it means to feel captive, but I also know what it feels like to be free. And once I experienced freedom, there is nothing that makes me want to go back to that place.
Keep an eternal perspective. Life here is so short, and honestly, no matter how fulfilled you may feel in any given moment, it is only a shadow of things to come.
If you have made it to this point, good for you! HAHA! It means the world that you would stick around and hear my heart.
I hope you have a great day, and thank you for taking a bit of time out of your day to share a moment with me on my birthday.
Until next time,
Hello again, friends,
If you have read any of my past posts you have probably noticed in the photos that I love hats. Like, I have a thing for hats. All hats. I love hats. Yeah...
I wear them fairly frequently and find they add so much to any outfit. And they are appropriate for any season. They make curating a wardrobe for the whole year very easy, adding fresh dimension to any outfit. So they are pretty much the best accessory. Ever, IMO.
Anywho, over the last few months I've been on the hunt for an affordable camel colored, wide brimmed hat, preferably one without a band to keep it versatile. But I was not aiming to pay over $100 for a hat. I might like hats but I am way too frugal to invest that much into an accessory. So I was thrilled when I came across this one from Pink Lily. It was less than $35 and I got 20% off for my first order. Win/Win.
Anyway, I wanted to make sure I was able to really show off the ability for one hat to work for all seasons without looking out of place. And even to show a more elevated option as well as a casual one. You don't have to use this particular hat, of course. You could pick another color, or another style.
When it comes to choosing a hat appropriate for a year round wardrobe, I personally don't think a straw hat looks proper in winter time, but spring and summer they're great. So for that reason, I find myself investing in wool or polyester hats that don't look silly in cool weather, and also are acceptable to wear with denim cut-offs in 90 degree temps. You see my thought process? I have three neutral colored wide brimmed hats, along with a couple other spring hats, and two floppy hats for fall and winter. But my investment pieces can be worn year round.
Maybe you're the type that feels like hats don't look right on you. I know some people feel that way. But when you find a hat that fits well (I always try to look for adjustable hats) both in size and style, you may be surprised at how flattering they actually are. If they don't fit great sitting directly on your head, I like to tilt mine back just a little and have it sit with the brim pointed up more. It depends on the look I'm going for. It doesn't work great in the wind, but if you don't wear it during a storm, or on the plains of Wyoming, you'll be fine.
So if you haven't tried hats for your wardrobe yet, I would encourage you to at least experiment with them. Try different styles, bring someone along who will be honest about how they look. Don't be afraid to stretch outside of your comfort zone and try something that you wouldn't necessarily attempt without prodding. If you are only going to own one hat, make it work during all seasons.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I would take some time to talk about the differences between a capsule wardrobes and a year-round wardrobe. Capsule Wardrobes have always been a thing, but they have gained a lot of traction over the last few years, becoming extremely appealing to people who are embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. There are challenges like the 10x10 or the 30x30, where you take 10 items and create 10 outfits. Or 30 items and create 30 outfits. Then you have the French style, which is a very classic and timeless small wardrobe. There is also the seasonal capsule wardrobes where you take a certain amount of tops, pants, shoes, and outerwear for each season.
I love the idea of minimalist dressing, only wearing the things you absolutely love. But I don't like feeling confined by rules or being a bit constricted by what patterns are acceptable by minimalists. Maintaining a lot of neutrals and feeling like you can't get too expressive isn't for me. Now, don't misunderstand. There are definitely capsule wardrobes that can be quite expressive, creative and colorful if that's your thing. But I don't like being held to rules about what I should or shouldn't do to curate a capsule wardrobe. I do love the ideas of challenges though, so maybe we'll do a few of our own here, but for now, let me move on to the explanation of the Year-Round Wardrobe.
So what makes the Year-Round Wardrobe different from the Capsule? Honestly, there are simply fewer rules and limits. To achieve the max amount of creativity and outfits, you don't want to keep items that you don't love or wouldn't want to re-wear. But you can have as many items as you want. You don't have to stick to any particular color palette or limit your patterns. You can have all you love, you just need to feel like you can wear them as often as you want without growing tired of them. If getting the max wear of your favorite outfits means you need to get rid of some of your lesser-loved items, do it. If you love variety and do not feel like you are overwhelmed with choices then maybe it's time to simply mix it up and try out a few NEW ways to wear a piece that you love.
Personally, I wouldn't encourage a giant wardrobe if you become overwhelmed easily when you look at all of it while trying to decide what to wear. But most certainly keep the things that you find yourself loving and wearing often. If there are pieces you love but don't know how you could wear them more than a season or two because of color, pattern, or fabric, keep them for a while and experiment layering with a jacket, leggings, rolling up the sleeves, etc.
Anyway, once you know what you want to wear year-round, it's time to experiment with layering, mixing patterns (I'll do a post on that another time), accessorizing, and so forth. Some outerwear and accessories I find very helpful in creating a year-round wardrobe are; a leather jacket, a denim jacket, a neutral belt, a versatile purse, a pair of neutral flats (I prefer tan or camel color, but my current go-to is black), neutral boots, a silk scarf or two if that's your thing, a pair of sandals, some sort of vest or blazer depending on preference, a couple hats (i.e., a neutral wide brim hat, a straw hat, a baseball cap, a fedora), and your jewelry of choice. Of course these aren't must-haves. But I found these helpful in creating my own outfits.
In my closet I have a limited amount of purses, but an exorbitant amount of shoes. I also have quite a few belts and scarves that I've thrifted over the years. I probably do not need near as many items as I have, but it's helpful in creating some very fun outfits. So if you have a particular item that you keep a lot of like shoes, scarves, purses or jackets/vests/blazers, when creating outfits, I would focus on trying to find at least several ways to utilize those particular items.
I also find it helpful to have some versatile patterned pieces, like the leopard print skirt above. I can wear that particular skirt in all seasons, with almost any top. That one specific piece can lead to the creation of many outfits, year round. You never have to feel restricted from expressing the fact that you enjoy certain bold patterns and styles when you style them right.
In the video below I take the cropped sweater and demonstrate how to turn a chambray summer romper into a unique summer look, along with sharing some other seasonal ideas. By utilizing two simple pieces, and a belt, you can make some lovely eye-catching outfits.
Hopefully this post has given you some inspiration if you are looking for a new way to create a year-round wardrobe, utilizing all your favorite pieces in your closet.
The fires here in Cali are still burning wildly and it's honestly, so sad to see. Even though we are currently in a safe zone, there is plenty of brush nearby that could potentially turn into a massive wildfire, if we are not careful. These sorts of circumstances always put things into perspective for me. It's a sobering reminder that the things in this world are so temporary. Our homes, our money, our clothes, even our lives are so temporary and can be taken from us in just a moment.
That is why it is so vital to focus on the things of eternity, gathering treasure in heaven and not in this world where simple instability can steal away our livelihoods. It is a reminder to invest in the things that matter the most.
Acknowledging the temporary is actually what sparked this section of Gold&Charm. God has placed a creative bent in my mind when it comes to clothes, but there was a season where I had too many pieces of clothing where it felt like I couldn't actually get creative because there was no need. Often times when simplicity is lacking, so is creativity. Simplicity sparks the creative side because you are prompted to have to create to avoid boredom. Excess might not be boring but it can be stressful. Stress is simply another inhibitor to creativity. You get the point.
So when choosing items to create outfits appropriate for each season, I like picking the unexpected. Things like a long sleeved (light weight of course) tops for summer with the sleeves rolled up. Or an above-the-knee skirt with tall boots in the winter. There are ways to wear all of them, you just have think outside the box.
Making sure you have versatile accessories really helps to create versatile outfits. As I've mentioned before in other posts having a good leather jacket for the cooler months and a great neutral belt to give interest no matter the season, makes creating new outfits incredibly easy. Sometimes just wearing a pair of block heels and a necklace elevates a very casual outfit.
When I buy something I always try to imagine styling it at least three different ways. If I can only style it one or two ways, I won't get as much use out of it, as I would prefer. I don't like repeating outfits too often, although I do not mind reusing pieces. This is why I prefer a year-round wardrobe instead of the standard capsule wardrobe. I'll go into more detail regarding the differences in a future post.
If you feel like you're struggling to get creative in your closet, I would encourage you to take some time this week, pick your favorite item in your closet, and find a way to accessorize it to work for you in all four seasons.
The video below has just a few quick tricks to keep your outfits elevated, and your favorite pieces versatile. Let me know in the comments if there is something you'd like to see specifically in an upcoming video or post. I love hearing from you. Whether here or on social media.
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It's been quite a while since I last wrote...but, it goes without saying that I am very excited for this new season of G&C. I have always loved designing both timeless and on-trend outfits. But due to either lack of inspiration, discouragement, exhaustion, motherhood, wife-life, or what have you, I just haven't been able to get myself going until this week. It's been almost a year since I've done any real styling. But it feels so good to be back.
I'm not sure exactly when the styling bug bit me, but over the last few weeks, I've been feeling really overwhelmed by my closet. I only own things that I really really like, but I like quite a lot. And I was feeling like I wasn't getting enough wear out of the things I enjoyed wearing the most. So I began playing around with how I could wear some of my favorite items all year long. And so this idea of "Seasonal Style" was birthed.
A lot of times, there are things like seasonal capsule wardrobes, or a very minimalist year-round capsule wardrobe, but I personally don't like the idea of only getting to wear certain things that I love, for only a season. And where I live, it is too much of a drastic temperature change during the course of the year, for me to keep only a small amount of clothes to ALWAYS wear. I needed to find a way to wear the things that I really enjoy as often as possible. Three to all four seasons, if possible. So I began playing around with things I really enjoyed and here we are. I hope it inspires your closet creations as much as it has inspired mine.
Now, before I continue there is something I want y'all to know. It's something that is vital to know in all that I do. Style, fashion, wardrobes, etc are not life. For me they are an enjoyable part of life, and I'm grateful for the creativity the Lord has given me in this sphere. But all of these things are wasting away. I want to enjoy the talents God has given me. But the things of eternity are what truly matter, and I desire to invest a majority of my time into those things. If God has given me talents that do not necessarily carry into eternity, then when I do take part in pouring into that, I want to create those things to be a catalyst that will point others to Him.
Okay, so now that you know where I am coming from, let us continue.
I, personally, am a lover of anything that is feminine. I love skirts, dresses, flowy material, floral print, gold, you get what I'm saying. So when I was going through my closet, searching for some items that would be appropriate for all seasons, I came across this fun patterned wrap skirt. I purchased it last year on ThreadUP (if you haven't checked out the world's largest online thrift store, you must do it).
It was an easy choice, a great length for spring and summer, and a great material for fall and winter, but all in all, it is comfortable year round. It has a neutral pattern that doesn't scream any specific time of year as floral or some other specific prints sometimes does.
It is very important to pick seasonally-appropriate fabrics to accompany whatever the focal point may be. In my case, it is a skirt. Picking the right fabric is a very important detail. And it's vital when creating a wardrobe that works year-round. Cotton, silk, viscose, and polyester blends are great go-to's for all seasons. Leather, linen, and tweed are usually more associated with specific times of year based on their ability to warm or cool. Leather can be versatile, but I personally tend to wear it more in the cooler months, while sticking to breathable materials in warmer temperatures.
Mixing fabrics and textures also adds great dimension to a look. Metals, a leather jacket, a woven belt, canvas bag, a graphic tee, straw hats, a wool hat, black tights or leggings, vegan leather over the knee boots, are my go-to's and I've found all of them to make great additions to any outfit depending on the season. Of course, depending on your own personal style you have to choose what accessories you would wear the most. And once you have them, you can use them to make one piece of clothing become completely seasonally appropriate.
Has this helped just a bit, to get that creative ball rolling? In this video, I show a few quick trick to creating the looks above using just a belt or a clear hair tie.
Be sure to let me know if this has given you some new ideas for extending your wardrobe into multiple seasons. I love hearing from you!