Monday, July 31, 2017

Summertime Nesting

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Lately I have been bitten by a very motivating DIY and redecorating bug.  I can barely concentrate on anything other than reworking my furniture, finding new pieces to tackle and focusing on those home projects I swore I'd complete when I moved into my house over 3 years ago.  My Pinterest page has been getting a major workout from all the ideas I'm gathering! I imagine this is what nesting feels like for pregnant woman (minus the baby and all)!  I am driving my husband nuts with swatches, pins and dragging him to the store with me to pick out storage baskets (ugh, sorry Scot!) only to have him tell me to do whatever I want.  A man after my own heart!  

What projects are you working on this summer?

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Chambray|Old Navy   Shorts|Gap   Loafers|Coach   Bag|Banana Republic
in kinsey's closet girl in denim shorts chambray top loafers banana republic fashion blogger train tracks

in kinsey's closet girl in denim shorts chambray top loafers banana republic fashion blogger train tracks

in kinsey's closet girl in denim shorts chambray top loafers banana republic fashion blogger train tracks

in kinsey's closet girl in denim shorts chambray top loafers banana republic fashion blogger train tracks

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Master Class

I'm going to be honest: I love a good deal.  I was raised by a mother who is Master Class level sales shopping.  She can sniff out a deal better than a bloodhound, and that mentality definitely seeped in a little over the years.  Despite how my income has changed over the years, I still shop like that poor college student most of the time.  I score most of my clothes on sale, with gift cards and at thrift shops.  Style is important to me, but I just can't bring myself to spend massive amounts on clothing unless I have a very specific reason.  There are certain things I will splurge on, and as much as I love clothing it just isn't one of them.  Now this doesn't mean I don't like or want nice things- I just now how to be patient and wait for sales and scoop up coupon codes to get what I want at a fraction of the price.  I cannot remember the last time I paid full price for ANY item of clothing in the last 5 years.  

Sometimes people will be surprised to hear that since I own a metric ton of clothing, but it's true!  It honestly seems like people respond much better to my unique thrift store finds than clothing I bought at a boutique or department store!  It just keeps motivating me to reach for the pieces no one else has.  Both this kerchief and bag were snagged at secondhand shops, and the boots, shirt, sunnies and skirt were each under $15!  
Tee|Hanes   Skirt|Old Navy   Booties|Merona   Bag|Longaberger   Glasses|Charming Charlie   Kerchief|Thrifted

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Done to Death

This pretty little dress has me dreaming of a tropical vacation somewhere.  Instead I wore this dress while researching the best flea and tick collars for the pups which is nearly as glamorous in my book. The leafy print has been done to death lately, but this dress was $10 so I can make it my final nail in the coffin! It's kind of perfect for summer, no?

Dress&Bag|Old Navy   Sandals|Xhiliration   Belt|Charlotte Ronson   Bangle|Thrift

Monday, July 24, 2017

Just a Small Town Girl

This weekend my girlfriend Mandy wanted to go explore a little city about 30 miles outside of Indy.  We hopped in her car and navigated to Kirklin, IN which has a population less than 800.  For how small it is (basically the town center is one block) it must have the highest amount of antique shops per capita, because we spent hours wandering through shop after shop.  My best score?  Snagging this Longaberger beauty for $15 bucks!  The day may or may not have ended with margaritas and 80s music on the porch...

The weatherman predicted a hazy miserable day, but we really lucked out with some refreshing wind and a drier afternoon.  This billowy Banana Republic top was perfect!  I linked to it here in case you want to grab it for yourself!  Same for this amazing fanny pack which is on super sale right now!  

Top|Banana Republic  Jeans|Apt 9   

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Leopard Kimono

Back in high school I had a bunch of really strict style rules that I never broke.  Looking back I think I adhered to these "guidelines" that I would read in a magazine or hear from some stylish upperclassman because I didn't really have my own defined sense of style.  I mean, who does at 15?!  I didn't know what looked good on me, what I really liked or how to dress for me.  I am so glad that has changed, because boy there are some regrettable high school fashion choices I'd like to forget!

One of those (DUMB!) rules was never mixing brown and black.  WHY?  I must have heard this from someone and just accepted it as scripture.  Well folks, that rule is long gone.  High school me would be cringing right now, but she wore skirts over jeans so she can just go jump off a bridge!  Right?  Because how cute is this kimono?  No one believes me when I tell them my husband bought it for me while he was on a business trip a few years ago.  It's one of the more unique pieces I own, so I am glad he didn't know about this silly brown/black fiasco.  Thanks Scot! High School Me would also give Present Me a high five for landing a cute husband, so perhaps all is forgiven. 
 Top|Limited   Skirt|Mossimo   Kimono|Amuse  Sandals|Rampage   Bag|Coach   Glasses|Italian Market

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In Kinsey's Closet Obsession: I Got The Blues

It's time for another installment of In Kinsey's Closet Obsession.  After doing this thing for nearly 7 years I can observe patterns in my style.  Right now it seems like 9 times out of 10 I am reaching for something blue!  Take a look at some of my favorite blue looks over the years!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Simple Steps for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

You've probably been hearing about capsule wardrobes for the past few years.  When you create a capsule wardrobe you select a set number of items (in my case it was 30, but there is no hard and fast rule here) and create outfits from those items for a season.  At the end of the season you can replace what has become worn, add different weather appropriate items or rotate everything out to start fresh.  The idea here is a that minimalist approach makes your life easier.

It's honestly the best way to cut clutter, save time and focus on what matters.  A capsule wardrobe saved me so. much. time. getting ready in the morning.  It helped me nearly end all of my shopaholic tendencies and become grateful for what I already had.   

It's a similar concept to my 30 for 30 challenges, except the intention is to be long term.  See below for my super simple steps to create a capsule wardrobe!

1.Identify your style needs
Over the years my style has really changed.  I walk a lot more at work these days so sky high heels just aren't practical anymore.  Have you recently been promoted?  Did you have a baby?  A lot of folks want to streamline their wardrobe due to a lifestyle change, so really think about your needs.  If you're not going out several nights a week, maybe it doesn't make sense to have a bunch of flashy tops in your capsule.

One of the biggest mistakes I made when putting together a capsule wardrobe was not really looking at my lifestyle needs.  I rarely wear pants, yet I included several pairs of jeans and trousers.  I included too much casual gear when I am in the office 5 days a week.  You can always bling up basic pieces with accessories or mix fun prints to keep your look bold, but including a rarely worn sequined dress was a big mistake-o for me!

2. Groom your closet
Okay, I know you know this.  But have you DONE it? Go through your closet.  Everything you own.  EVERYTHING.  Even your old tank tops and rolled up socks.  Pull it all out of your closet and drawers (trust me on this!) and really evaluate what still fits, is in good condition and brings you joy.  Believe me, it's time to part ways with that Forever 21 "party top" you have had since college.  When creating a capsule you need to start with clothes that look and feel great.  It's much harder to do when you're wading through items you can't even wear.  After you have everything out of your closet, only allow these carefully selected items back in.  Store everything you want to keep but won't be wearing this capsule. 
 I am the worst at this, because I never ever want to get rid of my clothes.  I have definitely had regret over donating an item that came back into style!  So if you don't want to sell or donate your clothing right now I have a tip.  Get a few clean plastic totes and store all the clothing there for now.  In a year or so you can break it out, and if it still doesn't fit or look right then go ahead and toss.  I have done this (much to the irritation of my husband who hates that I take up precious basement storage space with my totes) and it has really helped.  It makes more space in my closet, but also gives me the joy of "shopping" my old clothes every now and then which is fun.  If I forgot I owned it then I sell or donate it. 

3. Select 30 items
Now that you have a smaller pool of items to choose from, the difficult part really begins.  Out of all of the tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, rompers, sweaters, blah blah blah you have in your closet you get to choose your designated number of items.  I chose 30 because I felt like I had enough options to keep me interested without defeating the purpose of the capsule in the first place.  Keep in mind that each item you chose should align with your identified lifestyle needs from step 1. Undergarments, layering pieces (think camis), accessories and PJs are not included in this total.

It really helped me to chose items that could be styled several ways.  Dresses can be worn as both tops and bottoms.  One of my favorite tricks was tucking a light dress into my jeans to create what looked like a tucked in shirt.  A kimono can be be a dress, a top or function as light outerwear.  Cardigans and jackets can be worn open or closed to become a new top.  

Something that also helped me was to chose items that have some similarity.  For my last capsule I decided to go mostly black and white with navy and red accents.  Doing this allowed me to make so many more combinations than previous capsules where I just chose what I liked.  

4. Make a plan
This was something I didn't do with my first few capsules.  Let me tell  you this: you can do it without a plan, but it's much easier if you have one! This helped me continue to choose unique outfits when I was already running late. After you have your items selected then spend some writing out or taking pictures of possible combinations.  I am old school and wrote my ideas down in a notebook I kept near my closet, but there are websites that help you generate ideas for those that are a bit more tech savvy!

5. Reevaluate and repeat in 90 days
You'll know pretty quickly how well you did selecting your items.  This isn't a "challenge" with strict rules, so if you need to sub another item in or make some changes go ahead.  The whole purpose of this is to make your life less stressful, and not having the right choices just makes things harder!  If you were overly ambitious with including a few rompers and want to replace them with basic pieces just do it! 

After 90 days, you should plan to make changes to accommodate the changing season. You can select all new pieces or just make a few substitutions here and there.  Again, no hard and fast rules here people!

And there you have it.  Some super simple (not always easy) steps to creating a capsule wardrobe of your own!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sweet Gig

This weekend Scot and I packed up a cooler and rode our bikes downtown to watch a bike race.  One of the things I love about living near a long bike trail is how easy it is to scoot downtown instead of driving/parking.  I also like tucking my camera in a backpack and getting some snaps along the way.  I essentially force my husband to take pictures of me and he pretends to like it so we have a pretty sweet gig going on. 
Tank|Old Navy   Jeans|Gap   Bag/Sandals|Merona   Scarf|Thrifted   Necklace|Old

Monday, July 10, 2017

Young at Heart

Can I ask a serious question here?  How old is too old for pigtails?  I don't shop at Forever21 anymore, I ditched wine coolers and I have a retirement plan so can I even still wear these?  Long story short: I don't care.  I am going to wear pigtails in the nursing home!  

Top|Banana Republic   Skirt|Michael Kors   Boots|Steve Madden   Bag|Coach