days that are on the cusp of Spring

     but feel irrevocably of a summer in my soul.

     with bare feet and rosy cheeks and messy hair piled atop my head

     out of the way of the art I long to create

     with watercolors and scattered brushes

     and a milky swirling mixture of water and paint.

     and an idea blooming through the distracted edges of my mind

     and ebbing through my whole being

     that itches to create something tangible,

     something beautiful,

     something of this summer sentiment in my soul.

It’s been less than a month since I officially started my first ever capsule wardrobe. It’s a lot different than I expected. And a lot harder. Of course I knew it was going to be a challenge, but these last few weeks have just been super frustrating.  One of the biggest frustrations was how much I restricted my wardrobe, thus restricting my personal style. I had a specific number in mind so I researched and got my wardrobe down to the ‘essentials’. But the problem was, everybody else’s essentials weren’t necessarily my own. As a result, several pieces in my wardrobe I’ve worn only once (if at all). But I have learned. A lot. And through this, I’ve discovered what styles and colors are my favorites/go-to pieces.  View full post »

  • Kaylyn - Your hair is so perfect, and this post is perfection as well. <3 #inspiredReplyCancel

  • Karlie - The struggle is real with a capsule wardrobe! I attempted one a few years ago and I’d say it was a mixed success–helped me be more aware of what I was buying and whether I needed it. But, like you, I found that the pieces other people found important or a huge part of their style weren’t really part of my style. The outfit is cute!ReplyCancel

    • Sweater & a Pen - Yes, it is definitely a learning experience more than anything, although I think once I get all the details worked out this can be something amazing for me. Thank you so much <3ReplyCancel

I’m super happy to share my first outfit from my Winter Capsule. My best friend–also a writer–gifted me this vintage silk blouse a few weeks ago and I feel like I’ve been living in it ever since. It’s so pretty and feminine and basically feels like a dream. Plus, it looks just as good with jeans as it does with a skirt. You will probably see a lot more of this blouse in future posts as I can style it several different ways–making it a perfect piece in a capsule wardrobe. And it adds just the right light touch to my winter capsule. As for this skirt, I’ve had it for almost two years now. Fun story: I wore it for the first time for my sweet sixteen birthday party and that very day I was sitting next to the campfire and a piece of ash fell on my skirt and burned a hole through it–ugh! I was so disappointed. Even still, I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away because it was and still is my very favorite skirt. Thankfully the hole is small that it’s not very noticeable. But now the skirt is too loose on my waist (I had to pin it for these photos) so I’m wondering if it’s time to finally retire it??Winter Capsule WardrobeSweater & a Pen Fashion Blogger

I am over the moon excited to share these images. About a week ago, Cassandra Eldridge, a photographer/lifestyle blogger from Chicago contacted me. She was going to be up in Traverse City for a few days and wanted to get coffee and possibly do a collaboration. We scheduled a date and then this happened. You guys, she is seriously the sweetest person ever. She was so fun and easy to talk to; it felt like we had already been friends for a long time. Not to mention she is insanely talented with the camera, like seriously, stop reading and go check out her portfolio right now because she is AMAZING. It was such a fun opportunity to work with Cassandra and I definitely look forward to hanging out with her again soon <3

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