My 2018 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

The last couple of years I have gotten more into minimalism and ethical living in different parts of my life. It has been a way for me to simplify some things, spend less money, do more good in the world, and be more intentional with my actions and my purchases. One major category this has impacted is my wardrobe. After doing a year long capsule wardrobe in 2017, then taking a break from it for most of 2018, I’m finally ready to try a season capsule instead of a year long one!

So today I’m sharing my 2018 fall capsule wardrobe with you! YAY! Cue all the confetti because fall is the best and the clothes are super cute. The best part? My entire fall capsule wardrobe costed less than $40, using a lot of things already in my closet and making a few smart second-hand choices to fill in the gaps of what I was missing.

If you want to see and hear more about that, make sure to watch the video down below where I share my fall second-hand clothing haul for my fall and winter capsule. Now, let’s get to the good stuff- the cute outfits in my closets for the season.

My 2018 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Here’s a look at the quick video I made sharing my capsule wardrobe for this fall. Below I’m sharing photos and outfit details!

Outfit 1

Details: Leggings are from Aerie last Christmas, Boots were $8 second-hand from a couple years ago, Sweater was $13 second-hand. This new-to-me sweater is one of my favorite purchases this season!

 

Outfit 2

Details: Top was $4 thrifted this season, Jeans are Levis that have been in my wardrobe for a couple years, and the boots were $8 second-hand a couple years ago.

 

Outfit 3

Details: My trusty Levis jeans a few years old, Boots were $8 second-hand from a couple years ago, top was from SheIn last Christmas.

 

Outfit 4

Details: Leggings are from Aerie last Christmas, Top was second-hand from a few years ago around $10, Heels were $25 from H&M earlier this year.

 

Outfit 5

Details: Pants were $40 from Abercrombie from a few years ago, Heels were $25 from H&M earlier this year, Jacket was $15 second-hand in my most recent thrifty haul (video of that at the end of this post!)

Outfit 6

Details: Pants were $40 from Abercrombie a few years ago, Top was $15 from Marshals earlier this year, shoes were $25 from H&M earlier this year.

Outfit 7

Details: Pants were $40 from Abercrombie a few years ago, Boots were $15 from a second-hand store a few years ago, Top was $4 from Goodwill in my most recent second-hand clothing haul (video at the end of this post!)

 

Outfit 8

Details: Jeans were $40 from Abercrombie a few years ago, Boots were $8 second-hand from a couple years ago, top was $12 thrifted a couple years ago.

 

As you can see, I’m using the same 3 pairs of bottoms in all the photos, I’m using the same 3 pairs of shoes, and most of my tops were already in my wardrobe. I added a few new tops second-hand from my most recent thrifty haul and I’m sharing that fun video down below if you want to see what I bought, what I spent, and what those cute items look like. Overall it’s a super cute, relaxed, and affordable fall capsule wardrobe for me this year and I could not be more excited about it!

I hope you have enjoyed this peak into my wardrobe and my life a little bit. I’m excited to be sharing more of my actual lifestyle with you because it’s changed dramatically over the last few years! All of the changes have made such a positive impact on me and I want to share them with you in case they offer an opportunity for you to better your life too. <3 :)

Do you use a capsule wardrobe? What’s your take on minimalism? Leave me a comment down below and let me know!

Happy Saturday friends!

xoxo, Laura

Halloween Outgoing Mail Tag Share

Oh my gosh. Today I have a treat for you! I made a gorgeous Halloween tag mail for one of my penpals and I’m sharing all the details and inspiration photos.

Halloween is usually not very exciting for me. As an adult who doesn’t drink or go to parties or have kids or watch scary movies, this holiday usually just means spending ton of money on candy for the trick-or-treaters and not doing much of anything else. The last couple of years, it started to feel like I was missing out on the celebration and fun. So this year, I was determined to change that! One of the many ways I am changing it this year is by creating really pretty and fun Halloween paper crafting projects because you know I like to make.

Here’s a look at a Halloween tag mail flip that I recently sent to my penpal and fellow Wild Hare Kits design team member, Tazhiana! There’s a video flip through and tons of photos for your Pinterest and inspriation!

Halloween Themed Outgoing Tag Mail

Watch this video flip through to see and hear all the gorgeous details and bits that I included in this outgoing Halloween themed mail!

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Halloween Tag Mail

What do you think? I hope you love it as much as I do! And I hope my penpal loved it too haha.

Would you like to win a Halloween themed mail package from me? If so leave a comment down below! I’ll pick a winner and announce who it is on October 31st!

Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

Mid-Year Goal Evaluation- 2018 Goals

The start of July means we are officially in the second half of the year. That means it's the perfect time for a mid-year goal evaluation to see where I am on my 2018 goals. Mid-year goal evaluations are super important. They allow you to celebrate the successes you've had, assess any factors that have kept you from making progress on any goals, and to debate if all your goals are still aligned with your vision for the year or if you would be better served by changing or letting go of some of them.

I've been thinking a lot about my 2018 goals a lot lately as I no longer feel attached to some of them and my priorities have shifted a little.  If you haven't seen my original 2018 goals post, you can check it out here- 2018 goals blog post. I thought it would be super interesting to share my mid-year goal evaluation with you so you can see how I evaluate my goals and you can do the process for yourself! So I left my usual hangout (my house,) and headed to a new environment (an awesome coffee shop I had never been to.) so I could focus 100% on the goals I had written down in my notebook; without the comfortable complacency that happens in my regular environment.


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Mid-Year Goal Evaluation - 2018 Goals

Business/Blog Goals

1. Blog at least twice a week. Post a YouTube video at least twice a week. Consistent daily sharing on Instagram.
     Evaluation- I was slaying these goals at the beginning of the year. Then a few things happened, which made me reevaluate how helpful these goals really are to my end-game. Few people visit my blog anymore. Perhaps I need to blog/promote in a different way so I'm actually reaching people and inspiring them to live their best, most creative lives like I want to. End result- consistency is important, but I don't need to post that often. And I need to reevaluate how I'm blogging and using social media if no one is visiting my blog.

2. Keep my blogging and YouTube videos focused on creativity and/or self-love and things involving them in my life.
     Evaluation- I'm going to blog and do videos on what I want to. It's silly to place parameters on myself when I'm more than a niche. Especially when most of the things I want to post about are already in that niche.

3. Show up to online space and share what I post on my blog and YouTube. This means Instagram stories, facebook scrapbooking groups, studio calico forum, etc.
     Evaluation- This is still important and I've been doing it. Yay!

4. Finish creating the Body Love Art Journal Class and find beta testers for it. Release and launch the Body Love Art Journal Class.
     Evaluation- YES! I did this one! Woohoo!

5. Finally, for the love of God, start sending a consistent newsletter. Even if it's just sharing what I'm posting on my blog.
     Evaluation- I did this and noticed little engagement, so I stopped. I need to find a way to add even more value to my newsletter so my subscribers eagerly await and then open each email. I want the babes on my email list to feel like they are part of an awesome community with exclusive privileges, extra content, and awesome freebies!

6. Outline and start creating my premium self-love course.
     Evaluation- I need to focus on making my already existent classes more successful before jumping into the next one. This is no longer a 2018 goal.

Personal Goals

1. Continue pursuing minimalism and paying off debt which I did pretty good at in 2017. 
     Evaluation- this goal is still important and I'm still working on it.

2. Start a local art meet up that serves the refugee community. 
     Evaluation- Unfortunately this goal wasn't coming to fruition despite my efforts. Some organizations wouldn't host an art meetup that didn't teach "life skills" like sewing or cooking. Others needed me to do it within a specific time frame, which would have required me skipping some of my college classes or work, or they wouldn't allow creative freedom. (ie. I would have to dedicate each session to a particular thing like painting or sewing; people couldn't be self guided to do art journaling or scrapbooking as they please.) So finally, after much friction, I let this goal go. Instead, I donated all my extra art supplies (that I was going to use to supply the meetup) to the local Levine Children's Hospital and they were elated to receive the supplies for kids and teens to get crafty! This made my heart very happy and I'm going to look into volunteering for their arts section!

3. Really appreciate being a pet mama and be present with them.
     Evaluation- This goal was all about enjoying my time left with Oreo and making sure the dogs weren't totally ignored since my cat required most of my time, attention, patience, and love. Tragically, Oreo died a month ago. I exceeded in this goal with Oreo since he got sick, and now that he's gone I can focus on the pups without needing it to be an intention so I'm letting this goal go as it's simply habit now.

4. Spend more time with God. Devotionals, bible journaling, and studies and faith based books.
     Evaluation- I've made good progress with this goal so far and plan to continue doing so!

5. Be a light in this world. Encourage others with positivity.
     Evaluation- Still important to me, still trying to do my best at it.


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There's my evaluation of my 2018 goals! I changed some, accomplished some, and am letting some go. All to better serve my bigger picture life goals. I hope this evaluation was helpful for you to see!

If you decide to reevaluate your goals, I highly suggest leaving your usual environment as I did. It really helps you to not be complacent and to instead be present and focused on really evaluating if a goal is serving you, if you're making progress on it, and how you want to move forward! Hope all of you babes are going into the second half of 2018 feeling inspired and ready for some magic to happen. I'm thinking of you!

xoxo,
Laura

Kelly Purkey Design Team Guest!

Hey gorgeous peeps. It's been a crazy last month around here. If you read this post, you know life has been hectic lately. Well it didn't slow down the way I had hoped because I had finals for school, I graduated with my bachelors degree, and then I had to say goodbye to my sick kitty which was heartbreaking. So it's my first time posting in a month, but I've got some pretty crafting projects to share with you today! Earlier this year I was a guest designer on the Kelly Purkey design team. I was so excited to work with Kelly's kits and make some gorgeousness with them! Here is what I made the month I was on her design team!

Handmade Stamped Card using Kelly Purkey Kits

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9x12 Project Life Page using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

I filmed a process video so you can see how this project life page came together. I've been loving sharing my creative process with you guys on YouTube this year! Make sure you're following me there.

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Traveler's Notebook Spread using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

This traveler's notebook spread turned out so gorgeous. I'm loving the color theme I stuck with using these kits. I was obsessed with the black, white, and pink with pops of green. This spread also has a process video too because I love you guys like that!

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I hope you've enjoyed this peak at my month guest creating for the Kelly Purkey design team. Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura