Leave Appeal

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Definition – looking as good coming as you do going.
I have always been aware of the need to check the rear view before leaving the house but I never had a clever word for it until my style training in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. So today I want to talk about why “leave appeal” is important and show you some fun ideas on how to have style from the back that may be even cuter than the front.

First of all, I want you to think about what you see when you look in the mirror. Your eyes are set in the front of your face and you are unaware of what others can actually see.  As said by Nicolas Bourriaud, a French curator, writer, art critic and author, “I see from one point of view with my two eyes (the human gaze) but I am looked at from all sides.”  I know you are rushed when heading out the door in the morning, but if you would just have a hand mirror ready by your full length mirror it will save you from innocent mistakes and perhaps embarrassment later.

So, just to get my point across, this is what I see when I am out and about, and I have a feeling you are too.
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I have just a few things to say about this…leggings are NOT pants and thin dresses require one of three things;  A. a full coverage boy short, B. a slip, or C. Spanx. PERIOD.

Okay, enough said, on we go with how we can make your backside just as cute as your front and the key is all in the details.
Example #1 is about the lace:
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Regular sweater in front with a surprise lace detail in back. Cabi Sophia Sweater, current 2016 | Cabi Mesh M’leggings, current 2016 | Cabi Helios Necklaces, current 2016

Example #2 is about buttons:
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A fun cropped sweater from the front with surprise button closure in the back. Sweater vest and button down blouse, Anthropologie, fall season 2015. See also my Winter Capsule 2016.

Example #3 is about the hem:
leave appeal resort jacket
A cute cropped jacket from the front with a fun inverted pleat and “swing” circular hem.  Cabi Resort Jacket, current 2016 | Cabi Arabesque Cami, Fall 2015 | Cabi Destructed Curvy Skinny, current 2016.

My hope is that you feel so good about your backside you want to wear your clothes backwards!
#leaveappeal #leggingsarenotpants #handmirrorsareyourfriend
xo Missy

Winter Capsule 2016 & The Rule of 3

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Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am already feeling 2016 rush by me. Yikes.
But before I start dwelling on weddings and fun travel plans this spring and summer, I need to enjoy these last few snowy and sometimes frigid months of winter/spring in Colorado. We had a deep freeze hit us on Mother’s Day last year which was no fun. My plants didn’t like it and neither did my wardrobe capsule. Some seasons just don’t know when to stop, so we’ll hope for the best this year.

This is probably my favorite Capsule of the year. Sweaters usually dominate my Capsule Tops and are easy to pair with leggings and jeans. Getting dressed in the morning feels very effortless and comfortable but can also be boring to look at if I’m not careful. So I wanted to share with you a little wardrobe trick called The Rule of 3’s. Your pants count as number one and your top counts as number two, so all you need to add is a third piece.  That third piece adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting, and like you put a little effort into your look. Essentially, it’s a simple rule of thumb that promotes more stylish outfit choices. And when limited to a certain number of pieces in a capsule each season, it makes all the difference. Your third piece might be an underpinning (blouses and slips), a scarf, jacket or a statement item like jewelry or a hat. Here is a quick example from another blogger, “Hi Sugarplum!”.
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My thoughts about outfit #3…it’s okay to go past three when accessorizing, but be careful. My eyes are stuck on all that is going on between her neck and waist and I no longer see her pretty face. The pieces she added are fighting for attention instead of enhancing her overall look. So if in doubt, stick with just three!

I found another example from InStyle on Instagram that I copied for this post:
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I added a fourth piece with my hat so I will not be adding any necklaces or large jewelry.  Easy and done, warm and cute, simple but interesting.

So with no further ado, here is my Winter Capsule:
TOPS (15)
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Row 1:  Cabi Arabesque Cami fall 15 | Cabi Reign Blouse fall 15 | Cabi Allure Blouse fall 14 | Cabi New Scarf Top spring 14 | Row 2:  Cabi Striped Tee fall 14 | Cabi Blair Tee fall 15 | Anthropologie Capital Buttondown |  Cabi Poncho spring 14 | Row 3:  Free People cable sweater old | Cabi Glee Tank and Pullover fall 14 | Cabi Waverly Poncho fall 15 | Evereve v-neck sweater old | Row 4:  Free People cowl sweater old | Free People turtle neck sweater old | Anthropologie cropped vest current sale rack.

BOTTOMS (9)
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Row 1:  Cabi Cool Down Pants fall 14 | Cabi Storm Baby Boot fall 13 | Cabi Nouveau Legging fall 15 | Row 2:  Cabi Easy Legging fall 15 | Cabi M’Leggings spring 14 | Cabi Dark Destruction Slim Boyfriend fall 15 | Row 3:  Vigoss skinny jean old from Nordstrom Rack | Cabi Bittersweet Cargo fall 14

SHOES (9)
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Row 1:  Bedstu Manchester II Boot Nordstrom | FreeBird black ankle boot Nordstrom sale | Steve Madden boot similar here | Row 2:  Dolce Vita gray ankle boot Nordstrom sale | Black wedge boot Aquatalia Nordstrom Rack old | Black Ugg boot Nordstrom Rack old | Row 3:  Ugg brown snow boot Nordstrom Rack old | Converse black tennis shoes Nordstrom Rack old

JACKETS (2) and DRESSES (2)
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Cabi Cuffed Up Jacket spring 12 | Cabi Resort Jacket spring 16 | Anthropologie Turtleneck Sweater current sale | Anthropologie Cowl Neck Sweater Dress current sale in store, not online

This season I have less bottoms, mostly because of my large sweater choices.  All I need are the basic silhouettes on bottom; leggings, skinny jeans, boot cut jeans and boyfriend jeans, so I pick one favorite in each category and call it done.

It’s a new year, so if you have been quietly watching this past year of capsuling and are ready to give it a try, now is a great time to do it.  To read more about it, go to un-fancy.com.  Maybe you start with 37 pieces in your closet for a few weeks and keep the rest in another closet, just to see how you do.  If you miss them, you can always bring them back in.  But if you are like me, you will start to appreciate the space and peace of mind every morning when you get dressed.  It’s the best!

I would love to see your Rule of Three outfits on instagram or facebook!
#theruleofthree #make2016yourcapsuleyear #37capsulelove
xo Missy

It’s the Little Things that Count

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As my final post for the year, I thought it would be good timing to talk about how accessories can easily change your look from day to evening. This time of year is full of shopping, meetings, carpool and work, along with evening get togethers with friends and family. So, I’ll show you three outfits that go from day to evening with just a quick change in accessories and even better, WITHOUT having to go shopping for new clothes.
Outfit #1: The Track Pant
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On the left: Cabi Cool Down Pant fall 14 | Cabi Allure Blouse fall 14 | American Eagle denim jacket, old | Cabi Tassel Necklace fall 14 | Converse tennis shoes, old from Nordstrom Rack. On the right: Cabi Twist Scarf, current | Cabi Princesa Necklace fall 14 | Ugg wedges, old Nordstrom Rack.
Take away the jean jacket, necklace, earrings and chucks. Add the scarf, rhinestone jewelry and fun wedge sandals.

Outfit #2: The Jumpsuit
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Cabi Casey Jumpsuit, current |same jacket, necklace and tennis shoes from above.  On the right: fur scarf made by Leith, old from Nordstrom Rack and all jewelry from Stella and Dot.
Take away the jean jacket, necklace, earrings and chucks. Add the faux fur scarf, rhinestone earrings and wedge sandals. Outfit on the left was worn to a casual work party, outfit on the right worn to a more dressy dinner party. By the way, this jumpsuit is super comfy and very easy to get on and off.

Outfit #3: Sweater and Leggings
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On the left: Cabi Poncho spring 14 | Capital Buttondown, current Anthropologie | Cabi Nouveau Legging, current | scarf old from Evereve.  On the right: Verona Slip current from Free People | all jewelry from Stella and Dot.
Take away the scarf and jewelry, Add the beaded lace slip and new jewelry. I do have a confession to make.  This blouse will be in my Winter 2016 capsule so I’m cheating and wearing it early.  Outfit on the right was perfect for a bridal shower and will be worn again during the holidays with my family.  And this beaded slip stays in my “dress up” capsule and has gotten much use over the years.  It has been a great investment into my fancy accessories.

Lastly, I’ll conclude with a few beauty products that may seem small but will have significant affects on your evening look:
-Laura Mercier Secret Finish I apply this under my eyes and across my t-zone, on top of my day makeup and before freshening my makeup for the evening. It somehow not only soaks up the shiny areas but also leaves your skin moisturized. I have been using this for years and years! I love it!

-Tarte Inner Rim Liner This multi-tasker gently glides along the lower inner rim and inner corner of eyes to instantly brighten for a wide-awake effect. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone. This liner really brightens the whites of your eyes and makes a big difference in the evening light. On a side note, I wear contacts and have never had a problem with this liner. It is all natural and easy to remove.
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-Lobe Wonder, ear lobe support patches for earrings My daughter Aubrey shared this product with me and now I get it. Whether young or old, the weight of statement earrings is hard on your earlobes and these little stickers not only provide comfort but they keep your lobes from sagging. They make great gifts for all the women in your life. I have already given away dozens of these little guys.  I have only been able to find these on Amazon.  They come as packs of 4 at a great price.  Click on the box below to see more details.

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So I’m officially signing off for the year 2015. I’ll be back in January with my Winter Capsule and some warm cozy sweaters. I pray this winter break is full of love and precious memories of being together with friends and families (and staying stylishly cute of course!).
xo Missy

Me and my Friend Poncho

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Ponchos are everywhere this season but they have actually been around for a while. I think it just takes us time to try new things. Over the years I have tried lots of different styles of ponchos and I have them narrowed down to three basic silhouettes that we’ll cover today; the “Sweater Poncho”, the “Traditional Poncho”, and the “Open Cape Poncho”. And I’ll also talk about their pros and cons. So here goes:

The Sweater Poncho:
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(Cabi Poncho spring 14 | Free People Eyelash slip, similar here| Cabi Grid Skinny Jean, current)
The sweater poncho is one that you need to plan on wearing as a top, not a coat. The arms are typically narrow and attached to a wide body of fabric. As with all large, oversized tops, be sure and wear something narrow on the bottom like skinny jeans shown here, leggings or a pencil skirt and tights.

The Traditional Poncho:
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(Cabi Cowl Poncho, current | Cabi Striped Tee spring 14 | Cabi Easy Legging, current)
This type of poncho can be worn both ways, as a top or as a layering piece like a coat. I prefer this type of poncho to be open on the sides WITHOUT armholes. Take it from my personal experience, as cute as the ponchos are with little armholes, you will be unable to wear a purse of any kind except a clutch. Not my idea of a fun day of shopping and running errands. Also, if you are petite in height, be sure and wear a wedge or heel of some type, otherwise this piece will overwhelm you.

The Open Cape/Poncho:
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(Splendid dress and Freebird cowboy boots old from Nordstrom Rack | Cabi Gigi Cape, current | Cabi Reign Blouse, current | Cabi Storm Baby Boot fall 13 | boots Freebird by Steve Madden, current)
This piece obviously can only be worn as a layering piece so you do need to consider what you’ll be wearing underneath. These types of capes are very versatile. They can be worn open in the front, you can belt them, you can throw one side over your shoulder (my personal favorite) or you can even twist them up and wear them as a scarf around your neck. This style also allows you to wear any kind of purse you like and is easy to take on and off when running errands.
(All jewelry in above photos from Stella and Dot)

Other Style Options:

other poncho samples

Another suggestion I have with any of these style of ponchos, is to do what I call “tonal dressing”. You achieve this by finding an underpinning that is in the same color hue as your poncho. For example I use a gray slip under my gray sweater poncho and I wear a gray striped t-shirt under my traditional poncho. I like doing this because it gives me lots of options of what to wear on the bottom, whether it is a printed or bright colored skinny jean, regular denim or solid or printed leggings.

Just some poncho pointers to make you look perfectly put together while out present purchasing.  :)
Will be looking for you on Instagram – #meandmyfriendponcho
xo missy

Going Green

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Every season the Pantone Color Institute picks out the top 10 colors of the season and designers follow suit when forecasting their new lines. It’s fun to see what is on the horizon and they always look so pretty together, BUT therein lies the problem. As much as you might love the colors of the season, chances are several are not going to love you back. So I thought I would share a post on how to enjoy the new colors even when they aren’t your best.

A fashion trend that has been going strong for several years now is the military jacket in a muted, army green. This green has a lot of yellow in it and looks amazing on all the “Warm” redheads out there, but for the rest of us, it’s not so good. So here are some ways to work around this and still enjoy this style.

Suggestion #1: Layer it with another piece of clothing that is full of your best colors.
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Suggestion #2: Add in one of your “pop” colors with statement necklaces or earrings.
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(Tassle Necklace and bracelet past season from Cabi)

Suggestion #3: Add in a different tone of the same color family that IS one of your best colors.
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(Cabi Boa Belt spring 15)
A close up of the earrings:
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(Earrings past season from Stella and Dot)

So here’s to making the Pantone picks perfectly pretty on you!
#pantonecolordriedherb #afancywordforarmygreen
XO Missy

To see original pieces of this capsule go here.

Fall Flares & Capsule 15

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Hi Everyone I’m back!

A summer filled with family weddings and vacations is to blame for the long gap between posts! And now that I’m back in my routine, I’d like to try to do a better job this fall and winter of posting “outfits” in between my Capsule posts so you can see how I mix and match things. We’ll see how that goes. :)

This is my first official “Capsule Repeat” and it hasn’t been quite as easy as I thought. I think the transition from summer to fall will always be hard because of the drastic change in weather, just like winter to spring. I’ve also been on a mission to add more color to my capsules so I’ve been busy adding, moving and deleting the 2014 Fall Capsule getting it ready for this year. So here goes:

TOPS (15)
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1 Cabi It Girl Cami spring 14 | 2 Cabi Mesh Shirt spring 14 | 3 Cabi Melange Pullover fall 14 | 4 Cabi poncho LE 14 | 5 Urban Outfitters, old: similar | 6 H&M white cotton blouse, old: similar | 7 ivory blouse current Nordstrom Rack: similar | 8 Stitch Fix, Skies are Blue blouse September shipment | 9 Urban Outfitters, old: similar | 10 Evereve, old | 11 Free People Nordstrom Rack, old | 12 Free People: similar | 13 Evereve v-neck sweater, old | 14 Evereve graphic tee, old: similar | 15 Free People Nordstrom Rack, old

BOTTOMS (9)
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1 Cabi MLeggings spring 15 | 2 Cabi Cool Down Pant fall 14 | 3 Cabi Ricky Legging fall 13 | 4 Stitch Fix June shipment boyfriend jean by Mavi Jeans | 5 Evereve brown legging by Prairie Underground: similar | 6 Vigoss skinny jeans Nordstrom Rack: similar | 7 Cabi Storm Baby Boot fall 13

DRESSES (2, I have four and stole from the “bottoms” category)
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1 Cabi Batik Slip Dress LE | 2 Urban Outfitters plaid flannel shirt dress: similar | 3 Splendid pleather/knit dress Nordstrom Rack, old | 4 Evereve denim shirt dress, old: similar

JACKETS (2)
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1 Cabi Anorak jacket spring 14 | 2 Leith duster sweater Nordstrom Rack, old: similar

SHOES (9)
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TOTAL = 37
1 Free People Amber Orchard Bootie | 2 Nine West Vintage black boot, old | 3 Bed|Stu tan riding boot, old | 4 Jeffrey Campbell Free People, old | 5 Donald Pliner lace up boot, old | 6 Sam Edelman ankel boots, old | 7 Pakros brown riding boot, old | 8 Aquatalia black wedge lace up boot, current Nordstrom Rack store, not online | 9 Converse

OUTERWEAR/LEISURE/ACCESSORIES (unlimited)
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1 Free People flannel shirt, old: similar | 2 Evereve flannel hat, old: similar | 3 faux fur scarf and Spanx tights, old from Nordstrom Rack | 4 Cabi Nanook Jacket fall 14 | 5 Cabi Poseidon Puffer fall 14 | 6 Cabi Glee Pullover fall 14 | 7 Cabi Skinny Tech Pant fall 14  In case you are wondering why I have a plaid flannel shirt in my “accessories” category, it is because I only tie it around my waist as seen here (great bootie coverage).

I’ll wrap up with another outfit and tips on how to wear the recently back in style “flares”(Yahooooo!!)  Trust me, you need to jump on the flare bandwagon because these jeans are so darn flattering!
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TIPS:
-The bootcut or baby bootcut flare are going to be the most flattering to the leg. Be careful with the very wide bell bottom/Farrah type jeans. They are very trendy and not as flattering to the leg.
-Make sure the jeans hug your leg down to the knee then flare from there.
-Wear higher heels or wedges with this cut. You want as long a leg as possible.
-I would rather see your jeans too long than too short. It’s okay for them to puddle and break a bit around your shoe.
-Dark wash will be more slimming than light.
-A partial front tuck will also create a longer leaner leg.
PS I love how my stitch fix blouse and Cabi sweater happen to look good together. That is what happens when you stay close to your color swatches.
PSS My Free People clogs are on back order and due to arrive at the end of the month, so the shoes pictured would not be my first choice. Counting the days until my clogs are here!

Loving my capsule and these cool fall days. Remind me I said that when it starts snowing. :)
#37capsulelove #feelinggroovyinmyfallflares
XO Missy

For the original capsule concept go here.

Crop and Tuck: Summer Capsule 2015

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This is it, my last capsule of the year before I start repeating in the fall. It has been a wonderful year and I wouldn’t change a thing. And in fact, I can’t wait to start over again and see what it’s like to enjoy my capsules with only minor adjustments. Capsuling has TOTALLY changed my outlook on clothes and shopping for the better. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I actually get very weary shopping the last two weeks of each quarter and have come to really appreciate the peace I have in the three months to follow.  And I have gotten rid of a TON of stuff I wasn’t wearing and it feels so good.

And as I bring this year of capsuling to a close, I wanted to share with you a recent documentary that I thought you might enjoy called Traceable. It focuses on the fashion industry and the waste that is accumulated with our never ending desire of wanting more and wanting different with every season change.  There are young pioneers trying to shift that mentality into making long term investments with less waste and hoping to create a desire to know where your garments are actually made and “tracing” their roots. It was very affirming of this capsuling movement and made me more appreciative of those that have gone before me and set the trail for this amazing concept.

So, on to a lighter note, here is my capsule for the summer. This is one of the easier quarters transitioning from spring to summer with the main difference of not needing to worry as much about “cold” days but just knowing how to layer for cool evenings here in Colorado.  And once again, very similar to January, the sales are AMAZING right now so take advantage of them.  I have had many sales people look at me funny when I tell them I am doing my “summer” shopping when they are making room for the fall line coming in July.  Capsule girls get all the deals!!!

I’ve also noticed that I tend to have themes with my capsules when they are done that are not planned. Last quarter was all about my “boyfriend” jeans and this quarter is about investing in cropped shirts that I can either tuck in or let hang out to show off the waist. So fun.
So here goes:
Tops 15:
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1.  Nordstrom Rack baseball tee, current/ 2.  CAbi Outlet Net Sweater 2014/ 3.  CAbi Outlet Drape Back Shirt 2013/ 4.  CAbi Grosgrain Top, current/ 5.  CAbi Outlet Needle Lace Shell 2014/ 6.  CAbi Outlet Cabana Edition 2014/ 7.  Anthropologie Embroidered Panal Tunic on sale/ 8.  CAbi Outlet Linen Tank 2014/ 9.  Anthropologie Chambray Swing top on sale/ 10.  Anthropologie striped top, old, similar here/ 11.  Free People swing top, old/ 12.  Anthropologie Sun-Drenched Chambray current/ 13.  H&M linen t-shirt current

Go here if you want to locate a CAbi Outlet near you.  Go here to locate a Nordstrom Rack near you.

Bottoms 9:
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1.  Free Press slitted maxi current Nordstrom Rack/ 2.  AG demin bermudas old Anthropologie/ 3.  CAbi M’Leggings current/ 4.  Democracy girlfriend jeans current Nordstrom Rack/ 5.  Anthropologie Yida Printed Wide-Legs, mine are sold out, similar here/ 6.  Anthropologie Linen Cummerbund Crops on sale/ 7.  Christopher Blue khaki shorts current Nordstrom Rack/ 8.  Free Press slitted maxi skirt current Nordstrom Rack

Pairs of Shoes 9:
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1.  BCBG old Nordstrom Rack clearance/ 2.  Converse old Nordstrom Rack/ 3.  Free People old/ 4.  Dansko last season Nordstrom/ 5.  Free People old/ 6.  BCBG Ellis Platform Sandal current Hautelook/ 7.  Converse old Nordstrom Rack/ 8.  Superga old Nordstrom Rack clearance

Dresses 2:
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1. Go Couture Racerback Maxi current Hautelook/ 2.  Calvin Klein current Nordstrom Rack/ 3.  Evereve Alternative Eco Jersey Rouched Maxi on sale current/ 4.  CAbi Outlet Resort Maxi 2014/ 5.  Evereve old/ 6.  T Alexander Wang current Nordstrom Rack

Jackets 2:
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1.  CAbi Outlet Nantucket Sweater 2014/ 2.  CAbi Outlet Sweetheart Topper 2014 (this is really cute tied in a front knot on top of sleeveless dresses and tops)

Accessories/Underpinnings (unlimited):
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1. This is how I cover myself up in the summer without dying of heat. The first lace top is from Free People and they come in lots of different colors, Galloon Lace Racerback. The other two lace tops are from a local boutique and the cropped cami’s are all from H&M. You have to buy these early in the season. I noticed this week they hardly had any colors or sizes left.  2.  Plain Fedora and scarf are old from Evereve and  3. The Black Ribbon Fedora is current from Nordstrom Rack.

This quarter I knew I would be borrowing from the other categories to give me more dresses and skirts. I find them to be the most comfortable on hot days and the easiest to layer so the dress category is a little lopsided. And that’s okay. The total number of pieces and how many are in each category are recommendations not laws so you choose what is best for you.

I pray this past year of posts have sparked some interest in this concept.  I know the feeling first hand of using shopping to soothe my emotions that never truly satisfies and leaves only guilt in the end.  And as women, we tend to put ourselves last on the list, which capsuling helps to resolve by freeing you from wasteful time and money spent in stores and getting to enjoy what matters.

Once again I say try it, you’ll like it…what’s the worst thing that could happen…what have you got to lose?
The original concept can be read about here along with the formula.
I’m here to help if you need me.
#37capsulelove
#capsulingisthebeesknees
#croppedunderpinningsarethebest
XO Missy

A Capsule Stitch

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It’s June which means I am busily getting my Summer Capsule put together before July 1st. And in the middle of all the clothes moving and changing, I decided to give Stitch Fix a try. I have been hearing a lot about it from family and friends but had dismissed it thinking it would be too hard seeing clothes on my doorstep once a month when I am only needing new pieces every three months. But, to my delight, I found out you can pick your frequency of delivery, and once every three months is an option.  They also never ship more than 5 items at a time.  Perfect!

So, in I went and filled out my profile and preferences along with a note explaining that I was a “Capsule Dresser” and in need of some new items for my summer months. There is a $20 fee when you sign up, but that fee gets applied to any pieces you like and keep so it seemed like a pretty safe investment to me.

My Stitch was shipped on June 8th and arrived on my doorstep June 12th which gave me the whole weekend to try things on and see how they looked with the rest of my clothes.

It was pretty fun to see my box on the doorstep, wondering what my stylist picked out. And I have to say, she did a really good job. Included in the box is a style card with a personal note from your stylist.  I have heard the longer you do it, the better your stylist gets to know you and end up liking and keeping more of your pieces.

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In the end, I only kept the boyfriend jeans. They fit VERY well and were a brand I have not heard of or seen before and the price wasn’t bad either.

And returning everything was just as easy as getting it. Go online and you’ll find all your pieces listed under your account. Type in a short note under the pieces you are returning so they can learn more about you and keep the ones you like. Your credit card info automatically gets processed and you slip the unwanted items in a pre-addressed, postage paid envelope. Done.

My next “fix” will ship September 8th, just in time for my Fall Capsule and I can’t wait.

If you are interested in giving this a try just go to www.stitchfix.com. Or you can click on my personal stitch fix referral link, which gives me credit if you sign up and purchase. Please do not feel obligated to do that, OR if you have a friend that already loves Stitch, use her referral link so she can get credit. I was not paid or asked to do this post. I just love researching and trying new things out and letting you know what I think.

Hope it helped. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences too or post on Instagram with the hashtag #capsulestitch. I also recommend following Stitch Fix on Instagram so you can see pieces coming up and their style tips.

See you in a few weeks with all my Summer Capsule duds. It’s hard keeping from wearing them now….but I resist.  :)
xo Missy

Columns of Color

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This has to be one of my all time favorite ways to dress. Some call it “tonal” or “monochromatic” dressing. The April 2015 issue of Real Simple agrees.
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Besides creating height and a slender silhouette, it also makes a lovely statement and is very simple to put together. Based on your Dominant Color Characteristic you can do this is in either white or off-white. Choose the color that is best for your skin tone.

Another fun trick is to create a similar column but with color.
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I am a collector of both sleeveless, solid color maxi dresses and maxi skirts that have narrow width.  They are very flattering when layered under shirts and slips as the eye focuses on the long line of color. Here you are seeing outfits with the same top as in picture #1. Another easy way to mix and match your capsule pieces to stretch out the days and accomplish the same affect of being taller and trimmer.

All original pieces can be shopped for here.
I am loving this top from Anthropologie. It was one of my full retail splurges this quarter and it’s going to be worth every penny.

If you’d like to see more examples of column dressing just go here.

Here’s to creating columns of color in your closet full of capsule clothes!
#37springcapsule
#didyouloseweight
#youseemtaller
xo missy

Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Best Friend

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My Spring 2015 Capsule is ready for all to see and I will admit, has been a fretful couple of weeks. Similar to the fall of 2014, this is a big seasonal change from winter to spring and has really stretched me, again, in a good way. Each time I enter a capsule shopping time I discover new things about myself, good and bad, and it forces me to let go of the “more is better” mentality and really think through what I like, don’t like and can live without.

This season I finally found a “boyfriend” cut of jean that is comfortable and am in love with. This cropped, looser cut is a great transition jean as the temperatures get warmer and you are not quite ready to bare your pale winter skin with a pair of shorts.  The boyfriend cut has been in style for several seasons but I have been unable to find a pair that fit around my waist while still giving me a looser cut in the leg, until now.

New to this season is the higher-waisted, boyfriend style jean called the “Girlfriend” jean. Hallelujah for all us curvy girls wanting to look cool and carefree! But with this cut comes a warning …be sure to view yourself from behind! This high-waisted jean is really cute from the front, but the term “mom jean” is not a term of endearment when referring to the girlfriend style. The higher set waistband can cause the backside to appear a mile long. Not good. Be sure to find tops that skim over that area and land below the widest part of your thigh.  Then finish with a tuck in the front, if you like.

The rest of you with slim hips and trim legs, ignore the advice above and enjoy your traditional boyfriend cut. Your tops only need to cover your tummy area.

So without further ado, here is my Spring Capsule:
spring 15 capsule tops
spring tops cont
1. Anthropologie Embroidered Panal Tunic current/2. Cabi Bobbin Lace Top current/3. Free People Drippy jersey dress current/4. Free People cold shoulder pull over current Nordstrom Rack/5. Free People ruched shirt current sale/6. Free People woodman plaid shirt current/7. Urban Outfitters denim tunic current/8. Free People tank old/9. Free People tank current Nordstrom Rack/10. Free People lace sweater current sale/11. H&M gray duster current/12. H&M pink sweater sale/13. Free People striped top old/14. H&M white button down current in store only/15. open spot if I need it
spring 15 capsul bottoms
1. Free People maxi skirt current Nordstrom Rack/2. AG jean bermudas old Anthropolgie/3. Vigoss skinnies old Nordstrom Rack/4. Democracy girlfriend jeans current Nordstrom Rack/5. Two by Vince Camuto joggers old Nordstram Rack clearance/6. Lucky Brand jeggings old Nordstrom Rack clearance/7. Kut from the Kloth skinnies current Nordstrom Rack/8. DKNY camo jeans current Nordstrom Rack/9. Splendid Maxi dress current Nordstrom Rack clearance
spring 15 shoes
1. Free People Krist Ankle boot sale current/2. Dansko last season/3. Free People old/4. Superga old Nordstrom Rack clearance/5. BCBG old Nordstrom Rack clearance/6. Converse old Nordstrom Rack/7. Free Bird old Nordstrom Rack/8. Free People old/9. Converse old Nordstrom Rack
spring 15 jackets
1. Anthropologie old fall of 2014/2. H&M Denim Jacket current
spring 15 dresses
1. Anthropologie denim shirtdress old from 2014/2. Evereve Maxi dress old 2014
spring 15 acces and under
Hat and scarf current sale Evereve and tanks are Free People, current, Nordstrom Rack.

Now that I’m seeing this capsule posted, it does seem a little pastel and neutral so we’ll see how I do. I really love monochromatic dressing and have several options for winter white combinations that I’m looking forward to trying. And I am well equipped with colorful statement earrings so I think all will turn out fine. And the good news is this time next year I’ll have the hindsight to know what worked and what didn’t. Another great aspect of capsule dressing.

If this is your first time to hear about the “capsule dressing” concept go here to download your capsule worksheet and go here to read more about the origins of this concept.

For future posts we’ll talk about having small capsules for outdoor sports and vacations and spring/summer wedding attire. Both are best to have on hand and ready, to prevent that last minute rushed shopping and buying that you regret later.

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xo missy