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Family Photo Outfitting

It’s about time I finally got around to writing this post! This past Thanksgiving my family and I decided it was finally time to get some proper family photos taken (the last one we have is from when I was in 2nd grade and had the biggest gap tooth imaginable, I’m serious, I could fit two nickels side by side between them!). Since we kids have all spread out across the country since moving out, and would be back together for Thanksgiving, we decided to take the plunge and wrangle everyone then.

Anyone who has taken, or is planning to take family photos knows that sometimes the hardest part is just getting everyone’s outfits picked out. What seems so simple turns into a whole thing, meanwhile, in the end you just want one photo where everyone looks nice, is actually smiling, and hopefully nobody blinks!

Wearing it Multiple Ways: Top with Full Sleeves

I get asked a lot about how to style things multiple ways and/or how to know if something is worth the money to buy. To me, these things go hand in hand, if I can’t style it at least a few different ways it’s probably not worth my money (or yours!).

For me, this top is the epitome of something that would spark one of the above questions; its a print (already tough for some to get on board with), has trendy full sleeves (also a sticky point for some folks) and was a bit more of a splurge item for essentially a long sleeve tee shirt (Anthropologie, I love you but my wallet sometimes does not haha). Even with all that though, I love it. It brings me joy and I probably wear it at least once every two weeks.

Capsule Closet: All Hype or Useful Tool?

I know capsule closets have been a huge trend the past few years. I have toyed around with the idea of going to one full time myself, the never ending battle of "I have a million things but not one outfit to wear" gets to all of us at one point or another! 

I finally got my chance to try my hand at creating a capsule closet for real when we moved out to California. We stayed in corporate housing for the first month while we looked for our new apartment, which was great, but the caveat was that we would need to live out of our suitcases for a month before our stuff from home was delivered. I had one large suitcase in which to fit all my stuff for the whole month (and I was interviewing at the time, so work/interviewing clothes, home clothes and going out clothes were needed)

Laundry for the Lazy and Time Crunched

If you are like many people, you have looked at the care/content tag on a garment and immediately thought “NOPE. I do not have time to worry about that” or “Ughh… Lay flat to dry? How am I going to remember to separate that out?”. I’m right there with you. I am the most finicky person about doing laundry, it comes from doing all the laundry for my family of 6 growing up (you think your significant other is touchy about how you wash that shirt, try my mother…). So I am always looking for quick and easy ways to simplify the process and make sure my more delicate clothing gets laundered correctly.