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WIT :: of the 40 + Style New Year Style Challenge

I don’t even remember how I found this.

Perhaps my new friend Jan at Fort Smith Stylista turned me on to it? If so, then super kudos to her because I am having such fun! I’m talking about the 40+ Style New Year Style Challenge, of course. Sylvia is hosting it and it is by far the most thoughtful, informative, and helpful blog event I’ve had the privilege of being part of yet.

Not only does Sylvia write relevant and specific information regarding the day’s style challenge before she throws down the gauntlet, she also leaves plenty of supportive feedback to all participants. You can tell that she carefully reads and monitors the activity on her blog and also on the Pinterest and Polyvore boards she encourages all of us to do. And the best part is that she gives us the weekends off, which is why I can legitimately cease and desist and write this post wihtout having to post date or back date anything.

Woot!

Also, I’ve met some really lovely people doing this. Granted, I’m just a lurker; I’m pretty busy updating my blog and doing the challenges after all. But reading other women’s responses validates my own and makes me feel even that much more happy and proud to be the age I am. Forty is the new thirty!

The only downside to my participation in this event is that Sylvia doesn’t post the challenge until midnight the day of, which means I can’t work my themes around them. So I’m going to continue to create my week’s outfits independent of the challenge, but I may just insert little tidbits of what I’m doing in the text of my posts.

If you’re interested/intrigued/piqued at all, come have a look-see at my Pinterest board. For now, I leave you with a fun Polyvore set I created to showcase my version of the 10-item capsule wardrobe. Happy weekend!

capsule wardrobe

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What’s in my cart :: Yale revisited

Can you believe it’s been two weeks since my last frantic Yale post?

I am happy to report that I am now less frantic and more filled with focus.  Time does heal/solve all things.  Time allows me to acknowledge my panic and then let it go in the face of Reason.

And Reason reminded me that I’m flying JetBlue to take advantage of their “one free bag check-in” policy.  Reason also told me to research the restrictions (no larger than 62″ total size and no more than 50 lbs.) and to consider weight and cost versus laundry and variety.  Here’s a lovely chart for visual aid:

More clothes Less clothes
Heavier bag Lighter bag
Possible extra check-in cost Free
More variety Less variety
Less laundry to do More laundry to do

Upon first glance, it seems like a no-brainer. I should pack a lot of clothes because it means less laundry and more sartorial fun, right?  But when one factors in the cost of over-packing ($50 if you go over the limit or $40 for every other checked-in bag) and the logistics of it all (lugging cumbersome bags through unfamiliar territory), suddenly variety doesn’t seem so appealing.

I did even more research and found Project 333, which is an intriguing concept but a bit too minimalist for me.  However, the site gave me a concrete number, a jumping-off point, if you will.  I looked long and hard at my closet and thought about my needs and goals and I settled on a magic number: 13.  That is, I intend to pack 13 tops and 13 bottoms and theoretically, if I choose wisely, that’ll give me a possible 169 outfit combinations.

Unfortunately, even I am not that good.  I don’t know if I can make every top go with 13 of the bottoms and vice versa.  So I made the realistic assumption of 4.  I needed to make sure that for every top or bottom I bring, I should be able to make 4 possible combinations per each.  With this in mind, my 13 tops and 13 bottoms translates into 52 outfit combinations and you know what?  I can live with that.

This, of course, is where Go Chic or Go Home would’ve come in handy.  But I never did get around to taking pictures of all my clothes, let alone upload them to the site.  (This is where I pause my typing and laugh heartily at the thought of that ever happening.  Ever. )

So I’m just going to have to trust my instincts and my creativity and choose items that are comfortable, cute and lightweight and pray that I’ll be able to get at least 4 per out of all of them.  Here, then, are my choices:

Bottoms:

  • 4 pairs shorts (denim, white, grey, red)
  • 5 skirts (3 midi, 1 mini, 1 maxi)
  • 3 pairs skinnies (grey, denim, mint)
  • 1 pair cargo pants (olive green)

Tops:

  • 2 Merona button down shirts (yellow, navy)
  • 2 Old Navy chambray shirts (white, dark wash?)
  • 2 graphic tees
  • 1 striped tee
  • 6 pretty blouses

And because my intrepid TA is allowing me extra tops beyond my 13 as long as I don’t wear them by themselves:

Extras:

  • 5 tank tops
  • 5 plain tees
  • 5 cardigans

If I’m feeling spunky, I’ll start taking pictures of these items and post them two Saturdays from now.  Otherwise, you’ll have to wait and be surprised come Yale time.  Here’s hoping I make friends quickly once I get there or this’ll end up being a blog of daily mirror shots for 54 days.

up next: shoes and accessories
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What’s in my cart :: capsule wardrobes

So it’s official.  I’m going to Yale this summer.  For seven weeks.

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this in passing, but now I’m calling it official because I’d finally screwed my courage to the sticking place and dropped the bomb on my kids’ laps this week.  And they were such little troopers because they took it quite well.

So the good news is that now I can openly talk about it and plan for it.

The bad news?  Did I mention seven weeks?!

How am I supposed to pack seven weeks’ worth of blog post outfits for a place I know nothing about?  My only foray into the East Coast had been last November for KS#1’s wedding and that was only for four days!

[insert hyperventilation here]

After I finished a mini-meltdown, I went to good ol’ Google to research wardrobe capsules.  Funny thing is that the first page of results sent me straight to people’s Pinterest boards.  Ah, Pinterest!  And so we come full circle, eh?

wardrobe capsule

Of course, I started a Yale board and began to pin. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, my friends. I need your help in culling through the pins and making an actual list of things to throw in my suitcase.  I suppose I should put it in context, so here goes:

  • The job is as a curriculum adviser for the renowned Explo program.  This means I won’t be teaching kids; I’ll be observing college kids teaching high school kids and mentoring said college kids with their lessons and instructional strategies.
  • I’ve been told I’m allowed to wear shorts and flip flops.
  • The offices are air conditioned and I’m assuming so are the classrooms but the dorms rooms where I’ll be staying are not.  o_o
  • I am expected to chaperone various weekend day trips, possibly into New York or Washington D.C., so I’ll be doing a fair amount of walking.
  • I hear it’s hot and humid in New Haven in the summer.
  • I only want to bring one 29″ suitcase with me to take advantage of JetBlue’s one free check-in program.

I’d like to look at this trip as a fashion adventure and continue blogging during those seven weeks.  But I also want to be comfortable and work appropriate.  And right now, those two things feel mutually exclusive and I’m overwhelmed.

So I’m asking for help from any and all readers who’ve either traveled, or who live in the East Coast, or who love minimalist approaches to clothing, or who know how to create spreadsheets/checklists, or who are simply willing to give me their $0.02 about what/how I should pack.

wardrobe capsule 2

I plan on revisiting this issue every other Saturday until D-day so as not to bore, but also so I can get as much feedback on this as possible.  I’ll start The List today and will be revising it as we go.  It’s a Google doc and as long as you have the link, you can view it and edit is as you see fit.

Feel free to play, my friends.  Type in suggestions for color or fabric or number – I give you carte blanche.  After all, I’m doing this for you!

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