I'm back from my unannounced, unexpected blog hiatus!
I'm not exactly sure what prompted my pressing the pause button on this outlet, but I have a few ideas. In the past I have often used this blog as a venue to air my grievances and discuss the challenges inherent in committing to a capsule wardrobe. I've covered the sigh-inducing moments of making due with an ill-fitting sweater, of coming to the realization that a beloved piece had to go, and touched on many of the growing pains that accompany transformation. Muddling through these trials compelled me to sit down and share my thoughts with all of you. I truly enjoyed rehashing my mistakes and missteps. I wanted to be honest and open and reveal all the ways I could have done (fill in the blank) better. I strived to offer solutions and to provide insight for all those embarking on similar journeys (if you can't share the knowledge gained from your own mistakes, what can you do!?). It was kind of my bread and butter. So what happened this season? Where are all the lessons?
Believe it or not, I think the reason I haven't felt compelled to blog as frequently is because I haven't faced those same types of dilemmas. Things have been going really well, actually. I keep waiting for a moment of shopping weakness, or to experience the nagging annoyance of realizing I hastily made the wrong choice with one of my key pieces - but luckily for me, those feelings have kept their distance.
You guys, does the absence of anxiety over what's in my closet mean that I'm getting the hang of this capsule business? All summer, even though I could have done with a few less coats and a few more short sleeves (San Francisco's had an unusually warm summer), I have felt content. CONTENT! Not wanting. Not strategizing for fall. Not pining (or pinning). Not tiring of the pieces facing me each morning and longing for a pick-me-up. It's a radical feeling, and one that I'm still slightly skeptical of. Have I truly kicked my bad shopping habits? What's actually happening here? My summer capsule is by no means the perfect wardrobe, and yet I haven't felt the urge to analyze or gripe. My solution-driven self sort of stalled in the face of satisfaction. It's puzzling.
In any case, I do have some takeaways from summer that I look forward to sharing with all of you in the weeks to come. I'm also quite excited to dive deeper into how contentment plays into the way I'm piecing my fall wardrobe together. I hope you'll stick around as I pinpoint what exactly went well this season. It's a whole new frontier!