New Year, Same Clothes

Hi Everyone!

With the first week of the new year under our belts, I finally feel like I'm getting back into the rhythm of things post-holiday. This year I spent nearly two full weeks in LA with my family, and it was just the kind of respite I needed. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my current work-life balance has been a bit out of whack and I can't tell you how much I appreciated being off the clock for a bit. 

Would you believe me if I told you that I haven't really started putting together my winter capsule wardrobe, save for a few pieces? If you have read this blog at all, or follow me on Insta, you know how much I love capsuling. I've been doing it for a year now and I'm hooked. So the fact that I haven't been able to spend time generating my next season's wardrobe should be a pretty big indicator of just how little free time I've had on my hands. But enough with the lamenting. That's not the way to start off a new year, or even a new blog post. 

Maybe it's because I have been wearing almost the same outfit every day to school, and can no longer reach for my cherished pieces, or maybe it's because I'm nearing 3.5 months with the same wardrobe, but my current closet situation feels stale. I'm uninspired by whats hanging in my closet. I guess you could say that I'm in a rut of sorts. I recently even found myself impulsively buying something that I wasn't even sure would work for winter - what?!? 

I guess I feel the most challenged by my work situation. I spent a  year cultivating a wardrobe I am ecstatic about, only to have to abandon it in favor of some truly basic basics. Now, I could go ahead and start over and create a 40-strong closet for my current work environment, but this role is temporary and I am not ready to overhaul my wardrobe just yet. Instead, I have about five or so pieces that I keep off to the side and rotate through each week. On weekends all 40 pieces become available to me. It's meh. 

Also, I love giving people gifts. I love it so much in fact, that I rarely stick to a budget around the holidays. As you can imagine, this has left me in a tight spot for winter. So, to be truthful, even though I have some ideas about how to get myself out of this rut, they all include spending hundreds of dollars at Cuyana, Zady and Everlane, and unfortunately, that's not in the cards right now. I need to hunker down and get crafty with my inspiration. 

So, let me put this out to you, friends. What do you do to keep yourself motivated and inspired when spending isn't an option? What tricks do you employ when you "shop your closet?" I'll take all the advice I can get.