That Fall Feeling

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner. I can't believe that we're about halfway through the fall season. And I especially can't believe that in one short month I will celebrate my year anniversary of capsuling. Time has passed extra quickly this year, and I'm trying to savor a few moments here and there to reflect on the many transformations that have occurred since January.

Truth be told, this fall season has been a little strange. Those of you who know me in real life know that while I have loved my foray into the slow fashion movement, my primary passion and career are in education and the nonprofit sector. I have a background in autism education, and though many of my days are spent in an office, my role has recently taken me back into the world of school-based direct service. This work is amazing. It's challenging, and it's rewarding, and unfortunately it can't be done in silk tops and heeled booties. As you may assume, I have had to adjust and readjust my capsule over the past month to incorporate sturdy basics and sneakers that can withstand all that the school day brings. It's been an interesting curve ball to field, especially considering how confident I was going into this season. 

I had fully intended to do a major rundown of my fall wardrobe, but with all of the iterations this capsule has undergone, I have decided to highlight the six new pieces I purchased for fall, rather than all 40. Ladies and gents, check out fall's newness below. 

Vintage Leather Skirt ( similar ), Acne Jeans (thrifted),  Everlane Tank ,  Everlane Modern Points ,  Everlane Trousers

Vintage Leather Skirt (similar), Acne Jeans (thrifted), Everlane Tank, Everlane Modern Points, Everlane Trousers

By now you probably all know that Everlane is a mainstay for ethical fashion in my wardrobe. They're my go-to, and they're great. That said, I've recently dug into some new research around other companies and apps that champion ethical and sustainable fashion. Look for a post detailing that information soon. Aside from Everlane, the leather skirt was purchased from Etsy, and the Acne jeans are maybe my most impressive thrifting score to date. Though fall has been a little odd, I'm pretty pleased with these new additions. They have served me well through October, and I'm excited to put them to good use this holiday season (especially that leather skirt). Check back for some favorite holiday looks featuring some personal slow fashion favorites! 

Cheers,

Harben

Summer Capsule Reveal

Summer is here, folks, and boy does it feel good. After 6 months of capsuling, I finally feel like I'm getting the hang of this thing (as evidenced by the fact that I actually used photoshop to put the grand reveal together this time around). As mentioned here, I took a slightly different approach to building my summer wardrobe than I have in seasons past. For one, I omitted most bold colors and prints, opting instead for a neutral palette and sleeker lines. I also added quite a few new pieces to the rack (15 to be exact), and while that number is HUGE and way more than I intended it to be, I'm okay with it. Of the 40 pieces I'll be wearing this season, 7 are new (2 purchased on super-clearance), 6 were thrifted for summer, 17 were rolled over from spring, 7 were pulled from storage, and 1 was hand knit by my grandmother (and is thus the coolest thing hanging in my closet). In the week that I've been wearing my summer clothes, I already feel more polished and put together than I have with my other two capsules. Will my satisfaction stay this way throughout all three months? Who knows - less variation in pattern and color could equal a faster decent into boredom, or this new found sleekness could sustain me all the way through fall. Regardless, these days I am very excited to get dressed in the morning. 

The Breakdown  

Scroll down to check out the breakdown of tops, dresses, outerwear, bottoms and shoes below. In light of my push toward ethical, sustainable brands, I've linked to USA-made + ethical companies when possible (re: pricey). Consider them splurge items, or inspiration for your thrifting endeavors, whichever suits you! 

 (*New & **Thrifted for Summer)

Green Canvas Jacket (similar) :: Jean Jacket (similar) :: Cream Knit Sweater*** (similar but not knit by Rosemary) :: Gray Cardigan (sold out - similar)* :: Black Blazer (similar) :: Leather Jacket (similar) :: Trench Coat (similar) :: Camel Coat (similar) :: White Blazer (sold out - similar

Gray Silk Dress* :: Gray Tank* :: Black Pocket Tee* :: Blush Silk Tank (similar) :: White Blouse (similar) :: Black Blouse (similar) :: Windowpane Blouse (kind of similar and very cute) :: Boyfriend Shift** (similar) :: White Tee (similar)::  Blue Stripe Shirt** (similar) :: Green Silk Blouse (similar) ::  Chambray (similar) :: Blue Button-Up (similar and definitely cuter)

Black Flared Trousers (similar) :: Jean Flares (similar) ::  Midi Skirt** (similar) :: Suede Skirt**(similar) :: Mom Jeans** ::  Ripped Knee Jeans :: Blue Skinnies :: Black Skinnies :: White Skinnies (similar

Chelsea Boots** ::  Heeled Ankle Booties* :: Black Swedish Hasbeens :: Brown Booties (similar), Everlane Street Shoes* ::  Birks ::  D'Orsays (similar) :: Tan Swedish Hasbeens :: Sandals* (similar)

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my summer 40. Let me know if you're doing a capsule this summer- I'm loving following along with everyone's posts!  Let's keep in touch! 

Xo, 

Harben

The Slow Ride

**I planned to share this post with you today (June 26th, 2015), but before I do I just need to throw three huge cheers into the air for this morning's supreme court decision. I remember reading the news two years ago when DOMA was struck down, and wondering how in the world states could still deny anyone who wants to wed, the right to. Today is monumental. Today is something our kids and grandkids will ask us about. I'm so happy that we, as a country, are finally here. It's about time. I know there is more work to be done, but for today, let's all celebrate this beautiful victory. Love wins. 

And now today's post. 

Hello, World!

There is something about this capsule business that makes me revert back to my not-so-endearing 15-year-old ways;  I just want to learn everything all at once and then instantly be a master without any tedious practice, deliberation, or missteps. I want to expertly and effortlessly live the tenets of this consumerist paradigm shift (not shopping, curating a quality wardrobe, living with less) as quickly as possible, without the growing pains. I'm in a hurry. There will be no stopping to smell the flowers and it is not about the journey. Get me to my damn destination already. 

Like making any real, sustained change in life, mastering a capsule mentality requires thoughtful planning and a devotion to steady, incremental change. It requires time and humility. My personal growth experience has been slow and even painstaking in moments. Now that's not to say that progress isn't being made. It is. Just very very slowly. And I attribute all of my impatience to one overarching thing: 

I now know what I want to wear. 

The capsule wardrobe has helped me define, clarify, and refine my style like never before. I know what I like to wear, and I know what I want to own. The problem is that very few items hanging in my closet right now fit either of those bills. For the first time I can see a beautiful, quality,  cohesive wardrobe on my horizon, and I can't wait to get there. I want all my clothes to fit within my new clarity of style, and I want it now. In the words of Indigo Montoya, I hate wait. 

I really appreciate what Natalie over at Hey Natalie Jean said about Pinterest Disconnect (something I wrote about without having a name for here). Luckily for me, Natalie's advice to stick to the guidance of her pins when compiling a wardrobe came just in time for me to build my summer set of 40. Armed with her words firmly planted in my mind,  I began to piece together a wardrobe based solely on the aesthetic I admire. And you guys, I bought A LOT for summer. I thrifted and hunted, but I also bought things at full price, which is so unlike me. I went NUTS. And for what? Because I want that wardrobe. I'm giving the "pinterest yes-connect" a go. I'm taking a stab at changing my habits and dressing like a handful of my style icons (or as close to that as I can get and still suit my lifestyle).   

Now obviously I couldn't throw complete and total caution to the wind when putting things together for summer, and that's where the above graphic comes in. I still had a rough budget to try and stick to, and unfortunately my nonprofit salary can't quite accommodate the multiple Acne pieces on my capsule pinterest board. That said, I think I put together something pretty sweet to experiment with over the next three months (with full acknowledgement that experiments aren't always perfect. Sometimes they're messy. But you do always learn). Plus, I've reached a good place with what is hanging in my closet. Even though I am impatient, and all I want is to get to the end goal as quickly as possible, I feel accomplished knowing that I'm well on my way.  I spent the first two capsule cycles purging + defining, and I am now on the other side, focusing on refining + building. I know that I can't possibly get there all at once. The process of refining is meant to be slow, methodical, and full of self-reflection. But it does feel good to be over a hurdle of sorts. Thanks for the new lens, capsule. Thanks for the focus. 

xo,

Harben