It’s that time: my spring capsule wardrobe reveal!
It was a long, snowy, cold winter, and unfortunately, it still isn’t over. However, I need a wardrobe refresh so I am switching over to my new spring wardrobe even if there’s still snow on the ground!
After completing three months using my winter capsule wardrobe, I’ve learned a lot about capsules and how they fit into my lifestyle. In fact, I even have a new rule for the rest of this year’s capsule wardrobes:
1. There are no rules.
Going forward, I am using my capsules as guidelines rather than restricting myself to literally only wearing the clothes listed below.
Don’t get me wrong- I put a lot of time and thought into creating my spring capsule, but if the fancy strikes to wear a dress that I didn’t include, I’m going to wear it, gosh darn it!
Due to the unpredictability of the weather and the fact that I’m still new to creating capsule wardrobes, I fully expect to add and exchange items as I see fit. When you think about it, it’s kind of ridiculous to be picking out what you’ll be wearing in late April and June in March, am I right?
But now I have an organized, curated list of items for spring that I can customize to my liking!
Before I reveal my Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe, here are some fun stats:
Number of polka dot items: 7
Winter capsule items that carried over to spring: 9
Thrifted items: 18 out of 51!
Most expensive item: Clarks Shira Brenna Booties ($45 on clearance from Amazon)
Least expensive item: Merona Polka Dot Cardigan ($2 from Goodwill)
I recently had the time of my life visiting my sister, Gretchen, and my BFF from high school, Christina, in Tempe, Arizona!
My youngest sister, Megan, and I flew out last Friday and came back last Wednesday. It was a whirlwind trip with beautiful (if not extremely hot) weather, lots of fun activities and plenty of relaxing, too.
The only downside of the trip was getting used to the time change. Arizona is three hours behind New York, so I was exhausted for the first day and two nights of our trip.
Here are some of my favorite pictures:
T H E A C T I V I T I E S
Meg & I happened to luck out and win t-shirts from the Brass Armadillo, an awesome antique mall.
Christina & I outside the Queen Creek Olive Mill. We took a lengthy olive oil tour and tried unique flavors like pumpkin spice, bacon and Meyer lemon.
Hiking up South Mountain!
The beautiful view at the top of South Mountain.
We went swing dancing at The Duce (featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives!) and it was especially crowded because it was St. Patrick’s Day.
My sisters and I <3 The Sandlot, so finding this sign in The Duce was especially exciting
Three words: Polka. Dot. Cacti.
Last but not least, we went to several thrift stores. Here are my sister’s finds at Epic Thrift: Gretch found a $1.61 book she’s been wanting to read and Meg found a skirt from Down East Basics for $1!
T H E F O O D
Christina and her boyfriend cooked us an authentic Dominican lunch! Queso frito, marinated chicken, tostones, fresh avocado, salad and more!
A round of morir soñandos (“to die dreaming”) added another refreshing touch to our scrumptious lunch!
Once upon a time, I was all about finding a bargain.
A bargain used to mean finding the cheapest item possible, whether or not I genuinely loved what I was forking over my hard-earned cash for.
But, for me, the term “bargain” has truly evolved over the past three years. Now, a bargain is dual-focused: first, finding something I actually love and that fits into my lifestyle, and two, seeking the very best price for what I want (whether it’s online or in the store).
I used to only buy cheap purses and shoes simply because they cost less. Now, I know that good quality purses and shoes, typically made from leather, are totally worth the more expensive cost. They last and look better longer, as long as you take good care of them.
There’s a lot of leather cleaners and conditioners on the market, but most use a lot of harsh chemicals with unpleasant smells. Leather Nova, made in the US, “use natural and non-toxic ingredients” to make their environmentally friendly products. Plus, the price is right!
I happily accepted the chance to test out three Leather Nova products thanks to BrandBacker.
Tomorrow, my youngest sister, Megan, and I leave for a trip to warm, sunny Arizona visiting my middle sister, Gretchen, and my BFF Christina from high school!
As I shared on Instagram this weekend, half of the fun of going on vacation is the anticipation and for me, the packing. I love making lists, so preparing for this trip has been so much fun.
Instead of just making my usual written list, I decided to use Polyvore to show you what clothing I’m bringing with me. Much like the capsule wardrobe I’ve been using all winter, I stuck to a few key, neutral pieces to pack!
If ever there was a heaven on earth, Target would come pretty close to it.
I mean, what is it about Target?
The bold red hue immediately draws you in, as does the blatant target symbol associated with the store, which essentially tells you: “Look no further. See the target on our storefront? We’ve made it easy for you-Just point your legs and wallet in that direction, and you’re golden.”
This store has pretty much everything you need, and then some. It’s the ‘then some’ that really keeps me coming back for more.
Shopping for groceries? You’re probably not going to leave until you’ve checked out the multitude of clearance end-caps sprinkled throughout the entire store! Looking for some new cookware for the kitchen? Hate to break it to you, but those pots won’t be seeing the inside of your cupboards until you try on at least six dresses and some half-price boots.
It’s my version of a classier Walmart. Although, in essence, both stores are somewhat similar in merchandise selection, there’s just something about Target. I always walk into that store feeling on top of the world, and usually leave with a pretty similar feeling.
That amazing, blissful feeling is mainly due to how effortless it is to save money at Target, and I’m going to share how I do just that.
1) Coupon stacking + you=BFF’s
Everybody knows that coupons help save money (especially when you’re using them toward something you needed to buy in the first place). But at Target, you can use both manufacturer’s coupons (such as those from the Sunday newspaper) IN ADDITION to Target coupons (that come directly from the Target website) + discounts from the Cartwheel app (see #3 below).
For example, say there is a Target coupon for $2 off any Maybelline mascara and $1 manufacturer’s coupons for Maybelline mascara in the newspaper. Put them together and you know what that means? You just shaved $3 off an already reasonably priced mascara!
And I know what you’re thinking-I’m too lazy/busy/apathetic to figure out all these coupon match-ups myself! And to that I say-fear not.
First, visit TotallyTarget.com, specifically the Cheap Finds section. This lists various items at Target for which there are Target, manufacturer, online and other types of coupons, which can be combined. And yes, this page is frequently updated.
Another option is to visit the Target section of Hip2Save.com (read about my love for Hip2Save here). Collin provides weekly Target deals, daily deals, and more!
So you see, stacking coupons isn’t so painful!
2) Clearance end-caps
If you’ve ever walked aimlessly around the aisles of any Target (and admit it, you have), you know that there are always clearance deals in most every section of the store, usually located on the end-caps of aisles. These are clearly awesome for finding great deals-but the secret is to wait until the item you desire reaches a final, low clearance price. Unfortunately, you cannot do a price adjustment if you previously purchased a clearance item and it now has a lower price.
No need to use your intuition to know whether or not an item has reached a final clearance price: just use this handy guide from My Frugal Adventures:
Example: After Christmas clearance is inevitable, but items only go 50% off during the first week after the holiday. Then 75% off. Then sometimes, 90% off. You have to be willing to wait for your item to continue to drop in price. But, that runs the risk of the item selling out, so you may want to snatch it while it’s still available. It’s your choice, but either way, an item on clearance makes for a happier wallet.
Raise your hand if you need another reason to love Target.
Nobody? Didn’t think so.
But behold yet another reason to become obsessed with Target: the Cartwheel app! Cartwheel is available for both iPhone and Android, and you can sign up through your Facebook account, Google +, or create an email-based account.
The app offers discounts on both Target brand (Up & Up) products and other name brand products, especially those that don’t usually have coupons/discounts. Typically, you’ll receive 5% off items like cotton swabs, clothing, groceries, etc, but I’ve seen items such as toothpaste for 10% and 20% off. Note: there are expiration dates for these coupons.
You simply select the coupons you want and they are placed in “my Cartwheel.” This will generate one bar code for all of the coupons you selected, so at checkout, the cashier only has to scan once on your phone.
Looking for even MORE ways to save at Target? Check out Target hacks over on The Penny Hoarder!