January is the perfect time to start a new minimal(ish), organized lifestyle. I spent months and months purging our apartment last year and let me tell you, it felt amazing. It’s so true that a decluttered home makes for a decluttered mind, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was finally able to organize the remaining items we had into clearly labeled boxes, or on display around our place. And trust me, if this clutterbug can do it, so can you!
I was patient and went room by room, drawer by drawer. As the first post in this organization series, I wanted to go over how I was able to tackle my disastrous closet! It was crazy how many times I had to purge in order to get to the core pieces I actually wear and astonishing how much I ended up giving away or selling. I mean, we’re talking bags and bags, it was out of control.
To get started, find a playlist that pumps you up to keep you motivated. Wear minimal, stretchy and light things, this is going to take some manual labour! You’ll be wanting to find spots for 4 categories: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, and MAYBE. Don’t worry about buying storage bins until after these piles of clothes are complete, so that you know what size bin you’ll need.
In terms of donation, if you’re nearby in the lower mainland, I highly suggest the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. They’ll come pick up you donation for FREE (how convenient is that?!) AND as of today, you’ll be entered to WIN a dream vacation for 2 + monthly prizes for your donation. More details further into this post. So, what are you waiting for? Get reading!
Yesterday I was all embrace winter! It’s the BEST! While I galloped around the living room throwing fake snow confetti (okay, that didn’t actually happen but only because that would be a bitch to clean up afterward). Today, is a bit of a different story. First of all, it’s freaking cold again (by West Coast standards) and I’ve been in pj’s all day long and pretty much haven’t looked away from my computer screen. Probably done legit damage to my eyes in the last 12 hours. It’s amazing how quickly things change. Good ol’ winter. I’m setting myself up for success tomorrow though, already signed up for a yoga class in the morning and made afternoon plans so I’m not cooped up for another day!
In terms of this look, I have to say that I just adore those pieces that make something like a basic winter coat and boots a bit punchier. This plaid scarf was an impulse Zara purchase last winter and when I took it to Europe with me in November it was such a standout layering piece. I also go nuts for over the knee boots, especially in a cognac colour like this. One of my favourite discoveries to date was that American shoe stores often carry wide calf versions of boots. All the pieces from this classic combo are older, but I’ve linked to similar styles below!
I better go now, I have some finishing touches on tomorrow’s blog post (it’s a goodie, you won’t want to miss it), as well as two more episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to watch. Amy Sherman Palladino always takes priority. Hope you guys all had a wonderful day! If you got out of your pyjamas, then your day was far more successful than mine 😉
Because a lot of us are in need of a #winterwakeup!
Disclaimer – I am not a nurse, doctor, naturopath, wellness coach or an expert in energy of any kind. I am just a gal who feels a bit sluggish in the winter months and the following suggestions are things that have been helpful in my own experience. If you are suffering from extreme lethargy or possible Seasonal Affective Disorder, you should go see a healthcare professional for reals.
In a bit of a rut? Feeling kind of low energy lately? I am too! Which, I hate admitting because I feel like saying phrases like “I’m tired” out loud just feeds the exhaustion and manifests laziness. The truth is though, that winter is such a natural season of rest (I mean, bears are just like NOPE and straight up sleep through these months. I relate, bears, I relate). After the Holiday chaos, this time of year is meant for a slower pace of life. Which, if you’re like me and usually go-go-go, it’s an adjustment.
In an effort to use this time wisely and embrace what January has to offer all of us, I have been making testing some ways to combat the winter blahs and jotting them down the past month. And sure, I can tire a bit easier, and still fight to fully wake up some mornings, but in general, I feel so energized and healthy! I’ve compiled a list as a reminder to myself about what’s worked, and thought I’d share it here with you as well.
Hope this is useful to you. If I can help you infuse a bit more motivation and energy into these shorter days, then my work here is done!
I work from home a lot, especially justified at this time of year, so it’s a miracle if I’m not in loungewear. Legit wore my pj’s to a movie last week but in fairness a) they were fresh out of the wash b) my pyjamas are leggings and a men’s crewneck sweatshirt, so it’s not THAT noticeable c) no one could tell anyway because my outfit was hidden under a giant puffy coat. What I’m getting at, is that if I can find an outfit that is comfortable and somehow salvages my standard leggings and oversized top into anything even remotely chic, then I must tell you about it.
Admittedly, I’ve worn this exact combo several times in the past few weeks because it is my new winter uniform. I love how this Vancouver designed and made Emma Knudsen wool jacket is in a warm, bright cream colour because it automatically cheers up the all-black ensembles I rock in the wintertime (it’s also on SALE right now at 40% off, so I’d scoop one of these up before they’re all gone). Plus, I saw Shay Merritt from Jillian Harris’s team rocking it, so you KNOW it’s good. I definitely want to recreate Shay’s look soon because pretty sure I own almost everything she’s paired with the jacket. I love when that happens! Emma just restocked this beautiful piece and in terms of fit, I’m wearing a size Large and like the oversized fit, but could have easily done a Medium comfortably.
I pair mine with, as I mentioned, all black, including these faux leather leggings. They’re one of my favourite winter capsule wardrobe pieces, as they’re actually fleece lined and equal parts function and fashion. The waistband is high enough that they don’t roll down my waist every time I move and the coated fabric has been surprisingly durable. I am so happy with them that I’m already thinking I should snag another pair before the season’s over. They also have fleece lined athletic leggings (on SALE!) here, here, and here. Ooh, and as I’m browsing I see that they also have maternity fleece lined leggings, if that’s your current (or future) need. Someone take my computer away before I’m buying maternity leggings just in case I ever decide to get pregnant LOL. I got the (non-maternity) faux leather leggings in my usual size Large and they fit really, really well.
Ultimately, everything feels a bit fancier with a touch of sparkle, which is why I love wearing my this cutie Rebecca Minkoff Mini Bag. It’s neutral but punchy and I found it on sale last month, such a score. It seems that Shopbop is currently sold out, but I’ll keep an eye out for you!