13 going on 30 challenge outfit 4: Thursday arm party

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 4: Thursday arm party

I’m all for a minimalist wardrobe, but I absolutely love the trend of stacked bracelets – an arm party, if you will. As a kid I was really into making my own jewellery and spent a lot of time making friendship bracelets (why are they called friendship bracelets in the first place?), threading beads onto beaded necklaces and collecting charms for charm bracelets. So this arm party trend is kind of like harking back to my childhood. In a way having a minimalist outfit and then having an arm stacked with bracelets is a nice juxtaposition, and if you have nice wrists and hands it really changes the focus of your look to your accessories.

For today’s 13 going on 30 challenge I had in mind a potential playdate at the park for my toddler so wanted something comfortable enough to run around, hence the shorts and sneakers. The plaid shirt is a nice touch of colour, and of course I had to have my arm party of friendship bracelets. Another throwback to my childhood – the backpack trend! I love that this more ergonomically-friendly bag option has come back in style because lugging so many things across one shoulder was really killing me. Picturing myself in this outfit, I do see a teen version of myself, living in the 90s, patiently listening on the radio for that song that I really liked and immediately pressing the red “record” on the cassette player so it would record the song. Ah, those were the days.

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 3: Wednesday errands

Outfit 3: Wednesday errands
Before kids I used to fly by the seat of my pants – go out for drinks and dinner on a Wednesday night? Sure! A casual drive to the mountains? This weekend? In three days’ time? Sounds fabulous! No such luck these days – everything needs to be written down, scheduled to the minute, set in stone. Much like our furniture, which the infant has found much pleasure in tipping over.
To keep my sanity I try to schedule most things – Saturdays are ballet lessons, Sundays are swimming lessons, Mondays are park visits, Tuesdays daycare, Thursdays playdate, Fridays visit the grandparents… and this was just for the first born! Wednesdays are usually reserved for errands and doing groceries so it’s a usually a mad rush of a day. (What a glamorous life I lead!)
Essentials are: a big diaper bag (I love my Pacapod Phoenix, it fits everything), comfy flat shoes, pants or shorts (there’s no being dainty when you’re running in between stores carrying an infant and dragging a toddler), and a basic t-shirt (I prefer black or grey, but I went with white as it was in my 13 item capsule – asking for a big tomato sauce splatter right?). The jacket I added in case of that tomato sauce splatter.
How do you organise your week?

13 going on 30 outfit 2: at the races

At the races
I totally forgot today was Melbourne Cup day. Blame mummy brain on that. Given that I have two rugrats to tend to, Melbourne Cup really wasn’t on my radar anyway. So forgive my choice of outfit for Day 2, although I did consider it when selecting items from my 13 piece capsule wardrobe. (What am I talking about, 13 piece wardrobe, you say? Click here for more info on my 13 going on 30 challenge.) While I still used the items in my capsule wardrobe for a special event like today, other capsule wardrobe-rs would actually dip from outside the capsule and select a special occasion outfit that isn’t part of the basic capsule, but is an addition for days such as this. But I’m sticking to my guns 🙂
I previously wondered what the difference was between a romper and a jumpsuit. So it seems that typically a romper has shorter legs while a jumpsuit has long legs. “Romper” and “playsuit” are also used interchangeably, although the US seems to use the term “romper” more. Anyway, regardless of terminology, I decided to go with the romper today as it was the dressier of the 13 items in my capsule wardrobe. I paired it with the lace up sandals because when you’re watching a horse race you’re standing up most of the time anyway. Gold accessories also dress up the romper, and you can’t do a horse race without some sort of head gear.
I remember back when I was working in a corporate office, whenever Melbourne Cup day came around we would basically take the afternoon off to watch a race that runs for just over 3 minutes. Ah Australia, this is one of the reasons I love you! This outfit would stand up well for a drinking session at the pub, watching the race that stops the nation. Hope you all have a great Tuesday/Melbourne Cup day.

13 going on 30: capsule wardrobe challenge

13 going on 30
As part of my NaBloPoMo challenge I wanted to try my hand at a capsule wardrobe and feature 30 outfits that can be made from 13 items.
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the capsule wardrobe; that is, having a set number of items in your wardrobe (e.g. 33 pieces) over a period of time (e.g. 3 months), and not buying anything in that time. With a nod to minimalism and eco-fashion, the capsule wardrobe encourages you to maximise on what you already have and not participate in fast fashion that ultimately ends up as landfill only a few months later. It means purchasing and keeping high-quality, trend-transcending items that can be worn again and again. Proponents of the capsule wardrobe espouse on how much easier it has made their clothing choices in the morning; without any distracting items that are only worn every now and again, the capsule wardrobe really makes putting together an outfit that much quicker.
The challenge I’ve set for myself involves a 13-item capsule wardrobe which I’ll create 30 outfits from, one for each day of NaBloPoMo November. It will take into account the fairly warm but often changeable Sydney spring weather. Obviously the choices I’ve made below aren’t necessarily appropriate for a professional environment (I may try a corporate-friendly capsule wardrobe down the track), but are reasonable for a casual office setting. These could also work if you’re travelling to a location with a temperate climate and only want a carry on bag!
The 13 items include:
1. a light cotton khaki jacket (similar here)
2. a grey sleeveless jacket (similar here)
3. a chambray shirt (similar here)
4. a white tee (similar here)
5. a striped tank (similar here)
6. a plaid shirt (similar here)
7. a navy romper (similar here)
8. a black a-line button through skirt (similar here)
9. a pair of denim shorts (similar here)
10. a pair of white jeans (similar here)
11. brown leather lace-up sandals (similar here)
12. leopard print flats (similar here)
13. white sneakers (similar here).
The 13 items don’t include any accessories, jewellery, or handbags.  These reflect your personality so add as little or as much as you want in these categories 🙂
I think most people would have these 13 items in their closet, so come join me in my 13 going on 30 challenge! My first outfit is for #monochromemonday:
Outfit 1: Monochrome Monday
Here I’ve taken the striped tank, white jeans, and white sneakers to create a simple black and white outfit. A cap (because it’s hot in Sydney today), a black tote, classic black Wayfarers, an edgy bangle and a classic black leather watch complete the look.
What do you think of capsule wardrobes? What 13 items would you have included in the 13 going on 30 challenge?