How (and Why) to Build a Jewelry Capsule

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If you’ve stuck around my blog for a while, you may remember my capsule wardrobe days. Although I eventually felt comfortable drifting away from the rigidity of my season-to-season capsules, that phase of my life was crucial for determining my own style and, even more importantly, helping me simplify a chaotic season of life after becoming a young mom and soon after, a mom of two.

It sounds silly that the limits (or lack of limits) that you place on your closet can actually impact your day to day life and, dare I say, your mental health, but for me, that was absolutely the case. Capsule wardrobes brought structure to a season of life when I desperately needed it, and it helped me spread that structure into other areas of my life. It simplified getting dressed, taught me what pieces I loved and which ones I’d bought on an impulse, and so much more. (Head to my “Capsule Wardrobe” archives to get the full scoop). Essentially, capsule wardrobes were the conduit that sparked my love for ethical fashion, blogging, the conscious community, and simple living.

Though I no longer officially “capsule” my wardrobe, the tools I learned during that phase have stuck with me. In fact, our current season in an RV feels a lot like an “entire life capsule” in a lot of ways. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Jewelry, though, is one area of my closet that I feel like I haven’t quite honed in on enough yet. I’m drawn to lots of styles, from statement necklaces to delicate layering pieces, and oftentimes feel like I’ll wear something when I see it online, but then never reach for it in real life. Aside from the excess that this can create (I’ve gone through seasons of owning A LOT of jewelry), my personal style when it comes to accessories is yet another piece of the self-discovery pie that I’m on a mission to unveil.

Accessories aren’t nearly as broad a topic as clothing, but for most of us, they play a daily role in our getting ready routine and, if we aren’t aware of what we do and don’t love to wear, we’re bound to end up choosing the wrong pieces, accumulating too much, and not feeling like ourselves.

This, friends, is where I’m hoping a jewelry capsule can help.

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I’m still in the beginning stages of the logistics of this little capsule — what you see in the photos is really all of the jewelry I own — so in this post, I’ll share my goals for my jewelry capsule and hopefully give some guidelines for starting your own, if it’s something you’d like to try along with me.

  1. Decide what you gravitate towards naturally

    I’m not a bracelet person. I never wear them, and even when I’ve owned beautiful cuffs or stacking bracelets, they sat on my shelf while I repeatedly reached for my Berg + Betts watch time and time again. This is ok, and it’s taught me to stop trying to force myself to wear bracelets. Maybe there’s a style of jewelry that just doesn’t feel natural to you, and that’s totally ok too.

  2. Set a color palette

    Much like a clothing capsule, a jewelry capsule can be made up of a predetermined color scheme that you feel most accurately reflects your style and wardrobe. For me, I’ve learned that pure metal tones are what I gravitate towards (silver and gold pieces without any other color), but I have a few warm tones like the mustard and wine earrings from Sela Designs pictured that I love to spice up my neutral outfits.

    Once you have a color scheme you know you’ll wear over and over (ie. it goes with most of what’s in your wardrobe), you’re more likely to feel satisfied with the jewelry you own.

  3. Test out the pieces you own before looking for new ones

    Like a clothing capsule, you might have hidden gems (pun intended) in your jewelry collection that you forgot about and will once again love wearing. Before you shop for new pieces to fill any gaps in your jewelry repertoire, look to what you already own and make a list of what’s truly lacking.

    For me, a few high quality stacking rings, some gold accent rings, and a few layering necklaces are pieces I’m on the hunt for.

  4. Add slowly

    Like most good things, you don’t need to rush finding the perfect jewelry pieces that fit your lifestyle and wardrobe. Take your time and add things as you notice a true gap (note: not the same thing as a fleeting moment of envy from an Instagram post).

  5. Choose quality over quantity

    Not surprisingly, cheaply made “fast fashion” jewelry will last just about as long as it took you to read this sentence. I’ll always advocate for choosing “less but better” when it comes to clothing and accessories, and this is no different. Check out the accessories section of my List if you need some references on where to responsibly shop for high quality jewelry. Here are a few favorites that I’ve added to my own capsule:

Jewelry is one of those areas that it’s easy to mindlessly consume more and more in without realizing it. If you own more jewelry than you wear regularly or just want to hone in on your personal style more, I’d love for you to join me in creating a jewelry capsule. You can be as rigid (set a limit on the number of pieces you own) or flexible (rely more on your “gut feeling” to tell you when it’s complete) in the creation of your capsule, but mindful consumption is the name of the game, even when it comes to something as seemingly insignificant as the way you accessorize your outfits.


*This post is part of a long term collaboration with Sela Designs. All content ideas, photos, and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible!*

A Tiny Christmas || Keeping Christmas 2018 Simple

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It’s officially our first “tiny” Christmas in the RV and, although I’ve always tried to keep the holidays simple and pressure free as much as I could, this year it feels like we’re taking it to new lengths, literally.

This season has, as it usually does, felt like a blur, but I’ve tried to keep my mindset on doing “less but better” be it an activity, buying a gift, or deciding whether to decorate or not. I’ll keep this post short and sweet, but I’m excited to share a few photos of our Christmas setup and a few (really simple) goals I’ve been sticking to over the past month or so.

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1. Keep Decorations to a Minimum

As much as I love to deck the halls, this year it felt overwhelming to try to add too much Christmas decor, especially when we’re still in the organizing and settling in phase of RV life. I stuck to setting up a mini artificial tree (reusable and easier to clean up than a real tree) and buying one pre-lit garland for the kitchen.

For the tree, the girls and I made salt dough ornaments and made a little garland using cotton balls and yarn and filled in the gaps with the few ornaments we already had (plus the addition of our RV ornament that I couldn’t say no to).

Our living area feels festive but not overwhelming and I’m not worried about where to put it all when we take it all down.

2. Focus on cultivating a sense of Christmas, rather than feeling pressured to do It all

This has been huge for me. We live in a very tourist-y area with LOTS going on over the holidays and although we’ve done a few of the events, I’m hoping to portray to my girls that the holidays can still be festive and exciting without having to be busy. So, we’ve decorated cookies, read Christmas stories, gone sledding and drank hot cocoa, and even went to the Denver Zoo lights, but I don’t feel pressure to say yes to every Christmas-y thing that comes our way.

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3. Keep gifts simple, but don’t stress if others don’t

Perhaps the most important tip for me this year has been to not stress about what I can’t control. I love gifts of experiences for my kids and meaningful things that don’t take up much space and encourage exploration and creativity. But. Not everyone else does. I can make my “wish list” for my family, pass it on to relatives with the note that we live in an RV so please don’t go overboard, and leave it at that.

As the packages for my kiddos arrive at our doorstep I try to appreciate the love that went into them, thankful for how many people love my girls. Instead of feeling stress about the new toys we will have to make space for, I’m working on controlling only what I can control.

How are you keeping the holidays simple this year?

Packing for Two Weeks in the U.K.

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Tomorrow I'm leaving for nearly two weeks in the UK to visit/pick up my younger brother who has been studying there. I'm going with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law (that's right, sans children - the part I'm most hesitant about) and will be making our way from London to Scotland and then back down to London for a few days.

I wanted to share a quick packing list for those of you who may be interested. Although I'm packing it all in a carry-on (mine is from Lo & Sons and I LOVE it), I feel a bit like I overpacked. However, I've had each of these pieces in mind for months and am excited to mix and match them for some easy, travel-chic outfits while I'm gone. 

I'm also bringing my Eba Tote with me - it's INCREDIBLE for travel, with a center divider, several pockets, and a cup holder in the bottom. I'll bring reading material, a smaller clutch, Keepcup, Yuhme water bottle, and other essentials in it. 

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Here's what I'm planning to wear: 

Outerwear: 

VETTA Capsule Multi-way Sweater (currently sold out) | Thrifted Camel Trench | Thought Clothing Cardigan

Tops:

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Be sure to follow along on my Instagram for updates on the trip and check back here at some point for a recap :) 

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