My Capsule Wardrobe

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I've spent most of the past weekend stalking a new blog that I am absolutely loving: Un-Fancy is a blog written by the gorgeous Caroline and the idea is pretty inspirational. She's come up with the idea of a 'capsule' wardrobe.

The idea of a 'time capsule wardrobe' has been around for quite some time now where you invest in pieces that you 'will have forever'. If I'm being honest, while the idea of a time capsule wardrobe is interesting, I don't think it's very practical. We all change what we like, clothes get torn, styles change, etc. Building a wardrobe that I like now (at 24) that I will continue to like when I'm 40 is not realistic.

Caroline's idea is way more strategic and practical. She came up with a 37 piece wardrobe that will get her through the season. Once she has accumulated all 37 pieces, she does not shop for the rest of the season and works with what she has. The number of items varies from person to person and depends on your lifestyle, but the idea is that you have enough items to mix and match throughout the season.

2 weeks before the next season begins, she starts planning (and shopping) for her next capsule wardrobe (she doesn't retire all of the pieces from the previous season, meaning she only needs to buy bits and pieces). Then she starts the cycle all over again.

Throughout the season, her fashion blog is home to outfits created through her capsule wardrobe, showing you that it really is possible to keep yourself going with a minimal wardrobe.

I'm feeling really inspired to tackle this capsule wardrobe for myself! I've done loads of wardrobe clean outs this year, but I'm still finding that I'm reaching for the same pieces day in and day out and not feeling very happy with my current style. I've also been trying harder and harder to 'live a minimal life'. We all accumulate way too much stuff that we just don't need.

So, with that in mind, I'm going to do it. I'm going to build my own capsule wardrobe for November-January. I know we're already a month into Autumn, so I won't be working by seasons. Since Ireland is pretty much the same weather all the time I don't think me stretching out the time periods will be a problem! If I find it successful, I'll eventually fall into the pattern of the seasons!

Caroline has created a capsule wardrobe planner to help us all create our new wardrobes. I've already started filling mine out and I'm ready to shop when I hit London with the girls next week. I don't think I need too much to fill out my capsule wardrobe, but there are definitely a few items missing from my wardrobe that I need.

Stay tuned for the results of my capsule wardrobe adventure! I'm really quite excited about it!

Wishlisting at Joules.com

Monday, October 20, 2014



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I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. Whether it's cooking something yummy to eat for dinner or whipping up a new recipe to share with you all here on my blog, it's my most frequented room (after my bedroom and bathroom of course!).

With moving out on the brain, I'm constantly on the look-out for gorgeous pieces to use to decorate my future home and make it that bit more 'homey'.

Joules.com is a great place for some unique pieces that you won't find in your local Homesense. Their style is quintessentially English (in fact, one of their early sales was to Queen Elizabeth herself!) and their designs are adorable.

Since I haven't delved too deep into the world of fashion blogging (yet. Stay tuned for a fashion post on Wednesday that may tickle your fancy!), I thought I would share with you a few items that I'm lusting after from the Home Department of Joules.com.

First up, I'm loving the Floral Mattress Dog Bed. I always find it hard to find dog beds that don't stick out like a sore thumb in a home. This design is so pretty that I wouldn't mind having it lay on the floor of my house (and with two dogs, it's the perfect size for them both to cuddle on!).

Crockery is always important to me and I love having adorable mugs, tea pots and plates for my guests to use when they come over. Starting from scratch is going to be difficult when I move out, but the floral tea pot and matching bowl are right up my alley (maybe not G's, but I spend more time in the kitchen than him anyways!) and their Fox plate?? So cute!!

Last, but certainly not least: what to wear whilst baking. I love me a good apron and I love the floral design on this one! It's also seriously practical (unlike my current apron!) as it's canvas so all spillage can be easily wiped off with the integrity of the apron still in tact! No baking session is complete for me without being as comfy as possible. If I can't be lying in bed sleeping, you'll bet I'm wearing comfy slippers to keep myself cozy! I love these polka dot slippers (I've had loads of ballet shoe type slippers in the past and they're definitely my favourite!).

Have you ever shopped in Joules? Let me know what you think of my picks in the comments!

Motivational Monday #46 // A Fresh Start



For my 300th post on ChrissyLilly I thought it was time to bring back good ole Motivational Mondays. 

I have a confession to make. 

Are you ready? 

I've let myself go. 

I haven't been watching what I've been eating, I haven't been working out consistently and I've been giving into my cravings left, right and centre. 

I was living in denial (this seems to be a recurring theme on this blog of mine) and avoiding the scales because 'f**k the scales, I'm worth more than that number'. But, while the scale can only tell you so much about how healthy you are, it can tell you a lot about how unhealthy you've been. 

I braved the scale staring at me yesterday morning and stepped on to be thoroughly disappointed. I've gained 3kg, bringing me up to 79kg in total (if only I had a Fairy Godmother who could magic me my perfect body!). 

To be honest, I was surprised that it wasn't more. Takeaways, chocolate, biscuits, crisps: they've all been my constants over the past few weeks.

It's time to get real. I only have one life to live and I do not want to live it feeling sad or unhappy with how I feel when I look in the mirror. No more excuse. It's starting now. 

Here's my plan for the next 30 days:
Diet
- On workout days: one meal (breakfast) with complex carbohydrates. 
- On rest days: No complex carbohydrates at all
- No chocolate for 30 days (I did it in January and, my God, I can do it again). 
- Track everything that goes into my mouth in a food journal and review weekly. 

Exercise
- Continue with Couch to 5k 3 days per week.
- Start doing Yoga once per week. 
- One 'exercise' per week that doesn't feel like it's exercise (e.g. a long walk in the park).
- Complete the 30 Day Plank Challenge and the 30 Day Little Black Dress Challenge. 

I'll keep you updated every week with how I'm getting on and, when 30 days are up, I'll check back in with the final results and my future plans.  I'm not allowing myself to fail this time. 

This weeks stats go a little something like this: 

Week: 1
Starting Weight: 79kg (173.8 lbs)
Goal Weight: 70.5kg (155 lbs)

How I feel this week: Sad, huge and fed up.

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