Post Baby Capsule Wardrobe: The Donate Pile

9.30.2014


Last week, I talked about my super cluttered closet filled with clothes of identities past (read about it here) and how I wanted to simplify with a capsule wardrobe. This week, I got started by taking everything out of my closet that I absolutely don't wear and will not be wearing. This is the donate pile:
38 dresses
10 skirts
7 tops
and
17 cardigans and sweaters

Having slight hoarding tendencies, some of this was not easy.  I mean, what if I go to Vegas sometime soon? I don't want to buy a going-out dress that I already own! Or what about that Kate Spade dress that I (shouldn't have) bought when I was 12 weeks pregnant? I've never even worn it and it doesn't even fit (yet, hopefully). What am I supposed to do with it? For now, I think I'll just store the maybes, and next week, I'll tackle seasonal storage items. With a baby, a big project like this can only get done little by little, but for me that's a good thing since it helps to have those breaks in between to think about my choices. Until next time!

Going Out: Crissy Field

9.29.2014






Last weekend, we went on an urban hike along Crissy Field. We parked at the Palace of Fine Arts and made our way over towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Roundtrip, it was around 3 miles with zero hills so it was nice and easy. We also used the City Mini stroller for the first time, and Mars seemed to enjoy it. By the time we got to a good point for photos in front of the bridge, he had fallen asleep! So then we made our way back, he woke up, and we took this last photo where he looks super surprised and dazed!

Happy Friday!

9.26.2014


Mars is 7 months, 1 week, and 5 days old.

This week, he has been working a lot on his army crawling. Once he followed some balls onto the hardwood floor and had a blast by the windows. He likes slapping the ground and sliding around, but once he's ready to come back to the rug, he gets frustrated because it's too slippery. 

Also, this baby is in desperate need of a decent haircut. This is what his hair looks like after a bath... completely uneven and long in weird areas. I feel so bad about giving him his first haircut a few months ago that I'm scared to cut it again. I completely ruined his natural hairstyle and gave him weird blunt bangs. I've been researching baby haircutting places, but a part of me is still hesitant and just wants to grow all of his hair out for now. I find that a lot of being a first time mama is simply about feeling ready for certain things. This is definitely one of those things. I guess we'll just have to wait!

In My Bag: Tea with a Friend

9.25.2014


I'll just be upfront about this. This book-clutch is way cuter than it is functional when you have a baby on your arm. It's not flexible, therefore there are really only a couple ways you can grip it, and it doesn't hold much. This is why I've reserved it for only the quickest of outings: going for tea with a friend.  We met up with a former co-worker, ordered a grapefruit green tea with coconut jelly, sat down for a chat, finished up, and back in the car we went. Fast, easy, and simple!

4 items for mama: sunglasses / lip gloss / pocket comb / iphone

See what's in my other bags here!

Weekly Wishlist: Under $30

9.24.2014


I know my weekly wishlists can be quite extravagant, casually listing Balenciaga and Saint Laurent handbags and all (I mean, it is called a wishlist), so this week I thought I'd try something new and put together a look with each item under $30.  

To be honest, I think $40 or $50 would have been easier, $30 was quite a challenge! Finding quality clothing at that price just isn't that easy to do anymore. I made a promise to myself recently to not give in to fast fashion finds. Sure, they're affordable, but they don't last very long! I'd rather spend a little more for pieces that last in durability and style trends or invest in a long-term purchase with a high resale value (handbags!). Nevertheless, I think this still can be achieved at $30, it just takes a little bit of work!

BABY

MAMA

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Post Baby Capsule Wardrobe: Introduction

9.23.2014



This is my side of the closet. 

When we moved in last November, I knew that I wanted to simplify my wardrobe and pare things down so that everything would actually fit. So I made piles and piles of clothes and donated them just like that. I had a lot of dresses and skirts that were way too short and being a first grade teacher at the time, didn't find much use in them anymore. I also had a lot of night-time, going-out-attire that I'd wear when I was living in Taipei and would spend almost every night out playing darts or going to shows. Had to get rid of those too. I also had a bunch of dresses that I'd wear when playing shows and since I never wanted to repeat a dress, I had a ton of these one-time-use dresses that were cute but not really anything I'd wear now. Those, I think, are still mixed in there somewhere, because I just couldn't let go of something I had only worn once.

My wardrobe constantly reflected my life, and so when I moved to San Francisco to become a teacher, I started accumulating a lot of cardigans, peter pan collared shirts, and clothes that made it easy to move around in like vintage shirt-dresses and a-line skirts. But now that I've quit my job to be a stay at home mom, wearing skirts aren't the best idea when I'm always sitting on the floor with a baby. 

Once again, my life has changed. Just in the last twelve months, I went from a professional to pregnant lady and now a nursing mother who is not back to pre-pregnancy weight. From the standpoint of who I am today, I would say that 95% of my wardrobe does not work for me. If I can't nurse in it, it doesn't work. If I can't fit in it, it doesn't work. If it makes me look way too young, it doesn't work. How in the world can I have a closet full of clothes and also have nothing to wear at the same time? 

This is why I've decided to simplify even further and create a capsule wardrobe that fits my new life.
New needs, new style, new size. 

In the next weeks, I will be carrying out a mass exodus in my closet and documenting it. By doing so,  I hope to declutter my closet, as well as gain new pieces that can redefine who I am so I don't feel so left out when looking at the clothes in my closet.

To find out more on capsule wardrobes, you can check out:
this wikipedia article 
caroline from unfancy (and amazing examples of her capsule wardrobe, as well as tutorials, planners, etc)
the project 333's definition

Stay tuned!

Going Out: Friday Playgroup

9.22.2014





Last Friday, we made a trip to our old neighborhood for a playgroup at the local temple. My sister-in-law and niece still live there so it's always nice when we go back. At the playgroup, there were so many other babies crawling around that I think it had a positive impact on Mars, as he started army crawling around the living room that very night! I'm glad he waited for his papa to get home to show off his skills because we got to share in the moment together as a little family. 

Happy Friday!

9.19.2014



Mars is 7 months and 5 days old.

In the past few weeks, we've managed to change his bedtime from 10pm to 8pm. Our goal is to have a little bit of baby-free time before we go to bed, so we've implemented a nighttime routine that we do everyday. At around 7:45pm, we go up to his room, lie down and read three books. Afterwards, we let him play with his favorite toy, the Twilight Turtle. Seriously, he loves that thing! We've never seen him more interested in any other toy! After about five to ten minutes of quiet time with the turtle, we walk over to our bedroom and I nurse him to sleep. Sometimes, he wakes up when I try to put him down, or he'll wake up shortly after I put him down, but we're still working on that. Overall, it seems to be working really well.

This weekend, we plan to go hiking in the Presidio. Hopefully, the sky will be clear so we can get some good views of the Golden Gate Bridge! 

In My Bag: Going For A Walk to the Store

9.18.2014


We're lucky to live within walking distance to a shopping plaza so it's nice to just walk over whenever we need something or if we ever feel like just shopping around. When we go on one of these walks, I usually wear baby in the Ergo and have a small clutch with just the essential mommy items. I make it a point to change baby before we leave, that way, I don't need to carry diapers or clothes with me. This is one of the lighter ways I pack when going out with baby.

1 toy: teether
items for mama: sunglasses / daily planner / lip balm / phone + sanrio phone case / reusable bag / hand sanitizer



Weekly Wishlist: Let's Stay In

9.17.2014



Since baby was sick and I started feeling under the weather, we've been spending a lot of time just staying at home. It was then (and maybe some times before that) that I realized, I need new lounge-wear! My pajama bottoms are old, worn, and (this is embarrassing) have holes along the seams in the back! And it's not even like they're comfortably-worn. They're just worn-worn, kind of gross-worn. So because of this, why not dedicate this week's wishlist to staying in? And also because I'm obsessed with Halloween being the next holiday in line, I got a little spooky-minded while shopping. Enjoy!

BABY

MAMA

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Happy Monday!

9.15.2014



Mars is 7 months and 1 day old.

On Friday, he had his first fever of 101.6. He was grumpy all day (as you can tell in the photo above)  but finally, after his first stretch of nighttime sleep, he went back to his usual smiling self. 

Lately, he has been getting really close to his papa. He has the biggest smile on his face whenever J comes home from work. He also gets distracted by J when we're nursing so I have to ask him to leave the room, but when he's gone, baby will look around for him. Once, he even said, "dada" while looking for him, but that's probably just a happy coincidence. They are best buddies and it makes me so happy to see their relationship grow and to watch them play.

Maison Kitsuné Spring 2015

9.14.2014


Ok, I saved this one for last because it is my favorite. I know it's unfair to pick a favorite with so many different types of style, but if I had to choose, this would be it. It doesn't have that typical super fashion week feel, which may be taboo to some, but I like the laid-back, everyday Parisian looks of the collection (or "effortless French" as the shirt in the top right suggests).

Fashion week is over! What am I gonna entertain myself with in the morning! It's been fun making these mini recaps of ready-to-wear collections. There are so many more that I wanted to post for inspiration and eye-candy purposes (J. Crew, Steven Alan, Peter Jensen to name a few) but baby and I got sick over the weekend so I didn't have time. That's ok though, there's always next time!

Photos courtesy of Maison Kitsuné

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015

9.12.2014


Fashion Week is over! But I still have so much to catch up on! Here's the MBMJ: Sorry for the large image, I couldn't just choose six favorites from the MBMJ Spring '15 RTW. I love the edgy contrast of the black and white mixed with the addition of pastel primaries. 

In My Bag: Picking Up a Perscription

9.11.2014


I don't usually carry much with me whenever we need to make a quick trip to the store, especially if we're just picking up baby's vitamin D prescription. If we're driving, I usually have supplies in the trunk such as, diapers, wipes, trash bags, and extra clothes. For going into the store, I find that a small purse does the trick, especially when baby-wearing. 

1 diaper: cloth diapers
4 items for mama: lip balm / iphone / cards / coins / keys

Weekly Wishlist: Getting Ready for Autumn

9.10.2014


Summer is not officially over yet, but we're already starting to feel the Autumn chill. Perfect time for chunky-knit cardigans!

BABY:

MAMA:

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Diesel Black Gold Spring 2015

9.10.2014


Here are some of my favorite looks from yesterday's Diesel Black Gold RTW show. Love how basic yet chic yet classic rock and roll it all looks.

Altuzarra Spring 2015

9.09.2014


Been busy here and there with the baby, so I'm way behind on my NYFW. However, when I see something that catches my eye, I make time for a post. The Altuzarra Spring '15 RTW is no exception. For as long as I can remember, I've never been able to say no to black and white stripes. Wouldn't it be great if these pieces were a part of the Altuzarra/Target collab this Fall?

Little Things: Second Trimester

9.08.2014


Last week, I did a "Little Things" feature on things that I loved during my first trimester, so today, I wanted to do one for my second trimester. To be honest though, I don't really think there was much that I absolutely needed because my second trimester was a lot better than the first. Either way, here are some things that I'd like to share that still remind me of my second trimester. Enjoy!

The Little Things
This book was amazing! I read it once during my second trimester, and another time during my third. It really helped me prepare for my birth because it was so specific to the kind of birth I wanted.

This band helped me fit into my pre-pregnancy pants!

This is the most comfortable bra ever, and you can continue to wear it after the baby comes since it's a nursing bra.

This water bottle kept hot liquids warm for 6 hours! Perfect for my ginger tea that I'd drink all day, every day.

To keep that stretching belly moisturized!

I had this with me at all times to combat chapped lips.

The Big Things
Eating right! I was very strict with what I ate, and to this day I still attribute baby M's good newborn health to my pregnancy eating habits.

Hellessy Spring 2015

9.07.2014


Some of my favorite looks from Sylvie Millstein's Hellessy RTW collection. I'm liking the white pebble print on black paired with solid blacks, whites, and olive.

Happy Friday!

9.05.2014


Mars is 6 months, 3 weeks, and 1 day old.

He's tried a lot of new food this week including sweet potatoes and pears. It's really funny when he shudders in-between bites of food. New flavor experiences can be intense!

Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël Spring 2015

9.05.2014


Here are some of my favorite looks from the Cut25 RTW collection. I love how the sporty details are softened by leggy shorts and simple A lines.

In My Bag: Mini Road Trip

9.04.2014


When going on a longer trip, I make sure to bring a bigger tote with enough room for lots of extra diapers, clothes, toys, and other cleaning items. A regular diaper bag with many pockets makes it easier to organize, but if you're a bag-lady like me, and still want to get use out of your beloved handbags, then the secret is to use packing cubes or bag organizers. I got these little zippered, mesh packing cubes from the dollar store, so everything I pack has a place and makes items super easy to find. 

1 bag: balenciaga giant brief bag (discontinued)
3 Diapers: cloth diapers
2 outfits: sesame street onesies (discontinued) / pants (homemade)
2 items for mama: sunglasses / iphone

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2014

9.03.2014

Here are some of my favorite looks from the Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2014 lookbooks. I think a plain nursing tank underneath these outfits can make them all nursing-friendly.

From the RTW collection:

And some from T:

And my favorite, shoes and bags:

I've been eyeing the Prisma tote for a while. This season's is grid-embossed with matte black hardware. Great for a quick outing, with enough room for the essential diaper or two.

This year, I'm pretty excited that you can watch the live runway show on their website. 9/6 at 5PM EST. Guess I'll be staying in this Saturday.

Weekly Wishlist: Out Lunching

9.03.2014


Another nursing-mama-friendly outfit for going out to lunch on a late-summer day. Stud earrings are especially important now that baby likes to grab everything in sight. Hugo the Ghost's mask actually comes off so maybe that'll keep tiny hands away from my sunglasses!

BABY

MAMA

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Going Out: Lyon Street Steps

9.02.2014

We went to the Lyon Street steps for an urban hike yesterday. The weather was gorgeous and afterwards, we wandered around Union Street in the Marina District.



View from the top:

Another view from around the corner where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and a better view of the Palace of Fine Arts:


Window shopping on Union Street:





Baby fell asleep pretty early on in the hike. After a two hour nap, he woke up with this very cute but grumpy face:


What did you do this Labor Day? 
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