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wardrobe updates

wardrobe updates

You were all (all three of you readers out there) waiting for me to eat my words from this post, weren't you? That's ok, I was asking for it. So, no, although I didn't need anything new for spring, I did want to make a few updates, especially in the shoe department. While I love ballet flats and they will always be a classic, I'm loving the pointy-toe-D'orsay-flat trend. 

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These are from Chinese Laundry and I picked them up at TJ Maxx. I couldn't find this exact pair online, but these are similar. Also wearing Diane Von Furstenberg "Hanky" top (various discounted options here, here, and here) and James Jeans "Twiggy" jeans. Adorable baby for display purposes only (he's wearing a lovely number from the BumGenius Elementals line).

Have you made any updates to your wardrobe recently? I have a few more
that you'll see soon enough...

 

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real life

real life

It feels like it's been a while since an outfit post. It's hard enough getting out the door these days (baby, dog, winter gear) without snapping pics, but then I realized I've only posted outfits on those occasions when I get dressed up all fancy. That's not real life, so here are a few real life outfits - snow, rain, overexposures, and all.

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Neiman Marcus poncho (similar), Gap jeans, Madewell necklace (no longer available), Sam Edelman booties. As an aside, this poncho is a silk cashmere blend, but I've managed to continue wearing it even with a grabby 7-month old - maybe because it lifts over his head while nursing?

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Forever 21 top, H&M scarf, Old Navy jeans, Sam Edelman booties

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Neiman Marcus poncho, James Jeans, Blush necklace (have you been to Blush? it's the cutest boutique in downtown Kirkwood - you should go!), Sam Edelman booties

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Old Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan, old Gap tee, Gap jeans, flea market necklace, Franco Sarto booties. I'm realizing that all the booties I'm wearing in this post are suede! People always tell me they don't want to buy suede because they won't be able to wear them in the rain, but clearly, I don't let that stop me. I just use a basic spray suede protector and don't splash in any puddles!

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Old Zara cardigan (similar), H&M scarf, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties. I bought a couple of cheap scarves this fall to change things up a bit - it's a bummer this one isn't available online in the camel color anymore - I love it!

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Eddie Bauer parka, Paige jeans, Sam Edelman booties

Whew, that's a lot of outfits! I'm going to go ahead and wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - I hope everyone has a calm and restful holiday! Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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winter staycation

winter staycation

Attempting to ignore the fact that the dead of winter seems to have arrived several months earlier than scheduled, my husband and I decided to make last weekend a St. Louis staycation, which basically means we ate our way around town. We hit places that had been on our list to try (Patisserie Chouquette, Salume Beddu, and the Habanero Chicken at Amigo Joe's.) and revisited our favorites (Pho Grand, Pasteria, Kim Cheese).

(via my  instagram )

(via my instagram)

Heavy sweaters are back in the rotation. I will also say that these wedge booties have been such an all-star in my wardrobe. They can easily be dressed up for an event, but the wedge means that they're comfortable enough for everyday.

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(Vince sweater, old Target scarf, James jeans, Franco Sarto wedge booties)

I would still like to try Peacemaker, Juniper, and Old Standard, but those will have to wait until the next time mr. mindful closet has a weekend off.
Any other restaurants we should add to our list?

 

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on repeat

on repeat

I posted about an outfit on repeat at exactly this same time last year, and I have another one.

And look, I actually took a photo out in public - proof that I do leave the house every once in a while ;) I'm so 2008 though, it's still really embarrassing for me (taking photos in public, not leaving the house)!

Wearing James Jeans, H&M sweater, Sutton Lasater necklace via Byrd Designer Consignment, Arassi Jewelry small triangle necklace (anniversary gift, in addition to a DVF dress!), and Bakers boots via Avalon Exchange.

Is everyone feeling super busy since fall hit or is it just me?

P.S. I finally updated the mindful closet Testimonials page - check it out!

what i wore in july

what i wore in july

You know what's the best thing about being on vacation? No pesky "to do" lists. I had a great two weeks in Boulder, doing very little except for reading, hiking, and eating and now I'm back and ready to gear up for fall! 

I mentioned a while back that I was going to track all the items of clothing I wore in July. My hope was that I'd get even more clarity about the pieces I wear most often and which ones I don't. I also wanted to get a feel for how hard it would be to do any sort of capsule clothing restriction challenges, like the 30x30 (only 30 items for 30 days). In July, probably like most of you, I was working, playing, and traveling. I didn't take a photo every day, and there were two days, with traveling and craziness, that I just didn't write down what I wore, or didn't remember. I also used some photos from past months of the same outfit to stand in for times when I didn't photograph my outfit since I'd worn it before. The photos below are of 20 of the 31 days.

 

So...I actually only wore 35 different items of clothing including shoes! I'm not entirely surprised by this. If you've read this blog much, you know that I don't think there's anything wrong with repeating outfits (the French way, bien sûr), and that I like to keep my core selection of clothes pretty minimal. You'll see in the photos that I did repeat clothes a lot - and even more so than you can tell, since I didn't include every outfit in those photos. The items that I wore the most were also pretty unsurprising: a black tank, quality dark denim, work-appropriate wedges, and Converse. Something that did surprise me was that there were a couple of items that I would consider "staples" (like my white H&M button down blouse), that I only wore once or twice in a month. I learned that I repeat outfits the most on the weekends (as in, I wear the same thing all weekend, no biggie) and that out of the 35 items I wore - ELEVEN were shoes! This makes sense, since I like to have simple, basic clothes and dress them up or down with different accessories.

There were also a few summer pieces that didn't get worn at all in the month of July, and it's probably safe for those to leave the building. Are you surprised by the number of pieces? How many articles of clothing do you think you wear in a month?

 

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