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Spring Clothing Essentials: My Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2022

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I’ve condensed my wardrobe quite a bit these last few months. As someone who tries to live a more simple & clutter free life, I felt like a closet declutter was well overdue. Check out my 30 Items You Don’t Need in Your Wardrobe to get some decluttering inspiration. If you are familiar with Courtney Carver’s book & minimalist challenge, Project 333 – she talks about having less clothing to choose from will allow you to let go of decision fatigue & realize you don’t need tons of items to feel like you have plenty to wear. Today, I wanted to inspire you & share with you my own capsule wardrobe & the spring clothing essentials I recommend. Over the years, I’ve learned it’s important to have a strong collection of basics as they are the bones to your outfits. From there, you can add a few unique pieces to express your own style / personality. Without further ado, here is my spring capsule wardrobe for 2022…

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A Crisp White T-shirt

In the spring, I always like to make sure I have one new white t-shirt. Most of the time, I get either one or two seasons out of a white t-shirt, & need to replace it after that. Currently, I have two styles of white t-shirts- one basic crew neck ribbed t-shirt from the A New Day brand at Target & a longer white t-shirt from The Loft that has shorter sleeves that are in between a t-shirt & tank. It’s important to pick styles that work for your body type.

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Other Neutral T-shirts to add variety…

I’m a huge fan of neutrals. Along with a crisp white t-shirt, I also have a black version of the A New Day brand, a grey t-shirt from J crew & a navy blue t-shirt from the Universal thread brand at Target. Most colored items are in a more muted / neutral color palette. Some other great options include – blush pink, olive green, beige, camel, or brown.

Variety of Styles & Textures

Within those tops, make sure you have a variety of styles & textures. As much as I love a basic t-shirt -I’ve learned having a few silk blouses, bodysuits & even light nits expand the verticality of an outfit. In the spring especially – the weather can be all of the place. So, some days, I’m still wearing sweaters or cardigans to keep warm. For example, in my specific capsule wardrobe, I have this mid length grey cardigan from The Loft that is light weight but can keep my shoulders & arms warm on those brisk days. I also LOVE having a white, black & grey bodysuit in my wardrobe because of the countless ways you can style these items. You can dress them up for a night out on the weekends & also pair it with a blazer for workdays. When I was decluttering my wardrobe, I noticed I want to add a few more button downs & flannels [ as I have none at the moment].

Pops of Florals

I recently added a floral long sleeve top from Loft to add a bit of spring vibes to my wardrobe. Although for the most part, I stick with neutrals & basics – I like having a few unique pieces here and there.

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A Good Fitting Pair of Jeans

My favorite brand of jeans are the Topshop Jamie jeans. I have them in dark wash, light wash & black. I personally have gotten away from white jeans [ but if you enjoy that look – it’s also a great shade for the spring time].

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Faux Leather

To add a bit of spice to your wardrobe, I recommend a pair of black faux leather pants or leggings. In my capsule wardrobe, I have a pair of black faux leather leggings from Abercrombie. They really turn a basic look more sexy & unique. I’ve worn them with heels & a silk blouse for date night & also with ankle boots & a sweater for a family dinner.

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Mules, Sandals & Sneakers

I’ve been wanting to build my shoe collection this year. I think there are a few spring staples that would create a multitude of outfits. My Sam Edelman white sneakers have been my favorite for every season.

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In the spring, they pair nicely with long maxi dresses, jeans & shorts. Some other great essentials are neutral mules & sandals. I have two pairs of Sam Edelman sandals in brown & black that I wear constantly in the spring time.

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Maxi or Midi Dresses

I typically save shorter sundresses for the summer but in the spring, I love wearing maxi dresses or mid length dresses – especially if they are floral in pattern. I’ve considered trying the trend of wearing nits on top of my dresses. In my capsule wardrobe, I have a few maxi dresses – one white with blue flowers [ very Santorini esque style ] & this lavender one with yellow flowers I want to wear on Easter. As a minimalist, I still love experimenting with colors & patterns. And the longer length of these dresses still keep me warm during those more chilly days.

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Bright Long Sleeves

Since spring can be a rather transitioning season with the weather. I love still wearing longer sleeved tops & knits in the spring. But to brighten up my look after a cold, long winter – I have added a pink sweater t-shirt from Zara & a coral sweater from the brand A New Day at Target. I also still love wearing my beige long sleeves that I wear in the fall in winter in the warmer months too.

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Cardigans

These are essential during the spring because they are great layer pieces on top of t-shirts & tanks – especially in the evenings as it get’s colder. You can dress them up or even wear them around the house along with lounge / athleisure wear.

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-B

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My Current Winter Obsessions

Happy New Years Eve everyone! It feels great to be back writing more consistently – hopefully once a week. I’ve been scheduling content like a mad woman & have the next few months all written & scheduled. Can you believe it? I wanted to start the new year off with a chit chat post talking about my current favorites. In October, I did this before in my current fall obsessions post & I enjoyed it so much, that I feel like I could make this a seasonal series on Mind Beauty Simplicity. Which by the way, has it’s own domain now! That’s right, the .wordpress is gone from the site URL & is now simply, mind-beauty-simplicity.com! Already, 2022 has been a wonderful blogging year & it has just started. I’m excited to see if my goals for this new year come to fruition. Let’s get into these favorites – shall we?

Makeup / Beauty:

Starting off with makeup favorites, I’ve been really drawn to neutral eye looks & bold lips – specifically the shade red. I guess you could say it’s a common color for the holiday’s but I personally find it’s more than just that. I feel the most confident when I wear shades of red [ both lip color & clothing ]. I discovered the Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick & have been wearing the shades More Blush & More Scarlett interchangeably anytime I wear makeup. For a drugstore product, they are very long lasting & smooth. I highly recommend them.

Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick - Maybelline

Binge Worthy Entertainment & Page Turners

Downton Abbey:

I decided to re-watch Downton Abbey from the beginning on account of the newest movie coming out in March. This fictional British series is so beautifully written & is filled with drama & romance. I highly recommend it if you haven’t yet watched it. You can find the entire series on Netflix.

Hypnotic:

I made the mistake of watching this Netflix movie alone one night. It’s a psychological thriller [ my favorite genre ] about a woman who comes across a hypnotherapist in hopes for some self-improvement. This movie made me not want to ever be hypnotized or answer any unknown calls on my cellphone. It was eerie good & I recommend it to anyone who loves this genre of movies.

TheSilent Patient:

I’ve gotten back into reader this past year – & I hope to continue this habit in 2022. Over Christmas break, I finally finished the novel The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I was recommended this book through Booktok as it was quite similar to Verity by Colleen Hoover. A psychological thriller [ surprise surprise ] about a psychotherapist who tries to treat a patient who became silent after the murder of her husband. Although the twist was discovered slightly early, I enjoyed the writing & concept of the novel. I couldn’t put it down.

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Gadgets

I’m excited to have been gifted an Ipad & an apple pencil for Christmas. I’ve been wanting one for a while & feel like it will come in handy for blogging. It’s very travel friendly so I can blog & promote on the go. And I find using social media to be quite enjoyable on this device. I like to keep my blogging life separate from my real life, so having a different device for all these tasks instead of using my phone all the time, is quite nice. I also plan to use it for reading, as I have the book app. But I’ll be honest – I do find myself preferring paper backs.

Fashion

Eileen Fisher Scarf & Beanie

Another Christmas gift of mine – & a classic addition to my wardrobe is this scarf / beanie combo from Eileen Fisher. I don’t usually shop at this store in my leisure but I feel like the store is a hidden gem. I absolutely love the neutral shade & the material is so so soft! It’s one of those shades that goes with so many outfits & I can tell they are going to be accessories I’ll have for quite some time.

Universal Thread Cropped Knit Sweaters

You should not sleep on Target brand clothing. Seriously – these are great quality with an even greater price. I love the texture of these & love how you can dress them up or leave them casual. These will be other clothing pieces I’ll be wearing a ton this winter. Something about wearing a cozy knit with a warm beverage in hand screams hygge & relaxation.

Ugg Crew Socks

I feel like this current favorites post is all about my Christmas gifts – but I can’t help if my family knows me so well. I absolutely love the Ugg crew socks & my mom got me like six pairs in multiple neutral shades. I will be living in them this winter.

Mindset:

As a whole – the word for 2022 is self care. I know, how original. I think it’s so important to make time for ourselves & create a routine that keeps us from becoming too stressed. Whether it’s fixing a warm beverage in one of my fun winter mugs in the morning or setting some time to read or write – making ‘me time’ is so crucial. It truly is the little things in life. I’ve been spending less time on social media [ even deleting the Instagram app off my phone ]. Focusing on being more intentional & present are habits I’ve been trying to have & continue to have in the new year.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my current lifestyle favorites. Let me know if you’d like me to continue this series on the blog & whether you’d like it seasonally or even monthly. I think this is such a fun way to showcase my life & provide little updates with my readers. See you next Monday.

B

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My Current Fall Obsessions

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Actually – more so the Halloween season & then it can go back to being summer again. LOL I just love all the fun activities surrounding this time of year, the fashion, the tasty beverages & spooky entertainment. Today, I wanted to chat about some of my current fall obsessions & things I’ve been loving lately.

Bonfires With Friends

When the temperatures cool down & the bugs start to go away, I love spending my evenings by the fire & roast s’mores with good company. I love sitting around the fire reminiscing on stories, sharing new ones & just laughing away at inside jokes. Over the summer, we fixed up the backyard & purchased a new gas powered firepit & a few adirondack chairs. It’s definitely an upgrade from sitting on fold out camping chairs in mud like before. We even strung a few lights around the deck railings to add more lighting & ambiance during the night. And maybe since it’s spooky season, we will share a few ghost stories next time we are out there.

Claw Clips

As a 90’s baby, I rocked the claw clip look all the time & I’m so happy the hairstyle is back! I recently caved & bought the ever so popular claw clips off Amazon that every basic bitch is wearing on Tiktok. As a writer, I find this hairstyle to be so helpful. It gets my hair out of the way as I type & it doesn’t create ugly bumps if I want to wear my hair down later.

Moleskin Journal

I love a good notebook. I think that’s just the writer in me. I’m always jotting something down whether it’s to-do lists of some kind or random thoughts & reflections. I actually started a new gratitude journal this year & decided to purchase this brand of notebook again because of its plain cover. Very minimalistic of me, i know. Reflecting on my life & focusing on the positives especially when life has its tough moments has been something I do to maintain a better wellbeing. I’ve been enjoying spending my evenings just jotting a few thoughts & blessings down before I go to bed. That way, those negative thoughts don’t fester while I’m trying to get my beauty rest.

Oversized Graphic T’s

I’ve been changing up my style lately & fall fashion has got to be my favorite time of year to experiment. I found a few oversized graphic t’s from Target & PacSun & I love pairing them with black leggings & boots or even my Sam Edelman sneakers I purchased during the Nordstrom anniversary sale. Sometimes I’ll layer a jean jacket or puffer for warmth. But it’s a nice casual go-to look when I’m opting for comfort. I know I’ve said in a few decluttering posts, that graphic t shirts are something you should probably cut back on because they are a bit juvenile at times; but I feel like if you find the right one & pair it correctly, it can really make an outfit more unique. This month, I’ve been doing a complete wardrobe transformation / declutter so let me know if you’d be interested in a decluttering series in November.

“You’re Not Special” by Meghan Reinks

This is my kind of self help book. It’s one I had in my nightstand drawer for months, I would read a few pages & quickly find something else to do. I just have bad attention span when it comes to reading lately & I’m trying to be better. Nevertheless, I finally finished the damn book & I loved it. It has wit & humor mixed with relatable topics. I’ve been watching her Youtube channel for years so when I found out she wrote a book, I knew I was totally buying it. Her paperback version is finally available if you are interested!

You're Not Special: A (Sort-of) Memoir: Rienks, Meghan: 9781982110109:  Amazon.com: Books

The Nintendo Switch Light

Remember in my 30th birthday post, I mentioned I will always be a kid at heart? Well, I’ve been playing games on my nintendo switch light a lot lately. My favorite games are Animal Crossing & Mario Kart. Whenever I’m looking to have some downtime, I always opt to play one of these games for a few hours. Do you have one? What are some of your favorite games to play?

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Another book I finished last month that I want to mention now is Verity. This novel definitely got me back into reading more frequently. It is a romantic thriller [my favorite genre] & about a freelance writer who is given the opportunity to finish a series by a world renowned author. This author’s real life story just becomes far more interesting than the fiction. Check out this Instagram reel where I talk about this book & a few others: fall books i love

My New Reading Nook

Speaking of books, I actually added a new addition to my blogging office. Let me just say, this space has become by own little sanctuary at home. Recently, I decided to bite the bullet & purchase a chair for this corner by the window. Before, I had my fiance’s old black leather couch & then an ottoman that just seemed out of place. But now, it is the perfect little corner for getting lost in some good books. The chair is from Amazon if you are curious. We actually have the same one [ just different color ] in our living room. It’s the perfect size for the space & super comfortable. All I need now is a small ottoman & possibly a small table where I can place a warm beverage.

Sneakers

I’ve been trying to add a few new pairs of shoes in my wardrobe. Most of my shoes are very worn & old. But I’ve been expanding my style a bit, specifically my sneaker game. I usually stick to boots in the fall & winter but I wanted a different type of shoe for those casual days. I purchased these Sam Edelman sneakers a few months ago & I’ve been wearing them a ton this month. So many people have been rocking the sneakers with midi dresses but I’ve been pairing them mostly with leggings or jeans. I love the tan & white color of them – very minimalistic.

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Those are a few of my fall obsessions lately. Let me know if I should continue this type of blog post in the future. I love sharing lifestyle favorites with you all. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been into lately?

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-B