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Midwest May 4-Day Capsule

· Not at all spring-like ·

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I swear I checked the forecast before I left, but was surprised by cool, rainy weather in the Midwest. I didn’t bring a single pair of full-length pants, other than my owl-printed pajama bottoms. I may have been cold, but I looked sharp in navy, black, red, white, and denim. I wore the business outfits to give presentations on communication, WordPress, and workspace organization.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazers – 2 (James Jeans and Bebe)
Cardigan (Outback Red)
Button-front shirt (Banana Republic)
Tank (Old Navy)
Dress (Milly)
Cropped pants (Banana Republic)
Shorts (7faM)

Shoes
Booties (Steve Madden)
Flats (Isaac Mizrahi)
Pumps (Nine West)

Accessories
Earrings – 2
Necklace
Purse (A+ designed by Aldo)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: The color palette was super sharp. The booties and flats were comfortable for six hours of speaking, each. I love having the pockets in the blazers for my slideshow remote.
Cons: I was cold! The worst was filling up at a gas station in the cold wind outside the Detroit airport. I did bring and wear a down vest, but it did nothing for my poor legs. I also need to invest in more layering tees and tanks so that I can wear a fresh one every day.

Disneyland 3-Day Capsule (+ Pool)

· Sweating with Mickey ·

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The weather forecast predicted a high of 85 for Saturday, but temps topped out at 98 degrees! All three days of our long Disneyland weekend were warmer and sunnier than expected. I packed a hat and long-sleeved, collared shirt for our two days in the parks to protect my upper body from the sun. Look ma, no sunburn! (Despite making the poor decision to ditch the hat on Sunday.) I left my legs bare every day and hit the pool twice on Saturday (with SPF 50). I had just the right amount and type of clothing for all of our activities. My color palette was olive, black, white, brown, and denim.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Vest (Sun & Shadow)
Button-front shirt (Forever 21)
Skirt (Forever 21)
Shorts (Forever 21)

Shoes
Booties (Sam Edelman Circus)
Mules (Carlos Santana)
Flipflops (drugstore)

Accessories
Woven fedora (street vendor)
Bandana (DSW)
Belt (thrifted)
Purse (A+ designed by Aldo)
Earrings – 3 (Stardust Remembered, Charming Charlie, and a tourist shop)
Belt (thrifted)
Sunglasses (Coco Sunglasses)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: The mules gave me blisters, but the booties were perfect for the park. (I like to keep my feet as covered as possible so they stay clean.) I should have worn the hat every day, but I was feeling vain about my hair on Sunday and ended up shielding my part with a collapsible fan. The button-front shirt is one of my wardrobe workhorses. Although it’s a Forever 21 cheapie, it has lasted me many wearings and still looks good. I was glad to have the bandana on Sunday to shield my neck and chest without the hat.
Cons: The buttons on the denim skirt earn me a patdown at airport security. I wore it on both flights. Ugh. You can’t tell, but I brought only black underwear (to wear with white shorts). I wish I had thought that through! We were at the parks during Dapper Days and I wish I had dressed up for the event. I wasn’t slumming in a tee and flipflops, but I could have tried a bit harder. I always pack a bathsuit when I travel, but I never bring a tote for the pool. I’ll add that to my packing list for next time. All the better to hide my flask, poolside.

New York City 5-Day Capsule

· April showers in the Big Apple ·

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I packed and wore a capsule for three, cool and mostly rainy days in New York City and two days of coast-to-coast travel. I wore jeans for the travel days and a pleather skirt or denim shorts in the city. My color palette was red, gray, black, white, and denim.

These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Raincoat (REI)
Jacket (Chaps)
Sweaters – 2 (Banana Republic)
Jeans (M)
Skirt (Mossimo)
Shorts (7faM)
Leggings – 2 (Amour and C9)
Tees – 2 (thrifted short sleeve and C9 long sleeve)

Shoes
Booties (Vionic)
Boots (Ariat)

Accessories
Beanie (Who What Wear for Target)
Scarves – 2 (DSW and consignment)
Purse (Rebecca Minkoff)
Backpacks – 2 (Spirit of the Red Horse and Toms)
Earrings – 2 (self-made and gift)
Belt (thrifted)
Sunglasses (Marc Jacobs)

I wore the plaid, knit Chaps jacket much more than was documented. It only appears in the Monday OOTD pic, but I wore it, at some point, every day but Thursday.

Here’s how the capsule played out:


Capsule evaluation
Pros: I was quite satisfied with my footwear, layering options, and outerwear. The colors worked well, together, although the red certainly stood out in a sea of black! I packed my lightweight Toms backpack in my luggage to wear in the city and used my heavier, leather backpack to transport my tech and camera gear in the airports and on the planes. I will definitely do that, again! The cloth backpack took up hardly any room and was great to carry my extra layers and camera gear around the city.
Cons: I wish I had brought a tee or base layer for each day. My long-sleeved C9 shirt was not fit to wear again after the 15 miles of walking in Central Park. I could have done without the jeans. I would have rather worn a knit tunic and leggings for the travel days.

Kansas City 6-Day Capsule

· A mix of casual, business casual, and business formal ·

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These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazer (James Jeans)
Dress (Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique)
Blouses – 2 (BCBG Max Azria and INC)
Pants (Banana Republic)
Cutoffs (Free People)
Leggings – 2 (Mossimo and Amour)
Sweatshirt (Fifth Sun)
Tee (Mossimo)

Shoes
Booties (Vionic)
Pumps (Nine West)
Flats (Ferragamo)

Accessories
Wrap (Coldwater Creek)
Beanie (Who What Wear for Target)
Scarf (gift)
Bag (A+ designed by Aldo)
Earrings – 2 (self-made and gift)
Necklace (Sassafras)
Belts – 2 (both thrifted).

The only item I wore, but didn’t photograph or list, is a down vest. I really needed it when it snowed on Tuesday!

Here’s how the capsule played out:


Capsule evaluation: I was happy with the workwear options in this capsule. I was a little underdressed for the weather, but, thankfully, did not have to spend much time outside. I was very glad I brought the scarf, hat, and wrap. They were lifesavers in the unexpectedly cold weather and the expectedly cold plane and conference room. I wish I had brought another casual bottoms option (jeans or yoga pants) and my moccasins for bumming around the hotel. The color palette worked very well: black, navy, brown, gray, olive, and red (with a dash or purple).