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Oregon 6-Day Fall Capsule

· Autumn in Portland and Eugene ·

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Although Oregon started out gloriously sunny, I was not fooled into thinking this was the norm. By the end of my trip, it was wet and gloomy (just in time for my birthday). I was smart enough to bring an umbrella (not pictured).

I packed a capsule of one casual and five business casual outfits to lead seminars in Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

The capsule palette was black, navy, brown, olive, and red. Although you only see the casual outfit once (for my travel day on Sunday), I wore it again, almost every evening. I wore the blazer to my seminars every day.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazer (vintage)
Dress (swap)
Sweaters – 2 (Gibson and Covington)
Pants (Lauren Ralph Lauren)
Skirt (Plenty by Tracy Reese)
Turtleneck (Merona)

Shoes
Booties (Vionic)
Boots (Miz Mooz)

Accessories
Bag (thrifted)
Belts – 2 (thrifted)
Necklaces – 2 (made by a friend and thrifted)
Earrings (self-made)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: The pants and dress were comfortable for my travel days (flying or driving) and the skirt looks great (as long as I don’t have to sit down!) The blazer was adequate for outerwear. (I added a hat and scarf, not pictured, when it was particularly blustery.) I also like this blazer for my seminars because the pockets are perfect for my remote and room keycard.

Cons: The palette was a little repetitive. The plaid skirt is almost too tight to be practical . . . key word here is almost. I felt a little dowdy in the high-necked items. I can’t wait to be beyond this awkward hair phase so that I can cleanly pull my hair up and back.

Overall: Two thumbs up!

Disney World 11-day Capsule

· October never felt so hot (or humid!) ·

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Eleven days is a very long time to live out of a suitcase (and to be away from your doggies). It was no challenge, though, to get eleven outfits from this capsule.

We started the trip by flying from San Francisco to Cincinnati (hence the layering in the first outfit). We spent the weekend in Cincinnati for Beefy’s cousin’s wedding. The outfits I wore for the rehearsal dinner and wedding were not a part of the capsule. We mailed those items (along with Beefy’s clothes) back and forth rather than devote suitcase space. Cincinnati’s October weather was surprisingly warm (80s). I could have worn any of the Cincinnati outfits in Orlando.

The final eight days of the capsule were spent traveling and in the Disney World parks. It was very hot and humid. My scarves, leather jacket, and denim vest, got little to no use. The rest of the capsule (including those “high heel” boots), did well.

The capsule palette was black, navy, brown, olive, orange, pink, white, and denim. The hats concealed some terrible humidity hair. (I’m also thankful my hair is long enough to braid or pull back when the weather is nasty.)


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Leather Jacket (BCBG Max Azria)
Kimono (Carole Little)
Denim Vest (Tinseltown)
Sweater (Joseph A)
Button-front shirt (Banana Republic)
Blouse (Daniel Rainn)
Tank (Grayson Threads)
Denim skirt (Billabong)
Twill skirt (American Eagle)
Shorts (High Sierra)

Shoes
Western boots (Ariat)
Booties (Blondo)

Accessories
Hats – 2 (Pangaea and Yellowstone Club)
Belt (thrifted)
Bag (A+ designed by Aldo with a strap from Lam Gallery)
Sunglasses (Marc Jacobs)
Scarves – 3 (Canvas Boutique, Claire’s, and DSW)
Necklace (made by a friend)
Earrings – 4 (World Market and Francesca’s)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: The pattern mixing and colors were so much fun. I almost always got compliments when I wore the kimono or white blouse. Both pairs of shoes were comfortable for up to 9.8 miles of walking. The hats came in handy for bad hair days. I discovered that the kimono made a wonderful cover-up for the pool!
Cons: I could have skipped the leather jacket and heaviest scarf. Neither item took up much room, though. I wish I had brought a tee shirt. The trip was much warmer and more humid than I expected. On our last visit, I froze. This time, I was sweating. I can’t win!

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Pacific Northwest 8-day Capsule

· Rainy Washington and Oregon ·

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This was another business/personal trip. I gave four, 1-day seminars in Washington and Oregon and then spent two with family in the nearby area. My public seminar dress code requires a blazer (for me, not the participants), so I broke in my newly thrifted, military-inspired blazer by wearing it five of the eight days (although you don’t see it pictured in the lead photo, every time).

The capsule palette was red, pink, black, gray, khaki, olive, and denim. I wore three different pair of statement tights: leopard, polka dot, and Darth Vader.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazer (Donna Collezioni)
Poncho (Coldwater Creek)
Dress (Adrianna Papell)
Sweater (Express)
Blouse (Spense)
Suede skirt (Ann Taylor)
Denim skirt (Zara)
Cutoffs (Free People)
Leggings (Mono B)

Shoes
Black booties (Vionic)
Olive boots (Miz Mooz)

Accessories
Sunglasses (Coco Sunglasses)
Scarves – 2 (consignment and USFS)
Tights – 3 (B. Ella, We Love Colors, and unknown)
Necklaces – 2 (Kenneth Cole Reaction and Banana Republic)
Earrings – 4 (thrifted, self-made, Francesca’s Closet, and World Market)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: With the exception of the final ensemble, I loved all the outfits I made with this capsule. I had so much fun with layering and accessories. I’m pleased it’s finally poncho season because I love the drama. (I wore the poncho with the final outfit, too, on the plane.) My cornerstone piece, the olive jacket, performed well and I’m looking forward to wearing it, again.
Cons: I wish I had brought an umbrella. On one, particularly wet, day, I skipped lunch because it was raining so hard that I didn’t want to leave the hotel. I need to add “umbrella” to my packing list. I also wish I had brought my beanie for my early morning flight on Monday. (“Beanie” IS on my packing list.) Finally, I should have added a tee to my suitcase for one of my casual days. But, kudos to me for going so minimal with this capsule!
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Alaska 8-day Fall Capsule

· Not just Alaska, but Idaho and Washington, too ·

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I traveled to Anchorage to present a seminar and stayed for the weekend, visiting with family and friends. On the way to Alaska, I also presented in Idaho (Boise) and Washington (Spokane). The trip was a mix of sun and rain, warm and cold. I was prepared for anything with this capsule!

The capsule palette was red, brown, black, gray, olive, and cream. Consistent with my locations, I chose jewelry that reflected the natural world: crystals, feathers, wood, and hammered metal.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazer (DKNY Jeans)
Kimono (thrifted)
Poncho (Christopher and Banks)
Raincoat (REI)
Dress (Banana Republic)
Blouse (Daniel Rainn)
Long-sleeved tee (Ralph Lauren)
Tee (Western Connection)
Jeans (Lucky)
Wool skirt (Hauber Sporting Life)
Pleather skirt (Mossimo)

Shoes
Black booties (Vionic)
Olive booties (Blondo)
Loafers (ASOS)

Accessories
Beanie (Who What Wear for Target)
Scarf (Claire’s Boutique)
Necklaces – 2 (Zad and Urban Outfitters)
Earrings – 5 (Self-made, Claire’s Boutique, World Market, Francesca’s Boutique, and a tourist shop)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: This was a comfortable and stylish capsule. I love my little red raincoat. The items layered well for warmth and interest.
Cons: None!

Calirado 7-Day Capsule

· Seven days in California and Colorado ·

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After feeling uninspired by my business casual outfits earlier this month, I prescribed a capsule for myself over a seven-day trip. I started in Northern California, flew down to the LA area, and ended the week in Denver. During the weekdays, I gave seminars on creativity and innovation. On the weekend, I hung with my family, went thrifting, and visited Casa Bonita.

I kept this very small capsule interesting with pattern mixes and accessories: jewelry, belts, scarves, and a hat.


These are the capsule items:

Clothing
Blazer (B Young)
Denim jacket (Jessica Simpson)
Long-sleeved tee (Jones New York)
Tee (Western Connection)
Tank (Old Navy)
Skirt (Carole Little)
Cropped pants (Banana Republic)

Shoes
Booties (Vionic)
Loafers (ASOS)
Mules (Paprika)

Accessories
Hat (World Market)
Sunglasses (Marc Jacobs)
Belts – 2 (Hadley Pollet and thrifted)
Scarves – 2 (DSW and swap)
Necklaces – 2 (Zad and Banana Republic)
Earrings – 2 (Charming Charlie and World Market)
Tote (Nordstrom Rack)

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Capsule evaluation
Pros: All the pieces were comfortable to wear. I loved getting to mix red and pink. Because my seminar topic was creativity, I felt comfortable indulging in some advanced pattern mixing.
Cons: I disliked constantly adjusting the belt with the floral skirt. The skirt’s waistband is a little large and the elastic is shot, so a belt is “required.” I don’t mind dealing with the belt once a week, but three times in seven days tested my patience. (I ditched the belt for the fourth wearing. I hid the elastic with my jacket and hoped nobody would be tempted to “pants” me.)

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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).