Spring is definitely in the air as we move into March but it’s still only 6°C out so I paired this light t-shirt and jeans with a navy long sleeve thermal underneath for an extra bit of warmth. Threw on a pair of brown flat ankle boots and there you have it. Easy, comfy and casual. One of my go to outfits in my capsule wardrobe.
I also got my hair cut for the first time in about 10 months 🙈🙊
I’ve been badly in need of one for a while now and I finally got my ass in gear. My hair was down to my hips!
2 months after I stopped breast feeding my hair started to fall out. Another 2 months later the hair loss slowed and my hair started growing back with a vengeance! It was so heavy and long and was such a chore to wash and dry, Also I went through so many hair bands, seriously, a LOT!
Nothing like a simple haircut to make you feel amazing.
I had a lovely, quiet weekend relaxing and spending time with family. We went for a swim on Sunday and I’ve started doing an Aqua Aerobics classes twice a week. What a work out!
The last time I went to an aqua aerobics class I was 9 months pregnant! That was challenging too, especially when I was trying to get out of the pool afterwards 😀
There’s still that chill in the air so I’ve been adding knits to my wardrobe. Will most likely be keeping them for the next three months, but you never know 😉
I love this skirt. It was a gift from my sister for my Birthday.
It’s a nice thick material and the quality is great. I have to say, Topshop, like Zara, you get what you pay for.
The top is just a plain long sleeve. A basic for any wardrobe! It’s got a cute little pocket on the front.
I dressed the outfit up with thick tights (200 Denier) and my back ankle boots.
I’ve had these boots for a couple of years now and they’re the best. So comfy and they play a huge part in my wardrobe. They go great with any season style. Again they’re from Clarks, well worth the money but these were blagged in the sale for about €40!
This necklace made an appearance in another blog post during the summer. It’s from Zara and it just screams spring.
As we’re still battling off winter, I added a turtleneck cardigan. It belonged to my sister a long, long time ago and I’ve had it for years (Thanks, Les ;*)
It’s nice and warm and looks bad ass with a pair of jeans and a leather jacket.
It was a bit cold today so I decided to throw a jumper over my chambray shirt and jeans!
I hadn’t planned on making it a part of my spring capsule wardrobe, but it’s one of the warmest jumpers I own and I love it 🙂
As I said in my last post, I’m not strictly following all the rules because, well, Ireland is a bit topsy turvey when it comes to the seasons, you never know what weather you’re going to get from one day to the next so even though I try to cover all bases with my 33 items, occasionally I have to grab an extra thick jumper or throw on those cosy leather boots!
I’ve had this jumper for a while now and I love it. It’s so thick and cosy.
I picked up this shirt in Tesco! They have some lovely stuff from time to time. The chambray shirt in this blog post is also a bargain from Tesco 🙂
These Jeans! <3 Zara baby! I’ve been looking for a pair similar to these for AGES. I love the hip detail. They’re so comfy, too!
I finished off the outfit with these tan Chelsea boots that I picked up in Primark (Penneys) just before Christmas. They look great and go with practically everything. You can’t go wrong with this wardrobe staple.
Jumper// Primark – Similar here & here
Shirt// F&F for Tesco – here
Jeans// Zara – Similar here & here Boots// Primark – SImilar here & here
Saying it’s a challenge is a bit of an understatement, especially in Ireland. Trying to curate a capsule wardrobe with just 33 items, in our climate, is nearly impossible! When it’s not raining it’s raining, or raining with the occasional bit of sunshine, followed by rain and yes, sometimes even snow. All in the space of an hour! So I’ve been following the rules of the project 333 challenge loosely. In other words, instead of including my basic long sleeve tops (Thermals etc.) or outerwear (Winter Scarves, jackets) I’ve decided to only feature the items that will be a part of my wardrobe for the whole 3 months.
‘So why start a capsule wardrobe?’ I hear you ask. Well…
The comfiest, sexiest, maternity dress ever!
When I found out I was pregnant, I’d came across a blog that recommended sorting through your wardrobe and removing any item of clothing that wouldn’t fit you past the three month mark. Anything that didn’t stretch or that wasn’t comfortable, I packed it away or donated it. (I was ruthless when it came to giving away clothes)
Thankfully I was so *bloated 8 weeks into my pregnancy that I looked like I was about 5 months pregnant anyway, so It was very helpful when it came to sorting through everything.
*This will calm down at about 10-12 weeks, don’t worry 😉
So with my wardrobe cleared and after investing in some key maternity pieces, like the dress above, along with a few donated maternity tops and jeans (Thanks Julie ;*) I practically lived with a capsule wardrobe throughout my pregnancy.
And it was awesome!
Every morning I’d go to my wardrobe and be able to choose something that I knew would fit me well, look good and be comfortable. I saved so much time and energy by not fretting about stuff fitting. It was great for boosting my confidence in my every changing body.
After Finn was born, I kept up the capsule wardrobe way of life and used the lack of pregnant belly as an excuse to invest in some more key pieces. 😉 These replaced the maternity wear that I’d packed away and also substituted for the clothes that still didn’t fit me.
Once again I had a small range of clothes that were comfortable, fit well and made me feel confident in my postpartum body.
So here I am 11 months on and slowly but surely I’m fitting back into a lot of my pre- pregnancy wardrobe. I got a couple of things altered to fit my new shape a bit better and I’ve also given away more stuff. Over the past few months, I’ve come to realise that I will never be size 6 again, nor do I want to be! It’d take a LOT of effort and I’ve more important things to enjoy, like, you know, my baby.
Hello, Finn! Yes, you are awesome! <3
So what is the Project 333 Challenge?
In a nutshell, you take 33 items from your wardrobe and wear them for an entire season (3 months) The aim is to help you be more organised, save time, boost your confidence and to be more with less.
I opted for a mix of everything, from dresses/skirts that could be worn with or without tights, low top DC’s and knee high boots to blazers and leather jackets. Throw in a few accessories, some cosy jumpers and half a dozen pairs of jeans and you’re all set. Sounds so simple! But yeah, It’s harder than it looks!
Like I said. I didn’t include any basics (long sleeve thermals etc.) belts, or (Winter) scarves, but you could add them to your accessories if you’d like. You don’t count underwear or pyjamas and you’re only allowed to wear workout gear to work out.
The Spring /Summer ’16 Pantone palette consists of a lot of pastels as well as a couple of eye catching pinks. I don’t really do a lot of pink, so this was another challenge I was looking forward to 🙂
A lot of spring/summer trends this year consist of 70’s inspired suede, flamenco frills, floral prints and marled knits.
When I was prepping for my spring capsule wardrobe I invested in a few light jumpers that would work great for layering. As we’re into March now and still clinging onto the last bit of winter, layers are a must!
But I also included some chunky knits because, lets face it. It’s cold!
Stripes never go out of style and are great for any season.
I also added a floral pront shirt as well as a classic chambray shirt and a peach satin blouse.
I’m a huge fan of a good pair of jeans. You can’t beat the confidence boost that a great pair of jeans create. Jeans shopping is one of the most boring activities on this planet, but when you find that pair that make you feel like a million dollahs, it makes it all worth it.
I added a couple of skirts for those rainy days. Tights dry so much quicker than jeans and fleece lined tights are the best invention ever! So WARM!!! Add a pop of colour with an awesome skirt and a leather jacket to add a bit of edge and you’re dressed for the day! 🙂
The skater skirt below is one that I got adjusted after my pregnancy. I got the waistband taken off and got it replaced with a plain black elastic waist instead.
I’m really happy with it and it fits great.
The Jaquard skirt was a gift from my sister. It featured in another blog post here.
My mother in law bought me this dress a couple of years ago and it’s one of my favourites!
I even wore it until I was 7 months pregnant! It fits great and you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. Any colour looks great with it 🙂
The green and yellow dress is from Zara. You can read about it here
A black leather jacket is a staple for any wardrobe. Ross bought me this for my birthday a couple of years ago and I love it. There’s nothing like a leather jacket to make you feel instantly bad ass. 😛
The tan blazer is versatile enough to go with a multitude of outfits and it’s playing a big part on the street style scene! This one belonged to my sister and she picked it up in Dunnes Stores. It’s lined with a floral patterned cotton and is lovely and warm.
Shoes, shoes, shoes. Like I mentioned above, I tried to cover every type of weather. I have nude heels and my trusty black ankle boots, tan Chelsea boots, my knee high leather Clarks boots and a pair of flat top DC’s.
These bags are great and they’ve featured in a number of blog posts already. They hold all the essentials.
The necklace goes with a lot of outfits and the colours match the spring palette for 2016. The scarf again so many colours in it, it’ll jazz up any outfit.
So as you can see, I tried to cover every type of weather and event over the spring months. I could have added more accessories if I’d left out a pair of shoes or a pair of jeans, but to be honest, I don’t usually wear a lot of jewellery, a few sentimental pieces and that’s about it and sentimental jewellery isn’t included in the list of 33 items.
So there you have it.
Hopefully you’ll find the links in this blog post helpful.
Project 333 has definitely helped me stay confident in my changing body and it’s saved me time and money. I’m not sure if it’s since becoming a mother (I’d rather buy clothes for my baby) or whether I’m now content with what I have, but I now walk into a shop and I don’t feel the want or the need to buy anything as I have everything I need in my 33 items.
Highly recommended for you budding minimalist’s out there
We went to Crete to visit the in-laws for 17 days. It was our first time travelling with a baby and we were so anxious and worried about the plane journey that when Ross’ brother asked us what we had planned when we eventually arrived, we stared at him blankly. We actually had no idea! I couldn’t think past the plane journey! Long story short, we fed the baby on take off and landing and pretty much every time he tried to winge, we shoved the bottle right in there and he was happy! SUCCESS
One thing I hate about travelling, no matter how organised I am, is the fact that you somehow always end up with a duty free bag full of crap that you have to cart about. You never have the time to repack jackets and jumpers and books and ipad/phones etc. that need to be screened before boarding! Add to that all the gear that one needs for a tiny little human and the last thing I need is to be wearing something that’s not comfy, versatile and sling friendly. Not to mention the fact that I had to plan for the return home in mid October from 25 degrees. Yeah it was a challenge.
But without further ado (or ranting) 😉
I’m always hot and flustered in the airport but it’s always chilly on the plane and I wanted something light that would keep me at the right temperature especially when wearing a baby! Having to remove layers if I got too hot (especially with a sleeping baby) was a no, no so I decided to go with this light little sweater, I’ve had it for a couple of years now and it goes with practically everything! It’s light enough for summer and very easy to layer over and under for autumn/winter. It has leather detailing around the neck, on the shoulder and on the elbows and it’s so soft and comfy. It was perfect.
I picked up the jeans in Penneys/Primark. They’re one addition to my winter capsule wardrobe that I’m currently arranging (Watch this space)
They’re soft, stretchy, comfy and just all an all round great pair of jeans. I’ve been practically living in them since I bought them. Not bad for €13!!
The shirt underneath was nice and light and added the perfect layer under the thin jumper. It also added a softness to the overall outfit.
The bag cost me just €3 and it’s the perfect size for our passports/boarding cards, wallet and phone. It’s amazing how much stuff I was able to fit into it. It’s an awesome colour too!
Best bargain, yet!
I practically live in my DC’s. They’re the comfiest shoes around. I’ve owned so many pairs over the years and they’ve really lasted, great quality shoe. These are just one of three pairs that I own. (I’m a little obsessed)
Baba’s first holiday!
Sweater with leather detail (old) – Penneys: Similar here, here and here
Pregnancy is beautiful and it’s certainly got it’s perks (pun intended)
But then pregnancy ends, you may or may not have breastfed and before you know it your perky, voluptuous new boobies have returned to their pre-pregnancy size… yay.
On the plus side, after almost a year of sharing your womb with a tiny human, you finally have your body back and your breasts are almost your own again! YAY!!!!
If you’re thinking about revamping your underwear drawer. It’s a nice excuse for getting out of the house and leaving your man savour some quiet baby time 😉
It’s recommended that you wait for 2 months after weaning or giving birth (If not breast feeding) before you start investing in a new bra and “It can take up to a year for those excess underarm bulges to disappear”, according to the lovely lady who took my measurements.
So what next?
I had it in my head that I needed an underwire bra to offer me support and a bit of lift (Especially now) but then I looked in the mirror in that changing room after an hour of trying on and adjusting different bras and I was like, screw it, who needs lift! Before I got pregnant and indeed throughout the whole pregnancy and during breastfeeding, I lived in braletts.
‘A bralette is a bra without wires or molded cups, think on par to a sports bra, but without the intensity to hold you in. They have thin or lacy straps like a regular bra, and provide a reasonable amount of support for small to average busted women. Microfiber, lace, or a cotton blend are the common fabric contents.’ – BraFitAdventure
They’re comfy and they offer more than enough support, they’re sexy (especially when worn under a shirt with the top button left undone.) I didn’t have to wait until two weeks before having my baby to purchase nursing ones as there’s no pesky cup sizes and they’re relatively inexpensive. So I dug out a few that I’d packed away and purchased a few more inexpensive ones. Et Voilà! Comfort, support and no bulges. I wasn’t trying to squeeze myself into anything! The freedom was liberating.
As stated in the link above: ‘If you are between a 30A to 38 C you can get away with it.’
They’re the comfiest thing in the world and you can get so many different types!
Below are a few links to different styles and where you can buy them.
I bought a few nursing ones in Primark/Penneys. They’re super comfy and cost about €4 each.
Blush and Powder Blue Bralette: : €7 & €5 Both Primark
So we’re still waiting for our summer to arrive here in Ireland. But last weekend was Spraoi, a three day annual festival of street acts, art and music. It also marked 5 years since myself and Ross shared our first kiss! D’aww!!!! (It’s ok to be soppy on your anniversary!)
I wanted to wear a dress. Something light and summery and I happened to pick up this stunning little bargain in Zara.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don’t usually do sleeveless, but I fell in love, It’s just so different and it was on sale, so I snapped it up for €20. WIN! 😉
I paired it with a pair of my comfy, reliable sandals from Primark and a yellow clutch bag from Stradivarius.
I love the orange detail on the sandals. They’re so simple yet they add a nice little pop of colour.
The clutch I picked up years ago and I never really knew what to pair it with. Of course that’s all changed (Hello Pinterest <3) I’ve only used it a few times, but it’s one item in my wardrobe that I just can’t bring myself to purge. Believe me, when it comes to my wardrobe, I’m ruthless!
To jazz the outfit up for a night out I ditched the flats for nude heels and a dark green blazer from H&M.
Like the clutch bag, I’ve had this blazer for a few years. But unlike the clutch bag, I’ve worn it so many times. It’s one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.
The nude heels are another wardrobe staple, like the black blazer mentioned in an earlier post.
I’ll be aiming to do a post on creating a capsule wardrobe. So watch this space! It may take a bit of time 😉
– A xx
Dress- Zara, Similar here
Sandals – Primark/Penneys (old), Similar here & here
Clutch- Stradivarius (old), Similar here
Nude Pumps – Barratts (old), Similar here
Green Blazer- H&M (old), Similar here
It’s summer! Well almost Summer, here in Ireland we tend to get the best weather the first 2 weeks of June (during exam season) and the first two weeks of September (Back to school season) Everything in between is a mixture of torrential summer showers, not the warm kind, blustery winds and overcast days. I long for some Vitamin D!
But to hell with it! It’s mid July, it’s 16 Degrees and You can’t go wrong with Chambray!
One of your wardrobe staples and definitely an item worth investing in. Whether it’s a shirt, a dress etc. If you search chambray on Pinterest you’ll see from the results just how versatile it is.
I don’t usually do sleeveless shirts, but I love this because It’s nice and loose, it’s cool and the lace detail is so pretty!
I picked up the shorts in Penneys/Primark for €3! Seriously. I’m going back to get a few more pairs. Very few things in my wardrobe fit my I between sizes, post partum body, so obviously I needed shorts for the amazing summer we’re having (Its my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) and I saved €9 on these babies!
They’re nice and loose and comfy, but they still make my bum look good so it’s a win win!
The necklace is old. I picked it up in Zara 2 years ago. As I mentioned in an earlier post. Zara is my go to for amazing statement pieces.
The sandals are from Penneys/Primark and I love them because they’re so understated. I don’t usually do diamanté either, but they can dress up any outfit and they’re super comfy. I’m all about comfort these days! They cost me around €10 and the blush colour means that they go with pretty much everything!
Last weekend was my first proper night out in over a year! It was long overdue.
I won’t lie to you, it was fun! So much fun in fact that my head and my voice the next day were a bit worse for wear. There was a lot of talking and laughing and catching up with people who I hadn’t seen in so long. Most of them didn’t even know I’d had a baby! I took that as a compliment 😉
I wanted to feel sexy but keep it somewhat casual and seeing as we’re still waiting for our lovely Irish summer I decided to keep the shorts, but skip the bare legs and opt for patterned tights instead.
A gorgeous top, shorts, tights and heels are my go to outfit if I want to feel glam yet laid back. Add a tailored blazer for that sophisticated edge and there you have it!
There’s one rule that I always follow when choosing an outfit. Don’t show too much flesh. If I’m wearing shorts without tights, then I’ll wear something that covers me up on top, or if I’m wearing something low cut, then I’ll pair it with jeans.
You can make an exception for a killer dress, depending on the style and the weather.
I picked up this shirt in Spain last year and I’m so in love with it. The silk is nice and cool and it flows really nicely. I love the detail on the sleeves and the zip detail on the front.
I’ve had these shorts for years! Right now they’re the only ones in my possession that fit my postpartum shape! So I guess you could say that they were a sound investment and probably only cost less than €10
You can’t go wrong with a black blazer, it’s a staple for any wardrobe. The blazer is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there and it’s worth investing in one… or six!
This bag was a birthday gift from a very special friend of mine (Hello China Doll) and it’s perfect for adding a splash of colour to any outfit. It also comes with a cross body and a wrist strap!
I fell in love with this necklace as soon as I saw it. Zara is my go to for an amazing, affordable, statement piece.
The shoes! Admittedly they’ve seen better days, but they cost me €20 and they’re still going strong. I’ve had them for about 8 years and they’re still my go to heels. You can’t go wrong with black patent and a cheeky bit of leopard print.