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How to Make a DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf (Plus How to Wear a Blanket Scarf)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Blanket scarves are so trendy and an easy no-sew DIY to make for cold weather. Check out this diy blanket scarf tutorial and how to style your plaid blanket scarf with this easy tutorial. One trip to the fabric store for flannel plaid fabric and you will have everything you need to make a blanket scarf of your own…no sewing machine required!

I am madly in love with blanket scarves.

My obsession started as all good obsessions do.

It began on Pinterest, of course.

All of these fabulously fashionable women were rocking these gorgeous oversized scarves, but they were out of my price range or lacked the fullness & beauty that was captured online.

I mean, who couldn’t get behind the idea of wearing a blanket and calling it an oversized scarf?

Count Me In!

I decided I wanted to make some for my minimalist wardrobe because it would add so much. Did you know you can make a blanket scarf with no sewing skills required?

Let’s begin by taking a peek at the coveted $44 Zara scarf (that sells out in minutes, not kidding).

I want to zoom on in it so we can take a closer look.

Zara Blanket Scarf

Source: Style for the Seasons

The thing I want you to see is that the edges are frayed on their version too.

Guess what?

You can achieve that with a little flannel and pulling.

The best part is that this version will cost you quite a bit less than $44. I am going to make a big stack of them to show you and then I am going to show you some fun ways to tie them.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

The first thing you will need to do is shop for your fabric which is so much fun. I went to a few shops to check out fabric and ended up finding it at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  

Head over here to grab a coupon for your flannel fabric.

Want to know a pro-crafter shopping tip? Check out this app that I’m using to get a percentage back on my craft purchases.

If not, that same link will provide you a 40% off coupon. You will DEFINITELY want to use this because it makes these scarves budget-friendly. Don’t forget your coupons.

Head over the Fashion Flannel…at least that’s what they call it in Mishawaka (oh-la-la!).

Select your favorite patterns, tell them the amount you need, have them tell you they don’t have that much on a bolt, go grab another one, try again… Be annoyed.

Decide to do two sizes because you want you what you want, that’s why you brought it up there.

Got it?

I am going to show you what a 2 yard scarf looks like and then I am going to show you what a 2.5 yard scarf looks like below.

I love them both for different reasons and what you can do with them. The price (with no sales or coupons) is $8.99 per yard. That’s why it is great to see the two version (for cost-savings) and also really great to bring a coupon to save a bit on the fabric.

I wouldn’t recommend anything more than that or your scarf will choke you and you will die from scarf blanket suffocation.

It will be all over the headlines.

They will be laughing at you in those ridiculous segments on the radio where they try to shock you at the stupidity of Americans.  Your family will miss you. It would all be very tragic.


If you would prefer to shop online, I love to check over here for flannel by the yard. SO MANY great choices!! 

 

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Blanket Scarf

1. Purchase 2-2.5 yards of flannel fabric (make sure the flannel printing is on both sides).

2. Using the patterned flannel edge as a guide (on the edges of the fabric), trim the edges of each side of your scarf with a pair of sewing scissors (these are what I have)  to expose the cut edges.

3. Pulling out the vertical threads, on the cut side of the fabric, begin fraying the edges of the scarf.

You will discover that pulling out threads really creates a beautiful finished edge

If you are struggling to grab a thread, don’t be afraid to use a seam ripper.

Keep doing this until there are no loose threads and you have a beautifully frayed edge. Repeat on each side of the scarf. DONE!

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

This is what TWO YARDS of fabric looks like.

You can see that it has a lot of fullness, but is not as long or as much to tie or knot around.

Do you want to see how to tie it to look like this?

Okay then.

How to Wear a Blanket Scarf

How to Style a Blanket Scarf

How to Tie a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Tie Your Two Yard Blanket Scarf

1. Fold the scarf in half, lining the edges up evenly. This creates more of a square blanket scarf versus doing it on an angle.

2. Make sure one end is shorter than the other and tuck it up over your shoulder.

3. Loop around once with the long end (or possibly twice depending on your neck size!).

4. Fluff and puff. Fluff and puff.

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How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Here is the same size, just not puffed up so much. Seriously, cute stuff!

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Tie Your 2.5 Yard Blanket Scarf

No need to reinvent the wheel…I just headed online to figure out a couple of fun ways to tie these longer blanket scarves.

I tried this braided technique on Classy Sassy and really loved it.

It is a little more complex than the one above, but it adds a beautiful detail to the styling.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

This half-tied technique couldn’t be easier and was a cinch to pull together and added just the right amount of fullness to the neckline.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Here are a few other blanket scarf tying techniques I am looking forward to trying!

This one is similar to the half-tied technique, but no tying, just tucking. I can do that!

This chunky scarf technique would work really well with a 2-yard scarf so you could let the ends hang.

The 2.5-yard one would look great as a poncho or even pulled together with a belt.

This poncho style leaves the scarf folded making a smaller poncho version.

Regardless of the way you tie it, I love pairing these scarves with puffy vests, long sleeve shirts, and my favorite fall boots. Flannel blanket scarves are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. 

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

I’m Petite & Want to Make a Smaller Version- What Can I Do?

I’m pretty petite, but I know big scarves aren’t for everyone!

Shave 6-7 inches off the width on a 2 yard version to make a more petite version of this scarf with a little less bulk or experiment with your own sizing by creating your own custom version.

Just cut, try on, adjust.

There are no wrong or right lengths- it is what fits YOU or your recipient best!

Wear it a scarf or wear it as a blanket. The possibilities for this cozy project are endless.

Love this scarf tutorial? Here are a few other DIY projects I’m proud of!

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket no sew scarf with hidden pocket

Fall Burlap Wreath fall burlap wreath

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles slow cooker pumpkin spice candles

How to make a Yarn Pom Pom Wreath yarn pom-pom wreath

DIY Roll-up Puzzle Mat roll-up jigsaw puzzle mat

DIY No-Sew Hand Warmers no-sew hand warmers

Yarn Pom Pom Trees yarn pom pom trees

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium succulent terrariums

I hope you have a blast making these quick scarves for yourself or for holiday gift-giving. Check out this list of 54 handmade gifts you can make for the holiday season to inspire you even more! Happy crafting!

This post contains affiliate links. 

How to Make a No Sew Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

Summer is starting to slip away from me and I realized that I had never shared my summer capsule with you. I have to say, this summer I REALLY feel like I have everything I need for many summers ahead. Building a good capsule, with loads of longevity, takes a bit of time and practice. I have learned a lot over the years and today I wanted to share my summer 2018 capsule ideas with you.

I’m a bit wore out from our vacation so please pardon the fact that I refused to steam everything before posting it (even though I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my steamer).  I promise it will be perfectly perfect when I am actually wearing this stuff.

Stay tuned for some of these pieces in action and ways to style this simple and easy wardrobe for summer.

Let’s talk about this 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe!

Target Style follow my capsule adventures on Instagram

First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.

The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style. Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.

What Trends Did You Embrace For Spring?

I am 40 now so I have started to steer away from too many trends. I am loving the romper and jumpsuit trend so I did add a few of those pieces into my wardrobe. I went bolder with colors and patterns on my skirts while keeping my tops more neutral this season. I continue to love ruffles and embroidered items so they made their way into my summer capsule too.

Get some inspiration for creating and styling your capsule by following my Capsule Pinterest Board!

Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule

I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.

That’s been the best place to start for me.

Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?

One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like. For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.

What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?

Here are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe

note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- 1) flutter top (similar/similar/similar), 2) white collared blouse, 3) embroidered top (similar)

row 2- 1) white silk top (similar/similar), 2) striped blazer (similar/similar) 3) white flutter top (similar/similar) 4) embroidered cold shoulder top (Ali on the Boulevard), similar

row 3)- 1) striped smocked top (similar/similar/similar/similar) 2) black-and-white stripes 3) linen blend tie tank (matching shorts pictured below)

row 4)- 1) floral dress (similar/similar/similar) 2) chambray jumpsuit (similar/similar) 3) black ruffled romper (similar/similar/similar/similar) 4) blue midi dress (similar/similar/similar/similar)

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row 1- 1) cargo jacket (similar/similar) 2) black lace halter top (similar/similar/similar) 3) relaxed flutter shirt (similar/similar)

row 2- 1) South Bend tee (Ali on the Boulevard) 2) denim shorts (similar), linen blend shorts, floral shorts (similar/similar) 3) denim jacket (similar/similar/similar)

row 3- 1) chambray pull-on skirt (similar/similar), black-and-white skirt, green fluid pull-on skirt, blue fluid pull-on skirt, black midi skirt (similar/similar/similar) 2) basic black tee 3) black crops (similar), olive leaf pants, white jeans

SADLY, not pictured is my new favorite black swing dress!

Honorable Unmentionables

Sweatproof Bras– cute and comfy for summer

Thompson Tees (to save myself from embarrassing sweat stains)

Jockey Skimmies 

Summer Shoes Summer Shoes & Purse

I won’t lie, we sell more shoes and purses than clothing around here…which solidifies that you ARE MY PEOPLE.

summer straw tote (I love the drawstring enclosure on this)

black-and-white sandals (more narrow than my usual, but too cute to quit)

snakeskin wedges (similar– same brand, but I, honestly, bought mine here)

comfy suede booties (LIKE WALKING ON CLOUDS)

saltwater sandals

summer slides

footbed sandals

nude peep toe wedges (same, but again, I bought mine here!)

Browse My Capsules & Wardrobe Planning Advice

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Fashion Capsule Shopping on a Budget

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Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

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Winter 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

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Fall/Winter 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Creating the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe (that really works!)

How to Shop Secondhand For Your Capsule Wardrobe

Make Money Organizing Your Closet

25 Best Wardrobe Planning Printables

Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too

Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)

Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!

Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!

*this post contains affiliate links. I only recommend what I love!

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Small-Budget Crushes 06.05.18

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

small budget crushes

Here is what I’m crushing on this week!!

vintage striped tee vintage striped tee (50% off- no coupon code needed)

daddy and me mugs daddy and me mugs

pleat skirt pleated skirt (several styles)

floral tie romper floral tie-shoulder romper

collapsible shelving collapsible shelving (SO SMART!!)

polka dot off-shoulder top polka dot off-shoulder top

dad's ice cream plow dad’s ice cream plow (what a great gift with a few of his favorite ice cream flavors)

printed palm covers printed palm covers

faux fiddle leaf fig faux fiddle leaf fig

shorter in person shorter in person (hahaha- I get this all the time!)

pull-on shorts pull-on shorts (buy 1 pair of shorts, get the second for 50% off!!) patterned beach towels patterned beach towels (use coupon code SWEET for 20% off)

swing dress simple swing dress (50% off- no coupon code needed)

patterned shorts patterned shorts (several prints and colors)

gingham dress gingham dress (comes in petites and plus sizes)

striped midi dress striped midi dress (use coupon code DRESS20 to take 20% off)

rarest of them all card rarest of them all card

striped circle skirt striped circle skirt

tassel sandals tassel sandals (buy 1 pair, get another pair for 50% off!!)

striped romper striped romper

straw tote straw tote (take 20% off with coupon code SWEET)

metal stackable chairs metal stackable chairs (use coupon code JUNE for extra 10% off!!)

floral dress floral dress

linen midi dress linen midi dress

faux palm faux palm (that is a sweet price for silk!!)

striped shorts striped shorts (buy 1 get another pair for 50% off shorts)

girl power tee girl power tee

bluetooth wood keyboard bluetooth wood keyboard (perfect for traveling)

home sweet home home sweet home mat

floral pajama bottoms floral satin pajama pants

slimming suit slimming swimsuit (several patterns and colors)

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

It feels strange to be talking about my fall wardrobe today after a weekend of record high temperatures in Indiana. I know that the cooler weather is just around the corner though and I’m really prepared this year with this fresh capsule wardrobe for fall. Fall wardrobe planning is my FAVORITE so I hope these options can give you some new ideas for your own wardrobe.

I fell off the capsule wardrobe wagon towards the end of summer, but I am back in the game again!

If you want to see how these pieces work, be sure to follow my capsule wardrobe account. I decided to start a SEPARATE Instagram account for my capsule since it feels like two separate audiences. This account is only about fashion & the capsule. You can follow me here (@momadvicecapsule) or if you just want the general usual odds & ends, you can follow me here (@momadvice). 

First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.

The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style.

Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.

What Trends Did You Embrace For Fall?

I am loving the feminine details this season from ruffles to bell sleeves. I incorporated those details into my pieces and also made a couple of smart investments in higher quality sweaters since warmer layers are a must in the Midwest.

My colors this year are in the red family (blush, burgundy, red), mustard, and green.

Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule

I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.

That’s been the best place to start for me.

Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?

One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like.

For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.

What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?

Here are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- quilted puffer vest/flannel shirt (similar, similar, similar)/field jacket (similar, similar, similar, similar)

row 2- ruffled sweatshirt (similar, similar)/denim shirt (similar, similar, similar)/polka dot top (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)/black and white gingham shirt (similar, similar, similar)

row 3- floral ruffled top (similar, similar, similar)/rose bell sleeve (similar, similar, similar)/striped bell sleeve/

row 4- camel sweater blazer/gray cocoon cardigan (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ bulky ivory sweater (similar, similar, similar)/burgundy bell sleeve jacket (similar, similar, similar, similar)

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- striped embroidered bell sleeve top/burgundy short sleeve sweater tee (similar, similar, similar, similar)/mustard stripes (similar, similar, similar, similar)

row 2- mustard top (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ white blouse (similar, similar, similar)/ polka dot shell (similar, similar)/long sleeve striped top (similar, similar, similar, similar)

row 3- green skirt/gray dress (similar, similar, similar)/ red skirt (similar, similar, similar)

row 4- rose jeans (similar, similar, similar)/green pants (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)/ distressed jeansblack pants

not shown- basic white & black long sleeve tee, chambray shirt, dark wash denim, and black leggings (similar, similar).

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shoe Options from MomAdvice.com

A few of my favorite shoes for fall-

rainboots (these are warm and are great if you have a wide foot)/suede moccasins (acquired through Stitch Fix)/tan booties (most comfortable shoes ever)/leopard print flats (come in wide or narrow)/black ballet flats/velvet ballet flats/ peep toe booties (unbelievably comfortable)

Other helpful items for your capsule wardrobe-

just bought a bunch of these– they are PERFECTION

a practical bag

most worn belt

thankful for these

and these are no show, yo! also really comfortable!

a million of these– you’ll thank me!

these are fun and eye-catching

Amy Allen Clark

Browse My Capsules & Wardrobe Planning Advice

One Piece, Many Ways

Fashion Capsule Shopping on a Budget

Planning the Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall/Winter 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Spring/Summer 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Winter 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Creating the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe (that really works!)

How to Shop Secondhand For Your Capsule Wardrobe

Make Money Organizing Your Closet

25 Best Wardrobe Planning Printables

Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too

Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)

Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!

Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!

*this post contains affiliate links. I only recommend what I love!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

 

Over in the Midwest, we couldn’t welcome spring weather more!  Today I’m sharing my capsule wardrobe plans for spring and all about the trends I’m embracing for 2017!

I decided to start a SEPARATE Instagram account for my capsule since it feels like two separate audiences. This account is only about fashion & the capsule. You can follow me here (@momadvicecapsule) or if you just want the general usual odds & ends, you can follow me here (@momadvice). I hope that makes sense!

Let’s talk about this 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe!

Ruffled Sleeve Shift Dress

(check out some of my new options I purchased for this capsule!)

First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.

The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style. Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.

What Trends Did You Embrace For Spring?

Since I embrace a more feminine style, I love the lace, florals, and ruffles that are happening right now. I wanted to incorporate those into my wardrobe along with my usual mad love for stripes and the nautical feel.

I can’t quit you stripes, I just can’t.

I have a pretty standard wardrobe now after years of doing this that include the usual suspects of chambray shirts, a practical blazer, colored jeans, and basic neutrals. This spring I leaned into the baby blue and rose and lightened up my cardigan game with gorgeous lightweight dusters and, a rather impractical but lovely, lace layering piece. Ruffles are happening throughout on dresses and my sweatshirts.

Get some inspiration for creating and styling your capsule by following my Capsule Pinterest Board!

Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule

I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.

That’s been the best place to start for me.

Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?

One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like. For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.

What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?

Here are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!
Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- take care of one another sweatshirt/ white lace top (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ floral top (similar, similar)

row 2- black tee/ pink tee/ gray tee/ white tee

row 3- floral flutter sleeve blouse (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ cream shell (similar, similar), baby blue boho top

row 4- ruffled gray sweatshirt (similar, similar), ruffled rose sweatshirt (similar, similar, similar), striped top, black & white stripes (similar, similar, similar)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- lace cardigan/ jean vest (similar)/ black vest (similar, similar, similar, similar)

row 2- olive green pants (similarsimilar, similar)/ rose jeans (similar, similar, similar)/ white jeans (similar, similar)/ distressed jeans

row 3- basic jean (similar, similar)/ black cropped pant (similar)/ a-line black & white skirt (similar, similar)

row 4- ruffled shift dress (similar, similarsimilar)/ black duster cardigan (similar, similar)/ blue swing dress (similar, similar)/ belted shirt dress (similar, similar)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

row 1- black midi skirt (similar, similar, similar)/ jean jacket (similar, similar),

duster cardigan (similar, similar)

row 2- sleeveless turtleneck shell (similar, similarsimilar)/ pink blouse (similar, similar)/ chambray shirt (similar, similar)

Amy Allen Clark

Browse My Capsules & Wardrobe Planning Advice

One Piece, Many Ways

Fashion Capsule Shopping on a Budget

Planning the Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Fall/Winter 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Spring/Summer 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Winter 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Creating the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe (that really works!)

How to Shop Secondhand For Your Capsule Wardrobe

Make Money Organizing Your Closet

25 Best Wardrobe Planning Printables

Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too

Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)

Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!

thredup closet clean out bags- free!

Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is what I am getting rid of this time. Off to thredup it goes for credit for the next capsule- so proud!! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

*this post contains affiliate links. I only recommend what I love!

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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping With MomAdvice.com

I debated on diving back into a capsule with you all again. It’s one of those things that I love planning and doing, but I don’t always love all the work that goes along with showcasing everything. That said, I went back over my stats on the site from this past year and five of our top articles visited were on  my capsule wardrobe and the planning posts that I had gathered.

With that in mind, I decided to dive back in and share another spring capsule with you!

You can also peek at last year’s spring capsule for inspiration over here.

Spring Trends I’m Loving

Since I am a more feminine style, I love the lace, florals, and ruffles that are happening right now. I wanted to incorporate those into my wardrobe along with my usual mad love for stripes and the nautical feel.

I can’t quit you stripes, I just can’t.

I have a pretty standard wardrobe now after years of doing this that include the usual suspects of chambray shirts, a practical blazer, colored jeans, and basic neutrals. This spring I leaned into the baby blue and rose and lightened up my cardigan game with gorgeous lightweight dusters and, a rather impractical but lovely,  lace layering piece. Ruffles are happening throughout on dresses and my sweatshirts.

This Seems Like Too Much Work

I know capsule aren’t for everyone and I won’t get into my laundry list of why I find them beneficial to me. I will say that I have been struggling with my health this year and I find that putting a little work in at the beginning of the season saves me a lot of time and effort later in the season when I am a little more depleted.

Knowing I feel good in the clothes that I wear brings me a bit of confidence and encourages me sometimes to not wallow in not feeling good and making more of an effort to get dressed.

I also consider this blog a sense of accountability to do my best showing you great ways to wear these pieces and make the most of every item in your closet. You can follow just my capsule on IG or you can follow me as a whole dang person over here. I have layers, people! 🙂

Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite finds for spring!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(ruffle sleeve dress (similar style- lots of sizes, also similar with lots of sizes) * necklace with the cutest clasp *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!!)

Sorry I forgot to shut my cupboards and move dishes.

Only one of us can look good right now.

I posted about this dress in my notebook and I know a bunch of you got this. If you haven’t there aren’t very many sizes left, but I will let you know if they restock. This one is a perfect substitute though!

This runs large- I’m wearing an XXS in this one. It is the perfect length, perfect weight with the ruffling, and doesn’t look clingy in the rear. If you suffer from Sir Mix A Lot issues, this might be a good one to check out because the cut is perfection.

My gladiator sandals happen to be on sale and are the most comfortable shoes ever. If you have a wider foot, these are generous in width and so fashionable. I have become a big fan of Naturalizer.

I also want to give a shout-out to this necklace. The clasp was tricky, but once I figured it out, I knew it would be my favorite piece. The mint also sold out, but it comes in a couple of other cute colors. The critter closure is adorable.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(striped boatneck tee* skirt from stitch fix* red belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here*necklace)

I had given up for awhile on Stitch Fix, but had some referral credit in my account and a new capsule was the perfect excuse to use it. They really hit it out of the park with this adorable skirt and I can already picture styling it a million ways. Although it wasn’t lined, the fabric is a good weight for holding shape and keeping the rear covered.

I also have been on the hunt for a true long sleeve striped tee (not 3/4 length- it drives me crazy under layers) and this tee is perfection. It’s true to size and the arms were really long. I ran it through the wash and it shrunk a bit making the sleeve length a little better for me.

This necklace is also adorable and would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift to yo’self.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(boho baby blue top* flying monkey distressed jeans * belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here)

I fell in in love with this gorgeous floral top for a couple of reasons. It has some really eye-catching details and the back swoops down to cover the rear so you can wear a tighter pant with it without feeling self-conscious. This top feels like a real statement top and is true to size.

I’m not crazy about distressed jeans, but these jeans feel like butter and have a great fit to them, particularly if you are curvy with a narrow waist. I did size up in these so go up one or two sizes if you are curvier on bottom. I like the angle of the ripped bottoms.

My husband does not like these so we had to have a talk when he called me Tom Sawyer. We talked about how some of us evolve and others of us don’t, and it is totally okay for both of us. *ahem*

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(rose open cardigan duster *striped tee * floral top (true to size- I’m wearing an XS!)* flying monkey jeans *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here* necklace * lace bralette* world’s comfiest peep toe shoes)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

black open cardigan duster* flutter sleeve top (true to size- I’m wearing a 00!)* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes

I have been wanting to try those gorgeous longer sweaters, but at 5’2, it has the potential to swallow me up and rarely looks right on me. These lightweight open cardigans though could not be more perfect for a petite girl. It’s the perfect sweater weight for Spring and adds a great finishing detail to my florals, stripes, and basic tees.

This striped top, by the way, feels like pajamas, and it is so lightweight that it could be worn in the summer with a cute pair of shorts. I am not a fan of those weird twists or ties on the bottom that make one’s eye go right to my problem areas so this is nice because it has great movement and the twisted feel without the bulk.

Also…pajamas.

What more could a girl want?

Cushy Peep Toe Shoes for Wide Feet

slip your feet into these cushy peep toe booties

I do treat myself to a good pair of shoes each year and I happened upon these gorgeous peep toe booties and knew they were the shoes for me. They come in wide that is actually generously wide and the bottom feels like slipping your feet onto pillows. It has a zipper in the rear for slipping these on and off.

They require ZERO breaking in and feel like wearing your slippers.

Now that I splurged on these, it’s time to get these feet in for a pedicure.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

take care of one another sweatshirt* necklace

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

ruffled sweatshirts (got this in pink & light gray- true to size and perfect weight!)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

best basic tees* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes * necklace (similar)

I did want some comfier items in my capsule too and a few basic tees went into my shopping cart. I read tons and tons of reviews on tees and wanted one that wouldn’t require a cami underneath so I went with this style because of its high reviews. I think these run small and wish I would have sized up one size.

I also wanted a cozy sweatshirt for cooler nights and couldn’t love this one more. It has slouchy shoulders so feel free to cold shoulder it up on this one. I love the thoughtful messages on these pieces too.

I also wanted a ruffled sweatshirt since they are so cute, but ruffles can hit in some unflattering places. I gotta say, these ruffled sweatshirts are AMAZING and I get compliments on them every time I wear it. The ruffle is just right and would even be appropriate for my bustier friends.

Since I am a sweaty gal, my secret to keeping the sweat at bay is these. If you value your capsule wardrobe at all and tend to be a pitty mess like me, buy yourself a couple of these. They are helping my wardrobe last so much longer!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(lace layering piece* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoesnecklace (similar)*best basic tees)

I love this lace layering jacket in a pretty rose. It was suggested by Ali Oesch, the shop owner, to consider it for packing for a vacation to wear over your swimsuit.

Wouldn’t that be cute?

I can picture belting this or wearing it over a pretty dress in the summer too.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(pink shirt* white pantsworld’s comfiest peep toe shoes* necklace with cutest clasp)

These are two more selections from Stitch Fix and I’m on the fence with them so I will let you know tomorrow if they made the cut. I prefer a slim cut leg and these look like the boyfriend style a bit. I don’t know if I find this cut that flattering on me. Maybe you guys can tell me what you think?

The top is cute, but wrinkly so I will press it and wear it around to see how wrinkled it gets throughout the day. I hate ironing so this might just head on back to them although I’m loving the back detail.

Tomorrow I will share my entire spring wardrobe with links to shop, these are just the new pieces that I wanted to show off to you! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Make Money Organizing Your Closet

I’m Planning Another Closet Audit

Once I have everything in place, it’s time to count my pieces and whittle away anything I don’t need anymore. This process gets easier and easier each year, I promise you.  For ease, I usually just request a bag from thredUP and then send in items for store credit on my next capsule wardrobe. It’s fun to get items from them, wear them a season, sell them back, make money, repeat process, etc..

To me, it’s almost like those pricey wardrobe rental programs without the commitment or monthly fees.

Not only can you clean out your closet to make money, but you can also make money on your kid’s stuff and maternity items too! Simply order a bag with a prepaid shipping label to start your closet clean out. Their fashion resale professionals review your clothing and then pay up to 80% of the resale value. You can earn thredUP shopping credit, or simply cash out with PayPal.

Items that they don’t accept go to charitable partners or textile recycling companies. They can also be mailed back to you as part of their Return Assurance program for a $12.99 shipping fee. Be sure to check their quality standards before sending.

Get Professional Help if You Need It

I love fashion and feel like I have a strong sense of personal style, but it has taken me a few years to really feel confident in my choices. If you struggle with confidence, I recommend trying out a professional service or professional shopping service to help you.

I can’t rave enough about the Adore Your Wardrobe program (registration opens next month!)  for someone who wants to find their own sense of style. Not only do the video tutorials and printables help with your shopping, but you are connected to a FB community that can help give you feedback (and shopping discounts) as you put together your wardrobe. This program is like having a professional closet audit without judgement and that can be done in your own free time.

The other option is a shopping service like Stitch Fix. As you can see, this month I actually had some success with them despite being so particular about my style. Definitely look into that one if you value the advice of a stylist.

Spring Capsule from Ali on the Boulevard

A special thank you to Ali on the Boulevard for partnering with me to showcase budget-friendly ideas for mamas! I puffy heart love this shop and she’s put together a spot where you can shop a few of today’s featured looks! I love to support local and she’s happy to ship your items out to you! Yay!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping With MomAdvice.com

This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.20.16

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Son of a Nutcracker Sweater

son of a nutcracker sweater

Little People Big Dreams Book

little people big dreams book

Eiffel Tower Scissors

eiffel tower scissors

emily & meritt hanging toiletry casse

the emily & meritt hanging toiletry case

Wood Chess Board

wood chess board

Bike Repair Kit

bike repair kit

Golden Elephant Bookends

golden elephant bookends

Milestone Photo Prop

milestone photo prop (months & years!!)

Snow Bunny Pillow

snow bunny pillow

Sea Captain Embroidery Kit

sea captain embroidery kit

library-neck-ties

library neckties Polka Dotted Puffer Vest

polka dotted puffer vest

Faux Fur Stocking

faux fur stocking

Divers Art Print

divers art print

pride and prejudice coloring book

pride & prejudice coloring book

 

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

Small-Budget Crushes 11.13.16

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Origami Kitchen Cart

origami kitchen cart (many colors- this is the one I got) PS- FOLDS FLAT FOR STORAGE!!

holiday-sack

holiday sack

Home Is Where the La Croix Is

a la croix welcome

Camel Cape

camel cape Feminist With a To-Do List

feminist with a to-do list pin

Tassel Earrings

tassel earrings

Fit & Flare Dress

fit & flare dress

Rolling Pin

rolling pin

Faux Fur Scarf

faux fur scarf

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather laptop messenger bag

Dip Dyed Stools

dip dyed stools

Cuddle Weather Pillow

cuddle weather pillow

Silver Cat Stitch Markers

Silver Cat Stitch Markers Kit

necklace

single initial clay necklace

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

 

How Capsule Wardrobes Build Confidence

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas from MomAdvice.com

 

This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

In 2014, I discovered the world of Project 333 and decided that I wanted to give a capsule wardrobe a try. It had a way of impacting not only my closet, but impacting my entire life. I realized the beauty in the editing, the simplifying, and the high that comes from discovering how much fun it is to make one piece work in multiple ways.

I also began to realize the importance of investing in good quality pieces since they work so much harder than they used to. The items I have in my closet are primarily from J. Crew, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic. You might be surprised to know that I have rarely (if ever) shopped in any of those places though. My discovery of an online consignment resource called thredUP enabled me to make the finer things a part of my life on a Target-sized budget.

Over 80% of my capsule wardrobe has come from this store and I love the company’s mission to not only share great quality clothing for a fraction of the price, but they also love to inspire women with their #badassmoms series. This month, for example, they profiled journalist, Megan Alexander, on how she manages the mom juggle while tackling front-line reporting for Inside Edition and even the Super Bowl. “Hard work, hustle, flexibility, and a positive attitude. It sounds simple but it works,” is her motto for life. These profiles are meant to inspire and encourage women to be their very best.

You really get a sense of the hustle in this piece and the hustle of so many other moms that are making the world a better place while caring for their family.

I love each of these pieces, but Brandi Riley’s story, in particular, resonated with my own journey It isn’t just because she is a blogger, but it is because she is a blogger doing big things for others in her community. She founded a program, Courage to Earn, that lends support to female digital entrepreneurs. It inspires me so much to think outside-the-box with my own business and how I can help support other people around me to reach their own goals.

One of the things that has helped me gain confidence and feel like a #badassmom has been learning to live with less so that we can give more to others. Having a wardrobe that really looks like me and that is easy to pull together adds so much confidence to my life and cuts the clutter in our home.

I get a lot of questions about my capsule wardrobe and what pieces I would recommend so I shopped thredUP to show you some of the beautiful deals I found that would make perfect capsule wardrobe additions to help build your confidence and feel like a #badassmom too!

Must-Have Fall Capsule Wardrobe Basics

white blouse + polka dot scarf + tan bag + tan booties + dark denim

A Good White Blouse

A good collared white blouse is worth its weight in gold, BUT it took me many, many tries before I found the perfect version of it for myself. Ideally, this shirt is wrinkle-resistant, buttery soft, and fits your frame well.  Not only is it a beautiful item on its own, it is the perfect piece to layer over dresses, worn under blazers, can be worn over other shirts in your capsule, can be belted, can be tied, or can hang loose like a jacket. I consider it a must-have for my wardrobe, but you need to find one that feels like YOU. This top is Maeve (from Anthropologie) and was purchased for $32.99.

Remember, stark white blouses aren’t for everyone (something I learned in the Adore Your Wardrobe series) so be sure you pick the right shirt color for your skin tone.

peplum burgundy sweater + mint statement necklace + leopard print belt + ivory shirt + dark denim + tan booties

peplum burgundy sweater + mint statement necklace + leopard print belt + ivory shirt + dark denim + tan booties

A Good Cardigan

In the Midwest, it is all about layers and one of my favorite items for layering are cardigans. Finding the perfect cardigan can be tough and, I have learned, not all cardigan cuts are flattering.  This Fall, I got a J. Crew cardigan from thredUP that became my go-to cardigan. I loved it so much that it is constantly on my radar when I am shopping on thredUP. If you find one you love, you want it in all the colors, and the way I can tell this is my favorite is that the material that is listed is Cotton instead of Wool. Always check the fabric description to ensure a cozy (and not itchy) option for layering.

I love a good flare on anything or any fun details that seem a little out of the ordinary on a sweater. This Free People option ($24.99)  had beautiful buttons and a figure-flattering flare that I loved.

ivory shirt + kimono + tassel necklace + dark denim + tan booties

Although this isn’t a cardigan, a kimono can also be a smart layering piece and this inexpensive offering from Merona has an embroidered detail that can work well with your fall wardrobe basics ($7.99). I added a tassel necklace to break up that neckline and love that this looks pulled together without feeling too fancy for my usual errands.

gray cardigan over gray shirt + black leggings + tan boots + mustard accessories

I also loved this wool option to wear over my fall basics (Banana Republic $22.99). This is still a cardigan, but a completely different shape than the typical boyfriend cardigan I would normally reach for. I slipped a gray shirt underneath to keep this cozy and neutral. These boots are also, in fact, a thredUP find from last year. I get so many compliments on them and they are a brand I would have never been able to afford otherwise.

military jacket + gray shirt + statement necklace + black leggings + tan booties

military jacket + gray shirt + statement necklace + black leggings + tan booties

A Military Jacket

The military trend is still going strong and a good Military jacket can be another great layering option instead of a blazer this year. Pretty much anything olive green makes my short list of smart fall wardrobe basics this year and I found this practically brand-new Banana Republic jacket for a mere $39.99! What a dream! Don’t feel limited to just a jacket though, this same trend can be replicated in vests, pants, and button-down shirts.

flannel shirt + striped dress + statement necklace + nude booties

A Flannel Shirt

There is nothing cozier than flannel and this is one 90’s trend that I can get behind again and again. I remember being a kid and borrowing my dad’s flannel shirts to follow that Nirvana-inspired grunge trend. Did you do that too?  Now I prefer a more tailored look and love flannel options from J. Crew, Old Navy, & Madewell. These button-downs can be tied over a dress, added over a t-shirt, and layered under this year’s sweaters and vests. This cozy Madewell option was just $22.99!

pleated patterned top + leggings + tan booties & bag

Add a Little Pattern

Patterned shirts can add so much to a basic wardrobe and I definitely recommend adding just one shirt to make your wardrobe more interesting. This Mave top ($32.99), has a tie and gorgeous pleated details on it. You can still sit in your comfort zone of neutral tones while still adding a fun pattern to your basic wardrobe style.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas from MomAdvice.com

I hope these tips inspire you to feel confident and give a capsule wardrobe a spin. For more confidence-building pep talks, be sure to visit thredUP’s #badassmoms series for inspiration!

This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Stranger Things Couple's Costume

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween! I can’t tell you how much I love dressing up for Halloween with this guy, but I feel like this year wins all the years. We are a bit Stranger Things obsessed this year so this costume was so much fun to put together. If you haven’t dove into the series, may this costume inspire you to look into this show. You will not regret it!

Barb, Stranger Things

We didn’t want to be basic with this costume (it was swinging in that direction after all my traveling) so Ryan suggested that he go as Barb.

Maybe you don’t remember Barb. No one seemed to care about her. She was the fallen hero in this show. Everyone is crying over Will and poor Barb goes missing and no one hardly notices.

Barb Missing

Barb Missing

My husband put together a Barb costume that made me laugh all evening long. He actually designed a Trapper Keeper cover for an old binder and we blouse shopped for DAYS to get the right ruffled blouse. An old pair of jeans for snow plowing made the perfect “mom jeans” and he snagged some glasses on Amazon for his look.

My old Thelma & Louise wig from a Halloween past (doesn’t everyone have an entire bin of wigs laying around in their house?) was hacked down to a Barb length.

In short, he NAILED IT!

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven’s dress was almost impossible to find. We walked the malls for days, found a poor substitute for a dress, and sat down in the food court with our kids to tell them about our terrible luck. That is when Emily (who has NEVER SEEN THE SHOW, but I am sure has photographic memory) said that she thought she saw the dress we were after in Hot Topic while her and her brother were shopping.

After we got over the shock that our kids were walking around Hot Topic while we were dress shopping, we ran into the store and she was absolutely right.

It was the real Eleven dress.

I borrowed her blue rain jacket, we sprung for another wig for the wig box, bought some waffles, and I rocked my husband’s socks and a pair of sneakers.

We both debated on the blood and leeches bit. You totally could do that too!

I hope you will indulge me and let me reminisce about our other couple’s costumes for a bit…

Mary Poppins & Burt

Mary Poppins

Where's Waldo & Carmen San Diego

Glee Halloween Costume

Glee Halloween Costume

Glee Halloween Costume

'50's costume night Marilyn Monroe Costume

Vikings

 

I know. SO. MUCH. FUN!

halloween-stranger-things-costume

Every year is my favorite year and this is no exception. I hope you have a fun Halloween!!

And if you need a good laugh, here is a video for you. If you were wondering, this was my first glass of wine. Can you just imagine how much my dancing improved after that? 🙂

xoxo