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Capsule Series Introduction​ (1 of 5)​

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Lately, I have been so inspired by my closet. Suddenly, as quickly as the seasons change, everything has a new purpose, an old memory, or a way to be reinvented. Living with a capsule wardrobe like I do, there are naturally going to be moments of low inspiration, but when you ride the wave and get back to your high, the capsule life is oh so rewarding.

For the next couple weeks, I am going to take you on a deep dive into my closet. I am going to explain the staple pieces that fit my lifestyle and personality. And I am also going to show you ways into how I style these pieces and explain why I think they are worth the investment.

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If you already have your own style sorted, that is great! I invite you to follow along in this 5 part series to learn more about how you can be a stronger conscious consumer and embrace what it is you already own. And if you are new to discovering your style, or transitioning between lifestyles, I know this series can help you too. While it is easy to get bored of the same things we look at day after day, keeping an open mind and remembering why you purchased something, or remembering why it is time to let go, can all be successful learning experiences.

The key pieces I have found that works for me over the past 10 years and I am 100% positive they will be pieces I go back to again and again through the ages are as follows,

  • The perfect LBD
  • A hygge layer
  • A floral dress
  • Classic Accessories

These pieces, although they have varied in detail over the years, are key items that I always keep in my closet. Between Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Helsinki, I have relied on these articles to keep my closet complete.

My belief system behind the capsule wardrobe lifestyle is to look at your closet the way you look at your refrigerator or maybe even your garage. What do you invest in? What do you value? Is it your health, is it your status, is it something else? I believe the clothes we wear have power over our emotions, they tell the world how we feel about ourselves, and they most definitely have a valuable vote every time you purchase something. I believe in pieces lasting for a minimum of 30 wears. I believe in ripped jeans, resoled shoes, retailored tops, pieces that live with our lives.

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That is where the story is, in each item we chose to keep. Without hoarding, with thoughtful consideration, a capsule wardrobe collects only items that you absolutely love. I am infatuated with my closet at the moment. This was a long time coming, after moving to Finland with a 75 L backpack, I lived through a lot of trial and error. Before that, I was your average college student with sudden access to a local mall that I had never had before. I know this lifestyle is true to my soul though. I know it because I can look back at journals from 2008, or earlier, and find scribbles and lists about the perfect wardrobe. The ideal “basics” list.

I am asking you to put your trust in me, and without labels or judgment I hope together we can explore the pieces of our closets and come out the other end with a clear map of what clothes make us who we are! Follow along for the next post coming out later this week about my ultimate obsession and must have, the Little Black Dress.

5 Things To Do For Free

The day to day drone of media marketing can be a daunting maze of ‘buy me’, ‘sale now’, ‘discount here!’ It seems like advertisements are constantly bombarding to get you to buy anything, at any time of day.

It is good to take time to remind yourself, that everything you are, and everything you have is ok. It is also good to remember your dollar is a vote towards the life you want to live, and the community which you want to live in, so by not spending, that shows you value your bottom line. Happiness doesn’t always have to be inspired by a purchase, and a purchase definitely should have any control over the way you live.

With this in mind, I have collected 5 things to do without spending a dime. Leave the wallet at home, no need to grab any spare change, everything on my list is for you to do on your own, no transaction necessary!IMG_5298.jpg

First up is to shop your wardrobe. We have all heard the phrase about retail therapy. And while you might be saving up for the special something in the store, you do not need to fill your weekends with endless shopping trips for random objects. One of my favorite things to do is dive into my wardrobe and start mixing and matching. The hours pass brilliantly as you try on old favorites, play with different combinations, and have some fun dressing up.

 

The second task on the list is to take a book. I suggest a proper book, so no online screens where any submissive adverts can slip through. Just you doing you with some analog entertainment. I keep my reading material on constant rotation by frequenting my local library.

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Third to do is the ever classic, exercise! So many times I fall into the trap of wishing I had the trendy gym membership or browsing athletic equipment for the newest props, but actually, all of that is just bogus! You can get your workout without any props required. Plus, we all know that endorphins make you happy!

IMG_5366.jpgNext up, and one of my favorites, is to go on a photo mission. Originally I heard about this kind of activity through watching Youtube and people vlogging about ‘Instagram Missions’, but whether you post the picture to share or keep it for yourself, it is a great activity. Take the opportunity as an excuse to get outside and explore your neighborhood. No matter if you are using your phone, a DSLR, point and shoot, or just nostalgic for some film photographs, this is a classic activity. Enjoy your life while searching for those moments of joy to capture forever in a photograph.

 

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Similar to the previous tip, the fourth is on the creative side of life. Take a journal and draw something, or make a list if you’re like me and that gives you thrills. Even if the list is for groceries or next seasons wishlist for your closet, taking the time to be conscious about what you consume can help alleviate some of the anxieties from spending.

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Last on the list of freebies is to take a walk with a friend. Spending quality time with someone is one of those faithful and true activities that money can’t compete with. When life feels daunting with external messages and advertising trying to influence your every move, some one on one time could be just the trick to escape that toxic environment.

IMG_5474.jpgAs I created this list and then lived it on a Saturday afternoon, I spend the day listening to a new, and favorite, album by Troye Sivan. So a bonus tip for all of you reading is to make a playlist. Explore new music, or dig deep into the archives to pull out some of the old favorites. Incorporate this tip with any of the previously listed activies.

However, you chose to spend your time, keep in mind it doesn’t require you to spend any money at all! So maybe you spent a little too much money on vacation last month, and you’re trying to save this month. Maybe you want to incorporate this routine into your weekly schedule, say a ‘Spend-less Sunday, that is perfect too. The point of the matter is money can buy things like shelter and nutrition, but you have the power to create your own entertainment and happiness.

Five Hours in Stockholm

It is a gloomy morning outside my windows. The clouds are thick letting only a dim light filter through the moody early hours of the day. Looking at pictures from last week in Stockholm, I am reminded of Spring’s arrival. The warm sunshine left my cheeks sunkissed after a full day of wandering Swedish streets. Although my time there was too short to bare, it was just enough to taste a different world and leave the everyday scene.

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My husband talks about how each city has its own smell. An individual fragrance to each part of the world. It is a sense I have tried to refine in recent years while traveling. Opening up to experience the world around me and be a witness with more than my eyes. My natural instinct is to listen to the sound of a city. The new noises and notes played by the people and nature combined. Stockholm sounds like cobblestone roads combined with the sing-song language that is the rhythm of the Swedish tongue.

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Another conversation I have when traveling is whether or not I feel “abroad”. As an immigrant for nearly three years, I suppose I live in a constant state of abroad. So when traveling around Europe the sensation of distant lands versus comfortable places varies on a scale. Stockholm falling somewhere on the scale of a large overwhelming populous to settling in a comfortable neighborhood corner.

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Helsinki Light Event

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No that is not some crazy edit, that is the Helsinki Cathedral on Wednesday night. It was the LUX Light Event earlier this week. An amazing spectacle where artists use light as their medium and the canvas is city buildings. Scattered throughout the streets, spectators can wander the long nights and check out what has become of their city in the darkness. This week was the 10th annual production of this event.

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The Design Museum was the beginning of the tour, and my favorite show to witness. A sound and light production captivated audiences whilst gazing at the side of this building. It is one of a kind entertainment, and definitely a wild concept. Other artists contribute with mural pieces or more literal installations. Like this Love piece, it was accompanied by about five other black light pieces.

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This event is one of the great things about the Finnish mentality. Even though the nights are cold, long, and currently their darkest, it is simply inspiration for the community. I appreciate this kind of work and attitude. As the Christmas lights will soon be all gone, and the winter lingers on, light is cherished.

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As well as giving me a reason to go out once more and practice night photography. I am starting to get comfortable in low ISO situations. Like this photo above which demanded I stand one foot on the side of a brick of a building, the other on a handrail, all while my husbands shoved my center of gravity towards the wall, just to prop my camera on top of a metal awning. Creativity and winter demands push inspiration to the limit. a challenging combination which adds up to glowing memory.

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Picnic

If I had to pick one thing I absolutely adore about Nordic culture, it is the frequent and impressive picnic scene. No matter how big or small, if the sun is shining, you can find someone sharing a meal outside with friends, or having a snack in the fresh air.

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Picnicking to me is the postcard activity for summer. I take advantage of the local scenery and pack up my essentials for a special hour or two. This location is my favorite spot! Just a 5-minute walk from my front door, it is top notch combining views of the sea and a lush rolling green lawn.

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On this particular day, my lunch is simple, I have a new recipe for my sandwich and picked up some fresh berries on my way to the park. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or buy something to go, you can do no wrong by opting for a meal with this view!

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As a child, I remember my mother collecting various picnic basket sets. They were extravagant and only really ever used for holidays or special occasions. Nonetheless, they struck my curiosity for dining with the great outdoors. Now, the Helsinki scene is more low-key, trading a wicker basket for a quirky canvas tote. It is a wonderful activity to celebrate a special occasion, spark a romantic date, or just a reason to leave the house for a few extra hours.

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Happy picnicking! Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

Samuji Backpack

One of my favorite things to watch on Youtube is a “What’s in my bag” video. A purse is an interesting concept and the things which people carry on a regular basis is fascinating. So today, I am sharing what’s in my bag!

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To start, I have a Samuji bag. I had been stalking this item for months and when I found the best price online it was time to make the investment. I have been carrying it every day since!

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The bag is perfect for city life whilst adding a stylish leather detail to every outfit. Two of my favorite things are street style and leather goods, so this bag is the perfect representation of both.

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 I have always taken the boy scout approach regarding the contents of my bag. For those of you that don’t know, the philosophy is simple” always be prepared”. Inside you can frequently find things I use on a daily basis whilst incorporating subtle details of my personality.

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So in a moment of writing inspiration or boredom, I keep pen and paper on my person at all times. Most importantly this includes my personal agenda. I have been using this exact agenda for half a decade now and do not go anywhere without it. Over the course of a year, I decorate the pages, adding personal details from that time of my life. These agendas are some of my most cherished possessions.

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A new favorite in my bag these days is the memo bottle. I think the flat design is a fantastic space saver, especially considering the structure of my personal bag. The brand itself has a great mission and holds an honest quality check to their products.

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Lastly, this wallet is an absolute dream. The size is perfect since Nordic countries lean towards a card friendly lifestyle and cash just isn’t very popular here. Plus, the eel skin is so smooth and pretty! I found the adorable tiny pin detail at a local thrift store for just 20¢!

These are just a few of the special little items I carry on a regular basis. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Until next Friday,

xx – nasty trash