Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails

Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails

Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails.

Are your nails brittle and constantly peeling?

If you answered yes, then you suffer from flimsy nails.

But don’t worry! You can grow strong, healthy nails.

I’ve got 5 natural remedies for brittle nails that are guaranteed to help you grow beautiful, strong nails.

#1 – Collagen Peptides

I can not stress enough how adding collagen peptides to your diet will help strengthen your nails.

My favorite brand is Vital Proteins. I add one scoop at a time to my afternoon cup of hot tea. It’s tasteless, so it is easy to consume.

You could also add a scoop or two to a smoothie or in your morning coffee.

#2 – Cuticle Cream

Healthy cuticles = healthy nails. If you have dry cuticles that crack, or you use clippers to cut them back, you are removing the nail’s natural defenses against infections.

Use an orange stick to push back cuticles, then apply a cuticle cream nightly. The cuticle cream will lock in moisture, which helps prevent splitting and cracking.

#3 – Wear Gloves While Doing Chores

This is such a simple fix, but it will go a long way towards helping you grow strong, healthy nails.

Activities such as daily dish doing and gardening dry out nails and leave them prone to breakage.

Make wearing a pair of eco friendly gloves consistently is one of the healthiest nail habits you can make.

#4 – Avoid Toxic Nail Polish Removers

The acetone and alcohol in nail polish remover will dry your nails out and cause them to be weak and brittle.

Always use a soy based nail polish remover.

#5 – Olive Oil

Add a weekly olive oil soak to your weekly beauty routine.

Soak nails in a bowl of pure olive oil for 10 to 15 minutes. Start by soaking them two times a week. After a month, soak them just one day a week.

This beauty hack is one of the best natural remedies for brittle nails because it is easy, inexpensive and effective.

My nails are proof you can uses these natural remedies to fix your nails. In fact, now my problem is how fast they grow!

Nails after being treated with natural remedies for brittle nails.

Have a natural remedy for dry, brittle nails I didn’t list here? I’d love to learn about it in the comments.

Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby

Is it possible to find lotions safe for baby at the drugstore?

Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby: Did you know you can find lotions at the drugstore that are safe to use on your baby? Mom recommended because they work and safety screened to be non-toxic.

This is the time of year that everyone is battling dry skin – including our precious, sweet, delicate babies.

If your baby is battling dry skin, did you know there are several drugstore options that are safe enough to use on babies?

This list is made up of the lotions most recommended by moms. In fact, each lotion on this list had to be recommended by moms who are currently using it AND are having success treating their baby’s dry skin.

In addition to being mom recommended, these are the lotions that get a green light from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.

Whenever I am looking for the safety of a product, I run it through the Skin Deep Database.

The Skin Deep Database is useful for navigating the long list of confusing ingredients found in beauty products. I used it to screen all of these lotions to make sure they were indeed safe for baby.

The FDA does not regulate all the harmful ingredients that can be found in over the counter products. The Skin Deep Database is my favorite tool for weeding through these ingredients and finding the products that are actually safe to use.

Lotions Safe for Baby

If your baby has dry skin, look for these lotions in your local drugstore or super store. I linked to the exact product I recommend on Amazon for your reference or if you like to do your shopping online.

Aquaphor Baby This is the number one recommendation for helping baby’s dry skin. In fact, one mom reported she continues to buy it for the whole family.

Weleda Cold Weather Protection Prevention is half the battle! This is my personal favorite for babies, kiddos and even myself! If I know I’m going to be running around town and it’s cold enough that the air hurts my face (you know what I’m talking about, right?) I use this. It keeps everyone protected and baby soft.

Mustela Hydra-Bebe Lotion One mom reported, “It’s super moisturizing without being heavy.” It is one of the more expensive options, but it still manages to be a well recommended, favorite product.

Mustela Stelaptopia Milky Bath Oil While this isn’t a lotion, it had too many recommends not to mention it here. Use it it the bath to lock in moisture during bath time. Use it in conjunction with any of the lotions here to help with baby’s dry skin.

Lotions to Treat Eczema

Has your baby’s skin gone from just dry to eczema? It’s common this time of year. So many moms struggle with keeping their baby comfortable, so I couldn’t neglect to tell you about these safe but effective options.

Aveeno Eczema Lotion As a treatment, this came highly recommended. In fact, one mom called it “a miracle.” Another mom suggested applying the lotion first, then “sealing” it in by applying a bit of coconut oil over it. Give it a try!

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme One mom described this as a “wonder cream.” It is another product that is safe according to Skin Deep.

What lotions do you like for your baby?

How to Make Cuticle Cream: A Natural Recipe

How to make cuticle cream.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How healthy are your cuticles?

Are they dried and cracked? Do they bleed? Or are they moist and supple and push down easily with an orange stick?

Thanks to the dry Colorado weather, I have to admit my cuticles are dry, cracked and painful.

Did you know cracked cuticles can lead to infection?

Cracked cuticles are vulnerable to letting in infection.

This natural cuticle care cream uses both lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both of these oils will not only help speed healing, but they will guard against infection.

Did you know cuticles should never be cut?

Your cuticle protects your nail bed. Cutting your cuticle can also leave it vulnerable to infection.

If your cuticles look long and unsightly, apply this homemade cuticle cream. Then use an orange stick to gently push them back. One or two treatments like this will leave your hands looking lovely.

To protect cuticles, wear gloves while doing the dishes or working out in the garden.

Both gardening and dish doing will dry out your cuticles. Taking this one step to protect your cuticles can help immensely.

Finally, moisturize cuticles daily.

It only takes a minute to swipe on a bit of cuticle cream. I usually do it right before bedtime. Consistency in applying the cream is the key to hand health.

Homemade natural beauty products are easy to make, so I tend to skip drugstore brands of cuticle cream and make my own. Follow this homemade DIY for an ultra creamy cuticle care cream that both smells amazing and works great.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How to Make Cuticle Cream

INGREDIENTS
1 Tablespoon Mango Butter
1 Tablespoon Grated Beeswax
3 Tablespoons Apricot Oil
6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
Measure out 1 tablespoon of mango butter and 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax.
Melt mango butter and beeswax in the top of a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, you can melt the mango butter and beeswax in a glass measuring cup sitting in a pan of simmering water.)
Once the mango butter and beeswax are liquid, add the apricot oil and continue heating until mixture is clear. This will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat before stirring in the tea tree and lavender essential oils.
Quickly pour into a jar or tin with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to cool completely before your first use.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:


IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER IS TOO HARD
chances are you had a smidge more beeswax than 1 tablespoon. You can gently reheat and try adding a bit more apricot oil.

IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER ISN’T HARD ENOUGH chances are you had too little beeswax. Trying melting just a bit more beeswax then quickly stirring it into the cuticle cream.

How do you care for your cuticles?

Eco-Friendly Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe {SAHM}

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It’s full of wardrobe ideas for a stay-at-home mom.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

Oh man. I am not a fashion blogger for a reason! These pictures are pretty fuzzy, I apologize. However, I think you’ll get a pretty good glimpse of my Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe pieces.

I wanted to be able to show you exactly how you start putting a capsule wardrobe together. And I wanted to show you the eco-friendly pieces I added to my closet.

Now, if I lost you at “Capsule Wardrobe” you may want to click over and read What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Having a capsule wardrobe has changed my world. My closet is now manageable. I only own clothes I actually like and wear. And I’m not buying clothes impulsively, so I’ve saved money.

For this capsule I wanted to focus on eco-friendly clothes. I did tons of research and investigated how clothes are made and what fabrics are used.

I hit on several companies that have made sustainability the forefront of their business practices. Companies like praNa and Toad & Co. and Athleta.

As much as I like the clothes from those companies, I had one problem. A lot of their clothing looks like you’d only own it if you were about to lead a fly fishing expedition.

I worked hard to find those pieces that I could wear on an evening out, not just on a backcountry hike.

My secret to saving money on this eco-friendly wardrobe was to shop 6pm.com. If you aren’t aware, 6pm is the Zappos outlet. So the styles may be from last season, but the savings on these expensive brands is huge.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 6pm pricing changes daily! I went to grab a link for the plum vest in my final pictures and the price on the vest has gone up by $35! If you like something, and the price seems high, you may want to check back and see if the price lowers.

Second-hand clothing was another way I brought sustainability to my wardrobe. I found some AWESOME deals on brand new, with tag clothing from major brands at a fraction of what they would cost new.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

These 3 outfits feature the organic cotton Blue/Grey Marley Striped Dress by Toad & Co.

LEFT: First, I have to tell you, this Marley dress by Toad&Co. is so incredibly comfortable. It’s like sweats, only it’s a dress. Seriously. I love to throw this dress on when I want to be comfortable but I also want to look like I put in a bit of effort.

The short sleeves on this dress make it perfect for transitional Fall days. It also makes it the perfect layering piece.

As soon as I got this dress, my daughter asked to try it on. She loved it so much, we ordered her one in the hibiscus color. It’s pretty rare when my daughter and I share taste in clothes. When we ordered her dress, we discovered the blue/grey color of the Marley dress has sold out. You could recreate all these looks with the hibiscus color. It’s far more on the red scale than the pink scale. Almost a cayenne color.

CENTER: Tying a J.Crew denim shirt (Thred-Up find!) over the dress, adding a pair of booties, then throwing on pearls takes my favorite comfy dress from the grocery store to a dinner out. The denim shirt also adds a layer of warmth.

RIGHT:  I bought this mustard yellow cardigan to add to my fall capsule wardrobe and LOVE it. However, it does not fall in the eco-friendly category. I searched everywhere for this color cardigan in an eco-friendly fabric but struck out. However, I did buy it during a Labor Day sale and was able to purchase it for only $12.99. I used a Shopkick gift card to make it only $7.99. Soooo totally budget-friendly, but not eco-friendly.

As the season gets cooler, adding a scarf and cardigan to this dress means I can keep wearing it long into November.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
Shirt: White House Black Market previously owned
Black Jeggings: previously owned
Green Utility Vest

This outfit has two pieces I’ve owned and worn for years: a classic white button-up and black jeggings. The most eco-friendly thing you can do for your capsule wardrobe is to shop your own closet!

I’m loving this green utility vest I purchased as a layering piece. The olive color just screams FALL to me. Plus, it fits into my search for eco-friendly pieces since it is made from Tencel.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

These 3 outfits feature a J.Crew Plaid Shirt found on Thred-Up

LEFT: If you search for J.Crew on Thred-Up, you will be amazed at the selection. This plaid shirt was exactly what I was looking for and it was new with tags! I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans (White House Black Market previously owned) and leopard print flats. I think this particular combination sums up my personal style. Classic. Not a lot of risks.

CENTER: I bought these Toad&Co. Sisko Slim Pants in olive to be worn as one of my 4 pairs of pants I currently have in my capsule wardrobe. (I’m hoping for just one more pair but haven’t had the energy to jeans shop!) The Sisko Slim Pants are 98% organic cotton with 2% spandex and they might be some of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. Bonus: I only paid $26 for them!!! Y’all need to investigate them for yourselves.

I love the look of the olive pants with brown boots, plaid shirt and a navy sweater. I think I’ve had that navy sweater for about a decade. It’s made by Gap.

RIGHT: My new mustard cardigan goes with so many of the pieces in my capsule! I think it looks smashing over my new plaid shirt.

When I put together my Spring Capsule I realized I didn’t have enough skirts. I didn’t think I wore skirts very often, but it turns out I have more occasions for skirts than I imagined. This one is by Toad&Co and was purchased at a local store using a gift card I had received as a birthday gift.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
Black T-Shirt: H&M Conscious Label
Black Corduroy Skirt: Athleta (previously owned)
Blue Studio Wrap: Athleta

H&M has come out with a “conscious line” of clothing made from organic cotton and the prices are fantastic! I bought several long sleeved t-shirts to be worn as layering pieces priced at only $12.99 each.

The black skirt is from Athleta and was purchased a few years ago.

The blue studio wrap is also from Athleta. I really wanted “warm and cozy” which is how this wrap made it’s way into my fall wardrobe. I’m happy to report it’s made from Lyocell. The closed-loop manufacturing process make lyocell the most eco-friendly of the regenerative fibers.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
These 3 looks feature the Toad&Co Rosalinda Jersey Knit Dress

LEFT: This dress is yet another Toad&Co. find. Made from organic cotton and Tencel, it’s like the long sleeved version of the blue/grey dress above. I think it looks great alone. Although, looking at the pictures, it really needs ironing! HA!

CENTER: For look number 2, I added a jeans jacket and a pair of brown boots. I already owned the jeans jacket but I think they still sell it at Old Navy.

RIGHT: I think every wardrobe needs one of these long Kennewick Wraps from Athleta. I said I wanted “warm and cozy” and this sweater delivers! It is pricey but I plan to wear it for years. Paired with black riding boots and pearls, this simple organic cotton Rosalinda dress can now be worn for a night out on the town.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
White Sweatshirt: Athleta
Blue Capris: Athleta

I picked up both of these pieces during the Athleta summer clearance sale. (If you are on my mailing list, I let you know it was happening.) Here’s the deal: I knew my wardrobe needed at least one uber comfy sweats-type outfit. I spend a lot of time sitting on bleachers watching volleyball. I also like to be comfortable on weekends when we are staying at home. So I included these two pieces.

The Studio CYA Sweatshirt in white was on sale over the summer AND IS STILL ON SALE. They also have new colors for the fall at Athleta. I’m sure my white sweatshirt will be filthy and stained soon. But at 50% off, I was willing to buy it in white.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
These three looks feature the Marley T-Shirt by Toad&Co.

RIGHT: Can you go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans? I love this simple shirt. I’m tall, and it is plenty long, which is hard to find. The fabric is yummy. The styling can be dressed up or down. Here I’ve just paired it with skinny jeans and my Vans. This is every day dressing for me.

CENTER: All I did for this outfit was add a blanket scarf and a pair of heels. I think it completely transforms this shirt!

RIGHT: Yet another Toad&Co find, I added this quilted puffer vest to my capsule. The last vest I bought was a Hannah Anderssen that matched a vest I bought for my daughter….who is now in college. It was time for a new vest! Paired with pearls and boots, this is another outfit I feel is dressy enough for a night on the town.

This is not every piece in my capsule wardrobe. I’d like one more pair of jeans so I’ll have 5 pairs of pants total. I got kinda tired of taking pictures of myself, so I didn’t take one in the smashing Kate Spade little black dress I bought off Thred-Up that was new with tags and didn’t cost a fortune! I’m also still trying to decide if some of the pieces I already had in my wardrobe can be worked into my capsule.

So while this Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe still needs a bit of tweaking, I hope I gave you a good idea of how a capsule is supposed to work.

What do you think?

Homemade Natural Eye Makeup Remover That Works!

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I’ve got the best recipe.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

Making your own natural eye makeup remover is so simple and requires very few ingredients.

This best part about this formula is that IT WORKS!

I’ve tried it on several different types of mascara – all with fantastic results!

The first thing you’ll need is distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you will need to bring tap water to the boiling point then allow it to cool before proceeding.

Please do not skip this step. You’re dealing with your eyes, so it’s important to start with sterile ingredients.

Next, you need a carrier oil. I personally use avocado oil. (I also use avocado oil to get rid of my red bumps)

Avocado oil is perfect for the eye area because it has a natural concentration of both Vitamins A and E. This makes it a great choice for dry, dehydrated and mature skin.

Next, you need to pick a baby shampoo.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.
I’ve tested this formula with both Burt’s Bees Tear Free Shampoo and BeautyCounterKids Nice Do Shampoo.

The Burt’s Bee shampoo is actually a 3 on the EWG Skin Deep database. However, I like that it is tear free.

The Nice Do shampoo is actually a 1 – meaning it is the safest formulation you can buy. However, it is not a tear free formula. The thing I do like about it is the scent. So there’s that.

Both baby shampoos worked great. You’ll need to decide what is most important to you.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

NATURAL EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

2 Tablespoons Baby Shampoo
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
1 Cup Distilled Water

Combine all ingredients in a soap dispenser.

To Use: Shake ingredients before each use. Apply to a washcloth and then apply to eye area. Rinse off immediately.

I use these baby soft washcloths to wipe off my eye make-up.

These cloths are so soft – if they made a giant sized onesie out of this material – I would wear it.

Not. Even. Kidding.

Do they get stained by the mascara? Kinda. Really, it depends on your brand of mascara.

The washcloths are essentially re-useable eye makeup remover pads. I use them then toss in the laundry. It’s another way I can be green and save money.

Give this natural eye makeup remover and try – I’d love to know how it works for you.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe: Casual Outfits for a SAHM

I finally managed to pull together a spring capsule wardrobe. It’s made up of casual outfits for a SAHM.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Casual Outfits for a SAHM

Despite the difficulties I had coming up with a capsule wardrobe, I have finally done it!

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, you may want to start by reading What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would I Want One?

I had two challenges when putting together this spring capsule wardrobe:

1. The wildly changing temperatures during spring in Colorado
2. The wardrobe I had didn’t really have interchanging pieces

Since the temperature here in Colorado will fluctuate wildly – even within a day – this spring capsule wardrobe had to have a solid mix of long sleeved shirts and pants as well as short sleeves and shorts.

I really struggled with – how many pants do I need? And if I’m committed to wearing this through June, shouldn’t I include some shorts? If so, how many bottoms could I include before this no longer was a minimalist wardrobe???

Unfortunately, in the wardrobe I owned, I didn’t have a lot of pieces that could be worn interchangeably. Interchangeability is THE KEY to a functional capsule wardrobe.

Although I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to buy anything for my spring capsule wardrobe, I did end up investing in a few pieces that I could wear multiple ways. I purchased 4 things from Garnet Hill. I was flipping through their catalog when I noticed they already had a selection of clothing that were meant to be worn interchangeably. This was what finally lit the spark to get my spring capsule wardrobe put together.

As you will notice, the main color scheme to this wardrobe is navy and white. I knew I wanted a yellow sweater to be able to pair with it. I used thredUp to find a gently used sweater that is absolutely perfect and looks brand new. You can see me wearing it here.

Finally, since I’m a SAHM, I don’t dress up very often. However, I did want a few options for church and other evenings out. My dress options are still super casual but I’m hoping with a few accessories and kickin’ shoes they can easily be dressed up. (That’s the plan anyway!)

My capsule ended up with 2 dresses, 1 maxi skirt, 1 mini skirt, 14 tops, 2 sweaters, 7 bottoms. That’s 27 pieces.

I did not include workout clothes, under garments, or pajamas in my capsule.

2016 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Dresses

Black knit dress/already owned/Athleta * Navy blue maxi skirt/new/Garnet Hill * Denim tunic dress/already owned/Soft Surroundings

Spring Capsule Wardrobe long sleeved shirts

Navy blue button up/already owned/J. Crew * White linen tunic/already owned/Old Navy * Black dolman sweatshirt/already owned/Nike

Spring Capsule Wardrobe tunics

Black tunic/already owned/White House Black Market * Pink tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Black sweater with patterned underlay/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts

Grey striped T/already owned/H&M Concious * Navy blue tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Navy striped T/new/Garnet Hill

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts 2

White T/already owned/H&M Conscious * Navy T/already owned/Old Navy * Grey and white dolman top/already owned/Stitch Fix

Spring Capsule Wardrobe pants

Skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Coral Skinny jeans/already owned/6pm.com * Denim capris/already owned/White House Black Market

spring capsule wardrobe ultra casual clothing

Colorado T/already owned/Gift * White denim shorts/already owned/Anne Taylor Factory Outlet * Flamingo T/already owned/J. Crew

Spring Capsule Wardrobe sweater

Sage capris/already owned/Local Boutique * Yellow Sweater/new/ThredUp * Black capri leggings/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe complete

Pink sweater/already owned/Steinmart * White skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Denim mini skirt/already owned/Boden

To give you an idea of what I mean by interchangeability, here’s a few of the ways I will be wearing my coral skinny jeans:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016. Coral jeans with a white tee. Perfect for stay at home moms.

This is so easy. White t-shirt, coral skinny jeans, statement necklace, flip flops. I happened to have a necklace that is just the right color (although something about the photograph doesn’t make it look like it matches???), but any long necklace will work.

Coral skinny jeans with a navy button up top. Silver slip-on vans. Capsule wardrobe idea for a SAHM.

I love navy and coral together. I topped the jeans with my navy button-up. My favorite new go-to shoes are my silver slip-on Van’s.

SAHM capsule wardrobe idea coral skinny jeans rolled up, oversized white linen tunic, birkenstocks.

Rolling up the bottom of my skinny jeans and pairing them with a white tunic and birkenstocks is the ultimate in comfortable dressing for me.

I plan to make this capsule wardrobe work through the end of June when I will swap out pieces to create a summer capsule wardrobe for July/August. Then, once September rolls around, I want to make a larger capsule for the 4 month period of September/October/November/December.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any advice for a newbie?

PS – It is evident to me I have a hard time photographing clothes. I’ll try to have a new game plan before my Summer Capsule Wardrobe!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

If I told you I was going to start a capsule wardrobe, would you ask “What is a Capsule Wardrobe? and Why Would You Want One?” I’ve got all the info here.
Have you wondered What is a Capsule Wardrobe? Why Would You Want One? Here's the answer to those questions.

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes?

A capsule wardrobe is basically a simplified wardrobe made up of a limited number of carefully picked pieces that you commit to wearing during a season.

Think of it as the tiny house for wardrobes. Paring down your wardrobe to those clothing items you actually love and will really wear. You trim away the excess and are left with only the necessities.

Let’s face it, so many of us have a closet full of clothing and will still remark, “I have nothing to wear.”

The beauty of the capsule wardrobe is it is meant to eliminate the question of “what to wear” by carefully curating a minimal amount of clothing that you actually love and will wear repeatedly.

Capsule Wardrobe

I like to think of it as a wardrobe of interlocking building blocks. Every piece should be able to be worn with several other pieces in your wardrobe. That means that although you might have fewer pieces of clothing, you have numerous outfit possibilities.

Once you’ve gathered your capsule wardrobe clothing items, you commit to not purchasing any additional clothing for that season’s wardrobe.

A season is typically defined as a 3 month period. So your capsule wardrobe will need to be re-evaluated every three months to be seasonally appropriate.

There are no hard and fast rules to how many items of clothing comprise a capsule wardrobe. However, there are many opinions as to how many pieces a good capsule wardrobe should have.

A strict capsule wardrobe would include shoes and accessories in your limited number of pieces, or it could just include tops, bottoms and jackets.

Most capsule wardrobes do NOT include items like under garments, pajamas or work out clothes.

Here are some of my favorite sites to help you decide what your capsule wardrobe should entail:

Project 333

Mom Advice Modified Project 333

Into Mind

5 Piece French Wardrobe

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Why Would You Want a Capsule Wardrobe?

It makes getting dressed easier.

By streamlining your choices, you can find an outfit readily. Your outfit will be based on the weather and the occasion. When done correctly, your capsule wardrobe will have the right combination for both.

It saves money.

Your first step will be to go through your closet and figure out what clothing you own that you actually love and wear.

Now divide that clothing by season. Start playing with combinations. At this stage, I love to use Pinterest. In fact, I referenced my own style board to come up with outfit ideas quite a bit.

Your goal is to use what you have to form the basis of your capsule. Limit yourself to purchasing between 3 and 6 pieces to complete your capsule.

Once your capsule is set, you commit to not buying anything additional.

By staying out of stores and sticking to a spending freeze, you will save money.

It’s good for the environment and human rights.

If you haven’t watched The True Cost on Netflix, you probably aren’t aware of the human cost of cheap clothing. I watched it last summer with my girls and it opened my eyes to the plight of the people who are making our clothes. It encouraged me to look at my clothing in a whole new light.

If you don’t have Netflix, NPR has a great article explaining fast fashion.

Did you know the average American throws away over 70 pounds of clothing each year? That’s a staggering number.

Before I make any new purchases, I’ll be scouring the local consignment stores and Goodwill as well as ThredUp for gently used clothing before I purchase anything new.

By purchasing less, I’ll have less textile donations/waste every year.

More room in your closet.

Your off season clothes should be boxed up and stored until you are ready for them. They only items hanging in your closet will be the limited pieces in your capsule wardrobe.

You won’t believe how much room your closet has!

Still curious about capsule wardrobes? I’m revealing my first spring capsule wardrobe I’ll be wearing until the end of June. Here’s a sneak peek:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Ideas for a Stay at Home Mom. Denim mini with grey striped T and a yellow cardigan.