How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

And still be a fashionista

Is your New Year’s resolution to finally save some money, but you just so happen to be a serious shopaholic? Well you’re in the same boat as me. (Read More: How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions) I am constantly making plans to travel the world and telling myself I WILL save money, just after I buy these shoes… that go perfectly with this dress. Yes, it happens every time, and of course I still haven’t made enough for my dream trip.

Well this New Year is going to be different and it can be for you too – whether you want to save to travel to paradise or buy yourself that one designer handbag you’ve had your eye on. You just need to get yourself the perfect Capsule Wardrobe and your goals will be met in no time.

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

In simplest terms, a capsule wardrobe is an extremely downsized wardrobe made up of versatile staple pieces. The idea originates from 1970s London, when boutique owner Susie Faux coined the term. Designer Donna Karan then brought the idea to the U.S. a decade later with her “seven easy pieces” collection. Traditionally, capsule wardrobes include approximately 30 items or less, with Faux recommending less than 12. The wardrobe can be added to a couple times a year.

The definition of a capsule wardrobe has evolved over time thanks to ideas from style bloggers like Un-Fancy, whose capsule wardrobe includes 37-pieces rotated every three months.

At its core, a capsule wardrobe is ultimately meant to promote a minimalist style and save money, time, and space — things I’m all for! To me, a capsule wardrobe should include ever-lasting clothes and reusable accessories that will take you from the office to the dance floor without your friends hearing you say, ‘but I haven’t anything to wear – I need a new outfit’ for the 100 billionth time!

I’ve been busy collaborating with Betabrand.com to come up with the essential wardrobe I believe every woman needs to save them time, money, and hassle for every morning and every event.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

To save money, time and effort you want your wardrobe to be full of gorgeous items that can be everyday wear for the office and can easily be accessorised to take you through to the after work drinks and spontaneous night-time dancing. If you love the items you’ve chosen, you will always enjoy wearing them over and over again, styling them in new ways.

 

These are the 6 essentials you need to own and can easily purchase online to complete your capsule wardrobe.

  1. PantsMy pick: High-waisted dress pant yoga trousers £61.50, Betabrand.com
  2. SkirtMy pick: Nude faux leather pencil skirt £13.32, Choies.com
  3. Crisp White Shirt My pick: Fitted white shirt £12.99, H&M
  4. Statement Necklace My pick: Statement silver necklace £29.97, humblechic.com
  5. Black Handbag My pick: Black zip handbag £25.99, New Look
  6. Boots My pick: Knit-trim black ankle boots £20.33, charlotterusse.com

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The most versatile item on this list is definitely the Betabrand pants. I love these pants because they are the ideal office trousers – comfy, stylish and smart – yet totally multi-functional. The stretchy material gives you the flexibility to still do yoga after work or in your lunch-break and the skinny leg gives you a flattering shape when paired with heels and sparkles for a night out.

Hallelujah to the 2-in-1 amazing trousers! They also come in every style to suit your body shape including Cropped-leg for petites.

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Black is a great colour to opt for because it goes with everything but I also love the dark grey yoga pants too which are just as everyday.

Once you’ve got your comfy trousers in a classic shade you need one more option for work – a simple and smart pencil skirt. I chose this faux leather midi because it’s a fab neutral shade to pair with a crisp white shirt for work or crop tops for the evenings. Find the pair of women’s pants you love most here.

How to Build Your Own Stylish Capsule Wardrobe

These are my steps to curating your own capsule wardrobe, without sacrificing style or the joy we all get from fashion.

Step 1 — Clean Out Your Closet

Firstly – do you really need everything that’s in your wardrobe? We both know the answer is No. So don’t wait until Spring — have a wardrobe clean out today and get on Vinted or eBay to make some extra money. Those poor clothes that still have their tags on need a caring home. It’s just plain clothes cruelty! Check out my Vinted page for cheap dresses, tops, jumpers, trousers and skirts for sale in great condition.

Step 2 — Pick Your Essentials

Once you’ve gotten rid of what you know you don’t want, it’s time to sort what’s left into three categories:

  1. Currently love / wear
  2. Seasonal
  3. Other

Guess what happens to the “other” category? That’s right — go back to step one and get rid of those clothes!

Make sure you do this for each piece of clothing — bottoms, tops, accessories, and shoes.

Step 3 — Compromise

Now, building a capsule wardrobe can be an unexpectedly emotional and difficult process. That’s why I think it’s important to compromise and give yourself a little wiggle room on your favourite part of fashion, meaning allow yourself to have a little more in this area. For me, that’s accessorizing.

When i’m planning what to wear, accessories are often the favourite part of my outfit and can even be the main asset to show off (that’s why classic clothes are always good to help them stand out!)

If you’re like me and accessories are your thing, think bold statement but neutral shades of additions that can easily be paired with your essential outfit. Sparkly jewels, chunky black boots and a sturdy tailored handbag (big enough to fit all of your daily necessities!) are just what you need to tick off all the essential items on your shopping list.

Step 4 — Make Outfits

Once you have your essentials, start pairing them with each other to make sure you can make a number of outfits with them that will keep you excited and happy. Did you know that with just 27 pieces you can make 100 outfits!? The possibilities are endless, so bring your creativity and imagination with you.

Step 5 — Continue to Reassess

Set a schedule that works for you when it comes to refining your capsule wardrobe and going through the above steps. This can be the well-known 3 month rule, or more or less often, depending on how you feel. Again, we don’t want to take the joy out of the fashion we love, so figure out what works for you. The number one rule is that you LOVE what you own and wear. The moment you don’t, it’s time for a change!

I hope this blog post has given you some New Year inspiration to get yourselves a Capsule Wardrobe.

Love Leeanna xo

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How to make cheap homemade Christmas decorations 

Tis the season to be creative… yes that even means if you have no arty skills whatsoever. You really don’t need to be no Picasso to have a go at making these simple decorations.


The festive season is not only indulgent on the waistline but it can also mean diving a little too deep into your purse. December is just around the corner so if you’ve got decorations on your mind but don’t want to break the budget, i’ve put together a handy guide to making your home festive under £5.

I will keep this page updated with my latest suggestions for you to try at home so keep checking back for more ideas.

Homemade candles

These are super easy to make and can easily be done with bits and bobs from around the house. Old jam and chutney jars are perfect to use after a good soaking but if no-one is a fan of the cranberry sauce and the jars aren’t going fast you can always pick up a choice of maison and preserve jars for £1 at stores like Wilko and Poundland.

Reindeer jars


How cute are these! I made two and filled one with mini Christmas pudding shaped chocolate balls… because who doesn’t want more treats on top of the advent calendar?!

  • Tall jar
  • Bronze/gold/brown coloured paper
  • Red pom pom – I got a mixed bag from Poundland
  • Strong transparrent glue
  • Stick on eyeballs – I picked up mine from the 99p store
  • Scissors

Glittery jars

These are so simple and can easily be done with items you already have from around the house.

  • Any shape jar you have at home
  • Scissors
  • Strong transparent glue
  • Festive ribbon or string
  • Silver glittery snow fluff
  • Coloured glitter paper of choice

They are lovely decorations for anytime of the year and can easily be turned Christmasy by filling with glitter snow and adding festive ribbon.

Easy decorations to do in less than 15 mins


  • Pine cones – A pack of 5 from Wilko is just £1
  • Snow spray
  • Cava/wine corks
  • Strong transparent glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Red Pom Pom for Rudulph’s nose
  • Googly eyes
  • Coloured paper
  • Blue tac
  • Scissors

DIY snow cones

Wine cork reindeers

I loved making these super easy decorations and believe me when I say ANYONE can make these at home. I mean, who doesn’t have cava corks lying around the house already? And if not… what a great excuse to pop a bottle of wine.

Homemade snowman


Who needs snow when you can make your own snowman on your doors at home?! I think it just looks adorable and the best thing is you can use everything you already have at home and it’s so so easy and quick to do!

These DIY decs take so little time to make you’ll still have time to put your feet up, pour another glass and snuggle up watching your favourite Christmas movie. They’re so cute for around the house and your guests and little ones will love them too.

Enjoy your creative night in and why not treat yourself to a mince pie and Buble playing in the background!

Love Leeanna xo

How to make Baileys and Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot choc

It’s that time of year again… onesies, Christmas movies and your favourite mug of hot cocoa.


Hot chocolate isn’t just for children though. Now you’re legal you can add as many shots of Baileys as you like to the nostalgic winter treat and what’s is more festive than the flavour of chocolate orange. Without fail, every year I find not one, not two, but THREE Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s in my stocking on Christmas morning.

So if you’re like me and can’t wait until the 25th of December for the delicious sensation, why not have a go at this easy and tasty Hot Chocolate recipe. Perfect for a cosy winter night-in while you put your feet up in front of the fire.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Bailey Hot Cocoa recipe

Ingredients

  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Why not try the honeycomb or white edition for an even more christmasy feel!)
  • Milk
  • Baileys Irish Cream (Baileys chocolate and Baileys orange truffle would also make great additions to the drink!)
  • Marshmallows – mini, sparkly or giant – whatever your preference
  • Whipped Cream


Steps

  1. Choose your favourite cocoa mugs – I am loving Maison Jars at the moment so thought I’d be all trendy and have a go with these.
  2. Melt 1/4 of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  3. Drizzle the chocolate as you wish around the inside of the mug – be as creative as you like!
  4. Heat up two mugs of milk
  5. Melt 6 segments of the chocolate
  6. Pour the milk and melted chocolate into a blender and add 2 shots of Baileys (or as little or as much as you like!)

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7. Pour the mixture back into the mugs and re-heat

8. Now it’s time to decorate!! Add all your favourite hot cocoa toppings to your heart’s content. I added MORE Terry’s chocolate by grating shards and adding pieces with marshmallows but squirty cream would also be a fab addition.

I hope you enjoy these tasty Hot Chocs as much as we did on our cosy Sunday night. They go perfectly with mince pies too, to really get you in the Christmas spirit.

Love Leeanna xo

 

DIY Christmas decorations: How to make your own festive wreath

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I’m not usually very artsy and crafty, but there’s something about listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album that really made my creative side come out.

So, as we sang along to Buble’s version of ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’, with a sparkly pile of baubles and fresh-from-the-tree sprigs of holly spread across the table , me and my housemate got craft-happy with our first homemade creation- a Christmas wreath.

And believe me it really is easy to make, just follow these simple steps…

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around the wreath, leaving an equal distance between each turn. We chose this tartan print because it looks so festive and cute against the greenery!

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Step 2: Once the ribbon is tied tightly around the wreath. Use the same, or in a different pattern, to make a large bow for top of the wreath and tie it on using green wire that can be twisted and tied as messy as you like at the back because when it is hung up and looking beautiful from the outside, no one can see what is behind.

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Step 3: Now you can get your sparkle on by adding clusters of little baubles. We chose to do groups of three gold baubles- I particularly loved the one that looked like a disco ball!

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Step 4: Interweave sprigs of holly into the wreath to make it look even more festive and cute.

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And there you have it your very own front-door masterpiece!

There are many other ways you can do your own homemade Christmas too. So whether your a creative whizz or like me- not the most talented- these DIY decorations suits all tastes and skill levels.

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Balance a branch in a clear jar and decorate with white paper decorations for a simple but stylish festive statement. 

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Paper decorations always look fab for celebrations and are so easy and fun to make! Try using wrapping paper for an even more festive look and create a chain of dangling stars which can be hung from walls or ceilings. Silver and gold paper will look especially cute this festive season and if you hang them down your window, you will be sure to bring some festive cheer to passersby.

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One of my friends had a go at making a Christmas tree out of fairy lights like this one from Pinterest, because he knew he wouldn’t be in his flat for much of the Christmas season- also the perfect student alternative to spending money on a Christmas tree! Who would have thought using fairy lights to create the shape of a Christmas tree would look so pretty?!

candle jars

I think these candle jars I saw on Pinterest look great for the festive season and what a great way to re-use items around the house?! Arm yourself with a box of tee lights, some fir tree clippings, clear glass jars, fluffy cotton wool and gold ribbon to create these beautiful Christmas lights.

After browsing on Pinterest for more creative ideas, it’s made me want to make even more homemade decorations. So why don’t you give it a go too.

Love Leeanna xo