Now that we’re a full month deep into summer, I thought it was high time for a capsule wardrobe update.
For those of you who have been following along for the past couple of years, you know that I adopted capsule wardrobing as my go-to approach managing my once-overflowing closet. With each year and updated capsule, I’ve learned a few new lessons.
This year’s lesson: buy more summer-ready, work-appropriate pieces.
In one of my earlier posts about capsule wardrobing, I admitted that my capsule was a total fail in regard to having adequate office-appropriate pieces. I wrote:
“I built most of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe for weekend wear….Although I spend most of my time at the office, many items in my collection were barely work-appropriate.”
Full disclosure: Standard office attire at my job falls somewhere just south of business casual. Occasionally, however, I have meetings outside of the office, so I still have to keep things a bit buttoned up. To keep my capsule a tightly edited collection, I knew I’d have to pick up some versatile new pieces that worked for both work and play.
I’m happy to report I think I’ve finally gotten a handle on finding ways to combine fun and functional in the new pieces I’ve incorporated into my summer capsules. While these four pieces don’t represent the full extent of my capsule wardrobe (wouldn’t that be something if it did?), I have a feeling these will be the pieces I’ll keep reaching for whether for work or the weekend.
- The pale blue textured sleeveless button-down (A) that works with both with a pair of chinos and a wedge or white shorts and sandals.
- The royal blue patterned drawstring shirtdress (B) that I could dress up or dress down.
- The white eyelet t-shirt (C) that works great with a pencil skirt or pair of natural-colored linen drawstring pants.
- The sleeveless teal patterned blouse (D) that pairs beautifully with a pair of slacks or a navy blue skort.
And yes. I like wearing blue a lot.
It was the kind of weekend I dream about all year. Warm air, perfect blue skies, and a quick road trip to one of my favorite parts of Washington state? Yes, please!
Every year in July, the lavender fields on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula burst into full, round bushes of pale and potent purples. It’s lavender season, y’all, and that meant it was time for me to head out to the annual Sequim and Washington Lavender Festivals.
Sequim (pronounced skwim) is a small town about two and a half hours away from Seattle, accessible by a serene ferry ride followed by an hour’s drive along evergreen-lined roads with luminous views of the Olympic mountain range. After boarding an early ferry to beat the crowds, I was soon surrounded by gorgeous fields of lavender for perusing and picking and, of course, gift shops for purchasing all the lavender and lavender-themed merch I could possibly want. Bliss.
One of my favorite parts of the day was the time I spent at the beautiful and stately George Washington Inn and the Washington Lavender Farm just outside of Sequim. The site offers panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the United States and Canada. I strolled through a small field of u-pick lavender, learned how to cook with lavender, and sampled the most delicious blueberry lemon lavender scones. Bonus: savoring a single scoop of blueberry lavender ice cream that was simply divine.
Best. Day. Ever.
The stately George Washington Inn is situated on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A single scoop of blueberry lavender ice cream? Yes, please!
Tips and tricks for making the most delicious scones I’ve ever had.
The Olympic Mountains serve as a spectacular backdrop for the inn.
Lovely, fragrant lavender.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Baker.
I’m going to have to try this recipe someday soon.
No matter how old I get, there will always be something special about summer. The air is warmer, the days are longer, and the season is permeated by something that smells a lot like freedom. Even though I still have to work, there’s still plenty of time to play. Here’s how I plan to make this summer my best one yet: Continue reading →