Rebecca

Mar 142017
 

I am not affiliated with Betabrand in any way; I haven’t even bought anything from them. This post comes from Betabrand to accompany their capsule wardrobe graphic which is philosophically compatible with my approach to wardrobe building. At least today 😉

Have you ever thought of building your own capsule wardrobe? I’ve come across this guide from Betabrand and it’s super helpful! When it comes to building a capsule wardrobe, the whole idea is quality over quantity. With just 27 staple pieces and a few accessories, you can have 100 outfits to fit any occasion. Check out this guide, and when it’s time to get your capsule wardrobe started, check out the selection of multi-functional pants to get your capsule wardrobe started. And be sure to take a look into the rest of their collections. Every item they sell is designed and funded by their customers, which is a really fun change of pace from the old-school way of fashion design. Everything on their site has a dual purpose, and comfort is a HUGE purpose! Take a look at the five-step graphic for building a capsule wardrobe and let me know what you think!

Mar 072017
 

Last year, in an effort to streamline my ongoing wardrobe development process, I built a month-by-month shopping schedule. My assignment for March? Spring Wardrobe.

That sounds huge, doesn’t it? But I don’t have to start from scratch: I have spring stuff I am pulling out in my Winter/Spring switchover (while it is currently snowing out). To facilitate the process, I plan to use my Updated Capsule Worksheet, which you are also welcome to download and use.

What I mean by spring wardrobe is the basics of covering my nakedness. By keeping the pieces within a single proportion template (not just within a color palette), they can be mixed. Adding in the optional accessories bundles creates head-to-toe infrastructure.

This is my plan. I confess I am much better at creating the plan than completing it. Let me know if you are joining me.

Mar 022017
 

If I only get one thing done in my wardrobe this month, this will be it: put away the winter stuff and pull out spring. Am I the only one who starts craving green clothes this time of year? Even though I am not seeing alot of green outside –  yet! –  spring is on its way.  It’s inevitable! 😎

Today I am wearing my long sleeve cashmere turtleneck for the last time this season. After this, I will wash it and let it dry, then pack it away for the season.  Or maybe not. This year, I invite you to join me in adding a step to the process, not even a step really, just a question:

Does this garment fit within my signature style color space?

If it doesn’t, this is the least painful time to make that decision! We have months to find a replacement for the item before risking nakedness, months of not having to store the thing only to have it potentially ruined by moths or mildew, months of letting it be enjoyed by someone for whom it is better suited. 🙂

Want help defining your signature style color space? I do that!

 

Feb 272017
 

As promised, I have simplified my offerings. View the new price sheet: Spring 2017 Style Discovery Pricing. This actually does not represent a price increase, just consolidation of services, but I do expect prices to go up later this year. In the meantime, I just can’t stop trying to think of ways to make this life-changing information available to everyone.

If you can’t get to Spokane or you can’t afford to do anything right now, do this: start scanning the world for beauty.  Do the following exercise for your own benefit.

The “homework” for the Essential Color Palette Discovery: collect between six and ten images you find compellingly beautiful from an aesthetic, as opposed to sentimental, standpoint. These can be landscapes, interiors, animals, art, or anything else other than clothes. Invite me to view these on Pinterest or in a Facebook album, or simply email the images or links to me several days prior to our appointment.

Pictured, a snippet of mine.

Feb 132017
 

It’s been a long time coming, but I am finally going to be launching an email newsletter.

Here’s who should sign up for it:

  • local ladies (Spokane WA area)
  • people looking for wardrobe planning systems and structures
  • anyone interested in what is going on in the world of Between My Peers and Signature Style Systems

Give me a week or so to see what I can do with Mailchimp and then look for the Just Between My Peers newsletter in your email inbox!

Do you still use email?



Feb 082017
 

After investigating a number of capsule-building methodologies, I realized the reason they didn’t make sense to me is because they didn’t explicitly explain how to coordinate the shapes – just the colors. So this framework popped into my head. I am posting it here without alo of instructions for the benefit of some people who will be seeing me in person soon.

If you have questions about how to choose the right pieces for you, I will do my best to answer. Or ask me about a Visual IDentity Analysis.

Download worksheet here: Capsule Worksheet.

Jan 262017
 

I have had some weird dental adventures. My most recent: at a routine cleaning a couple weeks ago, I was told I have a cavity which would have to be filled. Having read most of Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your Teeth Naturally with Good Food, I decided not to schedule the filling, and to give myself a little bit of time to see what I could do.

One of the recommended strategies is to combine cod liver oil with pasture butter. Since I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning, I already get plenty of butter; yesterday my order of Nordic Naturals – Arctic-D CLO, Heart and Brain Health, and Optimal Wellness, Lemon 8 Ounces arrived. I took a teaspoon. This morning, my active cavity is significantly improved. By that I mean brown and sticky to tiny hard black spot. Overnight.

I don’t want to be annoying with all my crazy lifestyle stuff, but I thought you might want to know.

Oct 312016
 

The parenthetical prologue to this piece: yesterday, in the course of daily life, I encountered a lack, which seemed to me to be worth a trip to the store to have immediately filled. *face palm* Four stores later (add two thrifted cashmere sweaters purchased for $11) I reached the following conclusion.

I should’ve ordered from Amazon prime and taken a nap instead!

Biological rhythms (I was going to say “of life”, but that would be redundant, wouldn’t it? ):

  • Circadian rhythm: the daily. This has been in the air lately, with all the news about sleeping and screens. Discovery your chronotype here: http://thepowerofwhenquiz.com/. I am a lion; hear me roar! Also, can I say here how much I think we need to revise the policy of seasonal time change?!
  • Ultradian rhythm: within the daily. I first encountered this idea on Aviva Romm’s podcast.
  • Circannual rhythms: yearly. This I had never heard named until I followed the theme above to this other health podcast, where it was mentioned by the author of Whole 30, which I have heard of. Except on closer reflection, this would be what the seasons are and so, here in the great Northwest, the most obvious.

Mulling over these ideas, led me to think about a couple of other rhythms. I have no idea what the scientific names of these are.

  • Weekly. I remember hearing of failed experiments in lengthening the workweek. Not surprised.
  • Monthly. By the way, I am using my keyboard microphone to do this blog. Not going to talk anymore about this category of biology – still chuckling from dictating the initial word and its corresponding punctuation. 😉
  • Multi-annual. I think it’s interesting that the Old Testament prescribes having God’s word read aloud to the congregation once every seven years AND personality development seems to have a seven-year rhythm as well.

So, the parenthetical epilogue to this peek into my mindscape is this: I am going to try to fit some blogging back into life rhythms, in a way that feels healthy and supportive to me.

Lv,
Rey <3

Sep 142016
 

You want me to show you outfit pictures?

You want outfit pictures?


Here’s what’s new:

  1. This site is going to be a personal blog.
  2. I will be rolling out a new business site (soon, I hope).
  3. Thatthriftyfeeling.com is for sale! Comment or email if you are interested.
  4. That’s all for now!

    Lv,
    Re

Feb 292016
 

Style essence: the “character” of the look.

Some examples of commonly-used essence terms are Classic, Romantic, Natural, and so on. Which style essences resonate with you? There are many style systems out there; my opinion is that they work great, if you find the right one for you as an individual. My training, through Carla Mathis (author of The Triumph of Individual Style: A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self) and The Style Core, focused on building a look “from scratch”; my work revolves around helping women discover the elements of their Signature Style; my brain is constantly trying to systematize everything.

One well-known style essence system is that of Personal Style Counselors’ John Kitchener, popularized by Andrea Pflaumer in her book Shopping for the Real You: Ten Essential Steps to a Better Wardrobe for Every Woman – Fashionistas, Fashion-phobes and the Over Fifty. Kitchener likens the seven essences he uses to circus animals, with Classic in the middle as ringmaster, keeping the animals somewhat controlled.

Takeaway: the degree of Classic present in your face, body, personality, and/or lifestyle informs the appropriate amount of refinement for your Signature Style.

Btw, I am going to try to start posting little tips like this more regularly, but not promising anything. If you don’t want to miss one, they can be emailed to you. Enter your email in the subscription box in the sidebar.