Wardrobe Architect: Playing Catch Up

I still feel so self-centered doing these posts.  I’ve been trying to do the work on my own but if I don’t post, I don’t do it.  I do need to do it though.  I fall in love with fabrics that don’t suit me at all in the end.  I get caught up in popular patterns that don’t work for me.  Patterns can be modified at least but there’s nothing to do with a print in the wrong scale.  It’s wasteful.  So here I am, playing catch up publicly.

The Wardrobe Architect

Organizing Your Palette

This is the color palette I came up with.

Now, I’m supposed to split it up into neutrals, nearly neutrals, statement colors, and metallics.  And then see if my color choices are balanced.  But honestly, I feel like I have a decent handle on my color palette.  It’s the one thing I feel I’ve figured out.

Exploring solids and prints

Now, this is where I have a hard time!  So many lovely prints.  I’ve been staring at the post for hours and can’t seem to make any headway.  I can’t seem to be able to say whether I like larger scale prints or smaller scale prints.  Pinstripes are small scale, right?  And teeny polka dots.  But I have a dress with a big leaf print (white on navy blue) that I adore.  Contrast seems all over the map too.  I go from a pinstripe or subtle plaid all the way to a bright colorful flower/paisley print.  I like a regular, symmetrical geometric just as much as a more organic pattern.  There just doesn’t seem to be a unifying theme…

Let’s break this down a little.  I’ve pinned images for each category to my Core Style board here.

Stripes, checks, and plaids: Those patterns fit in with my classic side.  Seersucker vertical stripes, pinstripes, horizontal breton style stripes, gingham, plaid.  Simple and classic.

Dots: The more regularly spaced perfectly round dots also appeal to my classic side but the more organic ones are fun too.  As long as they don’t get too busy, I’m happy.

Geometrics: These ones need to be only two colors, and simple.  Like the Cloud 9 Diamonds I pinned to my board.  Argyle is good too but it’s more of a pattern I would knit, you know?

Florals: Nothing too… granny-ish please.  Nothing that would remind me of upholstery.  But a lot of flower/leaf/paisley prints make me happy.  Like the Valori Wells I pinned.

Animal print: Well, that one’s easy.  I don’t like ’em.  Except leopard print ballerina flats.  That’s it.

Novelty: That’s where I tend to fall down. I love a cute novelty print but I just don’t wear them much.  Maybe a more graphic one like the Birch one I pinned.  Or those Birch flying birds (that I really wanted for my Albion but weren’t available).

And that’s it?  I feel like I’m missing something.  Come to think of it, prints might just be the spice in my wardrobe and sewing.  Stripes, checks, plaids, and dot being like salt and pepper.  Something you use all the time.  The more subdued geometrics, florals, and novelty prints being like… cumin?  Cilantro?  Something I use relatively often but isn’t too spicy.  And then, the wilder prints would be the very spicy stuff.  Something I would use in moderation…  Does that make any sense at all or should I just go to bed?

Hair, Makeup, and Beauty

Almost caught up!

Hair first.  Agh.  I have fine-ish wavy hair.  My best haircut has been the one my hairdresser used to give me in Montreal.  About collar bone length with lots of layers.  Since moving here, it has been remarkably hard to find someone who can give me the same style.  I don’t like straightening my hair or messing with it at all so a good haircut is so important.  I pinned an image of what my hair can look like when it’s been properly cut.  It’s just such an easy, natural, fun style for me.

Makeup. I used to have so much fun with colorful eye makeup but now?  Mascara, concealer, and blush and I call it a day.  I like that routine though.  It’s quick, makes me look a bit more awake but not made up.  Easy going and natural.  I like to have some sort of sheer lipstick too if I can remember.  If I have a special outing, I’ll do a bit more eye makeup but I keep it on the subtle side.  Souricette 1 has been my gauge recently.  If the colors I chose are good, she tells me I look pretty.  If they aren’t good, she tells me she doesn’t like my makeup.  Pinkish beige, peach, pinkish browns, and purples all get her approval…  

Beauty.  I like to have a quick and easy routine. But something that’s good to my skin.  My rituals are all about efficiency it seems…  I have one perfume I love : Amarige.  But I haven’t worn it in a long time.  I used to wear it everyday but I stopped when I had souricette 1.  I didn’t want to mess with my natural scent.  I got out of the habit and now, souricette 1 doesn’t like it.  So I don’t wear any.  But I would like to wear something.  I should research natural scents.  

I’m all caught up!  Go me.

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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