Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Travel diary - Abbruzzo

Last July, when we came back from our beach vacation, we decided to spend some days in August in the cool Abruzzo.
We found a good deal on an apartment in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, 1200 m altitude, and booked it.
It was really a magical place. The apartment was lovely - here is a picture of the place:

And the towns around were as beautiful. We went to Santo Stefano, Calascio, Castel del Monte and Castelvecchio.

We also drive to Campo Imperatore, at 2100m altitude:

We visited l'Aquila too, but didn't take pictures there. 
L'Aquila, but also these smaller town, still show the wounds of the 2009 eartquake. I didn't feel like taking pictures of these.

It was a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. I would love to go back during the Winter, when there is snow.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Closet editing - summer edition.

So, I set my mind on trying a capsule approach to my Fall wardrobe. I made a list of all the stuff I'll have as part of it, figured all I really need is one pair of shoes - maybe - and set a date : September 21, which more or less coincides with the start of Fall.

So I was all happy and satisfied that in the Fall I'll have a nice, small, organized wardrobe, until I opened my closet and realized I'll have to live with a messy summer wardrobe until then.

I wasn't all happy and satisfied about this, actually.

So I decided to take some time while husband is at work and little girl sleeps to do some editing/tidying.

I decided to leave the stuff that I'll use for my Fall capsule - only, I put it in the higher bar. Here it is. And the clothes on the left are my daughter's - yes, I divide my closet with her.

This is not the complete Fall capsule: I am carrying over some pieces from my summer wardrobe.

I went through the rest of the clothes, pulled out whatever I don't want to be in my closet right now, and divided them is three piles: Winter clothes (yes, still had them in there!), Summer clothes I am not going to wear anymore for this summer, but still want to keep, and clothes to donate. A Winter cardigan is going straight to the dry-cleaner.

I put the clothes to donate in a bag. This is going to the church.
The Winter and Summer stuff I want to keep has been stored in two separate bags under our bed.

I had space left to nicely put my handbags, not to mention all the hangers I had left empty!

The result is quite ok - still a lot of stuff, but looks much better and the chance to get wrinkled is lower. Here is a picture of my "main" closet, lower bar:

And this is my dress closet, it's about half mine and half husband's:

Look at all these pretty colors! The two dresses on the right will be part of my Fall capsule, since they have long sleeves, the others are all for summer.

Next projects will be:

  • Edit my shoes collection
  • Make some sense out of my underwear drawer.
But for today, I am done.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Some more thoughts on capsule wardrobes.

This is it - "the" suitcase!

I am spending three days at my parents' place with the little one, while husband works night shifts. It's much cooler here, and the girl is havig a blast with dogs and birds and being outside.

Last night my mom was looking for something in a suitcase. It was the suitcase, the one I took with me when I left to go to the US for my Ph.D.
I took this suitcase with me, a big backpack and my guitar. And that fly was the first of my life!
It sounds really romantic, thinking about it. It was very exciting then.

Since I didn't have much space, and since I brought some music books with me too, I didn't bring much clothes. I remember shopping with my mom for my move, and I remember pretty well what I brought with me.
I had:
  • Two pencil skirts, one beige linen one black cotton.
  • Two pair of pants, one olive green linen and one black cotton.
  • A pair of jeans - my first Diesels, which I wore for years before they fell to pieces.
  • Two shirts: a black button up and a ivory silk one.
  • One tee, lilac.
  • Teo pajamas, white: one short, one long.
I guess I had a piece of outerwear, some underwear, socks and shoes. I can't remember my shoes! No, I can't believe it either.
I also had linens and towels. All in the suitcase.
I had in handbag, light grey, which I liked a lot. 

It was a very small capsule but extremely functional. All the pieces were high quality and went together. If laundry wasn't an issue, I could have survived for the whole summer with it. 
But I had a commonal laundry facility, was 25 and in NYC, so after a while I got bored and started shopping! By the time I needed to move to a new place, I had accumulated so much stuff!

A couple of days ago I made a list of the stuff I want to be part of my Fall capsule. I only need to buy two pairs of shoes, I have all the rest. Still, I was a bit antsy and perplexed: can I do it with this much only, for three months?

Well, thinking about my US capsule helped me realize I don't really need that much - plus, I have a laundry macchine at home now!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Odds and ends.

S. Felice Circeo and the temple of Jupiter Anxur in Terracina.

A lot has been going on around here, both on the home front and the work front.
First, I am officially on vacation, starting yesterday. We went to a beach town for a week in July, but the vacation shine quickly wore off upon returning at work. Now I'llb e home for two weeks and three more days later, and I hope I'll be able to rest.
Little girl and I will go a couple of days at my parent's, where it's cooler, then all three of us will go to Abruzzo, in the National Park, for some days. I hope the little one will appreciate the nature!

We have closed on a house, so shortly we'llhave to get all the renovation work started. Everything has to be re-done. So we are shopping around for tiles, floors, windows, and everything else.

At work, since my boss left in early June, it has been a whirlwind. More and more responsibilities have piled up, which could be a good or a bad thing. I am living for two work trips in October, first in Barcelona, then in Manchester, and I have no idea what I'll wear in Barcelona (it will be hot and I still need to look professional).

On the wardrobe note, I realized I still have too much stuff, especially considering our moove sometimes soon. And in spite of too much stuff, during Spring and Fall, I wear always the same things. I am very satisfied with my summer and Winter wardrobe, but Spring and Fall are a disaster.
I was toying with the idea of applying Carolyne's first approach to capsuling (the 37 pieces one) to my Fall wardrobe, and see how it goes. I'll try to use stuff I already have as much as possibile, even thought some shoes shopping is in order (need black pumps, can you believe it?).

Now, off to wake the family up, time to go to the beach!


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