Monday, March 28, 2016

Illustrated Capsule Wardrobe- Coat

Now that we've found out What a capsule wardrobe is, how to start onethe pros & cons, and My idea of a simple capsule wardrobe, I thought I'd illustrate examples of each piece.

For a coat I chose this timeless, camel colored wool blend belted coat by Ann Taylor Loft.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Illustrated Capsule Wardrobe- Coat// Ann Taylor Loft wool coat

I first noticed this coat reading Extra Petite's blog and sketched it as part of Sketchworthy Reads paired with olive colored jeans and ankle booties.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Illustrated Capsule Wardrobe- Coat//Ann Taylor Loft wool coat// extra petite

Or pair it with a pencil skirt and heels.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Illustrated Capsule Wardrobe- Coat//Ann Taylor Loft Wool Coat- pencil skirt & heels

What style of coat would you choose? Let me know in the comments 😄

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.' So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, 'Greetings!' And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.'”

Matthew 28:1-10

Thursday, March 24, 2016

My Favorite Periscope Artists

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A few months ago I discovered Periscope. Periscope is an app through Twitter (you must have a Twitter account to use it) where users live stream videos and the videos stay up on replay for the next 24 hours. At the time I thought it was just another social media site, this time with live videos, but have since learned it is a great place to learn and study art. 
These are some of my favorite artists to watch:

1. Laura Volpintesta of Fashion Illustration Tribe

   Laura's videos are really got me started on Periscope. She has been a teacher at  Parson's School of Design since 1997 and offers online fashion illustration through her website Fashion Illustration Tribe. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of positive learning and encouragement.

I love Laura's scopes because she is do knowledgeable and teaches great techniques with exercises to improve our art. She's also really encouraging, accessible, and open to answering questions.

2. KOIllustration

   Karen Orr of Karen Orr Illustrations scopes  pretty much daily. She is a custom bridal and children's illustrator. Her scopes are very informative as she walks us through her proccess while working on her custom orders. She gives so much advice I need a notebook to keep it all in.

I love her mixed media technique and unique way of utilizing all her supplies of watercolor, acrylic, marker, and glitter!

3. Brown Paper Bunny

   Brown Paper Bunny is a self taught artist who scopes on whatever art subject tickles her fancy. Lately it's been her love of digital sketching on her iPad.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

My Capsule Wardrobe

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As I've learned about what a capsule wardrobe is I've found it interesting seeing what works for different people. What's meant to simplify life while getting dressed takes time and a lot of planning ahead. Some forms lend to lots of shopping which again takes a lot of planning. Other forms invest in pieces that will last.  It's all about what works for each person.

On the surface a new closet every 3-4 months sounds like fun but the more I've thought about it, I've seen it as overwhelming.  It seems like a person's hobby would be next seasons collection and while a lot of people might find it really fun, it doesn't seem for me.   So for this experiment, my capsule wardrobe is going to be based more on the idea behind the Susie Faux's original capsule wardrobe which included    

  • a skirt, 
  • trousers, which could be part of a suit,
  • a blouse, 
  • a sweater, 
  • shoes, 
  • tights,
  • a coat or raincoat, 
  • a dress,
  • a bag, 
  • a belt, 
  • jewelery
  • Jacket

To edit I am choosing:   

Blouse- I picked two a simple one and a little fancier one. Express Button Up Essential Shirtand   Express Black Sheer Chiffon

  Skirt- J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in wool or cotton

 a  Coat or Raincoat-Luella Slim Longsleeved Windbreaker

a dress- Ann Taylor Loft Tulip Quilted Flare Dress

a  bag- Madewell  Classic Tote

Activewear- New York & Company Lounge Slim Joggers

 I learned a few things planning a capsule wardrobe First, it is hard and takes thought.  I asked myself a lot, is this piece classic? Too trendy? Will I like it down the road? Are these colors boring? 

My intention has been to build solid staples that will last many years. I see now that's not accomplished in one shopping trip or even one season. It likely would take years.  

The worries about always have to wear nuetral colors were unfounded, too. Had I chosen a capsule wardrobe that changes every season it may have been an issue but staples pieces need to be neutrals. Neutrals go with everything and are a foundation. Color, pattern, and texture are accents and leave the door open to change in a capsule wardrobe. Accents are the sprinkles on a cupcake. 

A large part of a capsule wardrobe is being true to yourself and your lifestyle. Just  because a piece of clothing is considered classic doesn't mean it's automatically something you have to have. I kept looking at pullover sweaters thinking about how that's on Susie Faux's list and would be common in a lot of people's wardrobes but I never wear a pullover sweater. Why would I start now. There are a few types of cardigans Id wear, that's my type of sweater and what I chose. 
Same with stockings, belts, and evening wear. They are not something I would wear often so they aren't part of my capsule wardrobe. However, activewear is something I wear often. The not to capsule list says no workout clothes but activewear doesn't mean you're wearing it to exercise. 

Bottom line is a capsule wardrobe has its limitations. There isn't one list of items every person should have. We all live in different climates and different tastes in clothing.  It isn't easy to seamlessly create and it isn't for everyone but it's a fun experiment (if only in your mind) to help narrow down your style. 

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Pros and Cons of A Capsule Wardrobe

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We talked about what a capsule wardrobe is and how to start creating one but is it a perfect idea or only good in theory?

Done well the benefits of a capsule wardrobe are supposedly saving time, energy, and money.
As well as un cluttering your closet and helping you find your style.  

Yet, it seems to me that there are down sides too. You'll likely have to do more laundry. The seasonal planning sounds like it would take a lot of time. Plus, buying 37 new items of clothing every three months could cost more money than save it. Is that enough to not try a capsule wardrobe? Only you can decide. 

Another downside,as someone who loves color is that  closet full of neutrals feels so limiting,  I love bright pops of color and the richness of jewel tones. With enough thought, a capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be only a few basic colors. 

1. First, think about the colors you gravitate to and like to wear. Are they warm or cool? This will jumpstart where to look for inspiration.
 Into-Mind  has a great crash course on color theory to spark ideas for you color palette. 

2. Find the colors you wear a lot. These are your main colors.
     Caroline Rector  shows how to choose your main colors.

3. Pick a neutral for basics like jackets and pants.

4. Choose accent colors to add interest. 
After going learning about capsule wardrobes its time to decide which type I'd like to illustrate next week!  It's a little hard to decide but what do you think it should be? Which type of capsule wardrobe would you choose for yourself? 

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe

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Last week, we saw that a capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe meant to be mixed and match but beyond that the definition is broad. But how do you go about starting one?

1. The first step is to decide on what type of capsule wardrobe you're interested in. 
  - Are you like Susie Faux who is interested in long standing classics? 
  - Caroline Rector who buys a new wardrobe each season? 
- Interested in  specific capsule wardrobe like having one only for work? 
- Are you brave like OH Happy Day and willing to pair it down to twelves pieces? 
- Or do you want to loosely follow others but make up your own rules as you go along?

2 Then, brainstorm what you need for your capsule wardrobe.
  Where are you placing importance? 
Shoes, well fitting pants or dresses, casual wear.  
Think about what signature items are important to you. Do you love a classic trench coat or crave fall riding boots? Be ready to invest in quality versions of your own personal staples. 

3. Take inventory of you closet. 
  What do you have that you want to keep and what do you want to toss (or give away)?

4. Figure out what is and isn't included in a capsule wardrobe. 

What to include: 
Roughly 10-50 items of clothing

What not to include: 
Workout clothes 
Clothes you wear working on the house 

5. Put together a shopping plan. 
 The Simply Luxurious Life has tips on creating a capsule wardrobe on a budget.

Now that you have an idea of what is and isn't in a capsule wardrobe how do you decide the number and each you need? Again it's a personal decision. Caroline Rector chooses 9 shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses and 2 jackets but changes her number depending on what a season needs. Summer can handle more dresses and winter lends itself to more pants.

You could even create a few smaller collections say 10-15 pieces each. Splitting it up for weekend and work outfits. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Instagram Roundup

I'm on Instagram, follow along @sprinkleonglitter these are some of my recent posts!
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// watercolor illustration// Anthropologist Art History Cardigan

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// watercolor illustration// Atlantic Pacific// AG Jeans

Atlantic Pacific  in Aspen, Co with AG Jeans sweater, hat, and black jeans.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Inspired by Jane Davenport// acrylic
Still having fun with acrylic  techniques taught by Jane Davenport

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