Transformation Tuesday #43: the Trip Home

Last week during my trip, I realized I had (unintentionally) been on a jeans fast. Well, I went on a bit of a shopping spree while visiting Hong Kong. I picked up five new shirts (!) which I'm going to incorporate into this season's capsule wardrobe (and will be switching a few things out as they rotate in). In my defense, it's the year of the rooster and there were some pretty adorable rooster apparel to be had, plus I found a great-fitting button down at Muji (and picked it up in three colors!).

I needed to find the best way to fit these items back into my suitcase for the trek home. I knew I would have room but also didn't want to carry as much in my carry on bag/purse on the plane. One of the things I love about traveling is that I take a break from daily tidying rituals, like putting clothes back into the dresser or hanging up my coat. One of the not-so-great things about traveling is trying to pack all this back up:

 
 

The easiest way to start packing is to completely empty the suitcase. It looks even worse here:

 
 

I started by picking out my PJs, shoes, and the clothes I planned to wear that day and on the plane ride home. Setting those aside helped me see what was left to pack. I folded up all the tops and pants into the packing envelope, then added the shoes I wasn't wearing, and the souvenirs I had picked up during the trip. 

 
 

This made the final morning SO much easier as far as getting ready and throwing my toiletries into the suitcase before heading out the door.

 

 

Transformation Tuesday #42: No New Jeans!

In last week's post, I was packing for my trip to Hong Kong and I'm typing this week's post from my Airbnb in the Lan Kwai Fong neighborhood. 

I have to say, I struggled with whether or not I should post anything for the TT series. I can get obsessive with following a routine, even when I enjoy it, but hadn't scheduled enough time before my trip to schedule something to go out. The other part of me thought that maybe I would get inspired and sure enough, in walking around yesterday, one of my travel companions and I were talking about shopping habits.

She was wearing a great pair of Madewell jeans and she asked me about the brands I typically wear which then turned into "what was the last pair you bought?" I had to rack my brain to reply. Even in typing this, I just realized it's been exactly a year. I had a gift card to Stitch Fix that I redeemed in the fall of 2015 and got a great pair of Mavi burgundy pants and then I got one more box before going to Tokyo, requesting stretchy, versatile items specific for travel. I received a pair of Liverpool boyfriend jeans in a light wash which I kept and brought with me on this trip.

In paring down my stuff, I'm not trying to get to a certain number of things. I'm just trying to be more mindful of what I bring into my home, how I'm going to use it, and how I can store it. I'm kind of glad that it took awhile to realize that it's been a year since I bought jeans. I've been really happy with my seasonal capsule wardrobes and feel more confident in having a more defined style than ever before in my life. I used to love retail therapy (don't get me wrong, I still enjoy shopping!) but I've also gotten used to that awesome feeling of being able to see everything in my closet and know that I can grab anything and be dressed in just a few minutes.

For me, this is more a transformation of a daily ritual that used to be stressful (having a stuffed closet with "very little to wear," read: "very little to wear that I felt comfortable and stylish in") and is now much more enjoyable. There's something to be said about being able to easily put something back in it's home right away and maintain that calm, clear space in a bedroom.

 
Brought three pairs to get me through 10 days. So far, so good!

Brought three pairs to get me through 10 days. So far, so good!

 

I'm curious what others haven't purchased in a while - coats, tops, dresses ... what else?