What I Wore This Week and A kind of Halloween DIY

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 3 – Shirt • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Winners (similar) | Purse • UO (similar) |
Outfit 4 – White T-Shirt • Zara | Jacket • Zara | Jean • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Beanie • Husbands (similar) |
Outfit 5 – T-shirt • Madewell | Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Scarf • Thrifted (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters

So Hallelujah we finished Merle’s costume on Friday which was perfect timing for a practice run. There was a Halloween kids festival across the road on Saturday and we were able to test everything out and see if we needed to buy anything new or tweak anything in the costume. I learned that I needed to add more white and yellow coloured hairspray as a base before adding the green so it would be light enough to look more Beetlejuice and less Joker green. We also added some green accents (after I took pictures) to her make up to resemble the mold Beetlejuice has on his skin in the movie.

I actually planned on doing a costume DIY blog post since I don’t do a lot of them. I used to DYI a lot but over the years have lost the drive to do many projects so when this came up I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and instead of sitting down and photographing the step by step process over a weekend it became a long draw out process of  passing the baton between Tom and I in the evenings. He would take the suit to work on his less busy nights and we would send each other shitty text photos of its progress.

This is the quick and easy basic breakdown:

Supplies needed:

White suit jacket/blazer (found at Value Village)
White pants
1″ painting tape
2 black Fabric markers (thick) or fabric paint


  • We first found some movie stills to get a good idea of stripe placement.
  • Pick a section to start. I suggest starting with the back so you can get used to it without messing up the front.
  • Lay three pieces of tape in a row touching one another, then remove the middle piece. This empty “stripe” is the piece you paint/colour.
  • Lay down more tape before removing the old ones because your paint stripe will be the width of the tape.
  • Repeat process until the section is complete. Let dry. Pick a new section.
  • Areas like the collar and arms took a little longer to place the tape because of the different directions the stripes angled. With the arms I suggest keeping the sleeve flat and complete the stripes on one side of the sleeve, then flip over and just match up the tape  to the other sides completed stripes (if that makes sense).
  • Follow the same idea with the pants. Just work one leg at time, front then back.

I’m sure that totally sounds confusing but once you figure the tape placement it was easy because you just repeat the same steps over and  over. It was just quite time-consuming and was often done on a flat tv tray/table while watching Netflix.

The costume was completed with a white dress shirt, black tie, and black shoes. For hair and make-up I used 3 different sprays on the hair, a white, yellow, and a lime green. That is also the order I layered them as well. Then I teased her hair and rolled up and pin the long sections in the back. Her makeup was a base of white, with dark purple around the eyes and then green smudges along the hairline, neck, ears, and mouth (added after the below picture). I’m hoping to get some better pictures on Halloween that I can add to this post.

Roo’s costume is Coraline which was actually quite simple to thrift everything (except the wig). I found her a yellow coat which technically should be a rain slicker but I found a nice yellow wool pea coat which is more weather appropriate anyway. Some leggings, rain boots, a burgundy cross body, and a blue bobbed wig were the final pieces.

I used to love dressing up for Halloween parties but haven’t for years but if I did I would want to wear something like this :)

*Updated to add some more pictures from Halloween night.

Did you dress up this year?

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice and Coraline Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

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Fall/Winter Work Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options

Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 1-10 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear
White T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M |
Grey Check Shirt • Mango | Burgundy Shirt • Mango | Polka Dot Blouse • Mango |
Navy Cardigan • J. Crew FactoryBlack Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango |
Turtleneck Sweater • MangoBlazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M |
Grey Wool Trousers • Mango | Navy Dress Pants • Mango | Black Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique |
Burgundy Dress • MangoWool Coat • Mango | Black Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto |
Leopard Flats • AsosHeels • Aerosoles | Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

Based on the pieces from last post Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual I put together 30 outfit ideas. There is definitely a lot more different combinations that can be made, 30 is just a good start. These options are based on a work business casual environment that has casual jean Fridays. Under the dresses I would wear some black tights to still keep a professional look while remaining weather appropriate.

I suggested that you start right from the bottom of your wardrobe all the way to the top to see how many items you already own that would work in your professional wardrobe. It is surprising how many pieces you can transition over to look completely different paired with the right pieces. I give a quick breakdown on how you can do this in 5 steps in this post.

While many people have a completely separate work wardrobe from weekend wardrobe I like to integrate them together as much as you can because it can save you money and give you a lot more outfit options. Along with your work capsule you still need your accessories and seasonal pieces like scarves, winter hats, gloves, and winter boots. These are necessary items if you live in an area that experiences a colder winter season.

Is your work wardrobe and weekend wardrobe separate or integrated?

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Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 11-20 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 21-30 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual

fall/winter workwear capsule business casual #capsule #workwear #capsulewardrobe #workwardrobeT-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M | Print Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Cardigan • J. Crew Factory |
Black Sweater • H&MGrey Sweater • Mango | Turtleneck Sweater • Mango |
Blazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Wool Trousers • Mango |
Dress Pants • Mango | Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique | Coloured Dress • Mango |
Wool Coat • MangoBlack Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto | Flats • Asos |
Heels • Aerosoles| Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

I was asked if I could put together some fall/winter business casual workwear outfits to give some inspiration, so this weeks list is a fall/winter workwear capsule wardrobe. I thought it would be a better idea to break it down into what pieces I would include and then make outfits based on those pieces like with the packing lists. That way it’s easy to see what pieces you have that are similar or that you already own and what type of things you might want to add. If you refer to my A Simple Teacher Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps I give you a quick way to go through your clothes to see what you have that will be suitable for work and what you may need to add/substitute/or buy. It’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to build a work wardrobe.

I didn’t include bright colours because that is a preference of mine and I find it easier to make everything match if I follow a basic colour palette. But it would be very easy to build a more colourful wardrobe or add some colour with scarves, accessories, shoes. Even a bright blouse, sweater or blazer will add a nice burst of colour. This list is for fall so I obviously  picked heavier knit sweaters, wool pants, and a wool jacket. Not included in this list is the rest of your winter gear like hats, scarves, gloves, and boots. When I was working in a professional environment I still walked and used public transport to work. This meant that I had to wear my winter boots and pack my heels/dress boots in my bag and switch over at work. It is a pain and doesn’t usually look very cute, but it is a common practice because  a) It stops you from falling on your ass in winter and b) saves your work shoes from being destroyed by slush and snow.

I’m going to pair these in to outfits for the next post. I hope it gives some inspiration.

What are your favourite fall/winter work pieces?

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Some Shopping Honesty

New Fall items #fallfashion

No. 1 – Brown Sweater • Zara | No. 2 – Grey Sweater • Mango | No. 3 – Tie waist Sweatshirt • Zara | No. 4 Strappy Flats • Zara | No. 5 – Jeans • H&M* | No. 6 – Peasant  Shirt • Zara | No. 7 – Adidas Gazelles • Urban Outfitters
*I Included these jeans because they are quickly becoming my favourites even though I bought them in June.

I’m going to be honest. I have bought a few wardrobe items lately. Last month you know that I bought two sweaters. One to replace a worn one, and the other because I realized last winter that I didn’t have enough sweaters. I may actually get another oversized cowl neck or a cardigan for winter as well to round out the selection. I just haven’t really looked. In June I bought what are now one of my favourite pairs of jeans, and I recently bought a peasant shirt and a black tie waist sweatshirt as well. I spread it out somewhat so it doesn’t seem that bad, and I am sure to many that it isn’t because in the grand scheme of things I have seen people drop 5x that amount in one shopping trip. Although I still feel a little guilty since I am trying to cut it down as much as possible.

Over the weekend I cleaned my closet and did a shoe inventory while the girls attempted to clean theirs. I decided that a few shoe wardrobe holes I would like to fill are ballet flats and sneakers (I have converse but I want a more sneaker style). Tom forgot to buy me my birthday sneakers until I kindly remind him on Friday, so they should arrive in the mail soon. He said, “whoops, you should have reminded me”, and I responded that, “It was no biggie and I was just going to buy them myself.” which prompted him to order them. Passive aggressive? Yes, but sometimes he needs a little nudge or reminder. If I didn’t make sure to buy everything then the kids would have nothing on any holidays or birthday’s so I am not ashamed ;)

I had some black flats that I bought three years ago but I didn’t love the way they looked so I recently donated them since they didn’t get any wear. I’m sure someone will get a lot of use out of them.  They were the d’orsay style and although I love the look of d’orsay they seemed emphasize how narrow my feet are and make my ankles look skinnier.

Note: This isn’t a woe is me post, but it is my own personal issue that has carried over from my teenage years. I wore a uniform in high school and people always, always made derogatory comments on how skinny my legs and ankles were. They would even say I had an eating disorder and nicknamed me ATV (anorexic tapeworm virus). Nice huh? It got to the point that I would wear several pairs of tights at a time trying to make my legs look fuller. That stupid mental shit stuck with me and I am still super conscious of legs and ankles and never fully comfortable baring them. Long story short, I donated my flats that I wasn’t comfortable in to make room for something that I was, and after about 9 months I found the above ones at Zara on the weekend. I like them a lot. A strappy flat with a twist. They seem quite comfortable even with a sore toe.

So the moral of this story is don’t keep what doesn’t make you feel good about yourself and sometimes you need a seasonal closet refresher even though you are trying to be a minimalist ;) 

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Starter Teacher Capsule 40 Outfit Options

Outfits 1-10

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfits Options 1-10 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Camisole • Mango | T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • Mango | White Blouse • H&M |
Print Long Sleeve • Mango | V-neck Sweater • Mango | Cowl Neck • Mango |
Long Cardigan • H&M | Chunky Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Pencil Skirt • H&M |
Midi Skirt • H&M | Culottes • Mango | Light Pants • Mango | Black Pants • Mango |
Trench • Mango | Wool Coat • Mango | Brown Purse • Steve Madden |
Black Purse • Gabriella Rocha | Scarf 1 • Steve Madden | Scarf 2 • Ones King Lane |
Scarf 3 • Betsey Johnson | Belt • Fossil | Black Boots • Topshop | Brown Boots • Timberland |
Print Flats • Dolce Vita | Black Flats • VANELi | Sandals • Sarto |

This page may take a bit to load because I have 4 large collages included on it. Each collage has 10 outfit options that I made from the pieces in my last post A Simple Teacher Capsule in 5 Steps.  So please be patient :) I am doing this a slightly different way than I usually do. For my outfit posts I list the outfit numbers below each post and beside it include links to every piece in that outfit. This time I am going to just list all the pieces below with the stores they are from and include a picture widget at the bottom that will also directly link you to the items. It will cut down on confusion and repetition.

In the last post I gave 5 easy steps to build a capsule from as many pieces in your own closet that you can. This capsule is by request for a new teacher starting out. Simple, versatile, and budget friendly are the criteria and I tried really hard to stick with that.

Whenever I get stuck for inspiration my go-to place is Pinterest because you will always find someone who is way more creative than you are and you will be flooded with good ideas. I went and searched some items that I included in this capsule to find a few outfit examples that people are wearing. This is to help see how they truly look vs laid flat on my collages. Here are a few of them. Pin 1 | Pin 2Pin 3 | Pin 4Pin 5 | Pin 6Pin 7 | Pin 8Pin 9 | Pin 10Pin 11 | Pin 12Pin 13 |

I hope that some of these gave you inspiration.

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Outfits 11-20
Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 11-20 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Outfits 21-30

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 21-30 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Outfits 31-40

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 31-40 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe