Cleaning Out My Makeup

I am a hoarder.  I have been for a long time. I constantly hang on to things I don’t need for sentimental reasons. Or because I don’t want to “waste” them. I’m really bad about hanging on to things because I think I’ll use them someday eventually maybe. 

I hardly ever wear make up. I’ll occasionally wear eye makeup and lipstick to work, but not as often as I should. Yet, somehow I’ve ended up with a lot of makeup. While perusing Pinterest today I saw a list for expiration dates for makeup and realized most of my makeup is over four years old. It’s time to go.  

 

There were so many things to toss out.  

 
Lip gloss that had never been opened, but was past expiration. Eye shadow that was barely pigmented to start with, so many tins of glitter I know I’ll probably never use. 

  
This was my keep pile, and I actually ended up throwing out more after I took this picture. What I’m left with is practical makeup that I can wear day to day, along with some fun options for the occasional time that I want to do crazy makeup. I’m going to try to get better about dating makeup as I get it. Throwing out makeup I know is old. And not allowing myself to get new makeup I won’t use. 

  
This is what I’m down to. A small bag filled with my day to day makeup, and a larger bag that holds the rest. It feels good to get rid of things I don’t need! 

Making a Schedule 

Let’s not even talk about the fact that I haven’t made a post since I decided to quit my capsule wardrobe and jump right into this post. 

I work in retail as a lower tier manager. There’s been talk about the possibility of me moving up to an assistant manager position but that’s not promised. I suffer from depression and a large lack of motivation. Because of this most of my days I stay in bed till 15 minutes before I have to leave and I feel rushed and stressed. When I get home from work I eat and go right back to bed where I give myself lots of screen time mindlessly looking at my phone for hours on end until I go to bed. I rarely do the chores I should and they pile around me until I snap. I rarely get out of the house, aside from work, even though when I do get out of the house I have a good time. 

I 100% think a schedule would help me tremendously. It’s so different when you’re growing up because a schedule is set for you. You wake up by an alarm, you get ready for school. Your meal times are planned, you have a set schedule where you go everyday, you go home and do homework. You hang out with friends and do fun and relaxing things on the weekends. It’s all planned for you, and it’s easy to decide what you want to do with the little free time you’re given. As you grow up you’re given more free time and I didn’t ever really plan that well. Now that college is over and I’m in the work force it’s worse than ever. Because I spend all my free time in my bed, on my phone, and/or watching Netflix. I don’t exercise. I don’t interact with people in person. I yearn for the days of simplicity when everything was planned for me! 

My number one issue with trying to create a daily schedule is my work schedule. I work at least four days of the week, for a varying three to eight hours, anywhere from 9:30am to 10pm. I don’t know how to create a basic schedule that I can use everyday, when on any given day I could be working 9:30-6 or 1:15-9:45 or 1-5. I can’t schedule meal times because I never know if lunch will be at noon, or 2 pm, or 5pm. Will dinner be at 6pm or 10:30pm? 

Realistically I know I need a shell, a skeleton, something that’s not over planned that I can move around to fit my life. Talking with a friend helped me realize I needed to start small. And make a few changes over time. Make sure the schedule works for me and make tweaks before I add something else. 

This is still a work in progress but this is what I have right now. 

8:00 – wake up, check notifications

8:05 – out of bed, take pill 

– do yoga 

9:00 – make breakfast, coffee, eat outside 

– go about my day 

10:45 – get ready for bed 

11:00 – phone away, sleep 

We came up with this schedule because I wanted a schedule where I get up at the same time everyday. So my out of bed time is early enough that if I needed to open for work, I would be able to get ready in time and get to work on time. Thinking the same way, I wanted a time I could go to bed every night regardless of if I closed or not. So 11 it is. I was already using 11 as a bedtime anyway so this didn’t change for me. 

The 8:05 out of bed time is important because if you don’t get out of bed 5 minutes after you wake up, your brain makes a chemical that makes you want to stay in bed. So I give myself time to wake up, check notifications, but not feeds, and get up. This is also when I take my daily medication because I’m supposed to take it on an empty stomach. From there I do a yoga video, to help me wake up fully and take up some of that time before I’m allowed to eat. 

At my house we have a little screened in back porch and I’ve decided to eat breakfast outside. This is super helpful for my depression, gives me fresh air, and I get to take a moment for me to eat, drink coffee, and check up on social media. This morning I called my mom and caught up with her. 

I’ve only been on this schedule for two days but it’s really helping me so far. This morning I didn’t want to get up. But I made myself and I was thinking I would have to tweak my wake up time, but after I did yoga, and had my coffee, I feel great and feel like I could keep up with this. 

My top three schedule making tips:

  1. Figure out what times work for you. What time do you have to be at work or school? What time do your kids need to be at school? Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and wake up in the mornings. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Make sure you schedule at least 8 hours of sleep for yourself! 
  2. Make daily goals for yourself. What is something you want to do everyday? For me this was yoga and eating breakfast outside. I know that on days that I open I probably won’t be able to do these things. But it feels good to have a routine. Do you want to read a little everyday? Write? Exercise? Figure out what you want to do, and schedule time for it. Maybe you want to read 30 minutes before bed every night as a way to wind down. Make sure that you’re ready to read every night by the right time. And read for that time. Whatever you want to do. Schedule time for it and do it! 
  3. Don’t be afraid of mistakes, but don’t let mistakes be excuses. You missed bedtime by 15 minutes, you had to leave before breakfast, you can’t read tonight because you’re out with friends. It’s okay! I promise! But don’t let it be an excuse. If you’re up after bedtime get to bed as soon as you can. Don’t stay up on your phone for another 20 minutes. If I miss yoga one morning, I’ll try to do it later that day, if I can’t do it at all I’ll make sure to do it the next day anyway. If I can’t eat outside or take the time to make breakfast I’m still going to grab a poptart and a yogurt on my way out the door. And I’m going to try really hard to do that instead of stop at McDonald’s on my way to work. 

As time goes on I might try to add in more goals. Like reading, or cleaning a little bit every day. But for now I’m going to get used to this schedule. 

Let me know if this helped you! Let me know if you have any more tips! 

Ayvul, 

Britt

Why I’m already thinking about quitting my capsule.

When I first found Capsule Wardrobes back in April, I was hoping to land a job I didn’t, that had a uniform. I thought I would for sure have a job by June. That it would leave me plenty of time to come up with an appropriate wardrobe for work.

May came and went, and I didn’t have a job. So I created a capsule with minimal professional clothes, and more “fun” clothes than anything else. I’ve started wearing this fun capsule, and it’s been a blast. I went to get coffee with someone I met online, and rocked my capsule. I had someone over for dinner, capsule fit in great. Going out to eat and to Walmart and so on and so forth, I’ve looked great! I’ve worn comfortable clothes that I feel good in.

But now I have a job interview and I’m finding myself looking into the half of the closet I’ve smushed the rest of my clothes into. The place where I have my good slacks hanging, and my other black skirts. Where I’ve got pretty professional blouses. I’m looking further down my shoe rack for those grey flats that look a heck of a lot more professional than my black crocheted sandals.

I’m going to try a mix of my capsule and non capsule items, but I don’t think I can do this out of my capsule alone. At least not where I can look very professional for my interview.

 
   

It’s so exciting to have an interview, they’ve called my references, and asked how I did in other jobs, and they’ve talked to me already. I’m nervous but I’m also freaking out about minor details. What necklace do I wear, what lipstick, what nail polish, what shoes. Is it too hot for slacks? Do I bring my resume? I have a million questions and not enough answers. But I really want this job.

  

For the most part I was able to wear my capsule. My shirt, jacket, and skirt were all in my capsule, the only thing that wasn’t was my shoes. 

I got to my interview on time and I’m happy to say: I GOT THE JOB! 

However, this requires a business casual wardrobe, something my capsule is not. 

So here we are two weeks into my first ever capsule, and I’m calling it quits! 

Today I bought new shoes and pants, and I’m already planning on using other items from the bulk of my closet. The capsule was just not something I could do at this time in my life. I have a closet full of fun and gorgeous clothes and I should wear them! It’s such a waste to have them sit there not worn. 

The capsule wardrobe has done a few important things for me though: 

  1. I got rid of a lot of clothes I didn’t need and didn’t wear. 
  2. I came to terms with wearing the same things over and over. Who cares if I wore this outfit yesterday. No one I saw yesterday is going to see me today. 
  3. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Even though the rest of my closet was hung up and hiding behind a door I realized there were a lot of clothes I wanted to wear that I wasn’t. 
  4. There is no four 
  5. I can totally do a capsule another time. 

Maybe this just isn’t the right season to start this. When I’m established in my new job, and have fully worked out what’s appropriate and what’s not I’ll have a better idea of the clothes I want to wear. I love the idea of one still, and I really second guess things before I buy them. 

Today I found knock-off toms for $10 each. I bought two pair. I almost bought three. But I knew I wouldn’t get as much use out of the white pair as I would the Black and Tan ones. I knew that I had two other pairs of white flats at home. When I tried on pants I found a cute plaid flannel shirt for cheap. And even though it bunched at the buttons I wanted to buy it but I made myself put it back. I’m getting a better idea of how to say no. I’m hoping that I’ll eventually be able to slim down my closet even more. But for right now. I’m happy with my closet. 

  
Ayvul,

Britt

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I’ve decided how I want to showcase my Capsule, but it’s going to take a while to get it all done. I’m hoping to be able to show it off by the end of the week. So we’ll see how that goes.

  
Dressing with a capsule is pretty easy, I still didn’t know what to wear today, and went through a couple options before I settled on what I wore. Had I been getting dressed with my old closet It would have been even worse. I probably would have tried on half my wardrobe before I got to this choice.


This is a great big experiment and I’m happy to go for it.

Something I haven’t really talked about much, is that at the end of my vacation in May, my best friend and I adopted a puppy! She’s insanely adorable and we have a vet appointment today.

  

Outfit details: button up-Maurice’s, undershirt-Walmart, shorts-Lane Bryant (similar), shoes-converse.com (similar)

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and that you don’t have to see your pet get stuck with needles.

Ayvul,

Brittany.

Wardrobe Capsule Starts: Now?! 

All this time I’ve been headed towards this moment. I decided that I would start my capsule June 1st. And here we are, yet I feel completely stressed out.

I made lots of spreadsheets and tried to find similar items to the pieces I’ve decided on, but I meant to show you these things weeks ago. Now I feel totally stressed to get my entire capsule out there, and I haven’t even decided how I want to do that yet!

So as it is, I’m going to start my capsule today, and as the week goes on, I’ll hopefully be able to share with you my official capsule, and where to find similar pieces, but for my sanity I might leave that out, since this is all coming from my own closet and it’s pieces I’ve owned for a long time. Looking at my spreadsheet, I have all of 2 items marked as exact.

To tide you over till then, here is my first official capsule wardrobe outfit:

        

Outfit details: tank-Torrid (different color), shorts-Lane Bryant (similar), shoes-Bealls Outlet, jacket-Old Navy (exact).

I’ll work on some posts so you can see my Capsule.

Until then, ayvul,

Brittany.

Becoming an Adult

The world doesn’t exactly expect someone to become an adult automatically at 18 or 21. However, when I was growing up, my friends and I definitely expected to be independent adults when we turned 21.

Moving to Tallahassee without a plan is one of the most independent things I’ve ever done, but I’ve also asked for help more than I ever have before.

I’ve never asked for money from my mother. I’ve taken money when she’s offered, but I’ve never gone to her and asked. That was something I had to do. First with my utilities since I’ve moved, and then again when I needed to pay rent. Not having a job is definitely wearing on me.

Because of this I gave up my “Third vacation.” As you probably have read, I was planning a big triple vacation for the month of May. I had everything planned out, except for the money part. And when my monetary expectations took a turn for the worst, my best friend stood in and said he’d help me out. After going to the Bahamas, and then Universal and the Disney waterparks, I owed him close to a thousand dollars. There was no way I could do Memorial Day Weekend. I couldn’t afford it. However, I still had to get my car, so my friends drove my car up, and I drove them back. I got the rest of our stuff from the old house, and spent time with my mom.

It was hard to go out to the beach, and say hi to everyone while my friends unpacked their things. But I know I did the right thing.

I’ve been filling out applications like crazy and doing follow up calls. It’s really important I find a job soon, because I owe my best friend over a thousand now, and I now owe my mom close to a thousand. I also have a credit card maxed out. I need to be able to pay utilities as they crop up.

It’s stressful to be an adult.

Ayvul,

Brittany

Learn Something New Everyday 

I feel like everyone has heard this phrase in their life. Usually in a sarcastic matter, or maybe genuinely. “You learn something new everyday”

Now that I’m out of school that still rings true. Yesterday I learned that I don’t like filling out job applications.

On a more serious note, sometimes I teach myself something new. When I was much younger I was taught to crochet by a friends mother. My “scarf” was only about a foot long. But I was kind of proud of it. It became a scarf for my doll and I would pick up the crochet hook from time to time to start a scarf I’d never finish.

In high school I joined knitting club, expecting to get back into crocheting but I couldn’t remember how to do it, and the other members of the club taught me to knit and I was ecstatic. I’ve still only made a few knitted projects as well.

From there I learned how to loom knit and fell in love. I love loom knitting and it’s my go to for presents, and I’ve sold my loom knitted hats pretty successfully for a long time. I’ve also loom knit other items like a stuffed bear, and a scarf or two.

I still love playing with yarn and I’ve got quite the stash of yarn stocked up.

I mostly use my stash for loom knit items. I’ve been pretty inspired to make something recently though. I’ve started following some crafty blogs, and I have several friends who knit and crochet. While on Pinterest the other night I saw this cute steering wheel pattern. My current steering wheel cover is pink and zebra, and it was really cute when I first got it. But now the pink is peeling off and the white in the zebra print is getting dingy. My steering wheel also doesn’t fit most steering wheel covers.

I figured a yarn one would be awesome. Plus I can sew the ends together around the steering wheel so it doesn’t slip. The pattern is a pretty easy one to follow. I had to google how to single crochet, and the first section I did isn’t the best. 

I quickly found that black yarn is hard to work with for something like this, but I had already started and I wasn’t turning back. I had a mini crisis over what yarn to use. 

I have lots of fun multi-colored yarns and I thought that would be easier than another solid color.

I decided on this fun pastel yarn and I started to really enjoy the project. Once I started using the pastel yarn I could really see what I was doing and since each stitch is a different color I know where I’m supposed to go next. 

I already love this project and I catch myself figuring out what colors I’ll use when I make them for other people.

I’m glad that I have the time to do this now. I’m so happy that I’m back into crafting. I’m mostly shocked by how fast I’ve caught on to it. Once I understand the lingo, everything is great.

What have you taught yourself lately?

Ayvul,

Brittany