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MY SUMMER CAPSULE.

I’ve taken the plunge in to the world of capsule wardrobes and (excuse the cliche) couldn’t be more excited. At least half of me. The other half is shaking in my cute strappy sandals because even though I’ve done my research and know what I’m getting into I tend to be  more of a go with the flow kinda chick and all the “rules” make me nervous… Regardless, I’m looking forward to the process and making it my own while keeping things simple!

(UPDATE) I still would love to add a cute summer dress and strappy sandals with a heel or wedge, but here is what I have so far. Some of these items I did purchase new and others are rolled over from previous seasons so I’ve found something similar to picture and link to.

Here is a peek at my summer capsule (so far) and it’s nursing friendly too!

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  1.  PALM TANK (on sale)
  2. WHITE LINEN TEE (on sale)
  3. ENDLESS SHIRT (on sale) // SIMILAR in white or stripe (on sale)
  4. CROSS-BACK CROP TANK (covers midsection, on sale)
  5. CHAMBRAY TULIP-BACK TANK // similar in grey or medium wash
  6. FUCHSIA LINEN TANK
  7. AZTEC TUNIC
  8. HEATHERED GREY COTTON TANK (on sale)
  9. EYELET-HEM STITCHED PEASANT TOP (on sale)
  10. DENIM BOYSHORTS (on sale, size down one)
  11. FLEA MARKET FLARES (get $20 off in store)
  12. PULL-ON SHORTS
  13. SLIM BOYJEAN (on major sale and I absolutely love them, but size down one)
  14. CHAMBRAY ROMPER (on sale)
  15. BLACK ROMPER
  16. TIE-DYE JOGGERS (on sale)
  17. ARMY GREEN JUMPSUIT
  18. PLEATED MIDI SKIRT (on sale)
  19. KIMONO JACKET IN ARROWHEAD (on sale)
  20. MEDIUM WASH JEAN JACKET
  21. LIGHT WASH DENIM VEST (on sale and a staple in my closet every season for the last 2 years and during my last pregnancy)
  22. GREY BOMBER
  23. BASEBALL HAT
  24. STRAW MESA HAT
  25. DENIM BOYSHORTS (on sale)
  26. TOPSHOP CUTOUT LACE-UP GLADIATOR SANDAL
  27. HUARACHE SANDALS
  28. ESPADRILLE WEDGES (on sale)
  29. BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA
  30. LINEN TEE IN RUGBY STRIPE (on sale)
  31. STRIPE TEE
  32. GREY SKINNIES
  33. MESH SWEATER (on sale)
  34. STILL LOOKING FOR THESE!
  35. SLUB CREW SWEATER
  36. AND THIS TOO!

Holy linkage! And sales. Hopefully you found some inspiration or something fun to order!

What would you add to this capsule? Anything you see that’s missing?

Next week I’ll share the final capsule, chat about my approach AND a few new resources I stumbled upon during the process. I also hope to be done with all the kids’ capsules by the end of the week and share that too!

XO . Rae

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SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE (?)

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We’ve been busy getting summer-ready around here, including (and mostly) our closets! The closets in our new house are quadruple the size of the ones at our old house which is amazing except that things tend to pile up and get lost. I’ve been finding all kinds of stuff taking up space that is either too small or not getting used. The purging feels so good and also has me thinking about putting together capsule wardrobes for myself and the kids…. although I guess kids have capsule wardrobes naturally since they grow out of things so quickly but I  could definitely be better about planning what I purchase for them. At the moment I’m pretty sure we have enough graphic tees to cloth a small village.

While I’m not convinced that it would actually save us money it would certainly save us time in the morning and make packing for summer getaways a cinch. Fingers crossed it would solve the, I’ve got nothing/not sure what to wear, feeling because in the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Amiright?

Anyone else thought of or tried putting together a capsule wardrobe or know someone that has? Would love to know your thoughts!

XO . Rae

P.S. – Hoping to get the summer tattoo freebies and other summery things posted tomorrow!

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MINI GOLF in WHISTLE & FLUTE

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(Left to right: Tilly, Oliver holding Poppy, Jack, Espen + Griffin)

Last week Stacy and I let the kids pick out their favorite gear from Whistle and Flute and then headed out for some mini-golf adventures. Putt-putt (or golf-golf, as Griffin calls it) is one of my favorite outing to go on with kids, especially when I have a large age range. It’s easy for the older ones to go ahead and have a little taste of big-kid freedom while the rest of us straggle behind with the little (totally adorable and entertaining) cheaters. Even my oldest, Ozzie (14 years) and his friend joined us and spent time in the batting cages. Pretty sure we’ll be spending lots of afternoons here this summer and I can’t wait!

Now back to those totally cute threads the kids are sporting. It’s no secret that I love the uni-sex trend but I’m also big on letting my kids (mostly) dress themselves, most days. Tilly and Griffin are usually not that keen on uni-sex styles with the exception of Whistle & Flute which makes me an extra happy mama because that means, hand-me-downs!!! Tilly and Griffin already share (ahem, fight over) the cloud sweatshirt.

Keep scrolling for a few outtakes from our outing and a W&F coupon code just for you!

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//Poppy 9months, wearing 6-12mo.//Tilly 6, wearing 6T but could also wear 8T//

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//Griffin almost 4, wearing 4T but could wear 6T//Jack 5, wearing 6T//

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//Espen almost 9, wearing 8T//

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//The spinning putt-putt hole was a huge hit//

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So much fun, right!? And the cute clothes are just icing on the cake!

Head to Whistle & Flute and use code RAEANNKELLY to get 10% off your order. If your an Instagramer (like me) checkout their feed for even more cuteness. Thanks to Miranda for the goodies and for making such fun and stylish clothes for minis (and adults too!).

XO . Rae

(Images by Stacy Jacobsen)

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mom + mini: dressing poppy.

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poppy is almost 8months guys. i can hardly believe it. i can also hardly believe that i’ve had this mom gig for 14 years (wah!!?). so much has changed in the world of baby products during that time and i have to say one of my favorites is all of the cute clothes out there. poppy still wears mostly onesies and leggings with a tee, romper or comfy dress over the top and i do most of the shopping for her and the rest of my brood (minus ozzie) at the usual favorites: peek kids, zara kids and minis, gap kids (40% off with code YAY right now), old navy, H&M, target, mini boden and… who else am i forgetting?

it’s also nice to add pieces that are a little more unique and support all those makers and shakers while i’m at it! thought i would share a few of my favorite indie clothing designers and shops for the little ones in your life and baby showers and birthdays in your future!

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// 01 riley clay // 02 hen & co. // 03 kid + kind // 04 hatch 4 kids // 05 little bow and arrow // 06 the wild // 07 childHOODS // 08 house of mia // 09 whistle and flute // 10 beau loves //

have you noticed all the gender neutral basics out there!? obsessed, but i know it’s not for everyone. what do you think?

happy (almost) friday.

xo . rae

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mom + mini (what we wore)

you know how you get an idea in your head and it seems simple enough, like there’s nothing to it but it never seems to come together like you imagined? well, welcome to this post! :) i’ve been wanting to do a “what i wore”, mom+ mini edition for awhile and even ordered giant balloons to make it fun, but never seemed to remember to take pictures consistently in the morning. luckily stacy came to the rescue and we did some quick outfit changes (pulling things from the dirty clothes, ha!) while she snapped pictures, but tilly lost interest after the third change so four days is all i have for ya. hopefully it’s enough to share some real life mom uniform inspiration.

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before i begin i would like to say that i believe clothes in general are of little consequence. they serve a purpose and are fun and creative, but where, when and how much money is spent buying them isn’t important. i will say however that when i get out of my jammies and into a cute-ish outfit or workout clothes i feel more ready to carpe diem. you know? i can run to target (for the 3rd time), handle a 3 year olds public meltdown, host a spontaneous pizza dinner party, answer emails, etc. and then flirt with my husband at the end of the day. the funny thing is that i’m not sure if it’s the clothes or the fact that i spent a few extra minutes on myself that makes the difference, but i have a feeling it’s a combo of the two.

with that said, here is a peek into my week and outfits as a real, practical, un-fancy, work-from-home, mom of 5 and tilly’s personal style (which has recently mellowed out) and week of school, playdates and craft time.

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SUNDAY – we went to church, watched football and played with friends in the neighborhood. i also started some valentine’s day designs that i’ll share soon (maybe tomorrow!).

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MONDAY – school (P.E. day) for tilly, work for me and a rare (these days) trip to the gym. i’m a corssfitter (the non-intense kind) and very occasional runner.

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WEDNESDAY – school for the kids, preschool carpool, work and laundry catch up for me and then we had friends over for dinner. somewhere in between there i eked out a short run. thank goodness for dry shampoo!

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FRIDAY – always in love with friday! this particular friday was a pretty laid-back family movie night and takeout since saturday was going to be lots of sports and running around.

there you go! a few outfit ideas to seize the day in!

what have you been wearing lately?

 xo . rae

(pictures by stacy jacobsen)

PS – if you are interested in seeing the beginning of my front entry refresh, head to my friend emily’s site (sign up for her emails too because i know you’ll love her)!!! she is sharing some fun decor options and we want to know your thoughts!

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a giveaway with stacy jacobsen and the gap.

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fridays are good days for a giveaway, don’t you think!? the perfect way to kick-off a fun weekend. so, today i’m teaming up with my good friend (and mega babe) stacy jacobsen to giveaway one mini photo session and one $50 gap gift card to you and a friend (a $250 value, total).

enter to win on instagram by following @stacyjacobsen and @raeannkelly. then, on my instagram page look for the above image and tag a friend in the comments. contest closes Sunday, January 18th at 8am PST.
stacy’s mini sessions are also on special right now (BOGO 50% off) until sunday night. so if you want to skip straight to the goods, follow the link above to purchase and schedule. i have my eyes on the alki beach and summer nights minis… the nature minis look dreamy too… who am i kidding, they all look dreamy.

good luck and happy friday!

xo . rae

ps – i know this giveaway isn’t practical for those living outside of seattle, so i’ve been collecting fun items for a valentine’s themed giveaway next week. stay tuned!

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outfit inspiration for thanksgiving.

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 i’m usually pretty good at piecing together outfits for the kids to wear for holidays and special occasions but then  find myself scrambling at the last minute to put together an outfit for myself which leads to febreezing the heck out of something from the dry cleaning pile and wishing i had put a little extra thought and planning into it. this year is no different, so if (like me) your still not sure what to wear, head over to mom.me where i shared some thanksgiving outfit inspiration for different destinations. here are a few of my favorites above. we’re headed to the mountains so i’m loving the montana ensemble. thanksgiving in disney world sounds dreamy too.

xo . rae

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wear: favorite convo tops

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we’re suckers for a good convo tee around here. the designer in me enjoys the typography aspect but i also love that they add a little sass to what would otherwise be a plain top. here are a few cuties i spotted while poking around my favorite online shops this weekend…. something i’ve been doing a lot of to pass the time while i feed pop-tart. how i ever got through the nursing stage without an iPhone is beyond me! ha!

for MAMA | 1 2 3

for MINIS | 4 5 6 7 8

also stumbled upon these for girls, after the board was already made.

(SAY YES sweatshirt, on sale. the kids’ tops were both from j.crew factory but are sold out.)

do you guys have a favorite place to shop online?

7-message-tops-for-mom-and-minion another note, it’s time to celebrate because tilly jane is SIX!!!!

happy birthday sugar. you are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread and your boldness and endless energy is both inspiring and contagious. watching you grow up is one of my greatest joys. i love you mucho – (and then some) – and hope you have the best birthday yet! xo . mama

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boy meets girl

since nursing makes it difficult to wear dresses lately, i’ve been swooning over skirts and sprung for this one a couple weeks ago. mostly because, plaid. i can’t get enough of  the classic preppy meets cool kid print lately — can you!?

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top (similar) | skirt (on sale!) | booties (similar, similar)

i also love how skirts make it easy to mix feminine with masculine – just throw on a boyfriend or graphic tee or sneakers for a low-fuss vibe. so effortless and super comfy.

what do you think of the tomboy, mix-match trend and how do you pull it off? i would love some ideas!

xo . rae

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wear: overalls

let’s talk fashion today, shall we!? after all  that’s what girlfriends do, yeah?!

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overalls // sunnies // old top & necklace // sneakers

sept-2014-164so, the 90’s are back and they brought their overalls with them (berkenstocks too, but we’ll save that for another day!).  at first i had mixed feelings about this new trend, but after having poppy they started to sound like a really good idea so i splurge on a pair and have to tell you – i am totally obsessed. they do a beautiful job of hiding all the not so cute parts of postpartum (leaky boobs and a pooch, ahem) and definitely fit the requirements for us mamas – comfy, low-fuss and nothing pops out when i bend over. i also like to think they give off a fun, hip and carefree vibe…. and it’s possible that they could be dressed up for date night don’t you think? maybe with leopard heels?  it’s almost like they have super powers (ha!)!

so, what do you think? love, hate, have a pair?

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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bus stop style (dad + mini)

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as promised, a little bus stop style for the men in your life! honestly, i could pick out and dress boys all day everyday — it’s the girlie stuff that tends to trip me up a little! hope you like!

for DAD: hat, top (option), pants (option), shoes

for MINI: top (option), sweater, jeans, shoes, headphones (option), backpack

i finally got around to doing a little back to school shopping earlier this week but am only about half way done and still need to decide on backpacks! purchasing a new backpack for back to school is like a tradition around here… and since it’s something they carry everyday i also tend to splurge a little too. however, after talking to several moms who purchase new ones when the old ones are worn out, i’m starting to feel like a major sucker! what do you guys usually do about backpacks?

xo . rae

ps – love the state backpacks (pictured) because for every bag purchased, they give one away to a child in need in the US… they also put on motivational rallies and events that create change in communities. so cool. and so are their bags!

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