The Next Steps to Taming My Closet

by Heather on July 22, 2014

The Next Steps to Taming My Closet || HeathersDish.com First of all the well-bred Texan in me feels the need to apologize for our messy bed situation. I actually, right after I took this, bagged everything up and deep cleaned our entire room because looking at it through a camera lens kind of freaked me out. True story!

 

Last week I inched my way into this whole “dressing like a grown-up” thing and shared a little bit about my most recent StitchFix box. I talked about how my changing body from pregnancy and back again has made this whole wearing clothes thing hard for me. And I also mentioned that I’m a little fed up with my gym-rat wardrobe, which basically means I need to wear workout clothes to workout in, pajamas to sleep in, and real clothes the rest of the time.

 

Friday afternoon I sat back and realized that I had worked really hard to catch up on emails, posts, sponsored content and the like and decided to devote a little time to my closet. A few weeks ago I did an initial purge of all the stuff I haven’t worn in years, were out of style, fell into the sentimental-but-I’ll-never-wear-it-again category (with a few very important exceptions). I gave myself a few weeks to kind of figure out what I wear the most often, and then Friday I purged even more of the things I knew I didn’t love and knew I wouldn’t be wearing again. I think the thing that helped me was realizing that other people will be blessed much more by these items than I was. And you know what? When I dropped those clothes off at the donation center there was a very freeing feeling that came with it!

 

Now here’s the thing: I’m not getting rid of a bunch of stuff just to get a bunch more stuff. What I really want out of all of this is to have a very limited selection of clothes I love, that fit my timeless style, and that help me to feel more confident when I’m wearing them. On that note, Mary Beth wrote an amazing post about clothing and vanity and confidence – HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I don’t need clothes to make me confident in who I am, but I do want clothes that emphasize that. Knowing that the end goal is better and more Heather-esque outfits has been so freeing!

 

As of this moment I have exactly 38 articles of clothing (not counting underwear/bras/socks/shoes) and I’ve never felt more confident in my options. Just the knowledge that I really do like everything in my closet has made getting dressed not only easier, but more fun! There’s no more trying something on just to see if it changed shape to fit me, and then being disappointed when it didn’t. Also, fun fact: we’ve been in the South for just under 2 years and still the majority of my clothing is for winter. As time wears on I want to have more pieces that I can layer up or down depending on the season, but it’s just so nice to be at a place where it feels OK if I don’t have everything I want in a wardrobe right this second.

 

A couple of resources for anyone who’s wondering what it means to have a capsule wardrobe:

What do you guys think about the capsule wardrobe? And how do you feel about major purging your closet to prepare for a better wardrobe?

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Cranberry Lime Loaf

by Heather on July 21, 2014

Cranberry Lime Loaf || HeathersDish.com

Confession: I totally found a bag of fresh cranberries in the back of my freezer from last fall.

 

I KNOW. And I consider it nothing short of a miracle that they had escaped freezer burn and, in fact, looked just as gorgeous as the day I got them from the store! I’m all about cranberry sauce, but I think I was about to lose it on Thanksgiving goodness about 4 weeks before the actual holiday last year. Such is the life of a food blogger, but how lucky to have some of those little beauties during a bout of fall-esque weather last week!

Cranberry Lime Loaf || HeathersDish.com

Did anyone else get to enjoy that by the way? I mean, I felt like I was in pure heaven with cool temperatures, intermittent rain, and the subsequent fort-building that happened in the midst of it all. We hadn’t built any forts or couch cushion tents up until last week, and you would have thought I had built a rocketship in our living room. My guy was one happy little man, and all the snuggles were pretty amazing.

 

So clearly I had to bake, right? Cooler weather just screams to have the oven turned on, turning basic ingredients into something magical. I absolutely adored this cranberry loaf, and I feel like the use of lime in lieu of the traditional orange made a huge difference in flavor! Summery and still with a hint of fall…I’ll take it!

Cranberry Lime Loaf || HeathersDish.com

PLUS, can I just say, it totally reminded me of a sweeter version of a Cape Cod – my favorite cocktail. A little cranberry juice, a little vodka, a twist of lime + ice = refreshing and, well, a little potent sometimes. I only need one!

 

This bread, though, I only need one of too. One whole loaf. For my face. No sharing. Please and thank you!

 

Y’all enjoy!

Cranberry Lime Loaf || HeathersDish.com

Click on over to the Great Day Farms site for this gorgeous recipe!

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Dressing Like a Grown-Up + StitchFix

July 18, 2014

Can I be honest with you guys? I’m a little more than terrified to be posting about clothes today. I used to have a great eye for style, especially when I was in college (and, you know, wasn’t working out at the gym or going to class), but over the years as I’ve gained weight […]

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Inspired Week

July 17, 2014

I just love Kristen, her honesty, her adventures, her search for happiness. Dine + Dish is a fantastic blog all around, but I just so connected with and loved this post from her this past week!   Miracles are not myth, they happen all the time! I absolutely loved seeing this post from Madison updating […]

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Baked Zucchini + Ricotta

July 16, 2014

Simple food is my jam. I mean, y’all know I love whipping eggs whites and have been known to hand-whip cream before. I think baking cakes and trying my hand at all the cookies are really fun things to do.   But when it comes to feeding my family? I like to make it healthy […]

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Always On with Havertys

July 15, 2014

  I’ve mentioned before the ever-present issues that Nate and I have had when it comes to decorating our home. The fact that we didn’t even think to talk colors or patterns or assess needs when we registered for our wedding gifts, the fact that we felt all the things had to be in place […]

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Summer Market Soup + Garlicky Greek Yogurt

July 14, 2014

This past weekend was basically your quintessential summer weekend. With family in town and a few great places to go under our belts, we rarely spent any time outside of either the water (swimming) or our beds (sleeping). There was that one time on Saturday morning where we went to the farmer’s market for about […]

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A Day in the Life

July 11, 2014

I get so many questions and emails from you guys (keep ‘em coming, I love it!) about the fact that I work from home doing this food blogging thing as well as mothering. I’ve always said that I’m a mommy first, blogger second, but if I’m being completely honest it’s a real struggle for me […]

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Inspired Week

July 10, 2014

I know I’m a little late to the game, but I love this post about The French Laundry. What a cool way to honor a great teacher, and y’all know I’m all over the foodie part of it!   This post about embracing the analog really spoke to me, especially this week. I’ve been working […]

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Dijon-Roasted Purple Potatoes

July 9, 2014

This summer has been such a season of inspiration for me. Whether it’s hanging out with amazing local bloggers, going glamping with friends, making the Saturday farmer’s markets a priority, or just being OK with swimming instead of working – it’s made me fall in love with summer all over again. Five years into this […]

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