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BUILDING A CAPSULE WARDROBE


I've been wanting to create a capsule wardrobe for quite some time now and a couple of weeks ago I decided to just go for it, I mean what have I got to lose (apart from a few items of unwanted or unloved clothes). 

I did a lot of research into a capsule wardrobe before I got started and found Caroline from un-fancy.com had the most helpful information around the subject including a downloadable Capsule Planner. I cannot stress how important this step is. Filling out the capsule planner gave me a real insight into my style, my lifestyle and items that I was missing.

So what is a capsule wardrobe I hear you say? Well essentially it is a downsized wardrobe full of seasonal items that you can switch around to make lots of different outfits. I set myself a target of 40 items max including coats and shoes. This doesn't include underwear, sportswear, lounge/nightwear, handbags or accessories. You are allowed to buy new items at the start of each season (so every 3 months) and then thats it.....once its in your capsule, no more spending until the next season when you do it all over again.

As we're transitioning into Autumn I felt this was the perfect time to start. I started by emptying the entire contents of my wardrobe and drawers onto my bed.   I was then able to give the inside of my wardrobe a good wipe down and hoover. Its at this point where I began to think "what the hell have i started" there were clothes everywhere! I also bought some fancy new velvet hangers from Matalan for the occasion. 

I made 3 piles -  a capsule pile, a keep pile (seasonal items) and a ged rid pile.  The capsule items went straight back into my wardrobe on my lovely new hangers. The keep pile was carefully folded and placed in 2 boxes and stored in my loft.  The get rid pile was then either tossed straight into the bin or was put to one side to sell or give to charity. It took me an afternoon to sort through it all and I was so surprised at how much fun I had doing it. I carefully selected the items for my capsule keeping in mind the change in weather, my lifestyle and my personal style. 

Here's the items that made the cut (apart from a pair of leggings not pictured).  I've tried to link all the items that are still available or i've put similar items where I can but please bare in mind that a lot of my items are years old. I have a total of 37 pieces. GO ME!
Top L to R - Topshop / H&M / NewLook 
Middle L to R - Topshop / Topshop / H&M
Bottom L to R - Primark / Marks & Spencer / Boden
Top L to R - Topshop Jamie / Miss Selfridge / ASOS
Middle L to R - Hollister / Topshop Lucas / Topshop 
Bottom L to R - H&M Kids / Hollister / Topshop
Middle L to R - Topshop / All Saints / Zara 
Bottom L to R - NewLook / Zara / Zara
Left - Topshop / Right - ASOS similar 
Top - ASOS
Middle L to R -  New Balance 420 / Red or Dead /Converse 
Bottom L to R -Kickers / ClarksDune 

I've been doing it for a couple of weeks now and I have to say, it is life changing. It's so nice to be able to open my wardrobe each day and pick an outfit with no fuss. Whereas previously I would open my wardrobe and be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothing (a closet full of clothing but nothing to wear). 

It would appear i've inspired a lot of others on Instagram to sort their wardrobes out too including my sister whose wardrobe I helped sort out just last weekend. If you're interested in seeing how I'm styling these items then head over to my Instagram (sunshinesamblog) where I've been uploading regular pics.

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FAMILY SUPER SUP | NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE

Last Friday I did something that i've been wanting to try FOREVER. I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time. But it wasn't just your basic SUP........ oh no no, this was SUP with a twist, this was SUPER SUP where up to 8 people can all be on a gigantic SUP board at once. 

I managed to persuade my family to tag along with me (it didn't take much persuasion if i'm being honest, we're all quite an active, adventurous bunch). We got to Newquay Activity Centre for 9am and was greeted by our fabulous instructor Brendan. Once all the relevant paperwork had been completed we got wetsuited and booted.

It was an absolutely stunning morning, the sun was out in full force and it felt great to be up early making the most of a beautiful day. 
We set off with our massive paddle board and walked it down to the old lifeboat station at the gazzle (which is now an art gallery) and believe me when I say that board was heavy, we had to stop and swap arms on a couple of occasions. 

After Brendan explained the ins and outs of paddle boarding and showed us the technique he then gave us a little history lesson about the old lifeboat slip way (honestly he was like a tour guide.... I told you he was fabulous) and then explained what the gazzle actually was because we all had no idea (it's Cornish for armpit btw...... who knew!) we got the board into the water and started swimming out to it. Swimming in shoes is very weird and I haven't done it since I did my lifesaving swimming course when I was a teenager. 
Once on the board we got going, working as a team to get the board moving. We immediately spotted a seal bobbing her head out of the water but she swam away before we could get a bit closer. We started off on our knees which was nice and steady and we got a good rhythm going but when it was time to get up onto our feet,  well that was just hilarious. Trying to get 6 people steady on a board is difficult, we wobbled all over the place, I think mostly due to Brendan shaking the board on purpose! But boy was it fun. Dylan was the first to fall in and it wasn't long before we were all in. 
After a bit of cave exploring and finding out some more history about the smugglers caves we then played a few games which involved us pushing each other off the board, it was so much fun. Fletcher was crowned King of the SUP after being the last man standing on the board. We then had a bit more fun jumping off the board. My niece, Morgan did a cartwheel off the end, Fletcher, my sister Laura and I all dove off the end and Dylan made a pretty good attempt at a somersault. By the end we were all tired out and I felt like I'd completed a full body workout. 
It was genuinely a great day had by all, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and we're already looking at returning to try the coasteering, I've even been on the hunt for my own wetsuit as I'd quite like to get in the sea a little more next year. 

So if you're looking for something fun and a bit different to try with your family, in a group or even on your own there is something for everyone at Newquay Activity Centre. They also offer all types of surfing lessons depending on what level you're at. They are the friendliest staff and have so much knowledge about the area. 

Thank you so much for having us NAC we honestly had a blast. 

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NB This was a complimentary experience offered to me in return for a review. All opinions are my own, genuine and completely honest. Please note that I would never recommend anything that I didn't truly love or enjoy. 


JEANS AND A TEE FOREVER

Anyone else have a fail safe outfit. Mine is most definitely jeans and a t-shirt. As much as i've been loving changing it up this summer with jumpsuits, dresses and skirts, I will alway feel safe and feel like "ME" in a very casual outfit of jeans and a tee.

I love t-shirts with something a little fun on them.  I have a pretty good collection now ranging from lips, lemons, slogans and now my newest addition the banana milkshake one from Romwe. Its very casual with that little injection of fun embroidery and its very "me". I've paired it here with my super comfy Hayden Jeans from Topshop and a simple pair of Havaiana flip flops which I have had forever! 

I'd say this is my typical mum uniform if i'm totally honest. It's what I feel most comfortable in and I feel like it will never go out of fashion EVER!

What's your fail safe outfit?
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