Thrifting a Capsule Wardrobe: the rules of my style challenge

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 0 No tags

My 12-month style challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe. Click to read my rules!

So, I mentioned that I was in need of a change here on Jeneric Generation. And I briefly explained what my new direction would be–a year-long creative challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe.

What this means for JG:

It means posts on how I build my capsule wardrobe, outfit posts featuring my thrift shop finds (yikes!), and discussions on sources of inspiration and developing a strong sense of personal style. For an entire year.*

Yay! I’m excited.

The capsule wardrobe thing isn’t anything new in my life, and I have always enjoyed a good thrift store treasure hunt. But actually, I have never been fond of clothes shopping at thrift stores. If I feel so inclined, I’ll give a small section or two a quick browse, but I rarely used to purchase thrifted clothing. Instead, I stuck to the housewares and books sections of the store.

Thrift stores are rarely organized, and you have to dig through a ton of stuff before you find a gem. And after the long search, it’s hard to decipher whether or not what you have found is something you actually love, or just…the least gross thing you have found.

So, why a thrifted wardrobe?

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A New Direction: my year-long creative challenge

Monday, November 16, 2015 0 No tags

Jeneric Generation is taking things in a new direction for the next 12 months. I hope you will follow along on my kind of crazy style experiment!

Before I tell you what’s changing around here, I thought you might like to guess.

The following is a summary of the thought processes I have gone through in the past several months to get to my decision, which will serve as hints.

Please note that when these thoughts were going through my head, I didn’t see them as hints of what was to come. I saw them as mere moments of frustration all the way up until my light bulb- moment. Did I learn a very important lesson about the purpose of frustration in all of this? Why, yes. Yes I did.

Here are the seemingly unrelated thoughts that led to a concrete conclusion. See if you are smarter than me and can connect the dots:

  • After having a baby, I got tired of wearing ugly t-shirts and yoga pants really quickly. I wanted nothing more than to have my old wardrobe fit again.
  • I knew my body would change after having a baby, but I wasn’t ready to give up without a fight. If my body wasn’t going to return to pre-baby state, so be it. But it just performed an amazing feat, and I’d like to reward it for its efforts by taking really good care of it.
  • Taking good care of myself with the goal of being a better mom for Violet reminded me that my appearance plays a big part in how I feel about myself. And that means more than brushing my teeth and wearing workout clothes all day (and not always engaging in physical exercise).
  • We are a one-income family. I am so thankful I get to stay home with Violet, but it means we make lots of sacrifices. In practical terms: we have a tight budget to stick to.
  • In this season of tight-budgeting, I have tried a time or two to make myself believe that I really don’t care about what I wear, or at least, it’s not a big part of who I am. But that’s not true. I have always loved fashion, and while there is always something else to put our money toward, wearing clothes is a big part of life. They might as well not be ugly.
  • I love writing about style, but I don’t want to be a fashion blogger. I follow several fashion blogs, but the thought of becoming one myself sends me into a panic. Kind of like how I feel while shopping…
  • Shopping, and the world in general, makes us feel like I shouldn’t be content with what I have. And I hate that feeling.
  • I hate the battle inside me that wants things, but also wants to feel content all the time.
  • I believe that limitless options are limiting.
  • I have loved curating a capsule wardrobe over the past few years.
  • I have learned a whole lot about being content with less stuff in the past few years.
  • I hate feeling constricted. I hate feeling like a victim of my circumstances.
  • I believe in the importance of creativity in everyday life–even more so now that I have become a mom.
  • I want to keep writing Jeneric Generation, but I don’t want to feel like I have to write about being a mom all the time, or that I have to make my life as a stay-at-home-mom sound more interesting than it is.
  • I want my real life and my blog to work together seamlessly and effortlessly.
  • I want more creativity in my life, and not just in the form of writing!
  • After four years of blogging here on JG, I’m in the mood to switch things up. I am up for a new challenge because I want to see what it will teach me.
  • I am ready for a change.

So here’s my plan:

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Growing Pains

Monday, October 5, 2015 0

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Oh, HEY!

It’s been a while, I know. If you’ve wondered why I haven’t blogged in a month, first of all: thanks for noticing, secondly, the answer is that I’ve been living life. Chances are, that’s what you’ve been doing, too! Am I right?

The thing about blogging breaks, for me, is that they follow a predictable and necessary pattern. And it comes in three phases.

1) A couple of weeks into it, I start panicking that every body in the entire world is sitting in a chair, scratching their head, pondering what I might be doing instead of blogging.

2) Approximately three seconds later, I realize that exactly zero people are doing that, and I cut myself some slack and go to the kitchen to look for a cookie.

3) The next day, I feel like I am getting away with murder. I’m like, “hey, I don’t ever have to blog ever AGAIN! What movies should I sit down and watch to forget the world?” Most of the time, I don’t actually watch a movie, but I DO start to wonder why I feel like I am getting away with something…

Is blogging like homework? Is it something that doesn’t always sound like fun, but when I sit down to do it, it’s not that bad, and when I finish, I feel a sense of accomplishment?

It’s a lot like that, actually.

But stepping aside from that for just a minute, let me tell you what I’ve really been up to for the past 47 days (but whose counting, right?):

1) Reading

2) Writing (offline…imagine that!)

3) Getting rid of stuff (have we talked about how much I LOVE throwing stuff away?)

4) Starting an Etsy shop (more on that soon!!)

5) And yes, taking care of an adorable baby munchkin child (she’s kind of addicting…)

The point is: I’ve been loving this break from the online world.

But how does one come back in from a blogging break, intentional or otherwise?

That’s a fantastic question. So fantastic, in fact, that it has kept me from coming back to my blog many times over. How DOES one come back after a month of silence, even if the world isn’t waiting with bated breath?

I haven’t outgrown blogging. I haven’t. But, I do think I am going through some growing pains, in the creativity department. I don’t know if motherhood has anything to do with it, or if it’s just because I’ve been writing JenEric Generation for four years and feel the need to shake things up.

I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and still don’t have any concrete answers. I do know that I need to write to stay sane, and I still love this blog for the creative outlet that it is. I am realizing more and more how important creativity is to my well-being.

I’m still thinking a few things through and waiting around for a little clarity (I know it will come).

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So this post is to say that I’m coming back, but not quite yet. I need a little bit more time!

And when I do come back, there will be a few changes. I have an idea that needs a few more brain cells dedicated to it. But I like it. It’s a slightly different direction, but I think a change might be just what I need. It has to do with creativity in everyday life…but it in a more concrete, fleshed-out kind of way. But I’m still fleshing it out.

I’m sorry to be vague. But I promise I’ll have more to say soon. In the near future, I plan on posting here before I am officially “back” to tell you all about my Etsy shop, and maybe even give some stuff away. And then I plan on telling you about how Jeneric Generation might be changing a bit.

If you care to find out, I hope you’ll stick around. I’ve missed you guys.

P.S. If you want a few Etsy shop hints RIGHT NOW (and later on, discount codes and updates!), follow my shop on instagram. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to give you all the details!! See you soon.

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Violet’s Nursery

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 0 No tags

I kept putting this post off because we’ve rearranged a few things in Violet’s nursery, and added curtains, so things look slightly different. But if I wait until I have a new set of pictures, it just might never happen.

The essence of her nursery is still the same. Her room is actually the office/sunroom attached to the master bedroom. When we moved in, we were planning on making it the office until we realized it would be perfect for a nursery. And the steps spared from walking to the second bedroom during those first few weeks of sleepless nights proved to be a life saver.

The only “theme” in Violet’s nursery is the banner I made for her of literary heroines, which is only on the mantel for the purposes of this high-quality photo (the lighting in the nursery just wasn’t working with it).

When we found out we were having a girl, the first thing I thought of was, “We can read Anne of Green Gables together!” She can be whatever she wants to be (aren’t I generous?), but one thing I hope she is, is a reader.

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Aside from the literary heroines banner, I stuck to a pretty neutral color scheme, with my favorite mustard yellow chair as the focal point. One of the bonuses of her room being connected to ours is that I get to stare at the happiest corner of our home from my side of the bed. Somehow, it is the easiest space to keep clutter-free, which is a huge plus.

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I had those tissue paper pom-poms leftover from a shower I hosted a few years ago, and threw them up in that corner shortly after we moved in, the rest of the room still covered in boxes. I love that it looks like a fluffy cloud hovering over her crib!

Violet's nursery--JenEric Generation

This paper crane mobile is from Eric’s mom and step dad. I think it is just as memorizing as Violet does. Her head tilts back and she stares at it with her mouth agape when we walk underneath it with her.

Violet's nursery-JenEric Generation

This yellow chair is my favorite piece of furniture we own. It holds special meaning as it is one of the few things we packed into the trailer last year and brought with us. It brightens up the nursery beautifully! And that basket of books thrills me to my toes. It’s only a small collection, but it will grow. And I can’t wait to find out what her favorites are. I won’t be disappointed if she prefers these.

Violet's nursery-JenEric Generation

I love this teal storage cart. I’ve changed it up a little bit since these pictures were taken, though. I now have her diapers in the white basket underneath her changing table, and the top shelf of the cart is reserved mostly for her lamp and sound machine. That sound machine is great, by the way (it’s this one). Since her room is adjoined with ours, we have to listen to it too, and the white noise setting is not annoying (and the ocean waves are relaxing). It’s also light weight and portable, which is great for taking to the grandparents’ house!

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You can tell by the look on her face that she so appreciates all the thought that we put into her room. Babies.

But for real, babies. Living with one is so much more fun than I ever thought it would be.

The rest of these pictures were taken by Eric. And all of these photos were taken with my old Canon camera, on 35mm film. I had forgotten how much I love 35mm. You may see more of them in the future…

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Violet's Nursery--JenEric Generation

Violet's Nursery--JenEric Generation

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