Monday, January 12, 2015

Manic Monday: #remixfix2015 kickoff

Before I get into the guts of this post - can we just talk about this cardigan for a second? I stumbled upon it when I was trying to find stuff to spend my Christmas money on. It's the softest, coziest cardigan ever, and I love the asymmetric zip with the option to leave this open and perfectly drapey. The big, black exaggerated cuffs break up the monotony of the stripes, not that the stripes are bad, they're actually what drew me to touch it in the first place! I ended up sizing up only because I wanted to be able to layer it over more than just tank tops and camis. Anyway - it's my recommended buy of the week, how about that?

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Scarf: Express (option) | Zip Cardigan: Caslon | Bag: Lauren Ralph Lauren (other colors here) | Chambray: JCrew FactoryJeans: Express | Heels: Valentino

Everyone seems to be sharing their resolutions, whether it be blog related or personal. Everyone, that is, except for yours truly. The main reason why I haven't shared anything is because I feel like they are the same every year - save more, shop less, purge more, exercise more (or ever), yada yada. Well, rather than talk about my resolutions, I decided to just dive right in and start a project.

Jenna over at Sincerely Jenna Marie told me about this little project she was going to be doing - basically a capsule wardrobe, so to speak, over a 2 month period of time, except that her goal was to not make it as boring or predictable as some of these can turn out to be. By volunteering myself to join in on this fun - I'd be tackling two of my common resolutions of shopping less and saving more. 

And on top of that, one of my most favorite things to do is come up with ideas on how to remix the same pieces into different looks - and I'm not talking about just changing your shoes and calling it a remix - I'm talking about truly creating different looks with the same pieces. If I like doing it so much, then why not actually DO it and document it all for you guys along the way?

Being sick last week kinda threw my schedule off a bit, so I'm starting the challenge as of today. So remember these pieces as you will be seeing them again over the next 2 months - I will end the challenge on March 15th.

Jenna and I would love to have more ladies join us!  Below I've outlined the rules that we're following.  If you want to join, start sharing your outfits on instagram with the hashtag #remixfix2015.  Jenna is also planning to host a special linkup at the end to give everyone an opportunity to share a recap post, or a few of their favorite looks from during the project. 

The Rules
  • Set the number of items you will remix for the next 2 months, whether or not you include shoes/purses/accessories/jewelry in your count is up to you
  • At the end of January, you can swap out up to four items, in case you blew it picking a few dumb items 
  • You're allowed ZERO purchases in January, the addition of ONE item in February, and ONE new item in March 
  • Loungewear and gym clothes don't count toward the totals 
  • If a special occasion arises (wedding, cocktail party, business professional event, etc…) you can wear anything in your closet 
  • Rewards points/cash/etc can be used towards the allotted purchases, but otherwise must be saved for Spring!
Disclaimer:  I may feature some items from a few blog sponsors here and there, but do not plan on including these in my official remix item count. 

For me, I've decided that I am not going to set a quantity limit. It was giving me anxiety trying to pick my pieces as if I were going on a 2-month trip! Instead, I will set my capsule based on what I will be wearing over the next 3 weeks (that's 12 outfits since I normally do my Random Roundup posts on Fridays). 12 outfits worth of pieces should no problem translate into 2 months of wear. I'm cataloging everything I will be wearing from now until then, and by the end of the third week, my list will be set. This will be a good exercise to document the must have pieces to get through the winter!

In all honesty - you really won't be noticing anything different on the blog - especially if I'm successful at remixing. But it will be fun to do a big recap at the end when you can see the remixed pieces side by side. I'll also provide updates along the way!


Linking up for Style to Inspire and Rachelle and Cha Cha for #HowIFall.
PS Head over to Noelle's blog to see what product Gina and I recommended that she fell in  love with also!

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  1. I need to read this more carefully later, but I this year I am determined to do more remixes and recap them later. I see why you love this cardi, it is fabulous.

  2. Oh that sounds like a great challenge! Good luck with it! :)

    I've always admired people doing capsule wardrobes wondering how they could ever get so much wear out of so few pieces - but I think you're right the key is to really try to wear things differently! I've been trying to wear all my my new wardrobe additions differently each time, so prove to myself what purchases are good ones and what ones are just limited wardrobe fillers more than outfit creators. it's been interesting over the past few months, but I still don't think I have great remixing skills to do a challenge like this yet! :)

    Thank you for the link up! :)

    Away From The Blue
    2015 Wardrobe Inventory Linkup

  3. I'm really excited to see all of your remixed pieces at the end! I've always wanted to try this because it will get me to think about different ways to wear pieces instead of just throwing on my "go to" look, but I don't think I could do it! haha! Maybe one day!

  4. Wow this is indeed a worthwhile challenge - a catchall so to speak to detox our wardrobe & save more! I will study this more carefully thanks for the heads up!!


  5. Great look! Loving the striped cardigan with the pop of pink! The destroyed pants look so chic too! Looking forward to see how you remix your wardrobe. Happy Monday!
    We Shop in Heels

  6. Love that cardigan! And I especially love it with the denim on denim combo. Looking forward to the remix challenge. If anyone can do it and do it well, it's you! ~Cynthia

  7. Adore that cardigan! Looks so warm and cozy! I love the idea of the challenge! Can't wait to see how you re-style these pieces over the next two months!

    Hope you had a great weekend, love!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  8. That cardigan is adorable! I love it with the denim and that colorful scarf! Looking forward to seeing your remix's. I'm contemplating on joining you and will let you know!

    Doused In Pink

  9. Great cardigan! Can't wait to see how your capsule wardrobe turns out. I have considered doing it myself.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  10. Great challenge! I am seriously thinking about joining you ladies. I am also doing the "no buy" January. It's a great time to reevaluate what I have in my closet. Have a wonderful Monday!

  11. Love that jacket!!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  12. First, even if the product description calls that a cardigan, I think it's more of a knit jacket. :) (And I love it, BTW- great choice for Christmas money.) Second, I am stressed out for you just reading about this challenge!! I cannot wait to see how you do this!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  13. This sounds like a good idea! I told myself i couldn't shop for a month, but yesterday I drove an hour and a half to a big mall to return some things and ended up buying two things-both on sale though! I am done for a while so I may try this capsule. Good luck! I love that sweater jacket! Asymmetrical zips are my favorite! Nordstrom Rack had some great ones yesterday!

  14. You're right, that's a fantastic jacket...looks great zipped up bc of the asymmetry, and just a fab left open bc of the way it hangs!! Love it! Love the remix idea...not sure I could be organized to pick items ahead of time to re-use, but its definitely a goal of mine to cut back significantly on the shopping and give everything in my closet good wear time. Good luck, can't wait to see what you come up with!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  15. What a fun idea for a challenge! Love the remixing idea! Excited to see all your creations and the recap at the end!

  16. That's sucha cute cardigan! I love the stripes!

  17. That cardigan is awesome. I love it left open or closed. Great option. Looking forward to your remix. That is why I have enjoyed doing my 30 for 30 in the past. Good luck to you remixing your clothes and especially about the no-shopping part.

  18. Love the remixing challenge, you're such a pro at remixing anyways! This outfit is perfect and of course now I have my eye on that cardigan #oneineverycolorplease

    xo, Jasmin

  19. Great cardigan and love how it looks all zipped up. Yay for remixes...this makes me super happy, because I plan on really remixing my closet for at least 2 month. Going to read up on the rules again to make sure I do this right.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  20. Head to toe adorable! Love the pretty scarf, the plum bag, and the heavenly rock studs!
    Dawn Lucy

  21. I'm really looking forward to your remixing skills! I feel like I should join in on that resolution. But that stripe sweater needs to get in my closet-ha!
    xo Adri

  22. What a nice idea :) I have been constantly remixing things in my outfits for the blog already, but I am happy to see more people doing this. Incidently I have vowed to myself to not buy new clothing in January as well. Will be popping in on Instagram from time to time.

    Have a nice week!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

  23. Love this cardigan! It going to be so versatile for you. Can't wait to see all the looks you put together with this remix challenge. I need to think about doing that for myself! :)


  24. I think you'll have so much fun with this project. I've done this on a smaller scale before, and have smt. similar planned coming soon, and I ALWAYS have the best time remixing my outfits. I know yours will be great to watch!! Can't wait to see all the outfits.
    Btw that asymmetrical cardigan looks so cute. I have a SF one in green and have worn it a crazy amount of times in the past months. I bet you'll get a ton of wear out of yours. Of course loved the shoes you chose to use in the outfit, you know I adore your shoes Carylee!! Have a lovely new week, XOXO, Elif

  25. What a fun remix challenge. I feel like I'm already there with maternity clothes. Trying not to buy more since this might be our last baby. I love that cardigan, though!!! I could totally rock it un-zipped right now. Hmmmm might be saving it for my birthday money purchase!

  26. I haven't been doing outfit post for a long while and just recently back in front of the lens again.. remixing might be good for me :) I absolutely love your Valentino shoes.. they elevate any outfit immediately. Thanks for allowing me to share here :)

  27. Can't wait to see your outfit remixes, Carylee! =)


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  28. This is meant to be because I unofficially set this goal for myself for the start of this year as I spent way too much money at the end of 2014. I may join in on this challenge. Thanks for posting! Love the cardigan!


  29. I Love those distressed jeans!


  30. What a great way to kick off the new year than by remixing what you already own! I think it's so important for bloggers to do this because we are constantly feeling the temptation to buy! I love your little Caslon jacket, and actually own it myself in solid black! I wear it to work all the time :) It's so soft huh?

  31. The cardigan caught my eye immediately! Perfect post holiday purchase :)

    pumps and push-ups

  32. I totally thought that striped top was a sweater, but realized it was a jacket! I love it! A remix of my wardrobe would be a fantastic idea....I might join this!


  33. I love your cardigan here! It is so cute! I'm trying to shop less and save more also so this sounds like a great project. I can't wait to see how you remix all of your selected items!

    Nicole to the Nines

  34. No resolutions for me either and I do hope that you are feeling better. Enjoy the rest of the week and have fun with the challenge.

  35. This sounds like such a fun project - I can't wait to see the results! And I'd find the pre-picking stressfull too - your strategy of documenting for 3 weeks is a good one!

  36. The Caslon jacket is one beautiful piece Carylee! I hope I find something similar when I'm thrifting. Wishing you good luck in your project, I love shopping my closet but not ready yet to trim and remix down to a few pieces! I do remix often when I'm traveling because of the limitations on baggage capacity LOL.

  37. I think a wardrobe remix is a fun idea for the new year. I'm using the "hanger trick" again this year and turning things backward in my closet until I wear them. I'm trying to pare my closet down to pieces that are comfortable, well-made, and versatile.

  38. This cardigan is adorable - I do love that it drapes & zips up and looks so differently. I look forward to seeing both or your remixes!