Closet inventory, 6th edition + wardrobe planning update

2019 closet inventory + wardrobe planning update — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
2019 closet inventory: jeans, pants, sweaters — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It’s time for my annual closet inventory! (You can catch all of my past inventories here: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.) I find it interesting to see how my closet evolves over time/with life with each new inventory. Here's how things are looking this year (last year's numbers are in parentheses for easy comparison). At I did last year, I evaluated the progress with my wardrobe plan for 2019 at the end of the post.

TOPS: 101 (94)
Sleeveless: 12 (9)
Tees (all sleeve lengths): 19 (18)
Blouses: 10 (9)
Collared button-up shirts: 20 (19)
Cardigans: 8 (10)
Sweaters: 26 (25)
Sweatshirts: 6 (4)

BOTTOMS: 41 (38)
Shorts: 8 (7)
Skirts: 12 (13)
Pants: 8 (6)
Jeans: 13 (12)

DRESSES: 10 (13)

OUTERWEAR: 21 (20)
Vests: 2 (3)
Blazers: 6 (5)
Jackets: 6 (6)
Coats: 7 (6)

SHOES: 52 (47)
Sandals: 14 (12)
Sneakers: 5 (4)
Flats: 11 (12)
Heels: 3 (4)
Boots: 19 (15)

That is a total of 225 items—13 more items than in my 2018 inventory. I generally find myself to be content around the 200 mark, so this is definitely more than usual. I think my excessive shopping from this summer is mostly to blame! This count doesn't include utilitarian coats/shoes, lounge/sleepwear, workout clothes, and anything I currently have listed on Poshmark. It’s basically a snapshot of everything in my Stylebook app right now (minus jewelry, bags, and other accessories because I don’t tend to spend too much in those categories, haha). This number also includes a few things that will be listed on Poshmark in the coming weeks so I anticipate it decreasing some.

There were a few changes over this past year. I added seven more tops overall, three of them being sleeveless tops and two being sweatshirts. I parted ways with a couple of cardigans. I also added some new bottoms and a few more pairs of shoes (boots being the big one…I have a weakness for them). My dresses decreased by quite a bit… I still haven’t found my holy grail dresses that can be worn to work as well as on the weekends!

2019 closet inventory: tops, shirts, cardigans, sweatshirts — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
2019 closet inventory: shoe storage — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

My closet organization hasn't changed since I moved in two years ago, but feel free to read my closet inventory from 2017 if you would like to learn more about that. I still haven't fully organized my jewelry but I did find my earring organizer and use that again for the most part. My necklaces are still all over the place and I'm constantly misplacing things…when will I learn?

Anyway: style stats! I love to nerd out over the stats built into the Stylebook app. If you’re new around here, I’ve been using the Stylebook app on my iPhone to track what I wear for about four years now. My entire closet is on my phone (well, the important stuff that I wear every day is). I feel a little bit like Cher from Clueless when I’m picking out my outfit from under the covers every morning. Haha!

The above screenshots show what I've been wearing the most over all time (left) and over the past year (right). Not surprisingly, the items that can be worn in multiple seasons tend to be the items that make these lists. I’ve been wearing a lot of the same jeans and shoes in the past year. This stat is always eye-opening to me because I used to think I wore each item in my closet a lot, but it turns out that’s really not the case. The vast majority of my items are worn for less than a full month out of the year, and that’s less than once a week! I use this stat or the “not logged on calendar” stat the most when trying to decide what items need to be listed on Poshmark.

Here are my items with the best cost per wear (CPW) over all time (above left) and best CPW over the past year (above right). Once an item hits $1 CPW over all time, I remove the price so it no longer appears in this list (and make a note on the item with how much it cost; once I decide to part with an item, I recalculate the CPW and stick it in the notes). I like watching the CPW drop to $1 since that's always my target when I buy a new item, and removing the items with extremely low CPWs makes it easier for me to see at a glance which items are close to hitting that $1 mark.

Consequently, if I remove the price, then the item won’t appear in any CPW stats. There are likely a few items that would have made the list on the right if they were still above $1 CPW. However, I don’t think the CPW stats other than the all-time CPW stat are particularly useful since CPW is—obviously—based on the price of the item. For the same number of days worn, the less expensive items are always going to have a lower CPW. I tend to only use the time range feature with the worn history or not logged on calendar stats because it’s more useful in that regard.


2019 WARDROBE PLANNING UPDATE

I wrote out a wardrobe plan in 2018 and decided to continue the trend this year because it helped me stay on track with my purchases (for the most part). So far, I feel like I haven’t been paying super close attention to the wardrobe plan I wrote out for this year but let’s see how it’s going!

  • Don’t feel the need to shop every sale / I have been good about not shopping every sale that hits my inbox (I actually unsubscribed from a bunch of retailers). I didn’t hit any of the recent Labor Day sales. However, I’ve been bad about placing orders whenever I receive a coupon or “special” discount code. It’s hard for me to pass on “free” money (even though I realize that I am still spending money). I love a good deal so I’m trying to be better about only placing orders when I actually have my eyes on something and not just because I got a coupon.

  • Shop more secondhand / I’ve purchased two things on Poshmark this year. One was a tee I sleep in, and one was a pair of heels that don’t fit and will be re-listed in the coming weeks. I’ve had my eyes on some other things but have yet to pull the trigger. I’m super inspired by Elsie only shopping secondhand this year, though I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of a commitment…

  • Consider tailoring / I don’t recall having anything of mine tailored so far this year. There’s not anything of mine that needs to be fixed as of right now, so I guess that’s good. I do have a top that I haven’t worn in a while because it’s a little bit big, but I love the print so I’m thinking about having it made into a pillow case for a throw pillow. Would that be weird? I’m worried I may regret doing that but I’m not really enjoying it now as it is.

  • Seek out more small makers/ethical retailers / I don’t think I’ve done this as much as I should have, but I did place my first orders at ABLE and Nisolo this year. I plan to keep them on my radar for the future. I haven’t done any local shopping besides stopping in at a boutique (which carried a bunch of higher-end brands). One of my goals is to explore the boutiques we have in town; it’s just a matter of making the time to do that.

  • Focus on machine-washable materials / This one has been number one for me. I’ve passed on so many items that were rayon (the worst) or silk or that required dry-cleaning. (I do make exceptions for cashmere and most outerwear.) I’ve really been trying to buy cotton and linen as much as I can even though they aren’t wrinkle-proof. I don’t keep track of material in Stylebook (though there’s a spot for it) and maybe I should start just to get an idea of what everything is made from!

  • Refine my summer work style / I actually think that overall, my summer outfits were fairly easy to put together this year. I stuck with a simple uniform on most days (cardigan + tee + jeans + sandals). The hard part was coming up with outfits worthy of blogging. I did not have many outfits planned ahead of time so I would spend far too much time trying to come up with new outfits. I think that may be my biggest struggle with summer: creating new blog outfits. It felt like I was wearing the same things all season and the same things from years past in the same ways…


A PRE-FALL WISH LIST

I’ve been eyeing a few things from Everlane and Madewell recently (Madewell’s Insiders Event is happening now if you’re a fan of sales like I am—and you can use the coupon on leather and denim…!). Can you tell I’m looking for some new denim? I’m ready to branch out into more silhouettes than just my standard skinnies, but I don’t know what to try first!

My everyday jewelry

Everyday jewelry: gold necklaces and earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things simple. (You probably noticed that I don’t wear much jewelry.) I wear necklaces and earrings and don’t wear rings or bracelets (save for the random hair tie, of course, haha). Only occasionally will I wear a necklace and earrings in the same outfit. I tend to wear earrings more often than necklaces, usually because they don’t interfere with whatever style top I’m wearing on any given day.

I’ve been carefully curating my closet since I started my blog almost six (!) years ago, and I’ve discovered that I’m drawn to gold jewelry in particular. Out of my small jewelry collection, my everyday pieces consist of the three necklaces and three pairs of earrings I wear the most. (As always, you can click on each image below to see the original post.)


NECKLACES

 

INITIAL PENDANT

The Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ initial pendant necklace was one of my very first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases back in 2014. As of today, I’ve worn it 100 times, and the cost per wear is below 50 cents.

This necklace features my initial on one side (obviously) and ‘one in a million’ written on the other side, but I’ve only worn it with the initial side out. No part of it has tarnished in the five years I’ve owned it, which I’m thrilled about! It still looks brand new.

This necklace goes with anything and everything. I especially like pairing it with v-neck tops or crewneck sweaters.

 

TEXTURED BAR

Gorjana jewelry entered my radar a few years ago, and I was immediately drawn to the ‘Taner’ bar necklace. I love the slightly curved, textured bar; it’s simple yet still eye-catching. I purchased my necklace off of Poshmark to save a little bit of money.

I love pairing this necklace with high crewneck tops (like the shell to the right) and also under button-up shirts with the top button or two undone so you can see the gold peek out. The length is a little too short to wear with chunky knit sweaters. The only thing to note is that the necklace is very lightweight and tends to lay unevenly/off to one side, so I find myself adjusting it as the day goes.

 

INTERLOCKING RINGS

I find myself browsing Amour Vert often, and I came across the ‘Priscilla’ necklace by Shaya a couple of years ago. I ended up buying it with a coupon code (and spent more than I would have on the Gorjana necklace at full price, go figure…but this was made in the U.S.).

When I wear this necklace, I imagine the rings being Korri and me linked together, and it makes me happy. Sadly, my necklace has started tarnishing, which is a huge bummer. :( I thought it was gold filled. I may paint it with clear nail polish to prevent more tarnishing.

This necklace is slightly longer than the other two and goes the best with deep v-neck and high crewneck tops.


EARRINGS

 

PAVÉ STUDS

I purchased these small, simple pavé stud earrings from Madewell in spring 2016 and have worn them fairly constantly since then. I’ve worn them over 130 days so far, and their cost per wear is down to below 10 cents!

Not surprisingly, I wear these earrings with literally any outfit. They’re so tiny that they blend in easily and do not distract at all from whatever I’m wearing. (I’m scared I may lose them someday because they are so tiny!) I’ll usually throw them on when my outfit is feeling incomplete but when adding another layer or wearing a bolder pair of earrings isn’t the look I’m going for. I pack these earrings for almost all of my trips.

 

HAMMERED CIRCLES

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of pairs of earrings from ABLE, including this pair of hammered circle earrings. I’m absolutely thrilled with these earrings! They’re lightweight, simple, and an unexpected twist on the hoop trend. I love that the circles are just slightly imperfect with the hammered texture.

I find myself reaching for them constantly, and they’re already almost down to under $1 cost per wear, which is my goal for everything in my closet.

These earrings are subtle enough to wear with anything, but I especially love wearing them with my hair tied up so they can be seen.

 

DRUZY STUDS

These druzy stud earrings by Leslie Francesca were another Amour Vert purchase. I enjoy wearing them, but I was expecting them to look a little bit different. The whole earring features a gold overlay, so the “druzy” part doesn’t have sharp edges like a typical stone would, and it doesn’t look like a stone. The large backs also peek out below my earlobe.

Otherwise, I typically wear these earrings when I want something a little flashier than my pavé stud earrings (but not too flashy). They make a bolder statement without pulling the focus from the rest of the outfit.

This post was written in collaboration with Nakturnal.

My past Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases + what I might buy this year

It’s that time of year again… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NAS) is underway for cardholders only, and the sale opens to the public this Friday, July 19th. In my nearly six years of blogging, I haven’t written a post about the sale until now, and I didn’t even know the sale was a thing until I started following bloggers myself. I’m not a huge fan of reading what all the full-time bloggers are buying (and returning, let’s be honest) and hope that if you want to shop the sale that seeing what a “normal” person actually buys and wears/uses is helpful!

I went through all of my NAS purchases since I started buying during the sale five years ago, and I’m quite surprised at how many things I did buy during the sale and how many of those things I’m still wearing/using. So, that’s a good thing! Back in 2014, which was the first year I shopped the sale, I remember being so angry that the items I bought were on greater sale at the end of August and vowed to never shop the sale again. That obviously didn’t pan out. ;) I noticed that I was a little too shop-happy the past couple of years and plan to tone it down this year. There are some good deals to be had, but there are also some not-so-great deals, and lots of items will, as it turns out, be marked down even greater less than a month after the NAS ends.

Below, I listed every item I ordered and kept from the past NAS sales, fit information, and how well it’s working for me/if I still own the item. The items in each year are listed from what I deem my best to my worst purchase of that year’s sale (it’s all relative!). I also threw in the items I added to my wish list from this year’s sale at the end…but of course, we’ll see what’s left after early access ends!


2014 PURCHASES

Halogen Leather Crossbody Bag • This black crossbody bag has been a staple in my wardrobe since I bought it five years ago. According to Stylebook, I’ve worn it 190 times! It’s probably my single best sartorial NAS purchase in terms of cost per wear. There’s a flap pocket version by Nordstrom as well as another similar option by Treasure & Bond in this year’s sale.

Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace • Not surprisingly, I’ve worn this necklace 99 times since I got it, and it’s also one of my best NAS purchases. I love it! It’s simple and goes with everything. (I purchased it in gold.) Here’s this year’s version, which has a slightly different pendant.

Chelsea28 Cabled Crop Sweater • I impulse bought this because I loved the cable knit and cropped shape—perfect to wear with all my high-rise bottoms! It looks slightly more rough after wearing it for a few years, but it’s hard to tell in photos. I took size XS after trying both that and size small. I did have it listed for a while on Poshmark last year before pulling it off to wear with the skirt in the outfit above (I think it’s the only item I’ve pulled off of Poshmark to wear again). Here are the Chelsea28 sweaters included in this year’s sale, and here is the selection of cropped sweaters.


2015 PURCHASES

Zella ‘Live In’ High Waist Leggings • After reading the rave reviews, I purchased my first pair of Zella ‘Live in’ leggings in black. I purchased size XS, and they fit really well, albeit slightly long. I haven’t had any quality issues with mine. I hang them to dry except one time I accidentally dried them in the dryer, and luckily they don’t seem worse for wear. I wear these the most often when doing yoga, riding bikes, or at our community gym.

Zella ‘Live In’ Capris • I also purchased the shorter capri length black Zella leggings which hit just under my knees. I don’t wear these as much as the regular length leggings, but I like having the option for the warmer months. I wear these a lot bike riding! I took size XS in these, too. The Studio Crop Lite Leggings are similar to these, and there are ‘Live In’ High Waist Crop Leggings not included in the sale.

Leith Floppy Felt Hat • I purchased this hat in burgundy. It’s a favorite during the fall and winter, but the felt is looking a little well-loved now (pilling), mostly due to running the lint roller over it to remove cat hair. This Panama hat by Halogen is the most similar version this year.

Kendra Scott ‘Dani’ Stone Drop Earrings • I tried ordering the ‘Elle’ drop earrings the year prior, but my order was cancelled, so I was thrilled to see an even better version in the 2015 sale. I absolutely love to look at these earrings. The emerald/gold colorway I got is gorgeous! The problem is that I rarely wear them. I would have them listed on Poshmark by now if I could find the dang dust bag… Here is the selection of sale Kendra Scott earrings.

Halogen Black Zip Flared Ponte Skirt • I used to wear fit-and-flare skirts all of the time, and this was a great staple to have in my closet. I wasn’t a huge fan of its length (being a touch too long), and it also didn’t have pockets, so I ended up selling it on Poshmark last year. The black mini skirts in this year’s sale are made of faux leather.


2016 PURCHASES

Trouvé V-Neck Mixed Media Tank • This tank was an impulse purchase, but it ended up being a good one. It’s a great basic with a twist, as it features a split back with a sheer panel. The first time I washed it, it shrunk, but the length suits me much better now. I took size XS, and its v-neck is the deepest I feel comfortable wearing (especially to work). Here are all the black tanks included in the sale.

Natori ‘Feathers’ Underwire Contour Bra • This bra came highly recommend, so I knew I should try it when it came up in the sale. I ordered it in black in a cup size up from my usual since it runs a little small. Since it has the lace detail, I love wearing it under my Trouvé tank! The lace on the cups does show through slightly under thin tops.

Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw • This blanket is now under the “Nordstrom At Home” brand. The reviews absolutely do not lie: this blanket is amazing! I purchased it in a bright sky blue for Korri (but really for me since I live with him now, ha!). I’ve washed this blanket multiple times and it still comes out so soft every time. (My cats love it too, as you can imagine.)

Halogen ‘Owen’ Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat • Another impulse purchase (that’s the thing about this sale…most purchases are impulse purchases, lol), and it was a less versatile option that some of my other impulse purchases. These shoes are definitely fun! It took a couple of wears until they were broken in, but now they’re pretty comfortable. I took my usual size 7, which fits well even with the pointy toe. The ties did crack near the end (where I tie them), but they’re still holding together. Here are the Halogen flats included this year, and here are all the pointy toe flats.

Phase 3 Whipstitch Wool Floppy Hat • I was drawn to the rust-colored hat and the fun leather whipstitch on the brim. It’s perfect for fall and winter! It’s also adjustable on the inside, which is not something I see often with these less expensive hats. The smaller size fit great on my head! Here are all the hats included this year.

Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Flannel Shirt in Barlow Plaid • I missed this shirt when it was offered by Madewell, so I was thrilled to see it in the sale! I love the black and green plaid. I bought my usual size XS, but after it shrunk in the wash, I sold my XS and bought a size small secondhand. I don’t wear this flannel shirt as much as my others because it’s on the thinner side. Here are all the Madewell button-up shirts included in this year’s sale.

Linum Home Textiles ‘Fun in the Sun’ Turkish Pestemal Towel • I didn’t read the dimensions very closely because I was expecting to receive a large lightweight blanket, but it really is a towel meant for one person. This exact towel appears to no longer be available at Nordstrom, but here are the towels that are available (none in the sale). I did find my exact towel at Amazon. I purchased the navy/white striped colorway in the NAS and the turquoise/white striped colorway from Amazon. It’s great to have for beach/pool/outside lounge days, and it washes well.


2017 PURCHASES

Marc Fisher LTD ‘Yommi’ Chelsea Bootie • I originally ordered a pair of Treasure & Bond patent black booties to compare to these (these were more expensive) and loved these boots so much more that I opted to hold onto them. I went up a half size to a 7.5, but I didn’t try my true size to compare. They are plenty roomy in the toe. Luckily, they don’t make my feet look huge, either. Love, love! These aren’t back this year, but here are the Marc Fisher boots included in the sale, and these waterproof boots by Blondo are very similar (the black is currently sold out but check back for returns).

BlankNYC ‘Life Changer’ Moto Jacket • I already had a leather jacket, but it was a little big so I wanted to give this one a try. I really liked the pebbled faux leather and gold hardware. I took size small after trying that and size XS. This jacket is no longer available but this one by BlankNYC is similar.

Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw • I bought another one of these blankets but in a lovely medium grey, which matches our decor better (can you blame me?). I’m tempted to add another to our collection this year…or maybe stock up and give them as gifts?

Natori ‘Feathers’ Underwire Contour Bra • I ordered a second bra in light beige in the same size as my black bra. These are excellent basic bras!

Zella ‘Impulse’ Sports Bra • I don’t have very many sports bras, so I figured it was a good idea to add another one to the collection. I purchased this bra in black, size XS to go with my leggings. It features a fun strappy back, and it’s unfortunately no longer available but here are the Zella sports bras included in the sale this year.

Two by Vince Camuto Waffle Stitch Vest • This was an impulse purchase…and not my best impulse purchase. I never really liked the idea of sleeveless sweaters, and it turns out that I don’t know how to wear them, haha. I’ve only worn this a couple of times and now it’s listed on Poshmark. I’m also not a huge fan of cowl neck sweaters (I can’t ever get them to lay right and I fuss with them nonstop). I ordered a size XS petite so it wasn’t super long on me. I don’t see any similar sleeveless sweaters in this year’s sale, but here are the cowl neck sweaters.


2018 PURCHASES

Le Specs ‘Air Heart’ 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses • I saw these on another blogger I follow and fell in love! I’m a huge fan of oversized, subtle cat eye sunglasses, so I pounced on these. As you can probably tell by how much they appear in outfit posts, they’re one of my favorite pairs to wear right now. Le Specs isn’t in the sale this year, but here are all the cat eye sunglasses included.

Smartwool Hide & Seek 2-Pack No-Show Socks • These are my favorite no-show socks. They stay on the best of any no-show socks I’ve tried. I purchased them in all three available colorways last year (black, heather grey, and beige), and sadly these exact socks are not available in this year’s sale even though they are called the same name (sneaky). Here’s this year’s version, which do not have great reviews and don’t look like they’d stay in place as well. I found my exact socks at Amazon in black and beige (natural)—be careful, as some of the color options show the newer, not as good version. These Nike socks in the sale are very similar.

Madewell High Waist Skinny Jeans in Weathered Olive • I saw these and knew I had to add them to my wardrobe. I love them! Olive is a favorite of mine in the fall and winter, so these are basically staple jeans. I tried both size 25 (my usual in Madewell) and 26 and kept the 25. This is a very similar style but in bright red, and here are all the Madewell jeans in the sale.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover • This is a blogger favorite, and I fell into the trap last year and ordered it. I ordered a size small because I never saw XS as an option (not sure if it was offered), so it’s huge! I love it, though. It’s so cozy for the winter. I do wish it wasn’t dry clean only. It doesn’t feel nearly as soft after being dry cleaned. :( My exact colorway isn’t available anymore but there are a few new options to choose from this year.

Zella ‘Live In’ High Waist Leggings • I love my black pair so much that I ordered a second pair in navy. I’m not sure that I’ve worn them yet… (Yikes!) But if I start working out again more regularly when it cools off (that’s the key, haha), these will be nice to have.


MY 2019 WISH LIST

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wish list — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair