How I Survived The Holidays In Style With A Capsule Wardrobe

MappCraft I How a Capsule Wardrobe E-book Helped Me Survived the Holidays In Style

MappCraft I How a Capsule Wardrobe E-book Helped Me Survived the Holidays In Style

Festive #AF

In mid November I launched Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - my very first capsule wardrobe e-book. 

The goal was to help readers create a micro holiday capsule out of clothes they already owned (with a few festive additions) so they could look festive, feel stylish, save money and have an outfit ready for every occasion that pops up from Thanksgiving - NYE.

The results? Festive #AF. All the gals that purchased the e-book - plus plenty more who simply love capsule fashion - spent the season sharing holiday looks on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook Group (you should join!).

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide was such a success I plan to launch a follow up e-book in mid February: Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide. This evergreen style guide will walk readers through the entire capsule wardrobe creation process with instructions on how to create a core capsule wardrobe you can supplement all year long depending on the season and occasion.

Until then, enjoy this round up of my holiday looks!

Holiday Styling Strategy

The MaTiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Styling Strategy

The MaTiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Styling Strategy

Holiday Capsule: 20 Garments

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide: Capsule Wardrobe, Garments

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide: Capsule Wardrobe, Garments

Holiday Capsule: 16 Accessories

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - Accessory Capsule

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - Accessory Capsule

My Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Looks

Hope your holiday season was festive, fashionable and fun!

See you next year.

xoxo

Jenn

 

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

Situation: Party Panic

It’s 11AM on a Thursday in mid December and your husband calls to remind you that his company holiday party (that he never told you about) is tonight at 6PM.

Do not panic. With this easy to execute holiday party preparedness plan you’ll emerge from your office bathroom looking festive #AF in fifteen minutes flat.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

Step 1: Apply White Strips

If it’s a party, there will be pictures. Capsice?

Smile wide, apply these and proceed with steps 2 – 10.

Try: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

Step 2: Bronze, Aggressively

Unless your BFF is a Bronze Berry rep, your skin is probably pasty.

Massage a generous (and I mean generous) serving of bronzing lotion into your legs and immediately wash your hands.

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Trust me.

Try: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

Step 3: Step Into Sequins

Pair this timeless holiday staple with nearly any top, from a slouchy tee to a classic white button down for an instantly chic ensemble.

Plus, sequins don’t wrinkle, so even if it’s been sitting in your desk drawer all month, your good.

Try: Aqua Sequin Pencil Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

Step 4: The Peek-a-Boo Pedi 

In a true party emergency, opt for a metallic peep toe and use your polish to fake a pedicure on the exposed toes only.

Hey – it will do.

Try: Imagine Vince Camuto Pavi Slingback Platform Peep Toe Pumps + OPI Big Apple Red Nail Laquer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

Step 5: Add Impact Accessory

Chandelier earrings, statement necklace or an arm full of bling bangles: Pick one and be done.

If you chose bangles, take them off until you complete steps #6 - #7.

Try: Stella & Dot Gala Statement Necklace

 

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

Step 6: Breathe Deeply. Apply Liner.

Take this next step very slowly.

Using a light hand, draw a line of dots from mid lid to end. Connect the dots. Now draw a small line upwards from top of upper lash lash line. Draw another line from lower lash line and meet top line at tip to create a triangle. Fill in the triangle with eyeliner.

MEOW.

Try: Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

Step 7: Strengthen Lash Game

Fake lashes are hands down amazing for elevating your eye game. First, remove fake lashes from pack and use your desk scissors to trim if necessary. Dot lash glue along edge of fake lashes. Wait 15 seconds. Lightly place far end of fake lash on top of natural lash. Press lightly. Repeat on other side. Repeat on other eye.

Don’t worry, the glue dries clear.

Try: Ardell Eyelashes Starter Kit

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

Step 8: Highlight Your Face

Using a small makeup brush, tap iridescent highlight powder on the inner arch of both eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, on top of lip and over cheekbones.

You can thank me later tonight after you look at your pictures. 

Try: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

Step 9: Red Lips

I don’t want to hear about how you don’t wear red lipstick. There is a red lip for every skin tone. Ask the girl at Ulta to help.

Now put it on. Go to party. Look festive.

Try: Armani Lip Maestro – Drama Red 407

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

Step 10: Grab Your Bag

Your party clutch only needs to be big enough to fit your phone, credit cards and lippy.

Metallic is recommended but if you have a cute and semi clean cosmetic case – make it work.

Try: INC International Concepts Evie Clutch

Voila!

BAM! Party perfect. Now get out there and make merry.

Just don’t forget to ditch the white strips.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat


If you enjoyed my trusty guide to getting glam in a flash - spread some holiday cheer and click that little heart below. It's the holidays!

xoxo Jenn

P.S. I'll bet you have at least 6 events between now and NYE. It's not to late to take your fashion game to next level festive. I can help.

 

 

 

4 Tips: How To Land An Epic Gift

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

The Art of The Ask

An effective capsule closet, one that guarantees out-the-door outfit solutions that make you feel fantastic every day, is hinged on a solid wardrobe core. Expertly crafted accessories and signature jewelry strengthen this core considerably.

Sartorial objects d’art do not come often, nor do they come cheap. Such investments must be plotted, planned and timed impeccably – which brings me to Christmas.

The holidays are a critical wardrobe core strengthening opportunity.

I will not let you blow this.

Here is my well-oiled, time-tested strategy to ensure that you wake up December 25 with a love token befitting of your year round fabulousness.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #1 : Start Early

If you are embarking on this process today – we may be too late.  Men are not trained to read brains. It is your responsibility to approach this mission with thoughtful consideration to what you want and how to get it. I'd advise spending the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas researching by day and  – ahem – wifing by night.  

Additionally, volunteer back rubs, ask him if he lost weight, laugh at his jokes and exclaim, “you’re so smart!” at least once.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #2: Recruit Support

Toddlers are awesome at telling people things you told them not to repeat. Work this in your favor.

First, emphatically make your toddler promise not to tell Daddy about that time in Target when the check out boy told Mommy that she was the prettiest Mommy he’d ever seen.

Now wait one week and show toddler a picture of your gift.  Say “Isn’t that pretty for Mommy?” Make toddler promise not to show the picture to Daddy or tell Daddy how much Mommy wants the gift for Christmas. When toddler asks why, tell toddler you are sad because the gift is so expensive.

Try to fake cry a little.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific

Now that we've laid the groundwork it's time to clarify exactly what we want for our Christmas gift. Print out a picture and information about your gift and tape it to the refrigerator. Circle the gift in red. Specify size, color, retailer and shipping deadline.

No need to be clear on price. 

If you have a husband who insists on selecting his own gifts, present him with three options. Include the gift you actually want and two lovely but more expensive ideas. 

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan

Let’s pretend it’s December 25. You put in the wife work, planted hints and provided impeccable purchase instructions. Surprise! Daddy bought Mommy a reindeer sweater and wind chimes.

Girl! Promise me you’ll buy that beautiful gift for your damn self. You have my permission. You earned it and your capsule wardrobe will thank you.


Arm Candy Canes

Whatever you do, don't tell Matt I want these gifts. They are just too much.


I hope you've enjoyed this satirical gift getting guide. I would never actually be so brazen in my attempts to land a gift. Or would I? Only Santa knows for sure. 

You know what would make a great gift for less than $10? (Hint: It's an e-book I wrote.)

2016 Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide
20.00

Take the Guess Work Out of Getting Dressed

  • Eliminate the "I Have Nothing To Wear!" dilemma
  • Look amazing in holiday photos
  • Save money and curb impulse clothing shopping
  • Feel confident, stylish and put together every day of the holiday season

Here's What You Get

  • How to create a micro capsule for the holiday season - using garments you already own 
  • 36 piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Holiday Capsule visual guide
  • Holiday Capsule checklists
  • Buying Guide with links for every budget
  • 4 Festive Outfit Formulas 
  • 65+ Festive outfit ideas  -- Thanksgiving to NYE
  • 12 YouTube tutorials
  • A timeless holiday capsule you can rely on for years to come

 

 

 

 

Blind Closet: A Walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous

Blind Closet | A walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous |  MAPPCRAFT.COM

Blind Closet | A walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous | MAPPCRAFT.COM

This post is pure eye candy - short on words and sweet on fall-to-your-knees fabulous photos of a closet so epic it's owner chose to remain anonymous. In this era of Kim Kardashian post-Paris humility, can you blame her? After peeping this collection, I guarantee you'll daydream about running off in a pair of her Manolos.

House Hunters, Fashion Edition

This is not a showroom. This is a closet.

This is not a showroom. This is a closet.

Blouse Call

Merchandising 101: Blouses by color, accessories at eye level

Accessories, Anyone?

From Baubles to Baguettes

The Denim Bar

A carry over from her retail days, this closet owner uses painters tape to catalog her 120+ pair denim collection. She stores her jeans fold up with the detail stipe visible in order to quickly identify denim by size, cut, stretch and inseam. 

And Now: The Shoes

Behold: The Shoes | Blind Closet 

Behold: The Shoes | Blind Closet 

To maximize space in her designer display wall, she arranges each pair with the left shoe frontwards, flush to the wall, and the right shoe backwards. Shoes are further organized by color -- from the top, metallic and nude styles graduate through the color wheel to classic black towards the floor.

Her tall boot collection is housed in a customized stack of clear organizational drawers (like these by Sterlite) to maintain shape and for easy access and space saving.

Did I mention this closet owner is a toddler mom? Because even the most fabulous mommy wouldn't think of chasing a 4YO in 4 inch heels - she stores her go to mom shoes near the door. 

Well Heeled

Get The Boot!

I hope you enjoyed this drool-worthy blind closet tour.

Many thanks to the owner (you knows who you are) for tripling our holiday wish lists.

xoxo

Jenn

PS: CLICK THE HEART, B!

Tiny Gift Guide: 25 Gifts Under $25

MappCraft Tiny Gift Guide

Small Gesture, Big Impact

Just like a capsule wardrobe simplifies your closet, a well executed gift gifting strategy will streamline your December to-do list. But I am not talking about planning the big ticket gifts for kids and family -- I've compiled this tiny gift guide specifically for the little people in your life that make a huge difference to your days.

What better time than Cyber Week to tackle this chore early and at a deep, deep discount? Imagine how less stressful the onset of December will feel with these special people crossed off your list? Better yet, all are available on Amazon Prime - you can have them in hand by Friday! 

Hostess with the Mostess

I love Nest holiday candles - they smell exactly like Christmas. Seriously! I have both holiday flavors and my 5 year old asks me to light them every morning. Your favorite party hostess will thank you for years to come.

The Office

You love your cube mate but her desk is a wreck. A gentle nudge in the form of cute accessories will have her feeling productive #AF come January 1. 

Sitting Pretty

Get your babysitter off her phone with beauty treats to play with after the kids go to bed. 

Going Postal

It's cold out and lonely out there delivering holiday cards in the snow! Show your appreciation with something to warm his ears, hands or smart phone. 

World's Best Teacher

Chances are your kids have at least one teacher under 30 who also happens to be your favorite. Show her some fashion forward, colorful love with gifts that recognize she has a life outside of elementary school. 

Capsule Wardrobe Wonderful

If you are reading this blog you are a capsule lover or know someone who could benefit from the practice. Help get her started with some of my personal closet org faves and hell, throw in a copy of the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide while you're at it. 

Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll! Hope your week is awesome, filled with family fun and good food, plenty of wine and NO POLITICS!

xoxo

Jenn

PS: Join the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Facebook group! Even if you haven't purchased the guide, you'll be inspired by holiday fashion chat and plenty of #OOTDs

PSS: This gift guide contains affiliate links, but I selected each gift suggestion personally and with lots of love. If you buy anything from the list MappCraft.com will earn a few pennies. Think of it as a little gift for your favorite blogger!

My Birthday Gift To You (Drumroll Please....)

MappCraft Presents: Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide

MappCraft Presents: Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide!

Guys! I am 39 years old today. Yep. I said that out loud.

But it's cool ya'll, I'm #ChillAF about being really close to 40. Why? Because I just this minute completed a big, hairy goal that has been on my To Do list all year:

Before I turn 39 I WILL publish an e-book about capsule wardrobes
— Jenn's Goal Book

Round of applause, please (humor me, it's my birthday).

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide it isn't just any old e-book with stupid words. It is the first in a series of information products aimed at helping you lead a more organized and stylish life.

The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide is 37 visually stunning pages of holiday capsule wardrobe goodness PLUS

  • Instructions on how to create a micro capsule using items you already own
  • 36 piece capsule wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Visual and written checklists for each category
  • A buying guide with options for each piece in every budget
  • 4 surefire festive outfit formulas to easily build looks around
  • 12 styling tips and tutorial videos
  • 65+ festive and chic outfits for every occasion
  • Access to the private MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook Group

And to celebrate the launch of my very first digital product all of this is only $9.99 thru Sunday, November 20. After that the price hops to $19.99. 

So - what are you waiting for?

xoxo

Jenn