Eid Mubarak, friends!
Spring has arrived! In the Persian culture, the first day of spring, the vernal equinox, signifies the start of a new year. Think of March 20th as the Persian equivalent of Christmas, 4th of July, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving wrapped up into one 24 hour period. Yea, it’s a super big deal.
The days leading up to Norooz (which means new day in Farsi) are filled with Persian mommas and aunties in a frenzy over getting the house just right for new year, eating your body weight in delicious home-cooked meals, and presents! The biggest, and most time-consuming, part of preparing for Norooz is cleaning the house. Every Persian has heard about the horrific things that could happen if you ring in the new year with a dirty house. Some families start as early as January to ensure every nook and cranny of their home is spotless before March 20th roles around. Now, I am not superstitious but there is no harm in doing it, you know, to be safe. I spent three full days turning my apartment upside down and purged like there was no tomorrow. I was honestly shocked at how much stuff I had crammed into my tiny San Francisco apartment.
While on my cleaning frenzy, I went through the boxes that housed clothes that did not belong in my current capsule. As I mentioned in my first capsule post, I do a lot of my wardrobe shopping in my closet because I’ve accumulated so much clothes over time. I was able to donate a lot of clothes and narrow everything down to just three small boxes! It was a proud moment, believe you me.
Since I was already knee deep in clothes, I figured it would be a good time to curate my spring capsule so I hit the internet for some inspo. I have been a fan of designspiration and find myself on it all the time. It is an infinite hub of creative content and I just can’t get enough. It was on designspiration that I came across a talented illustrator named Ira Khroniuk. A member posted this beautiful floral watercolor print she designed and I could not get the image out of my head. It was with this bit of inspiration in mind that I went on to curate my Spring 2017 capsule.
I know what you’re thinking – florals for spring? Groundbreaking. But one must look deeper than florals, young grasshopper, and explore the beauty of color.
Yes, I was struck by the floral pattern and the way the word “floral” weaved in and out of the vines but the colors were what influenced my Spring 2017 capsule. The cool tone greys, saturated oranges, and calm greens were most striking to me.
Spring is a time to shed layers of sweaters, scarves, and long sleeves for light weight textures and fabrics. Because San Francisco's weather is unpredictable, I opted to keep a few warm sweaters, my rain coat, and rain boots. Thanks to my color inspiration, I ditched the darker colors of winter and replaced them with brighter, more cheery colors like blush and orange. And you know I have to have my stripes!
Spring is also the time to try something new so I took the plunge and got myself a jumpsuit. I have experimented with jumpsuits and rompers in the past (aka tried them on in the fitting room and instantly took them off) but never felt comfortable or confident in them. I found the perfect olive green soft jumpsuit at UNIQLO and I feel fierce as all heck in it!
Curating this season’s capsule validated the fact that inspiration can be found anywhere, and at any time, so it is important to welcome it with open arms. It sounds so silly but you literally feel weightless when you’re on a creativity high. Like inspiration is the wind beneath your wings. Okay, I’m getting too carried away now but you get the point.
I hope this post inspires you as you embark on your own wardrobe refresh. If you enjoy curating capsules as much as I do, be sure to subscribe to my blog in the About Me section so you're always up-to-date with where I find my creative inspiration.
Until next season,
Xoxo – EK