Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Start of My Capsule Wardrobe Journey

Ya'll I am so over my closet.  I am so compulsive when it comes to shopping for clothes.  I love looking at the #ootd and searching on Pinterest but when I look in my own closet I grab the same t-shirt and jeans EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Why am I fighting the fact that I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl?  Why am I forcing myself to wear clothing that I really don't like and the only thing that happens in the end is I feel super uncomfortable.

Can I get a AMEN?

I wasn't planning to do this blog post right now but I am doing it.  I took these pics of my closet about 5 minutes ago.
seriously......  I could atleast make a effort to hang things up properly :/

Oh.... it gets worse :(  I have so much stuff that I never wear and it just sits in my closet. 

note to self... you cannot make shoe storage from foam board.  

I am going to do a massive closet clean out this weekend.  Everything that needs a repair, doesn't fit, I really don't like, I've never worn is out.  Gone. Done.  Removed.

Let's answer some questions about Capsule Wardrobes.  I've seen blog posts and videos about them but I never really considered them until tonight.  Tonight I decided I need simplicity in my life.  Besides, if we decide to build our tiny home or purchase our RV I can't move all of my clothes into it.  Downsizing is starting on Saturday.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A Capsule Wardrobe is essentially a wardrobe of pieces (you decide on the number) that all or most are cohesive.  I am not going to stick to a number but more of a does it fit and do I love it rule.

Everything that doesn't fit will be sold on depop or taken to Goodwill.  If you are interested in my depop look for @mandyjeanchic.  This goes for bags, jewelry, shoes, clothes and so on.  Nothing in my closet will be safe.

Ideally I want my wardrobe to fit on one bar in my closet.

Also, most create a capsule wardrobe by season.  I will be creating a Capsule Wardrobe for basics, office and for seasons.  I have to start somewhat small or I will become overwhelmed and over think my decisions.  My closet will be looked at in 3 categories.  #1- basics #2- Office Chic #3- Seasonal

The end result will be a wardrobe I love and a revamped Chic closet.

I am going to take ya'll on this journey with me.  I really want to simplify my life and I feel like I have way to much "stuff"

My first step is this weekend I will be doing closet clean out #1-  Getting rid of everything that doesn't fit, is damaged or I truly just don't like.

I am also going to create 7 pinterest boards.  One for each category and one for each season.

Next week I will update ya'll on how my clean out went, links to my pinterest boards and my next steps.

Have you created a capsule wardrobe?  Do you want to take the challenge with me??  Let's simplify our lives together.

Monday, January 25, 2016

First Craft Show of 2016

Our shop has been a huge success.  We are so thankful and blessed for everyones kind words and support!  A couple of weeks ago we decided to do a craft show at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque.  We had about 2 weeks notice.  Thank goodness we were sort of ready and didn't have a ton to prepare for.  Everything I did to prepare are things we can reuse at other shows.

Our booth fee was $50 for 8 hours.  Not bad!  We arrived at the Nativo Lodge around 7:15 am and I immediately fell in love with the hotel.  Could this hotel be anymore Mandy Jean?

These metal chandeliers caught my attention immediately.  I love how oversized they are and the rustic look makes my heart sing!  

Craft Shows are hard work!  After sitting down for a few hours I kept finding myself gravitating to these chairs.  I think we need one!  I love the carpet in this hotel!  I never would have picked it out but a rug in this print would be FAB in Mandyland.   

The show was in the second floor meeting room.  All day I stared down at this magnificent and interesting piece.  I am not a statue or knick knack kind of girl but if I could get this shrunk down to about a foot that would be great! :)  

Before I get into final accounting, how we did, expenses and such I would like to say that I am THANKFUL we brought ChicDori's and binders.  If not my profit would have been -75 after the booth fee, lunch and my pen, HA!!!  

I wanted to add a little height to the table.  We purchased wood crates at Michaels and Brett distressed them.  I thought they looked so cool with the journals and binders in them.  Depending on the show we can add more, change the configuration and so on.  

While I love seeing all the leather products played out on the table we should have considered purchasing a couple photo or plate stands.  After this show we ended up purchasing 3.  Next show this will help to prop a few ChicDori's up to add a little height.  

The black cloth really made the products stand out and the colors look vibrant.  We will continue with that.  

I wanted to add some texture to the table so we brought a few pieces of suede with us and LOVE it!  Again, I used a box to hold my stickers.  The only thing I forget to show ya'll was my signs.  We can do that at a later date :) 

We learned a couple things at this show.  #1- When people touch leather they buy leather.  It was interesting as people walked by they asked if they could touch the pieces.  75% (ish) of the time they purchased.  When someone is shopping online they only see the leather.  I think this makes a HUGE difference.  #2- Packing product in crates is so much easier!  We seriously were able to load and unload everything in one trip.  Think about how you are going to pack your products.  

 We had so much fun at the show and honestly we did well.  Some craft shows you make a profit and others you don't.  I thought I would share a actual accounting with you.  I want people to see our journey and if it empowers you to take your art to a show, that is great!!

Booth Fee- $50
Breakfast- $9.75
Expenses total: $59.75

Sales- $284.00

Income after expenses: $224.25

After this show it has peaked our interest in doing a few more this year.  Our goal is one per month.

Once my creative entrepreneur blog is set up I will be shifting this content over there.  I am almost done!  I cannot wait to launch the blog and products.  This last 6 months have been some of the best of my life and I cannot wait to take you on the journey with me.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

First Craft Show of 2016. Come hang out!

Hello my friends!!

We are heading to our first craft show of 2016 this month!  On January 23rd we will be at the Trash to Treasure Trunk Show from 9am-5pm at the Native Lodge.  If you are in the area stop by The Leather Quill Shoppe booth!

We will be there with our Chidori, leather binders, printed inserts, planner goodies and a few not yet released products!!

If you are not in the Albuquerque area don't worry!  Our shop is on Etsy too!  Visit to view our handcrafted leather binders, Chicdori Planners and more!

Here are some of the items we are taking with us!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello 2016 I'm Ready For You!

Hello my friends!!

2016 is off to a great start.  At the end of 2015 I took my blogging and youtube break to focus on my Etsy shop.  Best decision.  I was able to focus on getting my products up and ready for this year.

I have many goals this year.  One goal is to get my shop consistently matching what I am currently making at my job.  The other goal is to launch my Etsy related info products and relaunch my 31 days of youtube.

Visit  I have a bunch of printable planner inserts and BLOGGING inserts!  I can't believe I have been blogging for almost 5 years.  Crazy talk!!  I have have a bunch of beautiful leather planners and binders.  If you would like to see them in action make sure to check out my periscope ( @mandyjeanchic) and my youtube channel.  

The last 2 months have been incredibly busy but I wouldn't have it any other way!  What are some of your goals for this year? If you are considering starting a Etsy shop leave me a comment below or send a email to  Let's talk about that.