July, I liked you. Despite that fact that you were the coldest July Melbourne has seen in twenty years, and I’m a dreadful wimp when it comes to the cold, I feel like we got along.
It may have something to do with that fact that I actually made an effort to dress cold-weather appropriate for what might be the first time in my adult life. I attribute this entirely to the discovery of minimalist fashion blog, Unfancy, and the wonderful concept of a seasonal capsule wardrobe. I’ve never been one for a huge wardrobe, but I’ve also never been very good at creating a particularly cohesive wardrobe either. With Caroline’s sage guidance, I made a solid effort in the weeks leading up to winter to buy quite a few new clothes that were both season appropriate and versatile. Those usually aren’t my strong points when it comes to buying clothes!
And I’ll tell you what, I’m a fully-fledged capsule wardrobe convert. It’s the best. I picked the clothes I wanted to keep out for wear this winter, topped up my selection with several new purchases and then packed everything else away into storage containers. I also got rid of anything I hadn’t worn in years. By thoughtfully downsizing I’ve actually created a wardrobe that gives me so much more inspiration because the pieces I’ve selected are versatile, good quality and season appropriate (Uniqlo knits and Heattech under layers have been my saviour!). Come spring I’ll rotate some of my winter clothes out, bring in some pieces that have been in storage and purchase a few new ones as well. Part of the concept is that I’ll be less likely to get sick and tired of my clothes (I am notorious for this), and they also get a break from wear and so hopefully last a bit longer too.
So, I’m keeping warm. That has been rather nice.
But oh, July, you got my feet itching for adventure. Most every day I had a delightful notification from Facebook letting me know how much fun I was having On This Day in 2010 (jetting off to Munich), 2012 (visiting Disneyland), 2014 (road-tripping Europe)… Yes, you’ve historically been a travel month for me, and in these funds-limited off-years I can’t help but ache for another great big trip. We made do by booking a long weekend in Sydney in November, which is a lovely little thing to look forward to. Suggestions as to what to see, do and eat (mostly the latter, naturally) are very much wanted and welcome!
Getting out of town a couple of times also helped sate the wanderlust. I adore the drenched green landscape of regional Victoria at this time of year. Those bright, overcast skies that give way to broody grey clouds just make everything look so much more vibrant. We froze our way through the most incredible fog on a day trip to the Yarra Valley – a sight definitely worth the numb toes (note to self: extra Heattech measures needed for these outings).
Of course, July, you were also filled with delicious food adventures. Fabulous fine dining at the Yarra Valley’s Yering Station, feasts of wine and cheese at Milk the Cow, Gelato Messina door delivery (thanks Uber!), a rediscovery of the humble scroll at Pop Up Scroll and yet more gelato from Lygon Street’s lovely Pidapipó. As always, I was a happy little foodie indeed.
I realise this is not a particularly timely retrospective, July. At this time you already seem long gone. But I know I need to work harder in getting these fingers tapping keys more often, and you’ve been a wonderful prompt, albeit a few days late. I’ll try and do better with August, okay? x