capsule living

Build a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.

Choose a colour scheme. This would typically involve choosing one or two base colours which go with everything, such as black, white, brown, grey, or navy. Items such as trousers, handbags or coats would be bought in shades of these colours, so that they can be put with anything else in the wardrobe. After choosing the base colours, choose one or two accent colours, which are brighter than the base colours, and co-ordinate with each other.

These would typically be used for items such as tops, dresses, or accessories; once a colour scheme is established, all the items in a wardrobe should be interchangeable, as the colour of the pieces will always complement each other. Black is generally considered slimming on all body types.

Consider your body shape. Some cuts of clothing are more flattering than others; for instance, stylists often advise that women with wider hips wear cap sleeves, as they make the shoulders appear wider, and more proportionate to the hips. If the items of clothing chosen are flattering, the wearer is more likely to want to keep them in their wardrobe.

Choose classic shapes and patterns. While some cuts and patterns of clothing go in and out of fashion, there are others which are considered ‘classic’ because they do not date. It is wise to choose classic pieces for a capsule wardrobe, as they are intended to be kept for a number of years.

Choose high-quality fabrics. “Quality over quantity." As the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of clothing which can be worn in a number of different ways, individual pieces will get lots of wear. Therefore, it is a good idea to choose clothing that is well made, and will continue to look good despite the heavy wear.

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My first capsule wardrobe

You may or may not have been following me on my sport of trying to live a simple kind of life. I had already sorted out my clothes several times. I had not yet made a capsule wardrobe.

I did some research on the subject and after adapting the advice, I have made my first capsule wardrobe. It took me two days, but I did it! I said I would never do it, but there you go!

For the next year I am going to perfect it. I applied my own rules. For now, I am using this white dresser. It is spacious. I used a little konmari and just a little bit of my own logic. As you can see I still have some space left.

In this white dresser I have put only the clothes I really love. I have to admit - that wasn’t a lot. I supplemented it with things I know I wear regularly and things I thought might be nice to try. 

During the whole process I have sorted out my wardrobe and I have 4 boxes full of clothes to donate to the thrift store. One pile with over 10 items to donate to my best friend. And two or three items I just trashed because they were so old and weary. 

Then with what I had left, I tried to separate it all. I put it all in boxes. I did document what I put in the boxes as best I could in Evernote. Also, the items for winter I do very much love are also in a separate box. And that’s going in the famous basement!

Let’s see how it goes. I want to know what type of effect it has on my life. I have to see how this works for me. From the research I did, I got the impression it depends on the location and what type of lifestyle and job one has. In The Netherlands the upcoming 6 months the weather varies so much, it can be blazing hot one week and then it can pour down the next. As I write this, I had to suddenly put on a sweater - because it is in fact pouring down after a warm morning. 

Also, my gf (okay, my fiancee) is going to move in, in a few months. There’s no way she’s going to do a capsule wardrobe. It’s good to have the space in this tiny house. 

I’ll keep you all posted. 

Hope you have an amazing Sunday! <3

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AU where they adopt Piccolo immediately, when he’s still an angsty 3 year old teenager. Everyone calls him Junior (except Chichi who calls him the Hobgoblin)

Bulma lets him live at Capsule Corp and tries to teach him how to chill the fuck out and be a normal adolescent demon boy. He also tags along when they go on adventures and is an all around disaster who doesn’t know how to talk about feelings and has a lot of awkward crushes on Goku & Company

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Agnes Denes
Tree Mountain, first planted in 1996
A Living Time Capsule - 11,000 Trees - 11,000 People - 400 Years,
Yl j rvi, Finland

“The development of Tree Mountain took 14 years from the original design concept in 1982, to its commissioning by the Finnish government at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992— to its completion in 1996 in middle Finland. A mountain needed to be built to design specifications, which by itself took over four years and was the restitution work of a mine that had destroyed the land through resource extraction. The process of bioremediation restores the land from resource extraction use to one in harmony with nature, in this case, the creation of a virgin forest. The planting of trees holds the land from erosion, enhances oxygen production and provides home for wildlife. This takes time and it is one of the reasons why Tree Mountain must remain undisturbed for centuries. The certificate the planters received are numbered and reach 400 years into the future as it takes that long for the ecosystem to establish itself. It is an inheritable document that connects the eleven thousand planters and their descendents reaching into millions, connected by their trees. This family is the original green generation, the term that became so popular recently in people’s terminology. This family from around the world are proud custodians of the trees that bear their names and grow through the centuries to a lush manmade virgin forest. Tree Mountain is a collaborative work, from its intricate landscaping and forestry to the funding and contractual agreements for its strange, unheard-of land-use of four centuries. The collaboration expands as eleven thousand people come together to plant the trees that bear their names and remain their property through succeeding generations. The trees can change ownership—people can leave their tree to their heirs, or transfer it by other means, even be buried under it—but Tree Mountain itself can never be owned or sold, nor can the trees be moved from the forest. The trees are made by nature, the mathematical positioning created by the human intellect to form a true alliance of man and nature.” -AD

Agnes Denes: Tree Mountain — A Living Time Capsule (1996), Finland. A massive earthwork and reclamation project where a “mountain” was built on the site of an old gravel quarry volunteers from different countries planted 11,000 Finnish Pine trees in an intricate pattern designed by Denes. The volunteers were then each given inheritable certificates (valid for 400 years) which granted them responsibility for the stewardship of one of the trees. 

Would there be a Vegeta without a Bulma?

Would Vegeta have a place in Z without his relationship/history with Bulma?

The first thing I’d like to point out is that a saiyan being in a relationship is HIGHLY unusual, as revealed in Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Minus chapters. In fact, Vegeta’s relationship with Bulma is a testament of his unusual nature, even compared to Goku. If you think about it, Goku’s prior head injury has given him the flexibility to be in human relationships - and even so, the depth of Goku’s relationships is uncertain. Meanwhile Vegeta, the saiyan prince – the model of his race – is simply tempted into something as unusual and indulgent as an intimate relationship, head injury not required. So yes, Vegeta is, no doubt, unusual. He cries, has emotional outbursts, and experiences sentimentality (especially when it comes to his home planet). Even Goku does not experience many of these things. Vegeta is arguably the most emotional character in Z. And this begs the question – what if he wasn’t. What if he was like any other saiyan warrior, and had never gotten involved with Bulma during those famous three years?

-Let’s get past the obvious point – the lack of Trunks. For now, why don’t we pretend Trunks’ existence isn’t crucial to the series. And if Trunks DID come into existence through a solely sexual relationship between Vegeta and Bulma, let’s say that this hypothetical, unemotional Vegeta is as unattached to his son as he is to Bulma.

-This would mean that Vegeta’s sole reason for staying on earth between the Frieza Saga and the Android Saga would be his rivalry with Goku and his desire to battle the androids. Fair enough. This was the original trajectory anyway.

-Vegeta would likely eventually move out of Capsule Corporation to live by himself and provide for himself. This is plausible. During the saiyan saga, we saw Vegeta on a distant planet happily chomping on raw alien body parts. That’s gotta count for something. Boy’s got survival skills.

Now things get a little tricky.

-Post-Cell, Vegeta might stay on earth for lack of having anywhere else to go – but this is a stretch. With no human attachments, I have no doubt that Vegeta would go off into space and become the new Frieza (probably worse). Thus ends Vegeta’s role in the series, at least as a protagonist.

But just for kicks, let’s say Vegeta DID stay on earth.

-His sacrifice during the Buu saga would be for the sake of all the humans in general, which I could never see happening. By then, the line between him and Goku would be growing too thin. Vegeta has always been unique because of his selfishness compared to Goku. He is selective about those he cares about, and in the end, it gives the series more leverage to exploit it, in choice moments, such as the death of Mirai Trunks by Cell’s hands. I can’t see a scenario in which he could come to love earth without Bulma and/or Trunks. Thus, Vegeta would likely disappear after the Cell saga, as previously stated.

Moving on… Is Vegeta inherently open to relationships? – who really knows. We know that he was emotional for a long time, but we don’t know how long he was susceptible to relationships. He wasn’t particularly attached to Radditz or Nappa early in the series, nor to anyone else. Did Bulma trigger this development? Something to ponder on.

In conclusion – No, Vegeta could not exist as a protagonist without Bulma, for the same reason that Nappa, Radditz, or any other saiyan could never exist as a protagonist in Z. The very nature of a saiyan conflicts with the possibility of altruism and other protagonistic features.