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Some End of Year Musings: a New Blog Direction

Karin Rambo of shares some end of year musings

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This year has been one of the craziest years of my life… between raising Kit, selling our house and moving, and finding out we were pregnant with twins its safe to say that it’s been a blur.

But as the end of year approaches, I have been reflecting back on all that it has brought with it – especially in regards to what Truncation was and is now.

Obviously, I am much less active now than I was at the beginning of the year… for obvious reasons.

But also for some not so obvious reasons.

I started Truncation as a way to share my capsule wardrobes with you and to grow with you in the process of living with less. And I feel like we’ve definitely done that… grown together, learned, and created smaller (and more mindful) closets. It’s been so wonderful to share that with you!

However, I’m at a point now where creating a capsule each season is taking more mental energy than I have to spare. I also feel like it’s forcing me into a box that is all about rules.

I still think capsule wardrobes are an incredibly useful way of learning how to limit your clothing purchases and choices. I also am not ready to totally throw out the idea altogether.

In fact, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is to transition into a two season capsule: one for warm weather and one for cold weather. It actually makes a lot more sense for me here in Minnesota because our weather is so unpredictable.

Plus it allows me to utilize all of the clothing I own throughout the year much more efficiently.

So after I’m done with my maternity capsule, I plan to make the transition.

I also plan to have a cold beer (hello cruel pregnancy craving), but that’s neither here nor there.

But that’s not all, I also plan to change up Truncation a bit. With fantastic bloggers like Carolyn of Unfancy (who focuses on clothing posts) and Andrea of Seasons & Salt (who focuses more on conscious style), I fear my content may be a bit redundant.

Plus, as much as I love fashion it’s not all that I’m passionate about (not even close actually). I’d love to share with you other aspects of my life without feeling like I’m veering away from the purpose of Truncation.

So where does that leave us?

Truncation will definitely still be here (and hopefully I’ll be much more active after the twins are here and in a routine), but instead of being a capsule wardrobe blog it will be a mindful living blog.

What do I mean by that?

Well, first of all, our wardrobes are only a small part of our lives. There are so many other areas that need simplifying.

I fully believe that 99% of people in 1st world countries need to learn to live slower, more mindful lives with less stuff… less clutter.

My hope with Truncation going forward is that it will inspire you to do just that.

I’ll still talk about fashion, but I’ll also talk about a lot more.

This is all new to me as well, so I can’t really tell you what that’s going to look like. We’ll just evolve together like we always have… I’ll learn from you and you can learn from me.


This post has been long, but it was easier to write than the last handful of posts because it’s been tumbling around inside my brain waiting to be written.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Have you taken similar journeys? How have you simplified all areas of your lives?

Until next time,





Shop this Post:

Tote: Madewell Transport Tote.

Cardigan: Old. Similar.

Maternity Flannel: Old, Old Navy. Similar Pattern.

Maternity Denim: Citizens of Humanity via eBay. Similar.

Duck Boots: L.L. Bean.

Beanie: Old. Similar.

Lipstick: Nars in Cruella.

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  • Reply Beth

    Look forward to whatever you’ve got in store for us.

    December 16, 2016 at 6:47 am
    • Reply Karin

      Thank you Beth!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Alley

    We all could live more simply. I will enjoy the inspiration you bring. Have a very joyful holiday season.

    December 16, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply Karin

      You are so right Alley! Have a joyful season as well!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Julie

    The past year I have been trying to make a more conscious effort to live simpler, with less and more ethical products. I really look forward to reading your future posts and am sure they sill continue to help guide me! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    December 16, 2016 at 10:10 am
    • Reply Karin

      That’s so great Julie! It’s definitely a process that takes TIME… and I think that’s okay. 🙂 And thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Tammy Thiele

    Sounds like a journey I would be happy to join you on! Hope you have a peaceful and joyful holiday!

    December 16, 2016 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Tammy! I’ve always appreciated your feedback over here on Truncation. 🙂 I wish you the same!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Hi Karin! I’ve made the switch from capsule wardrobes some time ago. I still wouldn’t say I’m 100% where I want to be with slow fashion as I can’t quite decide what is the best (sustainable) way to do this for me. I definitely have to go back to being extremely careful about my spending + my style is forever evolving which makes it harder for me. But the mindset has for sure seeped into other areas of my life – I’m way better with home stuff and I try to live with as little as possible (still, my cosmetics drawer feels huge, although it isn’t in comparison to other girls I know)
    I’m currently thinking about Christmas and unwanted gifts. I have an auntie who’s very good at them. She buys people things she likes herself and then tries to convince us they are perfect 😀 it’s kind of funny, but also it generates *stuff* that definitely doesn’t bring me joy. And then I feel so bad because the thing is new and I don’t just want to throw it in the bin but I also really don’t like it. How do you go about preventing unwanted gifts?

    Also, looking forward to what’s coming next for Truncation, and also super looking forward to finding out what you will be naming your twins (because I have a thing about names) 🙂 So I will definitely keep following along and I actually prefer when blogs focus on more than one thing. I like finding out other stuff about the bloggers I follow and I, like you, have other interests besides fashion that I want to share.



    December 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply Karin

      I know exactly how you feel about the cosmetics drawer! I’m just about to a place where I feel like everything I own is something that I use regularly, but it has been a process! And Christmas is super hard for gifts as well. To be honest, I don’t ever throw away something I’ve been given (unless it’s truly horrendous), but I do find a way to re-purpose it. Whether that be to give the gift to someone who will truly love it, or to donate it, etc. I feel much less guilty knowing that it will end up in a loving home that way. 🙂

      I’m so glad you’re on board with the changes! And honestly, I’m kind of dying to share the names, but I promised my husband I wouldn’t so… only a few more months!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Good to hear from you! Excited for all the changes you guys are experiencing this year as well as the changes in the blog. That’s where I am at with my own blog. Wardrobes are a huge part of things for me, but living a simplified lifestyle with intentional choices in ALL areas is the important bigger picture. Looking forward to hearing more over time!

    December 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Yes exactly! I guess it’s easy to start with your wardrobe because it’s a super tangible thing, but it seems like it always branches out to other areas of your life. I can’t wait to hear how things are going for you guys as well!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Manon

    Looking forward to your new blog, here in the Netherlands too! Happy holidays!

    December 17, 2016 at 2:06 am
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Manon! Happy Holidays to you as well!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Rikke

    Appreciate your uodate – I am still here. Best holiday wishes from Sweden.

    December 17, 2016 at 3:28 am
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Rikke! I’m so glad you’re here for the ride!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Dee

    Looking forward to it!

    December 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Dee!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Erin | A Welder's Wife

    Oh! I am so excited for these changes! I cannot wait to read your new content and see how your two season capsule wardrobe shapes! I am in this same process, and so far it has been very successful!

    December 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply Karin

      That’s great to hear Erin! You’ll have to share some tips with me!

      December 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    Wonderful news! I can’t wait!

    December 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Lindsay! I’m glad you’re on board. 🙂

      December 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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