Sunday, October 4, 2015

Keep a Few Things


Yesterday I talked about how I cleaned out my closet. The big thing I couldn't part with were my prom dresses. Are they in style?...probably not. Will I have a time to wear them again?...most likely not. Do I even fit in them?...definitely not. But I just couldn't let them go.

When I look at my dresses I wore all those years ago, so many memories come up. My mother and I would take a whole day going to the fancy dress stores in town. We would both have to agree on a dress...because for me, I would be wearing it, and for her, she was paying for it. After many false starts and a few disagreements, the perfect dress would be found. Of course, then the anticipation of the big day would begin, and the planning among my friends would start. There would be so much talk and fun between me and my friends as we got ready for the big day. Eventually, the night of prom would arrive and each event would be filled with the highs and lows and dramas that only can occur in high school.

It is funny how a little bit of fabric can have so much memories woven into it's seams.

They are only taking up four and three-quarters inches of space (yes I measured). In my head, I know I should let them go, or take a pictures, or donate them to a good cause, or one of the other many things that professional organizers tell you to do. But for now, even though I no longer wear my prom dresses, they will stay in my closet.

Do you have a piece of clothing you just can not ever see yourself getting rid of?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Clear Out the Closet


So with most of my new projects, I begin with first getting rid of the old. If I was going to edit my clothes down to those that are truly my style, I needed to make room for them in my closet.

And so began the long process of eliminating things. (Yes, I read that book.)

The goal here at the beginning was just to get rid of the clothes that I knew for a fact I was never going to wear or no longer fit. I had to admit I was pretty ruthless. I felt like I had these ladies in the room helping me decide what to keep, and what to throw away.


If I waffled on if I should keep an item, I admit I sided towards putting it back on the rack. This will be an evolving process, and I am seeing another closet tidying will probably be necessary once I further define my style. This is only day 2, and we have a ways to go.
At the end of this closet clean out, there is a pile of clothes on the floor ready to donate, and space in the closet, so I am going to consider this day a success!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Find My Style in 31 Days


I am excited to be joining this year's 31 Days. It's a writing challenge where you pick one topic and discuss it each day for the month of October. Thanks for joining with me, as I talk endlessly thoughtfully about one subject.

For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome. In my blog, I always talk about small changes I make in my life. Because while I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. So of course, when I decided that I wanted to be a part of 31 Days I knew my topic needed to be of some benefit to me and my life. I thought a lot about what I wanted to do for the month of October, and finally decided that I should tackle a project I wanted to do for awhile now, and that is better define my fashion style. If I know my style, I envision picking out clothes to be much more efficient, and no matter which clothes in my closet I put on, I would feel happy and put together. I want dressing in the morning to be an easy task. I no longer want to feel like I am just a big cliché since I "never have anything to wear." So I am going to spend this month deciding what I really want in my closet, and what clothes will make me feel my best...and of course writing about it.

We will see what I look like by November...

And I wouldn't be me if I didn't make out a list of things to tackle for each day. (Click on the links below to see each day's post.)

31 Days to Find My Style ~ To-do List:

Pick a topic and get Started

Clear Out the Closet

Keep a Few Things

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Redo a Thrifted Lamp

DIY Summer School over at Beth's blog Design Post Interiors is back in session. Today's theme is Thrifted.
I love the idea of this. If I have a spare moment (which admittedly is not often) it is fun to wonder around one of the local thrift shops and see if any thing of interest catches my eye. It is a bit of a treasure hunt. Of course, sometimes you are successful and sometimes you are not. Which is why the hunt continues...
Today, I am sharing how I redid two lamps I  found at a garage sale. They were the perfect addition to the two dressers I was using as nightstands in my bedroom. Check out all the details by clicking HERE.
And head on over to see what others thrifted.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Love Those Ikea Hacks

Today I am joining Beth of Design POST Interiors for her DIY Summer School. Twice a month this summer she is hosting a link up where other bloggers can share their DIYs. The theme today is IKEA hacks.
I love wondering the halls of IKEA (ok more accurately following along with the arrows) and checking out all the model rooms. I always get so much inspiration. And the simple clean lines of the Swedish furniture and other accessories allows for such creativity when it comes to turning them into a hack.
Today I am sharing a previous post where I added a little color and some pretty handles to plain Tarva dressers. Check out the post here for all the details.


I wanted two dressers, to serve as both a nightstand and storage on either side of the bed in the master bedroom, and these were the perfect fit. With just a little bit of effort, these dressers made a great improvement to the room.
Be sure to pop on over to Design Post Interiors and see what IKEA hacks others created.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Check Out a Great Blog

fly your penelope flag!

Just wanted to pop in to tell you all about a great blog I am following. 

Penelope Loves Lists is perfect for all those type A, list making, organizing obsessed people out there. It was the first blog I ever started reading, and I am so thrilled that Meredith has recently brought it back.

There will be a whole new look coming soon, but in the meantime check it out when you have a moment. (You might just see someone you recognize.)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Get My Wardrobe Fixed

Thanks so much for all the great feed back on my entry way and powder room that I recently finished for the One Room Challenge. Promise to have tutorials for the rug runner, the art made from maps, and the powder room's fabric wall coverings up soon. I am already eyeing which room I am going to be doing for the next ORC in October. The rate I am going with decision making, it will take me that long to pick what design style I am going with.

In the meantime, I need a new I decided to focus on myself for a change.  Looking at my wardrobe, I realized that I really keep wearing the same thing over and over again. Frankly, I am starting to look a little boring. The problem is I am not good at shopping. I chalk this up to the fact that I have worn some sort of uniform for most of my life. I don't really have the time anymore to just wonder from store to store looking for just the right thing, so I have to limit myself to just one or two places to shop in a tight timeframe. Then I get frustrated if the right thing doesn't jump out at me from the clothing racks, and I feel like I just wasted my time.

Enter Stitch Fix. I had heard about it from a few people. Honestly, I was a little nervous that a personal stylish randomly assigned to me could pick out five items of clothing that would be something I would like and would fit right. But I heard such good things that I thought why not just give it a try. I knew I would only be out the $20 styling fee if I didn't like anything since I could send it all back if I didn't want them. And if I did like something, the styling fee is applied to the purchase price. It was worth that just to see what everyone was talking about. I filled out my profile through the Stich Fix website (will share my tips later on how to accurately represent your fashion tastes) and waited to see what the personal stylish would send me.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got my box in the mail. My stylist totally got my fashion sense.

The first order of business was trying everything on. This was probably the best part since I was in my own home. I could try the items on a few times at my leisure if I was undecided on something, I had my closet right there to see if something that I already owned would go with something that was in my fix, and I didn't have to deal with the weird dressing room lighting at most stores.

And I loved that I was also sent a card, featuring each shirt or pants in my fix, with two different ways to style it. I am not the most fashion forward person, and it was great to now have ideas for how to wear something that I wouldn't have even thought of.

So here where the clothes I received in my fix:

I ended up keeping the navy and green shirt and the blue and coral striped shirt. They looked great on me, and was so glad to add them to my wardrobe rotation. I would have kept the pants, but they were a little more than I wanted to spend right now, and with going into summer I knew I wouldn't be able to wear them for a while. Also, the dress I loved when I pulled it out of the box, but it didn't fit right, unlike everything else which was the perfect size. The one kind of miss was the chevron top. It was just too flowy and thin for me. But I appreciated that it was something out of my comfort zone, that I never would have tried on if I saw it in a store and I might of liked it...maybe.

I did go ahead and sign up for my next Stitch Fix, and can't wait until it gets here. (I decided to request one when I want it, although you can sign up for one to arrive on a set schedule.) I asked for some summer outfits that are causal but still a step up from jeans and a T-shirt. I will let you all know how it goes.  

Have you ever tried a service like this? Am I the only girl who feels they are not good at shopping?

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