"Believe in your heart, follow your dreams or just go to Disneyland." Emma -age 4

Monday, January 31, 2011

Here we go.

I actually don't feel much like posting. I need to be cooking dinner but I'm not. It has been a really rough week. And yeah I know. It's only Monday. But there is a lot of residual ugliness from last week. Let me just say that it is sometimes very hard to be a parent. And if I could not be a parent for awhile and pick it up again in say a few weeks, months or years after all this is over, I would in a heartbeat. And to clarify, I love my girls. My heart is breaking for one of them right now. Let's just say that girls can be mean. And when your daughters are as innocent and sweet as mine are, they tend to get hurt. But they say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I'll let you know if I survive.

Moving right along. I am actually really excited to start the 30x30. Naivete you say? Maybe. Ask me again on day 20 when I have worn all my items twice and am ready to pull out my hair.

My husband is intrigued by this whole thing. He was asking me why I decided to participate. And so it got me thinking. Here is what I came up with.
1. I hate all my clothes. Seriously though. I want to be more mindful of the clothing that I buy. I should love everything in my closet and everything in there should "go" with everything else. This is an exercise that will force me to look at my closet, and the clothes inside it, in a new light.
2. It will force me to blog everyday. Something I haven't EVER done. Clearly. I have been posting for almost a year and only have a couple dozen posts.
3. It will allow me some one on one time with my middle daughter. She has a budding interest in photography. And she happens to be quite talented. She will be my photographer for this challenge.
4. And finally, it will force me to be in front of the camera. Something I am VERY uncomfortable with. My place is usually behind the lens.

And there you go. Now you probably want to see my items. Too bad. Not really. I'll show you. And in the interest of full disclosure and for those of you who can count, I am only showing you 26 items. One of the rules of the challenge is that you cannot shop for 30 days. And so, I did some very last minute shopping and several of the items have not arrived yet. I'll add them to the list when they do. Without further ado, my 30x30.

My only dress. A lovely little Donna Karan I picked up at the consignment store.

Two cardigans. The yellow is J. Crew from eBay and the gray is Ann Taylor LOFT from a consignment shop.

Two blazers. Both thrifted.

Four pants. Red and gold cords from Gap via eBay. Black skinnies from Target and skinny jeans from the Gap via eBay.

Four skirts. The denim and khaki are thrifted and refashioned by me. The purpled ruffle number is from Express and the lace is a very old Old Navy that I also refashioned.

Four pair of shoes. Brown Frye boots vie eBay. Gray boots from Target. Leopard clogs also via eBay and gold flats from ?.

And finally 9 shirts. Chambray from the Gap. White tunic from the Gap. Buffalo Check and navy dots from J. Crew via eBay. Floral shirt. Thrifted. H&M striped sweater from a consignment shop. Sleeveless white ruffled top from the Gap. Blue tunic from Target and cream lace from F21 via eBay.

Whew. I'm done now.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

30 Days.

Is the exact number of days since my last post. Which is just shameful. But I have been thinking a lot about this blog and what it is and what I want it to be. So, new things on the horizon I think. Hence the lovely sunset photo. Get it? The horizon? No? Ok then. Moving on.

I have decided that I hate everything in my closet. It's true. So I am trying to revamp my wardrobe and my style. And I have decided to sign up for and participate in this challenge. Kendi Everyday's 30 for 30. This girl is the bomb. I almost didn't type out that phrase. I know I've dated myself by using it. But seriously this girl is amazing! Her sense of style is something that I aspire to and her sense of humor and writing style always put a smile on my face. If you want to laugh so hard you'll cry, read this post. You can thank me later.

I'll admit this challenge terrifies me. How do you only wear 30 items from your closet? How do you remix? I don't really know. But I do know I have far too many items in my closet that never get worn. I do know that I shop too much. I do know that I think quantity is better than quality. I am trying to change all these things. I think this challenge will do just that. I'm ready.

And do you see what I did with the title? With the 30 days? The challenge is 30 days and it's been 30 days... Just thought I would point it out. In case you didn't get how clever I am.