Oct 21, 2010

a slight dip in willpower

i'm pretty much over the 127 things project. maybe i will pick it up back up, but i started questioning the utility of the project, and i'd just rather work on other things. the spending hiatus is moving along, however, though i've gotten a bit lax on what i'm am and am not going to buy. junk probably isn't totally necessary to my life, and i believe one or two non-essential lip glosses have made their way home with me. i'm really going to need to tighten up here over the next couple of months. i'm going to try to make it a challenge to see just how little i can spend next month, and i'm hoping that that will really reignite my interest in doing this.

i looked over my finances from the last few months, and the interesting thing is that i don't really remember much of what i bought. if i can't even look at my credit card statement and remember just what it was that i "had to have" from the gap, maybe i really didn't need anything from the gap at all.

i'm going to be too busy to shop anyway--i'm getting ready for this:

Oct 8, 2010

the wish list

camo or tortoiseshell wayfarers (or knock-offs)

spotted on high snobiety

army green parka and pretty much everything michelle williams is wearing here (and pretty much everything michelle williams wears period.)

spotted on coolspotters

leggings with snaps


adorable argyle knee-high socks


sailor shirt with zipper


sailor shirt with snaps


loose top with tab pocket


i'm starting to compile a list of things that i want to get once the spending hiatus is over. i may be overcome with the urge to spend should any of these items go on sale, but, for now, i will dream. can you tell i'm having a little bit of a love affair with the gap and sailor stripes?

Oct 2, 2010

new week, new things

this week is all about one of my favorite things, fashion. a number of fashion insiders weigh in on the pieces of clothing that every woman (and man) should have in her (his) closet, and, in fact, the entire book was inspired by an article written by carrie donovan for the new york times magazine many years ago. i love the idea of having a capsule wardrobe that can be combined in endless chic combinations, but here's the problem: i never reach for the plain white shirt in my closet, and i don't really care that much about being chic. there was a year of college during which i dressed in a very plain, cold, WASPy way, and, while i generally looked very put together, i was dressing that way specifically because i wanted to look like i had it together even though i really, really didn't. those clean, crisp basics were really more of a suit of armor that i put on every morning to help me get through the day. i don't need that anymore, and, consequently, i don't really want to dress in that way anymore.

in other words, i think what i'm trying to say is that i don't put a lot of stock in lists of "must-haves." there's room for creativity in a black suit and white shirt, but i'm not someone who wears suits, and i like color. i've seen a post or two floating around about personal uniforms, and the idea of a personal capsule wardrobe is a lot more interesting to me than a list of necessities put together by someone whose life is incredibly different from mine.

my plan for this week is to experiment with some items that i already own from the list. i'm also going to do some weeding of my closet and maybe pass on some of the list items that just aren't for me. i leave you with a capsule wardrobe quickly pieced together on polyvore.

Cashmere V Neck Sweater
70 GBP -
V neck sweater »

Gap Mariner top
$35 -
Striped tee »

Sailorette Tee in Pink
$20 -
Pink tee »

Deck Shoe
$90 -
Summer shoes »

Fox Cub Necklace
45 GBP -
Necklaces »

Hammered Plain Band Ring
35 GBP -
Band ring »

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