Birth of a project

I was getting dressed for a friend's birthday party and I didn't know what I was going to put on my body. I looked in my closet and it seemed empty, unpromising. I've had these moments before; everything was old, ill-fitting, or blah. I thought to myself, "Ugh! I have NOTHING to wear!" Then I began rifling through my closet and saw a forgotten shirt I loved and many more, and I realized I was crazy. I had plenty to wear, and plenty to choose from. My closet was FULL of treasures! At that moment I decided I would take a year to explore my closet and to add NOTHING new to my wardrobe.

I would create a NEW outfit for each day in order to maximize my wardrobe and shake up my style.

Basically, I would try to "snap out" of my fashion rut, and appreciate what I have.

It was my New Years' project:
One Closet, One Year.

Friday, March 5, 2010


It's Leo's Birthday today. He is five. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. making mini-cupcakes for his class. They don't take that long to make, but I didn't get started until 1:00. The party last night was great. It was open bar, and they had sushi! Yay! I met some great people, and I talked to Christina Aguilera also! I don't usually bother celebrities (any L.A. native has seen their fair share and we have enough sense to know they deserve some space), but I just wanted to tell her how brilliant I thought her rendition of "This is A Man's World" at the 2008 Grammys was. Richard won tickets, and of all the people we saw that night, hers was the standout performance. When I told her this she said, "Awww... Thank you, Shelayna. Now I feel at peace in my soul." Just kidding. She said, "Thank you. Thank you very much." And then kissed me.

Kidding again!

I was out of the house ALL day. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and I kept my coat on the whole time! It was cold. We had a lovely birthday celebration at Leo's school. The children said very sweet things to Leo. We are very lucky he gets to go to a school where they put so much thought into the teaching and the environment. Tired. Must sleep...

I have two outfits to note. What I wore to the wrap party last night, and what I wore covered up all day today!

Last night:

White Dress (worn as shirt): This was my wedding dress (I wore it over the pink skirt I wore to Pee Wee). It was summer and it was a surprise wedding. Forever 21. I tucked it in and kept the jacket buttoned! I think I got away with it!

Black Jacket: Thrift store. Jones New York.

Jeans: From Cousin: Gap.

Shoes: American Eagle. These are some of the most comfortable heels ever!


Pink shirt: Goodwill. Scott.

Polka dot Wrap Shirt: Salvation Army. I've had it forever.

Jeans: Castoffs of a friend. Express.

Shoes: Predictions. My mom just sent them to me. I left them in Massachusetts two summers ago, so that I wouldn't have to worry about bringing tennies when I go. Last year I went with one pair of flip flops, and that was it for footwear!


  1. Layna: Your party outfit was fabulous, as was your makeup. Christina Aguilera got nothin' on you!! Also do yourself a favor next time--buy the cupcakes and get yourself an extra hour of sleep.
    Give Leo a birthday hug for me.
    Aunt D

  2. Thank you Aunt D! I just gave Leo a birthday hug on your behalf!

    Richard said my make-up looked "Crazy". I'll show him your comment! Men!


  3. I'm the worst godmother. I even have his birthday notated on my calendar but forgot to call you. I'm thrilled I got to sing to him and give him a birthday hug. Tried to make my deal with him that he won't get any older but he declined. Typical kid. I did buy him a present a few months ago that I shall have to remember to give to you soon. It's just a little something but I hope he'll like it.

  4. I cannot deal with how old they all are! Now another kid is doing it - growing up. You see. This is why I have 4. I thought I could always have a little one. Now my grandchildren are doing it and I can't order any of you to have more kids for my benefit. I better visit them before they're in college. Seeing Zevie today.

  5. Shelayna, I am glad you told Christina that her rendition of that song was the bomb!!! I loved it also I just saw her on TV doing it. I am glad you got the shoes. I am mailing out the platform ones today. Talk to you later.

  6. Shelayna, I sent the comment about Christina and the shoes I am going to send you. When I try to post a comment it will only let me do it as "Anonymous", even though I have a Google account. I will keep trying. Mom

  7. That one came through as Justinerose. I figured it was you! Yes, the need for little ones is fully appreciated. Now I have come to terms with the fact that the little ones will have to be other people's!!! It goes too fast!