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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Early Summer!

So it seems that daylight savings time catapulted Los Angeles into summer! It has been balmy, warm, and it was 80 degrees yesterday. Mentally, I am not prepared. I need to work up to summertime, and wardrobe-wise, my mind is not there. I am still digesting spring trends and trying to figure out how to incorporate them into my challenge!

Speaking of trends, military style clothes are in and that gives me the perfect opportunity to mention that my dear friend and ex-roommate, Matt Young, will be appearing on HBO's The Pacific on Sunday, March 28th. He is the army captain whose moccasins get stolen in Episode 2. Matt and I went to NYU together and we lived in a brownstone in Park Slope with two other people. We happened upon The Slope when we were looking to get out of the ridiculous rent NYU was charging (I paid $900 a month to share a room with two other girls! No kitchen!). Brooklyn seemed like the way to go. Little did we know that Park Slope would blow up and gentrify in the few years after we moved there. I guess we moved there when all of it was about to pop off. We watched 7th avenue change as Barnes & Noble moved in, and some mom & pop shops moved out.We watched the stroller brigade take over the avenue as The Slope became the place to raise a family. Heck,  I would've happily raised a family there if I had met the right guy. But the New York men and I did not have a future. I needed to go back to my roots to meet the man I would marry, but that's another story.

I did spend three years living with a Park Slope native, who is still there today. He told me many interesting things about Park Slope's history, including the fact that it was pretty dumpy when he was a kid on account of an airplane crash that caused many people to abandon the area. His uncle was killed by the plane while selling Christmas trees on 7th Avenue! What are the chances of that? He and his uncle were real New York guys. God bless 'em!


Turquoise shirt: This is a Goodwill find, but it is Old Navy Maternity. I bought it when I was pregnant, but I would have gotten it even if I wasn't because of the embroidery. I just cant resist a piece of embroidered fabric!

Striped shirt: This was given to me by my best friend. You can buy vintage shoes from her at:

Jeans: From cousin. Gap.

Shoes: Mac & Jac.

I've included a picture of my crazy HaHa bear climbing the vacuum. She will climb anything. She actually pulled a ladder down at a friend's house the other day and was lucky there was a bed to catch it. She's been going up and down the stairs since she was about 7 months! So much for having a baby. She was a baby for a few months then she was off!


  1. My friend Meg cast that show so I guess she knows your friend Matt.

  2. Janine was just telling me how much HaHa liked to climb things and here is a picture to prove it. The look in her eyes is a little scary to me, but the picture has given me a great laugh for the day. Thanks.

  3. I'll talk to Matt! Small world! Yes, HaHa makes me HaHa!

  4. she wants to surf the vacuum.

  5. She wants to surf EVERYTHING unstable!