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 26, 2010


The life of a sub is tough. Never knowing when you'll be called, if you'll be called. Going from class to class with different styles and different expectations. Some students are happy you're there, and some can't wait to get rid of you. Then, of course, there are the kids who try to tell you rules and regulations that don't exist. They want to play "Fool the Sub" with you. Luckily, I've been teaching long enough to know how to cut shenanigans off at the knee, and I can smell a rat from far away...

I got called at 6 a.m. asking if I could sub today, and I said "Yes". Then I remembered that Richard has jury duty and I had to take Leo to school, so I said "No". Taking Leo to school would mean getting to work a full hour later than the start of the school day. I said that if no one else could sub, I'd do it, but it would be better to have someone there on time. Wouldn't you know, no one else answered their phone?! I guess no one was expecting to get called on the last day before spring break. This was actually a great fortune for me, and I had a lot of fun. Today was "Dance Anywhere", and at 12 noon the whole school danced wherever they happened to be. I happened to be out on the yard at lunch with the kids, and when we heard Michael Jackson come through on the speakers, teachers, kids, and parents all danced. It looked like a scene from Fame! If the whole world did this, I'm sure we'd have less conflict. Imagine Congress, discussing health-care overhaul, and 12 o' clock comes then, BAM! Time to boogie! It would be hard to argue with someone after that. I can't wait to dance anywhere again!


Everything I'm wearing was given to me, except my shoes. I got dressed quickly, having to get all three kids dressed and fed and prepared and out!I was going for texture.

White shirt underneath: Gift from friend. Mossimo.

Black V sequined cami: From friend at clothing swap.

Gray Sweater: From friend. H&M.

Grey Seamed Jeans: From Cousin. Old Navy.

Belt: From friend.

Shoes: Predictions. Would I dress totally different if I didn't have such stylish friends?... 


  1. Fame! I wanna live forever, I wanna learn how to fly...high!

  2. People will see me and cry!!!!... Literally!