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 25, 2010

Jury Duty!

Richard had jury duty today, and he will have it for the next six days, which means I am on single mom duty. I had to get all the kids ready and out today, and bring entertainment and snacks for a full day out of the house. I left this morning with at least four bags of snacks, clothes, books and things I needed for the day. If Richard left the house for the whole day, he would bring one diaper and a package of wipes, but I always like to be prepared. We got home at 4:45 p.m. and I was completely spent. I was especially irritated because Leo knocked over a plant in someone's office when he shouldn't have been there in the first place. Hollis was a total trooper all day, and she kept me laughing by singing "We Will Rock You, which sounds like "Wee wuh, wee wuh, ah-ah!" when she sings it.


I knew it was going to be a park day, so I started with brown pants. At first I was just going to pair them with the cream sweater only, but I saw my maroon top peeking out of the closet, and I thought I'd try it. One of the things I am enjoying about this project is the new, unexpected, pairings of things I've tried in the name of stretching out my wardrobe. I turned the maroon shirt inside out, so that the white stitching on the cuffs would "pop". I really adore this maroon top and I can't wait to wear it on its' own. It has really lovely details!

Maroon Shirt: Goodwill. Antik Batik. Also worn in Into The Woods.

Cream Sweater: Old Navy.

Brown Pants: From friend. Lucky Brand.

Shoes: Airwalk.

Coat: From friend. Forever 21.

Both Leo and his friend Psipsina had incidents which led them to wear their 18 and 13 month old baby sisters' pants at the park. Even in pants 4 years too small, they look awesome! Ah, youth! You can also spot Erin, mommy and teacher extraordinaire, and Ajax in the background.


  1. First, those are seriously awesome photos of you today. Who took them. Love the outfit and love that you're getting so much use out of the purple coat.

    Leo and friend are awesome. They look adorable and hilarious.

    I need to hear Hollis and her song. I'm sure it's so sweet.

  2. I think Alix knows Psipsina's Mom! That is a name that you don't hear often!

  3. I cannot wait to get there so I can help you out with the kids, whether it's taking them to school, watching Hollis so you can go get your toes done, or just doing whatever you need. I can hear Hollis sing that song in my head with that sweet little voice. I will be there soon. Count down has begun. XOXOXO

  4. I took the photos. We were going to get Psipsina and I parked by the freeway. I was looking at Hollis in the car in the first one. I only had time to take four photos before Hollis said "Out!"

    Yes, Alix knows Psipsina's mom. Small world!

    We're all waiting for you to get here! Yay!!!!

  5. Oh yay! Justine's on the way. The gladdens my heart. Can't wait.