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.

Monday, April 26, 2010


So, after a 3:00 a.m. bedtime, I woke up at 8 in order to get to Leo's school where I had to volunteer this morning (see haggard face left). I actually got a 6:40 a.m. call requesting that I sub, but I reluctantly had to pass because of my obligation to help breakdown The Wonder of Learning exhibit. It closed on Saturday and is making it's way to Chicacgo!

Now, you would think that knowing about my duties today would have inspired me to come up with a cute and functional outfit last night, but NO! I lamed out and threw on my trusty kick around jeans and a shirt that my cousin gave me that I have never worn before. This is exactly what I should NOT be wearing, but I did say that at least 30 of my outfits were going to stink and this is certainly one of them. At the same time, I was doing manual labor, so getting dressed up would have been silly, right?

Last night when I was up working on my not sleeping, which I am really good at, I realized that I am a second generation Los Angelino. That makes my kids third generation. Richard was born here too. Born in the land of perpetual sun and traffic. Lucky we!

By the way, as I write this Haha is climbing all over me. She has been awake since 9:00 a.m. and has only slept 40 minutes all day. She's still awake as I post this at 10:30 p.m. I took her with me to meet my amazing friend Amy because I thought she would fall asleep in the car. She didn't, and she got very punchy toward the end. Now she is walking around the dining room holding a paper saying "Kitty, kitty, kitty". Also, I had a request to include more photos of Haha bear, so I hope I made my patrons happy!


Polka dot tie shirt: From cousin. Forever 21.

Undershirt: Clothing swap. Old Navy.

Jeans: From cousin. Gap.

Shoes: I started with my Wanted sneakers, then changed into my American Eagle shoes that Ayiko gave to me.  


  1. You may think your outfit stinks but Ha Ha's more then makes up for it!

  2. I got a cranky baby wake up call last night and couldn't get back to sleep, so I puttered round the internet and ended up reading your ENTIRE blog. In one go. Seriously. (and then ran around all day today thinking I was you!)

    It is so nice to read your reflections on parenting...and how that "26 children of other people are easier somehow than 4 of your own" resonates! Though in my case, I can barely handle two.

    Go go go Shelayna! I am all admiration.