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.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Night Owls!

How many people with four children and a full time job and a wake up call of 6:00 a.m. would admit to the world that they went to sleep at 4:00 a.m.? How many people with four children and no drug habit or insomnia or newborn would admit that they went to bed at 3:00? Only crazy people. And only crazy people would go to bed at those times, right? I mean, I started baking cookies at around 1:00 a.m last night (or this morning). And what's crazier is that Hollis was up with me. So I guess she is cray-cray too.

Now granted, it was poker night. I was baking for the guys. Richard's faithful crew of buds come to our house the third Monday of every month. They also have a rotating Saturday night game. Somehow, perhaps because some of his friends are feeling the pinch of the recession, the Monday night game has been ending progressively later and later. When I met Richard the game ended around midnight or 1:00, although he denies it. The last few months it has ended at 3:00 a.m. Consistently. And this a work night we're talking about!

As for me, I got a second wind after my mom and I watched the season finale of DAMAGES. We finished it around 1:00. Then I needed to make lunches for the kids. Hollis, the bad habit baby, woke up and hadn't seen her dad all day, so she sat around the poker table with the guys. This led to a request for cookies, which led to baking, and then it was bath time. Then bed. Bad habits are hard to break.


I had to go to an Earth Day party at Charlie's class. I had a 70's floral dress that was given to me in mind for this, but I realized that it was not nursing friendly. I was in a time crunch after having popped eight batches of popcorn and needing to head out to get Leo, so I started with the idea of "Earth Day" and went from there.

Shirt: The green shirt on the bottom layer is so old I don't remember where I got it from.

White lace shirt: Vintage. Seen in: Casual Friday.

Sweater: Clothing swap. Express.

Skirt: This is that dress I wore a few weeks ago in Mad Monday! that I dislike. I am going to give it to my fabulous Aunt Diane so that she can turn it into something lovely for Hollis. Aunt Diane sewed me many a dress when I was growing up. She was my idol!  I turned the dress backward and tucked the arms down and then zipped it up and tied it at the waist. I like it much more as a skirt!

Shoes: Mossimo. I love these shoes! They are very comfortable.

Belt: The sweater came with a skinny patent leather belt, but I couldn't find it. I grabbed this one from a different skirt.


  1. Okay, number one: the color of that raincoat is so fresh, and vintage at the same time. I've always loved it. Number two: the skinny belt over the layers I have been admiring for weeks, and number three: incorporate the umbrella into your outfits more! It is working.
    P.S. We should hang out more.
    P.P.S. Oh, I forget what I was going to say...oh yeah, I miss the roller skates!

  2. this is a great outfit. you look swell.

    and GO TO BED!!!

    xo PJ

    p.s. planning to come over tonight.

  3. tres chic!

    i will never understand how you function on two hours of sleep and still manage to be a nice person...

  4. Wow! So many compliments and It's not even 2 o' clock! Thanks ladies!!!

  5. Also, I do agree about the umbrella, ella, ella
    and we SHOULD hang out!

  6. Layna: Now you are my idol! Three kids under seven, one teenager, a house full of oblivious men playing a game into the wee hours of the morning on a work night, lunches to pack, cookies to bake, etc., etc., etc., and you still managed to come up with an original outfit--amazing. I too have always been a night owl, and usually performed on limited sleep, but you put me to shame.
    Oh also, Hollis almost said my name clearly today when she was telling me about her kitty. Her verbal progress is starting to be exponential.

  7. Thank you Aunt D! That is a true compliment coming from you! xoxo-S!