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.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Feast!

I am not particularly religious, but I do enjoy the religion of family. I was invited to Easter dinner at my in laws' house and although it was very last minute, I baked two cakes and headed over for the festivities. Now, I must say that Richard's step-mom is one of the best cooks I have ever met. She is from Louisiana and she cooks homemade southern faire. It is delicious and very rich. I wore a tight dress today to stop me from eating too much of her amazing cuisine.

Having children has made me really think about what traditions I want to continue and why. Last year I could barely muster the energy to celebrate Christmas. We are not practicing Christians, so I had to really evaluate our rituals and why we perpetuate them. We bought one present for each of the kids (from Santa) and my aunt gave us a re-useable tree. That was as much as I could do. This year I don't know what I'll do. It's hard to deprive your children when they see Christmas all around, but I have never been one to follow the pack. Richard could go either way, I think. Easter, too, I could live without, but as I said before, I do enjoy breaking bread with family and friends.

Okay. I just unzipped the back of my dress. I had double helpings of collard greens and macaroni and cheese, and a slice of the sweet potato cake I made from scratch. Food coma, here I come!

I am thankful for this time today. I am thankful for family and friends and food and love! Happy Spring to you all. Oh! I am also thankful because this is the first Clippers game Richard has voluntarily (or coercively) missed in years. He is with family tonight and that is a blessing!


I decided I would wear this dress early in the day, but I had a few errands to run. Rather than wear two completely different outfits, I opted for one dress, with casual and more formal styling. I've been wearing a lot of blue and grey lately. I just love that combo!

Dress: This is from a thrift store. I bought is so long ago, I don't remember from whence it came. I believe it was acquired in my early twenties. I bought it because it has impeccable tailoring and great details. It is a classic through and through. And it has pockets!  Joan Leslie by Kasper.

Jeans: From Cousin. Gap.

Shoes: Fit Flops.

Sweater Coat: Goodwill. Forever 21.

Tights: Hand dyed blue grey tights over black stockings. Seen in: Happy Anniversary! and Potlatch!

Shoes: Same as yesterday. Janet & Janet.


  1. I love the you examine these traditions instead of just doing them because everyone does. Smart lady.

    Charlie is a hoot and a half. That first picture of him will be an amazing embarassonic when he grow up I bet.

    I borrowed the dress for a commercial shoot I remember. Thanks. It is lovely.

  2. Yes. I was going to mention that, but I couldn't figure out how to work that in!

    Yes, examination. I know you know about that!


  3. I love the texture layering you've got going on here. Especially in that shot that goes from head to toe. It's working... and I think I'm learning from it... maybe.
    xo t

  4. Yes, I'm all about texture! I love it and that's why I put that last shot in! Texture, texture, texture! Do it, T!