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, July 16, 2010

To The Cleaners!

Today my clothes were held hostage at Hollyway Cleaners. Richard and I had "won" four $25 gift certificates to the cleaners at an auction at Leo's pre-school. I took a boat-load of clothes (11 items) to the West Hollywood location. I was excited at the prospect of getting these much soiled items tidied up at a "green" cleaner. I haven't been to the dry cleaners in years, so it was about time.

Imagine my shock when I went to pick up my clothes and the total was $90.86! Now, that was before I applied the credit we had left over from last year, and before applying our auction gift certificate, but I was still surprised. I also thought it was pretty funny that it was so expensive to clean clothes I had paid so little, or nothing, for.

The people behind the counter did not want to honor our certificate, so I got into a heated debate with them where I explained that we already paid for the certificates, and I wasn't going to pay again. Phone calls ensued, with little resolution,  and one of the clerks told me they would honor $25 dollars, of the $100 that was owed to us. Again, I explained that we had paid for these in an auction, and we weren't going to pay again. If we didn't have the certificates, would I have taken my clothes there? I think not.

After arguing for a long time with the kids in various stages of calm and crazy, I finally told them that I would take a few items, and leave the rest there. They could figure it out, but I was not giving them a penny! So there, in West Hollywood, sit my clothes. Waiting patiently to come back home!


Brown Shirt, worn inside out. Clothing swap. Old Navy.

Skirt: Goodwill.

Dance sandals: Capezio.

Flower: One of my students walked into class today and handed me this! It matched the outfit perfectly, and we were talking about flowers and pollination! Synchronicity!

Here are my three angel/devil babies!!!

1 comment:

  1. I see 1 angel in there and 2 rambunctious devils....Aunt Janine