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 3, 2011


 I have been putting off posting for a number of reasons, and a lot has happened since my last post. Of course it has. It's life, right? Some things I can talk about, and some things are far too profound to discuss on a blog about not shopping.

First of all, the day I finished my job as a long term first grade substitute teacher, I came down with strep. Of course, I did not know that I had strep until four days into my illness, but it was strep, and it was horrible. It started when I was cleaning up five months of papers and lessons and other stuff that had ended up on my desk. I had not wanted to clean up, as my last day had been so emotional, but I needed to move my stuff because the other teacher was coming in on the weekend, and she needed a clean slate.

As I was filing papers, and replacing staples, and moving all about the classroom, I started to feel wonky. At first I tried to dismiss it, but by the time I gathered the boys and got into the car, I was positively feverish. Luckily, my mom and my aunt were at my house with HaHa, so after I made dinner I took a burning hot bath and crawled into bed.

I stayed there the whole weekend, lost six pounds from sweating, and only got out of bed on Monday because I knew that the pain in my throat was too horrible to be anything but strep, even though Richard was mocking me and calling me dramatic.

At any rate, being sick and missing my class were just two of the things that derailed my follow up posts.

I still have not bought any clothes in retail, and I have not been Goodwill shopping since my first couple of trips.  I went to a clothing swap where I got rid of over a dozen items, and brought home only two.

I did but a new pair of Earth sandals because I wanted a walking shoe. I lost one of my Fit Flops. These Earth shoes are pretty ugly, but now that my daily posting is over, and I'm a full-time SAHM , I don't need to look my best. I can go back to my mom jeans and bon-bons!

Today's Outfit:

Yellow sweater and green scarf : Fresh friend hand-me-down from last weekend. As I have said many times before, I am very lucky to have stylish and generous friends!

Grey sweater: Clothing swap!

Jeans: Goodwill.

Shoes: My new Earth monstrosities!

The shirt in the photo with the kids was also a newly handed down item! This was a few days post strep and I had a giant cold sore which is why I'm making a weird expression.

P.S. Forgive my shaky composition, it's been awhile.

P.S.S. This post is dedicated to the lovely Pollyanna, my posting coach!


  1. You both are totally lovely and your cuties are cuter than ever.

  2. Thanks Shazz. Ah, now how hard was that?

  3. Starting is the hardest part!... See, Mama Maia- you're daughter is following in your footsteps!!! xoxo-S!

  4. I cannnot tell you how excited I am right now because I check out your blog still everyday hoping to see you and the kids...and what do you know... you are here today. I am so happy right now. The kids look beautiful and so do you sweetie. Your hair is getting so long. I am glad I kept checking.

  5. Thanks mom! I guess it's the next best thing to being here! xoxo-S!

  6. love these pics, the kids look great, your outfits are fresher than ever and yes, pj is the greatest cheerleader ever.

    nice to see you back.

  7. Shelayna, I am such a fan of you, your clothes, your everything. I look for you all the time here, and today... I feel so rewarded. I just really appreciate your honesty and humor. Thank you for posting!

  8. thank you thank you for the skirt! i've worn it two days in a row. that's okay, now that your experiment is over. right? that's what i tell myself.

  9. So happy to see you posting. I have missed reading your lovely words.

  10. Yeah!!!Another post! Loved it...Aunt Janine

  11. Thank you all! So flattered, I am! I am so happy you like the skirt, Dweller. I thought it looked like you!

  12. Your welcomed return calls for a bold yellow sweater. The day is bright with sunshine.

  13. I want that scarf - and those kids! So cute!
    xo t