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, April 14, 2011

Chickens, Children, and Clothes!

Now that I am not obligated to post daily, I think about posting more than I actually do it. I could go back to daily outfits, but it's too much commitment . Although, I am happy to report that I have NOT gone clothes shopping since my first couple of Goodwill trips. No retail clothing for me in 2011 so far! That said, I have been the recipient of some stellar "hand-me-downs", and 1 brand new Seven Ways Dress that was a gift from my very sweet and generous Aunt Diane. I have worn the dress at least three different ways, and I will certainly find many more ways to wear it! I consider it a worthwhile challenge. Actually, I think I'm going to wear it to my 20 year high school reunion this Saturday. I will post some pictures of the dress for sure!

I have still been trying to "mix it up" everyday, and think outside of my wardrobe box. I've been playing with my "new" old clothes, and having a great time!

The kids continue to amaze, confound, surprise, infuriate, and inspire me. I made it through spring break without harming myself, or them, so I am giving myself a "high five"! In truth, they are really delightful, and I am very lucky to have them in my life. They are abundant joy.

We also now have chickens in our backyard. 5 of them. I have been wanting chickens for a while now, and we received these chickens through a divorce. They are very cute, but they are a lot of work. (Sound like anyone you know?) I am still not sure about whether or not these visitors will become family members, but they are in a coop in our backyard for now!


Some of my outfits from the past few weeks. One of my very favorite items is a rad vintage Talbot's belt that my friend's mother gave me. This is the same friend's mom who gave me the clothes I donned in my Vegas post. Thank you again, Nancy!!! She also gave me the black skirt, pinstripe button down, and cream skirt shown here. Mustard sweater, blue shirt (top), and striped tee are all hand-me-downs from friends!

Also, Don't forget to send all of your pressing questions to the awesomely written column "BAD ADVICE FOR GOOD PEOPLE".

And, finally, I've included some photos of the kids because I've had some requests!!! Peace to you all! Thank you for stopping by!!!!

Rusty and Co.

HaHa talking on a mirror.

Siblings swing!

our new guests

Angels on Angel's Flight!

Cuties on a cart!


  1. missing you so much, so glad u finally got chickens!

  2. Thanks again for the shout out. Taking questions now.

    Oh and remind me, I have that pink dress for you from Wendy in my car. Been meaning to give it to you since January. How forgetful.

    And the kids are pure joy, I agree.

  3. Layna: Good to have an update from you and the South Bronson menagerie. I could make this a very long comment, but I am too tired, so I will just keep it to two comments. (1). Those are some good looking chickens--I can just taste them after having been fried by your mother, and (2). Hollis needs to be posted on The Sartorialist; her sense of style is phenomenal. I love the pink ensemble.
    Will talk to you soon.
    Aunt D

  4. so glad you posted, the kids look adorable and i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the outfits. i really feel like coming over and stealing everything.

    *singing* you've got style, that's what all the girls saaaaaay...

  5. the belt from Talbots is really cool as is the way you are wearing it. Chickens!! that means fresh eggs! nothing as delicious as fresh eggs. lucky you. love the shoes with the talbots belt. really cute.
    Your babies are beautiful, can't believe how big Charlie is. Hollis is just tooo, tooo cute.

  6. i am soooo impressed. did you build an extemporaneous chicken coop?! what a life you lead. fashion forwardness is the least of it!

  7. Thank you, Jolene, and Dweller, I feel very flattered! Actually, having the chickens has made me think about you, Dweller. They came with a handed down coop! If they stay, we'll have to build a new one!!!

  8. I love your belted ways!!!
    Oh, and your children are really cute, too.

  9. Yes, the belt is my new best friend!