Daily Outfits: Neutrals & Bright Red

IMG_3108IMG_3104dailyoutfit 12.6.13/12.27.13/11.20/14Tally:
Purple sweater: 1
Boot-cut jeans: 7
Rain boots: 3
Striped blouse: 6
Military green sweater: 1
Pink corduroy skirt: 5

IMG_3122IMG_3124Nude fishnets: 5
Rainbow scarf: 3
Gray boots: 8
Gray shirt: 1
Black jeans: 11
Black clogs: 2
Blue striped scarf: 3
Black sleeveless dress: 4
Burgundy cardigan: 1
Black tights: 2
Red sweater: 2

I am turning a new leaf, and challenging myself to write 2 posts a week on this blog.  I love clothes and I think they’re important, but I’m ready to write more about minimalism.  So I’ll start tracking my clothes once a week, as I did here.  Thanks for reading!

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What Feels Right

albert-einstein-intuition-300x190Recent professional challenges have gotten me thinking – am I with the right company, doing the right kind of work?  It’s startling to think that the answer to those questions might be “no.”

My current job is full of great people.  I love the company values and enjoy the work.  But there are some parts of it that are difficult for me, and it makes me wonder:

How do you know when something isn’t right for you?

I’m thinking back to relationships.  It always came down to a gut feeling that something wasn’t right, and that’s when I knew the relationship should end.  My experience coming to minimalism was similar.  I felt wrong having so many things stored in my closet or under my bed, wrong having so many clothes I rarely wore.  When I learned that I didn’t have to, that I could choose to spend and own less, I felt amazingly liberated.

It helped with feelings of inferiority I had from school, too.  I used to feel frumpy and embarrassed by my limited means compared to wealthier friends.  Choosing the road less taken when it comes to accumulating stuff has helped my confidence and my feeling of being in the right place for me.  However, the fact that I can choose to own and have less is a marker of class privilege, and I must acknowledge that.

When it comes to my professional life, I don’t know what will happen.  We never truly know, no matter how many plans we make or how much we think we’re in control.  And though gut feelings of wrongness can motivate us to make positive changes, I have to remember that it’s impossible to do the wrong thing or be in the wrong place.  As The Beatles put it, “there’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.  It’s easy.”

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Project 333: Fall 2014 Revisited Again

I decided to amend my 33 for this Fall.  I already amended once, when I phased out warm-weather pieces for winter ones.  But new hand-me-downs plus scarf weather has led me to re-examine again.

It feels a bit like cheating.  Adding new pieces partway through three months defeats the purpose of Project 333, doesn’t it?  There is something to be said for sticking to the challenge of the same 33 pieces – that’s the goal.  But it’s important to be flexible.  Rigidly doing anything can make for resentment.  Besides, feeling good in my clothes helps me feel good in my life (and vice versa).  Wearing 33 original pieces out of principle instead of incorporating new ones defeats the purpose of feeling good and energized by clothing.

So here’s the rest of this quarter:

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Daily Outfits: 1 Dress, 2 Jeans

IMG_3089dailyoutfit 12.20.13One dress up day, and two casual, layering days.  Even days when I just want to be warm, a little style gives me energy – black jeans tucked into brown boots, or a yellow belt with a gray sweater.

Tally:
Red sweater: 1
Black sleeveless dress: 3
IMG_3093scarf_blue patternedBlack tights: 1
Black heels: 1
Beige patterned sweater: 3
Black jeans: 9
Brown boots: 7
Gray sweater: 1
Flared jeans: 4
Blue patterned scarf: 4
Sneakers: 1

Thanks for reading!

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Daily Outfits: Jeans & Tops

IMG_3086dailyoutfit 2.25.14I’ve been under the weather, and when that happens I wear simple, comfortable jeans and tops.

Tally:
Peach cardigan: 1
Flared jeans: 3
White scarf: 6
Brown flats: 6
Brown striped sweater: 3
IMG_3088scarf_whiteBlack jeans: 8
Black keds: 8
Purple shirt: 2
Boot-cut jeans: 6
Neutral birkenstocks: 7

This time last year: November 11 and 12.  Thanks for reading!

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The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz brings it on home as to why too much choice can make things tougher. Jeans shopping is a perfect example!  What resonates with you about this video?

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Daily Outfits: Neutral Combinations + Accents

dailyoutfit 1.29.14dailyoutfit 11.28.13Tally:
Brown striped shirt: 2
Purple skirt: 4
Rain boots: 2
Cream sweater: 1
Black jeans: 7
Black keds: 7
Beige patterned sweater: 2
Blue patterned scarf: 2
Navy skirt: 5
Nude fishnets: 4
IMG_3085scarf_blue patternedGray boots: 5

I love wearing neutrals, and I love bright color.

This time last year: November 7 and 8.  Thanks so much for reading!

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