Daily Outfits: Red flowers & gray denim

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White crop shirt: 3
Red flowered skirt: 3
Neutral birkenstocks: 13
Black button tank top: 2
Gray denim skirt: 2
Brown sandals: 4

This time last year: August 17.  Thanks for reading!

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“Our Unhealthy Obsession with Choice”

choicesChoices choices choices.  Conventional wisdom says that the more choices, the better.  Choices means freedom.

There’s a dark side to choice, too.  Optional paralysis, when you have so many options it’s overwhelming, and you wind up second-guessing your choice.  What if the other pair of pants was actually better? 

Renata Salecl explores the ideology of choice in this TED Talk.  The plethora of choices we face lead us to think about the imagined future.  We construct an image of an idealized future of more success, freedom.

All these choices produce anxiety.  Choice is linked to imagined loss as much as imagined success.  There’s risk.  The result of choices is unpredictable.  With choices abounding, it can be easy to blame ourselves for making the wrong ones if times are tough.

She points out that we rarely make “rational” choices.  Many of us choose by guessing what others would think, or we make the culturally accepted choice.

What resonates with you in this talk?

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Daily Outfits: Shades & bold blue

IMG_2974IMG_2866Cardigan_yellowTally:
Black striped tank top: 3
Khaki shorts: 4
Neutral birkenstocks: 12
Blue dress: 1
Yellow cardigan: 2
Black birkenstocks: 15

This time last year:  August 15 and 16.Thanks for reading!

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Daily Outfits: Solids + 1 pattern

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Green v-neck: 3
Dark denim shorts: 5
Gray tank top: 4
Black linen skirt: 4
Black birkenstocks: 14
Yellow shirt: 3
White skirt: 3
Black and colored dress: 2
Black cardigan: 3
Neutral birkenstocks: 11

Weather has been unseasonably beautiful.  Since my walking commute to work is just 20 minutes, I’m able to wear skirts and dresses.  This week was heavy on solids, so I added a colorful pattern to even things out.

This time last year: August 11, 12, 13, and 14.  Thanks for reading!

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Frame Collage

One of the things I most looked forward to after moving was making a frame collage.  I’ve collected post cards, poems, and photos over the years and I wanted to display them in a way that was eclectic and but not busy.

I got how-to ideas from Young House Love, specifically here.  It involves practicing with scrap paper before committing to nails in the wall.  I am still in the practice stage.

I googled and checked out YHL for inspiration (more ideas on Pinterest).

collagebeforeYHL frame collage

I love the asymmetry on the left, and the mix of colors, textures, and sizes on the right.

The process went like this…

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First there was a huge mess of frames on the bed.

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Then I laid them out how I thought I wanted them.

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Per YHL’s suggestion, I made newspaper cut-outs for the shape of each frame.  I made a note on each cut-out which frame/picture it represented.  These I taped to the wall with masking tape.  This I did on Thursday – now it’s Monday, and I’m still not ready for make a commitment with nails.  Stay tuned!

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Daily Outfit: Blue & white

dailyoutfit 8.8.14dailyoutfit 8.9.14Tally:
Blue tank top: 3
White skirt: 2
Black birkenstocks: 12
White crop shirt: 2
Blue full skirt: 2
Neutral birkenstocks: 9

Inverse outfits, not only in color but in skirt-length!

This time last year: August 8 and 9.  Thanks so much for reading!

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Daily Outfits: Blacks

daily outfit 6.1.13IMG_2911Tally:
Yellow beaded dress: 2
Black cardigan: 2
Brown sandals: 3
Black striped tank top: 2
Black linen skirt: 3
Neutral birkenstocks: 8

Like yesterday, I’m loving long, airy skirts during this warm weather.  I accessorized the black-on-black with a blue embroidered headband.

This time last year: August 7.  Thanks for reading!

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