The Ninth Step…

In this series of posts, I am working through 12 steps I created to help refresh my wardrobe for fall. If you would like to follow join me in the challenge, you can find all the steps here.

What do you need? Make a list of things that you need for fall. I’m sure we can all think of a zillion things we want, but what are the essentials you must buy for your wardrobe to function for the season. Make a Polyvore of these essential items.

If you are serious about putting together a wardrobe that works, it is imperative that you create a list. Actually, you should create 2 lists but we will focus on this one for now. Your first list should include your basics. These are the basic, standard issue items you need for every day use. Your essential shopping list will be determined by the demands of your lifestyle. If you work in a corporate environment, you may need a new suit. If you work with children, stretchy jeans might be a priority. Think about the missing pieces. When I reviewed my own wardrobe in step 3 , I realized I need jeans and trousers. I have several great shirts, jackets and sweaters but no pants to wear them with! Since the weather is cooling down, I also need wool tights to wear with skirts and dresses. Most of the pieces are not big ticket items; I need a selection of t-shirts and a simple tank dress for layering. You can find these items at any price range.

Since the weather has taken a turn for the rainy and cold, I am desperate for a coat and boots. If you are going to invest in anything, these are the items to splurge on. I would suggest sticking to classic and versatile styles, you can pick the crazy and wild stuff after you have a solid base to work from. I used to turn my nose up at basics, because they don’t have pizzaz (yup, I said pizzaz). Truth is, a closet full of pizzaz can be hard to navigate. You often end up with a bunch of stunning pieces that don’t work together.

I put together a collage on Polyvore to help illustrate my list. Now, when I go shopping I can just refer to this visual for a reminder. That will keep me from wandering aimlessly around the mall spending money on things I don’t need. I’m not going to buy the exact items pictured. These are just suggested styles, the actually purchase may very once I start trying things on. Once I complete my shopping (step 12), I’ll be sure to come back and share my haul so we can compare it to this list.

  

Basic Fall Essentials

T By Alexander Wang tank top dress, 97 CAD / Short sleeve top, 76 CAD / Scoop neck top, 72 CAD / Acne jersey tank top, 100 CAD / Scoop neck tank, 62 CAD / Edith A. Miller scoop neck tank, 56 CAD / Double breasted coat, 135 CAD / River Island , 7.96 CAD / Old Navy jeans, 29 CAD / J.Crew ribbed tight, 26 CAD / Vivienne Westwood , 70 CAD / Falke opaque tight, 45 CAD / ASOS leather boots, 115 CAD / Madewell ballerina flat, 98 CAD
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The Eighth Step…

In this series of posts, I am working through 12 steps I created to help refresh my wardrobe for fall. If you would like to follow join me in the challenge, you can find all the steps here.

Confidence booster! Is there an outfit in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable? Describe or photograph it and share with us.

Confession, I am cheating a little with this step by using a picture that is approaching 2 years old. I’m quite a few pounds lighter in the picture, and that is the magic of this outfit. I feel confident in it when my weight is up or down. I apologize for the cut off head and shoes. This outfit can be worn casually with flats or amped up with heels. It looks great on my no make-up days, but it is also strong enough to handle a heavy make-up look. I don’t think I have a more versatile outfit in my current wardrobe.

Leather Jacket- VEDA
Dress- H&M
Bag- KALE
Necklace- Thrifted
Ring- Stephen Webster

 The goal of this step is to define what type of clothing gives you confidence. For me, the answer is covered up, but not uptight looks. I love comfortable clothes that allow me to move freely from one social situation to the next. These are the types of items I can comfortably splurge on. That is important to keep in mind during the next steps of this challenge. Coming up, I will be preparing for my fall wardrobe shopping. I want to make good decisions, so I’ll be creating a game plan before I hit the stores.

The Seventh Step…

In this series of posts, I am working through 12 steps I created to help refresh my wardrobe for fall. If you would like to follow join me in the challenge, you can find all the steps here.

Break your color habit! Now that you have described your safety zone, try something different. Put together an outfit that doesn’t include your default colors.

In my last post, I described my comfort zone when it comes to colours. This week, I challenged myself to break the habit and put together an outfit without black, blue, grey or jewel tones. This was easier said than done. Originally, I had planned to build an outfit around an oxblood coloured H&M dress. I have been wearing the dress a lot lately, but always with paring it with dark items. When forced to match it with something other than black, I found myself at a loss. I took a bunch of trial photos and hated them all. I looked okay, but I didn’t feel like me. Back to the drawing board.

I really had to reach for this one, but I’m very pleased with the results. This is a vintage dress, presumably from the 80’s. I consider it one of my greatest second-hand scores. It’s got an exaggerated silhouette, the shoulders are poofy. In that way, it reminds me of a lot of traditional African dresses.   You will have to excuse my goofy poses. I just bought a remote control for the camera and it’s fun to play with!

Dress: Vintage
Belt: Came with some other skirt
Boots: Dolce Vita purchased at Winners

Now, some of you astute readers might have noticed that this print does have black in it. I apologize for cheating a little. It was either  fudge it a little or go buy something new. As tempting as it is to go shopping, I’m trying to hold off until I’ve worked my way through all the other steps of this challenge. By the end of this series, I should have a very good idea of what I need to buy to make my wardrobe more functional. In the meantime, I’m working what I’ve got!

As a side note, I’ve been experimenting with my hair a bit lately. I have a whole hair post planned, but for now I will explain what is going on in this series of pictures. I spent a couple of hours putting my curly locks in to two-strand twists. That’s a simple, do at home technique that gives me the look of locs without much commitment. It also keeps my hair from becoming a tangled mess, and that is a minor miracle.

Why am I always looking sideways?

In the next step, I’m going to be putting together a power outfit. I’m not 100% sure what that means yet. I hope you will join me and find out!

Time to Get Serious about Fall Fashion

12 Step Clever Wardrobe Challenge

Holy smokes, it’s the middle of September! That means it’s time to get serious about fall/winter clothing. I am officially bored with 99.9% of my clothes and I’m ready to move on. To jumpstart things, I propose a challenge. You don’t have to post something daily, but try to work your way through the twelve steps! 

  1. Describe yourself and your lifestyle. If you have a job that requires a certain type of clothing, that is going to affect your choices. Give us an idea of what is important to you when it comes to clothing. You can also describe your personal taste.
  2. Closet organizing time! This is not always fun, but it’s essential to know what you are currently working with. If you live in an area that cools down in the fall, it’s a good time to put away those summer items. Schedule a donation pick up from a local charity organization so you have a deadline to sort your clothes.
  3. What are you keeping? Photograph the key items in your current wardrobe that you wear often and plan to wear in the fall.
  4. You bought it but you’ve never worn it? We all have these things in our closet. Things we bought but never wear. Find one of these items that fits you well, but you don’t wear. Take a picture of a neglected item and describe why you have never worn it.
  5. Make a new outfit! Using the item from assignment number 4, make a new outfit . If it’s appropriate, wear it out of the house!
  6. What is your default color palate? Describe the colors your usually wear. You can share an outfit if you would like.
  7. Break your color habit! Now that you have described your safety zone, try something different. Put together an outfit that doesn’t include your default colors.
  8. Confidence booster! Is there an outfit in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable? Describe or photograph it and share with us.
  9. What do you need? Make a list of things that you need for fall. I’m sure we can all think of a zillion things we want, but what are the essentials you must buy for your wardrobe to function for the season. Make a polyvore of these essential items.
  10. Let someone else dress you! Have a girlfriend, boyfriend, family member or sales person pick out an outfit for you. It can be from your own wardrobe or you can do it at a store. You can photograph it on or off your body.
  11. Fantasize a little (or a lot)! Create a 10 piece fantasy fall wardrobe using polyvore or link photos. Don’t worry about price, we are dreaming here. Try to pick styles that you would actually wear. You want to use this for inspiration when you go shopping for realistic items. You can use unlimited  shoes/accessories in your fantasy wardrobe, but stick to 10 clothing items.
  12. Go shopping and buy yourself something new for fall! Share a picture with the class!

Have fun!

The Grown Up Things I Did Today…

In my ongoing quest to act my frickin’ age; I occasionally  have days of heightened productivity. That means I do more than one responsible or productive thing in one day. Today, I did 3 things! I’m amazing!

1) Hung up framed artwork in my bathroom. I’ve had these sitting around for the past 4 months. They are nothing fancy, just framed pictures from a magazine (Irving Penn flower pictures if you are that nosey). All I had to do was hammer two nails in to the wall, but it took me 4 months to get the motivation to do that. In my defense, I’ve had mono 4 times this year and I’ve barely had the strength to lift a hammer. I’m lucky if I get out of bed on my days off.

2) I wrote a thank you letter to someone who did me a huge favour. This is about 5 months late, but better late than never.

3) Last but not least, I organized my make-up bag. It was a shambles. You would think that a girl who used to work at a make-up school would have a decent make-up kit. Nope. I fail at cosmetics. I even took pictures so you could see how hard I fail.

The Entire Contents of My Make-up Bag

This is all the make-up I have to work with right now. I’ll do an inventory for you.

  • 1 Blush Brush
  • 1 Bobbi Brown Face Blender
  • 1 Broken Eyebrow Brush
  • 1 Stila Eyeshadow Brush
  • 1 Pair of Hot Pink Tweezerman Tweezers
  • 3 Korres Eyeshadows (2 Broken)
  • 1 Korres Mascara (I chucked it immediately after this picture because it’s old)
  • 1 Falsies Mascara (LOVE!)
  • 1 Silver Nail Polish (Probably chunky by now)
  • 1 Korres Khol Pencil
  • 1 Wet and Wild Khol Pencil
  • 1 Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Warm Brunette
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 Chanel Eyeshadow Trio (Too pretty to use)
  • 1 Random Cream Blush
  • My precious Nars Crazed Blush (DISCONTINUED!!!!!)
  • 1 Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
  • 1 Armani Face Fabric
  • 1 Lanacane Anti-chaffing gel (I’ll explain this at a later date, but I use it on my face)

As you can see, I tend to go for quality over quantity. I don’t wear a ton of product daily but I do like strong pigments and appealing textures. One thing you may have noticed is that I have absolutely no lip products. I did forget to photograph my Nars Funny Face lipstick. It’s a super bright pink that I rarely wear because it’s really over the top. Other than that, I only have lipbalm. I fail at wearing lipstick.

Another thing you may have noticed is that half of the products I own are broken. My favourite blush is basically a fine mist. As a result, my make-up bag is a powdery, dusty, disaster area.

Tragically Broken Cosmetics

So, my mission this week is to find replacements for the messy, broken items and invest in some fun new items.  I do have a job that requires a certain amount of polish and professionalism. I can’t go to work looking like I’ve rolled out of bed, so I can justify a little trip to Sephora. I’ll have a full report when I get around to that.

To reward myself for all the hard work and grown-up behaviour, I poured myself a double shot of Kraken over ice with a little agave syrup; surprisingly delicious. I didn’t have any mixer available, so I got creative.

On that note, I’m going to settle in with some netflix and think about all the grown-up things I’m going to do tomorrow.