Hey hey hey, guys!
It’s late, and and I’m terribly tired and distracted. Thanks for playing along so far. We’ve made it through the week (And then some. Oops) and now it’s time to wrap this up, so that the whole shebang can get underway. Yippee skippy! Away we go!
PHASE SIX: UTILIZE
PHASE SIX is where we end our perfect closet project, but also where it begins. It’s the most abstract of the phases, because even I’m not sure yet what the last phase of this project looks like, or if it ends at all.
Once we’ve pared, and played and pinned and pained over every facet of my closet and my wardrobe, what’s really left? Well, there are a couple of answers, but the one that comes most strongly to mind is ENJOY IT. So when I say utilize, I mean that most literally. Wear the things. Wear them places. Veni, Vidi, Vici. But sometimes to really enjoy an outfit means to wear it with intent. Living in the moment is something I am admittedly bad about. However, it’s my hope that with all the leg work of the project already executed, PHASE SIX will allow me to do just that.
For me PHASE SIX means savoring a job well done, whether it’s the closet itself or the outfits that come out of it. And then forgetting all of the above as situation warrants. Because really, if all of my hard work is eventually going to lead me to believe that I can’t wear a trench coat and a green dress and red flower and bird necklace and some gaudy CZ blinged out earrings, then what good is it really? Advanced style is great and all, but at the end of day I want to utilize that which is already innate. In 2010, my first project changed my life in ways I’ll perhaps never be able to really articulate. But it did. If I get even a fraction of that experience from this new project I will be extremely fortunate. The point of PHASE SIX is to roll with it and appreciate it for what it is.
I’m at a huge risk of being trite here, but what I want to point out about this project versus the first is that the Closet365 project is now about the journey as opposed to the destination. Quality over quantity. The marathon and not the sprint. All those good cliche things.
PHASE SIX will allow me to put the finishing touches on a few things. After the first five phases, it will be a chance to fine tune whatever is left by my approximation. Maybe we’ll talk about beauty tips. Maybe I’ll learn how to do those neat braid things or wear liquid eyeliner without looking like a hot mess. Maybe I’ll pare the wardrobe down to even less pieces or maybe I’ll add more. Who can say, when it’s still so far away? And who really cares at this point?
PHASE SIX is where we really get to live out the dream. In my heart of hearts, my aspiration for this blog and this space is to make it a permanent and ever-evolving project and quasi-lifestyle. It’s a yearlong project without a definitive 365 mark. It is ongoing. Which is not to say that I want it to take over my life. Just that I want to continually share the things I wear and what I do in them, with the reading community however big or small. I want to share my joy when I buy a new statement necklace (oh so much joy!) or when I wear said necklace out and about on clear day with the amazing people that make up my life these days. To utilize is to live and love in the wardrobe I own and build and create.
So I guess the whole point of this is that I don’t even know what all PHASE SIX will look like, and that’s okay. The fun will be in the finding out. If you had told me two years ago, or a year or six months ago what my life would look like now, I would have probably laughed. I have been infinitely lucky and I find myself ever-inspired by the developments. I can’t even wait to see what comes next.
Title courtesy of Wicked: The Musical – “One Short Day”