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Oh my gosh you guys. I have to tell you how surreal it is to be at the end! (Almost.)

I woke up around six a.m. this morning and could not get back to sleep without tossing and turning. I was having anxiety dreams. I do this every once in a blue moon when I’m particularly hyped up about something. Usually it’s work related, but in times of stress or excitement, I sometimes find myself just dreaming in a thought loop about the same things over and over. So this morning when this happened I was tossing and turning thinking about, of all things, what to wear today and tomorrow.

After all, outfit #365 is already determined and ready to go. Just waiting patiently for her big day. But these last two filler days, are just kind of there. Standing between me and my big finale. I’m like the kid in the Disneyland commercial. BUT I’M TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP. Whereas Christmas came and went, New Year’s Eve is my big holiday this year. Eeeeeeeee! I can scarcely bring myself to care about the interim. But I did do my best, okay?

The other day while pawning some unwanted duds off on Plato’s Closet, I was just wandering around the store aimlessly, when I spotted a mannequin display. This particular mannequin display was quite crazy. Among other things, it featured a striped cardigan, a big belt, a flowery skirt, a statement necklace and a scarf. And I was like OMG, that outfit is like every stereotypical fashion blogger cliché all rolled into one outfit! All that was missing was some crazy tights. And that’s probably only because the mannequin had no legs. I wish I had taken a picture. Hindsight, and all. But the whole thing was so spectacularly busy. I was impressed.

So then my second thought was OMG, I have to try that for myself. So today was my sort of half-hearted attempt at that. As you can see, I toned things down pretty significantly. I still feel like even this version is more colorful that I’d usually go for. But I figured, there aren’t many last hurrahs to be had at this point. So why the heck not? I give you my Ultimate Montage Homage du Cliché. See? Even the title is busy.

In days to come, I’ll admit, I’m looking forward to laying low and living a little less loud in my clothing choices. A nice little break. Although totally temporary, I assure you. This project has taught me the necessity of keeping things colorful. It’s been a beautiful year.

Skirt – F21
Cardigan Work
Scoop Neck Top – F21
Necklace – Wet Seal
Tights – Thrifted
Belt – 5.7.9
Shoes – Payless

Title courtesy of Shakira – “She Wolf”