Seasons Greetings from The Closet365 Project!
(Outfit and additional pictures behind the cut)
Hey guys! Quiet night, eh? The good news is, only two truly brand new lurkers chimed in! And a handful of semi-lurkers. I do appreciate all of the comments. Really and truly. It’s nice to know I still have some folks following after all this time. And I love you guys. But guess what? That’s eight short of one fugly Christmas sweater. Works for me. But it is quite a thing to behold. If you really want to see it, you have until midnight tomorrow night. If a few more people decide to speak up, then maybe we can still make it happen. How does that old quote go? Every time a lurker chimes in, an ugly Christmas sweater gets it’s wings…yeah. Something like that.
Truth be told, it would save me the trouble of generating another outfit. Only seven more to go! I can’t be certain, but…I think I can do this. So anyway. Here’s to just a week more of this crazy project! I have very mixed feelings right now. Lots of nostalgia for the past year, tinged with sadness and also excitement. There’s a lot to process, and I haven’t even had the time with my insane work schedule. Here’s hoping I don’t have a complete breakdown, once it’s all said and done. Luckily, I have other things on the horizon, and I’m getting excited for that as well.
Can you believe there’s really only a week left in 2010? Yeah. Seriously. Let’s just not talk about it right now.
In other news. I have an interview posted today at Smashion.com! If you guys haven’t checked this site out yet, I totally recommend it. When they contacted me recently about doing a blogger profile, I was unfamiliar with their site, but after exploring the place, it is awesome. First and foremost, Smashion is an online clothing marketplace, where you can sell your clothes to other fashion enthusiasts. But they also have a lot of cool community stuff going on as well. Style galleries, forums and yes, style blogger interviews! Mine can be found here. But be sure and check out all the nifty stuff going on on the site. Once I have a little more time, I’m excited to start listing some of my things on there. It’s completely free and extremely user friendly.
Pretty simple outfit today. But still dressy. I feel like, a few days out from Christmas, you can get away with dressier pieces. You just can never tell when one is on their way to a party or a program or just dressing up for the hell of it. I kind of like that. So for today, I’m just mixing up some pieces I love, including the lace skirt and these super oldie but goodie earrings of mine. Not much in my life is simple right now, so I’m appreciated a nice and easy look. I take my breaks where I can get ’em.
Long Sleeve – Work
Scarf – Wal-Mart
Skirt – F21
Leggings – Work
Shoes – Ross
Title courtesy of Dido – “Christmas Day”
Hi all. Well I made it back today. A little worse for the wear but posting nonetheless. It’s too complicated to explain but this morning I briefly considered tossing in the towel. I had my reasons and I think I could have honestly been content to pause at 350 outfits. But then I remembered that there are a mere 15 days left in the year. And also that I am a stubborn little mofo. I am not a quitter. Sometimes to my advantage and other times to my detriment. Which one of these the project will turn out to be, I’m uncertain. But I’ll never know unless I finish what I started, will I?
And anyway. There is a bit of excitement about today. It’s Nutcracker day! As in the real, fo rizzle, Nutcracker Ballet live performance. This is no slouch production of the local ilk I’ve previously taken in. Nor a goofy-footed DIY theme week of my own amusement. It’s the real deal. Time to get fancy!
Now as I’m sure I’ve told you, I never tire of dressing up. I am a firm believer that I can find a dress for every occasion. In fact, I might go so far as to create occasions for the sole purpose of dressing for them. And furthermore I might go so far as to write a blog about it. Maybe. I’m just saying.
In any event, for The Occasion of The Real Nutcracker, this is what I wore. I’ve totally been saving this gigantic head bow for just some such adventure. I thought it a nice addition to the otherwise classic LBD. And also my own subtle shoutout to the headband extravaganza of out theme week. Which is either really meta of me or just plain lame. But let’s pretend it’s the former shall we?
I didn’t have much time to snap photos in a hurry. I have to say they don’t really capture the full glory of the bow. But that just means I have a good excuse to wear it again, right? Right?
Dress – BCBG for Max Rave
Tights – F21
Black long sleeve – Work
Shoes – Payless
Bow – 5.7.9
Title courtesy of Coldplay – “2,000 Miles” (Pretender’s Cover)
Happy Friday night, friends! Are you ready for the weekend?
Yet another late post. I have got to get it together, man. But something rare happened and I was out on a Friday night! I went to a hockey game with some of my employees. I am usually such an old maid on Friday nights. I don’t like to go out at all. But it was just funny because I was literally telling some people yesterday that I wanted to go to a hockey game. And then today, someone else invited me to one. So it seemed like the kind of thing I probably shouldn’t turn down. Serendipity. I am a fan.
Anyway. I like hockey because it’s one of the very few sports that I can actually understand and follow. Not to mention any sport where it is socially acceptable for players to knock each others teeth out? I’m so there. Unfortunately I was let down by the lack of brawling action. It was a college game, so apparently there is no bloodbath at the university level? What a rip off. I was so much looking forward to seeing somebody get pummeled. But it was still a fun game to watch and the home team won. So not a total bummer.
I am relatively pleased with today’s outfit, all things considered. And by all things considered I mean that, after a night of fitful sleep, I awoke to a text message early this morning from one of my employees informing me that she was sick. I volunteered to work for her, but the timing left me with approximately fifteen minutes to be up and ready to head out the door. As disorganized as I am lately, I luckily have a small pile of things needing to be worn. I literally threw this outfit together in five minutes. Slammed a cup of coffee with five more and snapped these pictures. I don’t think I was actually really awake for the entire affair and thus for a sleepwalk of a blog post, I think it turned out quite well. It’s also a new record for putting together an outfit. I have never thrown anything together that fast.
Anyway. I even named this one. I call it The Swami of Suburbia. And what I lack in enlightenment, I make up for in bangle bracelets. One for each wrist. I’m balanced, you know. According to the ever-helpful Wikipedia, a swami is an honorific Hindu title given to men and women. It means “he who knows and is the master of himself” or “owner of oneself.” Now, there are a lot of things I don’t have figured out, including myself. But if ever there were a day to be a swami of my own wardrobe, I’d say this is it. I threw this look together from a pile on my floor in under five minutes and it still led to many nice compliments. I think I’d like to be a swami more often.
Embroidered Sheer Top – Thrifted
Black Long Sleeve – Work
Necklace – Wet Seal
Pants – Work
Shoes – Old Navy
Title courtesy of Rachael Yamagata – “Paper Doll”
Welcome to Friday, guys! Hooray right?
My sincerest apologies – in my tired haze and my haste yesterday, I neglected to draw and post our giveaway winner. DUH! Sorry! So anyway. Out of 25 email and comment responses I used random.org to select my autumn inspired prize package and we do have a winner…
Julie M.! Congrats! Email me and I’ll make arrangements to get your goodies to you. And thank you thank you thank you to all of you who provided feedback. You are all super awesome and the info you provided really helps. I wish I could send you all some chocolate covered candy corn. It is truly dangerous.
Anywho. We are at the tail end of our October Theme Week. All week we’ve been admiring some of my favorite icons of style and culture. Using my own clothes to recreate their looks and pay my respects. So who’s up for today?
I just adore Twiggy. As icons go she isn’t necessarily inspirational to me. However she embodies fashion in my mind. One of the first super models and the epitome of 1960s style. Twiggy and I have so little in common. She is kind of tall and lanky and blonde and I am kinda…well…not. But I thought I’d have fun with this one anyway.
Twiggy wore, and introduced us, to some of the best clothes of her era. I don’t own a lot of 1960s inspired garb so I just stuck to the basic silhouette. This newly thrifted skirt seemed perfectly appropriate, as did my ever-faithful go-go boots.
And can we talk about this jacket? The Mom nabbed it for me on our last thrift trip and for $6? Vintage? That pattern? Made of 100% double poly knit? With a tag that reads “Panhandle Slim?” Funky fresh! And I didn’t even care what I’d wear it with. Sonny Bono called and said he wanted it back. But I sent him to voicemail. Mine. In any event, it made a perfect complement to my 60s look today. I look forward to creating more looks with it. Especially after someone today referred to it in passing as a “wicked jacket.”
I must also add that this theme week has provided me with a fun opportunity to experiment with new makeup looks. You may not be able to see it in the pics but I am wearing more coats of mascara today than I have all year. Shagadelic!
Jacket – Thrifted (Vintage)
Long Sleeve Black Tee – Work
Skirt – Thrifted
Leggings – Work
Boots – Target
Title courtesy of CAKE – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”
Hello. Well it’s Wednesday, friends. This means two things:
a) It’s your last day to enter my giveaway and
b) It’s day four of THEME WEEK
For our October theme, I am getting costumed up. Only, instead of doing over the top getups for the sake of costuming, I am using the week to pay a more subtle tribute. Using only my own wardrobe and some of my favorite muses, I bring you Icon Week, in order to channel that inspiration into every day outfits. Today’s challenge:
Frida Kahlo isn’t really a fashion icon. But that’s not really what this week is about anyway. Influence takes many forms, and this is someone who encompasses inspiration to me. Frida led a complicated and painful life. She was not conventionally lovely. Yet she surrounded herself always with color and lived a life of true conviction. She channeled her challenges and transformed them into something extraordinarily beautiful. Isn’t that what we all strive for on some level?
Additionally, Frida Kahlo was forever taker and maker of self portraits. Which is something I know a little bit about.
So there are obvious dissimilarities between my icon and myself. I am kind of a white girl living in suburban Colorado. I haven’t painted anything since circa 2002. My outfit lacks some of the extravagance of Frida’s looks. I mean, I didn’t even have the cojones to pencil in my own unibrow, as some do when they pay proper tribute to Frida. But what Icon Week is really about, to me, is playing off the original and making it my own. Something wearable, under my own circumstances, utilizing only what I have in my own wardrobe.
Far removed from Ms. Kahlo’s native Mexico City, it was another cold cold and windy day where I live. The kind of day that makes me want to stay in bed and not get dressed at all. Further, I was nervous about this outfit, as is it pretty off the mark from my usual look. Still, there are elements to Frida’s aesthetic that really appeal to me. Her use of color and bold accessories. There is always cohesiveness amidst her chaos. A sort of method to the madness.
For my own version I pared it down to a few colors. I used layering not just to stay warm but to tie the elements together. I chose only one bold accessory rather than overwhelming the outfit and then I let it all stand alone. Is it perfect? Probably not. But I like it.
Dress – Thrifted
Black Long Sleeve Tee – Work
Earrings – Work
Shawl – Atlantic City street vendor
Shoes – Thrifted
Title courtesy of Jewel – “Painters”