Thursday, December 14, 2006

Fashion Transumer

It's amazing what we modern-day people can do with our money and ideas. We're less attached to things, so we cut up our clothes and give them away and buy new ones and trade things in. We've got money, so we can buy or rent or spend money on things that aren't things, like vacations and dinner and rentals and movies. We are the new transumers - consumers in transition from the permanent to the temporary.

When it comes to fashion, you can now rent a dress, borrow it, trade or consign it, donate it to goodwill and buy another at discount that will last you a season. What happened to long-lasting and quality and dependable? I'm afraid that now that has come to mean BORING.

So all my efforts at defashioning will not work without a plan that incorporates permanence without attachment. Sure, I don't need many clothes, but I should treat what I do have with respect, without throwing everything away wantonly.

Defashioning can be right in line with deconsumerism if I just keep those rules in mind, but remember that reducing your possessions just to increase them again later is just wasteful. And wanting clothes for their transient beauty will always make me unhappy. Fashion is transient, but clothing is a bit more permanent.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Progressive progress

What have I been up to the past month?

Well, once Project Runway was over, I managed to avoid doing all the things I violated, and I gave away a bunch more clothes. I've slowly been whittling down my jewelry as well.

My clothes count:
- 45 total tops (salwars and all tops)
- 4 dresses
- 10 pairs of pants
- 13 skirts (including the skirts previously grouped with Indian clothes)
- 6 pieces outerwear (1 each: fleece, cardigan, sweater, raincoat, denim jacket, winter coat)
- 8 pairs of footwear

Accessories:
- 3 shawls
- 16 scarves
- 1 belt
- 8 bags

Of my jewelry, I have to discount all the gold as "untouchable," since it is all heirloom quality and cannot be donated. I didn't include my wedding ring and necklace. I still have a LOT:
- 6 pairs gold earrings
- 4 gold necklaces and chains
- 1 pair gold bangles
- 2 pairs anklets
- 10 pairs earrings
- 21 necklaces, chokers, and pendants
- 2 rings
- clips
- 19 bangle sets and bracelets

AND since I broke my Wardrobe Refashion promise not to buy and did buy stuff, I'm posting the Get out of jail button here. I'm hoping for forgiveness, or else I'll have to plead temporary insanity.

Monday, October 09, 2006

I'm baaack

I've returned from India, with a suitcase full of goodies. Fortunately some are gifts and others are food. I did, however, return with a stack of new tops as gifts for others, and several items of clothing for myself. Explanations and excuses below :)

I also violated several (but not all) rules.

1. Give away clothes
- CLEAN - this I did really well. I gave away a whole suitcase of salwar sets and returned with only 4 of the ones I took with me.

2. Refrain from fashion-related tv shows.
- VIOLATION - I watched Project Runway (Bravo). I did. It's too addictive. And I have to see the finale...

3. No fashion magazines.
- VIOLATION - We stopped at an amazing lounge in Hong Kong, stocked with magazines. With 7 hours to kill, I flipped through several, looking at pictures. Little reading, since most of them were written in Mandarin.

4. No new clothes or accessories
- VIOLATION - I bought new clothes and 20-cent earrings for friends, plus also a new pair of earrings, one top, and one skirt for me. To be absolutely honest, they were bought with money relatives gave me to buy clothes with. And I won't wear any of them until something else wears out. But still.

5. No fashion websites
- CLEAN - With at times really slow internet access, this wasn't an option. I stuck to my three allowed (Splendora, Fashion Cents, Wardrobe Refashion).

6. MAKE IT instead of buying
- CLEAN - One set of skirt and top, and another coverup I made from old scraps of cloth (I'll post pictures later). That is, I took the cloth and got it stitched by a tailor. Voila - new clothes with no new cloth. Refashion outsourced!

7. Buy secondhand
- VIOLATION - What I bought in 4 above, I bought new, not secondhand.

8. Avoid window shopping.
- VIOLATION - I spent more time at Singapore, and the airport is a fashion-lover's paradise, with every designer brand and displays of beauty. I couldn't help staring and touching.

9. Choose something to wear in under two minutes
- CLEAN - Amazingly, I've managed to stick to this the whole time. In India, I had a limited selection, so it was easy. After returning, with my newly pared-down wardrobe, it was pretty easy again.

10. Stop analyzing and looking at what people are wearing.
- VIOLATION - I did my best not to, but with the amazing international clothing you see when you travel, I was staring at people on tv, in movies on the plane, people in the plane, and everywhere else. Now I'm controlling myself again.

I'm also adding an amendment to step 10, which is not to compliment people on their clothes. I seem to do that a bit and although it may make people feel good about their fashion choices, I don't want to encourage that! This also means no more gushing comments on the Wardrobe Refashion blog. Hmm.

AND step 11: Apply rules 1-10 to jewelry and accessories. A big step which will take me some time.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The last day

Well, I may not have a chance to post for a month, so this is my farewell. I've managed to pack relatively minimally (3 suitcases for 2 of us, but only about 1/2 a suitcase of actual clothes to wear), give away most of the clothes I planned, and even partially convince my husband to do the same. Of course, the proof is in the pudding: what will I return with? (to be continued!)

What's left? To actually leave the stuff for charity, and to take the trip! And to all of you who are jealous, I leave you peaceful jet-lag free slumber and mosquito-bite free skin.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Whittling more...

Well, I'm leaving to India in two days and have finished packing. I've taken stuff I intend to give away there and so managed to whittle. What remains depends on what I ultimately bring back with me. Unfortunately, I am relying on only my willpower to prevent myself from bringing back clothes I didn't plan.

In the meantime:
- I've reduced skirts to 10! It was hard but then I just had to be honest about how I looked in some of them :)
- I dropped another dress, didn't fit well at all, and took back one from the Goodwill pile, BUT
- I found another pair of pants. I'm back up to 11. One goes with me on my trip and may not make it back.
- Salwars depend on my trip. There are 18 hanging in my closet, and I'm taking 6 to wear and give away. How many will I return with?

On the trip:
The no buying rule will have to be strictly enforced, unless it is not for myself. However, I will have to accept gifts. An inevitability. To be counted.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Whittling...

Some progress already on reducing my wardrobe:

- I reduced my dresses to 5. I am not including my wedding dress.
- I also reduced my pants to 10. That was tough. I had to relegate one to beachwear because it was too see-through. And *sigh* I tossed my "skinny jeans"...
- I now have 22 salwar sets (only two to go!) (EDIT from 21: found one in the wash)
- I have 34 tops. This is the hardest part. Four left. I love them all!
- I did some major skirt culling. Now have 13 - three left!

I haven't refashioned anything. No more of that unless it's not clothing!

I did save an empty rice bag to try to make into a handbag for a friend. I'll have to line it with some of the cloth from my stash. Fun!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Whittling down my wardrobe

Now that I've made a few things, my wardrobe is getting bigger instead of smaller! So I need to cut it down. I've resolved to cut as follows:

20 salwar and lehenga sets (60 pieces including matching scarves) - from 25
30 tops (long and short included) - from 37
10 pairs of pants - from 15
10 skirts - from 17
5 dresses - from 8

in addition to underwear and pjs. I already only have 9 pairs of footwear and 10 pieces of outerwear (sweaters and jackets), so I'm okay with that. I may get rid of one pair of shoes, too.

Although it's not that many items, whittling these numbers down is going to be difficult, so I'm resolved to cutting out two things a week. That gives me plenty of time to whine or try to trade. It also means that if I make something new, I give it away or replace something in my closet for it.

To sum up:
Toss 5 salwar/lehenga sets, 7 tops, 5 pants, 7 skirts, 3 dresses. Anyone interested in taking them?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Coverup

Well, I cheated on the no-tv thing: I watched an episode of "Project Runway." It was the show on making stuff out of trash, so I couldn't resist (I'm a sucker for recycled stuff!). My penance is to get rid of two more pieces of clothing.

I also received some hand-me-downs from my mom - old vintagey clothes she is no longer going to wear and which she is passing down like heirlooms. I'm happy to have these clothes that I've grown up with. It's more gratifying to have interesting things in your closet than basic staples.

My project today was to make a coverup from a orange scarf. I topped my one-shoulder tee with it, as seen below. It's see-through, and made from two identical pieces of cloth sewn together. Not flawless, but it works:


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Tshirt to top (part II)


Here is a photo of the one-shoulder top:

I'm also converting that scarf from the curtain again. I had originally intended to make a dress, but now I am contemplating something more like the top here

The difficult part will be cutting the scarf/scarves to make the pieces right. Hmm...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tshirt to top

I have a gorgeous skirt I have been searching for the perfect top for, to no avail. It's silver with a raised velour black floral pattern and a black ribbon belt. It needs something that is black, goes just to the waist and has an interesting neckline.

Voila - I created a one-shoulder top from a tshirt. It was pretty easy - cut, take in the sides, stitch the edges.

I've also been trying really hard since yesterday not to judge clothes, whether on real people or tv. It's much harder than it seems, as I thought. I do find myself trying to notice other things about people though, like what they're saying, how they express themselves, and what they might be, despite how they look. I think this is one of the best steps for me to take.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Delayed gratification

Well, it's been a week of under-two-minute clothing selection, and I can honestly and happily say that I've done it! There were a few close calls: Saturday, choosing something to wear to my first trip to a club in four years, I was just over 1.5 minutes. And yesterday, after a half-day of movie shooting with something I'd picked out to wear in June, I had to change, and frantically grabbed several things to wear under a surprisingly transparent outfit.

I've also crafted rule #10: Stop analyzing and looking at what people are wearing. Try not to judge others by their clothes.

This seemingly simple rule, which most of us think we already do, is a lot harder than it seems. I am so used to going around telling people how nice what they are wearing is, and how great that new top is, and how I could try to make that same dress. Instead, I will try to focus on how people ARE, not how they LOOK.

It is another part of weaning myself off of continually thinking about clothing, which despite the rules, alas, I still do!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Mini-projects

In the interest of making as few new items of clothing as possible, I'm halting at the dress for now.

Instead, I've done two mini-projects (after getting dressed in record time - woohoo!)

1) I rescued a failed patchwork skirt made from all the fabric scraps I owned. It just wasn't falling right and was a little too short for my tastes. So I just sewed the bottom, added a drawstring, and sewed across the corners inside to make it a bit sturdier. Ta da - a nice-sized bag that hangs across my shoulders. Good for groceries or - well, not clothes shopping. You can see that the two sides are kind of different, based on what scraps I had handy. Please ignore the loose threads.



2) This is just a resize of a skirt that was TOO big around the waist and all around. I streamlined it so that it falls in a nice A-line. I just followed the line of a skirt I already had and cut off the excess.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Two minutes flat


Last night I chose something to wear in 30 seconds. That gave me a minute and a half in the morning to realize my top had a stain on it and pick something else!

I also finished up a project I was dawdling on. (No before pictures, sorry). I had a tube top I'd made from a dress, but knowing how tube tops are on me, had set it aside. I also had a long and weird-shaped mid-calf drawstring skirt. Well, I put the two together with seams showing, shortened the skirt and added gathers, and added poofy straps I can also wear off-shoulder. I think it's quite flattering, but I don't know when I'll wear it. Like?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Finished shirt, progress on the steps

Window shopping was fine until last weekend, when I had to return something and exchange another. My excuse is that I was helping a friend of a friend find something for graduation. After all that, I got my exchanging done (see three posts back) and my returning done, but she bought nothing! So much for my help.

That's the progress on step 8, and other than the above "work," I wasn't tempted at all! I actually seem to have willpower.

On to Step #9: Choose something to wear in under two minutes.

This is REALLY hard. I used to spend a LONG time trying on things, rejecting them one by one, before deciding on what to wear. Now it usually takes me about 5-10 minutes. That is still quite a waste of time. For the Defashionista, practical considerations should supercede fashion, and a time limit helps you not obsess. Still, two minutes is plenty of time for me to try on one thing, reject it, and choose another. Just in case.

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I also finished the shirt, seen here on the left. As you can see, the stripes are in maroon, though a different (and softer) material. It definitely makes this almost-girly shirt look more masculine, though I need to press out the seams to make it hang better. All in all, a success, I think. Amazingly, husband loved it too!

Updated curtain and next project



The curtain did not sit well with certain others in my household, so it has been replaced with another one, as shown. I have to admit, I actually like this one better (don't tell anyone!) It matches the wall better, didn't need hemming and has pretty tassels on the bottom.



My next project is to salvage a shirt my husband received from my parents. It's TOO small for him, so I'm going to try to add fabric to the sides and sleeve bottoms in a contrasting color to make it big enough. Let's see how that goes. Here is a before picture.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Gifts and exchanges

I am not sure if gifts or exchanges count as buying something new. I received another top as a gift as a belated birthday present. I also exchanged a top I bought in July for tshirts at the store because it fell very badly and I didn't like the print after all.

That leaves me with little need for recreating, although I have a few ideas. I passed on several salwar sets to my mom, and got rid of one. But it DOES have a GORGEOUS scarf, as seen here.

Now the question was, what should I do with this scarf? I have considered: handkerchief hem skirt, long flowy skirt, caftan-like top, cut it into strips to make more scarves, but they all seem a waste. IIt would have also made a beautiful dress.

Finally, I decided, enough clothing. I made something more practical. My bathroom connects directly to the bedroom and needed a door (I'm a little squeamish that way), and so I made a sheer curtain. One seam, and voila.

Before:


After:

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Rejecting Gifts

Technically, gifts don't count, but it is in my best interests as a defashionista to accept as few gifts as possible.

Rejecting gifts is a really delicate balance, though. It's hard to say no to someone who wants to give you something out of the goodness of their heart. I usually accept and either secretly give it away (if I can't wear it) or get rid of another similar piece of clothing. This is how I got rid of a red top when my friend who was going away got me another red one (prettier in this case).

My mom just bought me a piece of clothing REALLY similar to one I have already. In this case I liked the original better so I told her to keep it and use it while I keep the old version. Thank goodness it's my mom - I couldn't do that with anyone else.

I also tossed a couple of other things - tube tops, mainly. I was very uncomfortable in them, so good riddance.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Refashion

I posted something on Wardrobe Refashion today - my first!

Finished making the tshirt into capri pants. I had a couple of mishaps with it (put the waistband on backwards) but then managed to fix the error. The overall waist is a little lower than I would like, but it works. I put a drawstring in the waist that ties on the side - much better to hold it up!

Here is a picture.

Right now I don't NEED any other clothing. I found a pair of my grandmother's shoes which fit me just right. They are black loafers and don't look too bad, so I'm okay for shoes. I may need to buy/make some gifts, however. Let's see.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Wardrobe Refashion

I've finally been accepted to Wardrobe Refashion for a 4-month term. A major undertaking IN ADDITION to my steps. The term begins August 1 and goes to December 1. That is a LONG TIME not to buy ANY new clothing!

The pledge is as follows:

The Wardrobe Refashion Pledge

I, rani,

Pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing,
for the period of 4 months.

I Pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recylcle pre-loved items
for myself for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself
with my own hands in
fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my
refashioned, renovoated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing
on the Wardrobe Refashion blog,
so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!

I will post whenever I've made something new and at least weekly to update on my progress. I will do my best not to use the Get out of Fashion Jail free cards I get (2 for the total pledge).

IN ADDITION, I have my steps to write about today:
another mall trip (I go to a medspa there). I deftly avoided looking in clothing store windows, averted my eyes from rows of sunglasses, and even stayed away from beauty and makeup shops! (I did spend about 10 minutes at the Aveda store...can't resist...but bought nothing and had a nice cup of tea there)

I also finally put together my AIDS walk tshirt-to-pants which I plan to post this week on Wardrobe Refashion but which needs some waistband reworking first.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Climate change

Well, global warming is real, but I mean the new balmy weather in my new 'hood. It's perpetually 90, it seems.

The worst part of it is having sweaters hanging in the closet that I cannot use for at least two more months. I am so spoiled by mostly-same-all-the-time San Francisco weather. Now I have to set aside winter clothes and summer clothes, not wear everything at once. I even find it difficult to wear anything long sleeve these days (too hot!).

It makes window shopping a real temptation, especially when you see cute tank tops and floaty blouses. I'm reverting to closet-shopping (digging through my clothes to see if there's something I haven't worn in a while).

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Mall

The mall is a dangerous place. I went there for lunch and I already felt like just browsing, just stepping inside to see what's there, just stopping by the store window to admire the clothes.

I bought food of course, and junk food, but stayed away from actually buying any clothing. Still, I WAS drawn in by those windows and stores. Hence, Step 8:

Avoid window shopping for clothes and accessories.

I know, this is hard, because you of course pass by windows everywhere. But it does mean no staring at the windows in admiration, no holding up clothing against me to see how it looks (unless I've got something absolutely necessary to buy that i can't make or buy 2ndhand) and no trying on (see previous). The other exception to entering clothing stores will be if I am with someone who is looking for something, but it still means not window shopping for myself.

Only vicarious pleasures for those trying to be virtuous...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Nothing new

It's my birthday, but I'm not wearing anything new. I found this Abercrombie butterfly shirt several months ago (kind of like the one shown here) which fits like a glove. Okay a tight glove. It's new to me and I love it.



Step #7. If you cannot make it, buy it secondhand. Check secondhand before buying new.

Despite my ownership of a sewing machine and my ability to make really simple things, my sewing skills leave something to be desired. Thus, step 7 covers for any lapses in step 6.

Polka dot

I wore the polka dot top! So the black one has to be returned. I can't return the polka dot top even though I only wore it for 4 hours - exchanges only. Might exchange it because it isn't as off-shoulder as it seems.

I was sorely tempted by a fashion-show for hunger, a series of dress-for-less-makeover type shows, and almost went to the clothing section of Realsimple.com but I resisted and haven't looked back.

Instead, I go to sleep dreaming of what to wear and how. To counteract, I set aside one of my Indian salwar sets to give away.

Step #6: If you truly need something, MAKE IT instead of buying.

In that vein, I am going to try to make a pair of short capris out of that XL tshirt I bought for the AIDS walk. I do need a pair of stretchy workout capris, especially in this summer heat.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I bought something

Okay, so I bought two. I am EITHER going to wear the black sling-neck tank top (with my own pretty silver and black skirt) OR the black-and-white polka off-shoulder top (preferred, with black skirt or pants) for the scene. Whichever one I DON'T wear will get returned. Or maybe both depending on what happens with the final costuming decision. Can you tell this is low-budget?

Anyway, now that I've already partially busted a step, I am going to be more conscientious from now on, and add another. A really really tough one.

Step 5: No fashion websites. I allow myself a few: the Splendora style newsletter, the wardrobe refashion blog, and my own fashion cents (and of course this blog). Only these three. Forever.

I think I'll just pass out now, thank you.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Moving complete


I've finally moved to the new place. It's a suburb, not a big city, so it's really different and kind of boring. Which is okay, because I've been trying to unpack.

Limitation: No drawers! The walk-in closet is HUGE but I don't have enough hangers, nor do I have ways to store my delicates. I'll have to find clear boxes or shelves and get some more hangers.

I've managed through no fashion-related tv, no magazines, and no buying. yay. In fact, in the process of moving (and trying to fit all those clothes on less than 50 hangers), I got rid of a few. Phew.

The no buying thing is going to take a hit again. I need to get myself a top to match a skirt for a dinner party movie scene (yes, I am acting!). I HAVE to wear the skirt and I have NOTHING that goes well with it. SO, may I please be excused this once? I guess this qualifies for the exception: absolutely necessary.

Once I buy it, I'll hang out. I'll let you know about step 5, too, coming soon!

Update: here's a photo of the new place.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Progress on "NO BUYING"

My plan not to buy any more clothing is doomed from the start. I realized today I already pledged $60 for 2 tshirts (okay one isn't for me) that are for the AIDS walk. Do charity donation-tees count? I'm not sure myself. Still, the pledge was made before I started the steps. One of those t-shirts is an XL will (according to plan) be made into capri pants a la this tutorial.

In the process of packing and moving, I've realized just HOW MANY clothes and just general STUFF I have. I have a good stock of cloth and cloth scraps, plus a HUGE bag of yarn, plenty of beads and knitting/crochet supplies. The possibilities of refashioning are endless.

But this is about DE-fashioning. And that means, no more obsessing about fashion today.

Try it, it's harder than you think.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Steps 3 and 4

Moving right along those steps: no tv at all today (so far), and no magazines browsed (though plenty of websites). I temporarily became inspired to try patchwork by Cut + Paste, which has some of the cutest things I want to make! So, I tried it out on my sewing machine. Maybe I'll post a photo later.

Fortunately for my 12 steps, my sewing machine moved today to the new place. No more sewing, at least for 4 days.

On to step 4, which is a toughie: No buying of new clothes, accessories, or materials unless ABSOLUTELY needed.

I have enough underwear and socks and shoes to last me a lifetime, I think. Only if the last one runs out will I buy, or maybe if I need something truly special for some occasion.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Step 2 progress

My attempt to stay away from fashion tv shows is going well. Didn't watch any today!

I'm going to start Step 3: no fashion magazines. This means I don't allow myself to read Vogue, Glamour and all those other millions of magazines that mention fashion. The less you see, the less you are tempted to buy and indulge and obsess. For now, websites will be allowed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Fashion Addict's 12 Steps

I admit it. I'm addicted to fashion. I am a fashionholic.

Step 1 of rehab is to give up old and torn and non-wearable clothes. Already done, as much as I could part with. (I still have the number of items above)

Step 2 - refrain from watching fashion-related tv shows (What not to wear, The look for less, Next top model, How do I look, etc). The only way not to be exposed to fashion on tv is not to watch it (even newscasters and Sesame Street characters dress well). But these I will give up...after today.

Progress to be noted tomorrow.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Count

Well, I finally managed to count up every piece of clothing and every accessory I own. To be noted: I didn't include rubberbands for my hair, which alone might inflate the number drastically, but I did include hair accessories, hats, jewelry, and things like that.

Without furthur ado, here is the list. Please note that I am baring my wardrobe here!

100 indian clothing pieces (35 tops, 35 bottoms, 30 scarves)
2 shawls
6 pr pantyhose and tights
10 pr socks
1 set thermal underwear
20 pr underwear
12 bras
25 short sleeve tops and tanks
5 tshirts
20 long sleeve tops
4 sweaters
14 pr pants & jeans
17 skirts
7 dresses
6 coats and jackets
9 pr shoes
3 scarves
4 pr gloves
16 pr earrings
15 necklaces
45 bracelets and bangles
3 belts
9 bags
3 rings
10 pj bottoms, tops, and gowns
1 robe
4 headbands and hairclips
4 hats
3 watches
= 378 items of clothing

Phew! That's a LOT more than I thought I had. I suppose it's less than some people might have, but more than most.

More amazing to me: all the stuff I owned fit into THIS WARDROBE, now for sale (please ignore messiness):


I wonder how many clothes other people own. Anyone?

Friday, July 07, 2006

A Refashionista Rethinks Fashion

I start this blog knowing that people all over the world are obsessed with fashion. I read various fashion magazines at the library, in bookstores, on the plane. I stand in front of the mirror putting together my clothes in new combinations and trying them on repeatedly. I browse for clothes and buy things I don't need.

The history of fashion is thus:
- In the beginning, people wore leaves, or skins, or (gasp) their birthday suits
- Then, there was fashion.
- After fashion, came the fashionista.
- With an increasing use of resources, some wise young people decided to destruct and reconstruct their clothes into new forms - the REfashionista came into being.
(See Wardrobe Refashion, which has been a great source of inspiration)

But making your clothes different doesn't rid you of them. It only creates more clothes you can hang on to longer. Together with bought fabric, more and more thread and needles and velcro and buttons, your one shirt becomes two, two become four, and before you know it, you have a wardrobe full of new old clothes.

In my efforts to live a more simple lifestyle, I have tried the following:
1. Stopping buying new clothes
- but I keep getting gifts and hand-me downs
2. Getting rid of clothes periodically to Goodwill, Freecycle, Craigslist
3. Buying organic and sustainable whenever I can

But it's hard, darn it, to keep from still trying on and making clothes and sighing over things in store windows.

SO, My first step towards realizing what I already have is to count up every single piece of clothing and accessories that I own. A huge task, but one that must be done, because I'm moving soon, too!

Stay tuned...