July Roundup

Still doing these because it’s become habit. Indulge me.

BOUGHT

// Everlane Langley muscle tank & draped tank

why: I wanted to rotate out a shirt that wasn’t working in my edit of 33 items for the summer. Turns out I liked both and swapped out an additional item to make room for it.

circumstance: snapped one up the night it was put on the site…probably about four hours earlier than I was supposed to. Judge me.

// Fabletics Anyi sports bra & Lima capris

why: I’m officially hooked to spinning (Cycle House, if you’re in LA). I had enough gear for two days a week, but I’m now up to three. I tried to make my old Forever 21 leggings left over from pregnancy work, but yeah..no… Workout gear doesn’t count for Project 333, so I felt like I was in the clear.

circumstance: nothing noteworthy. Like last time, I got separates instead of an outfit. It’s more expensive per item, but lower in overall cost.

// Adidas Orchid Firebird track jacket

why: saw the rose version on a coworker and couldn’t get it out of my head. Yes, it’s the one from this post.

circumstance: I got it at work and two other coworkers were egging me on. I was powerless. Everyone recognized the enabling happening, but somehow, someway…I ended up getting the jacket. I may rotate this into the current edit since I have a leather jacket in there and I have no idea how the hell that happened, because I LIVE IN LOS ANGELES AND IT’S SUMMER, WTF ALICIA?

 

SOLD / CULLED

Nasty Gal slip mini dress  & slip maxi dress

Who knew this was going to happen when I bought them back in November??

*entire studio audience raises hands*

GREAT! They’re gone. Now let us never speak of them again.

Also gone? That open back Zara top along with a black Coach wristlet. Both have found their new home in D’s home. Enjoy boo!

 

LEARNINGS

Project 333 has done more to keep me from mindlessly buying clothing than anything else I’ve tried. Any potential purchase is now carefully considered since I have to give up something to bring a new thing in. I have a spreadsheet going and everything. Limits and accountability work wonders, man. Not just one, but both in tandem.

 

P333: Week 3

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Still no brown sandals.

No worries though. I’m not as pressed about them as I was last week because the Dicker boots are becoming the real MVP.

Since I usually favor a black shoe over anything else, these usually sit on the rack. Now that I’m down to a few select pairs (and because shoes should have a couple of days to ‘rest’ after you wear them), I’m reaching for them a lot more than ever before. And you know what? They’re working out just fine. They’re comfortable as hell and have made me reconsider making an additional sub-in for the season.

That, friends, is progress.

Besides, that money is better served for my growing list of maybes to get for fall (or investing…or student loan payments…whatever…). Since there is time to consider how things will work for the next go ’round, I’m thinking about what I have and what I could potentially add to get the most out of those things. Praise whomever came up with Pinterest because I don’t know how else I’d keep track.

On the home front, I got rid of some the boy’s old toys and unfucked my bathroom and hallway closet. I really should have taken before and after pictures; shit got REAL yesterday. The purge is spreading. MUAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHA!

 

 

 

The Joy of Less

Last week, I borrowed The Joy of Less from the library in hopes that it will keep me focused on getting rid of things instead of constantly adding them. It’s a nice counterweight to the wishlist-esque posts of below. It’s all about balance, people.

Anyway, I’m a third of the way into it and want to throw out half of my household’s possessions. I’m told this response is completely normal.

A few things have stuck out to me and I hope I can remember them moving forward:

- everything that you own should be either beautiful or functional

- you shouldn’t try to recreate the outside world inside your living space

- try not to accumulate things; replacing them for something better is fine  

- if you want to get something new, but can’t think of something you want to get rid of to allow room for it, skip it

- pick your favorites and toss the rest

All fairly standard pieces of advice, but they bear repeating. Several times.

If any of you are interested in the whole minimalism thing and haven’t already read about it 386 times on the internet, check it out. It’s pretty motivating.

Project 333 | Fall Planning

It’s two months away, but I already have my mind set on the colors and items I’d like to incorporate into next season’s clothing edit.

I’ve been using the approach I learned about on Into Mind, first making mental notes on things that are jumping out at me…you know…instead of buying them and returning them later. I keep forgetting to reset my Pinterest password, so I’m dumping everything here. Enjoy.

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Madewell vibes + that Adidas jacket

Ok, I reset the password. The board is here if anyone is interested.

muscle tank | khaki shorts

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Everlane Langley tank top & sandals, shorts from D

I don’t think I’m going to count jewelry in the next 33 item edit. I have a necklace that would have really set this shirt off on the left, but it isn’t on the list of approved items. Terrible.

We took the boy and his cousins to the OC Fair on Saturday. I wasted an opportunity to eat a pickle and corn dog hybrid, but managed to eat part of a deep fried, bacon wrapped churro that had been soaked in Jack Daniels. I’m not sure I made the best decision.