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Many Happy Returns and a Quiz

Happy New Year to all who celebrated on January 1st!

A new year brings new goals, new challenges and new adventures and I’m very excited to take this journey with you. In the spirit of this I present a Pop Quiz that I have been mulling over, myself, for…

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The Hunt: Guest Curator: Steffie


Classically Simple: The Wrap Dress

With Spring around the corner now is the perfect time to consider adding a wrap dress to your wardrobe. The best wrap dresses can carry you from Spring to Fall and in some cases can act as transitional pieces between Winter and Spring. I encourage every…

Special thanks to The Hunt for inviting me to Guest Curate on their blog. I am deeply honored. Enjoy!

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Preparing for Spring

On Saturday, we found out the groundhog did not see his shadow in Pennsylvania, which is supposed to signal an early spring. I’m certainly not going to begin to debate whether or not we will or we won’t see an early Spring since, well let’s be honest I live in San Francisco, my Spring will come when most of the country is celebrating Fall and the major department stores here have started setting up for Back-to-School. However, I can start dreaming of the day when I won’t be layered up and I can also be practical and begin taking stock of what is in my closet that may need to be retired or is missing that I may want to buy this season.

At 19 months postpartum, I’m starting to lose some of the weight I gained when I was nursing my son. I’ll be honest when I say stepping on any kind of scale does not appeal to me yet. Instead I have stuck to taking my measurements about every month or two. I will also take my measurements before I shop online, which is something I encourage everyone to do. The days of ‘do you know your Size’ are being replaced ever so slowly with ‘do you know your measurements’. I personally have stopping shopping with certain online retailers unless they clearly detail out bust, waist, and hip measurements. What a Size 12 is at one Retailer will not be a Size 12 at another.

Now what does this have to do with your closet?

One: Spring Cleaning
Yes I’m going to use the cliché spring cleaning line, but this is a great time to begin trying on what’s in your closet to see what fits and what doesn’t. This is also a good time to see if any of your pieces need to be repaired (and in some cases professionally cleaned).

If you find that you have pieces you are ready to part with then consider donating them to Goodwill or another local charity.

Also take stock in what you need - from unmentionables to dresses. We always need something either due to wear-and-tear or fit issues.

Two: De-stressing
Getting ready for warmer weather doesn’t have to be done all at once. Make a to do list or a Google calendar reminder - one evening it could be trying on pants, one morning dresses and so on. The idea is to not stress over organizing your wardrobe and gives you time to consider what you would like to have when your aren’t ‘layered up’. Also, getting a head start before the rush of spring/summer fashions appear in the stores won’t leave you overwhelmed by not only what you need, what you have in your closet and what you may want to purchase.

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About Me: back to basics

As I walked into work this morning I had an epiphany – what the hell am I doing?

To put this in context, I have been working on a three different projects at once. Project one is partially written and is about the wondrous glory of finding proper fitting unmentionables 18-months after having my son. Project two is in research and focuses on properly fitting clothes and draping that flatters on top. Project three is determining what I want to write on this year (give or take some off the cuff entries) and all the administration of my journal (read: blog).

Now I’m not going to say I got angry at myself. I did. However, not in the way you may think. I got mad because I can see in my mind what I want each project to look like from content to design in this veiled attempt to actually add some structure to my journaling (read: blogging). I won’t deny that a little structure is good and I am going to give it a try, but it’s really not me. I starting journaling (read: blogging) about fashion and dressing oneself solely based on two things – outrageousness of fashion and getting dressed is actually fun!

And don’t worry I’ll get to the dreaded “S” word soon enough! That’s “Style” for those keeping up at home.

Ultimately, I can rationalize that I will read my entries more than anyone else (poor grammar and all) and that’s okay. I used to pretend when I was little that I was reporting from the sidelines of the San Francisco Forty-Niner Football games. I would walk around with my imaginary microphone, steno pad and pencil getting the scope on Joe Montana and would write about what happened during the game. Which is, in a way, how I’m going to approach my projects going forward, minus the imaginary microphone of course. I’m reaching back a bit further in my knowledge base, getting back to the basics, I may even get technical at times, but I feel better knowing that I’m not cheating myself (or anyone else) out of having some fun.

So let’s have a little fun, shall we?

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