Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cleaning out my Closet

Since I had Zeke back in May, I've been spending a lot of time re-thinking my wardrobe. There's nothing like the drastic changes that a post-baby body endures to spark a desire to reinvent your personal style. With that in mind, I've gone through all of my winter clothing and sorted it into stuff that fits well, accents my best features, and is not outdated, and then everything else. Some things have gone to Repeat Performance to consign, and a few items have gone to the thrift store. I have a whole pile of jeans that I need to cut apart and do something special with - I'm thinking of an outdoor blanket, but we shall see.

Here's one of my new looks, showcasing my new (from consignment store) cashmere sweater, long necklace (doubled, also from consignment store), and Gucci handbag (Ebay, and had it authenticated by my friends at The Purse Forum).

I love watching Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on Bravo. It was my inspiration for reworking my wardrobe. I used Tim's list of 10 Essential Elements to decide what I need to specifically add.
Basic Black Dress - Have
Trench Coat - Need
Dress Pants - Have
Classic Shirt - Need
Jeans - Have
Any Occasion Top/Cashmere sweater - Need
Skirt - Have (in spades)
Day Dress - Have
Jacket - Have
Sweatsuit Alternative - Huh? This one I'm always stumped by, but the idea is something super easy that also looks super sleek.

The only problem with this list is it doesn't include shoes and accessories, so I turned to
The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece
for inspiration here.
I bought:
Tall boots
Long necklace
Big colorful bangle
Casual purse
Still looking for:
More long necklaces
A nice digital watch
Evening Clutch

Neil and I have always said that if you want something to last, you need to pay for quality. That means keeping quantities low, but in the end I feel like we have really nice things that make us feel good about our purchases. I also like Tim Gunn's rule that most trend items shouldn't cost more than $20.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Living up to your potential

Ugh. Sometimes I just feel so underutilized and overworked. I do all the “normal” mom stuff and some work on the side, but something is missing. Right now, I just feel too intelligent to waste time poking around with legos.*tearing up*



I can not go back to work, even if I decided I wanted to. I have three beautiful boys three and under, and daycare, well, it would be a negative opperation.
I’ve done direct sales, and I’m tired of being gone evenings at supper and bedtime. Besides, they didn’t exactly fullfill my need for intellectual stimulation.
I’m not a genius, but I do think I’m pretty smart. I have a BA in Education. I considered architecture, art, engineering, etc., but decided that education would allow me to pursue all of those interests in a limited sense. Looking back I wish I had picked something mentally draining like mathematical engineering, but I don’t want to take the time to go back now.
I feel like I’m trapped at home, not creating something that will make the world immesurably better for my children and making myself independantly wealthy. I’m tired of using my powers to live frugally on a shoestring.
I need some validation, ladies!