Monday, August 19, 2013

WIWS: Two Weeks in a Row

What I wore last Sunday:



 And because she's so cute, what Lucia wore:


What I wore this Sunday:




 

Dress: Elle (Kohl's) 
Shoes: Bandolino (hand-me-downs!)
Flexi clips: Lilla Rose


Notice anything? Yep, I wore the exact same dress and shoes.  Only my jewelry/hair accessories changed.  Moving in to our new home, both David and I realized we have way too much clothes.  And most of it we don't even wear.  We have several staple items we wear over and over.  I've decided that I'll be working on building up those staples and getting rid of the things I don't wear or that I do wear but don't fit well.  I did the whole "turn your hangers the opposite way" trick so I can see what I actually wear and I'm going to be very, very critical about every piece of clothing I wear.  A few items have already headed to the sell/give away pile.

If you have any tips on paring down a full, full closet and cultivating a small, classic wardrobe, I'd love to hear them.  Which items are wardrobe essentials?  Which stores are best to shop from for a balance of value and quality?

In other news, each week Lucia has lasted longer and longer during Mass without having to be brought out.  Last week she lasted until Communion.  This week she lasted the entire Mass - never had to leave at all.  So Mass grade: A.  To be honest though, she had a cold (still does) so she was a bit more sleepy than usual so we'll see how it works out this upcoming week.  

Later today, I'll be posting a novena prayer to St. Dymphna for those suffering with mental illness.  If you are interested in learning more or want to pray along with me, make sure you catch my post.  



I'm linking up to Fine Linen and Purple's What I Wore Sunday linkup.  Head over for more church attire inspiration.







11 comments:

  1. I love your hairstyle and hair clip in week 2! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Liesl! Can you believe it only took me maybe 2 minutes to do?

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  2. Super cute dress.

    As far as paring down your wardrobe goes...I would do it a season at a time and get rid of anything from that season that you don't wear during that season.

    Decide what styles you like, and feel most comfortable in and then slowly build a wardrobe tf those styles and get rid of others.

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  3. Love the pictures! Her little dress is adorable!!

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  4. I've been trying to pare down my wardrobe too - I've used polyvore to figure out how many different outfits I can make from things I already have, and last month I only wore 31 different articles of clothing (including scarves and shoes but NOT including underwear!). A big part of it is making purchases more intentional and making sure that the things you buy will work with other articles of clothing, are constructed well, and will stand the test of time.

    I would also really take some time to figure out what your personal style is - have you seen the Ain't No Mom Jeans posts about that?

    I also only buy things that I can nurse in, and most of what I buy is also suitable for the first trimester of pregnancy/first few months post-partum, because I'm almost chronically in one of those phases :P Good luck!

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    1. Oh, polyvore!! I think my main issue is that I need to start using accessories so I feel like I'm wearing "fresh" outfits but without having a huge closet!

      No, I didn't see that post. I'll try to look for it. Or maybe you could send it to me?

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  5. Love this! One of the biggest reasons I want to get down to my goal weight is that I'm ready to get rid of my huge stash of baggy clothes!! I have a maternity wardrobe tucked away just in case, and I just can't stand all the laundry!

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    1. It's funny, I was just going through clothes I'm getting rid of and I have size 12 items and size 2 items! Crazy, right? That's such a huge spread - I really should only keep clothes in the sizes that I usually wear! Good luck with your weight loss!

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  6. Love your dress, so cute!

    I just minimized my wardrope a few weeks ago. It's nice to be able to pull out a piece of clothing that you actually love, instead of standing there unable to decide.

    We gave it to a charity organization who sends clothing and medicine to Syria.

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    1. Yes! I have the problem. I just stare in my closet and despite all the clothes, I feel like there is NOTHING TO WEAR. Which is stupid! I need to get rid of all that crap and get things I really like (or find them within the junk!)

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