Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Quality Over Quantity

Hey friends! We are back with another outfit posts as promised! Today, I want to discuss quality over quantity. I've always fallen more in the quantity category. Always adhering to the mindset of loving something and thinking I need it in every single color.  The notion of needing more, more, more; no amount is ever enough.  This is something I want to change.

Before, acquiring more clothes felt like a compulsion.  Like, I couldn't live my life unless I had all these things.  In a strange turn of events, this put a huge damper on outfit planning and getting ready each day. It was sensory overload. I'm also a little on the indecisive side and there were just too many options for me to be able to make snap outfit decisions each morning.  I also thought more options were better, but friends that is just not true.  For me, at least. 

I recently donated approximately 15 bags of clothing, shoes and accessories to goodwill. I got rid of so many things but I still own so much. I'm still overwhelmed, but not as intensely. I honestly should purge a few more things, especially some dresses, but I'm on the right track. I'm already feeling less stressed each morning and I'm starting to enjoy shopping in my own closet again. 

Another thing I have noticed is as much as I love following trends, I really hate trends. They are so fleeting, here for a season or two and then gone. It hit me the other day that I was feeling pressure as a "fashion blogger" to keep up with different trends and to buy outfits just to display on our blog even if they weren't conducive to my every day life.  It hit me how wasteful I was being.  There are so many times I will grab a vintage piece over a new trendy piece. Sometimes I'm in the mood to be a chameleon but usually I'm more into mixing trendy pieces with vintage flair. I'm trying to figure out a way to balance vintage pieces and trendy pieces. 

For now, I'm limiting my shopping. I'm avoiding most stores with the exception of thrift stores which I'm still heavily limiting. I'm even avoiding online window shopping.  I'm mixing and matching again. I'm rewearing outfits again. I'm enjoying fashion again.  

Outfit details:
Top {Goodwill Outlet} / Mom Jeans {American Eagle} / Kicks {Converse}

Jen and I are on a similar wavelength when it comes to quality over quantity. It's definitely something I've been thinking about a lot in 2019. My experience is a little different, more focused on wearing things that I feel good in because they actually fit me. 

I've went through my clothes so many times and felt like everything I owned, I loved. The only issue was most of it didn't fit me any more. I've gained weight over the past year & was stuck wearing the same few things over and over because it was so stressful to go in my closet and try on multiple outfits that didn't fit me anymore. I finally got fed up and a few weeks ago tried on literally every single item of clothing I owned. Anything that didn't fit got packed away. I set a calendar reminder for September and anything that still doesn't fit gets donated, no matter how much I love it.

 I'm really trying to lean in to loving my body how it is, removing the focus from losing weight to taking care of myself with no pressure. It's been a game changer mentally & I didn't realize how much those too small clothes were affecting my headspace. I've brought in a such a small amount of things to my closet since then, I've started measuring myself to make sure I buy the right size & am not feeling that urge to buy everything I see. 

Outfit Details 

Shirt {Etsy} / Jacket {Target} / Jumpsuit {I don't remember, I bought it because I saw someone wearing it in their Insta stories. Sorry!} 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May Small Goals

For the past few years, Spring has been pretty much skipped here in Missouri. We will have a week of nice weather then it's all humidity all the time. I have been pleasantly surprised by how long Spring has stuck around this year. I've gotten to leave my windows open and wear light jackets and enjoy a few spring storms. I'm trying to be better about enjoying each day a little more for what it is, not wishing for time to move faster (or slower). Gratitude is hard sometimes, but I'm working on it. Now let's kick off May with some small goals that I can accomplish with my windows open and that sweet spring breeze. 

Jen's April Small Goals
1.  Stain quilt display shelf. Didn't get this done. I did buy supplies so hopefully I can knock it out in May.
2.  Take 2 Morning Walks per week.  Nope. Didn't happen even once.
3.  Paint the vanity in the downstairs bathroom.  I decided to paint the vanity navy blue on a whim, after having a different color picked out. I'm really glad I went this way because it really pops.  Just need to finish up painting the trims and doors white.
4.  Clean out cabinets above fridge.  I did this! I need to still donate everything, but the cabinets are pretty much empty.  Just need to figure out what I want to use them for now since they are such awkward cabinets.
5.  Finish painting the stairs.  Yes! I finished this project and I'm in love with my stairs. These little transformations are making me so happy!

3/5 - I'll take it. I was pretty sick the last week of the month and that sucked up so much of my energy.

May Small Goals

1.  Finish painting downstairs bathroom.  It's close guys, just doors and trim!
2.  No Outfit Repeats.  I'm going to try to make the most out of my current wardrobe this month and do a no outfit repeats challenge. 
3. Selfish Sewing.  I've been spending a lot of time sewing for others lately. I'm going to spend one day or afternoon working on a personal sewing project.  Nothing planned, just whatever strikes my fancy.
4.  Buy a Fern.  For some reason, I've become obsessed with the idea of having a big leafy fern on my front porch. The porch is ready for spring/summer with my patio set and various gnome decorations. I think a fern would just complete the look.
5.  Buy a new shower curtain.  Now that the bathroom is almost finished, I'm ready to start looking at a few things to decorate it with. First on my list is a shower curtain. I keep joking about making the bathroom HP themed and I think I found a shower curtain that will have a subtle nod to the forbidden forest without being OVERLY HP.  Apparently my husband is not as obsessed as I am?

Heather's April Small Goals
1. Start Couch to 5K I started and am only a few days in but I am feeling good about getting back into it. 
2. Buy a book cart Done! I bought it on April 30th, but I did it. Just in time too since I also picked up like 10 library books on the same day. 
3. Meal plan for dinners I did not get this one done, but I still want to try and fit it in at some point. 
4. Sew a robe Nope. I got confused by the pattern and just didn't start on it. I still want to do this though. 
5. Spending Freeze Besides the book cart, I did a good job on my spending freeze this month. 

3/5 goals completed

May Small Goals 
1. Bring my lunch 3 times a week I've been either eating out or not eating lunch and I need to get better about planning. I want to bring my lunch at least 3 times a week this month. 
2. Read 5 books I feel like I've been in a reading slump. I want to read at least 5 books in May. 
3. Book AirBnB for Colorado trip We are going on a family vacation to Colorado this summer with my sisters and I want to make sure we book the AirBnB this month since we need a place to sleep 7 people. 
4. Start a new crafty project I haven't been doing anything crafty lately. I want to at least start on something, probably knitting or crocheting something. 
5. Buy some patio furniture I love sitting outside on my porch, but we have been using weird folding chairs (until they broke) and now an old computer chair so it's time to invest in some actual outdoor furniture. I don't need anything fancy or expensive, just two chairs and a small table, which I think I've already found. I just need to go buy them! 

May Book Club

Hey book lovers! It's May which means time is ripe for some outside reading time. I'm looking forward to getting some outdoor furniture for my porch so I can sit outside and read in the spring breeze before the humidity shows up. This month I suggested we read The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I had gotten it from the library and wanted to prioritize reading it, plus it's gotten so much hype that I knew I wanted to find out what it's all about. I'm excited to get started, especially because it's long & I've got a few days off for a staycation this month.

What's it about? 

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.