Friday, February 18, 2011

Remix - Day 16 {ruffled yellow}

Oh, oh, oh. How I love to be frolicking about in the back yard, now cool enough (as in not cold - considered saying warm, but just couldn't) to take outdoor photos which inevitably look heaps and heaps better than those indoors. The ground is muddy, not exactly the loveliest conditions for a good frolic, and Monty slipped and fell twice. But hey, I'm not going to be picky. I'm thankful for the fresh, sun-shiney air.

If you're new to my blog (Apartment Therapy has sent many new faces this way!) and you're wondering what this remix business is all about, here's where you'll get the scoop.

What I've learned from remixing:

1. I actually look forward to styling these pieces day after day. It's kinda nice to have just a few items to choose from rather than oodles. It obviously makes the process of picking out an outfit much simpler.

2. It's taught me how to be more creative in styling my day to day outfits and I've enjoyed putting a little more effort in creating something fresh from head to toe (though I adore jewelry, I rarely wore it until now). I feel more confident layering pieces, as an example, wearing that same khaki jacket a million different ways, whereas before I would have grabbed it only as a simple cover up over a t-shirt or sundress.

3. I'm so thankful for what I have! The very old classics and the trendier new pieces. It's made me appreciate all the gorgeous clothes I have so much more and it's helped me to edit my wardrobe a little better than before. There are now obvious items that I do not/will not wear and I've discovered that keeping the wearables handy and last year's trends in storage (just in case I love it again in 5 years, cause I will!) is actually a great idea. I don't need it all stuffed in my bedroom closet, just in case. It's nice to have breathing room in your closet.

4. Accessories are brilliant! They can make all the difference to your look (and often a very simple outfit, say jeans and a t, are perfect). Best of all, you don't have to break the bank to find the perfect little sparkle to add to your ensemble. Thrift buys are most often my favorite go-to pieces!

5. It's given me a completely different shopping experience and a more careful eye. What I mean is, when I walk through Target (I've avoided shopping at the mall this month) and I see all the pretty new things for spring, I don't get as hung up over the polka dot blouse with ruffles around the collar (really did see this). Perhaps I'm just a little more careful to pick the things that I see myself wearing more often and I immediately envision the unique ways I could style it.

That's about it. I never thought I'd actually gain so much out of this experience - a very pleasant surprise :)
{On me: necklaces - anniversary gift and antique market, cardi - Fossil, chiffon tank - Aerie, belt - Target, jeans - Forever 21, boots - T J Maxx}
{On little man: cardi (which he refuses to wear a shirt under) - Gap, jeans - Sweetpeas (GB)}

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