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growing up and paring down, part 1: the purge

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I spent a good chunk of Labor Day knee-deep in a closet edit of epic proportions. I sorted through every rack, rod and cubby, pulling the items I couldn’t see myself wearing in 3 years and tossing them in a pile on the bed. After a couple of hours, a mountain of ill-fitting trendy printed denim, flimsy clearance bin tops, and elastic-waist polyester dresses covered the bedspread.

I surveyed the teetering stack of clothing — the spoils of years of bargain shopping and too much style “inspiration” — and thought to myself, You’re doing it wrong. These things don’t look like they belong in the same woman’s closet. 

I’d created a monster, fed by blog trends and Pinterest and deep discounts; and I’d lost my point of view along the way.

Then I made a rash decision: I couldn’t move forward with creating a well-edited wardrobe with all this stuff taking up valuable closet real estate. I bagged it all up neatly (it took three Hefty’s and a good dose of resolve) and drove it to the local women’s resource center the following morning.

For the last two weeks, getting dressed has been so much easier. I’ll tell you more about it in part two.

To be continued! 

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Wearing: 

Cynthia Rowley dolman tee via TJ Maxx (SIMILAR) | American Eagle skinnies | Nine West sandals | Olivia & Joy Dynamo bag

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what day is it, mike?

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It’s hump day, woot-woot!

The only thing better than a three day weekend is the four day work week that follows it. I, for one, am happy as a camel on Wednesday that we’re halfway through.

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Wearing: 

Target blouse | American Eagle straight leg jeans | vintage necklace | Olivia & Joy Dynamo bag | Nine West sandals | Tom Ford Ingrid sunglasses

If too much denim is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Denim on Denim
{ Sonoma chambray shirt (Kohl’s) | American Eagle skinny jeans | Olivia & Joy Dynamo Bag | Sam & Libby for Target sandals }

The Canadian tuxedo is a polarizer; folks either loathe denim-on-denim with a deep fiery passion, or pair up their blue jean favorites at least once a week. A chambray top with comfy skinnies is a win in my book.

Britney and Justin ruined it for all of us back in 2001.