Are ya ready? This is a massive post - gird your figurative loins, people! April is starting with a Bigass post!
First, let's go back to Friday.
- Top - La Vie 89, thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
- Skirt - Tulle, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with brown and orange
- Shoes - Diesel, consignment; last worn here in January with houndstooth
I had a haircut on Friday after work, followed by a retirement send-off for one of my dear co-workers, so a funk outfit was in order.
|"Excuse me while I barf."
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Steel cuff - thrifted
- Earrings - gift from Simar
Saturday saw our usual brunch out at Floyd's.
- Sweater - Vero Moda, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March with tones of brown
- Skirt - Talbots, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with floral legs and cobalt
- Booties - Dirty Laundry, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit, way down) for a grocery run
Aside from the flurry of my Friday and Sunday activities, Saturday was totally chill.
I've really enjoyed my little wardrobe capsule, which draws to a close this weekend. I plan to do a 30 day capsule for April, with the same loosey-goosey rules:
- 30 clothing and shoe items
- Wear all the pieces at least once
- I can swap a piece in if I'm tired of another piece or decide it doesn't work
|Who likes coffee?
- Earrings - gift from Megan Mae
Vizzini enjoyed the setting sun.
|"The more you bother me, the earlier I'm going to wake you up."
|"Do you have to take a picture of my bad side?"
|"What? That's when cats eat breakfast!"
|We're playing Carcassonne Discovery
Vizzini bugs us constantly for treats. He's positioned to keep an eye on me (the main Provider of Treats).
|"Did someone say treats?"
|"I am a fierce lion in my cave, waiting to pounce on my prey!"
Today, I headed to town to get groceries. Since I knew I'd be doing a lot of physical work all afternoon, I didn't bother putting on make-up.
|It's bright out!
- Dress - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, thrifted; last worn here in March with the same tights
- Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) for shopping with Jodi in March
I think I look pretty good bare-faced.
Jacket because it's a bit chillier today.
- Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
I took my camera with me to town. Look, lovely rhodos!
One of the employees at this coffee shop does these wonderful drawings.
|Vader and a stormtropper start their day with a cup o' joe
My favourite house in the neighbourhood, complete with 200-year-old Gary oak in the front yard.
I would have liked to have gone shopping after groceries, but we had work to do! Closet swap-out time! Here's the last swap, at the end of September 2015.
First, we take out everything that isn't staying for spring/summer.
Line up all the boots and get out the vacuum!
My closet is about the size of a small bathroom, but it's hard to get pictures of it as a whole. These are the top two shelves above the bare shelves in the above picture.
I store my belts coiled in velvet hat boxes. My obi belts are folded and stored in a shoe box.
I have a big tub that lives under my jackets. This is looking at the far right corner.
There's a top shelf on the right where I store vintage hats and shoes.
Here's the opposite side, the top left shelf.
Everything I pulled out for storage. Look at that huge pile of hangars!
Boots ready for storage:
Shoes staying out/available.
Left side: all the shoes being packed away. I have to be ruthless, since I have lots of spring/summer shoes.
And these are some of the pairs that made the cut, left on their shelves.
And there are three more shelves above that!
Now that we've pulled all the fall/winter out, time to bring out the tubs from under the bed!
|I spy L's white-socked foot!
About this time, I wondered where Vizzini had gotten to. He's usually all over the closet clean-out since he's not allowed in there. I'd been checking the shoes in the hallway every few minutes, since he's been chew off parts. Turns out he'd been napping under a blanket. He was suitably outraged about all the chaos and raced around, checking everything out frantically and getting underfoot, hence the blurry pics. He's fast!
|"I heard there was stuff to eat out here."
Vizzini raced into the open space underneath all the clothes.
|"Muahahaha! I shall rule this closet kingdom!"
|"I see no fringe or laces here!"
|"Someone obviously doesn't care about these tasty-looking boots!"
I curated my shoes and selected some for giveaway.
And here are my tubs, full of fall/winter clothes.
|I took the tape off -Vizzini would have eaten it
I packed up all my shoes and boots into fabric grocery bags and Fluevog bags. They get stored on the floor under my hanging clothes.
All my bright and colourful spring belts are back!
Here is my finished closet. The right side.
That took about 3 hours to do.
Time to tackle the seasonal jewelry! I started this last year, pulling out my more summer pieces in favour of more wear from some of my darker vintage pieces, like my copper and my sparkly stuff for the holiday season.
I sort all my modern jewelry on the bed.
This is my grandmother's jewelry box, where I keep my vintage pieces. Before:
And here is everything that's getting a rest over the summer. Bye! See you in October!
Part of cleaning out my closet is checking for items I didn't wear. I turn all my hangers backwards when I do the swap-out (as I did again today for all the spring/summer). As I wear a piece, I turn the hanger back the right way. This helps me see right away what's not getting worn, and helps me weed out pieces I'm hanging onto.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of my dresses don't get worn. Most of them are too dressy, so I don't wear them to work or on the weekend. They require events, and even though I do a lot of social stuff, sometimes one has more dresses than one has events!
I was hoping to get a wear of this lovely beaded wiggle dress. Maybe in the next few months!
I keep this dress because it belonged to Joyce, my Aunt Kathy's mom.
It's been a while since I wore my Storm dress.
This lovely early 80s dress gets a pass, and gets stored away for the season.
This one-shoulder red ruffled dress has made the rounds - I've loaned it to two of my co-workers in the last couple of years.
I haven't worn this handmade vintage velvet dress for a long time, but it stays.
Not a shocker to see this dress unworn.
I also missed a few jackets. This one is semi-costume-y, but too cool not to keep.
I never quite got around to wearing my vintage Etro blazer.
This skirt is a repeat offender: I didn't wear it for Fall/Winter 2015 and I didn't wear it for Spring/Summer 2015, either.
I also didn't wear my Christmas Tree skirt.
And there we go, we're done.
|"I'm exhausted from all of this."
- Linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style.
- Linking up to Anne's "52 pick-me-up" at SpyGirl.
- Linking up to "Hat Attack" at Judith's Style Crone (even though I didn't wear a hat, there's a picture of one!)
- Checking out Sheela's link-up here for the first time here at Sheela Writes (thanks for the invite - always nice to see another Sheila/Sheela!)
Hope you all had a great weekend!