Hello, my friends! If you guessed "closet clean out and swap-over" as my two-day activity while not at work this week, you were correct!
I also went for a Mental Health Walk, got groceries (uneventful and stress-free), and created my first outfit of the spring/summer season. It's been a busy couple of days.
- Dress - Styled by Adrian, vintage 60s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2018 with my trout shoes
- Shoes - Poetic Licence; last seen here in June 2019 with linen and leaf green
- Jacket (below) - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in June 2019 over my Spanish Ladies dress
It's a glorious vintage dress - one of those lucky "perfect fit" items that stays in my closet year after year.
here) and this is its 8th wearing, so I'm well under $2 per wear.
here, when I first wore it (my hair was shorter then!).
Ha, I wore this same brooch in the same place on the dress then! I still have every piece of jewelry that I wore with it in 2014, too.
Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style (here) is doing a "Good Buy/Good-Bye" post on denim jackets, so I jumped at the opportunity to add a denim jacket to my at-home look.
Or slip it on.
I bought it in December 2017 and I've worn it 13 times - it was free on a buy-two-get-one-free deal.
The best part of the jacket?
And look at all those dome studs!
I did a "zigzag and dot" theme for this outfit in my accessories, to go with these earrings. You can see the cool raised green satin zigzags on the dress fabric here - they are outlined with sparkly turquoise thread.
- Earrings - vintage 60s, West Germany, vintage fair - purchased here for $10.00
- Brooch - Coro, vintage 60s
I enjoyed rediscovering some of my Fancy Purses when I did the closet swap-over, like this supremely cool studded purse. The handles are wooden, the green part is faux leather, and it's just studded on one side.
- Cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver
- Purse - Melie Bianco, thrifted
I love a cool handle - this one splits open and holds together with magnets.
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
As I was taking these pictures, I felt a pull on my dress.
|"I would like some attention, please."|
As you may have guessed from the fuzzy slippers, I didn't keep the shoes on. I did wear the dress all day, though, as well as all the jewelry.
|"Blah, blah, rub my tum, Woman!"|
And much tummy-rubbing was had.
And now, let's get into the Spring/Summer Closet Swap-Over!
Let's start with the exterior of the closet. This is after I've pulled all the stuff for the giveaway pile from behind the steamer in and effort to not look as messy for you.
And here is my closet. It's about the size of a small bathroom. I had it custom-built around 2007-8 just after I lost 50 lbs - it helps motivate me to stay fitting in all the beautiful clothes that I own.
I have a feeling I won't be doing a lot of shopping over the next several months, so I don't think I'll be having an overcrowding issue this season.
This is the right side of the closet, looking in. Short skirts live over my jackets. When it was designed, it was intended to be jackets over skirts, but it works better this way.
That also goes for the left side of the closet. Closest to the door are my blouses, long skirts and trousers, followed by the 6' "long hang" bar for dresses.
I dumped all the giveaway stuff on the benches in the dining room.
I started by pulling out all of the spring/summer clothes that I store in the closet. "But where where they stored?" you're thinking, "There's no room!"
I also pull out all my spring/summer stuff that I've bought over the last 6 months (some of which you've already seen me wear before I tucked it away).
I hauled out the vacuum cleaner and gave the room and the closet a good buzz. I was left alone for a couple of hours after that...
|"I am not a fan of the vacuum."|
I actually moved all the bagged/binned spring/summer stuff out of the way so that I could start folding the fall/winter clothes.
This is what's left in the closet when I'm done. I clean all the shelves and dust off the bars. I did clean the mirror, but I skipped the chandelier and the very top shelves, which I didn't feel like doing.
And the left side. Same here, had to store away more than this to make room.
These aren't all of my fall/winter boots and shoes - there are an additional 4-5 pairs to the left, behind the stacks of clothes (you can see them in the picture with all the hangers above).
Here are all my fall/winter shoes that were in my closet that I planned on keeping out.
When I was unpacking all the shoe bags, I found this bag...full of more bags!
I discovered, to my great anguish, that two of my favourite pairs of Fluevogs were damaged in storage.
Once I had unpacked that bigass tub above and all those shoe bags, it was time to get out the other three flat tubs. Out come the spring/summer stuff, and away goes the fall winter. Back under the bed for these three.
At this point, I was about 4 hours into the swap-over, and done with the vacuum, so Vizzini came out and started making a pest of himself, hiding behind the blouses and dresses (this is before I stored the fall/winter stuff back there).
|"Oh, yes, I remember this tasty item from last year."|
Once I had stashed all of the bagged shoes and clothes under and behind, he couldn't get in there anymore. I have to turn all the tied bags so that he can't chew on them, or dig into the bags and ruin any of my clothes. Vizzini-proofing my closet is essential.
And here are the "after" shots! The Tower of Power, starting at the ceiling, with my party shoes/the highest heels that I can still kinda/sorta wear.
A bigger shelf for boots, followed by the shelves of shoes that I wear the most, all the way to the floor.
Opposite, on the left, my walking/shopping shoes and boots are below the blouses, long skirts and trousers.
I store my belts in front of the mirror opposite the closet door.
A good shot of my poppy tile art above the mirror, and you can see a glimpse of the black saucer hat I wore the other day on the shelf above my shorter skirts.
And here are the jackets and blazers. The section on the right are all the new-to-me items that I haven't worn yet.
here, heh heh.
Oh, look at all these dresses!
Here's the left side shelves - the top shelf are my archive shoes, and fancy hats.
The bottom two shelves are the items I'll wear the most - they are the easiest to reach! Long cardigans, short cardigans, light/patterned cardigans, folded blouses that I don't have enough hangers/room for.
And below that we have blouses, long skirts and trousers.
And there we are! All finished, ready for me to shop my wardrobe.
I cleaned out both scarf boxes and tidied them up.
And I dusted and cleaned and rearranged the top of the lingerie chest.
I had to lock Vizzini out of the room as I finished up, as he started licking one of my new dresses.
|"Mmm, this fabric is delicious!"|
Vizzini! I can see your pink tongue!
I also packed away my heavier-weight scarves, gloves and toques, and hung up my lighter ones in the hallway on the coat-tree.
And lastly, time to swap my jewelry over.
Here's the "before" - like my clothes closet, my jewelry collection gets a bit messy over the season.
I emptied out all my containers and gave them a good dusting. I arranged them on Vizzini's bedroom scratching post (he has one in every room).
I like to lay every thing out and then put back everything I want to keep out for the upcoming season. It's a mess, but I'm very visual and need to see it all.
After a thorough dusting, I laid all the drawers out for my main jewelry box, ready for me to put away the spring/summer bits as I unpacked them.
Here are my additional containers, all loaded up.
I also have my Grandma S's jewelry box, where I store all my vintage jewelry. This is the "before" picture.
And here is the "after" shot - ooh, so many pieces that I'm excited to wear again.
Here is the "after" with all my spring/summer jewelry in its place.
I didn't cull much - I know my accessory style pretty well - but I still ended up needing an extra bag for my cuffs.
And now, my friends, I'm going to go get some quality cuddlin' time.
|"This is news to me."|
Vizzini, try to be enthusiastic! It's attention - you like attention!
|"I'm trying to care, really..."|
Ah well, I'm sure he'll be back bugging me soon enough!