Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 30: It's OVER!

It's day 30. Thank you to everyone that has commented and encouraged me during my 30 day journey! For some last day fun, I have compiled a list of questions I received throughout the project along with my answers!

Q: Why are you doing this?
A: To appreciate my closet, and be creative with what I have instead of buying more!

Q: What is the longest that you went between washings?
A: Eeeek! I'm going to be honest. One week- I went 5 days. Gently worn though I PROMISE!

Q: What is the biggest thing you learned?
A: Appreciation for my closet and all that it holds!

Q: Will you ever wear the dress again?
A: YES! It will be hanging it in the back of my closet for a while, but I actually really like the dress, it is a great staple!

Q: Did you cheat on the spending freeze?
A: Uh...yes, once again, I have to be honest. I bought a vintage suede coat, for $20.00. I could NOT pass it up! Oh, and the feather & flower headband I am wearing in this picture! Whoops!

Day 30:
Black dress
Pink top: Forever 21
Tights: Betsy Johnson
Black Booties: Last Call
Gray Bag: Ross
Feather headband: Hattie's Branches
Cameo Ring: Saks

Day 29 of 30

TWO MORE DAYS!!!! WOW! I still can't believe this project is coming to an end! I did a self tutorial online today and edited this picture myself! I have a long way to go...I know!

Day 28:
Black dress
Yellow top: Guess
Ruby Necklace: My Mum-Mum's
Belt: Target
Shoes: BCBG, Dillards
Bag: Betsey Johnson
Wooden bangel, Stein Mart

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 28 of 30!!

Tonight is dinner with friends at my favorite Lakeland restaurant the Terrace Grill! YUM! I can't believe I only have 2 more days in this dress! I started re-organizing my closet in anticipation! When it is finished I will be sure post my victory! Before and after of coarse!

Day 28:
Black dress
Lace top: Target
Gray flower belt, Francesca's (One of my FAVORITE accessories)
Red shoes, Chinese Laundry, Marshalls
Clutch, Victoria's Secret
Ring, Saks

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 26 & 27: Black Friday, Go Noles!

Friday was spent enduring the Super Bowl of shopping, Black Friday! The day didn't start off so well. I must have been in a turkey coma because I slept right through my alarm! We were an hour late to meet Courtney, and when we arrived at the scene it was INSANE! I only witnessed one slight altercation over a pair of boots, they were pretty cute though. My little Leanna joined us and she was a real trooper! She begged to get up with me at 3am, and she did with no complaining. It worked out well for her as she left her favorite store with a very large shopping bag! I have to say, Courtney and I were very glad that we were in Lakeland's limited shopping zone for Black Friday, it may have been very dangerous otherwise! :)

Day 26:
Black dress
Fashion's Night Out T-Shirt
Belt: Target
Black Flats: Puma

Day 27: Go Noles!
In effort to support FSU, garnet & gold has been put in to play!

Black dress
Garnet and Gold top: Pink
Black leggings:
Black flats: Puma

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 25: Full

I'm so full, in more ways than one! I love the smell of Thanksgiving! I love seeing family and friends come through the door with loaded arms! I wish there were more occasions when we all got together! I vote for a holiday every month! My black dress has taught me so much about thankfulness! I know it sounds silly, but it's true! I am so thankful for all of the other dresses hanging un worn in my closet....and JEANS! I can't wait to wear jeans again, or even pants! Someone asked me today if I had decided to burn this black dress, but you know what, I'm not. This dress will always remind me of how thankful I am for my closet full of clothes, and all of the other many things I am so thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving! 5 more days to go!

Day 25:
Black dress
Apron: Kitchen Glam, Too Chic Gift Boutique
Necklace: Stella & Dot Owl
Hair Flower: Claires
Shoes: Tory Burch

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 24: Family Day

Well, it's on! I have made a homemade pie crust, a pecan pie, table centerpieces, and place settings! The turkey is ready to be stuffed and so am I! The rest can wait until tomorrow morning! Today Michael and I are taking the two older kiddos to lunch and a movie. We are then delivering meals for VISTE. What a blessing to bless others! I love Thanksgiving!!!

Day 24:
Black dress
Top: Rampage
Tights: Cynthia Rowley, Marshalls
Boots: Nine West
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23: Fall Frenzy

This morning I had a bit of a breakdown! Just in case you didn't know, if you want to shop for any Fall decor for Thanksgiving, start at Halloween! I went searching today and the tune of Jingle Bells was already blasting throughout the stores! I couldn't find ANYTHING FALL! Not even at Michael's! So my homemade table decorations for Thursday just got more creative! I will definitely post pictures! :) In effort to stay casual, but somewhat is what I came up with for today!

Day 23:
Black dress
Blue Tee: Esprit
Top: Old Navy
Flower belt: J Crew
Flats: Puma

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 22: Kickin' it Casual!

Here it is: Today's casual look for playing with kids!

Day 22:
Black dress
Gray Tee: Esprit
Jewelry: Grana's
Shoes: BCBG Wedges, Marshalls

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 20 & 21

What a busy weekend! I am super excited to tell you about the many adventures of my dress! On Saturday Leanna had a soccer game, so I just put a T-Shirt over top and threw on my Keds. That night we went to the Mercy Me concert where we had backstage passes courtesy of Mike Scheuchzer, my elementary school classmate and guitar player in the band! (See photo, and I am not sure which band member is peeking through, HA!) It was so cool to see him and meet the band. They are awesome! I am convinced Bart, the lead singer, has a perma-grin, he is always smiling! As a bonus, Mike's mom was there!!! She was my art teacher throughout elementary school! I just LOVE her!

Today was church, column writing for Lakeland Local, and dinner at Mom's. I am now mentally preparing for a full WEEK with all four children at home to drive me nuts! I don't know how much blogging I will get done! I am also a bit challenged with the dress, as I will be very casual all week! I will have to be pretty creative to tone it down for a week with the kiddos! Only NINE more days to go!!!

Day 20:
Black dress
Lavender ruffle top, Loft
Black belt: Target
Black tights
Black booties, NM Last Call
Black hat, Marshalls
Jewelry, Stella & Dot

Day 21:
Black dress
Green Sweater, Loft
Brooch: My Grana's
Black heels: Nine West
Jewelry: David Yurman
Silver Vintage Clutch: Antique Shop
3-yr-old: Cathy & Michael Hayes

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 19: Feast Friday!

I am so excited! Today is the Thanksgiving Feast at my children's preschool! I have been looking forward to this all week and I know they have too! I even ran the lake extra hard this morning to prepare my appetite, and burn some calories! :)

Day 19:
Black dress
Mustard silk blouse: Kenar, Marshalls
Belt: Lucky Brand
Boots: Michael Antonio, Piperlime
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18: Outfit Reinvention!

I was feeling especially creative this morning, brought on by extreme boredom with this dress! I began digging through my closet and found this drawstring waist skirt that I haven't worn in years. I really need to let it go, but today I am glad I didn't! This skirt is one of "those" items. You pull it out while cleaning out your closet and say to yourself, "surely I will wear this again". It worked out today, but usually my rule is if I haven't worn it in a year it goes! This helps keep my closet "workable" and organized! When my closet is over-stocked I can't find anything I need, therefore stifling my creativity!! So here's to closet clean outs, and the items that survive the cut!

Day 18:
Black dress
Drawstring skirt: So old I don't remember
Capelet: Target
Hair flower: Claires
Ruffled socks: American Apparel
Brown booties: Michael Antonio, Piperlime

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17: Moved

Have you ever ran, and cried at the same time? It had nothing to do with being tired, and everything to do with God speaking to me through the music of Kari Jobe. I posted a link to a video for Revelation Song, which is what I was listing to at the time. As hot as I was, I could literally feel the chills running through me. This song moves me, especially when I think of how GREAT our God is!
Revelation Song, Kari Jobe

Today's Style Menu:
Black dress
Purple silk top: Mattie M.
Necklaces: Stella & Dot
Ring: Betsy Johnson
Bronze clutch, Kenneth Cole Reaction
Black flats: Tory Burch

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 16: Stick With It!

Today I am past the halfway mark!! Woo Hoo! I have to say I am going a bit nuts! As thankful as I am...I really, REALLY, wanted to wear something else today-but I am sticking with it!

Day 16:
Black dress
Vest: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Scarf: Marshalls
Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Bronze Bag: Michael Kors

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15: The Halfway Mark!

So today's theme is blue. Did you know that fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty? People are more productive in blue rooms, and studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms. So I thought to start my halfway mark out right, I would be true to blue!

Day 15:
Black dress
Blue slik tank: Banana Republic
Necklaces & Bloom Flower ring: Stella & Dot
Earrings: A handmade gift from my sweet friend Courtney Webster.
Watch: Michele, with stainless steel band.
Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Marshalls
Blue leather bag: Coach

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 14: Sunday Sparkle!

Happy Sunday!

Day 14:
Black dress
Emerald tank: Target
Black glitter blet: J. Crew
Black fishnet tights: Cynthia Rowley, Ross
Black heels: Gianni Bini, Dillards
Necklaces: Stella & Dot
3-year-old beauty: Cathy & Michael Hayes

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 13: Photo Shoot

It's Day 13 and I started out my day in running gear for a 10K race! It was such a beautiful morning and downtown Lakeland was buzzing with something happening around every corner. Whoever said there is nothing to do in Lakeland, isn't looking hard enough! Today I am going to a photo shoot for my new column with Lakeland Local! I am so excited! I am teaming up with my friend and local stylist, Courtney Philpot, to write a fashion column! True style does not have to be couture, although we ADORE couture!! True style is working with what you have and within your budget! There is nothing better than style for a steal, and Courtney and I plan to write about the best way to use our local resources to compliment any look on any budget! We will also be sharing a little about our life experiences, careers, and everything in-between! It's going to be fun folks, so tune in!

Day 13
Black dress
Scarf, Marshalls
Black skinny belt, Banana Republic
Shoes, Adriennne Vittadini, Marshalls
Vintage charm bracelet: My Grana

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 12: Casual Cowgirl!

Today's ensemble is inspired by the casual cowgirl! YEE HAW and happy Friday!

Day 11:
Black dress
Top, Isabella Rodriguez, Marshalls
Boots, Justin
Cookie Earrings, David Yurman
Jardin Ring, Stella & Dot
Saddle Bag, Lucky Brand

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11: Thankful

My husband came home from his Wingman group at church last night and told me a story I just have to share! There is a gentleman that recently started attending, and it was his 46th birthday yesterday. Michael gave him a Wingman button down shirt, and he said he couldn't even describe the happiness on his face. The gentleman proceeded to tell Michael that this was the first button down shirt he has ever owned. He's 46 years old! He even had to ask what the two extra buttons were for on the inside, he said he couldn't figure out what they went with. It's the little things right? As tired as I am of this I am EXTRA thankful for it! Thank you to a God that provides.

Day 11:
Black dress
Black lace Kenar top: Marshalls
Black glitter belt, J. Crew
Shoes, BCBG
Michele Watch w/hot pink patent leather band
Silver link bracelet: My Grana
Lavender ice cocktail ring: David Yurman
Vintage sliver clutch, antique shop

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10: Black & Brown

So I must confess, my co-30 day dresser friend and I had mini meltdowns yesterday. We are both beginning to dislike the dress just a bit! Unfortunately, our Target dresses are not holding up! Trish had to sew the hem in hers, and the clasp on the top of the zipper of my dress broke! So our advice for a staple piece such as this..QUALITY!! Especially if you are going to wear it for 30 days! I find that Banana Republic and J. Crew offer great quality for staple pieces while keeping prices affordable! Especially if you shop the clearance!!! There is always my favorite too...Neiman Marcus Last Call! But I'm sticking to my guns on this challenge..I signed up for 30 days and I have 20 to go...even if it includes me mending this little Target dress a bit! :)

Today's look is one of my favorites! Black and brown! In the unpublished and ever-changing book of fashion, the combination of brown and black in an outfit is forbidden. Until recently, the only shade of brown considered "acceptable" to be matched with black was a khaki or light brown. The key to pairing these two is to mix the colors throughout your outfit. An outfit made up entirely of black (coat, shoes, and bag) with only one element of brown (a belt) will look irregular. Switch out that black bag for a brown one and that belt won't look so out of place.

So my advice...when you're getting dressed in the morning, don't listen to the rules! Or better yet, make up your own rules. As long as you're well put-together and have confidence, you're going to look fabulous.

Day 10:
Black dress
Brown leather belt, Lucky Brand
Boots, Michael Antonio, Piperlime
Black tights
Vintage Link bracelet, and Gold Leaf earrings. Stella & Dot
Bag: Louis Vuitton Batignolles, one of my favorite classic staples!!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Day 9: Running Late

I am running terribly late! First quick pic had to do! No time to do-over! This is me!!!

Day 9:
Black dress
Top: Aryn K., Hattie's Branches
Black tights
Black equestrian boots, Nine West
Boca Chic Necklace, Owl Necklace & Charlotte Ring, Stella & Dot
Gray bag, Villager

Monday, November 08, 2010

Day 8: Out With the New, In With the Vintage!

My Grana, full of life, and very spunky. Such a fun lady and so willing to serve. I can remember spending time with her over the summer as a child. She had our weeks packed with a full agenda ranging from time at Disney, to my favorite pastime...even then, the mall! I remember riding along with her to make Meals on Wheels deliveries and meeting many of her friends. She was always helping others.

Grana now suffers from Alzheimers. Last week was very sad. When my mom called, I could hear her tears through the phone. She had to move my Grana down to full assisted living. She will now be sharing what feels like a hospital room with a roomate. Mom was faced with the task of going through all of her things and trying to use what she could to make her new room feel like home.

Last night at our Sunday night family dinner, mom let me go through a box of Grana's vintage costume jewelry. I was ecstatic! As I weeded through the box of mix-matched clip on earrings and quite a few treasures, I could still smell her perfume on her necklaces. I began to think about Grana, where she went wearing this jewelry and what stories it could tell. I began to think of this not as a box of fun vintage accessories, but memories of my Grana. How cool it is to now have her pieces to style with! I will think of her each time I wear a piece!

Day 8:
Black dress
Vintage inspired ivory dress, Francessa's West Palm Beach
Granny booties, Nine West
Cameo ring, Saks
Vintage black glass beaded necklaces, My Grana
Vintage pearl hair comb, My Grana
Vintage bag, Greenflea Fleamarket, NYC

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Day 7: Right Place, Right Time!

Even when I don't know where I need to be, God does. Today was one of those days. Since my husband started teaching a men's bible study on Sunday mornings, I have been struggling with where I belong after our 9:30am church service. Being without him, I feel very out of place in a couples class. I tried another class and I still feel that is not where I need to be.

As unsettled as I was today, I took my bible and hoped something would happen to direct me. Then through His divine guidance, I was blessed to meet up with two awesome ladies to talk about life, battles, ministry goals, and most importantly, God's word. It was refreshing and uplifting. The best part was, I got my answer! God just said come, and I will do the rest! Sometimes, we are just looking too hard for the right fit, when all we have to do is look to Him!

Day 7:
Black dress
Floral jacket: Ann Taylor
Black belt: Banana Republic
Black tights: Marshalls
Black booties: Tahari
Vintage silver clutch: Antique Store
Bloom flower ring: Stella & Dot
Charm necklace, Stella & Dot

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Day 6: Game Day!

Delay in posting today due to my morning garage sale, Leanna's soccer game, and my MUCH needed nap! Today is day 6 and I was faced with the challenge of making my dress casual for the soccer field! I have to say today was the first day I REALLY just wanted to throw my jeans on...but I resisted to stay on coarse!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Each day I am finding more items that I can use to make the dress different, and every day I am more and more thankful for what I have. I am so grateful for what this project is teaching me!

Day 6:
Black dress
Floral top, Francessca's in West Palm Beach
Pink flower belt, J. Crew
Grey leggings, Target
Black flats, Converse
Denim jacket, Lucky

Friday, November 05, 2010

Day 5: Bit O' Chill

How pleasantly surprising it was to wake up to a chill in the air! I was hoping to be able to bring out the tights soon! My client, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, is presenting the Pops by the Lake concert tonight. This poses an extra creative challenge for the dress! Wear it twice, differently in one day! I will have to post a picture later of what I come up with!

Today's Creation:
Black Dress
Tracy Reese top, Last Call STEAL!
Purple tights, Ross
Seychelles black leather booties, Last Call as well!
Black Belt, Target
Black Hat, Marshalls
My Grandmothers vintage mother of pearl necklace
Sophia Cluster Ring, Stella & Dot

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Day 4: Black & White!

This morning did not go as planned! I had to hurry and get dressed to avoid remaining in my running clothes all day! That is just how determined I am with this project! Today's theme is black & white! I threw in a few pops of color to cheer me up on this dreary day! Now, off to write two social media plans for two different clients! Cheers!

Day 4:
Black Dress
White Kenar top, Marshall's steal!
La coco gold necklace paired with coral boca necklace, Stella & Dot.
Bronze Boutique 9 sandals, Marshall's clearance rack find!
Leopard print Betsy Johnson bag-a gift from my sweet friend Trish!
Mustard hat: Greenflea Flea Market, NYC (The BEST street market ever!!)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Day 3, Early Morning Wake Up Call

I woke up early this morning, 2:30 a.m. to be exact. I couldn't stop thinking of all of the tasks that I have not yet completed. A scripture popped into my head, and I feel led to share it. Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

I am analyzing this verse, and realizing the true comfort in it. No matter what busyness I am overwhelmed with here on earth, I find peace the in the fact that HE is making everything new. That is eternal, THAT is what matters! So many times my focus is derailed and this small scripture spoke very loud to me this morning. When I am tired and weary...He reminds me that he is in control of my future, not me! I am so thankful that he renews me, in so many ways!

As silly as it sounds, I thought about how this verse relates to the dress project! Each day I'm faced with the task of making it new! :) I was pleasantly surprised that even my own husband didn't realize that I had put a top over the black dress yesterday. He thought it was a skirt! Tells you how much he was paying attention to the point of this project when I filled him in on Monday! Ha Ha!

Day 3:
Black Dress
Pink sequin top, Free People, From one of my other favorite boutiques, m. marie,
Garden Party Necklace, Stella & Dot
Silver & Gold twist cocktail ring, David Yurman
Nine West tweed shoes, with Betsy Johnson pink fishnet socks
Coral Kate Spade mini tote

The first picture is of me prepping to "run" back for the pose before the camera went off!! A funny sight indeed!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Day 2

It's day 2 and this is still FUN! Here's what's on the style menu for today:

Black Dress!
Floral Top: Glam, from one of my FAV Boutiques, Hattie's Branches!
(Purchased prior to spending freeze, I promise!)
Shoes: Bobbi Blue bone satin w/ gray ruffles, LOVE this line, check it out!
Grey Leather Tote: Villager, a Ross steal a few months ago!
Accessories: Vintage Cluster Ring and Jasmine Filigree Earrings, Stella & Dot.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Day 1: My 30 Day Dress Project

It Couldn't Be Done, Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
on his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

My 5th grade teacher taught this poem to us, and although I only shared the beginning, you get the point I am sure! :) So today, November 1, 2010, I begin my 30 Day Dress Project! Inspired by some sweet friends in my MOPS group, I decided to take on the challenge! I so enjoyed watching them post pictures of their October 30 Day Dress Projects, that it inspired me to jump on board! I have a bit of a shopping issue, so I thought this project would teach me several things:

1. To use what I have and NOT buy more, (for 30 days).
2. To be thankful for a closet full of clothes and accessories.
3. To be creative with what I have to create different looks!

So for those of you that know me and my shopping habits, I am sure you are thinking it couldn't be done. But as you will see over the next 30 days....I am tackling this project!

The Dress: Black Sheath, Mossimo for Target: $29.99

The Misson: You may wash it as much as you want (usually done at night or in the morning while you're wearing your pjs. [hand washing it at night and hanging so that it's dry by morning is the most green & simple option])

You may wear accessories. we encourage you to get creative with simplicity! feel free to incorporate cardigans, leggings, scarves, belts, jewelry, etc.

Exceptions:: work uniforms, workout clothes, bathing suits, etc. (we don't want you to lose your job, stop working out, or miss out on a beach trip!)

Wear the dress as much as you can. get comfortable wearing it and allow yourself to be challenged by finding beauty & awe in the mundane act of wearing the same dress every day.

Day One: black dress, vintage gold lariat necklace (Rae's Retro), leopard cocktail ring (Betsy Johnson), leopard heels (Guess), Bronze Michael Kors Tote.