About a month ago, my friend Holly Fisher and I met downtown for coffee. "Why do I always feel the need to snap a picture of my latte?" I asked, as I stood over the wooden table admiring the foam heart.
"Uh, I already took a pic of mine when you were in the restroom," Holly replied.
We laughed as I captured the pretty table and the pretty coffee.
I'll also mention that I was wearing jeans, a v-neck tee, and booties, which is like my uniform. Sometimes, I wear Chucks, or sandals, or flip flops, depending on the weather. This is important because Holly was interviewing me for an article in Lowcountry Parent magazine about how to create a closet of clothing you love.
Holly and I discussed how, in one year, I curated (that feels like such a fancy word, curate) a minimal yet functional closet that works for my style, my budget, and my lifestyle. And yet, there's nothing particularly fancy, or expensive, about the clothes I wear. But it works for me, and that's a radical difference from where I was this exact time last year, and honestly, where I was for about a decade (aka, the entire time I've been a mom).
Last spring, I wrote a blog series about the same topic. As you know, I typically write about matters of the heart. Feelings. I'm not the fashion police by any stretch of the imagination. But, I was so surprised by how many of you loved that series. Turns out, I wasn't the only one who felt like they had nothing to wear, even though you look inside your closet and clearly there are clothes.
You may recall that I got help from style coach Megan Brandle, which I'll admit, sounds out of reach until you consider how much it costs to go to the hair salon. Here's the difference: I need my hair stylist all year round and always. I've tried to cut and color my own hair and the results aren't pretty. But, after shopping with Megan twice last year, I finally have a DIY attitude about my closet. The process taught me so much and will save me a ton of money, time, and energy in the long run. And now, when I need to be seen in public I no longer have the urge to hide out in my workout clothes. I just get dressed and go.
But, to be clear, I still wear my workout clothes, a lot.
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So tell me, are you spring cleaning your closet? Your house? The thousands of pictures trapped on your phone? What are you feeling the need to purge/clean out/organize/revive this spring?