Frump to Fabaganza: Week 1

Week 1 of Frump to Fabaganza was a little more effort than I originally thought.  Breaking out of bad habits (pj’s all day) is hard, and this was no exception.  My usual morning ritual is to make coffee before Hubs goes to work, then sit in front of the computer writing emails, making calls, occasionally getting up to make the bed and fold laundry… all while still in the jam-jams.  Days 1 and 2 were easy — I actually had places to be and things to do before noon.  The rest of the week, well, lets just say that this project was the only thing that kept me motivated.  I mean, really.  Who wants to think about hair and make up if you’re just hanging out by yourself all day?

I did find (and this is a lesson learned for the billionth time) that I was more productive, even if I was just hanging out at the house by myself.  I was more inclined to venture out into the world beyond and get things done.  Like grocery shopping.  Dog grooming.  Class registration.  Ya know, grown-up, “responsible” things.

I struggle sometimes with being a grown up…  My usual motto is “Responsi–SHINY!!!!!”

The struggle is real, folks!

The Outfits

The Outfits

1. T-Shirt — Target
Pants — Loft
Shoes — Target
Necklace — New York & Co
Earrings — Claire’s
Sunglasses — Target

2. Black Shirt — Target
Necklace — New York & Co
Shorts — Old Navy
Watch and Earrings — gifts

3. T-shirt — Target
Pants — …somewhere in New York
Shoes — Target
Necklace — Claire’s
Bracelets — gifts

4. Shirt — Target
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — Target
Necklace — gift

5. Shirt and skirt — Target
Necklace — Claire’s

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7×7 Closet Remix

I have always been inspired by the various forms of “closet shopping” posts going around the blogosphere.  It’s wonderful to see real women creating real(ly cute) outfits from items they already own.  No need to go out and buy more stuff (although, who doesn’t like new stuff?) just to have a cute new outfit — just wear something you already have in a new way!

Just like everyone, though, I get into a closet rut.  I wear the same four t-shirts, the same two pairs of jeans, and the same pony-tail every day of the week for weeks on end.  In fact, I’m in one of those ruts now (minus my new summer shorts).  BORING!  So it’s time for new outfits…  With that in mind, I really try to go through my closet whenever I get an itch to go out and buy new stuff, because invariably there are several cute things in there that I have forgotten about.

Enter the 7×7 hosted by Putting Me Together and Ma Nouvelle Mode.  The rules are to pick seven items (including shoes) from your closet that you already own and remix them into seven distinct outfits.  It took me all weekend to think of my seven items (especially the shoes) and quite a few hours to think of all of the possible combinations I could come up with without giving up my personal style.  But here you are: my 7×7 Challenge:

My 7 Items:

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1. Polka dot blouse — Target (b.c. it’s cute and it’s one of my favorites)
2. Chambray button up — Loft (b.c. it goes with everything, can be worn alone or as a completer)
3. Navy shorts — Old Navy (b.c. it’s finally getting summery outside)
4. White t-shirt — Target (b.c. it’s comfy)
5.  Tribal print dress — Target (b.c. I’m trying to get away from jeans all the time)
6. Skinny jeans — Dress Barn (b.c. I love jeans…)
7. Navy canvas wedges — DSW (b.c. I bought them a month ago and haven’t worn them yet)

My 7 Outfits:

7x7 Closet Remix

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Necklace — me
Earrings — Target
Belt — Target
Big Girl Bag (Coach Purse) — gift from Hubs

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Earrings — probably Claire’s…
Necklace and Belt — NY&Co

Favorite #1

Favorite #1

Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet — NY&Co
Big Girl Bag

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Earrings — NY&Co
Bracelet — Kohl’s
Purse — Target
Necklace — gift from Hubs

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Earrings, Long Necklace, Bracelet — NY&Co

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Earrings — NY&Co
Belt — Target
Scarf — gift from bestie

Favorite #2

Favorite #2

Earrings — Kohl’s
Belt — Target
Bracelet — NY&Co

From what I understand, accessories are not included in the count, so I mixed and matched..  As you can see, I have some favorites that I constantly rotate.


Whatever Works Wednesday link-up party on smalltownbigwardrobe.com

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Also linking up with: *Sorry, I forgot to add these yesterday when I originally posted the 7×7*

Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for the What I Wore link up
Alison at Get Your Pretty On for the I Feel Pretty link up
Catherine at Small Town, Big Wardrobe for the Whatever Work Wednesday link up
Sherry at The Life of the Party for the Fashion Informant Friday Link Up

How do you think I did?  What would your 7 Items be?  How do you shop your closet?  What are your favorite pieces on repeat?

Also, before I go, I’d like to give a little shout out to Hubs.  He took all of the photos.  Thanks for the help, Hubby!

Ciao,
~jess~

A Couple of Outfits to Start Us Off…

Here are a few outfits from the past (fallish 2012) to start us off.  I apologize for the awful quality; these photos were taken before Spider (story coming soon) and I really had no idea what I was doing (not that that’s really changed…).  I have tried to list where all of the items I’m wearing are from, although a good number of them I have had for quite some time.  Also, lucky for us, I just so happen to be a believer in shopping your closet and finding fun, new ways to wear items you already have, so you’ll notice there are a few repeat items.

Outfits

1. Grey Loft Suit Jacket — found at Goodwill for $4 🙂
Grey Sweater — Christmas present from forever ago
Delia Jeans from two years ago
White Ruffle Collar shirt — Kohl’s, several years ago
Black Belt — Target
Black boots — Kohl’s

2. Floral top — Kohl’s
Navy Shorts — Old Navy
Canvas shoes — DSW

3. Same Grey Loft jacket as #1
Purple Silk blouse — Loft, on sale
Skinny jeans — Dress Barn
Purple heals — Target
Necklace — NY&Co
Movado watch — gift from Hubs 🙂

4. Same skinnies and grey sweater mentioned above
Blue chambray shirt — Loft, on super sale!
Scarf — Target
Skinny Belt — Target
Necklace — NY&Co
Bracelet — NY&Co
Onyx and Sterling Ring — gift from my Auntie
Shoes — Payless or Target…

5. Same skinnies, belt, and shoes from #4, same necklace as #3
Silk Leopard blouse — Loft, on sale
Purple cardigan — Target