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[30 in 30] Aaaand…That’s Done.

Remember almost 30 days ago, when I made you look at all those pictures of my clothes?

Well. The 30 in 30 Remix is just about over and it turned out to be so easy, I kinda forgot I was doing it. Read more…

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From 6 to 30. (And I Have Newfound Respect for Fashion Bloggers.)

Fact about me: I think blogs where people post endless pictures of every corner of their house as they decorate it or themselves wearing different outfits every single day are a little…um… much. It’s just so much navel-gazing, right? Is the minutia of our lives that interesting?

Now don’t get mad, because here is another fact about me: I am hopelessly addicted to blogs that do that and read dozens of them every day. Maybe at first it started because I was like, “Really? You changed the handle on your toilet and consider that blog-worthy?” But now I’m just straight-up addicted. Minutia is fascinating. I feel about some of these bloggers the way I used to feel about Michael, Liz and April in “For Better or Worse.” I’m very attached. I can’t wait to see which cardigan they are pairing with skirt today, or whether they finally found a solution to that pesky loud dishwasher problem.

(No, I’m not linking to any of those blogs here, because I don’t want them all getting mad at me for calling them self-indulgent really attentive to detail. You know which ones they are. You’re probably addicted to them too.)

So, when I decided that I want Beauty Schooled to talk more about fashion this year (since last year, we were oh-so-beauty fixated, and that was great, but hey, most women have a pretty love/hate/like relationship with fashion, too), I faced a bit of a quandary, because I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who tells you what I wear every day. (Do you want to know that? Really? If so, will you make a case for it in the comments, because I don’t believe you?) And yet, all these clothing challenges are such great entry points into talking more about fashion. But you do kinda have to show what you’re wearing.

All of which is to say: I’m about to show you a heck of a lot of pictures of clothes. Which I’m a little embarrassed about. But it must be done, because it’s time to upgrade from my Six Items (which ended yesterday) to 30 in 30! (So we can figure out if 30 items represents some kind of magical wardrobe number, where you have plenty to choose from and get creative with, but aren’t holding on to things that don’t fit/make you feel insecure and obsessive every time you get dressed. You know, like we talked about last week.)

And so, I’m sorry in advance if this post just bores you to tears. It’s not going to be an every day thing. Come back tomorrow when we’ll be price-checking. You’ll be back on familiar ground. Read more…

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[Six Items or Less] In Which I Remember Why I Like Clothes.

Confession time: I went shopping. Twice.

Shopping is not technically forbidden by the Six Items or Less rules. There are actually a few Sixers who seem to have purchased all new items in order to complete the challenge. That is their diet. But since I got into this mess in order to take a closer look at my clothing consumption, it seemed like at least half the point of wearing only six items would be that I also wouldn’t purchase new items. Through 30 days of abstinence, I would be detoxing the whole shopping addiction right out of my system.

Two things wrong with that theory. Read more…

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[Six Items or Less] One Dress That Makes You Feel Good.

Core Outfit

We’re halfway through SIOL now, and I admit to feeling some serious ruffled cardigan fatigue. I am really loving how quickly I can get dressed, and there’s no question that I’m starting to obsess less because there’s so much less to obsess over. I packed for two overnight trips last week at what felt like the speed of light.

But, as you’ll recall, I started this whole business to find some balance in my love/hate relationship with the closet. And now I’m missing the love. Read more…

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[Six Items or Less] All of My Outfits Look Better with Shoes

Which is a problem, because when I’m home (and I’m usually home), I don’t wear shoes. (Blah, blah, environment/cleanliness/not wanting to track motor oil/dog poop/general street filth all over the place… don’t worry, I realized it’s rude to ask guests to take their shoes off after about the second month of that. People get very nervous about the state of their socks.)

I do wear some incredibly stylish (that’s irony) slippers. I don’t think they’re helping matters. This morning I got dressed in my navy tunic-y dress, black leggings (which are not part of my six because they’re really yoga pants, yesimcheatingagain), black and tan polka dot knee socks, said slippers, and my super cozy, light blue house sweater, which is one of those long calf-length sweater coats from back when we wore long calf-length sweater coats (hi, 2002!) that has since been drafted into bathrobe duty.

“Well now we have a template,” said Dan. “For what you’ll dress like if you ever go crazy.” Read more…

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Pretty Price Check (01.14.11)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday round-up of what we paid for beauty last week.

DIY Gastric Bypass? Read more…

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[Six Items or Less] Yes, Really.

Because I’m so terribly crafty, I dropped a little hint about this project last week, and a bunch of you zeroed in on right away, as in: You’re wearing just six items for 30 days straight? And: Are you high?

The challenge kicks off today, so here is the official deal:

Six Items or Less began as a small experiment between friends and quickly grew to become a global movement questioning the power of what we don’t wear.

The experiment is simple: each participant gets to choose six (and only six) items of clothing and pledge to wear only these six items of clothing for a month.

Logistically, there are exceptions that don’t count towards the six: Undergarments, swim wear, work-out clothes, work uniforms, outer wear (rain slicker, outdoor jacket), shoes and accessories. You can get multiples of the same item for laundry purposes, but different colors count as separate items.

Most people have asked about the reasoning behind the experiment and most also assume it’s a grand statement about consumerism. In reality, there is no dictated driving thought — it’s for you to decide its meaning and relativity in your world. It’s about putting a challenge out there and seeing what people bring to it, do with it and talk about.

And here is why I think this sounds neat/terrifying. Read more…

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