Challenge Update: Week 15

Time flies when we’re having fun, and oozes along like a snail when we are in lockdown and my only outings are to skate parks. Nonetheless, we pursue the nitty-gritty of our challenge! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I purchased no clothes. I had several cases of mask-envy, that hateful pandemic condition whichContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 15”

Challenge Update: Week 14

Even though things with my challenge have become measurably less painful and easier to live with, I don’t want to stop doing a weekly update. So you’ll have to excuse this double-post day! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I purchased no clothes. Did I covet? Yes, yes I did, thank you for asking.Continue reading “Challenge Update: Week 14”

Challenge Update: Week 12

The single most important thing I did this week: I started a Facebook Group called I want to stop shopping! to encourage like-minded ladies in our shared desire to find our worth in something other than our wardrobe. We aren’t a big group, but I feel so strongly that community support and accountability is howContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 12”

Challenge Update: Week 11

Two and half months into my Buy No Clothes in 2021 Challenge! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I stayed away from temptation this week: I had no need to wander in town and accidentally window shop. I hate feeling like the only way I can break myself of the urge for something newContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 11”

Challenge Update: Week 10

The Backlash Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet One word for you: ouch. I started this week having to run to the store for a few items and finding myself face to face with that luscious kelly green pashmina that I fell in love with at the end of January. This was unthinkably painfulContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 10”

A bonafide frumpbuster

A gift from the vintage gods I was in seventh grade. It was 1990 and in our front hall coat closet, I had just found a treasure trove of odds and ends. I don’t know how these things ended up in the front hall coat closet, what vintage clothing gods lefts them there for meContinue reading “A bonafide frumpbuster”

Challenge Update: Week 9

The “staycation” that kickstarted the conquering of my closet, one unsatisfying item of clothing at a time. Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet Being on “vacation” (read: going to every single park or wooded area in the region and lugging muddy bicycles around in the trunk) means I have had little occasion to covetContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 9”

The Secret to Loving What You Own

(TL;DR: Sew personalized labels into your clothes.) Over the years I have collected a goodly number of garments. My affection for an item does not depend on its price. It need not be actually new, although I have always loved a trip to the sales rack. I have knit plenty of beautiful things, as well,Continue reading “The Secret to Loving What You Own”

Alter when necessary (or when it makes you look pregnant)

Challenge Update Week 8 part two I bought this last summer: I loved it because it was cheap, because it was flowy and girly and wouldn’t cling to the belly indelibly left by having two babies in 17 months, and, oh, did I mention it was cheap? The problem is that between “flowy” and “notContinue reading “Alter when necessary (or when it makes you look pregnant)”

Challenge Update: Week 8 part one

With the scalawags on vacation from school and an unexpected internet hiatus due to a change in operator, my usual schedule was upended this week. Nonetheless, it was a big week and it may take a few days to give an update…otherwise this might become a novel and not a blog post! Buy Nothing/Don’t Covet:Continue reading “Challenge Update: Week 8 part one”