Friday, August 24, 2012

My Closet Saga

I may have overestimated the amount of effort it would take to rock a fashion blog. :) But I haven't disappeared. And I wanted to let you know what I've been up to.

My Closet Saga
Sooooo.... I recently moved in with my boyfriend, which has been a wonderful experience so far. Buuuuut..... during this process, I discovered that the size of my previous closet was not exactly compatible with another person....  At least not in a one-bedroom in San Francisco. And also that I suck at getting rid of anything....

Well, I had a little challenge on my hands.

Step 1: Do not buy anything else. For a while.
This has actually been a decent success. Black and white rules work fairly well for me. It's not exactly a workable solution forever, but for now... I have plenty to work with already. Not to mention saving money in the middle of the move was kind of necessary.

Step 2: Stop constanting reading fashion blogs and magazines
I was really feeling the pull to consume consume consume, and it kind of freaked me out. But I do love fashion, so this only worked for a while. But I'm really trying to keep it in check. Just because leopard slipper loafers are on trend right now, does not mean I'm losing the fashion race because I don't have a pair. Gotta chill.

Step 3: Replace crap with quality
I tend to buy based on price, but have been actually purchasing a few items that are really nice quality. For example, I noticed that I was only using one purse. Why? Because it had a top zipper, was big enough to fit a book, and had a single, long shoulder strap. The one I was using was $20 from Ross and falling apart... So I let myself buy a nice one with the same characteristics. And lo and behold, I use it EVERY DAY. I had to face the bitter reality that I no longer need flashy "clubbing" purses in a variety of colors to match my sequin tube tops.... those are now heading to Goodwill. Same story with ballet flats vs. strappy stilettos. That just isn't my life right now. (sob! pour out a little 40 for my lost party days)

Step 4: Shop my closet, and keep track of the best outfits
Use pieces that I already have, get creative, and try to remember my favorite outfits. I am awful at this. I really actually need a memory aide for my own clothes. Sorta sad.... So that's what I've been doing. And I wanted to post about that here.

Enter... the Polyvore virtual closet
Polyvore is an online "collage" site, where you can tag items you like and build "sets" by using images and products. Which are essentially collages. And you can explore sets created by other people. It's main function is as a shopping site, directing internet traffic to retailers, but I've been using Polyvore to build a "virtual" closet. I find pictures of items I actually own, or find a really close match. Then I use those pictures to build outfits. Might sound weird, but I like it. (I did try simply taking pictures of the actual outfits on me, but nothing looked right. I am not a photographer, unfortunately. So this is the alternative.) Be forewarned if you start exploring Polyvore - there are a lot of Twilight themes.... but there are a lot of creative, stylish posts too.

Anyhoo... things have mostly settled down after the move, so look for some posts to come of my actual outfits... I may try to post inspiration pics too if I can. **

xoxo ~emily


** You might have noticed that ACTUALLY just getting rid of clothing isn't listed here. It's too hard. I'm working on that part still. Replacement, and tossing a few things here and there is how I can deal...

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