Monday, August 16, 2010

30/30 recap!


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Whew... what to say? First off, I am SO glad I participated in the 30/30 Challenge (if you are new, I have been mixing and matching 30 wardrobe items for 30 days... the montage above is all of the outfits!). This challenge really gave me a new perspective on getting dressed and being creative with what I have. It also showed me the importance of buying REALLY versatile clothing that I REALLY love. And while I have always believed in these principles per se, it was a completely different experience to actually put my money where my mouth is and act upon those principles.

There was some "behind the scenes" tricks, as I was actually a few days ahead of what I had posted. So last week while my last outfits were being posted on the blog I was actually at the beach vacationing with my family. It was great to live in beach cover-ups and swimsuits all week after the challenge that was the challenge. But this week as I adjust back to life after vacay (huge drag) and newly expanded wardrobe I am finding myself in the "um.... what do I wear?" rut again. Surprisingly I have been reaching for the 30/30 items again. Which at first puzzled me...

But I think there is a lesson here. I chose the 30 items I loved the most... and now I feel even more confident in wearing great pieces even if I have to wear them more often. Does that make sense? It has made me want to seriously pare down my closet again (even though it's quite pared down now). I'll do more thinking on this... maybe we only need 30 great pieces (per season maybe???).

By the way, do you have a favorite outfit or two??? I know I did!

I've got a great week happening here on the blog! A vacation recap is in order as we just spent the most blissful week on the shores of Lake Michigan. If you don't live in the mid-west you may not realize the size and splendor of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is the most beautiful of them all and only 45 minutes from home. I felt like I was a million miles away though and I'll share some pictures and fun with you later this week!

and... DRUM ROLL!!!!! The fall 2010 looks:book will launch tomorrow! Yes, you heard me right, a lot more behind the scenes work between vacation and the past few days and I am positive you will just ADORE it! I do... and I put the thing together! It will make you crave cool temps, apple cider, crunching leaves underfoot and even more importantly give you a great head start on your fall shopping/planning!

Also, I've got a little contest based on a new "toy" I picked up for myself this past weekend. Something I hope will be making lots of cameos on the blog!

14 comments:

LifestyleBohemia said...

Great job with the challenge!

Kelly in Big D said...

SO excited for the look book!!!!

kristen said...

Glad you had some fun time away! I loved your 30 for 30 pics. Can't wait to hear more about what's to come. :)

dear kate said...

i loved the black maxi look best! the stripped sweater with white pants and turquoise necklace was a close second! good job!! :)
katie

Linda Rose said...

I love so many of them! I loved your birthday outfit. Maybe it was the jumping and happy face that made me like it so much!

coolkids said...

great job! Can't wait to see your vacay post. I am a pure michigan lover as well.:) We go to Northern Michigan and it is one of my most favorite places.

karen★ said...

i love that you have them all pictured right here! i totally missed the last week so i'm off to decide which ones i want to copy!

p.s. good job on making it to the end! i know you said it was hard, but you made it look really really easy!

Ambar said...

Super excited for the look book!!!!!!

Ashley J said...

Just found your blog and thinking of trying the 30 for 30 challenge but scared half to death!

http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

Elena said...

I love the roundup! It really goes to show that it's not like you wore each piece to death; it looks like each one got b/w 2-3 times.
And you're right, it's probably a good challenge to do fairly loosely each season. Nice!

Molly said...

This 30/30 challenge is so awesome! I'm blown away by the variety and versatility you showed with so few articles of clothing.

Such fun.

Elizabeth @claritychaos said...

I miss you and wish we lived closer. So sad we didn't make our annual trip out this summer, if only to get to catch up with you in person. Come to Madison!!!

xoxo

Leigh said...

I definitely want to try this, but I feel like the weather here (in SoCal) is too inconsistent right now. I'd like to wait until it's more fall before I do it.

I love what you came up with for all 30 days, but love the second outfit with the boatneck striped shirt.

Jackie said...

Wow, thats a whole lotta Jill! Ha ha! You rocked that challenge girl!


 

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