My Version of 12 Steps

Lately I’ve been feeling like I need a bit of a style update.  I’m currently living with a closet (too) full of clothes that were mostly bought on sale and not thought about very much when purchased and an extra 15 pounds of my petite frame. To say I feel great when I see the mirrors near the elevator on my way out each day would be a lie.  

So, I’m going to do something about it. Sometimes I just need a good bullet point list to figure out how to tackle an issue that’s bothering me.  Over the course of the last week or two, I created the following twelve steps to get me feeling styl’n again (or for the first time?). It will probably take me all year to accomplish this, but why not plan big?

1. Clean out the closet. I’m well known for buying anything cute on the sale rack at Banana Republic. The problem is I now have a closet full of clothes that don’t make a cohesive wardrobe and is more overwhelming than opportunity filled. I need to purge the clothes that don’t fit and the clothes that I know I’ll neve wear.

2. Lose the 15 pounds. This goes without saying, but I’ll feel great and less frumpy when I get back down to my happy weight.

3. Paint my nails. Back in San Francisco, I treated myself to weekly manicures and bi-weekly pedicures. I always felt so feminine and pulled together when my nails were polished. Nail salons are on every corner in the city and therefor are dirt cheap. They aren’t as cheap here in Seattle, nor are they as convenient. I’m going to try to keep mine polished myself, and if not polished at least nicely trimmed and buff.

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4. Take a make-up lesson. At 31 it’s embarrassing to admit I need this, but I never really learned how to apply make-up. I know how not to look like a clown and I know how to make myself look a little more perky than my au natural state, but that’s it. I’m going to see if I can take a make-up lesson and learn how to do a basic everyday look and how to dress it up a little for a night out.

5. Accessorize more. I’d like to buy more accessories and less clothing going forward. My thought is they are cheaper, take up less space, and allow me to make more outfits out of the clothes I do have. I’m hoping Pinterest will help, because right now I don’t even know where to start.

6. Expand my hair styles. Currently you will find me either with my hair down or my hair in a ponytail. I think I look better with my hair pulled back, but a ponytail doesn’t seem appropriate for work except on casual Fridays. I’m growing my hair out now to allow for more options for wedding styles. I want to take advantage of this time and see if I can work out a few work-appropriate and fun non-ponytail looks, keeping in mind I have about 23 minutes total to get ready every morning. Pinterest is full of tutorials that can help.

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7. Fashion challenges. Yes, I love a good challenge. So many bloggers out there have 10 or 30 day challenges to help you mix up your wardrobe. Getting out of my comfort zone with the clothes I already have will help me both expand my current wardrobe and figure out where I have gaps.

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8. Read 3 style books. I’ve been following some fashion blogs and checking things out on Pinterest, but I am someone who learns from reading. I’ve found a few books on finding your personal style at our library. 

9. Plan for the everyday. This should be my number one. I read this article at GRS back in November and I’ve been mulling it over since. (CLICK on it – it’s good.) I bring the ideas in the article up several times a week to Greg. It just plain made sense to me. Put your money where your everyday life is. This applies to more than just clothes and style, but that’s what I’m focusing on right now. I need to stop spending money on dresses I don’t wear, make-up I don’t know how to use, bracelets that are trendy but I’ll never put on, and yet another pair of black heels that will never leave the closet. I need to spend money and time on my real life, not my fantasy life. (My real life is pretty awesome, anyway).

10. Go for a bra fitting. I don’t think this is really an issue, but while I’m doing all these other steps I might as well do this since I never have.

11. No more online clothes shopping. Greg and I gave up online shopping for January and it’s been great. I’m going to keep it going for clothes. It with both keep me from spending as much (I am lazy and do not want to get in the car to go shopping) and it will keep me from ordering away and continuing to fill up my closet with pieces that just don’t work. 

12. Create my style and live it. I know what I love: Casual times with friends; Being outside; CrossFit; Jeans and boots and scarves; Soft sweaters; Lululemon yoga pants; Worn in t-shirts. I’m hoping this little plan of action (I’m such a consultant) will help me find my style and create a smaller but more functional wardrobe of clothes that make me feel like a million bucks, not 31 going on 50.

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