December 29, 2012

DIY Snowflake Ornaments


Happy Holidays!!!  I actually was one lucky girl this year and despite not being able to travel and taking no time off from my job.  My parents surprised me and made it to our place for Christmas Day and we got snow!  

This DIY is a little late since most people are in New Year's mode, but in honor of the White Christmas, I decided to post this anyway.   I saw it on Pinterest a while back and immediately had to pin it.  It didn’t turn out quite as well as had hoped, so instead of giving them as present toppings to the family I hung them on my own Christmas tree.  

My dough kept sticking and the cut-outs kept re-sealing with the rest of the dough.  To compensate, I think I had to add way too much cornstarch which in turn made these guys a little more brittle and dry looking than the beautiful originals.  I think this could be done with the hearts for valentine's day and I may try this again.  Has anyone had luck with this type of project?

You can check out my pinterest boards here and the original ornaments and directions here.  Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2012

DIY Gifts: Doily Monogram Tote


I've had a hard time living up to this DIY Gift Idea since I did it a couple of years ago.  I saw the monogrammed doily tote tutorial at Ashley Ann Photography found here and attempted it myself using my family member's last names.  

I just bought canvas totes, fabric paint, and doilies at the local craft store and I was well on my way (thanks to leftover supplies from other projects and school).  These were great gift bags for my homemade cookies and could be used later for whatever purpose.  These are definitely a great project that don't get out of hand on time or budget and I highly recommend it to any crafters out there.

December 11, 2012

DIY Gifts: Mustache Glasses


A lot of the baby stuff has been put on hold to finish up Christmas gifts since I have to mail stuff to my family by next week and Mr.’s family is doing their exchange this Sunday.  I am not going to give away the {very} few things we did do this year just yet so I’m going to share a few of my best handmade gifts of years past.

First up:  Mustache Glasses.  We did these two years ago for both of our brothers.  I found a huge set of high and low ball glasses from Marshalls for $12, used shelf liner we already owned for the stencils,  and glass etching cream leftover from another project that never happened (can be found at your local craft store).


We drew the mustaches in Photoshop and Illustrator and finally narrowed it down to our four favorites, printed them out to trace them on the shelf liner.  There were many mess ups and I think we were redoing one as we were walking out the door, but luckily there were 16 glasses to choose from and we had enough to give a set of 4 to each brother.  If we were to do it again, I'd do the mustaches in black for more contrast.

To do this yourself  you will need, glasses or mug, shelf liner, xacto knife, masking tape, paint brush, glass etcher or paint and these five simple steps:


1.  Choose your image & trace onto shelf liner

2. Cut out the design with an xacto knife
3.  Apply the shelf liner to the glasses, with the pattern where you want it on the glass
4.  Tape off the area around the stencil to prevent seepage on the outside of the stencil.
5.  Apply multiple thin coats of the etcher to the glasses as directed on the label.  




November 27, 2012

The Cat Box Solution: Under the Vanity And Through The Hole

Finally!  We have completed a make-room-for-the baby project and have been home long enough to document it (or enough to share with the world).  The top thing that needed to go from the office for the nursery makeover was the cat litter box hogging the entire floor of the closet.  

Baby + Cat Litter Box = Very Bad

We finally decided to move the cat to on the foyer closet...with some modifications since we have a detached garage and no space in the laundry room.  I wanted the cat's throne set up so that we access it from the regular door in the foyer to maintain it and the cat accesses it through a new opening in our vanity/bathroom area. 

Instead of using a prefabricated cat door, Mr. treated it like the wall opening he did in the dining/living room.  He decided to leave the baseboard alone so we (or another homeowner) can put dry wall back in the future.  We only had to buy one board of door trim and one board of wall trim for Mr. to get to work.  Luckily we have a patient cat and he seems to approve...now we need to paint and redo the foyer closet to store things other than a cat box...after we finish that nursery.



November 6, 2012

Maternity Dress Remix


dress: Gap, Belt-Target; shoes-nine west; necklace-Mr.'s gift

Pregnancy has been a whirlwind!  Especially when I'm putting in the overtime at the full time job.  Baby girl keeps growing and Mr. and I have been steadily working in odds and ends around the house and visiting family in preparation.  I've also gotten to the need for "big" clothes.

Yep.  I suspect all expecting mothers have been here: tired of the pieces we can fit into and failing at the puny maternity corners at various stores.  When I do find a color I like, it seems like someone already beat me to the punch.  I did luck out with a pair of maternity jeans at Gap, belly bands from Target, and some shirts and dresses from from very generous friends.  Even so, I still drool over new pieces that come out (like a wrap dress at Gap right now).


One dress I did break down on was the blue boat neck dress from Gap (Probably my best deal ever- I should have gotten an award with all the sales and price adjustments I got).  



To help me resist the urge to shop for my ever-changing shape and to better use items already in my closet, I played around with different ways to wear this piece.  And wouldn't you know it, the morning after I do the post the dress image is available on the internet again?  So with the mediocre photo of the dress here are a couple of other options I plan to use this winter.


hose-Old Navy; shoes-Loft; vest-Land's End (Sears)


shoes-DSW (nicole ranger riding boot); belt-Banana Republic; scarf-So Vera Wang, Kohl's

What tricks have you used to go easier on your wallet and up your maternity style?



October 15, 2012

Checking it off the House List: Sanding Doors



When making room for Baby Magee, other more boring but necessary house projects have been added to our list that otherwise had been ignored.  One of those is the fact that the guest bathroom door to the future nursery doesn't close (among other doors).  To tackle this task, we used an amazing hand tool: the metal file.  It's like a cheese grater for doors and we now have doors shutting and latching that haven't shut since we moved in.  Time?  Almost none.  I cooked dinner while Mr. grabbed the tool and step ladder land Mr. was done with three doors before food was on the table. How amazing is that?   It's almost embarrassing that it took my dad buying the $10 tool at Lowes and 3 years to do this.  


*Tip:  If you have cheap hollow core doors like we do, score the the top or bottom of the door to the line that you want to sand to to prevent snagging and pulling the veneer off unevenly when filing against the wood grain.

October 10, 2012

The Nursery {design} Adventures Begin

Mr. and I avoided all naming, shopping, and nursery themes until the gender reveal of mini-magee.  Now that we know that it is baby girl (and I’ve convinced Mr. that he doesn’t have to chase every boy on our block away), we have started the nursery adventure.  

This weekend was filled with family and window shopping which led to a much needed break from random searches online and led to a bunch of 'ah-ha!' moments.  


My mom started by asking  “Why not do something nature themed like your wedding invitations you designed?”  *Ping!*  You mean we can make the room more like us for now?



*Ping!*  The first crib set that we remotely liked was Argington's Gingko Crib bedding set at Buy Buy Baby during the crib adventures {can be found here}.

*Ping!* While testing Ikea's rocker, we came across this amazing butterfly artwork at Ikea {Olunda Picture by Lola Frazer}.

You know the best part of these inspiration pieces?  Mr. didn't completely curl his lip at these!  So Mr. just might be ready for this girly thing yet, or at least ready to tolerate it.  {stay tuned for color themes and online inspiration}

August 20, 2012

How to Roast & Peel Green Chilies

I grew up in Southern New Mexico, right next to a town that is known for their green chilies and enchilada sauces.  It is one of the things I miss from the Southwest.  This month is Chile Month at the local grocery stores and they sell these green chilies by the box full (yay!).  It's my annual tradition to get a bunch of green chilies to incorporate them into different recipes in late summer.  Almost all of my recipes involve peeling them first and since I don't own a roaster, I had to get creative in producing my favorite meals.

To "roast" and peel green chilies at home you will need a baking sheet, a plastic grocery sack, tongs, and an oven.  


 Place one layer of green chilies on baking pan.  Turn oven on high broil and place the chilies on top rack.  Cook the chilies until they are blackened and the skin pulls away from the chilies.  Take the baking sheet out and flip the green chilies to the other side and place pan back in oven to repeat the process.  Once all sides of the chilies have blackened, remove them from the oven and place in a grocery sack and tie shut.  


Leave in the bag for 15-30 minutes and gently begin peeling (when they still warm but not too hot to handle).  Rinse chilies and remove seeds to put them into your favorite recipes!


July 24, 2012

Brazilian Lemonade

This weekend I got to make one of my favorite summer drinks that I discovered thanks to a Brazilian/Mexican Restaurant in Montreal way back when.  Though it is called lemonade it is technically limeade and below is the version I've found to work best for me over the past few years.



Ingredients:
2 Limes
3 Tbs. Sweetened Condensed Milk
½ cup Sugar
3 Cups Water

Cut Limes into quarter slices and put in mixer - yes, the rinds too!  Add sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and water.  Blend on high for a few seconds (until limes are chopped).  Pour through strainer (you can use a cheese cloth if you have one – I use a ground beef strainer).  Refrigerate and serve with lime wedges if desired.



June 28, 2012

Happy (late) Father’s Day Weekend


My parents visited me this past weekend and I decided to give my dad his card and spices in person.  I have been digging grays and stripes since I stole my dad’s gray hoodie in middle school so it’s no surprise I did gray stripes for this theme.

To help celebrate summer, I made my dad spice mixes.  I ended up using Trina Holden’s, Real {Fast} Food’s recipes:

Fajita Mix
3 T. seasoned salt
3 T. oregano
3 T. ground cumin
2 T. garlic powder
1 T. chili powder
1 T. paprika
2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 T. sucanat (optional)
1/4 c. arrowroot powder
To use as marinade:  mix 1  mix,  T. olive oil and T. lemon juice.

Ranch Mix
1 T. salt
6 T. granulated onion
3 T. granulated garlic
3 T. parsley
1 t. ground pepper
To use:  mix 2 heaping teaspoons with 1 pint buttermilk for salad dressing or 1 pint of sour cream for dip.

May 29, 2012

Modern Gray Computer Room

Work definitely hit me full force today, but it was worth the summer kick-off weekend!  I had quiet girl weekend since Mr. was away.  I was going to drink wine and watch chick flicks but a headache hit me Saturday and didn't leave until this morning while I was at work {shouldn't it be the other way around?}.  

Since I felt crappy, I decided to be productive and took advantage of the Sherwin Williams Sunny Days Sale.   I bought Color #7632 - Modern Gray in Eggshell.  





I like this color so much, I wish I'd found this and the close contenders for the rooms we already painted. It is my new go-to greige paint and it helps lighten up the small 3rd bedroom without being white.  I took the first step to make this the home office, but for now it remains the new cat perch and "computer" {junk} room.



{enough said}

May 24, 2012

Removing Gum from Your Clothes with Vinegar

Mr. sat in gum and stained one of his two pairs of shorts…so with the heat coming {and Mr. refusing to do this like I told him} I researched ideas for removing this stain.  I found a lot of methods to try that ranged from ice cubes to ironing.  I chose the vinegar route.  This is a main ingredient for many cleaning and cooking recipes that I've used {including clothing stains} so I trusted it the most.

Here are the shorts before:


In order to treat a gum stain, you need:
1.  Vinegar
2. Small Glass Bowl or Cup
3.  Old Toothbrush 
4. Paper Towel {Optional}

Steps:
1. Pour 1/3 Cup into small Glass Bowl {or enough to cover toothbrush for dipping}
2.  Microwave until warm {2-3 minutes}
3.  Dip toothbrush into warm vinegar and scrub stain
4.  Wipe off any excess gum off toothbrush before dipping back into vinegar
5.  Wash Clothing like normal.


Here's what the shorts look liked after:

These photos have been unedited, so the only way they'd look better is if someone was  {eh-hem} wearing them.  But seriously, vinegar is amazing and is a must have in the house especially if there is a guy around.  What unique ways have you used vinegar?



May 18, 2012

Battling the Kitchen & Making a Plan

Okay, first off - sorry for the long break.  I took a much needed vacation last weekend and I've been focused on simplifying the Magee kitchen after work since.  


I hate scrambling and feeling like I’m behind before I’ve even started….and asking “what’s for dinner” over 30 minutes after it should have been started. 

Have you heard of Trina Holden?  She writes this digital book called “Real{fast} Food”.   Basically she plans a month’s worth of meals at once, shops for everything once a month and preps things for easy cooking or reheating later.  She claims this is a win-win since she eats healthier on a budget and has more time to do things outside of the kitchen.

I’m on the 5-6 day plan.   I meal planned Monday and Tuesday,  shopped Tuesday night {because we were starving otherwise}, prepped and froze my ground beef Wednesday, and grated/cut the blocks of Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese on Friday. 

I don’t think I’ll be making my own tortillas just yet and I'm pretty sure I'll be making another grocery run to fill the holes on the part of the meal plan made after my Tuesday trip, but it's a start.  Plus, I still need to purge and use foods in the freezer, fridge, and pantry that we don’t normally use {assuming they aren't expired}.  


Last night we had white beans from the crock pot and I can't even remember why I bought these...Anyway, what tips have you have discovered over the years?  Happy Friday, everyone!

May 10, 2012

Ranunculus on the brain & Painting with Gouache

Ever since I pulled out the wedding photos and saw the vibrant Ranunculus bouquets, I couldn't get them out of my mind.  They just scream spring, happiness, and moms.  So I started dreaming of doing Mother's Day watercolor cards for everyone, I even saved this photograph on my desktop for the occasion in preparation of my next project:


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Then I saw a post on Wit & Whistle about using Gouache Paint...and I realized I hadn't painted in over five years.  I bought some Gouache Paint and started practicing.  I learned two things very quickly:  


1.  Amanda at Wit and Whistle isn't kidding when she says the cheap stuff seems to be dull. 
2.  I am way out of practice on all things art.

After several nights of practicing and trying different methods.  I finally painted a few cards good enough to give to my family (I even finagled Mr. to do one for his grandmother).

Ranunculus might be a stretch on the card and I need to track down better paint, but I'm glad to be painting again.   

April 30, 2012

Pink & Teal Birthday Card



I decided to fall head first into making cards for the family after dreaming about it for way too long.  My first successful attempt is my mom's birthday card where I used simple lines to show off one of my favorite colors.  Though it was fun using computer programs I haven't used since my wedding planning days, my best moment on this project was when I got a job offer at a local paper store due to my color schemes.  Where was that job in college?

April 24, 2012

30 for 30 Challenge {final thoughts}




Thanks for sticking with me this month!  Let's face it.  I'm pretty practical in my clothing choices - even though I own way too many.  I felt like my wardrobe was a money pit and I was always buying new clothes despite the overflowing closet (okay, two closets).  I wanted to break my cycle and take the closet organization to the extreme and this challenge fit the bill.

I plan to make a better effort to hold onto pieces I love and feel great in, even if the magazines say it's not "in" and to part with pieces I spent money on, but don’t do you me any favors.  My unworn clothes do no justice for my closet real estate and only hide the stuff I do like.  The easiest way to maintain my new closet:  less stuff.  So, besides actually parting with stuff, I'm working on the shopping side of things too.

my new shopping questions:
1.  Does it go with everything?
2.  Do I already have one? 
3.  Does it fit well?
4.  Can I move/sit in it?
5. Is it a style I want in my closet?
6.  If it is on sale – would I pay full price for it?
I will continue to play with my fashion and closet, but I'll have to do variations of this challenge when I do it again, since my photographer almost passed out when I teased him about continuing the fashion aspect of the blog.  To be honest, I was a little relieved he put a stop to it.  It has been weird to see so many photographs of myself.  I obviously do not study magazines for poses enough and most of mine were just plain awkward

So here it is.  The 30 days.  All in one place.


April 23, 2012

WIW {days 26-30}

I made it...in 30-ish days!  Biggest lesson:  We need a lot less than we think.  Second: It is hard to break old habits.  I am proud to say I didn't buy any clothes this month.  I even tried once, and walked out because it wasn't in my budget and nothing passed my new list of questions.

On a side note:  I need a hair cut & new hair styles.

26: Tshirt/Cardigan-Target, Skirt-the Limited, heels-Hive & Honey {dsw}
27:  tshirt-ann taylor, cardigan-nordstrom, pants-gap, shoes-nine west
28:  tshirt-target, jeans-!It, shoes-nine west
29:  tshirt-target, cardigan-nordstrom, pants-express, shoes-marshalls
30:  tshirt-loft, jeans-!It, shoes-madden

April 19, 2012

WIW {days 21-25}



I'm on the home stretch!  This week was a little rough in bribing my photographer, but the challenge survived through business meetings, weekend festivities, and everything in between.   


The best things I put in the mix: the black skirt, black pants, and black cardigan. Black is one of my must-have fashion "colors".   


The least useful item in the mix:  the coral colored cardigan.   I tried this in my 30 for 30 challenge since I saw it everywhere this spring.  I like it, but I like my teals, magenta and other jewel tones more and will probably revert back to them after this.  What are your colors?

April 13, 2012

Money: Planning vs. Tracking


I heard a great quote yesterday: “The moment communication dies, resentment is born.”  


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It took Mr. and me almost 3 years to truly communicate our finances.  He was afraid of too many restrictions and I was overzealous on the process as a whole.  We finally found our missing link:  the monthly budget.  I had been doing the tracking but it does no good to track when there is no plan.  I would get stressed out and Mr. felt like he could never do the right thing.

Negotiations for this took a while but we finally decided on these ground rules:

1.  Make it realistic {don't forget those clothes, dates, gifts, pets, and how much food really costs!}
2.  Allow for a "free" money fund for each person {this means no questions asked up to the dedicated amount}
3.  Allow for fun
4.  Life & Mistakes will happen.  Learn. Modify. And Move on.


Income is on top.  The non-negotiable expenses should immediately follow the income and then more variable expenses should be last.  I actually forgot the pets on the first month, so needless to say, this has to be updated.  
Ultimately, your income should always be more than or equal to your expenses, any extra can just be bonus savings.


The best source for how to make one for yourself are Dave Ramsey's website.  The finance books I've read show the similar percentages as this website, though I like to be more conservative in housing.  This NMSU publication and Real Simple's Plan are good as well.

April 10, 2012

WIW, Days 16-20


I got a compliment today!  

I guess people don’t notice when you repeat {as long as you’re not posting it like me}.  I ended up changing into jeans last week to travel after working in the black pants all day, so it’s technically 2 outfits, one day but I made up for it by wearing the same things over and over again during the trip {without caring}. Layering the shirts made for even fewer items in the suit case, which is a plus since I rarely take more than what will fit in my carry on.  

April 9, 2012

Lovely Layers & A Petite Crush

So I was really grumpy doing my clothing challenge last week because the weather changed and I missed my shorts, green tee (turns out to be a hot color this season), and sandals.  To kick my funky clothing mood, I hung out in my workout clothes all day Saturday instead of actually getting dressed and I found a new fashion blog! La Vie Petite's spring layers of a striped sweater and chambray shirt made me lust all weekend long. 



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I'm still in the middle of my outfit challenge and I can't run to the nearest Loft to buy the same sweater or a pair of white pants {so spring!}, but I have two shirts in my 30 items that are kind of similar {okay, maybe not at all} and I gave this layered look a try.  Cori's version wins hands down but it definitely inspired me to layer more.


sweater-banana republic; chambray shirt-old navy; necklace-banana republic; pants-express; shoes-hive & honey

April 4, 2012

Whirly Wednesday {And a Hairpin Test}

Have you heard of the hair corkscrew pin aka spiral pins?  I figured I'd give them a whirl.
 

The Test:  A messy bun for yet another rushed morning.



The Verdict:  The twists worked as advertised and hold my hair well.  I didn’t have to redo it at all during the day.  I used a few bobby pins for the loose ends and the braid {I should have taken more with me to work!} but overall it was much easier than ruining 4-5 bobby pins and redoing it every 2 hours and prettier than my brown elastics I use for pony tails.

So for less than $6, I’d say they were worth the money and they will be used again {and again} this summer!

April 2, 2012

Outfit Challenge Update {11-15}

I'm half way there!  

I think my photographer is losing interest..I look bored in half of my photos, but I'm not.  It's just that Mr. took full outfit photos after taking face shots, goofy shots, or photos of the dog.  So by the time he got an "outfit" shot, I wasn't paying attention.  There are only so many photos you need to see of my face {or the dog's}.  That said, thank you for sticking with me on this project Mr.!  

I wore a lot of "safe" solids this week and I feel a little odd quoting every source since it seems like half of it is from Target, you've seen it all, and the point of this challenge is to make do with what I have.
  

purple shirt dress-the limited; leopard shoes-nine west; chambray shirt-old navy; black pants-express; black pumps-nine west; teal cardigan, white tee & black tee-target; jeans-banana republic; jeans-!It; denim jacket-j. crew fall '07; coral cardigan-target; brown skirt-banana republic; tan pumps-nine west

March 31, 2012

Spring = Replanting Season

I kicked off the weekend by re-potting all of my indoor plants.  I had ignored them for quite. some. time.  I did research before I did the African Violets and Aloe Vera plants and apparently I do everything they say NOT to do, but I've had them for 5 years so I must do something (mostly) right.



African Violet lovers post their tips here and here.

Some have fancy watering pots, some suggest letting the water stand for over a day to reach room temperature before giving it to the plants....Who has time for that?  So here is what I do for my African Violets:

1.  Put just about anywhere that doesn't get direct sunlight.  I put mine on a north facing window sill.
2.   Keep in a small pot (free preferrable).
3.  Water when the soil is dryer, can also feed tea at the end of the workday.
4.  Repot plant when it is about to topple out of the pot by ripping the plant at the base, sticking it in fresh potting soil, and watering it in it's new home.

Aloe Vera plants are even easier:  Place on a sunny windowsill, water when you remember (1-2 times a month) & repot when about to fall over.

I tried upping my planting skills by splitting my aloe plant by getting down to the root of the small shoots, cutting them and placing them in cactus soil potting mix.  They look good right now....I hope they live.....Have a great Spring Weekend, everyone!

March 29, 2012

6-10: The 30 Outfit Challenge Continues

In week two, this wardrobe project saved my rear.  I was running late one morning due to late hours on the job, but I was able to grab and go without wondering where the item(s) were buried in an overstuffed closet.  Racing the clock, I made it to my office right on time.  

I banished all of my non-chosen items to the hallway closet for this challenge, and it has made getting ready a lot easier.  I did cheat (a little) on outfit 6, though.  Since my white t-shirt was out of commission, I wore my neutral colored undershirt instead...do those count?


Outfit 6: Cardigan & Undershirt: Target; Jeans: Banana Republic; Tan Pumps: Nine West
Outfit 7: Shirt: Target; Jeans-Pure Diva IT Jeans; Leopard Flats: Nine West
Outfit 8: Shirt: Banana Republic; Pants: Express; Black Peep Toes: Marshalls
Outfit 9: Shirt: The Loft; Skirt: The Limited; Tan Flats: Madden
Outfit 10: Shirt: Target; Skirt: Banana Republic (old); Shoes: DSW

March 27, 2012

Outfits 1-5 of the 30 for 30

So far, so good!  It got a little cold for a few of days here, but luckily I can cheat a little and wear sweatpants at home.  My highlight of the week was that husband and I had a surprise date on the first day at one of our favorite hole-in-the-walls so I had him take a photo against the restaurant's painted walls. That was the day I was brave and tucked in a shirt that I normally wouldn't, it turned out pretty okay and I may brave it again.  And here they are, the First Five:  



Day 1:  Shirt-Banana Republic, Winter 2011, Skirt-The Limited, black peep toe pumps-Marshalls
Day 2:  Shirt-Ann Taylor, Cardigan-Nordstrom, black skirt, black pumps-Nine West
Day 3:  Sweater-Banana Republic, Fall 2011, Pants-Express, Shoes-Nine West
Day 4:  Shirt-The Limited, Cardigan-Target, Pants-Express, black pumps
Day 5: Shirt-Express, Pants-Gap, black peep toe pumps



March 22, 2012

Our newest project: The Veneer Mid Century Dresser

Part of the reason that it took me so long to post my 30 for 30 Challenge this week is because I finally found a mid-century dresser that I liked on the cheap and we made the drive to look at it and pick it up on Tuesday night.   I have been searching craigslist for over a year hoping for the right one.  This one actually happened!  We were pleasantly surprised when we showed up since the previous owners were younger than we expected (the home was in area that is very hit & miss and the owners are currently replacing the 40 year old linoleum that was in the photos).  The dresser has a veneer top and will need some work before it finds a permanent spot in the house, so I am looking into ways we can refinish it and I've decided to show my favorites here.
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I hope to leave as much wood unpainted as possible, but I'll have to see how it goes when I tackle the project.  I'm excited!

March 21, 2012

The 30x30 Challenge (30 items to make 30 outfits)

I am a little behind fashion world, but thanks to my coworker’s wife, I’m a new fan of Kendi’s 30 x 30 Remix Challenge.  It’s perfect for my ongoing closet makeover goal:  simplify, budget, and clear the clutter.  Budget doesn’t mean boring, I can wear the same piece of clothing twice, and I don’t need to run to the store to every time I get in a fashion rut.

To kick off my closet makeover earlier this year, I purged and started documenting my outfits daily to help assess wardrobe needs, but I was missing out on the remix part of my challenge (and becoming a bit zzzz).   To take the my closet makeover further, I'm going to do Kendi's challenge, Kendi's way.
Kendi's 30 day Challenge Rules:
1.  Use 30 items in your closet (excluding accessories)
2.  Mix & Match chosen items for 30 outfits
3.  Don't shop for the 30 days


I spent the weekend narrowing it down to the 30 items I will be using.  Have I chosen well?  I hope so!