Lately, I feel like I've been doing ten things at once. None of them all that well. I thought I could do it all. I thought I could manage to juggle all the things. I can’t. I’m dropping balls...left, right and center.
Something’s gotta give.
And it can’t really be my high school boys or my almost college freshman daughter or my concussed husband...so, it’s going to be the next two blog posts.
My apologies. I like to be consistent here, but I also know my limits.
I need to listen to my gut.
And it's telling me that since life feels too full to be 100% present for writing...I need to step back and pull myself together.
I hope you enjoy the last two weeks of August. I'll be thinking of you as you send your kids back to school or off to college. Busy times.
I’ll return in September.
I can’t promise I’ll be refreshed after leaving my first born in a far away dorm room:-(...but I’ll definitely be ready to write again.
Here are two posts that you might have missed or find helpful to revisit.
It's on sale- when is it okay to buy?
Navigating the summer sale racks - here's how
I promise to put together an Anthro Faves post next month, but for now...
I have to share these jeans.
Oh, my goodness. I love them!
You know that Citizens of Humanity - Emersons are my most favorite boyfriend jeans.
Well, these Pilcro Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Cropped Jeans are a very close second.
$138. Just the right amount of distressing. Super soft. Great wash.
They do run a little big, so you might want to size down. Best to read the reviews on the Anthropologie site. Our customers leave detailed, honest product feedback.
Thanks for your patience with me. I look forward to being back at my computer once I handle a few stray balls.
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This isn’t really a post. I needed to take the day off. This week has completely kicked my butt. On Tuesday, Matthew was in a car accident while out of town on business. Thankfully, he will be okay, but currently he has a concussion and whiplash. He's feeling pretty crappy.
In addition, my boys head back to school in a matter of days...
and Greta leaves for college (many states away:-( in two weeks.
I. am. feeling. it.
I need to soak up some time with my people. And maybe take a soak in my tub. And just maybe, as my dad would say, "Soak my tongue in some whiskey".
Thank you for understanding.
I'm happy to report that amidst the stress and craziness, I’ve surprised myself with my ability to stay present.
I’ve been breathing into the tough stuff and trying to welcome (not resist) the challenges and changes.
In place of an actual post...
I wanted to share a few books that have helped me immensely over the past year or so...and continue to provide wisdom and guidance to me now.
Loved this quick read. Excellent reminder of how our minds never stop talking!
I didn't want to like this one, but it contains some valuable take-aways.
Refreshing and matter of fact. He nails it.
Okay, your turn...
What are you currently reading?
What book has helped you the most?
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy these final days of summer vacation. Soak it all in.
If you have questions about any of the books I mentioned, please ask. Happy reading.
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Have a super week.
If 'hoarding' is to reserve in mind for a future use, then I guess I’ve always had a bit of a problem with hoarding. Or to put it more accurately, I guess my problem is one of ‘saving’. I tend to save the things I really love. I save them for later. Waiting for the perfect time to actually use the things I feel are special. This ‘saving’ is prevalent in many areas of my life. I save beautiful gift wrap, my best note cards, handmade cloth napkins, magazines (as I mentioned here), and clothing.
I obtain lovely treasures and then I wait.
Not wanting to ‘waste’ the specialness on just any old day or occasion.
I’m beginning to realize that this habit isn’t serving me very well.
I’m not sure it ever did.
Earlier this season, when I pulled out my summer clothing bin and examined the contents, I noticed that some of my favorite pieces were beginning to show some wear. Fabrics weren’t quite as fresh, silhouettes were losing their shape, styles didn’t feel very current. (All of this led to my new t-shirt shopping trip)
I realize that most clothing (especially softer summer pieces) won’t last forever...but looking at my summer wardrobe, I became acutely aware that I didn’t really wear the pieces I love most very much last year.
I was too cautious.
Saving them for the fantasy life I live in my head.
(I'm hoping you know what I mean because you have one too:-)
The life you picture when you shop for cozy cashmere sweaters in pale neutrals- “Hello, Cameron Diaz” in The Holiday or the gauzy, breezy tunic you’d wear after sunning yourself on a yacht anchored just off the coast of a glorious Greek island.
Those scenarios are not my current life...but my current life is pretty great, so why don't I dress like it?
I’m finished saving my stuff for later.
If I’ve learned anything from watching my daughter graduate from high school in May, and from a recent trio of wake-up calls, it’s that life does indeed pass by in a flash!
Why haven’t I been wearing I my favorites?
I’ve been doing lots of work on myself over the past 8 or 9 months. Digging deep to figure out my baggage/habits/tendencies and make corrections where possible. (And yes, for the record, it's kind of exhausting;-)
I’ve long been aware that when I really love a piece of clothing...I save it. I don’t want to wear it out. I like knowing that I have it...but I hesitate/struggle to pull it on when it’s time to get dressed.
If I’m really honest and explore my thoughts about this habit, I come up with some twisted reasons for not wearing my favorites...
Tomorrow’s weather might be a little better (rare in Boulder:-)
I might spill something on it.
It elevates my outfit a bit more than the grocery store warrants.
I’m only going to be dressed for a little while.
I’ll just wear something older so that the new item can stay new.
This is pure crazy talk!
NOW is NOW!
There is no tomorrow. By the time tomorrow arrives it’s NOW again.
Saving clothing or other stuff for ‘someday’ is not living in the present moment.
So, if you're like me, there is a simple cure for ‘hoard-your-clothes-itis’...
Just wear it!
With the exception of a special occasion piece waiting for the occasion, start wearing your clothes. Today!
Clothing doesn’t last forever. Even if you don’t wear it often, eventually, all fabrics start to lose their luster. Why not squeeze every hour of use out of each and every piece you own?
You paid good money for the items in your closet.
You spent your precious time shopping for your clothing.
Ideally, you should love all of the clothing in your closet. And all of that clothing should support your current lifestyle.
So...wear your clothing!
If you find yourself saving things, remember the ‘cost per wear’ goes down every time you wear a garment. More wear = money better spent!
If you’re stuck on actually wearing all of the clothing in your wardrobe, you could try this challenge…
Wear Everything You Own
It's free and eye-opening and fun!
It's August already! It'll be time for fall/winter clothes before I can blink. I’ll be taking my own advice. I’m planning to wear what I already own. Often.
What are you saving for later?
How would you feel if you actually started wearing or using what you’re saving?
Please share your thoughts! I'd love to know I'm not alone in this bizarre habit:-)
Have a super week! Thank you for following along.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,