Oh happy day! I love it when I get packages in the mail. And today was an exceptionally good package receiving day. My Talbots order arrived (yes, so much for not buying any new clothes until summer–but wait! It’s all good–you will see). AND my new-to-me phone came. But first let me share this with you:
Please excuse the picture quality, especially with the toilet rounding out the “chicness” of my attire. I do not own a full length mirror and this bathroom mirror is the best I can do (although in the future I may impress upon Master Bliss to take my photo instead). As you know, I do not write a “fashion” blog. But you had to see this fantastic vintage bag! This is the one I was waiting for from France (smug smile), purchased from the lovely Tapouillon store I found on Etsy. This is the outfit I wore yesterday, which you should also remember from this post. I was quite pleased with how well “the look” came together. You can’t see my feet where I shod suede, chocolate-brown Mary Janes. Overall, it was an outfit I felt very comfortable and chic in.
When I have posted about clothes in the past it has been in relation to my minimizing attempts with my wardrobe. My goal has been to edit my clothes down to 20-25 items. I think I am going to have to be satisfied with 28. But considering with what I started out with, this is a very satisfactory accomplishment. In fact 3 of my remaining items are dresses which I hardly ever wear except for special occasions (black wrap dress, red wrap dress, black w/white polka dots dress) and a suit. So 28-4=24 items which is the core of my daily, working wardrobe. Also, these would be the clothing items I will wear from Fall into Late Spring. A few of them will be used into Summer but the bulk of my summer wardrobe is upstairs awaiting its editing turn (sigh).
So here is a picture of what came today from my Talbots order:
These new purchases lead to further closet/drawer editing which resulted in the removal of these items:
So, again–only 3 items in and about 7x that amount out. It really is liberating. Some of the items on the “out” pile were tough decisions, such as, the cashmere sweaters. But guess what? I still have three–I don’t need six. In this pile is also my, sad to say, beloved navy blue Old Navy fleece pull-over. I have known it has needed to go for a couple of years now but it is just so warm and comfortable. I am getting rid of it for other reasons besides age. I just don’t want to keep a bunch of “frump” clothes on hand which will only encourage me to dress “frumpy” when I am spending the day at home. I now only have one sweatshirt and one lighter weight zip sweatshirt to my name. And these will be reserved for exercise use only.
So now my closet looks like this:
And it use to look like this:
My other package “surprise” was my new BlackBerry phone. My Razr flip has finally decided to crack apart after ten too many drops on the floor. You can refreshen your memory on my phone story here. Miraculously, I still have reception on the broken phone but talking while not losing the call has become quite the challenge. I found this BlackBerry on Ebay for $14.00. Sadly, there was a USPS shipping fiasco I had to deal with (the box literally arrived at my post office, two blocks away, and then got sent back to the shipper in North Carolina for no explainable reason). I will be switching my service over to my new phone today!