As you know, I'm donating lots of stuff nowadays in order to clean my house and spirit for the new stuff experiences. Although it's quit pleasant to know that you help others not asking anything in return, there are ways to donate AND get the return (we are not talking taxes here).
You ship your almost new or gently worn items and get a free gift card! The shipping is paid by the Fashion Project. They sell all the clothes on their website and 55% of the profit goes to your chosen charity. So, you kind of win twice - you donate to a favorite charity AND get a gift card (right now it's Lord&Taylor's).
Your drop whatever clothes you have (even seriously worn or old) in your own bag (prepare to part with the bag) at any H&M location (usually near the cashier) and get various discounts for your next H&M purchase.
And there is always a secondhand, of course, but I'm not a big fan, to be honest. There is something about people going through my stuff and judging it that deeply bothers me.
Well, I didn't. First, I should confess without shame that I really like the Project Runway. It's a great show that helps to learn about fashion, creative process and making it in life (or "make it work" for this matter). What I didn't know that everybody's darling Tim Gunn (oh I love to death his pinstriped suits!) published a couple of books. Pleasant surprise indeed!
My hunt for a perfect silk black top counts many hours of laborious search. It's amazing how many things can go wrong! A top can suddenly appear bell-bottomed, once put on (hate swing!). It can go too short or too long, too tight or loose. Some tops look great, but the cut doesn't allow a braless option. The material is also important. Finally, I found my soul-mate at Express (very similar here)! Also, other options to consider:
Some books create such an influential, dramatic atmosphere that it overpowers the story itself. Iceland, tough weather, female murderer waiting for decapitation... It reminded me of "Wuthering Heights" that I've read more than 20 times.
My wardrobe is slowly getting smaller and cleaner. It turned out it's not easy at all to adopt the minimalistic quality over quantity approach. The numerous articles and blog posts make it look effortless, when, in fact, it takes time and effort. Here is a few things I learned during the process:
1. Don't rush to give away and recycle just everything. Let things sit in a transition box and look there from time to time. I gave away too many things I lately needed and regretted. When you are in a mood for a major clean, you might get carried away a bit and overdo it. Also, many things from the transition box could be altered and fixed - give yourself time to think about it. At last, I realized that after a month or two many things from the transition box suddenly appeared to me in a new light and became attractive and wearable again (see # 4 on boredom).
2. Instead of focusing on giving away, focus on not buying more. It will allow you more time to reflect on what you truly need without rushing to restock (and, yes, you will want to restock immediately, because your closet will look depressively empty after the clean up). In order to slow down the buying process and make it more sensible, I create a list of links of the clothes I see and like online and revisit this list often. It's amazing how many items loose their charm after the revision!
3. Stop buying what you already have. We all have our own favorite staples that we constantly buy and re-buy. Recently I spotted a pair of killer belted stilettos on Zara sale. But, let's be realistic, it's just a variation on the shoes I already have! Do I really need two pairs of similar shoes, when I am actually missing and urgently needing a fitted jacket?
4. Sometimes we don't wear clothes or give it away, because we are simply bored with it. I recently got rid of my darling Bebe leather jacket, because I used to wear it like everyday. Now I'm so sad I abandoned it! Sometimes the secret is really, as Marcel Proust put it, to look at the same things with the new eyes. Set the over-worn piece aside and come back to it in a month - you'll cherish it again.
5. Stop buying cheap. Since the times I moved to the States, cheap clothing stores, like Forever 21 and such, literally threw me into ecstasies. For a hundred bucks you can get the whole outfit and a few extra things. No, no, no. Just no. Cheap clothes don't last, it doesn't make you feel special, it doesn't inspire the respectful way of handling it. Regardless of what I see in a window, I just don't allow myself to go this way anymore.
It actually IS today's vilosophie. First time, I was photographed in what I was wearing during the day, got the pictures the same day, and managed to post them at once!
So, what is going on here? An old goot sweater and a coat from H&M, denim from Urban Outfitters and Zara boots. That is how I look in June, exactly the same as in January or October for this matter. Viva Monterey!.. Or Damn you Monterey!
I mean who doesn't like to spot a great pair of jeans on sale - especially when it's third the price!
For me, skinny dark denim, a simple sweater and tennis shoes do it just fine on weekends. So, I better stock up on those Armani beauties, shouldn't I? Because I don't like to keep it all too casual, a nice chain purse wouldn't heart either :)