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I have nothing to wear!

“70 percent of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes. 30 percent should be icing and fluff — that’s color, pattern, shine, and accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can’t figure out why they can’t get dressed.” – Michael Kors

This morning was a morning like a thousand I’ve had before, where I stand in the middle of my wardrobe room panning the garment racks and feeling like I have nothing to wear. Anyone that comes into my house and sees this room thinking “wow you have a lot of clothing!” Then the jokes about me needing more clothing or I’ll be naked follow. Truth is I love all of my clothing, when I stop caring about them I pass them along or sell them. My issue lately is the changing of the season, conflicted between summer and winter, feeling too cold or too warm. Most of my dresses are very light which can only be worn comfortably a short time during the summer. This most recent summer it was cold and rainy almost the entire time, September was warm. I wasn’t able to wear most of my summer closet to be perfectly honest.

There are many ways to fix this issue but I think ultimately it comes down to a positive mind and cleaning out the closet. Every few months I spend a few hours combing through every piece of clothing I have. The brutal decision: do I like this, do I wear this, does it fit…? I need to be brutal with myself and not keep things just for the sake of keeping them. It will feel better to have less, so I need to buckle down and make that conscious effort.

Favourite Fall Looks

My favourite season is upon us it seems, after a record breaking week of scorching heat last week the temperature has shifted to 2 in the morning, 18 by the afternoon. In spring we think of it as being almost tropical… but in fall we feel chilled to the bone. This week is no exception, I’ve been frozen at work as the sun doesn’t hit the windows enough to warm the office!

I love the fabrics of autumn, the soft knits, layering styles and of course, skinny jeans with ankle booties! I am actually looking forward to the big summer to autumn transition in my closet, it’ll be a huge job when I decide to bite the bullet and do the flip! For now its still occasionally warm enough for sandals so I’ve left it as is. I do need to start the laundry prep for the new season, scarves and sweaters being the big one. There’s just something about them sitting folded up in a rubbermaid bin for 6 months that gives them a smell that is less than admirable.

Step two, start planning new exciting wardrobe changes! Figuring out what my new style will be for the upcoming season!

Why colour is everything

I was reflecting on an article I read, if you can even call it an article, rather a personality assumption based on your astrology sign. My horoscope likes to portray me as a wild-crazy-spontaneous Sagittarius always going against the grain. In many ways I’d say that’s true. This particular piece of writing suggested I am constantly craving attention, which I thought was amusing as I enjoy my silence and solo adventures.

I mentioned the article to family and some agreed, some disagreed. A few friends thought it could be interpreted a few different ways. Ultimately regardless of astrology I am a person that doesn’t like to blend in, but I’ve never thought of that being for attention. I love bright colours, flashy heels and neon. Most people prefer solid colours, neutrals, no jewellery, basic black footwear. Nothing “too flashy” is a common thing to hear when shopping. No sequins, no beads, no prints, no florals…

Wearing bright colours and prints cheers me right up and I think that’s an easy way for me to feel my best. The moment I put on something dark, whether it be black or navy, perhaps that’s psychological too – my day becomes a struggle and my mood sinks. I’ve worn navy in my Instagram photos and a YouTube video or too and when I look back I frown on it. So many people love that colour palette, and that’s totally fine. I’m a rare species but I don’t mind standing out.

I do not have a fear of people looking at me, thinking I’m unusual. The amount of dates I’ve had where he points out my fashion sense with awe. I don’t claim to be ordinary, or normal or basic. I think there are endless reasons to wear an exciting dress. A hundred excuses why you should wear the sequined dress and no, it’ll never be “too fancy”. Thrift stores, where “formal” dresses go to die. I love looking at them, I’ve even bought a few. Any excuse is good enough for me to wear sequins or neon, or a pair of dazzling heels. We seem to worry about being noticed… if you are dressing for yourself what do you care if you stand out in the crowd?

Today I wore a tight shapely white dress to work with a pair of yellow neon heels and earrings. My friend stated that I blend into the scenery. As much as I can appreciate the sarcasm, I prefer to make a statement then dwindle away in the crowd. So I guess I just answered that, yes I do like the attention. But the statement I’m trying to make is I’m fearless, I wear what I love and I don’t need an excuse.

 

Spring Living Room Flip

Some people call it being a feminist, others being stubborn… it seems when I have an entire day to myself at home I end up flipping furniture around and taking on a task that is far beyond my physical ability. But do I ask for help? Naaaa I want to enjoy the pride in saying I did it all myself. I can take my time, I can move it five times without someone else saying “really? moving it again?!” Its something I do to feel better, to lift my spirits.

I love my hutch but I felt it was getting lost in the wall on the opposite side of the room, basically if I sat on my futon I wouldn’t be able to see it. I am not a big tv watcher, quite frankly I don’t have cable or satellite just a hard drive that I can play some movies on. If I do I am generally doing other tasks while it plays in the background. The view out my living room window is beautiful, especially in Spring with the rushing water flowing down from the mill through the trees. Where my futon was before I could not see this view.

I love my apple green chair that my mom and I reupholstered a few years ago and wanted it to be more predominant in my home. With all the plant life and hints of green here and there I thought it might blend into the colour scheme nicely. Although these are the colours the space are year ’round, in Spring it just feels so much more lush.



Estate Side Table Flip

If you haven’t checked out the Estate Sale Finds post and video I recommend reading those first as you’ll get more of the back story on these two matching side tables.

The paint I used for all my previous flips was the wall paint I picked up for $18 at Walmart, the Glidden brand in three colours. It worked exceptionally well at the time and now I realize that was probably as I was painting all the items outside in the heat of summer and they dried fast. I bought the same white paint to try to cover these end units and it was a complete disaster.

First I removed all the handles and hammered out the damaged ones that were stuck on the drawers. Once it was just the bare unit I was able to do a light sanding over the entire thing. Wiping them down afterwards to remove all the excess dust.

These units had a fair amount of dings from regular wear and tear, one had a faded cup stain burned into the wood surface. If you want the finish to be pristine I would recommend using wood fill to fill in all the chunks missing but for me I feel like it adds more character. The hutch I redid in my living room actually has fake “intentional” dings in it to look more rustic… it would be believable if they weren’t so symmetrical haha!

One unit had two coats of the barely-there white paint I had bought originally, very faint and a waste of time to be honest. So I scratched that idea and decided to use the exterior Tremclad that I was using for the oil tank and mailbox outside earlier in the day. Normally I go for a standard white so that all the furniture can be interchanged in any room at any time… but lately the grey has been popping up throughout my house, especially in the bedroom where these two pieces are going to go.

Now this paint includes a primer base within it and I think that makes a world of difference, its thicker and has better coverage. Much like makeup, its better to coat with a primer first. I applied two coats of the Tremclad paint over the exterior of the unit letting it get a bit thicker overtop of any nicks in it as the paint is thick enough that it will fill in any flaws. The finished ended up very smooth and solid. Finally I applied new handles and knobs, the same ones I buy in bulk from Walmart that I have used on previous flips. This keeps with the flow of my furniture too even though the colour is different.

I created a video while doing this flip that will be posted this week, stay tuned!