Wardrobe Planning: A Spring 2016 Shopping List Addendum!

In the interest of full disclosure of my mindful shopping/wardrobe commitment — and as I further wend my way through my wardrobe/closet clean-out — here are a few more things I’m on the lookout for this season in terms of spring shopping. This is more on the utilitarian tip, but it’s amazing how these ‘non-fashion’ items still can eat up your budget and attention. + Bras and undies! It’s so weird to talk about your ‘intimates’ on the Internet, but, well…I need new knickers! Now that I’m weaning the baby, I can finally start looking into new bras that don’t

The Fun Part About Cleaning Out Your Closet: Making A Shopping List!

My epic closet clean-out has been slow-going but steady. I’m almost done with dresses and tops at the moment, and then I tackle accessories, which should be quite an odyssey. I wish I could go a little faster, but my little one gets really curious about all the piles of clothes and suddenly my closet clean-out turns into an ad-hoc playground. (It’s funny, he dives into a pile of dresses like how other kids dive into a pile of leaves!) But one of the advantages of being turtle-like about it is taking the time to make a more thoughtful shopping

A Year Of No Shopping (Or At Least A Lot Less Of It)

I’ve always wanted to try a “no shopping” experiment. A strange longing, I know. But I’ve always been fascinated by people who chronicle their experiences with limited capsule wardrobes or “shopping their closets” or “using out” their entire kitchen or pantry. Maybe I find something elegant in the austerity, maybe I have a weird inner Puritan or Victorian that needs tending to, maybe I’m overwhelmed by the consumerism and wastefulness around us, I don’t know. But going without shopping for fun or pleasure for a period of time seems interesting to me. Of course, I’m aware that this kind of

Wayside and Waylaid (Or, What Fell Apart While I Did Nanowrimo)

So, I finished Nanowrimo! Not the novel — I’m at 53,000 words or so, but I’ve got a whole second-half-of-second-act left. But it’s cool. It’s nice to be done with the Nano part of things, and then eat a lot of turkey for a holiday and then just sleep like crazy over a long weekend. Recovery! When I tell people in my real life that I’m doing Nanowrimo (like at Thanksgiving dinner), they always look at me like I’m nuts and ask, “Is it fun?” (Well, after they ask what the heck Nanowrimo is.) And I laugh, because in some