image via J.Crew
I thought it would be fun to do something a little different today! Kimi answered these 5 style questions from Grechen's Closet and they got me thinking a lot about my own answers. If you've ever wondered about my closet (or what I wear while I write last minute blog posts?), this post is for you! And we're off...
01. What if you had to choose ONE brand (money no object) to buy clothes from, what would it be?
Much as I'd like to say some place like Anthropologie or Madewell or even ASOS, I have to go with J.Crew. My whole wardrobe would be J.Crew if I could afford it. I think they nail my aesthetic -- playfully classic -- perfectly. They put out the classics every season with a punch of fun colors and prints and even a few unique pieces in each collection that you wouldn't find anywhere else. If money were no object, I'd be a more femme take on Jenna Lyons 100% of the time.
02. What’s one thing you’ve purged from your wardrobe you wish you had now?
My heart is still broken over having to purge my J.Crew Factory polka dot skirt. I loved the fuck out of that skirt; I wore it 10 times on the blog in less than a year, and way more than twice that in real life. It stopped fitting, and I've been devastated ever since. I've never stopped reaching for it in my closet, and I haven't yet found a worthy replacement.
03. What’s something you’re hanging on to, but sort of wish you had the courage to let go of?
Honestly, my current chambray shirt. I've never loved it the way I did my American Eagle one. I also feel like I lean on it like a crutch when I'm not sure how to style something, so it keeps me from being creative. I still think every woman should have one, I just need to either replace or get rid of mine.
04. If you had to choose 5-10 things from your wardrobe (including shoes & bags) to keep and you had to get rid of everything else, what would you keep?
I think it's interesting that this question sort of forces you to think as a minimalist, even if that isn't your typical approach to your own closet. Also interesting: there are a couple of items on this list that I wear literally once a week, all year 'round, but haven't made it to the blog. I wouldn't say these items necessarily showcase my personal style or my love for fashion, but they're eternally comfortable and I always feel put together when wearing them.
01. Target chartreuse cardigan (seen here)
04. Old Navy striped swing dress (seen here)
07. Vintage Coach black crossbody purse (seen here)
09. Taupe American Eagle suede booties (seen here)
10. Chartreuse flatforms (seen here)
While this would never be ideal for me, these were pretty obvious picks for me to make. If I was able to add one more item, it would either be another dress or my Madewell Industry top (seen here). That top is unfortunately not very versatile (I can't wear it with skirts), but I feel SO amazing in it that I'd hate to leave it behind.
05. What are you wearing RIGHT THIS SECOND?
I'm writing this post at 8:45 Wednesday night after recording our podcast, so I'm rocking some pretty sweet pjs. Shirt is Curious Threads, joggers are Target, slippers are a gift from Dago's mom. Def fashun blahg worthy, right? Especially with those stretched out knees!
That was fun, right? Well, if you thought so, then you're really going to enjoy what's next! My friend
and pretend mentor Laurel Kinney, a wildly successful personal stylist and wonderful human in Austin, is about to launch her Style Shift Workshop in the coming weeks.
I'm incredibly passionate about what Laurel does. She's a social worker-turned-stylist, so she takes a similar approach to style as I do. There's a deeper intersection between what we wear, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves. Allowing ourselves to wear clothes we love and spend time/energy on them is absolutely an act of self-care. Though, just like we may not know all the ins and outs of essential oils or other more conventional forms of self-care, not everyone is an expert on using their closet as a way to care for themselves.
Laurel's latest project is a brilliant e-course to help you care for yourself, express yourself, and be your best self by giving you the tools to be your own personal stylist. If you struggle with things like putting the pieces in your closet together, being overwhelmed by all the options when you enter a store, knowing what your style even is or should be, or having a closet full of clothes that don't bring you real joy, this e-course is for you.
In preparation for the e-course, Laurel is hosting a FREE live training called Clear The Clutter, Find Your Style on June 1st to help you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. She’s also going to give some insight into why exactly style matters, specific tools to help you get clear on your style goals, and she’s going to show you exactly how to sort your closets like a professional stylist would. How cool is that?
There's no commitment to this phone call. This training is about learning about some awesome tools and testing the waters to see if you might be interested in signing up for the Style Shift Workshop. You can register for the (free!) call up until the night of 5/31, as the training will be on 6/1. Since the training is virtual, you can take it from anywhere and don't need be in Austin to participate!
This is honestly a super opportunity -- to learn from a personal stylist how to be your own personal stylist. When we're equipped with the right tools, we're empowered to take things into our own hands when it comes to bettering our lives. It's powerful! It's fun! It's fashion! Sign up now!
P.S. If you want to answer the 5 questions yourself, I've pasted them below:
What if you had to choose ONE brand (money no object) to buy clothes from, what would it be?
What’s one thing you’ve purged from your wardrobe you wish you had now?
What’s something you’re hanging on to, but sort of wish you had the courage to let go of?
If you had to choose 5-10 things from your wardrobe (including shoes & bags) to keep and you had to get rid of everything else, what would you keep?
What are you wearing RIGHT THIS SECOND?