Photo by Alisa Murray
Today is the last day of the month-long Ultimate Closet Editing Challenge. It was a month filled with frustration, inspiration, cheating and creativity. Each post of mine ended with a statement eluding to either cleaning out my closet or going shopping for the finale.
I chose to end this month a little differently.
Without clothing. A blank slate and an empty bag.
People who work in and around style and have a passion for it walk a fine line between narcissist and collector. I wrestle with this from time to time, but this month I’ve come to accept it and embrace it.
I have a Life List going over on my personal site. There are a few things style related on it currently, but I’m going to add one: Create and live with an authentic closet. It’s not something I will one day just check off as done and move on – but will be reminded of daily.
No more purchasing clothing that is not reflective of my personal self or style.
No more clothing that has hopes of transforming me into a person I am not or do not want to be.
No more quantity for the sake of owning.
Beautiful things come at all price points.
Wear only that which makes me feel fantastic.
Allow myself the outrageous item.
Say thank you when someone tells me how great I look.
It’s been a great month. Thanks to everyone who stopped by along the way and a special thanks to Felicia Sullivan for being the catalyst. I hope those that joined in found it as interesting as I did – and I hope that some of you will consider doing the exercise.
Here’s to your personal collection, the change of seasons and fabrics and textures, the joy of creativity and creating beauty. Here’s to fun, nods to trends gone by and all things shiny. Here’s to style and confidence – the greatest accessory of all.
Many thanks to my sweet friend, Alisa Murray, for the portrait. Alisa is a nationally recognized portrait artist and an award-winning columnist. Most special of all, she is nationally recognized for her work in blending art and medicine. If you ever get the chance to work with her, you won’t regret it. There is a difference with an artist’s touch. *wink*