Friday, January 3, 2014

Nine Leopard Shoes on the Shelf

Only a select few have seen my closet. I can count on one hand the people that have witnessed the real life nightmare of walking into complete chaos. It's a disgrace and I have taken full responsibility and matters into my own hands. No, I haven't hired The Container Store to come in do an elfa redesign, even though it would be a life long dream come true. I did however, do some major purging on New Year's Day. I was a machine.

Banana Republic Gold Sweater // Forever 21 Plaid Top // Express Pencil Skirt (option here and here) // Sam & Libby Boots at Target // Mossimo Faux Leather Jacket at Target (option here and here) // Forever 21 Bag (option here and here) // Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace //  Micheal Kors Watch c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Forever 21 Sunglasses

For three hours straight I made donation and resale store piles, then listed more than two dozen items on Poshmark. Hallelujah! I can now walk into my closet and actually stand and move around without tripping over a shoe, bag, hanger or piece of clothing that I thought I had lost months ago.

The funny part of the story comes now. I warned Ross that he needed to make a palette on the living room floor and fall asleep watching football. There was no reason he needed to be subjected to what was going down in the closet, bathroom and bedroom. It was that horrific. But as we all know, men sometimes do not listen to us women. So, being the curious man he is, came into my workspace. The pile of shoes immediately caught his eye. He started counting pairs of shoes and I tried to explain that half of them were finding new homes soon. During his mathematical adventure, he counted not two, not four, not six, but nine pairs of leopard shoes. No way. Yes, way.

In my defense to him, I explained how leopard is the new neutral and that I was about to only have seven pairs, not nine. One went to Goodwill and the other is on Poshmark. To plead my case further, they all have different shades, patterns, heels heights and the ones I am wearing today are boots...my one and only pair of leopard booties. Thank you very much. 


Shanna

53 comments:

Ashley said...

Ah I love this outfit and those booties are fab!! I tend to purge my clothes two to three times a year and I also donate them!! It feels good afterwards doesn't it? :)

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Alice Warren said...

Great job on having head start on cleaning out your closet.

I started to sort through a giant pile of clothes in our spare bedroom and my hubby had a heart attack with all the clothes and saying it's impossible to fit it all into the closets. (he is probably right).

BTW - love this outfit and you can Ross that a woman can never have too many pair of leopard shoes :)

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Arielle Berze said...

I love leopard shoes! They're the perfect way to dress up an otherwise bland outfit (for me anyways). Awesome job with all the layering by the way, wish I was that good.

Arielle from Tangled Musings

Jenn @ Party of One said...

Love it! Purging your closet- while hard to decide what to keep of give- is so refreshing! Leopard totally is the new neutral & now I can fully believe that because you said it ;) LOVE those booties, too!

Jessica Walters said...

Leopard shoes are where it's at! Actually, leopard anything. I just received a pair of leopard ankle strap heels for Christmas and I cannot wait to wear them!

Becky M said...

I am so glad it is not just me whose closet is a mess! I purged a little bit a few months ago, but that doesn't keep it all from going back to chaos. My husband hates it!

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Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

Leopard is totally a neutral, love the gold sweater. And those booties are perfection.

xo
http://pinksole.com

Nina Piccini said...

Well, I have 4 myself (two heels two flats) and in pursuit of more! You can never have too many and the mens will never understand.

I may need to do a closet purge soon - but, honestly I can't part with a lot of my items that I don't wear often so that means I should keep them for now, right? right.

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Susan Jeffries said...

Seven pairs of leopard shoes sounds totally reasonable to me. Maybe next time, you should clean out your closet when he is at work;) Beautiful sweater!! Susan

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Finding Clementine said...

Love the outfit!! I just purged my closet as well... Now that giant pile has to make it's way to goodwill :P

Aurélie Van Houte said...

Love that gold sweater in combination with the leather jacket! Very bold yet classy :)

x

Gina said...

Oh my, it sounds just like my hubby and I when the topic of my wardrobe comes up.
I love this outfit...sparkles, plaid and leopard is such a delightful combo! Those booties are gorg.
XO, Gina
http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels said...

Off the top of my head, I have six. Two flats, two heels, two booties (including the ones you're wearing...aren't they great?!?!). And they are all justified! :)

{DallasLeopard} said...

I LOVE those boots! They are darling!!!

Annie said...

9 pairs of leopard shoes must be some kind of record :) LOVE the ones you're wearing, and that sequin top is so pretty lady!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Meg Cady said...

7 pairs of leopard anything is MORE thank ok. It is a neutral (all though one time I did get in an argument with one of my students about this subject) !!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

You are too funny! I thought having three pairs of leopard shoes was bad, but seven...wow!! I just did another client purging too, in preparation for the new items I ordered after Christmas :)

Ladies in Navy said...

oh my goodness this is gorgeous!
ladies in navy

Kimberly said...

Clearly I need to play catch-up with you because I only have 2 pairs of leopard shoes (wedges & flats)! Love this outfit so much - I can see why you bought that BR metallic top...it's amazing!!

www.pennypincherfashion.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

i saw those booties at target and seriously considered getting them!! and i need to clean out my closet too, MAJORLY!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Helene in Between said...

ahahaha 9 leopard shoes. i love you. and i really need to do this with my closet. but I'm scared.

June Fifty Six said...

You should've just told him to listen to you :)
Love the outfit btw, you look great!

http://junefiftysix.blogspot.be/

Katie said...

love that gold sweater!! chris will count my hangers sometimes and then count his which off course is WAY less than mine and tell me i have way too many clothes!

PatrĂ­cia M. said...

Truly gorgeous dear! Loved the match between the golden sweat and the leopard boots!

<3
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Jessica S said...

Gosh, Men totally don't get it! I am so happy for you, simplicity is bliss!

xx
Here&Now

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Miranda said...

Hahaha! My husband does the same thing to me with my makeup collection. He doesn't understand the need for 10 very SIMILAR shades of pink lipstick. Maybe a closet tour someday?
-Miranda
www.missmirandawritesblog.blogspot.com

Kayla Gilbert said...

Cute cute! Love this Shanna!

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

Hahaha. Even though my husband obviously sees my closet everyday I'd hate to have him walk in while everything was spread out. I'm pretty sure he'd be in shock!

Gwen said...

Haha! I love it. I'm about to embark on a purge and organize session in my closet.

I don't do plaid very often but I like just the hint of plaid peeking out in your outfit (and of course the faux leather, sparkly sweater and leopard booties).

Katie Did What said...

I did the exact same thing, and am only considering it round one, because I still somehow have way too many clothes! I just get to attached to certain pieces, and definitely have trouble getting rid of things, even if I may not have worn them in a few years. It's bad, I know. But! Round two of the closet clean-out commences tonight! Wish me luck! Also, with the leopard shoes- that is hilarious!

xo

Tori said...

hahaha I love this and can completely relate--especially to the leopard shoe problem..i think I have at least 4! yikes :) I love this plaid shirt on you--what a great color combo!! Totally adorable girl :):)

Tori
FashionBlingGirlyThings

TaraMixandMatch said...

I cleaned out my closet too recently and I am so relieved! You look gorgeous...I tried on that metallic top and Banana and wasn't quite sure what to do with it...this is making me regret not getting it!

Carly said...

I need to clean out my closet too……it's getting out of control!!!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

SimplyxClassic said...

that's my new years resolution! to clean and organize my closet! argh, such a tedious and LONG task to tackle! not looking forward to it!
Happy New year babe!!! <3

Noel Marie said...

Preaching to the choir! I envy your ability to purge...I hate letting go of things that I don't even wear. I usually make myself every so often, but it is not a good feeling!!

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Great story and beautiful outfit! x

Nikki said...

My closet is a mess too. Actually I have 2 closets that are both small. I wish I had an adequate space for my clothing, shoes, etc. My husband is always amazed by the amount of shoes I have but men just don't understand that they are each different! Also, love this outfit and those leopard booties!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Leopard is TOTALLY a neutral!

We all have our things that we like to have a lot of!

Happy Friday!

Holly said...

Nine pairs of leopard shoes?! Holy poo, woman! Thank goodness you only have seven now. Nine seemed a bit much ;) I do the same thing though - different styles, heel heights - we girls need options! Hope cleaning out your closet was refreshing! And your outfit is adorable - I think those leopard booties real make the outfit :)

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

I've been cleaning out mine too. It has gotten ridiculous. I think the problem is that my closet is too small lol. I have that same necklace and it is my favorite. Love the plaid and gold.

Ashley Robyn said...

I am so glad I'm not the only person obsessed with Leopard print shoes. My husband just doesn't get it. Now granted I don't have 9 pairs but to him my 3 might as well be 30. You always look stunning pretty lady.

Alissa said...

Funny story, I called my cheetah shoes leopard for like 2 years. I then once showed them on the blog and someone was kind enough to email me and explain to me they were actually leopard. Ever since then I have kind of toned down my love of animal print because well, I am afraid of calling it by the wrong name. Anyway, that is a a weird story that just came out. Friday night ramblings!

FitTravelerAJ said...

Girl, defend your leopard to the end! Guys will NEVER understand women's fashion. And yes, all of those are totally necessary :-) Love the shimmer with the plaid today!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Hallie Oceanside said...

I have 16 pairs of boots, and find myself consistently trying on a pair EVERYTIME I go out....

It is a problem, but like you said, they are ALL different...in their own way.

Rebecca Lately said...

I completely see your point! (is that bad?) I am the same way about black booties. In fact, I've had to stop myself from buying two more pairs in the past month. They all look different!!

Kayla MKOY said...

Your hair looks SO cute totally straight like that. LOVE the fun shoes, too!!

All That Glitters said...

Men....they just don't understand! My hubby just recently watched me go through all of my drawers and try to get rid of things. I have this habit of going through them and finding things I didn't know I had and then SWEARING I will wear it now that I know it's there! Hahaha.....we'll see how well that works...

Cody Doll said...

haha I feel you on shoes but I also feel you on cleaning out. I thought about selling my clothes on poshmark but I don't know.

Rebecca said...

Hahaha OMG Shanna that was a hilarious scene I could imagine! I could actually relate with the pandemonium going on with my closet about to burst. But you redeemed yourself with this fab look!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Jessica Cai said...

9 pairs is impressive! Love your funny anecdote but more so your fantastic layered look. I really enjoy your blog so far and would love to follow each other--please join my GFC and I'll follow you right back!

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xo Jess

Style-Delights said...

Totally in love with this look!! So pretty! BTW,poshmark is a great idea, I need to snap pics of my items and put them there pronto!
I want this sweater, but only after I make room in my closet, lol!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
-Jyoti
Style-Delights Blog

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

Haha the leopard shoes! I agree that leopard is a neutral! And a closet cleanout must feel great! I am getting close to needing one myself! And I really need to start using Poshmark!

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