Monday, March 3, 2014

Running in Circles


I wore this on Saturday while the temperatures were warm and sunny. By Sunday morning, I was wrapped tightly in my fluffy robe and scooting around the house in fuzzy slippers all day long. We went from glorious spring weather to freezing rain in less than 12 hours. I left the house once to get the mail (in my robe) and almost went stir crazy being cooped up indoors all day. Just as I organized my closet and moved all my sweaters to the tip top of my closet, Mother Nature decided to give us a little a surprise.

Forever 21 Dress (option here and here) // Forever 21 Chambray (option here and here) // Old Navy Utility Vest (option) // Target Flats (option here) // Forever 21 Stripe Bag // Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace // Love Always Bar Necklace c/o // T + J Designs Leopard Pony Hair Bangle c/o // Michael Kors Watch c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Lilac Bijoux Crown Ring c/o // Gigglosophy Heart Ring c/o // Forever 21 Mirrored Glasses (option)

Speaking of organizing closets, I added over two dozens items to Poshmark this weekend. I have a pile of things that I am still on the fence about selling/donating. Quite frankly, I am contemplating about removing some pieces that I already listed. I don't know why it's so hard for me to let go of clothes, ones that I haven't worn in months, even years. Maybe because one day I will wear them again, like this orange coat I have had since high school. Yes, HIGH SCHOOL. 

When a piece of mine sells, I sometimes get a lump in my throat knowing that someone else wanted it. How will they style it? Could I have remixed it better? Did I get my money's worth when I did own it? Dangit, why did I just sell that dress, skirt, shirt, shoes, etc. They are clothes, Shanna. They are not some treasured antique or a family heirloom. Most of them of them have zero meaning. So why do I get so attached? Who knows. Maybe I need help or intervention. 

For instance, the utility vest I am wearing in today's post came so close to being tossed in the Poshmark sell stack. It was hanging with all my other items that I listed, but for some reason I decided to keep it. At the last minute, before we were leaving the house, I layered it over my maxi dress and chambray. It ended up completing the style. Looks like I am keeping this one a little while longer.

It's a vicious circle. Is anyone else out there running in it with me? Please tell me I am not alone.

Shanna

49 comments:

Maggie Frost said...

Girl, I am right there with you. Every time I consider selling items, I end up justifying them and cramming them back into my closet. Because ONE day I MIGHT need that dress/sandal/jacket/orange vest I have never worn.

When you find the right therapy, send me an invitation ;)

xo. Maggie

Ashleigh said...

i keep looking for a utility vest but Old Navy's is on major back order! Keep it!
-ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Alice Warren said...

Good call on keeping the vest. I have the same one and though I don't get much use out of it, I love that it's such a great layering piece.

I am not sentimental about my clothes but I tend to hold on to things forever. It seems the only time I ever purge my closet is when I lose / gain significant weight or move.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Tara Illy said...

LOVE this look! The sun is out here today so you've inspired me to bring out the maxi!

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

I have this exact same dress, I really need to post more on poshmark you motivated me.

Susan Jeffries said...

Yes I am with you! I just packed a bunch of my stuff in bags for a garage sale. I was in the basement Saturday thrifting thorough the bags and pulling things back out! My shopping budget has helped a little. I really need to focus on only buying pieces that I can wear several different ways and classic pieces. The other stuff usually goes into the garage sale bag(: Love this outfit and the bag! Happy Monday! susan

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I don't have any sort of emotional attachment to my clothes, but I convince myself that I will still MAYBE wear something even though I haven't worn it in years! First think on my agenda this summer? CLEAN OUT MY CLOSET. I think I will end up donating at least 1/2 of it. Just think of all the room I will have when all of those unused items get out of my closet!!!!

OccasionallyAJ said...

Great maxi and fab spring layering! You got some freezing rain, but we got more snow! This winter had been crazy and I'm kinda over it.

I know the feeling about selling stuff. Its hard to see it go. But once you put it in the "sell" pile, you should let someone else enjoy it because you probably won't get the wear out of it anymore.

-AJ
OccasionallyAJ.com

Nina Piccini said...

Love this look Shanna!!! Mother Nature is being equally weird up north - 40's on Saturday and Subzero yesterday and today. Seems March is in like a Lion - let's hope she exits like a lamb!

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Charnele Michel said...

Great layers, Love the way you wore this maxi. Very unique and fab Shanna

xo,
http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

Caroline said...

I have a hard time letting clothes go as well - I associate memories with them, and so even the ones with the most minute, little stories always feel so special and I feel like a traitor giving them away, haha!

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

Chic for days lady. You are BRINGING it in those stunna shades!
xx
Here&Now

Kimberly said...

Good call hanging onto the vest - that's one piece I can't get enough of lately...so great for layering like you did here!

www.pennypincherfashion.com

Sam said...

I love your savvy use of layering in this wonderfully chic outfit, so inspired by it!

Becky M said...

I love the chambray top over the maxi - I may have to try this when it warms up a bit!

agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

Alissa said...

I feel like I have layered my soul away and cannot think of a new way of layering. Then you do this and blow me away!

Amy said...

That's exactly what happened here from Sunday to today. I was in open toed shoes yesterday and now it is dumping snow on us! Stay warm!!

You look adorable in this maxi dress :)

xo Amy
www.urbanfrill.com

Caitlin C said...

I am falling hard for this outfit, I must mix my chambray with my maxis! And I feel your pain about cleaning out the closet. I feel like I don't always utilize my clothing as well as I should, then end up missing it when I get rid of things. I've been trying to turn my hangers backwards at the beginning of the year/season so I know that I haven't worn that article when I see the backward hanger. Then I can think about either remixing it or tossing it.

TheTinyHeart said...

I used to have a really hard time letting go of clothes, even if I hadn't worn them in years. But now I realize they're just taking up space in my closet for things I do wear and it's easier to part with them.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Jewelry Giveaway!

Rebecca said...

I'm also soooo ready to break in my maxis until it rained on my parade all weekend....so I'm back to those boots & sweaters! Love how you styled this maxi to be spring friendly with those lovely layers...plus those mirrored sunnies nailed it all together!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Sarah Tucker said...

I used to have the same problem...I didn't want to give anything in my closet away. Now, I have no hesitation! There is always something else out there that I will love. And I donate everything to Goodwill that way I don't have the hesitation of NOT selling it. I have donated three giant bags of clothes in the last two weeks. Including seven jeans (5 pairs) which I could have sold, but I didn't want the hesitation of saying "maybe I'll wear them again..."

XO!

PS: You know you can always send it to me...

Kayla Gilbert said...

You're so freakin' cute Shanna! LOVE that olive color on you! And um.. I'm awful about Poshmark. Someone asks me about an item and I totally blow if off.. idk what's wrong with me.. I mean I put it up there for a reason, right?! Maybe we should start a 'we need help getting rid of our clothes' group! ; )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Annie said...

I definitely get attached to certain pieces of clothing too...its hard to let them go sometimes...especially when you see them look cute on someone else haha! But that vest is the perfect addition to that outfit...so cute Shanna :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Helene in Between said...

oh i definitely get attached to certain items of clothing!!
i cannot understand this weather... so weird.

Darcy said...

I love this layered look. I get nervous every time I clean out my closet,too. I am so confident in my decision as I'm tossing items aside and then when I actually sell them or it comes to getting rid of them I almost change my mind!
www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

Erica Zar said...

I have the same problem! I keep finding random reasons why I must keep something that I know I haven't worn in forever. My latest reason is because my daughter might want it when she's older lol!

Love your look today! Great thinking of adding the utility vest over top of the chambray!

xo, Erica
www.casuallystyled.com

Ashley said...

I love this dress and love how you styled it!!! So pretty Shanna!

Xo Ash
Sincerely Miss Ash

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I love this look, I would have never thought to layer the shirt and vest over the dress like this and I LOVE how it looks!!!

Paige Flamm said...

I am loving all the great layers and textures in this look! You pull it all together so well!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Tracy Miller said...

I love that vest!! Keep it. It seems very versatile and I like the color. I agree on letting clothes go. I list things on Poshmark and then remove them....and then end up re-listing them. Why is it so hard?

Setarra said...

I have a hard letting go of t-shirts... The corny ones that have the name of the event I went to to get it in the first place lol. Sentimental value is the toughest thing to get rid of sometimes lol.

Sole Trekking said...

I really love the accessories detail, this outfit is comfortable and still very fashionable. Love your blog, keep it up! <3

www.soletrekking.com

In a trendy town said...

We love the vest and long dress mix!
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Lindsay Truax said...

Cute outfit. Love those sunnies.

pinkandnavystripes.com

Jennifer Romero said...

What a great way to style a maxi! Thanks for the inspiration!!
oXo
Jenn

Adri Lately said...

You definitely are not alone! I get super attached to my clothes too. But looks like that vest was a good save!
xo Adri
www.adrilately.blogspot.com

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

I have finally sold a few items on Poshmark, and am actually getting the bug to try and sell more. It's nice having the extra cash. Unfortunately, I am so good at getting rid of the old that I can't find anything else in my closet that I don't wear. Maybe when spring finally arrives for good, I'll be able to part with some of my "unnecessary" winter items. :)

Rachel said...

I'm so jealous you can wear a maxi- it's far too cold here (still!)

All That Glitters said...

First of all, I am SO annoyed that it's freezing again! Second, I get anxiety about giving things away too! Once it's in the goodwill pile I don't let myself go back through it. It's the ones I want to sell that I have issue actually selling lol!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

I get attached to my clothes too. I've only sold some of my clothes once. I just can't get myself to go through my closet and get rid of stuff!
Love the layering in this outfit! I might wear something similar this week for a flight!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Gracie G said...

I love the idea of a vest over a denim jacket. I never thought of double layering! Such a creative idea.

sasensible.blogspot.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

Well, at least you have gotten a taste of spring...winter can't end soon enough for me! I am totally in love with your bag!

Nikki said...

First of all, I love your layers! Such a cute look. Second, I am so sick of all of this winter weather. We had a beautiful weekend and then snow flurries today. And third, I have a really hard time getting rid of clothing too! I always think, "But what if I want to wear it one day???" I am terrible about cleaning out my closet!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

prettyanddelectable said...

Great layered look! And that KS necklace is so pretty!

Gift Princess said...

That bag and that skirt. LOVE IT!!!! Go girl! ;)
http://giftprincess.blogspot.com/

MorganizewithMe said...

You are beautiful inside and out! :) Carry on!

Holly said...

Do not get rid of that vest!!! It was a good addition to an already adorable outfit. And I've seen you wear that vest with other outfits and it really adds some great texture. So I repeat, do not get rid of the vest. And I too struggle with getting rid of clothing. I know that I will easily replace them, but every time I clean out my closet and try on items I haven't worn in forever, I always question why I don't wear it or start thinking of outfits in which to wear these forgotten pieces. #firstworldproblems #thestruggleisreal

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I love this dress on you and the layers are fantastic! It's so crazy how the weather has been! And do you have any tips for selling on Poshmark? I've had a few things listed for awhile now and they won't sell!

Brooke Ober said...

Your striped bag is fabulous! I have got to get myself to Forever 21. Thanks!

Brooke
convenientstyle.blogspot.com

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