Photography by Angie Garcia
Happy Monday Fabulous Friends! Hope y’all had a divine Easter weekend. Little M went to THREE Easter Egg hunts, and he was in happiness overload i.e. no nap time! YIKES! We also celebrated God’s resurrection on Sunday. BTW, this is a random Catholic fact that I looked up, but the Sabbath is considered Saturday, the last day of the week. Sunday is the first day of the week. That’s news to me because I always thought that the “day of rest” was on Sunday.
Years ago, I started “dieting”. It’s not the usual kind of dieting where I want to lose those pesky 5 pounds, but the clothing edit kind. It started back in 2010 with the Great American Apparel Diet. I’m a collector of clothes, and my closet is always full to the max. One year, my closet rod BROKE because of the weight of all my clothes! If that isn’t a message, then I don’t know what is!
Every year, I come up with ways to simply my closet life (and ALL other parts of my life), and every year I fail. Failure isn’t a deterrent for me, obviously, because I keep trying. When I first practiced the “Five Piece French Wardrobe“, it was definitely an exercise in restraint. Again, failure. H&M collaborations, blogger conferences, etc. caused me to “buy more”… as if I had a gun to my head. Apparently, clothing is too much of a temptation for me. :(
When 2016 rolled around, I revisited the clothing edit and diet. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book inspired me! I purged, but my closet is still FULL. Does this sound familiar? (When I reread my posts, I seem to say the same thing!) I plan on making “another pass” before Baby 2 arrives.
And this time, I want to do something a little different. My five pieces either have to be purchased from an ethical fashion brand or from a consignment/resale boutique, the Five Piece French Wardrobe, Ecofriendly Edition! Ta Da!
Consignment is easy for me! The five pictures above were from a Spring photo shoot for Clothes Circuit, a luxury consignment boutique in Dallas. I ended up purchasing a few key Spring pieces. It’s a fabulous way to stay fashion-forward and trendy but not give into “fast fashion”. And seriously, you WILL thank me for the introduction if you aren’t familiar with them. I just purchased a pair of Gucci clogs for $125 (that look brand-new)! They’ll be on the blog in the future.
** ADDENDUM ** I just realized that I left out some of my other favorite consignment options in the DFW area. In Dallas, I also love Luxury Garage Sale and Vintage Martini. In Fort Worth, I LOVE Feminine Fashions Consignment, ReVint Boutique, and Transforming Lives Resale (previously YWCA). They are truly my faves!!
Also, I’ve discovered more eco-conscious brands such as Raven + Lily, Everlane, Cuyana, Reformation, and Zady. It makes me happy to know that there are some affordable lines now, as sustainable usually meant big bucks for basics. The blog, Into Mind, recently did a great blog post about ethical fashion brands.
I’m not trying to get all hippie chickie on you, but I want to do my part in keeping this Earth in shape so that Little M and his future sibling will have a good place to live. Also, I am a firm believer that every ONE makes a difference, no matter how little. (I remember this story about one of the airlines being in financial difficulty. They started placing two olives, instead of three, onto their salad and saved
millions (probably remembered incorrectly) a huge sum of money.)
BTW, I’ve had this “plan” in my head since January, but I’m just now posting about it. You know me! LOL! If you’re doing a clothing diet currently or have participated in one previously, I’d love to hear your thoughts. OR if you have ANY suggestions, please share!