Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Closet Cleaning and Semi-Reviews

So, I have been working on cleaning out my closet. I'm really focusing on getting rid of things that never fit properly, were too small, & things I didn't love. I want to replace SOME of the things I am getting rid of with items that fit better and are better quality.

So far I've listed quite a few things on ebay, 10 cardigans, 21 other items. I have 1 cardigan, 2 tops, and 1 dress in the donate pile so far and at least 18+ more things to list on ebay. I also have an undecided pile with another dozen+ items. This is after my last recent sort with two garbage bags of items that were donated and discarded  (including things from my husband and pajamas, etc).

My keep pile is really big right now, since I can't really try things on. I'll have to wait until I am no longer pregnant and am stable in my weight to figure out what actually will fit and look good, but in my keep piles are:
6 pairs of pants, 6 skirts, 6 pairs of denim pants, 10 cardigans, 5 blazers, 4 coats, 8 sweaters, 9 dresses, 28 tops and tees, and 11 layering tanks and camis. I also have ~19 pairs of shoes, ~7 belts and scarfs, and ~22+necklaces (have yet to count earrings or bracelets). I'll need to pare this down some more and make sure I didn't miss anything in the list. I feel pretty sinful- that is 93 items of clothing alone, perhaps more when I get through my undecided pile, perhaps less when I do my next sort when I try everything on. I included in the count recent purchases, see below.



 I got my orders from NY&Co (above). Immediately I decided the cardigan in blue and the cardigan in grey had to be returned- the fabric was so sparkly it looked cheap. I'm trying really hard to edit my closet down to things I will wear often, are versatile, and will fit in my new aesthetic. I took the rest and compared them to items that I already own that really fit well. I ended up also returning the white cardigan, because it was so over sized. I kept the two black cardigans, the burgundy cardigan, and the purple cardigan. I also kept the black dress and the white belted sweater. I know it seems redundent to keep 2 black cardigans- but the one black one is nice and simple with the beautiful ruching at the waist, and the other one was sparkly and had a different cut. Black always gets a lot of wear, so I like having two different options to rotate in between. Plus, I got rid off 11+ cardigans so replacing them with 4 nicer ones doesn't feel so bad!

I also ordered some items from Maurices- The grey lace back blazer, the black ruffle back blazer, the top in white, the top in teal, the cami in purple, the sweater in purple and the dolman sweater in purple. I also ended up purchasing in store the black open cardigan. I returned the white top and both purple sweaters. The white top's fabric was too thin and was very likely to pill, both sweaters were very large and not as attractive as I thought they would be.

I also admitted to purchasing a berry-colored lace back cardigan from Rue21 and a black ruffle dress from NY&Co earlier this summer, so yes a lot of shopping for a woman that can't even wear the clothes. I'm considering this as a good investment (of course! justification from a fashion blogger!). All clothes from Maurices have an unlimited time limit to return, as long as you have the receipts. The recent orders from NY&Co have 60 days, so I should have a good idea by the time limit if I am keeping them or not. I also got all of it on sale- and the stuff from NY&Co was really excellent as far as price goes because I got the free shipping, BOGO 1/2 off,  and to top it off coupons of $100 off $200 and $50 off $100 (and my orders were almost exactly on the money). The sweaters ended up $16.xx a peice when you divide what I paid by the amount in the order! I also was very careful to compare what I have to what I got and to make sure that everything should fit properly (as long as I get back to the approximate size I was). I have stayed far away from pants, as I am sure that my body will fit differently in pants after I have this baby!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Maternity 35wk OOTD





Top- Express Camisole 2011 (not maternity)
Cardigan- Maurices 2012 (not maternity)
Stretchy Belt- from an old pair of pants (not maternity)
Pants- Maternity Pants 2012 (OhBaby! I think)
Flats- JCPenny
Bracelet- Kohls
Necklaces- Heart was gift for 12th birthday, longer necklace from Aeropostale 5+ years ago.

As promised, an OOTD- many months late! Sorry!

So, this outfit was an accident but I ended up really liking it. I bought this cardigan on Friday to wear post-pregnancy, and I was so excited about it I was determined to wear it now. I ended up adding a stretchy belt from an old pair of pants to make it stay in place- believe it or not this is the first time I have 'belted the bump'. I think it looks pretty decent (especially considering some of the maternity wear out there). Nothing is maternity on top. I also like the necklace combo, which is something I never would have thought of before- both necklaces are very old, but they feel new together like this. I wore almost the same thing to work the next day, just switched the denim pants for trousers.

I've gained ~40 lbs so far and have another 5 weeks to go!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Update

An update on the pregnancy- everything's been really good, I've had minimal issues and have a lot to be thankful for so far. I'm 33 weeks and am at that ungainly part of pregnancy where nothing fits or covers my belly well anymore, but I am unwilling to purchase anything at this point. I bought 3 pairs of slacks and 2 pairs of jeans early on (I started very early needing maternity pants), and maybe 8 tops at the most including layering tanks. Several of my regular tops did (and some still do) fit pretty well. I have made an effort to dress up and stay 'fashionable'. I have not donned sweatpants once ;).




Lately I've been cleaning out my closet and will be selling a lot of items on ebay and donating the rest. Things that didn't fit well pre-pregnancy, things I didn't even fit into (stuff from a few years ago that has been too small for me), items I've been holding onto for too long. I really plan on getting to my goal in terms of style and minimizing my closet to fewer but better items.



Up until now I have resisted buying things for post-baby with the exception of a super pretty dress (a friend bought and wore it, and I loved it so much I couldn't pass it up) and a little lace cardigan because I honestly don't know exactly what size I will be.



I'm currently excited about some things I ordered on Monday. NY&Co had too good of a sale to pass up- BOGO 50% AND $100 of $200 / $50 off $100 and free shipping over $100. I bought items totaling $443.55 (sans BOGO price discount) for $174.82 including shipping (that is a ~61% discount or savings of $268.73)! They have a 60 day return policy online, which is cutting it close because I am due 53 days from my order date (original due date is 36 days, which I think is more accurate). I ordered 7 cardigans (yes, I know! But I am going to choose which ones I like the best and return or gift the rest, and I weeded out at least that many to sell if not more), a pont-knit dress, and a sweater. I should be able to gauge the fit of most of that based on what I own already and hopefully will have a chance to try them after giving birth before the 60 days is up.



I think I'm just tired of the same old same old maternity clothes and am excited about fitting into normal clothes again. I'm also up for a promotion and have been serving as an interim supervisor lately, so I'd like to dress the part more when I get back from maternity leave. I'm a little worried about having difficulty losing the weight I have gained, which so far is around 35 lbs, but we'll have to see I think.


I'm excited to get back to blogging because having those outfit posts has been so educational for me to look through to see what works for me, what doesn't, and I love having them as a reference! I didn't intend to stop blogging, but life got busy and work has been crazy with me basically doing 3 jobs in one. Plus I am still working on getting my house in shape and will share pictures some day!