Day #35 – Doting on Doilies

Day #35 – Doting on Doilies

Clothing Object: Maddy Lace zip-back shirt

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Rating: 6/10
I was actually seriously considering putting this shirt in the donation bin. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lace person. This shirt I got at Winners 3 summers ago and have maybe only worn once since. It’s a heavier soft lace which is what drew me to purchasing this top to begin with. I like the raw edges and longer sleeves, however it is a bit big on me fit-wise and can get warm when wearing in the sun and then cold if there’s a breeze. I layered a white bralette underneath and paired it with my VERY beloved medium-wash ripped jeggings from AE to balance the girly with a bit of edge. I was ecstatic about the warmer weather (which in Toronto means there’s no such thing as an intermediate season) and decided to break in my new Steve Madden sandals. I’m still not 100% sold on keeping the top but I do like how it looks here and I feel like there will come a point when my lace shirt will be missed. 

Verdict: Maybe… keep Keep


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 


UPDATE: The 3-way Challenge

When I find myself particularly conflicted about whether to keep or toss a clothing item, I challenge myself to match it in 3 different ways. It doesn’t have to be season appropriate, but all 3 have to be outfits I can see myself comfortably walking out of my home in. Since sheer lace is more summer appropriate I went with summer pairings with shorts and overalls. I will admit that I like these outfits and I’ll be keeping my lace shirt for another season of wear.

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Also, you may have noticed I am now sporting a finger “cast”. The event itself was summarized in my personal blog (link here) but you’ll be seeing it in the next few posts as it heals. Boo-erns.

Day #33 – Pruning the Garden

Day #33 – Pruning the Garden

Clothing Object: LOFT Grey Floral cut-out sleeve sweater

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Rating: 8/10
I apologize for the lack of creativity lately as I dip into my more recent closet purchases. This is a sweater I bought last spring on sale at LOFT and somehow forgot about. It’s a thinner material and I liked the unique floral cut-outs on the shoulders that weren’t overwhelming. It’s definitely more of a spring/summer sweater and I love that it has an easygoing feel to it. Here I decided to match it with my newly purchase J. Crew brown leather belt (on sale: here) and brown accessories/shoes. Also noted that I did end up ironing my sweater before leaving for small group for the night but I forgot to take post-ironing photos. 

Verdict: Keep


So I’m a bit OCD when it comes to note-taking and list-making. I find that when projects start to lose their initial momentum, organization and planning is the key to keeping things alive. If you’ve ever been curious as to how I decide what to feature on my blog from my closet, here is your answer:

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 I have a top-only purchasing problem


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 

Day #26 – From Trash to Treasure

Day #26 – From Trash to Treasure

Clothing Object: H&M Dotted tie-front top

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Rating: 9/10
I cheated. This is in fact a blouse I took out of my sister’s to-be-donated pile the other day. It’s a size too big for me (usually I’m a size 2 in H&M and this is a size 4) but I love the loose easy fit and the classic navy and white polka dot pattern which makes it perfect for layering under cardigans. I’m a sucker for polka dots and have already featured one of my favourite navy polka dot dresses in a previous post. Since this was originally my sister’s purchase I can’t tell you how old it is or how often it was worn. However, I’m already in love and am looking forward to wearing it now that the weather is getting warmer (sort of). Here I paired it with my H&M draped cardigan and brown accents from GARAGE and Spring. 

Verdict: Reclaimed  


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 

Day #25 – Seeing Green

Day #25 – Seeing Green

Clothing Object: GARAGE Teal boyfriend cardigan

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Rating: 2/10
You can tell I’m running out of clothing to feature when I have a double header of donates. This is a cardigan I got while (surprise… not) working at GARAGE (2010-2012). I love the colour but the cardigan itself is thin, super stretched out, and wrinkled in weird places. I tried to change things up and pulled out my beige pants to wear on the bottom only to realize how weirdly it folded and stretched in places as well. I’ll have to rethink keeping the pants but I’ll give it another ponder before it heads into the donate bin. As for the cardigan, it seriously has to go. But again, for the sake of my project I gave it one last hurrah before tossing it away. Good riddance. 

Verdict: Donate

Day #22 – Draped to Perfection

Day #22 – Draped to Perfection

Clothing Object: ZARA front-tie blouse

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Rating: 8/10
So much to do, so little time. I’m sorry for the late post. I snapped this shot right before heading out for brunch today before work. I honestly can’t tell you how old this blouse is. I don’t remember if I got it before university or during my undergrad years. In any case this blouse is probably anywhere between 4-8 years old. I was happy to take it out of my hall closet for the first time in YEARS and find that it still drapes as nicely as I remembered. I know I used to roll up the sleeves to make them less billowy but now enjoy the non-rolled styling. I paired it with my fun new hat from H&M (it was the last one so I had to get the SA to take it off the mannequin) and more luxe accessories from MK and COACH. 

Verdict: Keep