Monday, January 12, 2015

Taking stock - Jan 2015

I like to read the "taking stock" posts on other blogs, I think it's a good way to keep track and remember what's going on in one's life at a certain time.
Here is mine!

Making: sourdough bread. Smells divine.
Cooking:soups. A great way to eat healthier and up our liquid intake.
Drinking: water - lots of it. There is this challenge on The Everygirl, to watch and increase our water intake for the months of January. A doable goal, but one that makes me feel good. And the occasional glass of red wine.
Reading: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger. For now it's - meh. Hope it improves.
Wanting: more vacation!
Playing: London Calling by The Clash, a present for husband from me.
Whishing: to be able to read a book a month this year, but I highly doubt it.
Ejoying: quiet mornings when I wake up before everyone else.
Marveling: that's an easy one: at how fast my little girl grows. It seems like every day she gets a new skill!
Needing: to finally set a date for little girl's Baptism. It's difficoult to make everyone happy.
Wearing: lots of forgotten things from my closet, thanks to the 30 days shop your wardrobe challenge.
Feeling: a bit run down... Holidays are tiring with a small kid, but they really aquire a new meaning...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Shop your wardrobe challenge - day 7.

Day 7 - An accessory you haven't worn in 6 months.

Sweater - random store (4 y.o.)
Skirt - Caractère (3 y.o.)
Tights - Tezenis (2 y.o.)
Boots - Nero Giardini (last year)
Necklace - OVS (5 y.o.)

For this outfit, I picked a necklace I haven't worn in years, probably because it's really a busy one. I actually quite like it, and should wear it more often. Overall the outfit was ok, but the more I wear this sweater the more I think I should let it go to a new house...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shop your wardrobe challenge - day 5 and 6.

Still on vacation - until tomorrow. Today it's Three Kings Day, which officially marks the end of Christmas time here in Italy. So, it's time to put away the three for another eleven months...

Now, back to the outfits.

Day 5 - A dress or skirt, styled in some way.

Sweater - random store (4 y.o.)
Skirt - Oltre jeans (2 y.o.)
Tights - Tezenis (2 y.o.)
Boots - Nero Giardini (last year)
Necklace - Steph's mom (new)

This was the third outfit I tried, I wouldn't come up with something I liked. It's ok, I guess, but I didn't love it. I don't wear this sweater enough, and don't really know why, may be I just got tired of it. Time to donate? The best part is the necklace, which I bought at the beginning of December but wore here for the first time.

Day 6 - Black (or dark neutral) with something other than white.

Dress - Only (new)
Belt - Conbipel (2 y.o.)
Tights - Tezenis (last year)
Boots - Nero Giardini (last year)
Necklace - Particolari (2 y.o.)

At first I thought of wearing a pair of black pants or my grey jeans with a colored top. But I wanted something more fun, and I came up with this. I think this outfit looks better IRL than in this picture. The dress was bought at the end of november, and I have worn it already on different occasions. I found this belt I haven't worn for a while, which matches perfectly the tights. I also like how these boots look with the black & pink. This outfit is definitely a winner!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January challenge: 30 day shop your wardrobe.

For January, I wanted to take up a small challenge just to have some fun and do something different. I decided to take up Jill Chiver's 30 day shop your wardrobe challenge.
I am pretty good at wearing most of what I own and shopping with intention - I am at a point when I don't usually get carried away while shopping (unless chocolate is involved...). But I wanted to mix things up with my clothes, plus I have a lot of stuff I haven't worn in more than a year because last year I was quite pregnant.
Now one little caveat: the challenge specifically says to shop exclusively your wardrobe. But on Jan 3rd sales started here in Lazio, so I went and bought three things I had already planned to buy before starting the challenge. I actually had a fourth thing on my list, a pair of earrings, but had no luck finding them.
So, without further ado, here are my first 4 outfits.

Day one - Colors you have never combined before.

Sweater - Gap (3 y.o.)
Skirt - Max Mara (2 yo.)
Tights -Calzedonia
Boots  - Nero Giardini (last year)

This outfit was worn to my mom's New Year's day lunch. As strange as it seems, I have never worn this skirt with this violet sweater. And none of them is new! Also, I'd usually wear black boots, but this time I decided to wear my green-grey boots. Sorry for the chopped head. I was wearing earrings, but somehow they are not visible in the picture...

Day two - An item of clothing you haven't worn in 6 months.

Sweater - Gemelli (2 y.o.)
Corduroy pants - Gap (3 y.o.)
Boots - Geox (2 y.o.))

An outfit I wore to take a walk with husband and baby girl. I haven't worn this sweater in more than a year, mainly because last year it didn't fit. And I have never thought of wearing it with those pants, as simple as this combination seems!

Day three - Add a layer

 Turtleneck - Tezenis (3 y.o.)
Pants - Gap (3 y.o.)
Cardigan - Lwie (2 y.o.)
Boots - Geox (2 y.o.)
Necklace - Street vendor in Florence (old!)
Belt (Gap (11 y.o.!!!)

This was easy - I am the queen of layering (or the dame-in-waiting, let's be honest). Same pants as the day before, I chose this outfit to go shopping with my baby girl.

Day four - Something that's "just for good".

 Sweater - Tezenis (last year)
Jeans - OVS (4 y.o.)
Boots - Geox (2 y.o.)
Necklace - Store in Haarlem, NL (2 y.o.)

I didn't really know how to interpretate the day's direction, so I decided it means - wear an outfit "just because". I picked this one. The sweater is like a warm blanket. I bought it last year because it fit over my belly, and I still use it now - it's a non-maternity sweater. The necklace is unrelated to the style of the outfit, that's why I chose it! And the boots are the comfy ones I usually wear to take a walk.

Until now, it has been interesting for two reasons: I haven't worn items I bought this year yet, and I have chosen combinations apparently simple but that I hadn't thought of before.
I really hope I'll be able to keep taking pictures once the holidays end...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Well... 2015 is here! Happy new year!

We celebrated last night with a couple of friends, and today with my side of the family.
I am not big on new year resolution, because I think change should be implemented day by day and not all at once on a set date. But I have a couple of purposes I want to pursuit this year.

First, I have to take more time for myself. Otherwise I just burn out and become a nervous wreck, which is no good for my marriage nor for my daughter. I took an afternoon off right before Christmas to have a massage, and came home happy and relaxed, while husband and baby had taken an epic 3 hours nap. I have to start reading real books again, right now I can barely take a look at a magazine!
Next, I want to stop complaining, especially at work. It brings negativity and doesn't solve things.
Then, I want to be more eco-conscious, starting from the small things, such ad buying stuff with the least possibile amount of packaging, or using clothes diapers more often. It's a matter of paying attention to the small things that make a difference, until they become natural behavior.

That's all for now. I have a couple of fun challenges that I want to take up - mainly fashion related, but not only. I hope I'll be able to take picture of my outfits, now I even have a new camera!

I really hope this will be a happy, healthy year for everybody!


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