Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update: Writer's/Artist's Oasis or how I got sidetracked and found my fashion style

This last week I was able to move my computer back into my office after a month-long remodel. I'm glad to be back at my 1924 editors desk, one that was used at my local newspaper, where I also happen to work, until the paper moved into a modern building with cubicles.

My desk now faces the window where I can see the mature pine and spruce trees in my back yard (that it seems like I am always watering - three-year drought), the cottonwood trees on the river beyond, the mountains on the east side of the valley and most of all the sky. I was working on a shaky card table there for a few weeks. Every keystroke made the monitor vibrate. I was getting a back ache because the table was lower than I'm used to. I wasn't getting anything done.

This weekend I'll be putting up the curtains to frame that view. I love the peacock feather curtains, they're perfect for my Peacock Room theme. I will also add ivory sheers to the window.
Peacock Feather Grommet Top Curtain from Pier 1


The hard job I'm doing now is going through years and years worth of the products of a creative mind. Drawings, paintings, crafts, needlework, photos, writings, collections of "pretty, clever, and interesting things". Oh, and pieces of furniture that I will refinish "some day".

In the middle of all this I signed up for NaNoWriMo. Suffice it to say my word count has suffered. I'm just over 8,000. I'm excited about the new story, but I really need to think it through. I could have chosen to revise one of my other stories that is closer to publication, but when a new story pops up I feel the need to get the germ of it down and NaNo is a good way to do that.

How did this all lead me to finding my fashion style? 

I have spent a good deal of time looking on line for decorative items for my room, which led to looking for organizational ideas for my room, which led to finding Get Your Pretty On (GYPO).

Alison Lumbatis, creator of GYPO, organizes style challenges. I joined her Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge (which is no longer live but on sale) and had the most fun I've had in a long time. I am currently in her Build Your Wardrobe Basics for Over 40 Challenge, and I just signed up for the Winter/Holiday Challenge.

I was needing to turn over my wardrobe. I was sick of most everything I had, and I've lost weight so nothing fit well. I never knew how to put an outfit together, I didn't know what to shop for, or even how to assemble a basic wardrobe.

Here's how it works: You sign up for $24.99, then download a shopping list of about 21 items of clothing, which comes with examples for all sizes. You have a week or 10 days to assemble the items from your own closet and/or purchase. It's a lot more fun to shop knowing what to buy and that it will work with the rest of your wardrobe.

Everyday for 21 days you receive an email with the outfit for the next day. You get access to a private Face Book group where you can share a selfie of your #OOTD (outfit of the day) with other ladies in the challenge from all over the US and beyond. It's fun to see how even though we each got the same OOTD we look different because of our own choices for each item.

It's exciting to get the email and see what we will be wearing the next day. It's great to get up in the morning and not have to stand in front of the closet wasting time because we can't decide what to wear. I love my closet now. It's organized, everything has a purpose and all of it can be mixed and matched. My closet is small so I have to make everything in it count.

I highly recommend this experience. It has helped me in so many ways. Not just in revamping my wardrobe, but giving me more confidence in my own personal style. It has helped motivate me to continue my weight loss journey. It has made me feel beautiful and put together.

If you are interested in upping your style game, check out the challenges. It's like having your own personal stylist, only way cheaper. You can join the Wardrobe Basics Challenge late for just $5 more. You can get in on the Winter Challenge now.

I think so much of these challenges that I signed up as a affiliate. Sign up through my links above and I earn a little commission. You pay no more and you will enjoy the journey and meeting all the nice, pretty ladies and making new friends with the same ambitions. We have all sizes, all shapes and ages from 20-something to over 70. Join us, we'd love to have you.

Find Your Style! 


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