Monday, May 6, 2013

It is a sad, sad closet

It is a sad, sad, sad, SAD closet.  Indeed, it is a sad closet I have.

I am not one to get hung up on the latest fashion or feel like I have to be “trendy”, but a girl always likes to look pretty and lately I have just felt like a frump.  I think this is mostly due to the fact that I gave away 2/3 of my closet last month and have only purchased one coat since my purge of the un-worn.  YIKES.  I may have tees and camis for days; my scarves have taken over my dresser and the backside of two doors, but I have practically 8 outfits for work!

I think know that part of the problem is that I still hate clothes shopping!!! I believe this hatred stems from a couple sources: 
  • My past experience working in retail has made me never want to shop/fold/look at a tee table EVER again.  There has been many a time when I begin picking up clothes on the floor or folding something, simply out of an old habit. 
  • I have a “funny” shape – tiny waist and J. Lo booty with saddlebags.  I am one of the girls who knows she just should NOT wear skinny jeans, no matter how trendy they are – I own a mirror and see my reflection before walking out of the house (which is more than I can say for most of the girls I see on the way to work every day). I am thankful for my body that isn't disabled and try will try harder to love myself just the way I am.
  • I don’t think dressing like a tramp is “fashionable”.  Plain and simple.  I am about classy and timeless outfits and would rather look like a grandma than a lady of the night [rant over]. 
  • For a long time, I was working REALLY hard to pay off the small amount of credit debt I incurred over a couple years.  What was a seemingly “little” debt felt like a crushing weight to me, and I couldn’t wait to be out from underneath it! Now it has been kinda hard to let go of the penny pinching/constantly saying “no” habit I developed and actually allow myself to buy things.

When Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I responded with an enthusiastic “BLACK PANTS!”  I had one pair of nice dress pants and was in desperate need of new ones!  Well, after four hours at the mall and countless pairs of black pants, I said screw it and declared I would much rather eat Paradise Pie from Chili’s instead of trying on another pair of pants. 

Similar situation for my birthday… Natalee asked me what I wanted and I said I wanted to go shopping with her.  Hallelujah, I found a pair of black pants (three months after Christmas) but that was it.  That night I opted for beer instead of dessert to console my wounded esteem.  Nothing is worse than trying on cute clothes and having absolutely no success – seriously, some of the pant legs were sewn so tight I couldn’t even try them ON!!!  They didn’t fit past my knees! 

I long to be “one of those” gals who is fashionably frugal.  Who knows how to pair color and accessorize to really make an outfit look great!  [yes, I worked in retail, but I sold men’s shirts and ties for crying out loud!] I have to caution myself against idolizing some of the ladies who write my favorite blogs – they always look adorable and put together, even on lazy sweatpants days.

Here are some of my favorites:

Seriously??? How do they do it???

So first things first… 
I took a cue from Jessica and purchased a sparkily gold belt.  LOVE it.  Now, if I can only overcome my aversion to the mall and more importantly… the fitting room.  The person who thought it would be great to have horrible lighting and a wall of mirrors should be tarred and feathered… or better yet:  forced to try to fit into skinny jeans!!!


  1. are a gifted writer Elise!
    I have now added you to my "favorite blog" folder❤

    1. Thank you, Aunt Sharon!!! I love writing and I am so grateful someone enjoys reading it!!! <3

  2. I can totally relate! It seems so effortless for some girls. I too should never wear skinny jeans..which saddens me. We should go shopping together and by shopping I mean get dessert:).

    1. OMGoodness, Summer... I totally fell over laughing! Thank you for being a classy [sexy] lady - we're a dyeing breed.

  3. Girlfriend, if you ever, EVER need a shopping buddy, please call me! I promise it will be fun. :)

    1. Deal!!! I guess that means you will have to cancel moving away. -shoulder shrug- too bad, so sad for everyone else. I am keeping YOU!

  4. you are so sweet! thank you for featuring my little 'ol blog and for all the love!


    1. Can't wait to see London!!! SO excited! Praying for a safe arrival!!!