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POST #6: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

I can’t believe we are on month 5 of the #365nobuy challenge!! This year has flown by and I am actually surprised that I haven’t been as tempted to buy clothes as much as I thought I would! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely had a few times where it has been tough… like that one time I stared at a pair of shoes online for a good 20 minutes straight tempted to break my challenge and buy them… but I didn’t!!! Yay! 

What actually got me through, was to run through my closet and see if I had a pair of shoes that could achieve the same look as the ones I wanted to buy. And you know what,?! I did! The ones I have aren’t super similar to the ones I wanted to buy, but they were good enough… enough to convince me to not spend $200 on new boots and break my #365nobuy challenge! 

This photoshoot actually displays the shoes that helped me not buy the ones online. I’ve had them for about 10 years and instead of replacing them, every now and then I spend a few bucks to get them repaired, and it’s been totally worth it. I still love these shoes!

Also in these pics I have on this bomb tank top I was gifted from my friend who has a company called the “Done Geev Up”, amplifying human potential, proliferating good vibes. In this challenge I have not really excepted any gifts or hand-me-downs  but this was a special acceptance. I love my friends shirts so much and I love what her company stands for so it was a privilege to get this shirt. I rock it all the time! Check out the goodness of her company and get your own here: http://www.donegeevup.com, Instagram @donegeevup

Enough chitter chatter… on to the pics! 

If you are in the #365nobuy challenge as well, let me know how it is going! I would love to hear your story, progress, and struggles! Thanks for being here friends! Until next time…

xoxo, Casey

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POST #5: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

We are on month 4 of the 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE and we are going strong! I still have not bought any clothes, have not added anything more to my closet. YAY!

It actually helped that it was so rainy and cold here in SoCal because I got to make use of all my winter clothes that I usually only wear if I’m going to Nothern California, Portland, or anywhere really that has a real winter. I was lucky (especially for this challenge) because I got to put my summer clothes to rest and went full force with the winter clothes! I loved it!

Now that we are rolling into spring, it’s still a little more chilly than it usually is at this time of year here in Southern California but it has helped me be able to wear some of these semi-warm items (like this long sleeve wool crop-top sweater pictured here). Since I know that I am not buying any clothes for the rest of the year, I have been rationing my summer clothes and trying not to wear them until it becomes too hot for all my other clothes! That is my strategy at least…cross your fingers it works! haha!

It has also been really awesome to hear from some of the people that decided to join me on this journey! It’s a challenge, I know, but so far it has made me feel really free! Free from the consumerism and marketing this world tries to throw at you on the daily.

You guys are awesome! Wishing you a fruitful and plentiful day! Until next time! xoxo

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EBB AND FLOW

WOW! How one year can change SO much!
This picture came up on Facebook, this was one year ago at one of my monthly craft nights that I would do at my store. I had NO IDEA at this time that I would close my store and crafting would be my next business venture. I truly believe that life is always moving and NOTHING is stagnant, I live by the phrase: every experience in your life is just a catalyst to the next, once I became good with that saying and truly believed it, the ebb and flow of life got so much more fluid and easy to ride. Having my store was such a blessing, it really pushed me in fast-forward through so many learning experiences, and brought me to a place to see all the possibilities around me. It was not easy to open, have, and close a store…but I’m sure glad life lead me that way. Here’s to life’s curve-balls, believing in your journey, and finding the possibilities that lie in hardships! xoxo
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POST #4: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

BIG EXTRAVAGANT THINGS!

I looooove big extravert things! Don’t get it confused with big expensive things…. no, I am talking about crazy things, like my hat, that I might find at a flea market. Things that I think are so outrageous and I buy them because they make me laugh! This hat I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market a few years back. It was from a vendor that sells old movie and costume props… such an amazing vendor.

I was there with a friend, just browsing (well at least telling myself that so I wouldn’t buy anything…) and came across this vendor with old costumes from movies and such. We probably spent at least 30 minutes in their booth and my friend and I both walked out with crazy hats cause we fell in love with how huge the brim of these were. Mine is from an old 3 Musketeers movie! So fun right?!

I think it’s important to fill your closet with fun things, things that are a bit outrageous sometimes. This life is too short to take it seriously, and your wardrobe is too. Have fun with it, laugh at yourself. It’s times like these, when I am not buying clothes for a whole year, that having fun things in my closet just gets me so giddy and brings me so much joy.

Don’t know what the #365nobuy Challenge is?
It’s where I don’t buy clothes for the whole year of 2017 and still try to look as fashionable as I can, making magic out of the clothes that are already in my closet, taking time to appreciate what I have instead of being tempted to buy more. Want to read the first post where I tell you all about it? CLICK HERE. Each post I will share my style philosophies, tips, and hardships during the year…so subscribe to my journey over to the top right of this page, I’m sure it will get entertaining! Want to join along and not buy clothes with me? Let’s do this! Tag your Instagram and facebook photos with #365nobuy

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POST #3: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

It’s all in the jacket.

Prior to 2017 (when I allowed myself to go shopping), I would try to make it a habit of buying more statement pieces than not, pieces that would really stand out. I did this because when you wear a statement piece, you really don’t have to think about the rest of the outfit… THAT one piece IS THE OUTFIT! If you really break down what I’m wearing in these photos, besides the jacket, the rest of it is just basics, it’s the jacket that makes it pop!

This jacket is one of my favorite jackets to just throw on. Between the cut, fit, and unique design details, everyone always compliments me when I wear it. It is an outfit all on its own. So find your fashionable favorites and challenge yourself to wear the statement pieces that sometimes you aren’t brave enough to wear. One piece worn right can make all the difference!

P.S. Get a badass pair of shoes too! Nothing makes you feel more confident then rockin’ a fab pair of heels!

Don’t know what the #365nobuy Challenge is?
It’s where I don’t buy clothes for the whole year of 2017 and still try to look as fashionable as I can, making magic out of the clothes that are already in my closet, taking time to appreciate what I have instead of being tempted to buy more. Want to read the first post where I tell you all about it? CLICK HERE. Each post I will share my style philosophies, tips, and hardships during the year…so subscribe to my journey over to the top right of this page, I’m sure it will get entertaining! Want to join along and not buy clothes with me? Let’s do this! Tag your Instagram and facebook photos with #365nobuy