Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIt has been a while since I’ve written. I think May 2018 was the last update. I had put my posts on hold for a bit because prepping for a wedding is NO JOKE! The aftermath of a wedding is ALSO NO JOKE!

We got married in October (which I will post pictures of the dress I made soon) and boy was it amazing. It was worth every bit of effort we put into it and I could not be happier. However something had to give, and writing on this blog was one of them (sadface).

I am happy to report that my #365nobuy 2nd year is still going STRONG! These are the only new things I have added to my closet:

  • I have accepted a few clothing gifts around Christmas time
  • I bought 2 pairs of shoes for the wedding (because I cannot make shoes!)
  • I have excepted a few items of clothes that people were giving away
  • I have replaced my black strappy shoes and black purse with new versions (remember, I could replace things that were wearing out)


I also have a bunch of pictures piled up that I have not posted yet! So stay tuned, some posts are coming your way! Ok, enough with the talk…on with the pics!

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Let’s talk about this outfit. The top is this super cute crisscross front sweater that my friend wanted to give away (yes, please!), basic blue jeans, and then THE BOOTS!!!! These boots are a statement on their own. It’s a twist on a classic black boot only with an artistic wooden heel.

If you have noticed a theme about my closet, I buy interesting statement pieces that aren’t technically “in” or “out” of style. That way they are in a class of their own and never really go “out” of style. There are items in my closet that I consider complete art… and these boots are one of them.

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When you are selecting clothes, shoes, and accessories for your closet really think who you are buying it for. Are you buying it only because it’s what the magazines and blogs are saying is in style? Or are you buying it because you think its amazing, because when you put it on you feel happy, you feel joyful?

Aim for the latter…

When I tried these boots on years ago, I said out loud “YES!” They made me so excited and still, to this day, make me just as excited.

Find those pieces that make you overjoyed, that make you think “Damn, girl you look good!” Those the clothes that will stand the test of time and make you smile everytime you open your closet doors.

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Casey Lum-Dautel


Becoming a Better Me.

I am constantly on the journey to becoming a better me. Listening to podcasts, reading articles, getting inspired by attending conferences… whenever I find something that has impacted me I want to post it here to share and to remember. This is the latest:

School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

Episode 517

4 Personality Types for Successful Entrepreneurs




Processed with VSCO with c4 presetIt’s my birthday!!!!! Want to know what I did on my birthday? Well, what I didn’t do is go shopping (that makes a year and a half of no shopping). What I did do, is get to wear one of my favorite pieces of clothing of all time… this JACKET!

When I first saw this dark red and blue fur jacket, I showed my boyfriend (now fiance) and was joking about how ugly it was… then I picked it up again, looked at it and said “Wait a minute… I think I actually like it…” Seeing that my fiance and I are SUPER into dressing up for the 4th of July AND the jacket was red and blue, I thought, “this could be my new 4th of July jacket!” And that year it was.

After that year I found myself reaching for it again and again even when it was not time to wear red, white, and blue. It slowly has become one of my favorite pieces to wear and I can’t get enough!

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Isn’t that so weird? A piece that I thought was SO ugly at first now gives me the most joy. I find extreme humor in that. I also believe that if I hadn’t done this challenge I might have never fallen in love with it as much as I have. You see, when things are circulating in and out of your closet at a rapid pace, you lose the ability or the time to truly fall deeper in love with your closet.

So my suggestion is to give your clothes a chance. Wear them and keep wearing them in different combinations and styles. Find how you like to wear it best. Find 3-5 outfits you can wear with that one piece and keep exploring that garment’s possibilities. I swear to you, when you start challenging yourself like this it becomes so fun and so addicting.

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Take time with your closet. Love it like one of your babies. Really treasure and adore what you have bought for it’s these things that can give you the most joy if you give them a chance.

Casey Lum