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POST #11: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE (x2)

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Wow oh wow! Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it’s already APRIL!!! I am almost halfway through my 2nd year of #365nobuy challenge. I am starting to get the itch for some new threads in my closet and plan to make a dress this month. My friend is getting married in Tulum at the beginning of May and I would love a brand new dress to wear. If you remember the rules of my challenge, if I want something bad enough I have to work for it and make it… so that is what I plan to do. Stay tuned, I will be posting my progress.

Until then this was a fun outfit I put together that encapsulates Winter in Sothern California. Boots, jeans, fur jacket, beanie, but still have to wear a mid-drift to not get too hot. HAHA. Kind of ridiculous what we have to do in order to wear winter clothes here. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! ❤

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POST #10: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

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HAPPY 2018 EVERYONE!!!!!! Can you believe it has already been one-year since I started my #365nobuy challenge? 365 days of not buying clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats, and purses. I can’t! It’s a little bit shocking to me that I have successfully gone without buying any of these things for a whole year.

Are you wondering what I am going to do to celebrate? Did I go on a wild shopping spree? Did I throw out all my old clothes ready for the new ones to come in? Did I run like a crazy person through the mall not even knowing how to buy clothes anymore? Well…. no. Do you know what I’m going to do to celebrate? I’m doing another year!!!!!!

I know, I’m super nuts… but I kinda like it that way. I am doing another year because I didn’t actually feel this year was incredibly difficult and I truly wanted to get to that point of struggle. I wanted to see what I would do. I wanted to see if I would fold or if I had the willpower to go on. I wanted to get to the point of wanting something so bad I sewed it myself (if you remember, that was one of my rules, if I wanted something bad enough I could buy the materials to sew it). I wanted a better story! Haha. But to be honest, this year was not just manageable, it was freeing!

I felt so free to not be held captive by always wanting the next new thing. By the thoughts of “if I just buy this dress, I will look so great”… “if I just buy these shoes, my closet would be so much better”… “If I buy this hat, my bad hair days will look that much more fashionable”. You might think that If I didn’t buy the clothes that gave me all the good feels then I would be less confident… however it was exactly the opposite. To be free of those thoughts and allowing myself to use my time and mind for more inspiring creative thoughts actually gave me more confidence and more self-love. It is incredible.

We are only held captive by the thoughts you let yourself be. Your mind is stronger than you think, you have incredible power to overcome things and thoughts that you feel imprisoned by. I always go by the simple saying “mind over matter,” that is one of my life’s mantras, something I say to myself over and over in difficult situations, simple but powerful, a way to keep control and happiness in my life.

So we’ll see if I am still saying this by the end of 2018 after I have then gone 730 days without buying clothes! Haha. This will be a challenging year for I am getting married and to not buy clothes seems impossible, however, I am going to try to do my best, I even plan on making my wedding dress!!! This year will be entertaining, to say the least.

For 2018 I am going to change the rules a little bit. I will let myself buy two things: I will allow myself to buy things to replace other things that are wearing out. For example, I have my favorite pair of black strappy stilettos that are SO embarrassing to wear because they are completely worn out and I wear them all time so I will allow myself to buy a replacement pair that looks very similar. And I will let myself buy some underwear…. oh honey, not buying underwear for a whole year has been quite entertaining. But that’s it! Other than these two additions everything remains the same!

Will I go crazy? I’m not sure. Will I pick up my love for sewing again? I guess will find out. Will the wedding make me fold? We’ll have to wait and see! I will be documenting and sharing right here and I will hope you will join me again!

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Share this to share the challenge! #365nobuy continues!!

xoxo, Casey Lum

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Find What You Already Have

“Life, is not what you see, but what you’ve projected. It’s not what you’ve felt, but what you’ve decided. It’s not what you’ve experienced, but how you’ve remembered it. It’s not what you’ve forged, but what you’ve allowed. And it’s not who’s appeared, but who you’ve summoned.

And this should serve you well, beloved, until you find what you already have.”

-The Universe

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POST #9: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

Its been 80+ degrees here in SoCal AND it’s December. I grew up in Northern California where we had seasons… major seasons, 30s/40s in the winter and 100s in the summer, we definitely always knew what time of year it was. Not so much here in SoCal! We are crusin’ into Christmas time and all I want to do is go to the beach! So since the sun is still shining, we are still going to dress the part and post an outfit that looks like it should be a shown in the summer but instead we will call it a Southern California Winter Outfit 😉

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Before my grandma passed, every year she used to knit each one of our family members a sweater for Christmas. Probably doesn’t sound too challenging until I tell you that we have over 30+ people in our family, plus she’d make them for extended family and friends as well. She was knitting year around, her hands always on the go. I sure miss that woman every day but I’m glad I still have some of her sweaters to keep me reminded of Christmas with her.

These photos show off one of my favorites. A pearly white short sleeve lightweight crop top. Super cute and flirty! Go grandma!

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xoxo, Casey Lum

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It Exists…

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserve and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real… it is possible… it’s yours.”

– Ayn Rand