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POST #12: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE (x2)

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.

xoxo,
Casey Lum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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