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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

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


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

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


We’re nearing the end of the year and #365nobuy is still alive and strong. Stronger than it’s been and wondering how long I can keep this going! I have had the itch to start sewing again, which is surprising because, after working with so many crazy brides and their wedding dresses, I swore off sewing for a while… and “for a while” mean I don’t think I’ve made a piece of clothing for a good 5 years. My love-hate relationship has turned into a little more LOVE lately and I think I might dust off the sewing machine and start creating again! But… we’ll see…

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As for my closet, I have been finding more and more gems hiding in there. The skirt that I have on here still had the tags on it! I bought it from one of my friend’s boutiques a couple years ago and HAD NOT WORN IT YET!! Why do we do this? So weird right? So I finally cut off the tag and created a fun whimsical outfit with it. The hat was my dad’s from back in the day (he gave it to me a few years ago) and the shoes were hand-me-down’s from my mom a few years back (actually hand-me-ups because these shoes probably cost more than any other pair of shoes I’ve bought for myself). Kinda fun realizing where these pieces derived from and giving them life again.

There is another pair of shoes that show up in these photos, simply because I couldn’t choose what ones I liked best. The white makes it a little more girly and the chunky purple shoes a little more funky. Different looks for different days… crazy how just shoes can change the vibe of the outfit!

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As you can see these were taken pre-red hair… the red hair ones are coming soon!

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Thanks for tuning in guys! I’ll have some more outfit inspiration up soon! Hope you are well and have a great week! ❤