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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

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POST #8: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

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! ❤

xoxo,
Casey

 

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POST #7: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

So I haven’t written about my #365nobuy challenge for a while… are you all wondering if I fell off the wagon?! Wellllll….

NOPE! I haven’t!! Yay!

There have been some very close calls but all in all I have stayed true to the #365nobuy!!! Can you believe it? Can you believe that all of 2017 I have not bought any clothes yet? I can’t.

It was a couple weeks ago when I was getting ready for a friend’s birthday, looking through my closet, and caught myself saying for the first time in 2017, “I have nothing to wear.” It kind of shocked me because I hadn’t said that in so long. Then I asked myself, “Really Casey, really? You have nothing to wear?” And the answer is no, you have plenty to wear.

I even dug around a little deeper and found these pants that had been in my “to hem” pile for the longest time. I hemmed them up and just like that, I had a brand new outfit ready to go!

So lesson learned… when you think you have nothing, dig deeper and create a new outfit, find those hidden gems that can make your whole outfit. ❤️❤️