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POST #4: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

BIG EXTRAVAGANT THINGS!

I looooove big extravert things! Don’t get it confused with big expensive things…. no, I am talking about crazy things, like my hat, that I might find at a flea market. Things that I think are so outrageous and I buy them because they make me laugh! This hat I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market a few years back. It was from a vendor that sells old movie and costume props… such an amazing vendor.

I was there with a friend, just browsing (well at least telling myself that so I wouldn’t buy anything…) and came across this vendor with old costumes from movies and such. We probably spent at least 30 minutes in their booth and my friend and I both walked out with crazy hats cause we fell in love with how huge the brim of these were. Mine is from an old 3 Musketeers movie! So fun right?!

I think it’s important to fill your closet with fun things, things that are a bit outrageous sometimes. This life is too short to take it seriously, and your wardrobe is too. Have fun with it, laugh at yourself. It’s times like these, when I am not buying clothes for a whole year, that having fun things in my closet just gets me so giddy and brings me so much joy.

Don’t know what the #365nobuy Challenge is?
It’s where I don’t buy clothes for the whole year of 2017 and still try to look as fashionable as I can, making magic out of the clothes that are already in my closet, taking time to appreciate what I have instead of being tempted to buy more. Want to read the first post where I tell you all about it? CLICK HERE. Each post I will share my style philosophies, tips, and hardships during the year…so subscribe to my journey over to the top right of this page, I’m sure it will get entertaining! Want to join along and not buy clothes with me? Let’s do this! Tag your Instagram and facebook photos with #365nobuy

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POST #3: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

It’s all in the jacket.

Prior to 2017 (when I allowed myself to go shopping), I would try to make it a habit of buying more statement pieces than not, pieces that would really stand out. I did this because when you wear a statement piece, you really don’t have to think about the rest of the outfit… THAT one piece IS THE OUTFIT! If you really break down what I’m wearing in these photos, besides the jacket, the rest of it is just basics, it’s the jacket that makes it pop!

This jacket is one of my favorite jackets to just throw on. Between the cut, fit, and unique design details, everyone always compliments me when I wear it. It is an outfit all on its own. So find your fashionable favorites and challenge yourself to wear the statement pieces that sometimes you aren’t brave enough to wear. One piece worn right can make all the difference!

P.S. Get a badass pair of shoes too! Nothing makes you feel more confident then rockin’ a fab pair of heels!

Don’t know what the #365nobuy Challenge is?
It’s where I don’t buy clothes for the whole year of 2017 and still try to look as fashionable as I can, making magic out of the clothes that are already in my closet, taking time to appreciate what I have instead of being tempted to buy more. Want to read the first post where I tell you all about it? CLICK HERE. Each post I will share my style philosophies, tips, and hardships during the year…so subscribe to my journey over to the top right of this page, I’m sure it will get entertaining! Want to join along and not buy clothes with me? Let’s do this! Tag your Instagram and facebook photos with #365nobuy

 

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POST #2: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

#365nobuy Challenge: Where I don’t buy clothes for the whole year of 2017 and still try to look as fashionable as I can, making magic out of the clothes that are already in my closet. I’m on to my second post and it hasn’t been too hard so far. I find myself, in habit, saying “Oh I need new boots. Or, I need to go shopping for some new pants…” and then I stop myself and think, nope…you don’t NEED any of those things. You WANT them, but in no way should I be saying I NEED them when I am at no shortage of either of those items in my closet. So here I am, about one month down and going strong!

Breaking down this outfit so you can realize that you probably have similar things already in your closet to achieve this look:

  • White blousy top, or any white top, or any blousy top…just put on a top damn it.
  • Dark Skinny Jeans
  • Tall brown boots (can be heels or flat, and they don’t have to even be this tall, just find those brown boots in your closet and rock it)
  • Oversized sweater or poncho (this one was my Grandma, it has shoulder pads and everything, I love it so much. Remember: some of the things you might consider old or out-of-date are the exact things that will make your outfit pop).
  • A hat, a hat makes any outfit edgy and different. A hat of any kind will do, I swear if you say, “If only I had that hat Casey has then my outfit would be perfect…” NO. I’m just going to say NO, STOP IT! You don’t need to copy an outfit completely, just mimic the essence of an outfit. You will then have the style but in your own fashion. So girl… just find a hat and throw it on!
  • Shades, cause they are so damn fun
  • Confidence… no matter what your outfit, no matter how you feel, walk out your door with some freakin’ confidence women. Be unapologetic for who you are, you are beautiful, you are a badass, and you are the only one in charge of your confidence and what you put out in this world. Get it girl! Get today hard!
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365 NO BUY CHALLENGE

2017 marks the start of my 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE, I’m challenging myself to not buy clothes for a whole year! Yup, that’s right me, Casey Lum, the one that has been in the fashion industry for the last 12+ years, the one that has been obsessed with clothes since a young age, and yes, me that had my own boutique for 3 years. I have decided to do this because I looked in my closet and said, “I have too many clothes…and I keep buying more!” Even though I got rid of half of my closet in my recent move, I still have more than enough clothes in my closet!

So I decided…. I’m putting myself on timeout, I’m giving myself a challenge, no buying any clothes for the whole year of 2017 (#365nobuy). I really want to do this to appreciate what I already have and feel the need to want more. I read a quote that said, “Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.” Although that can be applied to everything in life, I am applying it to my closet. This is my challenge to test my fashion abilities, my style abilities, and to really make magic out of my closet. After all, this is how I became a stylist… back in college, I couldn’t afford new clothes all the time so I had to get creative with what I did have, reinvent new outfits out of the same clothes, and to be honest that is when I realized I had a knack for fashion styling. So that is what I’ll do, I’m not going to buy clothes for 365 days, get in the habit of more use, less buy, but I’m still going to look fashionable and on top-of-trend while doing it. My only exception is that if I want it, I have to sew it myself, I have to work for it. I’m sure this will not be easy but let’s just see what I can come up with. Join me on this crazy journey, and let’s see how I do! nAnybody want to do it with me? #365nobuy