It’s time for a change. And a detox. As 2017 comes to a close and I write my last post of the year, my thoughts turn to 2018. I am reviewing my goals and setting new ones. Last year I quietly set out to improve my diet and only wrote about it after the fact. I was not sure I could actually give up dairy, sugar, grains etc. I proved that I could and that it had the longer-term value of changing my taste buds. This year I am considering a different type of detox challenge. A friend talked about a 28-day shopping challenge and my ears perked up. Obviously, I love shopping and clothes. But, I also love dairy and grains. So, I’m going to begin 2018 by challenging myself to NO BUYING for 28 days. I am defining it loosely to include clothing, cosmetics and any non-essential items. Just like not having sugar for a period of time changed the way I crave it, I want to see what it’s like to just not buy anything. I have cleaned out my closet with feng shui (this is a great book for that) and started the Kondo method many times. That process does make you think about purchases differently and instead of just an impulse buy, I consider the life of the item. I seek to reinforce that idea over the next 28 days.
I will clean out my closet (before and after photos to come) and also shop my closet. I expect to find things I have forgotten. I will still be blogging and featuring outfits that I curate from my current inventory. Full disclosure, Santa was good to me and I have picked up a few new things at end of the year sales, so there will be some new items featured.
This look includes a sweatshirt that my son surprised me with (and I love that it is yes and no!), my leopard coat (thankfully it has been just chilly enough to wear it in Los Angeles in the morning and evening), a new favorite clutch that I found under the tree, denim and my plaid shoes (see you can wear them after the holidays!).
Stay tuned – I hope the initial detox is not too rough. I wish you success in all of your January resolutions.
Happy Last Friday of 2017!