Oui to Detox, Non to Shopping

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.

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Leopard Coat (other options here, here and here)

Oui Non Sweatshirt (also available here)

Striped Clutch

Denim

Plaid Shoes (other options here, here and here)

Happy Last Friday of 2017!

XO,

JAE

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Love, Stripes and Camo

I am ready to fall into The Gap again.  I have been on the hunt for a camo jacket to throw on over everything.  I spotted this jacket at The Gap and scooped it up immediately (it’s under $50 with the current promo CHEERS).  Others I have considered (like this, this and this) are almost ten times the price.  I love the striped details and I lost count of compliments the first time I wore it with a navy t-shirt and sneakers.  I also ordered this jacket in dark night from The Gap today (the army green with leopard print was tempting too).

I styled it with a Saint James tee, denim, navy velvet frayed sandals and one of my favorite Parker Thatch clutches.  I just ordered this camo clutch from Parker Thatch (it arrives tomorrow and I can hardly wait!)

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Jacket (on sale!)

Saint James Tee

Clutch

Denim

Sandals

Lip and Cheek Color – Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen in this value gift set

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE