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Today I am linking up to The Arizona Russum and Rouge and Whimsy’s Closet Challenge.  As you know, I am quite the shopaholic and honestly, don’t like wearing the same outfit twice (on the blog and in real life), although I have been known to do so from time to time (in real life, never on the blog).  What have I gotten myself into?  Back in April, I went on a shopping ban where I gave myself a $100 budget for clothes/accessories/shoes.  Some of you thought that was too much money and my limit should have been lower but I actually ended up spending only like $50 that month and I was pretty proud of myself.  Although, it also meant I kind of went shopping crazy in May… heh.  But anyways, back to this new challenge, which will be a two fold one.  And here is where I share my totally messy closet with you, please don’t judge.  It’s definitely seen better days and is pretty much at its worst right now, I swear!  ;)

First, I want to reorganize my closet so it’s easier to see all of my clothes and shoes and accessories!  There are too many times when I forget about things that I own or can’t find an item that would be “perfect” for the outfit I have in my head and take forever searching for it.  Currently, my clothes are scattered throughout a dresser, my closet and the guest room closet.  My shoes are scattered throughout my closet, the coat closet, and a few shoe racks.  I want to organize them by categories, flats, boots, sandals, etc.  This won’t be a one day thing but it will probably take me a couple of weeks or months.  I don’t want to overwhelm myself, I don’t handle being overwhelmed too well.

Second, starting in December, I’m going to try and get through wearing all my unworn items before buying new ones (*with the exception of Summer clothes or party/occasion wear).  If it’s an item that has a tag and I can’t see myself wearing it anymore, I will put it in a pile to sell or donate those items.  And then when I do start buying again, my goal is to be more selective about what I buy.  It’s about quality, not quantity.  I want to spend a little more on those staple items and less on the trendy items.  I want to buy pieces that will last me a couple of years, and not just a few wears.  Although a statement item is allowed once in a blue moon as well.

I’ll be periodically checking back in and giving you updates on how the challenge is going.  Wish me luck!  Oh and I couldn’t let a What I Wore Wednesday pass by without posting an outfit, duh!


Top: H&M | Skirt: Target | Cardigan: Target | Shoes: Madewell | Bag: Marshall’s

I wore this outfit for a Girls Night Out shopping event at Halls, dinner at a new fancy restaurant in town, and frozen yogurt with some fellow KC bloggy buds.  And I’m already making headway on my challenge #2 as this was the first time I wore the pleated skirt with leather trim and the flatforms!  Oh and don’t forget to check out what my photographer, Simply Bold wore that night!  I’m excited to see my KC blogger friends this Thursday for a DIY party, I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve seen them!

P.S. The winner of the History and Industry Berry Cuff bracelet GIVEAWAY is April C.!  Congrats!  Send me an email at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and Irene will send the bracelet out to you!

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29 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Jen
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Yay! So proud of you. And I don’t even think your closet is THAT messy, especially for how many clothes you have. But you will still love your life when you get it all perfectly organized. And the outfit is chic! Love, love, love it. Thanks for linking up friend!

  2. Erika
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    I would love to dig in your closet and make up new looks! I bet you could really remix some new outfits out of all your goodies!

  3. Diana
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Wow, you have so many pairs of shoes! I’ve been meaning to clean out my closet as well… but it just takes so much effort! :)

  4. Marisa
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    This outfit is fabulous, I can’t believe you’ve waited so long to wear that skirt! Good luck with the closet clean-up. My preferred solution would be to buy a bigger house with a walk-in closet (ha!) but that’s obviously not realistic ;)

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

  5. Ngan
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    So funny you posted about this because I’m cleaning out my closet as well. It seriously looks like a tornado ripped through there. I had to get rid of so many things because I can’t fit them anymore. :( Oh well, that means I have to go shop some more. lol

  6. Rachel
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    haha, oh man, that is pretty messy! I wouldn’t mind having your shoe collection, though!

  7. Lauren
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Amazing closet! I love all the shoes you have!

    Lauren

  8. brooke
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Wow! You have quite the shoe selection!

  9. Jenny
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Ha ha, I’m definitely a shopaholic too, and really don’t like wearing the same outfit more than once either, although I definitely do it sometimes. Wow, you have so many beautiful clothes and shoes! I can’t wait to see photos of the organization. Your outfit is so pretty, and I’m in love with that skirt!

    xo Jenny
    http://www.crazystylelove.com

  10. Kimbunnii
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Love the color combos, cute look!
    kariekimberly.blogspot.com

  11. Blair @ wild-and-precious.com
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    might be one of my favorite outfits i’ve ever seen you wear!

  12. Always Maylee
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    I seriously am in need of a better way to organize my shoes, sigh. If only I had a massive walk-in closet the size of my entire house, haha. Love your cute outfit!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  13. Krysten
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Good luck lady! The only things in my closet with tags still on are occasion dresses so I think I’m good to go. I have a bigger problem with shoes, lol.

  14. Danielle
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Holy cow, your closet is like a dream come true!!

    I think a few other ladies will agree with me on this…you should post your unworn items up for a blog sale! We’d all love the opportunity to shop your closet :)

  15. Franziska
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Hopefully looking through all of your purchases helps you with future purchases! Ever since I started budgetting how much I spend on clothes, I really think about what I’m purchasing so that I don’t have a closet full of unworn clothes. It makes me feel a lot better!

  16. Beth @ dot in the city
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    look at all your shoes! I love it and I love how you can see them. I cannot wait to have a walk in closet someday!

  17. Jennifer
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    That would be a rough challenge for me! Your closet is definitely more organized than mine is haha

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  18. Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    dang, girl – look at all of your stuff! guess i really need to hit you hard on accountability now that i have seen your closet exploding with materialistic goodness! ;) i’m just teasing – you know i love you!

    btw, LOVE that outfit! those shoes are incredible!

  19. Kristina
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Love what you chose for the challenge! Ill be attempting to do this with you…only unofficially just in case I drop the ball! Haha! Thanks for the shout out! See you Thursday love!

  20. Kristin
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Great challenge! Wish I could fit this post baby bod in the clothes in my closet. Ha!

  21. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Congrats on taking on this challenge. I know many bloggers online that have done the same thing. I don’t need to right b/c I did that when I moved. I feel lighter :). Can’t wait for you to find gems in those closets!

  22. Aya
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    I have actually taken on a closet challenge myself… well, I was actually forced into doing one. I remodeled my closet and had to start organizing, so this post is very relatable to me. You have some great stuff in there! xo

  23. Jenny
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Good luck with the organization and clean-up of your closet! This year was the one where I finally decided to take some real measures to control my clothes shopping and be more creative with all the items in my closet! And I’ve enjoyed it and I’m still learning a lot so, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this journey as well! Your outfit today is very pretty, I love the pleated skirt and that color combo of dust pink and mustard! Can’t wait to see all the new outfits that you’ll be showing on the blog!

    Jenny
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com

  24. Meg
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Sandy! your outfit is totally adorable!! and i love the idea of what i call shopping your closet, re-vamp outfits swap shirts out to create a whole new wardrobe, great idea!

  25. FASHION TALES
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Looks pretty tidy considering you have loads of items. Congrats on taking this challenge. I consolidated my closets a couple years ago and try to wear all items now. xo Good luck!

  26. Kathleen
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    What a great challenge! I wish you luck!! I have a bad shopping addiction myself…but then again, what fashion blogger
    doesn’t?! :)
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  27. thehautecookie
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    i love your skirt!!! I could totally see you pairing with a blazer too! so pretty! xO!
    http://www.thehautecookie.com

  28. Megan Lane
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Those are definitely some good goals. That shoe collection- dang girl!! I reallly love your outfit. Those shoes!! I actually just splurged big time on a pair of boots from Madewell – they were 25% but still wayyy more than i’ve ever soned on shes. But i figure they’re a good investment because they’re classic and i’ve been told they will last for years. They’ll be waiting for me when I get back from Portland :D and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to order that skirt now — it’s beautiful and a bargain!

  29. kimmie
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    OMG I can’t believe you have SO MUCH CLOTHES. and you don’t rewear the same outfit twice? you ARE crazy and quite the shopoholic ;) Good luck though, Sandy!! :)

    IF you find you are getting rid of stuff, you can always send it over to me. *HINT HINT* :)

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