Cleaning Out My Closet

I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes and shoes. Every piece in my closet has a story. My silver glittery shoes I wore to my first Valentine’s Day dinner with my ex. My favorite blue dress that makes me feel fierce no matter where I’m headed. My favorite jeans that hug my curves just right.

It always pains me to let these items go. Those silver shoes hurt my feet, because they’re too small. My favorite blue dress gets way more play in my wardrobe than the 2039 other dresses I have–it can rest for a while. I have a hole in those curve hugging jeans, but I look so good in them! I just can’t let them go!

What I wonder is if it is the clothes I can’t let go, or the thought that the memory attached to them will disappear when the clothes leave.

The memory will always be there, or course, but I always like to think of the reason I have a certain item whenever I wear it.

Now, if I wear it and all I can think is “damn, my feet hurt!”, I think that misses the point of the happy memory.

So, I cleaned all of the stuff I don’t wear/can’t fit/no longer love out of my closet and decided to replace it with some new items. Starting with those gorgeous silver shoes I got from Steve Madden.

I replaced them with these:

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Celestine, Millie, and Prowess from JustFab.

The rule I stick with is: if I buy one, I have to give away one. So now my friend will be able to make new memories with the silver shoes, and I’m looking forward to wearing these shoes with those jeans with a hole (still can’t let them go!)

If only the weather would cooperate.

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So, Before the Snowpocalypse Came…

I attended a wedding and got to dress up!

With my work schedule, it doesn’t happen often, so I decided to take as much advantage as I could. I had time to shop a massive sale at Lane Bryant and picked up some dresses. The dress I wore in yesterday’s New Year’s post was one dress, and this was the other one I picked up:

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I had to add a cami underneath (because, helloooo, boobs! also, cold), and put on a wrap (because sleeveless, and, again, cold). It’s black with copper dots on it, and it’s so pretty.

It’s a rarity for me to get to wear heels too, because retail+heels=bad day for Char. So, I picked up these beauties:

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Got ’em from Payless! Copper, gold, and a smidge of green, so pretty!

And I’m gonna take a minute here to vent a bit: hi, shoe stores? Some of us wear 10 1/2 to 11 shoes. Some of us also want said 10 1/2 to 11 shoe to be PRETTY, dammit. Don’t be giving me clodhoppers because I have big feet. There is NO reason for that. Please to have that in stock, for the love of all that is glittery. Thanks.

The day’s makeup: neutral as usual. But I love how it came out.

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The best part was I finally got to use my Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. The lip is a Sephora lipstick that’s probably past it’s prime but I love it so.

And finally? The nails, of course! There’s no way I go to a wedding and not have them done! But again, nice and neutral:

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Apparently, this outfit was all about the black, brown, and metallic. Whole mani is Julep, and I’m sure you’ll recognize the gold flakes as Gianna. I have gotten more mileage out of that polish than I thought I would. It’s an awesome touch of sparkle where you need it.

And there you have it! I’m gonna go bury myself under the covers until it thaws outside (or until I have to get dressed in the morning. -_-) Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Quick Hit: New Shoes!

Hi lovelies! I decided to do some housework today, so the manicure will have to wait. I nearly forgot I have class tonight! In the meantime, I did go shoe shopping, and picked up a pair that I said I wanted in my last post:

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The blue isn’t as bright as it is in the picture online, but that’s ok, as I will be able to coordinate it with more outfits that way. Ok, off to get ready for class. New manicure post should be up by Wednesday. Until then, stay beautiful!

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OMG Shoes!

Fall is upon us, and now is a good excuse for me to fill my newly cleaned out closet with brand new shoes.

Quite frankly, I have no idea why I bother to clean it out if only to refill it, but hey. We all have our vices.

This season, I am all over oxfords. I love them so, so much. I spent about an hour today pinning some new shoes on Pinterest, and I thought I’d share a few pairs I’m lusting for with you. 

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This first pair is from JustFab. A quick review: I am a big fan of JustFab, because if the shoe doesn’t work, you can return it for free and get a different size. As I have a shoe size that almost no retailer seems to carry (what? do folks with size 10 1/2 feet not exist?!) being able to try things on and return them is key. And this peep toe oxford gives me life, y’all! It’s on my wishlist.

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This pair is from Steve Madden. So, if you’ve noticed the nail designs I do, then you’ll be able to guess I love sparkly things. I have been looking for an excuse to buy these, and well, I decided that I didn’t need one. Sparkly things make me happy, and I should buy things that make me happy every now and again. And!! They’re on sale for $48.98, which gives me even more reason to pick them up.

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Another pair from JustFab. Despite the fact I tend to be stretched quite thin with extra time, I really want these shoes so I’ll have an excuse to go out and show off. Also, the majority of my shoe collection is black (it’s all I am allowed to wear for work), so I love having an excuse to put on a color and show off!

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And finally, there’s this oxford from Payless I have my eye on. I read the reviews, and you know? I’m a little worried, but I figure I’ll go by the store and take a look at them. The blue (favorite color!) makes me happy, and I’d love to pair them with some ankle pants and argyle socks. Should I pick them up, I’ll put a picture of them up on my Instagram (go follow me!)

And that’s it! I am attempting ombre nails for the first time this weekend, and I’ll have the results Monday. Until then, stay beautiful!

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