Sunday, April 26, 2015

TIME TO RE-EVALUATE SOME THINGS HERE

I have nearly completed my first month within my first wardrobe capsule and I have to say, it's been interesting. I've also realized that the capsule wardrobe is too limiting on what I want to wear each month.

Hear me out...

I love wearing black, period. So, the idea of not wearing black for one-half of the year was not only depressing but idiotic on my part. Black and bold colors are perfect together! Why would I limit myself to only wearing navy and khaki as my neutrals for Spring/Summer? It's crazy!

So, I am in the process of re-working this whole capsule wardrobe concept to fit my personal lifestyle. In fact, I have decided to incorporate a couple concepts in order to help me towards my minimal lifestyle.

Here's how it's going to work:

ONE YEAR OF NO SHOPPING. NO CLOTHING, SHOES, AND ACCESSORIES SHOPPING.

That's right, I will not be shopping from now until April 26th, 2016. I am going to live off of my currently purged wardrobe for an entire year. I will be providing details on what's actually in my wardrobe by the end of next week.

This is going to be an epic journey. Being that I suffer from a shopping addiction and binge eating disorder, this is just the beginning to a long road towards recovery. This is something that I haven't really talked about but to sum it up, I have landed myself in quite a lot of debt from shopping and binge eating. I have been doing both because I do not want to deal with my weak emotional state head on. So, I have developed a plan that will help ease myself into rehabilitation and recovery.

This is the first step towards finding myself again. I want the real Sarah back, and if it means I have to go to extremes to do so, then I will.

If you are suffering from shopping addiction and/or binge eating disorder, look to these links for help:


Together, we can overcome the need to hide behind compulsive shopping and binge eating.

As always, I hope you are all doing well and thanks for stopping by.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

This has been the hardest transition I have made since starting college. I have sold/donated about 70% of my clothes and I still have a ton of sh*t. This is ridiculous! So, to make this process easier, I have decided to start creating a capsule wardrobe of items in my closet that fit a color theme that I want for each season (three months). I sort of missed the first month of Spring, but better late than never right?

So below, you will find two different capsule wardrobes: a work capsule and an "off-duty" capsule. Because I do not intend to intermix the two wardrobes as I wear them, it will allow me to be super-critical of what I actually wear or want to wear for the season. 


Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Jackets and Dresses



Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Tops



Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Bottoms




Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Shoes and Bags


Spring Capsule Off-Duty Wardrobe


Spring Off-Duty Capsule Wardrobe Pieces



Now, let me explain:

I decided to pick 8 colors/shades for my Spring capsule wardrobe: navy, khaki, white, coral, shades of green, turquoise, yellow, and denim. I chose these based on a Vince Camuto dress that I purchased about a month ago. I love the shades of coral, green, beige, and white in it. The turquoise was thrown in based on my love for the color during spring. Denim obviously only comes into play for my off-duty, but serve as a neutral along side navy, khaki, and white.

I know what you're thinking...why not black? Well, I love in Florida, and black in Florida heat is a no-no for me, no matter how light the fabric. Even though black is by far my favorite color to mix and match with, I am placing it aside to allow navy to be my dark neutral for spring and summer.

Using Polyvore, I created 40 (yes 40!) work appropriate outfits and 16 off-duty outfits that are inspired by items in my actual closet (so forgive me if the colors don't seem to coordinate...they do in real life). I have the app on my iPad so I will be using it as if I had the dream closet that Cher had in Clueless...except mine isn't electronic...yet!

Here's two outfit sets that I have already worn for this week. I plan on getting proper outfit photos when I get back in the habit of scheduling photo session times. For now, here's a peek at the inspired sets:

Monday, April 6th 2015

Now I know they have the StyleBook app where you can use actual photos of your items from your closet but I'm a firm believer in free apps so I will use my free alternative. I figure once my wardrobe has been scaled back about 50% more, then I will get the app. By then, it won't take me 10 years to photograph every item in my closet.

I will be posting a video blog on the process of re-organizing my closets and shoes. Until then, live free and minimal...with a twist of expensive splurging.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

*Blows dust off of website* 

Geez it's been over as year since I've posted on here. The reasons are very stereotypical of most bloggers who just stop blogging (work, family, stress, busy life, etc.) but what I am about to do is going to change my life.

Minimalism.

I know you may be wondering exactly what it is? To sum it up, it's basically living on the most minimal necessities in life (clean eating, capsule wardrobe, modern technology, lack of unnecessary spending) in order to live a life full of clarity. In other words, getting rid of all your hoarded crap and only keeping what makes you your best you.

Now that you've stopped laughing at the idea that I, Sarah, could actually do this, I am here to tell you that I am going to try it. Here's why:

I am starting to hate fashion and shopping.

What has transpired in the past year or so is emotional shopping. I am by nature a shopaholic and have overcrowded my room with boxes from online shopping and bags from mall shopping. My closets (I have two room closets and a double sided garment rack) are filled to the max and my shoes barely fit in my room. I have done two major closet clean outs, leaving me with a total of 15+ bags full of a mixture of clothes with tags and clothes that were barely worn without tag. However, because I saw so much space in my closet, I shopped more and as a result have landed myself in a ton of debt and regret.

I don't even like shopping yet it has become a part of my day. Here's a glimpse of my days:

Workdays:
-Wake up
-Eat breakfast
-Go to work
-Shop on lunch break
-Work
-Go home
-Eat dinner
-Shop online

Off Days:
-Wake up
-Shop online
-Eat breakfast
-Shop online
-Eat lunch
-Shop online
-Eat dinner
-Shop online

For some people, it's drugs. For some, it's alcohol. For others, it's sex. But me, I am addicted to two things: sugar and shopping (the sugar addiction will be in a different post).

So, obviously, the shopping isn't the only problem. Because I have given myself too many options, I struggle to figure who I am style-wise. Of course, I'm obviously am classified as a hipster (by many college friends) yet I still identify with urban and classic styles. So, basically, my style reflects my mental health (saving that post for a later date as well). I don't know whether I am edgy, hipster, classic, modern, or urban/ratchet. I just am a mixture of it all. Hence why my closet looks like a department store exploded in it.

So, I started with the "turn the hanger backwards" approach, but it did not stop me from shopping.

I also did the "self-edit your closet and get rid of things" approach. Again, still went shopping.

So, why do I think minimalism will work for me? Because technically, I can still shop. I'll explain:

With minimalism, it isn't about never shopping again, it's about shopping smarter. For example, I am currently obsessed with the idea of owning every style I like in every color of the rainbow. However, it makes getting dressed for work a hassle. Really, it makes getting dressed in general a hassle.

Also, I have gained a lot of my weight back so now clothes/styles I like don't look great on me anymore. And because I come from a bloodline of hoarders, I can't let the items go. By not letting them go, it's blocking what I actually can wear.

So, I have decided to draft a minimal wardrobe plan that works for me and my lifestyle. I plan to use the following websites/YouTube channels/blogs to help me through this:


I have also created a Pinterest board with inspiration for creating my seasonal capsules.

I wanted to introduce the idea to you because this blog and Youtube channel will serve as a platform for minimalism for the curvy woman. I started my blog and channel to chronicle my personal style. This is a new chapter in a new book of my life. I hope to carry this minimalistic mentality through all areas of my life (well, except when I get married one day. That's going to be an extravaganza lol).

Until next time...

Peace, Love, and Happiness,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


So, I'm sure as you can see, it's been over a year since I've updated my blog. I have been going through a lot of personal things but I felt the need to update you guys so that you don't think I've died or something.

First off, I've been promoted at work from part-time to full-time as a selling specialist. Then I was moved to another brand as a specialist, and now I'm back with the original brand I am representing. Basically, my work life has been a clusterfluck of craziness. But I'm happy to have a job, even if it causes me stress.

Speaking of stress, I have been having a lot of mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks between the stress of home and work. It's not something I wanted to mention, but if it helps someone else, I don't mind sharing. My mental state is not the most stable as of lately and I feel like I'm barely hanging on. But I know that if I just give it to Him, everything will work out.

On the topic of working out, I have officially gained all of the weight I lost back. This of course is adding to the anxiety and depression I'm currently feeling. I've been emotionally eating and since I currently don't have insurance, I can't go see a therapist to deal with my issues. Again, the clusterfluck of life.

The one thing that gave me solace in this world (besides the smile on my daughter's face) was blogging and vlogging. Being able to connect with you all via the internet really helped me release a lot of emotions, sharing my thoughts on love, fashion, and life. So, I've got a plan.

I will be utilizing my YouTube channel and this blog to let you in on my life. I'm no celebrity, not am I trying to be. But I feel that the only way I'm going to get things accomplished in my life is if I think, in my mind, that someone else is watching and expecting something from me.

I'm not sure if this is going to be something I start immediately, but when I do, I will let you guys know.

I just want to find my inner peace and happiness again, with not just fashion, but with love and life.

Thanks for listening/reading. Talk to ya later.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I want to thank every one of you for following my blog. However, I have decided that I have no passion for this particular blog anymore. I have created a new blog which I know you will love titled "The Pursuit of Love in Style". It's a blog that will not just showcase my more defined personal style, but will additionally feature my open expression of feelings and happenings in my life, on an unedited and real level. Please join me on this new journey by following my new blog. I will no longer be updating on this one and would love for you to follow me in my new chapter of life.

Thanks and remember,

Peace, Love, and Happiness!

Sarah Jane R.

signing out...

 
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