Spend Little + Save MuchI was really, really bad about how much I spent on clothes in 2013. I didn't (don't?) know how to say, "I have enough" when I see cute clothes! I am heartily ashamed at my thoughtless spending, so I hope to curb my habits and become a really good girl when it comes to being responsible with my resources. My goal is to cut my clothes "budget" by a third. I'll be carefully tracking every purchase with my fancy phone-accessible spreadsheet and hopefully start paying in cash instead of with a debit card when I can. That should help me feeeeel the burn of paying real money for stuff. Envelope system, wot?
Take Care of my ThingsOne reason I felt like I needed to buy so new many clothes this past year was that most of the clothes I already had were starting to look worn and old. I'm afraid I sped that aging process up by leaving clothes wadded in baskets and laying on the floor most of the time. I would like to be a better steward of the things the Lord has given me and I purpose to no longer be lazy in this area. Time to grow up and learn to keep house. Plus, when the closet is neat and tidy, it takes a lot of stress away from our morning routine. Also in this area of taking care of things, I've decided to venture into the world of having a few items dry cleaned instead of risking their integrity by throwing them in the washer. I had never done that until last week when I took some special dresses to the little shop in town. I'm glad I did, even though it was expensive.
Follow my Color Season
Are y'all aware of the idea of "color seasons"? I hadn't heard of it until a reader inquired about it here on Fresh Modesty and I had to look it up! Since then I've been exposed the theory even more and have decided it's a good way to be purposeful about the clothing I buy and not just going for the Pantone color of the year or what catches my eye. Basically, you analyze your features and see if you are a Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, and whether you are on the warmer or cooler side of your season. There are a ton of quizzes on the internet to help you figure out your color season. I downloaded an iPhone app called "Color and You" which helps me keep my colors with me when I'm shopping. Although it's not a complete list of all the hues that compliment your natural beauty, it certainly helps to narrow down the possibilities and keep your wardrobe perfectly suited to you.
Explore TexturesI'm not sure why, but "Texture" is one of my favorite words and has been since I was a pre-teen. It makes me feel deep, woodsy, plush, sophisticated, pepperminty, and thoughtful. It reminds me of wicker, fishing line, stainless steel, embroidery, cable-knit and room diffusers. It sounds insane and random, I know, but inspiration can come from anything, can't it? I want to diversify my wardrobe by mixing different elements of texture in it. Sequins, leathers, denims, knits, furs, cottons, silks, tweeds. etc. I won't be going crazy mixing tweeds and tulle, because I want things to make sense. So, I doubt you'll see fur with short sleeves or silks with chunky knits, but within outfits I would like to try to not mix cottons with cotton and knits with knit.
Improve my Nails
So, spending little + saving much, taking car of my things, following my color seasons, exploring textures, and improving my nails are my 2014 appearance goals. What are yours? Any tips for me?