Aug 30, 2011

Sorting out likes and dislikes from "Cats Say Meow"

Mes chers readers:

Je suis desolais for the lack of recent posts. Je vou promets que the daily challenges from the 21 day challenges are taking place and that the reformation project is in place. However, by the time I leave home in the morning there is little sunlight, and by the time I arrive, there is also no sunlight. Oui, plenty of work. The outfits will be recreated exactly as they were photographed in the poor light with mon bad camera.

Here is a list of likes and dislikes inspired by Cats Say Meow's post. This might help to clarify what will be added to the 30-item list these 30 days.

Aug 28, 2011

Additive 30X30, 21-Day Challenge, One-Year Wardrobe Reformation: Month 1 - Week 2 - Sunday: Copy-Cat

  Outfits Summer Aug X-3
Today's challenge is "Copycat!". To re-create an outfit that I really like from a blog, magazine, etc. I chose to recreate the "Lazy Sunday" outfit by northwestisbest. I love her DIYs and her weekender outfits. Her pop of red with the tights is so fun! Like party-kind-of-fuuuun! But, I can't pull off bright colored tights. Also, I would not wear them to work. I go to work almost every day. Thus, I have no bright colored tights. But it is raining all day today and I have red duck shoes!

Aug 27, 2011

Closet Reformation: The Plan

Some of us would do well with the now-famous Parisian minimal wardrobe method. My life-style involves a good amount of traveling, with a semi-nomadic history. There is always a home-base somewhere, and a notebook, pen, laptop, and toothbrush in my bag. Yet, my homebase is overflowing with things. Really. One girl: 4 closets/armoires + 1 big dresser + 5 storage bins + 1 small rack.

Oui, ce'st plenty to wear. Mais, il ya aussi too much to carry. Perhaps a good way to start are the travel capsules: the I6L, also the 7 easy pieces during the fall with 1 week of outfits, and the
Light Travel series made in preparation for and during a domestic trip in the winter.

Many people have this amount of things (most American girls that I know). I would much rather not. Or at least have them in doses. A Closet Reformation must be put in place. Prepare to be reformed, closet(s)! ;P

I mentioned, "The One-Year Wardrobe Project" in this last post. I also mentioned the 30x30 challenge in which you wear 30 pieces for 30 days. In addition, this will take part in the 21-Day Challenge. I will do a hybrid. It's only logical... Of course it's not logical.

I-Starting from the pieces worn and posted this week and going forward.

1)Add pieces to the wardrobe. The editing process will be selectively additive, not subtractive.

2)The pieces added will follow daily challenges. Initially, these challenges will come from The 21-Day Challenge. Then, they will come from yours truly.

3)The items worn to eventually complete a 30-piece wardrobe. When the 30 pieces are complete, the addition will stop and the 30 items will be remixed.
The wardrobe will be the result of what was worn, thus retroactive.
The 30 items should be complete by the end of the challenge(s).

II- The process will be repeated with or without variations until the initial problem was solved and a wardrobe was reduced enough to accommodate a semi-nomadic lifestyle and a migration-prone history.

Je suis très enthousiaste to start making collages and proposals for this. I was thinking of restricting everything to one palette like in the I6L.

These are the items that I have been wearing for the past week:
Experimental Challenge
(Images from:, and atelierscloset )

What do you think? This is the start, but more transitional pieces should be included, no?

-La Copine Avec 30 Ampoules Sur la Tête.

Aug 25, 2011

Gloomy Rainy Day

Outfits Summer Aug E-1
Outfits Summer Aug E-2Outfits Summer Aug E-3

Oh, to live through a rainy day. I mean to really live it. To enjoy the perfect break from heat-waves in the summer. Just hearing and watching the water fall like a giant shower onto the city.

Aug 21, 2011

Favorite Summer Outfit

Outfits Summer Aug T-4

Lately there has been a lack of personal outfit photos. Well, I've been wearing some variation of this outfit.

Aug 17, 2011

Closet Reformation: Proposal

Young adulthood and economic freedom should come with warning signs, or at least big green banners like we see on the highway, telling us what exits and roads are nearby. One of my figurative highway signs should read "Clothes-Hoarding in 10 miles".

Yes, it is much fun to be a clotheshorse and to collect nice cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, linen, leather, vintage, contemporary, designer, mall-rack, color, neutral, monochrome, patterned, solid... well, you get the idea. My closet will be put in line. Maybe someday my items for any given season will all fit in my existing closet and giant dresser and storage bins without the need for storage suitcases.

Perhaps you've heard of "The One-Year Wardrobe Project" from Roth at He took all his stuff to an extra room and only put things in his closet after wearing them at least once. The rest went out to be donated. It's interesting. Are you thinking that it might be a good thing to do? Good for you, I support it too. And, I won't be doing that.

Yes, back to the closet reformation. I like what did. I won't be committing to that either. But I will go in that direction. Yes. Do you agree? Good. Because I will. Right?

This is perhaps 5% of what I have:

And this is my ideal:
Or this:

 Well, not quite this minimal! And you believe these pictures? Ha, in any case, it's good to have some goal. Better unrealistic than completely absentso the saying goes, right? No? Is it, "Better late than never". Well, I like my saying better. And that's how my saying goes.


-La Copine