Friday, February 17, 2017

The Rules

Just what is this One Week Wardrobe thing?

It's a personal challenge for the year: can I live with just a week's worth of clothes? And will anyone notice?

Here are The Rules:

1. I get seven outfits, one for each day of the week.* These will change to be seasonally appropriate, but trying to make as few changes as possible.

2. Each outfit has its own day of the week (Monday is always this purple t-shirt, Tuesday is always the stripey one...).

3. I can only purchase one new piece per quarter--and it must be used or from a sustainable/ethical company.**

4. My other clothes are stored separately to keep me from temptation. They lead a glamorous life, as you can see:

Marie Kondo would totally get the heebie jeebies at that sight, but a cheap girl's gonna do cheap. Until she learns better, anyway.
*Sunday gets two: church and after church.
**Shoes and under things are not included. I have four pairs of shoes total and at least two will need to be replaced in the near future.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scary: Joining YouTube

I'm not terribly scared of public speaking. In fact, I used to really enjoy it. I liked communicating something of value or depth or just to entertain people. I LOVE to make people laugh.

But to put a video of myself on the internet? 

That feels self-centered. Narcissistic. Presumptuous.

And yet, here I am. Some things are easier to see than to read about. Please enjoy this silly video about just how few clothes I'm keeping on hand for this crazy experiment.

(And if you're YouTube inclined, please click through and subscribe!)

Previous post: What I've Been Reading | Jan+Feb 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What I've been reading | Jan+Feb 2017

 Last year, I didn't read nearly as much as I'd like to. Hoping to rectify that, I'm sharing here what I've read. Accountability--it's a wonderful thing!

And because reading is more fun when you can talk about it with someone else, I'm linking up with Anne Bogel over at Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit, where she and other bloggers share short reviews of what they've read lately.

Now, onto the books!

Women of the Word :: Jen Wilkin

I listened to this as an audiobook...and immediately ordered a physical copy to have for keeps. This book lays out how to study the Bible in a thoughtful, careful way that will help you grow in understanding of God's Word and how a particular book or passage fits into the grand narrative of the Bible. A great reference I'll come back to again and again.

Fast Diet :: Michael Mosley

After seeing a BBC special that featured Dr. Mosley (anybody else a sucker for British TV?), I dove into this explanation of why fasting is so good for our bodies--beyond weight loss, fasting can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin resistance, reduce inflammation in your body, lower your risk for Alzheimer's, and even increase your lifespan. In the first six weeks of the year, in which I had probably as many fast days, I've lost five or so (previously stubborn) pounds and actually look forward to my fasting days as a chance to reset my body. Also, my hunger cues have changed: I'm less likely to feel hungry all the day long and don't think about food constantly. Can't say enough good things about it!

Fast Exercise :: Michael Mosley

Same author, different BBC special. :) This book focuses on how good short spurts of intense activity--running, cycling, lifting heavy things, you name it--can offer terrific results and outcomes for your body. I love running sprints rather than long, evenly-paced runs...but I haven't put what I've learned into nearly as much practice as I should. Especially since a ten-minute workout is so doable!

Sarah's Key :: Tatiana De Rosnay

A WWII story about a young Jewish girl in France juxtaposed with a modern story of the journalist who finds a personal connection to her. The modern antagonist wasn't as compelling as I would have liked, and the young girl's story cut off halfway through the book. Good read, good to remember the horrors of that time, but not my favorite read of all time.

Poppy :: Avi

After a holocaust novel, I wanted something lighter, something fun. This is a kidlit story about a young mouse whose family lives under the thumb of an owl who "protects" them and her adventure to try to find answers and a new home for the family. A story of bravery, and very enjoyable--particularly the porcupine who uses epithets like "mouse manure."

What have you been reading lately? I'd love to hear!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6 Weeks in: Thoughts + Feels

In honor of Valentine's Day, I figured there was no better time to tell you about how much I am loving my One Week Wardrobe.

And I. am. loving. it.

Except when I get frustrated by it. {Just picture me plucking petals off a daisy: "I love having fewer clothes...I hate having fewer clothes..."}

Like with most things in this life, there are some wonderful things about paring down my wardrobe this way and some things that are difficult. Let's break it down:

Pros of my One Week Wardrobe:

+ I never think about how to put an outfit together.

+ It takes me less than a minute to get dressed...provided everything is where it's supposed to be.

+ My drawers are uncluttered and always shut easily.

+ My drawers stay really organized because there is so little in them.

+ I'm doing less laundry.

Cons of my One Week Wardrobe:

- If I skip laundry, I'm kind of screwed.

- I feel guilty changing my shirt if it gets dirty: I was supposed to wear this, so I should wear it!

- Having less hasn't fixed my drape-it-over-the-side-table-because-it's-not-dirty-but-it's-not-fresh-either problem. (Can anyone else relate to this?!)

- I'm realizing that my style is rather...boring. And my jeans are in pretty sad shape.

All in all...

I'm pretty pleased with the experiment so far. My clothes aren't flashy, but I'm not tired of them. I am beginning to think that my seasonal changeout will happen sooner rather than later, though: it's so warm for February!

Today's photo thanks to Kaz!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Why bother?

So, why limit my wardrobe for the next year? Why worry about where our clothes come from?
I have three reasons:

1. Image bearers should not be treated inhumanely for the sake of cheap clothing.

2. The garment industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, deeply hurting the home God has given us.

3. Our desire for more and more for less and less, without considering the consequences, points to a deep materialism in our hearts.

As Christians, we should not find this state of affairs acceptable. So luckily, there's a fourth point--one of redemption:

4. This is not an impossible problem to solve if we all do our part in our little corner of the world.

I hope that you'll follow along as I try to find a way to make a difference--even as one small person with little influence in the world.

Photo thanks to Upsplash

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Starting in the Middle: The One Week Wardrobe

This blog is starting with a tiny, anti-climactic whimper: I'm not starting the One Week Wardrobe. I've already been doing it for a month.

Just what is this "One Week Wardrobe," you ask?

The One Week Wardrobe is a 4-week challenge, asking you to only wear seven, day-of-the-week-specific outfits in order to turn your attention on where your clothes come from, how they are made, and what you really need.

As the creator of this crazy challenge, I'm putting myself especially through the ringer: I'll be doing the OWW for the entirety of 2017--allowing for total wardrobe changes with the seasons. I live in the South; I'm not going to survive the summer in my current sweaters.

You may be wondering, why seven outfits? Why do the days of the week matter? Why does any of this matter?

All of these are good questions, and we'll get to them all in turn, so stay tuned.