The Closet Diet, day 2

Had a rough evening last night (I was beating myself up for a mistake on my part  - which resulted in my driving around with my kids for two hours and making us all miss what was supposed to be an event honoring my son getting a rank in Boy Scouts.  My kids have forgiven me, and I've forgiven myself - so that part is over.)  

However, last night, while I was wallowing in my frustration at myself, I wanted very much to drown my disappointment in ice cream.  But I'm trying to lose a few pounds, which also involves breaking emotional and boredom sweets habits.  So I refused the ice cream.  Instead I brought up white boyfriend jeans from the thrift store.  It's a new coping technique - shopping my thrift store!  Oh wait.  I'm trying to break that one too... :)

Today it was mid-50s when I got up, and I felt chilly, so I paired the white bf jeans with my drapey navy sleeved top.  With an undershirt, it's plenty warm, and I'm pleased.  I like our current spring-like weather!

Finished off with my trusty black belt and birks. 

How's it work?  All suggestions and feedback welcome :)  No mascara or lipstick for the photo this morning - I'll put them on before my date with hubby this evening.

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  • Beth Ann replied 9 years ago

    You look easy, but still polished.  The fits and proportions are very nice.  Why were the pants not in your core wardrobe?

    P.S.  I get nights like that.  I have them more than I'd like.  Still, it's good for our families to see us as real people, not doing everything perfectly all the time.  It gave your kids a lesson in grace-giving, which is more important than any of us realize.

  • replied 9 years ago

    Oh Amy, how frustrating! I am a fellow self-beater-upper (every other term I came up with for this sounded vaguely deviant--like self abuser, lol!). I'm so sorry for your bummer of an evening.
    It looks like you redeemed it completely too. I love the white BF jeans, and I think they should have been part of your 20 from the beginning. Did you switch them for something, or just add them to your number? They look so good with the navy top. 
    IKWYM about substituting one addiction for another. What do we do when we run out of addictions? ;)

  • amiable replied 9 years ago

    I didn't pick a starting number - I just chose a few shirts and bottoms that I thought I'd wear in a hot weather week (like last week was).  I knew I'd add to it, but I didn't include anything too warm for really hot days, so there weren't bf jeans in the first run. I fully intend to fluidly add (and probably subtract a few here and there too) for quite a while as I figure out how many (or few) I like to work with.  
    It's interesting though, that yesterday and today's outfits are two of my favorite of the summer - born from restricting myself to pieces that I absolutely love and can see wearing all the time.

  • merwoman replied 9 years ago

    LBC - laid back chic! Gorgeous look on you Amy - I love the fit of the pants and the drape of your sweater!!

  • Eliza replied 9 years ago

    Love the navy white combo and am wearing it myself today.  You look so fresh, even after the distress of last night.

    I remember trying to look at such experiences as the cost of doing business as a family, though it wasn't always easy to tell myself whatever I would have said sincerely to a friend going through the same thing.  

  • Susie replied 9 years ago

    I'm giggling at Beth Ann calling you easy just after seeing date night with hubby :)

    Yes, I am 12!

    I love this one you. Polished yet relaxed.

    I sent you those things today. I want to know which closet they are going in!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    You look terrific, Amy. And I'm sorry you had a rough night. It happens to all of us. As for the jeans, I'm with the others. Since your climate is so variable, I'm wondering if it might be okay to add to your number with about 3-5 items for unexpected temperature change. I do that in transitional seasons here -- I mean I keep a few things out that would normally be worn in the "other" season, just in case. 

  • replied 9 years ago

    Oh sorry! It was Susie who chose 20 outfits. So many purging/closet challenge posts that I can't keep everyone straight! I can see why this outfit is an all-time favorite of yours. 

  • Gracie replied 9 years ago

    What a nice classic combination with navy and white – you look relaxed and polished. Glad the confusing evening is over with.

  • Mo replied 9 years ago

    I find it very telling that you came up with fave outfits by limiting yourself.  I think you've hit on something here.

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    Oh boy ... You have had a rough night indeed. You look fantastic today though :). The roll on the jeans and birkies are cute! Remember to be good to yourself :)

  • annagybe replied 9 years ago

    I like this on you.

  • Glory replied 9 years ago

    You look great. Sorry to hear about the mix up last night.
    My thoughts on white - bring it all up now because it has a limited life in colder weather :) 
    I know, not helping am I.

  • Dee replied 9 years ago

    Great casual outfit! I love how comfy and fluid it looks. And I hope your feeling better today.

  • Lisa replied 9 years ago

    Lovely casual look.  And kudos to resisting the ice cream.  

  • tricia w. replied 9 years ago

    This looks so good on you! I wouldn't change a thing.

  • Sal replied 9 years ago

    Lovely classic outfit.  Sounds like you deserve a date night!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 9 years ago

    Now that's the way to wear white boyfriend jeans. They look terrific on you, and your styling with the pullover and Birks is a great casual-chic look.
    Glad you got through the bad evening without going for the ice cream! Good for you.

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    This outfit is fantastic. You have that perfect "not done" look.

    I don't know. I have just realised the principle of heroin chic may have universal applications... rough night, amazing next-day appeal...

  • kerry replied 9 years ago

    Great look, Amy. Love what Beth Ann wrote about grave-giving. I'm impressed that you walked away from the ice cream!

  • minimalist replied 9 years ago

    Love this!

    And what Rachy said. Although I can never remember which is heroine and which is heroin.

    (Going back now to read about your closet diet.)

  • abc replied 9 years ago

    I am stressed right now too but unlike you I didn't say no to the ice cream :(

    Love the color combo here!

  • amiable replied 9 years ago

    Pretty sure I made up for it today abc, when I discovered my husband's stash of peanut-butter M&Ms....

  • E replied 9 years ago

    Awww: I'm sorry you had a bad day yesterday but glad that all is forgiven. You look great, and I suspect that as you reached for those white b/fs two days in a row, bringing them up from the basement was a wise decision.

  • jackiec replied 9 years ago

    Hey you look fab today! I love your idea of the thrift store downstairs! And a win! You chose thrifting over ice-cream - good for you! I could never do that.

    So sorry you had a rough night. I totally know how you feel. In fact, I have those on a regular basis if truth be told. Glad you could turn it around. You certainly look fab :)

  • karymk replied 9 years ago

    You look like youre in your element. Love your hair now. YOu are lucky to look so good with no makeup!

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