22.10.14

OCTOBER DRESS PROJECT : YEAR 5 // DAY 13-19

The October Dress Project is halfway over!

This dress has held up the best of all the dresses I have worn over the years. There is no piling or visible signs of wear on the fabric. The interior lining has required some repair and a couple of seams have come undone, but I have been wearing it for 20 days in a row. Nothing a little needle and thread can't fix!

One of the problems I have discovered is if I tuck the dress into a pair of pants, I can't wear it as a dress the next day unless I iron or wash it. Because the fabric is light and breathable, it creases easily. I'll take that every day over a thick, hot fabric though!

I've taken the time to link all of the clothing, jewelry and shoes I wear with every outfit so you can get an idea of where my wardrobe comes from. Mostly, it is thrifted with several staple fair trade items and a couple locally bought things. Please take time to click through!



Day 14

Dress: Symbology
Jacket: Thrifted (similar)
Necklace: Amazima beads
Bracelet: Hunger Site
Shoes: Payless (similar)


Day 15

Dress: Symbology
Cardigan: Thrifted (similar)
Broach: Handmade from Jones Design Company tutorial
Belt: Thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Bali Elf


Day 16

Dress: Symbology
Shirt: Thrifted Ralph Lauren (similar)
Necklace: Thrifted (similar)
Bracelets: Uganda (similar)
Shoes: Bali Elf


Day 17

Dress: Symbology
Jacket: Gap (similar)
Necklace: Mata Trader
Ring: Boutique (similar)
Shoes: Payless (similar)



Day 18

Dress: Symbology
Sweater: No idea! (similar)
Hat: Target (similar)
Shoes: Bali Elf


Day 19

Dress: Symbology
Scarf: Uganda (similar)
Pants: New York & Company (similar)
Shoes: Thrifted (similar)


P.S. Check out day 1-5 and day 6-12.

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17.10.14

to upgrade [ OR ] make do

On Facebook this week I became really transparent about my discontentment of our small home and larger family. Here is what I said:


The constant discussion in our house: 
UPGRADE [ or ] MAKE DO

We live in a 1,200 square foot home with 6 people. Four of whom are of the male persuasion and three that are very active little boys. The noise in my house is sometimes deafening and we often feel like we can't escape from what everyone else in the house is doing. Privacy is hard to come by.

More land, more bedroom space for the kids and
 a much larger kitchen/dining area for feeding the brood/entertaining are our main reasons to want to move.

But as we look at our single income, the housing market and our life goals, we can't reconcile it all to make it happen. We are stuck.

So, I've been praying for contentment and creativity to make our small-to-us space work for all of our whole food cooking, homeschooling, homesteading, and living. And I would love any input you have! I'm pinning like crazy over on Pinterest and trying to think outside of the box to make our house my dream home.

SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING MY HOUSE MY DREAM HOME?



The response back was overwhelming. People offered ideas, blogs to read and encouragement from their own small quarters. It was just what I needed to garner new enthusiasm to make this house work for our family.

We bought it before we knew what kind of family we would become. I was 8 months preggo with my second kid and a 10 month old baby under foot. We had no idea we would adopt two more kids at the same time, that we would want to homeschool or move towards homesteading. We bought a stereotypical house for a stereotypical family. Little did we know it was all about to change.



Now, I am ready to tackle this house with new vigor and enthusiasm to make it my dream home. My Pinterest board is filled with ideas of triple hanging bunk beds and hammock lofts. It's getting exciting around here as I dream and search for the perfect, budget-friendly ideas. My oldest was even getting giddy when I showed him some of my ideas.


And who knows, there might even be some DIY/home improvement posts to come out of it...


P.S. Did you know we thought about downsizing our home?

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15.10.14

OCTOBER DRESS PROJECT : YEAR 5 // DAY 6-12

The October Dress Project can be a very strict project where you commit to absolutely, no matter what, wear the dress all 31 days in a row. And that was how I viewed it for the first couple of years.

But I am a bit more lenient with myself now.


What happens when your dryer breaks and your dress is wet when you need to leave the house? Or you just finished 20 shows and don't feel like getting out of your pajamas? Or your child's diaper accidentally leaked all over your dress?

So, on day 6 and 12, I never got dressed out of yoga pants. I believe in complete transparency here, so I've taken two days off the project so far.

I am loving a dress with a pattern and sleeves! The silhouette has been a challenge for me, since I am a strict fit-n-flare dress buyer, but if you belt this little beauty you can transform it so many ways. And the elephant polka-dots are just too precious and it brings a smile to my face every single day.


Day 7

Dress: Symbology
Scarf: Hunger Site (similar, similar)
Shoes: Thrifted (similar)




Day 8

Dress: Symbology
Boots: Rack Room
Bracelets: Various (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Noonday


Photo Credit // Tiffany Bagwell Photography
Day 9

Dress: Symbology
Necklace: Uganda (similar)
Bracelet: Noonday
Shoes: Merona


Day 10

Dress: Symbology
Scarf: Gift (similar)
Belt: Thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Candie's


Day 11

Dress: Symbology
Jumper: ModCloth
Necklace: Thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Merona
Bracelet: Uganda (similar)



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