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Day 332: Breaking the Challenge

As I alluded to yesterday, we are in North Carolina for a bit of a family emergency. When we got the call that we needed to come back to L’s hometown, both of us were a bit distraught. I’ve had some pretty bad packing jobs (see Portugal!), but this one may take the cake. For an especially chilly week, I managed to pack: 2 dresses, a short sleeve romper, a pair of jeans I can’t wear because of my skinned knee, and three sleep shirts. I’m not completely sure what world I was living in when I was packing, but I ended up in a tricky situation. Do I freeze my butt off (and look mildly inappropriate) or do I break the challenge? Unfortunately due to the title of this post, you’re probably figuring out I did the latter.

I tried to stay as cost efficient as possible and headed over to Old Navy (in L’s hometown, my options were Old Navy or Bass Pro). Nothing going to lie, when I was in the store, I had a light OMG I MISSED THIS MOMENT where I may or may not have smelled new clothing, but I’m going to table that for another day.  Anyways, I beelined it to the back clearance section, figuring if I’m going to break the challenge, the least I could do is spend minimal money. I ended up spending about $30 for a cardigan, a long skirt, black leggings, and a long sleeve shirt. While I’m obviously upset to have to shop, I’m writing this off as a one-time emergency and holding tight until the rest of the challenge is over!

Outfit Details
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday six months ago (similar, similar)
Cardigan: Old Navy purchased for $4.98 today (similar, similar)
Skirt: Old Navy purchased for $9.99 today (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 185: More Than Half-way There!

I can’t believe I’m half-way done with this whole experiment. I started this whole concept last fall when I was trying to figure out a way to save money. I thought it would be a good challenge to not stop for 365 days without repeating an outfit. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past 185 days, all while casually debunking the myth that fashionable people spend WAY too much money. I’m not going to lie – there’s been some tough days. There’s days where I’m exhausted or upset and didn’t feel like there was anything meaningful and positive I could put into this bloggy blog. There were days like yesterday, where I hemmed and hawed about putting so much personal and emotionally-charged information out there. Even though this blog takes a lot more time than I budgeted for and taking pictures of my outfits every single morning is a bit strenuous (especially for L), it has been worth it.

It’s worth it when someone I know mentions that they read my blog and actually enjoy it. It’s worth it when something I write (like my article on Trump and healthcare) inspires someone. It’s worth it when some who’s struggling with their new AS diagnosis reads the blog and realizes that you can still kick ass. Not only have I saved money and challenged myself creatively, I’ve found and outlet and a community that I’m so proud to be a part of.

Today was my work from home day, so I didn’t need to put on pants! It was a great day – my car never even left its parking spot. Like I mentioned on my Insta (which if you’re not following, check me out: @notanoutfitrepeater), my to-do list today was a million miles long. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down – we are not judged by length of our to-do list. If you’ve been going a million miles an hour lately here’s your reminder to SIT DOWN & RELAX! Now that my PSA is over, I’ll get onto my outfit. This shirt is new from L’s mother for my birthday – she totally nailed my style! I matched it with my trusty old standbys: white chino shorts and Sperry’s.

Sound off: how are you decompressing tonight?

Outfit Details
Top: Gifted for my birthday (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar)