Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Apparently I'm Not a Minimalist



Recently I wondered if I had too much clothing and footwear and I felt guilt over having more than I need, way more than I need.  I felt guilt at filling up a whole closet all by myself, something I have never done in my life before.  I wondered if minimalism was the way I wanted to go and I got the purging bug.  Thankfully I am now cured.  I did purge.  And I did indeed ponder minimalism for a couple of hours.  I learned that what I wanted to purge, what felt like extra were items that really didn't suit my personal style.  They didn't feel like me so they felt like a burden.   I learned that there is no such thing as too much of the things I love.  Guilt Schmilt.  As John Cleese's Insulting Frenchman would say, "I fart in your general direction".  That's the general direction of guilt, not of you dear reader.



Oops we got a bit Pythony there.  Back to the regularly scheduled programme.

Just in case, and in order to be thorough as I like to be, I went to an internet site which gave instructions on how to be a minimalist with one's wardrobe.  It suggested utterly preposterous ideas like having only one pair of shoes and one pair of boots!  No, I am not cut out to be a minimalist if that is what is required.  After that I sorted through my closet and applied the boho test.  It's a very simple test.  You pull out a piece of clothing and ask, is this or can this be boho?  If the answer is yes, it gets hung up again. This test is applied only after the closet contents are already winnowed in order to contain only items which fit and flatter.  I now have a full closet of things I love and look forward to wearing.  My new rule for  shopping is that I must love it or it must be really unique and special.  No more 'hmm maybe this will work' items and no more 'well it's an XL and I wear M but maybe I could alter it' because, no I won't alter it and even if I did it still might not work for me.  Also no more 'I would really love a chair upholstered in this so surely I would also like to wear it.'

Okay, then that's all sorted and from now on I will take the advice of my wise blogging friends who tell me to go ahead and wear the things I am afraid to wear.  I will take that advice because I WANT to wear those things. I will even let my shoulders show, or at least one of them.  And as usual, I will also forget to put on my colourful wooden beads  BEFORE I take the photo.

27 comments:

  1. beautiful!
    love your boho self :-)
    xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you! Is that a command to love my boho self or an assertion that you do? LOL
      xoxoxo

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  2. Ha, you are so NOT a minimalist, Shawna!
    And I don't like to say I told you so - but I told you orange was a great colour on you! So there. Fabulous outfit, love the skirt and the sexy flash of shoulder! xxx

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    1. Nonsense, you LOVE saying I told you so. Admit it! ;-) Thanks for dropping by to say it.
      xoxoxox

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  3. You get your boho groove on and go for it ... besides I'm sure maximist people have more fun ;0)
    xx

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    1. Well they certainly have more to play with and playing is fun!
      xoxoxo

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  4. Gorgeous outfit! I love blue and orange together, pushing each other boldly forward while also showering the other with compliments. You should wear that outfit every day. With the beads.

    I have made mistakes with things that are unique and special, so don't let yourself be beguiled unless they meet the other criteria. Just sayin.

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    1. Thanks, Val. Yes, unique and special but vintage fifties would not be me. Or unique and special but itchy polyester and I must walk away. I've done that with a few things recently. I love this but it's itchy means it does not go home with me.

      I love blue and orange together too, more than blue and yellow though I love yellow ochre so I should just shut up because as usual I will be contradicting myself.

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  5. Shawna! This is the best you've ever done! (Until the next best one ;-) totally love the style and colours on you.
    I think your decision making process is great and the conclusions you've come to very wise. It all sounds like you, and not following another's drum.
    I buy things that grab me, and things that are comfortable, but also things that I can play with and alter. Each to his own drum!
    Glad to see you looking happy. Love, JJ

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    1. Thanks, JJ! It's got elephants so of course it's wonderful! Altering is not gunna happen around my place! I used to think it was but I have learned that I don't get around to it. I have a few pieces set aside that are worth getting tailored for a better fit but I will hire someone as that is not in my skill set.

      My skill is wearing elephant skirts! And off the shoulder blouses! Yes that I can do! I have to work on putting the baubles back on before I take a photo. I need to add that one to my skill set!
      xoxoxoxo

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  6. PS. You can never have too much Python!

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    1. Never! Because life's a piece of shit, when you look at it. So get Pythoned!
      xoxo

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  7. God, I'm constantly getting loads of ugly clothes, just so I can "alter" them, and of course I never do and they just lay on the ground. Love this ensemble, it's mega boho! :D
    Btw, I've been preparing a huuuuge reply to your letter, that's why I still haven't sent you one. But soon! :D

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    1. Thanks, cause mega boho is totally what I was going for of course. I look into my closet every day and say hmmm will it be mega boho or mini boho today? LOL As you can see I am finally coming to terms with being boho and it makes me happy.

      Oh I am looking forward to your huuuuuuge reply!
      xoxo

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  8. I think my comment got lost...

    Shawna, I just adore you - you made me laugh with this! Who else say things like that? Only you! :)))

    The skirt with elephants AND camels?! And you hid it from us? It is so gorgeous and fun and playful - I imagine it's even better with these colorful beads! By the way, the photo of beads and books is very artful and inspired and inspiring!

    We just saw a raccoon with three baby raccoons outside of our window... soooo cute! I have seen raccoons pretty close before, but not like that!

    Love and maximalistic hugses! xxxxxxxx

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    1. Blogger is sometimes taken over by gremlins who do evil things. I am a bit unfiltered at times, though nearly always very polite. It's myself I am rude to-lol. Elephants and camels and birds and flowers! I didn't hide it from you it's new to me and I couldn't wait to wear it so I wore it the next day.

      Raccoon are so cute and such little devils. They can get into everything and once when my ex and I were camping on the west coast they actually unzipped our tent and ate all our fudge.

      Love and maximalistic hugses right back at you!!!
      xoxoxo

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  9. Pah, minimalism - the curse of the Twenty-First century. Maximalism is much more fun - life's better when you keep your options open!
    Loving that ethnic skirt and the sexy flash of flesh! xxx

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    1. I would make a pretty good Dandy I think. Bring on the velvet and lace and buckles and beads please! Donna Karan said something about shoulders being the bet body part for flashing because they always look good. I'm taking that to heart and now intending to flash mine at least once a week.
      xoxoxoxo

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  10. I have never felt the slightest amount of guilt over my wardrobe, I love it, and love it all. I do have a cull every season and get rid of things, to make room for new to me things. The best part about buying second hand is you don't have to be minimalist, I so couldn't be that. Bring on Monty Python. I have told my lads that when I die I want 'Always look on the bright side of life' to be played at my farewell, with audience participation on the whistling of course!!

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    1. Yes, clearly I am such a guilty person I even felt guilty about all my second hand purchases. They can add up if you aren't watching carefully and although I get more for my money I also spend more than I used to. I have the biggest and best wardrobe of my life and I don't have a job so I was feeling like I didn't deserve it. Fortunately I have banished such evil thoughts! If I lived closer...a LOT closer....I would be hanging around on the day you purged your wardrobe!

      I can't whistle so I always feel very left out during that song, but I can at least sing along!
      xoxoxo

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  11. mwahah, it's nice to know you're not a minimalist!, I agree with you about purging your wardrobe just to contain pieces that fit and flatter (and/or make you feel fabulous), and love your Boho Test!, that's my kind of test!
    Love your orange skirt and all that colorful bijouterie!
    besos

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    1. I tried to be a minimalist and failed miserably. Or perhaps I should say happily. I can imagine my orange skirt on you. I think I was channeling you when I paired the rich colours together. Or at least I like to think I was. I am a mere disciple!
      xo

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  12. Sassy!!! I love the outfit. I am also not a minimalist, and I have zero percent guilt about it!!

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    1. LOL-I don't think I am capable of having zero percent guilt. I probably have at least 2% guilt at just being alive.
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  13. Ah success! : )

    I am very hesitant to give to thrift stores or consign too much because I find my sense of style changes every few months and I might want to revisit the piece later. Especially if I lose or gain some weight. Pants look better when I'm thinner. I'll wear more dresses when I'm heavier. I never actually change the size of clothing I'm wearing, but I change how it fits on my body. Therefore I will never be a successful minimalist. That is okay. I will never be a circus performer either. That doesn't bother me. (most days!)

    bisous
    Suzanne
    PS Love the colour and the whole boho look. Very Vancouver Island ; )

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    1. I don't think I have regretted too many things I've gotten rid of. Recently I hauled three items out of my donation bag and tried them on. I was instantly reminded why two were in the bag in the first place and the third was there because I had bought it and never worn in it two years. I am giving it another chance and hope to wear it soon.

      Options are good! I think you always look great in what you wear and you know your own style and what suits your body. I would put you on a catwalk not in a circus.

      Vancouver Island is in my blood. I have only lived off it for a total of 3.5 out of my 47 years. I guess I cant' help dressing like I belong here.
      xoxoxo

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