The Humble Makeover

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the humble makeover p2Welcome to Stephanie’s Looking Glass!

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of making some changes in my life and I kept going back and forth on the things I want to focus on. I still haven’t come to a conclusion on what those things are, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. I know that I want to be content and happy. I hope to use this space as a platform to explore different interests and share them with you.

Giving myself a wardrobe makeover is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. As I spent more time looking into what I wanted to add to my wardrobe, I started getting interested in a wardrobe overhaul that would leave me with a much smaller amount of clothing items. Items that all work together to create a cohesive wardrobe. I’m sure that some of you know all too well the dreaded feeling of waking up in the morning to a wardrobe filled with clothes, but having nothing to wear! I tend to move a lot. I know that my possessions need to be easily transportable. But I don’t want a boring wardrobe. I want a wardrobe that reflects my personal style.

This got me thinking about the concept of minimalism. I’m sure you’ve heard that word thrown around several times. I used to cringe whenever I heard it because I felt like it meant me giving up the things I love. I have no interest in pursuing a Spartan existence and I don’t want to collect clutter. I want a happy medium that covers my needs and includes a few items with an emotional connection. So I decided to look up the term ‘minimalist’ and out of everything I read, I really liked this little quote below which was one of the listed descriptions of a minimalist.

“A minimalist is an intentional person. They see where they are going in life as something they can plan or affect” – Love Simple Living.

I have no interest in adhering to a strict code on how my life should be or the amount of things I can own. This brings me back to my interest in a makeover. I want my makeover to go much further than my wardrobe. I want to surround myself with beautiful things. Things that make me happy. The easiest thing to do would be for me to weed out all the items in my wardrobe and my surroundings that I want to eliminate. There’s an alternative option. I read a post on Franki Durbin’s blog where she talked about taking everything out of her closet, and then deciding the things that she would love to add back into her closet, and subsequently into her life. This creates the opportunity to start with a blank canvas. It also eliminates the chance of you purchasing something because you think you need it based on what you currently own. By starting with a blank canvas, it forces you to think critically about the things you are adding back, and the purchases necessary to enhance your style and your life. It goes from being just a standard makeover to an intentional lifestyle makeover. For me, this is my definition of the humble makeover. Because in making intentional changes to my external environment, it forces me to work on myself and understand myself.

That brings us to the question of style. I personally see style as something that comes from within and encompasses a lot more that the clothes we put on our bodies.

“Style is life! It is the very lifeblood of thought” – Gustave Flaubert.

I’m not entirely sure what my style is. I know that the way I live my life influences my clothing choices and vice versa. If I’m going to successfully give myself a makeover by the end of the year, I need to understand my lifestyle needs and preferences and I will be chronicling the process here. Wish me luck!

Have you ever had a wardrobe overhaul? Or given yourself a makeover? If you have any tips, feel free to leave them in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from you.

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