Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011: Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes

While planning out my outfits for the week I found myself faced with a very unexpected problem: the lack of office appropriate summer shoes. What does that mean? To be honest I'm not entirely sure. I think peep toe flats would work, the final goal is something I don't have to wear hosiery with. I am seeking inspiration: What is your idea of a professional summer shoe?

  • Top: orange crochet neck blouse, LOFT (same shirt different color here, here, here, and here)
  • Bottom: brown tweed skirt with floral details, George via Unique Thrift Store
  • Shoes & Accessoriesteal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; mother of pearl earrings, Elizabeth Showers vintage; cream woven tote, Loeffler Randall for Target

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed  here, here, here, here, and here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Night Out: From The Mouths Of Babes

Not only has my work schedule been a little bonkers but, my social life has been a bit cray cray too. I really shouldn't complain; I get stir crazy when there aren't fun things going on, it's such a catch twenty two but, I digress...

With so many things going on I actually got a little stunted when getting dressed. I couldn't decide what to wear on Friday night so I threw a few things on and bounced the ensembles of my little brother and his friend. We collaborated and came up with this outfit which worked perfectly. Who do you bounce fashion ideas off of?
  • Top: teal ribbed tank top, Old Navy (same shirt different color here, here, here, and here)
  • Bottom: pink and coral polka dots skirt, New York & Company (same skirt different color here)
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target; coin pearl necklace, V'ta Jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered; Cerises Pochette, Louis Vuitton (not pictured)

Days Go By And Still I Think Of You

Things are crazy here yadda yadda yadda, you've hear it all before. To get an accurate representation of how I'm feeling (and get a laugh) read this, it sums it up pretty well! I have been at this new job for three months and I still haven't been able to put a decent schedule together that incorporates regular blogging along with all the other things I have to do (clean all the things? you would get that if you read my suggestion... do it!) but, that's going to end soon. I actually do enjoy this blogging thing and I miss it. Until then I will just play the catch up game, I hope you still want to play with me...

May 6, 2011

  • Topdark brown scoopneck sweater, GAP outlet (same shirt different color here) with a tank top underneath for the modesty; black safari jacket, LOFT  (same jacket different color herehere, here and here)
  • Bottom: ivory and black animal print pencil skirt, LOFT 
  • Shoes & Accessories: black pumps, Nine West/black flip flops, Rocket Dog; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 9, 2011

  • Top: black and white polka dot dress, Merona for Target; black cropped jacket, Express
  • Shoes & Accessories: red patent leather flats, Payless; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; pearl necklace, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)



May 10, 2011

  • Topred crochet embellished tank top, LOFT; gray flyaway cardigan, New York & Company
  • Bottom: brown and red pinstripe pants, New York and Company (one of the pants I had to lengthen and let the hem down on)
  • Shoes & Accessoriesteal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured) 

May 11, 2011
  • Top: coral sweater, LOFT
  • Bottom: black, gray, and white skirt (with pockets), Target
  • Shoes & Accessories: black patent leather t-strap pumps, LOFT; semi precious stone necklace, V'ta jewelry; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)

May 12, 2011
  • Top: yellow floral patterned sweater, Dana Buchman for Kohl's
  • Bottom: gray pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: purple suede-ish ballet flats, Mossimo for Target; glass bead necklace, Christmas gift from Cousin M; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; purple tote bag, Coach


May 13, 2011
  • Top: white crochet neck top (same shirt different color here, here, here, here, and here); gray cardigan, New York & Company via Mom
  • Bottom: green and white pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: purple suede-ish ballet flats, Mossimo for Target; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)

May 16, 2011
  • Top: pink sweater with black trim, Alfani via Macy's via Mom; black blazer, Ann Taylor via Melissa
  • Bottomblack and white tweed pencil skirt, Isaac Mizrahi for Target via The Unique Thrift Store
  • Shoes & Accessories: black patent leather t-strap pumps, LOFT; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 17, 2011
  • Top orange ballet neck chiffon flower top, New York & Company
  • Bottom: gray knit pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesteal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; silver/gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; purple tote bag, Coach


May 18, 2011
  • Topwhite ruffle button down blouse, LOFT; gray plaid blazer, Jones New York Suit via Mom
  • Bottom: black knit pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black ballet flats, Xhiliration for Target; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 19, 2011
  • Top: gray tunic, Frazier Lawrence via Mom
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: black ballet flats, Xhiliration for Target; coin pearl necklace, V'ta Jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered, gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 20, 2011
  • Top: black half button shirt, Jovovich-Hawk for Target with a tank top underneath for the modesty; black blazer, Ann Taylor via Melissa (not pictured)
  • Bottom: double waistband denim trouser tailored by me, LOFT Christmas Gift
  • Shoes & Accessories: leopard print flats, New York & Company; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 24, 2011
  • Topgreen short sleeve sweater, New York and Company with a tank top underneath for the modesty (same shirt different color here)
  • Bottom: gray skirt, axcess for Kohl's via Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: purple suede-ish ballet flats, Mossimo for Target;



May 25, 2011
  • Top: blue, gray, black, and white wavy print dress, New York & Company with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Shoes & Accessories: black patent leather t-strap pumps, LOFT; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 26, 2011
  • Top: purple, white, and black floral print dress, LOFT with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack peep-toe wedges, Dr. Scholl's; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)


May 27, 2011
  • Top: pink flutter trim tank blouse, LOFT/birthday gift from Mom; black flyaway cardigan, August Silk via TJ Maxx
  • Bottom: white pinstripe capris, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black flower embellished sling back pumps, Hollywould; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)







Monday, May 23, 2011

Update: I Complete You Product Challenge


I'm still chiseling away at the mountain of products that I have. I am seeing less and less of those tell tale Bath & Body Works bottles under my bathroom sink (that's where I keep most of the extras). At this point I don't know if I would go into B&BW to purchase my favorite fragrance but, then again maybe I would. Cotton Blossom was a refreshing and crisp scent that I always got compliments on.  

Check out my updated list here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

FBFF: Blogging Pet Peeves

I don't have alot of blog pet peeves but, here's what irks me just a little...  
  1. Music - I might be listening to my own music. I might be at work checking out your blog on the DL. There are a million different reasons why I don't want to hear your music. I know I listen to some (what some might perceive as) really obnoxious music; I won't subject you to that just because you want to visit my blog and in turn would appreciate the same courtesy. If you need a ride well... that's another story. 
  2. Over Crowding -  When the extra content gets out of control I can't focus on your wonderful words. By extra content I mean ads, sidebars nonsense, pop-ups (the worst) and all that other jazz... I get distracted easily so give me a break!
  3. Dropping Off - Not saying good bye is the worst! I am very sad when I come across a great blog and then all of a sudden everything just stops without a word of warning. I know, I know... but, this isn't the pot calling the kettle black, I come back!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Jenny Stamos!!! Congratulations! I will be in touch shortly with details about your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm hoping to be able to bring you many more giveaways as 260 Days, No Repeats continues to grow and I hope you'll stick around to take part in that as well!





Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Giveaway Reminder

Ok people, I think I am going to give giveaways a break after this one apparently they don't have the same razzle dazzle anymore... only 4 people have entered the giveaway for these awesome earrings. I describe them as "awesome" based on experience and even told a whole bunch of people over at Mad Dress Game the same thing! If you enter now your chances will be pretty awesome! I know there is still a week left but, don't wait till the last minute. Also, let's be honest with each other you know you want these Tiffany-ish earrings so become a follower and head over to the ORIGINAL POST to enter!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

To: Moms 
From: Iris 

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 5, 2010: So Mom

Everything about this outfit scream "Mom" to me. No, not your Mom, my Mom! It might be because alot of the items in this outfit were originally hers but, I could completely see her wearing this outfit minus the shoes plus shorter pants (she's a half a foot shorter than me.) That crazy teal pop of color is all me!
  • Topmaroon sweater, ABStudio via Mom with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: black knit pants, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesteal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered; coin pearl/stone necklace, borrowed from mom; blue Foley + Corrina City Clutch, gifted via Plaza Too

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Tiffany style silver earrings like mine!

FBFF: A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Of 'Em... Shoes

1.What is your go-to pair of shoes?

I think I wear my black pumps to death! Actually I know I do because that was BF's congratulations new job gift to me new black pumps to replace the pair that I had worn into the ground. I already had to have this new pair repaired (new heel tip, front sole) I expected more from you Nine West... But, when I'm not at work and the weather is warm enough I am in flip flops and sandals as often as I can be.

2. What goes into your shoe buying decisions?

Comfort is a big one. Nice shoes don't really look that nice if you can't walk in them... I learned that the hard way. Price of course factors in there to versus how often I will wear the shoe. If it's something I am going to wear all the time then I might invest a little more in "quality" AKA "pricetag" but, I have some basic shoes that I wear all the time that were $10/$12 and totally exceed my expectations.

3. The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color?


The majority of the things in my closet are neutral, with a few pops of color here and there. I would have to say overall the most dominant color is black. As a style blogger I feel the need to say that purple or red or something  "shocking" like that but, I'll be honest... I like black shoes and they go best with the majority of my wardrobe.

4. When it comes to design shoes what are your favorite brands and why?

I like Born sandals. They are some of the most comfortable things in the world. That doesn't seem design-y enough...

5. If price wasn't an issue, you’d own which shoe?

For me if I want a pair of shoes I will buy them but, most of the things I like are within my means. If not then I'm sure there is a similar pair (that is probably better quality) out there somewhere for me. Maybe it's the way I walk or the shape of my foot but, I have found that things from Target last just as long if not longer and are more comfortable that your average pair of Manolo's. I am saying that straight from experience... Sorry to burst any bubbles.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Tiffany style silver earrings like mine!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 4, 2011: One Point For The Weatherman

Let me start of by saying, please ignore my bad hair day. You would think it was the rain but, it wasn't, my blow dryer and I had a disagreement we're not speaking at the moment but, I digress...

Yesterday I listened to the weather forecast and they got it right so I'm glad that I did. It started pouring while I was on my way to the train station. I even remembered my umbrella, GO ME! Ok, so maybe ballet flats weren't the most practical shoe but, I didn't feel like tucking my skinnies into boots! It isn't winter after all...

  • Top: purple and white polka dot shirt, Old Navy (same shirt different color here and here); blue tweed blazer, K Studio via Unique Thrift Store (same with this dress)
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: black ballet flats, Xhiliration for Target; black reversible headband, Mandees; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom via Macy's; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro (not pictured)

Items form this outfit are previously seen and remixed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here and here.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Tiffany style silver earrings like mine!

May 3, 2011: Cool Waves

I was all ready for Tuesday to be gray and dismal as predicted but, it really wasn't that bad at all. Thanks for misleading me Weather.com... I'm glad I threw caution to the wind when getting dressed though because if I had paid any attention I would have swaddled myself in clothing and thrown on a pair of boots. Instead I wore a pretty gifted dress (the best kind) and the day was all the better for it!

This is one of those times where something new entered my wardrobe and I might not have necessarily made a huge effort to mention it but, I will moving forward so you don't think I'm shopping on the sly. While my mom was at the thrift store she saw this dress and picked it up for me. She said it was "so Iris!" I guess I could agree with that, I do love a jersey knit dress...  What kinds of pieces are "so you"?

  • Top: blue wave patterned jersey knit dress, Scarlett via The Unique Thrift Store/Mom; gray ruffle trim cardigan, LOFT/birthday gift from BF's mom
  • Shoes & Accessoriesgray suede-ish kitten heel shoes, Mossimo for Target; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)

Items from this outfit are previously seen here and here.


Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Tiffany style silver earrings like mine!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 2, 2011: Back To Business

Yesterday was my first day back in the office after a mini sabbatical. It was a bit difficult getting dressed because the weather was so gross outside in the morning. I hope we are not having a repeat of last year! April showers bring May flowers, right? That's what I was told as a child. Don't destroy what I know to be an unequivocal fact with your reality. O, you won't? That's great, thanks. Weather.com will, that jerk...


How am I supposed to motivate and get myself out of bed knowing that is what is going to greet me when I exit my house for the rest of the week!? At least there is documented proof that I made it out yesterday, I make no promises about the remainder. How do you beat a lame forecast?
  • Top: green sweater, LOFT (same sweater different color here)
  • Bottombeige pinstripe pencil skirt, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: green tweed kitten heel pumps, Coach; coin pearl necklace, V'ta Jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered, purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:


Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Tiffany style silver earrings like mine!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April in Retrospect

As I stated before the past few weeks have been full of alot of craziness in all aspects of my life but, I did take a picture of what I wore everyday to work. I'm committed to the bit! While I BF was snapping my ensembles I don't really remember what was going on at the time honestly the days are all one big blur. Here is the simple compilation: 

April 14, 2011
  • Top: brown cowl neck sweater, Mossimo for Target
  • Bottom: brown pinstripe Hudson Wide Leg pants, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: green tweed kitten heel pumps, Coach; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)


April 15, 2011
  • Topivory tank top with embroidered neck, Patrick Robinson for Target with another tank top underneath for the modesty; gray flyaway cardigan, New York and Company
  • Bottom: denim jeggings, LOFT
  • Shoes & Accessories: leopard print flats, New York and Company; silver/gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)


April 18, 2011
  • Top: black cowl neck sweater, Old Navy (same sweater different color here); black tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: gray really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: black vintage patent leather pumps, Evan Picone via The Unique Thrift Store; black patent leather belt, Kohl's; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)

April 19, 2011
  • Top: red floral embellished top, Simply Vera Vera Wang via Kohl's; black pinstripe blazer, Calvin Klein via SYMS 
  • Bottom: black maxi dress as skirt, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black ruffle embellished flats, Audrey Brooke via DSW; silver bead earrings, TIffany & Co.; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)

April 20, 2011
  • Top: coral sweater, LOFT
  • Bottom: dark gray Hudson Wide Leg pants, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver hardware embellished flats, Preview via Nordstrom Rack; turquoise and silver earrings, Pennyweights; turquoise and silver bead necklace. gift from Mom; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)

April 21, 2011
  • Top: green v-neck ruffle embellished t-shirt, New York and Company with a tank top underneath for the modesty; khaki safari jackets, LOFT
  • Bottom: yellow, brown, and colorful plaid skirt, WDNY via Loehmann's
  • Shoes & Accessoriespurple suede-ish ballet flats, Mossimo for Target; ilver/gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; gray motorcycle/Le-Dix bag, Balenciaga (not pictured) 

April 25, 2011
  • Top: purple sweater, Geric via Conway with a gray tank top underneath for the modesty; black pinstripe blazer, Calvin Klein via SYMS
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: teal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; silver bead earrings, TIffany & Co.; silver/semi-precious stone necklace, V'ta Jewelry; gray motorcycle/Le-Dix bag, Balenciaga (not pictured)

April 26, 2011

  • Top: pink scoopneck sweater, LOFT (same sweater different color here, here, here, and here) with a tank top underneath for the modesty; brown houndstooth jacket, LOFT
  • Bottom: brown pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: teal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; brown fused glass earrings, craft space in Laguna Beach; gray motorcycle/Le-Dix bag, Balenciaga (not pictured)


April 27, 2011

  • Top: brown wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg with a tank top underneath for the modesty; gray ruffle front cardigan, LOFT
  • Shoes & Accessoriespatent leather leopard print mary janes, Le Due; gray shell earrings, gift from BF's Mom; black patent leather belt, Kohl's; purple tote bag, Coach (not pictured)


Easter Sunday 2011

Did you do anything fun for Easter/Passover? I spent time with my family and had dinner with one of my close friend and her family. It was a great day with my favorite people! Since I shared my Easter outfit with you last year I thought it would only be fair to do the same thing this year. So here it is...

  • Top: pastel colored dress, axcess for Kohl's via Unique Thrift Store with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Shoes & Accessories: nude patent leather pumps, Apt. 9 via Kohl's; silver/gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro

Giveaway: Silver Bead Earrings

Having completed one year with no repeats I want to celebrate with you! I thought there could be no better way than gifting you with one of my most utilized wardrobe items. I'm sure if you are a regular reader you have a few ideas of what it could be. Don't worry, I won't send you a pair of skinny pants. That's right the title gave it away... I am going to send you a pair of 10mm wide silver bead earrings like the ones I wear all the time from Tiffany's. I couldn't afford the real deal but, these should be just as nice even thought the picture is a little wonky...


This giveaway will be until May 15, 2011 and is open to ALL readers in the USA! I will pick the winner via Excel/random.org. Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite thing about 260 Days, No Repeats is. Don't forget to add your email so I can contact you! For bonus entries:

  • 1 bonus entry - "Like" 260 Days, No Repeats on Facebook. Leave another comment letting me know you did this.
  • 1 bonus entry - Follow 260 Days, No Repeats on Twitter. Leave another comment with your twitter handle.
  • 2 bonus entry - Follow me on weardrobe. Leave another comment with your username.
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  • 2 bonus entry - Follow me on Chicisimo. Leave another comment letting me know you did.
  • 3 bonus entries - Re-post this giveaway on your blog. Leave another comment letting me know you did this with the link.
  • 5 bonus entries - Add 260 Days, No Repeats to your blogroll. Leave another comment letting me know you did this with the link.

Review: Swappeez Sandals

While on my haitus someone from Swappeez reached out to me to review their sandals. With the warm weather on our door step I was more the happy to comply, the timing couldn't be more perfect!


O, you've never heard of them? Neither had I but, now that I have learned a little more about them I LOVE the idea! Honestly, what girl wouldn't? You can take one pair of sandals and make it many pairs of sandals just by adding accessories. It sounds so familiar to me but, I digress... Swappeez was conceived with the quintessential modern girl in mind. The result was a series of interchangeable straps, buckles and accessories. These colorful and fun components come together creating various styles and designs. So whether you're hitting the beach, planning a vacation, on a tight budget or like the rest of us, just can't get enough shoes...

This is The Organizer, so you can keep your sandals, straps and few extra buckles to swap (you love how I did that I know) depending on the occasion. Not only can you be exceptionally fashionable you can be practical AND organized. This is sounding better and better!


There was, unfortunately, one thing that didn't work for me. I had trouble tying them so that they didn't shorten my leg or flop around. In the end I suppose I could try a different type of strap besides the one included, perhaps one that is longer/shorted until I find something that works for me. Maybe I just need to practice like with a Monif C dress. I'll let you know how that works out. I would recommend trying them out first but, definitely think they could be a great buy!

Purchases: April 2011

This past month I found myself in an interesting position in terms of the blog and my closet. I had completed my one year and spent a startlingly small sum of money on clothes in that time. I thought, what a better way to reward myself then to go shopping for more clothes... No wait, that's wrong! That's my old mentality rearing it's ugly head. But, after thinking about what I might need I decided to venture out to LOFT and see what they had on the sale rack during that ridiculous 40% off already reduced clearance/30% off all items promotion because I still had a gift card from Christmas returns. I got 2 sweaters and 2 shirts and with all the crazy discounts and after the store credit I only ended up spending $15.20! I'm ok with that... Did you take advantage of any of the crazy sales this month while retailers were trying to make room for all the warm weather fare?

One Year, No Repeats

I have finally gotten around to this monster of a post. I started this whole project with the idea that I had 260 posts ahead of me I was nervous about the number even more than the idea of not repeating an outfit. Now, 374+ posts later I am ready to try and wrap up this experience and all those posts in one potentially paltry (in comparison) collection of summations.



I won't put it all in pictures and links... In this past year I have worn 213 different outfits to work; 111 different tops, 10 blazer, 24 dresses, 37 skirts, 23 pairs of pant like things (slacks, bermudas, capris, gauchos, etc) and 6 pairs of jeans. Although I was not counting them in the outfit equation I have used 49 pairs of shoes, 23 necklaces, 38 pairs of earrings, 1 bracelet, and 16 handbags to spice up my outfits. That all being said, there are still things in my closet that you haven't seen! Here are some of my favorite outfits from each month but, I'll be honest there were some months where it was really hard to choose there were just so many good ones! Did you have any favorites? 


April 2010


May 2010:




August 2010 (toughest month to pick a favorite):


September 2010:


November 2010:




February 2011:



I continued to post weekend/night out outfits when I thought they were noteworthy. Someone had commented that they used the weekends to repeat all the outfits that they wore during the week but, as you can see that is not the case for me! To be honest some days during the weekend I spend the entire time in sweats because I don't go anywhere and no one really wants to see pictures of that, do you?





I participated in a number of challenges and theme weeks which really broke up the monotony of remixing from my existing wardrobe. I also started participating in other blogger projects which helped in a similar and more consistent way.



One of the main challenges of this whole experience was not shopping. Once I started getting into the groove of remixing from my closet it was easy to go to the mall and walk away from cute clothes and "good" deals. I am no longer a recovering drug addict dating crack! If you don't understand watch this video and laugh. Or not, your choice but, I digress... I learned alot about the things that triggered my urge to shop (boredom, unhappy feelings) and also learned that stores put everything on sale all the time! There is no limited time only offer, it's such a scam. Armed with this new knowledge there were some months that I didn't buy anything at all and in this past year I ended up spending (drumroll, please) $148.60!!! It is such an extreme difference but, only those who knew me before 260 Days, No Repeats would understand the stark contrast.

That being said there were times when my Mom or other generous people gifted me with clothes or store credits. I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth and tell them to stop. The point of this experience was not to avoid increasing the size of my wardrobe, it was for me to stop spending so much money on clothes. Those two things are definitely linked but, are not synonymous. That being said, I think moving forward I will be a little clearer about new or new to me things that enter my wardrobe.

One of the biggest (and unforeseen) challenges that arose was that I gained some alot of weight. A moment of  honesty, probably about 30/35 pounds.It is a challenge on so many levels! Of course there is the natural unhappiness that one feels when gaining weight but, there is also the discomfort I felt when getting in front of the camera to take the pictures. I see the difference in how I look in older pictures compared to now and I feel how my clothes fits. The most difficult part of this is that since I am trying not to shop I can't pick up a pair of black "fat" pants so I need to work with what I have. I just need to get to the gym!

I wasn't sure when I started 260 Days, No Repeats that it would grow as much as it has. I couldn't be happier! In the past year I have had 18,971 visitors and there have been 40,258 page views. I know that is something that other more popular bloggers experience in a month or so but, I'll take what I can get. Either way, it has been good enough to get some fun free goodies and sponsored giveaways which I'm sure we have all enjoyed! I have been thinking about connecting with some affiliates/monetizing the blog but, all in good time I guess...

Moving forward, as you might have guessed I will keep things going with year two! Excited? I am... Here are the new(er) rules. We're still following the original rules but, with a caveat for dresses. I wore some really fantastic dresses last year but, wasn't sure how to remix them all according to the rules. Then I realized, I am writing the rules! Have I mentioned, 2 + 2 = 4? Revelations people... but, I digress. All dresses are fair game as they are! I will try to mix it up with snazzy accessories but, don't feel the need to go out of my way all the time using dresses as skirts and so on...

Lastly I just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been reading and following along. I wouldn't have stuck with this challenge as long if it wasn't for you! I appreciate everyone who has commented, collaborated with me, linked back to me, or just popped in. You are all fantastic!! I also want to say thank you to the people who are "behind the scenes" like BF and my family/friends. They help me with the everyday stuff  like pictures and outfit selection (ex: is this outfit too crazy?) but, also with the special situations that arise whether it's an event or just me stressing out! I love you all!!