Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Curated Closet Day:15

 Curated closet day 15:  Today I am wearing my free dress from the church sale that was new with tags from Ann Taylor. I love the green on me. My necklace is my favorite black teardrop as well as some Kendra Scott earrings. I wore my Chaco’s today to help me navigate the halls and walking today. I have to say that the dress is totally awesome. I can even wash it in the washing machine instead of dry cleaning it. The material has a linen type feel but it’s soft and comfy.  It’s a major hit!  

My biggest thing is that I need to cut down on my wardrobe slightly. I foresee within the next month needing to go through my items again and get stuff out. I have a clothing exchange that I will be attending in Grand Rapids mid month so I’m excited about that. I’m ready to get rid of things and place them in the right people’s arms.  My stuff needs to get worn but I’m not the one to do it LOL!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Curated Closet Day 14


August 30, 2021

Day 14!  Here is my week in review.  I will be getting rid of two pairs of jeans as they are like status and two tops.  The Madewell Vneck in the upper left-hand corner needs to find a new home as well as the lower left Ann Taylor loft shirt.  My Paige jeans....they don't fit my body type.  As much as I want to love them, they don't make me look my best as the Liverpool jeans as well.  The rest of the outfits = success and love.  I will more likely wear my Ann Taylor loft blue shirt more casually now too instead of work.

I'm going to continue to do this as I need to figure out me post losing the weight.  I am essentially maintaining at 193.  I am not too sure if I want to get much lower than 180ish so 13 more pounds and I am good.  I am comfortable and happy.  I am off my blood pressure medication.

Day 14 was my church sale dress....it was free.  Talbots 2018 that I wore with Chaco's as I was on the go then I paired it with my black drop necklace and Kendra Scott Earrings.  I felt super today.  School was quiet except for a few bumps but overall things went well today. Hello 2021-2022 school year.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Curated Closet Days 12&13

 August 29, 2021

Wow what a thrifting weekend.  I hit a church sale here in Kalamazoo at the local Catholic church and I was sooooo blessed to find some amazing finds.  I think I've hit two of the most amazing sales in the past two weeks.  One was an estate sale with the Gucci Belt and Prada shoes.  Then Friday was $1 clothing and nothing like finding high end clothing for a dollar.  I was also able to pick up some vintage lights which are now hanging in my house.  Below are some of my favorites from the sale.  I spent a total for $41 dollars for both days but my goodness what I got was mind blowing!  I had some great conversations with some clothes flippers so I think I might be ready to get back in the game.  We will see.  It looks like Posh Mark is the winner from everyone I chatted with.  Larger audience than Etsy.  We will see!

Saturday Curated Closet Day 12: I was sporting around casual as I was digging through the finds at the garage sale.  I spent 4 hours there talking to flippers gaining their knowledge.  I used to do this and loved it.  I feel it's time again.  I sported a t-shirt that noted "I survived Mt. Pleasant in the 1990s" (referencing my old college Central Michigan University....go fire up Chips), some NYDJ shorts, and my cream converse plus tortoise shell earrings that I got a few years back from Rocks Box.

This outfit was super comfy.  I can live in my converse except for hiking.  I initially hated the cream color but I love them now!  They essentially go with everything that my black converse shoes does not.

Sunday Curated Closet Day 13: I sported in my free Eddie Bauer NWT shorts and a Banana Republic tank.  I paired the outfit with my black Chaco's and my Kate Spade kitty earrings plus a tear drop necklace from Rocks Box.  

I had brunch with my BFF in Grand Rapids and we went out to the market and grabbed brunch.  I probably dressed a tad more casual but I figured we would be outside so I felt it was perfect.  We ate brunch on the patio so it did get a tad hot and I was glad I was sporting what I did.  

Eating has been very balanced.  Still at 193 so I'm feeling good about that. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Curated Closet Day #11

 August 27, 2021

I was going to wear a skirt or a dress but I reminded myself that after work I will be hitting a local Catholic Church for a garage sale and waiting an hour in line without being uber comfy was going to be an issue.  So I switched gears and put on a Patagonia top that I got in 2009 then Gap Bermuda shorts that I got about the same time plus Chaco's.  I went funky of course with my necklace and wore a vintage piece.  I love the look and feel of it.  I'm glad I changed because I save the cute dress for Monday as the kids come back to school.

It's a leisure day today.  I need to get some teachers a scan code I created for behavior tracking so I am just going to eventually hit school.  I'll probably do some browsing on the way into work.  Haha!  Eating wise, I'm doing strong.  Weight is at 193 and holding.  Nothing lost, nothing gained.  It's not budging due to my relationship with cheese. I love cheese, I totally cannot help myself.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Curated Closet Day #10

 August 26, 2021

I have to say there is a psychology of wearing what you love.  It is also making things simpler when you don't love it, it goes in a pile to meet it's new owner.  Finding pieces that I love is fun and making sure that I love what I wear everyday is helping me a lot.  Today, I loved my fun dress.  It's a jumper style from Marella that I picked up for $2 at an estate sale.  I felt really good in the dress.  Earrings were a fun pair of Kate Spade Cat Earrings that I picked up last year.  One is a cat head and the other earring is a sparking ball.  I really adore this pair.  I wore my Chaco's and I was okay with the footwear.  It worked for me...but I need to strengthen my choices with shoes. 

Work is going great but darn, working a full day needs getting used to.  Gearing up for Monday....students come back for the 2021-2022 school year.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Curated closet day #9

August 25, 2021

Curated closet day #9:  Initially I was going to wear the polka dot.  Then I heard Anuschka Rees in my head noting wear the clothes you love.  I love polka dots but I don't love this shirt on me.  I like this shirt.  The white plain eyelet was calling my name when I was glancing at it downstairs so I put it on.  So much better.  I feel now completely on point for the the day.  The polka dot was leaving me feeling "meh".  The white eyelet makes me feel confident ready to tackle the day! Roar!!!!

The shirt is an XL Ann Taylor Loft Eyelet shirt which I purchased last year for $5.99 on a clearance sale.  The capri's are NYDJ size 16 and shoes are Dansko's which I purchased from Nordstrom Trunk Club.  Necklace is a Rocksbox cheapy I picked up from them and their subscription box.  

Eating wise I am solid!  I picked up some Eggwhite bites from Costco to mix up my eggwhites and spinach in the morning.  I am really digging those.  It gives me about 10 minutes more so I can tidy up before I go to work.  I am trying to create a routine as school starts next week and hockey starts the week after.  


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Curated Closet Day #8

 August 24, 2021

Admittedly I was feeling like a jeans and a t-shirt today.  I settled into some Paige Jeans that I picked up on Mercari for $10, Madewell t-shirt which was bought last year, and converse tennis shoes.  I felt okay today but more meh.  Not because of the clothes but the lack of movement and a full day.  Still assessing my pants.  I like them on the hanger but looking at the picture the outfit really doesn't do anything for my shape.  This would probably be a run the errands type of outfit.  Probably my least favorite out of the bunch.

They went over the teacher dress code today and another year with jeans.  Thank goodness!  I like the option of throwing in some jeans when you feel like it.  

I'm getting into the fall mode now.  I started decorating for Halloween a tad tonight
.  It felt terrific.  All my old favorites coming out to play.  Halloween is like my Christmas with fun cute decorations.  I figure decorate now as work gets nonstop survival mode once students come back until Thanksgiving.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Curated Closet 6&7


August 23, 2021

Curated Closet Days 6&7

Sunday: I just ran errands around town so I wore my comfy Ann Taylor Loft Shirt with a Kendra Scott Necklace and NYDJ shorts paired with my chaco's.  Overall I was comfy running around Kalamazoo in this outfit.  I hit my usual grocery joints for the week.

Monday: Professional development today at work.  All the teachers are back.  I wore a dark blue Philosphy shirt, a vintage necklace, bakelite bracelet, and bakelite earrings from my sister's donate collection to me. The jeans were a few bucks at Goodwill.  They are feeling a lot more lose than I expected.  I like them but not in love with them.  Shoes are always a disaster.  I think I would have liked some flats or something.  So yes on top, no on bottoms/shoes paired together.  I got a Shein dress for Halloween.  I love it.  This is my first purchase from there.  Love Love Love!!!  Their sizing is so far off though.

Eating wise, doing okay!  No complaints.  Hovering still at the same weight.  I did cook ahead lunches for Chris and I until Thursday so school should be okay with getting back into the groove.  I'm so not used to working so I am easing back into a school schedule.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Curated Closet 4&5

August 20 and 21, 2021

Had a great Friday and Saturday.  Went up to GR to spend the night with my best friend.  She took a management position at the hospital so she is getting acclimated there.  I'm super excited for her to be there.  Her house is amazing and it feels like her home already.  We had dinner out then some drinks at her place.   Saturday morning I took her to the Fulton Street Farmers Market. Then I had lunch with a friend in Lansing then date night with Chris as Ian had an overnight with a friend.  We checked out a Brewery and it was just okay.  I don't foresee us going back but the building was amazing.

Review: Red outfit Friday.  I love love love this top but it's going to have to go.  It's time.  It's a XXL.  I was toying with getting a tailor to bring it in but I'm not too sure.  I really love it.  I paired it with some shorts and converse.

Friday night dress, Modcloth cheapy.  I love this dress but it's a 1X so again it's not well fitted.  It needs a new owner so I will probably cosign it.

Saturday outfit: Saint James Nautical top.  It's new and I love it.  It's from an estate sale that the clothes were new.  I paired it with a NYDJ.  I loved the look and it was comfy.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Curated Closet Day 3

 Curated Closet Day 3 

August 19, 2021

Lauren Conrad top I picked up at Goodwill last year, Kendra Scott Earrings, Vintage Necklace that my sister gave to me, shorts are NYDJ, and converse tennis shoes.  I know I need to fix the shoes on the outfit but my sandal situation grew bleak as I had to toss my two pairs of birks this summer (incident with geriatric old cat when we moved litter box...stupid me). If I was working with kids, I would probably pair this top with a blue pair of pants. I need a place to take pictures in the house.  That's Chris's home office as he will never return to in person.  The hospital found it more productive for IT to work from home.  He is knee deep in covid data and creating a system for the booster appointments.  Today will be casual with work.  Half day today again.  It sounds like tomorrow I am off.  I will be heading to run errands in GR, get my haircut, and spend the night with my BFF who just moved up there.  She is an manager at the hospital up there as she just secured the job in July.  She switched hospitals and moved from Kalamazoo as she wanted a scenery change.  It will be good to see her!

Curated Closet Day 2

August 18th outfit:

Old Mossimo jeans from Target circa 2007 wide leg, patent leather Converse, Halogen Cap Black Shirt from Nordstrom Rack $10, vintage necklace from an estate sale that I picked up in early 2000.  This is one of my favorite necklaces that I own. My review of outfit:  I love the pieces but again, do they work together?  I feel the flow with the pants don't really work.  The top needs to go maybe with the pants from yesterday?  I was just shuffling today in my office at school so nothing big going on today.  Admittedly, when I get home, I peel the clothing off.  

Non clothes wise: today was a sigh of relief.  Found out that our home just needs Stucco repair vs. a Chimney tear down.  $4K vs $20K is so much better.  I love our old home but damn, owning an old home can be a pain.  I still would never go back to me last new house.  Hated that neighborhood and the house had no soul.  


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Curated Closet Day 1:

August 18, 2021

Part of "The Curated Closet" by Anuschka Rees is that she wants you to write down everything you wear for two weeks.  During the next two weeks, I will be documenting my outfits.  

Day 1: Tuesday August 17, 2021.  Just a half day at school.  I'm just hanging out and working on some plans today.  My contract is 196 days so I opted to start early so I can get out when school gets out in June.  I don't like hanging out post school as there's nothing to do.  

Okay, I loved this outfit until I saw the pants/shoes in the Goodwill mirror and then I was like....hmmm....I love the shirt which is Ann Taylor Loft bought for $5.99 last summer, paired with some Gap Jeans bought for $3.00 at a resale shop.  Earrings are Kendra Scott (my favorite) and necklace is a vintage goodie I picked up about 21 years ago.  Shoes are Converse.

So I love all the pieces but questioning if the should be put together at once.  The jeans don't hit me in the right spots with the top.

Wonderful Summer!

July 2020 at 235
August 18, 2021

Why hello there!  Here we are a year later.  I'm currently at 193.  Work got uber busy in April so I went into maintenance mode.  I looked at my nutritionist and noted "Suzy, I don't have the brainpower to lose right now.  I want to stay the same until August".  She worked with me.  I've been able to stay 193 the whole summer.  I went back to work on Monday so back to losing!  I'm amazed by the progress I have made in the past year.   I was always afraid of maintaining as I thought I would gain.  Now I know I learned how to eat better.  I am really happy where I am at!

It was a really lowkey summer.  We travelled about 5 weeks out of the summer.  Ian went to a 3 week Mandarin program at the local university for free as part of a NSA grant so I took that time to declutter the house.  I kicked ass from bottom to top as I know that it needed it badly.  Since moving here 4 years ago, this was the first time I did this.  I knew I had to do it as life gets busy in the fall with hockey as we are at the rink essentially MWF. 

Part of my cleaning program was to continue to work on my clothing and closet.  I have been reading "The Curated Closet" by Anuschka Rees.  I am trying adjust my closet and define my new style.  I am working on the workbook so that I can finetune my look as I'm adjusting to fitting back into my old sizes.