Monday, April 16, 2012

365 Days, 365 Outfits, 50 Pounds.

So, I've been trying to come up with something that will motivate me to get blogging. And for something that will keep my motivated to lose weight. They're both challenges for me to be consistent about, for whatever reason.

Then, while at Viva Las Vegas, I met the author of this amazing blog: 365 Vintage Days

If you haven't seen it before, it's absolutely inspiring. She wore 365 completely different 1950s ensembles. My hat is off to her! (Heck, make that all of my hats!)

I'll admit, even being in the business, I don't have *quite* enough clothing - let alone in my current size! to make it through an entire year without a single garment repeat. But, I do love to mix and match separates, find new ways to use and pair the accessories I've got, and - when you count all of my clothing, across all sizes - not an unimpressive collection.

The challenge: Wear a unique vintage ensemble (reproduction pieces may be included) every day for 365 days - I'll start at my current 34" waist and plan to end with a 28" waist, which will allow me to wear pieces in my collection that I haven't put on in over three years. With your encouragement, I know I can make it!

So here we go with Day 1! Hopefully my self-photography skills will improve with time. My options for a place to set the camera were limited - forgive the tree branches!About the ensemble: I love brown with red. It lets the red speak for itself, buts lends a casual feel. Perfect for early spring in Oregon.

Dress: 1940s Red Gabardine Dress from Jumblelaya - this is current favorite, you're sure to see with paired with separated and accessories in varied colors.
Accessories: Wooden Pin, an antique store find. The bakelite is mostly thrifted, but one of the red was a gift from my father when I was 17, and a carved butterscotch from a Christmas present from my ex-husband.
Socks: Purchased deadstock at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender
Shoes: The Remix Scroll Platform Wedge

24 comments:

  1. That is a neat idea. I don't have the wardrobe to do that either. :-/ I'm hoping to get down to a 28" waist as well. I'm getting closer.

    What has been ober helpful is these "Walk Away the Pounds" by Leslie Sansone. I've already lost an inch in my measurements. Not so much in weight, but my clothes fit so much better!

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  2. Cute cute, Miss Julie! I'm hoping to get down to a 28" as well. I'm only 2.5" away, but since my waist always tends to be thick in comparison to my other measurements, this will be an incredible feat. I MUST wear those brown 40s sailor pants again!!

    Let's ride bikes together sometime soon.

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  3. Adorable outfit! Love it! I recently discovered "365 Vintage Days" and am smitten. Can't wait to see all the awesome clothing combos you come up with!

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  4. Fantastic idea! - even if its not your idea entirely. I cant wait to see the daily photos, along with the transformation. You know that we both battle the same issue - and I am extremely proud of you no matter how much you lose.

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  5. Hi Julie!

    Love your idea! Can't wait to see your outfits and your weight loss success.

    MaryD

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  6. Oh I love this! I'll be here to cheer you on the whole way! I know you've got some fabulous outfits to share AND I'm super excited this is going to help motivate you to wear some of your old favorites again! :)

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  7. wow what a challenge! i dont have nearly the wardrobe for that. i cant wait to see yours! Good luck on the weight too! I really want to get back to a 28in as well. Hell i'd love to get that 25 i had back when i first started selling...back when i would model everything...ha those days are gone.
    Anyway this is awesome Julie! I'm very excited about this!!!

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  8. Great idea! And kudos on the weight goal. Being the proud owner of a smallish waist, I assure you that it is totally doable. (I'm trying to get my 27" waist down to 25" or 26", just another few pounds...)

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  9. great idea! looking forward to seeing more outfits.....

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  10. I love that blog and I looK forward to you doing the same on yours!I'm trying to get my waist line back too and with my son turning 3 in august I'm realizing I don't have the excuse of "just had a baby" anymore.I don't have near the wardrobe to wear something different every day of the year which you think wouldn't be the case considering we are in the business of hunting vintage constantly

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  11. I think this is an awesome idea! I hope you meet your goal! I'm finally down to a 28" and hopefully I can keep going. It's been great to be able to fit into some vintage pieces I'd "grown out of".

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  12. This outfit is just so cute! And I cannot wait to see more. :D Good luck!!
    -Andi x

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  13. LOVE it!!!! Especially the shoes. Your personality makes everything shine! xoxo

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  14. I had discovered the 365 day challenge only a few weeks ago- it has made for awesome viewing! Good luck and looking forward to seeing the daily results! PS loving the wood bell pin!!

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  15. What a great challenge!!! I'm happy to see that you loved my link... I will give your blog adress to Sylvie she will be pleased to see that her blog was a such inspiration!!!
    I have myself clothes from 30 to 34'' waist clothes (most in 32), I have been 30'' for 2 years... it's so hard to keep exactly the same size and so hard to built a vintage complete wardrobe!!!
    So good luck, I will follow your blog!!!

    http://lostin1950.blogspot.fr/

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  16. What a wonderful challenge! I'll be so excited to see all your outfits. This one is just darling. Love the red and your shoes are lovely.

    xo,
    Em

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  17. Really fantastic idea!! Love it. As a long time follower of your shop (& have purchased from you at the Forbidden Island tiki sidewalk sale), I'm happy to follow your personal chronicles via blog as well!

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  18. I love, love, love this challenge that you've set yourself!! Can't wait to see your progress, you're going to conquer your goals in the most glamorous way no doubt!
    x

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  19. Thanks to everyone for your support! I might not have made it as far as day 2 without all your encouraging comments. I'm looking forward to sharing the journey (and a lot of pretty clothes) with you!

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  20. Best of luck! I'm sure you can do it, but blogging will help you keep on track even more.

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  21. I am really happy to bring you some inspiration! And will follow the challenge!
    Cheers,
    Sylvie

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