Four days to go, through Sunday–almost out of the woods. On Monday, I'll joyfully tear into my stack of sweaters.
I cheated once, for an unanticipated meeting with a new corporate client. I was not going in a sweater. But the black jersey skirt and cami under the jacket are on the list, so there. (Deep violet boiled-wool jacket. by Clothes by Muriel Dombret).
Two parties, not with the same guests, were handily solved by the black leather tee and pants or skirt, no need to try this-and-that.
|Rosewood vee, big shawl|
I sewed copper sequins to several feet on both ends of the shawl; the twinkle pleases given such restricted choice.
1. Opening a Visa bill with a $0 balance, sweet! I always paid my balance each month, but haven't seen a blank page in years. I'd quit all discretionary shopping, an unanticipated outcome.
2. When my friend Lynne needs formal business drag, she calls a pal and borrows a suit for the day, then returns it dry-cleaned. She avoids buying what she rarely needs. I, on the other hand, will buy for what-if-I-am-invited to-a-Nobel-awards-ceremony.
If I could get it together to have a dress made, I'd pass up countless consolation items. In Barney's, I think, I can't have that dress, but what about a pair of shoes?
I love the detail on this Alice+Olivia LBD, the Marigay rosette feather dress. (Price, $495 from Netaporter.) Could a dressmaker create something this witty, or would I look like Big Bird in a dive bar?
|Chain-striped wool dress|
It won't fit my Child-like body– that's as in Julia, not little kid: a large is size 10! (Price, $1,700; from Netaporter.)
4. I could easily pick twelve more items and re-up, but instead, will pare my closets. Getting down to Six Items is not gonna happen. One spill and you're going nowhere for awhile.
The unexpected benefit
On Sunday, I donated to a friend's favourite cause, Médecins Sans Frontières, as we agreed in lieu of Christmas shopping.
Giving feels more grounded and quietly satisfying when it is not driven by embarrassment or guilt about how much I've spent on myself.
I'd enjoy your comments, whether you've been experimenting or watching.