Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shrunken shawl cardigan, giraffe necklace, and lightening my load

Shrunken Shawl Cardigan in soft azalea:  J.Crew, winter 2008
Flair skirt in navy:  J.Crew, fall 2011
Silk cami:  J.Crew, fall 2010
Bow pumps:  Seychelles
Double stand giraffe necklace: J.Crew, fall 2012 (must have just sold out online!)
I went through my cedar chest full of sweaters last night (many of which I decided to sell...more on that in a minute) and found this adorable cashmere cardigan that I bought several years ago at J.Crew.  It is still in perfect condition: no pilling, no stretching, and it still looks new!  I was so happy to pair it with one of my favorites from last year:  The flair skirt.  Oh why didn't I buy more of these skirts when they went on sale?  It may not be as chic as a pencil skirt, but something in the way it swishes when I walk just makes me feel sassy. 

Anyway, back to the sweaters, and clothing in general:  I am really lightening my load this season.  This week, I consigned a whopping 86 items from my closet (and made a nice little chunk of  change, yay!).  Most of the items were older pieces, v-neck sweaters, old cardigans, and colors that didn't feel like "me" anymore, and I didn't think any of them would be of interest on Shop Colorful Corporate either.  So I hauled two large bins to the consignment shop, and I feel SO much better!  I literally feel all the old clothing was weighing me down.  I would say in the past two years my shopping habits have changed pretty drastically.  Whereas before I was more about quantity, now I focus on having fewer, but nicer, items.  Pieces that I adore, and will wear, rather than a bunch of "stuff" that just sits there because I don't really love it.  I think that is why I have been loving J.Crew and Anthropologie so much in the past few years.  The clothing is so classic, and of high quality, but there's always some twist that makes them look modern and unique.

I wish this giraffe necklace was still online for you to is so cute!  I will get a close up next time.  The muted colors are perfect for fall, and the little guy got a lot of compliments today!  One of the giraffes at the Cincinnati Zoo is about to have a baby, so it was perfect timing to wear this necklace!

What is your fashion concept:  Quantity or quality?  I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for visiting! 


  1. I'm with you... all about quality these days. My outfit has the same colors today, but in reverse! I am planning to go through my overfilled cedar chest that contains almost all cashmere sweaters... hoping I can get rid of at least 1/3 of them. It is easier to get dressed when there is just a little less to choose from!

    I have yet to wear my giraffe necklace... must bust it out one of these days!

    1. I just got so overwhelmed with all these sweaters that had been stuffed away for years! It was so great just to unload them, and hopefully someone else will enjoy them while I enjoy the cash. :) I want to see how you style your giraffe necklace!

  2. Cute outfit. I love that shade of pink on you, and I think the Seychelles pumps are precious.

    Good for you consigning that many items. I have been doing the same (or donating) and it literally does feel like a lightened load. (And figuratively, too, if we are just speaking to the cleared space we can see where before there was just clutter. At least clutter at my house, lol.)

    1. I can totally relate to clutter! Lord knows you can't avoid it with kids! Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Argh! I adore the flare skirt! I wanted to snag one when they went on sale but kept putting it off until I forgot about it. Such a classic basic. Navy was definitely my favorite :)


    1. I am seriously regretting not buying the camel and/or the sienna colors in the flair skirt! Dang!