Thursday, January 26, 2012


I am a huge fan of post-its. If I don't write something down, I forget it 5 minutes later, so post-its stand in for my crummy memory. While I read magazines I write down websites and interesting items to check out later. My daily to-do list usually shows up on post-its (having it on my iPhone isn't as rewarding since I can't cross things off my list!), recipes to try out get committed to post-its, and my clothes shopping list currently resides on a hot pink post-it in my wallet as well.
{timeless style}
What you don't tote around a clothes shopping list? Well, before you start thinking (or confirming) that I am coo-coo for coco puffs, let me explain. In 2012 I want to be a better me, and to do that, I am going to be working on living my life with intention for the big stuff (spontaneous, care-free moments are going to happen too!). I have been reading Jess's blog, Make Under My Life, for the past few months and have really felt a connection with her advice for living a better life through intention and simplification. So since I love clothes, and have a passion for what I put on my body, I thought I would start my intentions there - and transform my closet into a treasure chest of beautifully curated items (à la Audrey Hepburn above). Jess has great advice about exfoliating your wardrobe, and I am on Step 3 of 4.
{Step 1: create a vision, Step 2: exfoliate stuff, Step 3: identify intentions, Step 4: reflect and evolve}
I have previously mentioned that I LOVE the Matchbook Magazine 50 Classics list (among other books like those below), and am working on filling my wardrobe with high quality, classic pieces that will stay with me as I transition from a grad student to whatever step is next. But having only 23 of the 50 Matchbook Girl items, and looking to purchase 27 new high quality (read: expensive) articles of clothing is daunting. So instead, I am focusing on a key set of pieces that will be most useful to me now, and I am going to keep my eye out (reminded by the post-it) for great deals on these timeless pieces.
{Parisian Chic + Black Book of Style}
So what do I have my eye out for now? Fancy you should ask...
I made a list at the end of summer for items that I needed to add to my Fall/Winter wardrobe, 
these include:
Brown Crocadile Heels
Trouser Denim
Matte Jersey Wrap Dress
White Jeans
Black Cashmere Turtleneck
White Oxford

And if you have been following along, you might have noticed that I have already picked up a pair of white jeans, a trench coat, and a black (cashmere blend) turtleneck. I found all of these things on sale {yes!}, and they are all quality items from reputable brands (J.Crew, Banana Republic) {yes!}. 
So if you ask me, the power of the post-it not list works!

I will keep you posted as I stalk the remaining items on my list (end of season sales!?, 
and begin to make a list for Spring/Summer
Any items on your wish list for Spring/Summer?


  1. Love the pieces you've gotten so far! Staples are the place to splurge, for sure but a sale is even better!
    I'm the same way with a bad memory and post-its. I had my clothing list on a sticky note I kept forgetting--I like the wallet idea. Putting it there now before I forget or have to write a reminder post-it to myself...

  2. Haha! I love it. I definitely have written a note to remind myself to write a note to do something! Good to know I'm not the only one :)

  3. I also make lists for clothing items I want to buy but I'll usually do it in my email so I can edit it :) And I can't live without post its on my desk at work!

     The items on my wish list are:  faux leather jacket (which I just ordered from Target for $12!), color skinny jeans, and leopard belt.


  4. I love buying basics--though I'm currently on a spending freeze ;) I need a good trench badly...it would be great for the spring! love all the items still on your list...end of season sales will be your best friend! so happy to have stumbled on your blog! xoxo {av}


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