12.12.2010

30for30: Round-up and My Thoughts Overall




Half way through this challenge I posted on lessons learned and thoughts in general {read here}, and although it's only been 15 outfits later, even more thoughts and lessons learned have come about.

I've learned that skirts and dresses should be worn more often. I am a jeans-kinda-gal. I just am. I love my boot cuts and my skinnys. That being said, now I realize a cotton dress or skirt with boots can be just as comfortable to wear during the day. I'd seen so many fashion bloggers wearing dresses everyday - I just admired their talent from afar and went on in my jeans. When this challenge rolled around I knew I wanted to give dresses/skirts a thorough try and that's why seven of my items were dresses and skirts.

This challenge has felt like an eternity and a moment simultaneously. I can't believe we are at the end, but at the same time I am thanking God to have my entire wardrobe back. I'm not going to lie, the second part of this remix was filled with ups and downs. I sometimes found my self anxious to be creative and other times I wanted curl up in my bed and hide from anyone expecting my next look.

If I do this again (which I will), I will be more thoughtful in my 30 item selection. Not that I wasn't thoughtful or didn't enjoy these pieces - because I did! I love the items I chose. The only thing I did not consider is that it is late fall in the south. This means one day the temperatures can be in the high 70s and the next day the high can be in the 40s. I should have planned for that.

Now that I have officially learned to remix, I am looking forward to making tons of new looks using my entire wardrobe. I'm going to have to introduce myself slowly to all my clothes (fellow remixers, I know you understand this) or I might go into clothing-overload and lose all the precious remixing knowledge gained over these past 30+ days. I also have a brand new view on the possibility of being a minimalist when it comes to clothes. 

Overall I thought this challenge was, most importantly, eye opening. I'm sure there are people looking in and not participating in the challenge and they may think it's silly or ridiculous, but to those people I say - why don't you try it? I honestly feel like all my clothes are brand new to me now - I have so many options. I've learned to use belts, scarfs, shoes, hairstyles, and tights to make two completely different looks out of one dress (see here and here). This challenge has offered valuable lessons for me to apply to my closet. For that, I am so glad I participated.

My favorites from the last 15 are: 22, 25, and 27. What was yours?


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Finally, I wanted to give a gigantic shout-out and thank you to all of you who have commented, encouraged, and shared your sweet words with me throughout this challenge! Your support has been very much appreciated and it always makes my day when I receive sweet words from you all! I definitely made it through my first 30 for 30 thanks to ALL of you!

28 comments:

Lindsay said...

Yayy! Congrats on finishing. I still have two days left! I love 23, 26, and 28 but they are all awesome.

Sands said...

Woot woot!! Congrats Linley!! I totally agree with your points. Suddenly I feel like I have way too many clothes and I came to realize (epiphany!) that I really shouldn't be wasting all my money on buying new stuff. Accessories rule! :)

xo
Sands

Jo said...

17, 22 and 27 were my faves. Congrats on finishing!!

I had the opposite experience as you - I finished thinking that I should have added some pants into my mix and less skirts/dresses!

Jan said...

23 and 27 - heck, just wear sunglasses and a leopard print cardi everyday and you can't go wrong!

Katelyn said...

26, 27, and 30 are my favs!

While I did not get a chance to participate in the challenge this go around, I did find myself trying more to put together outfits with what I already own and really using things like scarfs and tights to shake up looks.

Great work and I'm excited to see how the challenge effects your future styling!

Sarah said...

I'm in lovelovelove with number 17. I am going to have to figure out a way to use that for some inspiration!! I've also been inspired with how accessories really do extend the use of clothing:)

Kristen said...

Great job on finishing the challenge! I loved what you did with your 30 pieces and I definitely saved a few photos to use as outfit inspiration the next time I look at my closet and whine that I have nothing to wear!

I love 16, 25, and 27.

Nelah said...

I think you did amazing with this challenge. Your style is so chic, unique, sassy and classy. I can't pick which one I like the most.

Morgan said...

Congratulations on finishing! You did fab! :)
Loving 16, 22, and 25!
Quick question... what program did you use to had the numbering to your photos?
And did I ever tell you that you remind me of Taylor Swift... which is a good thing because she is darling! xoxo

Natasha said...

You had so many amazing outfits (as in all) My favourites are 16, 27 and 30.
Doesn't it feel great to be done? You did such a great job!!!

Lise said...

I only came across the challenge when all you remixers were halfway, but I have gained heaps of inspiration from watching you. I hope you will keep posting outfits! My favourites were 27, 17 and 28, but they are all fab. Well done!

Lisa D. said...

Congrats on a great remix! I'm so glad we "met" through the 30 for 30. :) My favorites in this set are 17, 24, and 27. :)

Human Sparkler ♥ said...

I just love love your 30 for 30! I just found your blog and think your style is just amazing!
Good job on the 30 for 30!
-Katie

www.fashionsparklers.blogspot.com

Terri said...

#17 is STILL my favorite.

Jackie said...

I have loved all of your looks and you were one of my fave remixers to follow. Congrats on completing all 30 days! Now go have fun with the rest of your closet!

PS-#20 was my fave look

Ashley said...

I love 17, 22, & 23 the best! I'm so glad we "met" through this awesome challenge!

You know what is funny? I would have pictured you as a skirt kind of girl, rather than a jeans girl! Hmmmm. Not sure why? Maybe just because you look so cute in skirts!

Looking forward to following your posts now that the challenge is over!

About said...

Loving your style! Loving number 17!

Now please excuse me, I suddenly feel inspired to buy a leopard print cardi...BRB...

Angeline said...

Congrats! It's definitely a fun experience, and I think that in itself is enough to do it again (this is my second time through...I might be down for a third, and then a fourth). I really liked....basically all of your outfits! I suck at narrowing things down.

Lauren said...

Congratulations again for making it through the challenge!! I thought you were extremely creative and loved all your looks!! Fantastic job - can't wait to do this again too :)

Small Time Style

kelseywilliams said...

i'm so glad i met you through the challenge! and i plan to remix again, too! :)

some of my favorites are #18, 20, 22, 23. great job!

MONKEYFACE said...

#16 is stunning!! And I also love how classic and cute #28 is. Way to make it to the finish with so many adorable outfits behind you!

Stephanie said...

i think the challenge is fantastic. hopefully i'll be able to participate in the next one. coincidentally, i've had to accidently participate in my own fashion challenge as i magically (ha, not exactly) gained 10 pounds almost overnight (or so it seems!) and i've had to remix clothes b/c of this. jeans aren't even a part of the equation for me (as i refuse to buy new ones!) so i too have been relying on dresses and skirts, which are more forgiving to where i gain weight. anyway... enjoyed seeing your great outfits. you are very inspiring. (and you can be damn sure i'll be back in my skinnies by the end of january. ;)

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

I'm a biiiig fan of 16, 21,& 24! I think you did a great job remixing, if I were jest skimming this post and looking at the pictures (whatever, it happens...) I wouldn't have noticed this was a 30 for 30 recap because you really mixed things up well. This is my first visit here and I love your style, so I will be back soon for sure!!

xoxo, Ashley

Heidi said...

17 is my favorite. Looks so comfy & classic. I'm really glad for the 30 for 30 because now I know you & your blog & can shamelessly copy-- Uh, I mean reference-- your awesome outfits!

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Lovely colours. Your dog looks so british. I always imagine my cat with a british accent. Like a cliche accent. I'm british and it's way more british than mine. End. Cute dog. x hivennn.

a. harms said...

16. 19. 23. My favs. You had so many awesome looks. Way to go! Congrats on finishing and doing such a fantastic Job. Can't wait to see more.

a pretty penny said...

You did SUCH a great job in your remix! So glad you visited my blog so I could find you :) New follower!

Thoa said...

I love 21 & 23. I've never even seen white tights work but that outfit makes white tights look absolutely amazing! And the hair fits too.

I like the sassiness but still feminine nature of 23. Your style is so diverse I'm super jealous!