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Little by Little

In college I didn't have a lot of winter gear. My school was in Pennsylvania, but my family was still living in Hawaii and after finding a couple of mittens and hats at thrift stores I had enough pieces to muddle through the miserable months. Little by little I've added to my collection each year and now I have enough gloves, mittens, tights, and hats to rotate through them without getting too bored. That's the thing about building a wardrobe or really any collection--little by little things happen. I don't feel as if I need to go out and make large purchases or buy loads of new coats every winter. I'm never much of a "haul shopper," but rather I continued the habit I started in college: a few new pieces and a lot of remixing the old. It's the same with my bedroom and extended house right now--I've got the skeletons of my dream room and enough of the essentials to live with, but I hardly possess something worthy of an interior design spread in a magazine. Because in the end, there's no rush. Piece by piece over the years my home will grow like my wardrobe did...Just a few thoughts that stirred when I slipped on these suede gloves I bought on sale last spring when all the stores were trying to get rid of their wintry things.

Outfit details:
Samantha Pleet dress
Steven Alan gloves
Rebecca Minkoff backpack

13 comments:

maryse said...

Ahh that cardigan is absolutely perfect. It is so hard finding basic cardigans in the right proportions. What size did you get if you don't mind me asking? I am about your size and I was thinking either a 12 or a 14.

Georgie said...

I love your coat. and the backpack although I don´t wear them. I think I have to get one like that :)
I agree with you. I can´t afford to go and buy loads of clothes but ever year I add something :) and I am learning to remix - you really inspire me a lot. Thanks!! :)

Femke said...

Love your dress, beautiful colours!

xoxo, Femke
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Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@maryse, size/age 10

Joanna Haughton said...

I agree with you. I know friends who go out and do a large spree every 5 years or so. I like to accumulate precious pieces little by little, and have the memories attached to them of their unique origins.

Sincerely,
Joanna
www.ModaMamaBlog.com

Megan said...

I absolutely love that backpack. Been looking for one like that for a while. Cute winter outfit!

http://nauticalowl.blogspot.com/

Sydney said...

such a beautiful watercolor-y print on that dress...where you photographed looks fairly similar to where my husband and I always hike! love it :)

Kayti said...

Oi! I saw this and it made me think of you!

http://us.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Horse-Across-Body-Bag/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2529113&cid=6992&sh=0&pge=2&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Nude

kaytiii.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness! Your haircut is adorable. I haven't been by in quite awhile but it is so lovely to be here and be inspired by your beautiful pictures and style. You are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link to the ASOS tights. I picked up a pair for myself. :)

Lizzie Beth said...

I think this hat looks beautiful on you. I really struggle to find ones that suit me but you look beautiful and very cosy. I am always underprepared for winter, i think it's me hoping that we get to keep autumn for as long as possible. Lizz x
www.look-to-find.blogspot.co.uk

Aleksandra said...

Wow, you look so cute and lovely :) Totally inspired me for today!

Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence said...

Hello lovely, thanks for once again making winter chill seem bearable as long as one has the right attire.

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