7 Dresses: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Here we are! It’s the last day of the second month of my 7 challenge (I promise it’s worth reading back if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Well last time I checked in, I’d only worn five of my seven dresses for the month. That lasted until my birthday on the 20th. Crazy, right? I wore the dress up top on the left for my birthday (I purchased that dress from Caché in Vegas to shoot Jeremy & Ashley’s elopement in!)  and then last Monday (the 22nd) I woke up and was over this whole wearing the same things over and over and over bit and wanted to wear something new! Thankfully I still had one spot left, and last week was warm, so I picked this cute short-sleeved number (purchased at Club Monaco on our Miami trip).

As a general wrap-up I think this month went really well. It was WAY easier than giving up coffee last month, it didn’t inhibit anything about my lifestyle, and I don’t think anyone would have actually noticed if I didn’t tell them about it. I did cheat once, last Saturday night, I was just dying to wear jeans and a gold sweater out…so I called it a “Halloween” night to dress up, gave myself the one free pass, and had fun.

I just want to quickly remind both you and myself that a big part of why I’m doing this is because there are millions of people in this world who have even less than what I’m limiting myself to in these months. The amount of excess we live in is both astonishing and kind of disgusting. I’m going to bet right now that after eliminating all the things next month (210 to be exact) that our house won’t even look different. As I get further into this  I realize even more-so how much stuff we (both Wil and I, and we as a culture) really have and it’s appalling. I’m going to do my best to think about this even more, and go beyond what this challenge originally called for. I always find peace in simplicity, and since that’s a huge goal of mine for this year…let’s get to it! Happy Wednesday friends :-) XXOO 

  • October 31, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Jackie Phillips - I agree with you! We just moved and purged a lot of things we didn’t really need. It was scary at first, but really freeing! I prefer to live a less cluttered life physically, mentally, emotionally. It is really rewarding to eliminate excess!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Emily Chastain - Love both of these dresses! At least you picked cute ones to wear and re-wear. :) This is a great idea – love that you’re blogging about it.ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Sarah DeShaw - So inspiring! I love the goal. We are going to move soon to another place, so once our stuff gets out of storage I definitely want to experiment with some of this!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 1:45 pm

    Christy Tyler - It is true… We have a ridiculous amount of excess here! I can’t wait to purge my closet when I have time this off season!! Also, I want your entire dress wardrobe pleaseandthankyou. :)ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Amanda Miller - You rocked it lady! And only one off night, wow! Kudos to you!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Alicia Sturdy - Love the off the shoulder one and the belt!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    Terra Chandler - LOVE that dress on the right! :D What a fun goal@.ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    Kristine Galli Hankins - I’m with you all the way on this one, Em. I long for simplicity and because of that always seem to be purging our apartment (much to Cory’s dismay sometimes). :) Bravo to you for another month of experimenting. You did so great this month!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Dani - I love this 7 challenge! And both of those dresses in the photos are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

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