The most stressful part of a 30 for 30 wardrobe challenge? Without a doubt it’s choosing your 30 pieces. These are the clothes that you are married to for the next 30 days, you are literally taking a vow to be together until death (or laundry) do you part. Dramatic yes, true, possibly.

moms 30 for 30 {Seriously old picture from my ‘fashion blogger’ days. One part DIY, two parts remix.}

I know, my humour could use some work, thankfully, I still have my fashion sense right? So on that note – I chose my 30 pieces for this round of the #Moms30for30. Before I share my not great photos, I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on what to choose if you are joining us for this round.

TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR 30 FOR 3O PIECES:

  1. Make sure it fits and you like it! There is nothing worse than adding white jean capris to your 30 for 30 choices and realizing on day 3 that they don’t fit anymore. (This happened to someone I know, not me.)
  2. Do not shop outside your closet. If you read my intro post, you already no the only rule to participate was owning 30 pieces of clothing. You must pick from what you own – no shopping for the challenge!
  3. Mix it up – a few easy to style pieces, and a few tough ones. As much as the wardrobe remix challenge is about creating new outfits, be sure to have a few easy pieces like jeans and a couple of tee shirts, for days when you’ve got serious mom brain.
  4. Choose more bottoms than tops. Just trust me on this one
  5. If you are choosing dresses don’t forget to add a few cardigans or blazers. Your arms will thank you on chilly evenings.
  6. Organize your accessories before the challenge starts. I find the #Moms30for30 is the perfect time to pull out my accessories and shoes and see if I can actually use them. I usually end up purging my accessories just before or after a wardrobe challenge.

MY THOUGHTS FOR THIS ROUND:

So it’s been a while since I completed a 30 for 30 challenge, and I’ve become pretty boring in the way I dress since I first started blogging. That’s partly because my work is busier and I don’t blog about fashion anymore, but it also has to do with not being happy about my weight at the moment. So  my goal for this round of the #Moms30for30 is start enjoying dressing up again. I used to love planning outfits and taking pictures, and I really want to get over my stress about looking hippy, and my newly acquired double chin and just enjoy the process.

I actually didn’t put too much thought into my choices this time and just grabbed some things that fit. I did take pictures of everything, but did a horrible job with laying them out and sizing them. I am sharing them below so you can keep me honest, but advance apologies about some of them being cut off!

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10 TOPS:

5 BOTTOMS:

4 SKIRTS:

5 DRESSES:

6 CARDIGANS/BLAZERS/JACKETS

 

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I know what you are thinking – life is challenging enough, why would I add the stress of a wardrobe challenge? Trust me though, if you’ve never done a 30 for 30 challenge it’s something you need to try. I can’t tell you how much this challenge helps me with understanding my personal style, the best looks for my body shape, and keeping my closet clutter under control. I’m not a capsule wardrobe girl, and I’m never going on a shopping ban again, but I do enjoy testing my fashion props for 30 days, and figuring out which pieces of clothing are no longer serving a purpose in my closet.

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So know that I’ve got you interested, I know you are dying to ask; WHAT THE HECK IS A 30 FOR 30 CHALLENGE RAJ? Not to worry, I’ve got that covered for you, I promise. Read on for a background on the original 30 for 30, the inspiration for our Moms 30 for 30, and seven reasons you should participate in the next round which starts on May 1st. Here we go.

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WHAT IS A 30 FOR 3O CHALLENGE?

The original 3o for 3o challenge was started by Kendi of Kendi Everyday. She started a fashion blog years ago, and quickly found that she was shopping way too often and buying too many clothes that looked good on the blog but she didn’t need. She challenged herself to go on a shopping ban for 30 days. During the same month, she worked with 30 pre-selected items from her wardrobe (including shoes) and created 30 outfits – genius! This experiment sparked a movement of sorts, and fashion bloggers all around the world have participated in these challenges. I actually did my first challenge with Kendi back in 2011!

http://www.kendieveryday.com/

WHAT IS THE MOMS 30 FOR 30?

It’s pretty much the exact same thing as above except it’s hosted by a couple of moms who are out to prove that mom style is pretty cool too. A few years ago Shawna from Simple on Purpose convinced a few mom bloggers to give the 30 for 30 challenge a try, and the #Moms30for30 was born.

30 FOR 30 RULES:

? You must own at least 30 pieces of clothes. (We don’t count shoes our accessories in our 30 pieces)

? You don’t have to be a mom

? It’s more fun if you post pics of your outfits on Instagram or your blog and use the tag #moms30for30 so we can all cheer you on, but it’s perfectly acceptable to do in private for yourself.

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WHY SHOULD I DO A 3O FOR 3O CHALLENGE?

Let me give you seven reasons – I bet you didn’t see some of these coming!

  1. It forces you try on everything in your closet and choose your favourite 30 pieces. Trust me, this is an eye-opening experience and really shows you how much excess you own.
  2. Less laundry for one month. Or you will be forced to do your laundry more frequently because you really want to wear jeans and you only chose one pair for the challenge. (This has literally never happened to me)
  3. It stretches your creativity. You’ll understand this one around day 21 when you are looking at the same jeans mentioned above.
  4. It’s really fun, and you get to connect with a community of moms that are playing along!
  5. It builds your confidence. Spending an entire month creating outfits and taking pictures of yourself in them is a great experience. You will definitely have a little more pep in your step by the end of the month.
  6. Increased blog traffic/Instagram interaction. If you are a blogger, this really is a great challenge to get involved in.
  7. A deeper understanding of your personal style. Jokes apart, this is the real and best reason to participate in the Moms 30 for 30 challenge. You’ll start to see patterns in the type of outfits you like yourself in, and this will make future shopping sessions so much easier. You’ll also see some pictures of yourself and realize those outfits don’t look that great – and that’s okay, we all love you no matter how many times you wear that crazy baggy cardigan lady. (That last line was kind of self-talk).moms 30 for 30, 30 for 30 wardrobe remix

So there you have it, all the rules, and all the reasons you should participate. If you want to get on board, please leave a link to your Instagram profile so that I can follow along! Not sure what pieces to choose? Swing by tomorrow to see my picks … I’m just waiting for my jeans to dry already!!

 


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pink chai living what i woreRecently a client (Guildford Town Centre) celebrated their 50th Anniversary and held some pretty special events to celebrate. One of those events was a VIP reception to kick off their attempt at setting a Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Carrot Cake.

The reception was kind of formal and dressing up was required. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I don’t really own any dresses that fit me at the moment so I had to buy something new. I wasn’t really keen on shopping for a new piece because I’m between sizes and hoping my current clothes won’t fit me soon. But there was no avoiding a purchase, so I settled on this dress from H&M. View Post

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quitting shellac nails
For the last two years I’ve been visiting my nail place almost bi-weekly for a shellac manicure. There were a couple of times I let the time between visits extend to three weeks, and I might have taken a one month break last December, but otherwise it’s been pretty consistent. 

Truth be told, I love my nail lady, and my salon is dirt cheap, so there was no real desire to quit until a few months ago. Earlier this year Zara really got into doing nail art. She slowly moved all of my old nail polishes into her room and set up a little station to conduct experiments. Over the summer she spent hours practicing and perfecting her skills, and it was adorable. Sadly, every time she offered to do my nails I had to decline – because it would mess up the shellac. 

Zara’s daily nail art attempts also reminded me of how much I used to love trying different types of nail art on my own fingers. So, I was inspired to quit. I followed the directions on my friend Kendra’s blog for removing a shellac manicure, and once my nails stopped throbbing a few days later [they were so weak and damaged], I was ready for my first manicure by Z. 

[If you look closely in the video you can see that Z has given herself a marble manicure. Also, why can I never remember to turn the camera when making videos!]

For the last two weeks I’ve really been enjoying painting my own nails. Every few days I stop what I’m doing, make myself a cup of chai, earl grey tea, coffee, or even pour myself a glass of wine, and just focus on my nails. It’s strange, but it took painting my nails to realize I’m rarely ever in the present moment. But there is no other way to do a good job on your nails – you have to focus on what you are doing, or you’ll make a mess!
dsc_1668adquitting shellac nails[Polish shade: REVLON Cherries in the Snow]

An added bonus of doing my own nails is that I’m experimenting with different colours. I love red nails, but I’d pretty much stopped getting them because two weeks with red tips was a bit much for me. Instead I’ve been picking safe, and ‘photo friendly’ colours for nearly two years. 

Here’s to fun manicures, cheap drugstore polish, and many nail art adventures with the babe in the future!

Images by: Aziz Dhamani

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