Yes, I know, this riddle is lame. You may notice a few looks in this end-of-the-month collage that weren't featured during the month...simply because I ran out of days. I think I could keep going with this color combination indefinitely--year in and year out, season after season.
For the past several months, my process has been similar to what participants do in the 30 for 30 challenge. I lay out all the items in my closet and dresser that fit the color scheme for the month across the bed in our guest room. As I come and go in that room, I let the items "speak" to me and suggest combinations I might not have thought of before. For the past two months, there have been a few items that never made their way into an outfit. At the end of the month, I will cull these items as well as those that do not fit as well as they might and put them into a box that goes straight to a thrift store.
At the end of May, when I took my box, as well as a number of items that a tenant who moved out left behind, I mused that I treat thrift stores like libraries, simply "checking out" an item temporarily. Doing the color challenges month after month has greatly focused my thrift store shopping. In some cases, I have found myself shopping ahead several months, knowing I will be wearing say blue & white in May. Now, when I come across a blue & white item, I think twice...because it no longer fits into the schedule of events. I could probably go the remainder of the year without thrifting. I already have items lined up for the next six months.
Before I started Rags and 2011's color challenge, I simply shopped thrifts for items I liked. Increasingly, I come across items I like, but have learned to leave behind. For several months now, I've been keeping track of my monthly thrift store expenses. It's about what I had estimated (I hope to do an upcoming post on this), but I realized that I'm also getting more savvy about thrift shopping.
Wouldn't it be great if we could check clothes out like we do books from libraries?
And now, I want to know what YOU are reading this summer. I'm halfway through Patrick Suskind's Perfume and Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Suskind's book has been fascinating to me because of the emphasis it places on smell, a sense that is not usually engaged by reading, even though scientists speculate that our brains originally developed from our sense of smell. Darwin's book is chock full of fascinating observations of the world around him. He is an adult with the wonder of a child and the mind of trained scientist.