|Photo from tumblr, here.|
|No, this isn't mine, but I did have a similar one.|
It's been a few years, though, since I've needed to replace or revamp large swaths of my wardrobe, thanks to building a more timeless capsule of season-spanning neutrals, and trying to spend more wisely by purchasing fewer pieces of better quality that don't require replacement as often. Other than the long-sought-after grey ankle boots, and a long grey Eileen Fisher linen cardigan, I've mostly been keeping my powder dry, still searching for those few special pieces to add some color and verve to the mix.
Part of me still misses that sense of renewal, that brand-new-box-of-Crayolas feeling that a slew of new Fall clothes used to provide, and I've been exploring some cost-conscious avenues to re-energize myself for autumn, when work and life in general seem to pick up the pace. Many of us are trying to be more careful with spending, so I thought I'd share some of my tactics:
Reorganizing the closet. Put pants/skirts on the top rack, jackets/tops on the bottom. Or arrange everything by color, regardless of clothing type. Not only will a refreshed view of your wardrobe break the late summer doldrums, but you might see some possibilities and combinations you hadn't considered before.
A new fragrance, or mix of fragrances. Try something completely new, or if you've been wearing a favorite lighter floral fragrance for summer, try layering with something more spicy/herbal to add more depth for fall.
New makeup. Sign up for a complimentary session with a visiting makeup artist for a makeup line or brand you haven't tried before. (Check your local department store websites for schedules.) Remember that you're under NO obligation to buy everything they use, but tell them at the start what looks/colors you're more likely to wear; you'll both get more out of it.
New recipes. I've been in a TOTAL food rut lately, and plan to thumb through some favorite cookbooks this weekend and flag some new dishes to try.
Revise your routines. Move your workout from morning to evening or visa-versa. Read a book with your morning coffee and read/answer your email in the evening. Go to bed earlier, and get up earlier.
Pack a lunch. And who says we're too old for a new lunchbox anyway? Inspired by Aunt Snow's post a few weeks ago about Bento Boxes, I've been keeping an eye out for just the right one to inspire me to make and bring my own lunch more often.
|This one has a picture of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat often seen in sushi bars, who welcomes fortune and good luck.|
|From Laptop Lunches, this purple bento box includes utensils and a book of shopping tips and lunch ideas.|
|This one looks pretty Deluxe, even has a handled carrying case!|
What season most inspires you? Do you have any strategies to revamp/refresh your outlook for fall? Any great fall fashion finds to share? Favorite lunchboxes?