Hello dollies…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 09.2020 where I’m giving a free-of-charge, grand tour of my closet. Or at least my side of it. To be honest, this month’s post snuck up on me. They are always scheduled for the second Friday of each month. And until about 3:00 Thursday afternoon, I was thinking that would be next Friday. Had to scramble to neaten things up a bit before taking these last minute photos. Reader beware!
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 09.2020
Before we get started, just a word about Where Bloggers Live. This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? For last month’s post, we talked about vacations. To which I was quick to ask, “What vacation? Did I miss something?”
In July, I shared a look at my kitchen and it was one of my most popular posts lately. The month before that, we gave tours of our outdoor spaces. I had just revamped our yard and patio so I was happy to share! If you missed that post, please check it out here.
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Feeling kind of sheepish about sharing my closet for all the blogging world – or my small corner of it – to see. It is nothing fancy for sure. But I do have lots of clothes. Not fancy clothes. Nor expensive clothes. But a lot of tees, especially. I beg you to keep in mind that a whole bunch of this stuff is 4-5 years old. But I wear it all. Or have…until Covid. So, if I let you in, you have to promise not to judge. Pinky swear?
Remember, judgement-free zone. Just like Planet Fitness.
Okay, come on in.
I know, I know, that’s a lot. But let me ‘splain.
Tees, Tanks and Turtlenecks
These are my workhorses if you will. Right inside the closet to the right on top. And on the rack below the tees, tanks and turtlenecks are my pants. I have them arranged by sleeve length and by color. Bet if you look close enough, there will be a tee or tank in there you recognize!!
Looking at all those colors makes me smile. Can you find the top below in the photo above? Love my Loft distressed 6″ shorts (similar, similar) from this summer and my Old Navy polka dot top (similar, similar) from last year.
The silver trays on the shelf above my tops hold my earrings and my bracelets. And there are a few hats I am too timid to wear. Someday. Maybe I will make that an activity on my autumn bucket list. The photo below was taken in the spring of 2014. I am even shy about wearing my hat in a selfie that no one will see!! See the scar on my neck? This was shortly after I retired and had my second cervical spinal surgery. The surgeon accessed my spine from the front!
Jeans and Pants
On the rack under the tees, within easy access, are my jeans and pants. Right now my cold weather pants are in a vacuum storage bag under the bed in the guest room closet.
If our temps continue to be as cold as they were this morning – 47* as I drove over the mountain – I will need to get those babies out prontito. My dressier spring and summer pants are on the pants hangers on the left. These had been arranged in color order…but Covid. No, my pants didn’t get sick. It just got to the point that I was only wearing jeans and just sticking them back on the rack anywhere.
My favorite camos are hanging on the far right. I bought them in 2017. Last year, after several very successful months on Weight Watchers, I was down to my fightin’ weight. And these beloved Loft camo pants (similar, similar) were too big. Couldn’t keep ’em up!! Haven’t tried them since Covid. But I bet that won’t be an issue now. Wonder if I can even get them on.
Dresses, Skirts, Jackets
Dresses, skirts and jackets hang on the middle rack of my closet. I have jumpsuits and maxis there, too. Oh, and on the furthest right side are my camis on special hangers. Rarely wear them because I detest my strapless bra and couldn’t possibly go bra-less like my sisters in the ’60’s. Burn baby, burn. That ivory satin cami is about 15 years old. Maybe I need to go all Marie Kondo on it. Does it bring me joy? Do I use it?
Right before the world turned upside down, I bought several skirts and dresses on sale. Wore this outfit below for Christmas Eve church service. Do you see the H&M leopard skirt (similar, similar) and Papaya sherpa jacket (similar, similar) hanging above?
We were going to church every Sunday and one of my wellness goals was to dress up for church and for date nights. Haven’t had much occasion to dress up while babysitting the girls. Looking forward to initiating this Dress Barn maxi (similar, similar) and my Loft Easter dress (similar, similar) that wasn’t worn for more than a try-on.
Sweaters and Cardis, Anyone?
This rack gets a lot of wear, too. I love my cardigans especially. Would say my Covid uniform (when not yoga pants and workout top) has been a tee and jeans or tee and shorts, and cardi thrown in for good measure.
These have stayed pretty well in color order because I haven’t worn them as much this summer. I have a few heavier cardis and sweaters in another of those space saver boxes in the guest room closet. Hmm, maybe I should have featured that closet, too?
This red cardi is as old as Methuselah. It’s one of the first things I ever bought at the Loft, along with a tomato red skirt and cream and red polka dot blouse. Have always liked matchy-matchy. Also love me some Bachelor. Cannot believe Covid has even affected that. I mean is nothing sacred?
Blouses, Shirts and Kimonos
If my BFF Sharon is reading this, I wonder if she recognizes some of the kimonos below. She first introduced them to me in 2013, I think. Thought she was talking about the traditional Japanese robe until Sharon sent me one. I was instantly in love.
The kimono below is from spring 2019. I purchased it through Alison & Aubrey. Wore the tail off it. Almost. Can you spot it on the rack?
Odds and Ends
That brings us ’round to the back of the closet where I hang my bras. Yes, I hang my bras. See why my closet looks so full? I hang tees and jeans and bras and camis and sweatshirts, which are also at the back of the closet. Oh, and scarves. Do you hang your bras and scarves, too?
Had a shop on Etsy make me a sweatshirt with the name of my blog. Like pairing it with white denim and pearls. Makes me feel like a fancy lady!!
These white jeans have been purged and saved and purged again. Not sure of their status now. Drove around with bags of purged clothes (yes, there was more) for months waiting for the consignment store to reopen. Thanks, Covid.
Also at the back of the closet are my shorts. Hanging, of course.
I don’t have a lot of dressier shorts. Several pairs of distressed denim shorts, and a few twill. My active wear (shorts, tees, yoga pants), socks and panties don’t get hung up. Silly me.
Let me ask you a question. Scored(?) these floral shorts in the early spring at JCrew Factory for about a third of their original price. Wore them once paired with an older OTS Target top. Felt a little too youthful and girlish in them. And truthfully, I am 6 months older now and a whole lot tireder than I was when I bought them. What do you think?
The Rest of the Where Bloggers Live 09.2020 Story
So, that brings us to the rest of the non-clothing items on my side of the closet. The boots and shoes. Once upon a time, I did try to hang my boots. Yeah, not a good idea. So, boots on a shelf, shoes on racks below the hanging bras, scarves, shorts…ha!!
One of my 2 skinny mirrors is in my closet. As long as I don’t see my reflection anywhere else, all is right with my world.
My jewelry – the cheap stuff – hangs on two holders my daughter Lauren made for me and a rake that I made for myself. The good stuff is on a shelf above of my tees in the silver boxes, remember?
On the shelf at the back of the closet, I have my gingerbread house kits. I had making gingerbread houses on last winter’s bucket list but it never happened. Can’t even blame Covid on that. I couldn’t store them in the garage with my holiday decor so put them in my closet. Where do you keep your gingerbread house kits?
My grandmother’s sewing kit in case I decide to sew something. But first I have to learn how. Also have a milk crate – that’s some fancy storage container there – with VHS tapes (yes, I am that old) of the TV show I hosted years ago. A photo album from a past life. And an American Girl doll who was to scary for my daughters (and their daughters) to play with. But with whom I cannot part.
So, that’s basically it for my edition of Where Bloggers Live 09.2020. On PC’s side of the closet there are a whole lot of pants and shirts and baseball uniforms. BORING! Oh, and baskets of tennis shoes. When I get out my winter clothes, I might need to squish up some of his stuff a little so I can have more room for mine. But you didn’t hear that from me.
How many times have I wished that readers could leave photos along with their comments. Would love to see your closet, your hanging bras, VHS tapes and gingerbread house kits. But since that isn’t possible, why don’t we all go over to check out the other Where Bloggers Live 09.2020 posts and the closets of these terrific gals.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
We have 2 more posts for this year’s edition of Where Bloggers Live. But never fear. We have decided to continue the series into the new year. Come on 2021!
Glad you stopped by. Hope you don’t think me the clothes horse or hoarder after seeing my closet. But if you do, can we still be friends?
Enjoy your weekend, girls.
Hugs and kisses,