I told you last week that I was going to be participating in a little fashion fun for the month of November. It’s only been a week but I’m having a great time – and I’ve even learned some things.

1. When you have a collection of clothing you like that fits, getting dressed in the morning is a no-brainer. You’re not sifting through items that really don’t interest you any more, or that simply don’t fit. Usually, when I’m making an effort to wear something ‘different’ I’m wasting a lot of time going through clothes that aren’t suitable, and then I tell myself I have nothing to wear. Well, for November, I know I have 30 items to wear that can be combined in multiple ways!

2. When you know you have to snap a shot of yourself for the internets every day, you go one step further when putting yourself together. For example, on Day 4, I was heading out the door in my Triangle Tease SweetLegs leggings, black tank, black cardigan and yes, black boots. On autopilot I reached for my green Jacob jacket (as seen on Day 2) which would have worked…but wouldn’t have made the outfit sing. Remembering I had a Danier leather jacket in my closet upstairs, I ran up and grabbed it. It was the perfect day for it – dry, sunny – and I honestly, would not have thought to wear it if it weren’t for this challenge.

3. Being the only subject in a photo is really, really weird for me. I can’t tell you how many retakes I did the first few days. When I finally figured out the discomfort was because the spotlight was on me – not the kids – I realized that I had to change my mindset. That’s still a work in progress.

4.  Life doesn’t have to be so serious. Not that fashion isn’t important; it’s a creative expression of ourselves, it can definitely be a statement about our personal and world perspectives. But when I first felt the pull toward this challenge, I thought, “Well, that doesn’t really go with my blog.” Except it does. Because yes, I write and think and speak a lot about charities, humanitarian issues, grief, motherhood etc. but I also believe strongly in authenticity and creativity. I really do love an outfit that is well put together. I enjoy expressing myself with what I wear. I just normally put a lot of energy into other things. So far, though, I have learned that it doesn’t take a lot of energy to be happy with the way I look. And it’s OK to have fun.

5. I’m revisiting accessories I haven’t worn in a long time but have held on to for sentimental reasons. It’s nice to pull them out and enjoy them instead of bypassing them, and everything else, in my jewelry box.

To find out where the clothes/accessories are from, please check out #moms30for30 on Twitter where I have descriptions with my pics, or take a look at my Facebook page. Check out the looks below and then tell me which one is your favourite in the comments! Also, if you are participating in the challenge and have a blog post to share, please do so via the linky at the bottom 🙂

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Day 4:

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Day 6:

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