In September 2013, I enrolled in a course called Urban Explorer Photography. It’s a SkillShare class taught by Cubby Graham and I loved it. Part of the class included creating your own photography project. I decided to focus my energy on My Morning View photography series. The class helped me look at photography in a new way and it gave me the courage to create my photography book.
In early December 2013, I received a surprising email from a staff member at SkillShare. He told me that my class project was selected as a the top project, and as a result I won a $500 Levi’s gift card. Initially, I didn’t believe the email was real because I was so surprised!
For the last five years, I’ve worn lots of black clothing (black leggings, black dresses, black shirts, and black coats). I was tired of wearing black all the time and wanted to add more color to my little wardrobe. So, the Levi’s gift card arrived at the perfect time.
A few months ago, I visited Portland to reconnect with friends and while I was in town I stopped at the Levi’s store. Thankfully, my friend Jolie came to the store with me. If it weren’t for Jolie — and an amazing Levi’s salesperson — I wouldn’t have spent the gift card. I don’t have much fashion sense and shopping overwhelms me, so I was grateful for their help. I left the store with two pairs of blue jeans, one cotton scarf, a beautiful purple jacket, and five blouses. I adore my new wardrobe. It’s been nice wearing colorful clothing and to finally own comfortable blue jeans.
When it comes to my wardrobe, I follow Project 333 guidelines. For example, three-quarters of my clothes are neatly stored in my closet. I rotate through my clothing based on the season or if I buy something new.
At one time, I had enough clothing to fill up our little house. Now, I have a super small wardrobe that is filled with clothes I love to wear. Plus, I don’t spend 30 minutes each day trying to decide what to wear. And, that makes me happy.
P. S. I will be posting photos of my tiny wardrobe on Instagram. Follow along if you want to see my outfits. Also, Courtney Carver offers a fantastic course called Dress with Less. If you want to downsize your closet, I highly recommend this class.