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Lower heels ='s happy feet.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I couldn't bare to part with a pair of shoes that should have made the 'purge' file (see previous blog). Using the power of the almighty internet I found a how-to on how to shorten your heels by as much as one inch.

Voila!... My now uncomfortable 3.5 inch heels are now 2.75 and WOW what a difference today!!!! So now my feet are happy, and so is my wallet.




  
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ABSMITH24 9/17/2009 5:14PM

    I had no idea you could do that?! Did you shorten them yourself? Way to go!

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Paring down the Wardrobe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm cleaning out the closet following these rules from designer Michael Kors approach on style:
- 70% of your wardrobe should be neutral staple basics'
- 30% 'iciing'- the flashy/trendy stuff.

Anothe professional stylist and organizer added the following:
- Get rid of the 'skinny' stuff
- Get rid of the ratty stuff- You only need ONE outfit for house cleaning.
- Slim down your shoe choices (okay, so that's a hard one to take).

With these rules, here's what went.
1. Stilletto Gold Heals
2. Satin and lace brown stillettos
3. One red mesh shirt
4. One hideously ugly bright green dress (what was I thinking)
5. Ratty/stained/torn sweatshirts
6. One grandma red sweater that was a gift
7. One new crisp white shirt that shrunk just too much on the first wash
8. Old black pants that are just too tight
9. Two scarves
10. One pair of waaaayyyy tooo short shorts

There were other rules for purchasing, but I'm taking this slow. Even so, the recommendation was to analyze your wardrobe and fill in the gaps on your next purchases. For example, are you lacking 'casually nice/dinner with friends clothes'?

Also, it was the organizer's opinion that you onely wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time. Not sure how true that is, but in any case the articles definitely changed my perspective.



  
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ABSMITH24 9/16/2009 1:34PM

    I'm sorry, but I can't stand by a designer/stylist type who says to slim down shoes. I will admit I just tossed a bag full of old shoes, but they were old and I'm obviously going to replace them! ;-)

I love purging my closet with notes from Kors, Tim Gunn, Stacey London, Clinton Kelly, etc. I would kill to get them all in a room and just point their fingers at me saying, "keep, toss, keep, oh god no..." Yay for replacing your old stuff with great new finds!



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FANTABULOUS777 9/16/2009 1:03PM

    Sounds like a good idea!



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TARACHELLE 9/16/2009 12:58PM

    Way to go! I love getting rid of clothes that are too big. Not sure how I would do with ones that are just unnecessary. emoticon

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RONIH2O 9/16/2009 12:56PM

    I wish I had nicer clothes, but I work for the Water District and can be called to a treatment plant at any time. I don't buy the nice clothes because I can't afford to go anywhere nice. I am getting rid of my clothes that don't fit, so I am trying to do better in that regard.

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Underwear IS hazardous

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Ladies, I care about you... I want you to be careful. I want you to realize that underwear- that's right- UNDERWEAR can be hazardous.

PLEASE... do NOT take toasty warm underwear fresh out of the dryer and immediately put them on. THIS IS A HAZARD! As I have learned, you Must- I repeat YOU MUST check that tiny, useless little 'pocket' right there in the nether-region for the spare change that your husband refuses to take out of his pockets. Specifically, searing hot brand new shiny quarters that have not cooled off yet.

I learned the hard way.... rather, the HOT way.... emoticon

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HAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!

  
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WILLOW_1956 9/8/2009 9:10PM

    Very funny! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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ABSMITH24 9/8/2009 8:53PM

    OMG, I would so start planning a little revenge! Great story, glad you recovered well!


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HOOEY78 9/8/2009 7:41PM

    Holy Cow! That is hilarious! I will be on the look out :)

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KSTDENIS 9/8/2009 6:43PM

    Oh my! You put a much needed smile on my face!

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SUE5007 9/8/2009 6:38PM

    Hilarious! Sorry for the mishap but it made a great blog entry! emoticon

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 9/8/2009 6:16PM

    Oh my gosh! Ouchie!
Thanks for the warning! emoticon

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Day 27- I met the GYM POLICE

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Talk about a buzz kill last night!...
I intended to take a step class and was really proud that I had talked myself in to going when I realllly didn't want to go (I even used the Panic button yesterday).

As it turns out, last night class was scheduled to be a 'sampler' which is meant to show new-comers some of the various formats offered in class. Okay... not a problem... I wanted to work out, so who cares if it was not what I expected.

As class gets going, the instructor tells us the class is might be a bit 'beginner'.... hmmm.... okay... I'll just add another set of risers for the Step Portion to compensate for the simplicity. Okay... still here... good thing I am in the farthest corner of the room, just in case I totally eat it with three stacks of risers... but I'm still committed....

During the Step portion, I made a fatal mistake and stepped out of line. Oooohhhh, oh no...... Instead of going side to side on the floor, I stepped on up my step for a complete count of 16. Then, I got back in sync with class. I was clearly in sync with the class, and yet the Gym Police that was in the form of the instructor decided he had to walk all the way to the corner of the room to ask me to stay with the group.... with his mic on....

I don't know why, but I was soooooo perturbed. I still AM perturbed and this happened last night. Needless to say, I left his class at the mid point because I was so thrown off by it. Nevermind being singled out in a large class of people, but we are talking about 16 COUNTS here, and the guy was in my face. And it's not like I don't know that he is out of line, because I used to be an instructor at the very same gym. What a weenie.

At least I got in 20 minutes. It was just the last straw, I guess.

  
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GLORILEE 9/4/2009 4:18AM

    I would have spoke to the instructor in the same manner that he address me and let he know that not everyone can do the class the first time. Don't let him intimidated you talk to his manager and than tell him that he was OUT OF ORDER! getting insulted in from of the class would never happen again. With people like that you have to be firm and sometimes Rude. emoticon

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LILLYTAME 9/3/2009 4:24AM

    I agree with LITTLE, it's a power trip. If it was a class for beginners and you had gotten back in step, was that really necessary? Ugh, I hate that too.

Good luck hun. Find out his name and maybe you can just avoid working out with him.

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LITTLES813 9/2/2009 11:44AM

    People like that are on power trips!!! Sometimes you need to put them in their place & bring them back to earth/reality. Your paying him to instruct you, not insult you!!!

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EVELYNGUY3 9/2/2009 11:09AM

  Oh, I hope all gyms are not like that. I want to join our local gym, but I would be so humiliated I probably wouldn't go back. And, I would be out of step, because not only am I not coordinated, I am way out of shape. Whew! I can imagine how you felt.

Just don't let that discourage you. Easy said, isn't it?

Evelyn

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Day 24- Met with my SparkTeam

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Today I met with two of the girls from PB & G SparkTeam- we decided to hike Runyon Canyon in Hollywood, and it a very good experience.

In keeping true to my commitment to do things differently, I committed to meeting two fellow Sparkers for a VERY early morning hike. It took a bit of convincing to wake myself up at 5 am to make our meeting time. This was the first time I have ever met a fellow SparkPeople member, and it was a great experience!

I was motivated for the rest of the day to get other things done that I would have normally put off or done half-heartedly.

Soooo, thanks Erica and Monica, for a great start to the weekend, and for re-charging me in what otherwise would be the start of a lull in my quest!

  


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