a new challenge.

30 11 2010

I just finished a book called, “The Art of Non Conformity” last night.
I’ve already recommended the blog – but I’ll plug the book as well.

It’s worth it.
A great read about pursuing happiness in an unconventional manner. The book focuses on ways that you can make the things you love the focus of your life.

One of the topics covered in the book is decluttering your life and removing the unnecessary items.

An example cited was a man who moved his entire wardrobe into his hall closet. He said he would only move an item back to the closet in his room after he wore it. Whatever was left in his hall closet after one year was promptly disposed of. If you don’t wear it during a one year span then the odd are strong you’ll never wear it.

I love the idea so much I’m going to follow suit.
I will be moving all of my clothes to the study – once I wear it, I will bring it back to the closet.

Anything leftover in one year will be taken over to Deseret Industries because I will no longer be wearing it.

This is a great way to remove the clutter from my own life and also be able to make a donation to DI!

“all men should have charity…” (2 Nephi 26:30)

I’m excited to try this out and look forward to seeing the results!

? Do you have lots of clothes that you never wear?

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red pants.

29 09 2010

Yes. I own red pants.
Oh, and maroon.
And green.

I wear all of them. (well, I don’t wear the green as much)

Today I’m wearing my red pants.

But I think the days of my red pants have gone the way of the earth. (well at least in public)

Leah is not a fan of red… or maroon… or green… or basically anything with a dickies logo on the back.
*single tear*

Yes, it’s not the most professional look.
But it’s still sad to see the days of wearing whatever I want going away.

Theere was once another young man who wore colorful clothes that got him in trouble…
Would it be a stretch to compare this scripture to my current situation?

“And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him.” (Genesis 37:23)

Ok – yeah a stretch. Maybe it’s a metaphorical stripping of my pants of many colors…

? When you got married, were there items of clothes your spouse wasn’t a fan of or that you didn’t like on your spouse?





jeans.

23 07 2010

Everywhere I turn I see jeans with some kind of design on them.
What’s the deal with all the crazy artwork on jeans these days? (said in my best Seinfeld impression)

No, but seriously.
It’s not just the ladies who have random squiggly marks adorning their butts, the guys have jumped on the butt artwork bandwagon as well.

I was talking with Leah about this one day and she said I sounded like an old man.

It’s probably because my actual question was: “what’s up with all these crazy kids and their decorated jeans?”

I need new jeans.

I haven’t bought jeans in years now… About 4 to be exact. I have one pair that doesn’t have holes in it.
It’s only a matter of time before that changes.

I decided to go to Express to find some jeans the other day and was shocked that I couldn’t a single pair of jeans that didn’t have some crazy design or color.

Really?
Should I want to wear jeans that look like this?

or this?

Hmmm…

or this?

Ok, definitely not those. (I just wanted to make sure I showcased some womens jeans as well -with a model inside – haha)

Look, I just want a normal pair of jeans.
It appears that Target is the only one capable of carrying jeans that don’t sparkle, shimmer or shine.

Thank-you Target.

I’d love to see the ancient equivalent of sparkly jeans. Perhaps something like this:

Who knows what they wore.

I’ll tell you who dressed on the opposite end of the spectrum :

“And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins…” (Mark 1:6)

Look, I’m down with keeping things simple, but camel hair is about where I draw the line.
Sorry John.

There’s nothing wrong with the shiny and intricately embroidered jeans – they just aren’t my thing.

? Am I “old” because I’m down with wearing sparkling jeans?





what’s in a name.

3 07 2010

Do you remember middle school and high school?

Do you remember the most important part of your wardrobe?
Yeah. The names on the clothes.

Many teens are willing to sacrifice quantity and quality for name recognition.

Do you remember the names that were popular when you were in school?
I do.

I must confess I even fell victim to the desire to wear clothing that had specific names.

Middle School
Jnco


Tommy Hilfiger


Yeah they are polar opposites in style – but somehow we made it work. (or at least we thought we did)

I’m way past longing for name brands. If I like the look and it doesn’t burn a hole in my wallet then I’ll get it – if not, then I’ll pass.

Actually I probably focus more on the wallet part now than anything else.

Leah got a little frustrated with me tonight as we were suit shopping. I was more keen on staying within a certain budget and her main focus was making sure I looked great.

You can do both.
We did.

I found a nice suit that was a on SALE! (Thank you American colonials for winning the war and providing me a holiday in the summer to warrant a terrific sale)

“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:8)

Fine linen?
I’m pretty sure there is no logo embroidered into it.

And yet – it is symbolic of the righteousness of the saints!

? What do you look for in making a clothes buying decision?








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