Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ooo-ooo-ooo wide-leg denim

Well... Fat Tuesday came and went again (like it does every year) without my participation. I've never been able to will myself to party on a Tuesday night in the name of Mardi Gras. One of the worst feelings in the entire world is being hungover at work and if you ARE hungover at work, I hope there's a d*mn good reason behind it. For me, Mardi Gras isn't one. So unlike my puffy-eyed, sleepy coworkers tomorrow (no judgment!), I'll (in theory) be well-rested and ready for Ash Wednesday.
Now, I'm not too religious of a gal. I have my beliefs, I have my spirituality, I have my kindness and morals but I am not drawn to the huge lure of organized religion and all of the customs that may or may not have been bred so long ago. However, Ash Wednesday and the concept of Lent is one that has always peeked my interest. I believe that a day of repent and acknowledging our shortcomings is a wonderful way in which to nourish the soul.

So, for spiritual and practical reasons - until Easter, I will not purchase a single article of clothing. Not a tank-top, not a skirt, not leggings.

However, I will make a few exceptions: Tights (because they rip and I wear them to work), Accessories here and there(because I need new stud earrings) and a summer Fedora hat (because I think I'm on the cusp of finding the perfect one for cheap). If I need to replenish make-up, I will and so on, but I will not be purchasing clothes.

And seeing how I spent all day Sunday in an outfit of clothes that have been taking up space in my closet for so long... I realize that I will be just fine with my already enormous wardrobe collection. Besides, shopping isn't the only fun thing to do... how about walks at dusk with your boyfriend?

Here's what I wore on in these images on March 6, 2011:
Pink rabbit poncho via thrift store
Michael by Michael Kors wide-leg jeans (3 years old & a nice change from the Skinnies)
Vintage purse
Target White Blouse/Sweater (2 years old)
Buffalo Exchange new Sunnies
Carlos Nude Pumps

What are you giving up for Lent? And if you're not- what would be the most difficult to give up?


Anonymous said...

I never give up anything but always think that maybe I should!

Panty Buns said...

I gave up hangovers a long time ago but have also neglected to celebrate. I was too busy wallowing in self-pity and depression recently. Maybe I should buy a replacement for my broken clothes dryer for lint. Why do people give things up for lint? Oh.... Lent. I could give up being a jackass and repent for that.... or not. I like all the Easter bunny stuff that I've been seeing lately even though it's a touch early. Harvey, my six foot invisible female rabbit friend, isn't even pregnant yet and hasn't laid any eggs that I know of. I may have to give up her company for a while for Lent.

Your giving up clothing purchases until Easter doesn't mean you won't be buying any more bunny rabbit costumes this year does it?

Panty Buns said...

Oops! Sorry. I hadn't even thought about your shawl even though I see now that you'd mentioned it, Thanks for the kind comment about hoping the sun shines my way. The woman I've missed so much these last 40 years doesn't like me wearing panties but you've probably noticed I didn't consider giving up buying and wearing panties. Most of the bunny rabbit stuff I'd been looking at was in the way of cute gifts to send her. I sent her flowers, cheesecake and a teddy bear for Valentines day even though she hasn't spoken to me for 8 months now. I listen to the lyrics of Dido's "White Flag alot. If this comment seems a little jumbled up it's probably because it's 2 AM here. Thanks again for your comments.I always like reading them.

doniree said...

1) I LOVE your wardrobe. 2) I LOVE these photos! Where were these taken? They're adorable :) I gave up meat for Lent (with the exception of seafood) a few years ago (not at all Catholic, wanted an exercise in self-discipline), called it the Pescetarian Experiment, and ended up following that lifestyle for nearly two years (right up until this past new year). I'm back on the meat wagon (wow, that sounds weird), but you'd be surprised what a 40 day choice can mean for your lifestyle!

Leia said...

I'm not religious, but I think Lent is a great idea! I get especially happy when people go vegetarian for Lent (hehehe) but I think it's great to stop a habit that you think you indulge in a little bit too much. I'm sure your wallet will thank you - and you can splurdge on a super-expensive treat once it's all over!

P.S. You look fab in those jeans


kate said...

Hey girl! I just sent you email because you won my blog giveaway! You look fantastic in those jeans!

Anonymous said...

Love the pink poncho! So cute!

I'm not giving anything up for Lent, but I should. Maybe next year...but I admire you for giving up buying clothes!

How did you come up w/ the name for your blog?

Anonymous said...

Ignore my last question, just found the answer!

erika sorocco said...

Awww...you and The Boy are the cutest together, Caitlin! :)

Anonymous said...

i love that pink poncho! and i have been on the hunt for some good widelegs... (like you said, an alternate to skinnies is nice)...but i cant find anything that flatter my body type! i love the ones you're wearing, though!

i agree with you about fat tuesday...i dont really celebrate. but i would say i kind of celebrate by literally eating myself fat. oh well ;-)

have a great day girl! you and the boy are adorable ;-)

<3 megan

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

that second pic is SO cute! i love your poncho and clutch- great finds. I too don't see mardi gras as a reason to come to work hungover (it is the worst!). however, next week's st patty's celebrations, I do see a reason lol

Miss Hulk said...

Your poncho looks so soft!

haha I was just placing The Who's lyrics everywhere ;)

Unknown said...

wow..thats so different, but looks good. DENIMS rock !!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Reading this post reminded me of this quote I came across today, I think you might like it: ‎"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief" - Gerry Spence

Still love your pink fur :)

Alison Kinsey said...

you and your man are STYLIN' Caitlin!!!
loving those wide-leg jeans!! that's what i'm on the hunt for for spring - either in a denim or a trouser type.
i didn't celebrate Mardi Gras either :( but it would have been fun to!

PorkStar said...

I wish to give yup WORK for lent. However, like i said on my fb status, I ain't givin up jack for lent. Based on my paycheck, I'm already giving up plenty of money for the government as lent, so that's about all i'm unwillingly giving up.

And the day goes on with booze and beef. Every day.

PorkStar said...

Ok not the booze, that's pretty expensive in NY lol

Unknown said...

You and your boyfriend are super cute together! I'm also not big on organized religion holidays but if I was to participate in Lent I would try to give up caffeine... I'd probably fail at it too haha. Good luck with your Lent, I have faith in you and your strong will!!

Oh and I gave you an award because I love your face and everything.<3

Anonymous said...

the best wide denim i have is from the gap! love it! i also got it in white, perfect for spring, unless it's raining! i was raised catholic, still catholic but a recovering one ... i don't have anything that i'm giving up for lent, i've been sick on and off since coming back from costa rica in january, so i think that's enough punishment, right? :) thanks for the liquid leggings link, i love it!

Jazzy E (Hivenn) said...

super cute. I want his shoess! x hivennn