Monday, August 22, 2011

The "100 in 100 challenge" aka Closet Appreciation Challenge

See, she doesn't have any clothes to wear either! riiiight....
 Ever sleepily stumble into your closet in the morning and think "I have NOTHING to wear", despite the fact that you have mountains of laundry, shelves that are overflowing and a clothes rod that sags in the middle? Yet still, there is nothing inspiring and nothing to wear.  *Sigh*  Too tight, too short, too big, too scratchy, too worn, needs fixing, too ugly. NOTHING TO WEAR! Then, after all that hemming and hawing you resort to a) yoga pants (nothing says "I tried today" like yoga pants!) or b) one of the outfit "uniforms" you always gravitate to. What? that never happens to you?!'s probably just me. ; )
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Lately I have been thinking a lot about contentment, what it means to live with the attitude of gratitude and how I can cultivate a grateful heart. We're SO abundantly blessed, but yet most of us feel like we are always lacking...never satisfied, always needing more. While I was standing discontented, looking at my nothing-to-wear  closet a while ago, a song came to my mind "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart ". It's ok, you can laugh... I did! But I was reminded in that moment just HOW MUCH I have. My wardrobe isn't the most beautiful, awesome, extensive, expensive one, but I AM BLESSED. I have a ton of clothes, even if they aren't the ones I feel like wearing right now. And I bet you do too, even if you feel like you have nothing to wear! So this is where "Operation Closet Appreciation" was inspired. And THEN I saw this awesomeness

Created by Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, the 'Let's Get Dressed' campaign is Piperlime's largest to date.

I laughed so hard when I saw Piperline and the Gap's new advertising. It may have resonated with me a little *wink* I know I can't be the only one out there, they didn't start this ad campaign just because they saw ME in sweatpants! Now before y'all get your sweat pants in a knot, let me just say I think they are just fine sometimes, in the right place or on occasion....but you feel your BEST in sweatpants? Like you look attractive. feel good about yourself and are ready to face the day? I doubt it...but if you do and you love it, then you just rock on with your trackpanty self! 
But for those of you who do not fall into that category, need a change and have nothing to wear (you KNOW who you are!) I am issuing a challenge. "Oooo, a challenge!" Yep, I KNOW you're up for it! Starting September 1st,  myself, along with my sister and few friends are going to be doing the "100 in 100" challenge. 100 days, 100 different outfits. We are going to attempt to create a different outfit everyday, using what we ALREADY own. Before you go thinking I have an insane amount of clothes, I don't. See?

Kidding, kidding! I wish, but it's not my closet. I would say I fall somewhere in the middle. I definitely don't have a ton, so it is actually going to be a quite a challenge. We want as many as we can get to join in this challenge with us. So rally your friends, it's going to be fun! We're really excited about it and will be posting our most interesting (yeah, you may just see me at the grocery store in my wedding gown and leather jacket by day 80)  inspiring (and maybe ghetto, haha) outfits of the day! You may think there is no way you can do 100 outfits (I'll admit, it's a little daunting) but I guarantee you have a ton more than you think! I read a statistic that said most people only wear 20% of their wardrobe. Shocking, but probably true if you look at what you actually do wear. So if you can't do 100, evaluate your closet and how many outfits you think you can make. Then double it. Come on, you can do it!!

The rules : Use what you have, buy nothing, experiment and try new and creative ways of wearing the things you have in your closet. I promise you, by the end of this challenge you will have SO many more outfits and begin to appreciate how many things you actually DO have to wear. Your bursting closet and bank account will thank you, I promise.  Not to mention you'll feel so much better about yourself for looking nice and put together and not wearing sweatpants!

from Atlantic-Pacific.

So what do you think? Are you in?? I know you can do it!!
If you want to join us, post your challenge ie: "I'm doing 100 in 100" or "I'm doing 25 in 25" or "50 in 50" in the comment section below.

 Let's inspire beautiful! Beautiful outfits and beautiful, grateful hearts : )

Stay tuned, more to come!


  1. This is so awesome Sarah!!! You rock. And yes...I think the same way too!! haha I came out of my room this morning in just a skirt and tshirt and my mom asked me where I was going. I replied "no where". Sad that I have to be going somewhere to look nice :) I will do 100 for 100 with you! Can I share this on Freckled Owl!!??

  2. I'm the sister. So 100 in a 100 here we go. The hardest part is going to be not buying something new. Wah.

  3. Okay so I am contemplating taking this challenge.. haha. QUESTION: I can use the same article of clothing more than once in different outfits, right?? (I hope so or else that'd mean I actually need like 300 articles of clothing to create a new outfit each day!)

  4. Oh for sure!! That's the idea! getting the most out of your wardrobe without looking like you are wearing the same thing every day. I DEFINITELY wouldn't have anything close to a 100!! The clothes can be used a million times, in as many ways as you can imagine, just something has to be different.