Every year as the weather turns colder and the days get shorter my compulsion to collect goes into overdrive. I don’t know what it is about this time of year; maybe it is my own form of preparing for hibernation. Instead of trying to survive the dark days of winter by hoarding food like a bear would, I surround myself with pretty, shiny, things, like a magpie. This year has been a little bit different though; I have been making a conscious effort to NOT collect things. It has been difficult, but I am managing….most of the time (I did buy a dozen Shiny Brite vintage Christmas ornaments off Kijiji the other day though). Instead of collecting I have been editing; passing things on that don’t fit, or that I don’t use, or that I just don’t like enough to keep. I have termed this ‘the purge’ – original I know.
I have decided I don’t want to be a collector, I want to be a curator. I would far prefer to have a few quality items than a dozen cheap, poorly made items. So it has been a fun challenge putting outfits together lately! I have purged so many ill fitting items from my wardrobe that I now have one dressy skirt, one pair of dress pants, and maybe two dresses to choose from for my holiday attire (first world problems, I know). So this is my Christmas outfit this year. The skirt was purchased for me by my mother a couple years ago – so unfortunately it is no longer sold – but it is from Banana Republic and they often have lovely dressy skirts in their store like this one on their website. I wore this outfit to an annual family Christmas party a little over a week ago, and I may very well wear it again Christmas day (I am definitely not a girl who is afraid to be seen in the same ensemble twice 😉 )
An outfit can look totally different when it is accessorized in a new way, and having been quite the collector (a.k.a.hoarder) for most of my life I have no shortage of accessories! In these pictures, I threw on a vintage silk scarf with a print of a painting by Friedel Dzubas. I bought this scarf from a seller on Etsy a few years ago, and I love it! I am also wearing a matching jewelry set that my husband has been collecting for me over the past few years. The last piece he gave me was the ring, which was an anniversary gift this past summer. The set is from Pandora and was, unfortunately, discontinued over a year ago, which meant hubby had to find the ring on eBay. I know being too match-y these days is not the ‘in’ thing, but I think having a matching jewelry set keeps things looking polished and refined, and plays up the vintage aesthetic that I so love.
Are you a collector, or a curator, or maybe a bit of both? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you!