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.

img_0168I 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 meimg_0169 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!