I just woke up, well actually Nymeria made it impossible to sleep again. This dog just loves me too much! If I am not awake and touching here she is not happy! But once the coffee was brewing and I opened the door to let the dogs out, I had a major happy surprise. IT IS SPRING! I will make it a good day today, I will drive out to the wineries and just enjoy the east end. Then I opened my email and saw this article by Kareen Mallet (below). And then read it. And then realized the advice in it is too real to skip by. Fast forward, new plan in place…I am going to make room in my closet to buy new things. While I still have this attitude it is time to purge. So here goes, spring cleaning – clean out the closet, go out SHOPPING! Or better yet, clean out the closet and sit on my deck with a vodka tonic with a twist of lime and shop online basking in the warmth of this glorious spring day!
I thought you should do the same! So here is a present, a gift card for you to use to refill your closet with the best of spring!
xo Robin xo #rockinrobin
“This weekend, a nice breeze pouring through my windows, I spent about three hours cleaning out my closets in the time-honored tradition known as Spring Cleaning. Yes, friends, I Spring Cleaned the shit out of my apartment. This was a no-stone-left-unturned kind of cleanout, where I was forced to come face-to-face with vintage blazers from the ‘90s I haven’t worn since the early aughts and shamefully tight jeans that never really fit to begin with. All in all, for garbage bags of clothes got donated to the local Salvation Army. And, damn, it felt good.
Spring cleaning offers a seasonal purging of that which you no longer wear. In theory, these are pieces you haven’t worn the whole last year (evidence of their irrelevancy, surely). In my personal practice, these are usually items I’ve held onto for about a decade.
Each old, unworn piece in my closet serves as a monument to my past–an homage to a time period that has long past. Yeah, I’m sort of holding onto my flared jeans from 2001 because I think they’ll eventually come back one day, but I’m also holding onto said jeans because they remind me of being in my twenties, being sort of broke, going out too much, and not really knowing how to dress myself. I’ll likely never wear them again, but I keep all these things so I can drag them out of a box once every ten years and say, “Hey! I was a hot young babe once with a tiny, tiny ass!” It’s like holding onto perfume bottles from the awful crap I used to wear in the 2nd grade just to maintain a connection to my youth.
The problem is, maintaining a connection to your youth takes up valuable space, something most people in New York City don’t have. And, in the instance of thinking you’ll wear something again years down the line, you’re not taking into account the idea of growth, literally and figuratively. Five years from now, I hope I look at the trendy pieces today as things my taste and finances have moved beyond. Spring cleaning leaves space for the new you to change and evolve. And leaves more room in your closet for something like this Lace Madelyn crop top from Karen Zambos.”